"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 May 2015

Undermining credibility

Expert: Human Rights Watch’s Criticism of Israeli Relief in Nepal Undermines Its Credibility

ISIS in Gaza Says Hamas Worse Than ‘Jewish Occupiers’ as Tensions Between Groups Rise

An “eyewitness” in Baltimore delivered a chilling account on Monday of how a police officer chased down an unarmed black man and shot him in the back — except that’s not what happened at all, police said.

The Blaze has posted a video in which Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly were discussing a shooting in Texas after an event held by Pamela Geller and others erupted in violence. Ms. Kelly argued with Mr. O'Reilly when he said he would have done it another way.

“You know what else the jihadis don’t like? They hate Jews. Should we get rid of all Jews? That’s the path we’re going to go down if we start catering to the jihadis. Theres no satisfying them. There's no making them happy. You can't not do things because the jihadis are going to be upset." http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/04/megyn-kelly-battles-bill-oreilly-over-draw-muhammad-shooting-should-we-get-rid-of-all-jews/

The State Department Spokesperson was repeatedly asked about "whether or not the State Department has any concerns about the questions raised by numerous stories in the media about donations to the Clinton Foundation and various other subsidiaries I guess you would call – affiliates. Whether or not there are questions or concerns in this building about whether or not the questions about potential conflict of interest have any..."

Mr. Rathke responded, "Well, we are not aware of any evidence that actions taken by Secretary Clinton were influenced by donation to the Clinton Foundation or speech honoraria of former President Clinton. So that’s our view of that situation."
Read more at: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2015/05/241844.htm#DEPARTMENT

Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai foresees a grim future for political websites should strict net neutrality rules govern the web. 
Read more at  http://redalertpolitics.com/2015/05/04/fcc-commissioner-government-shut-drudge-report/#L067wxGafgwIqqmc.99

President Obama was interviewed for the last time, by David Letterman on the Letterman show and it was nice to see the exchanges of gratitude between the two famous personalities. After the talk show host expressed his appreciation to the President and his wife for their appearances on his show, President Obama went on to say, "We've grown up with you. The country, I think, has, you know, after a tough day at the office, or coming home from work, you've been there to give us a little bit of joy, a little bit of laughter; it has meant so much and you're a part of all of us...You've given us a great gift and we love you.  

The President's words brought to mind the Gemara in Taanit 22 regarding two men who Eliyahu Hanavi pointed out were assured a place in Olam Haba.

Rabbi Beroka Hoza'a approached them and asked what their profession was. They told him that they were professional jesters, who entertained people who appeared to be sad or depressed, or who worked to make peace between people who had been angry at one another.

4 May 2015

The community and the individuals

Chaya Spalter, 11, OBM

3 months ago, Chaya was taken on a helicopter ride-along around the city with the Los Angeles Police Department.

"She wanted to fly over her school that she hasn't been able to attend consistently because of her medical condition," LAPD chaplain Shmueli Newman said.

It’s Never Too Late, Man has Bar Mitzvah at 75

Kiddush Hashem: Lakewood Woman finds over $1,000 Cash at the Mall; Gives it to the Cashier

Jackson Police Department Thanks Anonymous Man in Restaurant who Paid for Officers’ Meals

91-year-old sings for judge, gets to leave nursing home

The capacity of speech

by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple

The title of the sidra is Emor – “Talk”.

People talk all the time. They talk too much in fact. Loose tongues are such a danger. Not just when the tongue says nasty things. We know that’s not allowed, since the Psalmist says, “Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile” (Ps. 34:14), a sentence that comes in the concluding prayer of every Amidah. But what tends to happen when someone simply can’t stop talking is that the talk becomes nothing more than background noise and the words mean nothing.

So much can be done in a constructive way with “a word fitly spoken” which, according to King Solomon in the Book of Proverbs, is “like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Prov. 25:11).

Just as a person should be careful about where they spend their money, so they should watch their words and not be over-garrulous. Using too many words is a waste of the capacity of speech.

The best advice is, if you have something useful to say, speak up – or otherwise remain silent. Remember the old saying, “When I kept silent they thought I might be a fool. When I spoke they knew I was.” 

This morning I came across an article titled New Arab Site Erases Temple Mount's Jewish Nature. There are some interesting comments posted under the article including:

Nevertheless, Balfour issued the following statement on August 11, 1919: “The four great powers are committed to Zionism. And Zionism be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age long traditions, in present needs in future hopes of far profounder import than the desire and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.”

UN report outlines how Hamas used kids as human shields

Woman to become NY firefighter despite failing crucial fitness test

Comments detrimental

Global Jewish immigration to Israel jumps 40% this year

Michael Haltman opines about the Democratic nomination for President.

At times it seems that the only thing that could destroy a Democrats chances for office would be something along the lines of making comments detrimental to the Kardashian's because reality TV is all that so many Americans care about.
Read more at http://politicsandfinance.blogspot.com/2015/05/clinton-cash-expose-or-is-this-woman.html#obLg4Jh0lAYDyIE0.99

3 May 2015

The double language

Op-Ed: A Child's Letter

Oops: Bill Clinton 'Mistakenly' Misreports Taxable Income as Tax-Free Donations

NYPD: Hate Graffiti Discovered At Mir Yeshiva In Flatbush

In the first pasuk of Emor it says twice to tell the Kohanim, Emor and V'Amarta. Rashi quotes the gemara in Yevamos that says the double language is, "L'Hazhir Gedolim Al HaKetanim", to tell the adults to caution the children. How do Chazal see this from the fact that is says twice to tell them, asks Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro?

He answers that the Dubno Magid once asked the Vilna Gaon what is the most effective way to influence children. The Vilna Gaon answered with a Mashal. He said to take a large cup and surround it with smaller cups. Then pour into the large cup and keep pouring until it spills over the top right into the little cups. To have children absorb the lessons, you must fill yourself with an overdose of whatever traits you want to teach them. They will become filled from the overflow.

The Kohanim were implored twice, to give them a double measure of Kedushas Kohen. The reason for this is obviously in order for it to spill over to the children.

Shirat Devorah writes about the segulah for finding a lost object. If someone loses an object, there is a custom to donate some money to the tzeddakah of rabbi Meir Baal Haness and to recite a text which can be found here.

It occurred to me that those who are looking for their basherts are also trying to find a lost object. How appropros to donate tzeddakah on his yahrzheit today and to recite the text.
Hatzlocha to those trying to find their lost objects.