Apr 8, 2020

Halailah Hazeh - Shmueli Ungar Ft. Hershy Weinberger (video)







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Apr 7, 2020

Interesting Psak: what to do with utensils when no mikva is open

One of this year's big issues is how to immerse new dishes in a mikva. With so many people making Pesach and the seder for the first time, in addition to all the people who just need to buy new things each year, many utensils need to be toiveled, but with the mikvas closed due to CoronaVirus that has become impossible.

I have already mentioned a number of solutions suggested by various rabbis, such as sellign the utensils to a gentile, or making the utensils hefker in front of 3 men (ad hoc beis din), or even the solution of not toiveling at all because it is not possible (but they would need to be toiveled when the mikvas are reopened).

Rav Benzion Kook, a posek in Jerusalem, has paskened that in an extreme situation such as the one we are currently in one can make the utensils hefker in front of 3 men and not relatives, and therefore best it be done with neighbors via adjacent porches and balconies so as not to get close to each other, and then use the hefker utensils without reacquiring them. After Pesach whenever the mikva reopens, the utensil will need to be toiveled.

We have already said this solution, so it is not really that exciting. What is interesting is that Rav Kook added that if it is difficult to get three unrelated men, one could make the vessels hefker in front of 3 family members, and even in front of 3 women.

According to Rav Kook, making them hefker is better than selling them to a gentile.

Rav Kook explains that he is basing his psak on what he heard form both Rav Elyashiv and Rav Auerbach
source: Kikar




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protecting us from ourselves

I feel bad for the police officers who have to spend the next few days, but especially the ones on shift for the next day or two. It is holiday for them too. In a normal year, most of them would be home with their families and enjoying the Pesach seder, in whatever capacity they celebrate.

Of course, it is necessary, but I feel bad for them. I feel bad that they are going to miss the holiday night, they are going to miss being with their families and having their seder that they have also surely been preparing for and looking forward to.

They are giving this up to keep us safe, and mostly now to protect us from ourselves...

Chag Sameach to them.




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Annual Pesach ssues pushed aside by Corona

There are three items that have annually by Pesach been the topic of many fights, debates , arguments, and discussions, and it looks like because of CoronaVirus these will take a minor backseat in the public discourse, if at all.

The issue of whether Ashkenazim can eat kitniyot nowadays has almost completely disappeared form the public discourse this year. An issue was raised if Ashkenazim could possibly eat kitniyot because of the plague, in case of a food shortage. That discussion seems to have been quickly cut off due to there not being a food shortage (not including eggs), but the regular kitniyot discussion seems to not have even begun this year.

The second issue should be the public sale in some places of chametz during Pesach. The law forbids the public sale of chametz on Pesach, with some exceptions. Every year it becomes a fight about places that are selling chametz publicly and a debate over whether this law should be revoked or enforced. This should not be much of an issue this year as because of CoronaVirus most stores will have to remain closed, and it is not common for supermarkets to sell chametz on Pesach in Israel, though in some places it could happen.

The third issue is people being allowed to bring chametz into government buildings and hospitals. In recent years it became a big fight, as security guards were checking incoming visitors for chametz. The debate was a. is that in the purview of their job in the first place and b. should people be not allowed to bring chametz in at all, and what damage is being done by them bringing food in and eating it. Laws have been proposed and this has been fought over numerous times in recent years. Now with Corona spreading and lockdowns in place, with tighter closures over the holidays, people really wont be going anywhere and I expect this to be far less of an issue this year.





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Picture of the Day




This morning, while unloading the imported eggs meant to cover some of the shortage..

5 second rule! Save those eggs!

Make an omelette rather than let them go to waste!

Make a Pesach kugel and sell that to the public!

typical ElAl baggage handling. At least the eggs made it to Israel and did not end up in Cyprus or Italy.

But seriously, the ELAL captain said that the eggs were flown here and not a single egg broke in transit, but once they were in the airport, the handlers (I read somewhere it was Health Ministry handlers checking them) broke thousands during the unloading process...


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Shai Abrason Live Mirpeset Concert (video)







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Miriam Peretz commemorates 10 years since her son was killed - by herself (in Hebrew) (video)







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Rav David Lifshitz Reading Portions of the Pesach Haggadah (video)

from his grandson, Rav Ari Waxman:
During Chol HaMoed, approximately 1980, my cousins, the Steins in Cleveland, asked my grandfather if he would record some portions of the Haggadah using the tune that he would use every year at the Seder. While this recording was held within the family until now, given the current Covid-19 crisis, my mother agreed to share this recording as we head into this unique and challenging Seder. Thank you to my father, Dr. Chaim I. Waxman, for sending me most of the pictures here. May we see the Master of the World remove all sickness from the world very soon and may we see the complete Geula with the building of the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim sooner than we can imagine.







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Synagogues of Part Israel 17 Eilat A (video)







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PSA: CoronaVirus "drive-thru" testing in Bet Shemesh

If you think you have symptoms of the COVID-19 CoronaVirus and want to get yourself tested, MADA will be running a "drive-thru testing center in the Bet Shemesh Western Industrial Zone (in the parking lot of the Police Academy - perhaps Hightower himself will do the testing!) for people to get tested. The drive-through will be open from 15:00-20:00. No double matinee though.

I don't think you can just go get tested, but have to have a valid concern, such as symptoms or having been in contact with someone who has tested positive. If you suspect you need a test, be in touch with Magen David Adom (dial 101).



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Zusha - Hodu Lashem (Live) (video)







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Apr 6, 2020

the exodus 5780

It is crazy how this COVID-19 is playing out like the exodus from Egypt. the plague, the requirement to stay indoors, the instructions to stay indoors on what would become Pesach night... we are just waiting to find out where we get led to this time...




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Picture of the Day



tens of tons of eggs landed in Ben Gurion Airport a short while ago on the new El Al Dreamliner airplane. I expect they flew first class. I wonder if they have anything to declare when they go through customs.

Back in the day,. it was hard enough to smuggle a few cans of tuna in your suitcase, let alone ten or more tons of eggs.......


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which is it?

At the same time that Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman is criticizing the lockdown of Bnei Braq he is also taking credit for it saying he pushed Netanyahu to impose the closure. And he did. For a few days prior to it actually happening, the news was full of reports of Litzman pushing for it.

At the same time the Mayor of Ramat Gan Carmel Shama Hakohen critisized the demand for putting up a wall between Ramat Gan and Bnei Braq to keep the virus from spreading into Ramat Gan and also expressing empathy for the residents of Bne Braq calling them brothers, he also put up a chain link fence along [part of] the border between the two cities.

I don't even know what a chain link fence would accomplish - the people can't go from Bnei Braq into Ramat Gan anyway because of the closure, and a chain link fence isn't going to prevent any airborn virus from entering Ramat Gan. But he did. Until legal counsel forced him to remove it. So he removed it.

It seems nobody can keep their opinions straight. I guess "it's complicated"





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Tiger gets Corona

A Malayan tiger named Nadia in the Bronx Zoo has caught the CoronaVirus and has gotten sick from it. Other tigers and lions have as well, but only Nadia the tiger has been tested so far because her symptoms are the worst.

It seems they were infected by a human.

What crazy human would get close enough to a group of tigers and lions that he could infect them with the virus?






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The Shalva Band / together@home (video)







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Defense Minister Bennett on the fight against Corona (video)







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Religious Israelis: What happens after you die? (video)







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Jamie Geller: What It Takes To Reach Your Goals - (The Great Day Podcast: Episode 12) (video)







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UnderDos: Board Meeting - Corona Special (video)







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Sruli & Netanel // Pesach Medley - Passover Medley (Official Music Video)







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Apr 5, 2020

Kotel Birkat Kohanim falls to Corona

It is not really a surprise, as pretty much every public event around the world for the coming couple of months has already been, or is being, cancelled, but now it is officially announced.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Li-On announced during an interview that the traditional holiday mass Birkat Kohanim" event, normally scheduled for the first day of Chol Hamoed for people from abroad (this year would have been Sunday), is cancelled. Li-On said that unless a miracle happens and we will suddenly see a drastic drop in the number of people sick with the Corona virus, the mass Birkat Kohanim will not take place.
source: Kipa

This event takes place on Chol Hamoed of Sukkos and of Pesach every year, and has happened every year since 1970 when it was founded, by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gafner during the War of Attrition.

I should add, that it seems likely the Birkat Kohanim event will happen in some capacity, possibly with just ten people present, maybe all ten being kohanim. Though honestly that just sounds like the regular minyan, so I am not sure what would make it unique...






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Picture of the Day




the picture is striking, and I have seen some people online awed by the beauty of the officers clearing the shul and prepared to gently remove the old man out of concern for his health and the public health, and I have seen some horrified by the image of officers dressed for conflict ready to brusquely remove the harmless old man sitting by himself...




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Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - FULL SHOW | The Shows Must Go On - Stay Home #WithMe (video)

supposedly this full version is available online for free for only 48 hours





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"Twas the Night Before Pesach": A Passover Tale for 2020 (video)







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Journey Back in Time to the City of David (video)







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Synagogues of Israel Part 16 Caesarea (video)







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Shuli Rand - The Ship (Official Video)








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Apr 3, 2020

Ishay Ribo Live from the BunkeRibo (video)







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Headlines Podcast: 4/4/20 Show 266 - Pesach in times of Corona (audio)






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The Place Where They Belong - Abie Rotenberg & Baruch Levine (video)

fabulous

Based on the original Abie Rotenberg classic "The Place Where I Belong", today we find ourselves longing for "The Place Where We Belong".





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Apr 2, 2020

Quote of the Day

Yamina will work to advance its ideals, whether in the government or in the Knesset. Eretz Yisrael, fixing the justice system, the Jewish identity of the State, free market, fighting corruption, and more. The one who will be signed on the dismantling of the right wing bloc will be Netanyahu.

  -- Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett, on learning that Netanyahu has very little to offer him for Yamina's entry into government, prompting him to look to sitting in the Opposition rather than in a  "left-wing government" that prefers Gantz and his policies over Yamina and theirs.

It does not matter that Netanyahu will be signed off on the dismantling of the bloc. Nobody will care. The bloc was there to protect Netanyahu, not Bennett or anyone else. I dont think anybody thought that as soon as Netanyahu would no longer need it, he would still stay loyal to it. Bennett and the National Religious party, no matter what name it is existing under, continues to be Netanyahu's lapdog, with nothing to show in return.



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Book Review: Armed With Spirit

A Guest Post by Dr Harold Goldmeier

Book Review: Armed With Spirit, by Rabbi Shalom Hammer

Rabbi Shalom Hammer, author of Armed with Spirit (Gefen Publishing House, 2019), has written a meaningful book employing a novel approach. I find his message comforting in our time of self-isolation and quarantine. I tried reading it through at the end of last year but my hectic schedule finishing a semester of teaching, writing a corporate treatise, and a million other things, made the book second fiddle.

I picked the book up again and I’m glad I did. The irony of the situation is not lost. While I read Armed with Spirit in the ultimate quiet, the recordation of inspirational, near-daily correspondence is from a father to a son who lives in the dust, clamor, and hub-bub of military base training. Yakov, is committed to thirty-two months of combat preparedness and service in the Israel Defense Forces. Rabbi Hammer is a senior lecturer for the Jewish Identity Branch of the IDF. The Rabbi knows better than most about the challenging environment of the military not just to physical preservation but threats to a soldier’s emotional and religious beliefs.
 Rabbi Hammer employs stories and lessons from the Torah to inspire Yakov to love the purpose of military service, face one’s beliefs, and fulfill one’s duty. Conserving one’s religious faith and continuing religious practices require puissant spirit and strong self-identity. But Hammer laces the book with love and respect for his son’s coming of age. Yakov responds respectfully and appreciatively. Early in his service, Yakov is able to tell his father
“Thank you for your inspirational words, Abba (father). Unfortunately, the two institutions that I know are crucial often conflict with each other. For example, as a religious soldier, I have extra time in the morning to (pray), but while I do, the secular soldiers in our division have to prepare the equipment for the day’s maneuvers and training…but I have the feeling this does not sit well with our secular comrades…I remain committed to my davening and serving Hashem as best I can…Learning about (the challenge) in theory is much easier than confronting it in practice.”
Armed with Spirit personifies the observation of Carlos Ruiz Zafón that, “Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it.”
A significant number of draftees begin their service as observant Jews, Christians, and Muslims but exit secularists. This condition is a cause célèbre dividing Israel politically and nationalistically. The author raises the matter near the end in “I am My Brother’s Keeper” but he gives the matter too short shrift. His insight my help me and others into what keeps Yakov from going off the path while my own son is no longer a practicing Orthodox Jew.
Rabbi Hammer keeps the preaching to a minimum. But a father sometimes breaks his own rules like when he tells Yakov, “When you recognize that you are securing not only the present but the future of the people and Land of Israel, then I believe it will be easier to overcome the various challenges you encounter in service.”
Yakov: “Very true. When things get difficult, my spirit can become downcast and sometimes I even ask myself why exactly I am going through this, but thinking of ideology, religion, and yes, Hashem, is helpful.” 
I fear we have many days ahead indoors and may become downcast. Perhaps some will find comfort in Yakov’s response? Readers will find Armed with Spirit is a helpful means of making your day.


Goldmeier is the manager of an investment fund, university teacher, business consultant, speaker and writer who can be reached at Harold.goldmeier@gmail.com

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Interesting Psak: Alco-Gel on Pesach

The craze for washing disinfecting hands regularly, at short intervals, either by washing with soap and water or by using a product like Purell or Alcogel, has had people wondering if these hand washing products could be used on Pesach even without a special "kosher l'pesach" hechsher.

Rav Elazar Stern, a posek on the Badatz of Kehilos, has paskened that while one should try to get such a product with a KLP hechsher, one could wash his hands with any of these products if unable to get the KLP version, despite the possibility of the alcohol ingredient being made from chametz. If one uses an uncertified product on pesach, before touching food he should wash his hands well to ensure all remnants of the alcogell will have been washed away.
source: Kikar


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Virtual Tour of the City of David (video)







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the main thing is that they should feel the holiday atmosphere (video)







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The Lenny Solomon Show Webisode 9 - Under the Chupah and the Second Shlock Rock Album! (video)



In this webisode Lenny takes us back to the beginning of Shlock Rock. What happened after album 1. Was there supposed to be a second album? Was this Comedy or Career? Tune in and see this exciting episode!





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UnderDos: The Guide To Davening Alone (video)







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Ishay Ribo: The Royal Crown (video)

beautiful and haunting... Ishay Ribo's new song about Corona..





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Apr 1, 2020

Sue China for Corona

What do you think the chances are of a lawsuit against China for starting and spreading the COVID-19 CoronaVirus?

I guess we will soon find out.

Calcalist is reporting that an organization from Herzliya wanting to represent the residents of Israel has filed a class action lawsuit against China for 100 billion shekels for spreading the CoronaVirus. The citizens of Israel have been harmed and incurred damages from the negligence of China.

the suit claims that the State of Israel is undergoing one of its worst crises since its inception. Tourism, air travel, restaurants, leisure and other industries have all completely crashed. The education system is shut down. A million employees have been fired or sent on unpaid vacation. Hundreds of thousands of freelancers are looking at their businesses failing with no income. Every single citizen in the country has been affected by this, no matter what industry he works in or what type of work he does. The damages are estimated at 100 billion shekel.

I don't know how they came to that number. Nobody knows how long this will go on for. By the time this is all over, it could be much more. I await my check.



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Tweet of the Day





Translation:
Pay Attention to the detail... Where was a 5000nis fine handed out today for services being held in a shul? 
Isn't this the shul that was founded and is controlled by MK Moshe Abutbol, of Shas?
How much does he control the shul? If I am not mistaken, for many years already Abutbol holds many of his private meetings in one of the rooms next to the Bet Knesset

1. so it is not just the extremists in RBS B
2. If government officials are not going to cooperate with the rules and shut their own shuls down, how do they expect and demand that other people follow the rules?



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Book Review: Palestine Posts

NOTE: I was not paid to review this book. It is an unbiased and objective review. If you have a book with Jewish or Israel related content and would like me to write a review, contact me for details of where to send me a review copy of the book.

Book Review: Palestine Posts, by Daniel S. Chertoff, based on the letters of Mordechai S. Chertoff
 

Palestine Posts, by Daniel S Chertoff, is a unique history book. Most history books are written by scholars, historians, looking back at the archives and other information about something that happened [usually] a long time ago, and then telling the story of that event in book form. A history book might be written today about World War II or the Vietnam War, and each book will tell it from the perspective and angle the author/historian wants to tell and point out, but it will generally be a rehashing of historical information.

Palestine Posts is different. It is a history book, but it is a history book that was mostly written while the historical event was happening. In Palestine Posts the reader is reading history through the lens of the person who actually experienced it, while he was experiencing it! It is truly a unique form of a history book and of the retelling of a historical event, and it puts the reader right there in the middle of it!

Daniel Chetrtoff discovered a cache of letters his father, Mordechai, had written when he spent time in Palestine back in the mid 1940s. Mordechai spent some years in Israel and he worked as a journalist at the time for the Palestine Post. He sent letters home, he corresponded with his family, and these are some of those letters. Some of the correspondence was on more personal matters, and much of that was no included in the book, though some of his personal affairs are included, but he also wrote home a lot about what was happening in Palestine at the time, and also sent home clippings of articles he wrote for the newspaper.

Daniel discovered this cache of old letters, and realized he never even really knew his father all that well. He knew almost nothing about his father during that time, and this was an astounding discovery for him on a personal level - getting to see this background of his father, and also on a historical level.

The time period is the days leading up to the foundation of the State of Israel, the Foundation of the State, and the War of Independence. Again, you are reading a practically first-hand account of the foundation of the State of Israel as it happens - not just a historical retelling of the events that led to the foundation of the State.

Daniel posts many of the original letters, interspersed with his own additions for putting the letters into context. He adds historical information so you know what the letter is referring to, and his footnotes give background to many of the things Mordechai writes about in slang or shorthand - both translations of Hebrew or Yiddish words so the reader can understand and names of people referred to by their nicknames with some background about them. This si not even a first hand retelling of an historical event - it is a first hand telling of the event, as his letters telling about the event were written as the events were happening!

Besides for the first hand telling of history, Mordechai had amazing connections and friendships and the book is full of name-dropping, though obviously at the time he was just telling his family about people he was in contact with on a personal and professional level - he was not bragging or name dropping then, as they are only in that status many years later to be worthy of name dropping. He is telling this over all naturally and innocently.

Palestine Posts is truly a unique look at history, not from the perspective of 70 years later, but 70 years later from the perspective of the 1940s. Anybody interested in the history of Israel, the Jewish 1940s, the foundation of the State of Israel, and the War of Independence, should read Palestine Posts.


You can buy Palestine Posts on Amazon.com

NOTE: I was not paid to review this book. It is an unbiased and objective review. If you have a book with Jewish or Israel related content and would like me to write a review, contact me for details of where to send me a review copy of the book.


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the yerushalmi head vs the police

The community of Mea She'arim (or parts of it) is one of those that has been in conflict with the police in recent days over the regulations form the Ministry of Health. The police go in to break up illegal gatherings and minyanim, and the fights break out, arrests and fines, police leave, and then the cycle starts again. This is also true in parts of Bnei Braq as well, and RBS B, but right now let's focus on Mea She'arim.

The :shtieblach of Mea She'arim is a good example of the innovative and adaptive capabilities and of the wit of the Yerushalmi head.

The police closed them down, shut the shul. In its place the yerushalmim there decided instead to open a kiosk, a makolet, selling food.

A makolet is allowed to have 4 people in line at each cash register, standing 2 meters apart, plus the cashiers.

So they opened a makolet in the place of the shul, and set up two "cashiers", allowing 4 people in each line. That is a total of ten people. And then they daven while in line for the cashier (who are also davening as part of the minyan).



It is a cute attempt to try to get around the rules. I doubt it will hold the police at bay for long.

The biggest problems I see with it:
1. are you allowed to use a shul as a makolet?
2. They are now running an [almost definitely] unlicensed business and can be shut down for that instead.
3. They can almost definitely all be arrested for tax evasion and all those types of crimes for not filing taxes, not recording transactions and all the rest of the fraud crimes they are committing.

Cute, but I doubt it will last long.


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Isolated Together: 25 Artists Virtually Cover “Someday” (video)

beautiful

An all-star cast of Jewish singers has come together virtually to cover the classic “Someday” for a good cause. The music video, shot entirely on cellphones, was produced in support of Chai Lifeline’s Isolated Together emergency response campaign to help children with life-threatening illnesses and their families who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. www.isolatedtogether.org Song composed by Dina Storch Originally Performed by Mordechai Ben David Featured Artists: @Avraham Fried אברהם פריד @Mordechai Shapiro @Gad Elbaz Official @Benny Friedman @Zusha Music @Levy Falkowitz Joey Newcomb Eli Marcus Eli Levin Eitan Katz Baruch Levine Shloime Dachs Michoel Pruzansky Yossi Green Yoni Z Yumi Lowy Aryeh Kunstler Yitzy Spinner Menachem Weinstein Moshe Storch Zalman Pollack Levi Cohen Yidi Bialostozky Don Stern Nati Broyde





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Israeli Police Enforces Coronavirus Orders in Bet Shemesh (video)









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Tour of Beit HaNasi, the President's Residence - Part I (video)







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Khad-gadyo – Yiddish Passover song (video)







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REGEV HOD MAMIN BENICIM (video)







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Mar 31, 2020

Interesting Psak: messenger to burn chametz

While hagala seems to be out of the question this year before Pesach, except for things you can do yourself at home, burning of the chametz, for some reason, has been particularly worrying for many people.

There really are easy solutions for getting rid of chametz, without burning it and having a conflict with the ban on gatherings, or even just going outside. One can crumble it up and flush it down the toilet, one can eat it, one can pour bleach on it in the garbage, one can burn it on his personal property, and there are probably a few other solutions.

Yet people are still worried - what about burning the chametz? How will we be able to burn the chametz?

And I am pretty confident that on Erev Pesach we will still see images of large groups of people burning their chametz out in public, the police trying to break them up, handing out fines, arresting some...

Rav Chaim Kanievsky has come up with an innovative solution in a psak he issued today on this matter.

According to Behadrei, Rav Kanievsky said that because of the overcrowding and population density in the Haredi neighborhoods, burning the chametz as is normally done will be a significant pikuach nefesh situation. Rav Chaim said that arrangements should be made to burn chametz using a shliach, an appointed messenger, to burn everyone's chametz together and it will be done without gatherings of people. And God Forbid anybody should breach this protocol. Community representatives should make arrangements for this to be done so that no danger to life will be caused.

I don't know if it is connected to this psak or not, but I saw a notice on a Whatsapp group I am on that city leadership is working on a plan now to deliver bags to every home in the city for people to put their chametz in. The chametz will be picked up and collected by designated people and will then be burned on behalf of everyone together. We'll see if it happens or not, but even if not, there are enough alternate solutions available that every person should be able to figure out a way to rid his home of chametz.




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Israel safest country

Good Job Israel! Let's hope we stay at the top of the list of safest countries.. though this almost feels like the Eurovision rankings...




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Bet Shemesh and CoronaVirus

the City of Bet Shemesh, led by Mayor Dr Aliza Bloch and Deputy Mayor Rena Hollander are working hard to get the city through the CoronaVirus crisis with as little damage as possible, and also to help as many people as possible, especially the elderly population, get through it as well.

There is constant encouragement to keep to the Ministry of Health guidelines, and city leadership is working closely with the Ministry of Health and security forces to keep the virus contained and slow the spread as much as possible. The City also sends out a car blasting music with a singer, every day to the streets of a different neighborhood, to bring some cheer and fun to the residents, who are encouraged to sing along and dance on their porches.

But specifically, the city is working hard to support and take care of the elderly. The elderly are encouraged to stay indoors and avail themselves of other people's assistance to do anything that is needed outside the home, such as shopping and whatever. The city made a list of elderly residents and said - we will deliver meals to your door every day so you do not have to go outside and buy food. I registered my parents for this, and they got the meals delivered to their door.

they set up a war room in the RBS Sport Center to deal with the logistics of the meal delivery program, and in conjunction with various chessed organizations and flocks of volunteers, they got it done.


The City of Bet Shemesh also sent out letters to residents letting them know that the city staff is available to assist them in whatever they need and they should not hesitate to call the municipal hotline in this challenging time.

Kudos to the city leadership for working hard to get its residents through this as well as possible!



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Live Tefilla event for Eli Beer's recovery from CoronaVirus

Eli Beer, Director of United Hatzalah, has been in a Miami Hospital being treated for CoronaVirus. His situation was pretty bad for a while and then started to improve. I have not seen any official update in a few days, though I did hear a rumor of a worsening of his situation.

Regardless, it was pretty bad at least at some point and he clearly is not out of the woods yet - there are calls for a nationwide tefilla event for his recovery.

Eli's name for tefilla is Eliezer Yehuda ben Chaya
Join together with thousands of Ichud Hatzala members, friends and supporters LIVE to pray for his full recovery.

The event will include:

  • the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, HaRav Dovid Lau Shlita 
  •  The Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, HaRav Amar 
  •  The rav of the Kotel, HaRav Shmuel Rabinowitz Shlita 

The event will be broadcast live from the Kotel TODAY, Tuesday March 31st, at 4pm

Click here to join on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UneplZQUndM
To join through the phone, call: 0723181719, 0765980010, 0799716522




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the old trope of haredim/Jews carrying disease

So, the City of Ramat Gan will not be building a wall on the border of Ramat Gan and Bnei Braq to protest its residents form the virus possibly spreading from Bnei Braq.

Instead they are just appealing to the Supreme Court to force the State to impose a full closure and lock-down on the city of Bnei Braq. Mayor Shama Hakohen does not want the wall, or realizes he cannot build it, but he also does not want the COVID-19 virus spreading from Bnei Braq, and a full closure might be the only way to do that. If the State won't impose it on its own, even though, reportedly, the Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman has requested it of the Prime Minister, perhaps the Supreme Court will mandate it.

It is not just Ramat Gan. It seems that it is possible that many infected residents of Bnei Braq might be headed to Tzfat for their isolation period, and the people there don't want the Bnei Braqis to come and bring the virus to their city.
source: Actualic

There was also a post on Facebook (in a closed Kfar Saba group so I cannot link to it) in which someone writing, and warning the community, about the area in the Industrial Zone near an egg factory saying the area is packed with Haredim from Bnei Braq (probably having gone there to buy eggs) - while not wanting to be racist or discriminatory, she also wants to prevent them from bringing the virus in massive numbers to the people of Kfar Saba.

Is she being "racist" against Haredim? Is Mayor Shama Hakoen being "racist" against Haredim? Are the people of Tzfat being "racist" against Haredim? Or do they legitimately want to prevent a disease from spreading? Nobody is accusing the Haredim of spreading the disease as if they created it ina  malicious way, but according to all reports, the Bnei Braq population is extremely infected in staggering numbers disproportionate to their place in general society and it is understandable that people would want to keep them at an extra long arm's length and not come into contact with them right now.




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Bennett to the Jewish World: “This year we do a REMOTE Passover Seder. That’s an order! :-)" (video)

I forbid it!






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Orthodox Jewish Couples Get Creative to Celebrate Weddings (video)







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Eretz Nehederet | Fauda VS Corona 😷 (video)


this is funny and I don't even watch Fauda




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Synagogues of Israel Part 15 Beit Shemesh B (video)







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Shir Halel - Ana B'choach (video)







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Mar 30, 2020

Picture of the Day




As much as they are breaking the law and not following the guidelines (no beach allowed, no sport, not leaving house beyond 100 meters except for certain defined essential reasons), this is just weird. What exactly is the mask going to be doing in this scene?


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Bnei Braq Corona Drive-Thru

Itai Gadassi, a reporter for Kol Hai News, is reporting that because of the ridiculously high COVID-19 infection rate in Bnei Braq, the Ministry of Health has decided to set up a "drive-thru" complex for rapid Corona testing. Supposedly the mayor of Bnei Braq, Avraham Rubinstein, has already instructed his people to prepare the drive-thru.

With so many residents of Bnei Braq not having cars, I am not sure how much a drive-thru helps - that is, unless they want to catch the matinee and get some good old McDonalds... I would guess it is actually more like a walk-thru than a drive-thru.



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PSA: burning chametz

On Pesach we ask why is this night different than all other nights, but this Pesach we are actually going to have much more differences than in normal years, because of CoronaVirus.

Selling of the chametz will be done mostly using online services, though I am sure some people will still do it the traditional way, just as some people are still insisting on davening in shuls. There are many services online for selling chametz, but here is the one offered by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

I don't yet know how hagalat keilim will happen. Maybe it will be performed as normal but with restrictions on how many people can be present and distance kept between them. I guess it is possible, but it seems like a disaster waiting to happen. Additionally,the threat of an even tighter closure in the coming days might make that impossible. Though, again, I am sure some people will do this no matter what the closure situation is and no matter what the Ministry of Health allow or does not allow.

Many people buy new dishes or pots and other utensils before Pesach. That is likely true especially this year when people who normally go away will be staying home and making Pesach. With the mikvahs closed, mostly, many people are finding other solutions due to the inability to tovel the stuff. Tzohar is offering a service of selling your dishes to a non-Jew so they wont need to be toveled. Others are making their dishes hefker. And I heard another psak about simply not needing to because of the absurd situation we are in with the inability to tovel. After the situation calms down, no matter which solution you avail yourself of now, you will later have to tovel the dishes (speak to your rabbi if you are in this situation, but this is what I have heard in multiple shiurim about this). Kosharot has also paskened that selling to a goy is not a good long term solution. Kosharot says there is no problem toveling dishes now and it should be done with care (gloves, etc), but if someone can't or is too woried too, base don psak by Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, he can use those utensils without tevila temporarily and the dishes should be marked so he remembers to tovel them later.

Burning chametz is an issue. It will be an even bigger issue in the event of a full closure, but for now it is only an issue. Of course one can solve the problem for himself by burning his chametz in his own yard or porch in a safe manner. Another solution is not burning any chametz but disposing of it in other ways, or by selling it all.

But if you want to burn chametz, as of now, the City of Bet Shemesh just released instructions on how to do so in light of the CoronaVirus restrictions and guidelines.

Shemesh posted the rules from the city information:

Biur Chametz will only be carried out in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, which are constantly being updated.
As of March 25th, there can be up to 2 people at each location so that no gathering is formed.
The Chametz should be thrown into the fire and after saying the Nusach, residents are requested to return home immediately.
Please wear personal protective equipment (gloves and masks).
Keep a distance of two meters from person to person.
Children should not be brought at allAdditional guidelines:A. The containers will be put out in various locations throughout the city on Wednesday, April 8, י"ד ניסן, until 11:00 AM, after which they will be collected.
B . The public is asked to burn the Chametz only in these containers and not in any other areas.
C. Only food items related to the Mitzvah should be discarded. Other items are prohibited. The issue will be enforced.
D. Fire safety rules must be followed; no fuel should be used to light the fire.
E. Municipal employees will carry out strict supervision and enforcement at the Biur Chametz stations
Please observe the rules to avoid any unpleasantness.
Click here for a list of sites for burn Chametz around the city: https://go.aws/2UNH3my

So, yes, due to the situation, this year's Pesach is looking a lot different than in previous years. There are solutions for every issue and situation. If you are not sure what to do or what can be done, ask your rabbi for guidance and pay attention to the safety rules publicized by the Ministry of Health.







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All the gas but nowhere to go

With nowhere to go and nothing to do, and not even being allowed to be out of your house for almost any reason, the government is lowering the price of gas.

Tomorrow night, Tuesday night, the price of regular unleaded gasoline will be lowered to 4.89nis per liter. Since I have been in Israel with a car, nearly 25 years, I do not remember the price of gas being this low. This price drop would be slashing 17.3% off the current price.

It seems to be a result of the CoronaVirus causing the prices of oil and benzine to drop drastically.
source: Ynet

Just our luck. The normally high price of gas drops significantly but there is no real reason to fill up your tank because there is no way to take advantage of it.



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We Will Not Build That Wall!

The quick spread of COVID-19 through the population of Bnei Braq is troubling, and seemingly even more troubling among the neighboring population of Ramat Gan. The people of Ramat Gan seem to be concerned that the spread won't just stop at the municipal border of Bnei Braq but will move form there and ravage them in Ramat Gan.

To that end, many residents in Ramat Gan have been writing to the mayor, Carmel Shama Hakohen, demanding that he build a wall between Ramat Gan and Bnei Braq, to prevent the entry of COVID-19 from one to the other.

As funny as that is, the Mayor of Ramat Gan responded with a Facebook post saying it ain't gonna happen.

Shama Hakohen explained that only the police and the army have the authority to seal off a city or neighborhood. He said people can stop writing to him demanding he build such a wall or separation fence on the border with Bnei Braq, because he does not have the authority to build it, and definitely not the time to build one now.

Hakohen goes on to talk about the spread of the virus and the necessity to stay in to avoid infection and further spreading and says the best wall is the walls of your house along with adherence to the rules of the Ministry of Health. In conclusion, Shama Hakohen adds in the comments, walls are built to keep terrorists out, not brothers, and definitely not brothers in a time of need.

It's a funny request, troubling as it is, based on panic created by the incessant news cycle focusing 24/7 on CoronaVirus that people are glued to. His response means nobody will confuse him with Donald Trump.




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Yoeli Dikman - Sheas Rahamim (video)







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Palestinian prisoners: Why were you in prison in Israel? (video)

the jails are full of innocent people...





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Man in quarantine does FULL IRONMAN!! (video)

Inspired by Elisha Nochomovitz, the man that succeeded in running a full marathon on his balcony in France, Ezra Weiser decided to take it 2 steps further. In light of the recent Covid-19 or Coronavirus outbreak, with everyone spending their time in lockdown, Ezra didn't want to let this epidemic prevent him from overcoming is self-implemented challenge. This triathlete spent a the better part of 6 months training for the Jerusalem marathon 2020 that takes place in Israel. Sadly due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many were forced to find other means of exercise and self fulfilment. Ezra had already run the marathon at least twice during lockdown and needed to find home activities to not become a couch potato. He implemented home workouts that already require social distancing. Ezra felt that this challenge helped him overcome his cabin fever and sees this as a more beneficial alternative to watching Netflix and Youtube as a daily activity. An Ironman race is a triathlon consisting of swimming, cycling, and running. In that order. It's a huge endurance feat that requires a lot of motivation and helps improve your mental health. Although it was tough to do a full Ironman in the confines of his own apartment, Ezra believes that it's imperative to take social distancing seriously during this Coronavirus outbreak and prevent the spread of Covid-19, and in doing so, we can flatten the curve. SYKE!! Its all a joke! We just wanted to make a funny video that has little to do with coronavirus. A little comedy in this dark time doesn't hurt anyone. If anything it helps improve mental health during this global health and economic crisis. But seriously take part in the social distancing, you save lives that way. Otherwise you can cause someone else to die do to the coronavirus. So, STAY HOME!






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