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no more Hetter Mechira in the IDF

September 18, 2014, 6:28 pm

reports have Rav Rafi Peretz, Chief Rabbi of the IDF, having made a decision to order the army to change its fruit and vegetable policy for the coming year.Next year, 5775, is going to be shmitta, The IDF, along with most of the country, relies on the hetter mechira for its fruits and vegetables. Normally. Not next year. Read More »

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The Mens Club of Uman is expanding

Uman on Rosh Hashana is basically a mens club. And that’s fine, I guess. It is what it is, and that’s the way it has been. The men who wish to, go, and they leave their wives and families behind. Read More »

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does the Haredi community support the hetter mechira?

does the Haredi community support the hetter mechira?according to Baruch Marzel, perhaps.Marzel is accusing the Haredi community of selling out Jerusalem to the Arabs. Read More »

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Bet Shemesh Festival on the chopping block

The Bet Shemesh Festival, which has been running annually on Sukkot for 15 years, has become a landmark event in Bet Shemesh. People travel from all over the country to enjoy the variety of musicians, along with the festival associated with it.Unfortunately, the Bet Shemesh Festival is no more. Read More »

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further to the crowdfunding campaign to finance the building of the Third Beit Hamikdash, the Temple Institute has now also released the plans for the chamber for the Sanhedrin.. pretty cool… Read More »

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last night’s shocker announcement..the rumors swirl – scandal brewing? personal reasons? positioning for a better future return? fighting with Bibi? who knows… Saar will be missed. He was a politician that was well liked.. Read More »

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Safot disappoints me

The latest complaints by the administration of the Safot vTarbuyot school disappoint me. They are nitpicking and cannot seem to move on.The courts ruled that the mayor had the right to move the Mishkenot Daas school into the empty part of the building (with conditions and qualifications), but Safot can’t seem to come to terms with that. Read More »

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I don’t know if there is any significance to it, but it is definitely strange… —————————————————— Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel Read More »

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If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking, powerful, and ultimately, inspiring. Read More »

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should semicha be counted as equivalent to a degree?

Should rabbinical ordination, semicha, be considered equivalent to a bachelors degree?Perhaps, or at least partially towards a degree, in my opinion. It could definitely replace many of the more liberal arts courses that help populate the requirements of a degree. Read More »

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Human Chain to split Bet Shemesh

The human chain.In some form of protest, people get together and line up side by side, holding hands, spreading out over a very large area (depending on how many people participate). I have participated in one human chain. Prior to the Disengagement, when the Jewish communities of Gush Katif were slated to be removed from Gaza. Read More »

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NOTE: I was not paid to review this book. It is an unbiased and objective review. If you have a book with Jewish or Israel related content and would like me to write a review, contact me for details of where to send me a review copy of the book. Read More »

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Interesting Psak: Dieting on the Holiday

Walla brings us the latest interesting psak…People often joke about Shabbos and holidays saying that on these days “calories don’t count”, meaning one can eat without concern of gaining weight or health ramifications…Turns out, a rabbi has now announced this as official psak.. Read More »

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Abie Rotenberg sings a new song he wrote for his niece’s wedding on Sept 9, 2014. Joining him are Benny Friedman and Mark Goldenberg accompanied by the Zemer Orchestra —————————————————— Reach thousands of readers Read More »

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Quote of the Day

By the Prime Minister, a year and a half to two years ago, the deficit stood at 40 billion shekels. Yair came in, paid a political price and took steps to bring the deficit back to 2% instead of 5% … one of the things that happened is that when the Prie Minister screamed “gevalt” we know he does not really mean it… Read More »

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PSA : you want me to say what to my teens?

MAGEN PRESENTS YOU WANT ME TO SAY WHAT TO MY TEENS?! A candid discussion for parents by Dr. Yocheved Debow, noted author and lecturer A Torah based perspective on discussing “difficult” topics with your TEENS, including: -Fostering healthy body image Read More »

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Minhag Kapparos saved by MK Yaakov Asher!

After passing new directives that would have led effectively to a legal ban on the minhag of kapparos this year, erev Yom Kippur , the Ministry of Agriculture is backtracking… Read More »

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It actually looks interesting.. The talk on “documenting prison life” sounds like it would be an interesting presentation, but I question the sechel of including it in a conference on integrity. Read More »

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we’ve done this so many times in the past. does each one of these Egyptian idiots who proposes this think he is coming up with a new idea? —————————————————— Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising Read More »

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since when does the news make a story out of a popular hassidic song? —————————————————— Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel Read More »

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SMS for speeding

Those cameras all over the roads of Israel that Waze calls “Speed trap ahead”, that are catching people speeding and running red lights, will now also send SMS messages to offending drivers. Read More »

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The bearded fireman

Remember the Chabadnik who tried to become a fireman , but he wasn’t being allowed to pass the qualifications because of his beard?He won his battle.The firemans union got together and decided all firemen would grow their beards in protest of the decision. Read More »

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Haredim to serve instead of conscientious objectors

I am not so sure the reservists of unit 8200, a unit that is part of the Intelligence Corps, who have stated their intentions to refuse calls to duty because “intelligence is an integral part of Israel’s military occupation over the territories” and not free of moral dilemmas, as is commonly thought.Obviously this has created a ruckus in Israel. Read More »

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Rabbi Berland captured, innocent or guilty

So, Rabbi Berland has finally been captured.I don’t know if he did what he was accused of or not. He will eventually stand trial, now that he has been caught, and his innocence or guilt will be determined.Rabbi Berland’s statement upon capture and release (on bail) does not move me. Read More »

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this video is a resident of RBS B complaining about service by the people at the Bet Shemesh Water Authority, Mei Shemesh.The content of the complaint does not interest me. It is a dispute. They charged an outrageous amount, he complained, they responded , they argue some more, blah blah blah… Read More »

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and on the topic of Yiddish..Yiddish. It’s a culturally rich language shared by the seniors of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Just in time for the High Holy Days, we made a special video to share our seniors’ thoughts on the meanings of our favorite Yiddish words. Read More »

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Avraham Fried is more than just music… —————————————————— Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel —————————————————— Read More »

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War! It seems like the Haredi community (or the parts of it that these pashkevilim are directed at) does leave the beis medrash and go to battle, but only the battles of their choosing. Read More »

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Bike Paths approved for Bet Shemesh

In addition to yesterday’s announcement about the approval of construction of a new business complex in the Bet Shemesh Industrial Zone , the City of Bet Shemesh also announced, on its Facebook page , another approval by the Regional Planning Committee in Jerusalem.. Read More »

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The shul gabbai

The shul gabbai, used to be known as the sexton or the beadle, is a position with much responsibility. The gabbai has to deal with all the shul issues vis a vis the public, and has to manage the services efficiently and carefully. Read More »

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What goes around, comes around

What goes around, comes around.A few years back, the Rabbanut started to get involved in tightening up the conversion process. There were some triggers, like the incident in which a rav announced that a conversion, and possibly many more, were retroactively invalid…. Read More »

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In honor of the first anniversary of the release of the Am Echad video and its reaching a half a million hits, here is a behind the scenes look at one aspect of the making of the video – going ‘bald. Read More »

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the star of the Maccabeats is going out on his own solo career… —————————————————— Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel —————————————————— Read More »

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Quote of the Day

Only if the Human rights Council decides that my heading the committee adversely affects its actions – will I resign from it… I will not relate to the accusations from Israel. I was appointed to investigate what was done, and that is what I plan to do… Read More »

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(this joke is going around in different forms.. it is not my original humor.. just sharing something funny)In light of the announcement yesterday by Apple regarding its upcoming devices, specifically its watch, the Haredi community has announced the formation of a new committee called the committee for kosher watches. Read More »

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Low teacher pay a real threat to Israel’s security

A Guest Post by Dr. Harold Goldmeier With Operation Protective Edge on hold, we can return to the more mundane issues Israel ignored before the war. An inadequate salary paid teachers is a real threat to Israel’s national security. An OECD survey finds only one-third of Israel’s teachers feel appreciated. Read More »

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Bet Shemesh Industrial Zone expansion plan approved

Shopping Mekomi is reporting that the Ministry of Interior has approved a plan submitted by the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Board for expansion of the Bet Shemesh Industrial Zone, in the area of the train station.The plan calls for construction of an 8-story office building to be used for business and commerce. Read More »

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Haredi Litvishe fight spills into High Holiday arrangements

the fight among the litvishe factions in the Haredi community is continuing, and perhaps even getting stronger. Kikar is reporting on a whole slew of shuls and yeshivas in which the traditional chazzan or shofar blower is being removed from his position for being a member of the “wrong” faction. In addition, minyanim are splitting. Read More »

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ahhhh.. if only our problems in Israel could be as mundane as these…and that lady who didn’t want her face on television – I wonder if she had an opinion about her waist appearing on television… Read More »

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