Nov 21, 2019

cutting down elections

MK Oded Furer (Yisrael Beyteynu) wants to quickly pass a law changing the election period from 90 days down to 60 days, considering all the recent elections makes 90 days really unnecessary.

Personally, I would suggest cutting it down to 30 days, since anyway 80% of the campaigning is done in the final two weeks before elections. Even 30 days is more than enough time for the politicians to prepare.

As well, as part of any reform, they should do away with the final 21 days of coalition forming. If two months was not enough, the 21 days seems unnecessary to me and just more wasted time.

Too bad it is likely other MKS wont cooperate with Furer and push the law through. Right now his party, Yisrael Beyteynu, is the one everyone will want to punish...


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MK Abutbol wants to give out free cars!

Chadashot Bet Shemesh is reporting that Minister of Transportation Betzalel Smotritch recognized National Road Safety Awareness Day by holding a Knesset meeting about road safety issues.

During the meeting, MK Moshe Abutbol (Shas) presented an original idea, out of the box as he described it, to encourage people to be safer drivers.

According to Abutbol, millions have been spent in the past decades to fight against bad driving and traffic accidents. Coming from an educational background, Abutbol says, there is a concept of "sur mera v'aseh tov" - turn away from bad and do good. We have been working with a point system for a long time - use a phone while driving and you get points on your record in additional to a fine, drive without a seatbelt and you get points, etc. Now it is time to change direction and try a more positive approach.

MK Abutbol suggested that we should take a few million shekels and buy 20 new cars with that money. These 20 cars would then be raffled off among all Israeli residents that did not get a single traffic report during the previous year.

This would be similar to insurance companies lowering rates to drivers with good records.

Obviously this would be in addition to many other ideas being done on a day to day basis, such as improving the road infrastructure (Abutbol pointed to improvements in Bet Shemesh roads, specifically 38 and 10, that have lessened the number of road incidents as examples).

According to the report, Minister Smoritch appreciated the suggestion but said he prefers not giving out new cars but maybe Rav Kav cards instead, as he prefers less cars on the road and greater use of public transportation. Even if this specific suggestion is not implemented, the idea can be used in other ways by finding other positive ways to encourage drivers to drive safely.

So you might not get a free car by driving safely but hopefully they will come up with other benefits to encourage drivers with rewards. Or, with the government still in flux with no end in sight at this point, it does not seem unlikely that someone else will soon be Minister of Transportation and maybe the next one will like this idea and we will get the shot at a new car!



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Ezras Nashim, First All Female Volunteer EMT Team, Wants An Ambulance (video)







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Israel Torah - Rabbi Shalom Gold (video)







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Devorah Schwartz & Esty Morelle Covering Beri Weber’s Riboin (video)







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Nov 20, 2019

Quote of the Day

Whoever has been watching the past day of the Finance Committee that Gafni opened singing the praises of Ahmed Tibi, and today Tibi sang the praises of Gafni, this is the partnership we are talking about. This is an anti-Zionist coalition fooling with both blocs. This is the real danger...we have gotten to the point that just 22% of the working-age population is paying taxes. There are 150,000 yeshiva students learning Torah. Just as there are 1500 students in the academic atuda program, we do not need more than 1500 yeshiva students. It is not reasonable that 150000 yeshiva students are not working. We cannot raise a generation of needy people...

    -- MK Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beyteynu)

this did not go down well







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will the Har Nof Synagogue Massacre soon be forgotten?

I saw this article, remembering the victims of the Har Nof Synagogue Massacre. The yahrtzeit is around now, the secular date was November 18 with the Hebrew date approaching on 25 Cheshvan.

It reminded me of a comment I recently heard regarding the possible name change of the Har Nof neighborhood from Har Nof to Naot Yosef.

Some people are opposed to the name change, or at least cautious and disturbed by it. They are concerned that if the name of the neighborhood is changed, in 10 years or 20 years or at some point people will not even remember the name Har Nof and won't know what it is. The massacre that has come to be known as the Har Nof massacre, or Har Nof terror attack, will not be remembered or identified by people, as they won't even know what Har Nof is.



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Israelis: Would you invite a Palestinian to Shabbat or Passover meal? (video)







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MKs Moshe Gafni and Ahmed Tibi (video)




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Israel Torah - Rabbi Pinchas Winston (video)







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GAD ELBAZ - We Are Rachel’s Children of the Cecelia Margules Project (video)






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Nov 19, 2019

The Satmar Rebbe can come visit Israel. or not. Who cares?

The Satmar Rebbe has come to Israel.

And I don't care.

The Haredi press is making a big deal about this, and the Haredi community is talking about it, and debating the visit, non-stop. Who is going out to greet him, who is not, is it good he is coming, is it bad, is it true to his ideology or is he selling out, is he benefiting form the State of Israel or is he not... blah blah blah...

Some people like to keep fighting the battles of history. The Satmar Rebbes lost their fight. The Jewish community overwhelmingly supports Israel, in one capacity or another. The vast majority of Haredi Jewry supports the State of Israel in some capacity, whether a lot or a little. The Satmar ideology is irrelevant today, except to the tiny number of Satmar chassidim out there, and even to many of them it is irrelevant.

Many of us like to argue about Israel as if the issues of 70 years ago, or 100 years ago, or 50 years ago are still relevant today. They are not. The fights are history, as are the ideological opinions of Satmar.

the Satmar Rebbe can come and visit and spend his good money in Israel while denying he is supporting the State if that is what makes him happy. Or he can stay home in New York and visit London instead when he wants to travel. I really don't care. He and his opinions are irrelevant to almost everybody. He is just another tourist.


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Vil Nor Gaon commemorative coin

The Vilna Gaon, Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalman, was born in 1720. To commemorate 300 years since his birth, the Bank of Lithuania is going to be issuing a commemorative coin in 2020.

The commemorative coin will bear an inscription that is a play on words of "Vilna Gaon" - that is vil nor gaon, meaning if you will it you can become a gaon, a genius.

The back side of the coin will bear an image of the Hebrew letter "shin", whose gematriya is 300. As well, the shin is symbolic of the famous picture of the Vilna Gaon wearing tefillin with the shin on the head tefillin standing out. I did not know this, but that significance of that image is that the Jewish year has 300 days devoted to prayer, not including Shabbos.
source: Lithuanian Jewish Community website

1. very cool
2. It seems Europe does an awful lot to commemorate its rich Jewish history. They do little to cultivate the current Jewish presence and its future...which is probably not a bad thing..


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Kosher Wine - The Rise and Fall of Manischewitz (video)







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Kosherfest 2019 - Day 2 Videos (video)







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Two Bubbes Translate Science - Episode 5: Autonomous Driving Research (video)







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WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY? (video)






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Hanan Ben Ari: Mah Ata Rotzeh Mimeni, Live Performance (video)







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Nov 18, 2019

Quote of the Day

If it would help, Lapid would wear a streimel, put on tefillin twice a day and maybe even circumcuse himself again

  -- PM Netanyahu, scoffing at Kachol Lavan's attempts to try to get the Haredi parties to join a coalition led by them..





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which is the kalla and which is the mother of the kalla?


mazel tov. Adele Shwekey is very cute in this picture, and Mrs Shwekey is very handsome..




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eating kosher and being pro-Israel

According to reports, a student union in the University of Toronto has decided that having kosher food available means one is pro-Israel, and they therefore refused to support the Hillel initiative to make kosher food available on campus.

Satmar, and others, will surely be happy to know that because they eat kosher they also automatically support Israel and the Israeli government.

I do wonder if they also think that eating non-kosher food means you are not pro-Israel, maybe even anti-Israel. If so, much of the Israeli government would be fine with them.




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dairy chocolate labeled as pareve

A big deal has been made about a recent kashrut labeling mistake, and kashrut mistakes are always a big deal, regarding a bar of chocolate.

The item in question is a bar of bittersweet chocolate with 60% cacao with no added sugar made by Elite. The chocolate is dairy, which is generally somewhat unexpected with bittersweet chocolate. The package was labeled with the hechsher of the Eida Hachareidis on the front of it, and they labeled it as dairy (not for Pesach0, while on the back of the package it was labeled as pareve under the supervision of the kashrut of Beit Yosef.

Pareve or dairy? Eida or Beit Yosef? So the actual correct hechsher on this chocolate is Eida and the chocolate is dairy, but the mistake is problematic - both for allergens of people who might eat it thinking it is pareve, and for kashrut of people who think it might be pareve and eat it after meat. After the mistake was caught, Elite removed the product from the shelves to correct the error.

Everyone here is to blame, including Elite, the Rabbanut, the Eida and maybe Beit Yosef. People are especially upset at the Eida over this, even though they got it right, because they always check the labeling and withhold kashrut if they don't like something on the label so they too should have caught this.

Personally I think that all kashrut organizations make mistakes. Yes, even the Eida. Everyone makes mistakes. The tragedy is NOT that a mistake was made, as bad as it could have turned out. The tragedy would be if no lesson is learned from the mistake - if no new process is put in place to help them avoid similar mistakes in the future.



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What did the Rambam look like? Not as you think (video)







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Israelis: Should BDS supporters be banned entry into Israel? (video)






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The Rabbi Orlofsky Show: Episode 65: The Lone Arranger (feat. Lenny Solomon of SHLOCK ROCK) (video)

great episode





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Synagogues of India (video)







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Beinoni: Rebel (video)







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Nov 17, 2019

Ron Kubi gets another life, for now

The saga of Ron Kubi and Tiberias continues. While it started off as interesting and somewhat curious, Kubi has gotten boring and uninteresting in recent months. That being said, I have no idea if he is functioning well or poorly as  a mayor - the only news I hear about him is regarding his fighting with the haredi politicians.

Kubi last chance via extension, as per the courts, to pass the city budget and run the city as mayor has come and gone. With his failing to pass the budget, again, Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri had scheduled a hearing for Kubi as required before relieving him of his duties as mayor and appointing a Committee to run the city in his stead.

Kubi appealed to the Supreme Court again and the hearing was today.

Before stating what happened, I would comment that I did not understand the purpose of their previous decision. They allowed Kubi to continue in his position, but also allowed Deri to reinstate the city council despite the fact that they had resigned (as they had been required to as part of their final vote against the budget). Giving Kubi another chance while placing before him the same impediment that he has had for the past year seemed pointless to me, and it turned out to be pointless as they continued to block him from passing a budget and forming a coalition. The court should have either removed Kubi in favor of a committee or let Kubi back in but with a replacement city council (replaced by a committee). What was the point in putting everything back the exact same way it had been before?

Anyways, today's hearing throws the ball back into Deri's court again. No decision has yet been arrived at, but the State was unimpressed with the fact that Deri has called Kubi names, such as a troll, and also concluded that the government has two weeks to explain why the Minister of Interior does not appoint a new committee to function in place of the city council that resigned. And, to explain why Deri should not recuse himself from dealing with this, s a conflict of interest due to personal animosity between the two parties, and appoint another minister to handle things in his place regarding the issue of Ron Kubi.

What will happen? Who knows - definitely not me. The saga that looked like it was coming to an end is going to continue now for at least a little bit longer...




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yeshiva guys tossed from yeshiva for going to game

According to Behadrei, a group of 5 yeshiva guys from an unnamed yeshiva in Israel recently flew to Spain to go to a football (soccer) game between Barcelona and some other time.

As happens during a game in any sport, the camera pans the crowd. At one point during the game, the camera picked up the group of 5 yeshiva guys. To their dismay, the game was being watched by some people back home, other yeshiva boys who often watch the games in local kiosks, who recognized them. Word got back to the yeshiva and the 5 boys were tossed.

Needless to say, it is unlikely the boys at the game, spotted on camera, were behaving similarly to the way Rav Zeev Leff recently was caught on camera behaving at a game in Scotland, though I haven't seen video of the incident. Not that I think people are expected to go to games and bring a gemara with them - God knows how many Cubs, Bulls and Blackhawks (and yes, also White Sox) games I have gone to without a gemara in tow.

The main issue is pretty obvious. I won't comment on it. Yeshiva boys should be learning, not traveling to games, the army does not give them deferments so they can go to Spain and watch games, blah blah blah.

The funny thing is that they were snitched on and publicized by other guys who were breaking the rules and going out of yeshiva (granted, they did not go as far as Spain) to watch the game... That breaks some sort of bro code, actually any decent human code, in my book..




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Quote of the Day

We keep tradition and believe in God. At least I do. But we are not careful with the easy as with the difficult (the lenient as with the stringent). Those who keep Shabbos did not participate in Netanyahu talks on Shabbos.

  -- Minister Miri Regev, regarding the reports that Netanyahu had a tactical discussion with members of the Likud and the 55-bloc on Shabbos via telephone. This raised a bit of an outcry regarding the religious and Haredi parties lack of any response to Netanyahu's public desecration of Shabbos for politics. For their end, the Haredi parties responded sayign they know Netanyahu does not sit around on Shabbos reading Chumash and Rashi, but his telephone meetings yesterday were nothing unusual as he meets with Likud leaders via telephone every Shabbos - this time it was leaked out only because of politics.





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Don't Text and Drive

After a number of recent motor vehicle accidents in RBS, and in Bet Shemesh as a whole, Cellular-E, a local cellphone repair (and sales) shop, in conjunction with Ezrat Achim, are running a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.



Very important message.. don't use your phone while driving..




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Picture of the Day


source: FB of חנה זורנו

a Palestinian child, 3 years old, was lost. He found his way to a checkpoint and told the soldiers. He didn't know where he lives, nor could he even say his parents' names. In the meantime, soldiers fed the child while other soldiers went on a search party to locate the parents, which they did successfully..




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11/16/19 Bais Din - Should they allow Toanim? (audio)







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Israelis: Do you want to conquer Jordan? (video)







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my father is Rav Aviner (video)








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Synagogues of India (video)







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Eli Herzlich - Nishmat (Official Music Video)







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Nov 13, 2019

Tweet of the Day







I am not quite sure what to make of this, Rav Bentzion Mutzafi in his shiur is making fun of how ashkenazim, or specifically hassidim, daven, and says that this is not tefilla





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Proposed Law: Hospital Parking Lots

MK Omer Yankelovitch (Kachol Lavan) has proposed a law that would put an end to the exorbitant parking fees collected in hospital parking lots.

Yankelovitch is proposing that the Ministers of Health and of Transportation should, together I guess, set the maximum limit that hospitals are allowed to charge for parking. The Ministry of Health has previously determined that hospitals should charge no more than 20nis per day for parking, yet the hospitals ignore the unenforced directives and charge exorbitant prices. Her proposal is that parking fees should be limited to 15nis per hour and 40nis per day.

As the occasional consumer of hospital parking, thankfully not often, I concur that they charge ridiculously high parking fees, and are basically taking advantage of a captive, and often desperate, public that has no other choice.. 
source: Haredim10






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Trump mocks Israel's political stalemate, highlights embassy move in speech to Orthodox Jews in N.Y. (video)







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Can a Sous Vide Machine be Kashered? (video)

sous vide is very popular so I thought this would be interesting and relevant to some people..



my questions:
1. it could be kashered, but does it need to be kashered? the sous vide machine never comes into contact, even indirect contact with the meat or its steams or anything. it is immersed in the water and what is being cooked is isolated in a sealed bag. So if you cook meat via sous vide, maybe there is no need to kasher it and you can then cook dairy.

2. he does not mention kosher and non-kosher, only dairy and meat, and Pesach. Is there a difference?

3. if you are doing hagala on a sous vide machine, how do you deal with the top of the machine that has the electronics? Do you only need to kasher the bottom half, only submerging the machine halfway, or 2/3, into the boiling water?



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Kosherfest 2019 (video)







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The Most Mysterious Gate in Jerusalem (video)







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Menachem Toker: The keyboardist: Episode 2 (video)







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Nov 12, 2019

Panel at Social Cohesion Summit about Hadarat Nashim (video)

the interesting part of this conference (interesting for the purpose of this post) is the panel discussion at the 5:14:00 mark. The panel is made up of Yishai Lapidot, Rabbanit Adina Bar Shalom, MK Merav Michaeli, and Mayor of Ramat Gan Carmel Shama Cohen. The panel discusses the issue of "hadarat nashuim" and the standing of women in society and the issue of separation between men and women.





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Palestinians: Who do you support, Saudi Arabia or Iran? (video)







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Bring Them Home - Aliyah Now: Rabbi Zev Leff (video)







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Top 5 beautiful roads in Israel (video)







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Sruli & Netanel - How we rebuilt Bein Kodesh Lechol (Music Studio Vlog) (video)







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Nov 11, 2019

Quote of the Day

If Gantz and Netanyahu would form a government together, I would give them my 8 mandates and vote in favor of the government even if they won't bring me in to the coalition.  Netanyahu and Gantz should take a Tanakh and performt he Goral HaGra between them [to decide who should be Prime Minister first]

  -- MK Avigdor Lieberman



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Grow Bet Shemesh!

According to a report on Globes, among the larger cities of Israel, that being any city with 100000 residents and above, Bet Shemesh is the fastest growing city in Israel for the past decade.

10 years ago, in 2008, Bet Shemesh had a population of 72,780 while the end of 2018 found the population count of Bet Shemesh to sit at 118,676 - growth of 62.3%.

The big cities are mostly in the region between Tel Aviv and Haifa and population statistics show the cities growing, with more cities near the 100k mark expected to break through it in the near future, indicating the preference people have for cities over small towns, and indicating the increasing gap between the cities in the center of the country and the towns in the periphery.








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Book Review: The Lions' Den: Zionism from the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky

A Guest Post by Dr Harold Goldmeier


I was on a speaking tour discussing "When Zionism Became a Dirty Word."  My wife warned me that I will be walking into a lion's den.

Susie Linfield was at a pleasant, tony New York dinner party until she realized she was in the lion's den as the only Zionist present willing to speak up.  The experience inspired her book, The Lions' Den: Zionism from the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky (Yale University Press, 2019).  The book is a brilliant, intellectual, sociological exploration of eight popular, prolific thinkers and writers.  Her focus is on their ideologies regarding the modern Jewish people; our track-switch from religious faith to political and military creeds; and the great love of our life, the inamorata State of Israel.

Israel was conceived, founded, and remains in stewpots of controversy and derisiveness.  At the dinner party, one guest disparagingly dismisses the work of a particular journalist because, "oh, he's a Zionist!"  Condescension fills the air.  Then Linfield retorts with, "'Well, so am I.'  A frozen, stunned silence ensues ... [as] they shoot pitying glances at my partner."

Linfield's subjects are not all consumed by anti-Israel ideology.  Maxime Rodinson, Albert Memmi, I.F. Stone, and Fred Halliday intellectually and ideologically struggle about Israel's right to exist and the behavior of the Jews and Arabs.  "Rodinson was acutely aware of and unsentimental about, the consequences of the Arab world's underdevelopment, which is part of the realist Marxist tradition."  The book "is not a general survey" of the Left's relationship with Zionism or the relationship of Jews with the Left.  It is a series of portraits uncovering a rich, fraught, sometimes buried intellectual history, tackling "the Zionist Question."  The points of view of her subjects are meticulously researched.  There are 34 pages of footnotes and an equally long bibliography.


I find Linfield's scathing assessment of Noam Chomsky's unwavering commitment to internationalism and his  pattern of thought daring in her world at NYU.  "His loyalty to principle has morphed into a crippling ideological rigidity that prevents him, time and again, from apprehending what is happening in the world around him.  He views the reassessment of ingrained ideas as a betrayal of principle rather than as the wellspring of intelligence ... in a very real sense, he has fallen asleep ... [like] the dreaded Rip Van Winkle."  Chomsky and other anti-Zionists oversimplify their ideologies and arguments about the Palestinian-Israel conflict.  Amos Oz was moved to say in an interview, "[T]o a certain degree I envy these people.  Theirs is a simple world."
Stone is presented in a buttery fashion.  Stone has become "a beacon for me.  He has so much to teach: about how to be a journalist, an American, a Jew, a defender of freedom, a person of courage."  Too many other leftists appear contradictory and calcified. 

The Lion's Den is not a roadmap to peace.  It's a sagacious exposé about "the crux of this conflict" and offers tremendous insight into many of today's other contentious issues: BDS, reactions to refugees, the occupation.  The reader feels that the author is sensitive to the Left, but she has a supercilious response to their downplay of what Jews see as existential threats.  The intellectual Left pays short shrift to the cumulative impact on the mind of the Jews from the expulsions, pogroms, the Holocaust, and how nations sealed their doors to prevent Jews from entering after escaping from Nazis.  Some of the Left justify as acceptable strategies Arab wars launched against Israel, their intransigence against normalizing relations with the Jewish State, and terrorism that has morphed into pay-for-slay of Jews.

Linfield, however, is no sycophant.  She upfront expresses her criticism of the State's policies and actions, including settlers in Hebron who do not represent "Zionist values," but "they have re-created the despised, endangered, and ghettoized position of the Jews that Zionism was designed to eradicate.  Talk about the return of the repressed!"

She wears her sympathy for a two-state solution on her sleeve but asks the Left: what kind of state will the Palestinians create?  A free, democratic state respectful of gays, women's rights, minority rights?  Or will a Palestinian state be more in the fashion of repressive Hamas in Gaza, Hezb'allah in Lebanon, and the ayatollahs in Iran?  She concludes with a warning to the Left, Jews, and Arabs: "The opposite of realism isn't principle; its pathology.  To reject realism makes you — and your children — into slaves of the past and strangers to the future."

My warning to readers draws on the caveat of sociologist Andrew Chrucky: "not [to] confuse influence and popularity with importance."  The intellectual leftists are popular but hardly important in defining the actions of adversaries.  Israel will not just disappear.  Palestinians are unlikely to become Democrats.  The timely question in this age of conflict denouement is, how far will the new Jews with nuclear weapons go when facing utter calamity?

Dr. Harold Goldmeier is the manager of an investment fund, a university teacher, business consultant, speaker, and writer for many sites and newspapers.  He is a graduate of Harvard and was a research and teaching fellow.  He can be reached at Harold.Goldmeier@gmail.com.




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Amazon now offering free shipping to Israel

Heads up everybody.... Amazon is now offering free shipping to Israel!!!

Amazon is now offering free shipping to Israel on many qualifying items, not everything, on orders above $49.

that means you can qualify for the free shipping an still keep your order under the $75 limit for no import tax or VAT. Just note that if you go crazy and order a ton of stuff to take advantage and surpass the $75 mark, you will still have to pay the VAT and any relevant import taxes.

Qualifying items will have a note in the description that it qualifies for free shipping to Israel, and when you checkout and pay you will have to select the free shipping option.

I do not know, and have not seen it mentioned anywhere, if this is just a temporary promotion for a few days or weeks, or if it is a "permanent" arrangement... Hopefully they will find it worthwhile enough to continue long-term.

The purpose of this promotion seems to be to compete with the big annual 11.11 promotion by Ali Express, and then also with the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. It is entirely possible that after this shopping season passes, the Amazon promotion might also go away, but nothing official has been announced.




The Ben Shapiro Show: The Poop-Flinging Begins | Ep. 882 (video)

Ben Shapiro recently vacationed in Israel for the holidays, and he continued broadcasting his podcast while here. In this episode he starts off talking about Israel, and even if you have no interest in his show, the first ten minutes or so are about Israel...





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Palestinians: Why do you wear the hijab? (video)






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Ateret Shlomo visits Telshe (video)

as an alumnus of Telshe Yeshiva, I have a soft spot for anything Telshe.. I just found this video after listening to an episode about Telshe on the Jewish History Soundbites podcast... the video is really a fundraiser for Yeshivat Ateret Shlomo, but much of it is about Telshe...




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Meet the 'Best Shofar Blower' of the Modern World (video)







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Isaac & Rubenstein - Shalom Aleichem (video)







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Nov 10, 2019

Quote of the Day

Netanyahu would not have dared to come to me with a request to be flexible about religious issues

  -- Deputy Health minister Yaakov Litzman, after reports publicized that Netanyahu asked Deri to be flexible on the religion-state issues that would allow Lieberman to find his way back to a Netanyahu coalition..





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Bibi caves to Bennett

I am impressed. Naftali Bennett has been trying to persuade PM Netanyahu for so long to appoint him as Minister of Defense, and Netanyahu has regularly called his bluff and refused.

Ayelet Shaked has been trying to make her way back into the Likud but has been finding nothing but locked doors in front of her.

Suddenly Netanyahu is in this situation of no government after two elections, with the possibility of someone else forming the next government. He see Ayelet Shaked courting Avigdor Lieberman, and he sees Naftali Bennett talking about the need for a unity government, even without him, while also seeing him talking to Benny Gantz's people.

Out of fear of the 55-bloc crumbling, Netanyahu offers Bennett what he has wanted for so long - the Ministry of Defense. And, Yamina and Likud will run on a joint ticket, essentially, bringing Shaked back into the Likud. While for now it is just technical, it is already bringing Shaked part of the way in, and the door is now open for either a full merger or other changes that will find Shaked fully in the Likud.

And, this morning Uri Ariel tendered his resignation from the Ministry of Agriculture. Quietly. Just went away.

Journalist Yaki Adamker reported that Ariel resigned after Netanyahu requested he do so, considering that it is illogical that a party with 7 mandates should hold 4 ministries. So he retired. Without screaming about Bennett taking away his job or anything like that.

Very strange. But look what a little fear of losing control of the government can do...




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11/9/10 - Show 245 - Women’s Hatzolah Ezras Noshim (video)





it is a shame Ruchi Freier did not take the interview as scheduled. Personally most of the things mentioned are not issues in my mind. Hatzala cant complain about issues like funding and response time and whatever else, if they do not let the organization grow. Most of those issues are things Hatzala probably had the same issues with when they were just getting started. Obviously an organization of 25 or 50 people is not going to be able to have the same response time as Hatzala, but as the organization grows that will improve. The anecdotal cases of people who died or nearly died are also not relevant. I am sure there are hatzala patients who have received bad treatment, wrong treatment, or even with the right treatment did not respond. not everyone is perfect, and not every case goes according to textbook - as long as that is not the norm (and I have no idea if it is or is not).

The one issue mentioned that is concerning, to me, is the experience and training. If they are going to go out on calls and try to save lives, they must have the proper training and experience required. If they are skipping that and sending novices into the field with nobody more experienced assisting, that is bad. I hope that is not the case.

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Sivan Rahav Meir reports on the secret funeral of Leonard Cohen (video)







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Epic! Drawing a 747 on LAST EL AL 747 Flight (video)

pretty cool

EL AL is ending the service of their Boeing 747, after 48 years of operation. This video is part 2 of 2 featuring the final EL AL B747 Flight LY1747 from Rome to Tel Aviv on 3 November, 2019. The 747 flight took a one-time flightpath to create the 747 shape commemorating El Al's final commercial 747 flight. The final flight flew low over the Mediterranean, south-west of Cyprus to fly and “draw” in the shape of 747 jumbo jet; a complex two-hour manoeuvre revealed in real-time by flight tracking apps such as FlightRadar24. Watch the video how the pilot drew the 747 in the sky before returning to Tel Aviv for an emotional farewell.





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Could hummus MILK be the next big trend? (video)







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Sruli & Netanel \\ Bein Kodesh Lechol (Amir Dadon & Shuli Rand Cover) (video)







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Nov 7, 2019

Quote of the Day

Either somebody will break, or we will end up in elections. I do not know who will break, but I can tell you who will not break - we will not break. Every week we sit and look each other in the eye and declare the bloc is alive and well... there is Avigdor and there is Yvette - Avigdor is a Jewish name, a nice name - Avigdor sits with us, does things with us, can agree t the Draft law that we agreed upon, can go with Netanyahu and all is fine. Yvette is a politician that does one thing one time and another another time. He has a split personality and is unpredictable. Before the municipal elections Lieberman begged us to work together to get Moshe Le-On elected mayor of Jerusalem. After that he turned on us. I am familiar with institutions that deal with split personality.

  -- Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman




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Rabbanut considering revoking decade old conversion

Nearly a decade after a woman converted to Judaism, the beis din is considering revoking her conversion.

This woman was originally married to a non-Jew. Eventually they got divorced, and now she wants to marry a Jewish man. When applying for marriage the beis din discovered that during her original conversion period she was continuing her relationship with her non-Jewish boyfriend and she hid it from the beis din. She deceived the beis din and they will now look into the possibility of revoking her conversion.

The beis din stated that normally the rule of not looking into another beis din's conversions would not allow them to consider revoking the conversion, but in this case she herself told them that she deceived the original beis din regarding her relationship with the non-Jew. They must therefore redirect her back to the original beis din and look into what happened and investigate the conversion process in her case. In the meantime, she is being added to the list of people who cannot marry.
source: Israel Hayom

Obviously, some are upset about the fact that a beis din can possibly revoke a conversion nearly ten years after it happened. Converts should not have to walk around unsure if one day a beis din will say you are not Jewish.

And I agree with that. Once converted, converted. There are no backsies. A convert is as Jewish as any other Jew, and no matter what happens after the conversion, it cannot be taken back. The Shulchan Aruch even says if certain things were done improperly during the original conversion, the conversion remains valid. And, as well, the recent trend of rejecting some rabbis who do conversions as not doing them properly, despite being Orthodox rabbis, or not being knowledgeable enough or important enough to do conversions, is a crock. That does not fly in halacha and only works in Israel because the Rabbanut has been given centralized power to do such things.

This case seems to be different than that. In this case she seems to possibly have deceived the beis din doing the original conversion. If she deceived them it was not just regarding the intent of the conversion, which might still be ok after the fact, but in her actions. I dont know if the deception of hiding a non-Jewish boyfriend is strong enough to determine the original conversion invalid, but I can understand looking into it.

Converts should not need to walk around for years, for the rest of their lives, wondering if a rabbi will come over and question his or her Judaism. But converts should not be deceiving the beis din doing the conversion and sometimes that deception might need to be investigated.

----- UPDATE TO POST ------

It has been clarified to me that she did not deceive anyone in this case. The story is that she met a man in the conversion class with her and they decided to marry. He decided not to go through with the conversion. She did continue keeping kashrut.

As well, someone sent to me the tshuva of Rav Shaul Yisraeli, published by Eretz Chemda, that says even in a case of full deception and the convert never had any intention on keeping mitzvos, once the person has been converted, the conversion remains valid because they wanted to be part of the Jewish nation. Rav Yisraeli qualifies that by saying this is bdieved, and lechatchila we do not convert people who do not accept upon themselves to try to keep mitzvos as fully as possible. After the fact, the conversion remains valid and there is no such thing as revoking a conversion.

So, in light of this, in this case as well, her marriage should not be prevented and investigating her conversion is "honaas ha'ger"




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Headline of the Day

Yarmulkes, Wigs Fly Over Jewish Ambulance Brouhaha


  -- Kings County Politics

No yarmulkes or wigs were flying in this heated session, but it makes for a great headline



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Nov 6, 2019

Picture of the Day



2 of PM Netanyahu's advisers, Ofer Golan and Yonatan Orich, went to Rav Chaim Kanievsky for brachas. These two advisers have been involved in the investigations against Netanyahu, with their phones recently confiscated. Rav Kanievsky blessed them but he also told Orich to get a haircut, though not to cut his peyos..




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the great Garbage Rebellion of Mea Shearim

The following pashkevil went up on the walls of the Mea Shearim area... it is protesting the increasing chilul shabbos around the country, especially in Jerusalem, with additional bus lines going into operation and an increasing number of stores opening for business, with municipal money being spent on chilul shabbos activities.It has even reached the point with the city providing its cleaning and garbage collection services on Shabbos itself in a number of areas such as in the Mahane Yehuda area.

Because of all that, the writers are calling for a garbage rebellion. Anybody who holds Shabbos as valuable will take his garbage out and place it in the streets rather than in the garbage bins and leave the garbage in the middle of the lanes. This will be an expression of protest that is measured, mida knegged mida.

from tweet by Shlomi Heller

Throw the garbage in the middle of the streets? To me it just sounds like every other protest and rally they hold  out there in that part of the world...




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Quote of the Day

The Prime Minister updates all the time about the negotiations between the Bloc of 55 and Kachol Lavan. I will tell you a scoop - until now, most of the discussions between them have been on the topics of the weather and the climate..

  -- MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ)

Either Gafni is being facetious, which I can appreciate, or Netanyahu is pulling a fast one over him and he is falling for it



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Interview of Kidney Donor One Day After Donating (video)







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These Dogs Have Chutzpah! (video)







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Simcha Leiner "Kol Hakavod" Z Report Interview With Yossi Zweig 10-30-19 (video)







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Synagogues of Yugoslavia (video)







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L'dor Vador - Choni G (Meir Finkelstein) (video)

L’DOR VADOR BY CHONI G. L'dor Vador, composed by Meir Finkelstein, is a headline choral classic in the rich repertoire of contemporary Synagogue liturgy. Here Choni G delivers a refreshing remix infusing this timeless favourite with a pop ballad feel.





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Nov 5, 2019

Facebook Status of the Day





Translation:
Ishay Ribo writes:
Friends, I want to share with you something personal, that happened to me several months ago.
The evening of Yom Hashoah I participated in a family event with my wife's grandmother, a holocaust survivor. Near the end of the evening I started to have light pains in my stomach that got progressively worse. That night the pains were very sharp and became unbearable. I had to go to the hospital emergency room and there they discovered stones in my kidneys and I had to go to surgery right away.
Surgery is never pleasant but with all of people's natural concerns, added to that was that this was just a few days before my big concer tin Ceasaria - and until things happen, and if the surgeon would be good, etc. What will be with all those people who cleared their calendars for the event, those who bought tickets?
And then someone pointed me to Rav Firer and he directed me to Professor Duvdevani, and took care of me in an amazing way. Just days before my concert I went into surgery, and two days later we were singing together in Ceasaria and we, thank God, shot through the skies.
It is clear to me that without the professional and humane help of Rav Firer, it would not have been possible.
I have not been exposed enough to the work of Rav Firer, but form the powerful help he gave to me, I can learn a lot about his 24 hours, times 365 days a year, times many years.
This morning I learned that unfortunately his fundraising event was canceled due to Rav firer's considerations.
As a note of personal gratitude to Rav Firer and to your work, I have decided to dedicate to the amazing organization Ezra Lamarpeh that you head one of the upcoming concerts of mine. All the profits from the concert will be donated to the organization and to the daily kiddush hashem you create.
It is clear to me that in heaven there is so much more waiting for us for every moment of action on behalf of everyone.
PS. This post was written from the heart, a personal discovery, and not as a starting point for debate. We should all be healthy, loving and accepting




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Quote of the Day

I dont want to change the State. All I want is that what was will continue to be. Gantz says they wont drive in Bnei Braq on Shabbos? Thank you very much! The Supreme Court changed the status quo. I they would allow it to remain int eh hand sof the public, we would not be requesting anything... I never requested that this become a religious state, only Jewish and democratic, just as Ben Gurion established with the Status Quo, that the public sphere will be Jewish. Public transportation on Shabbos is dismantling the status quo. We will not know how to tell our children what a Jewish state is..

 -- MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ)

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The show should go on

Rav Firer decided to cancel his fundraising event so as not to be involved in such machlokes. He said he has never been involved in arranging fundraising events.

To remind you, an event was organized for the general public to raise funds for Rav Firer's organization Ezra Lamarpeh that helps people find the right doctors and treatments, among other things in the medical field. The organizer had asked bands to participate in the event, but when a band was one that included females, he told them only the men should participate but not the women. When a reporter asked a band member about it, it became a hot topic and some of the performers backed out, not wanting to participate in the event that excluded women. Many spoke out against the exclusion of women and many spoke out against the movement to ban the event because of the exclusion of women. Other performers said they would perform in honor of Rav Firer even though they normally oppose excluding women.

I still think from everything I have read that the fault is not with the performers or even the journalist, and it is definitely not with Rav Firer, but the fault lays with the person who was responsible for making the arrangements. He could easily have done it in a way that would be respectful and honor Rav Firer's religious needs but it seems he tried to sneak it through without people realizing and was deceitful about his intentions.

Regardless of that, it is a shame the event was canceled, and it is a shame it became such a big fight. Even if I do not approve of a specific organization or event or something an organization did, does not mean I need to shut it down and go nuclear. We need to find ways to live together and respect each other's needs and lifestyles. There were enough performers willing to participate that the show could have gone on. So some people would not have gone to the concert, and many others would have.




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shooting by the gas station!

Last night I found myself for a bit in the city of Rishon Letzion. When departing, I decided to stop for gas on the way out and there was a Sadash gas station right there. I pull in and find much of the gas station taped off by the police with a number of police vehicles there, along with a crime scene unit and a policeman photographing the area.

I pulled through and saw that outside of the taped off area there were another couple of gas pumps so I asked a cop standing nearby if it is ok to fill up. I expected a no, but he said you can fill up but only if you are paying by credit card. So I filled up the tank of gas and went on my way.



Not really knowing what happened but assuming there had been a murder (though no chalk drawing of a human shape was on the ground) or at least a shooting, I found it a little surreal that they even let cars drive into the complex, let alone fill up with gas!

If you are curious as to the actual story, the news reported that there had been a shooting and the victim is in stable condition. He had actually been shot outside a nearby wedding hall and ran away and collapsed in the gas station. I am not sure whether or not to feel bad for him, as a year earlier he escaped a situation in which an explosive device had been attached to his car. It seems as if this poor fellow is connected to the underworld. Or maybe he isn't and this is all a big case of a mistaken identity or whatnot...




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