Feb 22, 2018

new coins minted honoring Trump

This is getting ridiculous, and it actually made me laugh...

According to INN, Temple Organizations", whatever that means, have minted a new half shekel coin, consisting of 9.5 grams of silver. On one side of the coin is a picture of the temle and the words half shekel. On the other side of the coin is the face of Donald Trump alongside that of Cyrus, King of Persia that facilitated the rebuilding of the Temple, with the inscription "Cyrus - Balfour - Trump - Declaration 2018". I don't know why they did not also include the image of Lord Balfour on the coin.

The design of the new coin is in gratitude for Trump's declaration of support for Israel and for his recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

They add that it is also a warning, or reminder, to Trump what might happen if his approach changes, as Cyrus fell after 3 years because he gave in to pressure and halted the rebuilding of the Temple, and Britain went back on the Balfour Declaration and eventually lost its status as superpower.

I wonder if the coin will be usable for buying train tickets at the soon to be constructed Trump Train Station in Jerusalem's Old City.

We are living in historic, and funny, times.










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first Haredi female judge

What's good for the USA is often good for Israel, though usually Israel adopts USA behaviors a few years later...

If the USA could appoint a Haredi woman, Ruchi Freier, as a judge, Israel can appoint a Haredi woman as well. And Israel just did.

After some speculation that it might happen, it finally has. Chavi Tucker, a graduate of the Bais Yaakov school system and daughter in law of the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Chevron, has become the first female Haredi judge in the Israeli court system. Tucker's childrne are all in Haredi school systems and a son served in a Haredi unit in the IDF, so her bonafides all check out..

Good luck on the new position. Being the first means she is a trailblazer.May it lead to more and more integration, acceptance, and understanding.



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The Breakfasting Cats of the Kotel

A Guest Post by Saraya Ziv www.maskforwinter.com

The Breakfasting Cats of the Kotel

This dawn visit to the Western Wall I’m in the service area slipping cans of cat food under a trash bin when I hear a soft swish, and freeze. Rising from behind a dumpster is a woman, also religious, but, unlike me, elegantly clothed. She hoists a shush finger, then crooks it. I walk to where she beckons. From a leather satchel she hands me pouches of fancy food and pink plastic plates. In silent conspiracy, we cater breakfast for the cats of the Kotel.

We rise from our crime to find a young policeman standing at military attention. I’m wondering if he’ll read us our Miranda rights or just demand don’t move hands up while he calls for reinforcements. The lady says pooof, dusts off her skirt, and converses easily with the cop, who replies quietly, his face working. They speak Hebrew with different natal cadences; I understand nothing. The policeman watches the woman shoulder her satchel and purse. He looks at us doe-eyed and says the only thing I get, which has no congruent English analogue, “All honor to you ladies. All honor to you.” The three of us walk off separately, each glancing back at the breakfasting cats of the Kotel.

After morning prayers as I wait at the Kotel Plaza bus stop, my friend’s husband, Jake, appears nearly nose to nose and says, “For the third time, GOOD MORNING.”

I’m so absorbed in my dawn encounter that I blab the whole tale to Jake, who lets the coffee in his cup get cold as he listens. At story’s end, it occurs to me that Jake probably thinks I’m nuts. I start to apologize for the nine yard yack when he shakes his head.

“Every morning after services the rabbi in my synagogue gives a lecture in Talmud. About a month ago a dog, a big mutt, walked in and parked himself at the rabbi’s feet. It was pandemonium. Some of the guys freaked, two kids ran out screaming. Rabbi S. banged on his lectern until he was blue. Finally we shut up. ‘They’re my feet, why should it bother you?’

“After a week, one man decided the dog was thirsty. He bought a heavy bowl. Every morning he fills it with fresh water and leaves it under the sink in the coffee room. This bothered my uncle who kept saying it’s not rightit’s not right. I finally asked him what’s not right, and instead of answering he made me drive him to the other side of Jerusalem. We bought a humongous bag of dog food and another bowl. Now we all chip in to feed Sugar.”

I ask how this dog got his name. Jake does not look shy, embarrassed, or sheepish; he takes the question straight. “His name is Sugar because he’s a sweetie.”

Walking towards me with another woman is my partner in crime. Her friend is carrying on in interminable Russian; my partner is rolling one hand in an ellipsis (get on with it…). When she sees me, she winks.

Jake nods. “He comes every day. And he’s cute; he eats, but he always leaves some food over.”
I tell Jake that is not normal behavior for a dog. He dumps his cold coffee. His eyes narrow. His look says, you know nothing about animals.


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US Jews on the Polish Holocaust law (video)




יהודי ארהב from חרדים 10 on Vimeo.

and I dont know how this guy is but he says nobody forgets..




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Nikki Haley: I will not shut up (video)







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the demographic forecasts of the left have been wrong (video)







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JaVale McGee's Parking Lot Chronicles Episode 9: Derek Carr & Special Appearance From Omri Casspi (video)

at the 4:55 mark he talks to Omri Casspi about keeping kosher





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Michoel Pruzansky Simchat Chatanim (Official music video)







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Feb 21, 2018

Opening of High Speed Rail Line Delayed

Today's news has an announcement that the opening of new high speed rail line will be delayed by half a year in light of the issues recently raised of security flaws in the system.

That is bad news in general, but the target date of Erev Pesach was considered unrealistically ambitious anyway. The good news is that it means the line won't be opened too early and lead to some sort of disastrous tragedy.

There are two interesting aspects to this:

1. MK Yaakov Asher (UTJ) compared the delays due to safety and regulatory matters to the need to work on the rail lines on Shabbos to avoid delays. Asher finds it unacceptable that they will delay the new rail line just like that for 6 months due to regulatory issues but Shabbos isn't considered a valid reason to delay the line and take longer to build it. He does not seem to get that the people behind it don't care about Shabbos or about what he thinks about Shabbos. To them it is just another day of the week that they are waiving the right to not work in order to speed up the work on the line.

2. Behadrei's reporting on this calls it a "blow to the mechalelei shabbos". I am not sure why ti is more of a blow to the secular people who don't keep Shabbos than it is to religious people. All sorts of people, Jews and non-Jews, religious, secular and Haredi alike would have used this train and will be inconvenienced by its delay. The delay is a blow to everyone, and is good (from a safety perspective) for everyone.



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Soccer Shabbos permits granted

All the relevant players, the PM, the Minister of Work and Welfare, and the Committee For Shabbos Work Allowances, all approved and signed off on general permits for the football (aka soccer) leagues to continue playing the sport on Shabbos.

The Haredi news media (sites and radio) are all abuzz about this, with accusations that the Haredi parties having closed their eyes to this chilul shabbos and have basically allowed it.

Personally I see nothing wrong with them choosing to ignore this. They know the limits to their powers and that putting an end to the sport on Shabbos would be major and there would be serious blowback. The time is not ripe for this. You cannot do everything at one time. They are fighting too many fronts and this can wait until later.

I would like to see the sport move its activities to a weekday, so religious people (athletes and fans and various workers) can participate and so fans are not compelled to chilul shabbos just to follow their favorite teams, but I guess the time for this is not now.

There is also the issue of the status quo. The Haredi parties cant go fighting everything with claims of the status quo and then change the secular part of society breaching their side of the status quo.

כשם שמקבלים שכר על הדרישה, כך מקבלים שכר על הפרישה




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videoed on a weekday (video)

the newest talent show in Israel is Israel's Got Talent. This performance took place during the first episode of auditions..



I dont have an artistic bone in my body, so I have no understanding of why they dressed up like hassidim, considering they were not doing hassidic dance (or maybe they were and I just failed to see it i their rendition). I would guess it was just for the visual shock value.

However, there were some interesting aspects to this, especially some of the things said by the various judges at the end of (and throughout) the performance.


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Meet the JEWZ - Allison Josephs, NY, USA (video)












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Let's Make a Deal: The Art of the Sale: S01E05 (video)







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Synagogues of Ontario Canada (video)







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Meilech Kohn - Likvod Shabbat (Official Music Video)







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Feb 20, 2018

Proposed Law: refusing to work on Shabbos

Currently the law says that anybody has the right to refuse to work on Shabbos for religious reason. The hole in this law is that if somebody secular wants to not work on Shabbos despite his boss insisting he work, he has no legal backing, as he cannot claim religion as his motivation for taking the day off.

MKs Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) and Miki Zohar (Likud) have proposed a law that will  allow anybody to refuse to work on Shabbos without having to declare religious reasons.

The proposal has now been passed through the Knesset Finance Committee and is being prepare for its final readings in Knesset.

This proposal basically gives people the choice, rather than forcing them to either work or not work, whether they want to or not. Somebody can stand up and say he does not want to work on Shabbos, whether he is generally religious or not or he can choose to work, but he cannot be forced.
sources: Kol Hai News and Kipa





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