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



24 Aug 2019

The 17-year-old soldier

The DailyWire reports, "Last week, Israeli teenager Rina Shnerb celebrated her 17th birthday."

MaanNews reports:



According to MaanNews, Rina was an 18-year-old soldier. Conscription begins at age 18. How is a teenager who celebrated her 17th birthday last week an Israeli soldier?

23 Aug 2019

In the footprints

If you rearrange the letters of Mashiach, you come out with yismach, “to be happy,” the necessary ingredient now needed to bring Mashiach.
Read more: Brian Galbut z"l and the footprints of the Messiah

Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces

KikarHashabat reports that Rina Shnerb, the terror victim murdered as she was hiking with her brother and father, celebrated her 17th birthday last week. Israel does not draft soldiers at that age. Yet, when I hit the translate button of a Maan News Agency article, I got the following:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday he would strengthen settlements in retaliation for the killing of an 18-year-old Israeli soldier near the West Bank city of Ramallah and wounding her father and brother.
There is also a picture of a female Israeli soldier accompanying the article.

NYT editor’s tweets mocking Jews, Indians amid newspaper's 'anti-racist' drive

22 Aug 2019

Yearning

The Sefer Chareidim says that one of the 17 parts of a mitzva that you must do in order to fulfill a mitzva completely is to yearn to do the mitzva even if you cannot do at this moment. For example we should long for the Bais HaMikdash in order to be able to bring korbanos. We should want to live in Eretz Yisroel to be Mikayem mitzvos that are only relevant when planting in Eretz Yisroel.

Rav Levi Yitzchok MiBerditchev in the Kedushas Levi says that is pshat in the pasuk (8:1) "Kol HaMitzva Asher Anochi Mitzavecha Hayom Tishmirun La'asos" all the mitzvos that I command, you should watch to fulfill. Sometimes the word "shamar"; watch, means wait in anticipation like when Yaakov "watched" to see what would happen with Yosef's dreams. Similarly here the pasuk says every mitzva that I command, you should yearn to keep even if you are in Chutz La'Aretz and cannot do it. Then in that merit, continues the pasuk, you will be zocheh to "V'yirashtem Es HA'Aretz"; Hashem will eventually bring you to Eretz Yisroel to realize your aspirations.
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_peikev.html

"הפוסק הבכיר על האסונות: "אין ספק שבשמיים מאותתים

17 Aug 2019

Mashiach - the Recap

Project Veritas has released hundreds of internal Google documents leaked by Vorhies. Among those documents is a file called “news black list site for google now.” The document, according to Vorhies, is a “black list,” which restricts certain websites from appearing on news feeds for an Android Google product. 
Read more: https://www.projectveritas.com/2019/08/14/google-machine-learning-fairness-whistleblower-goes-public-says-burden-lifted-off-of-my-soul/

If you click on the word "file" you are redirected to a list of hundreds of site urls. Among them are theyeshivaworld and israellycool.

The Man who Kept Shabbat in Siberia for 20 Years

5 Aug 2019

The Closing Message

Jonathan Pollard: 'My wife is seriously ill, asking for help'

Exclusive: Gaza ‘Victim’ Exposed With His AK-47

Sefer Devarim is Moshe's closing message to Bnei Yisroel where he gives the mussar for the aveiros they have done, reviews with them all the mitzvos, and warns them about the future. The Gemara says (Bava Basra 165a) that most people steal, a few enter illicit relationships and everybody speaks Avak Lashon Hara.

The Vilna Gaon finds a Remez to this gemara in the opening words of the parsha. "Eileh Hadevarim Asher Diber Moshe El Kol Yisroel". Eileh (Aleph, Lamed, Hey) is for Avak Lashon Hara. That is why it says El Kol Yisroel, because we are all oveir on this.
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_pdevarim.html

The Interview

Jewish Boys Attacked On Shabbos Afternoon

Rashida Tlaib’s Disturbing Interview

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://www.revach.net/tefilah/tefila/Parshas-Devarim-Netziv-Even-An-Unanswered-Tefila-Helps/3949

30 Jul 2019

Shidduchim

Rabbi Moshe Taragin: Matos/Maasei - Understanding Jews Who Oppose the State of Israel

Blindsided: He’s Just Not Feeling It

The Commuted Sentence

Trump Commutes Sentence of Boaz Nahmani

Three Months After Shooting, Lori Kaye's Husband ‘Fighting to Prevent the Next Poway’

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

21 Jul 2019

The 17th of Tammuz

Fast of Tammuz - what is it about?

I was aware of the Save Eliana campaign last week in which people donated money to help a family obtain an expensive medication for their daughter, but, today I came across a video of the mother asking for help. After watching the video, I thanked G-d profusely for my children.

15 Jul 2019

My Compliments

Do It Now

Berton Braley
If with pleasure you are viewing any work a man is doing,
If you like him or you love him, tell him now;
Don’t withhold your approbation till the parson makes oration
And he lies with snowy lilies on his brow;
No matter how you shout it he won’t really care about it;
He won’t know how many teardrops you have shed;
If you think some praise is due him now’s the time to slip it to him,
For he cannot read his tombstone when he’s dead.
More than fame and more than money is the comment kind and sunny
And the hearty, warm approval of a friend.
For it gives to life a savor, and it makes you stronger, braver,
And it gives you heart and spirit to the end;
If he earns your praise—bestow it; if you like him let him know it;
Let the words of true encouragement be said;
Do not wait till life is over and he’s underneath the clover,
For he cannot read his tombstone when he’s dead.
https://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2017-fall/seven-poems-on-living-large-and-loving-life/

Speedily in our days

The comment below was posted at the Yeshiva World under an article titled BORUCH DAYAN HA’EMMES: Body Of Rabbi Reuven Bauman Z”L Has Been Found By Misaskim Boat

Baruch Dayan HaEmes.
Mi Kiamcha Yisroel.
How proud I am to be part of such a special nation.
The time, resources and money that was put into this search.
The dedication of tens of volunteers, working and worrying round the clock for one of our Holy Brothers.
The Achdus of Klal Yisroel uniting in Tefillah for a closure to this heartrending tradgedy.
Rabbi Bauman was a true hero.
We know that the Gemara states that the Melamed Dardiky; teachers of children; sit under the Kisei HaKavod.
Rabbi Bauman was fortunate to be a Rebbi and to Heroically give up his life in an extreme act of kindness.
May the family and Klal Yisroel have a Nechama, and May we greet Moshiach speedily in our days.
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/1757886/boruch-dayan-haemmes-body-of-rabbi-reuven-bauman-zl-has-been-found-by-misaskim-boat.html

BBC's Documentary on Labour's Anti-Semitism

14 Jul 2019

Assaulted

Monticello: Jewish Man Assaulted While Walking To Shul Friday Night

A number of years ago, a relative was walking on the streets of Antwerp on Shabbos and was accosted by an individual demanding money. He explained that he didn't have any because Jews don't carry money on the Sabbath. Thankfully, my relative wasn't assaulted, as in the case of the Monticello man, but, I wonder if  Rabbi Yair Hoffman is going to  write an article about whether it is permissible to carry money on Shabbos, to avert physical danger.

Can Ilhan Omar Overcome Her Prejudice?
h/t EOZ

Seven Poems on Living Large and Loving Life

The Duet

Omer Adam and Yaakov Shwekey sing a duet

Eighty Groups Protest California Professor’s Use of Official Department Facebook Page to Spread Anti-Israel Propaganda

26 Jun 2019

The Speech

Rabbi Goldstein of Chabad Poway Delivers Passionate Speech At United Nations

Manager of Pittsburgh restaurant fired for anti-Semitic post

The Ethics Probe Request

Mike Stern: The Everyman Rabbi

For those of you who missed my post from yesterday, here is an interesting video in Hebrew with a medrash from  Shir HaShirim predicting the Western Wall will always stand.

Tiana Lowe wrote an article the other day in which she posted various traffic violations for Rep. Ilhan Omar and her husband. The last document is about a man named Ahmed Said Elmi. The representative was briefly married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, so I assume Ms. Lowe posted the document because she thought the individual was the same person as Ms. Omar's previous husband.
However, the date of birth of this individual was 1/1/1988. Since the marriage certificate contains a different date of birth, how can it be the same individual? Interestingly, the date of birth 1/1/1988 differs in only one digit from Rep. Omar's current husbnad, whose birthday is 1/1/1980.

GOP lawmaker seeks ethics probe of Rep. Ilhan Omar

14 Jun 2019

The Messianic Era

Messianic Era: What to expect in the future?

Human Rights Watch Confirms Palestinian Toddler & Mother Were Killed By Their Own, Not Israel

This is how AlJazeera reported the above incident.

Ibtessam Abu Arar, aunt of Siba, the 14-month old infant who died in the Israeli raid, said: "The Israeli plane fired a missile near the house and the shrapnel entered the house and hit the poor baby."
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/palestinian-mother-baby-killed-israeli-raids-gaza-190504162115210.html

5 Jun 2019

The Emoji Championship Round

Sefaria is running a Torah emoji championship round, asking readers on its Facebook page to cast a vote as to which of two Torah images they prefer for the emoji. The one on the left is an open Torah with Hebrew words from Parshat Bereshit, while the one on the right is a closed sefer Torah. One voter wrote, " I love the one on the left but it does upset me that it appears to be evenly rolled on both sides even though it’s bereshit!"

I personally hope the one on the right is selected since the one on the left contains the beginning words of Parshat Bereshit and I feel it would be problematic to have G-d's name in the image. To view, click here and to vote, click here.

The Ten Commandments were given 'בשבילי':- for ME

שישה מקרים שונים: הראיה נחלשה ולאחר בכי בציון - חזרו לראות

"חיים בנט בסינגל חדש: "מה אהבתי תורתך