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

24 Apr 2014

Stephen's goals and accomplishments

Cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton has said he’s ‘still here and still fighting’ as donations to his JustGiving page have reached £2million.

On Tuesday the 19-year-old had signed off with a ‘final thumbs up’ after suffering a collapsed lung on Sunday. At the time he believed it would be his final post on his Facebook page, Stephen’s story. Continue reading: http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/24/stephen-sutton-still-here-and-still-fighting-as-donations-push-towards-2million-4707730/

In an article titled “I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not cramming as much into my life as I should have done," the teenager draws up a list of 46 thiings he would like to accomplish.

Stephen Sutton and Stefan Wissenbach collaborated on a video and short ebook which can be accessed here.

"Whilst working on this book and our documentary film together, Stephen and I commented on the fact that everyone is terminally ill, though most do not think of it that way. Many people live their lives day to day as if their time will never run out, putting off their dreams and goals until some unnamed future date, instead of pursuing them passionately now."

What items would be on our lists to accomplish?

Incidentally, The LakewoodScoop has a post titled Video: Learn To Make Shlissel Challah.
Legal Insurrection writes about  Mock eviction notices slid under doors in dorm known to have high concentration of Jewish students, including only “Shabbat elevator.”


Politics, as usual

Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in some hot water with the Jewish community after his campaign tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis.
Read more: http://freebeacon.com/issues/quinn-campaign-wonders-black-republicans-like-jewish-nazis/


During the second hour of Sean Hannity’s talk radio show Tuesday, David Horowitz argued that the American Left’s attitudes on Israel and Islamo-fascism are promoting the rise of anti-Semitism.
Click here to listen to the exchange.


Four days after the head of the Internal Revenue Service denied the agency was targeting conservative social welfare organizations applying for tax exempt status, Rep. Bruce Braley signed a letter urging a probe into the political activities of social welfare organizations.
Read more: http://watchdog.org/140409/braley-irs-letter/


Click here to read a letter signed by 30 Democratic members of Congress urged the IRS to conduct an investigation  whether “any groups qualifying as social welfare organizations under section 501(c)(4) of the federal tax code are improperly engaged in political campaign activity.”

23 Apr 2014

The Jewish claim



The Huffington Post has published an article by Marwan Bishara titled Explaining the Jewish Hold Over Palestine, in America.

I can save you the trouble of reading the long article about apartheid and Israeli aggression by briefly summarizing the Jewish hold over Palestine. In fact, I was directed to the words that I will cite below by none other that the HuffingtonPost which succinctly points out the Jewish claim.


If you scroll down to the middle of the religion home page, you will see the headline of an article regarding loving your neighbor. Accompanying the headline is an illustration of a sefer Torah, with a yad pointing to some words in Scripture. As the article relates to a verse from this week's parsha, I would have expected to see the yad pointing to the verse, "Love your neighbor..."
Instead, the words in the illustration of the Torah scroll are taken from Parshat Ki Tavo.

Chapter 26:
8. And the Lord brought us out from Egypt with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm, with great awe, and with signs and wonders.
9. And He brought us to this place, and He gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.


The yad points to the space between the words "He gave us."


How about that for a Jewish claim?



Just a note of caution. If you are a second-grader, please don't read this post because your teacher might deem the verses from Scripture "inappropriate reading material" as evidenced by this incident.