Feb 7, 2023

Interesting Psak: do NOT pray for rain

A couple weeks back the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Ravvi Dovid Lau, paskened that the special prayer for rain should be added to our prayers considering the dry winter. The Eida Hachareidis also called on people to add the prayer for rain to their supplications.

Rabbi Lau is now calling on the people with the psak to NOT daven for rain at this point. 

This should not be confused with praying for the rain to stop - he did not say that. The rain can continue naturally without our intervention via prayer.

Rabbi Lau issued a psak today saying the prayer for rain is no longer needed, consider the past week of good rains making up for a lot of the shortfall. The prayers for this are no longer needed.


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the winter might bring a building freeze

The news has reported that the USA, during the visit of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken last week to Israel, requested of Israel to freeze construction in Judea and Samaria, aka the West Bank, for several months.

This construction freeze would be accompanied by some other goodwill measures on both sides, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in an effort to lower tensions in the region. Some of those other goodwill measures would be Israel not dismantling illegal construction of Palestinians and Israel not evicting Palestinians from homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The Palestinians would have to agree to put an end to any motions filed in international courts against Israel and renew security coordination with Israel. 

According to Walla News, Israel has responded positively to the request in a general sense, being noncommittal on the specific requests but generally agreeing to taking steps to lower the tensions and minimize activities the Biden administration opposes, but they cannot be frozen completely, especially construction in Judea and Samaria.

Minister of Finance Betzalel Smotritch party today said in response to the news that there will be no building freeze in Judea and Samaria. The Prime Minister's Office has not yet responded publicly to the news report.

The only Prime Minister to ever agree to a full building freeze in Judea and Samaria was Netanyahu, when President Obama requested/demanded it. If he agrees to a similar request now with his current political partners it might be political suicide. We'll soon see what happens this time. No matter what he decides to do he is going to upset people he can't really afford to - either the Biden administration or Smotritch and Ben Gvir.

We are in a cold spell right now, but this isnt the type of freeze we were expecting.



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Bennett speaks out (video)

nearly 5 hours long! worth listening to, in my opinion, as much of it as you can, to hear him offer his perspective on why he did what he did, how it came about, what his hopes and regrets are, etc






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Ethiopian Jewish Woman, Mazi Philip’s, Journey To Israel (video)







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The Squad tries to keep Omar on Foreign Affairs Committee (video)

normally the narishkeit of American politics would not be on this blog, but The Squad are a bunch of rabid antisemites and this is both entertaining to watch their theatrics as they speak to defend Ilhan Omar's position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and satisfying to see them pay for their antisemitism.. and I love AOC's bounce as she talks, as if she is in some rap battle.











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Kentuckian Praises Orthodox Jews (video)







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Shlomo Lipman - PNIMA [Official Video]







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Feb 6, 2023

true or fake news? does it matter?

Syria and Russia are now denying it but earlier today PM Netanyahu announced that Israel would send humanitarian aid to Syria as well to help with the fallout from the earthquake. The request had supposedly been made by Russia on behalf of Syria, and not by Syria itself.

First Syria denied it, and then Russia denied it as well, though Israel is still insisting it is true.

Not having any way of knowing whom to believe, all I can say is I would completely understand why Russia and Syria must deny it.  Not that that tells us much. 

I would like to think that stepping up during such a time of crisis, even for an enemy, is a good thing and something that can perhaps effect a thawing of bad relations later when the crisis dies down. I dont know if it is true or fake news, but I can hope it is true and that something good will come out of it.




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Proposed Law: Immunity for Mayors

MK Ofir Katz (Likud) proposed a law yesterday that would give immunity to mayors and regional council heads from criminal prosecution, similar to the way MKs have immunity.

The only situation that would allow a mayor to be arrested by the police would be if they were caught in the act committing a crime that includes use of force or treason.

Katz says the impetus for this law is the many situations in which mayors were arrested and after many years of investigation were released and cleared of all charges, damaged form the arrest that turned into nothing.
source: Walla News

Perhaps the bar of proof gathered by the police and prosecutors needs to be higher for arresting a mayor, but exempting them from all criminal prosecution seems like preparing the grounds for corrupt leadership.




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did they dismantle the buiding?

So, did they dismantle the illegal building today?

No, they did not. You thought they actually might?

The other day on Meet the Press, Minister of National Security Iamar Ben Gvir by now famously said that if eh sees he is not influencing the government he will resign. Additionally, through the entire election campaign and since, the now members of the "full right" government all complained about lack of ability to govern because of the courts and the leftists embedded in all levels of government institutions.

We already mentioned Khan Al Ahmar that was made a major campaign issue by some of them, including Itamar Ben Gvir. Its evacuation has been supported by the courts, yet Netanyahu's full right government, including Ben Gvir, recently delayed its evacuation again indefinitely.

The other day Minister Ben Gvir announced the upcoming demolition of an illegally constructed building in East Jerusalem. This building houses nine families and about 100 people altogether. The courts approved the demolition. Nobody, not the leftists or the courts, is stopping the "full right" government from demolishing this illegal home built illegally by Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Sure, it might cause friction and security concerns, but this is what the full right government is all about - putting into place full right wing policy, by hook or by crook despite the leftists that might get upset.

Oops. Netanyahu called it off today, indefinitely. 

Yes, Itamar Ben Gvir and his people have influence, and the full right government is effectively implementing full right wing policy. Hey, they stopped security prisoners from baking their own fresh pita and instead have to get the fresh pita delivered by a bakery. And you think they have no influence?

The only full right wing policy they have actually been pushing forward is the advancement of judicial reforms they are personally interested in to get out of their own corruption cases (even if their is other good in those reforms). They seem more concerned about getting Deri back into the government than any right wing security policy they campaigned on. 


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Picture of the Day



Today is Tu Bshvat and instead of seeing shkeydia porachating, instead of seeing the almonds trees blossoming, we are seeing trees around the country being ripped up by the intense winds as the storm called Barbara approaches..



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#115: Behind the Bima: Special Guest - Israel "Yummy" Schachter (video)







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Benny Friedman Live in Israel - Recap Video (video)







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Rain and Sun. Israeli Winter Is the Most Pleasant in The World. Eastern District of Rishon Lezion (video)







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EREV SHEL YOM BAHIR | Cover By Bracha Jaffe - For Women and Girls Only (video)







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Feb 5, 2023

too extreme

this is ridiculous. each side of Israeli politics is getting more and more extreme against its opponents, the other side, and each blames the other for crossing lines and getting too extreme. Put an end to it already. Disagree respectfully, get back to working together and to dialogue. This extremism all over will lead us to only bad places.


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