Sep 19, 2021

Quote of the Day

Unfortunately [Benny Gantz] is an incompetent person who does nothing, a weak person

  -- MK Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud), after reports say he has again tried to persuade Gantz to leave the government and form a government with Likud, with Gantz serving first as Prime Minister

It is always interesting how when Netanyahu needs someone that person has integrity, is a strong person, accomplished, worthy and appropriate, but the moment he no longer needs him or can't use him, that person is weak and unaccomplished and unworthy...


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Interesting Psak: non-religious waiters during shmitta

Hamechadesh is reporting on an interesting psak of Rav Yitzchak Zilbershtein, rav of Ramat Elchonon neighborhood of Bnei Braq, regarding waiters during the shmitta year.

Rav Zilbershtein said there is an issue that many event halls, restaurants, hotels, and catering services, in the Haredi community as well, employ non-religious waiters. These non-religious waiters will dispose of food, including vegetables, remaining on plates after being eaten, by clearing the plates or leftover pans into the garbage, as they have done until now. During shmitta this is a problem, as these foods must be disposed of properly to prevent actively causing them to rot or become disgusting. they should be disposed of in a special bag with nothing else and then can later be mixed with the regular garbage, after they rotted on their own. Employing these non-religious waiters is going to be a problem, as it will lead to violations of shmitta.

Rav Zilbershtein added that employing non-Jews will not solve the problem either, as the fruits and vegetables have kedusha so we cannot allow a non-Jew to dispose of them either.

Rav Zilbershtein said there is only one solutiont ot he problem and that is to install cameras in the restaurants or hall and tell the waiters about them. the waiters should be warned that if they dispose of any vegetable sin the garbage this year, and they are being watched, they will be fired with no severance. This would be the only way it would be allowed to employ "amei haaretz" - ignoramuses, non-religious people.

I suppose this is only a problem in Bnei Braq. Generally catering services, wedding halls, restaurants, and the like are not using "otzar beis din" produce, but would be using mostly non-Jewish produce, and maybe some imported. Obviously non-mehadrin places might also use hetter mechira produce, but Rav Zilbershtein is not talking about that. Bnei Braq has the minhag of the Chazon Ish that even non-Jewish produce retains its holiness and must be treated properly, while in most other places the minhag is that non-Jewish produce is not treated with kedusha and can be disposed of regularly. It sounds to me like Rav Zilbershtein must be talking about in Bnei Braq only, as in Jerusalem and elsewhere this should not be a problem at all. 




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investigate Magen David Adom for their PCR testing

The news is reporting that the investigation into 150-200 Breslavers who returned to Israel from Uman with, allegedly, forged PCR tests has been canceled.

the investigation has been cancelled because the investigators realized, as many of the Breslavers have been claiming all along, that the local PCR tests in Ukraine had been negative, and the tests upon landing in Ben Gurion airport had been negative for them, while only the MDA, Magen David Adom, tests in Ukraine had been positive. The investigators decided based on the official information they confirmed that there was no fraud and the problem was with MDA testing, not with the Breslavers and any possible fraud. The investigation is closed. The Breslavers returning from Uman did no wrong.

That's great news.

Now I hope they open an investigation into MDA. What was faulty in their testing? With MDA doing a lot of the testing within Israel are there also a lot of false positives and the numbers are totally wrong and unreliable or was the system used in Ukraine different in some way? Was there any intention by MDA to make the Breslavers look bad or was this all innocent? I don't know any of the answers to these questions, but if the government found it necessary to launch an investigation into 150-200 possible fraudulent tests, that should be enough to launch an investigation into MDA now that they have been found to be the source of the problem.






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Facebook Status of the Day

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the Covid Positive shul

Shortly before Yom Kippur I saw images online of an announcement by a shul (I think it was in Monsey) that was announcing its High Holiday services and let the public know that even people who are "Covid positive" are welcome to attend. (I have not been able to find the announcement image since as I couldn't remember who posted it online, so I can't share it here. UPDATE: someone found it, as per the comments, so I am posting it below at the bottom of the post)

Not surprisingly, the announcement was being shared with heavy criticism of this shul putting people in danger and for using a reckless policy.

Personally, I don't think it was a bad thing, not that it should have been done. But the fact that it was, gives people an opportunity to take precautions. A lot of Covid positive people were surely going to be going to services without telling anyone they are Covid positive - this has been happening in every other venue and there is no reason to think it would not happen with Yom Kippur services. That is besides for the people who violate and flout the rules openly and publicly just because they can or because they don't believe in the seriousness of the entire matter.

Having a shul announce that it is welcoming Covid positive people to pray with them would give others who do not want to be in the presence of someone Covid positive to find a different place to pray. It was almost definitely going to happen anyway, and this way it happened in a way that would allow other people who so desired to take any necessary precautions. And maybe all the Covid positive people who would feel uncomfortable and unwelcome elsewhere would see this type of a shul as a solution and all concentrate there to daven in a welcoming atmosphere.

I would like to know after the fact what happened - was the minyan full of Covid positive (and recovered) people? Did covid negative people attend as well? If they did, did the virus spread? How many people from that minyan got sick and/or seriously ill? I doubt we will get any such information.











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the clearest air of the year (video)

the Rosh Yehudi organization organizes Yom Kippur services every year in Tel Aviv by Dizengoff. This is the conclusion of Neila and you can see how it is attended by thousands of people of all types. This year at the last minute they invited Yedidya Meir and Sivan Rahav Meir to participate and they decided to go.





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from whom do MKs ask forgiveness? (video)

I always find these types of interviews interesting - every year... somehow half of these explaining their forgiveness found ways to use this as a way to bash the government...






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Ask the Chief Rabbi (video)






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Koolulam | The Story Behind the Initiative (AIPAC Feature) (video)







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Am Yisrael Chai - Chaya Kogan- עם ישראל חי - חיה קוגן -Kol Isha- For women and girls only (video)







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Sep 15, 2021

Rika Razel selichos performance (for women) (video)







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Sep 14, 2021

Quote of the Day

I call upon the People of Israel to stay as much as possible in the sukka during the 7 days [of Sukkos], to eat there and to sleep there, as the sukka is considered open air space.

  -- MK Yaakov Asher (UTJ)

I like it

Though practically his advice is only necessary if staying with other people, in someone else's house/sukka. If you are in your own house, there really is no reason, from an epidemiological perspective, to go outside... but that is overthinking it...






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Picture of the Day



One of the many Dead Sea pools (this one on the Jordanian side) turned red (looks more purple to me but that might just be the lighting)... The issue is being studied as the reason is currently unknown but might be caused by chemicals dumped or algae.

If the water in the pool splits anytime soon we might have a better idea...



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Amiran Dvir and Tzemed Reim: Unetaneh Tokef (video)







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Mizmor Shir: Ki Hine Kchomer (video)







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Ki Hinei Kachomer - Shulem Lemmer and Shira (video)







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