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



8 Dec 2016

In the shadow of

Footballer who survived Colombian plane tragedy was reading Bible passage about being safe 'in the shadow of your wings' before crash it emerges as his book is found

...A bookmark had been inserted next to Psalm 63, which talks about being safe in the shadow of God's wings...

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4013310/Footballer-survived-Colombian-plane-tragedy-reading-Bible-passage-safe-shadow-wings-crash-emerges-book-found.html#ixzz4SHXAHmxf

NY Sofer Finds Egregious Error in Mezuzah, Possibly Explaining Child’s Strange Behavior

Danish Medical Association Call Bris Milah ‘Ethically Unacceptable’

True colors

Oh, look. J-Street thinks it has ethics.

Free Will and Bashert

Parashat Vayese: Fulfilling Our Mission

British man found guilty of online anti-Semitic campaign against Jewish lawmaker

Keith Ellison’s Views on Israel Reflect the Democrats’ True Colors

6 Dec 2016

More than I deserve

When Leah had her fourth child she named him Yehudah, saying, "HaPaam Odeh Es Hashem" - "This time I must thank Hashem". Rashi is bothered, why is it specifically by this child that she had to thank Hashem? He explains, Leah knew that Yaakov would have 4 wives and 12 children. According to the calculation, it comes out to 3 children per wife. Therefore, when Leah had her forth child she said, "HaPaam Odeh Es Hashem" - "This time I must thank Hashem" - As Rashi explains, "ShNatalti Yoser MiChelki" - "For I have received more than my portion."

I once heard a pshat, it is for this reason, the Jewish Nation is known by the name "Yehudi". Since every Jew must look at what his lot is in this world and say, "Natalti Yoser MiChelki" - I have received more than my share.... More than I deserve!!
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_pvayeitzei.html

Born to Hate Jews

Northwestern Jewish Studies Professor Targeted With Nazi Salute Near Campus

The True Danger To Am Israel

Divine intervention

Israeli Soldiers Report Divine Intervention in Battle With ISIS

VIDEO: Dr. Meir Wikler: Guidance From R’ Brevda Zatzal on Life & Marriage

2 Inspiring Young Shluchim Stories

4 Dec 2016

Looted art

Israeli Police Arrest Jewish Boy for Saying Sh’ma Israel

How the mother who lost 7 children in fire wants to remember them

Jewish family battles Spain museum over art looted by Nazis

V'Sain Tal Umatar Began at Maariv Tonight in Chutz La’aretz

Vesein Tal Umatar

UN Development Program says all of Israel is occupied territory

A People Like No Other

Amid rising anti-Semitism across Europe, two of Western Europe’s liberal democracies are taking starkly different approaches to combating the new security challenges presented to their respective Jewish communities.
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/221199

At Maariv, Sunday, December 4th, in chutz la’aretz, we begin to say Vesein Tal Umatar during Shemonah Esrei in the bracha of Boreich Aleinu. Residents of Eretz Yisroel already began saying Vesein Tal Umatar on the 7th of Cheshvan.
Read more: http://www.localjewishnews.com/2016/12/03/begin-vesein-tal-umatar-sunday-in-maariv/#more-65644

What is the halacha for someone who was in Israel and began saying Vesein Tal Umatar and then went back to chutz la’aretz before December 4th?

3 Dec 2016

Luz

When Yaakov woke from his dream, he realized he was in a Makom Kadosh, Yerushalayim. He appropriately named the place Bais Kel, the house of Hashem. The pasuk (Vayeitzei 28:19) tells us that the original name was Luz. Rabbeinu Bachaye asks why is this relevant to us?

He answers that the pasuk is hinting to the fact that Yerushalayim was the beginning of creation, and the rest of the world continued from there. Luz, he explains based on the Medrash (Vayikra Rabba 18:1), is the bone in our spine that we will be recreated from during Techiyas HaMeisim. Just like the original wondrous creation started from Luz, so too will the miracle of Techiyas HaMeisim will start from Yerushalayim, for Yerushalayim is the center on Hashem's universe, and the closest connection to Heaven.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Vayeitzei-Rabbeinu-Bachaye-It-All-Starts-From-Luz/5304

Rebbetzin Gita Cohen, ע״ה

Rabbi Norman Lamm and Henry Ford: A Tribute to One of Rabbi Lamm’s Hidden Accomplishments as He Enters his Ninth Decade

The Ellison Tipping Point

Tucker Carlson interviews NY Times Public Editor Liz Spayd over anti-Trump bias