Nov 15, 2018

Naftali Bennett to the Defense Ministry?


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

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

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

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

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



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STOP SPREADING MEASLES


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

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

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

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


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it is assur to steal from the government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Mishpacha Magazine put women on the latest cover!

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

Here it is:


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

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






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Quote of the Day

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

  -- Minister Tzachi Hanegbi

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

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


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PM Netanyahu at memorial for David Ben Gurion (video)







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







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Synagogues of France (video)







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







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Nov 14, 2018

elections? Again?

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

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

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


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Tweet of the Day






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

Sounds historic to me



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Quote of the Day

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

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

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




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Chabad Rabbi Raps at Kinus Banquet (video)







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







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

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






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Tzion - Shim Craimer (Official Video)







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