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Jul 2, 2015

Hotels come out swinging against new Rabbanut law

The organization of hotels in Israel is now complaining about the expense of kashrut via the Rabbanut monopoly over the kashrut systems in Israel. They are complaining about the new proposed law that would make it illegal to have any display of Judaism that might indicate kashrut, without a Rabbanut hechsher.

In a letter sent to the Knesset, they ask for the ability to choose a supervising body for kashrut and not be forced to use the Rabbanut monopoly. According to them, the monopoly the Rabbanut holds on kashrut causes prices to be 3% higher. Tourism in Israel is considered very expensive, and one of the reasons, they say, is kashrut. The proposed law would strengthen the Rabbanut monopoly, rather than open the market and make things cheaper.
source: Kikar

I am not sure what direction they are trying to go... Are they looking to get the hechsher of private organizations instead of the Rabbanut? The private hechshers are generally significantly more expensive than the Rabbanut, so what will they have gained? How will they have brought prices down?
Are they looking to use some model of Hashgacha Pratit in the hotels? I don't know that that would work. Hotels seem far more complicated than restaurants.
If they want to use no hechsher at all now, they already can do that. They just cannot claim kashrut without it.

The Rabbanut is a monopoly, but it is not a business. It is a government service provided by a government body. Perhaps it might be open to discussion whether the government should be involved in this, but it is a monopoly on kashrut just like the government is a monopoly on foreign affairs, on defense issues, on legislation and on every other service the State provides.

I guess they won't need two hechshers - such as Rabbanut + Badatz or Rabbanut + Mahfoud, or whatever other combination is common in hotels...  If kashrut increases the costs by 3%, it does not mean they will save 3% by getting rid of the Rabbanut, as they will mostly still want kashrut from some other organization. Are the 1%-2% savings so significant, that they blame the expensive tourism on kashrut?





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Muslim prays in synagogue

I'm not quite sure what the problem is with praying in a place of worship of the wrong denomination - as long as no idolatry is involved - but generally, Jews do not pray in Mosques, Muslims don't pray in synagogues, Jews don't pray in churches, or vice versa, though churches might also have idolatry issues, depending on the exact nuance of religion...

Ladaat is reporting on a Muslim who went to do his prayers in the synagogue of Ben Gurion airport. He was discovered  when a minyan of Jews went in to daven the evening services.

I don't know if religiously it is a big deal or not. It does not seem to be such a big deal... except for one thing... the Muslims flip out when Jews might even potentially pray in their mosques. See how they act on Har Habayit for example, with their complaint being that the entire area is considered part of their mosque.

I would say that with them being so uptight about it, they should not just go ahead and use another religion's prayer house at their whim.


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Jerusalem resident discovers mikva under home

pretty amazing story...

a family in Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem made an amazing discovery while doing renovations on their home. Breaking through the floor with a jackhammer they discovered an hollow space. When they checked it out, they discovered an intact mikva. After reporting it to the Antiquities Authrity, with some hesitation, it was found to be a 2000 year old mikva, dated to the Second Temple period, in pristine condition!
sources: Jpost and Times of Israel










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Soon-to-be IDF Soldiers' "Thanks in Advance" Party (video)








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Rut Rozovski competes on Master Chef (video)

Rut Rozovski, a single (divorced) mother of three, qualified in the auditions for Master Chef this week.

Why is this interesting?

It really isn't. But her story got the judges. Rut describes herself as having grown up Haredi but made a decision to leave the Haredi community because she knows it is very difficult to be a part of the community as a single mother. Interestingly she seems to be still religious, even if not quite Haredi, and admittedly still lives in a Haredi community.

Here is an interview she did after her qualification..


IThe only clip I could find of her qualification on Master Chef is the original, which is not embeddable (if you are going to watch, her segment begins at about the 20 minute mark). Keshet had a clip removed form Youtube that someone put up.


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4th of July Reception at the U.S. Ambassador Residence (video)


they pushed the party up to Wednesday night because July 4th lands on Shabbos this year...








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funeral of Malachi Rosenfeld hyd (video)


amazing how people can have and express such string faith at such times...


and Naftali Bennet spoke..






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Jon Stewart and Jon Hamm talk about making a minyan (video)






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Jul 1, 2015

Quote of the Day


We have a principle that says – no school strikes. The haredim never have strikes. Our sages said that the verse 'from the mouths of babes You have instilled force' hints that the world exists only for the breath emanating from the mouths of children who study Torah. Even if we study in croiwded conditions, even if things are difficult, you don't stop studying. Because 'Torah does not exist – except from difficulty.' And look at the great education that comes from us. Look at the wonderfully educated students who come from our crowded classrooms! In a recent survey on violence among pupils, the haredi sector came out with a statistic of 0% violence!


-- MK Menachem Eliezer Mozes (UTJ)

Mozes said this when explaining why the Haredi sector was not participating the strike of the "sardine protest". He explained that they support the goals of this strike, but the Haredi sector does not strike especially in regards to schools..

Is what he said correct? I don't know what studies he references. There isn't the classic violence of knives and beatings and whatnot, but there is definitely bullying and verbal abuse to anyone slightly different.


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Headline of the Day

Netanyahu was ‘smuggled’ to hospital in disguised pita delivery, pest-control vans


  -- JTA


The ice cream truck disguise was too obvious so they went with pita


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Michael Douglas Genesis Prize Acceptance Speech (video)

Michael Douglas is not really (i.e. halachically) Jewish, but he thinks he is.. though he is always interesting..






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Golda Meir MCTC Rep. speaks at UN Women's executive board session (video)







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The Islamic State of Iran - like ISIS. Just much bigger. (video)







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Shavuot First-Fruits/Twin Loaves Reenactment (video)






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TorahCafe Sessions with 8th Day: "Just Like You" (video)




Watch on TorahCafé.com!





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Semicha Shiur in RBS starting next topic soon!

as you might have noticed (in the new ad on top), a semicha shiur in RBS on Mishna Brura is starting chelek 2 very soon...

here it is in larger format






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