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 Jul 2017

Rosh Chodesh Av

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Rosh Chodesh Av: What Do We Do?

Rabbi Gets LA Crowd Thinking


23 Jul 2017

Two letters

KikarHashabat published a letter written in Hebrew by Chaya Salomon, one of the victims of the Friday evening stabbing by a Palestinian. It is a letter that Chaya, a teacher, attached to her students' report cards and I have roughly translated her message to her students.

Dear student,
With the distribution of report cards at the end of the semester
I remember a different report card
Almost like in school
It is given by our heavenly Father who dwells everywhere
But instead of subjects and test results
He divides results into the following subjects.
Friendship, patience, understanding, love.
Kindness, responsibility, gratitude and humility
And that report card is important
Even more than any other report card
And not just once a year or twice
But every minute that passes
Because many times in the course of life
We forget and forget again that being a virtuous person
This is the real test in life !!!

Wishing you success,
Your teacher Chaya

The Jerusalem Post published part of a letter the killer wrote on Facebook.

"You, sons of monkeys and pigs, if you do not open the gates of al-Aksa, I am sure that men will follow me and will hit you with an iron fist, I am warning you.”
http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/West-Bank-terror-A-killers-last-testament-on-Facebook-500417

The New York Times referenced the Palestinian's post, as well.

“I am a young man who has not yet reached the age of 20, I have many dreams and ambitions!!” he wrote. “I loved life — to draw the smile on people’s faces. But what life is this when our women and young men are killed unjustly and our Aqsa is facing desecration.” He said he had a sharp knife, begged forgiveness from his family and signed off with emojis including hearts.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/world/middleeast/jerusalem-israel-protests-al-aqsa-mosque.html

If I ask the New York Times why they didn't publish the sentence containing the words, "You, sons of monkeys and pigs" I am sure they will respond by explaining that space constraints hindered them from publishing his whole post. And yet, there were no space constraints for them to write, "Three Israelis were killed in what appeared to be a terrorist attack."

The proud mother

Why Rebbe Said "Gam Zu Letova"

Sefer Devarim is Moshe's closing message to Bnei Yisrael where he gives the mussar for the aveiros they have done, reviews with them all the mitzvos, and warns them about the future. The Gemara says (Bava Basra 165a) that most people steal, a few enter illicit relationships, and everybody speaks Avak Lashon Hara.

The Vilna Gaon finds a Remez to this gemara in the opening words of the parsha. "Eileh Hadevarim Asher Diber Moshe El Kol Yisroel". Eileh (Aleph, Lamed, Hey) is for Avak Lashon Hara. That is why it says El Kol Yisrael, because we are all oveir on this.
http://www.revach.net/parshas-hashavua/numbers-amp-letters/Parshas-Devarim-Vilna-Gaon-Moshe-Rabbeinu-Opens-With-A-Stab-At-Lashon-Hara/570

Palestinian teen butchers Israeli family, his mom is proud

As I read one of the sentences posted on Facebook by the Palestinian who stabbed three Israeli family members to death on Friday night, I wondered who taught him to think in such a fashion."

"You, sons of monkeys and pigs, if you do not open the gates of al-Aksa, I am sure that men will follow me and will hit you with an iron fist, I am warning you.”

22 Jul 2017

Blaming Israel

Three Israelis were stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, hours after three Palestinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel's installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's walled Old City.
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/07/21/world/middleeast/21reuters-israel-palestine.html

Op-Ed: A Family Was Butchered During Their Shabbos Dinner – But They Will Blame Israel

The Argument Is About Jews, Not Metal Detectors

Fried Calls to Shut Phones in Shul

19 Jul 2017

The retracted article

In the space of two weeks, HonestReporting critiqued two articles (one and two) written by Tom O’Connor for Newsweek. That O’Connor was responsible for the following tweet referencing Israeli “apartheid” should have raised flags concerning his ability to report in a fair and accurate manner on Israel:
Read more: http://honestreporting.com/hr-success-newsweek-apologizes-retracts-two-biased-articles/

So, Newsweek retracted the articles but what about other sites which re-published the Newsweek articles such as this one?

Parashat Matot-Masay: The Incredible Potential of Every Jew

One of the Chashuvim of Vilna once came crying to Rav Zemeleh Volozhin that he married off his son to the wise and kind daughter of a prominent family of Vilna, but to his surprise after the Chasuna they found out that the girl was 10 years older than the boy!

Rav Zemeleh cut him off mid-sentence and answered him light heartedly. At the end of Parshas Masei (36:10), the Torah mentions the names of the Bnos Tzelafchad in a different order than previous mentioned in Parshas Pinchos (27:1). Rashi comments that previously they were mentioned in order of their wisdom, while here they were mentioned in the order of their age. Why here did the Torah mention them by age?

Rav Zemeleh explained that the gemara Bava Basra (119) says that the youngest any of them married was at the age of 40. Surely the Torah would not want to reveal their ages before they married so it listed them in order of their wisdom. Only here when the Torah says that they married their cousins, does the Torah finally reveal their true ages. Apparently the Torah felt that after their marriage, no one worried if anyone would find out how old they really were.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/story/Parshas-Masei-Rav-Zemele-Volozhin-Show-No-Sympathy-For-The-Boy-Who-Is-Tricked-Into-Marrying-An-Older-Girl/4643

18 Jul 2017

A clothes call

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Watch: Chareidi Woman, Tzippora Nussbaum, Appear On Ted Talks – “How Clothes Tell a Story”

Family of Jewish woman murdered in Paris moving to Israel

השנה הסופרים יהיו מפוצצים לפני ראש השנה... הרב רפאל זר

So, watching the video below, do you thing Kate is going to start a tznius trend? http://realidadtora.blogspot.co.il/2017/07/blog-post_89.html

The Senate floor

Susan Rice no longer planning to testify Tuesday before House panel

An op-ed in the NYTimes about George Soros titled Israel’s War Against George Soros portrays the financier in very favorable terms, Israel not.

By the mitzvah of keeping your promise it says Moshe told the heads of each Shevet about this mitzvah. Why does the torah write this by this mitzvah? Bais Din has the obligation to enforce every mitzvah. The Netziv says that we usually make a promise under some sort of duress in the hopes that our promise will help us achieve our goal whether it is a promise to Hashem to save us or help us in some way or to another person to gain something in return from that person.

Unfortunately, he says, keeping promises is often not easy for us. Typically when the duress has passed and it is time for us to fulfill our end our enthusiasm dramatically wanes and we come up with all sorts of rationalizations why we need not keep our exactly as we promised it or even not at all. This is why Moshe told the leaders of the people that it is up to them to make sure that people keep their promise.

Using the same explanation Rav Zvi Hersh Voidaslav father of Rav Simcha Bunim MiPeshischa explains why the Torah says the seemingly superfluous words "K'Chol Hayotzeh MiPiv Yaaseh"; its deeper meaning is that you should keep your promise with exactly the same enthusiasm that you made it.
http://revach.net/article.php?id=522


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