Sep 26, 2016

Be a dreamer and not a sleeper (video)








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Sep 25, 2016

having an affair with a statue

How do these things start?

JTA and Yediot are reporting about a statue, a piece of art, located, on loan, in Ramat Gan that has become a focal point of women looking for divine assistance in conceiving a child and giving birth.

The piece of art in question is a piece entitled "Birth" and is a statue in the shape of a woman laying down with a smiley face on her tummy. The artist, Menashe Kadishman, died last year at the age of 83.

The report says that women gather around the statue and take turns laying down on the statue and reciting chapters of tehillim and other things.

How do these things begin? How did women think, and how did word spread, that this statue has mystical powers and the ability to somehow help them conceive?

When a rabbi is involved in creating the story, like the story of the chair of Rav Kaduri in a shop in Ashdod,  at least it is somewhat understandable why some people ascribe spiritual power to it. In this instance, nothing is mentioned as to why people believe this or how it began.

At what point does it become avoda zara, and at what point does it become cheating on one's husband?




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numerous mitzvos like the seeds of a seedless pomegranate

Israeli agricultural technology is revolutionary, and we find them creating new strains of vegetables and adjusting the details of existing vegetables all the time.

The latest is a "seedless" pomegranate that is both sweeter and more pleasurable to eat.

It is not really seedless, unless you believe the headlines in both NRG and the Jewish Press, but the seeds have been altered and are softer and more edible.

If the headlines were accurate, would you eat them on Rosh Hashana as a siman for a year filled with mitzvos "like the seeds of the pomegranate"? There might become a "hiddur" to find the old fashioned pomegranate. Thankfully these pomegranates have seeds, but they are softer. Problem averted.  

I wonder if they will even sell them locally or just export them all for sale abroad.


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Proposed Law: Status Quo Law

This law proposal was not actually proposed in the Knesset, yet, but it is interesting. This proposal comes from the Council of Torah Sages of Agudas Yisrael and they encourage the Haredi Members of Knesset to pass this in Knesset.

The issue of Shabbos, and other religion-State issues, is all dependent on what is called the "status quo agreement". This was a communal agreement between David Ben Gurion and Agudat Yisrael regarding how to deal with religious issues in a secular State. This never had a real legal standing, and it is amazing that for the past 70 or so years it has actually held up and continues to direct the sensitive decisions in matters of religion and State.

The Moetzes has decided that it is time to move beyond the letter and turn it into actual law. They want the Haredi MKs to pass the various points in the status quo agreement into actual law.
source: Behadrei

on the one hand, the status quo agreement is unofficial and fairly flimsy, and any government can decide to not follow it any longer, so turning it into law solidifies it.

on the other hand, turning it into a law means any other government can overturn the law, the way each government overturns other laws passed by previous governments. So turning it into law puts it into actual risk of one day being rejected. But then again, not as a law it is also at risk of being rejected. But as a law it can be officially rejected.

Anyways, as until now the Status Quo has pretty much reigned supreme, I do not see it being too difficult to pass if the MKs decide to try and pass it.



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Facebook Status of the Day

besides for going against the original agreement between the Rabbanut and the RCA in which the RCA converts would be accepted by the Rabbanut, any organization that would not accept as valid the word and decision of Rav Gedaliah Dov Schwartz and Rabbi Willig, two of the greatest and most well-respected American rabbonnim of the generation, is not worthy of being in this business.



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PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the UN General Assembly (video)

Netanyahu is a brilliant speaker..





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Rare Interview With Jonathan Pollard (video)

it is amazing how little he is allowed to talk...





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Lemaan Achai: Rosh Hashana 5777 (video)







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Synagogues of Idaho and Nevada (video)












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Baruch Vizel & Malchus Choir - Lishmoa El Harin (video)







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Sep 24, 2016

Yitzchak Meir - Machnisei Rachamim (audio)








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Sep 22, 2016

Will Eli Cohen be coming home?

After the release of the video of Eli Cohen's execution, the Syrian rebels are reportedly now saying that they will be returning Eli Cohen's body (bones) to Israel.

A report appeared in Lebanese news saying that the Syrian rebels have access to and will be returning the remains of Eli Cohen to Israel. The report was removed a short while later.
source: Walla News, NRG

I have serious doubts as to the veracity of this report, though I do hope it will come to be true.

While I normally avoid large, mass, events in my old age, this is a funeral I would try to go to.

I hope it happens. Eli Cohen deserves an honorable Jewish burial.



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frum filmmakers Yehuda Greibes and Marlin Venig meet (video)

interesting discussion





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Peter Beinart vs. Daniel Gordis (video)

fascinating debate between Peter Beinart and Rabbi Daniel Gordis about Israel..





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Rosh Hashanah: Can’t Stop the Feeling (video)








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Is his life Tutim? (video)

a Galgalatz reporter went to meet with Chanan Ben Ari to see if his life is really "tutim"...





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