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Aug 29, 2014

15 Qassam Rockets intercepted At Once By The Iron Dome (video)

amazing!





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Aug 28, 2014

Levaya of Aaron Sofer z"l will be tomorrow, not tonight

UPDATED POST:

The levaya for Aaron Sofer z"l will be tomorrow, at 9:30am.

The levaya will be leaving from his yeshiva in the Ezras Torah neighborhood of Jerusalem, and the kevura will be in the Eretz Hachaim cemetery outside of Bet Shemesh.



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Proposed Law: keep your distance from bikers

good news for bike riders!

In a law proposal that is supported by MKs from across the political spectrum, automobile drivers would legally have to be more careful when passing a bicycle in the road.

According to this law proposal, on an intercity road, a driver would have to stay at least 1.5 meters away from a bicycle when passing. On local roads the distance drops to 1 meter away.

The authors of the proposal explain that there has been a sharp upswing of  cyclists getting injured from cars.
source: NRG

bike riders should love this news. I regularly hear from cyclist friends how dangerous road biking is and how frequently they nearly get hit...




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Search for Aaron Sofer suspended due to developments


The search for Aaron Sofer has been suspended in the past few minutes.

A body was found. it looks like there was no foul play but was a hikibng accident where he fell from a cliff.  We are still waiting for identification to confirm the identity, but they think it is Sofer. They will also analyze the body to confirm cause of death (read, perform an autopsy, which will probably become a fight).

We should only hear good news in the future.


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rally and press conference at the Kotel tonight for Aaron Sofer

ATTENTION: MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA!

PRESS CONFERENCE: Parents of Aaron Soffer Speak Out – TONIGHT!

WHAT: Press Conference with the parents of Aaron Soffer, the 23-year old Yeshiva student who went missing in this past Friday in the Jerusalem Forest

WHERE: The Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem

WHEN: TONIGHT – Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM (22:15)

Additional details: The event will begin with a mass Tehillim (Psalms) rally at 10:15 PM. It will be followed immediately by the press conference at 10:45 PM.

CONTACT: Shlomo Soffer (cousin of Aaron) – 053-314-9613; 052-762-4678



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yeshiva to be built in Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem

I am in favor of Jews living wherever they want in the land of Israel. Sometimes that takes risks, but they should be allowed to if they are willing to take those risks.



Despite that, one has to worry that this just is not going to end well...

In an uproarious session in the Jerusalem City Council, an allocation was approved for construction of a yeshiva, in a building 9 stories tall, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The session was not well attended by members who would oppose the proposal, so approving the allocation was relatively simple, if uproarious. Only 2 councilpeople voted against - those from Meretz, because others who would also have opposed it were just not present.

Councilman Aryeh King expressed his satisfaction with the vote calling the opposition by Meretz to be racist in nature.. King also said we will Judaize Jerusalem, strengthen its security and establish yeshivot for people to learn Torah in, and bring the children back to the borders...
source: Haaretz

As I said, I approve. I just worry it wont end very well...






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a closer beach or a beach we deserve?

Mynet reports that the UTJ city councilmen of Jerusalem, led by Elazar Rauchberger, has submitted a request to the Regional Council of the Dead Sea region to create a "separate beach" in the northern part of the Dead Sea region for the religious public.

I completely support the idea. The religious public that wants separate swimming is a very large community and there is no reason they should not be able to enjoy the Dead Sea like anybody else can.Creating a separate beach for the religious public would not harm the public that is not interested in separate beaches - there are plenty of regular beaches spread all over the shores of the Dead Sea.

What I don't agree with is the reason given. They turned it into a manipulation attempt. they should have just asked for a separate beach for the religious community.

Rauchberger explained that the general public has many options very close to Jerusalem for relaxation and to enjoy a beach. The general public can go to the man-made beach in Jerusalem, and the many beaches all along the Dead Sea that are within a reasonable distance. The Haredi community, on the other hand, has few options available - the Haredi community has to travel very far to find a separate beach that is appropriate. The separate beach by the Dead Sea is in the southern end, which is over 100 kilometers from Jerusalem - very far. He further justifies the idea by saying bringing 200,000 new visitors will strengthen the local economy, which is a very good point and a fabulous benefit and reason to approve the idea, if just doing it for such a large public isn't enough of a reason..

The reason I dont like his reason is because Tel Aviv is closer than the Dead Sea, and there is a separate beach there, along with others up and down the Mediterranean coast. If it is simply a matter of proximity, don't complain, just go to Tel Aviv. On the other hand, as a public communal issue, they have a justified request.

I guess it does not really matter, at the end of the day. Even the given reason, even though I think it is not as good a reason as what they should have said, is a fine reason. It is just the thought process that I am commenting on.


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my translation of the post:
This charming Haredi fellow is busy building the new bridge to Temple Mount. Every time I ascend he sends me his blessings and smiles. It seems that he is convinced that on this bridge that he is building they will go up to visit the Beit Hamikdash. If only that he should be correct.



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Aaron Sofer, the search, relatives plea (video)

#bringAaronHome

אהרון סופר, החיפושים וחבר from חרדים 10 on Vimeo.


looks to me like they really need some coaching how to present themselves in front of a camera....




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Ayelet Shaked: giving away parts of Judea and Samaria will lead to missiles on Ben Gurion Airport (video)






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Rabbi ice bucket door man challenge (video)

here is a very Jewish ALS Ice Bucket challenge, with the rabbi analyzing the relevant halachis involved..






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Eyal Cohen on Israel's The Voice

What a great clip! the performance, the discussion afterwards, Aviv Gefen...






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masses needed for final Forest searches today for Aaron Sofer

I was contacted a short while ago by a Sofer family representative and asked to urgently post - they need masses of people today. they want thousands of people to come today and join the search, in what will probably be the last search parties in the Jerusalem Forest. They need masses of people to comb through the forest!

Just go, if you can. to Har Herzl, to the jerusalem Forest, and make sure to bring appropriate dress and gear for a hot day out searching n the forest!
and spread the word!!!

#bringAaronHome


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The Shira Chadasha Boys Choir - Gam Ki Eilech (video)






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Aug 27, 2014

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Proposed Law: only Hebrew

Some MKs on the right side of the political spectrum, from the parties including Yisrael Beyteynu, Likud and Habayit Hayehudi, are working to propose a new law.

The new law would really just be the cancellation of a clause that was adopted from the British Mandate.

The law proposal would be to take away the status of Arabic as an official language of the State of Israel. If the law would pass, Israel would no longer publish its official forms and announcements in Arabic, as it does now in addition to Hebrew. As well, the Arabic language would cease to be used in government offices and in the courts. The proposal does make an exception for road signs, saying road signs would continue to be published with Arabic included, as everybody has the right to use the language they prefer.

The law is being proposed by MK Shimon Ohayoun (Yisrael Beyteynu), in coordination with MKs Dovid Rotem and Chemed Amar, along with moshe Feiglin (Likud) and Orit Strouk (Habayit Hayehudi).

There have been attempts to pass similar laws in the past, always unsuccessfully.

The reason for the proposal is that most countries have their national language, the language spoken by most of its population. The Hebrew language as the national language needs to be anchored in law. Passing the proposal would effect more societal cohesion and would build a collective identity...
source: Haaretz

I don't have a strong opinion on this. I am in favor of it generally, despite the acknowledgement that we still have a sizable Muslim population. It does help that many of the Muslims are splitting off of Israel - whether in the West Bank or Gaza, but there will still be plenty that will remain in Israel as Israeli citizens. I dont know if that justifies its status as a national language, but it leaves me in the position of being in favor, but not strongly. It is actually probably more justified to add Amharic or Russian as official languages than to leave Arabic as an official language.

Even though the timing is so close to the conflict/war with Gaza, at least that is not the official reason being given.

I do think it is good to have one language and promote only Hebrew. we have minority languages of all types in use. If they are not protected, Arabic need not be either. It can, obviously, still be used, it just wont have official status.



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