Thursday, February 26, 2015

Election Fatigue

With less than a month to go before the elections, the national religious public is divided. An example of this can be seen in two different lists of national religious rabbis: those that support the Jewish Home Party, and those that support the "Together - The Nation is With Us" party.

Traditional Shas supporters are also divided between Shas and Rabbi Mazuz's "Together - The Nation is With Us" party.

Among the Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox, the "Jerusalem faction" is threatening to boycott the elections, which could cost Agudat Yisrael a seat.

There is very few signs of excitement about the upcoming elections on the street. Although there is a lot of activity on the internet, there are very few signs hanging from the balconies. It could be that people are not interested in being associated with the current divides in the community. Alternatively, it could be that people just don't have the time or strength to invest in this election, which is coming just two years after the previous one.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Quote of the Day, "I'm a Proud Homophobe"

The quote of the day was uttered by Bezalel Smotrich, number 8 on the Jewish Home list IDF Radio reports:
It is permissable for anybody to decide that he does not want to live a normal life, it is his full right. It is not his right, just because he does not feel comfortable to be abnormal, to demand from us all to undermine the concept of norm and to say there is no such thing as normal already...Every person in his home is allowed to be abnormal and to establish any kind of family unit that he wants. He cannot demand (recognition) from me as a state, and this is where it starts. He feels uncomfortable to be an exception, it is not fun."
Upon hearing these things someone in the crowd shouted, "You dark homophobe, my brother is not an animal, my friends are not animals." Smotrich replied, "I'm a proud homophobe!"

Friday, February 20, 2015

Uri Orbach z"l

The rich and the poor

All go to heaven

After 120 years.

There they do not ask

If you bought houses or streets.

There the main thing is if you gathered mitzvot.

- Uri Orbach

Some Snow Pics

I don't associate the month of Adar with snow. But here we are in Jerusalem, Rosh Chodesh Adar, covered with the white stuff.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Terror Victim Adelle Biton Passes Away

Baruch Dayan HaEmet:
Adelle Biton, the four-year-old terror victim who two years ago miraculously survived a rock attack which left her with severe neurological damage, passed away on Tuesday after her condition deteriorated rapidly from a bout of pneumonia.

She was admitted earlier this week to Schneider Children's Hospital in Petah Tikva for treatment, and on Tuesday it was revealed that she had been put in intensive care.

"With great sorrow we report the death of Adelle Biton who despite the efforts of the doctors passed away roughly an hour ago," stated the hospital on Tuesday. "Our condolences to the family."

Condolences to the Biton family, who sanctified God's name with their unwavering faith:

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