Sunday, January 18, 2009

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22 Tevet 5769

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Rabbi Steinman's Decision

22 Tevet 5769

It has come to our attention by way of the Life In Israel blog that Rabbi Steinman has approval to begin allowing workers back into Modi'in Elite, the site of the terrorist acts committed almost three weeks ago.

Click here for the background behind Rabbi Steinman's decision.

We at Avodah Ivrit blog respect Rabbi Steinman, but would like to express our disappointment in his decision, and encourage him to reconsider his decision.

There is not only the issue of piqu'ah nefesh to consider, but there is also the issue as to whether we are in a current state of war with the people in question.

Even if Rabbi Steinman were not to hold this way, there is also the general concern of not violating the negative commandment of Lo Tehohem, something we would like all rabbis in Israel to consider.

We are not to make easy for goyim to remain in the Land, and to assist them in supporting themselves, save for gerei toshav.

We also recommend that the rulings of Rabbi Chaim Kansky and Rabbi Dov Lior be reviewed for additional information and guidance.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Haveil Havalim Blog Carnival #200

15 Tevet 5769

Haveil Havalim #200 can be found at Random Thoughts this week.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Haveil Havalim Blog Carnival #199 & Gaza Round-Ups

10 Tevet 5769

Haveil Havalim Blog Carnival #199 can be found at Ima On The Bima, in which two Avodah Ivrit Blog posts are included.

Also, the Random Thoughts blog has been posting Gaza War Round-Ups. He is up to #9 at this point.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Qiriyat Sefer Stops Arab Workers From Entering

8 Tevet 5769

According to Haredi news site Lada', Modi'in Elite (Qiriyat Sefer) will not be allowing Arab workers into the town until further notice. The decision was the result of the meeting between the mayor and the community council.

Apparently, the decision has the blessing of the city's rabbi, Rabbi Guterman.

The Avodah Ivrit Blog wishes them success, yet also reminds them that the community council of the town of Ofra tried to do the same thing. The council backed down from its decision, though, when one Ofra resident threatened to sue the town for discriminating against his Arab contractor who held Israeli citizenship,...and who also happened to employ Arabs with residency under the Palestinian Authority.

Aside from that, it will be interesting to monitor additional "incidents" which on the surface, are claimed to be a result of Israel's action in Gaza.

Please send in your news and personal reports via e-mail.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Common Sense

6 Tevet 5769

"We Do Not Support Enemies"

Someone has some sense in Modi'in Elite (Qiriyat Sefer), where this and other, similar graffiti can now be found.

Modi'in Elite, the mostly Haredi town between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv was the site of terrorist attacks at the hands of Arabs employees last week.

The graffiti above was painted between a store and a building site.