Monday, May 21, 2018

torah and common sense

Prof etkes cites Yated regarding Daas Torah or - why R Kaminetsky is infallible

       עיון אקראי בגיליון "יתד נאמן" מיום שישי, ל' בתשרי
               תשע"א ‎(8.10.10)‎‏ קורע חלון לפני המתבונן "מבחוץ" המבקש ללמוד על מקומם
               ועל תפקידם של "הגדולים" בחברה החרדית בת ימינו. בגיליון שתי ידיעות
               ומאמר פובליציסטי אחד – ובכולם מככבים "גדולי ישראל". עניינה של
               הידיעה הראשונה הוא מאבקה של החברה החרדית נגד הליכי הגיור של חיילים
               עולים המתנהלים במסגרת צה"ל. וזה לשון הידיעה:" - לשם שמים מאת עמנואל אטקס

https://www.e-vrit.co.il/7292-details.aspx



 מרנן גדולי ישראל זיע"א [זכרם יגן עלינו אמן] ויבלחט"א [ויבדל לחיים טובים ארוכים] רבינו מרן הגרי"ש 

אלישיב שליט"א, כבר יצאו ב"דעת תורה"
               לרבני ודייני ישראל, בו כתבו כי "הדבר פשוט וברור שגיור ללא קבלת עול
               תורה ומצוות אינו גיור אפילו בדיעבד"" - לשם שמים מאת עמנואל אטקס
Shulchan Aruch
https://www.e-vrit.co.il/7292-details.aspx
"השפעתם הקלוקלת של השבועונים.‎[473]‎‏ מנהלי
               תלמודי התורה כותבים: לאור בקשתם של מרנן ורבנן גדולי הדור שליט"א להתריע מפני השפעתם הרעה של השבועונים
               למיניהם פונים אנו אליכם, הורים נכבדים, בכאב וחרדה מתופעה זו החודרת
               בקרב מחננו, אשר מחד גיסא מביאים דברים באיצטלא חרדית, ומאידך,
          
     מעבירים באופן סמוי וגלוי השקפות פסולות ומסרים אנטי חינוכיים." - לשם שמים מאת עמנואל אטקס


   פסק ההלכה המנומק מאפשר לקוראיו מעקב אחר טיעונו של
               הפוסק, וממילא פותח את ההכרעה לדיון וביקורת. מנגד הכרעות 'דעת תורה'
               הוכרזו כעומדות מעל לכל ערעור, ומפתחיהן אימצו לגביהן דוגמה של אלטעות
               ‎[...]‎‏ תמורה זו הוצדקה בכך שהכרעות 'דעת תורה' נשענות על יכולות
               על-טבעיות שגדולי התורה ניחנו בהן – 'רוח
               הקודש', 'השראת שכינה' וכדומה – ולכן אין להחיל עליהן את הגבלותיה של
               הפסיקה ההלכתית הרגילה.‎[475]‎‏" - לשם שמים מאת עמנואל אטקס
https://www.e-vrit.co.il/7292-details.aspx

Thursday, May 17, 2018

I Used To Call For Boycotts Of Israel — Until I Spoke With Holocaust Survivors


singled out Israel as the source of the problem. And my conscience did not hurt. Ironically, I had submitted a term paper discussing the Holocaust in media from 1950 to 1960 only two days ago. In my paper, I had made references to Anne Frank, my childhood hero.
that was two years ago. I am a journalist today. I don’t buy diamonds.
I also don’t boycott Israel.
Some of my friends would call me a hypocrite. How could I have gone back on my own words? How can I boycott chocolate brands like Nestlé for their bad trade practices while eating Sabra hummus which is owned by an Israeli company? How can I be so sensitive to the sufferings of Syrian refugees while ignoring those of the Palestinians?
And as someone did ask me, “How could you abandon your principles and become a Zionist?”I understand their disbelief and anger. I used to be one of them. They are not anti-Semites. Neither was I. It is just that I gained perspective over the last two years while they continue to see only what social media shows them. Most of them have never met a Jew, let alone an Israeli. And many in South Asia are emotionally invested in the fate of Palestine because of Jerusalem’s religious significance. Personally, I haven’t stopped caring about the Palestinians. I have simply started caring about the Israelis as well. To boycott Israel seemed like a good idea two years ago. Afterall, the boycott had worked in South Africa. There was no reason to think it wouldn’t work in Israel. It took me a while to realize that the story in the Middle East is not one of white supremacy vs. People of Color and that the boycott called for total economic, cultural, and academic isolation of Israel, civil society included.




How Junk Food Can End Obesity

Demonizing processed food may be dooming many to obesity and 
food-can-end-obesity/309396/e. Could embracing the drive-thru make us all healthier?
atlantic

Homeopathy, quackery and fraud- James Randi | TED2007

James Randi
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TED2007



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

החרדית שבחרה ללדת בבית חולים פלסטיני

kikar


בתופעה שהולכת ומתפתחת בבית החולים, ניתן לראות גם אשה חרדית, שבחרה ללדת את בנה דווקא בבית החולים הפלסטיני, אחרי שלדבריה נפגעה מיחס פוגעני בבתי החולים בירושלים. 
על פי הדיווח של יוסי אלי בחדשות 10, בית החולים הקטן, שבבעלות הכנסיה הצרפתית, מקבל בזרועות פתוחות גם את הפציינטים היהודים וגם את הפלסטינים שחלקם בכלל נפצעו במהלך הלחימה ברצועת עזה.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Can Bad Men Change? What It’s Like Inside Sex Offender Therapy

time

Someone has shoved a workout bike into the corner to make room for a circle of overstuffed chairs dug up at the local Goodwill. The men jockey for a coveted recliner and settle in. They are complaining about co-workers and debating the relative merits of various trucks when a faint beeping interrupts the conversation. One man picks up a throw pillow and tries to muffle the sound of the battery running low on his ankle bracelet, a reminder of why they are all there.
Every one of the eight men in the room has been convicted of a sex crime and mandated by a court to see a therapist. Depending on the offense, their treatment can last several months or several years. (TIME has given both the men and the therapists pseudonyms in this story.)
They sit in the circle, the man who exposed himself to at least 100 women, next to the man who molested his stepdaughter, across from the man who sexually assaulted his neighbor. The group includes Matt, whose online chats led to prison; Rob, who was arrested for statutory rape; and Kevin, who spent decades masturbating next to women in movie theaters.
Some of the men’s crimes aren’t all that different from the allegations against public figures such as Kevin Spacey, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore. Unlike the famous men, they cannot afford lawyers to draft nondisclosure agreements, or arrange hush-money payments, or appeal guilty verdicts, as Cosby’s attorneys are planning to do following his conviction on sexual assault in April. (Cosby could also be ordered to seek therapy.) Nor can they attempt to stage professional comebacks or publish mea culpa memoirs.
Instead, these men were all found guilty and had their names added to a state sex-offender registry. They will remain on that list for decades and, in some cases, the rest of their lives. Anyone can search online for the ugly details of their crimes, including employers, partners and their own children. A judge has limited where most of the men in this room can live, work and socialize–and whether they can access the Internet. Some are unemployed, and many live paycheck to paycheck, dependent on the few employers who are willing to tolerate their criminal history.
The more than 800,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S. may feel that their parole restrictions are onerous, but the mere presence of a known offender in almost any community precipitates clashes of competing interests and legal battles that have only intensified in the wake of the #MeToo movement. In at least 10 recent lawsuits filed in states from Pennsylvania to Colorado, civil rights proponents argue that sex offenders face unconstitutional punishments that other criminals do not, and they note that there are no government registries for murderers or other violent felons in most states. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case challenging the limits of the registry in its October term.
In October, the Supreme Court will consider a complicated case challenging the federal laws that govern some sex offenders. The decision could allow hundreds of thousands of convicted offenders to move more easily across state lines and eventually remove their names from the sex-offender registry.
Even if that suit fails, civil rights proponents and victim advocates will likely confront each other again in the nation’s highest court. A Colorado federal judge recently ruled that the state’s sex-offender registry is unconstitutional. He said the list constitutes cruel and unusual punishment because it can subject these men to ostracism and violence at the hands of the public and that it fails to properly distinguish between different types of offenses.
The Colorado judge’s decision ignited outrage. In response, attorneys general from six states wrote a joint amicus brief to overturn the ruling on appeal. In their brief, the attorneys general quote a judge from a separate case regarding sex offenders in Wisconsin: “Parents of young children should ask themselves whether they should worry that there are people in their community who have ‘only’ a 16% or an 8% probability of molesting young children.”

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Putting Haredi Men on the Path to Financial Stability


Thought this might resonate with your readers. Vote to give $70K to one of 4 projects, one of which is "Putting Haredi Men on the Path to Financial Stability" - https://www.ujafedny.org/israel70-shape-whats-next/
uja

The Issue: Basic math, English, and science skills are critical to forging a successful career path and achieving financial independence. While Haredi women are exposed to secular studies in high school with the expectation that they’ll be their family’s primary breadwinner, Haredi boys only learn religious subjects. It’s no surprise then that only 50.9% of Haredi men participate in the workforce and more than 50% of Haredi men drop out of college. As the population grows, the poor state of education for Haredi men is an issue that is impacting the national economy.

The Solution: Cutting edge schools that combine secular and Torah learning.

A small group of brave educators are challenging the status quo — and two schools are gaining traction. The first, Hachmey Lev, just graduated its inaugural class. The other, Torah Academy, is one of the first of its kind in the Hassidic community. These start-up schools are creating a new model of education that is empowering the next generation of Haredi citizens to become agents of change in Israeli society.