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"Where does it say that you have a contract with G-d to have an easy life?"

the Lubavitcher Rebbe



"Failure is not the enemy of success; it is its prerequisite."

Rabbi Nosson Scherman



29 Jun 2017

Without accolade

Man who selflessly cared for wife with dementia honored by total strangers

"Your father is a giant among men. We applaud celebrity for vacuousness while great men like your father labor quietly without accolade. Much love to you and your family."

Parashat Hukat: We Do Not Understand Everything

ראש ממשלת הודו נרנדרה מודי ייפגש עם מוישי הולצברג

26 Jun 2017

Asks to pray

Jewish artist's minibus torched

The Blaze reports Orthodox Jewish girls school faces closure for refusing to teach children about homosexuality.

Pilot on shaking plane asks passengers to 'pray'

The Parah Adumah

Paula Stern has written an article titled A Soldier’s Mother: CNN’s Alternate Reality after CNN posted an article with the title Israel strikes Syrian military near Golan Heights.

The Washington Post puts the incident more in context with their headline Israel hits Syrian military targets after errant fire reaches its side of the Golan Heights.

Why Have 9 Neighbors Got Cancer?


Amazon Removes Pro-Israel Book, Continues Selling Pro-Palestinian Apparel

Near tragedy in Samaria after child falls into recycling bin

The Chida explains, the first letters of the words, "LaTamai MeAfar Serayfas HaChatas" can be arranged to spell "Shlomo", and since he found an allusion to his name in the Parsha of Parah Adumah, he assumed that with proper diligence he could understand its meaning and significance. The Gemara Rosh Hashanah (21b) explains the pasuk, "Koheles (Shlomo) sought to find words of delight" to mean that Shlomo wanted to be equal in wisdom to Moshe. However, a Bas Kol responded, "VeKasuv Yashar Divrei Emes" - "What is written in Sefer Devarim (which is known as "Sefer Hayashar") are words of truth." And in Sefer Devarim it states, "Never again has there arisen in Klal Yisroel a Navi like Moshe."

The Bas Kol can be explained to mean," VeKasuv Yashar" - "That which is written in the proper order is "Divrei Emes" - "Words of truth". Therefore, while there is indeed a hint to Shlomo's name in the parsha, the letters in sequence do not spell "Shlomo", but rather "LeMoshe" - "To Moshe" - meaning that the understanding of the Parah Adumah was revealed only to Moshe and no one else.
http://revach.net/tefila/article.php?id=434

24 Jun 2017

The deleted article

A few news outlets have published about a CNN article that was later deleted, with CNN apologizing to the subject of the article.
American Lookout has posted the retraction with the article that has been deleted along with a statement, "This record will remain forever.."
It gives us pause to examine our words before we speak or write, knowing that the record will remain forever.

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How can we say that Parah Adumah is a Chok and it has no reason? Rashi says in the name of Rebbi Moshe Hadarshan that the Parah Adumah is a Kapara for the Chet HaEgel. The mother cow comes and cleans up the mess of its calf. Is cleaning up our greatest aveira not reason enough?

The answer given by the mefarshim is that the Chet HaEgel was a lapse of emunah on the part of the Bnei Yisroel. Since they could not comprehend what was happening they demanded an intermediary that can help them. They refused to rely on Hashem. They wanted to see and understand their direction. Therefore by accepting the mitzva of Parah Adumah without understanding it rectifies the Chet HaEgel. The kapara of Chet HaEgel is a by product of a mitzva without a reason and not the reason itself. 
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_pchukas.html