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 Aug 2017

The carrot's karat

Parashat Reeh: The Reward for Early Struggles

Lucky Carrot: Alberta Woman Finds Mother-in-Law's Lost Ring

Girls Give Survivors 'Fun Day'

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

In harmony

The State Department's Report on Terrorism Should Be Discredited

Time to Come Home

MAJOR GERMAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS SAY BDS CONTINUES NAZI BOYCOTT

The Harmony in the Music

5 Aug 2017

Handing over the keys

America’s Jews have supported Muslims in the aftermath of hateful attacks. When a mosque in Texas burned down, for example, the local Jewish community handed the keys of their synagogue to enable Muslims to pray.

It is time for America’s Muslims to demonstrate that they appreciate being woven into the fabric of America’s diversity. Allowing Imams to get away with hateful comments against Jews from the pulpit will do little to demonstrate the American Muslim community’s commitment to universal values of tolerance and religious freedom.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/muslims-must-ostracize-anti-semitic-imams_us_5985e9e2e4b0f2c7d93f562b

Terrorist Rasmea Odeh To Be Honored at Farewell Event in Chicago Ahead of Deportation

Which Palestinian do we believe? Aisha Odeh - see here and here- or Rasmea Odeh - see here?



3 Aug 2017

Talking points

Caroline Glick: General McMaster MUST GO!

Watch: You Won’t Believe How Many Orthodox Jews Donate Their Kidneys to Strangers

"ימים טובים לישראל" - תיעוד מיוחד לקראת ט"ו באב: יום המסוגל לזיווגים במחיצת הגר"י אדלשטיין זצוק"ל

DOJ releases Obama admin talking points on shady Clinton/Lynch tarmac meeting (just 1 problem)

Nahamu Nahamu

Parashat VaEtchanan: Nahamu Nahamu

מדהים: הילד שנבחן על הש"ס אצל מרן הגר"ח קנייבסקי

Brandeis Prof Pascal Menoret

NYT Staff editor Bari Weiss writes her opinion about Linda Sarsour and other irganiwers of the Women' March in a piece titled When Progressives Embrace Hate. In the article she cites various tweets posted by Linda Sarsour as well as statements made by Louis Farrakhan over the years.

In response, Max Fisher tweeted, " The latest attempt to tear down appears to turn on the fact that she once made a joke about shariah and usury

If you read the article, you can see that there are other tweets which Mr. Fisher didn't allude to.

Harold Brackman has written an excellent article regarding his opinion of Imam Shahin's  apology over here.

If Louis Farrakhan can make his statements without any consequences, then Imam Shahin can get away with what he said.




Refuge

Parshas VaEschanan/Nachamu - Refuge

Why We Went to Chamblee, GA

First was Ilan Halimi, then came Sarah Halimi, then came Michal Halimi

2 Aug 2017

Religious faith

Family of Kansas Jewish site shootings settles gun lawsuit

One of the many troublesome trends existing in our societies is the elevation of issues that are basically political and even monetary, to the level of religious faith and practice.
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/20822

1 Aug 2017

Not pray

The New York Times reports:
Israeli police said hundreds of Jews ascended a contested Jerusalem holy site on Tuesday to mark Tisha B'av, the Jewish day of mourning over the destruction of the biblical temples.

... Muslims administer the compound, home to the Al Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, while Jews can visit but not pray there.
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/08/01/world/middleeast/ap-ml-israel-palestinians.html


Did the police really use the word contested?
If the New York Times reports that Jews can pray there, why does it quote the director of the Waqf who says this must be stopped?

For the Imam whose comments about Jews in his sermons of July 14th and July 21 were taken out of context and mistranslated, I just wanted to notify the center which has a number of his sermons online, that the link to a sermon from 2014 doesn't seem to be working.

Plot thickens in probe of House IT contractors - reported by FoxNews in March.

Imran Awan coverage betrays media bias