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Apr 16, 2014

RebbeSoul - "Let My People Go" (Official Music Video)


kol isha alert




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Adon Olam with Chazzan Moshe Stern

this was at a chazzanut concert recently held in honor of the great chazzan Moshe Stern




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Apr 13, 2014

Bennet on CNN: Should UK stop building in London? (video)








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Passover Sacrifice Practiced in Jerusalem (video)






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Holiday mode

Chag Sameach

the blog is officially going into holiday mode. that means there will be postings, but not on any regular schedule.

I hope you all enjoy your holiday!


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Androdos: Biyur Chametz (video)

funny.. but this never actually happened to me




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Talk Yiddish To Me (video)

Yiddish rap?






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Dayenu Passover Music video






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Apr 11, 2014

an original interpretation of Yonatan Razel's Vehi She'amda (video)








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Apr 10, 2014

Saving Jews by selling their chametz without telling them

I frequently enough quote Moshe Feiglin on this blog... Now I am going to quote Moshe Feiglin, but it is not the same guy. This is Moshe Feiglin, a Chabdnik. I think it is a distant cousin - I used to be in contact with a member of a Chabad family named Feiglin and the person told me that they are distant cousins with the MK (then he was not MK yet).. I think this is part of that family.

Anyways, this Chabad Moshe Feiglin wrote on Facebook a proposal how every religious Jew can "save" a non-religious from violating Pesach with chametz. Here is Feiglin's Facebook post:

The following was posted by Feiglin to his Facebook page:







Basically, you should sell someone else's chametz. If they eat some of that chametz, not knowing it is not owned by them but by a gentile somewhere, theft from a non-Jew is not as bad as eating chametz on pesach, from a halachic perspective. So, you have saved him from a more serious transgression.

How can you sell someone else's chametz? using the concept of "zachin l'adam she'lo b'fanav" - you can do acquire something for somebody when it will be beneficial for him, even without his knowledge. So, he does not know it, but you can sell his chametz because it is beneficial to him.

my problems with it:
1. it seems very Christian and missionary-like. "Saving" people. Kind of grates on my nerves.
2. The concept of "zachin" is, in my opinion being misused. the concept is used in two ways that I know - either to acquire something for somebody from hefker, or to buy something for somebody and to facilitate the acquisition now for the person you intend to give it to later.

from hefker: if I find an object that does not seem to belong to somebody, I can acquire it on behalf of somebody else knowing he would want it. It is considered his even now, even though he has not yet touched it or come into actual possession of it.
giving ownership: such as if I want to give a book to someone on Shabbos, but one cannot make an acquisition, a kinyan, on Shabbos. I can buy the book and acquire it for my friend before Shabbos, so it is already his. Then, when I give it to him on Shabbos, he is not acquiring it as it is already his.

In this case of Moshe Feiglin above, he is using zachin to say I can take my neighbors thigns and sell it, because spiritually thats what he would really prefer.

 We don't find, as far as I know, "zachin" working to let me take something from somebody else without his knowledge. Only to give to him.

If I sell my neighbors chametz without his knowledge, I stole his chametz and sold it, which is theft on my part (and with all due respect, I am not going to transgress the prohibition of theft just to prevent someone else from transgressing the prohibition of chametz - another talmudic concept).

The second possibility, and this is really the way it works - I did absolutely nothing. I cannot sell my neighbors stuff. I might think I sold it, but all I did was deceive the rav who facilitate the sale, and the non-Jew who bought it. When the non-religious Jew eats his chametz on pesach, he will not be eating the goy's chametz after unknowingly stealing it from him - he will be eating his own chametz, because I cannot sell someone else's belongings without his knowledge!

The one good thign i can say about this idea promoted by Feiglin is that he is showing his ahavat yisrael by trying to find a way to "save" others form transgressions...

Do you know of any other reasons why this may or may not work?


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Court orders avreich to pay State 84,000NIS for skipping kollel

I don't know what qualifies something to be considered a landmark case, but this case sounds like it might be one.. This is the first time I am hearing of such an incident..

Basically, the State looked into an avreich who declared his status as "Torato Umanuto" - full-time Torah learning - yet every time they checked into him, they never found him in kollel. Rather, he was voluntarily running some girls school and was Director of the NGO.

The State imposed financial sanctions on the kollel this avreich was supposedly learning in, and sued the avreich. The State argued that the stipend paid to kollel people is is order to assist those people who really live the life of torato umanuto, where the focus of his entire life is his torah learning. The State therefore sued to receive back all the monies paid in stipends to this fellow - 7 years worth of stipends, totaling about 84,000NIS.

The avreich's response was that he was caught out of kollel on a spot check, but the rest of the time he was in kollel and they can't know otherwise.

The State responded to that saying they cannot be expected to attach a "personal bodyguard" to every person in kollel to track when he is there learning and when he is not. It should be enough for them to show via spot-checking a number of times that he was not in kollel, and from that it can reasonably be extrapolated that he regularly was not learning in the kollel.

The court accepted the States argument saying the State is not able to attach an investigator to each person who receives "havtachat hachnasa", and a reasonable sampling is enough for an investigation. The State proved that his lack of attendance was not a one-time thing or a chance encounter being caught out of kollel, rather he regularly was not in kollel.

The court decided the avreich would have to pay the State 84,000NIS to return all the stipends, and another 8000NIS in court costs.
source: NRG



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Book Review: Let My RV, Go!, by Nicole Nathan

NOTE: I was not paid to review this book. It is an unbiased and objective review. If you have a book with Jewish or Israel related content and would like me to write a review, contact me for details of where to send me a review copy of the book.

Book Review: Let My RV Go, by Nicole Nathan


Let My RV Go! by Nicole Nathan (published by Mosaica Press) is a novel that I happened to read with perfect timing now right before Pesach.

The story is set with a family from Canada that decides to get away for Pesach, but not by going to a hotel or resort, but by hopping into a couple of rented RVs (with another family) and driving down south to a randomly selected trailer park for Pesach. The story takes us through the foibles and drama of a family trip, along with some mystery and intrigue when some unknown person hands them a box of matza to be delivered to an unknown address "down south", with only a last name. As part of their family adventure, they must also look for the guy they are meant to deliver the matza to.

The story is light and entertaining. I like Nicole Nathan's style, as her wit shows in her writing style. "Let My RV Go!" is a good read, a pretty quick read, and will provide you with a fun experience.

Besides for the light and entertaining style, the book does delve into deeper issues, but not too deeply, by exploring the backgrounds of the characters in the story, with debating about how much baalei teshuva should be open about their colorful pasts, issues of teenagers and their relationships with their parents, tzniyus, observance and more.

My one criticism of the book is that some of the ritual observance things mentioned seemed inconsistent - such as memories of traditional Jewish Pesach and Shabbos, when she is newly religious, some of the ideas of keeping shabbos discussed in great detail, yet, again, she is only newly religious... Despite those minor inconsistencies, they did nothing to make the book any less enjoyable and they did not harm the story in any way - just more of a curiosity added to the story.

I definitely enjoyed reading Let My People Go! by Nicole Nathan, and would recommend you read this, if you enjoy some entertaining reading material..

You can buy Let My RV, Go! on Amazon.com for $15.73 (Kindle Edition for $2.99)


NOTE: I was not paid to review this book. It is an unbiased and objective review. If you have a book with Jewish or Israel related content and would like me to write a review, contact me for details of where to send me a review copy of the book.


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Jon Stewart: Haters of the Lost Ark (video)






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Arrival of the C130J "Samson": higher, farther, and faster (video)

the new "Samson" plane arrived in Israel... these clips are from the ceremony..

this is the report from the IDF:



and this is the report from the US Embassy:



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Bret Stephens responds to accusation by Peter Beinart (video)

a bit of a smackdown on Peter Beinart!




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AKA Pella, Shtar Pesach parody music videos (video)

running out of time, so here's a couple more Pesach parody music videos..







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