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Sep 18, 2014

Hitchai'vut (Authorization) from Macabee Clinics for treatment at Hadassah Hospital

A guest post by Moshe Burt

Hitchai'vut (Authorization) from Macabee Clinics for treatment at Hadassah Hospital

To All Members of Kupat Cholim Macabee:

Please know that if you are authorized for an appointment with a Specialist in Hadassah Hospital (Hadassah Ein Kerem) in order to have an action or treatment done to you, i.e. removal of catheter, etc. that a Hitchai'vut for an appointment is not sufficient in order for the Specialist to perform the action or treatment. You must have with you a letter, either from your clinic specialist, or the Hadassah Hospital Specialist and a Hitchai'vut specifically for the action or treatment to be performed. Without this additional Hitchai'vut, Hadassah Hospital will charge you perhaps thousands of shekels in order to have the Specialist do the action or treatment.

This has come to my attention, through my own suffering, yesterday in Hadassah Ein Kerem. Fortunately, I had the presence of mind while in Hadassah Ein Kerem, to full-court press the Hadassah Specialist, the Hadassah secretaries and the secretaries at Macabee Tze'elim in order to facilitate the paperwork flow via faxes before the Macabee Tze'elim clinic closed at 12 Noon.

Please learn from my experience of yesterday so that none of you suffer at the hands of the Macabee/Hadassah bureaucratic tangle.

L'Shana Tova to All.



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no more Hetter Mechira in the IDF

reports have Rav Rafi Peretz, Chief Rabbi of the IDF, having made a decision to order the army to change its fruit and vegetable policy for the coming year.

Next year, 5775, is going to be shmitta, The IDF, along with most of the country, relies on the hetter mechira for its fruits and vegetables. Normally. Not next year.

Out of consideration for the increasing number of Haredi soldiers, Rav Peretz has instructed the IDF to only purchase fruits and vegetables next year from imported produce, and not hetter mechira produce.

That is a great gesture to make for the Haredi soldiers, who will generally not eat hetter mechira produce, but it has upset some people.

Minister of Agriculture Yair Shamir  is upset and has said that for 95% of the nation, and the army being the nation's army, the kashrut of hetter mechira is satisfactory, and the IDF should not give preference to purchasing from either Jordan or non-Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria over hetter mechira produce. As well, the change will cost the country, supposedly, 100 million shekels.

The organization of farmers is also upset about what they call this populist decision and will cause damage to the Israeli agriculture market.

The Defense Ministry rejects the criticism calling it inaccurate. The Defense Ministry says the contract is only for half a year and only for up to 10 (or 30 according to Kipa) million shekels. No final decision has yet been made, but either way produce will only be purchased from Israeli agriculture.
sources: Kipa and Ladaat

I am not sure about that last line - if a decision hasnt been made, how will they buy from Israeli agriculture no matter what, and conversely, if a decision hasnt yet been made how was a contract signed for half a year, and if a decision hasnt yet been made, how are they buying foreign produce only from Israeli farmers?

I like the idea of being accommodating to the soldiers who wont eat hetter mechira, but I dont know why it requires them to change the supply of the entire army, which upsets some people and costs more. Just like in the Haredi army units they supply the soldiers with mehadrin food with hechshers that are acceptable to those soldiers, and not Rabbanut like the rest of the army, so they can also provide those same units with fruits and vegetables that are not hetter mechira. I don't know why this has to affect the entire army.

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The Mens Club of Uman is expanding

Uman on Rosh Hashana is basically a mens club. And that's fine, I guess. It is what it is, and that's the way it has been. The men who wish to, go, and they leave their wives and families behind. Women are not welcome because of the large crowds of men going to spend the holiday there, they don't want women messing up their holiness, along with they want to maximize the use of available space for men.

Women were always able to go to Uman and visit the kever of Rebbe Nachman at other times during the year. They too could get inspired and receive the blessings and promises of Rebbe Nachman for those who visit and pray by his grave, but only the rest of the year - not on Rosh Hashana.

Now, Breslav wants women to stop going to Uman even during the rest of the year. In recent years, more and more women have been going to Uman, and it could lead to a mixing of the genders - socializing, etc. They say that the promises of Rebbe Nachman, and the relevant tikkunim, were only meant for men and not for women.

As well, in recent years some women have been going to Uman for Rosh Hashana as well, and this is a big spiritual disturbance. Women present in the area will damage the holiness of the prayers and the spiritual uplifting of the men there.

They also put out instructions for men who might encounter those who don't follow the rules, i.e. women who go to Uman despite the call not to, saying they should pleasantly explain the severity of the problem, but not get into an argument about it - just make clear that they are breaking the rules and causing a problem for everyone else.
source: Mynet

The mens club is no longer satisfied with just being bale to get away for a few days or a week on Rosh Hashana. Now they want to be able to get away at any time during the year... I wonder if they have screens in Uman to show the football games...

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does the Haredi community support the hetter mechira?

does the Haredi community support the hetter mechira?

according to Baruch Marzel, perhaps.

Marzel is accusing the Haredi community of selling out Jerusalem to the Arabs. The Haredi parties in Jerusalem are in the municipal coalition with Mayor Nir Barkat, and they have allowed the Arab community to grow to the point where they are close to becoming the majority in Jerusalem, and they have approved construction plans of 10 sites for the Arab community but only 3 for Jews.

Marzel asks how the Haredi community could be a part of selling such a large part of Jerusalem to the Arabs - would the Chazon Ish (the biggest opponent to the hetter mechira) have allowed this?
source: Kikar

Shmita seems to play by different rules..



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Bet Shemesh Festival on the chopping block

The Bet Shemesh Festival, which has been running annually on Sukkot for 15 years, has become a landmark event in Bet Shemesh. People travel from all over the country to enjoy the variety of musicians, along with the festival associated with it.

Unfortunately, the Bet Shemesh Festival is no more. Mayor Moshe Abutbol has said that the city does not have the money to fund it this year, and therefore it will not happen.

On the one hand, if the city really does not have money, and we all know there is a deficit in the Bet Shemesh coffers and the city financial situation is not great, to put it mildly, it is a good thing to start cutting out the extras. In tough times we have to trim down.

On the other hand, is the city trimming down anywhere else? How much money did Eyal Golan cost the city recently - that was close to 200,000nis. What about all the free or highly subsidized events in the summer, and the upcoming sukkos, vacations, for the Haredi community - is the city canceling those events for lack of funds?

Canceling the Bet Shemesh Festival is more than just trimming down. It is short-sightedness (unless it is "mechuvan" to get that specific result). The Festival brings money into the city, as people buy goods from local merchants, and it puts Bet Shemesh on the map and in the public eye for good reasons rather than bad reasons.

MK Rabbi Dov Lipman has sent an open letter to the mayor, Moshe Abutbol. Lipman writes:
ראש העיר אבוטבול היקר,
 
 ב-15 השנים האחרונות, כל תושבי בית שמש מכל הרקעים נהנו מהפסטיבל בחול המועד סוכות.
כל עם ישראל היה מצטרף יחד כדי לשיר ולרקוד - משמעות ארבעת המינים המסמל את האחדות בעם.
אירוע זה גם הביא אנשים מחוץ לבית שמש שהגיעו וראו את הצד היפה של העיר שלנו.
אני הייתי המום ועצוב לשמוע שביטלת את האירוע, והשנה לא יתקיים פסטיבל סוכות.
האחריות להחלטה זו היא שלך - כראש עיר וכמחזיק תיק  מורשת ישראל .
אני לא רק מגנה את ההחלטה שלך, אבל קורא לך לשנות אותה. בית שמש זקוקה לאחדות ואירוע זה מבטא את האחדות .איך אתה יכול לטעון שאתה  מספק את צרכי כל האזרחים מצד אחד, ומצד שני אתה מבטל מסורת שנתית זו שכל כך הרבה תושבים בעיר מצפים לה.
אנא החזר את הפסטיבל. אפילו אם בשלב מאוחר זה אתה יכול רק לארגן אירוע בקנה מידה קטן יותר, אנא עשה זאת. אם זה לא יכול להיות מסודר לסוכות לארגן אחד לחנוכה ולאחר מכן נמשיך את המסורת בסוכות שנה הבאה.
העובדה שלא ענית למכתב שלי בנושא זה אינה מבשרת טובות. דע לך שאני מדבר בשם אלפי תושבים בעיר. 
כמו תמיד אני הייתי שמח להיפגש איתך בכדי לדון כיצד אנו יכולים לעבוד יחד למען בית שמשותושביה.
 
 
שנה טובה,
 
ח"כ הרב דב ליפמן


translation:
Dear Mayor Abutbol, 
For the past 15 years, Bet Shemesh residents from all backgrounds have enjoyed the Bet Shemesh Festival on chol hamoed.
All types of Jews would join together to sing and dance - a living example of the unity symbolized by the lulav and etrog. This event also brought people from outside Bet Shemesh to come and see the beautiful side of our city. I was shocked and saddened to hear that you have cancelled the event and there will be no festival this year.
The responsiblity for this decision lies with you - as mayor and as holder of the moreshet yisrael portfolio.
I not only condemn your decision but call on you to change this decision. Bet Shemesh needs unity and this event expresses that unity. How can you claim to be providing all citizens with their needs while cancelling this annual tradition which so many in the city look forward to and enjoy?
Please reinstate the festival. If at this late stage you can only arrange a scaled back event then please do so. If it cannot be arranged for sukkot then arrange one for chanukah. And then continue the sukkot tradition next year.
The fact you have not replied to my letter about this issue does not bode well for this happening but I know I speak for thousands of residents in making this demand.
As always I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how we can work together for the sake of bet shemesh and its citizens.
Wishing you a shana tova and with the hope that you will reinstate the festival,
MK Rabbi Dov Lipman

Obviously many people are upset and disappointed. People are truing to call in to the Iryah to complain and get the message out.

The mayor might talk a good game, but he really does seem to be doing whatever he can to make some sectors of Bet Shemesh feel unwanted and unwelcome.

It is a shame because all these incidents and events will end up being used in the campaign to split the city.



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Blueprints and Computer Animation of the Sanhedrin Chamber of Hewn Stone (video)

further to the crowdfunding campaign to finance the building of the Third Beit Hamikdash, the Temple Institute has now also released the plans for the chamber for the Sanhedrin.. pretty cool...

The Temple Institute presents for the first time, complete and highly detailed blueprints of the Sanhedrin Assembly Hall, the Chamber of Hewn Stone, part of the Holy Temple complex itself. These plans, drawn up by a top Israeli architectural firm hired by the Temple Institute, incorporate modern technological innovation while remaining true to the specific requirements of the Sanhedrin. These plans represent the first stage in the drawing up of comprehensive architectural plans for the entire Holy Temple complex.This video is based on these plans.




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Mother of Murdered Israeli Teen: A Rosh Hashanah Message (video)






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Welcome to the Shabbat Project 2014 (video)








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Gideon Saar is resigning from politics (video)

last night's shocker announcement..

the rumors swirl - scandal brewing? personal reasons? positioning for a better future return? fighting with Bibi? who knows... Saar will be missed. He was a politician that was well liked..






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Kamti Beashmoret (video)






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Sep 17, 2014

Safot disappoints me

The latest complaints by the administration of the Safot vTarbuyot school disappoint me. They are nitpicking and cannot seem to move on.

The courts ruled that the mayor had the right to move the Mishkenot Daas school into the empty part of the building (with conditions and qualifications), but Safot can't seem to come to terms with that.

The latest complaint was that the City removed the dividing wall that was outside in the courtyard, but the inside wall had not been removed.

The City responded that they had already discussed it and coordinated with the school administration a time to remove the inside wall.

The City then removed the inside wall.

Then Safot complained that the Mishkenot school put an ad hoc divider up, using tables and chairs.

Personally,. I dont see what the big deal is. Why can't, or why shouldn't there be a [temporary] divider between the schools. Do the kids have to mingle? Do kids from other schools mingle with kids from other schools during school hours? It might not be a bad thing, but is it really such a big deal or is it really so important to insist on leaving it open? It makes more sense to me to close it off, but even if it must be open, why fight about such a minor detail?

Considering how much we have all heard of the Safot school, their education towards excellence, their gifted program, their high level, I am surprised they are so busy acting like little children (little children in a normal school, I might add, rather than children in a gifted school)






dangerous? perhaps. this is something that easily could have been worked out without going to the press or to issuing complaints and threats.

It is time to grow up.


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Netanyahu praises Feiglin, for the first time (video)

I don't know if there is any significance to it, but it is definitely strange...




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Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace (video)

If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking, powerful, and ultimately, inspiring. 






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Is the UN Fair to Israel? (video)








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Rush Hashanah Traffic - JETS Creative Wing (video)

cute way to give over the message





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Pischi LI - Simcha Leiner (video)






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