"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 Sep 2015

Rules, denials and rebranding

Da President’s Denali Denial

Rules of the Sukkah - Dr. Seuss style

האב מרכסים כתב: "אין גבול לביזיון, אני מושפל ומבוזה

Op-Ed: Senators Who Took Money from Iran

BBCwatch called attention to the BBC rebranding of the Munich Olympics terrorists.

As can be seen below, both in the synopsis to the clip appearing on the BBC News website and in the on-screen caption in the video itself, the BBC has once again avoided the use of the word terror, preferring to describe the perpetrators as “Palestinian extremists” and a “Palestinian extremist group”. http://bbcwatch.org/2015/09/01/more-bbc-news-rebranding-of-munich-olympics-terrorists/ 

In yesterday's State Department briefing, journalist Said posed a number of questions to Mark Toner. He had no problems using the word "terrorist" multiple times. Additionally, most articles refer to the perpetrators of the attack as "suspected" Jewish settlers, Said categorically refers to them as Israeli settlers. I would advise the Israelii police to interview Said as he seems to know more than anyone who carried out the attack.

...it’s been 31 days since Israeli terrorist settlers attacked the village of Duma, killing a Palestinian baby and his father and mother and so on.

MR TONER: Yes, and his father, yeah. Mother, yeah.

QUESTION: And at the time, you expressed confidence that Israel has the wherewithal to pursue the terrorist perpetrators and bring them to justice, yet we don’t see this kind of raiding of the settlement to bring the perpetrators to justice. Are you still satisfied that Israel is doing all it can to apprehend the terrorist suspects in the settlement? 

1 Sep 2015

Arms cache found


מסר הרב ניר בן ארצי שליט"א ליהודים בארץ ובעולם כולו - כי תבוא - ט"ז אלול תשע"ה

Hidden arms cache found in Palestinian vehicle 

Two teenage girls were killed Tuesday, while their mother was seriously injured, in a car crash in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel. 
Read more: http://www.timesofisrael.com/teen-sisters-killed-mother-injured-in-car-crash/

Who lives and who dies

Frazier Glenn Cross, the man accused of killing three people at a Kansas Jewish community center and nearby assisted living facility, was convicted of capital murder on Monday.
 ..."Clearly, his mission -- his goal -- was to kill as many people as possible at those two facilities," Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said during closing arguments.
 "He wants to be the one who decides who lives and who dies" Howe said.
...He pleaded not guilty but admitted to the killings, claiming he "wanted to kill Jews, not people," according to CNN affiliate KCTV.

New Emails: Clinton Advised to Give Netanyahu Some Love in Talks Over Peace Process

Below are a few questions posed to State Department spokesperson Mark Toner at yesterday's briefing.

QUESTION: Mark, since you just said those --

MR TONER: Please, go ahead.

QUESTION: -- rules and standards are so important that everyone in this building has to follow them, can you say from that podium categorically that Secretary Clinton followed the rules and the law?

MR TONER: I’m just not going to answer that question. I

QUESTION: Isn’t it a little odd that the State Department can’t state categorically that the Secretary of State followed the rules?

QUESTION: -- Palestinian-Israeli issue? There was a study issued by Oxford University and published in Haaretz yesterday that there are 60,000 American Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Do you have any comment on that?

MR TONER: Sixty thousand?

QUESTION: Sixty thousand American Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

MR TONER: I don’t. I’m not aware of the study.

QUESTION: I know because you guys – your position is --

MR TONER: I just haven’t seen the study, frankly, so I don’t --

QUESTION: -- you oppose the settlements, you oppose – you consider them to be illegal and so on. But there you go – you have 60,000 Americans. Do you have any leverage with these American citizens?

Police are searching for a thief who was caught on surveillance video stealing a man’s Irish flag decorated with his family’s crest at a home in Aston Township over the weekend.
Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Aston-Police-Flag-Theft-Family-Crest-Caught-on-Cam-323547951.html#ixzz3kSpHkJkd

“Know what is above you – a seeing eye, a hearing ear, and all your deeds are written in a book.”

31 Aug 2015

The two mountains

Athlete Visits Sick Child in Hospital and They Put on Tefillin Together

Hashem commands Bnei Yisrael that when they enter Eretz Yisrael they should divide into two groups, and the Levi'im should face Har Gerizim and say the Brachos and then turn toward Har Eival to say the Klalos. "What is odd," says Rav Moshe Feinstein, "is that the Torah tells us that they should build a Mizbei'ach on Har Eival and joyously celebrate and eat the Korban Shlamim. Shouldn't this be done on Har Gerizim, the mountain where they received the Brachos and not the Klalos?"

He answers that it is the fear of punishment that keeps us away from aveiros. The promise of reward may not help if the Yetzer Hara can convince us that the joy of the aveira is more worthwhile than the reward for avoiding aveiros. Accordingly, it is the Klalos that drive us to fulfill our destiny. Therefore if we need to choose a mountain to celebrate on, it is the mountain where we receive the Klalos. http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Ki-Savo-Rav-Moshe-Feinstein-A-Mountain-Mix-Up/4043

Nachum Explored “Working Toward Moshiach” with Leah and Roy Neuberger Live at JM in the AM

The Jew among nations

Germany’s Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection attacked social media giant Facebook for allowing the circulation of Holocaust denial, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Sunday.
Read more: http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/08/30/report-germany-enraged-at-facebook-for-enabling-holocaust-denial/#

“Israel is the Jew among nations and it all flows from that”

תושב רכסים נפטר; "בתו לא התקבלה, הוא היה נסער מאוד

הרב ברלנד ממקום מחבואו: "כולם חייבים לנסוע לישראל לקבל פני משיח

Two Bachurim Assaulted, Robbed on Friday Night; Suspects Apprehended - See more at: http://www.thelakewoodscoop.com/news/2015/08/two-bachurim-assaulted-robbed-on-friday-night.html#sthash.EFHvwcoL.dpuf

30 Aug 2015

False desires

The foodie traveller ... visits Kolkata’s last Jewish bakery

An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said.

In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base in the south of the city.

Where's the uproar about the civilian deaths? Oh, it's not Israel so there will be no UN special session to condemn this atrocity.

Telegraph and Daily Mail retreat in face of Pallywood story about child ‘activist’

Teshuva: Getting Rid Of False Desires

The age of PC

Getting Married to Imperfection

Comedian Paints ‘Hilariously Scary Picture’ of America in Age of Political Correctness: ‘Nails It’

Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste died on Friday after falling off his mother's fire escape. He was 21 years old. The performer from Brooklyn made history in July when he became the youngest actor as well as the first African American to play Les Misterables's Jean Valjean on Broadway.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3215536/Youngest-actor-play-Les-Miserables-s-Jean-Valjean-Broadway-dies-age-21.html#ixzz3kF1qBuXk

Below are a couple of the actor's last tweets.

August 12 - I love my life. I love my friends. I love my job. And I love my family. Pretty fortunate dude.

August 25 - I thank everyone who supported me and still does. I will never forget this experience. Onwards and upwards ;). 

I caught a messianic Jew speaking about shemitah, as well as the Supreme Court decision on marriage.

You cannot take a vessel of G-d and use it against its purpose and against G-d without desecration. that was an act of desecration for America to strike down marriage. The time for gray, wavering, living both ways, compromising, not sharing, not living consistently to your faith is over.
...The day aftter the Supreme Court heard that case I was on Capitol Hill .. and I shared a word to leaders and members of Congress; I was led to share from Elijah what he said to Israel, How long will you waver between two opinions?  

Is he living consistently to his faith and not wavering between two opinions?

28 Aug 2015

Parshas Ki Seitzei

Watch How Anti-Israel Protest Leader Responds When We Ask Her if Hamas Is a Terrorist Organization

Daily Emuna lesson

Audio: Rav Reisman On Parshas Ki Seitzei

Tefillah In Crisis

Making a difference

I told my brother that I was upset with the Huffington Post for writing an article about approximately three hundred rabbis who had penned a document in support of an Iran deal while the same site chose not to write about about three times the number of rabbis who had signed on in opposition of the deal.

My brother advised me to write to the Huffington Post. Later on I related the incident to a friend and wondered whether I should write, thinking that one individual's opinion wouldn't matter. She told me that her sister had shopped at a major supermarket chain and told them that when she saw a promotion for a product such as 15% off if you buy two items and 33% off if you buy three items, she had trouble calculating the exact amount.

She asked whether it would be possible to write the price as opposed to leaving the shopper to calculate the adjusted price. Lo and behold, a while later, the store displayed the adjusted prices of the discount. She also told them that it didn't make sense that the sugar and salt should be packaged in the same color bags. She was told she was right and after the current production ran out, they would heed her advice. Which just goes to show that one person can make a difference.

Last night I posted about how rabbis had written articles attributing the Duma arson attack to Jewish perpetrators, even though the police have not arrested anyone. One already admitted to jumping the gun.

Yesterday after reading an article by a second rabbi, I penned an email to him, and I was happy this morning to see he had re-written the sentence which I found disturbing. Unfortunately, the sites which had published his article prior to his editing still have the unedited version posted.

One person can make a difference. One person's actions can tip the scales to bring about the redemption!

Ki Seitzei - The Gratitude Attitude

27 Aug 2015

Jumping the gun

Europe's NGO Jihad Against Israel

Am I missing something? Were the perpetrators of the Duma arson attack definitively identified? If not, why are some rabbis rushing to assign blame to Jews? One rabbi who wrote about the attack soon after it occurred has already written that he may have jumped the gun. Another rabbi has an article today that also assigns blame for the attack to Jews.
Until the police arrest the perpetrators, can we hold off on writing who is to blame for the attack?

A public interest law firm is threatening to bring lawsuits against more than 100 counties across the United States that appear to have more registered voters than living residents.
Read more: http://freebeacon.com/issues/election-group-141-u-s-counties-have-more-registered-voters-than-people/