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



19 Nov 2017

The Tefillin Bank

International Tefillin Bank Expands to 10 Countries

New Israel Fund grantee: 'BDS will help me end the occupation'

טיפ וסגולה ליום מוצלח // א' בכסלו

17 Nov 2017

The real Esav

FRENCH HISTORIAN SEEKS TO REVIVE TOWN'S 'FORGOTTEN JEWS'

פרשת תולדות • הגאון רבי דוד לאו עם וורט על הפרשה

Rabbi Sprecher explains why there is a special Haftarah for Erev Rosh Chodesh which will be read this Shabbos as Rosh Chodesh is on Sunday. Listen here.

Parshas Toldos - Will the Real Esav Please Stand Up

Parsha in Print

I just read about a new off-Broadway play opening tonight.

DIASPORA Takes on Jewish Identity, Opening Tonight Off-Broadway

Is keeping Shabbos not part of Jewish identity?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR NOVEMBER 17, 2017

The Tower reports on Students for Justice in Palestine over here.

11 Nov 2017

Mitzva 614

McGill student group admits using anti-Semitic propaganda to keep Jewish student off board

אל תפספסו: טיפ וסגולה לשבוע מוצלח // כ"ב בחשון

Authorities investigating Antisemitism incident in Highland Park

UNICEF Pressured to Meet Chabad

Yitzchok tells Eisav (Toldos 27:40), V'Haya Ka'asher Tarid UFarakta Ulo;" although Yaakov will dominate you, when he goes down in his mitzva observance, you will take off his yoke, and you will rule over him.

The Vilna Gaon says that if the Yetzer Hara, who is the Malach of Eisav, would tell a Yehudi to do an aveira, he surely would not listen. What the Yetzer Hara does, is he convince us that this aveira is actually a Mitzva and then we take the bait.

This is seen in the words of the Pasuk, "Ka'asher Tarid". The word Tarid is 614, which is one more than Taryag, the 613 mitzvos. The pasuk tells us that when we listen to the Yetzer Hara/Malach of Eisav, and keep supposed mitzva #614, then Eisav has trapped us, and then he will rule over us.
http://www.revach.net/parshas-hashavua/numbers-amp-letters/Parshas-Toldos-Vilna-Gaon-Eisavs-Bracha-From-Yitzchok-Mitzva-614/3037

6 Nov 2017

Equally good

מסר הרב שליט״א ליהודים בארץ ובעולם כולו - פרשת חיי שרה תשע"ח - ט"ז חשון תשע"ח

In the beginning of the Parsha the pasuk says "VaYihiyu Chayei Sara". Then at the end of the very same pasuk, the Torah repeats again the phrase Shnei "Chayei Sara" the years of the life of Sara. Why the repetition?

The Shnayim Mikra brings from a talmid of he Chasam Sofer, that the merash tells us that Avrohom was 48 years old when he completed his search and fully recognized Hashem. Avrohom lived until 175. Chazal tell us that a Ger is like a newborn child. If you deduct 48 years from Avrohom's years, he lived a life as a believer for 127 years. This was he exact number of years that Sara lived.

Therefore the Torah is teaching us by repeating the words "Chayei Sara" that Sara was a believer from her youth. That's why Rashi says about her years, "Kulam Shavin L'Tova" they were all equally good, from the moment she was born until the day she died.
http://www.revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Chayei-Sara-Avrohom-And-Sara-Both-Lived-127-Years/2987

Transmission

Be a Part of Dedicating the Sefer Torah Written L’iluy Nishmas Moshe Moskowitz, Z’L

Parshas Chayei Sarah; Simple Reading Rules and Mesorah Transmission

The Pitfall of “Orthopraxy”

4 Nov 2017

2 bracelets

Belarus town opens synagogue for first time in over a century

הקמפיין המיסיונרי הרחב נמשך במלא העוז

"And it was when the camels finished drinking, Eliezer took a golden nose ring, its weight a Beka, and 2 bracelets on her arms weighing 10 golden Shekel. Rashi tells us, the Beka weight was an allusion to the Shekalim of Klal Yisroel - the half shekel donated by Klal Yisroel for the Beis HaMikdash. The 2 bracelets were an allusion to the 2 Luchos - and the weight of 10 shekel, alluded to the Aseres HaDibros which were written on them.

Why was it necessary at this time for Eliezer to hint to Rivka concerning these future events? The Maharal answers that Eliezer was telling Rivka that the world stands on 3 things - Torah, Avodah and Gemilus Chasadim. I see that you are very accomplished in acts of Gemilas Chesed. However, to be one of the foundations of Klal Yisroel you must also excel in Torah and Avodah. Torah, which was represented by the 2 bracelets weighing 10 shekel - alluding to the Luchos. Avodah, which was represented by the Beka - used to purchase the Korbonos for the Beis HaMikdash.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Chayei-Sarah-Maharal-MiPrague-Eliezer-Teaches-Rivka-There-Is-More-To-Life-Than-Just-Chesed/1233

1 Nov 2017

Did he survive?

CIA INVESTIGATED WHETHER HITLER SURVIVED WORLD WAR II AND MOVED TO COLOMBIA

The NYT has no problem categorizing a terror attack as such when it comes to the headline about yesterday's incident.
Manhattan Terror Attack Kills 8 and Injures 11

When it comes to an attack in July in Israel, the same paper reported, "Deadly Violence Erupts in Standoff Over Mosque in Jerusalem Three Israelis were killed in what appeared to be a terrorist attack in a West Bank settlement hours after three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces."
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/world/middleeast/jerusalem-israel-protests-al-aqsa-mosque.html

Jewish groups question census results showing dramatic population decline