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August 27, 2016 / 23 Av, 5776

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Sports Minister Employed Kabbalist to Secure Yarden Gerbi’s Medal

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Shortly before the start of Tuesday night’s round that ended in Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi’s victory in the Rio Olympic Games, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev (Likud) who is present at the games, sent an SMS to “the kabbalist from Netivot,” Rabbi Netanel Shriki, a.k.a. “the tunnel collapser,” asking for his help.

One of the people close to the mystic disseminated a screenshot of his cell phone with the message from Regev: “Dear Rabbi, how are you? We here hope and pray that we’ll get a bronze medal. Yarden Gerbi’s bout is in halaf an hour, we deserve to get a medal and hear the national anthem.”

Rabbi Shriki praying at the Gaza border fence / Source: Facebook

Rabbi Shriki praying at the Gaza border fence / Source: Facebook

Rabbi Shriki’s followers believe that he has been bringing down the Hamas tunnels with the power of his prayers. During the two-month period last spring, when about ten Hamas tunnels collapsed, some burying Hamas terrorists under the rubble, the students of Rabbi Shriki from Netivot, near the Gaza border, were certain their rabbi was the cause. In early 2016, he began praying at the border fence, exposed to sniper fire from the other side, asking God to help Israel. His students have no doubt that his prayers were being answered (On Tuesday this week, just before Gerbi earned her bronze medal, yet another tunnel collapsed, burying alive the Islamic Jihad terrorists inside).

The students told website Haredi 10 they saw the rabbi go out to the fields to pray for the tunnels to collapse, and each time, a tunnel collapse was reported shortly thereafter.

“This is already not a case of a string of circumstantial events,” the students insisted. “Five times in a row he went out to pray for the tunnels to collapse, and each time it happened.”

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Israeli Gymnasts Win Gold in Baku Just Before Olympic Games in Rio

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

The Israeli team brought home several medals from the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku, Azerbaijan on Sunday just two weeks before flying to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The competition ended today with an impressive gold medal for the Israeli team at the ribbons event. The judges awarded the girls 18.500 points, putting them ahead of the Russian team by just 0.15 points.

Israel also took the gold for this event at the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships earlier this month.

In addition, the team won a silver medal on July 17 in the group all-around category, which is one of the important categories in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio.

Veteran gymnast Neta Rivkin won the bronze medal during the individual ball event earlier on Sunday.

Rivkin was selected to hold the Israeli flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The 2016 games will be her third as she competed at both the London and Beijing Olympic Games.

“My ambition is to win an Olympic medal. All my efforts are currently focused on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; I am putting in doing my absolute utmost to do the very best at the Olympics,” said Rivkin.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Tel Aviv Yafo Celebrates Water Sports This Week in ‘Sail 2016’

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The largest water sports festival in Israel began Monday (April 18) at the Tel Aviv Marina.

Sail Tel Aviv Yafo 2016” runs from April 18 – 28 was initiated by “Atarim” and the Israel Yacht Club in memory of Major Asaf Asulin. More than 600 children will compete in the national championship in the event, hosted by the Tel Aviv Marina.

Hundreds of yachts, surfers, kayaks, SUPs, swimmers and marine enthusiasts are taking part in the event.

The festival is hosting a variety of water sports activities and competitions that include beach volleyball, open water swimming and a variety of races involving small vessels.

Hana Levi Julian

New Israeli Smartglasses Use Elbit Jet Technology for Cyclists

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) Driven by a passion for cycling, a brand-new Israeli company called Everysight will be offering smartglasses for cyclists in 2016, marketed as Raptor by Everysight. Raptor smartglasses pack uniquely unobtrusive display technology and powerful functions into a deceptively sleek design. The product looks and feels like traditional sports eyewear, but with hidden technology that helps athletes get the most out of their activity.

Raptor will come equipped with Everysight Beam technology, similar to what pilots have been using for decades: see-through display technology that crisply overlays information directly in the wearer’s line of sight. With Everysight Beam, the lens itself serves as the augmented display, eliminating offset displays found on other smartglasses. Everysight Beam avoids peripheral distractions, reduces eyestrain and eliminates opaque display elements that can obscure the view. In addition to superior optics, smartglasses with Everysight Beam are stylish, lighter and more comfortable.

According to Velo News, as the smartglass technology matures, designers attempt to bring information to users when it’s wanted, without being distracting, without too much extra weight, and without making the wearer look like a robot: “Wearable tech works when it looks and feels like the analog technology it’s replacing — the Apple Watch looks and wears like a watch — while adding functionality. This is one reason why Google Glass failed, even with all of that company’s development power. Whoever can get closest to a regular pair of glasses is likely to dominate.”

Everysight, a revolutionary new consumer wearable technology company, was spun out of Elbit Systems, the largest defense technology company in Israel and a market leader in advanced fighter jet and rotary wing helmet mounted display systems. Everysight announced its official launch on Tuesday. The company uses Elbit’s decades of cutting edge experience in augmented reality and vision display systems to get into the consumer wearable market.

“We have more than 30 years of experience and dominate the market in vision systems and augmented reality, integrating real-time data in pilots’ helmets to optimize performance and keep pilots safe and focused on what matters,” said Asaf Ashkenazi, CEO of Everysight. “Now we’re bringing this experience to the consumer market with smartglasses that will revolutionize how athletes see and experience information. Raptor is the first step in our greater plan to create a full line of smartglasses.”

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Israeli Flags Banned from Jewish-Arab Soccer Game

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Police have ordered that no flags, including those of the State of Israel, will be allowed at a soccer match between Beitar Jerusalem and the team from the Galilee city of Sahknin next week.

Fans of Beitar have a reputation for being rowdy and racist, and sometimes violent.

Police said no “non-sport” objects, including flags, will be allowed into the stadium in Sahknin, where fans will undergo a strict inspection before entering.

Approximately 600 policemen will be deployed, in addition to 100 guards, to prevent disorder.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Quick, Somebody Tell the Messiah — No Soccer in Israel this Shabbat

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Jerusalem Talmud (Ta’anit 1a) promises the arrival of the Messiah as soon as the Jews keep one proper Shabbat—the Babylonian (Shabbat 118b) requires two consecutive Shabbat days. As things look now, this coming Shabbat will offer an opportunity to Jews in Israel to usher in the redeemer since a state court has decided that Shabbat games are a criminal violation of Israel’s labor laws.

For as long as the good people of Israel can remember—some say at least 100 year, major league soccer was played mostly on Shabbat, because that’s the country’s day off. Even a number of religious Jews would walk to their local stadium as soon as services in shul were over.

But then, in August, the union of Israeli soccer players asked a labor court in Tel Aviv to suspend soccer games on Shabbat, because they’ve been conducted illegally. Working on Shabbat is against the law in Israel, and a business that wishes to stay open on God’s day of rest must acquire a special permit. It so happens that in 100 years no one has thought to get the permit.

Labor Court Judge Ariela Glitzr Katz told both parties in the dispute, the players and the league: “Holding football matches on Shabbat is a criminal offense and will not permit for employment which is contrary to the law.”

The judge mentioned one remedy: the league should request a proper permit from the Minister of the Economy, who is in charge of labor issues in Israel. It so happens that said Minister of the Economy is Aryeh Deri (Shas), a Sephardi ultra-Orthodox Jew who would issue such a permit only if he desires political suicide.

This may be the most critical turn in the already fragile status quo between state and religion as well as between secular and religious Israelis. Soccer is almost a state religion for many Israelis, and the idea of a Shabbat without games is intolerable to millions.

MK Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Beiteinu) advocated toppling the Netanyahu government over its failure to deliver soccer on Shabbat.

The league management sent a heartfelt, lengthy appeal to Minister Deri, citing the risk of teams collapsing, despondent adults and children wandering the streets aimlessly, social programs collapsing — the minister is yet to respond, which also means that Deri is choosing to ignore a deadline imposed by the league, demanding that he answer their call by Monday or there would be no soccer on Shabbat.

Meanwhile, many players have been sharing online and with the media how delighted they are to be able to spend Shabbat with their families.

Israel Radio announced on Monday afternoon that the league has announced the cancellation of all the league games this coming Shabbat. Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, who previously declared her support for the players, is now suggesting that the Attorney General could issue a temporary permit for the next two months, a time that would be used by a task force to come up with an alternative.

The fact is that most Israelis are off on Fridays, too, and could probably hit the stands by 1:00 PM and still make it home in time for candle lighting, even on a winter Friday.

Otherwise — prepare for the arrival of Messiah, and dress lightly, temperatures in Israel have been in the 90s since mid-July.

JNi.Media

Cardiff Kills Exhibition of Jews, Muslims, Christians Playing Together Because It Was Shot in Israel

Friday, September 4th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Cardiff Council Cancelled the Photo Exhibition “Jewish-Arab football: diversity and coexistence through lower-league football,” planned in celebration of a soccer match between Wales and Israel on Sunday, because the photos had been shot in Israel.

But a spokesperson for Cardiff Council stated that the exhibition had been closed less than 24 hours after it had opened — “following a complaint.”

“The Council is aware there are protests planned around the Wales Israel game at the weekend and this was taken into consideration,” the spokesperson said, adding that while “our libraries are buildings which promote free speech,” nevertheless “it was felt that running this exhibition could lead visitors to suppose that the Council was displaying bias.”

The project, created by photographers Gad Salner and Vadim Tarasov, focuses on lower-league football throughout Israel, emphasizing how Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities come together through the beautiful game.

The exhibition’s alleged “bias” was expressed in its intro: “From forgotten Arab villages in the north to dusty Jewish neighborhoods in the south, we visit places where the seemingly ever-present tension between cultures evaporates, and where diversity is embraced, encouraged and celebrated. The exhibition puts more emphasis on the human, urban and cultural landscapes of our divided and diverse society, and less on the pitch action itself.”

One of the subjects is the Betar Nordia Football Club in Jerusalem, a small, fan-owned club that promotes diversity and sportsmanship, while opposing violence and racism in football. The club’s Jewish participants play alongside their Arab Muslim and Christian colleagues.

The Israeli Embassy in London has condemned the Cardiff council decision as “outrageous,” and a spokesman for the Embassy said: “This is a boycott against peace and coexistence, in line with the destructive and belligerent aims of the movement to delegitimize Israel. Removing an exhibition showing how football promotes friendship between people of different backgrounds in Israel turns a celebration of coexistence into an ugly politics of division.”

Adam Johannes of Stop the War Coalition, one of the groups that organizes a demonstration against the Israeli national team’s participation in the soccer tournament, said, “We welcome Cardiff council’s decision to cancel an exhibition sponsored by the Israeli Embassy that whitewashes the reality of football in the Middle East. Israel wages war on Palestinian football. How can a country be allowed to compete in international matches when it prevents another Fifa member from playing football freely?

Johannes also claimed that the Israeli Football Association had reorganized youth leagues along race lines in the Samaria region, so that nearly all Arab children’s teams were now racially segregated and did not play with Jewish teams.

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