Jan 16, 2019

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Masbia Volunteers distributing Flyers to TSA workers yesterday evening at LaGuardia Airport (video)

such a kiddush hashem!





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Shalva Band sings The Sound of Silence (video)

another homerun by The Shalva Band!





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Synagogues of Germany (video)







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Yonina- Hayamim Ovrim Cover (video)






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Jan 15, 2019

divers to search for remains of Holocaust victims in the Danube River

As reported by TOI, Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri has been in talks with the Hungarian Interior Minister, Sandor Pinter, and has now obtained agreement and permission to have Israeli divers and rescue teams search for the remains of Jewish victims of the Holocaust who were shot and thrown into the Danube River. The Hungarians will also provide assistance, as needed. Any remains found will be brought to Israel for burial.


It is hard to believe that after so many years the remains might still be there and be retrievable, but in recent years some remains have been found with forensics indicating that at least some of them belong to Asheknazi Jews from the time of the war.

The “Shoes on the Danube Bank” memorial, pictured to the left, consists of 60 pairs of period shoes made out of iron to commemorate the Jews who were brought to the spot by members of the Arrow Cross. They were ordered to remove their shoes and then were shot so that their bodies fell into the river.

Respect to Aryeh Deri for working on this and hopefully some Jewish souls will be able to find peace as their bodies are brought to proper Jewish burial..





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Book Review: The Jewish Ethic of Personal Responsibility


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: The Jewish Ethic of Personal Responsibility, by Steven Pruzansky


I am always a bit hesitant to review books of divrei torah - after all, who am I to critique or to confirm someone else's Torah thoughts? I have found somewhat of a middle ground where I comment on the topic of the book itself or the quality of the writing and not on the words and thoughts of Torah expounded upon in the book. The reception of Rabbi Steven Pruzansky's most recent book for review presented me with an additional problem in that it is actually the second volume on the topic, and the fact that I did not read or review the first volume means the second volume, for me, only stands on its own and I cannot consider how it stays true to the mission laid out in the first volume.


The Jewish Ethic of Personal Responsibility, by Steven Pruzansky, is a well thought out book laid out in the form of essays on each portion of the Torah. Volume 2 includes his essays divided up based on the portions found in the books of Vayikra, Bamidbar and Devarim.  

The idea Pruzansky focuses on is personal responsibility and he finds lessons to tech us about it through each and every parsha. Personal Responsibility is not just taught as you have to be responsible for your actions and deeds. Rabbi Pruzansky discusses practical applications in which the lessons of personal responsibility are taught, such as, off the top of my mind, in education, tuition, zealotry, prayer, marriage, employment, enjoying physical pleasures and much much more.

In today's day and age, in which we often tend to feel entitled and deserving and personal responsibility is often eschewed and laid by the wayside in favor of personal advancement, absorbing such lessons and strengthening our commitment to personal responsibility can only be an important and productive venture.



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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certifying a Yiddish tour guide

I was not aware of this, though I guess the tour guides among us are, but the State of Israel has never authorized Yiddish to be used by tour guides when guiding tours in Israel. Not a single tour guide in Israel has been certified to guide in Yiddish.

I did not even know that it was necessary to be certified in Yiddish - I assumed tour guides are certified to guide, and they can talk to their "guidees", or clients, in whatever language they want. It turns out the State has to approve the language a guide can guide in, and Yiddish has not yet been included in the list of approved languages.

Why not? The problem, according to INN, is that they have had trouble finding testers who can test potential tour guides in Yiddish for certification.

That has now changed and one of the official testers has learned Yiddish and can now conduct certification tests in Yiddish for those guides who wish to guide in Yiddish.

A tour guide from Beitar, Yechiel Cherez, just upgraded his services and after passing the new test became the first tour guide certified to guide in Yiddish.

With the sharp increase in Haredi tourism, and the State's desire to encourage it to grow even more, this guide from Beitar, and others who follow in his footsteps, is going to rake in the Yiddish guiding business. Cherez said to the Tourism Minister that using Yiddish he will be able to bring the stories of Israel and the various sites to sectors that it was not open to until now, and thereby he will be able to increase their love for Eretz Yisrael..





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it is an honor to treat terrorists but not Netanyahu

A senior doctor at Hillel Yaffe Hospital, Dr Yaron Rieber, head of the Neurology department, said that Netanyahu must be removed and taken down. Rieber also said that if Netanyahu would come in for treatment he would refuse to treat him.

Rieber, like anybody else, is entitled to his political opinions and he is perfectly within his rights to want Netanyahu replaced and removed from the PMO. Saying you would refuse to treat him should he come in for medical care is another story.

We have seen the medical industry in Israel go the extra mile to treat terrorists and leaders of foreign countries and armies that are hostile to Israel, and get tremendous praise for considering medical care for everyone the most humane and altruistic.I don't know what Dr Rieber thinks about treating terrorists but the Israeli medical industry should roundly condemn Rieber for his statement about potentially refusing treatment to the PM, and the hospital he works for should look into sanctioning him if any rules have actually been broken (refusing treatment is a problem, saying you would refuse treatment is not necessarily the same thing).



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Picture of the Day




it seems to be a trend for non-haredi politicians to have their haredi-involved meetings over cholent...

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How Shvil Yisrael has become Jews-only (video)

my only bucket list item...





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Palestinians: What do you think of the Chinese peace plan? (video)







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The Meir Kay Show - Episode 1 (video)






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Eretz Nehederet (video)

Steve Goodman is a Chicago icon, with his song Go Cubs Go, among many other songs.. one of those other songs is City of New Orleans, that has been covered by all the greats...



Little did I know, a similar song in many other countries is based on this song - in Israel the Eretz Nehederet song is converted from the City of New Orleans song.. I had no idea (thank you Jewish Humor Central for the background)..

and here is the latest cover of Eretz Nehederet, based on Steve Goodman's song..








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The Harmonides: Israel Roads (video)




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Jan 14, 2019

Nasrallah suffering a trifecta of ailments

As reported by Israel Hayom, Lebanese media is reporting that Hassan Nasrallah has been hospitalized in serious condition after suffering a heart attack and a stroke, and he might also have cancer according to further reports. The ultimate trifecta.

I do not wish Nasrallah a refuah shleima, if he really needs it (the reports have never been confirmed by any official source).

I am waiting for the news report that has Nasrallah being treated in an Israeli hospital, as we have seen in the past regarding other sick terrorist leaders.




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