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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.

Anglo Ultra-Orthodox Threaten to Bolt Beit Shemesh Coalition Over Lack of Dialogue

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

BEIT SHEMESH- In an effort to prevent future conflicts between religious factions in the embattled city of Beit Shemesh, which has made headlines in recent weeks due to a sometimes violent running fight over the location of a religious Zionist girls’ school, the Tov party, which represents English speaking members of the Ultra-Orthodox community, has issued a call for the municipality to establish a “Rabbinical committee” to engage in preemptive dialogue regarding controversial issues.

Eli Friedman, who holds the party’s one seat on the municipal council, issued an ultimatum to Beit Shemesh Mayor Rabbi Moshe Abutbol, stating in a letter plastered around the city on broadsheets that unless such a committee is formed, he will be “forced to abandon the municipal coalition and serve the entire Beit Shemesh community from the side of the opposition.”

Tov, widely known to residents as “the moderate haredi” party, only holds one seat in council, making its defection to the opposition less of a substantive threat than a symbolic gesture of disapproval.

“Out of a desire to increase love and friendship between the various communities here in Beit Shemesh, we turn to you with a request to establish a rabbinical committee that will be comprised of [rabbis] from all the religious and haredi communities as well from the old city and from the new,” the letter read.

According to Friedman, the proposed council’s role will be to “sit and work out every public issue that might ignite the fire before it actually happens, with the objective to resolve it and provide a solution, to arrive at a common ground from the perspective of ‘talmidei chachomim [Torah scholars] increase peace in the world’, and in order to prevent the recurrence of violent acts and thuggery that cause chilul Hashem [desecration of the name of God] and give a bad name to the entire haredi community in the city and around the country.”

Recent protests outside the Orot Banot school, during which schoolgirls have been verbally attacked and spat upon for alleged immodest dress, are not “the first and only time a chilul Hashem has been caused by the extremist residents of Beit Shemesh,” Friedman explained.

Taking responsibility on behalf of the Ultra-Orthodox community, the party leader wrote that “it is obvious that unless steps are taken against this evil phenomenon we will not be able to say ‘our hands did not spill the blood.’”

The Tov party, he continued, has “given in many times in the past in the name of peace and unity in Beit Shemesh” but can no longer “be quiet and give in, as we are witness to the horrible results of what is happening in front of our eyes, and their influence on all the haredi communities across Israel.”

“The goal of TOV is to mend tears, and not to deepen them, our interest is also to glorify the name of our city and not to distance different groups of residents from it.”

The Municipality has thus far declined to respond to requests for comment from The Jewish Press.

Speaking with The Jewish Press, party activist and Anglo department head Mendy Newman stated that, in his estimation, it is important that “there be a non-political venue for dialogue between the various [communities] in the city with the goal of resolving religious tensions before they flare up.”

“It is not enough to deal with issues as they arise,” he said, “but rather the city government must take positive steps to increase dialogue and unity between all residents of the city in an effort to avoid future problems.”

The Mayor, together with Rabbi Shmuel Pappenheim, a local Ultra-Orthodox activist affiliated with the anti-Zionist Edah Haredit umbrella organization, have held several meetings between the local zealots, known as the Sicarii, and leaders of the religious-Zionist community in the past, but these meetings were ultimately unsuccessful.

Advocating a system of preventative dialogue, rather than holding talks after matters have spilled over into the streets, Newman told The Jewish Press that the proposed forum “could be very helpful in preventing religious conflicts and forging common ground on issues.”

However, despite the blow to the Mayor’s prestige that would result in the Tov party’s defection, Mayor Abutbol has so far declined to respond to the ultimatum.

While “we have not received any response from the Mayor to our idea,” Newman stated, “we have only heard positive responses from various [rabbis] throughout the city,” though he declined to cite which rabbis have signed on to the initiative.

Rabbi Yaakov Haber, another local American Ultra-Orthodox leader and the Rabbi of the  Kehillas Shivtei Yeshurun synagogue in Ramat Beit Shemesh, has also publicly sought a solution to the issue of the “chillul Hashem” that Orthodox Jews believe the recent conflict to have caused.

According to locals, the Rabbi recently held a town hall meeting in which residents were encouraged to offer suggestions regarding ways in which to increase unity between the various sectors in the city.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/anglo-ultra-orthodox-threaten-to-bolt-beit-shemesh-coalition-over-lack-of-dialogue/2012/01/10/

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