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Feb 11, 2016

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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Watch: How do Europeans respond to 'settlement' chocolate? (video)







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How To Lift A Torah Like A Boss - Comedy Skit (video)

old joke, cute skit..






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MK Oren Hazzan sings a Purim song from the Knesset podium (video)

MK Oren Hazzan sings a Purim song from the Knesset podium...



and then Hazzan calls for a moment of silence and gets the police force representatives to stand up and join in... though not everyone in the group remained silent..




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Avraham Fried Meets Buba Myses (video)

this is hilarious, but let's first begin with a Buba Myses Purim song and then we'll get to Avraham Fried..






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Feb 9, 2016

Picture of the Day




When "bounty hunters" (not really bounty hunters, but that is what I will call them) from the army came to Ashdod looking to arrest  some Haredi people who were AWOL (hadn't filed the necessary papers to defer army service), they thought they were going to be going up against some people with pasty skin and weak muscles from not getting sun or exercise as they sit in the beis medrash and learn all day.

They quickly found out that the community protesting and fighting on behalf of the AWOL folks are neither weak, nor pushovers, though they might or might not have pasty skin... The AWOL defenders protested, as they often do, and even overturned the army vehicle...

Obviously the claim that such tremendous masmidim are not appropriate for the army and couldn't handle the violence and the lifestyle are all incorrect. As the picture above indicates, they are organized, they are strong, and they have no problem fighting and using violence when necessary.


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DL yeshivot replacing Haredi seforim and rebbeim

Srugim is reporting on an interesting development in the Dati Leumi yeshiva world..

The topic reminded me of complaints I have often heard in the Modern Orthodox educational system. The complaint goes that among the Modern Orthodox, in the USA, most people do not go into the "klei kodesh" industry and become rebbeim and teachers, and whatnot. They become lawyers, doctors, accountants, programmers, engineers, businessmen and whatever else, but not, with exception, By them mostly not becoming rebbeim, the rebbeim hired by these Modern Orthodox schools is almost always going to be rebbeim associated with the Haredi community. The complaint is that the boys pick up on the hashkafa from these rebbeim, they get gently, or not so gently, pushed in the direction of becoming "blacker", more yeshivish, more Haredi. But, because there seems to be a dearth of teachers from within the community, the schools don't really have a choice. They really need, in order to solve the problem, to encourage their kids to also consider careers in education as teachers and rebbeim, at least for children that it is appropriate for.

Anyways, the issue that reminded me of this is a report that in the Dati Leumi school and yeshiva system have already solved the rebbe issue and over the years has mostly stopped hiring haredi rebbeim as more and more rebbeim from the Dati Leumi communities have taken over those positions.

However, they have identified and additional situation that they have wanted to deal with. The Dati Leumi rabbinic world has produced a wealth of books in the Torah world, but almost entirely in the realms of halacha, Jewish thought/philosophy and Tanakh. They did not publish seforim that offered commentary and perush on Gemara, at an iyyun level.

The Dati Leumi yeshivas were using all the classic seforim, including the more recent publications from the past half century that have all been published by rabbonm and talmidei chachomim from the Haredi world. There just was not anything else available.

According to Srugim, in the past decade or so talmidei chachomim from the DL world have been concentrating on publishing their works on Gemara, and the situation is one now where they have "enough" such publications that they can actually use them and not be dependent on the seforim from Haredi authors.

This is allowing the DL yeshivot to replace the Haredi "achrei achronim" from the shelves with DL "achrei achronim"..

Halevai we should arrive at the day when Haredi yeshivas will accept and use seforim and rabbonim from the dati leumi torah world, and that the Dati Leumi yeshivas will accept and use seforim and rabbonim from the Haredi torah world (as they have until recently). Torah should be valuable no matter what kippa is worn by the people and talmidei chachomim learning it.

However, being that that is not the case, I can understand why the DL yeshivot would give preference to perushim written by their own people. The Haredi workd wont be using and promoting them, so if the DL world does not, who will? How will such talmidei chachomim be encouraged? The DL world needs to encourage such talmidei chachom to focus on these seforim and part of that is to give these talmidei chachomim preferential treatment as rebbeim and their seforim on the bookshelves.





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The Kama-Tech "investor elevator" for Haredi startup pitches (video)








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Amit Segal interviews Yair Lapid (video)

Amit Segal is a good interviewer, and Lapid is always a good interviewee..


In this interview, Lapid mentions , among other things, the rumor that he was becoming religious, and he dispels it. He says that a Haredi journalist had mentioned it, then he was asked and thought it was a joke so said yes. He syas suddenly he sees on the headlines of Haredi media that Lapid is becoming religious...

עמית סגל Amit Segal באחד על אחד עם Yair Lapid - יאיר לפיד. ספוילר: עמית סגל עשה את הקטע שלו בו הוא דולה חומר מגוגל ומתקיל את המרואיין.הקטע המלא לבקשתכם

Posted by ‎כנס ירושלים‎ on Monday, February 8, 2016



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