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July 2, 2015 / 15 Tammuz, 5775
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The Future of Diaspora Jews and Israelis Abroad

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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European Jewry is in trouble, says Yishai, but should all European Jews immigrate to Israel? Yishai is joined in-studio by Zvika Klein, Jewish World correspondent for the NRG news site and the Hebrew weekly Makor Rishon, to discuss the future of the Diaspora, in view of anti-Jewish legislation, such as the ban on circumcisions and kosher slaughter.

Then, when the state of Israel was established, Israelis were discouraged from leaving — so much so that they were not allowed to cast absentee ballots from abroad. That attitude has changed for many reasons, among them the large number of Israelis who leave the country to study and work. Should the law be adjusted to take this into account? Yishai is joined by Avinoam Bar-Yosef, president and founding director of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, and formerly the US bureau chief for the Hebrew daily Ma’ariv, to talk about this issue specifically and the state of the Jewish people in general.

Yishai Fleisher on Twitter: @YishaiFleisher
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Views of Israel from Home and Abroad

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Hear interviews about American anti-BDS efforts, Temple Mount woes and the rabbinate’s monopoly on Kosher certification. Yishai is joined by Doron Hindin, attorney at the prestigious law firm Herzog, Fox, Neeman. Doron, who specializes in fighting BDS through legal and other means, talks about new anti-BDS resolutions by US state assemblies and senates.

Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Jerusalem Post editorial page editor Matthew Wagner, op-ed editor Seth Frantzman and magazine editor Laura Kelly to discuss an array of issues: Why is there anarchy on the Temple Mount? Are civil rights of both Jews and Arabs being protected? What is happening with the Dead Sea? And why is the rabbinate worried about its monopoly on kosher certification?

Yishai Fleisher on Twitter: @YishaiFleisher
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Chag Kasher v. Sa’meach

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

{Originally posted to author’s website, FirstOne Through}

I am neither a cook nor a chef.

While I love to eat, my wife prohibits me from doing any food preparation for fear -not without reason or history- that should I venture into her holy sanctuary, the entire room – no, the house itself! – would become un-kosher.

Over time, my place has become confined to the kitchen table. It is there that I must sit and wait for my meals, not unlike our dog (which she prefers on most days) who waits before his bowl. Remarkably, I am afforded more table scraps than him. Score one for me.

This is not to say that I cannot approach the sink. My share of the household bargain falls on cleaning up after meals. My wife considers the dishwasher and garbage pail safe terrain, as I can usually deduce whether I just consumed a dairy or meat meal.

That all ends on Passover.

When I think of my wife on Passover, I am reminded of the final scene from the movie Gallipoli where manic soldiers charge an Ottoman trench, knowing of their certain death. A fury fills her eyes as the holiday approaches and I know that no cleaning I do could ever satisfy her Kashrut Compulsive Disorder (commonly referred to by Jewish psychiatrists as KCD). This non-silent killer has taken more husbands than latkes on Hanukah.

My wife, let’s call her “Pharaoh” to protect her identity from the teachers in school who think of her as a sweet, mild-mannered parent, despises Passover. Her venom is matched by her vigilance as she tries to square the invisible shmura matzah of Passover kashrut stringencies with her own KCD.

The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt had it easier than my modern Pharaoh. The ancient kings had teams of advisers and thousands of slaves to execute their commands. Today’s Pharaoh is left with a spouse who only gets to clean in the kitchen during most of the year because we have two dishwashers. More warriors are clearly needed for the task.

New York has an outsourced cleaning industry which features companies with jolly names like “Molly Maids” and “PIG” which stands for “Partners in Grime”. When these companies drop the non-kosher acronyms and become armed with blowtorches, perhaps Pharaoh will “let these people come.”

Well, in truth, they do come.  They come a few times in succession to make sure that one team picked up where the first team may have been sloppy. At $400 a pop, the twelve cleaning tours of duty make a not so subtle reminder that we could have gone to a Passover program in the sun somewhere.

The cleaning troupes do not absolve me of cleaning (nor the sin of making Passover at home). My tasks are to lift and move large objects around the house in case a morsel of bread was carried there by a microscopic antisemitic mouse.  Dishwashers are pulled from their moorings. Refrigerators are yanked from the walls.  I am ordered to lift the island in the kitchen, until my rabbi steps in on my behalf (only because he thought I was too weak). My dog snickers at my misery.  He and I are back to break-even.

After eighteen gallons of bleach have been pored over every inch of the kitchen, and the flees on my dog would no longer consider smelling (let alone eating) anything in the house, my next task is assigned. Foiling.

Foiling on Pesach has nothing to do with fencing.  It involves rolling out aluminum foil over counter top. For the hardcore, the foiling of tables, chairs, cushions is warranted.  Our family is so famous for our foiling, that we get Happy Passover cards from Alcoa.

As the first seder arrives, Pharaoh starts to resemble my former wife again. The house is indeed clean enough that even Eliyahu would be impressed.  Family and friends gather around the table to recount the timeless story… of how no one in the shtetls had more than one pot and somehow made Passover.

As has become our tradition, before I recite the Kiddush to start the seder, my wife inverts the very order of the seder. She sings out in a loud, yet exhausted, teary voice “Hashana ha’ba’a b’Yerushayim” – Next year in Jerusalem. Everyone joins in.

 

Kosher l’Besach

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The Arabic language doesn’t have the consonant ‘P’, which makes it difficult for many Arabs to pronounce words that aren’t part of their native language, such as the words “Palestine”, “Pesach” and “Passover”.

Instead Arabs replace the “P” with a “B“.

Apparently not being able to pronounce it, also means not being able to hear it correctly either.

A sharp-eyed Israeli inspector captured this shipment of eggs that Balestinians from the B.A. were trying to illegally smuggle into Little Israel.

The stamp on the egg says “Kosher Besach” instead of “Kosher Pesach”.

Oops. Foiled Again.

Hagala

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

A man makes his cooking pots kosher for Passover by dipping them into boiling water, in a process called Hagala.

Son of R. Ovadia Yosef, zt’l, Faces Probe in Holon

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Holon Chief Rabbi Avraham Yosef, son of the late Shas spiritual leader and former Israel Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, is under investigation.

The Tel Aviv district attorney’s office informed the rabbi that he may be charged with corruption, subject to a hearing, in connection with suspicions of breach of trust and fraud.

The rabbi is suspected of discriminating against various kashrut supervision authorities that oversee processing for ‘mehadrin’ or strictly kosher meat products in Holon and Or Yehuda, in favor of the Badatz Beit Yosef, which is owned by the Yosef family.

The move would be considered abuse of his position as a chief rabbi of the city, and a conflict of interest.

Israeli Chief Rabbinate Working to Lower Kashrut Costs

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is hoping to lower the cost of kashrut by approving more foreign kashrut certification organizations. The initiative comes in context of a general move by the Finance Ministry to lower the cost of living in the Jewish State.

In addition, it was announced Tuesday that the Chief Rabbinate will create a committee to explore new ways to supervise the kashrut and quality foreign dairies. The agency said itis hoping to use enhanced technology to reduce the price of dairy imports while improving competition in the field.

Data presented at a ministerial meeting on Tuesday indicated a wide disparity between the price of imported dairy products and those produced in Israel.

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