Feb 21, 2018

Meet the JEWZ - Allison Josephs, NY, USA (video)












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Let's Make a Deal: The Art of the Sale: S01E05 (video)







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Feb 20, 2018

Proposed Law: refusing to work on Shabbos

Currently the law says that anybody has the right to refuse to work on Shabbos for religious reason. The hole in this law is that if somebody secular wants to not work on Shabbos despite his boss insisting he work, he has no legal backing, as he cannot claim religion as his motivation for taking the day off.

MKs Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) and Miki Zohar (Likud) have proposed a law that will  allow anybody to refuse to work on Shabbos without having to declare religious reasons.

The proposal has now been passed through the Knesset Finance Committee and is being prepare for its final readings in Knesset.

This proposal basically gives people the choice, rather than forcing them to either work or not work, whether they want to or not. Somebody can stand up and say he does not want to work on Shabbos, whether he is generally religious or not or he can choose to work, but he cannot be forced.
sources: Kol Hai News and Kipa





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One on One with Alan Dershowitz- Feb. 15, 2018 (video)








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Palestinians: Will you take back your land in israel? How? (video)







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Meet the JEWZ- Michelle Citrin, NY, USA (video)













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JIMM SEASON 2 WEBISODE 3 Simcha (video)







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"LA FIESTA" PURIM 2018 - YESHIVA GUEVOHA [ACAPELLA - SOMENTE VOZ] (video)







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Feb 19, 2018

Headline of the Day

Bibi’s downfall: Is the most dangerous man in the Middle East done for?


  -- Salon.com

let's even ignore the drivel in the article itself and just stick to the headline... Bibi is the most dangerous man in the Middle East? Not Bashar Assad, presiding over a civil war in which hundreds of thousands of his citizens have been killed? Not Bashar Assad who has used chemical weapons against his people? not the president of Iran who threatens countries to be wiped off the map? Not any leader of Hamas that invests its money in weapons and tunnels rather than its improving the quality of life for Gazans? Not Hassan Nasrallah, a proxy for Iran, and one threatening to start a war on Israel's northern border?




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Palestinans accuse Israel of theft

Israel recently passed its version of the Taylor Force Act when it passed the Bill To Offset Terrorist Salaries. The bill says that Israel will offset any monies for salaries paid by the PA to terrorists and their families from tax revenues they are meant to pass on to the Palestinian Authority.

Funnily enough, the PA has condemnded this new bill with a statement  calling this piracy and theft and another crime against the Palestinian people.
source: INN

That's right. They take the moral high ground and demand that the money earmarked for terrorists be passed along with all the other money! How dare Israel deprive the poor terrorists of their hard-earned money!

The next step will probably be to decide to use other PA monies for the terrorists and take these payments out of other budgets, such as hospitals, schools and playgrounds for children. They will then blame Israel for depriving the children of Palestine of schools and playgrounds and the Palestinian people of their health care.


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Age of the Universe presents funding problem in London

According to the Independent, a new clause in the funding contract between schools and the Department of Education is on the brink of causing a crisis.

The relatively new clause says that a school cannot teach any views that are contrary to scientific or historical evidence.

According to the article, Rabbis are concerned that they will not be able to teach issues such as age of the universe in the classic traditional sense of the world being less than 6000 years old as scientific evidence proves the world being billions of years old. Those working on this issue are saying that signing the new contract could be considered heresy.

While nothing in the Torah excludes the possibility of the world being billions of years old, I don't think Jews should be obligated to teach that, as the traditional approach is also valid from a Torah perspective. I doubt they will agree to teach even the possibility of the world being billions of years old.

How this will be resolved remains to be seen. I expect political clout will be used to have the clause removed. I have a hard time believing all Orthodox Jewish schools will forgo all that government funding. I wonder what the relevant Christian schools (the ones that also believe the universe is less than 6000 years old) teach and how they will deal with this issue.



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Will new high speed train be safe?

The Ministry of Transportation recently announced the end of March, Erev Pesach, as the date for the opening of the first stage of the high speed rail between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, with the new train being available to bring tens of thousands of people to Jerusalem for the holidays at very high speeds.

truly a wonderful and optimistic announcement.

Globes is reporting that experts are warning that the project is not even close to being ready and there is no way they will be able to safely operate the new line at the end of March - unless they speed up the work and in the process ignore important safety factors. You can get all the details of the various concerns in the Globes article, but the issues are truly concerning and one wonders how the MoT really expects to be ready, considering the issues raised by those experts.

Hopefully the experts are just being overly cautious with their warnings, but hopefully there will not be a horrible tragedy when the train opens. The MoT response is that they are working very hard with all the relevant parties and authorities and are making great efforts to finish on time while ensuring passenger safety.

Nobody really believed, from day 1, that the project would be finished on time. The agressive target date recently announced brought out more skepticism, but also made one wonder why pick such an early date if they are not even close to ready, suggesting that perhaps they are further along than expected. They now have about 5.5 weeks until the conductor is supposed to toot the first horn on that line, so it is coming down to the wire. I probably would not have been on any of those first few days of train rides anyway, just because I don't like to go to such events and attractions with big crowds, but now I will probably just stay away until it is clear that train route is safe.






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Nas Daily : She Invented a New Font! (video)







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Underdos: Survivor: Atuda (video)

cute ad for Machon Lev. They've made some good ones.. this one did make me laugh..






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Feb 18, 2018

ISIS looking for sheitel-bedeck women to slaughter

עלון צניעות (באדיבות המצלם)According to some tzniyus pamphlet distributed in Bnei Braq and other Haredi areas (surely it will be coming to Bet Shemesh soon, if it hasn't already) that has taken the fight against wigs to another, yet more extreme level.

according to Kikar, the pamphlet describes how 37 avreichim in Kiryat Sefer all had the same dream on the same night in which they all saw Rachel Imeinu showing them that in the upcoming war all women wearing sheitels will be slaughtered. Tens more people around the country had this dream as well.

Further, the pamphlet says, in the past year the chief commander of ISIS instructed his soldiers how to differentiate between Jewish women and Muslim women, so as to be able to avoid killing Muslim women, to check the hair and if it is a wig she must be a Jewish woman and be slaughtered.

ok.

Besides for the extremist crazies cozying up with ISIS, I am not sure what they are trying to prove - that ISIS says the way to identify a Jewish woman is by her wig? That would mean that Jewish women wear wigs and it is normal! Just because ISIS identifies Jews like that and does not like it, means Jewish women should not wear wigs? Maybe Jewish women in ISIS-controlled territories should not wear wigs out of the danger to their lives presented by ISIS, but I do not see why the fact that ISIS wants to slaughter women with wigs should have any effect on what Jewish women wear.

Also, ISIS does not want to slaughter Muslims? Besides for the fact that ISIS has been almost completely defeated and wiped out, more than 99.9% of the people they have slaughtered have been Muslims, so I highly doubt this little factoid published by the tzniyus crazies has even a kernel of truth to it.

The police should open an investigation, if they have any investigators available among all the investigations into Netanyahu's affairs, into finding and arresting whoever published this drivel and the implicit threat to the Jewish sheitel-wearing women 

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can one marry a wife with Bitcoin?

A young couple decided to marry, after knowing each other for 4 years. And now they are divorcing.

Mr has a managerial position in an investment house. Mrs is a senior bank employee. They decided to make a big fancy wedding, and Mr told Mrs that he would put a significant ("scary") amount in for the ketuba, and they agreed to use Bitcoin. They agreed on 30 Bitcoin, the value of which at the time came to 2 million NIS. At the time of the wedding, they all thought it was cute, as once camels and sheep were used and now it is Bitcoin.

Now that they are getting divorced, she wants to claim her ketuba of 2 million shekels. Mr, on the other hand, says he is fine with paying her ketuba, but wants to pay in the 30 Bitcoin he promised her, at today's value, which is much less.

It seems from the brief story unclear exactly what is written in the ketuba. Mrs says that at the time of the wedding she told him to just write "bitcoin worth 2 million shekel". It seems like he write 30 bitcoin, value being 2 million shekel.

Mrs also adds that being that he is an investment broker and she is a banker  they are both aware of the issues with Bitcoin and they both agreed to consider bitcoin legitimate for this purpose.

The dayanim now have to figure out what to do with this and how to settle the dispute.
source: Rotter

The easy way to settle the dispute, and the one preferred by beis din in most situations, is a compromise, and I would guess that's how this will end.

The actual value should be dependant on what precisely is written in the ketuba. Currency always changes value, so if it just straight up says bitcoin, I would think it would be valued at current value.. Otherwise every divorce (not using the shekel currency or without usng the standard ashkenazi text) would have a dispute over exchange rates.

In the meantime, it seems to me that marrying with bitcoin should be considered problematic, as it has no actual value and its value is just based on speculation. While perhaps a transaction can be done with bitcoin if a kinyan is made and both parties agree, marriage needs the kinyan of kessef, and bitcoin might not be considered such a kinyan. The beis din might have to decide this.

This is a very interesting case and could become a serious precedent.

If I see any follow up on this case with the decision of the beis din, I will be sure to bring it to your attention







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Supreme Court orders further action against Bet Shemesh "tzniyus" signs

The last update on the "tzniyus" signs in Bet Shemesh had the courts telling the mayor of Bet Shemesh, Moshe Abutbol, that he had to actively take down the signs and if he would not he would be fined and even arrested.

The courts have now revisited the issue and have made further demands of Abutbol. The latest demands have him installing 7 cameras in the specific area of the signs. The cameras must be installed within a month. The city must also continue removing all the relevant signs and stickers and the graffiti all over the area.. And, the city must begin legal proceedings against all residents that are involved in hanging the signs.
sources: Kikar and Ch10

The public has been requesting cameras for a long time. Abutbol has been promising cameras for a long time. The city was given a budget for the installation of cameras a long time ago (as part of the national "city without violence" project), yet the city has failed to install cameras in this specific area (other area sin Bet Shemesh have been covered with security cameras). It is almost as if Abutbol wants to protect these residents from any legal repercussions. Financial and legal  implications have been demanded by residents as well against the relevant people, rather than just removing signs that will immediately be reinstalled.




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Rosh Yeshiva of Chevron gives shiur...in Merkaz HaRav

Behadrei is reporting on a shiur given by the Rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Chevron, Rav Mordechai Farbshtein, in Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav. It is noted that the last time the rosh yeshiva of Chevron Yeshiva gave shiur in Merkaz Harav was 50 years ago when Rav Yechezkal Sarna gave shiur and the Roshei Yeshiva of Merkaz HaRav were Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook and Rav Avraham Shapira.

I appreciate that the article does not describe this as a show of "achdut", or unity. I always dislike that term when used to describe two Jews with different kippot that do an activity together. I also appreciate that the visit was not described as "historic", as is often done in such situations.

While I too applaud the invitation offered to Rav Farbshtein by Merkaz Harav and his acceptance and deliverance of the shiur, I do wonder when we will see reciprocity. Every now and again we find such occurrences of rebbes and rosh yeshivas of Haredi yeshivas or schools being invited to schools and yeshivas in other sectors, and that is wonderful and very open-minded of the hosting schools and yeshivas to expose their students to the Torah and teachings of other streams. I fail to recall such an invitation offered by a Haredi school or yeshiva to any rebbe or rosh yeshiva from other streams thus exposing its students to the teachings and Torah of others. Just like I want to see the Rosh Yeshiva of Chevron as a guest in Merkaz HaRav, I also want to see the Rosh Yeshiva of Merkaz HaRav, or Kerem BYavneh or Shaalavim or others invited to Chevron, or Mir, or Ponevezsh, or others.



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2/17/18 Curriculum in Yeshivos and Seminaries: Are parts of the Torah not meant to be taught to our youth? — Secular Subjects in Yeshivas Part II (audio)






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Israeli Frenemies- Feb. 16, 2018 (video)







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Meet the JEWZ- Simha Dujov from Buenos Aires, Argentina - Q&A (video)

Meet Simha, a singer and musician who makes Klezmer music with a Latin beat for audiences around the world. plays guitar, piano and accordion and is love with Jewish music from the 1940's





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Feb 15, 2018

Rav Herschel Schachter on Har Habais, Techeiles and Kezayis

The Jewish Press has an interesting interview with Rav Heschel Shachter.

There are 3 points in the interview that are interesting to me (people interested in the female rabbi issue might be interested in that one as well).

1. Har Habayit:
There is a growing movement in Israel of frum Jews ascending Har Habyit after going to the mikveh. What’s your opinion on this movement?The Rabbanut said you’re not allowed to go on the Har Habayit. Now, the majority of the Jews in Eretz Yisrael are not shomrei mitzvos and are not really interested in what the Rabbanut says. In fact, they want to do away with the Rabbanut because it gives them problems – a kohen can’t marry a grushah, he can’t marry a mamzeres, hcan’t intermarry, etc. In Bnei Brak and Meah Shearim, they also couldn’t care less what the Rabbanut says. So you’re left only with the Modern Orthodox, the Dati Leumi, and now they too are ignoring the Rabbanut by going on the Har Habayit.
So the government will do away with the whole Rabbanut. What do you need it for? In Bnei Brak they don’t hold from them, in Meah Shearim they don’t hold from them, the overwhelming majority are secular, and the Dati Leumi are also not listening.
How do you go on the Har Habayis? We’re going to be responsible for the demise of the Rabbanut. It will be a disaster. As bad as the situation is now, it’s going to be worse if there’s no Rabbanut.
Haven’t you said in the past that one may, in theory, walk on certain parts of Har Habayis?Yes, but if the Rabbanut said you shouldn’t go, you have to listen to what they say. If they say a kula and you want to be machmirgesunterheit. But to be meikel against them I think is not right.
That is an interesting point he makes, and I don't dispute it (not that he needs me to agree or support his position). I would however suggest that if that logic works it raises an important question. If nobody is interested in the Rabbanut and nobody listens to the Rabbanut except for the Dati Leumi, and therefore they are obligated to follow the Rabbanut's decisions so the Rabbanut will not become completely pointless, why should we have a Rabbanut? According to Rav Schechter it is important to follow them in order to justify their existence, but really if the only people listening to the Rabbanut are one small sector of Israeli society, do we need a State body for this? Can we really justify the expense of the Rabbanut, let alone the need for the Rabbanut, if it is only just for the Dati Leumi community?

Another, more minor, question might be that not everyone going up to Har Habayit is Dati Leumi. There is an increasing number of Haredim ascending. So, do only Dati Leumi ascenders need to follow the Rabbanut's dictates on this and not ascend while Haredi ascenders can ascend, or do Haredi ascenders also need to stop? Furthermore, if Haredi ascenders don't listen to the Rabbanut anyway regarding anything else, why should/would they listen to the Rabbanut about this?
This is a minor question because the Haredi ascenders are a minority.   

2. kezayis of matza
Not long after Purim comes Pesach. Many people obsess over how much matzah they are supposed to eat at the Seder. Your definition of a kezayis, though, is rather smaller than what’s currently popular.I don’t know what’s popular. My father-in-law spent about two years by Rav Shimon Shkop rewriting the Shaarei Yosher. Rav Shkop asked the mashgiach from the Mir Yeshiva, Rav Yeruchom Levovitz, for a bachurwho had a nice style of Hebrew, so he sent my father-in-law. He was there about two years, so he ate the Seder by Rav Shimon Shkop. He said five boys ate a kezayis from one matza. That’s a pretty small kezayis.
Didn’t you once say a kezayis is the size of the palm of one’s hand?Rav Chaim Volozhiner says that.
So why do people think a kezayis is much larger than that?Exaggeration. They like to exaggerate about everything – l’hachmir and l’hakeil. Everybody exaggerates.
no comment necessary

3. techeiles
You are known as being in favor of wearing techeles nowadays. Why?It says in the Chumash that we should wear techeles.
But people claim we don’t know what authentic techeles is anymore.Okay, but there’s a very strong possibility that the [techeles produced by Ptil Tekhelet in Israel] may be the correct techeles, so if there is a possibility, safek d’Orasia l’chumra.

it is as simple as that



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cut from the right cloth

Walla News starts off an oped today with a question. The author ask, is the Attorney General, Avihai Mandelblit, cut from the right cloth? does he have the courage to do what is necessary - i.e. order an indictment against Netanyahu?

I don't like such questions. Such questions presupposes a predetermined conclusion. The question presupposes that Netanyahu is definitely guilty and should be indicted, and if Mandelblit comes decides to not indict it is not because he felt there was not enough evidence or there is no case for whatever reason. Rather, the question presupposes, Mandelblit was afraid. He could not stand up and indict Netanyahu. He could not do what is right. He is a weak man.

The question does not give Mandelblit any room to decide for himself what the appropriate steps are and how to proceed. He is either a worthy Attorney General (by indicting) or he is not.

Sorry, but that is not how the justice system works. I do not know if Mandelblit is courageous or not. I do not know if Netanyahu is guilty or not. I do not know if Mandelblit will do what is right or not. I do know that we cannot assume a conclusion and then demand that Mandelblit act according to our conclusions, and any other decision makes him a chickensh*t, as Obama called Netanyahu.

I can see two courageous moves for Mandelblit.
1. If Mandelblit feels Netanyahu is guilty and should be indicted but comes under heavy pressure from Netanyahu's people, but he indicts anyway.
2. If Mandelblit feel Netanyahu is innocent or there is not enough evidence so he decides to not indict, depite the heavy pressure from the leftist protesters and from much of the media.

Mandeblit can be courageous. Mandelblit can be cut from the right cloth, but not necessarily by indicting Netanayahu. If Mandelblit has the strength to make the decision he feels to be correct, despite the heavy pressures against him from either side, he will have shown himself to be cut form the right cloth.




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vote for Leifer!

a fellow Jew, a MOTT, a bro, could be voted hero of the week, but he needs your votes... it is basketball hero of the week,, but still..

As of this writing, Gabriel Leifer of Yeshiva University is in the lad with 776 votes. The guy behind him is a non-Jew maybe he is Jewish too. His name is Parker Davidson) with 613 votes. How does that work out?

There are also a couple other names in the list of athletes with names that could very well be Jewish as well.

Since when were Jews such great athletes?

Anyways, get in there and help a bro out. Go vote for Leifer!


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Meilech Zilbershlag: Haredi Worker Series: The Sheitel Macher (video)

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When You Forget Valentine's Day 😨 (video)

this seems a bit like a Meir Kay copycat, but it's all in good fun..





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Feb 14, 2018

Netanyahu scandal shows the need for term limits in Israel

By the way, all this going on now, with the recommendations for indictment of Netanyahu for fraud and bribery, the not resigning, the calls for him to resign, the investigations, the support, the calls for Alshich to resign, the accusations that Alshich has it in for Netanyahu, the accusations of Alshich being a dictator, etc...

All that is why I think we need term limits for the PM position (and maybe for others) in Israel. When a leader is in office too long, he thinks the office belongs to him and he can get away with anything and that everybody else has to answer to him.

I have no idea if Netanyahu did or did not do what the police are saying he did. It is not my job to come to any conclusions on this. I'll let the justice system work its magic and come to its conclusions.

Do I think Netanyahu should resign? I think Netanyahu should not be PM because I think Israel needs term limits. As great as a prime minister as he might be, I think it is unhealthy for a democracy to have the same leaders in power for too long. Netanyahu should resign, regardless of the current scandal.


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Quote of the Day

the taught me one thing when I was a child, Dudi - no snitching. Nobody will ever want to sit with you again. You are a wretched snitch. Are you not embarrassed?  

  -- MK (Chairman of Coalition) Dudi Amsalem (Likud), screaming in the Knesset at MK Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) after it became known that Lapid is a State witness in the indictment against Netanyahu (in one of the cases)

Two points:

1. Amsalem makes it sound like the Knesset is basically a mafia, or runs on mafia rules. Much of the public has not thought highly of the Knesset anyway, but I don't think most people thought of the Knesset as a mafia.

2. if Amsalem is upset at Lapid for being a "shtinker", as it is commonly known in Israel, he is basically admitting that Lapid is right in what he is claiming...




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NFL Tour in Israel - Intro (video)

FYI

I wonder if the meeting with Bibi is still on..





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Feb 13, 2018

police recommend indicting Netanyahu

a roundup of my tweets from this evening's announcement of the police recommendations to indict Netanyahu in two of the investigations he was involved in:

 - When discussing the bribes received by Netanyahu and converting the sum to dollars, do we use today's exchange rate or the rate from a year ago?

 - And once again Yair Lapid screws the haredim

 - The guy is worth millions. I can't understand why he would have other people buy him his wine, jackets and cigars and why take bribes to the tune of $300k

 - will we see Netanyahu show up in court with a big black kipa and holding a tehillim, as many criminals in Israel do?


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Picture of the Day





These are dancers and performers at the semi-finals of the local basketball league. Among their routines was one dressed with what appears similar to tzitzis. Religious fans got upset and offended and sent in complaints. The organizers claim they have done this show many times and nobody has complained before, it is normally so well received in Israel and in other places, but they will not perform it again during the upcoming finals.
source: Israel Hayom (with a couple more pictures)


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international price signage on toothpaste

The Minister of Economy and Industry, Eli Cohen, has signed an order that will require the major supermarket chains to post signs on certain products informing customers of the price along with the price for the same item overseas. This will, for now, apply to 7 specific toiletry products imported by the 3 large importers - Unilever, Schestowitz and Diplomat.

The initial list of 7 products was decided upon by them being found as the products with the greatest discrepancy in price. Eventually this will be expanded to include more products. The initial seven include three different Colgate toothpastes and some deodorant products.

For more details, see the Globes article.

This seems pointless, and even silly. There are so many other places these products are sold - how many locations and prices will they have to list? Also, often the products sold here are often not exactly the same, and apples should not be compared to oranges - package sizes are different along with specific model lines. There are also import fees, shipping, taxes, and whatnot that need to be built into the cost.

Hopefully it will bring prices down, but I don't see how. If I now know that the tube of toothpaste is cheaper in Germany or New York, will I not buy my toothpaste in Israel? Anyways, if I wanted to live frustrated I could always just look up the price online myself at Amazon or Target.


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Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll debates Dov Halbertal on Orly & Guy about the effects of erasing women (video)

Halbertal is normally so outrageous that I am surprised he did not come up with anything unique or outrageous to say and he surprisingly didn't outspeak everyone else in the room





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Palestinians: What are the main issues in Palestine? (video)







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WENDY’S SHABBAT - teaser (video)




WENDY'S SHABBAT - teaser from Dana Turken on Vimeo.



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Hakol Haba From Jerusalem - S2E4 (video)

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Feb 12, 2018

the magical apartment

Want to have a baby? If yes, then you need to be living in Bnei Braq. Actually, in a specific apartment in Bnei Braq.

According to an advertisement placed in the Bnei Braq ad-book "Merkaz HaInyanim" somebody is offering his apartment for rent with the qualification that living in this apartment is a segulah for having a baby.

The magical apartment is located on Rav Shach St.

Behadrei spoke to the owner and the story is that a number of tenants living there all had babies while living there, even people who had been childless until they moved into this apartment. The owner seems to not be sure how his apartment became a segulah, but he suggests that perhaps it is because of a specific woman, a tzadekes, who lived there at some point.

The biggest question might be how much higher rent one has to pay because of the segula..



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Picture of the Day



that is an awesome helmet worn, and a generally awesome picture, by AJ Edelman in the Winter Olympics


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Poland wants to ensure Jews do not return

The word is out the Poland is now working on passing a law to ban kosher slaughter, shechita, as other European countries have already done, or are considering doing.

I guess they are doing everything they can to make sure the Jews don't come back to Poland, between the recent Holocaust-related law and now this issue.

I have thought for a long time that people should not be making the pilgrimages to those countries that were involved in the Holocaust. We should not be giving our money to such anti-semites and going to visit places that have so much Jewish blood spilled and absorbed into the ground. Now even more so. They are going to keep hitting us and we are going to keep giving them our money and sending them tourists?


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Proposed Law: prices that cannot be paid

MK Hilik Bar (Hamachane Hatzioni) has proposed a law that would prohibit the posting of prices that cannot possibly be paid in cash, such as a price of 19.99. Generally that is rounded up to 20 when paying in cash, and 49.99 is rounded up to 50, prices like 19.95 etc. When paying via credit card or check one can pay the exact amount, but in cash the customer ends up paying a higher price than the one posted.

Many other MKs across the spectrum have signed on to this law proposal and it has passed the approval of the Finance Committee of the Knesset to be prepared for voting. There is a bit of a dispute over this as to whether or not it is already covered by already existing consumer protection laws or not, but Bar insists on passing the law because the current directives are not enforced, and turning it into an explicit law will improve the situation.
source: Behadrei

The way things work, the stores and other providers will convert everything to the higher price, and then even the people not paying with cash will end up paying more as well. Besides, the government already announced its efforts to minimize the use of cash, so this should really be used as just another incentive to get people to not use cash.







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One on One with Alan Dershowitz- Feb. 8, 2018 (video)







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A Schmooze With Lipa Schmeltzer (video)







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Inside the IDF - Episode 4: January 2018 (video)







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A new Israeli burger dish (video)

new dish? this is like every Israeli bbq...





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if people would feel.. (video)

in memory of Rav Raziel Shevach HYD, with Yitzchak Meir, Rav Shevach's daughters, and others, composed by Rav Hillel Pelay..






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Feb 11, 2018

Shababnikim shows the ship has sailed

Shababnikim is a new Israeli television show about the antics of 4 yeshiva boys who don't learn much in their yeshiva but get involved in other, more worldly, matters.

The first two episodes are on Youtube, while the others can only be viewed through the official channels and whatever online streaming method might work for you, and here they are:



There have been several articles recently about yeshivas throwing out a few boys who staged as extras in the filming (which took place 2 years ago) of the show, of the response of the yeshivas, of the response of actors of the show. I'm not going to comment on this issue.

I will say, the ship has sailed.

The rosh yeshivas of these yeshivas somehow saw the boys who appeared as extras in an Israeli television show. The boys were seen and identified by many other boys, rebbes, rosh yeshivas, etc. The yeshiva boys went to be extras on a television show. The community is watching these shows, and it is not all that new - this was happening during the show Shtissel, during Srugim and through the broadcast of other shows, but this, I think, is the first time it has been actually admitted to, by the nature of the actions taken against these boys.

The ship has sailed. The people are watching these shows. Maybe that is why they fight against the Internet so hard, but I see it as a lost cause. They are fighting a battle that cannot be won. They need a different approach.




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One Thousand Dollar Sandwich - Is it Kosher? — Secular Subjects in Yeshivas (audio)

the first portion is about the $1000 pastrami sandwich offered up by a NY restaurant recently. After that he discusses the need, or no need, for a basic high school education.





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Israeli Frenemies- Feb. 9, 2018 (video)







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A Match Made in Heaven (video)

What does a 68-year-old Conservative Jewish man from Cranford, New Jersey have in common with a 42 year old Hasidic man originally from London? A kidney. Grab your tissues and see how kindness can break down barriers between communities.



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Not Your Typical Super Bowl Party - (Super Soul Party 2018) (video)







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Michoel Pruzansky - Shootin’ For The Moon [Official Music Video]








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Feb 8, 2018

Gershon Veroba & Shlomo Katz Jam LIVE in Israel: Treat Her Kind (video)

Shlomo drops in to sing with Gershon in Chashmonaim, Israel. Two musical buddies re-united for the first time since their duet on the beautiful "Yess Legacy" album a few years ago, singing Moshe Yess' sweet ballad of musical marriage counseling, "Treat Her Kind."




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Feb 7, 2018

Facebook Status of the Day

definitely worth sharing this!




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Quote of the Day

Women have a limited capacity for spirituality. They can reach a medium level of spirituality. There’s no such thing as spiritual women. It’s just not true. It’s not a failure on women’s part, it’s just that nobody is expecting them to reach certain heights spiritually. They are weak-minded. They just babble, that’s it. Women’s babble...Just because they send them en masse to universities they’re suddenly all great geniuses? No! Yes, there are some CEOs here and there, girlillas.

  -- Rav Yosef Kelner, in a yeshiva in Eli while teaching a class on marriage and family issues. He has apologized for this.

wow. This is his approach and they had him teaching a class to young men about marriage and how to relate to their wives?

I always thought that classic approach is that women are far more spiritual than men, which is why they need less mitzvos.



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Picture of the Day

this definitely needs a good caption!



how about, "Women of Chabad", or "tefillin booths not just for Chabadniks anymore", or "have you put on tefillin yet today, or in your lifetime"?


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Kosher Halftime Show 2018 | Nachum Segal Network | OHAD & Meir Kay (video)

The 2018 NSN Kosher Halftime Show filmed at Shaare Zedek Medical Center Jerusalem / המרכז הרפואי שערי צדק starring אוהד מושקוביץ Ohad Moskowitz and produced/directed by Meir Kay is now available.






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panel with Moshe Feiglin and Michael Ben Ari (video)







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MK Eichler: in the Jewish State there cannot be a Haredi minister (video)






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Synagogues of Quebec (video)












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Eden "Yigdal" (Official Music Video)







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Feb 6, 2018

Tweet of the Day

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taking humanity out of the work-place

The City of Modiin Ilit has published its tzniyus rules for its employees. The list of rules is interesting.

Some are making a big deal of their demand that women sit in the back of any transportation vehicles. I'll skip that for now as I find other items in the list far more interesting.

Some of the items include:
 * male and female employees not talking to each other at all after work hours, even about work-related issues
 * even during work male and female employees should not talk to each other about anything other than work-related issues
 * male and female employees should not call each other by their personal names but only by family names, preferably with honorifics, such as Mr Mrs Rabbi, etc
 * a manager wishing to praise an employee for a job well done can praise the work but not the person
 * families of employees cannot get together- no shared meals or trips together, etc.
 * no providing any service or favor for another employee, not including if it is someone's turn to do something for the entire office or department, etc
 *  women should not go to work in nice clothes but only in regular clothes that adhere to the rules of the halach
 * if someone makes a simcha unless the entire office is invited, any specific invited employee should not attend (even with his or her spouse, even if the event is completely gender-separate)
sources: Kikar, TOI

they are basically taking away the humanity of the people and the work-place. No talking, no doing favors, no sharing simchas, etc



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Smart Watches finally become a target

Smart Watches first came out on the market at the end of 2013, and became somewhat popular beginning in 2015 when Apple released its first model. They never really took off the way they were expected to, but they did, and still do, have some limited popularity.

3 to 5 years later, some people are just now waking up to their existence.

While smartphones have been the target of rabbinic bans and derision for years already, now finally they are noticing the existence of the smart watch.

I guess that is not good news if you have a smart watch.

The rabbis published a letter in the Haredi papers today saying the people who sell smart watches are causing the public to sin and the entire future of the generation is at tremendous risk.

They mention that nowadays there are many new devices that look like any other device that is not problematic, such as the smart watch, and this is part of the subterfuge employed by the yetzer hara to make it seem like the ban or prohibition doesn't apply to them.

They therefore announce with the notice that this device, the smart watch, is prohibited for use, whether for adults or young people, and this applies even if the watch does not have a sim card or even if there is some sort of filter or a way to block problematic materials on it.
sources: Kikar, Actualic

As I have said before, they will never be able to keep up with the latest devices coming to market all the time. They are two years late to this party but maybe it is because the smart watches never really flooded the market. Maybe a device that gets real popularity very quickly would get a quicker response. Either way, soon your smart watches might cause you a problem getting your kids into schools in the Haredi systems, so be prepared...




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Adelle saves a life with bone marrow donation (video)

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Let's make a deal, S1E3, (video)







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SOON: Marathon Jerusalem 2018 route (video)








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NAS Daily: Jews vs. Arabs (video)







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Mendi Jerufi - Vaatem Rokdim (video)







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Feb 5, 2018

Berland finally shocks community by touching woman

A video has been released of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, convicted of sexual assault and other indecent acts, in which Berland is seen touching a woman in order to heal her from cancer, the way we used to see televangelists, such as Oral Roberts and Pat Robertson, healing people in front of big crowds by touching their foreheads and suddenly they could walk again or see again - some sort of faith healing.

A lot of news websites are reporting on it (example: Ch10), with the video, and are saying that the Haredi community is shocked by the revelation of seeing Berland touch the woman.

I find it shocking that the community is shocked to see him touching a woman, done while in the process of supposedly healing her from cancer, yet largely continued to support him, or at least not reject him, through all the years of accusations of rape and other sexual misconduct.



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newspapers can discriminate against political parties

Haredi feminist activist Ruth Kolian had sued 2 haredi newspapers, Yated Neeman and Yom LYom, for not running the ads for her political party, BZchutan, in the 2015 elections. She claimed discrimination as BZchutan was a party of [Haredi] women.

Without getting into details of the case, the court recently decided against Kolian, in favor of the newspapers. The court decided that the newspapers did not reject her ads because they were women but because the ads were for a political party not identified with the outlook of the newspapers. It is acceptable for the newspapers to refuse to accept advertisements for political parties attempting to take away votes from the parties clearly identified with those newspapers. It is important to note that the court determined that the newspapers did not reject the ads because of Kolian, or the rest of the party, being female, but because the party was a competing party and not identified with the newspaper.

This is an interesting and unexpected decision on what constitutes discrimination, and if anyone can explain it better, especially the ramifications, I would appreciate it.

It seems to me that this gives newspapers a wide berth in making decisions like this. While most newspapers will take any ad thrown their way that brings in big money, like political ads from just about all parties, a newspaper with some sort of political identification could now easily decide to not accept ads from other parties. For example, Israel Hayom, identified clearly as being a supporter of Bibi Netanyahu and the Likud, could reject ads from Labor or Yesh Atid parties, along with Shas and Habayit Hayehudi. Haaretz, identified with perhaps Meretz and Labor, could choose to reject ads from Yesh Atid. Makor Rishon could reject ads from the Haredi parties and from the Likud and from the various small parties that seem to crop up in every election. etc etc etc

While newspapers cannot discriminate against women, they can discriminate against political parties that are not aligned with the political outlook of the newspaper.



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Palestinians: Do women make good political leaders? (video)







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Haredi Rabbi presents children book to battle sex offenders (video)







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Toyota Super Bowl Commercial 2018 One Team (video)

cute ad but I am not sure I like how they portray the rabbi




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JIMM - Season 2 Webisode 1 - The Ten Commandments (video)







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