Jan 23, 2017

Trump's discussion about the embassy move

Various news websites yesterday were reporting, based on a source in the Trump administration, that today they would start talking about and looking into moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Without having any idea how those discussions will conclude, and with the default expectation being that most people have expected that Trump will renege on his campaign promise as has every president until now and not move the embassy, I would point out that just having this "discussion" about the possibility is already more than any previous president has done about this. The others all promised during their campaigns and then just went along with the State Department that told them to drop the idea, too dangerous, taking sides, etc. Trump holding a discussion with his team about it and figuring out if it is something they should do or should not do, is already progress.



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Rabbi Marvin Hier delivers a prayer at Inauguration Day 2017 (video)



Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center delivered a prayer at Inauguration Day 2017, after Donald Trump and Mike Pence took the oath of office.



The first Orthodox Jewish rabbi to give an invocation at a presidential inauguration said that the biblical passages included in his approximately two minute address were carefully chosen to convey specific messages.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, said that he chose verses that, in addition highlighting the concepts of being actively involved and helping others, focused the spotlight directly on the State of Israel.

In a Saturday night radio interview on Zev Brenner’s Talkline radio program, Rabbi Hier said that his statements about Israel were directed not just at President Trump and the American public but the entire world and called Senator John Kerry’s remarks about Israeli settlements blatantly false.




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what happens to the balloons in Ben Gurion Airport's arrivals lounge? (video)




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Tel aviv - Startup city (video)







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Synagogues of Maryland (video)










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Kippalive - It's Time For Africa (video)







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Jan 22, 2017

Bnei Braq should become twin cities with Los Gatos, Califonia

According to a report on Kikar, the Vishnitz neighborhood of Bnei Braq and Los Gatos, California have a lot in common.

Both communities are upset at Waze. Though for slightly different reasons.

Residents of Los Gatos, California were suffering from heavy traffic on the residential streets as Waze would redirect drivers trying to avoid traffic through the town's quieter streets. All that redirected traffic suddenly made the streets dangerous for the kids and brought in more traffic, pollution and noise. They tried to get Waze to stop redirecting traffic through their residential area, to no avail. Eventually people resorted to falsely reporting traffic jams so that Waze would not route drivers through their streets. I do not know how that situation was resolved, if at all. I also remember similar stories being reported from other cities across America as well.

In Bnei Braq they are now experiencing something very similar. People from neighboring towns are being routed through the small and narrow streets of the Vishnitz neighborhood of Bnei Braq to get to Highway 4 via quicker, less congested, route.

The new traffic and noise seems to bother the residents of this neighborhood less, and the tzniyus problems of the secular drivers sitting in their cars on the neighborhood streets bothers them more. They are looking for ideas how to put an end to this problem.

I would recommend they start off the falsely reporting traffic jams, just to get Waze to not send drivers on these roads. And then, if that is not enough, they should petition City Hall to close off the roads so they will not continue to be used as thoroughfares.





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Gafni's goose and gander of Haredim in Maale Adumim

There are a few things about this report that bothers me.

According to the report in Behadrei, there is a Haredi school in Maale Adumim. This school requested assistance from city representatives and the head of the education department told them to leave Maale Adumim and to go instead to Jerusalem.

MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) protested this response saying there are clear instructions from above to not give Haredim a foothold in Maale Adumim.

It also seems there is an implicit threat in Gafni's protest to not support the request for annexation of Maale Adumim.

Here are my thoughts.

If Haredim live in Maale Adumim, they need, and deserve, schools that are fitting for their lifestyles and preferences.

I don't know if Maale Adumim is an open city letting anyone in, or a closed community that requires approvals based on fitting a lifestyle profile. If it is a closed community, then it is understandable - there are plenty of those, and attempts to "break in" with a different lifestyle often fail. If it is an open city, then they have to accept Haredim who want to live there just like they need to accept anyone else.

I also have a problem with Gafni. Not with his protest for this school - that is legitimate. My problem is the hypocrisy. When a Haredi yeshiva high school (Chochmei Lev) was offered plots/buildings in different mixed neighborhoods of Jerusalem, but were pushed out by askanim and residents, Gafni did not go out and defend their rights to be present in those areas, because he opposed the institution. What is good for Gafni's goose was not good for his gander when it came to schools he did not like in the same situation.

Further, show me a Haredi town that is tolerant of other communities entering and joining and using resources? Do Beitar or Kiryat Sefer or Modiin Ilit allow dati leumi or secular communities to join and then fund their schools? I agree with Gafni that the haredim in Maale Adumim should be funded like anybody else, but I'd like to see Gafni support opening up Haredi areas to others the same way he expects others to open up to Haredim.








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Picture of the Day


this is a picture of an IDF ceremony on Friday at the conclusion of an officer's training course in the Intelligence corps. The graduates of the course include two religious women who are pregnant and have an exemption from wearing the IDF uniform and are now officers in the army.


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Making 'Aliyah.' Why Thousands of Jews Move to Israel Each Year (video)







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US Ambassador Dan Shapiro to Israel completes his service (video)









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Today we suffer from peer pressure (video)








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PM Netanyahu to the Iranian people: We are your friend not your enemy (video)







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Ari Lesser - Circumcise It (video)

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Jan 20, 2017

Six13 - That Shabbos Feeling! (video)







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Jan 19, 2017

Israel's Tiananmen Square ends differently

in Jerusalem a protest near the train tracks of the Jerusalem Light Rail led to someone getting run over by the train (only lightly injured).

The incident was caught on camera...


the protest was against the drafting of Haredim to the IDF..

those damn Zionists! (jk)
even in China, in Tiananmen Square, back in 1989, the tank train didn't run over the protester that stood in its way.




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