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Aug 27, 2014

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Proposed Law: only Hebrew

Some MKs on the right side of the political spectrum, from the parties including Yisrael Beyteynu, Likud and Habayit Hayehudi, are working to propose a new law.

The new law would really just be the cancellation of a clause that was adopted from the British Mandate.

The law proposal would be to take away the status of Arabic as an official language of the State of Israel. If the law would pass, Israel would no longer publish its official forms and announcements in Arabic, as it does now in addition to Hebrew. As well, the Arabic language would cease to be used in government offices and in the courts. The proposal does make an exception for road signs, saying road signs would continue to be published with Arabic included, as everybody has the right to use the language they prefer.

The law is being proposed by MK Shimon Ohayoun (Yisrael Beyteynu), in coordination with MKs Dovid Rotem and Chemed Amar, along with moshe Feiglin (Likud) and Orit Strouk (Habayit Hayehudi).

There have been attempts to pass similar laws in the past, always unsuccessfully.

The reason for the proposal is that most countries have their national language, the language spoken by most of its population. The Hebrew language as the national language needs to be anchored in law. Passing the proposal would effect more societal cohesion and would build a collective identity...
source: Haaretz

I don't have a strong opinion on this. I am in favor of it generally, despite the acknowledgement that we still have a sizable Muslim population. It does help that many of the Muslims are splitting off of Israel - whether in the West Bank or Gaza, but there will still be plenty that will remain in Israel as Israeli citizens. I dont know if that justifies its status as a national language, but it leaves me in the position of being in favor, but not strongly. It is actually probably more justified to add Amharic or Russian as official languages than to leave Arabic as an official language.

Even though the timing is so close to the conflict/war with Gaza, at least that is not the official reason being given.

I do think it is good to have one language and promote only Hebrew. we have minority languages of all types in use. If they are not protected, Arabic need not be either. It can, obviously, still be used, it just wont have official status.



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let them enjoy their victory

and another thought on Hamas...

Hamas is declaring a victory due to the terms of the latest truce.

Considering what they have to go back to - the destruction, the rubble, the tragedies, the death, the injuries, the people they are going to have to face and answer to, and mostly, again, the sheer level of destruction and rubble Gaza has become - they can have and enjoy their great victory...

if it would have been a real victory, it would at best be a Pyrrhic Victory... but because it is not a real victory but a propaganda victory, I wish them much happiness in reveling in their victory...


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Muslim extremists are afraid, not courageous

Muslim terrorists and extremists are really a bunch of cowards.

Look at all the images of Muslims radicals and extremists around the world involved in murders, executions, terror, and the business of death - whether Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda or any others. They are almost always acting with their faces covered with ski masks. They do not want to be identified. They are afraid of being identified and caught. They operate under the cloak of anonymity.

Hamas keeps claiming Mohammed Deif is alive - Israel missed him in the airstrike last week. they say he is alive and well. Now they are also saying that Deif himself instructed Hamas to accept the latest truce.

Maybe he is alive and well. I have no idea. Maybe Israel did miss Deif. But if he is alive, as they claim, why not show him to the public? Show the world that Israel missed and failed in a mission? What are they afraid of? They can even just show a current picture of him if they don't want to bring him out into the sunlight.

They try to make themselves look so bold and courageous - beheadings, on-camera terror, missiles, knifings, - but they do so while hiding in public out of fear of being identified. That's not courage, not leadership, not heroism. That is cowardliness. That is fear.


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Keep the bacon sign

I snagged the following article off the Google+ page of Rabbi Fishel Jacobs of Vermont. Rabbi Jacobs wrote this in response to a new report about a local diner that removed a sign about bacon, in a show of tolerance to Muslims that do not eat bacon.

Rabbi Says: Keep The Bacon Sign!

I was waiting for this to happen in my beloved state of Vermont. It was as inevitable, as it is reprehensible.

The story, which was reported on different national media sites (e.g. National Review Online), is summarized with this excerpted passage:

"In June, in return for taking part in a local volunteer initiative to plant flower beds in the city’s traffic medians, the diner was awarded a sign on a lamp post that said “Yield for Sneakers Bacon.” A woman took issue with the sign, calling it insensitive to those who don’t eat pork."

The diner removed the sign. And, expectedly, the local Vermont media, including the good mayor of Winooski, fell over themselves lauding the diner's "sensitivity" to diversity.

Hogwash.

My writing, here, is not meant to attack the well-meaning mayor, nor the well-intentioned media. It is meant to say this: Removing this sign, even entertaining the thought, are grossly misled decisions.

Unless you're in a cave and haven't been reading the news these last few years, a definite pattern is appearing worldwide. It's simple, straightforward and devastating.

Islam, and of course we're talking about its followers, are on a blood-thirsty rampage to force themselves, and their sick cult, down society's throats.

We're speaking about Asia, Europe and now the United States. The pattern is absolutely defined. When the Islamic minority grows large enough, the rush for taking hold becomes violent. This is what's happening in London, where entire neighborhoods full of Islamic immigrants have already declared Sharia law is in effect. Police have long ago ceased entering these anti-democracy zones. The same is true for Belgium and France.

It would be superfluous to reiterate commonly known, though horrific, details of daily life in those countries. It's all being consistently covered in the media.

When the minority has little representation, for example in Vermont, the tactics begin such as this. A complaint about an unobtrusive road sign!

How dare they!

I, the writer of these lines, grew up in this glorious state. I'm a 1979 UVM graduate. (As an unrelated aside, I was even elected as the 1973 American Legion Boys State Governor.

However, more pointedly, I am also presently a practicing orthodox Rabbi. My gosh, if anyone would have protested a road sign(!) mentioning bacon, it would have been me! (Or another of the couple dozen kosher food eating Jews in the State.)

But, we didn't. Because, we know that diversity is a two way street. We don't eat bacon, but some other people do. That sign didn't force me to enter that diner, nor should my beliefs force that diner to enter my world.

Live and let live. Diversity and sensitivity means we all find a way to retain our own personal values -- while blending into society.

That takes maturity. To be part of a group, while simultaneously remaining true to your personal identity.

But, I am ashamed, today, for those who removed that sign. I am ashamed that the once proud independent New England - Vermont - pioneering nature has been dirtied. It's been reduced to a cowardice to state the simple.

"We're sorry if this sign offended you, lady. But, you're gonna have to live with it. And, by the way, you're gonna have to live with a lot of things which you might not like. It's called maturity."

No one is going to tell me that it's about diversity. That's hogwash, too.

If a Jewish Vermonter had made the complaint (which they wouldn't as that is out of character) the sign would not have gone down. If a Korean citizen had made the complaint, it wouldn't have, either.

The reason is that people know that Jews, nor Koreans, won't get violent over things like this.

The reality is that violence, the fear of it, or of other repercussions - which we've gotten used to in recent years from Islamics worldwide -- was the motivating reason for the sign's removal.

No one is going to convince me that the worldwide campaign of fear and reprisal we see daily in the news was  not the cause of that sign being removed and an apology presented!

I am ashamed and embarrassed. We live in America. We can not, nor should we, allow ourselves to victims of Islamic aggression.

Look around the world. Today it's a road sign. Tomorrow, it's menus in  restaurants, changing clothing in women's sections of stores. The ultimate goal is acknowledgement of Sharia law.

This stuff is insidious. And, we need to be alert and firm.


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Aaron Sofer in the news, press conference, plea by parents (videos)

#LetsFindOurBoy

Parents of Aaron Sofer Plead for Assistance in Locating their Missing Son



Press Conference for Missing Aaron Sofer



bits of news clips:







They have established a Go Fund campaign to raise money to pay for offering a reward for Aaron's recovery and for funding the ongoing search.


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Woz under rocket fire (video)



מייסד אפל תחת מטר הרקטות from חרדים 10 on Vimeo.


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Yisrael Campbell on His Circumcision (video)






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notable Jewish ALS Ice Bucket challenges (video)


Jewbellish


Challenging the Aibishter



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Halleluja (video)


The IDF Band Corp published this version of Leonard Cohen's "Halleluja" song.

(kol isha alert)



and compare it to the original... which do you think is better?



personally, Leonard Cohen's voice, even from his younger days, has an old and worn, weary and haunting, lilt to it, that I think adds a lot to his song. The IDF version is beautiful, but it is missing the depth of Leonard Cohen.


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information for joining search parties on Wednesday morning for Aaron Sofer

VERY IMPORTANT!

I just got word from the Sofer family contact... 
they need 300 people in the morning to join search teams.
People can go to Har Herzl and be there by 8am, or alternatively from other parts of Jerusalem there will be buses leaving at 7:30am - from kikar Zevhill (on Shmuel Hanavi), from Kikar Belz, and from Kikar Vizhnitz (on Ezra street) - if any of those places are more convenient.

If you are able to join, please do so. 

He told me they have the unequivocal support of Rav Shteinman, and as the police said they need people, people should go. 

Do not bring suit jackets and black hats, if you normally would. Bring sun hats, sunscreen, lots of water, cellphone and spare batteries if possible, and appropriate dress and footwear.


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Aug 26, 2014

Aaron Sofer's birthday tehillim

This came from Aaron Sofer's mother:

 Tonight / Tomorrow (1 Elul) is Aaron's 23rd birthday – his mother requests that people please say perek bet of tehillim and in the zechut of a safe return for Aaron ben Chulda.


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Headline of the Day

Old City to Become Disabled-Friendly, After 3,000 Years


  -- INN

that's great, btu they should also work on making the Old City friendly for "enabled" people as well.. :-)


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Who Occupies Gaza? (video)






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What You Can’t See on the UN’s Maps of Gaza (video)

The UN published several maps showing the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge. The maps mark damaged buildings with red dots scattered throughout Gaza. But this map tells only half the story: Hamas used many of these buildings – including houses, hospitals and schools – as sites to launch rockets and carry out other attacks.




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Haredim upset about intelligence level of Home Front videos (video)

the Haredi askanim are upset that the Home Front (Pikud HaOref) has released these customized videos for the Haredi community. They contain instructions for what to do in the event of a siren. The askanim think the videos are childish and at a level far below that of an intelligent community. Releasing videos like these is demeaning and is an insult.





personally, I looked ta few other video clips, made for the general public, and they dont look to be that much more intelligent. So I wouldnt say the Home Front is singling anyone out as being less intelligent - either they think everyone has minimal intelligence or they have minimal intelligence.

The big difference is that in the general ones they direct the viewer to the Home Front website and tell the viewer how to get the information off the website. In the Haredi videos, no Internet is allowed, so they have to go through all the instructions in the video.

whats funny about these videos, especially the family one, is that it is a family, holding a family meeting, with no mother.

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