Jul 12, 2020

Synagogues of Israel Part 38 Teveryah B (video)







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Umipnei - Acapella - The Three Weeks Video - Benzion Klatzko (video)







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Jul 9, 2020

customer loses Supreme Court petition against McDonalds over chametz on Pesach

A while back someone filed a request for a class action suit against McDonalds in Israel to the tune of 63 million shekels. The fellow's claim was that he had ordered a kosher l'pesach meal, I guess on Pesach, and was shocked to discover that they also sell waffles with ice cream that is chametz. He felt deceived and wanted to file a class action suit.

The fellow claimed that by ordering a kosher l'pesach meal he was led to believe that all the food sold in that not-kosher branch of McDonalds would be kosher and appropriate for Pesach. By creating a special menu for Pesach, the impression was that it is kosher for pesach, and if they are selling chametz, they should say so explicitly ont he menu. Without such a statement he claimed, they are deceiving the customer.

McDonalds claimed in response that they never used the word "kosher" and the special menu items for Pesach indicate nothing regarding other items on the menu.

In January the District Court of Tel Aviv rejected his petition and ordered the petitioner to pay court costs, to the tune of 40,000nis. The court explained its logic that any reasonable person going into a not-kosher restaurant would not expect the food to be kosher for Pesach, and there is no need for the restaurant to explicitly state that that is the case.

The customer petitioned the Supreme Court to be allowed to file a class action suit, and the Supreme Court has now rejected his petition as well, though without obligating him in court costs.
source: Hamechadesh

What is a McDonalds Pesach meal - a cheeseburger on matza? Did he think the cheeseburgers on the menu were kosher or just that the matza kashered everything else?

Many people who are not religious still do cultural things and even if they dont keep everything about Pesach, they might eat matza on Pesach or find other ways to incorporate some aspect of Pesach into their lives for those 7 days. Going to a treif restaurant but ordering a Pesach meal is a perfect example of that. If this fellow is shocked by chametz on pesach, perhaps he should be eating in a kosher restaurant - even if just for the week of Pesach. McDonalds does have kosher branches..

I do wonder about the law against selling chametz on Pesach in public. Does McDonalds just flaunt the law? Do they get fined? Maybe they are willing to absorb the fine as a cost of doing business. This fellow should have reported the restaurant to the authorities for breakign the chametz law rather than file a stupid lawsuit.








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Israeli government wants to know even more about you

According to a report on Haaretz, the government is planning to require all citizens to give over personal contact information - mobile phone numbers and email addresses - to the Ministry of Interior.

They think that having this information will somehow help them send mail to citizens.

The reform will be approved, presumably, next week and then in 6 months anyone applying for government services from the population registry, such as applying for a new passport or identity card or whatnot, will have to submit this contact information - mobile number and email address. Refusal will not be punished. When submitting the information, the citizen can request to not be contacted except in case of emergency.

The various public services, such as government offices, the IDF, the police and the Knesset, will have access to this database of information, though the draft of the reform that is set to be passed does not include any sanctions on abusing this database.

Political parties already get access to the database of citizens information whenever there is an election, and private investigators have access as well.

It is easy enough to give a made up email address just for this. I have "spam" email addresses I use for filling out unnecessary forms on the Internet, so anyone can create an address for this type of thing as well. Phone number is more difficult to circumvent, should one want to. Personally, they have all the information on us already anyway. Anyone on the Internet and/or with a smartphone who thinks he has not already given up all his privacy and personal information is fooling himself. And anyway I have had to give the government offices my mobile number and email address when applying for different things already... if they want to send me something, they seem to already know how to find me. I am not sure how much this actually adds.




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Tweet of the Day

this is a series of four tweets together...












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An interview with Yuli Edelstein (video)







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Bennett: People are desperate as their parnassah is destroyed, we must work quickly to save them (video)







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Young Man Learns Jewish History (video)







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Yekum Purkan (Official Music Video) - Klatzko Family ft. Elazar and Meyer

Did you ever see a movie or video portraying Orthodox Jews in a negative light? Lately, people who have had trauma (which we know happens to members of every race, culture, and religious group) have cashed in by publishing books or movie rights to sensationalize the "ugliness and dirty laundry" of their childhood upbringing. Unfortunately, this has led some to condemn Orthodoxy and turn their backs on Hashem and Torah. What is it actually like for a child to grow up in an orthodox environment? I followed our two youngest children around one Sunday afternoon in Monsey, NY, and recorded their playfulness and brotherly love. This music video portrays a beautiful slice of their life, growing up in a traditional Orthodox Jewish home without the fake cinematic irony or negative religious portrayal. Just fun, adventure, and a sense of family and love. This was my upbringing as well (minus the dolphin riding and crocodile taming)! My friends were raised this same way. While this may not amount to great cinema or compelling drama, it was our reality. Being brought up in a "normal" wholesome Orthodox Jewish home was the greatest gift our parents could have given us! The song that Luzy and Meyer are singing is my composition based on a prayer said before musaf on Shabbat. In it, ask for all good things including health, long life, good children, sustenance, and more. Amen! Benzion Klatzko





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Jul 8, 2020

the new Kosher Gym to circumvent Corona Regulations

We have seen groups of people doing activities in various places during Corona find ways around the rules, such as having a minyan but calling it a protest for George Floyd, having a children's street fair and turning it into a protest, and the like.

We haven't seen, that I know of, anyone running a business or event that is technically against the rules but calling it a yeshiva to get around the rules...

Until now.

Yaron Cohen, owner of Crossfit Bet Shean, a gym in Bet Shean has decided that instead of closing his gym, as per the new regulations, he will bring in shiurei torah to the gym and then 19 people will be allowed at the same time, and they can workout while listening to the shiurei torah. And I assume the word listening nit he previous sentence should be in quotation marks...

Actually, they arent actually shiurei torah in the traditional sense, but as he writes on his Facebook page:
The Torah - Crossfit
The God - the God of physical fitness
The Faith - physical fitness contributes to physical and mental health and saves people from disease

Basically, they are going to teach Crossfit as if it is Torah - not "as if" - they are saying it is Torah, so they qualify under the rules.

To clarify, he says, he is not trying to insult anyone, he respects religion and has many religious people coming to train, but this is not against religion or Torah but against the decisions of the government. If someone wants to be insulted anyway, he says, that's his prerogative, as their gym was hurt by the State.

I think it is likely they might play some torah shiurim on the sound system just as an extra precaution

Who knows? Maybe someone will become religious or love Torah just a little more because of this...




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1000 people at the bat mitzvah!

Some bat mitzvah party had 1000 guests!

forget the fact that they broke all the CoronaVirus rules with no punishment, and the hall was not shut down. No masks, no social distancing, no nothing. Forget all that. 1000 people at a bat mitzvah!

Wow

(it was nice of the police to make an effort to not ruin the event. it makes one wonder which types of events they are ok with ruining and which ones they try not to ruin)

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THE LENNY SOLOMON SHOW WEBISODE 12 Aliyah Dream and Inspirational Writing! (video)







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Music School Competition: Eli and Nitai Tzarfati sing Benadik (video)

these boys did well and were accepted into the Music School contest.. another frum boy competed as well, and made it in, but I can't find a usable clip yet..





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Synagogues of Israel Part 37 Teveryah A (video)







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Sruli & Netanel \\ Ba Li Gam (Dj Aharon Kofman Remix) (video)







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Jul 7, 2020

Pashkevil of the Day


I love this pashkevi/broadside

It says:

Whoever goes without a mask is a possible murderer! 
And whoever's wife goes out with a wig or tight clothes is a definite murderer!
The one who causes others to sin is worse than the one who kills another


I love it. At least they also support wearing masks, though they could not just go ahead and tell people to wear masks, they also had to criticize those who do something else totally unrelated...




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