"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

23 Jan 2017

Last hours


Jewish Students ‘Brought Back to Reality’ by Giant Swastika Etched Into Snow on Canadian Campus Football Field

Jewish Woman’s Emotional Retelling of Her Vision of the Three Final Hours Before Messiah

In my space

Woman Berates Trump Supporter, Gets Kicked Off Plane: "He's In My Space"

"וידאו • נתניהו ניחם את הרבי: "אני שואב את הכוחות מהתורה

Obsessive inconsistency: The world and the two-state solution

A Soldier’s Mother: Why I’m Not a Feminist

John Perazzo writes an in depth article about Linda Sarsour, one of the organizer's of the Women's march on Washington, over here.

22 Jan 2017

An effective oppostion

'I am amazed at how modestly the haredim live'

J Street is organizing a conference at the end of February.  The conference program includes sessions with such titles as How do we help create an effective opposition to the Israeli right? and Putting J Street’s Political Capital to Work in Opposition to Trump.
These titles were posted on the J Street site before President Trump took office and yet, J Street knew that there needed to be a session on putting J Street's political capital to work in opposition to Trump?

Anti-Semitic Sabbath Attacks on Jews in London

8 Ways to Cultivate Happiness in Your Child

In control

The Torah tells us that Moshe was 80 years old, and Aharon 83, when they stood before Paroh (Va'eira 7:7). Why is this so important to us?

Rav Shimon Schwab explains that Aharon was born at the time that Paroh told the midwives to kill all Jewish born baby boys. Moshe was born three years later when Paroh decreed that every male born child must be thrown in the river. Both these decrees were made to ward off the prediction of the star gazers who foresaw that the redeemer of the Jews would be born at that time.

Moshe and Aharon were sent to not only redeem Bnei Yisrael, but also to teach Paroh that Hashem controls the world and not him. For the first lesson Moshe asked Paroh to dig deep into his memory and recall the decrees of many decades ago. Then he proudly told him that he and Aharon were both children that should have never seen the light of day. Yet, because Hashem is in control, they both defied the decree and here they were alive and well... and ready to play the role of the redeemers that Paroh tried so desperately tried to kill.

Below is a comment posted under an INN article titled Al-Aqsa imam: Don't sell land to Jews>

And if I publicly declared no Jew should rent or sell to arabs or non-Jews or be subject to a death penalty, how fast would I be arrested and held "indefinitely" under "administrative detention" for "racist incitement"?

Using Your Mouth for Mitzvot- Mussar, Pele Yoetz


21 Jan 2017

Of equal significance

THE Jewish community is in mourning following the death of 10-year-old Thalia Hakin, who was killed in yesterday’s car ramming attack in Melbourne...

A fundraising campaign has been set up for the family.

To donate, visit www.mycause.com.au/page/143703/family-devastation-in-melbourne-rampage.

Read more: https://www.jewishnews.net.au/community-mourns-happy-bubbly-thalia/57889

Special Shiur From Haditch

Liberal Reporter Forced To Apologize To Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer ON HIS FIRST DAY

Dr. Anita Turtletaub: The Beauty of Yiddish And The Merit Of Matchmaking

The JPost had an article about an online conversion to Judaism of an octogenarian who fulfilled a lifetime dream.

Sewell looked into converting at an Orthodox synagogue in Sydney — where she was living at the time — but found its traditional approach to Judaism “too restrictive.”

"Hu Aharon Umoshe" (6:26); "Hu Moshe ViAharon" (6:27) Rashi points out, that there are places where the Torah places Aharon before Moshe and there are places where it places Moshe before Aharon. This is to teach us that they are of equal significance (Shkulim Haym). The obvious question is, how can we say that Aharon was equal to Moshe? Doesn't the Torah say that there never was or will be a Navi as great as Moshe?

The Maskil L'David answers, at this point they were of equal significance. It was only after Mattan Torah where Moshe was alone for 40 days and nights with the Shechina that he elevated himself above Aharon.

R' Moshe Feinstein offers a different answer. Of course Moshe was greater than Aharon even at this point. They were of equal significance in the aspect that each one of them fulfilled his Tafkid (potential) in this world. Hashem does not look how great one is, rather if he was able to "be all that he could be". If one reaches that level, he achieved the highest level. Aharon reached that level; therefore in this sense he was as great as Moshe who also reached the level of fulfilling his total potential. This is a comforting thought for all of Klal Yisroel. We too have the potential to be as great as Moshe in this sense.

18 Jan 2017

The connection

Lakewood Yungerman launches ‘The Chavrusa Connection’

Kudos to UN Ambassador Nominee Nikki Haley for telling it like it is - Opening Statement (C-SPAN)

Connecting In a Disconnected World

"I think we're going to see people of merit rise up from every race, faith, corner of this country because that's America's strength," Obama said when asked about being the first black president. "If we keep opportunities open we're going to have a woman president, a Latino president, a Jewish president, a Hindu president." - President Obama opining at his final press conference.

As the President's term comes to a close Professor Rashid Khalidi is in the news.

Columbia Professor Accuses Right-Wing Jews of ‘Infesting’ American Politics

Rashid Khalidi was in the news during President Obama's 2008 campaign.

It was a celebration of Palestinian culture -- a night of music, dancing and a dash of politics. Local Arab Americans were bidding farewell to Rashid Khalidi, an internationally known scholar, critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights, who was leaving town for a job in New York.

A special tribute came from Khalidi's friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama.

On the same side

J-Street and the BDSers: On the same side on Capitol Hill

The Eternal Passport: Daf Yomi Bava Basra

VIDEO &  PHOTOS: Agudah Yarchei Kallah and Kever Rochel

How many times have we heard this? Moshe knew even before Hashem sent him back to Mitzrayim to take out Bnei Yisrael, that he would not be zocheh to go into Eretz Yisrael. Moshe tells Hashem (Shemos 4:13), "Shlach Na B'Yad Tishlach." Rashi explains that Moshe said, "Don't send me since I will not lead them to Eretz Yisrael." Yet at the end of the parsha (6:1 Rashi "Ata Sir'eh") Hashem tells Moshe, "Because you complained about the way I treat Bnei Yisrael, you will only see them redeemed from Paroh and not the conquest of Eretz Yisrael." Then again in Parshas Chukas (20:12) Hashem tells Moshe that his punishment for hitting the rock is that he would not be allowed into Eretz Yisrael. How many times is Moshe going to be punished with the same punishement?

The Maskil L'Dovid answers that this is similar to our yearly G'zar Din. On Rosh HaShana Hashem decides our fate. We then have until Yom Kippur to change it before it is sealed. After it is sealed, it is not over yet. Only on Hoshana Rabba is it double sealed and placed in the envelope. Even then, the envelope is not given to the malachim whose task it is to carry out the Din, until Shmini Atzeres.

Moshe knew that his fate was not to go into Eretz Yisrael. When he complained, his fate was sealed. After he hit the rock, it was double sealed. However, the envelope was still not given to the malachim. This is why, in Parshas V'aEschanan, we find Moshe pleading to Hashem not to finalize his fate.

No matter your plight, there is always place for hope, tshuva, and tefila.