Jul 24, 2019

Muslim Arab Israelis: Who do you want as your government? Israel or Palestine? (video)







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Tel el-Ful - Abandoned Jordanian Palace | Jerusalem (video)







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Just Be Yourself - Avraham Fried & Zemiros Choir (video)

A few years ago, Avraham Fried introduced the world to a famous saying from the Kotzker Rebbe ZT”L through a song. The song titled “Ich Bin Ich”, featured this tongue twister in Yiddish, which was a unique and unusual way for the Kotzker Rebbe ZT”L to say, “Just Be Yourself”. Now with the three weeks upon us, Avraham wanted to take this opportunity and make this amazing message more universal. He chose this time of year when it is more important than ever to remember to be the best “you” and love your fellow friend like they were you. When tasked with how to turn the original track into acapella for the 3 weeks, Avraham approached Zemiros Choir’s director and arranger Yoily Polatseck to take the reins. Zemiros and Fried have worked together many times over the past ten years, so it’s no wonder they sound so good together. Gershy Schwarcz who recently joined Yoily and his team at the Zemiros Choir, is also a producer and mixing engineer at Edgware Studios in Monsey. Together, both Yoily and Gershy worked tirelessly night and day, and created a phenomenal sound. Yoily with his magical touch was able to add a beautiful and modern vocal twist to the song while still keeping the Yiddish “Taam”. Being that no real instruments were used in the process of this arrangement, Gershy added his touch both sonically using his engineering skills and vocally together with Yoily, by imitating the instrumentation vocally to perfection. Now all that was needed was the visual element to really drive home the theme of the song. That is where veteran video producer Menachem Weinstein came in. He took the simple idea of the song and what Yoily and Gershy created with the vocals, and weaved his magic, creating a vibrant video in which everyone will be reminded to be the best they can be. Enjoy! #JBY (Just Be Yourself)






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Jul 23, 2019

Ehud Barak apologizes again

So, how many more times is Ehud Barak going to apologize to the Arab community for the events of the year 2000? Does he expect his apology to be accepted and all forgiven just because he said it? Why did he feel he needed to apologize again - if his first apology years ago was not enough, what made him think this apology would be any different?  His apology actually seems pathetic to me, insincere, groveling and as if he has no idea what the relevant and important issues are in the year 2019  when there are other issues and nobody is even thinking about the year 2000.


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Quote of the Day

I want to relate, once and for all, to the issue of [assassinating] Haniyeh. I submitted an organized plan to the Security Cabinet. My position was clear and the one who stopped all plans, the one who prevented every initiative for an attack, was Netanyahu... everything we do, instead of initiating and leading, we respond and get dragged into things. More than once I brought requests and plans and recommendations to the Cabinet to act, to return to the policy of targeted assassinations. I am sorry to say, the one who stopped it, the one who blocked it, was Netanyahu

  -- MK Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beyteynu)

as far as I know, this is the first time Lieberman is commenting on his unfulfilled promise to assassinate Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas within 48 hours of becoming Defense Minister - a promise that has become somewhat of a national joke. And suddenly he is blaming it all on Netanyahu. I'd like to hear responses form other Cabinet members, but I doubt anyone would say anything, let alone the truth.



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Aliza Bloch offered position to head Ichud Hayemin

According to this report, MK Motti Yogev has confirmed that Ichud Hayemin is opposed to Ayelet Shaked heading the list only because she is not religious and not because she is a woman. To prove that Yogev revealed that they approached Dr Aliza Bloch, mayor of Bet Shemesh, and offered her to head the list for Knesset.

Yogev does not say what Bloch responded. Presumably she responded the same way she responded during the previous elections when she rejected a similar proposal saying that her work right now is in Bet Shemesh.

On the other hand, perhaps this would be the perfect opportunity for Bloch to relieve herself of the tzurres of Bet Shemesh. Recently it seems to have gotten to be a headache as the attacks on her and her regime have increased after an initial relatively quiet period.

I have not heard otherwise so I am assuming she is staying in Bet Shemesh, but anything can happen!




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more and more performers are refusing to perform on Shabbos (video)







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Shachor Lavan 1st episode: with Deputy Minister Yaakov Litzman (video)







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Press Conference - U S Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in Jerusalem (video)







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Synagogues of Romania (video)







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Homemade Korean BBQ Short Ribs (ft: Fleishigs) | Eitan's Outdoor Summer Cookout - Episode 3 of 8 (video)

looks good. the chef looks super young, but he looks like he knows what he's doing!






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Jul 22, 2019

Quote of the Day

When Lieberman will fulfill his promises regarding assassinating Haniyeh within 48 hours [of taking control of the Ministry of Defense], then I will start to take seriously his promises against the Haredim

  -- Deputy health Minister Yaakov Litzman

Haha! This is great!





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Picture of the Day


That is Ayelet Shaked at the press conference announcing the agreement between her and Naftali Bennett to run together under the platform of Hayemin Hechadash again, this time with her leading the party from the number 1 slot and Bennett at number 2. And in the background Bennett looks on with a beaming smile, obviously happy with the way things are turning out.

Bennett is deservedly getting a lot of praise for standing down and letting Shaked take the top spot int he party - something generally not easily done by politicians.



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Agudath Israel of America pulls siyyum app

Interestingly, in advance of the siyum hashas of the current Daf Yomi cycle, Agudath Israel of America has decided to withdraw the siyum app they recently released.

The siyyum app was mean to encourage and facilitate learning of the daily daf by bringing shiurim and other tools and aids right to your smartphone.

After some rosh yeshivas complained about the appearances of Agudath Israel of America being behind such an app, it seems to give a hechsher, a gushpanka, to people using smartphones, and that is bad and damaging.

After receiving the complaints, they conferred with the gedolei yisrael and decided that despite their good intentions, the right move is to pull the app.
source: many websites, but here is the announcement on Baltimore Jewish Life with the text of the letter from AIoA and not just the image

It is a shame, though understandable. they really cannot just do whatever they want against their own official policy. This could have been an opportunity for education, to show that smartphones can be used for good, for Torah learning, for education, for positive uses and not just games, Internet surfing and pornography. I get it though.

Interestingly, the process is strange. For an organization that prides itself on daas torah and consulting with the gedolim before doing anything, here they created and released an app, a good app, a positive app encouraging more torah learning, received complaints and instead of saying we have the approval of the gedolim because we asked them first, they said, we hear your argument, let's go ask the gedolim. So, they had such a major decision facing them that would require a significant change of policy and they did not bother asking the gedolim for guidance before making a decision. Hmmmm.




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7/20/19 Pets in Halacha and Haskafah (audio)







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Israelis: Would you allow your children to visit a Palestinian school? (video)







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