Thursday, February 28, 2013

Oh No! Imprisoned Palestinian didn't die from torture...

In a definite setback for their ethos, the violent Palestinian riots over the past week were mis-founded: Israeli Health Officials from the Abu-Kabir Forensic Institute announced today that Arafat Jaradat's death last week was not the result of poisoning or physical violence against him.
Palestinian administrative detainee Arafat Jaradat's autopsy found no evidence of poisoning or physical violence, stated a report released by the Health Ministry on Thursday.

Jaradat died on Saturday in the Megiddo Prison. The Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine continues to run tests to determine the cause of death. (Dr. Itay Gal) YNET

So who can we blame? Settler violence [TM] and Price Taggers [TM]?

Ooops. Seems like the Palestinians fabricated that one too. More fresh news from today:
The Shai District Police found that the alleged "price tag" incident which took place at the West Bank village of Kusra was fabricated.

The police findings show that the claim, stating that six vehicles were set on fire, is untrue and that the Israeli identification card presented by one of the village residents was lost in the area a few days prior. (Itamar Fleishman) YNET
Fair readers, do not be alarmed.  There many do-gooders over at Haaretz concocting new slanderous stories as you read these very lines.

But here's a photo of Palestinian violence below....just in case you want to remind yourself what's really going on.



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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Has American society become insanely hypersensitive?

Around a year ago, I was lambasted on the blog for calling a girl a "girl" in a post I wrote, instead of calling her a woman, even though the other female readers of this blog freely use the pejorative "girl" for girls of the same age as the one I talked about.

In the comments I exposed that double-standard, but at the time I don't recall mentioning the insane hypersensitivity and political correctness that drove the response.

This week I watched with amazement two other incidents (not involving me) showcasing more examples of this hypersensitivity and insane political correctness.

In the first case, Dov Hikind dressed up for Purim as a basketball player. A black basketball player, mind you. And for that he's going to hell, and his career is almost certainly damaged.

Because apparently you can dress up as anything on Halloween or Purim, except as a black man (or am I supposed to say African-American).

In the second case, Seth MacFarlane made some amusing jokes about Jews controlling the Hollywood movie industry, during the Oscar ceremonies. As a result, he was attacked for it by the Jewish watchdogs.

What?!  Are you people insane?

A comedian suddenly can't make jokes about something that is pretty darn near close to true, or certainly used to be.

This hypersensitivity is out of control.

Neither man had any racist intent in their acts or statement. Neither were aware that what they did would be considered racist or insensitive.

And why should they have?

People don't costume up as Chassidim? As Italian Mafiosos? As Arabs? As Rastafarians? You can get all those costumes in the store.

But a black man is off limits? Or is it that costuming as a black basketball player if off limits because it's a stereotype. Though what kind of stereotype can it be when 78% of basketball players are black?

And look how many Hollywood producers and actors are Jewish (or of Jewish descent at least). You've got to be an idiot to not see that.

But apparently it's now wrong to point that out. (Unless you're John Stewart, in which case it's OK, presumably because he's Jewish).

What's next?

Is it going to be racist to point out how many Jewish Nobel prize winners there are? Is that an offensive stereotype too?

It really is time that this hypersensitivity got toned down, and save it for real racism.


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Purim of Yesteryear: Celebrations in Tel-Aviv 1932-34

The "Adloyada" Celebrations in Tel Aviv in 1932-34.

Particularly interesting are the floats mocking the Nazis, complete with giant swastikas, and warning of the impending disaster in Europe.




Happy Shushan Purim!

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Why don't we celebrate two days of Purim in Jerusalem?

While the rest of Israel celebrates Purim this Sunday (the 14th of Adar), Jerusalem celebrates on Monday (the 15th of Adar).

Why?


Well, the easy answer is "because Jerusalem is a walled city from the time of Joshua."

Which is partially right.  Jerusalem was a walled city in the time of Joshua, but the walls we see today were built in the 1500s, in the Ottoman Era.  From the early 13th century and until the mid-16th century, Jerusalem was not a walled city at all.  And indeed, it was unclear to the Jews of that time when they should celebrate Purim.

Rabbi Eshtori Ha-Parchi of the 14th century tells us that when he came to Israel, he was told that in Jerusalem they celebrated on both the 14th and 15th of Adar, as they were uncertain which one they were obligated to keep.  Rabbi Eshtori brings an entire Halachik discussion about what should be done, and adds that he wrote his rabbi, Rabbi Matityah in Bet-Shean, to ask him what he should do.

Rabbi Matityah wrote him back: If I would be in Jerusalem on the 14th of Adar, and they would read the Megillah, I would leave the synagogue.  Otherwise they could say about me "The fool walketh in darkness" (Ecclesiastes 2, 14).  And the same is true for Tiberias.

Rabbi Eshtori finished by saying that Rabbi Matityah is right.

We don't know what changed the minds of the Jews of Jerusalem, but today there is no doubt - and we celebrate Purim in Jerusalem on the 15th of Adar.

See here for an archive of articles about our history in Israel


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Once Again, The Muqata was Correct (LifePatch Scammers Convicted)

Back in 2009, I posted about a huge scam in Israel -- the "billion dollar lifepatch" which could "predict" heart attacks and send a warning via mobile phone to the hospital. One didn't have to be a cardiac surgeon to quickly understand that the lifepatch was nothing more than a get rich quick scheme, but I'm baffled that so many people fell for this gimmick.

I'm not surprised that Israel's president, Nobel Prize winner Shimon Peres gushed about this huge "breakthrough" -- he still continues to believe to this day the same about the Oslo accords and his agreements with his co-winner of the Nobel prize, Yassir Arafat were a mega success.   Scientists and pragmatics know there are no quick and "easy" schemes for peace or cardiac "life patches", but apparently Israel's start up nation breeds stupidity in addition to quality ideas.

Today, the life patch chief defrauder, Arik Klein was sentenced to 6.5 years for fraud and his partner in crime, Dr. Amos Buchnik was sentenced to community service. (Calcalist).

If you want to read up on the fraud, the links about it are here:

The Scammers
LifePatch: Racking up the lies
And the Purim Special: Exclusive technical blueprints revealed for LifePatch

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Only in Israel: Bezeq upgrading ADSL customers to 15 MB/s for free!

As if the "start-up nation" wasn't high-tech enough -- Bezek -- one of Israel's national telecommunication infrastructure companies, announced today they would be upgrading all their ADSL customers for free.

Bezeq Infrastructure customers who have up to 4 mb/s download speed lines will be upgraded to 5 mb/s

Customers who have 5 or 10 mb/s download speed packages will be upgraded to 15 mb/s.
The upgrade will be free and automatic.  To take advantage of the upgrade, customers will  need to notify their ISP of the speed increase and pay an additional fee (though minor compared to infrastructure) for the increased bandwidth.

Gotta love this country! :)

hat-tip: Calcalist



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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Top 10 Reasons Prisoner X was Kept in Solitary Confinement Under Heavy Censorship

As you must have heard, Prisoner X, was kept in a secret government jail, and it's forbidden by the censor to talk about him or his incarceration.

Here at the Muqata, we've uncovered the real reasons why Prisoner X was arrested.

Here they are (a joint Joe-Jameel effort):

10. He tried baking dairy Borekas in the wrong shape

9. He was clandestinely helping fund Women of the Wall

8. Arrested for protesting against the Disengagement

7. Had proof of who really killed Rabin

6. Had a Talansky envelope with Olmert's fingerprints on it

5. Had proof Aryeh Deri really was innocent

4. Censored

3. Had dirt on why the Pope really quit

2. Had a copy of Obama's real birth certificate

And reason number 1 is...

1. Sara Netanyahu told Bibi to put him in jail in solitary confinement.


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Monday, February 11, 2013

Ultimate Tool for the Religious (kippa-wearing) Engineer

My 14 year old son was very excited when he saw this yesterday, and made sure to point it out to me:



Makor Rishon's "Motzash" magazine discussed this product this past weekend, as did NRG:

Making a play on words from the "Leatherman (TM)" multi-use pliers tool,  the joke of the knitted kippa crowd is calling the ubiquitous kippa clip -- the "LeatherDOS."  I've posted about it before here -- when it was featured in an ad for  the "Srugim" TV show.

I've translated part of the NRG article:
Much to everyone's surprise, Yaakov Goldberg (who isn't religious and doesn't wear a kippa) --  an industrial-design student at the Holon Technical College decided to change the LeatherDOS from a joke to an actual product. 

"For years I dreamed of an 'upgraded' kippa clip and I always saw my religious friends using their kippa clip for all sorts of things.  I decided to take the idea one step forward and prove that one can truly use a kippa clip for any use.  Within the framework of my studies, we needed to create something from metal, and this was an excellent opportunity to turn my dream into reality."

During its development stage, Goldberg surveyed his religious friends and collated a long list of possible uses for the clip and chose the most "practical" -- knife, screwdrivers, coin replacement for shopping carts.  To date, he has only made 85 of the clips and is selling them for 25 NIS each.  "I know that the regular clip costs about 1 NIS...but everyone who has seen this so far is excited about it and willing to pay the higher price. My costs are high, but if the idea catches on, hopefully I will be able to lower the price".  Two of the clips have already been sold on ebay to US buyers for the full price.

One day he believes his clip will become the common one for kippa wearers, and he would even want to combine it with USB/disk on key functionality.  Goldberg says he needs to consult with a rabbi about the possible "muktza" issues for wearing a USB kippa clip on shabbat (or a multi-tool clip).
We wish Goldberg lots of success -- as this item sounds like a winner!  You can follow the Leatherdos and get more information from his facebook page.




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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Equality between Orthodox and non-Orthodox in the Rabbanut

Israel's Chief Rabbinate is working very hard to ensure that Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Jews are all given equal treatment: Until recently, Conservative and Reform Jews had felt very alienated by the Israel Chief Rabbinate, but Orthodox Jews did not.

Recognizing the inherent unfairness in this, for the last few years, the Rabbinate has been taking dramatic steps to ensure that Orthodox Jews also feel just as alienated.
Jewish Week: Jerusalem — About 20 years ago, an infant girl (“Nina,” a pseudonym) from an Orthodox family underwent a conversion in New York that, by Orthodox American standards, was and still is beyond reproach.

The three converting rabbis, whose names The Jewish Week has withheld so as not to harm their reputations, are highly respected figures in the mainstream Orthodox Jewish world, according to Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, president of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA).

But that hasn’t stopped Israel’s Chief Rabbinate or Israel’s Ministry of Interior from questioning the conversion, evidently because it took place in a synagogue-based beit din (rabbinical court) that did not meet on a regular basis, and not in an external beit din dedicated solely to conversions, The Jewish Week has learned.

Read more of the world class treatment the Israel Chief Rabbinate in this article by the Jewish Week
None of this should be surprising especially in light of the blistering attacks from Shas on the "Jewish Home" (Religious Zionist party) before the elections by R' Ovadya Yosef:
“They call them the ‘Jewish Home’ but this is not a home for Jews; it is a home of goyim [gentiles],” Yosef said. “They want to uproot the Torah, to institute civil marriage. It’s forbidden to vote for them. These are religious people? Anyone who votes for them denies the Torah.”

“They are all wicked, haters of Torah and mitzvot. They want to institute public transportation on Shabbat,” Yosef charged. “A Jew who wants to marry won’t have to go to the rabbinate — have you heard? How can they call themselves religious? How can we be complicit in this?” (Times of Israel)
Shas is so proud of these statements, that the official Shas party channel on youtube publicized the video (sorry it's only in Hebrew).



And then, in case some misguided soul thinks this was only pre-election nonsense, the Shas party newspaper "Yom L'Yom" attacked the Jewish Home party today:


The man with the kipa the size of an eye personifies how his kipa is the size of a "half shekel coin".  The agreement he is working hard on creating with the chairman of the new-old hatred party [J@TM: Yesh Atid party] shows that "something new is happening here [J@TM, "something new is happening" was the campaign slogan of the Jewish Home party]. Something Reform. Something "Goyish". "Remember what Amalek did to you" which tried to weaken the Torah -- this is an eternal concept.  Also in Israel. G-d forbid,  a new "Jewish Home" is being created.  Those who wish to weaken the Torah aren't part of a "Jewish Home" -- it is a house of "Goyim".



The Torah and Judaism survived for thousands of years before the Shas party, and will continue to survive and flourish even if the Shas party is not a member of the government.  In fact, based on the situation above, Torah will probably flourish more with Shas out of the government, and hopefully the Chief Rabbinate will revert back to a Rabbinate for all of Israel, with tolerance and justice for all.

And till R' Ovadya Yosef publicly apologizes for lambasting the "Jewish Home", the "Jewish Home" party should ignore Shas completely.



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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Israeli Arabs Stone IDF Troops Manning Iron Dome System in Northern Israel

Iron Dome anti-rocket system
Due to the rising tensions in the countries neighboring Northern Israel, the IDF has recently positioned multiple "Iron Dome" anti-rocket systems around Israel's north.

Some of the installations are nearby to Israeli Arab villages, and NRG/Maariv reports that today a group of Israeli Arabs cursed the IDF soldiers manning the installation, and pelted them with rocks till the police arrived. 

A 14 year old Israeli Arab was arrested.

The IDF denies that the recent placement of  Iron Dome batteries has anything to do with the insurgency in Syria or the alleged chemical and game-changing weapon transfers.

The question is, why would Israeli Arabs hurl curses, harass and stone IDF soldiers -- when the anti-rocket system protects them as well.

What a perplexing country we live in.


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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Turkey and Latkes

Got the following from a friend.  Any Jewish calendar aficionados out there able to corroborate this?

The first day of Chanukah coincides with Thanksgiving, on 11/28/2013.

It turns out that it has never happened before...and it will never happen again.
Thanksgiving is set as the fourth Thursday in November, meaning the latest it can be is 11/28.

11/28 is also the earliest Chanukah can be.
The Jewish calendar repeats on a 19 year cycle, and Thanksgiving repeats on a 7 year cycle.

You would therefore expect them to coincide roughly every 19x7 = 133 years.
Looking back, this is approximately correct – the last time it would have happened is 1861.
However, Thanksgiving was only formally established by President Lincoln in 1863.
So, it has never happened before.

Why won't it ever happen again?
The reason is because the Jewish calendar is very slowly getting out of sync with the solar calendar, at a rate of 4 days per 1000 years (not bad for a many centuries old calendar!)
This means that while presently Chanukah can be as early as 11/28, over the years the calendar will drift forward, such that the earliest Hanukkah can be is11/29.

The last time Hanukkah falls on 11/28 is 2146 (which happens to be a Monday).
Therefore, 2013 is the only time Chanukah will ever overlap with Thanksgiving.
Of course, if the Jewish calendar is never modified in any way,  then it will slowly move forward through the Gregorian calendar, until it loops all the way back to where it is now.

So, Chanukah will again fall on  Thursday, 11/28 ....
...in the year 79,811.                                          
Just found a link with graphical info showing Hanuaka and Thanksgiving overlaps....(and perhaps the initial article above)


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