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



30 Apr 2019

No shortcuts

Kedoshim: No shortcuts to holiness

Listen: Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein Recounts Terror Attack on The Ben Shapiro Show

Rebbe’s Message to Florida House

29 Apr 2019

An Open Letter

An open letter to my fellow Americans

Picture of the Day

Another Anti-Semitic Cartoon, Day After Phony Apology

Controversial History

'NO FUTURE FOR JEWS IN GERMANY,' SAYS GERMAN JEWISH TEENAGER

CARTOONIST BEHIND 'NYT' CARICATURE HAS HISTORY OF CONTROVERSY

A Despicable Cartoon in The Times

Below is a screenshot of part of the homepage of the New York Times.

As the FBI hate crime statistics consistently puts anti-Jewish hate crimes at the top of anti-religious hate crimes, should the paper have written, "The shooting in Poway, about 25 miles north of San Diego, coincides with a significant spike in hate crimes, including acts of anti-Semitism."?
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/28/us/synagogue-shooting-chabad-poway.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage 

Of the 1,749 victims of anti-religious hate crimes:

58.1 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Jewish bias.
18.6 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.
4.3 percent were victims of anti-Catholic bias.
https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2017/topic-pages/victims

Chabad of Poway Rabbi says call from Trump was 'so comforting'

הרב יצחק פנגר | תוריד לחץ

11 Apr 2019

The Lesson

Candidacy of University of Exeter Student Jack Morewood Suspended For Congratulating Bibi at NUS Conference

המקובל לאם הילדה שנהרגה: תבקשי משיח Someone left a comment under the article,
"אילו כל ישראל יבקשו את המשיח מיד יבוא"

Yesterday I linked to a fundraising request This Passover Take A Stand Against Hunger With Meir Panim.
I clicked on the site, saw the statistics in the video about 1 in 3 Israeli children skipping at least one meal a day, and 6% resorting to loooking for food in garbage bins. I made a donation which was immediately doubled, due to matching funds. It gave me a feeling of exhiliration to see my donation mutiplied by two and realized that not only had I done a mitzvah, but I caused someone else to do one, as well. Additionally, there is the good feeling of helping people achieve some measurre of happiness on Passover, as the fund will be used to distribute meals for the needy for the holiday. Don't miss out on this mitzvah! Or should I say, mitzvahs?

What is the Jewish Lesson From a Black Hole?

2 Songs From Australian Soloist



10 Apr 2019

Good Words

Victory for Netanyahu Is a Defeat for The New York Times

Girl's Special Bat Mitzvah Gift

Taking a Stand

This Passover Take A Stand Against Hunger With Meir Panim - Right now there is a matching donor.


AIRBNB BACKS OFF REMOVING JEWISH W. BANK ADS AFTER SHURAT HADIN LAWSUIT

Hatikvah plays as hero pilot from hijacked Entebbe flight laid to rest

J Street has a downloadable guide for discussion at the seder which includes statements such as, "The ongoing Israeli occupation and the blatant racism and xenophobia being espoused by Prime Minister Netanyahu and others put those who love Israel in a tight spot", as well as "Encourage college students to apply and to sign the pledge to only go on trips to Israel that confront the reality of occupation."

I suppose if they were alive during the actual redemption from Egypt, they would have balked at entering Israel, as it would mean occupying a foreign land. Better to return as slaves to Egypt.

5 Apr 2019

3 Sifrei Torah

Allusion to Recovering Body of Zechariah Baumel HY”D Found in Navi Melachim II

A Columbia University professor wrote on Facebook that the only difference between Israel and the Islamic State, is that Zionist columnists defend the Jewish state’s “terrorist cause.”
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/261445


After reading the INN article, I found the professor's twitter account and tried the link to the Facebook post in the tweet below. The link sent me to a page with the message, "Sorry, this content isn't available at the moment

The link you followed may have expired, or the Page may only be visible to an audience that you aren't in."


Rabbi Avitan says that this Shabbat we take out three Sifrei Torah and it is an auspicious time. He relates that the Hebrew word for the month of Nisan has the equivalent gematria of 170, 10 times tov. He advises to say the Tikun Haklali once sometime during Shabbat, followed by reciting Tehillim 100 - 10 times, and then beseeching Hashem for what one needs.

Passover ABCs

THE ABCs OF PASSOVER

1,000 RABBIS ACCUSE LINDA SARSOUR OF 'PEDDLING IN ANTISEMITIC FALSEHOODS'

הרב נפתלי וסרמן עם רעיון לפרשת תזריע

2 Apr 2019

Breaking Bread

This morning I read an article titled Muslims and Jews celebrate Jewish holiday together at Muslim Center in Bettendorf.

In the video embedded in the article, the journalist begin reporting by stating, "Jews and Muslima are coming together in Bettendorf to celebrate the Jewish holiday, Passover, together at the Quad Cities Muslim Center. KWQC's Sarah Jones met with the women who were gathering together to break bread."
https://www.kwqc.com/content/news/Muslims-and-Jews-celebrate-Jewish-Holiday-together-at-Muslim-Center-in-Bettendorf--507984461.html

To break bread is to affirm trust, confidence, and comfort with an individual or group of people. Breaking bread has a notation of friendliness and informality, derived from the original meaning regarding sharing the loaf. 
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Break%20bread

Couldn't the reporter have used a different term than "break bread" to describe a Passover event?

Incidentally, firther in the video, the cantor emeritus of Temple Emanuel in Davenport, remarks, "we are both able to use halal meat and kosher meat with each other."
UNTRUE

FREE SPEECH IS DEAD IN NYC: Kalman Yeger Kicked Off City Council Committee For ‘Palestine Does Not Exist’ Comments

Supporting Yeger, Daily News Says Palestinian State Repeatedly Rejected By Arabs

HARVARD U. STUDENT COUNCIL VOTES TO FUND ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK