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Antisemitism Is Rampant in Europe, Pass the Matzo

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

My job as employee of the Jewish Press Online includes going over stories put out by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (I’m also in charge of maintaining the office telegraph, which gets tricky on humid days, don’t ask). This morning, as I was going through those motions, I realized there was a common denominator to almost all the news items on display:

Three men believed to be linked to Mohamed Merah were arrested in southern France.

A major survey among Belgian teenagers indicated antisemitism was seven times more prevalent among Muslim youths than in non-Muslim teenagers.

The Greek Golden Dawn party has called for a boycott of Estee Lauder cosmetic products after World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder urged Greece to ban the neo-Nazi group.

A local authority in Switzerland has fired an employee who sent the Israeli embassy an email expressing joy about the death of Jews in a terrorist attack.

A Polish court has ordered a psychiatric examination of a man accused of planning to blow up the country’s parliament building because of “xenophobic, anti-Semitic ideas.”

That’s just since 3 PM Wednesday!

Now, it’s possible that it only looks to us, outsiders, as if Europe is in a 1939 time zone. It’s possible that Jews inside Europe are not nearly as concerned, because they don’t experience antisemitism directly. But that’s not what I hear in shul from French Jews who come to Netanya to vacation and to check out alternative housing while they’re here.

So, if this is 1939, why are we so blasé about it? How come Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t going to the UN to warn the world about it, the way he did the Iranian bomb? Seriously, folks, Europe is a place that can garble up Jews at a rate of thousands every day if we dare look away.

I have to say, if we’ve become desensitized to the signs of an approaching holocaust then we might as well be zombies, we might as well be dead.

And buy a lot of Estee Lauder products, if only to make up for the sales in Greek Nazi stores…

Israeli Buildings Pink-Lit to Fight Breast Cancer

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The tall buildings of Haifa University and the Naveh Nof residential Tower in Bat Yam were lit up in pink Tuesday night in solidarity with an international breast cancer awareness campaign.

The effort is sponsored by the Israel Cancer Association and cosmetics maker Estee Lauder, and seeks to encourage Israeli women to get regular mammograms and breast exams to prevent breast cancer.

A recent report by Israel’s Health Ministry showed that the risk of breast cancer is rising among Jewish women in Israel, with 1 in 7.5 at risk of developing it.  Rates among Arabs are dropping.

Over 200 buildings around the world are taking part in this year’s campaign, including the Empire State building, Buckingham Palace, and the Sydney Opera House.

In 2010 the walls surrounding the Old City in Jerusalem were lit up in pink for that year’s breast awareness campaign.

Israeli Innovations Changing the Jewish World for Purim

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Israel is a Startup Nation. Here are a series of new innovations coming out of Israel making life better, easier, and more fulfilling for Jews around the world.

Israeli optical corporation OROT has developed a special set of glasses meant to provide quality of life to Hareidi sufferers around the world.  Custom-designed to fit males above the age of 13, the new lenses include state-of-the-art technology to place the image of a burka (body veil) over the images of women seen through the glasses.  Expected to hit the market in time for the summer, they are currently available for pre-order in Beit Shemesh.
Beauty giant Estee Lauder and famed Jewish activist Nadia Matar of Women in Green are teaming up to create a first-of-its-kind perfume.  ”Settler” combines the aroma of olive and cedar trees, the scents of rain, earth, and broken rock, and splashes of wild poppy fragrance.  Packaged in bottles made of the remnants of caravans torn down by the government in Amona, Migron, and Havat Gilad, they are all slightly dented, after having arrived from the factory to the store through a series of trempim (hitchhikes).
Settler Woman” will include notes of 100% whole wheat challah (from flour grown in Bat Ayin), while “Settler Man” purveys a hint of 30-day-worn tzitzit (wool, with techelet).  The ad campaign, entitled “Settler: The Scent of the Hilltops”, will feature Bar Refaeli, with music by Sinai Tor.  For sale starting on Jerusalem Day 5772, it will be available throughout Judea, Samaria and the Golan, as well as Christian communities throughout the American South.
Concerned about committing the Torah-forbidden sin of embarrassing your host, yet concerned about eating an inferior Badatz hechsher?  The new “Hechsher Sniffer” is an inconspicuous device worn on the lapel which detects the various Badatz hechshers used in a food about to be consumed.  Worn as a pin (options include “Moshiach Now”, which is black “Kiss Me, I’m Litvish”, which is also black and “I Love Issurs”, which is in black for the fashion-forward) and accompanying earpiece, “Hechsher Sniffer” whispers the names of the hechsherim present in a food placed in front of the pin.
Additional software can be installed to offer excuses as to why food placed on the wearers plate will not be consumed by the wearer.  Excuses include “I’m Fleishig/Milchigs”, “I have Celiac” and “If I ate this, my wife might get jealous that I love it so much.  No, really”.  Audio software is currently available in Borough Park, Williamsburg, Mea Shearim and Bnei Barak dialects.  Versions which detect non-Badatz hechshers will not be developed – if your host didn’t eat Badatz, you wouldn’t be friends with him anyway, so what’s the point?
For English-speaking immigrants to Israel, a new product to thwart the pesky problem of relatives and friends who insult the Holy Land.  Dibat HaAretz Drops are a tasteless, odorless food additive which produces flatulence when exposed to untoward commentary about Israel, Israelis, or aliyah.   Seven drops in any food will remain effective for 18 hours, and produce instant turgidness when any unfavorable statements are made about schooling, Torah, livelihood, or politics in Israel by the ingestor.  Serving a double effect, the drops are both meant to provide subtle Pavlovian conditioning in the unsuspecting consumer, while also rendering him unsavory and unpopular in his surroundings.
iPhone’s new Shidduch App has earned 18 million dollars in the first day of sales, providing users with instant assurance as to whether a marriage prospect is appropriate.  Settings are availabe for Ashkenazi and Sephardic couples.  The Ashkenazi service includes instant readings on a wide array of topics such as “Will she get along with my mother”, “will her kugels be good enough for the Kiddush Club”, and Fashion Costs Predictor for the men, as well as women’s features such as Gemara aptitude measuring device “Learn-o-meter“, Dvar Torah aptitude device “Talk-o-meter” and portrait-posing aptitude measuring device “Pict-o-meter”.  The Sephardic service compares the woman’s Moroccan fish with that of the man’s mother, and the man’s temper with that of the girl’s father.
All app users can avail themselves of the Shana Rishona calculator, which determines the likelihood of the match to thrive in relationship to the amount of financial support the parents are willing to provide, and the proximity of the couple’s new home to that of each of their parents.

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