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Bob Costas Facing Wrath of Gun Owners After Gun-Control Comments

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Following his comments on Sunday night football advocating for greater gun control, NBC sports announcer Bob Costas is facing growing anger by gun owning football fans who are calling on the NFL to ban Costas.

The angry fans have started a Facebook page, entitled “The NFL Should Ban Bob Costas.” The page has over 1500 likes and is growing by the minute.

According to the page, “Bob Costas is just another liberal mouth piece for the NBC socialist media. The NFL is supported by a large number of gun owners that are sick of this anti-liberty rhetoric. It is time for the NFL to make a statement. Do you want our business or not?!”

Following a murder-suicide carried out by Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher over the weekend which left him and his girlfriend dead, Costas advocated for stricter gun control regulations during the halftime segment of NBC’s Sunday Night Football, quoting an article by a Fox Sports columnist.

Observing Shabbat Worldwide to Protect Israel

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

“Just as Shabbat has kept the Jews throughout the generations, Shabbat has also kept us.”  A 28-year-old man who left Chicago three years ago to make Israel his home, is, therefore, turning to Shabbat to unify those who wish to spiritually protect the Jewish nation.

In 2005, Yosef Meir Rabin served with Israel’s Defense Forces as part of the Machal, or Overseas Volunteer unit.  Now he’s an Israeli, an observant Jew and someone who takes to heart what he hears from his rabbis.

On Sunday, November 18,  Rabin joined thousands of others in Jerusalem at the kotel.  They were there to pray for the safety of Israel’s soldiers in their fight against Gaza terrorists in Operation Pillar of Defense.  In addition to other prayers, they said slichot, prayers typically recited as we approach the high Holy Days.  The prayer for the safety of Israel’s soldiers was also recited.

The Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Shlomo Amar, encouraged everyone to keep Shabbat, especially at this time.  Rabin repeated Rabbi Amar’s words to The Jewish Press, “Shabbat is the greatest spiritual connection.”

The next day, Yosef kept playing over in his mind the words he had heard, and the special prayers that were said at the Kotel.  He decided to include those who weren’t able to join him, to amplify the powerful words spoken there, and to spiritually connect all lovers of Israel with a day focused on the safety of the Jewish nation’s citizens and soldiers.

Rabin took a simple idea and is sharing it with the world.  Or at least those on Facebook.  He created a Facebook page for a United Shabbat, on which he has asked people to commit to spending this Shabbat thinking about and praying for the safety of Israel. People are asked to refrain from all the 39 forbidden Shabbat activities, and to instead spend the 25 hour with friends and family eating, singing and praying for the welfare of the IDF and of our Jewish nation.  All non-Jewish supporters of Israel are invited to join in by praying for and thinking about the health and safety of Israel and the IDF.

Rabin told The Jewish Press that “just as the Jews have kept Shabbat throughout the generations, the Shabbat has also kept us. It is, as our Sages teach, ‘A source of Blessing.’  With this in mind, the 25 hours of Shabbat beginning on Friday, November 23 will be a Global United Shabbat.

A link is provided on the Worldwide Shabbat page so that folks anywhere in the world can find out where Shabbat begins in their location.  And the Hebrew language, transliteration and English translation of the prayers for the IDF are also on the page.

Rabin said he “hopes this United Shabbat will bring together the Jewish Nation and bring great spiritual protection to our endangered brothers and sisters, and of course our holy Soldiers who bravely stand guard on our nation and land.”

The page was launched on Monday, November 20, and several hundred people have already signed on.  Anyone who wants to join in should go to the Facebook page, “Worldwide Shabbat Observance for the Protection of Israeli Soldiers and Citizens.”  Of course it isn’t necessary to go to the Facebook page, but, as Rabin noted, “it will provide a sense of community and solidarity.”

Can an Orthodox Jewish Woman Have it All?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

As I began reading an article in the Forward by Aurora Mendelsohn about whether a Jewish woman can have it all (meaning a career and an observant family) I received a call from my daughter about an article in the Chicago Tribune* about one woman who does have it all.

Her name is Talia Mashiach. And indeed she does have it all. And I was glad to see that she didn’t Kvetch about how difficult it is for her to fulfill her role as a Jewish woman and have a successful career at the same time. She seemed to revel in her success at both. More about Talia later.

This is not to say that Ms. Mendelsohn doesn’t make some valid points. She does. But whenever I read one of these feminist based articles, it always seems like someone is Kvetching about how hard it is for a woman to be successful in a male dominated society in general and in Judaism in particular.

Ms. Mendelsohn mentioned the things she has to do in order to be more fulfilled as a Jew while raising children. Like taking turns with her husband going to Shul for Kol Nidre in alternate years. She talks about breaking barriers of stereotypical male-female roles in the workplace and in Judaism. To that end she advocates flextime for parents in the workplace to enable better parenting for both.

And then – as is common among some feminist types – she implies that Rishonim like the Avudraham and later the Shulchan Aruch that reflect his views were influenced by the misogyny of their time. Albeit praising them for recognizing that indeed no one can really have it all – which is why in Judaism women are exempt from most of the time bound positive Mitzvos.

However, in the current spirit of egalitarianism she says that women should be given greater roles in the synagogue while men should be encouraged to become more domestic. Kind of a role reversal.

Right. That is what Judaism is all about. Role reversal. I have heard this argument ad nauseum. Is this what is now demanded?! In order to achieve some sort of parity with men, women need to go to Shul while men stay home with their children?! I guess so if one follows the example of the Mendelsohn household. This seems to be the current trend in Orthodox feminism. Push the envelope so far that men take on the traditional roles of women so that women can take on the traditional roles of men… All within the parameters of Halacha of course.

I am not even going to attempt to argue the point here. Been there and done that. I just want to contrast that with a woman who probably has more of what Ms. Mendelsohn seeks than she ever will and does so without the need to change Orthodox Judaism as we know it.

Talia Mashiach is one of the most successful career women in the Orthodox world. I know her and her husband. They are day school and yeshiva educated Orthodox Jews who send their children to Arie Crown Hebrew Day School. She not only has a successful career in business, she has a successful career as a mother. An Orthodox mother that does not ignore her children or her Judaism.

At age 35, Talia Mashaich is a self-made millionaire. She has created many successful businesses and is about to corner the market on corporate event planning by digitalizing every aspect of it online. Her business acumen has attracted some big name venture capitalists and they have not been disappointed with the returns on their investments. She loves what she does and is highly respected in the corporate world. She does what’s necessary to succeed without sacrificing one iota of her Judaism. She has made sure of that.

As her husband Shmuel said in the Tribune article, she is as good a mom and wife as she is in business.

Talia organizes her schedule so that she can be home by the time her children come home for school. Fridays she generally works out of her house. Evenings are spent with her family. She hires household help to take care of cleaning and cooking allowing her to maximize her time with her family.

Weekends are hallowed time for the Mashiachs and on Shabbos they often host friends and family for Friday night and Shabbos morning meals. And of course she is unplugged from all technology. That – she says – rejuvenates her for the new work week.

She does it all without Kvetching about how Judaism has somehow failed women spiritually.

Before anyone accuses me of being insensitive to those women who feel they need “more” in order to express their spirituality than mainstream Orthodoxy gives them, please don’t bother. I get it. Some people (men as well as women) feel they need more to express their service to God than Judaism requires of them. My point here is that this is certainly not the case for all. Jewish women need not seek Shul participation in order to be fulfilled as a Jew or as a woman. Ask Talia.

That said Talia freely admits that what she does is not for everyone – certainly not everyone has her skill set. But she is living proof that an Orthodox Jewish woman can indeed have it all. Without the need to eat, live, and breathe the feminist clarion call of egalitarianism. There was not a hint of that in this very beautiful article in the Chicago Tribune.

At age 35 she has succeeded in business in ways that would make many even successful men envious. If things keep going her way, she could be the next Mark Zuckerberg. All while maintaining her role as the quintessential Jewish woman without sacrificing one iota of her Judaism. My hat is off to her.

*(Unfortunately one must be a subscriber to the digital version of Chicago Tribune to see the article online. But it is a front page story in the business section – print edition.)

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Rabbi Kanievsky: Burn Your iPhones

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who of Israel’s pre-eminent haredi rabbis, issued a public notice on Sunday urging owners of iPhones to burn their devices, comparing the popular cell phones to weapons of war.

The ban on iPhone products was published on the front page of the popular haredi paper Yated Ne’eman.  The edict stated that not only is it forbidden for Jews to possess an iPhone, but that it is also not permitted to sell the phone to non-Jews, citing a Jewish law forbidding the sale of weapons to non-Jews.  The only solution – burning the device.

Rabbi Kanievsky’s ruling came after he was approached by businessman asking his opinion about the phones.  The Eda Haredit has also condemned iPhones and all other smart phones.

Smartphone devices have been condemned by many hareidi rabbis due to the ease of using the internet privately, taking part insocial media, and accessing pornography sites.

Members of the hareidi public have been encouraged by their leaders to use “kosher cell phones” which have no internet or text message capability.

Crossword Puzzle – K2

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Across

1. Yearn

5. Number cruncher, for short

8. Tiny creature (var.)

13. Little buffalo

14. Get an F

15. Kind of position

16. Perfume brand by Dana

17. Coffee dispensers

18. Kind of line

19. Doeg’s horrible sin

22. Poet’s palindromic preposition

23. Sense of self

24. Richard ___

25. Yummy pastries with very few stores in the northeastern United States.

31. Camp or kibbutz

34. Stan who created Spider-Man

35. Apiece, in scores

36. Actress Moran from “Happy Days”

37. Injury

39. Sage

40. Sensitive subject, to some

41. Meal source

42. All over again

43. (Obvious) name for a Jewish eatery found at an angle

49. C.I.A.’s forerunner

50. Aquarium denizen

51. Have a run

54. Famous Jewish entertainer who is yellow

59. Indian coin

60. Dumbfounded

61. Earthen pot

62. Part of a tennis court

63. “Buenos ___”

64. Pizzeria output

65. English university city

66. Queen, maybe

67. Genesis son

Down

1. Jewish seasonal treat

2. Kind of personality

3. Majestic

4. Frenchman, once

5. Some shorts (pl.)

6. Girlie color

7. “Not to mention …”

8. Important occasion

9. Hardly Mr. Nice Guy

10. Small case

11. It’s soothing

12. Cockpit reading: Abbr.

14. Mushrooms, e.g.

20. Occupational suffix

21. Did Half Dome

25. Folks, e.g.

26. Cartoon canine

27. Hankering

28. Primary

29. “… or ___!”

30. Knocked off, biblically

31. Tap trouble

32. Jason’s ship

33. Struggles

37. Least good

38. Furniture wood

39. Yom Kippur, e.g.

44. Did hachnasat orchim

45. College application parts

46. Fix, as leftovers

47. Exigencies

48. Caribou kin

51. Often photographed actress

52. Young night flyer

53. Grind

54. Cabbage like vegetable

55. Agitate

56. “Etc…etc…,” when tripled

57. Kind of bed

58. Cuts off

59. Amigo

The Crossword puzzle appears on this page the first week of every month.

(Answers, next week)

Yoni can be reached at yoniglatt@gmail.com.

Judge Rules Rachel Corrie’s Death an Accident

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Judge Oded Gershon of Haifa District Court ruled today that the death of Rachel Corrie in 2003 was an accident.  In a 62 page verdict, the judge stated there was no liability on the part of the Israel Defense Force.  He also found there was no fault in the month-long military investigation which the Israeli military undertook immediately following Corrie’s death.  The Israel Defense Force has been cleared of responsibility.

The judge found that Corrie was in a closed military zone.  Further, he ruled that, based upon the evidence, the driver of the bulldozer,  whom the plaintiffs had claimed intentionally or negligently killed Corrie, could not have seen the International Solidarity Movement volunteer before she was struck.  Corrie could have saved herself, the judge found, if she had removed herself from the situation.

All claims of negligence against Israel in the death of Rachel Corrie have been dismissed.  Corrie’s parents, the plaintiffs in the wrongful death case, will not be charged with court costs.

Read: Why US Ambassador Condemned IDF Probe, Boosting ISM’s Rachel Corrie Myth

French Rabbi Receives Threat to ‘Punish’ Jews for Complaining

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The chief rabbi of Lyon, Richard Wertenschlag, has received a letter threatening to “punish a Jew for every complaint the Jews make on TV.”

The threat came in a two-page letter delivered to Wertenschlag on Aug. 10. It contained two photos of a concentration camp, according to Dr. Richard Prasquier, president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, CRIF.

Wertenschlag, who reported the letter to the authorities, opened the letter on Aug. 12, according to CRIF.

The authors of the “small, dense handwritten text” signed with the words “the righteous network.”

They added, “Every time you go on television to complain, a Jew – man, woman, child or family – will be punished.” Further down, the authors wrote: “See you soon at a synagogue, which has already been chosen.”

Wertenschlag called the letter “the expression of anti-Semitic rage and unimaginable hate.”

He said he had received an earlier hate letter in April, which was both “anti-Semitic and anti-Arab,” but decided not to go to police at the time.

Last month French police arrested two youths in Lyon for allegedly attacking a 17-year-old Jewish boy.

The boy is a student at Ozar Hatorah, a Jewish school in Toulouse where, on March 19, a Muslim extremist murdered three children and a rabbi.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/french-rabbi-receives-threat-to-punish-jews-for-complaining/2012/08/23/

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