"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

1 Jul 2016

The environment of fear

Parshas Shelach - A Divine Track Record

Parshas Shelach - For The Love of Our Land

Continuing violence, terrorism and incitement, settlement expansion, and the Palestinian Authority’s lack of control of Gaza are hurting the Middle East peace process, the United Nations envoy today said summarizing the first ever report by the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the United Nations, Russia, the United States and the European Union – to the Security Council.

“The main objective of this report is not about assigning blame,” Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the 15-member council.
...The Security Council met amid fresh violence in the region. Just a few hours earlier, a 13-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a Palestinian at her home in West Bank. Earlier in the month, four Israelis died in an attack in Tel Aviv, and a Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli Security Forces on a highway.

“All three incidents clearly illustrate the environment of fear in which both Palestinians and Israelis have lived for generations,” Mr. Mladenov said.

This morning the JPost reported Female terrorist shot, killed following thwarted terror attack in Hebron.

Perhaps this incident can be added to the Quartet's report to illustrate the Palestinians living in fear of being shot.

Obama Administration Wants to Keep Clinton Foundation Emails Hidden Until Late 2018
This past week, the President tweeted, "After more than 100 days, the Supreme Court still needs its 9th judge, but the Senate GOP refuses to do its job and consider Judge Garland."
If it takes roughly 800 days to produce email correspondence, should it not take longer to vet a Supreme Court nominee?
There was ANOTHER nightclub shooting and the media isn’t telling you about it. HERE’S WHY

30 Jun 2016

In tears

Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth leaves antisemitism event in tears after being accused of 'colluding' with media

'All she wanted was to be a dancer'

Parshas Shelach - Something to Cry About

Today's segulah

Parashat Shelah: Objectivity and Prejudice

On December 23rd, the Yeshiva World wrote, "YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of Rav Reuven Biermacher HY”D, beloved Rebbe in the Aish HaTorah Spanish program, who has passed away from massive injuries in this mornings Palestinian terror attack." - See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/372116/boruch-dayan-haemmes-terror-victim-rav-reuven-biermacher-hyd-rabbi-at-aish-hatorah-spanish-program.html#sthash.59zgESX0.dpuf

"מצמרר • הקדוש הי"ד הבטיח לבת: 'אופיע בחופתך - An article published at Chadrei Charedim relates that the daughter of the terror victim got married last night. She said that she dreamt two weeks ago about her father who promised that he would be there at her wedding.

EU-funded Ma'an calls murderer of 13-year old girl a "shahid"

Perek 8 - Megilat Esther

8.And you-write about the Jews as you see fit, in the name of the king, and seal [it] with the king's ring, for a writ that is written in the name of the king and sealed with the king's ring cannot be rescinded." 9.And the king's scribes were summoned at that time, in the third month-that is the month of Sivan-on the twenty-third day thereof, and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded,...

Yesterday I posted about a segulah for today, the 23rd of Sivan, being an auspicious day to cancel a verdict. Read more over here.

The 23rd of Sivan

Ritual slaughter ban would be unconstitutional, Belgian state body says

Today, the 23rd of Sivan was the day that is written in Megillas Esther that the “scribes wrote everything that Mordechai commanded” which coincided with the King stating to “write about the Jews all the good(ness) that you want!!”

Therefore, the sefarim explained that on this day will and an auspicious day to cancel a verdict from every person ...
Read more: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/beermayimchaim/K-K5QQ6beuE

Torah Wellsprings - Shelach - Korach 5776

[23 Sivan] •Mordechai issued a royal decree calling upon the Jews of the kingdom to defend themselves against attack. (This is the oldest record of an organized Jewish self-defense in the Diaspora.)

28 Jun 2016

Parshat Shelach

UK university to compensate Jewish student for anti-Semitism

The U.S. government funnels millions of taxpayer dollars into groups that promote anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views, according to a forthcoming report from a watchdog for non-governmental organizations.
Read more: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/ngo-bias-palestinians-endangers-israel/
Great story by Rabbi Alon Anava in the second video below.

27 Jun 2016

Today I resolve not to click on _________ anymore.

The other day, I was reading "The Chofetz Chaim on Pirkei Avos -Values from Sinai" and I was struck by what the venerable sage had to say about wasting time which could have better been utilized in Torah study.

Newspapers and magazines have greatly proliferated in our times, together with the size of their readership. It has become almost impossible for a newspaper reader to spend only one hour each day reading them. Since others know that he is an avid reader, they will ask him to relate the current events to them. How much additional time will be wasted as he reports in great detail all of the day's world news! Many people are not satisfied with reading only one newspaper, and therefore read three to four newspapers of every genre, frittering away several hours each day. Over the course of the whole year, all this time will accumulate to hundreds of hours wasted on nonsense, offering no benefit to the body, let alone to the soul.
So far, I have only mentioned the time wasted. In addition, newspapers tend to contain irreverence and lashon hara, base gossip and controversy. If the papers had no readership, they would not be printed. Everyone seems to forget that they will be taken to task for this when they have to give an accounting before the Throne of Glory. (pg. 115)

This morning I  came across a Facebook post with a rare view of the Chofetz Chaim as well as a devar Torah regarding this week and last week's parshiyot about shemirat halashon. Click here to read it.

Can you imagine what the Chofetz Chaim would have to say about all the time wasted on the internet, not to mention the lashon hara involved? Today, I clicked on a site and was incensed by what is deemed as necessary news for the readers. I was disgusted by the bounds of privacy that were disrespected and I made a kabalah not to link to that site or click on that site again. Hopefully, I will add more sites to my starting list of one.
Will someone join me? Send me a comment, "Today I resolve not to click on ______ anymore. Leave the _______ blank. I don't wish to know which one you have chosen. And, with the time saved, why not open up a sefer or listen to a worthwhile shiur instead?

Only Remania

The War for Halachic Judaism

Twenty-five children were reportedly killed in air strikes that hit heavily crowded areas in a town in eastern Syria, the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) has said.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-unicef-idUSKCN0ZD0KN

Let's see how many news organizations pick up the story when it doesn't involve blaming Israel.

VIDEO – How UN Refugee agency teaches children to hate and attack Jews

EIGHT COUNTRIES Now Threaten to Leave EU Following Britain’s Lead - Someone posted a comment on Facebook the other day. "Brexit could be followed by Grexit, Departugal, Italeave, Czechout, Oustria (or Austria La Vista), Finish, Slovakout, Latervia, Byegium..Only Remania will stay."

26 Jun 2016

Chesed in a big way

The Chesed in Lakewood Shines once again

Abbas Retracts Claim That Israeli Rabbis Called for Poisoning Water


Letter in the New York Jewish Week, June 24, 2016

A manuscript, a mezuzah

New Sefer Of The Ben Ish Chai Printed From Manuscript Found In Saddam Hussein’s Intelligence Offices

Arab vandals desecrate Tomb of Patriarchs mezuzah in Hevron

At the end of the Parsha we find the MiKoshes Eitzin being Michalel Shabbos and then immediately following this is the Parsha of Tzitzis. The Vilna Gaon offers an explanation for the connection.

On our Tzitzis we make five knots. In the four gaps between these knots we wrap one of the strings around the others. The number of times we wrap the other strings in these four gaps are 7,8,11,13 for a total of 39.

Similarly on Shabbos there are 39 Avos Melachos, which are categorized into four groups. The process of baking bread consists of 13 Melachos, making clothing 11, preparing parchment and writing 8, and the remaining Melachos 7.