Thursday, September 19, 2019

Israelis Are Contending With the Prospect of a Third Poll Just Days After Voting

Israelis were contending with the prospect of a third election on Thursday, two days after an unprecedented repeat election left the country’s two main political parties deadlocked, with neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his rivals holding a clear path to a coalition government.

While weeks of negotiations to form a coalition government lay ahead, conditions set by the parties could hobble the task within the allotted time, prompting a never-before held third election.

With nearly all votes counted Thursday, the centrist Blue and White party stood at 33 seats in Israel’s 120-seat parliament. Netanyahu’s conservative Likud stood at 31 seats.

“Everyone will need to get off their high horse to prevent elections for the third time,” Likud lawmaker David Bitan told Israeli Army Radio. “Blue and White’s desire for a unity government under their terms will not work.”

Jewish" Group Celebrating Rebellion Against G-d Demonstrates Against Yeshiva University

Parshas Ki-Savoh, 5779

18 Ellul °° Sept.18, '19

By Binyomin Feinberg, Contributor to The Jewish Press*

* The perspectives and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the ownership or management of The Jewish Press.


On Sunday, Sept. 15, LGBTQ advocates demonstrated against Yeshiva University - right in the middle of Ellul. About 100 demonstrators appeared, with reports indicating that no more than 15 or 20 were from YU itself, out of thousands of YU students. A Rabbinical scholar handed out leaflets protesting the LGBTQ demonstration and the LGBTQ agenda. The flyers quoted a former Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva University, the venerable Rav Aharon Soloveichik OB"M, who fought the YU Administration over the LGBT club years ago. Rav Aharon ZT"L then had exhorted YU that it's better to close down the entire institution rather than to allow a To'aiva club. Those timeless, holy words reverberate until today.

The demonstrators made five demands, see the list posted online (attached). They are, in our words (liberally accompanied by commentary):

1) an LGBTQ (To'aiva) Tolerance Overseer (to ensure that those who choose to flaunt their proclivities in public are treated in the manner of their preference);

2) LGBTQ promotionals at student orientations (jolting new students - just starting their studies at Modern Orthodoxy's flagship institution - with pro-LGBTQ propaganda);

3) An student LGBTQ Club, which celebrates a sin which the Torah (in VaYikra 18:22 and 20:13) brands as abomination as something of which to be proud, and even to be celebrated;

4) a statement from YU leadership against the free expression of (Torah-based) opposition to LGBTQ behavior and advocacy, accompanied by a threat of sanctions (for dissidents);

5) and the ability to hold LGBTQ events at YU - and to do so under the LGBTQ label (unfettered by the "inconveniences" of Jewish Law and Thought).

Two LGBTQ organizations, both claiming to be "Jewish," Eshel and Jewish (sic) Queer Youth, helped sponsor and organize the protest.

The leafleter, Reb Yonoson, explained that he's concerned over any cave in, even partial, by the YU Administration, to any of the demands of the LGBTQ demonstrators. That Torah-true sentiment was echoed in the content and tone of YU Roshei Yeshiva subsequently reacting to the march. (See this week's Jewish Press, page 12, for some of the vociferous opposition of YU Roshei Yeshiva to this demonstration.) For example, Rav Eliahu Ben Chaim made a number of comments, including:

sample excerpt quotes from Rav Ben Chaim:

"Our Torah punishes these acts (homosexual behavior) severely... The Torah was not given to angels. If the Torah prohibits them (these acts) then we are certainly able to overcome such desires.
"If someone believes in the Torah, he must accept its dictates. If he doesn't believe, there's nothing to talk about."


Everyone who has such inclinations must be helped (to overcome them) .. and "to (help him) avoid the severe punishment" (involved in these sins).

... "I once spoke to Dr. Lamm to complain about these types of people in Cordoza..."

"... There are foolish ("shotim") people ... someone who says this is permitted is a fool..."

In reference to LGBTQ advocates, he stated that "They are harming these people" (the very people they advocate for), both spiritually, as well as physically.


In addition to foundational religious objections, the LGBTQ demands involve serious legal issues, from religious liberty to human trafficking to freedom of expression. For example, is the YU Administration prepared to deal with the specter of minors appearing at campus LGBTQ events hosting high school youth for "mentoring and educational" programs, and then becoming involved in illicit behavior with adults?

On the other side, Mordecai Levovitz, founder of Jewish Queer Youth, led chants of “nothing about us without us” to urge that the Orthodox institution include LGBTQ activists in a committee to address inclusion of LGBT agenda (despite the obvious conflict with VaYikra, ibid.).

More ominously, he threatened YU with blackmail: "The question is, is this the hill that Rabbi Berman wants to let Yeshiva University die on?” he said. “Does he so much not want gay people to have any sense of dignity (sic) that he’s willing to risk government funding? Is he willing to risk his own students and graduate students not getting jobs because the degree is associated with homophobia? We’ve already won. The question is how much is he willing to sacrifice? And for what?”

Before the event, Molly Meisels, president of the College Democrats Democrats and lead organizer of the march, tweeted out "We're asking for the bare minimum for the Yeshiva University LGBTQ+ community. We need support @AOC (Congresswoman) @SenatorRJackson (State Senator representing YU) @ydanis (City Councilman representing YU) @CnDelarosa (Assemblywoman representing YU) @Lin_Manuel (Star for Broadway's Hamilton) @RepEspaillat (Congressman representing YU) @DeborahJGlick (Greenwich Village's lesbian assemblywoman)". It is crucial for every reader to understand her intent here. She clearly sought to encourage governmental punishment of YU - if YU refuses to cave into the LGBTQ demands - by withholding government grants, or worse. We have a word for such conduct: "Blackmail."

Blackmail is a common accusation leveled against the LGBTQ movement, which prides itself on tolerance (of its own devotees, and allied political groups). This intolerant approach towards fidelity to VaYikra 18:22 and 20:13 seems, at first glance, to contrast with the LGBTQ rhetoric of tolerance for the LGBT "community." However, in reality, the latter "tolerance" rhetoric is a natural consequence of the former deep-seated animosity to the Torah. It is precisely because of its rejection of foundational Torah principles that the LGBTQ movement needs to brand itself as "tolerant" - selectively, of course - to gain sympathy for celebrating sin.

Since the march, a group of Yeshiva University alumni have started a #PledgeNotToPledge campaign, encouraging alumni to “pledge not to contribute any financial donations to the university until it takes the following concrete steps to ensure that all students feel comfortable on campus (as requested by the student body),” according to their Facebook page. The LGBTQ proclivity for blackmail has gained them particular notoriety throughout the world, with even some on the Left using the term "The Gay Mafia."

In a foray into the bizarre, Meisels, announced her deviancy at the event, prompting applause from the similarly unhinged crowd. (Why personal deviant proclivities need to be announced in public venues, to the cheers of the audience, was not properly elucidated.)

In actuality, her brazen announcement stands, alongside the aforementioned acts and demands, as yet one more manifestation of the unspoken essence of the LGBTQ activist movement. Contrary to what many imagine, the LGBTQ activist movement is NOT primarily aimed at securing benefits for people. It is bent on celebrating evil. They seek not only to proliferate the perpetration of abomination, but to legitimize it, to celebrate it, and to force everyone else to accept it. The movement is a true "advocacy" movement whose violation of the Torah is "LeHach'is" (beShitah, lit. "for spite"), rather than merely "LeTai'avon" (for mere personal benefit). See Kovetz He'oros (of Reb Elchonon), Aggadah, 10:1-6, regarding the hallmark character of Amalek being rishus leHachis. In that light, how ironic is it that this demonstration comes just one day after Jews around the world read in the Torah about the homosexualist Amalekite attack against the spiritually weaker Jews in the Desert (at the end of parshas Ki-Saitzai, 25:18; see Rashi and Medrash).

Another grave concern here is how Modern Orthodox silence in the face of this evil would strengthen the hand of those who seek to impose an LGBTQ agenda onto Orthodox Jewish Education, in NY, NJ, and beyond, specifically under the rubric of "Educational Equivalency" (an issue which has been covered repeatedly in the Jewish Press over the past several months).

(Sources (partial list): The Forward, Moment Magazine, The Jewish Press, Facebook, Twitter)


The biblical kingdom of Edom has always been a significant puzzle for biblical archaeology. Although evidence is supplied in the Bible, the archaeological record has always had trouble interpreting the text, which said that it existed as a kingdom long before the kings of Israel.

But research has uncovered the untold story of a thriving and wealthy society in the Arava Desert – in parts of Israel and Jordan – that existed during the 12th-11th centuries BCE.

Epstein vs. Friedman update

Yesterday, Vol. 14 of Kol Zvi (Wexner Kollel Elyon of RIETS, 5773) was published at , which includes an article on Kiddushei Ta'ut by R. Mordechai Willig. On p. 8, R. Willig accepts the ruling of R. Moshe Feinstein and R. Zvi Pesach Frank that mental illness in the groom constitutes grounds for kiddushei ta'ut. [R. Willig does not mention that R. Feinstein and R. Frank are challenged in this regard by R. Joseph Elijah Henkin, R. Yom Tov ha-Levi Schwarz and R. Joseph Ber Soloveitchik.] R. Willig then further reports "I heard from an expert psychiatrist that also borderline mental disturbance is included within this [ruling of R. Feinstein and R. Frank], because it can occur that he [the patient] can become psychotic, i.e. he has no grasp of reality, and this would be called an insane person without knowledge as described by Iggerot Mosheh, and this requires analysis in terms of the final verdict."
R. Willig does not identify who the anonymous expert psychiatrist who told him this is, whether it was a talmid chakham or an am ha-aretz, or whether the anonymous expert psychiatrist is even Jewish. Indeed, it seems quite strange to render so monumental a determination to the side of leniency on dinei nefashot based on one anonymous expert psychiatrist. Taking this anonymous expert psychiatrist's analysis to an extreme, every Jewish marriage could be nullified as kiddushei ta'ut, since there is always a problem with every groom, as per the Gemara, Shabbat 130a that "every ketubah has a glitch." Wasn't this the entire reason that R. Joseph Ber Soloveitchik responded so energetically to R. Emanuel Rackman in 1975?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Trump Pushes Baseless Smear That Ilhan Omar ‘Partied’ on 9/11-- more Trump lies

President Donald Trump on Wednesday used his Twitter account to boost a baseless smear claiming that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) danced at an event last week on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, a claim that’s based on footage that wasn’t actually taken from that day.
Trump’s tweet circulated a video from conservative personality Terrence Williams, in which Williams declared that Omar “partied on the anniversary of 9/11.” In his video, Williams comments on footage of the Muslim congresswoman dancing and fumes that she’s disrespecting the memory of the Sept. 11 attacks.
But the footage of Omar dancing actually came from a Sept. 13 event hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus and wasn’t taken on the 11th, as Williams and Trump wrongly claimed. 

Netanyahu to Likud: 'We will do everything to prevent a dangerous government'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened members of the Likud faction at the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem, addressing the election results.
"I come here after a meeting with the leaders of the National Camp parties," said Netanyahu. “We unanimously decided that we will go together into negotiations for the establishment of a government headed by me.”
“We will conduct the negotiations with one delegation, Yariv Levin will be at the head.”
Netanyahu added: "Now that we have established the bloc of right-wing parties, there will be either a government headed by me, or a dangerous government that relies on the Arab parties. We will make every effort to prevent this dangerous government."

Riverdale Again Hit With ‘Shocking’ Abuse Case

Riverdale, a tight-knit, densely populated Modern Orthodox community in the Bronx, is reeling this week after a day school principal at Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy (SAR) was arrested by federal authorities last Friday on charges of possessing and producing child pornography and coercing a 14-year-old boy into sending him sexually explicit pictures.
Rabbi Jonathan Skolnick, 37, a popular middle school associate principal at the well-regarded school, was arrested at his Riverdale apartment by federal authorities late Friday night. The educator, who was fired by SAR, will be held until a detention hearing this week, according to a statement released Tuesday by the United States Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

G-d chooses Liberman to decide future of Israel like he chose Trump

Liberman promised on Tuesday night that his party would fulfil its campaign vow to ensure the establishment of a national unity government without the ultra-Orthodox and religious-Zionist parties. 

“I say to all citizens, our security and economy are in an emergency situation. Therefore the state must have a broad national, liberal government and not one which fights for survival from one week to the next and from one no-confidence vote to the next. 

The Yisrael Beytenu leader vowed that no attempts to tempt him with of ministerial positions or even a prime ministerial rotation agreement would persuade him to abandon his goal of a national unity government without the sectoral parties. 

And Liberman even stated that he would not mind being left out of the coalition if it meant avoiding the complications of a narrow government.

The fact that the exit polls gave neither the right-wing or left-wing political blocs a majority means that Liberman’s goal of forcing a national unity government without the ultra-Orthodox or religious parties now appears attainable.

From there, Liberman went on to Tel Aviv, and made sure to stop at the “Jewish Bridge,” a pedestrian bridge spanning the Ayalon Highway and connecting the separate parts of the city.

Political pressure by the ultra-Orthodox parties on the government led to construction on the new bridge scheduled for several Saturdays in a row to be canceled because of the desecration of Shabbat involved in the work.

The work was eventually resumed after the Tel Aviv Municipality petitioned the High Court of Justice against the construction freeze.

Speaking at the Jewish Bridge during Election Day, Liberman said that “We are all in favor of the sanctity of Shabbat, but the sanctity of life is even more important.”

ליברמן מפחיד: "לימודי ליבה בחינוך החרדי - תנאי סף"

Liberman: We Insist on a secular national unity government,7340,L-5591530,00.html
Speaking to reporters outside his home in the settlement of Nokdim Wednesday, Liberman said he does not rule out joining a coalition led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but his pre-election demands for a secular government remain in place.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Voters in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods of Jerusalem got up early on Tuesday morning to pray, and then to vote.

Men could be seen coming to voting stations with their prayer shawls and tefillin in hand having left synagogue to perform what has become another religious obligation in the lives of the ultra-Orthodox, voting for their political parties.


A lawsuit by a former priest is seeking punitive damages for "severe humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress" after being outed as an accused child molester by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.

J. Patrick Foley of Sacramento, California, claims that the Diocese promoted a "reckless disregard for the truth" in a September 12 filing with San Diego Superior Court. In 2018, Foley was one of eight men added to a list of Catholic clergy believed by the Diocese to be responsible for sexually abusing children. Foley's lawsuit alleges that his inclusion on the list amounts to publishing "false and defamatory material."

Foley is hardly the first priest from the area accused of child sex abuse. The San Diego Diocese previously settled a 2007 lawsuit claiming child molestation by a further 48 priests under their purview.

The Abominable Joe-man By Joe Orlow

Today was the first day of Rabbi Daniel Greer's trial. The charges stem from his alleged molestation of one of his students. Today the student testified. I was aware already from published reports of what the testimony would entail.

Sill, there's a certain weight which the actual sworn testimony in a courtroom carries. The report of the testimony was like learning, same as the jurors learned today for the first time, what Rabbi Greer allegedly did.

Before today, I was thinking that physical molestation of a student by his teacher is about as bad it gets.

But today another report was brought to my attention on the social media Whatsapp chat "Rabbi Yehuda Levin Live!"

A Rabbi who taught young men pretended to be a girl online. Using that ruse, he apparently enticed boys in the school where he taught to send him photos of themselves. The Rabbi was arrested last week.

And what has been going through my mind? Thoughts formed unbidden in my consciousness? I'm thinking, "Why can't this Rabbi be normal and molest boys the usual way." I caught myself. But still, unwanted, that was what crossed my mind.

So, I gained a new apprecistion of why the Torah calls homosexuality a Toeva, translated as "abomination."

It is because of what it does to those of us who study the sinners in order to better oppose their activity. At least in my case, I became an abomination. It was for a brief moment, but still it happened. I was outraged at one sinner, and that outrage made another sinner seem "not so bad, after all."

Rabbi Levin gives a metaphor for why we must actively protest immoral acts. He teaches that a pot which is expelling from its walls cannot be absorbing.

As long as we protest, we will keep ourselves shielded from absorbing bad societal influences.

Today I had my guard down. I didn't expect to get hit with such a shocking revelation: a Jekyll and Hyde teacher of Torah to a child robbing the boy of his privacy.

And in that split second where I lapsed, I became abominable.

I'm vulnerable to being mocked for my heightened self-awareness. Go ahead -- those who feel so moved -- make sport of my talking on and on about myself.

I know, though, that by protesting, even protesting my own foibles, that I become better equipped to stare down the evildoers.


To make sense of what's going on as Israelis head to the polls Tuesday, one would need to be part mathematician and part psychologist. Determining who will sit with who in a prospective coalition is like choosing sides at a schoolyard pick-up basketball team.

Blue & White will consider forming a unity coalition with Likud if Netanyahu isn't  its head; Deri would sit with Liberman but Liberman won't sit with Deri or join any coalition with haredi members, likewise Blue & White; Liberman also isn't crazy about sitting with Blue & White at the helm; the haredim will sit in any coalition that lets them keep their subsidies and draft deferments; the Joint List will support Blue & White from outside but won't join a Zionist coalition; Netanyahu will talk with any party that would conceivably enable him to stay in power – even the outside-the-tent- Otzma  if they pass the electoral threshold; and poor Amir Peretz (the chubby, glasses-wearing last player picked) would probably accept an offer from just about anyone.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu escalated his rhetoric against alleged vote forgeries in the Arab sector, changing his tense in interviews from warning that Arab-Israeli voters “are stealing the election” to telling Army Radio on Sunday that “they stole the election.”

Netanyahu made the accusation after reports surfaced of forgeries in the Arab sector in the April election, saying that he believes it may have cost the Likud two Knesset seats and resulted in another election being held.

Orthodox Jewish Girl Languishing in Military Prison - Over Her Resolve to Remain Faithful to Her Religion... NOT IN SWEDEN - BUT IN ISRAEL


16 Ellul, 5779 °°° Sept. 16, '19

Parshas Ki-Sovo

By Binyomin Feinberg, Contributor to The Jewish Press*

* The perspectives and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the ownership or management of The Jewish Press.


Orthodox Jewish Girl Languishing in Military Prison - Over Her Resolve to Remain Faithful to Her Religion... NOT IN SWEDEN - BUT IN ISRAEL


For about an entire week, a religious Jewish girl, Zivah bas Mazal, has been held in "Ma'atzar Patuch" ("Open Prison") in Tel HaShomer, in military incarceration, over her resolve to obey the Torah prohibitions against enlisting in the IDF under any circumstances. According to Jewish Law, one is obligated to sacrifice one's life, if need be, to prevent the draft of girls into the Israeli Defence Forces. For that reason, the Brisker Rov OB"M participated in demonstrations against the government over the female draft. He did so in the face of his known reticence to participate in anti-government demonstrations, deeming it too dangerous, given the specter of protester deaths. Nevertheless, Giyus Banos (the female draft), he exhorted, is "yai'horaig ve'al ya'avor." [How much more so is it incumbent on us to forego government funding, assistance, and other benefits and comforts, to oppose the drafting of girls.] A protest had been scheduled for tonight, on the eve of the Israeli elections. It will be interesting to see if and how the religious Knesset members react. Will the "Moment of Truth" come and go without an acknowledgement of one of the most crucial struggles in Israel today? Will saving girls, religious or otherwise, from abuse in the exploitive military environment of the IDF take precedence over procurement of financial or other government benefits?

Zivah was arrested because she was ostensibly late in submitting her religious certification. Given the fact that enlisting in the military is something a girl is obligated to sacrifice her very life to avoid, the requirement on her to enlist in the military just for being late in submitting documentation of religiosity is draconian, and, in effect, constitutes an anti-religious policy.

Zivah, apparently on advice of others, recently met with a top official in "Maitav," the military unit involved in drafting girls into military service. (Unbeknownst to her, just meeting with those bent on drafting girls itself is prohibited according to Torah law, as well as demonstrably hazardous from a practical perspective.)

Perhaps the result of the meeting explains how such a high level military official, serving in a major military power currently engaged in life-and-death struggles on multiple fronts, found the time to meet a solitary religious girl seeking a military exemption. He
denied her religious exemption, citing IDF service by her brother! (The fact that her family is also religious didn't help her.)

This "game-changing" pronouncement revealed a massive IDF inconsistency. For years, the government has invested heavily in the massive, controversial, and extremely cumbersome mission of drafting hard-to-integrate Chareidim, claiming vociferously that they can remain Chareidi in the IDF. Now, a top Maitav official admits that it considers IDF service a contradiction to being religious -- so much of a contradiction that it even disqualifies the female siblings from being considered religious Jews, denying them their religious exemptions from IDF service. Amazing.

Although this IDF promulgation would certainly not serve as an appealing advertisement for "Netzach Yehuda" (a religious-oriented fighting unit within "K'fir"), it's far worse as public policy. We await the outcry of Knesset members against this brazen antireligious coercion.

Zivah is expected to have a hearing on Thursday. Please daven and learn be'retzifus (without verbal interruption) in the merit of Zivah bas Mazal.

The organization "B’nos Melech," involved in this case, will deliver letters of chizuk sent for Zivah. Letters can be faxed to 011-972-2-502-4400, or emailed to


Hatzolas Nefashos:

Help is immediately needed for another religious girl -- and her severely ill mother:




Are you [or do you know of] a young woman who needs help in dealing with IDF Draft Office (Lishkas HaGiyus) to obtain your LEGAL exemption from IDF service?

Have your legal rights to an exemption from IDF military service been violated?

Does the Army claim they never received your Religious Certification ("Tatzhir Dat") - even though you know that you sent it in?

Have you been called down to a Ra'ayon Dat ("Religious Test")?

Are you aware the of Psak Din of leading Rabbis against appearing in the Lishkat HaGiyus altogether, even for what seems to be the simplest "in and out" tasks?

Have you been mistreated in the Lishkat HaGiyus (Draft Office)? Have you been forced to undergo an invasive Medical Exam?

Have you been drafted or even willingly enlisted into the Israeli military, only to realize how extraordinary difficult it is to remain faithful to foundational Torah obligations or to retain your personal modesty in the immoral, exploitive military environment?

Have you G-d forbid been abused in the IDF, and denied the help you are legally entitled to?

Have you been compelled to seek refuge from abusers within the IDF and their enablers?

KNOW YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS. AND DO NOT GIVE UP. Help IS available, much of it FREE of cost for those unable to afford it. Many, many young women have been helped, even those in situations that had appeared hopeless.

PARENTS: The prohibition of "LO SA'AMOD AL DAM RAI'ECHAH" APPLIES TO TOUR OWN DAUGHTERS TOO. Do NOT accept the propaganda of naysayers who claim that "you cannot fight the system." And know your rights, and learn who can help you.

FRIENDS: Do not allow an innocent person to be lost, or abused by perpetrators, be they in the military or elsewhere.

Educate yourself about the options available.

Here is the Emergency contact number of the "Shalhevet" organization for girls and young women in trouble with the IDF draft, to contact for immediate assistance:


v: 03-958-4048 ext 2

Or 3192 * to leave a message


שלהבת 03-958-4048 שלוחה 2

או 3192*

להשאיר הודעה


To check for possible Giyus Banos updates throughout the week, visit:


Monday, September 16, 2019

Marriage and adultery are community concerns -Rav Yakov Kaminetsky

אמת ליעקב פרשת כי תצא
פרק כג
(ג) לא יבא ממזר בקהל ה'6.
באמת יש לנו לעיין מה ענינם של כל דיני אישות ונישואין בספר דברים, דהלא ביארתי בכמה מקומות [עיין לעיל בפרשת שופטים [י"ז פי"ח] ולהלן בפרשת וילך [ל"א פי"א] באריכות] דבאמת ספר דברים הוא ספר הנוגע למלך ולעניני ציבור, והיינו שמשה בעמדו בערבות מואב וראה שהוא לא יכנס לארץ ישראל, החליט לחזור ולשנות את המצוות הנוגעות אל הציבור והכלל, וכן כל עניני הנהגת המלחמה והמשפט, כדי שהמלך החדש ובני ישראל ידעו מה לעשות בהכנסם לארץ ישראל. אבל מדוע נכתבו דינים אלו של ממזר וגיטין ויבום וכדומה בספר זה, הלוא לכאורה מקומם הוא בספר ויקרא עם שאר הלכות עריות וכדומה?
אבל נראה מזה שענין הנישואין אצל בני ישראל אינו ענין פרטי הנוגע לשני הצדדים ומשפחתם בלבד, אלא הוא נוגע לקהל כולו, שעל ידי נישואיו נכנס הבחור לקהל ישראל ונהיה כחלק מהציבור, ולכן מי שאינו יכול לינשא נקרא בתורה ובלשון חז"ל בשם "פסולי קהל", והיינו שהוא נפסל מלהיות חלק מהקהל והוא צריך לישאר כמו שהיה - יחיד לעצמו. ולכן כל הדינים הקשורים עם זה, מי מותר ומתי מותר ואיך פרטי הדברים נעשים, כל זה חלק מתורת הציבור הוא, ושפיר שייכים דינים אלה בספר דברים. וזה הוא הטעם שאם חתן מתפלל בבית הכנסת אז כל הצבור שאצלו פטורין מלומר תחנון - ולא מצינו דין זה באבל ר"ל שאינו פוטר את הציבור מחמתו שלא בבית האבל, אלא משום ששמחת חתן אינו רק שמחתו אלא שמחת כל הציבור, וכולם נפטרים מלומר תחנון מחמת שזו היא שמחתם ממש ולא משום שמחת החתן, ודו"ק7..


You are correct on both points. The problem is the obsession anti-Trumpers have with pointing that out day and night.
Back in Germany in the 1930's and 40's no conversation was complete without a couple of "Seil Heil" shout-outs. Failure to do that meant you would be suspected of disloyalty. Today for liberals, it's "I hate Trump". Failure to say that over and over again no matter what the topic of discussion calls into question your liberal credentials.

However, Trump said, "at the very moment when our country should be coming together to enjoy these wonderful blessings the radical Democrats are trying to tear America apart."

"They vilify anyone who doesn't share their extreme views," the president said, as the crowd booed.

"They slander our law enforcement heroes," he said, pointing to an incident that saw New York residents splash water on New York Police Department officers.

"I know a lot of New York's finest. They're not happy, they're not happy and they are great people...for that to be allowed to happen is a disgrace," Trump said.

Of the Democrats, the president said: "They view everybody as fascists and Nazis."

"They use the term 'Nazi'. This was a term, you couldn't even use it. now they use it like on a regular basis. 'A Nazi. He's a Nazi.' Think of that. 'He's a Nazi.' You couldn't use it. Now they use it."

Friday, September 13, 2019

Trump: I don't think the Israelis are spying on us

The report said that an investigation by security forces in the United States has led to the suspicion that Israel is behind the placing of miniature surveillance devices, colloquially known as “StingRays,” in the vicinity of the White House.
The d
evices in question mimic regular cell towers to fool cell phones into giving them their locations and identity information. According to Politico, they also can capture the contents of calls and data use.
Based on forensic analysis, the FBI and other agencies working on the case felt confident that Israeli agents had placed the devices, according to the former officials, several of whom the report said served in top intelligence and national security posts.
Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denied the Politico report as he landed in Sochi where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Netanyahu said, "Lies. Complete nonsense. I have a clear directive - no intelligence collections in the US, and this directive is completely enforced."

Trump Is Not Well

It manifests itself in Trump’s impulsiveness and vindictiveness; his craving for adulation; his misogynypredatory sexual behavior, and sexualization of his daughters; his open admiration for brutal dictators; his remorselessness; and his lack of empathy and sympathy, including attacking a family whose son died while fighting for this countrymocking a reporter with a disability, and ridiculing a former POW. (When asked about Trump’s feelings for his fellow human beings, Trump’s mentor, the notorious lawyer Roy Cohn, reportedly said, “He pisses ice water.”)
The most recent example is the president’s bizarre fixation on falsely insisting that he was correct to warn that Alabama faced a major risk from Hurricane Dorian, to the point that he doctored a hurricane map with a black Sharpie to include the state as being in the path of the storm.
“He’s deteriorating in plain sight,” one Republican strategist who is in frequent contact with the White House told Business Insider on Friday. Asked why the president was obsessed with Alabama instead of the states that would actually be affected by the storm, the strategist said, “You should ask a psychiatrist about that; I’m not sure I’m qualified to comment.”

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Israel's Prime Minister Vows to Begin Annexing West Bank if He Wins Next Week's Election

He gave no indication on whether he had discussed his plans with Trump, but said he would wait for Trump’s peace plan and coordinate all steps with the president, whose team of Mideast advisers is dominated by supporters of the settlements.
U.S. officials said Netanyahu had told them about his proposal ahead of time and had not raised any objections because they do not think it will affect prospects for an eventual agreement. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Parshas "Kee Saitzai La'Milchomoh al Oy'veichah"  

11 Ellul, 5779 °°° Sept. 11, '19

By Binyomin Feinberg,

Contributor to The Jewish Press*

* Perspectives and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the ownership or management of The Jewish Press. (This particular post is a significantly expanded version of the Dispatch column appearing in this week's issue of The Jewish Press.)


On Monday, hundreds of Orthodox Jews, led by about a two dozen or so Rabbinical leaders, trekked to Albany from various New York communities, to beseech the NY Board Of Regents to reject the recently proposed NYS Educational Equivalency Regulations. Those Regulations would require private and religious schools, including Yeshivos and Bais Yaakov girl schools, to comply with the teaching requirements of public schools, and submit to significant government control over the education of their students.

To understand the points raised at the rally, we review some important background information, reported on previously in the Jewish Press Dispatch column.

Section 801a of the NYS Education Law now requires teaching "respect" and "tolerance" for LGBTQ, including those who celebrate the sin of sodomy. The act of sodomy is branded an "abomination" in VaYikra 18:22 and 20:13.  The Dignity for All Students Act, passed in 2010 by the NYS Legislature (including legislators [mis-]representing Orthodox communities), introduced those LGBT indoctrination requirements into law. At the time, political activists kept the Orthodox community in the dark about this legislation. N.Y.state government cleverly interpreted the new law as NOT applying 801a beyond public schools, thereby avoiding alerting  Orthodox communities.

Last November, when the Democratic Party took over the N.Y. state Senate, it attained a trifecta in N.Y., and freed them to reveal their true agenda. Thus, a few weeks after the November election, NYS Dept. of Education Commissioner Elia announced that now even religious schools will be legally required to meet public school requirements. As reported in The Jewish Press, in a subsequent email, the Department of Education clarified that that includes 801a requirements. Elia added that parents of children learning in non-conforming schools will be considered responsible for allowing their children to be truant, which itself starts an entirely separate "process." (Children could be removed from their parents, G-d forbid, for such things.)

At the time, Commissioner Elia issued "Guidelines." Those Guidelines required Yeshivos to comply with educational requirements of Public Schools, including teaching respect for LGBT. Subsequently, a NYS Judge struck down those Guidelines as procedurally deficient. Consequently, NYS Government issued these new "Regulations" in question now. NY did so in order to comply with required procedures, which include providing an opportunity for public comment, followed by issuance of "Guidelines." Those forthcoming Guidelines, intended to elaborate on how to "apply" the general Regulations, would add much detail, specifically including requirements not mentioned altogether in these "Regulations."

For example, *these* Regulations don't mention the LGBTQ teaching requirements of section 801a of N.Y. state Education Law. However, they aren't excluded either. Therefore those LGBTQ requirements could be included in the forthcoming Guidelines with a stroke of a pen, unless of course these Regulations are voted down. And that is precisely what the rally was asking for.

This rally was scheduled for a day when the Regents board was to meet about other matters, inasmuch as they'd all be in Albany that day, to witness community members' expression of concern. The rally, held outside the location on the Regents meetings, comes on the heels of the submission of over 100,000 comments and petitions to the Board of Regents, mostly in strong opposition to the Regulations.

The main address concisely identified the concerns front and center: NY State governmental interference in foundational religious matters. What our readers may find most noteworthy was the fact that the Board of Regents was put on notice here about Jewish concerns over the pro-LGBTQ requirements of Education Law 801a, and that acceptance of these Equivalency Regulations poses a threat of imposing those requirements on private and religious schoolchildren.

There are other concerns with the Regulations, and ensuing Guidelines. However, by far the greatest threat is LGBTQ indoctrination. The pro-sodomy LGBTQ Lobby is unquestionably amongst the most militant movements operating in the arena of Education. It is true that the proposed Requirements, if accepted, could result in the forthcoming Guidelines specifically including requirements to teach about other religions (and in a favored light), or Evolution, or radical Environmental nonsense blaming unregulated human reproduction for climate change and massive hurricanes. But it is hard to conceive of a scenario which would impede the LGBTQ movement from extending their pervasive influence throughout public schools to religious schools,  even Yeshivos, if given legal license to do so, via acceptance of these Regulations.

The primary statement read at the rally implored the members of the Board of Regents to reject these Regulations, and thereby avoid a scenario in which many Orthodox Jews would be compelled to choose between leaving the state or maintaining ongoing non-cooperation with the government on this crux issue. Teaching heresy - or the LGBT agenda - is "something we are obligated to give up our lives to avoid," a reference to the Torah obligation of "Yaihoraig ve'al ya'avor," which applies to such foundational assaults on Judaism. The prospect of engagement in "the storied tradition of nonviolent civil disobedience" was explicitly mentioned. Similar issues were raised in other speeches.

Implementation of such anti-Torah policies would require Jews to shun any cooperation whatsoever with this anti-Biblical, pro-LGBT, and anti-Constitutional  agenda. 

Even from a strictly constitutional perspective, to force Americans to indoctrinate children of any faith, or of none, into the LGBTQ agenda is anathema. The Founding Fathers drew a line with England over issues that were less monumental than this.  To redefine Education as LGBT indoctrination would be a betrayal of the Constitutional Republic, in addition to being an outright rebellion against Our Creator.

The second item covered in the print Dispatch column of this week reports on the IDF persecution of a religious girl, Avigail H., and her severely ill mother, who was an Israeli Air Force captain before she became a baalas teshuva.

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A Famous Argument Against Free Will Has Been Debunked

The death of free will began with thousands of finger taps. In 1964, two German scientists monitored the electrical activity of a dozen people’s brains. Each day for several months, volunteers came into the scientists’ lab at the University of Freiburg to get wires fixed to their scalp from a showerhead-like contraption overhead. The participants sat in a chair, tucked neatly in a metal tollbooth, with only one task: to flex a finger on their right hand at whatever irregular intervals pleased them, over and over, up to 500 times a visit.

israel kin - Video Describing My Divorce

1 Rabbi Gestetner letter:
2.Yediot achronot article: 3.Hachadoshot haboker interview: 4.judge orders examining computers: and 5. Bais din 1 warning about gag order: 6. Rabbi Ginzberg warning about gag order: 7.Ralbag siruv: 8. Agudas harrabonim bais din members: 9.Ralbag bais din psak to stop burial: 10. Mendel epstein court papers: and 11.RCC Siruv: 12. Boyfriend Rachmiel Strausberg  13.ORA protest at shiva:

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Israeli TV show puts wall between secular and ultra-Orthodox Jews

War rages in the heart of the Middle East. Jerusalem is captured. Concrete walls go up, and a deep distrust spreads across the holy land.
The well-worn tale is used as the backdrop to multiple Israeli television dramas. Yet for one show, it is not Arabs and Jews who are doing the fighting, but Jews and Jews.
Currently touring film festivals across the world, the six-part series Autonomies envisions a clash between secular Jews and the deeply religious ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, Jews.
In this vision, set in the near future, civil war has cut the land into two countries. The coastal State of Israel is nonreligious, with the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv as its capital. Jerusalem is a walled, autonomous city-state, run by Haredi rabbis.
At first glance dystopian, the show is in fact an artistic extrapolation of real-life rifts in Israeli society. Many Israelis increasingly see secular-Haredi disaccord about the future of the state as a greater concern than the Palestinian issue, and fear it could tear the country apart from the inside.
Earlier this year, disagreements between secular and religious politicians shattered attempts to form a coalition government and dragged the country into a second round of elections. On 17 September, Israelis will go back to the polls following a campaign in which political parties have sought to exploit internal animosity.