Nov 26, 2020

Picture of the Day




That's the mayor of Hod Hasharon, Amir Kochavi, wading through the streets of his city flooded from the heavy rains...



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calls for Gantz to waive rotation rights increase

Recently the Likud has called on Minister Benny Gantz to waive the rotation agreement that would have him as Prime Minister late next year. For the good of the country. The Likud said that if Gantz gives up on the rotation, we can easily see this government serving its full term of 4.5 years.

Today Shas is joining the call. Deputy Minister Itzik Cohen also called for Gantz to give up the rotation agreement. Cohen said Gantz is a patriot and cares about the State of Israel, and by waiving the rotation the budget can get passed for the good of Israel.

I don't get it. What are they offering Gantz to waive his rotation agreement? Just give up the rotation and let Netanyahu be PM for the full term with nothing in return? Why should he agree to this? If you think you can convince him to give up the rotation, offer him something valuable in exchange. Gantz is only part of the government because of the rotation agreement. If they pressure him to give up the rotation, especially with nothing but "the good of the country" in return, he has no reason to stay in the government. That would of course mean new elections, as Gantz leaving the government after waiving his rights to the rotation would dissolve the coalition. I guess they are banking on Gantz waiving his rights but staying in the coalition, which makes no sense to me.

Perhaps Netanyahu should also be equally pressured to resign, or to honor the rotation and other agreements, for the vague "good of the country". Or maybe he should be pressured to pass the budget and not hold it hostage as a pressure point against Gantz.


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Mehadrin Domino's Pizza in Israel

According to JPost, Domino's Pizza in Israel will now be opening at least ten mehadrin branches across Israel, beginning by converting 2 currently kosher branches (in Petach Tikva) to mehadrin.

Mehadrin branches of Domino's will have different signage and boxes to make them easily distinguishable. The new mehadrin pizza boxes will be red instead of blue and black, and will also bear the kosher mehadrin stamp.


Having never eaten Domino's Pizza, the only thing I really know about it is the 30 minute delivery guarantee. Domino's was famous for guaranteeing that the pizza would be in your hands delivered within 30 minutes of placing the order, or else it would be free of charge. 

While this idea excited me - who hasn't been frustrated by ordering pizza from the shop and it only arriving 45 minutes later or even an hour or more while calling a few times to ask where the pizza is and being told it will be there in 3 minutes - it seems to be no longer true. A quick search turns up the fact that decades ago they stopped this policy. Oh well. In Israel they probably wouldnt have honored it anyway.



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leaky graves

Behadrei has news of an Eida pashkevil and protest (not hafgana, just a verbal protest for now) that taught me about a problem I didn't know existed.

According to the article, a few months back it was discovered that the area of Har Hamenuchos where the graves are built in "stories" above ground (though not halachically above ground because of the way they are constructed) had a problem. The graves were leaking. That's right, leaking. As the bodies decompose, fluids and juices were leaking out of the graves and down on to the pavement and basically running down the road.

When it was discovered this past summer, according to the article, ZAKA got involved in sponging up the leaking fluids and buried them while management worked to resolve the problem and plug the leaks.

Now, with the steady and heavy rains, the leak is back.

The Eida has gotten involved and sent its people over to check out the situation. They issued a kol koreh about the situation, along with parenthetically criticizing the IDF Rabbinate decision to bury Jewish and non-Jewish soldiers side by side (with a solution beneath ground to keep them from being "next to each other".

All I really have to say about this, is ewwww. gross. Bodies leaking out of graves! Yuch/yich/ichsa.

I hope they solve this. In addition to the kvod hameis issue, there are health concerns and there will also be emotional trauma involved if it continues.





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Harav Dovid Feinstein visits Artscroll's new facility in NJ (video)







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Israelis: What did your grandparents expect to happen with the Arabs when they came here? (video)







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Behind the Bima S2E9 - Special Guest: Ben Brafman (video)







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Bardak: the Eisenbach brand (video)






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Eli Gerstner - "Hodu Lo" Feat. Shlomo Schachter (Official Video)








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Nov 25, 2020

Kashrut Alert on Haribo candies

The following kashrut alert on Haribo candies has been making the rounds:

KASHRUS ALERT:
*Candies by HARIBO Company sweets are NOT KOSHER contain  E428 gelatin derived from pig ligaments * are distributed in all markets and kosher supermarkets in Israel and all over the world. 

These gelatin based candies are illegally labeled "strictly kosher" “badatz”, they are not labeled Halal for muslims either (which would confirm no pig is being used if the Halal stamp would have been on the package).
And it is written on the package - "without the consent of the rabbinical counsel ”
There is NO appointed mashgiach overseeing such production of any of the HARIBO Candies.
The rabbinical counsel of Israel has tried without success to remove the fake kosher label sticker added on the packaging. 

The sweets contains a NON KOSHER  ingredient such as pig ligaments gelatin based called E428. 
Please warn everyone, 
DO NOT BUY THOSE NON KOSHER CANDIES FROM THIS COMPANY.

In addition, Paskesz has now put out a statement to avoid confusion, as Paskesz produces a line of Haribo candies with their kashrut, but the candies witht he kashrut alert are not from Paskesz...



It is always good to be aware and educated...


Here is an image I found of the candies with the alert:







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Olmert vs Pollard

Upon hearing the news that Jonathan Pollard's parole had been terminated and he is now free to roam the world with no restrictions, former Prime Minister, and convicted felon, Ehud Olmert commented that Pollard should stay in the United States and not come to Israel.

Olmert said that Pollard worked for a lot of money, and that attention to the Pollard affair continues to cause damage to Israel.

I guess in Olmert's opinion, working for money disqualifies him from living in Israel. Unlike Olmert himself who was convicted for working for a lot of money and keeps blabbing his mouth at every opportunity about morals and ethics and proper policy and reminding the world of the Israeli PM who was convicted and sent to jail...




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Quote of the Day

They are calling me Dr. Mengele, the accursed Nazi murderer, because my Ministry is taking care to bring millions of vaccines for the entire population. Getting vaccinated is not an obligation. If you want to - get the vaccines, if you don't want to, don't get the vaccine.

  -- Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein

I have a strong dislike for comparisons of pretty much anything to the Holocaust...






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Proposed Law: Ma and Pa rather than parents

Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn pushed through reforms recently, ordering all forms filled out for children to now bear two lines detailed as "Parent 1" and "Parent 2". This opens the door for homosexual relationships and makes life just a little bit easier for same sex parents. 

Obviously this upset the Haredi parties, as they do not want to give an inch on such matters, as promoting such a lifestyle is against Torah values, and making it easier for them in any way can be seen as promoting the lifestyle.

To that end, MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) has proposed a law that would require government offices to keep the original "Father" and "Mother" lines on all forms.

Gafni says that changing the forms to say "parent 1 and "parent 2" is against the values of the State of Israel as a Jewish state.
source: Hamechadesh

to me it is just semantics







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Bet Shemesh is on the map!

The other day I was up in the Eretz HaChayim cemetery outside of Bet Shemesh and spotted this vehicle driving around:



That is an Apple Maps car driving around with its fancy camera and imaging the streets of our wonderful area. I dont know if they got a picture of us as they mapped the cemetery, but it is entirely possible.

And today there have been reports in the local online groups of the car being spotted in various neighborhoods of Bet Shemesh.

So, Bet Shemesh is now on the map! Literally!




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Knesset recognizes day to fight violence against women (video)

I didn't watch the entire video of all the speeches in honor of the day for the fight against violence against women, kind of skipped around a bit. I particularly liked MK Abutbol at the beginning inviting Jonathan Pollard to move to Bet Shemesh.. no idea what that had to do with the issue of violence against women, but ok. He speaks again later, so maybe this first speech was leftover from something else. MK Baruchi (at about the 22:20 minute marker) was also interesting. I was impressed by how he could express an opinion opposed to the fight against violence against women - to be fair, he thinks women should not be singled out, not that this violence doesn't exist, but the opposition to violence should be to all violence within the family, including against children and husbands, along with against women.






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Behind the Bima S2E8 - Reflections on Rav Dovid Feinstein zt"l & Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt"l (video)






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