Friday, October 24, 2014

KJ Slaughterhouse Fined $330,000

Feds Settle With Kiryas Joel Slaughterhouse, Fined $330,000 Over Pollution - Federal prosecutors said a Hudson Valley slaughterhouse that supplies kosher chicken dumped chicken parts, grease and fat, and other waste into storm drains and sewers. Time Warner Cable News reporter Jessica Chen has the details.

”Don’t Let It Get You Down" Music Video

A moving song composed by Crown Heights Yeshivas Oholei Torah student Chaim Mayzlesh pays tribute to Reb Moshe Abelsky, beloved bus driver whose third yahrtzeit is this Shabbos. Click Here for more info.

This Shabbos World Jews Unify to Observe Shabbos

The Shabbos Project is an international Jewish movement, promoting Unity through the celebration and observance of one Shabbos together - the entire Jewish People as One. Originated in South Africa in 2013, where the majority of S. African Jewry kept a single Shabbos together,  South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein has had unprecedented success in encouraging the observance of Shabbos to 350 cities in 35 countries.

Last October the project enjoyed unbelievable success among South Africa's largely non-religious Jewish communities, where 3,000 women gathered to bake Challah ahead of Shabbas, and thousands more took part in Havdallah ceremonies at the conclusion of Shabbat on the streets of South Africa.

Below is a collection of videos, some of which explain this project in detail, but most being clips of people, some famous, others not, encouraging and supporting the " Keeping It Together" project.

Alex Clare Is Keeping It Together - Alex Clare is a well-known British singer-songwriter. His debut album, The Lateness of the Hour, released in 2011, was re-released in the US in 2012 after the single "Too Close" – featured in a series of Microsoft advertisements – became an overnight global sensation. "Too Close" eventually peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was nominated as “Best British Single” at the 2013 BRIT Awards.

A video animation about Shabbos.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Ultra Orthodox Vs. The IDF - VICE News Reports

Since Israel became a state, the Haredi population has been exempt from serving in the military. However, growing pressure from the secular community regarding the group’s high unemployment rate, state benefit dependence and lack of military service led to a new law being passed in March 2014 that requires Haredi men to provide military service. 

Vice News reporter Alex Miller visited Israel and the Netzah Yehuda, an ultra-Orthodox battalion made of volunteers, to get their point of view on the conscription law, as well as leaders of the ultra- Orthodox community to get their viewpoint on the military and how the ultra-Orthodox serving will affect them.

Reports show that approximately 20 percent of men lose their religious identity while in the army. Yoelish Krauss, the unofficial director of EDA Haredit, says, “They want to draft the Haredi in order to extinct them.”  For the ultra-Orthodox, taking boys out of Yeshiva and putting them in the military is corrupt to the community, which values the study of the Torah above all else. 

Netzah Yehuda training camp in the Jordan Valley had more than 800 members as of 2013, which is still a very small percentage compared to the rest of the IDF. For those serving, challenges are faced every day but expected.  According to one soldier, serving in the military as an ultra-Orthodox member is different because “you’re serving a higher purpose.” Abuse from their own community sometimes goes hand-in-hand with joining the army, he continued. Some boys get kicked out of their homes, and video footage has shown ultra-Orthodox military members getting physically assaulted.  With the Haredi population estimated to make up 25 percent of Israel by the late 2050s, it is projected that serving in the military, ultra-Orthodox or not, will become the standard.

Crane Climb in Southampton UK

Benny & Choni Dvar Torah Noach

Benny Friedman and Choni Milecki deliver their now weekly Dvar Torah, this week on Parshas Noach.

Rabbis Stern & Amar Elected as Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem

Rav Shlomo Amar and Rav Arye Stern were respectively elected the Sephardi and Ashkenazi chief rabbis of Jerusalem on Tuesday night. The two rabbis are filling posts that have been empty for over 10 years.

Regarding the Sephardi chief rabbi, the final voting results from the 48-member electoral body were 28 for Amar, 18 for his closest contender, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, and two votes for Rabbi Haim Amsalem. For the Ashkenazi position, 27 votes went to Stern and 20 went to haredi Rabbi Moshe Haim Lau, with one abstention.

Rabbi Amar and his camp upon hearing the news of his victory.

Hours before polling stations were to opened, Rav Aryeh Stern sits deep in study, oblivious to his surroundings.

The Chocolate Donut Mystery

From the author: "My daughter denies eating the chocolate donut despite the evidence!"

Gertner Klein & Fuchs Sing for B'lev Echad

Shloime Gertner sings "Blev Echad" at a Simchas Beis Hashoeva for children who need a Refuah Shleimah. Organized by the organisation "B'lev Echad"."

Yoely Klein and child soloist Nosson Fuchs sing V'Afilu Behastureh.

Father Eulogizes 3 Month Old Chaya Zissel HY"D

Hundreds attended the midnight funeral of little Chaya Zissel HY"D, who was R"L killed in the Jerusalem bulldozer attack Wednesday. The father Shmuel Elimelech Braun eulogized : "during your last hours i prayed at the Western Wall that i would merit to raise you."The grandfather Shimshon Halperin eulogized and said Kaddish. followed by the newly elected President of Israel Reuven Rivlin who declared "The terror will not win us over."

Father of 3 month old killed Al Kiddush Hashem, eulogizes as the child's funeral.

CBS 2 Reports

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kosher Day 5774

Walking the streets of Crown Heights on Kosher Day, September 14, 2014, to find out what is "Kosher" all about.....and other stuff.....