Dec 17, 2017

Proposed Law: indicted prime minister to resign

MK Yoel Hasson (Hamachane Hatzioni) has proposed a law to counter the "Recommendations Law" being pushed by the coalition.  The Recommendations Law would somewhat protect an investigated Prime Minister by keeping the police from publicly recommending indictment. Hasson's proposal would force an indicted prime minister and other ministers to resign. The forced resignation would apply to any minister indicted for a crime whose prison sentence is 3 years or longer.

This law has been proposed before, in 2008, and at the time had been supported by a number of MKs who are today part of the ruling coalition and will ostensibly oppose it - including MKs from Shas and UTJ, MKs from Kulanu, MKs from the Likud and even Prime Minister Netanyahu himself had supported this law back in 2008.

Hasson says that allowing an indicted prime minister to continue in his position puts the country at risk as he deals with his personal matters and does not give the country enough of his attention. There might also be some conflict of interests involved, but worse is the possibility of a potential security problem for the country that might result in the pm dealing with his legal issues from his seat as prime minister.
source: Kol Hai News

obviously this proposal will not pass in today's government. Just as it was then, this is a classic opposition proposal..





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the discount that won't be given out

A shop is offering a discount the shopkeep knows nobody can take advantage of, but offering it gets him good press coverage.

The shop offering the discount is located in Gaza and is a shawarma joint. The discount being offered is an 80% discount to all North Korean patrons. Nobody can take advantage of it because there are no North Koreans in Gaza - not as tourists, not as residents and not as foreign aid workers.

Mr Ibrahim Raba has offered the discount anyway, despite knowing all this, in order to show appreciation for Kim Jong Un's rejection of Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
source: Times of Israel

with the price of shawarma in Gaza being 5-8nis, Mr Raba probably does not really want any North Koreans to come visiting... though when average Mr North Korean Joe is looking for a nice vacation spot, 1.5nis shawarma can be very appealing and tip the scales in choosing Gaza as his vacation spot!




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Dr. Mordechai Kedar on Al jazeera debating a Lebanese cleric about Jerusalem (video)



this was fun..



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Palestinians: Do you see Israelis as human beings? (video)






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Israeli Frenemies - Dec. 14, 2017 (video)







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Synagogues of New York (video)









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An Elvis Hanukkah - Jewish a cappella group Shir Soul featuring Elliot Dvorin of Key Tov Orchestra (video)








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Dec 15, 2017

Shalom Aleichem שלום עליכם David d’Or (video)



Young Leadership Program (Visual Arts) from Japan sing together with David d’Or the famous Jewish prayer “Shalom Aleichem”, Tel-Aviv Dec. 2017




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Hanukkah - New York Boys Choir “Chanukah” (video)







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Dec 14, 2017

A peek into a day at Telshe Yeshiva Chicago! (video)


my alma mater..



Rabbi Gluck was my rebbe in 12th grade. He was just honored at the Telshe Yeshiva Chicago annual dinner for his 50 years of teaching.. I probably did not appreciate him back in 12th grade..





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WATCH: What did British General Allenby have to do with the story of Chanukah? (video)



Author Lenny Ben-David discusses the topic of his book, American interests in the Holy Land 1840-1940, with WIN reporter Steve Leibowitz. He also tells a little-known story about British General Edmund Allenby and his connection to the story of Chanukah.





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Palestinians: Explain Palestinian resistance (video)








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Not Your Typical Chanukah Music Video (video)







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The Maccabeats - Candles on the Sill - Hanukkah (video)







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Dec 13, 2017

Public transportation on Shabbos

I don't really understand how this will work but Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz announced a reform of the public transportation system. Katz says that the shared taxi system (moniyot sheirut - where a taxi van fills up with ten passengers that share the ride from city to city. in the Gush Dan area there are also such shared taxis that drive along the local bus routes picking up and letting off passengers along the route at a price similar to that of the bus) will be added to the public transportation system and passengers will be able to use their "rav kav" cards in taxis as well, and it will work on Shabbos as well.

According to Katz this will make public transportation cheaper and will also prevent the shared taxi system form closing down, as has recently been threatened by a decrease in business. These shared taxis will be able to work on Shabbos, and their "weekend" business will grow, the there will be no use of the rav kav on Shabbos - passengers will have to pay cash. According to Katz, not allowing use of the rav kav on Shabbos will avoid breaking the status quo.
source: Kipa and Kikar

I guess technically it is not a breech in the status quo because of the lack of use of the rav kav, but it seems to me to only be cosmetic, as really it is the government allowing and encouraging more public transportation. If all they care about is how it looks cosmetically, than I guess this will not be a problem.



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Interesting Psak: eulogizing Rav Shteinman posthumously

In his will, Rav Shteinman left a series of instructions for behavior and conduct to be followed after his death. The instructions are interesting and show the focus and humility of Rav Shteinman and are worth reading through if you can. I have posted the text of it below, taken from other news sources.

Among the instructions is included a command to not eulogize him, not before the funeral, not after, and not in any way using any other word for the gathering. As well, not to write articles about him in the newspapers and magazines, and not now, not in a week or in months, etc.

Rav Chaim Kanievsky was asked whether this needs to be adhered to or not. He was asked this question by private people and by representatives of the newspapers and magazines.

Rav Chaim Kanievsky replied that Rav Shteinman had written his will with tremendous humility and his family must adhere to his instructions. However, the rest of "klal yisrael" is obligated to show him the honor and respect due to the generations leader and everyone is obligated in his honor. We must increase the honor of torah and having such events and articles will increase the honor and increase "kvod shamayim". Rav Shteinman now will be very pleased with every bit of praise said about him.
source: Kikar

the debate seems to be is it considered honoring him by fulfilling his wishes and refraining from eulogies and articles, for example, or is it honoring him by ignoring his instructions and talking about his greatness in eulogies and articles? Rav Kanievsky paskened that the family is obligated by his instructions but the rest of us are obligated to honor him and singing his praises is the greater honor.


Rav Shteinman's will:

ו' תשרי תש"מ והוספתי בסוף ביום כ"ד מרחשון תשמ"ג עיין מעבר לדף
כבר כמה פעמים התעוררתי וכתבתי צוואה ראשונה בשנת תשי"ד אחרי שנסתלקו בזמן קצר ג' גדולי ישראל זכרונם לברכה. וכעת נתעוררתי שוב מכמה טעמים ושיניתי ממה שכתבתי אז ויה"ר שאזכה לתקן בתשובה שלמה מה שעבר ולזכות לעובדו כרצונו יתברך.
א. אבקש מאד לא להספידני, לא בפני ולא שלא בפני ולא לעשות עצרת התעוררות או עצרת אבל, או כל מיני שמות שבודים והכוונה בהם להספיד.
ב. לא לכתוב שום מאמר עלי בעיתונים יומיים, שבועיים, חדשיים. ולא להדפיס תמונתי ולא כמו שרגילים לכתוב תולדותיו.
ג. לא להדפיס מודעות על הלוי', ולא להודיע על ידי רמקול או רדיו. מספיק שיהיו רק עשרה אנשים בהלווי'.
ד. להשתדל שלא להשהות בין מיתה לקבורה, רק לזרז שיהי' קבורה הכי סמוך למיתה.
ה. מקומי בבית החיים בין אנשים פשוטים.

ו. לא לכתוב על המצבה שום תוארים, רק פ"נ ר' אהרן יהודה לייב ב"ר נח צבי שטינמן.
ז. המצבה תהי' הכי זולה ופשוטה, לא לבזבז כסף עבור קניית מקום בבית הקברות שעולה ביוקר, אבל אם רוצים לתת צדקה שיתנו' בלי קניית מקום.
ח. בימים שהמנהג בהם ללכת אל הקבר, כגון בכלות השבעה ושלושים ויא"צ, מכל מקום לא יבזבזו יותר מדי זמן עבור זה ויותר כדאי שיתחלפו במשך המעת לעת ללמוד כסדר ובלי לדבר אז דברים בטלים.
אם על ידי החיפוש למצוא מקום להתפלל לפני העמוד יגרום הרבה ביטול תורה יותר כדאי ללמוד תורה לשם שמים בזמן זה.
ט. אבקש שכל מי שרוצה בטובתי ילמוד כל יום פרק אחד משניות עד גמר י"ב חודש, והבנות יאמרו כל יום עשרה פרקי תהילים, גם בשבת ויום טוב.
י. הכתבים בד"ת וכן באגדה אין להדפיס רק אלה שידעו שעברתי עליהם והם מוכנים לדפוס.
יא. אבקש לא להזכירני בשם צדיק או ירא שמים, כדי שלא אתבזה על ידי זה בעולם האמת.
יב. אבקש מאד מחילה מכל מי שפגעתי בכבודו וכן מי שאני חייב לו כסף ולא ידוע ושבמציאות לא יגבה, [היינו דלא יוכל לגבות על פי דין], נא למחול לי.
יג. כל יוצאי חלצי לא ילכו אחרי המיטה כמנהג ירושלים ת"ו.
אהרן יודא לייב שטינמן
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יד. היות והרבה טועים בי, לכן מצידי אני מייעץ שלא לקבוע ילדים על שמי אבל איני אוסר את זה.




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