"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

22 Oct 2014

An old man wearing black

Chaya Zissel Braun a”h: “Her Parents Waited Years for a Child”

HEARTBREAKING PHOTO: Chaye Zisel Braun, American Citizen Killed Today in Jerusalem Light Rail Attack

סב התינוקת בכה: "חיכו לה הרבה שנים; ילדה טהורה"

Below are two headlines regarding today's incident at the Jerusalem light rail station.

Terrorist kills infant, wounds several, after ramming car into crowd in Jerusalem

Palestinian shot by Israeli police in Jerusalem
Eyewitnesses said Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, 20, was shot by Israeli guards at the light rail station after he lost control of his vehicle and hit commuters standing nearby.

(UPDATE: Palestinian news site Maan changed the headline to read, Police: Infant killed in Jerusalem attack, Palestinian driver shot.)

Israel Hatzolah tweeted that hundreds were visiting the kever of Shimon Hatzadik as it his yahrzheit today.

“The Rabbis taught: The year that Shimon HaTzaddik died, he told them that, in this year, he would die. They asked him, ‘How do you know?’ He replied to them, ‘Every Yom Kippur, an old man wearing white and wrapped in white appeared to me; he entered with me (into the Kodesh Kodoshim) and left with me, but today an old man wearing black and wrapped in black entered with me but did not leave with me.’ After the Yom Tov (of Sukkos), [Shimon HaTzaddik] was ill for seven days and died.”

Just days after posting a video that purported to show a New York City cop racially profiling two men in Islamic garb, the producers of the clip — who also star in it — have admitted that “it was a dramatization” and that it was not “an actual event.”

Lightning bolts

Rabbi Avraham Kohan speaks about thanking Hashem for everything.

Mango forced to apologize for 'anti-Semitic' shirt bearing lightning bolts similar to insignia worn by the SS in Nazi Germany

Nigel Farage faced fury from Jewish community leaders today after he formed a pact with a Polish MEP whose party leader has been accused of denying the Holocaust to get EU funding.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews said it was ‘gravely concerned’ by Ukip’s deal to accept a member of the Polish Congress of the new Right (KNP) into its grouping in the European Parliament. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2801972/jewish-fury-ukip-s-nigel-farage-forms-pact-holocaust-deniers-secure-funding-eu.html#ixzz3Gqer2rDo

21 Oct 2014


After more than a decade without, Jerusalem finally has two new Chief Rabbis: former Israeli Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Rabbi Aryeh Stern. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/186401#.VEaQ-ZtO7IU

Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead.

A comment posted under the article reads, "What... did he expect in "Crook County?


Jewish settlers moved under armed guard into two buildings in the predominantly Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan early Monday, weeks after the Obama administration denounced an earlier influx of settlers to the area as “provocative.”

Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood just hours after it was taken over by Jewish settlers, police said Tuesday.
No one was injured in the incident in the Silwan neighborhood late Monday, which saw a gang of Palestinians firing flares and throwing petrol bombs at the building, a police statement said.
Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Oct-21/274797-palestinians-attack-new-ejerusalem-settler-homes.ashx#ixzz3GnhxORLT 

Will the New York Times report on the acts of provocation detailed in the DailyStar

ElderofZiyon reports, COVERUP: UNRWA removes "human rights" webpage after hate and lies exposed.

Video - Arab woman steals Psalms book from Jew, he reacts

The soul of Leon Klinghoffer

A fellow blogger sent me an email with a spelling rule after catching a headline at INN.

Kosher Butcher in Germany Admits to Selling Trief Meat for Years
I before E
except after C
or when pronounced AY
as in Neighbor and Treif

Thanks for the tip, Y.

Below are three videos relating to Leon Klinghoffer, may his memory be blessed.

In the first video, a Foxnews reporter says, "Just steps from Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House, an impromptu Torah study with a purpose."
Rabbi Avi Weiss, who led the Torah study session opined, "We believe that this opera desecrates the soul of Leon Klinghoffer, and in a place of desecration, there should be sanctification."

In the second video, former Mayor Guiliani stated, "this opera didn't create but certainly contributed to the romanticized version of the Palestinian cause and a romanticized version of terrorism.

The third video is 1985 coverage of the death of Leon Klinghoffer.

20 Oct 2014

A compilation

A week before his passing in 2010, Rabbi Eliezer Wenger submitted a compilation about shidduchim and marriage. It was published now.
...Titled "Simchas Eliezer," it is a collection of explanations on various wedding customs.
  ...One example of the explanations the English book provides about shidduchim and marriage is the answer to the question why do some people find their bashert easily, and others have difficulties and hardships.
...The book is available at the Jewish bookstores or online at Amazon.com.

המקובלים הבטיחו לרב אליהו: אתה תיבחר

Mayor de Blasio defended the Metropolitan Opera’s right to stage “The Death of Klinghoffer” and told critics such as former mayor Rudy Giuliani to get a grip.

When ads appeared on New York buses in September, an article about the mayor's response did not include a quote, "The American way is to respect freedom of speech. Simple as that.”

New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday that an anti-Islamic ad campaign on the city's buses was "outrageous, inflammatory and wrong." 

Doubling down

After meeting Rabbi Shmuli Brown and hearing about Sukkos, a Muslim Liverpool Universities student came over with a gift.
Read more: http://www.collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=32450&alias=muslim-student-brings-a-gift

Israeli Minister Bennett Doubles Down on Criticism of Kerry: ‘I Will Not be Silent’ (VIDEO)

What The "Two State Solution" Has to Do with the Rise of Islamic Extremism: Zero

Holy Texting! Does new app make smartphone use permissible on Shabbat?


19 Oct 2014

The centenarian who's going strong

Minister: 'Exile' MK Who Said IDF Is Worse than ISIS
The latest outrageous remarks by Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) elicit calls to remove her from the Knesset altogether.

Victor Skinner writes about Madeline Scotto, an inspiration to her students at St. Ephrem’s elementary school.
“She’s amazing,” principal Annamarie Bartone said.
She’s also 100 years old and still going strong.
...The centenarian said her secret to long life is pretty basic. She eats well, stays active and frugal, and doesn’t worry about much.
Continue reading: http://eagnews.org/brooklyn-elementary-teacher-turns-100-and-still-works-3-days-a-week/

The VISA call

Matzav points out those whose yahrzeits are today, the 25th of Tishrei. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev (1809) and of the Chatam Sofer (1839) are among them.

Obama’s war on Islamic State militants finally has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve

Speaking about operation names, click here for a Jewish Press cartoon about illegal building in Israel.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu writes in the Jewish Press about how nice VISA in Israel was to call him and let him know that his son had used his card after the Nepal avalanche, to reassure him that his son was alive.

The Jewish Press also had an article about the US complaining about not being notified of sukkah building. After people mistook it for a factual article, the paper had to write, [Editor's Update: We thought it was obvious, but apparently not... this blog post is SATIRE.]

18 Oct 2014

A gutten vinter

The Economist writes about The status of Jerusalem

A mount of troubles

Jewish radicals are upsetting the fragile religious balance in the holy city

The New York Times has an interesting article titled The Beggars of Lakewood.

The yeshiva students may not give much, but nearly all of them give — and there are so many of them. Between 1990 and 2010, Lakewood’s population doubled to about 92,000 residents, largely because of the growth of its ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Conveniently located equidistant from New York City and Philadelphia, Lakewood is home to Beth Medrash Govoha, the nation’s largest yeshiva. The school, founded in 1943 by the refugee Rabbi Aharon Kotler, has seen its student body swell to about 6,500, making it just smaller than Harvard College.

Heirs Sue Bank Over Sale of Nazi-Looted Art

Chadrei Charedim has a video of yeshiva students celebrating with a new sefer Torah.

15 Oct 2014

The Temple Mount

Police and Border Police forces dispersed stone-throwing rioters, some of them masked, from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday morning.
...Visitors began entering the Temple Mount as usual on Wednesday morning, but police decided to close the facility at 10:15 A.M., after an intelligence review indicated that many Palestinian youths had spent the night in Al-Aqsa mosque, armed with stones, firecrackers and other makeshift weapons.

IBT has an article titled Temple Mount: Would Banning Jews from the World's Holiest Site End Violent Clashes?