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Sep 15, 2014

Quote of the Day

By the Prime Minister, a year and a half to two years ago, the deficit stood at 40 billion shekels. Yair came in, paid a political price and took steps to bring the deficit back to 2% instead of 5% ... one of the things that happened is that when the Prie Minister screamed "gevalt" we know he does not really mean it... Yair Lapid as Finance Minister saved the Israeli economy and is paying a very heavy political price for it.

  -- Welfare Minister Meir Cohen

saved the Israeli economy? seems like a bit of an exaggeration.. he has only been Finance Minister for just over a year. Even if everything he did was perfect, can you save an entire economy in just one year?


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PSA : you want me to say what to my teens?

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Minhag Kapparos saved by MK Yaakov Asher!

After passing new directives that would have led effectively to a legal ban on the minhag of kapparos this year, erev Yom Kippur, the Ministry of Agriculture is backtracking...

Bechadrei is reporting that MK Yaakov Asher (UTJ) requested they hold another session to debate the issue, as it is possible to perform this holy minhag while adhering to the law and while being careful about not causing unnecessary pain, tzaar baalei chayim..

The veterinary services responded positively and decided to allow kapparos on Erev Yom Kippur, but only under tight conditions - kapparos only through approved slaughterhouses and transporting the chickens to designated areas.

Asher expressed appreciation and his thoughts of what dialogue can accomplish instead of ignoring the needs of the community.. and he also said he is going to continue working to get approval for the entire week between Rosh Hashana and Erev Yom Kippur and not just on Erev YK itself...






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Lakewood conference on integrity in the workplace

It actually looks interesting..


The talk on "documenting prison life" sounds like it would be an interesting presentation, but I question the sechel of including it in a conference on integrity. Surely prisoners have to deal with and overcome tremendous challenges, but do we really want to glorify criminals as models of integrity just because they figured out how to insist on mehadrin food and tefillin while in prison? What about the lack of integrity that often got them there?

I would propose that such a talk, as I said that is surely interesting and could even perhaps be inspiring, possibly, be held at a separate time, in a separate venue, on its own. Not as part of a conference on integrity. Surely there is what the public could learn from such people who had to deal with these situations, particularly to try to not get into these situations but even how to overcome hardships and challenges, but ti should be done in a different way.

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Egyptian Political Scientist: The Jews Must Return Gold Stolen from Egypt during the Exodus (video)

we've done this so many times in the past. does each one of these Egyptian idiots who proposes this think he is coming up with a new idea?




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MK Lipman:"The Power of Women"- International Lions of Judah Conference 2014 (video)








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Netanyahu: 'Madness' of Militant Islam Will Be Defeated (video)






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the viral popularity of the Breslav song Va'afilu Behastara (video)

since when does the news make a story out of a popular hassidic song?




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Shauli "Don't Let Us Go" (Official Video)






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Sep 14, 2014

SMS for speeding

Those cameras all over the roads of Israel that Waze calls "Speed trap ahead", that are catching people speeding and running red lights, will now also send SMS messages to offending drivers.

The message will tell the driver where he was caught on camera, when he was caught, and this will give him the opportunity to go photograph the area, if relevant, note down any thoughts or issues, and whatever else might be relevant in case the driver wants to appeal a ticket.

Sometimes you get a ticket in the mail, and you have no recollection of what it is for, taking away your ability to appeal the ticket.  This will give the driver a better opportunity to prepare for his eventual possible appeal, as he will be able to prepare practically right when it happens and record whatever he feels necessary for his future appeal.

In addition to installing more cameras around Israel's network of roads, and the new system of sending SMS messages to drivers, they also announced that they are considering lowering the speed gap - it is known that the police allow up to 15km above the limit before ticketing a driver. They may now lower that to ticketing at close to the posted speed. This will also make it more difficult to appeal tickets for speeding, as that gap will be officially closed. This will also create some added deterrence, and will cause drivers to slow down to avoid the tickets.
source: Maariv

Sounds cool.

1. when I receive an SMS from some police camera telling me I sped and should stop to take a picture or record my evidence and arguments, will I get a ticket for reading the SMS? will I be able to sue the police for causing an accident, if God forbid one should happen because of the SMS? (obviously not)

2. how will they know who the driver is and what his phone number is to send the SMS?

3. what if the driver has a kosher phone and cannot receive SMS? will the "kosher phone community" complain they are being discriminated against?






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The bearded fireman


Remember the Chabadnik who tried to become a fireman, but he wasn't being allowed to pass the qualifications because of his beard?

He won his battle.

The firemans union got together and decided all firemen would grow their beards in protest of the decision.

Kikar is reporting that the fight was successful and the Chabadnik has been granted his badge to serve as a fireman, even with his beard.

Now we just have to hope that the safety precaustion that was demanded was actually just an attempt at setting a higher level of safety and not something that was actually necessary. It would be horrible to now see a bearded fireman go into a burning building or forest and suffer due to a mask that couldn't be sealed properly just because one guy fought for a job.

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Haredim to serve instead of conscientious objectors

I am not so sure the reservists of unit 8200, a unit that is part of the Intelligence Corps, who have stated their intentions to refuse calls to duty because "intelligence is an integral part of Israel's military occupation over the territories" and not free of moral dilemmas, as is commonly thought.

Obviously this has created a ruckus in Israel.

Do they have a right to? do they not have a right to? are they extreme leftists? are they worse than x or not?

There is a lot that is debatable about this situation.

I think a soldier should have the right, or perhaps "should be obligated to" is the more accurate term, to refuse orders if he receives orders that are either illegal or immoral.

I do not know if there can be a clear definition as to what is a moral or immoral order. Obviously there must be some leeway for a person's personal beliefs. On the other hand, an army has to function, and if all soldiers could decide for themselves what they agree to do and what they refuse to do, the army would not function.

This perhaps highlights the need for consideration of the possibility that perhaps Israel has reached the stage where it no longer requires the draft and can, or should, move to a different form of army. Perhaps a professional army, perhaps volunteer, perhaps a limited draft of some sort... Between the increasing number of people and groups refusing to serve for various reasons and the social battle to force Haredim to serve when they don't want to for ideological reasons, perhaps it is time to open the discussion seriously as to whether the draft in its current format really serves Israels needs.

I would also expect that these soldiers will receive the same punishments as soldiers who were punished during the Disengagement for refusal to serve as conscientious objectors.

That being said, a large group of soldiers from 8200 sent a letter in response condemning the original letter of refusal. As well, a group of about 30 Haredi soldiers who have served in a Haredi division of 8200 have sent a letter saying that they would volunteer to serve in place of those soldiers who refused. I think that is worthy of notice. Kol hakavod to them!



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Rabbi Berland captured, innocent or guilty

So, Rabbi Berland has finally been captured.

I don't know if he did what he was accused of or not. He will eventually stand trial, now that he has been caught, and his innocence or guilt will be determined.

Rabbi Berland's statement upon capture and release (on bail) does not move me. Rabbi Berland said that he has had enough of Israel hounding him and from his perspective, Israel is just like Hamas.

That does not move me. I am not outraged by this statement, nor am I taken in by it. The man has been chased down across continents for a crime he allegedly committed and must stand trial for. Of course he thinks badly of the country that has tracked him and chased him down and has made him live like a refugee or a runaway for so long, running from third world country to third world country to escape the long tentacles of Israeli and international justice. I have yet to hear a criminal, or an alleged criminal, speak highly of the system that is waiting to prosecute him.

What I will add is that his running away and living "on the lam" looks very bad to me, very incriminating. If he is as purely innocent as he claims to be, he would not be happy about having to stand trial and pay for lawyers and whatever it entails, but, in my eyes, he should not have run the way he did. The way he ran, hiding out in these countries, makes him look guilty. He has surely prejudiced most people against himself, not including his most ardent followers.

I am surprised the Europeans released him on bond. Even having taken his passport away - after all his running, after the way his hassidim helped smuggle him from place to place, I am surprised they considered him to not be a flight risk, even without his passport.

At least the saga seems to be over, and now he will stand trial. We can finally find out what he did and what he did not do.




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new technology to fight corruption (video)

this video is a resident of RBS B complaining about service by the people at the Bet Shemesh Water Authority, Mei Shemesh.

The content of the complaint does not interest me. It is a dispute. They charged an outrageous amount, he complained, they responded, they argue some more, blah blah blah... I dont know if there is corruption or just plain old bad service or if the residents are at fault, and I dont really care.

What I find interesting is that residents in RBS B, Haredi residents, are using "new media", Facebook and YouTube, to complain and get action....






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Ayelet Shaked: Bennet has the stuff to be a leader (video)






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The Yiddish Language (video)





and on the topic of Yiddish..

Yiddish. It's a culturally rich language shared by the seniors of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Just in time for the High Holy Days, we made a special video to share our seniors’ thoughts on the meanings of our favorite Yiddish words. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it!




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