"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


2 Jun 2015

Accepting insults

WZ  has an article about Tahera Ahmad's complaint of facing discrimination on a UA flight when she asked for a can of Coke. The article contains a series of her Facebook posts which include, "I am truly dissapointed at the latest statement by United Airlines."

I am truly disappointed that the word "disappointed" was spelled incorrectly.

A comment posted on her Facebook page in response to her relating the incident included thanking Ms. Ahmad for the inspiring way in which she responded to an "ugly outburst of hatred."
"Our Rabbis taught: those who are insulted but do not insult, hear themselves reviled but do not respond, perform mitzvot out of love and rejoice in times of suffering, about them the verse says [Judges 5] “And those who love G-d are like the sun at its strongest shining.”

After googling the quote, I came across an interesting article titled HaNeelavim ve-Einam Olvim: The Value of Accepting Insults in Silence.

31 May 2015

Manoach's wife

משפחת נתניהו בצפת: האם יש עירוב ואיך קראו לאשתו של מנוח

The above link points to an article regarding the prime Minister's visit with his family to Tzefat, how one of his sons went to shul and asked if there was an eruv. During the Prime Minister's walk though the city, someone wanting to test the Prime Minister's knowledge of Tanach, asked him what was the name of Manoach's wfe. The Prime Minister responded that her name wasn't written in  the Tanach.

Wife of Manoach; Samson's Mother: Midrash and Aggadah

The NYTimes has an article about Jibril Rajoub, president of the Palestinian football association who dropped a "bid to suspend Israel from international soccer competition."

He said the Palestinian situation was “even worse than what was in South Africa,” which FIFA suspended from the 1960s until 1992. “There they wanted them to be slaves,” Mr. Rajoub said, referring to South Africa during the apartheid era, adding, “But here in Palestine, they don’t want us to be.”

Perusing headlines from recent years including, Israeli hospital treats Hamas PM Haniyeh’s granddaughterHamas chief’s sister treated in Israeli hospitalIsraeli hospitals treat large number of patients from Gaza, and Israel Electricity Company sues Palestinians over debt, I am left wondering, if Israel doesn't what the Palestinians to be, why would they provide them water, electricity and medical treatment?

29 May 2015


In 19th century England there lived a famous Jewish philanthropist, Sir Moses Montefiore. Queen Victoria once asked him , "What is the extent of your wealth? How much do you own?" Sir Moses told her it would take a few days to do some accounting, and afterwards, he would reply. When Sir Moses told her his wealth, she became upset saying,"This is offensive: Everyone knows that you have far greater wealth." Sir Moses explained that he considered as his true wealth whatever money he gave to Tzedakah. Anything else that he possessed was only temporary and could be confiscated or lost.

In this week's parsha the pasuk says, "Vechol Terumah LiChol Kodshei Bnei Yisroel Asher Yakrivu LaKohen Loi Yihyeh; and every portion from any of the holies that the Bnei Yisroel will bring to the Kohen shall be his." The words, "Lo Yihyeh" - will be his," in the Pasuk seem superfluous. With the phrase,"Lo Yihyeh" - will be his"- the Torah is emphasizing that people should always consider their monetary wealth as temporary, and whatever one gives to charity, "will be his"- his real wealth that will remain with him forever.

פרשת נשא • הגאון רבי דוד לאו עם וורט לפרשת השבוע

The Blaze reports on the National Spelling Bee ending in a tie. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar were declared winners. The final word for Vanya was “scherenschnitte” while Gokul spelled “nunatak” correctly.

Congratulations to the winners!!! I know of two women who asked their future husbands to change their long surnames before they got married to them. Perhaps, if they had stuck with their 14 letter family names, their children would have been winning spelling bees!

18 May 2015

Tefilas Ha'Sheloh HaKadosh

Just a reminder that it is an auspicious time to say the prayer for parents on behalf of their children on Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan. Click here for the prayer.

15 May 2015

Hakol BaTorah

The Jewish Tragedy

הכל בתורה - אין מה לחפש אצל אחרים

The Battle Over Jerusalem Day March

A Jewish reader asks advice from a newspaper as to whether she should expand her online dating experience to include sites other than JDate after two years of not finding her Jewish mate.
How about asking advice from a rabbi instead of a newspaper?

14 May 2015

The full blessing

In Parshas Bechukosai, Hashem tells us that if we adhere to the Torah we will receive an abundance of blessings.

The Mishna in Pirkei Avos states that if one experienced all of the worldly blessings combined, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as even one moment of pleasure in the World to Come. Therefore, our reward for fulfilling the Torah is NOT given in this world, but rather the full blessing is saved for us to enjoy in the World to Come (where we can experience its full effect) 1. The question is: the blessings detailed in our Parsha, however, are rain, an abundance of food, etc, which are blessings in THIS world. How are we to understand this apparent contradiction?
Continue reading: http://baltimorejewishlife.com/torah/parsha-detail.php?SECTION_ID=45&ARTICLE_ID=60280

A Chabad Shluchim couple was at Buckingham Palace in London, England, to attend the first summer garden party hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, on Tuesday. http://www.collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=35450&alias=shluchim-invited-to-queens-party

Jewish Start-Up CEO Rachel Jacobs Killed in Amtrak Tragedy