Apr 26, 2017

Quote of the Day

For me it isn't so bad. It is a bit of vacation from work.

  -- Yoelish Krausz, after being indicted for tax evasion/fraud to the tune of 1.5 million shekels




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HOW IS ICE CREAM MADE? #BehindTheScenes at Ben & Jerry's Israel (video)

I saw this on JHC




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DORE GOLD VS SEAN HANNITY (4/20/2017) (video)







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Who Would You Invite to Your Passover Seder? (video)

I am a bit late on this but it is still cute




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Meir Kay TV Interview With Fox 5 News (video)

After the virality of "Eating Twinkies With God" Dari Alexander, a reporter and news anchor from Fox 5 News reached out to do a piece on the video and future video projects. It's so awesome to see mainstream news covering stories that are about positivity and happiness! 





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8th Day sings national anthem Mets @Marlins 4/13/17 (video)







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Apr 25, 2017

but I was drunk!

There is a famous story related about Winston Churchill.

When Lady Astor, the first female MP, (or Bessie Braddock, depending on the report) said to him, "you are 'disgustingly drunk'", the Prime Minister responded: 'My dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.'

Waking up sober does not actually solve all the problems of having been drunk.

It definitely did not help the guy who's wife filed for divorce after about a year of marriage. His wife had enough of his excessive drinking.

At the beis din she pulls out her ketuba and shows the dayyanim, to the shock of the husband, that he had promised her in the ketuba a sum of 5,000,000nis (yes, million), in case of his death or divorce.

Mr. Moneybags responded that no way did he promise that much and fraud is involved. He accused his wife and her family of having taken advantage of him and the fact that he was already drunk at the wedding when he signed the ketuba. He claimed that they added a 0 after the fact, and even the original sum of 500,000 was taking advantage of him and he had not intended to agree to.

The beis din found in favor of the wife and said he owes her 5,000,000 unless he hires a private investigator and proves that he had been drunk.
source: Kikar

Proving that probably should not be too difficult, if it is true, as they can probably go look at the pictures and video and see more or less what happened. If all he needs to prove is that he was drunk, the pictures and video should be enough. If they need to prove fraud, it might be more difficult.

Either way, the moral of the story is probably to not sign on to financial commitments when drunk.




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Quote of the Day

We didn't take that possibility into account

  -- anonymous member of NTP organization, after a Palestinian who entered Israel as part of a joint Israel-Palestinian event under its auspices went ahead and stabbed four Israelis

oops


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Tel Aviv Haredim leave city coalition


The Haredi councilmembers in the Tel Aviv municipality have left the coalition because of the Supreme Court decision about the local bylaw allowing the markets to remain open on Shabbos.

How quickly will they rejoin the coalition?

If not for the issue depending on national-level politics, I would assume quickly. Leaving the coalition is a publicity move. It does not threaten the coalition or hurt anybody but them. Normally they would make their statement and then move on, and quietly rejoin after a short period, or after the next major issue takes over the news cycle. Really only the Haredi parties suffer from such a move, as they distance themselves form the pie.

But this time might be different, because national politics are at stake.

Shas is now threatening to leave the government coalition. There is going to be an attempt to pass a new law to circumvent the Supreme Court decision. There are a lot of moves happening that the Tel Aviv councilmembers are not acting independently of. They might be out for a while...



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Skokie (1981) (video)







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Israelis: Are you the descendants of Biblical Israelites? (video)








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Sean Hannity Full Show 4/21/2017 Benjamin Netanyahu Full Interview (video)








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Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern - Jerusalem: Kugel, Couscous and Kunafa. (video)







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Synagogues of Massachusetts (video)









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Apr 24, 2017

unity in Israel on Yom Hashoah

A lot is made about the unity of the day on Yom haShoah. Millions of people, over 6 million Jews, stand in unison and remember, think about, those who perished, just for being Jewish. We put aside our differences, for just a moment, and stand side by side to give honor to the victims of the Holocaust.

Hearing something about the unity today reminded me of a conversation I had once with a friend. This friend goes every year to Uman for Rosh Hashana, despite his not being a Breslaver hassid, and he encourages other people to go.

I asked him once, a bunch of years ago, why he goes, especially being that he is not a hassid of Rebbe Nachman. "What do you find so special about it?", I asked.

He responded that in Uman on Rosh Hashana you are with and you daven with tens of thousands of other people, and everyone is so different and nobody cares about the differences. Everyone is just friendly to each other and happy with each other. There is so much Jewish love in Uman. Hat, he said, is what makes it so special, and, he said, that is something you don't get anywhere else, especially in Eretz Yisrael.

I responded by saying that there is no mitzvah to hate and to fight with other people in Israel. If you go to Uman because everyone likes each other there, why not just act like that in Israel as well. As a matter of fact, most of the visitors to Uman travel to there from Israel, so it mostly the same people that are normally in Israel. Why do they have to all hate and fight with each other while in Israel but love each other in Uman? Just act nicely to each other in Israel as well!







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Picture of the Day

photo by Ariel Schalit, AP


we've all seen the pictures of the people in the streets standing for the memorial siren on Holocaust Day and on Memorial Day. We've seen the pictures of the bus stopped and people standing. We've seen the various normal pictures that all evoke some emotion and pride. I don't think I have ever seen a picture of the surfers stopped and standing for the siren on Yom HaShoah...

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