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May 26, 2016

Picture of the Day

spotted on a bus on the way up to Meron for Lag b'Omer...





in my opinion, good for him. Better that he should deal with this on his own, even if it makes him look strange, than to force others to alter their attendance for him...


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when women were first considered human

There is an article in Yeshiva World , or maybe it is an advertisement - I am not sure, for supporting the Hai Rottel of Meron.

The article describes the great and surely important work the head of this organization distributing Hai Rottel does to improve the entire distribution system and help more people going to Meron for Lag b'Omer. All very nice.

There are a few points in the article that made me smile, but the one that takes the cake is the following:
Lag Beomer 2007 was the first time in history that women were also considered human. It was the very first time that they received cold water just like the men.
that one made me laugh.


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Tweet of the Day






translation:
The biggest loser of Netanyahu's declaration that he is Sefardi is his Haredi daughter. Now they won't accept her children into the yeshivot, and forget about shidduchim!


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Meir Kay's carpool karaoke: Benny Friedman (video)

Meir Kalmanson has started his own version of the carpool karaoke series...






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Israel Honors 100 Years of American Jewry’s Contributions (video)







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Synagogues of Florida (video)








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Tradition! Tradition! (video)

funny guy..





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Yitzchak Meir: Ahavat Olam (video)








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May 25, 2016

The strange expanded coalition crisis

This situation, crisis of sorts, in the coalition between Bennet and the Likud-Netanyahu over his demand is a strange one.

Bennet is demanding that the security cabinet members be more informed about issues they need to vote on in wartime, rather than vote blindly according to the demand of the Prime Minister. He is insisting on some form of reform in the working makeup of the cabinet to that effect.

It is strange that such a demand must be made. People get appointed to the security defense cabinet, but then don't get told the issues they need to make decisions on? They need to trust one or two people blindly when they say vote yes or vote no? Isn't the purpose of such a cabinet to discuss issues and look for better solutions or find the problems in the proposed solutions that maybe were not considered previously? Why have a cabinet at all if this is how it is going to function. Effectively, the person running such a cabinet (Netanyahu, for the most part) is basically a dictator.

It seems to me that if such a demand must be demanded, it seems pretty reasonable.

Yet, and this is also strange, this has turned into a crisis. Netanyahu is refusing to agree to this demand, and the headlines are saying that Netanyahu and the Likud are even refusing to discuss it. In other words, they want their dictatorship mandated and consider it unreasonable for anyone to suggest otherwise.

Very strange. Strange this needs to be an issue, and strange how they respond to the issue.

This crisis can end in a few ways:
a. Netanyahu can acquiesce.
b. Bennet can give up his demand and vote for the government expansion despite not getting hsi demands met
c. Netanyahu can fire Bennet
d. the government can collapse over this

Yisrael Beyteynu is a party of 6 seats, essentially bumping the new coalition up to 61 from the previous 61. However, one of the Israel Beyteynu MKs says she is resigning from Yisrael Beyteynu as she refuses to join the coalition, and is taking her seat elsewhere. If she does not give up her seat, that makes the expansion sit at 66.

Habayit Hayehudi is a party of 8. If they leave, or get fired over this, the government still collapses, despite the expansion. Bennet holds the cards here. If he holds strong in his demands, this is something that Netanyahu would classically fire him over, but in this case it meas going to new elections, as what happened when he fired Livni and Lapid from the previous government. He might give in, to avoid new elections, though it is hard to imagine him just walking away from a demand he made so strongly - perhaps he'll be offered something else in exchange.

Israeli politics is never boring.



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don't throw rocks

City of Hall of Modiin Ilit has published some instructions and guidelines for the Lag b'Omer celebrations.




As you can see by the circled item, City Hall is warning the residents to not throw rocks and boulders at the firemen who will be driving around to ensure everyone's safety.

On the one hand, it is troubling that such a statement needs to be made.

On the other hand, "good on them" - kol hakavod - it did need to be said, and they said it. Hopefully people will listen.It might be more effective if they put out pashkevilim with rabbinic decrees to that effect, but small steps, as they say, small steps.



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Don't Need To Go Viral To Be Famous (60 Sec) (video)

from the Drops of Light project..




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Michael Douglas speaks at the Jerusalem Post Conference, May 22nd, 2016 (video)



Michael Douglas spoke to Steve Linde, outgoing Editor of the Jerusalem Post, at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York on May 22nd, 2016. This interview was part of a program where the Jewish Funders Network announced the winners of the "Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families" matching grants initiative in honor of Michael Douglas.






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Synagogues of Florida (video)













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Shirei Pinchas: A Lifetime of Composing (video)

The soon to be released all-star album featuring some of the brightest luminaries in the Jewish music business may well turn out to be one of the most intriguing stories to hit the Jewish world in a very long time.

Shirei Pinchas features 11 original compositions by Pinchas Wolf of Detroit. While his songs have been featured both by Yehuda Green and Yonasan Schwartz on their most recent albums, Shirei Pinchas is the first time that Wolf, who is turning 70 this fall, has made his music available to the public.

Wolf, who was born in a DP camp, spent most of his formative years in Montreal. A student first at the Klausenberger cheder and then at the Lubavitch cheder, Wolf began composing music at just ten years old. He credits that lifelong passion for Chasidishe niggunim with his return to religious observance after a brief crisis that left him struggling on a personal level. In more recent years, having been told by a surgeon that he was humming a tune while undergoing surgery and sedated with general anesthesia, Wolf decided it was time to share his music with the public.

“It was a turning point for me,” said Wolf. “It made me realize that Hashem wanted me back and he wanted my nigunim to get out there.”

The Detroit Chazan said that he continues the practice he began as a Bochur of composing a new Nigun each week in honor of Shabbos.

Joining Wolf in his musical odyssey and giving voice to his compositions are several prominent Jewish music stars including Benny Friedman, Dovid Gabay, Shimmy Engel, Yoely Greenfield, Shlomo Simcha and Mordechai Shapiro as well as a soon to be named child star soloist.





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89-year-old Holocaust survivor sings U.S. anthem at Detroit Tigers game (video)

An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor has fulfilled her longtime wish to sing the U.S. national anthem at a Major League Baseball game.

Hermina Hirsch sang Saturday at Comerica Park in Detroit before the Detroit Tigers played Tampa Bay.

The Czechoslovakia native lives in Southfield, Michigan. She was 17 when her family was split up and sent to concentration camps in 1944. According to her granddaughter, Andrea Hirsch, Hermina Hirsch and her older sister were shuffled between five concentration camps, including Auschwitz. She was liberated in January 1945.

WWJ-TV has reported that Hirsch has been a Tigers fan since she moved to the Detroit area more than 60 years ago. Hirsch has been singing the anthem for years during Holocaust survivor meetings in the Detroit area.

kol isha alert, I guess, but it is acapella for sefira...







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May 24, 2016

Facebook Status of the Day

The original is also in there, in Hebrew, but I posted Ben's, as he already did the work of summarizing it in English, so that saves me a few minutes..





I do not know "messianic look in his eyes" means..

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