"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

12 Oct 2015

Esrog disposal

Star-K Alert - Esrog Disposal

The Touch of Tehillim by Rabbi Yechiel Spero

The large menorah that stands year-round at the Chabad Jewish Community Center in the NDG neighborhood of Montreal was apparently the victim of an act of vandalism Saturday night.
Continue reading: http://collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=37395&alias=chabad-menorah-was-vandalized

Cheshvan always has a two-day Rosh Chodesh, the second of which, the first of the new month, always falls on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Shabbat.

The Holocaust Survivor band

The other day I posted a clip of the Holocaust Survivor band performing with Lipa.
Someone posted a comment, "I LOVE this! I'd personally love to hear more from the Holocaust Survivor Band!"
Below are two videos. One is a performance by the band from a few months ago. The other video contains a Torah thought from Lipa in which he speaks about the parshat hashavua. Although it is not related to this week's parsha, the message is still timely. Additionally, the NYT profiled the two members and the video can be accessed here.

"אדל בנט: "גייסו את בעלי אהרון בכפייה - Kooker.il has posted a video of the mother of Odel Bennet, survivor of a stabbing attack, in which she describes the trauma the family faces. Can someone please set up a fund to help the family?

The New York Times corrected an article titled "Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place."
The sentence, "The question, which many books and scholarly treatises have never definitively answered, is whether on the 37-acre site, home to Islam’s sacred Dome of the Rock shrine and Al Aqsa Mosque, was also the precise location of two ancient Jewish temples, one built on the remains of the other, and both long since gone" was changed to, "The question, which many books and scholarly treatises have never definitively answered, is where on the 37-acre site, home to Islam’s sacred Dome of the Rock shrine and Al Aqsa Mosque, was the precise location of two ancient Jewish temples, one built on the remains of the other, and both long since gone."

The Irish Times published the article a few hours ago and chose to go with the earlier version.

7 Mitzvos Bnei Noach

7 Mitzvos Bnei Noach

Yemenite government to Jews: Convert or leave Yemen

אגרת תימן

Germany: Migrant Crime Wave, Police Capitulate

10 Oct 2015

The question of the Temples

The New York Times added a correction to an article about the site of the two Jewish Temples.

An earlier version of this article misstated the question that many books and scholarly treatises have never definitively answered concerning the two ancient Jewish temples. The question is where precisely on the 37-acre Temple Mount site the temples had once stood, not whether the temples had ever existed there.

What shoddy journalism.

The Rebbe Appeared in a Dream

The DailyCaller reports on a speech made by Chicago-based pastor Jeremiah Wright. Click here to read whom refers to as a Palestinian.

Below are two questions asked to the State Department Spokesperson at the Friday briefing.

I have one last question on the settlement. I raised this question before in this room, and I want to ask it again. Now, there are a number of settlers in the thousands – 60,000 altogether with American citizens and so on. Do you feel that you have any kind of leverage perhaps to convince those settlers to sort of de-conflict from that area or relocate and so on?

But you have termed before settler attacks Palestinians as terrorist attacks. You have, correct? I mean, and the incident, let’s say, in the village of Duma when a settler burned a whole family down and so on, you called that an act of terror.

Can the journalist who asked the second question point me to the settler who committed the act? Is he aware of someone who was convicted of the crime so that he could definitively state it was a settler?

"הגר"ש עמאר: "פטירת הרב אברג'ל מחייבת את כולנו לחשבון נפש

8 Oct 2015

Reeducation camp

Parshas Breishis - Brotherly Love

Emuna daily lesson

NYC Mayor Ignores Hatzolah’s Rescue Efforts in Wake of Explosion

As Israelis suffer three stabbing attacks in one day, as a female Jewish driver was attacked by Palestinians, journalist Said addresses the State Department spokesperson with concerns about the violence in the MidEast.

QUESTION: Yeah, okay. Now, the – my last question is the Israelis have been using sniper rifles – .22 caliber sniper rifles to go after stone throwers. Are you aware of that policy?

MR KIRBY: I haven’t seen those particular reports, Said. But again, I would point you back to what the Secretary said about restoring calm and ceasing the violence.

QUESTION: Would you discourage the Israelis from using sniper rifles against stone throwers?

MR KIRBY: I have not seen those reports, Said. What I would say and what the Secretary, again, has made very clear is we want to see the violence stop, calm restored, and the status quo observed. None of what we’re seeing here in terms of the increased violence and tensions are getting us any closer to the possibility or the potential of a two-state solution. And that’s ultimately what we’d like to see progress made towards.

The Muqata reports, "Meir Ettinger Transfered Out of Ideological Fear
Meir Ettinger (Kahane's grandson) and Evyatar Slonim have been transferred to a secure prison wing. Authorities were afraid that the Jewish security prisoners were influencing other Jewish prisoners with their beliefs.
Next step: Reeducation camp."

One comment posted on the Muqata's Facebook page.
Reminds me of when the Romans came to arrest Onkelos... As he was being arrested Onkelos piqued their curiosity about the Torah and after hearing wonderful thing and G-d and the Torah they all wanted to convert.

7 Oct 2015

Striving to be the best

This week I read a devar Torah by Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss in which he addresses a verse in this week's parsha of Bereishit.

When Hashem was about to create Man, He exclaimed, “Naase Adom, – Let us make Man.” Rashi explains that He was conferring with the angels, teaching us that it should not be above us to take counsel from our inferiors. However, the father of Chassidus, the great Baal Shem Tov, Zt”l, Zy”a, gives a novel explanation to Hashem’s statement of “Naase Adom.” He explains that Hashem was talking to Man himself, saying to him, “Let us together make Man,” for Hashem gave us, the human, an animal-like body that has many physical and materialistic cravings. In this shell he infused a holy neshamah. He then gave us the great charge to make out of that human animal an Adom, a mentch.
...By doing mitzvahs, we make a holy Adom out of the humanoid. The Netziv, Zt”l, Zy”a, elaborates that the rarified term ‘Adom’ is closely related to the term adameh, which means ‘to be like,’ and thus Adom points to the charge of man to be “adameh l’Elyon,” like the One Above. Thus, our charge in life is to rise above the needs of self-gratification and sensual pleasures and to become like Hashem.


Tonight marks the beginning of the yarzheit of the Chatam Sofer.

In the video below, Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman addresses a descendant of the Chatam Sofer and Rav Akiva Eiger. The Rav told the individual that "you had such great grandfathers. You have to strive to be like them."

Today the DailyNews reported, "Jim Carrey's girlfriend reportedly committed suicide just days after her mother called her a “failure” in life on her 30th birthday."

"Vayomer Elokim naaseh adam bezalmeinu kedemuteinu;;"

We can be called failures and view ourselves as such, or we can strive to achieve the lofty heights reached by our ancestors.

Point taken

On Monday, October 5th, AP journalist Matt Lee questioned the State Department spokesperson about a statement made in August 2014 regarding shelling of an UNRWA school.

"The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed. The coordinates of the school, like all UN facilities in Gaza, have been repeatedly communicated to the Israeli Defense Forces. We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties...."

On October 6th, Matt Lee raised a number of questions with the State Department spokesperson regarding the attack by coalition forces on a hospital in Kunduz on October 3.

QUESTION: In terms of the comparison or – not – “comparison” is not the right word, but in terms of the idea that a somewhat similar incident of a nonmilitary target or a humanitarian target being struck by a military that you guys, before an investigation was completed, called it appalling and disgraceful. And yet in this case, you’re not prepared to say the same thing.

MR TONER: I think I am right where I was last – yesterday, which is that there’s several investigations underway. Let’s wait and see the conclusion of those investigations before we reach any determination, but obviously recognizing that this was a terrible tragedy.

QUESTION: Right. Well, I mean, in retrospect, does it make – do you think that it would make sense to wait until investigations are completed before making definitive statements about “disgraceful and appalling” or no?

MR TONER: Point taken.

A Tale of Two Church Fires