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"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



16 Aug 2017

14 Aug 2017

The singular Re'eh

"Re'eh Anochi Nosein Lifneichem HaYom Bracha UKlala; Look, I place before you today, a blessing and a curse." (Re'eh 11:26). Hashem gives us the choice to choose good or evil and tells us that we will be paid back in kind. Rav Aharon Kotler asks, "Why is the word Re'eh singular, while the word lifneichem is plural?"

He answers that this teaches us that Hashem gave the Torah to all of Klal Yisrael, even if the masses reject Torah and mitzvos, it is still incumbent on every single individual to make the right choice. It is not acceptable to follow the majority if they go down the wrong path. Re'eh mean to look with your own eyes and see for yourself the right path to follow.

In the Navi Yeshaya it says, "Habitu El Avrohom Avichem... Ki Echad Karasiv; Your forefather Avrohom HaIvri was the man from the other side. He followed the righteous path even though he stood alone against a cold and cruel world." .
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/life-lessons/Parshas-Reeh-Rav-Aharon-Kotler-Even-If-You-Stand-Alone/3992

My Guru, Dr. Jacobs

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The trip

Why I Went to Auschwitz
h/t INN

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"ניצל ממחבלת ומשחזר: "חשבתי שזו זקנה שמחבקת אותי

13 Aug 2017

The reward of a mitzvah

Chazal tell us (Kidushin 39b), "Schar Mitzva B'Hai Alma Leka", there is no reward for Mitzvos in this world, only in the next. The pasuk by Tzedaka (Re'eh 15:10) seems to contradict this as it says נָתוֹן תִּתֵּן לוֹ, וְלֹא-יֵרַע לְבָבְךָ בְּתִתְּךָ לוֹ כִּי בִּגְלַל הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה, יְבָרֶכְךָ יְ-הוָ-ה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל-מַעֲשֶׂךָ. If we give Tzedaka Hashem will give a bracha to all our work. Is there reward in this world or not?

The Ksav Sofer answers that for the mitzva itself there is no reward in this world. However for the Simcha, the joy with which you do the Mitzva, there is a reward in this world. If we look carefully at the pasuk we see that the pasuk clearly says this. נָתוֹן תִּתֵּן לוֹ, give tzedaka. וְלֹא-יֵרַע לְבָבְךָ בְּתִתְּךָ לוֹ, there should be no ill will in your heart when you give it, only joy in doing Hashem's mitzva. כִּי בִּגְלַל הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה, יְבָרֶכְךָ יְ-הוָ-ה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל-מַעֲשֶׂךָ, because of this aspect of the mitzva Hashem, the simcha you had, you will be rewarded in this world.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Reeh-Ksav-Sofer-Why-Are-We-Rewarded-For-Giving-Tzedaka/4696

"האברך שניצל סיפר: "הרב אמר לי שמלאכים מלווים אותי

Zichron Ephraim Shimon Fund: Aims to assist new parents; Launched in memory of Monsey child struck and killed by vehicle

Al-Aqsa preacher: Muslims have 'exclusive right' to Jerusalem

11 Aug 2017

Messages from the parsha

Parshas Eikev - Wealth

Nesivos Shalom Shiur from Yerushalayim: To Fear and Love Hashem

CEO Susan Wojcicki Responds to the Google Anti-Diversity Memo by answering a question posed by her daughter.

“Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?” ...“No, it’s not true.”
http://fortune.com/2017/08/09/google-diversity-memo-wojcicki/

This is the same executive who wrote a WSJ article titled Paid Maternity Leave Is Good for Business
Are there biological reasons why she did not address paternity leave?

A number of days ago, I wrote a post titled Eicha which focused on weekly demonstrations taking place in Petah Tikva. Kikar Hashabat has an article about how a Supreme Court Justice  rejected a request for an interim injunction that would prevent the demonstrations from being held and asked the police to respond to the petition by Wednesday. The attorney who filed the petition cited a number of factors for banning the demonstration. He spoke about the religious residents of the neighborhood who are hurt seeing the Sabbath desecration that takes place.
This week's parsha is full of messages about what happens if we keep the mitzvot and the consequences of not adhering to them. For a full reading of the text of the parsha in Hebrew, as well as English, click here.

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