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Spin the Chicken

Friday, September 21st, 2012

A young Jewish man waves a female chicken over his wife’s head in the neighborhood of Meah Shearim, Jerusalem, as part of the Kaparot ritual. The rite is supposed to transfer her sins from last year onto the innocent bird, and the sinful chicken is then given to the poor.

But, wait a minute, if the poor will eat the soup that was made from the sinful chicken, wouldn’t he or she reacquire the man’s wife’s sins?

Our Friend rabbi Josh Yuter from the Stanton Street Shul has tweeted recently that we should combine the two minhagim of Tashlich and Kaparot and throw live chickens into the ocean.

It should make a splash…

One of the few times I did Kaparot was under the Delancey Street bridge, back in the early 1980s. There was a kosher chicken market there for the holidays, and it smelled, well, fowl. The bird felt warm and frightened in my arms, and it endured silently the spinning and the verses I was saying, which, had he understood English should have alerted him to what came next…

I know he would have much preferred a swim in the ocean…

Yori Yanover

Google Hearts Israeli Settlements

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Residents of the town of Ginot Shomron (in the Shomron) are excited today as the Google Earth Camera Car has been driving around their neighborhood taking photos for Google Street View.

(Picture coming soon)

Jewish Press News Briefs

How Much Is Netanyahu Worth?

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Following the minor storm that erupted on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to rearrange his portfolio which is in a blind trust—a request he eventually rescinded—Forbes Israel decided to dig into that portfolio, to find out how rich is Bibi.

The most up-to-date estimate is that the Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu’s combined worth is about 41 million shekels, or $10,197,725. This is roughly 3 million shekel more than last year, suggesting the PM’s blind trustee is on the conservative side – the portfolio is just keeping up with the local inflation.

Neither Bibi nor Sara come from money. Netanyahu accumulated most of his wealth over his short hiatus from politics, between 1999 and 2001.

According to Forbes Israel, during those years Bibi toured the world giving $60 thousand lectures, served as senior consultant to the hi tech company BATM, and pushed business ventures for Epsilor Electric-fuel (today known as Aerotech), orchestrating its merger with Wal-Mart.

Close to half of the Netanyahus wealth is invested in their penthouse in the affluent neighborhood of Rechavia in downtown Jerusalem, and a villa in Caesaria.

For comparison: according to Wealth Wire, President Obama’s assets range between $2.6 million and $9.9 million, while he holds a mortgage of $500,000 to $1 million on his Chicago home. On top of that net worth, the president receives his annual salary of $400,000.

It’s good to be the king…

Tibbi Singer

Cabinet Secretary, Dignitaries Attempt to Strengthen Migron Residents

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser arrived in the last hour to visit the new neighborhood established to accommodate the residents of Migron who are slated to be evicted from their homes today following a Supreme Court hearing.

“I came here to see the progress with my own eyes, not only to read about it on pieces of paper,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Rabbi Dov Lior arrived with regional council head Avi Roeh and Knesset member Uri Ariel to offer support to the residents.  Rabbi Lior spoke at the Migron synagogue.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Two Grad Missiles Hit Eilat

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Two missiles hit Eilat Wednesday evening in an open area near a residential neighborhood.

More details to follow.

Jewish Press News Briefs

A Cold Dip in Mei Neftoach

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

These three Haredi boys have the right idea about temperature management. Just jump in the water and stay there until it’s safe to come out again – say, before Rosh Hashanah.

At least I think they’re Haredi, because one of them has lost control of his earlocks which are flying on either side of his head. But maybe by now boys of all manner of Orthodox Judaism have started to grow payas. See, normally we tell by their yarmulkas…

The pool they just jumped into is in an old Jewish village which is mentioned in the Book of Joshua, Mei Neftoach. In 1948 there was an Arab village here, named Lifta, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The Arab population fled during Israel’s War of Independence, when the Jordanian Legion lay siege to the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem and Jewish units were attempting to break through this area with supplies for the starved city.

The village, which remained intact, sits on a hillside between the main entrance to Jerusalem and the neighborhood of Romema. In 2012, plans to rebuild the village as an upscale neighborhood were rejected by the Jerusalem District Court.

Good looking pool, though.

 

Yori Yanover

NYPD Increasing Protection of Jewish Sites After Bulgarian Bombing

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The New York City Police Department is stepping up its presence at synagogues and in Jewish neighborhoods the wake of yesterday’s deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria, reports NY1.

The website cites NYPD officials who say that critical response vehicles have been re-deployed as a precaution.

Residents of the Upper East Side told NY1 Thursday morning that increased police presence has become a routine sight.

“I think there’s usually a very large police presence in this neighborhood anyway, so I didn’t really notice that much of a difference. I mean, I do notice sometimes that they’re more here than in others, there’s more of a presence, but I think it’s to be expected,” said an Upper East Side local.

The NYPD says there are no specific threats against the city.

City police took similar precautions in March, after three children and a rabbi were gunned down in Toulouse, France.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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