בס׳ד

"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



6 Feb 2016

One and a half

Panel Discussion on Campus Anti-Semitism with Alan Dershowitz - Jan 18, 2016 - worthwhile watching.

Israel’s plant nurseries face stiff fines for employing Jews on Shabbat

"And the dimensions of the Aaron should be - two and half Amos its length, one and a half Amos its width, and one and a half Amos its height." Why are the dimensions of the Aaron in half Amos (the Shulchan's dimensions by way of comparison are 2 Amos x 1 Amah)? The Baal HaTurim says that Chazal teach that the Aaron represents Torah. The significance of halves is to teach us, one must break himself (in half) over the Torah. In order to reach a high level in Torah, one can not sit back and relax. Rather, he must be "Maymis Atzmo Aleha" - kill himself over toiling in Torah.

The Kli Yakar offers a different answer. Since the Aaron represents Torah, halves are representing the fact that even an accomplished Talmid Chachom is never finished learning. There is always more to learn and understand. A person is never more than a fraction of the way to completing the Torah. http://revach.net/tefila/article.php?id=1803



5 Feb 2016

Punishing rioters

King’s College pledges to punish violent anti-Israel rioters

Parashat Mishpatim: Torah Observance During “Days of Darkness”

Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parshas Mishpatim - Remembering Your Past in the Midst of Your Present

פרשת משפטים • הגאון רבי דוד לאו עם וורט על הפרשה

A question from a February 4th State Department briefing was, "John, just to follow up on this point very quickly. Now, aside from the visit and so on, the Israelis have used holding the bodies as Palestinians killed as a form of punishment and to agonize and sometimes for weeks and so on. Do you call on them, maybe once someone is killed, to release that body so the family can bury him and sort of move on, so to speak?"
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2016/02/252161.htm

Did the same journalist ever question the spokesperon regarding the return of the bodies of Israeli soldiers?


4 Feb 2016

Opening prayers

Parshas Mishpatim - Emphatically Yes!

Alaskan Rabbi Opens U.S. Senate

The True Meaning Of Compassion (Part Two)

The President relates two anecdotes, one about Jews and one about Muslims, at the National Prayer Breakfast which can be viewed here.

Guarded approval

Rabbi Paysach Krohn - Shidduchim Crisis – There Are Solutions

Gateway Pundit writes about the President's speech at the Baltimore mosque as opposed to one at a Catholic University where "the White House told the Catholic school to cover up all religious signs and symbols."
https://www.torahanytime.com/video/shidduchim-crisis-there-are-solutions/

President Obama also spoke about the word "Islam" which means "peace." Click over here to read a Muslim's interpretation as to where the word "Islam" is derived. And here is an article about a verse the President quoted.

Hillary Clinton, who claims to support gender equality, declined on Wednesday to say that women should be automatically registered for the draft through Selective Service when they turn 18, as men are required to do.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/03/hillary-clinton-alleged-feminist-declines-to-back-generals-who-say-women-should-register-for-the-draft/#ixzz3zBNkqVVz
 

An elite panel of scientists and bioethicists offered guarded approval Wednesday of a novel form of genetic engineering that could prevent congenital diseases but would result in babies with genetic material from three parents. - Will there be guarded approval to change one of the Ten Commandments to "Honour your father and mother and mother?"


3 Feb 2016

The power of Tehillim

This morning a woman asked to address a weekly Tehillim group I attend. She explained that those people who have performed the mitzvah of "Shiluach HaKan" have merited to see great salvation. She added that there are "Kan" קן - 150 chapters of Tehillim and a person who recites them all in one go can also merit great yeshuot. I was searching this evening for a reference to her words and came across an article which relates "Shiluach Hakan" to hastening the geulah. It is a fascinating read which can be found here.

Coincidentally, today was the 24th of Shevat. The Hayom Yom: Shevat 24 contains the following words.

If you only knew - The Tzemach Tzedek said - the power of verses of Tehillim and their effect in the highest Heavens, you would recite them constantly. Know that the chapters of Tehillim shatter all barriers, they ascend higher and still higher with no interference; they prostrate themselves in supplication before the Master of all worlds, and they effect and accomplish with kindness and compassion.
http://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article_cdo/aid/6074/jewish/Hayom-Yom-Shevat-24.htm

"החולה שצוחק על הסרטן ומלאך המוות: "אין רחמן כמו השם

The February 2nd State Department briefing contained some questions regarding Palestinian resistance.
What is the U.S. position on whether or not the Palestinians have the right to resist Israeli occupation? While you condemn attacks and terrorism – I understand that – does the U.S. have a view as to whether or not the Palestinians should be allowed to protest or to contest the Israeli policy?
...QUESTION: Right. So that applies to civilians, innocent civilians. What – does that also apply to Israeli security forces as well?
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2016/02/252074.htm#MIDDLEEASTPEACE

What a prescient question, given that a 19-year-old Israeli woman who was a member of the Israeli security forces was killed the next day.


1 in 5 - 1 in 10

1 IN 10 FRENCH JEWS HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY ATTACKED

Nearly One in Five Muslims Think There Are ‘Too Many Jews’ in France

Canadian Media Mogul Blasts ‘Clueless’ York U Administration After Pulling Funds Over Anti-Israel Mural (INTERVIEW)

Op-Ed: Letter to PM Netanyahu on the continued detention of Meir Ettinger

FreeBeacon reports Obama Admin Has Not Prosecuted a Single Palestinian Terrorist Who Killed Americans.

FoxNews reports about the President's visit to a Baltimore mosque over here.


2 Feb 2016

Rock paper scissors

Emuna Daily lesson

MarketWatch has posted a tweet from Aaron Levie.
Order of operations to determining Iowa winners:
1. Tallied votes
2. Coin toss
3. Rock paper scissors
4. Staring contest
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/coin-toss-broke-6-clinton-sanders-deadlocks-in-iowa-and-hillary-won-each-time-2016-02-02

Five student groups vie for $5,000 prize to counter BDS


Heads, I win - Tails, you lose

American Jewish Leader Warns U.S Jews To Move To Israel Because Of Looming ‘End Of Days’

Anne Coulter tweets, "Trump is the leading GOP vote-getter tonight, among natural-born-American candidates."

The Week reports how Hillary Clinton earned at least one delegate in Iowa through a coin toss. You can watch the video here.

October 11, 2015 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday her government had no plans to impose a tax hike to cope with a record influx of asylum seekers, firmly denying reports that Berlin and the European Commission were mulling a special refugee solidarity levy.
http://news.yahoo.com/merkel-says-no-plans-raise-taxes-over-refugee-154752681.html

February 1, 2016 - The nation's taxpayers will be footing the monster bill to feed, house and educate the children of the 1million-plus migrants who have poured into the country, according to the German Economic Institute in Cologne.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/640041/Migrant-crisis-refugee-cost-38BILLION-2017-Germany-rising

How about if America decides the election on a coin toss right now and uses the money that would have been spent on the campaign to pay for the refugees?

New search engine to target anti-Semitism

The emotional post that conquered Israelis' hearts overnight

Scheduled arguments

Nationalist activist Meir Ettinger had his administrative detention extended on Monday by an additional four months by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud). He has been held since last August 3rd without trial, charges or evidence against him.

Monday also marked the 14th day of Ettinger's hunger strike, during which he has already lost consciousness once while protesting his draconian detention.
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207370#.Vq_yGsZwXIU

During the January 28th State Department briefing, journalist Said questioned the spokesperson regarding a Palestinian journalist "in prison held under administrative detention by the Israelis. No charge has been leveled against him in any way. He’s on a hunger strike. He’s about to die, basically. And I wonder if you have – if you are concerned, if you would caution the Israelis to either bring charges against him or release him, and that they cannot continue to hold him. Do you have a position on that?"
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2016/01/251782.htm#ISRAEL

Will the journalist bring up the same question regarding Meir Ettinger?

A petition to release him can be found here.

WND has an article titled Supremes set date to decide 'what is sin.'

It’s a case in which the U.S. government has been accused of claiming the authority to “determine what is in fact a sin.”

The critics, meanwhile, have accused the U.S. Supreme Court of tilting the playing field in advance.

But the Little Sisters of the Poor case against the Obamacare law is moving toward a resolution with the U.S. Supreme Court announcing arguments have been scheduled for March 23.

The nuns who run elder care centers worldwide are contesting the Obamacare requirement that their employee insurance plans cover abortion pills.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/01/supremes-set-date-to-decide-what-is-sin/#IZmta0a52CSlmMr5.99

The evening of March 23rd ushers in Purim, the holiday of "venahafochu" - everything is turned around. Foul is fair and fair is foul.