"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

2 Apr 2015

What we have

"We Only Have What We Give"

Trevor Noah was interviewed in the Herald Sun in October 2014.

Your influences have been broad — your dad is a white European, your mum a black South African. Does that help a broad view? Oh, definitely. My mum doesn’t fit into any category, she’s a black South African woman who’s half Jewish.

Which half?

1 Apr 2015

A lesson they'll never forget

After Mother Learned of Kids’ ‘Rude’ & ‘Awful’ Behavior, She Taught Them Lesson They’ll Never Forget

Jason Riley has an opinion piece at the Wall Street Journal titled Obama and Black-Jewish Relations

Pesach Burst Of Inspiration

Pesach 5775 - Pieces of a Puzzle

At an event hosted by Brandeis Conservatives last Tuesday, TruthRevolt editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro gave students advice on how to combat the left.

Shapiro approached the subject by laying out the four principles of liberalism and then presenting conservatism’s counter-arguments. Shapiro explained that leftism was based on the following premises: 1) “equality of outcome is more important than equality of opportunity,” 2) “group justice is significantly more important than individual justice,” 3) “truth absolutely does not matter,” and 4) “force itself, when used in the service of these other things, is praiseworthy.”
Read more: http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/shapiro-speaks-brandeis-students-about-combating-leftism

Click here to listen to Ben Shapiro.

31 Mar 2015

No atheists in airplane crashes

It looks as if there are no atheists in foxholes - Cell phone video found in Germanwings wreckage reveals people crying ‘My God’ in many languages

Boy, I've heard of mothers-in-law causing troubles to their sons-in-law and daughters-in-law but even after they die? Unbelievable.
Mother-in-law’s tombstone falls on man, killing him

IsraelNationalNews reports on a Facebook post by Americans for Peace Now which is causing much consternation.

In a post on its official Facebook page, APN evokes the Passover story of the 10 plagues God visited on the Egyptians for enslaving the Jewish people - but whereas the Biblical account sees the plagues inflicted on the Egyptians to save the Israelites from oppression, the Peace Now version recasts the Jews themselves as a plague for living on land which leftist groups want Israel to cede to the Palestinian Authority.
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/193467#.VRr5W5VO7IU

Below are some comments posted on the APN facebook page.

You Peace Now people are entitled to your opinions but please don't try to co-opt Jewish rituals to make your misguided points. Passover commemorates the exodus from Egypt. Do you know where G-d was leading them? Hint: it was to a place that included all of Modiin Illit and a lot more! Passover is an affirmation of the Jewish claim to all of Israel, which includes a lot more territory than the modern state currently controls. It is absolutely grotesque to attempt to utilize a Passover ritual to protest Jews living in their own homeland. But thanks for bringing up the Passover ritual and reminding everyone why Israel belongs to the Jews!

If we're spilling additional wine to diminish our joy, let it be over our sorrow that so many Jews have abandoned הקב׳׳ה to worship at the altar of liberalism, who dwell in the Mitzrayim of their Stockholm Syndrome,...


A suitable parah adumah?

Prominent Jewish human rights groups on Sunday sharply criticized the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for issuing more condemnations of Israel for alleged human rights violations than of any other nation.
Read more: http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/03/30/jewish-human-rights-groups-blast-unhrc-for-accusations-full-of-distortions-for-claiming-israel-is-worst-human-rights-violator/

Obama’s Coming Break with Israel

Ramat Gan Chief Rabbi: Uprooting Customs Weakens Jewish Law

AUDIO: What Do Matzah and a Matzeiva Have in Common? A Fascinating Story by Peretz Eichler

H/T to Collive for the video below.

Spirituality is the answer

MACLEAN'S has a fascinating article titled The science is in: God is the answer.

Research shows kids raised with spirituality are happier and healthier in the vulnerable teen years. Why aren’t we all signing up?
Read more: http://www.macleans.ca/society/science/god-is-the-answer/

 A couple of days ago, a Palestinian news site reported the following:

Settlers destroy 1200 Palestinian olive trees near Hebron Israeli settlers on Saturday destroyed more than 1,000 olive trees near the village of al-Shuyukh north of Hebron, in the third such attack on the villagers' livelihood in recent memory.

After having read the report about the incident, EOZ wrote, "Metzad is a haredi Jewish community. The idea that their members are uprooting olive trees on the Sabbath is beyond absurd."

So a day later, Saturday was changed to Sunday.
Israeli settlers have uprooted on Sunday 1,200 olive trees, tens of almond, nut trees in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil. http://english.alwatanvoice.com/news/2015/03/30/688946.html

30 Mar 2015

The red cow

News of what appears to be a parah adumah, fully red cow, on a small farm just outside of Lakewood has been attracting increasing attention.

Interest has been heightened by her rapidly approaching second birthday, at which point the cow would become permissible for this extremely rare halachic phenomenon.
Read more: http://www.collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=34854&alias=red-heifer-found-in-new-jersey

The Jewish Jewels of Calcutta: Magen David Synagogue

WATCH: Gavriel Sasson Speaks to the Media in English, Gives Powerful Message

Virginia Speaker demands State Bar reverse Israel boycott

The sounds recorded on one of the "black boxes" recovered from downed Germanwings Flight 9525 firms up investigators' theory that the co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit and then crashed the plane.
"For God's sake, open the door!" Capt. Patrick Sondenheimer screamed as he banged on the cockpit door, pleading with the co-pilot.


It’s there to search — but not destr-oy.

An Orthodox Jewish-founded search-and-rescue group is acquiring heavy-duty military equipment in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to help out in emergencies when standard vehicles just won’t cut it. Read more: http://nypost.com/2015/03/29/jewish-rescue-group-acquires-military-truck-to-help-out-in-emergencies/

Rabbi Yair Hoffman writes about Pesach expenses and ends his article with the following paragraph.

One last thought. It is well known that Hillel was poor (see Yuma 35b) and Shammai was wealthy. How did Shammai gain his wealth? The Imrei Emes (see Lekutei Yehudah, p. 64) explains that Shammai would always purchase every item for the sake and honor of Shabbos. If he found a better one later on, he would switch that item. Hillel, on the hand, would utilize the principle of bitachon and he would make his Shabbos purchases toward the end of the week. The Imrei Emes explains that perhaps Shammai gained his wealth from the method in which he approached Shabbos purchases. Since everything he bought was l’kavod Shabbos, there was no cost involved. Even though later, when he found something better for Shabbos, he would eat the original purchase during the week, it was still not included in his yearly expenses since initially it was purchased for Shabbos.
Read full article: http://5tjt.com/pesach-expenses/

Stealing Judaism by Larry Gordon.

29 Mar 2015

The one nation

What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel.

Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights villain.

Brothers and Sisters, Come Home!

שריפה בביהמ"ד 'אמרי חיים'; ספרי קודש עלו באש

27 Mar 2015

Parshas Tzav

Parshas Tzav/ Shabbos HaGadol - A Dose Of Inspiration 

Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn Rush to Buy Smoke Detectors Before Sabbath

I was in a Jewish store a half  hour ago when I saw a young man who looked exactly like an acquaintance of mine. I asked him if he was the son of the woman. He answered in the affirmative and we proceeded to have a nice conversation. He was a polite, charming teenager. I know he has older brothers who are in the "shidduch" stage and I came home thinking what a crazy world we are living in when boys who have "alle maalot" are not being grabbed.
A couple of minutes after I turned on the computer, I came across a thread in the Yeshiva World coffee room titled "Why isn't more being done for shidduchim?"

We all read R' Rechnitz's and others' letters and pleas a few months ago to do what we can alleviate the shidduch problem/issue/crisus/catastrophe/etc..., and we always hear about people needing to do more for to facilitate more shidduchim. That being said, why isn't more being done in terms of each shul/block/class/community having an advocate on behalf of them? Giving a "krecthz" will not help more people who need a shidduch to get married...
Continue reading: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/why-isnt-more-being-done-for-shidduchim

If you have any ideas, feel free to comment and, more importantly, to act. A friend spoke to me about the need to have one member in every shul assemble a list of eligible singles. We spoke about it, thought it was a good idea and that was it. We didn't follow through but maybe it's time to do just that. (after Pesach)