Catching up with the Smothers Brothers in their 80's and A millionaire murdered? A botched circumcision, a missing lunch, and a kosher soul and Unilever settles dispute with Ben & Jerry’s over Israeli sales and IRIT TRATT Why Christian Zionism is more important than we think and MITCHELL BARD For The New York Times and The Washington Post, even the World Cup is about the Palestinians andThe Portion of VayechiG-d's Master Plan
Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher, and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money, and spiritual engagement.
The Three are Rabbi Yehuda Glick, famous temple mount activist, and former Israel Mk, and then Robert Weinger, the world's greatest shofar blower and seller of Shofars, and myself after we had gone to the 12 gates of the Temple Mount in 2020 to blow the shofar to ask G-d to heal the world from the Pandemic. It was a highlight to my experience in living in Israel and I put it on my blog each day to remember.
The articles that I include each day are those that I find interesting, so I feel you will find them interesting as well. I don't always agree with all the points of each article but found them interesting or important to share with you, my readers, and friends. It is cathartic for me to share my thoughts and frustrations with you about life in general and in Israel. As a Rabbi, I try to teach and share the Torah of the G-d of Israel as a modern Orthodox Rabbi. I never intend to offend anyone but sometimes people are offended and I apologize in advance for any mistakes. The most important psychological principle I have learned is that once someone's mind is made up, they don't want to be bothered with the facts, so, like Rabbi Akiva, I drip water (Torah is compared to water) on their made-up minds and hope that some of what I have share sinks in. Love Rabbi Yehuda Lave.
MITCHELL BARD For The New York Times and The Washington Post, even the World Cup is about the Palestinians
Unilever settles dispute with Ben & Jerry's over Israeli sales
Avi Zinger, the ice cream's Israel franchise holder, celebrates the announcement.
Unilever plc announced on Thursday that its legal battle with the independent board of its wholly-owned autonomous subsidiary Ben & Jerry's, over the brand's sale of ice cream in Israel, has been resolved.
The Vermont-based ice cream company announced in July 2021 that it would not renew the Israeli franchise agreement for the following year, saying that the sale of its ice cream in Judea and Samaria, commonly called the West Bank, was inconsistent with the brand's values. This was met with a class-action lawsuit by a U.S. shareholder and countered by moves to divest from Unilever by U.S. several states such as New York and Illinois.
In June, the British consumer goods conglomerate sold its Ben & Jerry's ice cream business in Israel to local licensee Avi Zinger for an undisclosed sum. Ben & Jerry's responded by filing a lawsuit against its parent company Unilever in an attempt to block the sale.
In an updated lawsuit filed in September, Ben & Jerry's said it was seeking damages and wanted the trademarks returned. The brand also asked a judge to stop Zinger from selling the ice cream in the West Bank.
Unilever's announcement of the settlement was met with praise by Zinger.
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"I am pleased that the litigation between Unilever and the independent board of Ben & Jerry's has been resolved," he said.
"There is no change to the agreement I made with Unilever earlier in the year. I look forward to continuing to produce and sell the great tasting Ben & Jerry's ice cream under the Hebrew and Arabic trademarks throughout Israel and the West Bank long into the future," said Zinger.
Dec 11, 2022#SmothersBrothersIn the late 1960s "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" turned primetime TV upside-down. But folk singers-turned-comedians Tom and Dick Smothers challenged the powers-that-be, from the White House to CBS, until the network famously cancelled their top-rated counterculture hit back in 1969. Today the brothers, now in their 80s, are back for a live stage tour. They talk with correspondent Lee Cowan about sibling rivalries, censorship, and sharing a bond that's outlasted their critics. #SmothersBrothers#tomsmothers#dicksmothers
The Portion of Vayechi
G-d's Master Plan
A person awakes in the morning and plans his day. A nation awakes in the morning and plans its future. Best intentions not withstanding, all of these plans are always subject to change.
The only plan that will actually come to fruition as planned is that of the Creator.
G-d's plan, which He shared with Abraham in the "Covenant Between the Parts": "You shall surely know that your descendants will be strangers in a land which is not theirs where they will be enslaved and oppressed for 400 years (Genesis 15;13)".
With Joseph's appointment to the position of Viceroy with the responsibility of managing Egypt's economy, the future looked promising.
But G-d's plan was different.
The moment of Joseph's death was the moment that the oppression began. Despite the population boom of the Children of Israel in Egypt (sextuplets), the Egyptians turned the Israelites into a nation of slaves. So was decreed from Heaven.
The letter "vav" in the word וימת יוסף (and Joseph died) with its additions at the top of the letter and at the bottom allude to the fact that even though the Children of Israel were fruitful and multiplied (six births at a time- the numerical value of the letter "vav" equals six), the Egyptians nevertheless enslaved them. (Sefer Rokeiach)