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Feb 11, 2016

Pastrami and Corned beef on their way to Israel?

Most meat in Israel is imported from South America, with some coming from Europe a little bit from local Israeli sources. No meat is imported from the USA.

That is about to change.

Breitbart is reporting that Israel has lifted the ban on American beef that has been in effect since 2003. The ban was was implemented as a result of the discovery of a case of mad cow disease.

The first shipment of American beef is alreayd on its way, coming from WR Reserve in Nebraska.

The owner, Fishel Ziggelheim, commented on his enthusiasm in supplying the State of Israel with the highest level of beef in both quality and kashrut.

I do wonder if American beef will be reasonably priced and comparable to beef from Sotuh America, or if "highest quality and highest kashrut" is also a code word for highest price.

I don't know if the ban was only on raw beef or if it included deli meats as well, but I am hoping that we will see the beginning of imports of American deli meats.



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Proposed Law: Aliyah Day

MK Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beyteynu) has proposed a law that would declare the date of Nissan 10 as 'Aliyah Day'.

According to Ilatov, declaring Aliyah Day will be an encouragement to new immigrants, it is a day of thanking immigrants for their contributions to Israel, and it will increase appreciation for the sacrifices they make to move to Israel and fulfill the Zionist dream.
source: JPost

I don't know why he picked the 10th of Nissan. I wonder if it has anything to do with that being the day when the Jews took the Egyptian lamb and tied them to their bedposts. Maybe it is symbolic as recognizing that immigrants are set to be like a sacrificial lamb.

This is just what Israel needed. Another holiday. I think they should also mandate this as a "federal holiday", being a day off of work and school.




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Proposed Law: debt collection before the holidays

MK Yisroel Eichler (UTJ) has proposed a law that passed its initial draft vote in the Knesset.

this law, if it passes will stop Hotzaah Lapoel, the bailiff's office for debt collection, from taking action against deadbeats in the 3 days prior to any Israeli holiday.

Eichler explains in his proposal that most people who are in debt and in the process of hotzaa lapoel are people who are unable to pay and are in trouble - not (mostly) people who just don't want to pay and need to be taught a lesson. For the most part the purpose of hotzaa lapoel is to collect money owed that was not being paid because they could not pay. That being the case, taking such action against these people in debt so close to a holiday is causing disproportionate damage to them, as there would be no chance for them to then scrounge up enough money during the holiday period.

Eichler also proposes that for the Muslim community the law should also take into account their holidays.
source: Knesset

seems generally reasonable to me.

I wonder whether this would apply to privately held debt or only state-held debt. Meaning, the law can easily make the government wait a few more days to collect its money from unpaid taxes and the like. Can Eichler really make a law that would make a private person wait to collect his debt  because a holiday is coming up - maybe the person owed money also has a shortfall of money for the holiday season and needs the debt paid for his own private use of his money.

Also, if it includes private debt, would this only apply to the State-run Hotzaa Lapoel office or would it also apply to private collection agencies?

Also, I wonder, what holidays would be included in this? Just the big three - Pesach, Shavuos and Sukkos? What about Hanukkah and Purim? Tu b'Shvat? What about Yom Haatzmaut? election day?






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Quote of the Day

As we’ve noted, the letter ‘P’ doesn’t even exist in Arabic so the borrowed term, Palestine, is worth looking into.  Palestine - There isn't even a 'p' in Arabic, so it's a borrowed term that's worth analyzing, But there is a Palestinian Authority next to us; we don't deny it... The source of the name is clear (as coming from the Romans),

  -- MK Anat Berko (Likud)

that's a funny argument. As expected, it created an uproar in the Knesset.




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What will happen to the old city of Jerusalem? Former Israeli negotiator (video)






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ILTV Exclusive Interview with Shlomo "Momo" Lifshitz, CEO of Study in Israel LLC (video)







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Tzipi Hotovely- Deputy Foreign Minister interviewing to Al Jazeera International (video)

I like how they call her Zippy..





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Tikkun Chatzos Kumzitz Band - The Carlebach Hallel (video)







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Peace - Yaakov (Yanky) Lemmer ft. Yoni Z - Official Video







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Feb 10, 2016

Quote of the Day

Good morning, Buji. Welcome to the Middle East,

  -- PM Netanyahu, commenting on Labor voting to support Herzog's plan to separate from the Palestinians and recognize that the Two-State plan is not viable [at this time]


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Bernie Sanders makes Jewish history

Bernie Sanders does not seem to be the type of person that draws much, if any, affection as a MOTT - Member Of The Tribe.

Sometimes we see Jews running for office or for some position, and many other Jews support that Jew for emotional reasons - he or she is a brother/sister,, and we look out for our own, we try to help, we want to see one of ours succeed.

From what I can tell, presidential-nominee candidate Bernie Sanders does not seem to draw that type of MOTT support. Plenty of people support him, either because he is not Clinton or because they support his ideas, but I haven't really seen people taking pride in him and supporting him just because he is a Jew. For better or for worse.

Personally, I have no sense or feeling to vote or support Sanders, just because he is a Jew, though I do watch with curiosity.

That being said, I am sort of happy that Bernie Sanders, the Jew, has made history with his win in New Hampshire yesterday. Bernie Sanders is the first Jew to ever win a primary in a presidential campaign. I might not want him to become President of the USA, but I am happy for the history he made yesterday.

I think Sanders should throw a kiddush in shul this week, to celebrate. I might even drink a lchaim in his honor..


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today we need emunas askanei chachomim

It used to be that if you did not have emunas chachomim the haredic community would consider you problematic. Maybe you can't be trusted for kashrus, maybe kids shouldn't be in the standard schools, etc.

Nowadays this has changed. Nowadays you have to have emunas askanei chachomim, or maybe emunas dovrei chachomim.

Rav Amar, the [Sefardi] Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, has been critical of the deal giving the Reform and WoW a location along the Wall for their egalitarian prayer. He, among others, has been critical of the Haredi MKs who have quietly let the deal go through.

Today in an interview Rav Amar said "what is being said in the name of the gedolim [about the deal surrounding the Kotel areas] must be checked, and I don't want to expand on that".

He did not question the gedolim.. Rav Amar questioned the people who are, supposedly, quoting the gedolim. Did people with an agenda portray the picture properly to the gedolim to get a true answer and clear direction, or did they misconstrue the information in order to get a specific answer? Did they relate the response from the gedolim in an accurate and precise manner, or did they tell the public more or less what the gedolim said, fudging on the clarity? Too bad Rav Amar does not expand on this.

I think if Rav Amar had heard from the gedolim their position, and he questioned them, that might be a problem, but I do not think questioning the askanim around the gedolim is really much cause for derision.

I would like to believe that someone in the position of a Rav Amar could go directly to the source and clarify what the situation is, and even present his own opinions and understanding for consideration. I know the political aspect surrounding Rav Amar and why he is now considered persona non grata among some of the gedolim, and perhaps that is why he was not able to confer directly with them on this issue.

Anyways, as mentioned, Rav Amar questioned the people quoting the gedolim. That drew the ire of Motka Bloi, one of the top Degel askanim. Rav Bloi called Rav Amar Reform, with a troubled history.

So Rav Amar is now Reform because he does not have enough emunas askanei chachomim. Considering how they fought him in the past and basically tarred and feathered him, I am not surprised he has no faith in them.



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Tallit by BOSS

I don't know much about fashion and style, and I definitely do not follow the fashion websites or the current trends... but it looks like a current trend is some of our religious garb..

Fashion Blogger Billy George has spotted and posted the following (among everything else he posted) from new York Fashion Week, just a few days ago:



He does not write anything about it - Tallit by Boss, modeled by Yankel Goldstein, or anything like that.

I wonder:
1. did some fancy designer make this, or did they just walk into a shop in Mea Shearim or Brooklyn and pick up an average tallit?
2. is it a kosher tallit or is it just designed similarly but not actually kosher. I guess this muse might be answered by the one above it
3. Was this really a fashion piece on display, or was some guy just caught in the middle of a fashion show on his way home from shul?
4. if they liked this style, I wonder what they would think of the more colorful version - the rainbow striped tallit or some of the other ones...
5. They might like the style even more if they put tchelet on the tallit.





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The difference of one month


Without getting involved in a discussion of the legal issues of what can and cannot be done regarding changing such plea bargains, as I really do not know much about that, I was surprised to hear that this morning a judge changed the terms of the deal with Olmert, in which he was supposed to go to jail for 18 months, unilaterally.

From what I understand, the judge decided that this is a serious situation and the agreement giving Olmert 18 months jail time is not serious enough to teach anybody a lesson. The judge decided that the deal must be changed, and since the two sides were not successful in coming to an agreement the judge changed it unilaterally.

So, what is the new sentence?

19 months of jail time instead of 18 months.

Really? This is the significant punishment that made it worthwhile to change a plea bargain unilaterally? one additional month will give deterrence and impress on others the seriousness of the crime in a way that 18 months would not have?

I don't know the legal issues involved, but this seems a bit silly. If added deterrence was needed, it seems upping the punishment to 3 years or 5 years would have shown how serious the situation is, in a way that 19 months and 18 months don't. And if it did not warrant such a change, I think adding one month does nothing and should not have been done



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Florida Jewish Film Festivals Feature "Dough" (video)

this trailer looks great... and the movie is starting to show this week at the Jewish Film Festival in Florida...



hattip: Jewish Humor Central



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