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Oct 31, 2014

New Shlomo Katz Album 'Likrat Shabbat' Promo (video)

I am sure it will be great




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Oct 30, 2014

Buyer Be(a)ware: Tzabar Shmitta salads

This is sort of a PSA.

I am in favor of people being aware and knowledgeable about their kashrut issues, and that includes proper labeling of kashrut on food items.

In this situation, nothing was done wrong, but there is still room for someone to not notice the issue, and therefore I feel it important to point out.

Tzabar salads make many different types of salads. Many of their salads have had a Badatz hechsher in the past (and still do). This is one of those situations in which you normally buy a specific product and dont check the hechsher each time - because you know it is acceptable to you. The problem with this is that when something changes, you don't notice it.

It has been noticed that many of the Tzabar salads no longer have the Badatz hechsher, but are sold with the Rabbanut hechsher and use hetter mechira produce.

Again, the products are labeled correctly, but because of our behavior patterns, many people might not notice it.

It has also been noticed that these salads are sometimes sold in stores where the shelves are labeled, and not all labels have been changed. I was told of a store that right under the containers of salad the shelf still said "Badatz Eida" but the salads were all hetter mechira Rabbanut.



If you eat Rabbanut hechsher, and hetter mechira, you are fine in this situation. If you don't, than this message is for you.


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Admor Treatment at airport canceled

If you are looking to get a bracha from a major hassidic rebbe, or a mekubal, you might need some "protexia", you might be able to wait in line for a very long time, or you might not get in at all.

That all might change very soon and it might sometimes become easier to get that bracha.

Ben Gurion Airport has a little known administrative order known as "Nohal Ha'Admorim" - the Admor rules. These rules are applied to a list of rebbes, hassidic rebbes and mekubalim. When anybody on this list arrives on the airport, he can let the authorities know and he will be given special treatment. The Admor treatment is similar to the treatment given to anybody holding a VIP passport,  but they still get one additional benefit. The Admor listed will be able to drive right up to the airplane and not have to wait in the terminal with everybody else. When he arrives at the airplane, a clerk will be present to perform the security checks, customs, and passport control. Also upon entry, he does not need to go through the airport, but will have everything taken care of in his private car right next to the airplane.

According to Bechadrei, the list includes 45 rabbis.

The "Admor treatment" was appealed to the courts on the basis of it treating a small select group of rabbis with special treatment. To be included in this list, there is no clear criteria and breaches all rules of order and equality.

The Supreme Court heard the arguments and yesterday the Customs authorities decided to cancel the Admor Treatment without even hearing a decision yet from the court.

An exception was granted for special situations in which a great rabbi comes from abroad and a large group is expected to greet him at the airport. They would be able to coordinate with police and possibly apply the special treatment and also allow the crowds to greet him.
source: Ladaat

So, with the rebbes and mekubals having to stand in line with everybody else,your best bet for getting a quick bracha might be in fiding out their travel schedule and getting one while waiting in line with the rebbe at check-in.





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the terrorist or suspected terrorist who shot Yehuda Glick

Some of the news websites are saying that Israel security services have found and killed (in a firefight) the suspected terrorist who shot Yehuda Glick last night.

I don't understand the headline, and I assume it is the attempt at  politically correctness of the relevant media that caused them to write it like that.

If the guy is only a suspected terrorist, he should not have been killed. If he was killed "unintentionally", as a result of resisting arrest and starting a firefight, that should be pointed out. The headlines makes it sound like he was killed because of his involvment, but he was only suspected. Suspected terrorists should not be killed, though I don't have a problem with actual terrorists being killed.

 If he was the terrorist, and he was positively identified and there were eyewitnesses to the shooting so I'll go out on a limb and say that the identification was relatively easy, he should not be called a suspected terrorist. He was a terrorist.

So was he a terrorist or a suspected terrorist? was he killed because of what he did, because of what he was suspected to have done, or because he started a firefight?

It might only be semantics, but the story needs to be told correctly.


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Rabbi Pruzansky stepping down is a loss

In light of the scandal with Rabbi Freundel of the RCA and the changes being implemented by the RCA in response to it, Rabbi Pruzansky has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as head of the RCA's conversion court.

Despite the fact that I did not always agree with his opinions, I feel bad he is stepping down and I feel it will be an overall loss for the RCA.

It seems to me, and I never heard otherwise, that Rabbi Pruzansky is an honest and hard working rabbi with great integrity. I don't have to agree with everything he says, but it is a shame to lose someone like that from the system. He surely has given it honor and prestige and has done what he could to make sure the conversion court worked  well.




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Netanyahu Responds to "Chickensh**t" Attack (video)








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Meet David Herman: Father of 1st Israeli Super Hero & Much More (video)


I love this superhero's name..




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Organization: It's time to "Be a Mensch!" (video)






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"Are you Jewish? Are you Jewish?" (video)

these guys are definitely dedicated to their cause...

What does a Chabad bochur do when a Jewish man on a jog tells him he won't stop to do a quick Mitzvah.

and so began the Crown Heights Marathon..



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Uncle Moishy at Jewel Kosher Taste on TAPED WITH RABBI DOUG (video)







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Oct 29, 2014

Proposed Law: financial benefits taken from IDF service evaders

A proposed law is in the Knesset works, having passed its first reading today.

The proposal would cancel any financial benefits (from the government) from students who evaded army service.

According to official numbers, there are about 5000 service evaders annually.

MK Yoni Chetboun (Habayit Hayehudi) is behind the proposal and said the IDF is the people's army and it is Israeli society's responsibility to rid itself of the phenomenon of service evasion.

The proposal has broad support, with only 2 MKs voting against. It is expected to pass its final readings next week.


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Facebook Status of the Day

this is just too funny..







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Quote of the Day

The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit
The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars. The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin. He’s got no guts

  -- senior Obama administration official, to columnist Jeffrey Goldberg



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Nir Barkat brings the rain

I am not one to argue with Rav Shteinman, but this is just strange..

Ladaat is reporting that during the holiday of Sukkos, after the early rains, one of the UTJ askanim of Jerusalem went to Rav Shteinman. Among other things, this anonymous askan asked Rav Shteinman about the heavy early rains that caused people to not be able to eat in the sukka - many could barely even eat the minimum kzayis before having to run inside. As well, many sukkas were blown over by the strong winds. This askan asked Rav Shteinman in what we need to strengthen ourselves - what does this indicate as to what problems we are having?

Rav Shteinman responded that because it affected the entire city, it is a public problem rather than a localized, personal problem. He then blamed the mayor, Nir Barkat, as the cause for the rains and winds preventing people from eating in the sukka. "when there is a mayor like that, everybody knows the reason".

Did he actually say it or not is obviously a question when dealing with an anonymous quote. Besides for that, assuming he did say it, I guess we can count on a rainy winter this year. Interesting that all the rain dances, such as the various prayers, aravos, helicopters with mekubalim, and all sorts of other stuff, we do, and most of them dont work, at least not obviously, but just having Nir Barkat as mayor brings rain. Also weird that at the beginning of the winter, when we are always in a drought status, or close to it, the rian is considered bad that someone has to be blamed for it. I get that it prevented a mitzva, but still - the country always desperately needs rain...

Perhaps Nir Barkat will be able to boast in his next election campaign that he was even able to bring the rain.





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MK Eichler compares government to Sodom and Gemorrah (video)






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Independent Book Week in Jerusalem (video)

I didn't know this existed. looks interesting..




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