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Mar 30, 2015

the modern-day blood libel

There has been some organization trying to spread a modern-day blood libel, with the approach of Passover.

It is not the classic blood libel of olde, the kind that has Jews killing Christian childen to use their blood in the baking of the matza for Pesach. This new blood libel has the jews kiling dogs, and Palestian children, for blood for baking the matza.

Dog blood. and Palestinian blood.

Very rude of them them to lump Palestinians together with dogs.





at least Facebook was smart enough to remove their promotions from Facebook...



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Petitions against Aryeh Deri

There are petitions going around for people to sign calling on Netanyahu to not appoint Aryeh Deri as a minister in the new government.

Deri has sat in jail convicted of accepting bribes and breach of trust, and there is a sentiment among some of the public that from a moral perspective he should not be a minister.

The problem with this is that Deri did the crime, and he aid his time. he served his sentence. He has waited the 7 years he could not return to politics due t the nature of the crime, as determined by the judge. He is now a free man with full rights and the legal ability to be appointed a minister. As head of a political party negotiating for a share of the incoming government, there is no chance he won't be appointed to a ministerial position, and there is really no basis to make such a demand.

That being said, I am not a fan of Deri, and less personally, I do not think such people should be allowed to return to high office. The venue for this though is to have the law changed for the future, not to sign petitions against someone specific. Lobby various MKs to have them submit such a law (I know it has been considered and discussed in the past) change, and in the future ex-cons won't be ministers. That is really the only way.



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State of Israel Preparing for Pesach (video)






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Rachel Fraenkel on Life without Naftali, Faith, Unity and Hope (video)








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Feiglin: an agenda of liberty (video)








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Cantor Yaakov Motzen: Harninu Goyim (video)







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Mar 29, 2015

Kosher Shirts

a local ad book carried the following ad:



The ad does not even say anything about Pesach, but it is promoting something they call "kosher shirts".

Unfortunately, the ad does not say these shirts are mehadrin, or what specific hechsher they are supervised by, so my assumption can only be that these are Rabbanut shirts, not Badatz. They are probably not reliably, either, glatt, or cholov yisroel. They definitely are not kosher lpesach, even if you eat/wear kitniyot.

And worse is that they don't even explain what a kosher shirt is.



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PSA: Writing a Torah for Max Steinberg

This is a message I received from MK Rabbi Dov Lipman, and I think it is worth publicizing..


Dear Friends,

This past summer, Max Steinberg, a lone soldier from Los Angeles, was killed in Gaza while protecting the people of Israel and the State of Israel.  I had the great honor of delivering a eulogy for Max at this funeral on Mount Hertzl - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgQ_lWoUKRI.

Max's family has taken on a project to have a Torah scroll written in his memory to be used by Max's beloved Golani unit in the IDF and I am a proud "ambassador" for the project.  Please click on the following link from which you can donate towards this important project.  Every amount makes a difference. 


Please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions.

Be well, Dov Lipman




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Picture of the Day



Caption:
A Jewish man distributes pastries to weary firefighters at the site of an explosion and fire in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015. Thursday's inferno caused the collapse of three buildings and fire damage to a fourth, the fire department said. It left four people in critical condition and more than a dozen others injured and at least one family searching for a loved one.
source: Humans of Judaism

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pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks

There is a significant new road rule in effect as of today.... though I do not see how it is reasonably enforceable..

The new rule, which was approved last November, basically obligates drivers to stop at crosswalks if there is a pedestrian that looks like he might want to cross the street.

Until now the driver had to give right of way to the crossing pedestrian if the pedestrian made his move to begin crossing the street. As soon as the pedestrian sticks his foot into the street n the crosswalk, he has the right of way and the driver must stop.

Now, the driver has to stop even before the pedestrian heads into the street. The driver has to stop if the pedestrian is even thinking about crossing.

The new rule states that the driver must slow down as he approaches the crosswalk if a pedestrian is on the sidewalk near the crosswalk, and if it appears to be that the pedestrian intends to cross the street, he must be given the right of way.
source: Ynet

Anything that improves safety of pedestrians and/or drivers is good. However, I don't see how this enforceable, without clear guidelines of when the right of way must be given and when not.

Let's say someone gets a ticket for not giving the right of way to a pedestrian on the sidewalk. He goes to court and fights it - all he has to say is he evaluated the pedestrian and it did not seem to him as though the pedestrian intended to cross the street. Without clear guidelines, it is up to the driver to assess the intention of someone he see for a few seconds standing on a sidewalk, and how can anyone else say whether he made an honest assessment or not?





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The J Street Challenge - Full Film in HD (video)

The J Street Challenge is an important and timely documentary about a significant issue facing the American Jewish community.
Since it was founded in 2008, J Street's idealistic message has attracted many Jews, young and old, who are frustrated by the Middle East conflict and sincerely want peace between Arabs and Jews. J Street has been a subject of controversy. Critics claim that J Street has divided the Jewish community and weakened American Jewish support for Israel. "The J Street Challenge" lets viewers hear both sides of this important debate over the elusive solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. The film explores the reasons for J Street's appeal, as well as the diverse and at times contradictory motivations of its leaders and followers. The film is being released at a critical time for the American Jewish community given the intense efforts by the United States to resolve the conflict and influence the community's leadership to support these efforts. The Kerry peace initiative has further divided the Jewish community, with J Street working to weaken the influence of AIPAC while strongly backing the administration.
The film includes distinguished scholars and writers from a wide political spectrum, including Harvard professors Alan Dershowitz and Ruth Wisse, Rabbi Daniel Gordis of the Shalem College in Jerusalem, Caroline Glick, Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post, Professor Richard Landes of Boston University, Lenny Ben David -- former Israeli diplomat and author, and Bret Stephens, Pulitzer prize winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal.




and once on the topic of JStreet.. there is this..
J-street speaker says Israel should be destroyed - to applause


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Graham Discusses U.S.-Israel Relations on Senate Floor (video)








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The Jew in Rockland (video)

from INN:
A five-minute YouTube video has caused a great deal of controversy this week, after a haredi Jewish group in Rockland County, NY, compared Rockland County officials to Nazis.
The video - produced by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) - primarily attacks a campaign entitled "Block the Block Vote" - a campaign calling to lessen the influence of haredi Jewish voters in Rockland and blaming them for the county's financial crisis.
The page claims that the campaign is not anti-Semitic, but instead fighting the "takeover" of Jewish interests in Rockland county to the detriment of the community at large.
According to the campaign's organizers:
"Block The Block" is a political effort, an effort to end the current financial abuse of the Rockland county Community at large by the Orthodox and Hasidic Communities. Fairness is not anti Semitic. This writer is not attempting to offend and persons , but the current superficial "civility" in Rockland Politics has been masking a barbarity in financial abuse....If people do not respect you, and feel you and your money exist only for their benefit, I have little patience for their superficial, and false , good manners. In other words, to fix the issue of the community at large being financially abused, some feelings may end up being hurt. This effort is in no way anti Semitic , and in fact, the Orthodox and Hasidic Communities collective behaviors are creating an increase in anti Semitic views, and creating a many misunderstandings among the less informed , as to what is , and what is not , the behavior of "Jewish" persons. ...Any effort by the community at large at eliminating the financial abuse by the orthodox and Hasidic community will , with 100% certainty , result in the "anti Semitic" label being used as a weapon. ...The other danger is the orthodox and Hasidic community, and the services they need, continue to increase exponentially.
The community at large continues to slowly increase...while their wages do not increase...the Orthodox and Hasidic communities have 10, 15 or even 20 children, often on multiple taxpayer funded programs, programs that many of the people paying for these programs are not even aware of. 
The community at large continues to slowly increase...while their wages do not increase...the Orthodox and Hasidic communities have 10, 15 or even 20 children, often on multiple taxpayer funded programs, programs that many of the people paying for these programs are not even aware of. ...This counties current financial catastrophe , although blamed on the recent recession, county workers, and a small hospital, is in reality entirely caused by the orthodox and Hasidic communities collective financial reliance on county taxpayers.

...One area has remained financially untouched , and 100% fully funded. The entitlements to the Orthodox and Hasidic communities. That community continues to get all the entitlements, no cuts, and no hardship. 

...One area has remained financially untouched , and 100% fully funded. The entitlements to the Orthodox and Hasidic communities. That community continues to get all the entitlements, no cuts, and no hardship. Targeting JewsOJPAC counters that these claims, along with several posters on the "Block the Block Vote" page, are anti-Semitic, in that they specifically target Jews for ridicule - and, in its inflammatory video, calls Rockland County "Nazi Germany" based on various posts.
OJPAC founder Yossi Gestetner justified the inflammatory video to Lohud News.
"This video alerting and exposing the hateful rhetoric should have been made months if not years ago," Gestetner said. "And I apologize for my community and good people of Rockland for not exposing the hate sooner."
James Foley, the page's creator, disagreed, adding that the real issues the OJPAC video focuses upon are due to extremist commenters, not the campaign itself.
"I'm more annoyed than anyone by some of the things that's been said there because it dilutes my argument and weakens my position," Foley told the news agency. "I don't agree with everything said there."
Several local leaders, including Rockland County executive Ed Day and local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) representative Wilbur Aldridge, stated that the video is unhelpful and further divides relations between the Jewish community and its non-Jewish neighbors. 




wait - I thought this does not happen in America so they were justifiably upset at Netanyahu!

Either way, horrible to compare them to nazis over this....

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