Oct 19, 2017

blocking traffic is a violent protest

The only thing in the news nowadays seems to be the protests of the Peleg Yerushalmi - the Jerusalem Faction - over the arrest of two young men who, following the groups opinion, refused to go to the draft board to register for their army exemption/deferral.

It isn't all that interesting, as this has been going on for a while now, though it is currently on an upswing, and they have nothing new to add to the discussion.

The only comment I have is that blocking traffic is, in my opinion, a violent crime. Protest all you want. The right to protest is a basic right in a democracy. Normally it works by making it a legal protest with police permits, but that isn't my issue. Blocking traffic is unacceptable. People have places to be, urgent matters to attend to, scheduled events and meetings and just wanting to get home or to the store or to work or wherever, and blocking traffic disrupts tens of thousands of people's lives when they did nothing to deserve that. Go hold your protest outside a government building, outside the draft board or in some other relevant location to make your point - don't hold innocent civilians hostage to your protests.

And being a violent protest, the police should have extra leeway in putting such a protest down..

As tens of people have been arrested, I do wonder how this works with their beliefs. They refuse to go to the army because it is not a place for a Torah jew to be and going to the army will supposedly hurt them spiritually. Is jail really a place for a Torah Jew to be? Does jail present no challenges to a Torah lifestyle? Why is that a good reason to avoid the army but not to avoid doing things that will get them arrested?




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Rechnitz speech makes waves

Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz is a very talented speaker. He is interesting, he has great delivery, and he keeps his speech peppered with interesting and humorous anecdotes and thoughts.

Rechnitz spoke at the Simchas Beis Hashoeva in Mir Yeshiva on Sukkos. The speech was an hour long, surely making this a real blast of a party.

Rechnitz is a wonderful person. Truly. I knew him and his brother many many years ago, and they are truly fine people. And he puts his money where his mouth is and supports organizations and causes he believes in, and he is very generous.

The Mir does not just let anyone speak, no matter how important of a topic they want to talk about. Rechnitz has been granted podiums in the highest places in the Jewish community, because of his support and influence in the community. But at the end of the day, he is just a person with his opinion, an individual with his own take on things.

Rechnitz spoke at the yeshiva event and he targeted Open Orthodoxy and liberal Jews as "fake news" and as the greatest threat to Judaism. Maybe they are, maybe they aren't. I don't know and I don't really care. What surprises me is that the Mir considers Open Orthodoxy a viable threat of sorts. There are probably more active students in the Mir right now, not even including the alumni,  than associated with Open Orthodoxy since it began. Yet the Mir gave its most precious moments to talk about the threat of Open orthodoxy. I really don't know what Rechnitz is so concerned about from Open Orthodoxy and why the Mir considers it an issue worth talking about - besides for just the desire to give Rechntz a platform to say whatever he wants and continue to receive his donations.

Online, in social media and in talkbacks to articles about this speech, many were very critical of Rechnitz. I would say to them, just ignore him. he is one person with his own opinion and he is entitled to say and think whatever he wants. You disagree? go give a speech or write an article expressing your opinion. You are just as entitled as he is to do so. It is just the opinion of an individual.

I would note that the biggest in-speech clapping he received was when he commented about continuing to donate money to the Torah world. Nobody cares what he has to say, as wonderful a person he might be (and is). They just want him to continue donating, so he gets the ability to express his personal opinion in public because of that.



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Rechnitz Mir speech 2017 (video)

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In a passionate hour long speech delivered at the Mir yeshiva’s Simchas Beis Hashoeva in Jerusalem last week, Los Angeles philanthropist Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz took aim at the Open Orthodoxy movement while simultaneously calling for love and acceptance of all Jews as the only way to bring Moshiach.




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The Rabbi Goes West (video)








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Should the ultra-Orthodox serve in the IDF? A debate on i24 News (video)








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The Ultra Orthodox Jewish Version of 'Shark Tank' (video)







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Mr. Shabbos - Borei Nefashos - (Official Music Video)








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Oct 18, 2017

Palestinians: What questions do you want to ask Israelis? (video)








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Bennett: the deal between the PA and Hamas turns them into a terror government (video)







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A Conversation with a Yiddish Speaking Non Jew (video)

he speaks more yiddish than me...





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The man behind pretzel challah (video)







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"Best of all days", The Shabbat Project 2017, Avi Kraus featuring Nissim Black! (video)








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Oct 17, 2017

peace with PAs

Good news out of Israel today. Thus morning the Health Ministry announced that they have approved official recognition of Physician Assistant as a profession. They are finishing training the first group of 33 PAs who will operate working alongside doctors, performing the initial examinations of patients before the doctor sees them and will deal with recommending further care. The goal is to shorten the waiting time and relieve the bottlenecks in hospitals.
source: Ynet

This is big news. Many immigrants, and potential immigrants, have been hampered by the lack of recognition of their certifications as PAs and left them potentially without jobs when moving to Israel. That in addition to the benefits to the medical field itself if it can be successful in shortening waiting times.

Israel has yet to make peace with the PA, but they are making peace with the PAs...




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is Avi Gabbay really Labor material?


I am watching with interest what is happening in the Labor party with Avi Gabbay as the new chairman and his recent statements, and the opposition developing because of them.

Gabbay is saying things not quite in tune with the Labor party mainstream ideas.

When he ran for chairmanship of the party it was said that he was an outsider, not really a true or classic Labor person and had even been associated with the Right and Likud at earlier stages in his life, though being new to politics there did not seem to be anything clear on his actual positions or history regarding those positions.

It turns out now that at least on nationalist issues Avi Gabbay is pretty similar to a mainstream Likudnik, or even anybody on the Right such as a member of Habayit Hayehudi or Shas.

First he talks about not forming a government coalition with the Arab parties. Then he talks about not dismantling settlements. And now he is talking about how Abraham was promised all the land of Israel and we will need other creative solutions to come to peace besides for dismantling settlements.

People on the Left are livid, and I wait to see if they try to oust him from the chairmanship of Labor or if they give him a chance to come up with a plan that can challenge the Right in a realistic way. From that perspective, what they have been trying for the past 20 years or so has not worked and they have pretty much been kept out of power, possibly because of it. Maybe they need a new approach and maybe Avi Gabbay can bring it.



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protest at the park

There were a lot of protests yesterday, in many parts of the country. Many of them were in protest of the arrest of 2 young yeshiva guys who had evaded the IDF draft registration. Those are old and boring news items by now. The more interesting and unusual protest was actually a small one in the area of Mea Shearim.

Actualic reports on a protest led by a small group of extremists (aka sikrikim). The city of Jerusalem, led by Mayor Nir Barkat and his deputies Yitzchak Pindros and Yossi Deutsch, both representing the Haredi community, inaugurated a new park on Strauss St, in the vicinity of Mea Shearim.

As an aside, interestingly, the name of the new park is "Gan Yoshke". However, the sikrikim were not protesting the name. I don't know who it is being named in honor of, but I will assume Yoshke does not refer to the person who first comes to my mind when hearing that name, and I will assume the sikrikim have no problem with that specific name.

Anyways, the sikrikim were protesting the new park because, according to them, the local community administrative body is destroying the Nation of Israel  via the children - and they warned parents that this park is the gateway to integration into the destructive army.

LOL

That's right. They claim the problem with the park is that it will lead to integration into the IDF. I am not even going to ask how the park is a gateway to the IDF.

I guess they found a way to make it interesting. Had they protested the park for any more expected reasons, such as a breach in tzniyus or whatever, the entire thing would probably have been boring and gone unnoticed. Now they might get some airwaves from it by making a ridiculous connection. It is still mostly unnoticed, probably dwarfed by the massive protests around the country blocking traffic at many intersections and also by the lack of interest into the idiocy of these people except as a weird sideshow, like the bearded lady at the circus...




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MK Meirav Michael in Australian QandA (video)

the entire session is interesting discussion, but this is posted here specifically for what Michaeli says regarding children, families and safety between about minute 13 and about minute 20 where she says that the core family is basically the least safe place for children to grow up and she presents what she claims to be better alternatives than the traditional family. This is insane and I never heard, outside of the Kibbutz, somewhat, of such a claim. The discussion is usually around whether or not alternatives can provide the same loving environment as the traditional core family or not - not that the core family is bad and we need to take kids out of that and put them in other situations.





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