Sep 20, 2017

Shana Tova (video)








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"Kevakoras" feat. Eli Marcus & Mendi Jerufi with Chony Milecki (video)








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R' Mordechay Gottlieb - Meloch (video)







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B'Rosh HaShanah - Shokolad, Menta, Mastik (subtitles) (video)

kol isha alert..




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Sep 19, 2017

Ochila La'Kel: Rav Hillel Peley with Yonatan Razel, Aharon Razel, Chanan Ben Ari and Yitzchak Meir (video)









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Peek-A-Jew: Downsizing (2017) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures (video)

looks like a good movie.. peek-a-Jew happens at about 1:21.. no idea what he adds..




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Bibi wanders around New York (video)

Bibi should wander around Israel every now and then as well and greet his own citizens...





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hospitalizing parents for the holidays

this report on Kikar is weird, but might even be brilliant!

According to the report, there has been an uptick in the number of people hospitalizing their elderly parents, who need care, just for the holidays as they are too difficult to deal with and provide the necessary care over the holidays. This is referring specifically to people who normally are caring for their elderly parents, but it just becomes too difficult during holiday season, so they hospitalize them instead. Obviously the elderly parents qualify for hospitalization and need to medical care, but usually the kids take care of them, perhaps with an on-call nurse or perhaps not, but it just becomes too difficult during the holidays.

This is a brilliant solution. I am going to look more into this option... I guess I'll find out firsthand if my parents read this or not... :-)


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Quote of the Day

You are saying that for decades football has been played on Shabbos, but you are forgetting that our tradition and Torah have been around for 5777 years.

  -- Chief Justice Noam Solberg, responding to a claim made in the Supreme Court as to why it is important to continue allowing the football games to be played on Shabbos





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MUST WATCH: Can U.S Diplomats Stomach GEFILTE FISH?! (video)

WATCH how brave American diplomats handle Rosh Hashana delicacies Gefilte fish and Regel Krusha (p'tcha), and can they keep it down? Every year new American diplomats arrive in Israel to serve at the Embassy. This year we decided to test their "guts" with a couple of dishes that are most-closely associated with Rosh Hashana. These reactions you DON'T WANT TO MISS (and the surprise visitor at the end)!






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How to make a shofar? A look inside Israel's biggest factory (video)







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Meilech Zilbershlag: how to survive 3 days without a smartphone (video)








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Avraham Fried will go on stage with nephew-singers (video)







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Une’saneh​ ​Tokef​ ​-​ ​Freilach​ ​Band​ ​ft.​ ​Shmueli​ ​Ungar​ ​&​ ​Yedidim​ ​Choir (video)

get a bit into the High Holiday spirit...





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Sep 18, 2017

Interesting Psak: wearing gold jewelry on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

There is a minhag that women do not wear gold jewelry on Yom Kippur. Personally I never was aware of it until after I was married. In more recent years it seems to have spread to also men removing any gold jewelry (usually a watch, sometimes a ring) and also to Rosh Hashana.

the supposed reason for this custom is to not raise the memory of the Golden Calf on the day we stand in judgement. Presumably wearing gold jewelry would cause God to remember the sin of the Golden Calf.

Personally I do not believe in "new" minhagim so I wear my watch on Yom Kippur (and Rosh Hashana), in addition to the practical reasons to wear it (i.e. to tell the time, and I have no other watch - during the week I use my cellphone or other digital contraptions for telling time).

Someone asked Rav Bentzion Mutsafi about wearing a watch on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with a silver strap that has gold stripes on it.

Rav Mutsafi responded that both men and women can wear gold jewelry on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and there is absolutely no source for the minhag to not wear such jewelry. Only the kohen gadol would remove his gold jewelry and garments when he went into the kodesh kodashim on Yom Kippur. nobody else needs to remove anything. Rav Mutsafi exhorts the questioner, and I guess everyone else, to not make up things from their imagination.
source: Kikar

as an aside, Rav Mutsafi also criticized another new custom.

While everyone talks about going to Uman for Rosh Hashana, there is also a custom, common in Breslav among those who do not go to Uman along with some other people, to spend Rosh Hashana by the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron, also often leaving one's family behind.

I first learned of this custom a few years ago when a friend went with a hassidic rebbe with whom he was close.

Rav Mutsafi said one should preferably daven calmly and peacefully in a shul close to home and eat is meals at home with his family.

New customs all around. None of them are real. People can make up whatever they want and whatever makes them feel good and fulfilled - but it does not mean you have to follow suit.





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USA threatens to move Embassy

Yisrael Hayom is reporting on a statement supposedly made by some unnamed person highly connected to the Mideast peace negotiations from the side of the USA saying that if Abu Mazen's upcoming speech at the United Nations will be laden with direct attacks on the US Administration and its peace efforts, the USA will respond by moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

First of all, I'll take what we can get. If that is what is needed to get the USA to move the Embassy, and if Abu Mazen attacks the USA at his United Nations podium, and the USA carries out its threat, so be it.

Second, this may be an impetus for Abu Mazen to speak harshly about the USA instead of a deterrent. Then he can blame the USA and show them as unfair brokers and nobody will remember that Abu mazen did what he did but will simply blame the USA.

Third, I really prefer that the Embassy be moved as a result of a decision that it is the right thing to do - and not by being used as a threat, neither as a stick or as a carrot. If the USA thinks the time is right and it should be moved, move it. If not, not. 

Fourth, this might actually be a bigger threat to the Israelis who seemingly have not wanted the ruckus that could be caused by such a move and seemingly had persuaded Trump's people to put the plan on the backburners.




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Quote of the Day

Guys, where are all the people of Tel Aviv screaming about Haredim not being drafted to the army when the Muslims are not drafted? Why is that ok? They do not even learn, they do not serve the State in any way. They simply do not get drafted. Why? Because it is not comfortable, but you will not hear anyone talk about it... 
for two thousand years of exile when Jews prayed in the privacy of their homes and in hiding, quietly, they made a kiddush hashem while putting themselves in danger - that was good for us. Now that we have a State we should not allow them to learn Torah? Have we fallen on our heads? We have gone crazy!

  -- MK Oren Chazzan (Likud), at a toast for the New Year at a local Likud branch..


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Rabbanut threatens Rav Stav while Bet Yosef flourishes

In response to persisting rumors that the Tzohar organization is planning to open a kashrut division through which they will certify food establishments as kosher, the Rabbanut has sent Rav Stav, head of Tzohar and Chief Rabbi of Shoham, a letter saying that if he does indeed open such a division that will compete with the Rabbanut, the Rabbanut will be forced to relieve him of his duties from his position as Chief Rabbi of Shoham.
source: Haredim10

If them's the rules, them's the rules. If he cannot function in  both capacities due to some conflict of interest, Rav Stav will have to choose which is more important for him, for the organization or for his work and his goal in effecting the nation.

That being said, where were such letters when the Yosef family opened the Bet Yosef kashrut organization. Were the various Rabbis Yosef ever warned or relieved of their duties for running a competing kashrut organization? The Bet Yosef hechsher is flourishing. One of the Yosef brothers,chief rabbi of an Israeli city, has even been indicted for this breach of pushing the Bet Yosef hechsher over the Rabbanut, so we see this has even been abused by them with no warnings or action form the Rabbanut.

I only mention the Yosef family because that is the only one that comes to mind. If there are other State-appointed rabbis running kashrut organizations, the same question would apply regarding them.

Apply the same rules to everyone.


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Ya Gotta love Google Translate!




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Rosh Hashana wishes from New Olim - Nefesh B'Nefesh 5778 (video)









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MK Menachem Mozes: they want to re-educate us in all aspects of our lives (video)







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JIMM WEBSIODE 5 SEASON 1 ROSH HASHANA (video)








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Arutz Sheva meets internet superstar Meir Kay (video)







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Get Your Self (Official Music Video)







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Sep 17, 2017

Selichos With Lipa Schmeltzer- 2017/5777 (video)

major appearance change on Lipa.. different haircut, a goatee, and it looks like his long chassidishe peyos are no longer...






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The Maccabeats - This Is the New Year - Rosh Hashanah (video)







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Rav Chaim Kanievsky said what he said, but what did he mean?


This is a bit of a strange situation.

As Hurricane Irma made its approach towards Miami, some people went to Rav Chaim Kanievsky asking what to do. The question, and his answer somehow seemed unclear enough that it stirred a debate around the world as to what exactly he was asked and what he meant.

While to me it seems pretty clear what is being asked and what is being answered, I guess it was not as clear as it seemed to me.

Judge for yourself:

The question seems to clearly be asked that there was recently a hurricane that killed people and another one is now approaching Miami and the authorities are saying people should leave their houses on Shabbos because they might get killed. Rav Kanievsky responds it is a sakana and the questioner confirms that the people should leave and Rav Kanievsky nods.

Seems clear to me bu tthere were big debates what he meant.

Truthfully I am not even sure why anyone felt they needed to ask him, but ok. I am not sure who would refuse to leave until Rav Kanievsky would say so. It was clearly a situation of danger and pikuach nefesh would mandate evacuating even on Shabbos. But they asked, and it seems he answered, albeit one word but still seems clear.

The question to me is raised in an article on Behadrei berating other news media for "getting it wrong" and misunderstanding and therefore misquoting Rav Kanievsky.

The article says the JTA quoted Rav Chaim Kanievsky as having said the Jews should travel on Shabbos to flee from the path of the hurricane. Other news sites then picked that up and also reported it as such.

Behadri says they got it wrong and Rav Chaim never said that. Unfortunately the author of the article on Behadrei does not explain what Rav Chaim Kanievsky was saying if he was not saying that. He said "sakana" and then nodded when confirmed that people should leave on Shabbos. What did he mean if not that people should leave on Shabbos?

I don't actually care what he said, and I do not think it had any relevance in real-time and I saw no point in the question being asked to him. Local rabbonim, even gedolim, in the USA should have been asked any question about what to do in such a situation, if any question was even necessary. That being said, if the author thinks he has more insight than everyone else into what Rav Chaim Kanievsky actually said or meant, he should at least tell us and not just say everyone else got it wrong. Considering what the video shows and what the author says everyone misunderstood, I am more curious as to his interpretation of the conversation than anything else!

And if even one word with a nod is so difficult to understand, and so easily misunderstood, is there any value in asking the question to receive such an unclear answer?




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the manufactured IDF draft crisis

The crisis regarding the Supreme Court decision to cancel to law passed in Knesset 2 years ago by the Haredi parties regarding the IDF draft and yeshiva students really serves everyone's needs.

The Supreme Court does what it does for whatever reasons it has. They again canceled a law passed by the Knesset, so they are showing everyone they are in charge. The Haredi parties passed a law that is unconstitutional (whatever that means in a country with no constitution), and now get another year to function according to that law before it gets cancelled. In a year they will pass another law, that will surely be cancelled a couple years later giving them more time to work out the text of another law. Just like in the past versions of the law were passed, eventually cancelled, more time given, new laws passed, canceled, etc.

The cycle continues with each side getting exactly what it wants. Nobody affected by the expected law will ever have to serve in the IDF because of it, and the cancellation of the law will never cause anyone to serve either, nor will it ever do anything to the Haredi parties beyond giving them more time and something to rally around.

Basically this is a manufactured crisis with everyone getting what they want and nothing being slated to change.


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which hechsher will the mock meat be certified by?

According to the Independent, China has signed a $300,000,000 deal to purchase lab-grown meat from Israel.

That is amazing. I had no idea that lab-grown meat was already marketable or nearing being ready for market.

I wonder if this meat will also be sold in Israel. If it will be, will it bear a hechsher? Will it be determined to be pareve? Will there be different levels of hechsher as with real meat, such as glatt, chalak, mehadrin and regular kosher, and maybe others?

I will assume there will be different types of meats grown in the lab to replicate different types of real meats. For example, I am sure there will be options such as meats similar to beef and lamb. WIll Israel also produce lab grown pork? Will the Rabbanut allow this and certify it as kosher? I don't see why not, as there are many mock foods already on the market, including mock bacons, that are certified as kosher.

the main question might be why the original article includes a picture of a panda bear. Will Israel be making mock panda bear meat? Or is it simply that the panda bear as a vegetarian will now be able to eat the lab-grown meat from Israel?


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Facebook Status of the Day



nice, and that is a beautiful challa, but too bad the kiddush cup will be in non-Jewish hands from now on..



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Palestinians: Is hitting your wife or child allowed? (video)








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Israeli Frenemies - Sep. 15, 2017 (video)







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Hassidic Husband Does my Voiceover (in English) (video)

this is funny





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Synagogues of New York (video)









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Ariel Zilber: Refa'ainu (video)








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Sep 14, 2017

Headline of the Day

History being made in the Ukraine: Rav Shechter lands in Uman


   -- Actualic

I love the dramatic headline. history being made! A breslaver chassid went to Uman for Rosh Hashana! Historic!



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the Jewish judge

A lawsuit in Haifa ran into some scheduling problems when a date was set for deliberation. One of the lawyers requested the deliberation be postponed due to the fact that that day, last week Monday, would be 30 days form the birth of his first child -a son. That day he will be busy fulfilling his obligation of pidyon haben, redeeming the firstborn son.

The judge responded that because the mitzva needs to be performed on the day required by the torah, but I, the judge, am a kohen and am prepared redeem the baby for the father thus allowing him to perform the mitzva without any need for delaying the deliberations. The judge expressed some concern about the possibility that the father might "abandon" the child and not redeem him from the kohen, but he dismisses that concern. He then agreed to delay the deliberation by a few days..
source: Bahdrei

not something you expect to read about or experience in the secular court system...




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The Litvishe Ethiopians..

Mazel Tov to Rav Reuven Vabeshet (sp?) on being appointed to the position of Chief Rabbi of the Ethiopian community in Israel.
source: Kipa

I just don't get why he is dressed like a Litvishe Ashkenazi Jew, but I guess to each his own.

 If they aspire to be a part of the Litvishe Ashkenazi community, why do they need their own Chief Rabbi?





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packages from abroad will soon arrive quicker

This is big news for Israels, and especially for Olim Chadashim. We all love to order items from abroad, whether online stores in the USA, such as Amazon or others, whether NEXT form the UK, or Ali Express in China, for example. Yet we get tracking notice that the order is in Israel and it can still take weeks until we get that notice that a package has arrived.

Israel Post is working on a new system that will have your package delivered to you within 48 hours of it having arrived in Israel.

They are putting together an automated sorting system that can handle tens of thousands of packages every hour. The new location will be staffed by 250 employees and will be located on a site in Modiin that is 18 dunam large.

Until now sorting was a long tedious process. The package would arrive at the airport and then get sorted multiple times, by hand, at various sorting centers. The sorting process alone took 5-7 days.

Now the packages will go straight from the airport to the new sorting center and from there straight to your local post office branch.
source: NRG

I hope it works. This would improve the process a lot!



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First Thoughts on Israel (video)







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Supreme Court Decision: Rabbi Dov Halbertal and Inbar Oren - Sep. 13, 2017 (video)







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The History of the Jews and the Mob (video)



Myron Sugerman, the "Last Jewish Gangster," describes the Jewish mafia's role in fighting anti-Semitism in the 1930's and the crucial role the Jewish mob played in arming the infant Jewish State.






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Synagogues of New York (video)








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EITAN FREILICH - Lehodos Lecha (Official Music Video)







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Sep 13, 2017

Headline of the Day

Israel’s High Court won’t hear man claiming to be ‘Messiah’


  -- Times of Israel

this is weird.  Thsi Mashiach guy should have said something against the Rabbanut or connected it to the yeshiva draft and then they might have agreed to hear his case....


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is Shas Haredi?

Now here is something I do not understand.

MKs and askanim from Shas are going to the rabbonim who spoke against Guetta and said he should be thrown out. They are going to ask that they reverse their call and allow him to withdraw his resignation.
source: Actualic

I do not get it. It this is a Haredi party and what the rabbonim say goes, why would they ask the rabbonim to change their minds? That is not very Haredi of them. Do they not accept the rabbonim's opinion for what it is?

In Habayit Hayehudi they state openly that they do not follow the rabbonim and only take the opinion of their rabbonim under advisement, not as decisive. Shas is not even doing that - they are just trying to tell the rabbis what to say!



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Guetta resigning over scandal of homosexual nephew's wedding attendance


I am impressed with, and sad because of, Yigal Guetta's announcement that he is resigning from the Knesset.

I am impressed with his announcement because it deserves respect. He is resigning because of a personal "scandal" in which he did nothing wrong but publicize some behavior not consistent with the party he represents. He chose to resign from the Knesset instead of sell out his family. He deserves respect for this decision.

On the other hand,, it is a sad day that he is resigning. Guetta was a good politician for the people he represented. he was loyal to his party and to the people who brought him into politics. While he was a bit of a bully and a bulldog to protect his "masters", he was also entertaining and seemed pretty straight. His resignation is a sad day for the Knesset.



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a chink in the Rabbanut monopoly

The Supreme Court made a couple of important, and controversial, decisions yesterday affecting religious life in Israel.

One of those decisions caused another chink in the monopoly of the Rabbanut over kashrut in Israel.

The Supreme Court decision was basically the allowance of a food establishment to present, even in writing, the halachic standards it follows and that it is, if it is, supervised by some agency regarding those standards, as long as it does not use the word "kosher" - unless it is supervised by the Rabbanut. The Supreme Court believes that a restaurant owner has the right to tell its customers and potential customers what its standards are, regardless of the Rabbanut supervision - they just cannot use the word kosher in doing so.

So, while the Supreme Court upheld the Rabbanut monopoly on the word, and on the use of the word, "kosher", they went further than ever before in allowing restaurant owners with no Rabbanut supervision much more leeway in what they are allowed to tell the public about their kashrut.

The Rabbanut is understandably upset about this and considers it a breech that will allow "fake" kashrut organizations to flourish. They say the public that is undereducated and under-informed about the complexity of the relevant kashrut issues will not be able to make such determinations based on a statement of standards and whatnot and will easily be deceived about kashrut they are interested in keeping.

Good or bad, the Rabbanut is losing its monopoly and control, little by little. They really know this already, from other decisions in the past couple of years. In Jewish communities in countries around the world there is no central authority that has ultimate control and there is no reason to think Israel must have one and without it kashrut will suffer. it also does not mean Israel cannot have such a central authority, but if it wants to keep its control it will have to be far more forthcoming and cooperative than it is. At the end of the day, monopolies are almost never good for the final consumer. The Rabbanut has not yet made the case that it is an exception to that rule.



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Ashley Blaker New Years (video)







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Palestinians: Why is there so much litter in the streets? (video)







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Tuvia Tenenbom & Peter Beinart (video)



Authors Peter Beinart (Prof. of Journalism and Political Science at CCNY) and Tuvia Tenenbom (The Lies They Tell ) debate American attitudes toward Israel, racism and anti-Semitism. A program of the Jewish Theater of New York at the Triad in NYC (2017).






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Underdos: Episode 2: Staff Meeting - The Theft (video)







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Nechemya Rosenberg - Adir Bamarom (video)







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Sep 12, 2017

Zehut Party in Israel and the First Ever Home/Office Computer/Cellular International Primary Vote

a guest post by Moshe Burt

Zehut Party in Israel and the First Ever Home/Office Computer/Cellular International Primary Vote

This morning, Tuesday (Yom Shlishi), 12 September, 2017 (21 Elul, 5777) is a landmark, historic date, for today the Zehut political party in Israel held the first-ever home/office computer/cellular international primary vote. Jews who are members of Zehut, both in Israel and internationally have voting privilege.

Another first: Jews from outside of Israel also have a chance to choose a representative in Zehut’s Knesset list. Zehut believes that the land of Israel belongs to all Jews, regardless of where they leave. ZEHUT International (www.zehutinternational.com) membership enables all Jews to participate.

For my part, at least, the vote went flawlessly.

I tweeted this note on the vote:
Mark Burt‏ @BloggerFool
2day the Zehut party https://zehut.org.il/ members in Israel/Intn’l held the 1st ever, anywhere, home/off computer/cellular primary vote.
The Zehut party, with its party leader Moshe Feiglin, emerged as a political party in its own right following the 2016 elections. Previously, they were the Manhigut Yehudit faction within the Likud party since the year 2000.


Moshe Feiglin, with his co-founder Shmuel Sackett have been activists for at least twenty-five years dating back to the days leading up to the signing of the Oslo Agreement when they and their organization Zo Artzeinu (This is Our Land) advocated and practiced non-violent civil disobedience as a means of opposition to the Oslo Accords and led massive street demonstrations, blocking traffic numerous times in protest of the horrendous Oslo Accords. The Oslo Agreements legitimized, in the eyes of the world, arch-terrorist Yassir Arafat and his terrorist PLO as well as giving “Palestinians ” credibility and legitimization (fake and bogus as it is) as a national entity before the world — leading to their absurd demands for a state on historical, Biblical Eretz Yisrael. These demands are but camouflage for their true goals — the eradication of Israel and the Jews.

This Zehut party member primary vote today is but the first step in determining which candidates will make the party’s list and their numerical place on the list.

In the next step in the process, Zehut will hold an unprecedented open primary vote in which any Israeli citizen, regardless of sector or party affiliation would be able to vote for the Zehut candidate(s) of their choice.

The results of both today’s Zehut party member primary vote, as well as the upcoming open primary vote will determine which candidates will make Zehut’s party list, and in what order they will be placed for upcoming national elections.


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Moshe Burt is an Oleh, writer and commentator on news and events in Eretz Yisrael. He is the founder and director of The Sefer Torah Recycling Network and lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh.
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Braekel opinions change

Again, I have no opinion or specific personal knowledge on the kashrut status of the Braekel chicken. I have no skin in the game. I watch with interest from the sidelines.

The latest development in the big debate is that two rabbonim who previously stated that they have a tradition of shechting these chickens in the sephardic countries from which they came have now retracted and are now saying they have no such tradition.
source: Haredim10

yes tradition, no tradition. I have no idea. I just wonder whether mafia pressure tactics are being applied to force all rabbonim in opposition to a Braekel ban (these two are not the first to reverse their opinion on this) to change their minds and toe the line.. That's what it looks like to me. But maybe not. Maybe it was just a misunderstanding or misquote.




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JIMM WEBISODE 4 SEASON 1 CHARITY (video)






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Rosh Hashanah Greetings 2017 Adon Olam (video)







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Sep 11, 2017

Quote of the Day

The fact is that the court threw the Reform and all the other organizations down the stairs, rightfully so form a legal perspective..

 MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ), on the rejection of the organizations to the Supreme Court to allow public transportation on Shabbos.

The only problem is that this was just thrown out on a technicality. It was not actually a rejection of the Reform and their position on the matter. the Supreme Court dismissed the case saying they cannot rule on it in this format but only if a public transportation company comes to Court demanding to be allowed to operate on Shabbos.



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expanding the control in Bnei Braq

Actualic has a report of the new "takanon", directives, put out by the City of Bnei Braq for the students in its kindergarten system and their families.

While usually such sets of directives are employed by private schools and not normally by official iryah or State schools, in Bnei Braq things are different.

A few points are mentioned, but the one thing I find surprising is the requirement that grandparents must have a kosher cellphone (rather than a regular smartphone).

The response of the Iryah is that the takanon is nothing new and it is based on requests of the majority of the parents in the city.

a. I wonder how they took this poll of the parents of the city to determine that a majority of them had all these various requests and demands. Did parents get a referendum to vote upon? Did a few people complain and they suddenly became the majority? How does this work?

b. the attempt to control everybody and their surroundings is taking an additional step, with it being expanded to grandparents of the student. Soon they'll expand it to cousins and aunts and uncles, and then maybe to neighbors and parents acquaintances.





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sinning in Uman like the Golden Calf

Every year the arguments about traveling to Uman for Rosh Hashana repeat themselves. I have finally heard a new argument, and it is a bit shocking.

In an interview with Rav Yoel Bin Nun on the topic, he talks about how people should not got o Uman and Rav Nachman's neshama is not there and in Uman there is only tumah. When asked about the fact that people go there and get a spiritual high, he responded that people got a spiritual high from the Golden Calf as well - and until today we still suffer from that sin. The tumah creates a powerful atmosphere and the neshama of Rebbe Nachman is crying over the mistake of people going to Uman instead of to his neshama in Eretz Yisrael
source: Ynet 

comparing going to Uman to the sin of the Golden Calf is pretty harsh. It also gives the trip far more importance than it probably deserves


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banning Jews from erecting a sukka

Of all places to try to fight against Jews practicing their religious duties, I would never have expected to see the city of Lakewood.

In a place like Mahwah, I can understand it, even if I disagree with it, - they feel their town is changing with an influx of new residents living a different lifestyle and they might want to do whatever they can to preserve their lifestyle.

But in Lakewood?

Lakewood has an Orthodox Jewish population that is larger than 50% of the towns population. I think the current mayor is not Jewish but in the past they have had Orthodox Jews as mayor. The Orthodox Jewish community is enmeshed in every aspect of Lakewood and everything that goes on there.

So to see an attempt to prevent Jews in Lakewood from being able to erect a sukka for the week of the Sukkos holiday is very surprising. Yet, according to The Lakewood Scoop, that is exactly what is happening. The attempt to prevent the Jews from erecting sukkas is happening by the Homeowners Association of seniors development complex.

Weird. Lakewood is the wrong town in which to try to fight the Orthodox.




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Palestinians: Is it ok that women receive half of men for inheritance? (video)






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Feiglin: local communities should decide on Shul and State issues (video)







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Incredibly Detailed LEGO Model of Second Temple in Jerusalem (video)








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Synagogues New York (video)










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Yitzchak Fuchs - Asse Lemaan (video)







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Sep 10, 2017

Picture of the Day

from Florida..




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Interesting Psak: traveling by train

This psak is timely, with all the recent fighting over chilul shabbos - specifically regarding the work on the train lines.

Chief Rabbi of Holon, Rav Avraham Yosef, was asked if one is allowed to travel via train, considering much of the work on the train lines is done on Shabbos.

Rav Yosef responded very critical of Rakevet Israel, saying that they act with chutzpah, not taking into even minimal account the kedusha of Shabbos. Though the religious public might be relatively small, but the number of those who care about Shabbos is much greater than the number of people who keep mitzvos, yet Rakever Israel denigrates the thing that since the foundation of the State has been the Holy of Holies. If we ignore the Shabbos, the symbol of Judaism, we might as well call the State something else and not Medinat Yisrael. Using the name Medinat Yisrael symbolizes something from the people of Israel, and the minimum is Shabbos.

Rav Yosef then paskened that, in his opinion, it is prohibited to travel by train Israel on any line that is worked on on Shabbos, and in his opinion all the lines are worked on on Shabbos. It is very problematic for a religious Jew to use any of the trains.
source: Kikar

The 3 rabbinic councils met together last week and chose to not make any dramatic pronouncements beyond continuing political activity working against chilul shabbos. Rav Yosef's psak here is seemingly against the decision of the moaztzot, but he issuing a halachic psak to someone who asked and not a political decision in how to cause them to capitulate.

The real question is, considering the indictment and plea bargain recently arrived at with Rav Yosef, when will Radio Kol Hai replace him with someone else on the radio, and will the Rabbanut remove his rabbinic ordination, as they are considering doing with Rabbi Metzger and some other rabbis guilty of crimes.





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Facebook Status of the Day

rabbis are humans too..




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Israeli Frenemies - Sep. 8, 2017 (video)








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Tuvia Tenenbom: One part de Toqueville, one part Borat (video)








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Descendants of Nazi Perpetrators Singing the Hatikvah (video)

wow..





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Synagogues of New York (video)















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Naftali Blumenthal | Life of Meaning (Chayei Olam) (video)







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Sep 7, 2017

Facebook Status of the Day



unreal.. David Jablinowitz just posted the following additional post as a follow-up post:


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Badatz for Shabbos observance

The following hechsher was spotted at a Chumus eatery in Tel Aviv.


While it looks to be certified as kosher from some new funky "Badatz" organization, if you read the text of the document they actually only say that they are guaranteeing adherence to all the rules of Shabbos observance with the restaurant closed on Shabbos.

The certificate definitely looks like a fake hechsher, though that trend seemed to have stopped a few years ago with the Rabbanut fighting the fake hechsher trend very strongly. It looks especially fake with all the spelling mistakes...

I actually scanned the QR code out of curiosity. It took me to the website of an organization called "Merkaz Meir". They make the claim of being an organization for the learning of halacha, and they offer a number of tracks. They claim to be the premier organization for the religious public for learning holy topics with a proven track record in many areas in training religious public in courses of various halachic topics, including semicha and various forms of certification.

As well, they offer certification services for various issues such as Shaatnez, Shabbos observance, scribal work, kashrus, finances, etc. Certification in additional areas is to give the religious public the feeling of security that they are eating in a place that conforms at a greater level to our religious preferences.

While it definitely looks fake, and having never heard of such a certification of Shabbos observance before, a quick scan of the document makes one wonder, maybe it is real - maybe all they are offering to this restaurant is certification of Shabbos observance with no attempt at deception. It is strange as this has not been done before. And, the Rabbanut only certifies restaurants that are closed on Shabbos anyway, so I don't know why this is needed, unless one does not rely on the Rabbanut even for that. I wonder if they went with private certification for Shabbos if they also use private certification for kashrus, and if so which one they are using.

I have no idea if they are reliable or not, but it does not look like they are pulling a scam with a fake teuda




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Jerusalem In Islam: Mordechai Kedar (video)



In an address entitled “Jerusalem: Whose City Is It?” Prof. Mordechai Kedar (Bar Ilan University) analyses the early history of the Islamic religion and how it relates to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. From the ZOA in New York City (2017).





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ISRS102: Israel's Seven Holy Cities (video)








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Dr Avshalom Kor translates the IKEA catalog to Hebrew (video)

hilarious ad they put together...




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Synagogues of New York (video)










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Students of Yeshiva of Waterbury and Satmar Yeshiva Bochurim Join in Kumzitz (video)







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Sep 6, 2017

Caption Contest!


Caption Contest!

I hope this kid knows what he is getting himself into when he goes in for his gynecology exam!


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Tweet of the Day





Translation:
we have gotten to a sad situation in which the Rabbis in the State of Israel are divided into two groups - those the police have already arrested and those that have not yet been arrested.

this is referring to the news report of 4 rabbis around the country that were arrested today for falsifying records in their attempt to participate in elections for city rav (each in his own city, one of which is Bet Shemesh)


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lawsuit over being served bacon in non-kosher restaurant

A Jewish woman in Detroit is suing Denny's for having put bacon in a meatless omelette she ordered and ate. Angela Montgomery considers herself a practicing Jew and bacon is therefore prohibited. In addition she had some harsh words for how vile bacon and pigs are. When she told them about the bacon and demanded an explanation, they apologized for the mistake (the bacon is kept next to the vegetables) and offered to make a new omelette and deduct the omelette from her bill.

In a separate lawsuit in Detroit a Muslim is suing KFC for a similar issue.
source: Detroit Free Press

I see people have been very critical of Montgomery in their comments, saying things like she should not have gone in there anyway, what did she expect, how does she consider herself a practicing Jew yet eat at Denny's, and on and on in that theme.

Practicing Jew and Religious, or Orthodox, Jew are not the same. There are many Jews who are practicing Jews in various ways and at different levels. There are plenty of people who eat out at non-kosher restaurants without eating explicitly non-kosher food, even if halachically there are problems (eg things cooked on the same griddle as non-kosher meats).

There are also plenty of people who eat non-kosher food but still will not eat bacon and pork. Whatever her behavior is, and how right or wrong it might be within the boundaries of halacha, she has the right to request no bacon and expect to get food without bacon in it. And, considering that Montgomery is a Jew who will go to a non-kosher restaurant to eat at least some of the foods there, I am impressed by how opposed she is to bacon and how upset she is by what happened.




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Quote of the Day

It is impossible to force anyone to keep Shabbos.. We must protect the character of the Jewish State. Every child, whether secular or Haredi, should at least know that the Shabbos day is different, that it is a national day of rest as has been established... in the last 15 years something has happened, the Shabbos has been breached.. we have to know where to put the finger in the dam..

  -- Minister Aryeh Deri, contemplating the current battles over State-mandated chilul shabbos

 Without knowing what Deri or the other Haredi politicians will do about this issue and how far they will take it, at least it is good to see they are contemplating what effect this might have on other people...





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Eichler: Shabbos has become National Infrastructure Day (video)








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Shocking Tuvia Tenenbom Interview Tells Truth About Reform & Conservative Jews (video)

While the Orthodox Jews fight to protect Judaism and Israel, the biggest enemies of Judaism and Israel 🇮🇱 are lefty, liberal reform and conservative, self hating Jews who cheer on for Palestinian terrorism and heinous crimes against HaShem. Israeli author and journalist Tuvia Tenenbom explains how American Jews are the first ones to bash Israel and praise Palestinian terrorists.





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Avraham Fried "Kama Tov Shenifgashnu" Z Report Interview with Yossi Zweig 8/30/17 (video)

In this interview with Superstar singer Avraham Fried, we talk about his newest album "Kama Tov Shenifgashnu: The Israeli Album" released after Tisha Bav. Learn all about the new album Kama Tov Shenifgashnu, The Israel Album. Find out why an all Hebrew album, how Avremel connected with these mainstream Israeli composers and how some of the songs came about. Find out in this intriguing interview with Yossi Zweig





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