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



23 Jul 2018

After the fast

What Golus Really Means – Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin

Van Runs Into 3 Jews

MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 222, with Rabbi Simon Jacobson

8 KEY TAKEAWAYS: A Deep Dive into the Scandalous FISA Warrant Used to Spy on the Trump Campaign

20 Jul 2018

A Paid Day Off

Daniel Greenfield has written an article titled KEITH ELLISON DEMANDS AMAZON CENSOR THE DAVID HOROWITZ FREEDOM CENTER

הגר"ד לאו: האינטרנט כמו אש, צריך להיזהר

Senior Hamas member calls for ridding ‘Palestine of filth of the Jews’

תוכנית המחאה הגאה: שורת הפגנות ששיאן בעצרת בכיכר רבין ביום ראשון בערב

I have a question for those companies permitting their employees to take a paid day off on Sunday to join the strike and protest for same rights for the LGBT community. If I wish to take a paid day off to mourn the destruction of the two Temples and to fast on Tisha B'Av, will I be extended the same right?

17 Jul 2018

Tefila helps

'We should say 'Shehecheyanu'

The young people of Bnei Yisroel who were about to go into Eretz Yisroel. Moshe Rabbeinu in his last address to them retold the story of their parents' mistakes in the Midbar. When retelling the Cheit of the Meraglim, Moshe says that they were punished and routed by the Emori in their effort to go to Eretz Yisroel without permission. After this defeat they came back to the Machaneh and began to cry. The pasuk says (1:45) "V'Lo Shama Hashem B'Kolchem", Hashem did not listen to them. The next pasuk says that they stayed in Kadeish many years. Rashi says that they stayed there for 19 years without wandering around.

The Netziv says that we see from here that even when Hashem does not listen to our tefilos and does not grant our request, the tefila still helps. While their tefilos did not repeal the gezeira of staying in the Midbar for 40 years, it helped that they settled in one place did not need to wander for 19 years. We can't always get what we want but we always get something!
http://revach.net/tefilah/tefila/Parshas-Devarim-Netziv-Even-An-Unanswered-Tefila-Helps/3949

Never too late

Mashiach through the eyes of science




UPDATE: The New York Times article by Associated Press which I wrote about has had the headline changed to "Israel Places New Limitations on Cargo Crossing Into Gaza." It still appears in the previous version at Business Insider over here.

Additionally, whereas previously the article stated, "It appeared to be the first case of Gaza militant using animals to attack Israel," it now reads, "It appeared to be the first case of Gaza militants using birds to attack Israel."
Even though the original article contained the sentence, "Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will cease transferring gas and fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing until next Sunday but will allow food and essential medication to cross," various media sies had no problem publishing the headline that Israel shut down the cargo crossing.

The New York Times has published an article titled Israel Shuts Down Cargo Crossing Into Gaza to Punish Hamas.
Is it really to punish Hamas or to keep Israel safe?

The Associated Press reported in the article, "On Sunday, Israel says it discovered a falcon to which Gaza militant tied an incendiary device meant to set fires. It appeared to be the first case of Gaza militant using animals to attack Israel."

The Associated Press describes itself as being comprised of outstanding journalists. How come it took me, not an outstanding journalist, the total of 15 seconds to find this 2014 article?
Hamas deploys donkey strapped with explosives as Iron Dome defense system protects Israelis

And this article?

Donkey suicide bomb stopped by Israeli troops in Gaza

It’s never too late for a bar mitzvah

WATCH: R’ Shaya Levin Speaking At A Shidduch Meeting For 10kBatayYisroel.org

KIN'S PAIN & SEARCH GO ON - 1997 article about a search for a long lost brother taken from a Polish hospital to a convent still is relevant today as the family searches for his wherabouts to this day.

14 Jul 2018

Sitting in the living room

When My Son’s Car Broke Down Outside Kiryat Joel

'We sat in the living room, suddenly we were filled with blood'

Will the above article with the accompanying picture make its way to the J Street website?
Looking at the homepage, I found an article titled, "Tell Trump: Restore Aid for Palestinian Refugees," and a link to an article which begins with the words "J Street is outraged by the Israeli government’s dispatch of bulldozers today to prepare for the imminent demolition of the West Bank Palestinian community of Khan al-Ahmar." Additionally, there is an article by Suzanne Singer linking the daughters of Zelophehad who courageously asked to inherit a portion in the land of Israel to the just distribution of Israeli land for the Bedouins.

9 Jul 2018

A New Picture

Mind-blowing 1,600-year-old biblical mosaics paint new picture of Galilean life

סיבות לרעידות אדמה // הרב שלמה בניזרי

Parshat Matot Masei

FUNDAMENTALLY FREUND: MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING

British Education Regulators Get Creepy With Jewish Girls

The pasuk (Bamidbar 33:17) lists as one of Bnei Yisroel’s travels, “VaYis’u MiKivros HaTaava, VaYachanu BaChatzeiros”. The Chasam Sofer says that we see a Remez from these words that if you overcome your indulgence, you become more Kadosh and closer to Hashem.

"VaYis’u MiKivros HaTaava", translates to, “they traveled from burying their desires.” VaYachanu BaChatzeiros, they encamped in the “courtyard”. The courtyard, he says, refers to Olam HaZeh. Like it says in Pirkei Avos (4:21), “Hasken Atzmicha B’Prosdor KDei SheDikaneis L’Traklin.” Once we bury our desires we then enter the courtyard to perform Mitzvos and Ma’asim Tovim to prepare ourselves for our entrance to the palace, Olam Habah.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Masei-Chasam-Sofer-Straight-From-the-Burial-To-The-Courtyard/2562

8 Jul 2018

Soaring high

Daring Rescue in the Thailand Cave

Keeping Promises

Rabbis Address Dangers of Summer

Teachers lose jobs for sharing anti-Israel views with students

Muslim Congress this week in Florida includes antisemitic, anti-gay, Holocaust denying speakers

Pope Francis under fire from Jewish groups for supporting sainthood of a Second World War Polish priest who accused Jews of ‘fighting against the Church’

By the mitzvah of keeping your promise it says Moshe told the heads of each Shevet about this mitzvah. Why does the torah write this by this mitzvah? Bais Din has the obligation to enforce every mitzvah. The Netziv says that we usually make a promise under some sort of duress in the hopes that our promise will help us achieve our goal whether it is a promise to Hashem to save us or help us in some way or to another person to gain something in return from that person.

Unfortunately, he says, keeping promises is often not easy for us. Typically when the duress has passed and it is time for us to fulfill our end our enthusiasm dramatically wanes and we come up with all sorts of rationalizations why we need not keep our exactly as we promised it or even not at all. This is why Moshe told the leaders of the people that it is up to them to make sure that people keep their promise.

Using the same explanation Rav Zvi Hersh Voidaslav father of Rav Simcha Bunim MiPeshischa explains why the Torah says the seemingly superfluous words "K'Chol Hayotzeh MiPiv Yaaseh"; its deeper meaning is that you should keep your promise with exactly the same enthusiasm that you made it.
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_pmatos.html

7 Jul 2018

Life is precious

Why has Labour run the risk of alienating progressive Jews?

Wise words form actress Sara Contreras as she paid tribute to a young girl who was killed in a car crash along with her sisters and father.

"Make everyday a new opportunity to value yourself, your family and your friends. Life is too precious and it can all be taken in a second."
https://nypost.com/2018/07/07/mom-survives-crash-that-killed-husband-4-daughters/

BDS and the New Anti-Semitism

לראשונה באירופה: ישיבה נסגרה בשל אי הוראת לימודי ליבה

An Isolated Nation Among The World's Nations

2 Jul 2018

Mourning

HE SURVIVED NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMPS – HE HAS A MESSAGE FOR THOSE WHO THINK AMERICA RUNS ITS OWN

Growing In Emunah – Tefillah

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami stated the following about the primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the politician who called the IDF's killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza a “massacre.”

"This election cycle has brought forward a new generation of candidates running for office who are more outspoken t about their opposition to the policies of Netanyahu’s far-right coalition and who are eager to see the US play a more constructive role in making life better for both Israelis and Palestinians. We celebrate and continue to work to help create the political space for this change.”
https://forward.com/news/national/404213/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-israel-democrat-future/

I wonder what he thinks of Ilhan Omar who tweeted this.

27 Jun 2018

Showing appreciation

Seeing the headline the other day, "TRUMP: CHRISTIANS ‘APPRECIATE’ EMBASSY MOVE MORE THAN JEWS," gave me pause to think about writing a thank you note to the President. It is easy to send the Leader of the United States an email by following the instructions here or here. Please be respectful when writing your letter of appreciation. You should get an automatic reply from the White House within a short time.

HISTORIC: CHASSIDIC SINGER LANDS MAJOR RECORD DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP

BILLER FAMILY SURVIVAL FUND: Please Help a Widow & 8 Kids Whose Lives Were Turned Upside Down

Pollak: New Democrat Heroine Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is an Anti-Israel Radical


The Kite tweet

UN Secretary-General António Guterres Takes Down ‘Kite’ Tweet

Report: DOJ Refusing to Release Document Implicating Loretta Lynch in Rigging Clinton Email Investigation

26 Jun 2018

The Pilot Program

“To Heal the World?” The Tikkun Olam Distortion

New York City Schools to Provide Kosher Food in New Pilot Program

When the donkey opened its mouth to complaim to Bilam about the rough treatment, it says, “why did you hit me three Regalim” meaning three times. Rashi says that the donkey used the word Regalim to teach Bilam that you cannot destroy a nation that celebrates the Shalosh Regalim. Why does the donkey single out this mitzva out of all the others?

Rav Menachem Mendel of Kotzk answers that Bilam’s greatness was his ability to understand time and the significance of each moment of the day. In fact, the gemara Brachos (7a) tells us that Bilam was plotting to curse Am Yisroel during the moment of the day that Hashem gets “angry” kviyochol.

The bracha we say on Shalosh Regalim is “Mikadesh Yisroel V’HaZmanim”. Shabbos is a day that Hashem set from the being of creation. Yom Tov however, is dictated by Am Yisroel. Bais Din sets the time. The Kedusha of Yom Tov comes when Bais Din decides when Rosh Chodesh is.

Bilam’s donkey tells Bilam that he is a fool. He may know time, but Am Yisroel is above time. They are the masters of time. Why do you think with your knowledge of time you can destroy them if they themselves are above time?
http://www.revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Balak-Kotzker-Rebbe-Bilams-Donkey-Knows-How-To-Tell-Time/2434

20 Jun 2018

The last Jew

The last Jew of Essaouira and the exodus that changed Morocco

HE SURVIVED NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMPS – HIS MESSAGE ON BORDER SECURITY WILL SILENCE THE MEDIA

Secretary Pompeo's opening remarks regarding the withdrawal of the U.S. from the UNHRC, mentioned G-d twice.

"The Trump Administration is committed to protecting and promotng the G-d given dignity and freedom of every human being. Every indiviudal has rights that are inherent and viable. They are given by G-d and not by government."

Secretary Pompeo, who stood up for Israel yesterday, was someone whose nomination J Street opposed. When he was confirmed, they issued a statement, "This is a sad and dangerous day for US security and standing in the world."

9 Jun 2018

The Tefillin Finder

The Finder of Rabbi's Lost Tefillin

Criminal aspects of anri-Israel disruptions on campus

Israeli Video Portrays Medic Killed in Gaza as Tool of Hamas

Fox News and others have speculated, "Ex-Dem IT aide Imran Awan poised for plea deal."

Below is an excerpt from a statement put out by Awan's attorney close to a year ago.

 "The attacks on Mr. Awan and his family began as part of a frenzy of anti-Muslim bigotry in literally the heart of our democracy......Because we are confident in the integrity of the U.S. justice system, we are confident that Mr. Awan will soon be able to clear hs name and get on with his life....They will stand and fight whatever charges are presented."
https://thehayride.com/2017/07/seen-nutty-statement-imran-awans-lawyer-released-yesterday/


 

4 Jun 2018

Meriting a city

Jewish aid and rescue organization at Guatemala volcano scene

‘IGNORANT AT BEST’: ADL SLAMS TAMIKA MALLORY’S ISRAEL COMMENTS

"My servant Kalev, because he possessed in him a different spirit, and followed me fully, I shall bring him into the land to which he came, and his children will cast [its inhabitants] from it." Kalev merited receiving the city of Chevron because he did not listen to the plan of the Meraglim. Why was Kalev singled out for reward and not Yehoshua who also did not listen to the Meraglim? The Panayach Raza answers that Yehoshua had help in fighting against the Meraglim. Yehoshua was armed with Tefillah of Moshe who davened for him, "Koh Yoshiacha MayAtzas Meraglim" - "Hashem should help you against the plan of the Meraglim". However, Moshe did not daven for Kalev, therefore Kalev, who fought them on his own, merited receiving the city of Chevron.

The Ibn Ezra answers, since it was Kalev who silenced the Meraglim (as the pasuk says, "Vayahas Kalev"), he was the one to receive this gift from Hashem.
http://www.revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Shelach-Kalev-Is-Rewarded/2347

Recurring tragedy

Woman’s March Founder Tamika Mallory: Israel’s Creation A Human Rights Crime

INTO THE FRAY: Gaza - A “simple” solution

Yet, even as the specter of recurring tragedy looms ever closer, the discourse (even—indeed especially—in Israel) on how to avoid “another round of violence” remained mired in a rehashed potpourri of previously disproven formulae—which ranged from the patently puerile to the positively preposterous; and from the blatantly inane to the borderline insane. https://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/22243

"תחבקו ילדים שעזבו. אתם ההורים - לא קציני הדת שלהם"

2 Jun 2018

25 minutes

Michael Chabon delivers jihad speech for Hebrew Union College

His speech is on YouTube where he can be heard saying, "the whole Exodus story is just a bunch of baloney." One comment posted under the video included, 'I think it is nerve for someone not living in Israel to say “take down the checkpoints.” I invite him and his family to live here at this time under his proposed conditions.'

Trial Date Set in Case Accusing San Francisco State University of Discriminating Against Jewish Students

Below are excerpts taken from an October 17th Times of Israel article.

The High Court of Justice ruled Sunday that ongoing weekly demonstrations held outside the attorney general’s home over the handling of corruption probes into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu do not require a police permit and can go ahead with no limitations on the number of participants.

The incoming Supreme Court president, Justice Esther Hayut, ruled that criticism of the state and public figures was “the lifeblood of democracy” and that no one was immune from criticism, including judges and the attorney general.

In Sunday’s ruling, Judge Hayat did allow police to take measures ensuring that the protests did not offend the religious sensibilities of Sabbath-observant neighborhood residents...
https://www.timesofisrael.com/high-court-lifts-cap-on-protests-at-ags-house-over-netanyahu-graft-probes/

Tonight's protest began at least 25 minutes before the end of Sabbath, thus offending the sensibilities of Sabbath-observant neighborhood residents. What was so important about the protest that it had to begin before the end of the Sabbath and couldn't be pushed off for 25 minutes?

28 May 2018

Corrections

The Daily Mail published an article about a retired high school English teacher who received a letter from the White House. She corrected the grammatical errors and sent it back. Perhaps the teacher would like to correct the errors in the article.

"Mason posted a photo of the letter, printed on White House stationary and bearing President Trump's signature, on which she has made her own corrections."

"Photos of the letter, which has since been mailed back to the White House, has attracted hundreds of shares and likes since it was posted on Facebook last week."
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5777563/Retired-English-teacher-corrects-letter-President-Trump-sends-White-House.html#ixzz5GkvGxj5D 



While she's at it, the teacher can make corrections to an official lyrics video which was posted to YouTube yesterday.

"Those ocean waves just blue then they've been."

"Cause I'm captivated by the world when all it's hues unfold."

Reply to 'My Friends Are Drowning'

23 May 2018

The first

The American Mainstream Media’s Pro-Terrorist Anti-Israel Bias

Dutch public broadcasting channel: ''Toy' parody is not anti-Semitic'

This morning I came across a twitter feed with comments about the Eurovision contest which included a tweet, "No place for a country intent on genocide and racial discrimination in Eurovision."
Another person tweeted, "Who did Israel pay? Their pockets are deep, the money lenders of old! They were this first real loan sharks as religion wouldn’t allow money lending."
When she was called out for her tweet, she responded, "I’m not against Jews in the slightest just against what Israel are doing to the Palestinians and the rest of the Middle East. This is the trouble as soon as you criticise Israel you are called anti Semitic!"

Excuse me, but wasn't she the one to insert religion into her tweet?

The pasuk says (7:12) “VaYehi HaMakriv B’Yom Rishon Es Korbonoi Nachshon Ben Aminadav”; the one to sacrifice the Korban on the first day was Nachshon Ben Aminadav. The gemara in Megila (10b) tells us that “VaYehi” can mean sadness. Why was Nachshon so sad on this great day of Chanukas HaMishkan where he was rightfully honored to be the first Nasi to bring his Korban?

Rav Pinchos MiKoritz says that his modesty and humility caused him great pain when receiving this honor. Why him first? Why was he so special? This is why the pasuk says “Es Korbonoi Nachshon”; Nachshon himself was sacrificed when he was honored to bring the Korban. (Iturei Torah)
http://revach.net/article.php?id=2314

21 May 2018

The umbrella kindness

When Teen Sees Senior Sitting Outside in Hot Sun, He Grabs an Umbrella and Runs to Help

הגאון הבני ברקי שנודע בעולם בזכות ברכותיו

The Mishna says in Brachos that the Chazan should not say Amein after Birchas Kohanim because he will become disoriented. The SHaarei Tefila beings that Rav Bentzion Bruk asked the question we all wondered about, why will answering Amein confuse the Chazan?

He answers that we see from here what Amein really is. It is not just a chant at the end of a bracha. In order for Amein to bring the bracha it must be said with such deep kavana that it will make you become disoriented when you land back in your place.
http://revach.net/tefilah/tefila/Parshas-Naso-Rav-Bentzion-Bruk-A-Mind-Blowing-Amein/5079

Muslim Professor at Kent State Fired, Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI

9 May 2018

Receiving reward

Confronting General Eisenhower Over Allies’ Refusal to Bomb Auschwitz

The Parsha states, "Im Bechukoisai Taylaychu" - Hashem tells us: "If you will walk in my ordinances and observe my commandments and perform them. Then I will provide your rains in their time, and the land will give its produce and the tree of the field will give its fruit" (Leviticus 26:3-4). Rashi explains "Walking in Hashem's ways", as toiling in Torah study. The question arises, why is "Toiling in Torah study" referred to as a "Chok"? Chukim are Mitzvos which one can not comprehend. Why is Amaylus BaTorah referred to as "Bechukoisai Taylaychu"?

We find concerning secular subjects, if one puts in tremendous effort in getting good grades, but falls short, he will not receive any compensation for his efforts. One will not graduate from Law School based on his efforts. If one makes the grade, then he will graduate, if he doesn't, then he will fail. This is not so concerning Torah. Hashem does not look at what a person knows, rather he looks at how much effort and Amaylus he puts in. Since this is something so uncommon in the outside world, we can consider it a "Chok" which is not comprehendible.

When we make a siyum, part of the text reads: Anu Amaylim Ve'haim Amaylim. Anu Amaylim Umekablim Sachar Ve'haim Amaylim Ve'aynom Mekablim Sachar. What is meaning of this phrase ? The Meforshim say a similar insight with the following parable:

A person goes to a tailor to order a suit. The tailor measures him, and the customer decides on a blue suit in a particular style. Two weeks later the tailor calls to say that the suit is ready. The style is perfect and the fit too, though the tailor mistakenly made a gray suit. Even though he was 'AMAYL', the tailor does not get his Sachar. With learning Torah, it is not this way: When one toils at Torah, one gets sachar for every minute, even if one doesn't understand his learning completely. That is the meaning of Anu Amaylim Umekablim Sachar. We toil and receive reward for the toil itself, even if we fall short in our results.
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_pbechuk.html

The superhero

4-year-old superhero using his power to feed the homeless - adorable and inspiring video.

In Memory of Yisroel Levin and Elisheva Kaplan A”H upon their Shloshim

Toronto - Canada To Apologize For Turning Away Nazi Era Ship Of Jews

5 May 2018

The blast

Two versions of the same incident. - Which one to believe?

Five people were killed in an explosion in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday (May 5) in what was thought to be an accidental blast, residents and the health ministry said.

Gaza's health ministry confirmed five people were killed and three others wounded in what residents said appeared to be an accidental explosion in the Az-Zawayda area of the central Gaza Strip.
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/five-dead-in-explosion-in-gaza-strip-ministry-witnesses


Hamas' military wing has said Israel is responsible for the explosion, which it said took place during a "complex security and intelligence operation", AFP news agency reported.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/killed-gaza-strip-blast-palestinian-ministry-health-180505173602055.html

"הרב מוצפי מזהיר: "להתחזק, הארץ כולה בסכנה

Headstones smashed at Greek Jewish cemetery

3 May 2018

Apostrophe s

Mr. Abbas’s anti-Semitic tendencies

the victims’ financial activities

the Palestinians’ patrons

Mr. Arafat’s successor


Above are a few phrases I copied from a NYT article titled Let Abbas’s Vile Words Be His Last as Palestinian Leader. If any of you teachers out there are looking for material to teach apostrophes showing possession, this might something to use in your classroom.

Reach for the Light

Sworn in

Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was sworn in Wednesday morning at the State Department. One of the first things Pompeo did demonstrated a stark departure from his predecessors in the Obama administration. 
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/02/the-first-person-pompeo-thanked-after-being-sworn-in-shows-how-different-he-is-from-hillary-kerry/

EU doesn't condemn Abbas' antisemitic remarks - it downplays them, and praises him as a peacemaker

After the Anusim, the Eurosim?

Lag Ba’omer

A Lag Ba’omer Message: Counting Up, Counting Down

The Four Themes of LaG BaOmer

30 Apr 2018

Keep going

Rabbi Kletzkin’s Matzeivah Story - Thankfully, the story making the rounds has been translated to English.

Sara’s Fund: Please Help An Orphan Kallah Start Again

New Documents Reveal FDR’s Eugenic Project to ‘Resettle’ Jews During World War II

Diluted wine

There was once a king who was visiting a town. In preparation for the king’s visit the town decided to fill a giant barrel with wine and present it to the king upon his arrival. Where were they going to get so much wine to fill the giant barrel? They came up with a brilliant idea; each family of the town would bring one flask filled with wine and pour it into the giant barrel and this way the barrel would fill with wine. 
Continue reading: http://www.chabadofmv.com/templates/blog/post_cdo/aid/1086982/PostID/17549

An individual commented at the end of an article titled Goodbye, Jewish-American busybodies , "If you dilute wine with water, at some point it stops being wine."

I was reminded of the anecdote above where the people in the town presented the king with water instead of wine.

Pelosi defends Hoyer after audiotape suggests interference in House race