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



17 Oct 2017

Torah, morals and ethics

Lubavitcher Rebbe's letter is a guide for Kotel mixed prayer issue

Watch: Lazer Becomes Bar Mitzvah

Scolding UNESCO, GOP lawmakers introduce resolution on Jewish ties to Jerusalem

A great fanfare is made over the fact that Noach was a tzaddik but could not save his generation from the Mabul. The mefarshim explain that he didn't believe it would happen or that he didn't push them to do tshuva, choosing to perfect himself instead.

The last Sforno at the end of Parshas Bereishis has a different approach, that explains the difficulty of the latter pshat, since he spent 120 years building the teiva precisely for the reason that people will see and question him and he can explain the the problem and how to rectify it. The Sforno says that while Noach did spend his time urging people to do tshuva and correct their bad ways, he did not teach them Torah. He did not teach them to go in the way of Hashem.

A person is not complete without Torah. If you only make yourself holy with Torah you can save yourself but will not save others. The Torah is the only foundation you can build on. A chinuch built on a foundation of moral and ethical behavior did not change the people and therefore Noach was accused of only saving himself and not the rest of his generation because he did not teach them Torah.

Similarly, when we raise our children we need to teach them to be moral and ethical, but that is not enough. We must teach them Torah, Emunah, Bitachon. We must teach them to go in the ways of Hashem. That is the way we build a generation that will be light unto the nations and be worthy to bring the Moshiach.
http://revach.net/avodah/chanoch-lnaar/Parshas-Noach-Morals-And-Ethics-Are-Not-Enough/2894

As opposed to the above devar TorahA growing share of Americans say it’s not necessary to believe in God to be moral. Which side do you stand on?

16 Oct 2017

Policies

Rabbi Avraham ibn Ezra and Parshas Noach

Shiloh Musings: Antisemitism, Not Ignorance, Fuels the World’s Policies

Watch: Israel Police Chief Dances At Hakafos Shniyos 5778 In Modzitz And Nadvorna

11 Oct 2017

Dancing

Dancing On the Verrazano Bridge

Ex-Qatari Minister, Who Wrote Preface to Antisemitic Book, Among Leading Candidates in Election Contest for New UNESCO Chief

Daughter of Hamas Sheikh Tells Her Life Story

The pasuk (2:20) tells us that Adam gave names to all the creatures. Chazal tell us that this was a great Chochma on his part. Rav Yehonoson Eibushitz asks, why was this such a great accomplishment?

He answers that for each animal, Adam linked, with his deep insight, each animal's characteristics to its parallel in the heavenly court. Just like there is an "Ari" and "Shor" in the Merkava, he was able to spot the traits of a lion and ox and understand the connection.

However when it came to his own name, he did not link it to something heavenly. He called himself Adam as in Adama, the lowly earth. This showed Adam's great modesty. He wanted to remind himself of his lowly makeup and always remain humble.

However, says Rav Yehonoson Eibushitz, the name Adam is in fact a very exalted name. Adam is from the word, "Adameh L'Elyon", I am compared to the elevated. A person is created B'Tzelem Elokim and is compared to Hashem Himself, and not just the Merkava. Furthermore he adds, that the comparison to Adama, the earth, is also very distinguished. Just like the earth never disintegrates and remains forever, similarly a person's neshama, his Chelek Elokai MiMa'al is also Nitzchi, eternal.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Bereishis-Rav-Yehonoson-Eibushitz-The-Name-Adam/2881

טיפ וסגולה ליום מוצלח // כ"א בתשרי

28 Sep 2017

Two messages before Yom Kippur

Slovie Jungreis Wolff talks about the secret to achieve happiness.

The Hebrew word for happiness is שמחה - simcha, but, if you change the nekudot, it can be read as שמחה - shemacha - to erase, to make peace and forgive by not holding on to grudges.

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise talks about what transpired to him as he returns to the House floor. Watch him in the second video below.

And it starts with G-d. When I was laying out on the ball field, the first thing I did when I was down and couldn't move anymore, was pray. It gave me an unbelievable sense of calm, knowing that at that point it was in G-d's hands.... It gives you that renewed faith in understanding that the power of prayer is something you cannot underestimate.

NEW UNRWA TEXTBOOKS FOR PALESTINIANS DEMONIZE ISRAEL AND JEWS


A pure soul

'The Jewish People lost a pure soul'

His father, Shimon, said: "Today the IDF lost one of its best soldiers, a commander in the Israel Defense Forces. Today, the Jewish People lost a pure soul, between [Rosh Hashanah and] Yom Kippur. For 22 years, we received a gift, and we need to return it - and we have returned it. It hurts, it hurts, it hurts. But we accept it. "

"Everyone here, if they can do something small for the smooth passage of his soul, another drop of mitzvah, another drop of tefillin, one Shabbat, two Shabbatot. And whoever is secular - it doesn’t matter, take something upon yourself. I think he would be very happy."
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/236034

Protecting the Children

Watch: 'Son of Hamas' stuns PA delegation at UNHCR

Kol Nidre: When the melody meets the moment

20 Sep 2017

Rosh Hashana תשע"ח

Who By Water

Rabbi Moshe Hauer Encourages Your Participation - INTECHIGENCE: Intelligent Use of Technology

Parshas Ha'azinu: A Dose of Inspiration - Why Jews Sing So Much

Keith Ellison Compares Illegal Immigrants To Jews Under Nazi Control [VIDEO]

Below are some acronyms for Shenat תשע"ח
תהא שנת עולם חדש
תהא שנת עשיית חסד
תהיו שלמים עם חייכם
תגיד שלום עם חיוך
תשובה שוברת עול חטא
תהא שנה עמוסת חתונות
תגיע שעת חירות עולמים
Read more over here.

May we do our part to increase Chesed, redt shidduchim and do teshuva so that this year will be one of תקיעת שופר על חמור בעז"ה

Shana Tova!!

15 Sep 2017

Who are they calling fascist?

Parshas Nitzavim/VaYeilech - Where Do You Stand

Just watched a few minutes of the Ben Shapiro Protest @ UC Berkeley and I already heard him being called a fascist, as well as all Republicans and the entire state of Israel.

Harboring a Grudge

11 Sep 2017

Miracles

Ingredients of Jewish Leadership – Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech

Cheder Hears of 9/11 Miracles

First to return

Palestinian Authority honors terrorists

טיפ וסגולה ליום מוצלח // כ' באלול

"ViShav Hashem Elokecha Es Shvuscha ViRechamecha Vishav Vikibetzcha Mikal HoAmim" - "Then Hashem WILL RETURN your captivity and have mercy upon you, and he WILL RETURN and gather you from your exile among the nations." Why does the Pasuk say that Hashem "WILL RETURN" those in captivity twice? Meshech Chochmah answers, that there will be two shifts of people who are returning from exile. The first group will be those who were yearning for the holiness of Eretz Yisroel all the years in Galus. They will be the first to return. The second group will be the ones who became comfortable in the Galus. They did not miss the Kedusha of Eretz Yisroel, and will only return at a later time.
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_pnitzavim.html

Berkeley to offer counseling to snowflakes triggered by Shapiro visit

8 Sep 2017

Gratitude is the attitude

New York Times Likens Israel to North Korea

NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) said that the treatment of a Hasidic rabbi and his family from Boro Park by a Vermont State Trooper is being investigated by the Internal Affairs Department of the Vermont State Police.
http://www.collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=47227&alias=family-terrorized-by-vermont-cop

Time to Put Limits on Homework

Gratitude — A Key Torah Principle

6 Sep 2017

Say It

Teach Children to Love and Respect, Not to Hate and Kill

Tiferes Devorah L'Kallah

More on Smartphones

Don’t Think It—Say It

The blessings

Hamas Refuses Red Cross Request to See Israeli Captives

In the brachos it says (28:2) "U'Va'u Olecha Kol HaBrachos HaEileh V'Hisigucha"; The brachos will come on you and it will reach you. The Chasam Sofer asks, if the brachos come on you of course they reached you? He answers that Hashem gives us much bracha in our lives. What do we do with the riches he sends our way? Do we blow it on nonsense? Are the things we purchase transferable to the next world? When Hashem sends us bracha it must help us reach our goals or else it is not a bracha. Hashem promises that if we serve him with happiness we receive his material rewards we will spend it wisely making it a true bracha.
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_pkisavo.html

The Peril of Partisanship

3 Sep 2017

The reopening

Soviets Shut This Yeshivah 82 Years Ago. Now It’s Reopening

Bringing Together Jewish Students from Around the World

The two mountains

Beloved Jewish Assemblyman Dies Of Cancer

When, How to Pay a Shadchan?

Touching Photo Stirs Hearts Amid Texas Devastation

"It will be when you will go over the Yarden, you will set up these 12 stones at Har Aivol, and you will build a Mizbayach and bring Korbonos and be happy there" R' Moshe Feinstein asks, why were the Mizbayach and all the festivities taking place at Har Aivol? Har Aivol was the mountain that the Levim faced when they said the curses (Rashi 27:12). It would have been more appropriate to have these festivities on Har Grizim - the mountain they faced when the Brachos were said?

R' Moshe answers, although the promise of Blessings can cause a person to head in the right direction, the Yetzer HaRa can still convince a person that the pleasure of sin will be greater than the pleasure of these blessings - causing the person to sin. This is not so concerning a curse. The power of threatening one to be cursed with terrible suffering if he sins, will overcome his desire to sin. It is therefore more appropriate to celebrate on Har Avol than Har Grizim, because the curses at Har Aivol had a greater effect on Klal Yisroel.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Ki-Savo-Rav-Moshe-Feinstein-The-Affinity-For-The-Cursed-Mountain/914

2 Sep 2017

Day of Prayer

British Jewish centenarians celebrate 83rd wedding anniversary.
Husband says the secret to a happy marriage is to 'always agree with your wife.'
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234919

UC-Irvine Places Students for Justice in Palestine on Two-Year Probation for Protest

Cleveland Father Of Girls Critically Wounded In Crash Updates On Improvement In Their Condition

Upon coming to the Bais HaMikdash with Bikurim, we tell the Kohen (Ki Savo 26:3), "Higaditi Hayom Lashem Elokecha Ki Basi El HaAretz", I affirm today before Hashem, that I have arrived in the land. The Ponevezher Rov once asked when addressing a large crowd, "Is it only new immigrants who are commanded to bring Bikurim and not native born sons?"

He answered that we see from here that even people born and bred in Eretz Yisroel, or those that have been here for a very long time, must have the same excitement as a person who has newly arrived home from the galus. The feeling of coming home to Hashem's land must not dull over time. I myself, said the Ponevezher Rov, every time I return to Eretz Yisroel from abroad, it is brand new to me as if I have never been here before. (Shalal Rov)

For those of us to have made our way home, keep appreciating it and don't take it for granted. Wake up every morning and look outside and say, "Wow, I can't believe I am lucky enough to live here!"
http://revach.net/galus-geula/eretz-yisroel/Parshas-Ki-Savo-Ponevezher-Rov-We-Are-All-Olim-Chadashim-In-Eretz-Yisroel/4728


1 Sep 2017

Birds of a feather

United with Israel has written an article questioning the impartiality of HRW director Kenneth Roth.

The executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), one of the world’s leading human rights organizations, has posted a tweet linking to an article written by a Palestinian writer that equates Zionism with White Supremacy, calling them “birds of a feather.”
https://unitedwithisrael.org/zionism-and-white-supremacy-are-birds-of-a-feather-says-human-rights-watch-director/?utm_source=pushengage&utm_medium=push_notification&utm_campaign=pushengage



On August 22 Mr. Roth tweeted, "US says UN outing businesses complicit w/ " Israel's illegal settlement won't advance peace." He links to an article which you can read over here. No where in the article is the word "illegal" mentioned,

Former FBI director James Comey began drafting a statement clearing Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing in the bureau’s probe of her mishandling of classified material months before he met with the former Secretary and other key witnesses in the case.
Read more: http://100percentfedup.com/bombshell-fbis-comey-drafted-conclusion-clinton-email-probe-fbi-interviews-key-witnesses/

Parshas Ki TzeiTzei

26 Aug 2017

The after 8 demonstration

The High Court of Justice ruled Thursday that demonstrations near the Petah Tikva home of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit will be limited to 500 participants over the next two weeks, until it makes a final decision on the matter. The justices also ruled that demonstrators cannot step into the street or use more than two megaphones. Further conditions stipulate that the demonstrations cannot start before 8 P.M.
 Read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.808925 

Below is a screenshot of an article at Mako regarding tonight's demonstration posted at 7:32 P.M. Funny how I never realized that 7:32 P.M. comes after 8 P.M.
UPDATE: The Mako headline has now been changed to reflect that the protesters numbered  a lot more than 500,




A CNN reporter asks a question "What do you think about the fact that White supremacists support Trump?" He gets totally unprepared for responses over here including someone asking the reporter "Do Black Panthers support Obama?"

הזוג החרדי שנלחם בנטישת תינוקות עם תסמונת דאון

24 Aug 2017

No right to enjoy quiet

Why Millennial Women Are Failing and How to Fix It

Meet the $759 million Powerball winner
The Chicopee gas station store where Wanczyk bought ticket will get $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Bob Bolduc, 73, the owner of the chain of Pride stores, said he will be donating all of the money to charity.
http://nypost.com/2017/08/24/meet-the-759-million-powerball-winner/

Parshas Shof'tim - Is Everybody Happy?

Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein - The Solar Eclipse

CUNY Awards Top Faculty Honors to Proponent of BDS Movement

High Court okays limited protests outside attorney general’s home

During the hearing, Judge Yoram Danziger addressed complaints that the protests were a nuisance to residents of the Kfar Ganim neighborhood, saying the right to protest took precedence.

“The residents’ right to enjoy quiet is not a legal right that even approaches the level of a legal right such as the right to protests and freedom of expression,” he said.

The court also ruled the demonstrations cannot begin until after 8 p.m., around the time that Shabbat ends, and that protesters may not enter the street or disturb traffic.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/high-court-okays-limited-protests-outside-attorney-generals-home/

Unbelievable that the residents' right to quiet wasn't taken into consideration nor the chilul Shabbat of the police who have to arrive hours before Shabbat ends to enforce the law.

Now is the time

How the Mainstream Media Operate

To understand America's crises today, one must first understand what has happened to two institutions: the university and the news media. They do not regard their mission as educating and informing but indoctrinating.
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/08/23/how_the_mainstream_media_operate_134811.html

Elul: The Time is Now

Two years later:
Court will decide whether arson suspect was tortured

23 Aug 2017

Crossing red lines

Barcelona Attack Mastermind Was Supposed to Be Deported – But Judges Blocked It

Ukraine Jewish Cemetery Desecrated

Emergency Chassan & Kallah Fund : PLEASE HELP US!!

Harav Rabinowitz: Women of the Wall Have ‘Crossed All Red Lines’

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Explains Why She Kept Imran Awan On Salary(VIDEO)!!

Three Jewish movements opt out of High Holy Days call with Trump, citing ‘xenophobia’

Three guesses which three movements...

Getting rid of the chametz

Shia Imam in Southern California Restates Belief That Israel ‘Finances, Arms, Trains’ ISIS Terrorists

While some obsessive women begin worrying about Chametz around Chanukah time, pleading with their children not take chametz out of the kitchen because Pesach is coming, the Shulchan Aruch paskens that 30 days before Pesach starts the Chiyuv of getting rid of the chametz. During this time we frantically employ every device available to clean chametz out of any place it may linger; walls, electric sockets, etc.

So too says the Seder HaYom with regard to the chametz in our hearts and our "chametz stained" deeds. Starting Rosh Chodesh Elul, 30 days before Rosh HaShanah, we must begin to clean ourselves to rid ourselves of every drop of chametz, otherwise known as aveiros, to purify ourselves for the Yom HaDin on Rosh Hashanah. Every creative method should be employed to slowly but surely during the course of the month find and destroy every crumb of Aveira hiding in the deep and not so deep recesses of our character. Some obsessive people start earlier. The letters of Chodesh "Av" they say are roshei teivos for Elul (Aleph) Ba (Bais). This goal that is no less important than cleaning for chametz on Pesach. Unfortunately on Rosh HaShanah there are no hotels in Florida that do the work for you.
http://www.revach.net/moadim/elultishrei/Elul-Time-To-Take-Out-The-Chametz/815

The Best Segulah


22 Aug 2017

Thirteen references

Religious girls’ schools leading in Israeli education

It is customary to recite chapter 27 of Tehillim, “L’david Hashem Ori”, twice daily from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Shemini Atzeret. ...The custom of reciting L’david throughout Elul originates in the Midrash which teaches that this chapter of Tehillim specifically refers to the High Holiday season.[4] For example, the word “Ori” refers to Rosh Hashana, “Yishi” to Yom Kippur, and “Ki Yitzpeneni B’sukko” to Sukkot. It is also noted that the Psalm contains thirteen references to God’s name which is said to protect us from any evil decrees when we are judged over the High Holiday season. These thirteen references to God are also said to correspond to the “Thirteen Attributes” which are recited as part of the Selichot in Elul and Tishrei.
http://www.torahmusings.com/2010/08/elul-ldavid/

Holocaust survivor: This is not the America I came to

Trump and the Jews

UN EQUATES STABBING A JEWISH FAMILY TO DEATH WITH DEFENDING AGAINST PALESTINIAN RIOTS

Fabulous lyrics in the second video below. Kol Hakavod.



The month of Elul

How to Really Grow During the Month of Elul

Most moms aren't putting babies to sleep safely, study says

HEARTBREAKING VIDEO: Cleveland Mom Of Children Critically Injured In Crash Gives Update; Ask For People To Continue Davening

"מצמרר: הכלה שהתחשמלה כתבה לפני פטירתה: "יש מי שמנהל את העולם

U.S. urges UN not to publish anti-Israel blacklist

The Times of Israel has a headline Jewish senator calls on Trump’s Jewish Cabinet members to resign.

This is the same senator whom Daniel Greenfield wrote about here while WND wrote about him here.

21 Aug 2017

I get it

WATCH: Australian BDS ‘Activists’ Hit New Low With Antisemitic Bullying Of School Children

As Av Becomes Elul

Trump and Israel haters get religion

Milbank, no rabbi so far as I know, suddenly finds the Good Book, and suddenly gets Religion.

From Hebrew Scriptures he finds a dozen texts to rebuke his three “court Jews.”

Has Milbank and the rest of the news media EVER used Biblical references to prove Jewish G-d-given rights to the Land of Israel? For that, never.

...But to use the Hebrew Bible against the Jews for cheap political expedience, this is too terrible.

This I forbid.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/20905

Spot on, Jack Engelhard.

20 Aug 2017

On the eclipse

TIMELY – Fascinating Article From 1940 About The Chofetz Chaim & The Solar Eclipse Translated Into English

Listen: Another Shiur From R Heber On The Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse: A Jewish Message

The Rebbe On A Solar Eclipse

The Washington Post has an article titled The Trump administration’s most prominent Jews disgrace themselves. I did not enjoy reading it and wasn't going to call attention to the piece except I would like to know why the URL is https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-trump-administrations-three-court-jews-disgrace-themselves/2017/08/18/929a68b4-840c-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html?utm_term=.7898d806ecd8.

Was the headline switched from three court Jews to most prominent Jews?

Judaism and the solar eclipse

Here’s What Different Religions Have To Say About The Solar Eclipse

Is There a Bracha For Solar Eclipse

What Blessing Does One Make on a Solar Eclipse?

Missouri State Senator Shares Holocaust-Themed Tweet in Reference to Jewish Gov. Greitens

CNN SCRUBS HEADLINE CALLING ANTIFA VIOLENT

We read Parshas Shoftim in the beginning of Elul because the first step to Tshuva is to put guards at our hotspots. "Shoftim V'Shotrim Tetein Lecha B'Chol She'arecha"; place judges and policemen at all your gates. These gates allude to the gates of your body; your eyes, ears, mouth, etc., says the Bnei Yisaschar. The gemara says the eyes see and the heart desires. This is the mechanics of Aveira. We need to watch both what goes into our mouth and what comes out of it. Once we have honest judges guarding these flashpoints from evil we are on the road to tshuvah.

If we do stumble we must have a mechanism for punishing ourselves whether it is in the form of promising to give money to tzedoka or withholding something that we enjoy for every time we slip. This effective idea was popular among the Talmidim of Rav Moshe Kordevero says the Bnei Yisaschar.
http://revach.net/moadim/elultishrei/ElulParshas-Shoftim-Bnei-Yisaschar-Shoftim-And-Personal-Bodyguards/822

19 Aug 2017

The will and the choice

What did the terrorist write in his will?

The Palestinian News Agency, did not cite the words about the Jews quoted in the INN article, when reporting on the will.

Bret Stephens has written a reprehensible op-ed against President Trump in the NYT.

"Last year we were given a choice between moral judgment and political opportunity."

Last year, Mr. Stephens was asked by Hugh Hewitt, "But Bret, if the choice is Clinton versus Trump, who is Bret Stephens going to vote for?"

Mr. Stephen's response was, "Probably none of the above. I will never vote for Donald Trump. I have a very, very hard time voting for Mrs. Clinton. I have been, I have been writing about Hillary Clinton, I just actually looked this up, since 1998 when she was busy standing by when Suha Arafat was launching anti-Semitic tirades against Israel and the Jews. And Hillary Clinton’s record in office is dreadful. Her ideas are dreadful. They will make us less safe. So, but there is no way I’m going to vote for a guy who is just totally uninformed, un-presidential as Donald Trump is."
http://www.hughhewitt.com/talking-clinton-v-trump-bret-stephens/

16 Aug 2017

The new statement

The March for Racial Justice organizers have issued a new statement regarding the scheduling of the event on Yom Kippur.

Choosing this date, we now know, was a grave and hurtful oversight on our part. It was unintentional and we are sorry for this pain as well as for the time it has taken for us to respond.

Yesterday I read a comment from someone who wanted to participate in the march and asked if someone could organize to have Torahs, prayer books and shofars at the march. As the march is scheduled from 10AM through 1PM and the shofar is only blown at the end of the Yom Kippur fast at nightfall, I fail to understand why shofars were needed. I also thought to myself, that if Saturday, September 30th had not been Yom Kippur, many would have attended the march with blatant disregard for Shabbat.

Black, Jewish Goldman Sachs executive sues firm for discrimination, claiming bias killed her chance to land Allergan CEO as client

The date of the march

1/ Me and the Neo-Nazis: A Tale

UNRWA Seals Terror Tunnel Found Under Schools, Blasts Hamas for Putting Students at Risk

Mayim Bialik calls out March for Racial Justice over Yom Kippur date

March for Racial Justice Statement Regarding Yom Kippur

14 Aug 2017

The singular Re'eh

"Re'eh Anochi Nosein Lifneichem HaYom Bracha UKlala; Look, I place before you today, a blessing and a curse." (Re'eh 11:26). Hashem gives us the choice to choose good or evil and tells us that we will be paid back in kind. Rav Aharon Kotler asks, "Why is the word Re'eh singular, while the word lifneichem is plural?"

He answers that this teaches us that Hashem gave the Torah to all of Klal Yisrael, even if the masses reject Torah and mitzvos, it is still incumbent on every single individual to make the right choice. It is not acceptable to follow the majority if they go down the wrong path. Re'eh mean to look with your own eyes and see for yourself the right path to follow.

In the Navi Yeshaya it says, "Habitu El Avrohom Avichem... Ki Echad Karasiv; Your forefather Avrohom HaIvri was the man from the other side. He followed the righteous path even though he stood alone against a cold and cruel world." .
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/life-lessons/Parshas-Reeh-Rav-Aharon-Kotler-Even-If-You-Stand-Alone/3992

My Guru, Dr. Jacobs

Right-Wing Rabbis Condemn Forward For Calling Mort Klein ‘Threat’

The trip

Why I Went to Auschwitz
h/t INN

Marriage Tips For Men - Part 4

Overdue Book Returned To Nyc Library 38 Years Late

"ניצל ממחבלת ומשחזר: "חשבתי שזו זקנה שמחבקת אותי

13 Aug 2017

The reward of a mitzvah

Chazal tell us (Kidushin 39b), "Schar Mitzva B'Hai Alma Leka", there is no reward for Mitzvos in this world, only in the next. The pasuk by Tzedaka (Re'eh 15:10) seems to contradict this as it says נָתוֹן תִּתֵּן לוֹ, וְלֹא-יֵרַע לְבָבְךָ בְּתִתְּךָ לוֹ כִּי בִּגְלַל הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה, יְבָרֶכְךָ יְ-הוָ-ה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל-מַעֲשֶׂךָ. If we give Tzedaka Hashem will give a bracha to all our work. Is there reward in this world or not?

The Ksav Sofer answers that for the mitzva itself there is no reward in this world. However for the Simcha, the joy with which you do the Mitzva, there is a reward in this world. If we look carefully at the pasuk we see that the pasuk clearly says this. נָתוֹן תִּתֵּן לוֹ, give tzedaka. וְלֹא-יֵרַע לְבָבְךָ בְּתִתְּךָ לוֹ, there should be no ill will in your heart when you give it, only joy in doing Hashem's mitzva. כִּי בִּגְלַל הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה, יְבָרֶכְךָ יְ-הוָ-ה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל-מַעֲשֶׂךָ, because of this aspect of the mitzva Hashem, the simcha you had, you will be rewarded in this world.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Reeh-Ksav-Sofer-Why-Are-We-Rewarded-For-Giving-Tzedaka/4696

"האברך שניצל סיפר: "הרב אמר לי שמלאכים מלווים אותי

Zichron Ephraim Shimon Fund: Aims to assist new parents; Launched in memory of Monsey child struck and killed by vehicle

Al-Aqsa preacher: Muslims have 'exclusive right' to Jerusalem

11 Aug 2017

Messages from the parsha

Parshas Eikev - Wealth

Nesivos Shalom Shiur from Yerushalayim: To Fear and Love Hashem

CEO Susan Wojcicki Responds to the Google Anti-Diversity Memo by answering a question posed by her daughter.

“Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?” ...“No, it’s not true.”
http://fortune.com/2017/08/09/google-diversity-memo-wojcicki/

This is the same executive who wrote a WSJ article titled Paid Maternity Leave Is Good for Business
Are there biological reasons why she did not address paternity leave?

A number of days ago, I wrote a post titled Eicha which focused on weekly demonstrations taking place in Petah Tikva. Kikar Hashabat has an article about how a Supreme Court Justice  rejected a request for an interim injunction that would prevent the demonstrations from being held and asked the police to respond to the petition by Wednesday. The attorney who filed the petition cited a number of factors for banning the demonstration. He spoke about the religious residents of the neighborhood who are hurt seeing the Sabbath desecration that takes place.
This week's parsha is full of messages about what happens if we keep the mitzvot and the consequences of not adhering to them. For a full reading of the text of the parsha in Hebrew, as well as English, click here.

The Real Story Of That Lynch-Clinton Tarmac Meeting Gets Even Stranger

8 Aug 2017

Anti-anti

Elizabeth Warren Comes Out Against Anti-BDS Bill

One click led to another and I chanced upon a presentation by Al Jazeera on YouTube about what triggered the Al-Aqsa Mosque violence. The presenter begins, "On Friday three Israeli Palestinians and two Israeli police officers died in a gun battle."

Mohammed Nuseibeh was one of the interviewees and he said, "What the Israeli authorities are doing, closing the Mosque, is, first of all, illegal and contrary to all human rights conditions. A holy place is a place should be open to all those who want to go and pray there."

At 15:17 the presenter says, "In May this year 100s of Israeli Jewish hardliners stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque."

Other YouTube videos show the importance of the Mosque including this one in which the Imam speaks about what should be done to the people blocking access to the holy site at the 22 minute mark of the video.

V'Haya Eikeiv Tishmi'um

Palestinian Propaganda Is Infiltrating US Public Schools

The Gemara (Avoda Zara 9a) says that the world is for six thousand years. The first two thousand were empty before the Torah was given, the second two thousand are for Torah, and the last two thousand are for Moshiach. The Gemara then says that Moshiach should have come then, but we are wasting time because of our aveiros.

When did these two thousand years begin? They began 172 years after the Churban Bais HaMikdash. Rav Chaim Kanievsky says that we see a remez for this in Parshas Eikev. "V'Haya Eikeiv Tishmi'um." Eikev is the letters of 172. The Torah tells us that if we listen to the Torah and do the mitzvos, all of Hashem's goodness will be bestowed upon us 172 years after the Churban.
http://www.revach.net/parshas-hashavua/numbers-amp-letters/Parshas-Eikev-Rav-Chaim-Kanievsky-When-Should-Moshiach-Come/3980

What are the FBI and DoJ hiding?

Understanding the McMaster NSC purge

WATCH: Why Is The News Fake?

6 Aug 2017

5 minutes a day

"LiDaber Bam BiShivticha BiVaysacha UvLechticha VaDerech..."

"You must learn Torah at all times - when you are sitting in your home or traveling on the road etc.

"A person once came to Rabbi Yisroel Salanter and asked him, "Rebbi, I only have 5 minutes a day to study Torah, what topic should I study during that time?" R' Yisroel answered, "Study Mussar during those 5 minutes, you will then see that you really have a lot more time than 5 minutes a day to learn Torah.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Eikev-No-Time-To-Learn/710

A one-year-old Israeli child was injured Sunday when Arab stone-throwers attacked a passenger bus driving through Judea, south of Jerusalem.
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233510

AS CONGRESS TRIES TO CRIMINALIZE BDS, THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA ENDORSE IT

As reported by the JTA, the statement of action mandated by the DSA resolution begins with the following words:

Democratic Socialists of America declares itself in solidarity with Palestinian civil society's nonviolent struggle against ...
Read more: https://www.jta.org/2017/08/06/news-opinion/united-states/democratic-socialists-of-america-passes-bds-motion-against-israel-at-convention 

How did a baby get hurt by the nonviolent civil society?

Far-Left Activist Jackie Walker Gets Standing Ovation for Antisemitic Play

The Irish journalist fired for writing what critics called an anti-Semitic newspaper column apologized and acknowledged that he deserved to be sacked.
https://www.jta.org/2017/08/04/news-opinion/world/irish-writer-says-he-deserved-to-be-sacked-for-anti-semitic-column

What about Imams who preach anti-Semitic sermons?

Family Becomes Religious After Public Tragedy