Jan 15, 2021

Picture of the Day






BDE, Sheldon Adelson. 


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Jan 14, 2021

being part of a winner

A Channel 12 news reporter, Yoav Even, reported tonight that Moderna is pushing up their supply of a million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to Israel to get them here and in use before the end of the month.

According to the report this is because they realize that Israel and the vaccine distribution is turning into an historic success. Moderna is worried about missing the boat and having this entire monumental success being noted with the name of Pfizer and not Moderna, and they want to get in on it too.

If true and not just supposition, everybody wants to be associated with a winner. Israel is running a winning campaign right now in this field and naturally that gets people moving to join the party. Maybe Israel won't even need to pay a premium any longer.




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Picture of the Day



That is Rabbanit Koldetzky, daughter of Rav Chaim Kanievsky, after getting the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today.

That itself is less interesting. More interesting is that she had no problem with her picture being taken and passed around (I also saw video of the event). 





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Dressed to the Nines

Many people in the frum community, upon receiving the first, or now the second, dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, said some sort of a bracha and/or tefilla to praise and thank God for enabling the scientists to discover the vaccine to end the pandemic.

Rabbanit Koldetzky, the daughter of Rav Chaim Kanievsky, took the celebrations even further.

Hamechadesh reports that when Rabbanit Koldetzky called upon teachers, specifically women, to go get vaccinated she says Hashem sent us the cure for the plague. And while people are, as usual, concerned about a new vaccine, that is what the gedolei yisroel are for - the rabbonim have said to go get vaccinated, and that's what everyone is doing.

Rabbanit Koldetzky said she went to ask her father, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, whether or not she should get vaccinated. He said she should. She says that when she went for the shot, she dressed up in Shabbos clothes, said a preliminary prayer about going to follow the instructions of the rabbonim, and went for her vaccination. Then she said a prayer when getting the shot.

I haven't heard of anyone else getting dressed up for the vaccine. Though the dressing up might have been for the act of listening to Rav Kanievsky's instructions and less for the vaccine, but they do go together, at least somewhat..

Good health to all.




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Quote of the Day

Covid-19 will become endemic...SARS-CoV-2 is not going away. We are going to live with this virus, we think, forever

  -- Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel

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The Man Who Ripped Books (video)


The Man Who Ripped Books from Ori Burg on Vimeo.






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11 Things I've Learned From The Hasidic Jews (video)








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Corona Hotel turned into mixed yeshiva (video)

reports have said this is the Grand Court Hotel in Jerusalem that was converted to a Coronatel (Corona Hotel) for yeshiva bochurim from various yeshivot, both Haredi and Dati Leumi. 







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Lenny Solomon Live (video)







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Avremi Roth: Mah Ashiv (video)








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Jan 13, 2021

Scion of Anti-Zionist family become Zionist

Nobody said raising children is easy. The most we can hope for is that our children grow up to be good people - mentschen. They will be independent and at some point will choose their own paths. We, more often than not, cannot control that. And at times they will choose paths different, even very different, than the path in which they were raised. It happens in the best of families, and in the most prestigious of families.


Half a year ago, the grandson of Rav Tuvia Weiss, the Gaavid of the Eida Hachareidis, decided to joint he IDF. He servers in Magav - the Border Police. After he went to the IDF draft, Weiss was thrown out of his home and banished from his family. This also led to his becoming not fum and brought an end to his singing career in the community of extremists.

Ynet reports that he says from a younger age he already had such thoughts, and as a result was married off very young. marriage is often used as a tool to keep people on the straight and narrow, and it seems to have been used for that purpose with Weiss. It didn't work, though it took some time. He and his wife left the frum community, and then they got divorced.

It sounds like he has a fascinating story, surely with a lot of pain (and his family probably went through a lot of painful moments as well).



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Supreme Court on conversion could hand Haredi parties an easy electoral campaign

The Supreme Court rejected the government request to delay a decision on the Conversion Bill until after the elections, to give the 24th Knesset a chance to finally legislate the matter. The Court indicated it will give its decision prior to the upcoming elections.

The Conversion Bill is controversial and worrying to some. It is a decision to be made by the Supreme Court (due to lack of legislation) regarding the application of the Law of Return to people who converted to Judaism through non-Orthodox channels.

This issue has been bouncing between the government and the courts for 15 years already. "Who is a Jew" has held the status quo of only Orthodox conversions for a long time now, and nobody knows if the Supreme Court will abandon that status quo and order recognition of non-Orthodox conversions or if they will uphold it. 

I think the Haredi parties are in a pretty good position in these elections. Their campaign is being handed to them ion a silver platter. They are going to have this easy campaign on defending Judaism against those who would harm it. They have the issues of the Draft Law, the Conversion Bill, the government shutting shuls and yeshivas (due to Corona) - which they might not want to use, Shabbos observance in the public sphere, and others.

Such a campaign might only draw small numbers of people form other sectors who want to defend Judaism against this attack, but it will almost definitely rally the Haredi community to vote for the Haredi parties. Polls show that some increasing percentage of Haredim are looking to other parties, but a good campaign on these issues could easily draw many of them back.





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Quote of the Day

The numbers are alarming, especially in the Haredi community. The increase is dramatic and difficult, thousands getting infected every day. Many have died, many of them young people in their 40s. I call upon everyone again to be careful and adhere to the rules. Most important is to get vaccinated, there is no danger in the vaccination. However, people are dying every day [from Corona]

  -- Rav Asher Weiss


I would note, as of today, just about half the families in my building are in quarantine because of infections within the family.



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Moran Azulai with Gideon Saar (video)







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Eli Beer From United Hatzalah on The Great Day Podcast (ep. 57) (video)







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Ask the Chief Rabbi (video)







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