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Princeton U. to Get ‘Plastic’ Eruv [video]

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Princeton University will install an eruv next week, allowing several dozen observant Jewish students to carry on Shabbat.

Jewish law prohibits carrying anything, even a baby carriage, unless there is  technical boundary that transforms a public area into a private one.

Central Jersey.com reported:

The school said it was approached by Jewish students and others about having something that is in place in communities that are home to peer institutions of the university as well as in hundreds of towns nationwide where observant Jews live.

A former Orthodox rabbi at the Center for Jewish Life, David Wolkenfeld investigated putting up an eruv five years ago but was told there was no feasible way to construct it.

Princeton director of community and regional affairs Kristin S. Appelget explained that plastic tubing known as lechies would be installed this week on 60 utility poles, according to the website that either PSE&G or Verizon own., according to the website,

Both companies gave permission to use their poles, something that other companies do not always allow.

Below, an Allentown, Pennsylvania rabbis explains the eruv that uses utility poles.

Ashkenazi Hareidi MK Now Cabinet Minister for First Time in 60 Years

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Hareidi Knesset Member Yaakov Litzman now is a full-fledged Cabinet minister, the first time since the days of the Ben-Gurion government that Ashkenazi rabbinical leaders have approved the position.

Unlike the Shas Hareidi Sephardi party, the Ashkenazi Yehadut HaTorah (United Torah Judaism party always has insisted that its Knesset Members not take a full Cabinet post, even if in effect they serve as minister, such as Deputy Health Minister Litzman.

The party did not want its members to carry out the responsibility of a full-fledged Cabinet minister, a post that could place Hareidim in a conflict with issues of Jewish law, such as abortion.

An appeal by an NGO to the High Court that a deputy minister cannot serve as minister without being called as such. The judges ruled in favor of the petitioners, leaving the Torah sages little choice but to allow Litzman to become a Cabinet member, with certain unspecified limits.

Torah sages from several Hareidi sects, including Vishnitz, attended a meeting Thursday morning that the Rebbe of Gur organized to discuss the spread of Shabbat violations in the country.

When the topic of Litzman’s becoming a Cabinet minister came up for discussion, and after a telephone conversation with the Rebbe of Belz, approval was given for Litzman to become a Cabinet minister, and he was blessed to “sanctify G-d’s name.”

Pro-Israel Howard Stern Says Trump Will Be President

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern told listeners Monday that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.


Here is his explanation:

I’ll tell you why I think he’s going to be the nominee: He’s proven that no matter what he says, people dig him.

[Voters} hate illegal immigrants but they just feel funny saying it — whether it’s rational or not — ‘Is the illegal immigrant draining your economy?’ Possibly. ‘Is he taking away your job?’ Possibly.

Trump has been a frequent guest on Stern’s show, which the media star used last year to wildly back Israel in the latest against Hamas missile attacks.

He is against Judaism as an organized religion, but his daughter Emily reportedly has become Orthodox.

The Los Angeles Jewish Journal’s Rob Eshman wrote last year about Stern:

Stern was born Jewish, suffered through—his words—Hebrew school and bar mitzvah studies—and has nothing kind to say about Judaism in particular or organized religion in general.

But the 60 year-old Long Island boy is deeply, tribally, culturally Jewish—and for Jews like him, Israel is the obvious answer to the enduring problem of anti-Semitism, as well as to anti-American, anti-Western, anti-democratic forces in the Middle East.

Stern may be anti-religion, but he is pro-American, pro-democracy, pro-Western and pro-Jews.  So, he is pro-Israel.


PA Terror Cell Arrested for Plotting to Shoot Jews at Joseph’s Tomb

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Israel security forces have arrested an Islamic Jihad in Samaria terror cell for plotting to plant bombs and shoot at Israeli civilians at Joseph Tomb (Kever Yosef).

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the IDF arrested the cell earlier this week and lifted a gag order on the operation Tuesday afternoon.

The cell received directives from Rafat Mohamed Darwish, an Islamic Jihad terrorist operating in Gaza and who is responsible for connecting the terrorist organization with operatives in Judaea and Samaria Region.

Darwish was in charge of arming the cell in order to execute the attack.

Members of the cell arrested are:

Nisim Mohammed Ramdan Rashid Damiri, 30, is of Tulkarm, located east of Netanya. Damiri has been previously arrested on multiple occasions and associated with the Tanzim terrorist group;

Mohammed Mufak Rafik Damiri, 23, also from Tulkarm (’92) and who served as a Palestinian policeman;

Yasir Gaudet Abed Zaruri, 35, a former Hamas terrorist from Shechem and who previously has been arrested; and

Aduen Padel Hassan Nazel, 24, from the village of Qabatiya, south of Jenin in northern Samaria. .

The investigation revealed that each member of the cell held a specific position, such as acquiring weapons, gathering intelligence and executing the attack.

The residents of Nablus and Qabatiya were in charge acquiring the weapons, training and logistics, while the residents of Tulkarm were responsible for executing the attack. Nisim Damiri was planning to execute the attack, and Mohammed Damiri gathered intelligence information regarding the worshipers’ activities in Joseph’s Tomb.

Zaruri admitted to agreeing to teach Nisim Damiri how to prepare an improvised explosive device (IED).

Nazel revealed he was contacted by Darwish from Gaza, who asked him to supply the cell with weapons for the attack.

The case has been transferred to the Military Court in the in the Samaria Region in order to indict the four terrorists.

IDF spokesmen added:

The investigation revealed the clear and continued intent of operatives in the Gaza Strip to recruit terrorists as well as direct and lead terror activities in the Judea and Samaria Region.

Islamic Waqf Authority Guard Arrested on Temple Mount

Monday, August 10th, 2015

In a new twist, a Waqf Islamic Authority security guard was arrested Monday morning in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount.

Israeli security personnel were forced to use pepper spray to bring the situation under control.

The incident occurred when Israel Border Guard Police refused entry to a group of Arab minors at the Lions Gate on the grounds they were going to disturb the peace. Usually, it is Jews who are refused entry to the site on such grounds.

The Waqf Authority guard intervened and began to argue with the Israel Police officers.

When they refused to allow the entry, he then tried to attack them, according to security sources. Israeli police immediately arrested the guard and defended themselves with pepper spray when he tried to attack them.

Security footage from the scene also shows that a number of other people in the area, including several other Waqf security officials, were also affected by the spray as well.

Visits by tourists to the site continued uninterrupted following the incident.

It is highly unusual for Israeli forces to arrest Muslims at the site, and completely rare for Waqf officials to ever be taken into custody.

In a special arrangement made with the State of Israel following the 1967 Six Day War, the Kingdom of Jordan was granted de facto authority over the Temple Mount – the holiest site in the Jewish faith, and the third holiest site in Islam – through the Islamic Waqf Authority.

That privilege has been exceedingly abused by the Islamic religious authority which has allowed terrorist clerics in their weekly sermons on Fridays at the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock to incite their followers to carry out murderous attacks on Israeli Jews.

Jews, Arabs Counter-Protest at Entrance to Temple Mount

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Jewish activists and Palestinian Authority Arab protesters shouted slogans at each other in a counter demonstration outside the entrance to the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday morning (August 9).

The Jews held prayers at the rally, calling for Israeli Jewish control over the site, which is considered to be the holiest place on earth in the Jewish faith.

In Islam, the site is believed to be the third holiest place in the world.

The Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque where Muslim worshipers hold prayers on Friday mornings (the Islamic Sabbath is on Friday) are also incubators for incitement to violence by Muslim clerics.

It is within these houses of worship that imams exhort their followers in fiery sermons to ensure that no infidels contaminate the purity of the site and sometimes also urge them to carry out “jihad” — holy war — against Israel as well.

Union to Enforce 4th Commandment and Strike the Airport on Shabbat

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Religious coercion has come from the labor union, of all places, but not for the right reason.

The Histadrut announced on Thursday plans to strike the Ben Gurion Airport throughout this Shabbat – from sundown Friday until Saturday night – but don’t think we are on the eve of the Days of the Messiah.

The union’s problem is not Shabbat. Its complaint is that the Ben Gurion Airport Authority is employing too many contract workers, who are outside of the union.

The Histadrut planned to give those workers the chance to obey the Fourth Commandment, as written in Exodus (Shmot) 20, verses 8-11:

Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it.                       :

Six days may you work and perform all your labor;

But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord, your God; you shall perform no labor, neither you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, your beast, nor your stranger who is in your cities.

For [in] six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.

The Airport Authority and the Histadrut have been talking for a month on the union’s demand to limit the number of contract workers, who now number approximately 500 along with 3,400 unionized employees.

The Histadrut planned to observe Jewish law to the hilt. It not only was going to enforce the Fifth Commandment by not working on Shabbat, but it also was not going to interfere with emergency services, which will operate as usual in line with the dictate that one must work on the Shabbat if it means saving a life.

Later on Thursday, the Histadrut reached an agreement with Airport Authority and called off the strike.

The planned strike came at the peak of the summer tourist season. Air traffic is relatively slow on the Sabbath, but nevertheless there are approximately 200 planes scheduled to take off and land this Shabbat.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/union-to-enforce-4th-commandment-and-strike-the-airport-on-shabbat/2015/08/06/

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