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



30 Apr 2017

Two wrongs make it right

Loving the Wrong Person

God’s Immunity Card

Tehilim Perek 49: Beis Yisroel of Ger - Even Some Mitzvos Won't Go With You

Rabbi Sacks statement on Yom Hazikaron

Bnei Yisaschar on Chodesh Iyar - A Month of Healing and Preparing

Orthodoxy

Encountering Orthodoxy

How Did a Reform Rabbi Become an Orthodox Jew

Religious Praxis: The Meaning of Halakhah

Pope repeats concentration camps comparison

German FM in hot water for 'ignorant' Holocaust comments

Bedouin soldier: You don't know anything about Israel

27 Apr 2017

Words

Our Words Define Us

Why must one go specifically to a Kohen when he sees a potential Tzoraas? Why can he not go to any Talmid Chochom who has mastered the halachos of Nega'im?

Rav Itzele Volozhin says that the five kinds of tzoraas is a result of five fundamental sins. Tzoraas on one's body comes from overindulging in bodily desires. Tzoraas of Begadim is a result being obsessed with external beauty and constantly running after new clothing. Tzoraas of the head is caused by bad character, corrupt thinking, and haughtiness. Tzoraas in the beard is for sins of the mouth such as Lashon Hara and mockery. Lastly Tzoraas on the walls of one's home, where one is required to remove all his possessions, and ultimately destroy the house, is a punishment for chasing after wealth and possessions.

A person afflicted with tzoraas does not need someone to treat his nega, he needs someone who can heal his mind and soul. While any expert can distinguish a tamei nega from a tahor one, only a Kohen, the Ish HaChesed and the embodiment of Ahavas Yisroel, can get into the head of the Mitzora and help him climb out of his misery and make him whole again.
http://www.revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Tazria-Rav-Itzele-Volozhin-Behind-the-Different-Forms-Tzoraas/5336

TORCH Jewish History Series: Christian Antisemitism - Part 1 by Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe

VIDEO: Terror victim’s brother says Rasmea Odeh supporters “have to eat their words”

Reclaiming the word

Reclaiming ‘Jew’

There's No Need to Reclaim the Word “Jew”

Parashat Tazria-Mesora: The Way to Ruin Your Children’s Future

NYU Official Compares College ‘Snowflakes’ to Holocaust Survivors

"בגלל הלימודים"; האדמו"ר ידליק את המדורה ביום ראשון

A friend posted on Facebook an anecdote relating to an individual named Reb Yosef Friedenson, z”l, who was niftar four years ago.

As Reb Yossel and his wife were returning from a vacation in German, they flew by Lufthansa and found that their seats were mistakenly assigned a distance apart. Reb Yossel refused to board the plane despite the threats of the chief administer. He pulled up his sleeve and displayed the numbers tattooed on his arm. He said, “This is the last time we were separated. It will not happen again.”

The executive left for a few minutes and returned to tell them that they had adjoining seats, in first class.

Read more: http://hamodia.com/2013/02/26/farewell-to-reb-yosef-friedenson-zl/

26 Apr 2017

Two words

Emma Green wrote a scathing article a few days ago in the Atlantic about the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.
'Rapaport, the organization’s new board chair, said it is neither a Jewish organization nor a Holocaust organization.'

Today I was reading the about page of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and came across the following sentences.

'Anne Frank for Mutual Respect is a Jewish voice for social justice dedicated to the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. For us, that means advocating on behalf of all communities, Jewish and non-Jewish alike.'
http://annefrank.com/about-the-center/ 

The April 16th version of the about page did not have those sentences which means they were added recently.

I am sick of this overused phrase of Tikkun Olam and don't have plans to donate to any organization that uses these words to justify its existence. The twitter page of the center is replete with tweets calling out President Trump and his administration while a Facebook posting in January thanked President Obama for advancing mutual respect.

“Tikkun olam” has become such a commonly used term in liberal Jewish circles that it is the basis for a joke, in which an American Jew visiting Israel asks her guide, “How do you say tikkun olam in Hebrew?”
http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/tikkun-olam-repairing-the-world/

Where does the concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world) originate, and is it a mitzvah (commandment) or does it hold the same level of importance as a mitzvah?

For Jews those Mitzvos include not simply socially or politically correct precepts such as giving charity and engaging in political action, but also observance of the Sabbath, dietary restrictions (Kashrus), daily prayer, and other commandments which seem to have fallen out of favor and are ignored, if not openly denigrated and violated, in some segments of the community, as they substitute the false panacea of something they call Tikkun Olam for the authenticity of true Judaism, clinging desperately to Tikkun Olam to avoid their actual responsibilities as Jews to observe the Torah and the commandments.
Read more of this excellent article at http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2013/6/3/the-fallacy-delusion-and-myth-of-tikkun-olam#.WQDp0YiGPIU=

In our lives for a reason

Fabulous daily emunah lesson over here.


The other day I came across a Facebook post about a special mother and was ready to remind MIC readers to appreciate parents and let them know that they are valued before it is too late. No sooner had the idea popped into my head when I came across another Facebook post about reaching out to children and giving them a hug.
So, let us appreciate both parents and children. Let us say a nice word to our spouse and give a compliment to a friend. These people are in our lives for a reason and we should be grateful for their presence.

Below are the two posts.

Today would have been my Moms Birthday. She has been gone a few years now, and I miss her very much. She was such a great lady, and she was beautiful inside and out. She was a very proud Jew that loved Yiddishkeit, Torah and Israel, and she taught her children how important these things are in our lives. I wish I could tell her how much I appreciate what a wonderful Mother she was, and how much I love her and miss her. I try to be the Mench that she lovingly tried to teach me to be. May she be remembered for Brachas (blessings).

Heard some very sad news about the daughter of a friend who I have not seen in many years. While we have been mostly out of touch (except for Facebook), this news still hit me very very hard. To all of my friends with children - please do me a favor: Give your kids a hug today (and every day, when possible). If you aren't able to see them today, call them or text them to tell them that you love them. You never know if that might be the difference between darkness and light.


25 Apr 2017

The guilty plea

Rasmea Odeh pleads guilty to immigration fraud

Trump to slash foreign aid worldwide, but boost funds for Palestinians: report

Lakewood burglary suspect turns himself in; Police credit TLS and social media

Woman Cleaning for Pesach Discovers Winning Lottery Ticket

On his behalf

New York Times Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day by Defending Iran and Smearing Israel

Teens Honored for Objecting to School Assignment to Defend Hitler’s Genocide Against Jews

Grammy award winning saxophonist Kenny G plays for passengers on a Tampa to LA flight

When a person has the physical symptoms of the spiritual disease Tzara'as... he must call out: ‘[I am] Impure! [I am] Impure!' (VaYikra 13:45). The Gemara inquires why the Metzora is required to call out at all and why use the double expression: ‘[I am] Impure! [I am] Impure!'? (Mo'ed Katan 5a). The Gemara answers that one mention of ‘Impure' is to notify people to stay away so they do not become contaminated. The other mention of ‘Impure' is to inform the public to daven to Hashem for his recovery.

Why does the Metzora need others to daven on his behalf? Why can't he just daven himself? The classic cause for contracting this Tzara'as disease is the habitual speaking of Lashon Hara (Rambam, Tumas Tzara'as 16:10). Lashon Hara essentially refers to non-constructive statements that are either derogatory or potentially harmful to a third party. The Zohar explains that Hashem will not listen to the prayers of habitual speakers of Lashon Hara. That is why the Metzora needs others to daven for him. Deliberately looking for the faults, rather than the merits, of others and talking about them to one's friends brings with it the horrific consequence that such people will not be listened to by Hashem, however strongly they daven and cry out and however many other good qualities that they may have.
http://www.revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Tazria-The-Tefilos-of-A-Metzora/2074