Oct 25, 2020

Simche Friedman - Lo Yemalet (Cover Boruch Sholom)







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Oct 24, 2020

Yitzchak Meir Melave Malka (video)






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Oct 22, 2020

PSA: free zoom Benji Lovitt comedy show in Bet Shemesh on Sunday night

The Bet Shemesh Absorption Department will be hosting a zoom comedy show with comedian Benji Lovitt on Sunday night, October 25, 2020 at 8:30pm




The show is free of charge, and because it is on Zoom (click that link on Sunday to watch the show) you don't even need to physically be in Bet Shemesh at the time in order to watch it!.

Thank you powers that be in Bet Shemesh for putting together a nie free activity during this crazy time...



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Trump! For More Years!

This billboard has been spotted along the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv...



The question is, do the people behind the sign want Trump "for more years", kind of open ended, or do they want him for four more years?



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Quote of the Day

I do not want to see policemen breaking into talmud torahs (haredi schools) brandishing clubs, but I do want to see them giving fines and summonses. I am not against learning Torah but I am against a third lockdown..

  -- Minister Yuli Edelstein



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[Kosher] Restaurant owner punished for opening door on a hot day speaks out on 'Tucker' (video)







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Israeli MKs: Palestinians Must Make Concessions for Erekat's Treatment (video)







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Borat Gives Jimmy Kimmel a Coronavirus Inspection (video)

I must add, Borat is as inappropriate as ever while portraying antisemitism... and I love how he mixes his Hebrew into his Kazhakistanese







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BRITISH girls try ISRAELI SNACKS (video)








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Bou Shearav - Benzion Klatzko and Luzy - (Official Music Video)








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Oct 21, 2020

Ministry of Health expects spike in morbidity soon

Minister of Health Yuli Edelsten yesterday praised the "red cities" for their efforts in bringing down the morbidity rates and successfully changing their statuses from red to orange or even yellow. Just about all the local lockdowns have now been lifted, with the last one scheduled to be lifted tonight (I think).

Edelstein, in his comments, added though, that he expects within a week or two that the numbers will spike upward again and all, or many of, these red cities will soon become red again.

Obviously the Haredi community is upset at him (some askanim even commented that they will remember what he has said and done in the future and when he is running for other positions, such as president, this will not be forgotten) for saying this. They say we worked hard to bring the numbers down, give us credit. Why suspect that we will fail in the future. You are setting us up for failure. We can't do anything right in your eyes. Etc.

I don't know why the Minister of Health suspects the numbers will jump and what he bases such a statement on. but if he really believes it, maybe he should not be opening things up so quickly (they aren't really opening up so quickly, but if it is going to cause a spike maybe it is still too quick)  and should be enforcing the current rules more strictly, to prevent a spike in the numbers, to prevent an increase in morbidity.

nobody si spreading the virus intentionally. Or at least most people aren't. People are going about their lives as per the guideliens of the Health Ministry. if the Health Ministry thinks its guidelines will cause a spike in the numbers, don't blame the people - change the guidelines to a set that will cause less of a spike.



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government supply of kosher phones for telephone school

As bad, or as difficult, as zoom school is for the children, telephone school is far worse.

the Haredi school system has largely eschewed zoom school for ideological reasons, not wanting to suddenly bring internet and computers into the homes of the Haredi community. It has used telephone school instead, somewhat, as lousy as it is. The drive to open the schools despite the rules against it, are in part because of how difficult telephone school is, in addition to the social aspect of having the kids together with the rebbi and other educational benefits.

The Porush family, MK Meir and Mayor Yisrael, are complaining that the government has not provided the kosher telephones the community needs, and that why, at least in part, they are pushing to open the schools against the rules and are pressuring the government to leave them be.

Yisrael Porush claims that half a year ago he told the government that if they supply kosher telephones to the families in the Haredi community they will be able to learn in telephone school, but without it they will need to open the schools. Meir Porush is also saying that the government committed to this program, published tenders and selected winners to supply the phones, but nothing has progressed with it.

While that is nice, and if it isn't expensive maybe the government should help the community do this if it would really be what it takes to keep the school closed and keep the community compliant, we all know it isn't true. Nobody is satisfied with zoom school, let alone with telephone school. Even had the government supplied the phones, they would be pushing to open the schools, because the two are not comparable. Plus we would still hear complaints how it isnt feasible because there aren't enough rooms in the apartments for the ten kids to all be on school telephone calls at the same time.

Truthfully the entire "10 kids in a 3 room apartment" is a fiction. Even families that have 10 kids don't have them all in such a close age range. Meaning, the youngest might be in school, but the 3 oldest might be married, 3 more might be in yeshiva dormitories, and the youngest 3 or 5 might be at home. 

Regardless of that though, when the schools of my children shut down and we had to prepare for zoom school, or telephone school for some of the kids, we had to buy tablets and/or notebooks and kosherize them (as per school requirements) and get them ready and available for the kids to be in school. I am not sure why the government must buy kosher phones for the children of one sector but not buy the equipment necessary for the children of the other sectors. 

If that is the price needed to pay, perhaps it is worth it, but I doubt that would solve the problem. In the end it would likely just be a way to get free phones out of the government with the phone bill paid for or subsidized. Parents want their children to learn and will do what is necessary to give the kids the best environment possible, under the circumstances. If telephone school is all that is possible, the parents should be responsible and buy the phones and not wait for the government. Everyone is struggling, many people are losing their jobs and/or closing their businesses because of the crisis created by Corona and lockdowns. If the government is going to help, they should really help everyone, not just one sector. And if the government is not going to help, the parents should deal with it in the best way possible. At the end of the day it is our responsibility to help our kids get the education they need, not the government's.




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PM Netanyahu Hosts Trilateral Summit Meeting - Israel - USA - UAE (video)








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Synagogues of California Part 5C (video)







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Sruli Broncher & Chaim Zippel \\ Elecha (Official Music Video)







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Oct 20, 2020

Picture of the Day

Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash 90


Israelis love the first rain of the winter season. This afternoon the skies suddenly opened in some cities around Israel, including Jerusalem, and the first rains fell, to the delight of the Israelites..




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