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Nov 27, 2014

Proposed Law: no more limbo for potential employees

Ever go on a job interview, and then hang in limbo, not knowing if you were rejected or if your candidacy is still being considered? You probably call back the company after a few days, or a week, maybe a few times, and try to get an answer or sme direction. Usually you'll be told something cryptic and still not quite know where you stand...

Well, Israel might soon have a law about that.

MK Chaim Katz (Likud) has proposed a law, that passed the Legislative Committee and is now being prepared for voting int he Knesset, that would obligate employers to respond in writing to candidates that were interviewed for a position.

Katz proposes that an employer would have to respond in writing within a week of a decision being made about the candidates status, if his candidacy is being rejected (obviously if the candidate is being hired the employer will inform him/her).

As well, if the employer is sifting through candidates for a position, the employer must inform the potential candidate within 90 days of the advancement of his status. If he does not, a fine can be levied on him of 5010nis (5010?).

Meaning, it is not just rejected candidates that are left hanging in limbo. Sometimes it takes a long time to compile enough candidates for a job, or maybe the position is not immediate, and they leave all the candidates hanging, even though they are still in the pool.

Now, if the law passes, employers have to let the candidate know what his status is, for good or for bad.

source: NRG

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The Jewish State or State of all its Citizens?

Disclaimer: I don't have a strong opinion about the Jewish State bill. Overall I am in favor of it, but I don't understand it enough to have a strong opinion. It is not clear to me what it does. I am not sure why it is needed now. I am not sure what changes because of it (seemingly very little).

Hiowever, based on the opposition I hear about it making Arabs second class citizens, and I am not sure hat is true, I would say Israel is not meant to be another United States of America. Israel is meant ot be a homeland for the Jewish people. The form of governance is democracy, but it is meant to be a Jewish State, not a State of all its peoples.

Obviously (or maybe not so obviously), all people living in Israel should have their rights protected and have full freedoms, but this is meant to be a Jewish State, not a State for all. If that turns some minorities into "second class citizens", whatever that means, so be it, as long as their rights are safeguarded.

The Vatican is a Catholic State. 22 Arabs countries are Arab or Islamic States. Many other countries are ethnically or religiously categorized, and Israel should be allowed to categorize itself as well.


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Book Review: Blueprints of Breishis, by Chaim Stepelman

NOTE: I was not paid to review this book. It is an unbiased and objective review. If you have a book with Jewish or Israel related content and would like me to write a review, contact me for details of where to send me a review copy of the book.

Book Review: Blueprints of Breishis, by Chaim Stepelman


Growing up, I always thought, or was told/taught that the names of each parsha in the Torah are not really significant on their own, or at best they are significant in a very limited way. It seemed that the name of the parsha was basically chosen by being the first major unique word in the parsha, maybe with the occasional exception.

It was a surprise to learn, through Blueprints of Breishis, that the name of the parsha is not just the first major unique word but is actually extremely significant, is loaded with meaning all on its own as a name, and itself also has what to teach.

Blueprints of Breishis, published by Mosaica Press, is a thorough analysis of the theme of each parsha. Many of the parshiyot have multiple "stories" and lessons, each often seemingly independent of the other. In this book, the author analyzes and shows how each separate story, each separate lesson, is really a continuation of the theme of the parsha, and how they are all thereby connected.

Blueprints of Breishis analyzes a wide range of sources, from the midrash, rishonim, talmud, etc. in order to discover and develop the theme that runs through the parsha.

In addition to the theme of each weeks parsha, the author shows how there is a larger theme that runs through the entire Sefer Brieshis, from parsha to parsha. While one could read the analysis of each parsha as an indivdual parsha and learn the theme and lessons from each parsha, reading the entire book will give you a much broader picture of the theme running through the entire sefer, and how each parsha is connected to the one following it, and the one preceding it.

And, how how all this is revealed in the name of each parsha.

As a bonus, at the end of each chapter, the end of each parsha, Blueprints of Breishis has a section, a page or two, explaining the meaning of many of the names of the individuals that were in the parsha.

For me this was mind-blowing. I am amazed that such a theme could be developed, and wonder at how much time and work it took to go through the sources and pull out the relevant nuggets and connect the dots!

I don't think I am unique in saying that much of my learning of the parsha and chumash was at a day school level, with later learning only coming in cursory fashion, mostly by being maavir sedra or even going through the parshiyot with rishonim or achronim but not in a deep and methodical way.

Blueprints of Breishis is really an eye-opener. It is amazing how much mroe there is, and how much is hinted to, even in just one word; the name of the parsha.



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NOTE: I was not paid to review this book. It is an unbiased and objective review. If you have a book with Jewish or Israel related content and would like me to write a review, contact me for details of where to send me a review copy of the book.



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Israel banishes families of Har Nof terrorists

I am happy to see that Minister of Interior Gilad Erdan has taken my advice. Just a few days ago I suggested one of the ways to punish terrorists that might be effective as a layer of deterrence would be to banish the families of terrorists from Israel, ala Yitzchak Rabin, and take away any social rights they have.

Sure enough, 2 days later, Erdan has announced that he is banishing the families of the Har Nof terrorists and revoking all their social benefits.

Unfortunately they are being banished to Gaza. In Gaza they will surely be fast-tracked to radicalism and join Hamas or whatever other groups train kids to be martyrs. They should be banned from Gaza and Israel, and should be banished to somewhere like a Lebanese hilltop, Syria, maybe even Jordan, if not further away (the North Pole?).


Those kids are potentially future terrorists, as they will grow up very upset at the State of Israel, but they probably already were anyway...


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Quote of the Day

It is clear that with all the declarations about changing the law and the status quo, there are no such plans in actuality, but the declaration itself does something in the Muslim world. .. the job of the police is to safeguard the rights of everybody, and not just of the Jews.

  -- Police Chief Yochanan Danino, when saying that in his opinion all MKs should be barred form Har Habayit and he especially criticized Feiglin for going up and causing a provocation with his presence.

1. they need to safeguard everybody's rights and not just the rights of the Jews. But shouldn't they also protect the rights of the Jews and not just the rights of everyone else?
2. what right's of everyone else are being protected here? The Arabs have a right to not allow Jews to go to Har Habayit, let alone to pray there? The Arabs are allowed up with almost complete freedom to do as they wish. What right of theirs needs protecting?



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Netanyahu: you didn't evacuate, you didn't do anything (video)

Netanyahu coined a nice expression - according to the Left, if you didn't evacuate [a Jewish community] you didn't do anything..






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UK PM Cameron: Israel Ticks All the Boxes in Terms of Freedom (video)

what a weird style. very coarse. all that cat-calling. strange. anyways, skip over to 16:45 and MP Gerard Kaufman asks about Israel's Jewish State bill, and PM Cameron supports Israel very nicely..




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Congressional Tribute to US-Israel Security Alliance (video)






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All About That Paste (video)

nothing about Israel, but it is about chumus...




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Chanan Ben-Ari debut single (video)

nice voice. this is the nephew of Dr. Michael Ben-Ari, former MK.



from INN:
A rough translation of the new song's lyrics, which feature numerous references from the Jewish scriptures such as the Song of Songs, is as follows:
I'm a turtle without a shell, you've removed my roofA fish without water, searching for you in vainBitter like wine, trapped like a lion in a grateA cloud dripping water, I don't even get wet.I ran from you to myself - and I found nothingI stand at the door, and still don't dare knock.Autumn in my eyes, I wander like a vagabondA sign of Cain on my forehead, searching for you in vainIn the field for now, you're dressed as a simple personWithout a cloak, without heaven, hidden G-d unseen.I ran from you to myself - and I found nothingYou're on the other side of the door, trying to stay quiet.Don't hide your face from me, you were my hopeFor I am sick with love, don't hide your face.I ran from you to myself - and I found nothingI stand at the door, and still don't dare knockI ran from you to myself - and I found nothingRoar at the doorstep, you suddenly emerge.


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Nov 26, 2014

Yatzata Tzadik S04E07 (video)

this is some show in which they create a problem and check the service repairmen to see who is honest, professional, knows what they are doing, etc. the first technician in this episode is a hassidishe fellow (looks Breslav to me, but I don't really know)... how did he come out?

of course it can't be just about how he did, if he was honest or not, if he knew what he was doing.. it has to become a discussion about haredim working...

(weirdly, you have to click somewhere along the side to get it to play, and not on the arrow itself)

 

Amb. Prosor addresses UNGA debate on the Question of Palestine (video)






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Yeshivishe Reid with a Baltimore twist (video)

cute... I remember the original...




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NACHAS - Feel The Music (Official Music Video)






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Official - Eli Marcus Debut Album Promo (video)

Eli Marcus has a nice voice,... it runs in the family. Eli is the brother of the Marcus brothers of 8th day, cousin of Benny Friedman and nephew of Avraham Fried... very talented family




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Nov 25, 2014

Haredi MKs stop Israel from sending money to PA for terror

I'm surprised that it was only religious and Haredi MKs involved in this, but at least they stepped up.

Israel transfers to the PA money it collects in taxes for the Palestinian Authority.

Israel has frozen 22,000,000nis from the time of the war, and MKs want to use that money to cover some of the debt held by the Electric Company for unpaid bills by the Palestinian Authority.

Beyond that, these MKs are disturbed by the fact that the PA pays money to terrorists jailed and their families. They pay millions of shekels per month out to the families of 6000-7000 terrorists. Each terrorist receives from the PA 3500nis per month. This is higher than the average salary in the Palestinian areas. Financially, this gives them incentive to commit terror attacks.

The MKs, Mozes (UTJ), Zeev (Shas) and Strouk (habayit Hayehudi) filed a petition with the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee of the Knesset for an accelerated debate on the issue.
source: Bechadrei

At least someone isn't sleeping on the job It is incomprehensible that Israel should pass along money it knows in advance is going to be used for supporting terror.

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