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May 28, 2015

Proposed Law: Arabic in school

According to INN, MK Oren hazan (Likud) has proposed a law that would make it obligatory for schools to teach Arabic language from first grade all the way to 12th grade.

His logic is obvious. We live together, work together, ride buses together, we should be able to converse and understand each other.

It makes sense to me. The entire region of nations we live in speaks Arabic. It would behoove us to have some knowledge in that language and culture. Whether to help make peace, to do business, sports, or whatever else, we should be familiar with our neighbors. Kind of like the way Spanish is so popular, and even has status as an official language, in much of America.

By that token, we might also want to include Chinese - not because we are together so much, but so much of our commerce is centered in China, it makes sense to have our future business-people know the language.






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Feiglin: I'm not going home (video)

the Right-wing of Israeli politics are experts at forming new parties and dividing itself, wasting votes...






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Herzog election campaign, part 2 (video)

I must say, this documentary on the Herzog election campaign is about as boring as Herzog himself






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cooking in the car, with Chaim Cohen (video)

wow! what a sharp message delivery






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Kids decide between helping the Homeless or Ice Cream (video)








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Shlomi Bracha and hard of hearing kids sing (video)







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May 27, 2015

Interesting Psak: throw hetter mechira produce in the garbage

Rav Shteinman is being quoted as having said something that is supposedly unique (otherwise why is it of interest) regarding hetter mechira.

Bechadrei says that Rav Shteinman was recently asked if hetter mechira produce can be used to feed the poor. Supposedly Rav Shteinman's answer was that the hetter mechira produce must be thrown out into the garbage and not be used even to feed the poor.

I get that plenty of people hold hetter mechira produce cannot be eaten. It makes sense to me that if you hold that so strongly, even to the point where it is not just a chumra to avoid hetter mechira produce but you say the sale has no actual effectiveness, then you hold that hetter mechira produce cannot be eaten under any circumstances. Even to feed the poor.

That part of it is all fine by me, according to the opinion of Rav Shteinman. His position is consistent.

My question is that if you hold the hetter mechira does nothing, the sale is totally irrelevant and ineffective, then you must hold that the produce has kedusha - holiness of shmitta produce. It cannot be eaten, but it has kedusha. How could Rav Shteinman say the food cannot be eaten because the mechira was invalid while at the same time instructing the questioner to throw the produce in the garbage? Maybe he meant to wrap it in bags and dispose of it properly for kedusha produce?


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Dov Lipman on Voice of Israel: Renouncing his American citizenship (video)

the last word gets cut off! did it feel wonderful or did it feel extremely frustrating and lousy???




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Yemenite synagogue restored in Shiloach (video)








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May 26, 2015

Dov Halbertal on bus separation

Dov Halbertal often writes like a jerk, but I pretty much agree with his latest article.

To sum up what Halbertal writes : We have suffered enough in history as the conquered people. We were discriminated against. We were separated, removed from public bus lines, discriminated against in universities and removed from academia, forced to wear unique clothes or items to easily identify us, spat upon, publicly beaten.

At this point, after his first paragraph, I thought he was going to criticize his own Haredi community for the way they treat non-Haredim who live near them - women on buses, women held back in the public arena, non-haredim living near haredi communities, soldiers - especially haredi soldiers, etc.

But no. Halbertal goes on to explain that we who suffered so much throughout history should be so much more sensitive to how we do such things to others. The Nationality Bill. Attempts to separate Palestinians from our buses, people who hit and spit on Palestinians and Christian clerics in Jerusalem, and the like.

Sure, we can explain each idea. We can justify it. We can show why it is necessary.

But shouldn't we have learned from our own history?

I happen to mostly agree with what he says. I also think what he says applies to the way the Haredi community treats others, and he does not go that far, but I do agree with his point regarding the bus separation that was recently briefly attempted in Judea and Samaria.





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Facebook Status of the Day



אם אכן הרבנות הראשית תנצל את כוחה שלא כהלכה (כעת ביחס לרב ריסקין, ובעוד עניינים ציבוריים) אצטרף לאלה הפועלים לביטולה בניגוד לעשייתי עד היום.
Posted by ‎הרב יובל שרלו Rabbi Yuval Cherlow‎ on Monday, May 25, 2015


Translation:
If it is true that the Rabbanut is taking advantage of is power inappropriately (right now against Rav Riskin, and in other public matters), I will join with those who are working to its dismantlement, against my position until today..




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don't change who you are, but come together as you are (video)

beautiful message






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Akiva Tor & Sheikh Usama Hasan Discuss the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism (video)







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Dep. FM Tzipi Hotovely (video)

as Deputy Foreign Minister with no Minister above her (at this point), I think Hotoveli should take some English lessons to polish up her control of the language. She isn't bad here, even pretty decent, but it got a bit painful to hear her. Her English is good enough that she could make it a bit more fluid.






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Bennet upon entering Education Ministry (video)








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Foodography - A Unique Israeli Adventure Combining Food & Photography (video)








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