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



23 Sep 2018

On Sukkos

Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer On Sukkos

Prince William unveils statue for spy who saved Jews from Holocaust

An Unforgettable Yom Kippur for Wilmington Flood Victims

22 Sep 2018

The Mindset

Rebbe's Mesirus Nefesh for Esrog

Covered

20 Sep 2018

Passing Through

Creating Mental Strength: The Power to Endure Despite Life's Challenges

Clipping from the NY Times, September 24, 1982

Without Injustice

Palestinian ministry rolls back statement that Gaza boy was killed by Israeli gunfire

The Daily Mail reported the above incident with the headline, Israeli troops 'kill three Palestinians, one of them an 11-year-old boy' during violent protests at Gaza border.

Israeli soldiers killed three protesters at the border including an 11-year-old boy, Palestinian medical officials claimed on Friday.

But the following day the Israel's military said their evidence shows the 11-year-old was hit by a rock thrown by protesters.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6169279/Israeli-troops-kill-boy-two-men-Gaza-protests-medics.html

The Pasuk says (32:4) "HaTzur Tamim Pa'aloi Ki Chol Dirachav Mishpat, Kel Emuna V'Ein Avel; Hashem action are flawless, for all His ways are just, Hashem is faithful without any injustice." Injustice? We talk about how righteous Hashem is, it seems strange to mention that Hashem in not "unjust".

Rav Shach says from the Vilna Gaon that it is impossible for humans to take into account all surrounding circumstances and dispense perfect justice. For example, when someonr commits a crime that requires the death sentence, has the court also determined if his children deserve to be orphans or not? What about the person who he says hello to every morning, has the court figured out if they can compensate that person for the loss they are inflicting on them.

When Hashem dispenses judgement, He has accounted for everything from the most glaring consequences to the most minute nuance. This is truly a tribute that we humans can marvel at. Hashem's justice system is pure justice, without the slightest trace of injustice.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Haazinu-Rav-Shach-Now-That-Is-Justice/2837

19 Sep 2018

A gift for the shadchan

I was visiting a friend on the eve of Rosh Hashana when her doorbell ring. She excused herself, and went to greet the person at the door. She came back with a beautiful platter of chocolates. In the center was the latest Maggid book. My friend explained that the gift was from someone for whom she had proposed a shidduch and she had spent a lot of time on speaking to both parties. Ultimately, the shidduch did not go forward but the family owed her a debt of gratitude, nonetheless, for all her hard effort.

How many of us think to show our aprreciation to the shadchan for all her endeavors, even if the shidduch doesn't come to fruition? Perhaps if we would show sincere gratitude, the shadchan would not be so quick to get discouraged. A relative recently called a shadchan to ask if she knew anyone for her daughter.

"I am taking a break," the shadchan replied. "Three shidduchim blew up in the past few months and I am too dejected to continue right now."

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