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May 4, 2015

Quote of the Day

Unfortunately, as every time, when there is a period of 28 days plus 14, they are exhausted until the very end, and I think it is a bit excessive. They won’t uncover some faction that they hadn’t thought of to join the coalition. The information is clear. If there were only three weeks [to form a coalition], they could handle it.

  --- Speaker of the Knesset, MK Yuli Edelstein (Likud), calling for a law to shorten the time-frame for coalition formation

I am all for it. maybe even less than 3 weeks. 


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will we be back to Foreign Minister Naftali Bennet?

So Avigdor Lieberman just dropped the bombshell that he will not be joining the coalition.

He is willing to risk the tenuous and fragile position his party is in because he does not like the way the coalition negotiations turned out.

Good for him.

Does that now raise the stakes for Habayit Hayehudi and Shas? Does Netanyahu have enough time to put something together in two days as an alternative, with Hamachane Hatzioni (possibly), and/or maybe Yesh Atid (unlikely)?

More likely, now that Lieberman won't be Foreign minister, can Netanyahu offer that to Bennet instead of the Education Ministry and thereby solve the Religious Affairs problem?

ימים יגידו


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Facebook Status of the Day

Amir Chetzroni strikes again..this time against the Ethiopians..

95 מליון אנשים חיים באתיופיה. כמעט כולם עניים אומללים שמוכנים להגר מהיום למחר לכל מקום - כולל אלבניה. האם לא ניתן היה למ...
Posted by Amir Hetsroni on Sunday, May 3, 2015


translation:
95 million people live in Ethiopia. Almost all of them are wretchedly poor who are prepared to emigrate immediately to anywhere - including Albania. Could we not find among them some people who are less violent, less vandals, and nicer than the ones we brought to Israel with absorption grants and housing assistance? Is it too difficult to find Africans who would be grateful for the fact that you brought them up a grade instead of breaking showcase windows?
We are paying the price for the racist Law of Return
 that instead of bringing to here nice migrants whose life's dream is to work in cleaning jobs, we have pushed upon us a gang of troublemakers and complainers that believe they are grandchildren of the Queen of Sheba



 this guy is unbelievably racist


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Baseball and the Jews

A couple of interesting articles about Jews and baseball:

1. some fascinating background and additional details about the baseball signed by Rav Lichtenstein

2. Baseball's Jewiest moment of all time... or, as I would title it, trying to make a minyan at home plate


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Or Asraf's body found in Nepal (video)

The last missing Israeli in Nepal, Or Asraf, was found dead as a result of an avalanche.

As great as the tragedy of his death is, I have found it amazing, from the start, how much effort was being put out by people - Israel, Chabad, and of course his friends and family - to find one single person. They could have given up early saying they'll never find him - it is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Yet they continued, they persevered, and they succeeded, unfortunately with a tragic discovery, but they found him nonetheless.






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Inspiring Close-up on Ethiopian Israeli Recruit to IDF Paratroopers - 'Beneath the Helmet' (video)







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President Rivlin hosts blind athletes (video)







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Sharon Anavy & Ori Aloni - Dead Sea Israel (video)



Sharon Anavy & Ori Aloni - Dead Sea Israel from sharonanavy on Vimeo.



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Chabatzpella by Berri Weber (video)

Chabad Acapella





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May 3, 2015

Shabus in Jerusalem on Shabbos

A couple of months ago Jerusalem secular activists announced their plan to operate what they call the "Shabus" - a private bus that will operate on Shabbos.

As there is not really any such thing as a private bus, as the public transportation industry is controlled by the government and Egged has a near monopoly, though it has shrunk in recent years with other bus companies being awarded tenders in some parts of the country. Private bus lines are unlicensed and illegal. Obviously tour buses are ok and can get licenses as such, but they cannot operate a real bus line. There are some private bus lines, usually in various forms of legal trouble - they are private buses that generally operate under a tour bus license, and try to circumvent the legal methods of passenger fees by charging memberships and the like.

The Shabus is a private bus, but it is not really a bus line. It is private tenders set up in the form of a cooperative, vans that drive around and pick people up along a route.

NRG reports that this past Shabbos was the official launch of the Shabus in Jerusalem.

The Shabus is operating to connect the entertainment centers with various neighborhoods; Pisgat Zeev, French Hill, Downtown, German Colony, Arnona, Talpiot, Kiryat Yovel, Bet Hakerem and Rehavia.


In its first night of operation, about 100 people rode the Shabus lines - 3 minibuses between 10pm and 2am.

The Shabus is registered as a Palestinian transport company, with the drivers being Arabs, in addition to charging membership subscription fees. The website, http://www.shabus.co.il/ , is registered to a Laura Wharton in Bet Hakerem - a name that does not sound particularly Palestinian, in a neighborhood that is not particularly Palestinian.

They are going to need to boost up those numbers a lot if they plan on staying viable. From a legal perspective they probably will be able to survive, considering the way they operate, while it is the financials that will seal the fate of the Shabus to survive or to wither.

The chilul shabbos is sad and disturbing, but at least it is being done privately, along with other private chilul shabbos that is already happening, rather than in some official form approved of by the authorities.






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PSA: Highway 38 Update

The following update has been published for the near future regarding the roadworks on Highway 38, and people who regularly travel via this highway should be aware of the changes..

The project to upgrade Highway 38 is going into the next gear - new traffic arrangements for the night hours:
Starting the coming Sunday (May 3, 2015) (RG note: today) at night, for a period of two months, every night, between the hours of 10pm and 5am, Highway 38, from Shaar HaGay to Nocham, will be closed intermittently. The Highway consists of one driving lane in each direction, and each night a different lane will be closed. The work done by the Netivei Yisrael company are needed for stage 1 of the project - the new Highway 38. Already from the first night new traffic arrangements will temporarily be in place along the road. Traffic will be directed by the police and traffic supervisors. Updates are available on the company website and via the *2120 hotline, and via the media.
The work on the project the New Highway 38 includes: upgrading and widening 6.5km of road to 2  lanes in each direction with a median, lighting and security gates. As well, there will be geometric improvements, and along the road two underground passes will be built - Khan Shaar HaGay and Burma, 3 automobile bridges (Mesilat Tzion, Shimshon and Har Tuv), a pedestrian bridge (Eshtaol) and an ecological passage.
The project will shorten travel time, will increase the capacity of the road, and the capacity for the passage of traffic, and will improve the level of security according to the highest standards in the Western world, , while safeguarding the values of scenery, nature and archaeology.
The work on the road is essential from two perspectives: this is a "red road" with a high number of injured in road accidents, and in addition this is a leverage for the development of residential neighborhoods in bet Shemesh that in recent years has absorbed many new families.


פרויקט שדרוג כביש 38 מעלה הילוך – הסדרי תנועה חדשים בשעות הלילה
החל מיום ראשון הקרוב (3/1) בלילה ובמשך כחודשיים, בכל לילה, בין השעות 22:00 ועד 05:00 בבוקר, ייסגר לסירוגין כביש 38, בקטע שער הגיא – נחם. הכביש כולל נתיב נסיעה אחד לכל כיוון ובכל לילה ייסגר לסירוגין נתיב נסיעה אחר. העבודות שמבצעת חברת 'נתיבי ישראל' הן לצורך ביצוע שלב א' של הפרויקט – כביש 38 החדש. וכבר מהלילה הראשון יחלו בהצבת הסדרי תנועה זמניים חדשים לאורך קטע הכביש. התנועה תוכוון על ידי משטרת ישראל ופקחי תנועה. ניתן להתעדכן באתר החברה, מוקד *2120 ובאמצעי התקשורת.
העבודות בפרויקט כביש מס' 38 החדש כוללות: שדרוג והרחבת 6.5 ק"מ לדרך דו-מסלולית דו-נתיבית הכוללת מפרידנים, תאורה ומעקות בטיחות. כמו כן יבוצעו שיפורים גיאומטריים וכן יוקמו לאורך הכביש שני מעברים תת קרקעיים - חאן שער הגיא ובורמה, שלושה גשרי רכב (מסילת ציון, שמשון והר טוב), גשר להולכי רגל (אשתאול) ומעבר אקולוגי.
הפרויקט יקצר את זמן הנסיעה, יגדיל את קיבולת הכביש ואת כושר העברת התנועה וישפר את רמת הבטיחות על פי התקנים הגבוהים הנהוגים בעולם המערבי, תוך שימור ערכי נוף, טבע וארכיאולוגיה.
העבודות בכביש חיוניות משני היבטים: מדובר בכביש אדום עם מספר רב של נפגעים בתאונות דרכים ובנוסף מדובר במנוף לפיתוח תכניות מגורים בעיר בית שמש הקולטת בשנים האחרונות משפחות רבות.



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Bet Shemesh a factor in coalition negotiations leads to agreement

Moshe Shitrit, Likud city councilman in Bet Shemesh, has announced on Facebook that much pressure placed on the Knesset regarding the future of Bet Shemesh has brought about results. The future of Bet Shemesh was a factor in coalition negotiations between the Haredi parties and the Likud. Shirit announced that the Likud team has sent to him a signed commitment, agreed upon in negotiations with the Haredi parties, that the government recognizes its responsibility to build homes for the general population in Bet Shemesh.

Can you imagine that? Somehow Bet Shemesh was important enough that it became a factor in national government building, in coalition negotiations. Bet Shemesh was the only city whose future was a factor in coalition negotiations.

Here is the signed commitment:



At the end of the day, such neighborhood's will be populated by whomever buys there. If the non-haredi communities cannot convince their friends and relatives to move to Bet Shemesh, or their kids to stay in Bet Shemesh, whether it is due to financial reasons, employment reasons, or social and cultural reasons, no agreement will make a difference. At the end of the day kablanim will sell to whomever is willing to buy. So, as important as this agreement may be, the non-haredi elements in the city still have a lot of work to do..


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Moshe Feiglin: the need to create a culture of responsible consumption (video)







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Merutz Golani (video)

every year Golani brigade runs across the country, from top to bottom. Last week was this years Merutz Golani..






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IDF activity in Nepal (video)











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Hakol Shafit: S01E11 (video)

season finale






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