Nov 22, 2017

when the jokes all come true

When the Bank of Israel announced that over the coming years it would be printing new bills and the selected images to grace the faces of the bills would include famous female artists, such as Rachel the Poetess and Leah Goldberg, everyone joked about how in Mea Shearim (and RBS B) they will deface the bills by ripping them or blacking out the faces or simply refuse to use them.

And now the joke is becoming reality.

The Bank of Israel will be putting the new 20 and 100 bills into circulation at the end of this week. Actualic reports about how in Mea Shearim they are saying they will not use these bills and will refuse to accept them as payment. Yoelish Krausz says it is not such a big deal as many in Mea Shearim continue to use dollars rather than shekels anyway. He says if they get such bills without realizing it, they will simlpy pass them along to other people - i.e. they will use the money as it was intended, by passing it along and using it to pay for goods and services rather than hanging it on their walls and looking at it longingly.


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Picture of the Day

check out her hat


I have no idea where this is or who took the picture, so credit to whoever deserves it...



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Bet Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbol on The Kaveret, responding to questions on all topics (video)

interesting interview






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Palestinians: Do you believe in evolution? (video)







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PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Knesset Plenum marking 40 years to Anwar Sadat's visit to the Knesset (video)








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Rabinical Alliance Of America Urge Knesset To Hold Sanctity Of Western Wall (video)

I admit, much of this makes me about as uncomfortable as the performances of the Women of the Wall..





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Shir Gadasi on Hakochav Haba (video)

a religious guy, Shir Gadasi, on Kochav Haba, got tremendous praise for his performance to win the spot to represent Israel in Eurovision..




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Nov 21, 2017

Proposed Law: Pharmaceuticals everywhere!

MK Oded Forer (Yisrael Beyteynu) has proposed a law that would allow people to fill their prescriptions in any pharmacy to his or her choosing. The proposed law would do away with limitations placed by the various Kupot Cholim forcing patients to fill many prescriptions using the "in house" pharmacy and would allow the prescriptions to be filled at external pharmacies, including private pharmacies and those managed by other Kupot Cholim.

The purpose of this proposal is two-fold:
1. to allow the patient more choice and flexibility in filling the prescriptions.
2. to protect the private pharmacies who are hurt by the limitations of exclusivity placed by the Kupot Cholim

With the Kupot Cholim doctors often giving digital prescriptions, accessible only by "internal" pharmacies within the network, this law would also force the Kupot to also give regular old-fashioned prescriptions that can be taken to external pharmacies.

If this law passes it will cost the Kupot a lot of money. They will need to reimburse the external pharmacies the monies above the government coverage and the patient copay at higher rates than they normally pay for the medicine at the discounted rates they receive for the internal pharmacies. They also might lose their discounted rates as they will not be buying the same large amounts of medicines as patients will be going to other pharmacies.

They will also lose out on the upsells - patients forced to go to Kupa pharmacies also buy other items that are sold at the same time, instead of going to a second store to get them. If the patients can go to other pharmacies for the medicines, they will have no reason to go to the kupa pharmacy and not only will the kupot lose out on the medicines, they will also lose out on the various upsells.

They oppose this proposal because they say it will cause them a catastrophe from a financial perspective.
source: Behadrei

It remains to be seen if this will pass, bu the kupot seem to have some serious claims. I think most of the issues can be worked out. Increased competition is always better for the consumer. The consumer would be able to choose where to buy his or her medicines based on convenience and price and whatever other factor the patient takes into account. The kupot will have to carry more medications to have available for a broader base of customers, as their own pharmacies will no longer be accessible to only their own patients but also to patients of other kupot. This could be a win win, if they can make adjustments to the proposal to satisfy the kupot a bit more.









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Facebook Status of the Day

interesting piece of history...




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Quote of the Day

We must hold the protests with all the strength and all the brazenness, it is the most important mitzva, and whoever does not participate in the protests for whatever reason, it is worse than not putting on tefillin. 

  -- Rav Tzvi Friedman, one of rabbinic leaders of the Peleg Yerushalmi group and head of the Peleg-affiliated beis din


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UTJ issues the Robin Williams ultimatum

According to Actualic, UTJ has offered an ultimatum to the Prime Minister - if he does not resolve the Shabbos work crisis, they will begin voting against the coalition.

Let's not forget that Litzman issued an ultimatum last week threatening to quit the coalition if work would be done. Work had been done and he did not quit.

Basically they are threatening with an ultimatum and if their demands are not met they'll issue another ultimatum. It reminds me of the Robin Williams skit about British police that only carry nightsticks and not guns - when they approach a criminal they shout at him - stop, or I'll say stop again! UTJ is telling the Prime Minister - stop, or I'll say stop again!




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Israeli Frenemies - Nov. 17, 2017 (video)







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first Haredi hackerthon (video)







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talking to olot chadashot (video)

this is funny, comparing the life abroad to post-aliyah..




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JIMM WEBISODE 10 SEASON 1 YARMULKE (video)








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Son of a Rabbi-The Rumble (music video)







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