Mar 21, 2019

Meilech Kohn - Layehudim (Official Music Video)







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Mar 20, 2019

Interesting Psak: doubling up benefits of matanot laevyonim donations

According to JDN, an avreich asked Rav Chaim Kanievsky an interesting question about matanot la'evyonim - the tzedaka we give to the poor on Purim.

This fellow wanted to accomplish killing as many birds as possible with one stone - he asked Rav Chaim Kanievsky if it is possible to give one's donation for matanot laevyonim to the Vaad Harabbonim tzedaka organization and at the same time submit his name to be included in prayers at the graves of Mordechai and Esther in Iran? Perhaps he would be required to make a second donation for that purpose and not double up on one donation?

Rav Chaim paskened that one could give matanot laevyonim to the Vaad Harabbonim and also say the donation is for the merit of healing someone and doing other things with the donation does not in any way lessen the hiddur of the matanot laevyonim aspect of it. As a matter of fact, one fo the "bnei bayit" later confirmed that Rav Chaim himself does this very thing.



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Benny Gantz's Satmar cousins

We've all got relatives who live different lifestyles than the one we choose to live. Some more liberal, some more conservative, some more religious, some less religious. Sometimes these relatuves are close relatives and sometimes these relatives are distant relatives.

It turns out that Benny Gantz, candidate for Pirme Minister of Israel, is no different, and many of his relatives are hassidim around the world, including extreme anti-Zionist hassidim such as Satmar hassidim.

According to Kol Hazman, a reporter from Kav Itonut, contacted one of Gantz's cousins, a Rav Hillel Dov Gantz in Williamsburg, to talk about his cousin.

It is meaningless. As I said, we all have cousins who live differently than we do. How any one person chooses to live his life does not imply how I or you choose to live our lives is any better or worse. But it is interesting. Especially when one is extreme anti-zionist and the other is extreme zionist to the point of being chief of staff of the IDF... I dont know which side of the family is more of the "black sheep" than the other.

So, according to the interview, Benny Gantz's grandmother covered he rhair. His great grandmother was an old Yerushalmi woman who went to shul to daven 3 times a day with a minyan. He said the entire family knows Benny and have all kept track of his career and are all embarrassed by him and disclaim him.

He said Benny brings shame to the family. The one comfort to them is that a long time ago they heard Benny puts on tefillin daily - but that was a long time ago and they dont know if he still does or not.

Rav Gantz said they know he is running for PM of Israel but they hope he fails and loses the election. He anyway won't get rid of the "draft decree" so what do they gain form him being head of the "kofrim".

He offered a bracha that his cousin Benny should do teshuva and become a big "chenyok"...





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Kinderlach campaign song for Labor (video)

this is pretty funny





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Mizrahi religious Jews: Why do you dress like Ashkenazis? (video)







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Purim No-Questions-Asked-Pickup For Your Teens (video)







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Synagogues of Hungary (video)







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Yaptzik Klezmer - Purim Klezmer (video)







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Mar 19, 2019

Gantz and the Haredi parties

The media is making a big deal about the exposure of a recording in which Benny Gantz is heard talking about being open to sitting with Netanyahu in a government after the elections. Gantz has had to respond and the media is keeping this story alive.

Gantz has really been on the defensive a lot recently and has been very reactive rather than proactive, and that is starting to show in the polls trending downward..Gantz has not been able to set the tone or lead the discourse, probably since the merger with Yesh Atid.

What I find more interesting than the discussion around sitting with Netanyahu is something else the recording caught him saying. That is, that he would go very far to include the haredim in his coalition. He said he would give them a blank paper signed by him and offer them to write whatever they want on 2/3 of the page and save 1/3 for him to write what he wants. Basically he'll give them whatever they want.

As an aside, I am wondering what would happen if what he writes in his 1/3 of the page contradicts what they write on their 2/3 of the page... who will give in to whom?

Anyways, I think this has the potential to really hurt him. Besides for supporting him to take down Bibi, another major reason many support him is to change the government and what people see as it being controlled by the Haredi parties. That is why they go far using slogans about promoting public transportation on Shabbos, supporting gay marriage, opening businesses on Shabbos, dealing with the draft issue, etc.

Potentially, if peole realize Gantz will basically give them everything, or almost everything, they want, they will stop supporitng Gantz as they will see him as being no different than Netanyahu and will realize they will not get their dreams fulfilled via Benny Gantz.

I would expect Labor to call out Gantz on this and promote this portion of the recordings and drive it home. They have the most to gain from it as perhaps they could potentially get back some of their voters who went to Gantz. In addition, Netanyahu could use it as well, showing that Gantz is really not much different and would do the same so might as well vote for the original rather than the copy, though Netanyahu risks upsetting his coalition partners if he does...



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Mike Wardian attempting record on Israel National Trail, Shvil Yisrael


Just so you should know, Michael Wardian, an accomplished world class runner, is right now taking on an attempt at the record for fastest known time to cross the entire Israel National Trail.

Wardian recently broke the world record running 10 marathons in ten days, of which 7 of them were also on  different continents, as part of another challenge.

The Israel National Trail is 631 miles long, or 1015 kilometers. Wardian is trying to run the entire trail in less than ten days. The average amount of time it takes to cross the trail is 45-60 days, though people are not usually running the trail.

You can track Mike's progress and keep apprised of his schedule and observations on the Fastest Known Time site along with via Mike's twitter account along with the FKT Facebook Group..

Best of luck Mike! We are rooting for you!




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Quote of the Day

I have a sense of humor and can laugh at myself and I do not love all the exaggerated politically correct talk.. the clip was filmed a month ago. 50% of our party is made up of independent and strong women. There is no need to exaggerate, we are in an election campaign,  we are in Purim. People need to take themselves a little bit less seriously..

  -- Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked responding to the criticism of the very strange campaign clip she is featured in (below)

(btw, this quote beat out some other really good ones I had as possibilities for today)






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report on Temple Mount organizations (part 1) (video)

very well done





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Israelis: What do you think of 'arsim? (video)







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Moshe Shitreet at Shishi Tarbut in Bet Shemesh (video)







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The Full Story Behind Operation Finale (video)







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8th Day - "Bring It Home" (video)









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