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Sep 2, 2014

Developments in the fight over the school building in RBS

The court has issued an order to close the Beis Yaakov school located in the classrooms of Beit Sefer Safot vTarbuyot. Kikar is reporting this, and MK Lipman has confirmed it for me.

The Ministry of Education threatened to do so if Mayor Moshe Abutbol would ignore their warnings and move ahead with his plans to move the Beis Yaakov classes into the building anyway. Abutbol ignored the warnings, and now there is a tzav sgira against the school. The school has to be closed from these premises within 30 days.

The closure order is because the Ministry takes it very seriously that the local authority went  just days before the opening of the school year and it took such a unilateral action that affects the relations between different sectors in Bet Shemesh.

According to the Ministry of Education, they have offered Abutbol, in the past, alternative solutions, an appropriate building. Abutbol denies it and says he was only offered more caravans, but with nowhere to put them,

Personally, I don't know why a decision affecting the relations between different sectors is an issue the Ministry of Education should care about. they should care about education, do kids have an appropriate place to learn, does one school have the right to take the resources of another, and other similar issues - but to close a school because of affecting the relations of sectors seems strange.

What concerns me more than this closure order though is that perhaps Abutbol has messed up Bet Shemesh for a long time to come. This was not reported in the news, but I heard it separately from different sources. It seems different Haredi MKs, including specifically Gafni and Deri, warned Abutbol not to take this step of moving the school in. It seems they have many issues on their plate and this would cause them too much of a headache. Abutbol went ahead anyway and made his move. Now, from what i am told, they are washing their hands of him and not willing to come to help him get out of the mess. They say he has caused them more trouble than he is worth.

So not only has Abutbol damaged his relations with the Ministry of Education, but it seems he has also lost his natural partners. Bet Shemesh might now be on its own...

and for him to do this now with the threat of a fight looming regarding splitting the city, is just irresponsible.



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Rav Chaim Kanievsky on the hetter mechira

Rav Chaim Kanievsky is being quoted as having said that the hetter mechira is worthless according to all opinions. It cannot be relied upon.
sources: Bechadrei and Kikar

I am familiar with the Ashkenazi Haredi opinion on the hetter mechira, and I know they consider it unacceptable. Rav Elyashiv used to say one must kasher pots before using them if they were previously used for cooking hetter mechira produce. They reject it completely.

That is fine. They have the right to a halachic opinion.

I just wish that when rabbis make such a definitive statement they would also explain their words a bit. Explain what is so bad about hetter mechira. Explain why it cannot even be relied up bdieved.

Explain what you mean when you say "according to all opinions" - especially considering that it is not true. There were, and are, great rabbis that support the use of hetter mechira. Even if you or I choose not to use such produce and not rely on those who allow it, I do not deny that great rabbis are in the list who allow it. does "according to all opinions" really just mean "according to all opinions that I agree with and accept"?

I wish they would explain, so that we could understand what is wrong with it to the extreme, for learning's sake.


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School Takeover in RBS comments (video)


Cameraman Yaakov Lederman gets a few words from all sides of the "school takeover" incident, with some footage of some nasty behavior by Richard Peres and him being detained because of it...




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Life's a beach in Jerusalem (video)

The holy city may be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean it has to be fun-blocked. A man-made beach opened this summer.
Sand, chairs and tropical vibes were installed in the summer of 2014 to create Jerusalem’s first and only beach, at the hip new First Station complex 




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Palestinians: What do you know about the Holocaust? (video)








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Nigun hastureh (video)


Benny Friedman, with the Yedidim choir, put out this really nice version of the "Nigun Hastureh"...  I dont think I have ever heard this song before, and I really could not make out many of the words, but it was really nice. When I heard it, i had this feeling that as nice as it was, it was probably so because Benny Friedman did an amazing job singing it, and normally it is probably not anything special...



then Yerachmiel put out this "ukelele reggae" version.. it is still not bad, and he has his unique touch on it, but it isn't anything as nice as the Benny Friedman version..


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Chaim Gold "I am not ashamed" (video)







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Sep 1, 2014

anti-haredi discrimination

I have had this thought bouncing around in my head for the past couple of days. I almost wrote it in response to a number of arguments I have seen, regarding the issue of the school takeover in RBS. I did not write it because I mostly tried to stay out of arguing about it - because I feel that the solution, or a solution, is necessary but the method used was wrong.

Here it is. It is in response to the complaint that there is so much anti-haredi bias and that's why the Haredim dont get anything and have to fight for everything, even sometimes taking things forcefully.

When the Iryah and the Mayor have been Haredi for +-6 years, you can no longer use the complaint of anti-Haredi discrimination.

thoughts?




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will kapparos be banned completely this year?


The annual pre-Yom Kippur attack on the minhag of "Kapparos" is coming early this year..

Kikar is reporting that the Ministry of Agriculture is set to ban slaughter in the streets. Anybody who performs a shechita in the streets anyways, will have the rest of his chickens confiscated and will be fined to the tune of 730 NIS.

In Jerusalem the veterinary services have warned all the slaughterhouses and businesses that normally operate the kapparos centers around the city. They will not be allowed to bring the chickens/roosters/hens from the coop to the streets. They have to be brought from the coop to the slaughterhouses - straight.

One of the complaints against the new directive is that the Muslims are allowed to slaughter sheep on their holidays and nobody put an end to that, but they decide to suddenly ban and put an end to a Jewish customs hundreds of years old!.

The Ministry of Agriculture responded saying that they will soon issue instructions explaining how the minhag of kapparos can be performed according to all the relevant health standards and proper treatment of animals.

I wonder if the new directive only applies to slaughtering in the streets, or also on private property. Maybe they could use schools and shuls courtyards, or parking lots of buildings that are willing to allow it...  when they slaughter so many chickens in the street it always reminds me we live in the Middle East. Israel strives to be more like a developed Western country, but we are not that dissimilar from countries like Jordan, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq and the like...


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Interesting Psak: no playing Tkof Taaseh Biguim

The song "Tkof, Taaseh Biguim" was clearly the hit song of the summer. Hamas published and released a song that was mean to be threatening and upsetting, and play some psychological warfare on the Israelis.. Somehow and somewhy, the song instead went viral in Israel, with many satirical parodies being made of the song.

the original

one of the many parodies

Now, when the song has already faded and will no longer qualify in any way for Casey Kasem's Top 40, we get some rabbinic attention devoted to the song.

Rav Shlomo Aviner (and those of you who know my affinity for Rav Aviner will surely recognize that this gets attention not because of him but because of the song), rosh yeshiva of Ateret Kohanim, has paskened that it is prohibited to listen to the Tkof song, and it is prohibited to create parodies of the song as well..

Rav Aviner explains that the song, the original song, arouses aggressive and threatening feelings, and its point is to arouse people to kill Jews. According to the Rambam the words of a song must be pure, clean and kosher.

Rav Aviner also says there is importance to the identity of the creator of a song, and not just the words used. A singer must be an appropriate person, as he is also a form of a teacher. He must be an example in his ways and behavior..

Rav Aviner also relates to the tune, and says it must be kosher. The tune must arouse sensitive feelings and not aggressive feelings.. a song is not just entertainment but it affects the soul.

Therefore, Rav Aviner concludes, the song is not kosher, and it is not kosher to make parodies of it.
source: NRG




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Facebook Status of the Day

today's FSotD award goes to Richard Peres, a local city councilman in Bet Shemesh..

(translation, and my explanation of why this won the award, after the post)



my translation:
The State of Israel, 2014!
Under the sponsorship of the State of Israel, The Ministry of Education, The Police, and Mayor Moshe Abutbol are building a Berlin Wall in a school. They are taking over part of it and allowing to build - a wall - in order to separate between the Haredi girls and between the children of Safot vTarbuyot of the national stream [of education].
It is a disgrace to the State of Israel, a disgrace to abandoning the Zionist citizens who serve in the IDF, pay their taxes and uphold the laws.
I feel as if they have stolen my country.
with your own eyes you can see the white separating wall behind the parents at the ceremony opening the school year.
And what do we say to the wonderful children beginning first grade - instead of "Hello, First Grade!" - it will be goodbye to the Zionist State and hello to the State of Darkness!
and to all my friends I will say, Bet Shemesh is first - it will come to every city.


So why does this xenophobic post by Richard Peres win FSotD?

Because, Richard Peres is the mastermind of the idea of dividing Bet Shemesh with a separation wall. The idea of dividing Bet Shemesh has been around for a long time. Peres has promoted it for a long time. Peres added to it the idea of a wall.

And in this post he calls a dividing wall "the Berlin Wall". He calls a division by a wall to be a disgrace and it is clearly upsetting. His wall is ok, but this wall is not?

What Peres should have done is used this to promote his own agenda. Point to this wall and say the City of Bet Shemesh says it is ok to divide the city and separate residents with a wall, and go on to promote his own agenda. Instead he says why a wall is a horrible idea, making me wonder why and how he thinks his own wall is a good idea.



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Pillar of Light - film on Rav Ovadia (video)

interesting




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Finance Minister Yair Lapid speaks with Foreign Press (video)






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Jewish resident of Jerusalem blasts Shma Yisrael next to Arab neighborhood (video)

in some places there have been conflicts with Arab neighborhoods blasting the calls of the Muezzin at early hours of the morning disturbing Jewish nearby neighborhoods at a time they would prefer to be sleeping. Unwilling to lower the volume or turn and redirect the speakers a bit, some Jewish neighborhoods have brought the fight back -

this fellow blasts Shema Yisrael towards the Arab neighborhood, to show them what it feels like.

I am sure his own Jewish neighbors probably aren't too happy about it either...





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The Holy Land With Russell Berger (video)








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Naftali Kalfa & Aaron Razel - We are brothers (video)








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