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Rav Aviner Needs A Good Wake Up Call From Reality

October 27, 2013, 2:54 am
Rav Aviner Needs A Good Wake Up Call From Reality

I’ve kind of stopped blogging, but every so often someone does something annoying enough, that you kind of want to share your anger with everyone. This week’s culprit is Rav Aviner. Rav Aviner, is not my cup of tea. To be honest, he’s not even my choice for a second rate biscuit to dip in my tea. Read More »

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Why would anyone want to use their phone to make a call?

September 23, 2013, 2:06 pm
Why would anyone want to use their phone to make a call?

Oh those funny little Haredim. “The Marker” has a story today about a new “kosher” phone being sold in Rami-Levi. Rami Levi did not receive the endorsment of some rabbis, because he refused their demand that the new phone won’t actually allow people to call one another. Read More »

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Ouch

September 17, 2013, 8:54 am
Ouch

Saw this making the rounds on Facebook: Read More »

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The Jewish MALE Burqa Cult?

September 2, 2013, 1:16 pm
The Jewish MALE Burqa Cult?

Israel Hayom had this picture in their print edition, explaining that many Breslov Haredim are making their way to Uman (Ukraine) for Rosh Hashana. What the photographer seems to have missed was the better question of what are these Hasidim wearing? it looks like a male veil! Guess we just discovered the Jewish male Burqa cult… Read More »

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No Haaretz, tradition does not mean we are all crazy…

September 1, 2013, 8:24 pm

In the weekend editiono of Haaretz I found this little gem: We should remind people that where “masoret” (lit tradition) – things will often end in fantascism. So what great crime do you think they were fighting? What great intolerance by the religious? You’ll be shocked. Read More »

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The True Story of The Ring

August 26, 2013, 7:26 pm
The True Story of The Ring

Brilliant, though there is no way of explaining this to anyone not living in Israel. Read More »

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I Love You Israel, But…

August 25, 2013, 8:44 am

So…today my kids are going to get their Polio inocculation as well as new Gas Masks (Syria etc). Seriously, this isn’t normal. Read More »

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Two Contrasting Pics of Israel

August 24, 2013, 11:16 pm
Two Contrasting Pics of Israel

Slow summer blogging. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things, as my kids return to Kindergarden.Here as some pics of different aspects of Israel: The top sticker reads “Modest Girls Prevent Disasters”. Read More »

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Easiest Way to Support Mostly Kosher

August 16, 2013, 12:24 am
Easiest Way to Support Mostly Kosher

I use Dropbox for everything. Literally. However I’m running out of space. If you don’t have Dropbox yet, please install it using the following link: and help me get some more space!What is Dropbox? Read More »

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Are You Kidding Me? Rabbis Still Supporting Rav Elon

August 13, 2013, 9:24 pm

Ynet reports that Rav Druckman has invited Rav Elon to continue teaching in his Yeshiva (Or Etzion). Yes, Rav Elon – now a convicted sex offender – is still teaching crowds. Read More »

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Blooper of the Day

August 11, 2013, 8:44 pm
Blooper of the Day

Martin Dempsey = US General.Partick Dempsey = Actor who plays McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy.Is Ynet sure it got this distinction down? Via: 7eye Read More »

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The Three Pronged Sadness of Rav Elon

August 7, 2013, 9:44 pm

Rav Elon’s sad story can be divided into three acts: First: His actual crimes, and the suffering he caused his students.Second: He couldn’t accept exile. His ego just wouldn’t allow him to remain in anonymity.Third: Even after all this time and even after he was convicted, he still can’t admit to having done anything wrong. Read More »

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Old Joke, Still Worth a Post

August 4, 2013, 11:44 pm

There is a well-known joke about Talmudic interpretation. A Jew is talking to his Rabbi. Rabbi,” the man said, “Explain the Talmud to me.” “Very well,” he said. “First, I will ask you a question. If two men climb up a chimney and one comes out dirty, and one comes out clean, which one washes himself?” “The dirty one,” answers the man. “No. Read More »

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Rav Aviner’s 2000 Year Screwup

August 4, 2013, 11:34 pm

I didn’t actually see the question in this week’s Shabbat pamphlets but suppsedly Rav Aviner was asked the following question via SMS: Q: Why are there more Haredi talmidi hahamim (impressive torah scholars) than Religious Zionists ones? So what Read More »

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Israel Being Sued Over Jesus…Again..

July 31, 2013, 7:26 pm

From the Jerusalem Post: A Kenyan lawyer has filed a petition with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, suggesting that the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ was unlawful, and The State of Israel among others should be held responsible, Kenyan news outlet the Nairobian reported on Friday. Read More »

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Joke of the Day

July 31, 2013, 2:08 pm

Spotted on Facebook: A guy is walking along the beach in Tel Aviv when he comes across a lamp partially buried in the sand. He picks up the lamp and gives it a rub. A genie appears and tells him he has been granted one wish. The guy thinks for a moment and says, “I want to live forever. Read More »

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The Israeli Half-Shabbos – Bachelors vs High School

July 27, 2013, 9:04 pm

Makor Rishon (and NRG) have an interesting piece over the weekend of the Israeli version of the half-shabbos – religious Jews who observe Shabbos, with the minor exception of texting. Read More »

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Two of the Ashkenazi rabbis fulfilled their aims tonight

July 24, 2013, 8:48 pm

Two of the Ashkenazi rabbis fulfilled their aims tonight: Lau 68 Stav 54 Shapira 25 Read More »

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New Chumra Watch?

July 21, 2013, 3:32 pm
New Chumra Watch?

So why exactly do I need to know that this chicken was slaughtered after the nine days?Hat Tip: @Benwaxman Read More »

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Chief Rabbi Race of Nepotism

July 17, 2013, 9:16 pm

The registration period for the position of Chief Rabbi has finally closed. Here is the full list of candidates: The candidates for Sepahrdi Chief Rabbi are: Rabbi Eliyahu Abergil, Rabbi Ratzon Arusi Rabbi Tzion Shalom Boaron, Rabbi Yehuda Deri, Read More »

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Richard Silverstein’s Logic

July 15, 2013, 5:16 pm

I think we are long past the point where there is really any need to prove that Richard Silverstein is little more than a tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist. So this isn’t a post aimed at proving that, it’s just a little poke for my own amusement. Read More »

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Worst Haredi Hasbara of the Day

July 14, 2013, 3:54 pm
Worst Haredi Hasbara of the Day

Today is a tough one, with Shas (see my previous two posts) working so hard at gaining this award. However, today’s winner: That’s right, the Chief Rabbi of Acre (עכו) has suggested that the מי שברך traditionally said in Zionist synogogues for the soldiers of the IDF, should now include not only soldiers but also those who study torah (i. Read More »

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Shas Making Us Proud

July 14, 2013, 12:28 pm

Continuing from our last post , one is delighted to hear that Rav Ovadia has enough sons who are “Gedolim” that he can so quickly nominate another for the role of Sephradic Chief Rabbi, as soon as another of his sons is under police investigation. Read More »

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Army Service Is Not the Dati-Leumi Only Characteristic

July 14, 2013, 11:16 am

So another Shas rabbi has decided that the Dati-Leumi public is Amalek : Rabbi Shalom Cohen, a senior member of the Council of Sages of the Sephardic Shas party attacked the religious Zionist sector over the weekend, calling its members “Amalek.” Being Amalek is actually a demotion of sorts in Shas. Read More »

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Changing Nuclear Deterrence

July 11, 2013, 2:56 pm

From the London Review of Books : Indeed, while Obama is struggling to manage the legacy of mutually assured destruction, nuclear deterrence has assumed a radically altered form. Powerful states no longer secure peace by threatening to launch unimaginably destructive weapons at each other. Read More »

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Those Jews and Their Brains…

July 11, 2013, 12:50 pm
Those Jews and Their Brains…

The Times Higher Education reports on an academic conference on BDS: ” Looking at the struggle against apartheid, Saul Dubow, professor of African history at Queen Mary, University of London, pointed to the huge propaganda impact of sporting boycotts. Read More »

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Shameful Chief Rabbi Race Moment Of The Day

July 10, 2013, 9:56 pm
Shameful Chief Rabbi Race Moment Of The Day

From the Jerusalem Post : “Rabbi Avraham Yosef, one of the leading Shas candidates for the position of Sephardi chief rabbi, was interrogated for eight hours by the police Wednesday morning under suspicion of a breach trust relating to a conflict of Read More »

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Too Early…

July 8, 2013, 10:36 pm
Too Early…

Ha’aretz reports on a letter sent by a group of “Intellectuals” אנשי רוח urging Netanyahu to kick out of the coalition the Jewish Home party for their support of Rav Shmuel Eliyahu as Sepharadic Chief Rabbi. Problem? The Jewish Home hasn’t actually announced any support for Rav Eliyahu yet. Read More »

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Lets Get Serious..

July 8, 2013, 8:08 pm

This has to be the single worst argument against Women of the Wall yet made…Dov Helbertal warns us in Ynet: that ” In the End They Will Want To Pray Naked.” . (Heb). The argument is basically a slippery slope one…by allowing WoW to pray in the Kotel, we are placing individual fulfillment above Jewish tradition. Read More »

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British Understatment

July 7, 2013, 10:34 am
British Understatment

The BBC has a terrific interview with the Syrian heart eating cannibal . After some discussion of did he or did he not actually take a bite from the heart, the Syrian soldier tries to put things in context: : “He goes on to talk about the man whose flesh he held in his hands: “This guy had videos on his mobile. Read More »

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Shameful Chief Rabbi Race Minute of The Day

July 7, 2013, 9:58 am

I think we can split today’s award: Kipa is reporting on a petition to the HCJ by The Movement for Quality Government in Israel – a well known anti-corruption NGO- to ban Mayors who have been criminally charged from being part of the electorate body choosing the next Chief Rabbi. Read More »

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On Ha’aretz Lost in Translation, And A Little On Rav Shmuel Eliyahu..

July 5, 2013, 12:48 pm
On Ha’aretz Lost in Translation, And A Little On Rav Shmuel Eliyahu..

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu (Yeah I’m not a fan) is facing severe scrutiny. In the last few days an old answer he gave on the Website Kippa, was doing the rounds on Facebook, and through there made it into Ha’aretz. The screent-shot of the answer is on the left. Read More »

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Why Harav Shmuel Eliyahu Should Not Be Sephradic Chief Rabbi

July 3, 2013, 11:22 am

Summary of the opinions on today’s Facebook feed: Harav Benny Lau (Heb) – Rav Eliyahu does not accept the State’s law ( including equality to all), Harav Eliyahu is not sympathetic (and worse) to those who made Aliyah but may not be halachically Jewish. Read More »

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Wittiest Political Soliloquy Of The Week

July 3, 2013, 10:40 am

Best Political soliloquy of the week goes to President Putin : Putin denied that the Russian special services were debriefing Snowden. “I would prefer not to deal with such matters because it’s like shearing a piglet — there’s a lot of squealing and not much wool,” Putin said. Read More »

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Not From The Onion: Mongolian neo-Nazis rebrand themselves as environmentalists

July 3, 2013, 10:28 am

The Guardian reports: A Mongolian neo-Nazi group has rebranded itself as an environmentalist organisation fighting pollution by foreign-owned mines, seeking legitimacy as it sends swastika-wearing members to check mining permits. … Read More »

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Dude, where’s my tank?

July 2, 2013, 11:16 am
Dude, where’s my tank?

This Russian tank was found buried in Holon. No one seems to know how it got there, though one theory in Ha’aretz is that it was left there from an old army course.You can see more pictures of the tank, in the Israeli Police Facebook page. Read More »

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Shameful Chief Rabbi Moment of the Day

July 2, 2013, 11:08 am

I’m starting a new feature on this blog “Shameful Chief Rabbi Moment of the Day”. I should have started this long ago, and certainly I’ve missed some great stories this week . Read More »

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The New Yorker Gets The Wrong Wall

July 1, 2013, 2:16 pm
The New Yorker Gets The Wrong Wall

Wrong Wall New Yorker! The New Yorker has this charming tidbit about the movie World War Z: “What do the Israelis do? They build a wall. But they’re basically humane, civilized people, so in Jerusalem, where we join them, they keep a gate open to let in the as-yet-uninfected un-undead—Palestinian Arabs, by the look of them. Read More »

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Friday Fun: I Guess If You Really Like Your Locusts

June 28, 2013, 11:08 am
Friday Fun: I Guess If You Really Like Your Locusts

Ourasanah collaborated with KitchenAid to develop the Lepsis, a small, decorative unit that can rest on a kitchen counter. The unit addresses the question of how to produce large amounts of protein without devoting more land space to the cultivation of insects, and it was just announced as a finalist in the INDEX awards. Read More »

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Newly Discovered Mosaics In Galilee Show Stunning Portrayal of Samson

June 28, 2013, 1:36 am
Newly Discovered Mosaics In Galilee Show Stunning Portrayal of Samson

Photo by Jim Haberman This beautiful mosaic was found in excavations of the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee, The Mosaic is described as: “Last summer, a mosaic showing Samson and the foxes (as related in the Bible’s Judges 15: 4) was discovered in the synagogue’s east aisle. Read More »

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The Future of Haredim?

June 25, 2013, 7:04 pm
The Future of Haredim?

This was a picture of the day over at Life in Israel : This is clearly the future, and one can only hope that this becomes a more common sight! Of course the soldier is breaking a few IDF dress rules, but we will let it slide just this once. Read More »

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Israeli Postal Office Uses Sexual Harassment Ad

June 24, 2013, 2:04 pm

I was really happy to hear today that MK Eliza Levi has condemned the Postal Authority for this disgusting ad. The ad seems to show a woman enjoying her sexual harassment.. **updateOn twitter Gldmeir pointed out the woman isn’t being sexually harassed..she’s turning a robbery into a sexual incident. He has a point. Read More »

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Worst Habadnick Hasbara of the Day

June 24, 2013, 12:06 am

From the JTA : SYDNEY (JTA) – A former senior Chabad leader in Sydney suggested that some of the Jewish victims of alleged child sex abuse in Australia may have consented. Read More »

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Best Palestinian Gov’t Account?

June 23, 2013, 12:52 pm
Best Palestinian Gov’t Account?

Picture of the entire Twitter account of just-resigned Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Clearly he got a lot done. Read More »

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Deep Down He’s Superficial

June 21, 2013, 12:24 pm
Deep Down He’s Superficial

From Chief Rabbi Sacks : A significant area of intellectual discourse — the human condition sub specie aeternitatis — has been dumbed down to the level of a school debating society. Read More »

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Balak Parsha Sources

June 21, 2013, 8:14 am

Some of my previous writing on parashat Balak: Why did Bilam limp? Archaeological evidence for the existence of Bilam Read More »

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And Who Isn’t A Rabbi?

June 20, 2013, 8:46 pm
And Who Isn’t A Rabbi?

At the Haredi website Kikar Hashabat , they have the following poll: Notice which candidate isn’t considered a rabbi?Hat-Tip: Srugim Read More »

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There Is Nothing Left To Say – Metzger

June 20, 2013, 8:06 pm

From the Jpost: Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yonah Metzger was questioned under caution by police on Thursday, for suspicions he was involved in bribery, fraud, money laundering, and breach of trust. Metzger is one of several suspects in the investigation that national fraud unit made public on Thursday. Read More »

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Who is “Torani”/ Hardalnick?

June 16, 2013, 11:56 am

I wrote in the past about the increasing use of the term “Torani” to rebrand the term “Hardal” (חרדי דתי לאומי). In the ten months that have passed since I wrote that post, the rebranding has more or less become a done deal. Read More »

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Kamtza Meet Bar-Kamtza

June 16, 2013, 11:24 am

Rav Ovadia Yosef stated last nigh t that Rav Stav is an ‘unworthy candidate” who “is dangerous to Judaism, the Torah and the rabbinate,” and that “His friends from the Mafdal , his party have testified before me – that this man is dangerous to Judaism, to the Torah! How can I stay silent”. Read More »

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Is Superman “Christian”?

June 15, 2013, 11:06 pm

I’ve (yet) to see the new Superman movie, but I did spot this blog post on CNN : Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) – As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits. Warner Bros. Read More »

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The Rav Stav Question In A Single Sentence

June 12, 2013, 6:44 pm

I think I can now phrase the Rav Stav debate in a single sentence: Is the Chief Rabbi meant to be the Chief Rabbi of the Rabbis, or the Chief Rabbi of the nation? Read More »

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Understanding the Levitating Trick

June 12, 2013, 11:54 am
Understanding the Levitating Trick

This video from “America’s Got Talent” is making the rounds: The trick of course revolves around the cane: Mr. “Special Head” must have something anchoring the cane hidden under the rug. Read More »

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More On The Opinions Against Rav Stav

June 12, 2013, 12:20 am

Rav Tzair posted some of the opinions being used by the religious opposition to Rav Stav. I’ve posted a brief summary of the main thrust of the arguments, though I now regret having not kept their various analogies in my summary. Rav Tzair’s original post has generated quite a few insightful comments. Read More »

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The Opinions Against Rav Stav

June 11, 2013, 1:58 pm

I’m going to do everyone a favor and just present a quick summary. On the positive side, I’m happy to see that at least those opposing Rav Stav are now attempting to give some explanation: Rav Aviner – Those who criticize the Rabbanut are Apikorsim. Read More »

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Oh Satmar…If Only You Had A Sense of Humor

June 11, 2013, 1:48 pm
Oh Satmar…If Only You Had A Sense of Humor

From Algmeiner : The Satmar Chasidic movement held a massive rally this weekend in Manhattan to protest the Israeli government’s efforts to draft yeshiva students into the military. Some estimates had attendance at an impressive 30,000. Read More »

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One of the Most Embarrassing Divrei Torah

June 9, 2013, 9:14 am

MK Adi Kol (Yesh Atid) was invited by Galei Tzahahl Radio station to give their weekly 2-3 minute talk on this week Parasha (weekly portion of the torah) – which happened to be Korach. Read More »

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Baby Coca-Cola Moses

June 5, 2013, 2:54 pm

It’s silly, but I smiled. H/T: דוסים מצייצים Read More »

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Cartoon Midrash – Educating Young Minds

June 4, 2013, 9:06 pm
Cartoon Midrash – Educating Young Minds

A few months ago I wrote a short commentary on a similar educational cartoon. Today I saw that on Reddit, someone linked between my commentary on the previous cartoon and this picture.There are two opposing ways of understanding this cartoon. Read More »

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