Nov 15, 2018

Naftali Bennett to the Defense Ministry?


Minister of Education Naftali Bennett said something interesting about his ultimatum for the Prime Minister to transfer the Defense Ministry to him or else Habayit Hayehudi will resign form the government coalition..

Bennett said that all his advisers have been telling him that he doesn't need this headache and demanding the defense portfolio now is a big political mistake. Bennett said he is ignoring them and demanding it because the defense of Israel is the end-game, the ultimate objective, while politics is just a means.

I dont know if Naftali Bennett is the right guy for the job. I am almost completely sure that he is far more qualified for the job and responsibility than Avigdor Lieberman was.

I also don't know, at this point, what the point of the Defense Minister is. Everyone is worried about Bennett being given this job and him being all gung-ho to go to war.. but what can he really do? Netanyahu controls the decision whether or not to go to war, not the Minister of Defense. He can be more forceful perhaps and try to push Netanyahu to agree to go to war, but Bennett cannot really do anything - if Netanyahu doesn't want to go to war, nothing Bennett says will push Netanyahu to war. Netanyahu rushed back from Paris to deal with the situation - why wasn't the Minister of Defense allowed to deal with it, as it would seem to be under his authority? Clearly the Minister of Defense does not have the authority to really deal with security and defense, so I am not even sure what Bennett thinks he will be able to do in this office, if Netanyahu is even willing to give it to him.

If that is correct, Netanyahu can even give it to him, if just to save his government for a little bit longer, and rest easy, knowing that Bennett can't really do much with it anyway.



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STOP SPREADING MEASLES


If you wan to put your kids at risk and not vaccinate them, while there might be a lot to say about you, at least keep it to your kids. You want to put your kids at risk, maybe that's your business, but don't then take them and expose other people.

Some idiot with a child with measles just took his infected child to visit his wife, the child's mother, in Maayanei Hayeshua hospital in Bnei Braq after she gave birth to a baby. This 6 year old child had been infected by someone else with measles because the child was not vaccinated.

As a result of this incident, Maayanei Hayeshua Hospital is now setting policy to not allow children in unless it is for medical care. I expect that even if medical care is necessary children will be screened for measles and if necessary sent elsewhere or put into isolation.

STOP SPREADING MEASLES!!! We don't live in the 16th century anymore!


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it is assur to steal from the government

People are people. No matter how religious or moral a person might be, he or she is tempted by various temptations. Some are able to overcome the temptations and do the right thing, at least most of the time, while others fail - sometimes more and sometimes less. People are not immune and communities are not immune from having such people within them.

In recent years, unfortunately not infrequently enough, people scamming either the government or other people even from within their own community have been exposed, caught and even convicted, in the Haredi community.

I don't know that it happens more in the Haredi community than in any other community - it probably does not - but with a community like the Haredi community that has the fear of God and adherence to Torah and mitzvos as its daily ideals and lifestyle, one might expect better, and it is perhaps a bit more shocking and upsetting when it happens.

One of the interesting phenomenon in these instances is the point where the action gets justified for religious reasons, or even turned into an ideal on its own. Even the gemara says that after you do something wrong a few times it becomes considered as a mitzva. It is definitely just a sense of justification as a way of convincing yourself, and maybe others, that you aren't doing anything wrong.

To that end, Kikar is reporting that someone has anonymously written a booklet, a kuntress, dealing with this very issue. The kuntress goes into halachic detail, even quoting the great rabbis of recent generations such as Rav Elyashiv, Rav Moshe Feinstein, Rav Ovadia Yosef and others, explaining why one is not allowed to cheat the government.

This anonymous author has been distributing his booklet around shuls in Haredi communities in Jerusalem, Bet Shemesh and elsewhere.

I don't know if such a kuntress will have any effect on anything. People generally know it is not allowed. They know they are doing something wrong but find ways to justify it. Perhaps it will convince some, and if it does it will have been worth it.

I don't know why it needs to be anonymous. Will anybody stand up and protest saying it is definitely allowed to steal from the government or that one can scam his own neighbors out of their money? I am not sure what such an author is worried about that he feels he needs to remain anonymous.



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Mishpacha Magazine put women on the latest cover!

People are shocked by the cover photo in the latest edition of Mishpacha magazine..

Here it is:


considering Mishpacha policy to not print images of women, this is a shocking breach of policy. I would like them to explain if their spiritual guidance committee of rabbis approved this and if so to lease explain why it is ok to change the policy, or why an exception can be made for these women. A policy of 'no women" means no women. They have always said that even tzanua-dressed women cannot be published, so why are these any different.

Personally I think these might actually be men dressed up as women, so it might be ok because of that. As well, if you look closely the faces have been blurred and pixelated under their burqas, so perhaps that makes it to be considered compliant.






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Quote of the Day

The attacks by Hamas were minor, most of the fire was around the Gaza area. Firing rockets at Tel Aviv is a different story....It’s not that Hamas acted without cause, there was pretext for revenge, but that revenge was minor. With 470 rockets, they managed only manged to kill one Palestinian.

  -- Minister Tzachi Hanegbi

Hanegbi came under heavy criticism for this, with many, even from within the Likud, calling for his dismissal - for saying that it was minor and for saying there is a difference between the Gaza area settlements and between Tel Aviv. Netanyahu also criticized his words. Hanegbi has since responded saying that he was misunderstood.

We all know that the government treats the two differently. You just are not allowed to say it outright.


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PM Netanyahu at memorial for David Ben Gurion (video)







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8th Day "Stronger Closer" Z Report Interview With Yossi Zweig 11-14-18 (video)







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Synagogues of France (video)







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2 Meshugaim - Ariella Zeitlin performing Omer Adam cover (video)







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Nov 14, 2018

elections? Again?

Just when you thought election season was finally over and we could get back to our normal lives and normal programming... Lieberman has to go and resign and almost definitely take us back into another election mess...

The most interesting aspect, in my mind, of this, is to see how it will affect the IDF Draft Law that has been waiting to be adjusted and passed. Now, if we do end up in elections, and likely even if not, that law might never pass and this could become a big problem for the Haredi parties...

The bright side is the strong possibility of another day off of work in the near future.


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Tweet of the Day






Translation:
In 70 years there has not been a mizrachi mayor in any of the 3 largest cities. In 70 years there has not been a female mayor in any of the 3 largest cities. In the latest round of elections, both of these injustices have been repaired. And in both situations Degel Hatorah took part of it in a significant way.

Sounds historic to me



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Quote of the Day

I wish I could share everything I know, but regarding the security of Israel, there is more hidden and secret than what can be revealed. Our enemies begged us for a cease fire, and they know why. We will set the right conditions for the State of Israel and for our security.

  -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, about the much criticized decision to come to a cease fire arrangement with Hamas and the other terror groups in Gaza

It is always easy to say things that cannot be verified (and Netanyahu is not the only one who does this). They begged for a cease fire, but I cant give you details. The vote in the security cabinet on the ceasefire was unanimous and the protocols will show that, but we cannot show you the protocols. I did not vote for the ceasefire, the one that was unanimously voted for....




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Chabad Rabbi Raps at Kinus Banquet (video)







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Watergen to open at least 3 more US plants, president says (video)







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'Kosherfest' Puts New Spin On Jewish Food (video)

Kosherfest 2018 just started and I always like to have some videos from that event..






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Tzion - Shim Craimer (Official Video)







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Nov 13, 2018

Quote of the Day

If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to end the fighting in the south he will have to fire Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman..

  -- Husam Badran, International Spokesman for Hamas

haha! he thinks than when Israeli politics couldn't prevent Netanyahu from giving Lieberman that position and has kept him in the office, some rockets in southern Israel will force his hand???



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Tweet of the Day

current hostilities make this in somewhat bad taste, but it is still funny..







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Peleg supporting Berkovitch

The Peleg Yerushalmi had a serious dilemma what to do in the second round elections in Jerusalem - support Moshe Lion or Ofer Berkovitch. While one might make a slam dunk case for one side and say there is no story here, the dilemma is interesting.

Moshe Lion is a candidate backed by Avigdor Lieberman who has pushed the IDF draft law that would possibly draft an increasing number of yeshiva boys. Ofer Berkovitch is a secular/traditional candidate that has had a hand in bringing/increasing secular culture in Jerusalem and has opposed some Haredi-backed policies.

So what to do? It looks like they are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Peleg today announced through its newspaper, HaPeles, that everyone must do whatever it can to oppose the candidacy of Moshe Lion and vote against him. They did not explicitly say to vote for Berkovitch, but being that that is the only way to oppose Lion, Peleg is essentially supporting Ofer Berkovitch for mayor of Jerusalem.

I imagine part of the consideration is also to oppose the Degel candidate, as in most cities, especially Jerusalem, Degel and Peleg fight with each other and do whatever they can to hurt the other.

It still sounds funny for the Litvish extremists who can often be found in the streets protesting, sometimes violently, to be supporting the secular/traditional candidate as the way to "bolster the holiness of Jerusalem". 

sources: Kikar and Actualic


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Hamas attacks empty bus (video)

this is amazing and frightening... the bus hit and destroyed by a Hamas anti-tank missile had been transporting 50 IDF soldiers and just moments before had left them off at their destination. Moments  after letting the soldiers off, Hamas destroyed the nearly empty bus - the driver who was off the bus  was injured and one soldier standing next to the bus was wounded badly.
All the injured soldiers and civilians should have a refuah shleima and quiet should be brought back to the border towns and to all of Israel.





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Israeli Frenemies- Nov. 9, 2018 (video)







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







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The Four: Avraham Shabbat (video)

and here is the second frum contestant on the music show "The Four".. Avraham Shabbat makes a splash right away..








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Y-Studs - Shema Yisrael (audio)







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Nov 12, 2018

prayer rally at the Kotel

Tonight there is going to be a rare, historic, expectedly massive prayer rally at the Kotel, attended by many rabbonim and gedolim, including Rav Chaim Kanievsky.

The purpose of this rally is to pray for the success of Moshe Lion in the second round elections in Jerusalem tomorrow, along with rallying the "troops" to invigorate them and encourage them to get out the vote tomorrow.

Much success to them. I hope they take advantage of the massive prayer rally to also offer a few prayers and good thoughts for the injured and wounded soldiers and civilians in the current border conflict down south that just heated up.


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Quote of the Day

Tzfat is a complicated and mixed city. Woe to us if we invalidate a secular person just because he is secular, and also woe to us if we would invalidate a haredi just because he is haredi. Each person should be judged on his own merits and his actions. I am happy there is unity among the secular, the haredi and the dati of Tzfat - that is the beauty of Tzfat.

  -- Rav Dov Kaplan, rav of Degel Hatorah in Tzfat on the decision of Degel to support Shuki Ohana for mayor despite being secular, even against the Haredi fellow running against him, Nachman Gelbach

halevai this would be the way we (myself included) think about others in the rest of the country..




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no prediction for second round in Jerusalem

Paul the Octopus was considered a successful predictor of results in the 2010 World Cup tournament.
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Lehavdil, a rabbi in Lod claims to have successfully predicted many elections, in Israel and abroad, over the past 20 years. But he is refusing to predict the results of the second round of mayoral election voting tomorrow in Jerusalem after getting the prediction for the first round results wrong.

Rav Meir Tornheim from the city of Lod claims to predict election results using psukim form the Torah as his guide and source. He has supposedly accurately predicted the electoral victories of Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron.

In the first round of the elections at the end of October, Rav Tornheim predicted a first round victory for Moshe Lion. We now know that this prediction did not come to be. As a result, Rav Tornheim is refusing to make a prediction for the second round, saying that it is not clear enough to know. Some close to him say he has made a prediction, for Moshe Lion, but is keeping it close to his chest and not publicizing it.
source: Kikar

I am sure after the elections we will hear how privately he made a prediction and was right.  If only he would make the announcement we would be able to call our bookies and place our bets. Anyways, even having missed the first round, it sounds like his successful prediction rating is still pretty high and impressive (unless he is keeping his failed predictions private). I am not sure what it means when he says he wont publicize a prediction because things aren't clear, but if I were Moshe Lion I would be worried - Lion looks to have the elections pretty locked up for the second round and if things are not clear, perhaps that is a warning to him. Maybe Moshe Abutbol's warning to Lion and his staff and volunteers, to not be complacent should be heeded.

I wonder if he made a prediction for Bet Shemesh or Tzfat and whether he was right or wrong..




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PM Netanyahu Holds Press Conference in Paris (video)







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Palestinians: What does the Quran say about Jews and Israel? (video)







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Koolulam | The mass-singing initiative has gone international (video)







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Ofir Ben Shitreet on The Four (video)

There is some new competitive music show called "The Four". In this first season, there are two religious singers competing.. one of them we have seen before, a few years ago, on The Voice. That is, Ofir Ben Shitreet.

Here is her intro, audition and fight song





The second will be saved for another time..


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MARNIK & SMACK - GAM GAM (Official Audio)

I dont get it. this is not a Jewish band. I dont know how or why they did this..





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Nov 11, 2018

The Autonomy wins prestigious international award

The new Israeli television series "Autonomy" produced by HOT has won an international award as best television series.

Autonomy was a show that starred Shuli Rand, Rotem Sela and Asi Cohen, and it depicted a post-civil war scenario in which the State of Israel and the Haredi community had split into a "two state solution" of sorts with a Haredi state called "The Autonomy" based in Jerusalem existed alongside the secular State of Israel. The series revolved around a child that was discovered to have been switched at birth and raised by parents in Israel but eventually discovered to have actually been birthed by parents from the autonomous Haredi state. The series depicted the friction between the two families, the attempt to get the girl back, and a debate within the leadership of the autonomous state as to whether  or not to merge back into the State of Israel or to remain autonomous.

At the International Film Festival in Geneva, "The Autonomy" was selected as the best television series, beating out other top shows from around the world.
sources: Kipa and Srugim

Kol Hakavod for another big Israeli victory on the international stage. Besides for doing a great professional job in the development and production of the show, the public, in Israel and clearly outside of Israel, continues to have a keen interest in the depiction of the religious and Haredi communities in Israel. The Haredi community especially continues to be a big draw on television, after big award winning hits such as Shababnikim, Shtissel. Before that there was Srugim, based on the Dati Leumi community.

It definitely brings new meaning to the phrase "Ki Mi'Tzion Teitzei Torah"...

Here is the first episode of The Autonomy from Youtube.. The rest of the 6 part series is not available on Youtube but can only be watched via HOT channels.



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Tweet of the Day






Translation: On the 14th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat: His adviser Bassam Abu Scharif claims that Arafat was poisoned via poison inserted into his toothpaste. Every time he brushed his teeth he absorbed a little bit more...

Compliments to the Mossad agents, I guess. I do wonder if the toothpaste in question was Colgate or Aqua Fresh, and how long it took for the toothpaste to kill him..


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Quote of the Day

The Satan has issued an emergency call-up and has drafted all its forces, unfortunately.. suddenly you see all these draftees and you see not just distant Jews or secular Jews, but sadly, even though they are just from the fringe of the camp... [Haredi Jews as well]

  -- Minister Aryeh Deri about the coming [second round of] elections in Jerusalem and the need to work for Moshe Lion and get the vote out, against Ofer Berkovitch

it looks like Aryeh Deri is calling upon his inner Satmar today.. just as the State founded by secular Jews was the work of Satan for Satmar, the possibility of a secular (not sure if he is secular or traditional, as I have seen different claims made, and I don't know for myself, but Deri is considering him secular) Jew being mayor of Jerusalem and that alone means Satan is in play...

When Rav Ovadia said things like this (and he did), or more recently Rav Shalom Cohen, it was written off as the ravings of  little understood mystical rabbi and his minions would always go on the media saying that he was misunderstood and did not mean this or that. Unless Aryeh Deri now considers himself a "Baba" of some sort, and I am not sure he doesn't, this should be taken far more seriously. Reports say that security has been increased around Berkovitch, but beyond that Deri should be censured for this inappropriate talk. With Deri as Minister of Interior, ergo - he is responsible for Israeli elections, his level of involvement also seems to be some sort of a conflict of interest.




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11/10/18 Vaccinations (audio)







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Israelis: What do you think of India? (video)







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How He Built The Fastest Ambulance? || NAS Daily in Israel || (video)

great clip




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Itzhak Perlman Returns To Ed Sullivan Theater 60 Years Later with Stephen Colbert (video)








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Yekaterina Korotkova «Hava nagila» - Blind Auditions - The Voice Russia - Season 7 (video)

I read somewhere that she isn't Jewish but likes the Jews and loves this song...





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Nov 8, 2018

the true vaccination for measles

Kikar is reporting that the mekubal Rabbi Dov Kook has said that the vaccination against measles is saying 3 specific verses each and every day after giving a bit of tzedaka.

The 3 psukim to say are:
"רַחֲמָנָא אִדְכַּר לָן קְיָמֵהּ דְּאַהֲרֹן כַּהֲנָא" "חֲסִין קָדוֹשׁ בְּרוֹב טוּבְךָ נַהֵל עֲדָתֶךָ""קוֹל ה' חֹצֵב לַהֲבוֹת אֵשׁ"
The first pasuk corresponds to the phrase "chasin kadosh brov tuvcha nahel adasecha", with Aharon Hakohen being the fifth of the seven shepherds, and chasin kadosh is the fifth verse of ana bkoach.

(for reference, here is Chaim Dovid Sarachek's beautiful song "The Seven Shepherds"..   )

The third verse, kol Hashem chotzev lehavot aish, is the fifth voice of the seven mention in Chapter 29 of Tehillim.

So, "chasin kadosh" is corresponding to vaccinations and "chotzev lehavot aish" is corresponding to measles.

He explained that AHron Hakohen had the power to lengthen people's lives, and this is because his work on the mizbeach is life extending, as metal which is used in weapons to shorten people's lives was prohibited form being used on the mizbeach. So, Ahron, the fifth shepherd, as a vaccination of chasin kadosh, can vaccinate against measles which is also the fifth of the voices.

All I can say is that anyone who decides not to vaccinate his or her children because of this and instead give tzedaka and say these psukim daily, better really have a tremendous amount of emunah. And please dont send your kids to school with other kids.




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City of Tel Aviv awards prize to flag in tuches artist

The City of Tel Aviv is giving an award for exceptional artistic creativity to some artist who stuck the Israeli flag in his tuches. The prize this artist will receive from this award is 9000nis.
source: Maariv

Now, I can be fine with a decision that defacing the flag is not illegal but is a protected freedom of expression. No problem. But the State should fund such a thing? The state should award such a display and consider it great artistic ability and creativity? That's ridiculous. Let this guy go fund his own work.

I wonder if the judges would have declared him a winner had he defaced the flag of Tel Aviv rather than that of the State of Israel.




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Rav Shmuel Fuerst of Agudath Yisrael of Illinois On Measels Outbreak (video)





and on that note, Kikar is reporting that a number of rabbonim have signed a letter calling on people to vaccinate their children and anyone who does not isa murderer...



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Telshe Yeshiva: Come visit anytime to witness the dedication, the warmth, the atmosphere Anytime 24/7! (video)

my alma mater! Beautiful video





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Munch meets... Episode 2: "Shluchim" (video)







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Koolulam wins the Asia Game Changer Award (video)

I'm a fan. Good job!




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Mitzvah Boulevard - Mitzvah Day Parade - (Music Video)






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Nov 6, 2018

gett refusal incurs heavy fine

A husband refusing to grant his wife a gett, essentially leaving her as an agunah, is a big problem. From what i have read, another major problem is the women who refuse to accept a gett from the estranged husband, holding out until demands are met. I have seen conflicting numbers on these matters so I do not know which is more serious, but the beis din can often find simpler solutions to the woman refusing to accept than they can when the husband refuses to give.

A case went before the beis din. The couple had married in 2010. In 2014 Mr filed for divorce. Two and a half years later the beis din ordered them to divorce after efforts towards reconciliation failed. Mrs does not want to get divorced, though her appeal to the Beis Din Hagadol was rejected. The beis din also decided that after such a long separation without any successful reconciliation, the divorce should be forced on her - sanctions should be imposed on her until she accepts.

Mrs continued to refuse the divorce. The beis decided that Mr had suffered years of abuse at the hands of Mrs and at the hands of her family and that is what caused him to despise her. They also decided that the reason she refuses to divorce and the reason reconciliation was not successful is her desire to control him with emotion and sometimes physical abuse.

The beis din has imposed sanctions on her, including not allowing her to leave the country, no passport or drivers license, among other sanctions. Her appeals were rejected.

Because she continues to refuse the gett, beis din decided to impose further sanctions under the category of contempt of court, or in this case contempt of the beis din by her refusal to comply with their orders. She will now be obligated to pay a fine of 165nis per day until she accepts the gett. She also will have to pay 40,000nis to her husband to compensate for monetary damages she caused him by her refusal over a period of our and a half years.
source: Takdin






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Abutbol is sitting in our seat

Rav Shalom Cohen, spiritual leader of Shas, has instructed Moshe Abutbol, outgoing mayor of Bet Shemesh, not to resign just yet, as he had planned to do. Rather, he should continue working as a city council member at least to lead the negotiations on behalf of all the Haredi parties together to attain the best possible results for potentially joining Aliza Bloch's incoming coalition and getting the most possible for the Haredi community or alternatively to arrange a united Haredi front of all the Haredi parties to block Aliza Blioch from being able to work efficiently.

Avremi Frenkel, Bet Shemesh city councilman from the Shlomei Emunim faction of UTJ, has spoken out today against these instructions. Actualic is reporting that Frenkel said on Kol Berama radio that there is no connection and Abutbol needs to resign. His spot is ours, Frenkel said, and Abutbol is sitting on a mandate that UTJ voters obtained.

All I have to say to Frenkel is that UTJ gave him that seat, and unless there was an explicit deal or arrangement that he would vacate it right after the elections, Abutbol has that seat and is justified to hold on to it as long as he wants. UTJ voters voted UTJ, and Abutbol was brought in to lead UTJ. True, they were being nice to him and saved his skin, so to speak, after his snafu trying to pull a fast one over everyone else, but they gave him the seat and it is his to sit in until he decides to resign from it.




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Quote of the Day

I didn't get upset about it. For our kids, elections are like sport, because they cannot dance when Macabbi Tel Aviv wins....there is no hatred between Hassidim and Litvishe.

  -- MK Yisrael Eichler (UTJ, when asked what he thought about Litvishe yeshiva bochurim celebrating the "victory" of Degel over Agudah by singing "heima karu v'nafalu"..





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Gilon Hazzan and Regev in the Knesset (video)

the best show in town.. MK Oren Hazzan crossed a line calling MK Ilan Gilon "half a person" - Gilon is disabled. Craziness ensued






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Israelis: What do you think of the Druze? (video)







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Rabbi Dov Lipman interviewed about 2018 Bet Shemesh election results (video)







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Synagogues of France (video)







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Ahavti - Yedidya Weksler (video)







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Nov 5, 2018

Proposed Law: freezing mortgage payments after death

MK Yaakov Asher (UTJ) has proposed a law that would freeze mortgage payments to the bank for a year in a situation of a death until insurance money comes in to the family.

The purpose of this is to lessen the financial burden on the family off the deceased.

The Finance Committee of the Knesset has voted today in favor of this proposal.
source: Biznews

On the one hand this makes sense, especially in light of the way insurance companies often delay payouts. This would lessen the burden, especially if it is the main breadwinner of the family that passed.

On the other hand, a loan is a loan, and why should the banks lose on its returns, especially for so long? It isnt the banks fault the insurance companies take so long to pay. Why do the banks have to lose, from delayed payments, from fluctuating interest rates, because of other people's issues?

I don't know which side should take precedence, but it does seem that this would be a big help to a grieving family.







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Interesting Psak: traffic violators shouldn't be witnesses

In light of some very serious traffic accidents recently in which entire families were horrifically wiped out, Rav Yisrael Samet, rav of the "garin torani" of Lod, has proposed that people who violate traffic laws should not be allowed to serve as witnesses at weddings.

Rav Samet says that as leaders we cannot sit quietly by while entire families are erased on our streets. Do we always follow the rules of traffic? Do we do whatever we can to prevent accidents? Rav Samet says the community should say that anyone declared as a traffic violator cannot be a witness at a wedding. This would be a deterrent, he thinks, and would cause people to think it over.

Rav Samet also said that he would support other halachic initiatives against traffic violators.

Rav Samet is submitting his proposal to the council of Tzohar rabbis for consideration.
source: Kipa

It seems a bit far-fetched to me to think that someone about to speed because he is in a rush to get somewhere or will cross a bold line because he is impatient is going to pause and think but if I get caught I won't ever be able to be a witness at a wedding and then hold back. This might be a punishment, whether justified or not, but I do not see how it will ever help lessening road accidents and traffic violations.



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Do we live in a free and open society?

The newly elected mayor of Tiberias, Ron Kobi, said some nasty things the other day. He said he is going to do whatever he can to stop building projects designated for the Haredi community. Kobi said the Haredi community should continue to grow but only outside of Tiberias - in Tiberias they are already 22% of the city and they should not be allowed to reach the 30% mark.

Obviously Kobi has brought the wrath of the Haredi politicians dowqn on his head with these statements. Anytime a mayor talks about not building for Haredim or not being willing to bring a HHaredi community to his or her city, the Haredi politicians make a big deal out of it. Kobi was particularly nasty, but his point was not new or unique.

As I have said before, Israel is a democracy with a mostly free society. People can, and should be able to, buy a house and live, wherever in the countrey they wish to. Haredi people should be able to live in Bet Shemesh, Eilat, Ranana, Beer Sheva, Tiberias, Tzfat, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa or any other town, just like anyone should be able to buy his dream home in whatever town he or she might prefer.

However, I do not get excited by the outrage against mayors trying to prevent the Haredi community from buying in any given town, as wrong as I think it is, as long as those very same Haredi asknaim and politcians do the very same thing attempting to prevent secular or dati people from living in Haredi areas. As long as the Haredi asknaim are working to psuh secular resident sout of Bet Shemesh and ensure all future construction is for Haredim and not for secular, as long as secular wannabe residents are not welcome in Modiin Ilit, Beitar, Har Nof, among other places, I don't get excited by the outrage. I think both are equally wrong, but I do not think it is right to demand one side open its doors to the other with no reciprocation and to continue allowing the other side to build itself enclaves that keep everyone else out. Either we live in a free and open society welcoming to all or we do not. You cannot have it both ways.


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Quote of the Day

Even though you are secular, you should know that Hashem loves you, but only if you choose a God fearing mayor in these elections...

  -- Rav Shalom Cohen, spiritual leader of Shas, regarding the second round of voting in the Tzfat mayora election, encouraging even secular voters to elect Nachman Gelbach.

I love it. God loves you, but only if you vote for the guy we want. If not you are probably destined for an afterlife of a toilet like the infidels in Bet Shemesh



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a frum Jew..





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Nov 4, 2018

Interesting Psak: women at funerals

Rav Bentzion Mutzafi was asked about women going to cemeteries, if a woman can deliver a hesped, a eulogy, and if a woman can accompany the burial of a body, and should a woman be prevented from visiting a grave (such as on a yahrtzeit or shloshim).

Rav Mutzafi responded that he cries over the walls that have been breached, even by some Haredim, by allowing women to eulogize -  it is dangerous to look a a woman during a funeral.
source: Kikar

I have never heard that last part before - that there is some danger in looking at a woman during a funeral. The article gives no explanation, and I do not know if Rav Mutzafi explained that or not, but I would love to hear more about that.






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Proposed Law: Vaccination Sanctions

With the continued spread of measles, due to people who refuse to vaccinate their children, an unvaccinated baby died this past week in Jerusalem.

MKs Yoel Hasson (Hamachane Hatzioni) and Shuli Muallem Refaeli (Habayit Hayehudi) have proposed a law that impose sanctions on parents who do not vaccinate their children. According to the proposal, parents refusing to vaccinate their children will be invited to a meeting in whichthe relevant information explaining the need will be transmitted to them. If they continue to refuse the vaccinations. they will lose a tax point - the value of which is about 2000nis per year.  As well, children will not be allowed into school without a confirmation letter from a doctor stating the child has been vaccinated.

The legislative committee of the Knesset was set to debate the proposal this morning but postponed the discussion for two weeks. The Ministry of Health has said it will support this proposal.
Source: Walla News, Haredim10




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Interesting Psak: missing words from kesuba

Rav Baruch Dov Povarski, Rosh Yeshiva of Ponevezshe, sent a young avreich to Rav Shmuel Eliezer Stern to determine if his kesuba was kosher. He discovered a problem in his kesuba - two words were missing. Specifically, the words "va'ezon v'afarnes" - "I will feed and support" - אזון ואפרנס - by which the husband commits to supporting his wife. Without these words it seems the kesuba is invalid.

Rav Stern is an expert in the halachos of the kesuba, has written the book on the subject and is also the author of the text of many of the pre-printed ketubas available in the book/Judaica stores in Israel.

Rav Stern paskened that this avriech needs to write a new kesuba for his wife. But then it got worse. He realized that this would not be a lone case and looked into it, discovering that an entire recent printing of the kesubas somehow left the words out. This young couple got one of those deficient kesubas, but many other people, possibly thousands of couples, would have as well. All these couples cannot live together until this is taken care of.

Rav Stern put out a notice that anyone with a kesuba from the month of Tammuz 5778 should contact his office (at 03-616-1616).
source: Behadrei

Frightening.

Not because of this mistake, but taking into account the modern lifestyle, in which both the husband and wife often work, or in the yeshiva/kollel lifestyle in which the wife generally works and the husband does not, perhaps the text of the kesuba needs to be rewritten.




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Quote of the Day

We have to check what happened and how it happened - it is a loss to not just Degel Hatorah but to the entire general Haredi public. We have to do a deep soul searching how we came to a situation in which part of the Haredi residents did not vote for a Haredi candidate..

  -- MK Yaakov Asher (UTJ) on the loss of Moshe Abutbol in the Bet Shemesh mayoral race

interesting that in Jerusalem Degel Hatorah refused to support and vote for a Haredi candidate but he is upset that in Bet Shemesh other people refused to do the same...



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