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



31 Jul 2019

To Rebuilding

Chaveirim of Rockland County Recounts The Incredible Kiddish Hashem Involved In Searching For R’Reuven Bauman Z”L

Payment Withheld

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Agrees With Antisemitic Comments

Switzerland Withholds Payment to UNRWA

NY TIMES STUMBLES ON BDS ANTISEMITISM

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