Apr 30, 2017

Dov Halbertal on the Haredi community, and on everyone else (video)

Halbertal is always good for saying some crazy controversial things...





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Succeeding in the U.S. – Israeli company shows how (video)








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"Home" - Nefesh B'Nefesh Yom Ha'atzmaut 2017 (video)







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Synagogues of Massachusetts (video)










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Ari Goldwag - Ve'ahavta - A Cappella Video (video)







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Apr 28, 2017

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Apr 27, 2017

clarification on Motzei Shabbos Lag bOmer postings

clarification:

I think I have not been clear as to my intentions regarding the Lag bOmer on Saturday night posts. This is based on a few comments on previous posts that indicate to me that something was not clear. Perhaps it was not even clear to me.

I see two directions the discussion can go:
1. the Haredim should not be holding such celebrations on Saturday night because of the chilul shabbos it causes. The celebrations should be postponed until a later time that will not cause, or at least minimize, the chilul shabbos.
2. I don't care what the Haredim do. Let them celebrate when they want. They want to celebrate on Saturday night even though it will cause chilul shabbos - go ahead and party. Just stop telling the rest of the country how Shabbos is so important and that they can't do what they want on it.

I am more in tune with option #2 - let them do what they want, just stop telling everyone else what they can and cannot do. Though I do admit that if #1 happens I would be satisfied as well. I am not sure which of the two options is more or less likely to happen.


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do Haredim celebrate Yom Haatzmaut? (video)

Melech Zilbershlag goes out to check..





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"Canada stands shoulder to shoulder with Israel" (video)

yay Canada!



Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland speaking at World Jewish Congress' Plenary Assembly in New York





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"A new day for Israel at the United Nations" (video)



United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley spoke before the World Jewish Congress’ Plenary Assembly in New York on Tuesday, telling the 600 delegates from more than 90 countries, “I can safely say that it’s a new day for Israel at the United Nations. I know it’s a new day for Israel at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.”






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A drone just flew over Auschwitz and captured something incredibly powerful (video)



No words can truly capture the horrors of what was perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jewish people in Auschwitz. But, this powerful drone film does so much with a birds-eye view for the visual visitor. The gates of hell as seen from above provide a unique angle to understand that the latest inventions from mankind can be used to destroy and kill if the moral compass of the world becomes so skewed that mass killings become justified or overlooked.





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Tovatalks with The Solomon Brothers (video)







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Women of the Wall to "celebrate" Yom Haatzmaut on Rosh Chodesh

The Women of the Wall are expanding their activities. Sort of.

Until now they mainly focused on bringing a group to daven at the Kotel once a month on Rosh Chodesh. We all know what happened every month when the WoW people showed up.

Anat Hoffman, director of Women of the Wall, has announced that tomorrow's Rosh Chodesh Iyar services at the Kotel will be in the theme and focus of Yom Haatzmaut. They will say the Prayer for  the State of Israel and sing Hatikvah and wave many Israeli flags. They will be bringing 250 students from various army-prep schools.
source: INN

They should have announced an additional visit to the Kotel in addition to the monthly Rosh Chodesh visit. They should have announced a special prayer service for WoW to be held at the Kotel on Yom Haatzmaut. Going on Yom Haatzmaut might even attract less of a fight, as on Rosh Chodesh many people, especially in the Haredi community, go to daven at the Kotel, but Yom Haatzmaut is, at least for most Haredim, just another day and it does not necessarily draw the masses to the Kotel (unless they are called to go special to oppose WoW). The Women of the Wall might have been able to get away with a quiet service, and with potentially little opposition might have been able to accomplish praying how they want to pray.

But is that really what they want? Maybe they only want to go on Rosh Chodesh when it will be a bigger fight? Maybe they do want to go Yom Haatzmaut but can't draw enough people for a second visit.

I don't know. It just seems silly to me to focus Rosh Chodesh service son Yom Haatzmaut instead of having a special service on Yom Haatzmaut.

But, hey, if Barak Obama could have a Pesach seder weeks before Pesach, and Chanukah parties weeks before Chanukah, and if the Rabbanut can push Yom Haatzmaut off by a day and celebrate on 6 Iyar instead of 5 Iyar, then WoW can celebrate Yom Haatzmaut a few days early.





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Apr 26, 2017

MK Eichler dismisses the chilul shabbos for Lag bOmer

MK Eichler (UTJ) spoke about the issue of Lag bOmer/Meron/chilul-shabbos and had something interesting to say.

Eichler doesn't agree with the accusations against the Haredi community for making the police desecrate the shabbos. According to Eichler, the police always desecrate Shabbos, so why suddenly now is it a problem?

Eichler said, "It has happened many times before that Lag bOmer came out on Motzei Shabbos - and what happened then? Every Shabbos you can go out to the street and see police desecrating the Shabbos. Anything to do with police and security is  a qestion for the rabbonim to decide what to do on Shabbos. No policeman who wants to keep Shabbos will have to desecrate it. It is demagoguery and hypocrisy at a level we have not seen in a long time.. are there no policemen at the Kotel on Shavuos? Suddenly the police keep Shabbos?"

Interesting how when official State bodies don't keep shabbos he gets upset, but when they want to he dismisses them.

And the issue is not that the police want to keep Shabbos. The police will do whatever they need to do to secure any event, especially an event so massive like the bonfires in Meron. If it requires chilul shabbos, they will be mechalel shabbos. The police aren't demanding the right to keep Shabbos. The public is raising the outcry how the Haredi community, a community that holds Shabbos so dearly and is regularly upset around the country when chilul shabbos happens, can be the cause of chilul shabbos for a celebration that is not a mitzva.

Shavuos at the Kotel is different. It is not such a mass event, with hundreds of thousand sof people. It does not bring thousands of security forces from other cities. Shavuos is a commandment, and Lag bOmer is not - though going to the Kotel is not part of the Shavuos commandments. The only people going to the Kotel are people in Jerusalem, walking - not traveling from around the country.

Again, it is not the police that suddenly want to keep Shabbos. It is the Haredim who are suddenly ok with being the cause of chilul shabbos.




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Quote of the Day

For me it isn't so bad. It is a bit of vacation from work.

  -- Yoelish Krausz, after being indicted for tax evasion/fraud to the tune of 1.5 million shekels




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HOW IS ICE CREAM MADE? #BehindTheScenes at Ben & Jerry's Israel (video)

I saw this on JHC




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