"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

5 Mar 2015

A freilichen Purim!

Even If We Cannot Truly Emulate Hashem, Our Selflessness Invokes Hashem's Mercy

Mishloach Manos from the Rebbetzin

נשות האדמו"רים הכינו משלוחי מנות למשפחות חללי צה"ל

Below is an excerpt from a daily emunah email by Rabbi David Ashear.
"There is a halachah on Purim that כל הפושט יד נותנים לו - we are to give charity to everybody who requests it. The Rabbis teach that applies to our relationship with Hashem, as well. Anybody who outstretches his hand (כל הפושט יד) in prayer to Hashem is granted his requests. When we pray on Purim, we need to truly feel that כל הפושט יד נותנים לו - our sincere requests and pleas will be graciously accepted."

May Hashem grant your requests letovah. A freilichin Purim!


Purim 5775

Purim 5775 - It's All About Others

Klal Yisrael - Purim and the Blessing of Unity

4 Mar 2015

A Persian name

Click here to hear the Lubavitcher Rebbe explain Why Purim Has a Persian Name.

The Short Vort’ - “Haman in the Torah?” (3/2/15) -Thank you, Rabbi Eisenman, for your great writings.

Ta’anit Esther segulot and insights

Iraqi Minister Says Jews Secretly Behind ISIS Destruction Of Ancient Arti­facts In Mosul…

State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf was asked question after question about Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account rather than a State.gov account.

QUESTION: No, how do you legally verify – I mean, granted, she was the Secretary of State. But as Ronald Reagan said, “Trust, but verify.” Is there any way of corroborating that everything that was provided by her office is in fact everything that she engaged in while she was Secretary of State? http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2015/03/238132.htm#DEPARTMENT

Finally, for all you students out there, today is the day to ask your teacher, "What's today's date?"
When he:she responds, March Fourth, it is your cue to get up from your desks and march forth right out of the classroom.

Below is an explanation of Perek 22 of Tehilllim, which many recite on Ta'anit Esther. Two years ago, the speaker dedicated the study of the perek for a zechut for a refuah sheleima for a special individual. May it now be a zechut leilui nishmata

3 Mar 2015

Devarim 31:6

Ryan Teague Beckwith writes about Netanyahu's speech to Congress.

...He then quoted Deuteronomy 31:6, Moses’ parting words to the Israelites, in Hebrew: “Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them.”

Actually, Mr. Beckwith should have written,  "He then quoted the first half of Deuteronomy 31:6, omitting the half that really counts."

Be strong and courageous! Neither fear, nor be dismayed of them, for the Lord, your God He is the One Who goes with you. He will neither fail you, nor forsake you.
H/T -  a special relative.

Below is a comment posted at the end of an INN article about the Prime Minister's speech.

First; I’m not a fan of Bibi but today I saw him function as a truth speaker and I was impressed. THEN I listened to the American comments on Netanjahu’s speech and my heart sank. American’s have no concept of historical time.The USA lives in the here and now; completely oblivious to long term consequences of their actions. They are like children; pragmatic and only focussed on the short term. Bibi gave them true Prophecy today and they heard fear mongering, politicking and criticism. Like children they can’t accept that they might be in a position of determining the course of history; this is grown – up stuff; too complex/ too “scary” for Americans to deal with. American’s can’t understand that Bibi would NEVER risk the relationship with the USA if it wasn’t for an Existential reason! Bibi wasn’t playing politics; he was trying to save the world from catastrophe. Like the prophets of old he came to warn; Their ears can’t hear and their eyes are incapable of seeing. G-d have mercy on the unbelievers! Bibi was correct to talk about a crossroads; and we Jews will have to accept that we will, as was foretold, have to walk the correct road without human support; Thank G-d! we know we have the only relevant support; As long as we trust in HaShem; we are not alone.

Click here to listen to Senator Robert Menedez deliver a rousing speech at AIPAC.

Special requests

My inbox was inundated with emails this morning. Below are a selected few.

When G-d is hidden

Sponsor a Yeshiva Bochurs Learning on Purim

During the past Shabbos - Shabbos Zochor, a Chosson collapsed on his Shabbos Sheva Brochos in Erets Yisroel and is now unconscious after having 2 difficult operations in his head! 

בבקשה להתפלל
. לרפואת רפאל יעקב בן חדווה פראדיל לרפו"ש בתושח"י
״כל המתפלל על חבירו נענה תחילה״  בשורות טובות!
א  שִׁיר, לַמַּעֲלוֹת:
אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי, אֶל-הֶהָרִים--    מֵאַיִן, יָבֹא עֶזְרִי.
ב  עֶזְרִי, מֵעִם יְהוָה--    עֹשֵׂה, שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ.
ג  אַל-יִתֵּן לַמּוֹט רַגְלֶךָ;    אַל-יָנוּם, שֹׁמְרֶךָ.
ד  הִנֵּה לֹא-יָנוּם, וְלֹא יִישָׁן--    שׁוֹמֵר, יִשְׂרָאֵל.
ה  יְהוָה שֹׁמְרֶךָ;    יְהוָה צִלְּךָ, עַל-יַד יְמִינֶךָ.
ו  יוֹמָם, הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לֹא-יַכֶּכָּה;    וְיָרֵחַ בַּלָּיְלָה.
ז  יְהוָה, יִשְׁמָרְךָ מִכָּל-רָע:    יִשְׁמֹר, אֶת-נַפְשֶׁךָ.
ח  יְהוָה, יִשְׁמָר-צֵאתְךָ וּבוֹאֶךָ--    מֵעַתָּה, וְעַד-עוֹלָם

Remember to say perek 22 of Tehillim on Ta'anis Esther, Purim and Shushan Purim - a Segulah for Yeshuos.

 For each request, say Perek 22, then express your request, then say 'in the z'chus of Mordechai and Esther'.

"I can't is idolatry. 

If Hashem helps us, 

we can change the world. 

And if He doesn't help, 

we can't do anything." 


Rav Noach Weinberg Zatza"l

2 Mar 2015

Addressing the joint session

Rabbi Frand on Purim

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress Tuesday, seated in the gallery will be a man designated to represent the evangelical Christian community’s support for Israel: recording legend Pat Boone.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/03/pat-boone-to-represent-evangelicals-at-bibi-speech/#zZ5QtKvYy1H6ErGr.99

Joel Pollak writes, "I’m fasting Monday and praying for Benjamin Netanyahu’s success in his speech to Congress on Tuesday. I don’t care for the pettiness of his American Jewish critics, who typify the establishment that remained silent during the Holocaust; nor the hysterics of his Israeli opponents, who prove by their behavior they are unfit to lead. I am hoping sense will prevail. I trust God and not the mainstream media, here and abroad, who have declared Netanyahu’s speech a disaster in advance."

A friend of mine schedules appointments for a devout Christian. He asked her not to make appointments for him on Wednesday. When she asked why, he answered because it was the Fast of Esther and he is planning on fasting that day.
She questioned him incredulously, "But that is a Jewish holiday. Why are you going to fast that day?"
He answered that he was very concerned with the state of affairs of the world and wanted to fast during the week that the Prime Minister of Israel was scheduled to address Congress.

Could a New 'Halakhic Pre-nup' Help 'Chained' Women?

1 Mar 2015

A coin of fire

The Medrash tells us that in order to explain the mitzva of the Shekalim, Hashem took out a coin of fire from underneath his Kisei HaKavod and showed it to Moshe. Rav Elyashiv asks two questions. First, had Moshe Rabbeinu never seen a coin in his life? Second, what exactly is Hashem doing hiding coins under his Kisei HaKavod?

He answers with a Tosfos in Chulin (42a) that Moshe couldn't understand how money, the most earthly of all creations, can save someone's neshama (Kofer Nefesh). So Hashem showed him a coin. Which coin? The gemara in Bava Basra (11a) says that during a hunger year Munbaz HaMelech emptied out his treasure chest to feed the poor people. His family became very mad that he was squandering the royal wealth. To this he replied that he is not losing the money, he saving the money up in Shamayim in a place where it will last forever while they squander money down on earth where it will eventually disappear.

Rav Elyashiv says these are the coins that Hashem took out to show Moshe. The coins that are given for tzedoka with Mesiras Nefesh are precious and are saved by Hashem under the Kisei HaKavod. Moshe understood that coins are made of destructive fire. They cause jealousy, cheating, stealing, and murder. Hashem showed him that coins can be made out of productive fire. Coins given for tzedoka can light the world and warm the world with their "Holy fire". On these coins Hashem said "Kazeh Yitnu". If the people give in this fashion then even coins can be Kofer Nefesh and money can redeem your soul.

נתניהו: "אסור שיהודי יילך לכלא בגלל לימוד תורה"

28 Feb 2015

Reported in error

This week CAMERA reported, "Following CAMERA's communication yesterday with Agence France Presse and Al Jazeera concerning news reports which falsely alleged that Israel had caused flooding in the Gaza Strip by opening dams, the French wire service has pulled its video from several Web site, and both news outlets have issued updated reports casting the false Palestinian charges as a "he said/she said" dispute, as if the facts could not be determined."

Today AFP had to offer apologies due to a reporting error. (Perhaps Martin Bouyges experienced techiyat hameitim).

French conglomerate Bouygues denied on Saturday the death of its CEO Martin Bouygues as reported in error by AFP. AFP immediately withdrew its erroneous report when the mistake was realised.

"We take this incident very seriously and are carrying out an investigation among editorial staff to understand how such an error could have been made," AFP's global news director Michele Leridon said.

"We offer our humblest apologies to Martin Bouygues, his loved ones, his group and all our clients," she added.

Leonard Nimoy On Mr. Spock's Jewish Heritage
Clink on the link above to listen to two interesting videos in which Leonard Nimoy discusses his Jewish background.