Feb 27, 2017

Yoeli Steinberg: vkulhon misatrin (video)







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Feb 26, 2017

Interesting Psak: Maror that isn't a "ha'adama" bracha

While this is an interesting discussion and psak, the more interesting part of this is actually post-psak.

A secular lettuce farmer had decided to grow his crop for Pesach, potentially a significant portion of his yearly parnassa, using some form of hydroponics - growing the lettuce in water instead of in soil. His thought process was that this would allow him to produce lettuce without bugs and without the need to use pesticides that could ruin the quality of the lettuce.

The problem they discovered, after the investment, was that such produce has rabbinic disputes surrounding them as to whether they are to be treated as produce from the ground that could be used as maror on Pesach or if they are blessed with the shehakol blessing because they are not considered vegetables from the ground. It seems that some poskim, including Rabbis ELyashiv and Wosner, determined the bracha to be ha'adama, while others, such as Rav Ovadia Yosef, determined it to be shehakol. The relevant farmers seemed to be heading into a potential disaster, not knowing if anyone would use this produce for maror on Pesach.

Rav Shlomo Ben Ezra, the rav of the Gezer Region Religious Council, decided to figure it all out for this farmer and spent weeks researching the issue and discussing it with rabbonim. Rav Ben Ezra's conclusion is that even according to the opinion that lettuce grown in water is not lie a normal ground-grown vegetable, it is still considered usable for maror, regardless of the psak adhered to regarding the bracha. This decision was signed on to by the Chief Rabbi Rav Yitzchak Yosef.

Rav Yosef added a requirement in his decision that the packaging of this lettuce include a statement that the lettuce was grown in water "so those who want to be machmir will know".

The farmers were very impressed with Rav Ben Ezra's dedication to the project and his assistance throughout the process. They said not being religious they never really had anything before to do with rabbis, but Rav Ben Ezra's involvement changed their attitude towards the rabbis, who are normally not painted well in the media.
source: Srugim

1. a helpful and accommodating approach, rather than a curt response or a brush off, can go a long way toward changing attitudes.

2. Regardless of Rav Ben Ezra's psak, and Rav Yosef's agreement, many people would still say it isn't enough. That's life. But at least he has a serious name behind him.

3. This is Pesach,.. and the mizva of maror. Putting a statement out like that on the packaging - grown in water, for the knowledge of those who want to be machmir - can be the death knell in the religious community for this lettuce. Who, especially on pesach, doesn't want to be machmir? Will people buy it knowing that they are expressly stating by doing so that they are not being machmir regarding the mitzva of maror?






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Palestinians: Is it better if a Palestinian combatant is injured or killed? (video)







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One on One with Alan Dershowitz - Feb. 22, 2017 (video)







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How do you represent Judaism? (video)






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Synagogues of Virginia (video)








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TOVAtalks with Crave Restaurant (video)




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Feb 23, 2017

when nobody walked out of an IDF ceremony

I was at an IDF ceremony yesterday and among the various units participating in the ceremony were a couple of Haredi units, and probably other religious units (and definitely religious soldiers) as I saw many kippot among the soldiers.

At the end of the ceremony a recording of Hatikvah was played and the singer was a female.

I just want to point out that nobody walked out of the ceremony - none of the Haredi soldiers or the National Religious soldiers. We heard in the  past in the news about times when they did, and many people get upset about such news reports, so I thought it noteworthy to point out that it probably happens more frequently that when stuff like this happens nobody walks out and nothing noteworthy happens.

One of the boys did tell me that they were surprised as normally the army avoids using female singers when the Haredi units are involved, but nobody was going to walk out because of the mistake.


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LttE: Greek Culture

this "Letter to the Editor" is awesome..




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Picture of the Day


VP Mike Pence helps clean a vandalized Jewish cemetery in Missouri..


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Feb 22, 2017

“Were We Like Dreamers?” From Six Days to Fifty Years (video)



Yossi Klein Halevi, award-winning author and Shalom Hartman Institute senior fellow, did a live broadcast on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, and what it has meant for Israeli and Jewish society worldwide. Yossi answered questions during the program. The program was part of the Hartman Institute David Hartman Annual Conference for a Jewish-Democratic Israel.





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CNN hosts panels on anti-semitism (video)


CNN has hosted a number of panels on anti-semitism and Trump's dealings with it.. one of those panels included Jake Turx.

it is finally a focus of discussion..










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The Solomon Brothers: We are Not Angels (video)







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Feb 21, 2017

The Hagbah Institute

I love this.. kudos to the person who thought of it..





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Palestinians: Who do you support in the Syrian conflict? (video)






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Is Trump the world's least anti-Semitic person? (video)

this guy seems so angry all the time...





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