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Jul 14, 2024

Yeshiva with a degree: Mesivta Torah Vadaas (video)

headed by Rav Dovid Leibel.
Looks interesting. I wonder how they deal with the army issue...





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MAGICAL JERUSALEM! An Evening Stroll from the City Center to the Western Wall at Night. (video)








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Cantor Netanel Hershtik & Mordechai Shapiro - Prayer for IDF (video)







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Jul 11, 2024

beis din musings

I have had to spend some time recently in the building of the Rabbanut Beis Din in Jerusalem.

Yes, I have heard and read all the statistics of divorce rates always going up and reaching new highs, and even the divorce rates in the religious and Haredi communities climbing. 

It is different to see it yourself, with your own eyes.

The place is hopping, all the time, during business hours, with couples breaking up and going through the process. the days I have been there the crowd was even mostly Haredi (all types, Hassidic, Litvishe, modern, sefardi, etc). The couples were mixed between those only married for short times and others who were clearly married for longer periods. All types of people and couples deciding to get divorced. I am sure each has their story and i no way am I saying that any given case is not justified. I dont know their stories.

But it is sad/disappointing/upsetting/depressing to see.

And on that note, I was surprised to see that among all these couple going in for their hearing, and sometimes with the voices behind closed doors getting raised and becoming screaming matches, young 16 year old women are also sitting their waiting to declare themselves  as religious before a beis din to qualify for an army exemption. Must these young ladies really sit there among all these divorcing couples, have to listen to their arguments and even screaming while they wait for their turn?

The beis din should separate these young women and have them do their declarations in a different part of the building.

And there should be more discretion in the lobby of the discussion halls - divorcing couples and their families have to sit there waiting while the other side to the dispute is sitting just a few chairs away and they both have to sit there uncomfortably. And that's if they aren't screaming at each other. And everyone has to hear everyone else talking to the lawyer or talking to the soon to be ex or families talking amongst themselves... At what is surely a private and sensitive, and emotional, moment, the people should be given more privacy.


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Harav Asher Weiss' Profound Encounter with a Wounded Warrior (video)








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American Jews at a Crossroads | Daniel Gordis on the political and cultural crisis facing US Jewry (video)








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Eli Begun- In Our Darkest Times (Official Music Video)








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Jul 10, 2024

"You're Whitewashing Mass MURDER" | Gaza Debate Feat Aaron Mate (video)








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the rav from Bnei Braq who would draft thousands of Haredim (video)

Rav Dovid Leibel





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Lenny Solomon Live (video)








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Spread Light | Alex Clare | Matisyahu | TYH Nation (Official Music Video)







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Jul 9, 2024

Tzava Shamayim, Ep 3 (video)








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Rugelach Guy's Followup (video)








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Relaxing Tel Aviv! From Busy Streets to a Serene Stroll Along the Banks of the Yarkon River. (video)








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Moti Weiss - Bati Ledaber (video)







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Jul 8, 2024

what should they do?

In light of the ongoing coalition crisis (which can fizz out just as easily and quickly as it can expand and intensify), here is what I think the various players should do, each from their perspective (as I understand it):

Itamar Ben Gvir: should resign and call for elections. Ben Gvir should declare himself as running for prime minister, no more being second fiddle to a party that is not as right wing as they claim to be.

Betzalel Smotritch: he has no hand to play, and he knows it. He has to just be as right wing extreme as he can and hope he doesnt get decimated in whatever happens next. He does not have the power to be proactive in this.

Moshe Gafni and Yitzchak Goldknopf: they don't have much of a hand. Quitting the coalition wont help them, but it also wont hurt them. If they have a serious enough crisis (eg yeshiva boys get drafted or arrested), they can quit. If not, they really have no reason to.

Aryeh Deri: he has a hand to play but has no real option. Bringing down the government won't really help them, but at some point, when they run out of complaints, they have to show they have some ideology behind them and not just looking for jobs. I dont think we are far off, if things keep not falling their way, but I dont think they are there just yet.

Benjamin Netanyahu: He should resign from politics, but he wont. Bring down the government, dissolve the Knesset, and call for elections, while stepping away from politics. If he does that now, his legacy is gone and destroyed and will only be remembered as having presided over the worst attack and massacre with all the failures involved, and having abandoned the hostages. So he can't do that, at least not now. He won't do that until he rebuilds his image a bit, and will need a big win for that to happen.
Netanyahu should take advantage of this current crisis, along with the other recent coalition crises, and say he has had enough (he has done this before in previous governments). He should blame the heads of all the parties for their bickering, blackmail, irresponsible behavior, and unreasonable demands. he should blame them for the impossibility of coming to a hostage deal (while stressing most of the blame is on Hamas). 
Netanyahu should declare that after elections he will move to form a unity government, not an extreme Right government. He needs to get into discussions with Gantz and Lieberman and others from the other parties (specifically the more center leaning parties) to talk about forming a government together, maybe as a rotation, though it can only work if Netanyahu offers to go second in rotation rather than first. Nobody will trust him to follow through with rotating when the time comes. Obviously specifics will depend on results of elections and which comes out the bigger party, but in general that is what he should be doing.







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#156: Behind the Bima - Simmy and Sara Zimbalist, parents of Eli Moshe H"yd (video)








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Ivanka Trump on the Concept of Lashon Hora (video)








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Jerusalem Is Beautiful. an Amazing Walk from The Golden Gate of The Old City to The City Center. (video)








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Yanky Hill - Pashut lichyot (video)








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Jul 7, 2024

Exceptional times calls for exceptional measures

2 or 3 citizens are being investigated for activities on October 7 2023 in which they went down south to fight the terrorists invading Israel and massacring the residents of the area of the "Gaza Envelope" - the claim, or suspicion, is that they shot and killed a terrorist (or terrorists) that had already been captured and were no longer a threat.

Obviously there are laws and everyone has to follow them. I am not privy to the evidence for or against whatever is claimed they did so I am not going to comment on their innocence or guilt. 

However.

However.

October 7, 2023 was an outrageous day, a chaotic day, a day of fear and adrenaline. A day the government and the IDF took 8-10 hours before responding. A day that private citizens from all around the country grabbed a personal weapon, if anything, and drove down south to fight the terrorists and save lives while the government and IDF did nothing. Private citizens, amidst overwhelming chaos and fear, with no organization, with perhaps not enough knowledge of laws and/or ability to evaluate the situation.

I don't know what they did or did not do. If it is clear and obvious that they were just murdering terrorists already in captivity, that is one thing and that situation has to be stopped. if it was not so clear and there is room to think the terrorists might still have been a threat in some way, the authorities should approach this differently. These were unusual and exceptional circumstances. The authorities should be saying thank you to all those people who went in and filled the void and prevented the situation from being even worse than it was. If there is any room for leniency, any way to see that the situation at the time was unclear and uncertain, they should be treated with the utmost leniency

Desperate times calls for desperate measures. Exceptional times calls for exceptional measures. Unusual times calls for unusual measures.


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Halacha Headlines: 7/6/24 – Shiur 473 – Supporting a son or son-in-law in learning – is it a good investment? (audio)









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Jerusalem! the Most Beautiful City in The World! Immerse Yourself in The City's Atmosphere. (video)








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(Prod.by Shlomo Bachar) Shimon Levi - Rak Od Nigun (video)







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Jul 4, 2024

God Bless America With a Yiddish Twist - Shulem (video)







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throw money at it

There is a report out there that PM Netanyahu has approved the spouse of Yisrael Katz, our Foreign Minister, to travel abroad with him at the expense of the State.

People are making a big deal about this, wasting State money, during a war, etc.

It does not bother me. This is pocket change for the State. Less than pocket change.  This is the change found in the couch cushions.

The issue is that this is what Netanyahu does when he has a problem. He throws other peoples money at it.

Netanyahu is afraid Katz might make coalition trouble for him, so he throws him a bone and lets him travel with his wife on the State dime.

He throws money at Hamas for a decade expecting it will keep them quiet - this time it being Qatar's money.

There is another report that UTJ is upset about their education system. Chinuch Atzmai, being in serious debt due to mismanagement of funds and they have been threatening the coalition over it to get the shortfall covered. Netanyahu has now said the government will cover it (though for now the finance Ministry is opposing this, according to reports). Throw money at it, not his own money, to keep them quiet and happy.

This is how Netanyahu works. He des what is good for him. I would add "not whats good for the State", but he is such a narcissist that he thinks what's good for him is automatically good for the State. 


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Jul 3, 2024

Tzava Shamayim, Ep2 (video)







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MK Simcha Rotman on Non-Jewish Aliyah, Amending the Law of Return, Double Taxation (Heb & Eng) (video)








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our greatest ambassador

Rugelach. who knew?





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Barak Grossberg • Nova Festival (video)








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Jul 2, 2024

a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma

While the bickering and blame game from yesterday's fiasco (ie the release of the terrorist head of Shefa Hospital) continue, another crazy situation arises.

Today the Israeli government connected Gaza to the Israeli power grid and let the electricity flow.

Now, if Benny Gantz would still be in the government coalition and War Cabinet, Ministers Ben Gvir and Smotritch (among others) would be screaming that Gantz needs to go, the Conceptzia Cabinet is destroying the war effort, Gantz is insisting we lose the war by giving them electricity and other aid, etc. But alas, Gantz is not in the government and Ben Gvir has nobody to blame and scream about other than his natural partners who he can only attack so much.

So now, with nobody to scream at, the full right wing government turns on the electricity in Gaza with nothing in return and nobody says a word.

This government is a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma..


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Talkline With Zev Brenner on Haredim in the Army with Rabbis Avi Shafran & Scott Kahn (video)








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Tzva Shamayim (video)

Channel 12 News is running a series of reports of Haredim and the army, sending a reporter to spend time in a mainstream Haredi yeshiva, one of the top yeshivas, talking with the rosh yeshiva and the boys... 
the 1st episode:






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JERUSALEM TODAY! Experience the Heartbeat of the Holy City! (video)








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Moshe Peretz and Muki: Modeh Ani (video)








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Jul 1, 2024

had no idea!

It is amazing how every minister in this government knew nothing about the decision to release the terrorist head of Shefa Hospital (of Gaza), among other terrorists released, due to overcrowding in the prisons, or whatever excuse they give. 

They should be held as prisoners and only release din a hostage exchange deal, if at all. Why are we releasing terrorist prisoners, for free, while our hostages are sitting in Gaza? Are they also offering goodwill gestures and releasing Israelis for free?

Yet all the people at the top, responsible for this decision, know nothing about it, only heard from the news, and pass the blame each to another office. Take some responsibility!

And having no control and really not knowing about it is no excuse. that might be even worse.


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#155: Behind the Bima - Frank Meeink, Reformed Neo Nazi (video)








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Behind the Scenes with Avraham Fried in Hebron (video)







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Hamerapeh by Bracha Jaffe ft. skater Breindy Ovitsh | For Women and Girls Only (video)








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Ari Hill ft. Aviel Graucher - Rak beyachad (video)







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