"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

25 Oct 2014


Someone drove up a ramp near the Oklahoma Capitol steps overnight and into a disputed granite monument of the Ten Commandments, smashing it to pieces in an apparent act of vandalism, authorities said.
Continue reading: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/24/ten-commandments-monument-smashed_n_6042612.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

Anti-Israel activists in South Africa placed a pig's head in the kosher meat section of a Woolworth's grocery story in Cape Town...
Continue reading: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/10/24/Anti-Israel-Activists-Place-Pig-s-Head-in-Kosher-Meat-Section

NewsMax has an article titled Foundation Run by Kerry's Wife Funds Anti-Israel Eatery.


CDC Director Tom Frieden tweets that the Dr. Spencer is a hero, while the DailyMail reports "Dr Spencer, 33, has been slammed for going bowling in Brooklyn, taking subways and a taxi, walking on Manhattan's High Line and going to restaurants even though he was feeling sluggish - around a week after arriving back in the U.S. from Guinea where he treated Ebola patients. "

"We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured. We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident."

"The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a US citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad on October 24," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Calling for "a speedy and transparent investigation," Psaki said officials from the US consulate in Jerusalem were in touch with the family of the youth.
Palestinian officials named the boy as Orwa Hammad, 17, saying he was shot while throwing firebombs - a regular occurrence near Silwad, near the Binyamin community of Ofra.

A while ago I wrote, "I bumped into an acquaintance who told me that she never understood when somebody blessed an individual that he should make a "simcha mitoch simcha" since a happy occasion was one of joy. How could one experience a happy event and not be overjoyed? "

I was reminded of her question when I read two articles this evening. One was about the levaya of a man from Rechovot taking place this evening. He was supposed to take part in his son's bris tomorrow.  The second article was about the levaya of a woman taking place this evening. Her daughter is scheduled to be married in three weeks.

May we be able to make a "simcha mitoch simcha."

24 Oct 2014

Because of the waters of the flood

In this week's Parsha, the Torah tells us that Noach, his wife and his children all went into the teiva -"Mipnei  mei hamabul"- because of the waters of the flood.  Rashi comments that Noach was lacking in his emunah and therefore the waters of the flood had to force him to finally enter the teiva. Noach believed but at the same time he did not believe. How can it be that Noach, after speaking directly to Hashem and spending so much time  building the teiva,did not believe that the flood would come?
Read more: http://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=45&ARTICLE_ID=53657

Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita Assists a Small Child Crossing the Street

Ezequiel Doiny has written an article titled  The EU threatens Israel with sanctions for Jewish prayer in Temple Mount.

Jewish community called on to switch off phones for 25 hours

The Rebbe's advice

I caught the video below on Collive in which Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick speaks about how the Lubavitcher Rebbe gave his father advice which impacted on a Holocaust survivor who started to attend shul more regularly on Shabbos.

Shortly before Yom Kippur, Bryan Turkel, a Jewish student in his senior year at Claremont McKenna College—one of a consortium of five undergraduate liberal-arts schools and two graduate schools in Southern California called the Claremont Colleges—found the mezuzah on his doorframe torn down. The previous week, Turkel’s dorm room had been broken into, and an Israeli flag he had displayed prominently had been stolen.
Read more: http://crownheights.info/shlichus/457007/mezuzah-torn-down-in-hate-crime-30-more-go-up/

23 Oct 2014

Victims and perpetrators

Rabbi Benjamin Blech writes about Quarantining Ebola - A contemporary lesson from the Torah’s application of quarantine.

Powerful: Jewish college students explain how anti-Semitism has affected them on campus

Heartbreaking: Last Picture of Baby Terror Victim

Yesterday, I posted a headline and paragraph from an article by Maan, a Palestinian news agency, about the incident at the Jerusalem light rail station.

Palestinian shot by Israeli police in Jerusalem
Eyewitnesses said Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, 20, was shot by Israeli guards at the light rail station after he lost control of his vehicle and hit commuters standing nearby.

Now that video has been seen which shows the man driving at high speed, the headline was changed to Palestinian attack suspect dies, funeral held for Israeli baby. Additionally, the sentence that I posted was deleted from the article.

Ayin Roah. There is someone watching and recording our actions. We will not be able to claim that it wasn't our fault when the video will show it was.

A new article claims that the man suffered from" suffered psychological issues following his release from an Israeli jail,"  where "he was allegedly tortured."

See, he is no longer the perpetrator but a victim which leads someone to post a comment that the responsibilty of the death of the young girl lies with Israel by "driving this poor man insane to the point of running people over."

Known to authorities

Rabbi Yissocher Frand is the author of two articles at Torah.org with thoughts on this week's parsha.

There appears to be an apparent contradiction in the narrative of the animals' entry into the Teyva [Ark]. In one place, it appears that they (miraculously) came on their own, in other pasukim [verses], it appears that they did not come on their own but rather Noach had to go catch them himself.
Continue reading: http://www.torah.org/learning/ravfrand/5775/noach.html

INN reports on the man who carried out yesterday's attack at the Jerusalem light rail station.

Speaking to Israel Radio, Israeli security officials said that Slodi was known to authorities, and officials believe that he acted on his own. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/186492#.VEiho5tO7IU

The Globe and Mail reports on yestterday's hsooting of a Canadian soldier. Federal sources have identified the suspected shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a man in his early 30s who was known to Canadian authorities.

Known to authorites - how reassuring.

22 Oct 2014

An old man wearing black

Chaya Zissel Braun a”h: “Her Parents Waited Years for a Child”

HEARTBREAKING PHOTO: Chaye Zisel Braun, American Citizen Killed Today in Jerusalem Light Rail Attack

סב התינוקת בכה: "חיכו לה הרבה שנים; ילדה טהורה"

Below are two headlines regarding today's incident at the Jerusalem light rail station.

Terrorist kills infant, wounds several, after ramming car into crowd in Jerusalem

Palestinian shot by Israeli police in Jerusalem
Eyewitnesses said Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, 20, was shot by Israeli guards at the light rail station after he lost control of his vehicle and hit commuters standing nearby.

(UPDATE: Palestinian news site Maan changed the headline to read, Police: Infant killed in Jerusalem attack, Palestinian driver shot.)

Israel Hatzolah tweeted that hundreds were visiting the kever of Shimon Hatzadik as it his yahrzheit today.

“The Rabbis taught: The year that Shimon HaTzaddik died, he told them that, in this year, he would die. They asked him, ‘How do you know?’ He replied to them, ‘Every Yom Kippur, an old man wearing white and wrapped in white appeared to me; he entered with me (into the Kodesh Kodoshim) and left with me, but today an old man wearing black and wrapped in black entered with me but did not leave with me.’ After the Yom Tov (of Sukkos), [Shimon HaTzaddik] was ill for seven days and died.”

Just days after posting a video that purported to show a New York City cop racially profiling two men in Islamic garb, the producers of the clip — who also star in it — have admitted that “it was a dramatization” and that it was not “an actual event.”

Lightning bolts

Rabbi Avraham Kohan speaks about thanking Hashem for everything.

Mango forced to apologize for 'anti-Semitic' shirt bearing lightning bolts similar to insignia worn by the SS in Nazi Germany

Nigel Farage faced fury from Jewish community leaders today after he formed a pact with a Polish MEP whose party leader has been accused of denying the Holocaust to get EU funding.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews said it was ‘gravely concerned’ by Ukip’s deal to accept a member of the Polish Congress of the new Right (KNP) into its grouping in the European Parliament. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2801972/jewish-fury-ukip-s-nigel-farage-forms-pact-holocaust-deniers-secure-funding-eu.html#ixzz3Gqer2rDo

21 Oct 2014


After more than a decade without, Jerusalem finally has two new Chief Rabbis: former Israeli Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Rabbi Aryeh Stern. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/186401#.VEaQ-ZtO7IU

Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead.

A comment posted under the article reads, "What... did he expect in "Crook County?


Jewish settlers moved under armed guard into two buildings in the predominantly Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan early Monday, weeks after the Obama administration denounced an earlier influx of settlers to the area as “provocative.”

Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood just hours after it was taken over by Jewish settlers, police said Tuesday.
No one was injured in the incident in the Silwan neighborhood late Monday, which saw a gang of Palestinians firing flares and throwing petrol bombs at the building, a police statement said.
Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Oct-21/274797-palestinians-attack-new-ejerusalem-settler-homes.ashx#ixzz3GnhxORLT 

Will the New York Times report on the acts of provocation detailed in the DailyStar

ElderofZiyon reports, COVERUP: UNRWA removes "human rights" webpage after hate and lies exposed.

Video - Arab woman steals Psalms book from Jew, he reacts

The soul of Leon Klinghoffer

A fellow blogger sent me an email with a spelling rule after catching a headline at INN.

Kosher Butcher in Germany Admits to Selling Trief Meat for Years
I before E
except after C
or when pronounced AY
as in Neighbor and Treif

Thanks for the tip, Y.

Below are three videos relating to Leon Klinghoffer, may his memory be blessed.

In the first video, a Foxnews reporter says, "Just steps from Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House, an impromptu Torah study with a purpose."
Rabbi Avi Weiss, who led the Torah study session opined, "We believe that this opera desecrates the soul of Leon Klinghoffer, and in a place of desecration, there should be sanctification."

In the second video, former Mayor Guiliani stated, "this opera didn't create but certainly contributed to the romanticized version of the Palestinian cause and a romanticized version of terrorism.

The third video is 1985 coverage of the death of Leon Klinghoffer.

20 Oct 2014

A compilation

A week before his passing in 2010, Rabbi Eliezer Wenger submitted a compilation about shidduchim and marriage. It was published now.
...Titled "Simchas Eliezer," it is a collection of explanations on various wedding customs.
  ...One example of the explanations the English book provides about shidduchim and marriage is the answer to the question why do some people find their bashert easily, and others have difficulties and hardships.
...The book is available at the Jewish bookstores or online at Amazon.com.

המקובלים הבטיחו לרב אליהו: אתה תיבחר

Mayor de Blasio defended the Metropolitan Opera’s right to stage “The Death of Klinghoffer” and told critics such as former mayor Rudy Giuliani to get a grip.

When ads appeared on New York buses in September, an article about the mayor's response did not include a quote, "The American way is to respect freedom of speech. Simple as that.”

New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday that an anti-Islamic ad campaign on the city's buses was "outrageous, inflammatory and wrong."