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May 2, 2016

Quote of the Day

I really regret saying [Hitler supported Zionism] because it has caused all this disruption. I never regret saying something that is true. How can I have hurt and offended the Jewish community when the prime minister of Israel said exactly the same thing?
I will invite the Prime Minister of Israel to come over and defend me, as he clearly agrees with what I said

  -- former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone

and this is why people need to be careful with their words...


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Daniel Braverman, Jewish Football Player

There are not that many Jews competing in professional sports in the United States (Israel is obviously different in this regard), but among the various major sports, football probably has the fewest. That is not to say there aren't any, or have not been any, but they are not common.

The Chicago Bears have had a few Jews on the roster in recent years for short periods of time, and now they have another.

In the NFL Draft this past week, the Bears drafted fellow yid, Member of the Tribe, Daniel Braverman, a proud Jew.


and this picture must have been taken during sefiras haomer..


Good luck to Da Bears and to Daniel Braverman in the coming years... maybe we will see the shadchanim, and Chabad, will be especially active in the coming years in Soldier Field...

SI and Michigan Live on Daniel Braverman



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The public space in Bnei Braq

Kikar is reporting on the filming of a movie in the streets of Bnei Braq. This itself is not interesting, and neither are the details of the movie and who is filming it.

What is interesting about this is that the locals are upset, saying that the kids are standing around and watching the filming, and this sets a bad educational example for the kids. They have complained to the City Council and have requested that the Iryah not grant the film crew any permits for this. The Iryah's response was, and this is the interesting part, that they have not granted any permits, but there are no permits to grant - the streets of Bnei Braq are a public space and people can do in the street as they please.

Something is not so straight here. When cities want something to happen in the street or do not want something to happen in the street, they have a lot of tools at their disposal to make things happen, or to prevent them from happening. They might be right that it is a public space and anybody can do as they please, but I am surprised they have not tried to hound the film crew and do whatever possible to make it difficult.

That is definitely not the common attitude employed regarding the public space in Haredi areas. I wonder if expressing it like this is indicative of some new approach or understanding that will spread. Or if others will now take advantage of this public statement in some way - either to antagonize the locals (in Bnei Braq or elsewhere) by doing things intentionally against the local atmosphere (in either direction) just to provoke.

The "public space" and the rules that rule it have not changed, but the attitude expressed is one that is not common, especially by the people who expressed it.



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Kashrut fraud goes to the courts

There have been a lot of cases of kashrut fraud over the years, as well as many honest mistakes, that have left the Jewish consumer inadvertently consuming non-kosher food. It might have happened before, but I don't remember a class-action suit against a company passing off its food as kosher with fraudulent certification logos.

Whether or not it has happened before, it is happening now. A Yeshiva High School has filed a class action suit against a company that produces and distributes sugar for having sold sugar with a fraudulent hechsher.

סימון חותמת הבדץThe packages of sugar did not say "kosher" anywhere on the package, but they did say "b'ishur harabbanut hareishit lyisrael" - with the approval of the Israeli Rabbanut. In addition, the packages also bore the logo of the Badatz Sheairis Yisrael, also without using the words "under the supervision of". As well, the packaging is very similar in style to a different brand, making ti clear the intent to dupe the consumer.

It turns out that the Rabbanut had removed its hechsher from this sugar 5 years previously, the Sheairis says they never gave a hechsher on this, and it is a clear case of kashrut fraud.

The suit is class action and asks for 4,000,000nis to compensate all the company's clients that were defrauded, and it wants the courts to force the company to stop distributing the sugar in this fashion.

The company has denied any wrongdoing and says they hold ishurim from both the Rabbanut and from Sheairis. source: Srugim

I am not quite sure how they can make such a claim, considering Sheairis says they have not given this company a hechsher, and the Rabbanut says they removed the hechsher years ago. It is not a matter of interpretation, either they have it or they don't. One of the sides is definitely not being honest.

If this goes through, and if they win the suit, will we see more lawsuits against companies that perpetrate kashrut fraud?


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May 1, 2016

eat matza for a few more days

The Satmar Rebbe had some interesting and relevant issues he brought to light regarding the eating of chametz after Pesach.

The Satmar Rebbe has an issue with the sale of chametz, but only insofar as it is done improperly. As he says, the sale of chametz was instituted in order to help businesses with large stocks of chametz prevent themselves from losing a lot of money. Nowadays, eh claims, a lot of businesses buy chametz right before pesach and stick it in the freezer and then sell it, in order to be able top do business with it after Pesach. The Rebbe says the sale is treated as a joke, and it was not instituted in order to help people make a greater profit, but to prevent a loss. With people doing this and treating the sale like a joke, the sale is not valid.

The Rebbe also does not like the chumra some employ of "baked after Pesach". He says they prepare it all before the chag and freeze it and take it out after the chag and stick it in the oven and then sell it as if there is a chumra being used.

Another problem he points to is that in our generation with people not willing to wait but "needing" a full variety of chametz available immediately after Pesach, the stores buy chamtetz right before Pesach and sell it to a goy, and the sale is not valid because by buying ti right before pesach they show they really dopnt want to sell it to the goy but want to do business with it, so the sale is not valid.

The Satmar Rebbe's conclusion is that people should not buy chametz until 3 days after Pesach, when real fresh chametz is finally produced.
source: Kikar

This is not the first time such problems have been discussed. It is common enough already for "baked after Pesach" to be on products before Pesach. As well, I have heard rabbonim say that anyone who wants to be makpid on "baked after pesach" and not rely on the sale (a chumra that has become common in recent years in some haredi neighborhoods) have a problem because:
a. some of it might not really be baked after pesach, and
b. the stuff that wasn't baked after pesach is brought out of the storage rooms a few weeks later when nobody is checking, so these people end up eating the same stuff anyway.

I also remember from way back when that it was not uncommon (in the USA) for bakeries to start baking before Pesach was actually over, and "everybody" knew about it.

So there are definitely problems with the chametz that comes out right after Pesach, but I am not sure telling people to not eat chametz is a  practical solution. People are going to eat chametz. Nobody wants to wait a few more days of eating matza.

Teaching people to not go crazy immediately after the holiday might be a solution. Every year we are treated to sights of people acting like animals waiting in line to attack the first box of rolls and pita that come out of the bakeries. People go wild and fight over the first breads. Nothing will happen if you have to wait a few hours for chametz, or even until the next morning. The roll, in my opinion, is not worth giving up one's dignity for, nor to throw away the mentchlichkeite we try to act with on a regular basis. The Vizhnitzer Rebbe says so as well. Even if chametz comes out quickly, you don't have to go fight for it.




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Headline of the Day

Piece of Afikoman Matzah Saves Child On Flight from Israel


  -- Matzav

I like how they know and are sure it was the afikomen matza that saved the sick boy and not the doctors that were working on him...



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debating the efficacy of the Chametz Law (video)

I agree far more with Benny Rabinovitch on this than I do with the other guy. The flaw I see with his argument is that the exact same can be said for every other aspect of religion, and I am not sure we are ready to tun our religion into State Law.





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Jews and Arabs in Haifa: Would you do a Sulha? (video)

I dont know why this is specific to Haifa, but it is interesting..





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Passover with Mayim (video)







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1st Annual CONAN Throwing A Pharaoh Through A Wall Of Matzo (video)







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Apr 28, 2016

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Apr 27, 2016

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Pentagon knocks on the door, Israeli style

According to reports, the United States is now warning civilians in ISIS-controlled areas that the area is about to be bombed and they should evacuate by using an Israeli tactic - the "knock on the roof" bomb.

It seems we Israelis can be the "ohr l'goyim" - the light to the nations - that we were meant to be. Even when we were criticized for not doing enough when we used that tactic. It seems that at the end of the day they decided it was a pretty good tactic.


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my caption:
between all of us we should have a minyan..

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