Jul 5, 2022

Let My People Go!


The Jerusalem post is reporting that the Russian government has ordered the Jewish Agency to cease all activity and operations within Russia. There are concerns that this will affect thousands of Russians who are waiting to make aliya.

Some are dredging up history and suggesting this might be the start of another Iron Curtain situation coming into effect in Russia. Anonymous sources from within the Jewish community talk about arrests and that people in the community fear for their lives. There is no word yet the Jewish activity within Russia is being curtailed, but locking the gates is a bad start.

All I can say is that I hope this is an exaggeration. even if Putin is over-reacting and has gone perhaps a bit crazy due to the ongoing war with Ukraine, I hope he wont be crazy enough to bring us back to the days of Soviet Russia and the Iron Curtain. 





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Proposed Law: In God We Trust

MK Moshe Abutbol (Shas) has proposed a law with which he expects to defeat inflation.

According to Abutbol, just like in the USA the currency has printed on it "In God We Trust", in Israel we should do the same, expressing our faith  in God providing sustenance and that will give us a spiritual anchor regarding the economic situation which right now is seeing increases and inflation across the board.
source: Hamechadesh

Well, it can't hurt to try!



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vacation inflation

people in Israel are complaining non-stop about the inflation and rising prices of everything and how difficult it is now to afford even basic necessities, yet the images coming out of the airport continue to be chaos of crowds and long lines of people traveling abroad

#justsaying 




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Jul 4, 2022

Picture of the Day

can you imagine waking up to this?




A couple left the patio door of their hotel room in Mitzpe Ramon open - and in wandered a curious ram 




(i saw a cool video of this but when I went to look for it to include in this post I couldnt find it again)






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the summer of weird foods

If you are going to be celebrating your July 4th holiday by barbecuing some good ole gefilta dogs, you might want to wash them down with a nice refreshing ketchup ice pop for dessert.

It seems as this summer is the summer of weird foods.

Manischewitz announced their fish dog (probably a joke) a couple of weeks ago, and French's has now announced their ketchup popsicles.




game:

   goes with

like what goes with what?


The ketchup popsicle seems to be only available in Canada, for now. Maybe the Canadians deserve this.



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Uber in Israel

We like to say in Israel that Uber doesn't operate here, and that is sort of true, but only sort of.

Uber has operated in Israel before, and according to JPost is now relaunching its operations in Israel. But Uber operates in Israel on a different model than it operates in the USA. Israel does not allow ride-sharing systems, aka the way Uber operates in the USA and its native model of operations. Israel is concerned about protecting the taxi drivers and have therefore not allowed the classic ride-sharing systems to operate in Israel.


The way Uber has and will operate in Israel, for now, is via the taxi drivers. The way GETT works in Israel. Uber functions in Israel, with the app and all, but only taxi drivers do the driving, not any Tom Dick or Harry, or maybe not any Moshiko, Udi or Yaniv.

So, yes, Uber is in Israel, but maybe not exactly the way you think it means.






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blowing your nose at the Kotel

"which came first - the chicken or the egg?"

do Haredi activists and action seekers go down to the "Reform kotel" and fight with worshippers there because the Women of the Wall have been making their minyan at the Kotel or do the Women of the Wall make their disruptive minyanim at the Kotel because Haredim go down and disturb worshippers at the Reform Kotel?

When the WoW and other groups fight over the Kotel area they are told to go down to the area designated for them - the Reform Kotel as it has come to be known. When people use the egalitarian area the Haredim come down (sometimes) and ight with them and make trouble down there.
According to TOI, dozens of extremists, though from the pictures they just look like regular Haredi people not like how we normally think of who the extremists are, went down to the egalitarian plaza and disrupted a bar mitzva in process calling the people names, blowing whistles and tearing up their siddurim.

The unique part of this story, that on its own happens often enough that it might not even be notable, is that one young man tore out some pages form a siddur and then used the pages to blow his nose. 
do they go there and provoke because they go there or do they go there and provoke because they go there? I dont know the answer to the question, but I am not sure it matters. You really have to go out of your way to go to the egalitarian plaza and bother people who you prefer do their thing there rather than at the main kotel plaza...

Interesting Psak: Medical Marijuana

hattip to VIN

This kol koreh signed by the batei din of Rav Wosner and Rav Nissim Krelitz, along with other rbbonim in the Haredi community. The kol koreh says that this psak must be announced because in recent years doctors have been giving permits for use of medical marijuana even in light cases. They stress that ti is prohibited as a drug no matter the situation or type, even as a one time thing, This is a drug that takes people out of their senses and leads to sin and to worse drugs and issues and eventually destroys the person. The only time medical marijuana can possibly be considered is in a case of minimally safek pikuach nefesh and even then one cannot rely on the doctors but must ask a rav certified in the field. Thos e who sell and market this product to healthy people are violating Torah commandments and are causing people to sin...

So no medical marijuana according to this.





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