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Apr 19, 2015

KosherSwitch Launch (video)

by now you must have seen the campaign to fund the new innovation to circumvent Shabbos prohibitions.. called The Kosher Switch!

I have no idea regarding the halachic issues surrounding this kosher switch, and will not (at this time) comment on that. It is sure to raise a firestorm, and I see some rabbis and rabbinic organizations have already begun commenting on the issue. I look forward to seeing how this develops.



The Kosher Switch campaign on IndieGogo


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Grand Opening of Police Academy in Bet Shemesh (video)

the grand opening ceremony last week starred luminaries such as Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Rivlin, Minister of Internal Security, and others.. but no Mahoney or Hightower... :-)






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ESPN Run 2015: Chaim Wizman /Jerusalem Marathon / Talmon Runners (video)

Chaim is head coach of our local Bet Shemesh Running Club.. a great runner and a great mensch, and even a talmid chacham!

I am amazed that ESPN made a serious report about the Jerusalem Marathon!





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Hakol Shafit S01E10 (video)

I didn't particularly enjoy this episode. maybe you will...






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Apr 14, 2015

אסור לבעל, אסור לבועל - Israeli courts apply Talmudic concept in law

There is a concept in Jewish law that says אסור לבעל, אסור לבועל - an adulterous woman (who is found guilty of her adultery) becomes prohibited to both her husband and her lover. She cannot stay married to her husband, nor can she marry her lover after she and her husband divorce.

The case in the courts was the classic - she was caught in an adulterous affair, they decided to divorce. The divorce was consensual and undisputed, so the beis din never looked too much into proof of the adulterous affair as the cause of the divorce. They accepted the fact and decided that she is prohibited to both her husband and she would not be allowed to marry her lover.

The woman eventually appealed and wanted that clause, prohibiting her from marrying her lover, erased from her file. Eventually the case was closed in beis din because she moved it to the Supreme Court. The petition to the court was submitted with the claim that the beis din was not authorized to evaluate the claim of adultery, and the adulterous affair was never even brought up in the divorce case. and therefore they had no right to put sanctions on a third party (i.e. the lover) who was not a party in the case.

The beis din argued to the court in return that they are the only ones authorized to judge marriage and divorce cases of Jews in Israel, including the ability to marry and placing limitations on such matters.

The court decided to sop the petition, supporting the position of the beis din as the sole decider of those unable to marry.

At the end of the day, the court supported the right of the beis din to determine and apply the concept of אסור לבעל, אסור לבועל.
source: NRG

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Soldier returns home to surprise family during puck drop (video)

Eitan Urman? Daniel Urman? sounds Jewish to me...






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MK Mozes on his sweet revenge on the Germans (video)

Mozes says his family went to Auschwitz 70 people, all killed and burnt...the one survivor, his father, has now left over 70 descendants..






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IDF Chief of Staff Meets Holocaust Survivor (video)








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Ari Lesser Kosher Song (video)







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Apr 13, 2015

84-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Says Running Saved Her Life

wow

From Runners World:
The first woman to ever win the Boston Marathon masters division was in concentration camp with Anne Frank. 
Sylvia Weiner has rarely missed a day of running in the last 50 years. She’s up early, and soon out the door to meet several friends for a 5- to 7-mile jaunt. “We go slow and talk about everything but politics,” she says. “I never take a morning off unless it’s literally impossible for me to run.”
Impressive toughness for an 84-year-old who splits her time between Montreal and Miami. But it's just a small part of Weiner’s amazing life story.
Forty years ago, in 1975, when the Boston Marathon first recognized men and women master’s division winners, Weiner claimed the female title in 3:21:38. She was 44 at the time, standing 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 98 pounds.
Three decades before Boston, the Polish-born Weiner survived several years in three German concentration camps. In one, she was imprisoned with the famous Dutch diarist Anne Frank. Weiner was there the day Frank died. 

In 1942, Weiner, just 12, was separated from her parents and seven siblings. They were taken to the Treblinka camp, never to be seen again. Weiner was shuttled to Majdanek, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen.
When she arrived at Auschwitz, “You could smell the burning flesh in the air,” she remembers. For reasons she doesn’t understand, she was spared, although she witnessed unspeakable horrors, and was forced to comb over dead bodies to select clothing deemed good enough for German re-use.
At Bergen-Belsen, she befriended a young Dutch girl named Anna. Weiner was recovering from her second bout with typhoid fever, but Anna was much sicker. “The conditions were horrendous,” Weiner recalls. “We slept on the ground with no mattress or blanket, and lice were everywhere. We had almost no food—just this terrible watery soup.”

One day Weiner returned to the barracks to hear that Anna had died. Weiner didn’t think much of it at the time; after all, she was surrounded by death. A decade later in Montreal, however, she heard about Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl, and saw Frank’s photo. “Oh my gosh,” she realized. “That’s Anna.”
In Montreal, Weiner married and had three children. She tried to carry on a normal life, but couldn’t shake off the concentration camp memories. She’d have frequent nightmares and episodes of depression. Her doctors prescribed first sleeping pills, then tranquilizers. “I had days when I felt I was going down-down-down,” she says.
She joined a Montreal YMCA because membership was required to enroll her daughter in the Y's nursery school. She took a general fitness course that morphed into a running class. “We did a quarter-mile the first day, and I thought I couldn’t make it, but I did,” she says. “No one else in the class came back the second day, but I returned, and kept going.”
Before long, she was running three miles, then five, then seven. Weiner found that running lifted her spirits to the point where she could stop taking the sleeping pills and tranquilizers. She joined a small, all-male running group called the Wolf Pack after its leader, Wolf Bronet, a fellow Holocaust survivor. Her new friends told her she could finish a marathon if she logged 20-mile training runs.
That was all Weiner needed to hear. “I probably overtrained when I was younger,” she says. “I was almost embarrassed by how much I ran. I had such a strong will to survive. I needed it back then. I was the only woman running in Montreal, and most people thought I was crazy.”
Weiner ran her first Boston in 1974, finishing in 3:47. In 1975, she trained harder and felt more confident because of her experience on the course. “I ran with some faster men in 1975, and felt very good,” she says. “The only problem was the girls at Wellesley. They were so excited to see an older woman that they picked me up in the air, and offered me a beer. I said, ‘Let me go, I have to keep running.’”
Weiner continued running marathons for the next 20 years, eventually finishing about 75. She recorded her personal best, a 3:15, at the Skylon Marathon in Buffalo in 1976. At the Advil Mini Marathon 10K in Central Park, she won her age group one year, and finished second in the mother-daughter division with her daughter Debbie.
Canada’s 1980 Boston Marathon champion, Jacqueline Gareau, formerly from Montreal, remembers Weiner from the early days. “We all knew Sylvia,” Gareau told Runner’s World Newswire. “I would see her running on Mont Royal all the time. She was very friendly, and had a very economical running style with a quick, shuffling turnover.”
Weiner now races just once or twice a year. Last October, she won her division in the Leaf Peepers 5K in Waterbury, Vermont, in 48:36.
But it’s her daily jaunt that Weiner counts as most important. “Running saved my life,” she says. “God first, through the miracle of my concentration-camp survival. And then running. Without running, my life would have slipped into some bad times.”



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Quote of the Day

If we would have had the IDF in the time of the Nazis - Hitler would never have been able to carry out the Holocaust.. Jews will never again go like sheep to the slaughter.

  -- Shimon Peres, at a memorial ceremony at Yad Vashem



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Chetzroni's request at Mimouna

So, Amir Chetzroni has revealed that 3 years ago he filed a request wit the Ministry of Interior to have his Judaism revoked.

Chetzroni went to the Mimouna celebrations recently hosted by Aryeh Deri. n explanation, Chetzroni said that with Deri seemingly the one who will be appointed the next Minister of Interior, and likely also will be the one controlling the Ministry of Religious Affairs, he went to Deri specifically to ask regarding the status of his request to cancel his Judaism.

While none of the reports say if Chetzroni was given an answer by Deri at the Mimouna celebrations, Itzik Sudri did say that in the case of Amir Chetzroni, Aryeh Deri will be happy to comply - i.e. good riddance.
 source: Srugim

It is sad that it has gotten to this point.

Besides for that, no matter what ministry Aryeh Deri might end up being appointed to, or anybody else for that matter, it is not within his power to stop Chetzroni from being Jewish. Chetzroni can do the most for himself by converting to another religion, God forbid, but even then he would remain Jewish. Sorry to burst his bubble, but Aryeh Deri's power is not limitless. The most he could possibly do is remove the status of "Jew" from Chetzroni's identity card.






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Arab chametz confiscated at hospital

Israel being a Jewish State can cause problems for people, especially (though not limited to) those who are not members of the Jewish faith.

By its very nature and definition, the qualification of Israel as a Jewish State is discriminatory in nature, to some extent, as those who are not Jewish or do not want to function according to Jewish guidelines (not sure defined by whom) will have their needs placed at a lower level of importance than the needs of the broader Jewish community. Often there is no conflict, and everybody can get what they need and be treated properly, but occasionally there is a conflict and someone is going to have his needs prioritized lower.

Israel is a democracy, and everyone is guaranteed their basic human rights, but as a Jewish State sometimes the "Jewish" takes priority in conflicts of needs.

An example of this is the Arab who was checked at the door of a hospital and his chametz taken away (on Pesach), so as to prevent the chametz from being brought into the hospital in Afula.
source: Walla News

Yes, an Arab is allowed to eat chametz on pesach, and there is no law against it. The hospital is concerned about having chametz on its premises, and therefore banned it during Pesach, even for non-Jews.

The Arab, Said Mehamid, has requested from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior to abolish such rules about no chametz in hospitals on Pesach... and has said that if the ministries do not respond favorably to his demand he will petition the Supreme Court.

How should this be dealt with? I don't know. He has a right to eat chametz. The hospital has a right to not want chametz on its premises, potentially messing things up for the majority of patients and visitors.

Do I have the right to walk into a dairy restaurant with a hamburger in my pocket that I plan to eat there, just because I am lactose intolerant or have an allergy to gluten found in the pasta dishes?

His right to eat chametz is protected, and in his Arab towns it can even be sold, as the law rohibiting the sale of chametz does not apply to towns with a non-Jewish majority. But can he exercise that right everywhere, regardless of his surroundings? I see this as a conflict of his democratic rights with the rules of a Jewish state. He can eat his chametz in his own house or in open areas or in any building where the administrators do not care and allow him to, but a hospital that worked hard to clean for Pesach and wants the premises to be chametz-free for the benefit of the majority of its patients and visitors, it seems the Jewish issue should take priority. I wonder what the Supreme Court will say, if it makes it that far. The dilemma does not seem to be an easily solvable one.

Maybe he should have told the guard that the bread was kitniyot bread, rather than admitting to it being chametz...



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Israel police use Instagram to catch a smuggler

According to a news report on INN, the police caught somebody smuggling expensive watches into the country to sell... all because he posted a picture on Instagram!

During Pesach, this fellow stayed in a hotel in Eilat. Police raided the hotel looking for him for tax evasion.


The main source of information that led police to him was the above  picture he had posted on Instagram of himself holding the watches by the hotel in Eilat.

I am impressed that the police are using social media to aid them in their work - not  just in disseminating information, but also in catching criminals. Be careful what you post online - especially if it is about illegal activities you are involved in... 





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Statement by PM Netanyahu about Iran deal (video)







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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Speaks after Viewing "Crossing The Line 2" (video)









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