"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

27 Dec 2016

The spinning dreidel

Defying Odds, Heart Transplant Patient Is Still Alive 30 Years Later

The UN's Version of the Hanukkah Story

Dershowitz 2016 Dershowitz: Obama Will Go Down in History as One of Worst Foreign Policy Presidents Ever

Dershowitz 2012 When I decide who to vote for as President, I ask myself who will be best for America and for the world. An important component of my answer involves my assessment of the candidate’s willingness and ability to protect Israel’s security, since I strongly believe that a strong Israel serves the interests of the United States and of world peace. I am confident that President Obama will keep his promise “always [to] have Israel’s back” in the face of the continuing threats posed by Israel’s enemies.

The stolen Chanukah menorah

Chabad Menorah Stolen from S. Francisco Park

VIDEO: Brand New Chanukah song from the composer of ‘Tov Lehodos’

Leading up to Zos Chanukah: Chesed of Lakewood Tehillim Campaign Heralding Your Yeshua

Chabad Hanukkah candle lighting at NBA game

26 Dec 2016

What it is about

David Keyes, the spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu, made it clear that they believe Obama colluded with the Palestinians to betray Israel, and he says they have “ironclad” evidence to prove it.
Read more: http://therightscoop.com/ironclad-evidence-obama-colluded-palestinians-u-n-vote-israel-spox/

Jewish students must realize that SJP is about hate — only hate

Questions and answers about UN Security Council resolution 2334

Smile for the redemption flash

Anne Frank school in Paris vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

This is third hand information so I will just pass along what I heard from someone today who heard that a flight from America to Israel had a stop in France. Those people who wore yarmelcas were subject to extra surveillance and security measures in France such as having their coat and jacket pockets scrutinized. Those wearing hijabs got a free pass.

Chanukah lights

The Light of Chanukah

Did Biden pressure Ukraine to vote against Israel?


After getting a very unfriendly welcome from Yosef, the pasuk says (Mikeitz 42:21), "Vayomru Ish El Achiv Aval Asheimim Anachnu; The brothers said indeed we are guilty as we saw the pain of our brother Yosef, and ignored his pleas."

The Shnayim Mikra brings from the Megaleh Amukos that six consecutive words starting with Ish, begin with the letter Aleph. These six Alephs each represent one millennium of the world's six thousand years of existence. The Torah is telling us that the mistake of selling Yosef will haunt us throughout the entire history.

25 Dec 2016

Parshat Mikeitz and Chanukah

The Gaon indicates that there is a relation, a Remez, between Chanuka and the fact that we always read Parshas Mikeitz during Chanuka. At the end of each parsha, the Masora gives the number of Pasukim, but for strangely enough for Mikeitz it also gives the number of words - 2025.

The Vilna Gaon says that it is to teach us if Poti Phera is one word or two. Secondly, 2025 is a Remez to Ner Chanukah. The gemara in Shabbos (21b) say we should light Ner Ish U'Baiso for 8 day. The Gematria of the word Ner is 250 If you multiply that by 8 days, 8 x 250 = 2000. The remaining 25 id for the 25th of Kislev.

Halachically Speaking: Al Hanissim on Chanukah

Four Chanukah Halachos

14-Year-Old Arrested for Knifepoint Muggings

24 Dec 2016

The resolution

Eight possible Trump responses to the UN Israel vote

AIPAC is deeply disturbed by the failure of the Obama Administration to exercise its veto to prevent a destructive, one-sided, anti-Israel resolution from being enacted by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In the past, this administration and past administrations have rejected this type of biased resolution since it undermines prospects for peace.
Continue reading: http://www.aipac.org/learn/resources/aipac-publications/publication?pubpath=PolicyPolitics/Press/AIPAC%20Statements/2016/12/AIPAC%20Statement%20on%20US%20Abstention%20from%20UNSC%20Resolution%20Vote

J Street welcomes the decision today by the Obama administration to abstain from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution, which reaffirms the need for a two-state solution and calls for a halt to actions by both sides that serve to undermine the prospects for peace.
Read more: http://jstreet.org/press-releases/j-street-welcomes-us-abstention-unsc-resolution/#.WF6WExt97IU

22 Dec 2016

A request

Emuna Daily Lesson

A Special Request From The Moskowitz Family

How the Rebbe 'Got' Me...

?מדהים: האם הרבי חזה את פטירתו

Not abroad

Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s Miracle? “Go to Tzefas, Not Abroad”

Trump’s Father Helped Flatbush Cheder

Journalist Said is concerned about one thing at yesterday's State Department Briefing.

So a young Palestinian girl – 15-year-old Ahed Tamimi – was slated to be part of the No Child Behind Bars Living Resistance speaking tour that begins on the 15th and she was denied a visa. Is that –because the Israelis have expressed, like, displeasure with someone like her touring the United States and speaking about the occupation – she’s from Hebron. Could that be the reason? Could it be that Israel has requested that such a person should not be issued a visa? (Laughter.)

UK Media Watch writes about the young Palestinian girl over here.

Ambassador Danon tweets, "The proposed resolution at the @UN Security Council is the peak of hypocrisy. It will do nothing to promote a diplomatic process and will only reward the Palestinian policy of incitement and terror. It is absurd that at a time when thousands are being massacred in Syria, the Security Council is devoting time and energy to convene and discuss condemning the only true democracy in the Middle East. We expect our greatest ally not to allow this one-sided and anti-Israel resolution to be adopted by the Council."

18 Dec 2016

Kislev miracles

A List of The 613 Mitzvot (Commandments)

UN Leader Ban Ki-Moon, In Departing Speech, Admits Anti-Israel Bias At World Body

One Chanukah Rav Chaim Ozer Met The Tailor In Cracow...

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky and the 25 miracles in Kislev

Unflinching impartiality

A letter published by the New York Times after the 2016 election included the following words.

As we reflect on the momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly.

Four articles in the NYT against David Friedman in one day - Wow! I suppose this is an example of unflinching impartiality.

Keith Ellison Lies to CNN About Anti-Israel Remarks

What in The World Did Keith Ellison Just Try to Say to Prove He is Not Anti-Semitic?

17 Dec 2016

Friedman times two

Thomas Friedman Bemoans Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem: ‘Madness,’ ‘The Full Employment for Iran Act’

Astonishing Reply From the Rebbe

Jewish author Ezra Jack Keats honored in new children’s book

The simple story of the Dreidel or Sivivon is that it was a decoy used by the little children learning the Aleph Bais in case the Yivanim caught them. The Bnei Yisaschar brings some deep remazim regarding the dreidel.

Emuna daily lesson

Jewish Education programs

Chapecoense defender says he was persuaded to swap seats before crash

“Cadu Gaucho asked me to sit further forward and let the journalists sit together at the back,” Ruschel said. “I didn’t want to but then I saw Jackson Follman and he insisted I sit beside him. Only God can explain why I survived the accident. He grabbed me and gave me a second chance.” https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/dec/17/chapecoense-brazil-alan-ruschel-plane

The four sides of the dreidel have the letters, Nun, Gimel, Shin, Hey. These stand for the four forces in a person. Nefesh or spirit-Nun, Guf or physicality-Gimel, Sechel or intellect-Shin, and a higher spirit combining the other three, HaKol-Hey. The four nations of Bavel, Yavan, Rome, and Madai each opposed a specific one of these forces. Moshiach, whose gematria is 358 the same as Nun, Gimel, Shin, Hey, will annul these forces forever. Then Hashem's reign will be accepted by all. Hashem Melech, Hashem Malach, Hashem Yimloch L'Olam Va'ed also equals 358 like our dreidel and Moshiach.

The dreidel spins on its point. All these nations on each side of the dreidel all focus on Bnei Yisroel. The four side gradually decrease and disappear into this point, as the four nations will disappear and become batel to Am Yisroel.

15 Dec 2016

A daughter's dream

Chadrei Charedim has an article about a nonagenarian, Rabbi Sharaby zt'l, who was niftar a half a year ago. He appeared to his daughter in a dream last week and related to her three things that they are very makpid about in shamayim.

1. Nivul peh - profanity - foul language
2. Saying Amen
3. Ahavat Habriot - Love of mankind
Read more in Hebrew: http://www.bhol.co.il/112407/%D7%94%D7%90%D7%91-%D7%91%D7%90-%D7%91%D7%97%D7%9C%D7%95%D7%9D-%D7%95%D7%97%D7%A9%D7%A3-%D7%A2%D7%9C-%D7%96%D7%94-%D7%9E%D7%A7%D7%A4%D7%99%D7%93%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%91%D7%A9%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%99%D7%9D.html

Emunah daily lesson

Growing in the Chanukah Season

Forgive and forget

This morning I received an email with a number of interesting thoughts. Below is one I would like to share with you.

Have faith and have a successful life. One of the basic differences between G-d and humans is, G-d gives, gives and forgives. But the human gets, gets, gets and forgets. Be thankful in life...

Parashat VaYishlah: “Son of Your Maidservant”

Circle Weekly Children’s Magazine Subscription: A Chanukah Gift that lasts all year!

New Tanya Sells Out in 24 Hours

14 Dec 2016

Fully observant

92-Year-Old Nazi Fighter and Her Newfound Jewish Identity

Booth and Eglash: A Pathological Hatred of Israel

"I have lived with Lavan (Im Lavan Garti), and tarried until now" [Bereshis 32:5]. Rashi cites the famous Chazal that the word "Garti" (I lived) has the numerical value of 613 (Taryag), indicating "I lived with the wicked Lavan, but I observed the 613 Commandments - without learning from his evil ways."

Rav Ruderman noted the apparent redundancy in Yaakov's message to his brother, Eisav. If Yaakov had already sent the message "I observed the 613 Commandments," what is added by further stating "and I have not learned from the evil ways of Lavan?" Rav Ruderman Zt"l, taught that the inference to be drawn is that one can observe the 613 commandments and, nevertheless, learn from the ways of a Lavan. Even within the context of a fully observant life-style, a person can wind up looking like a Lavan. Even when an individual's actions are technically permissible, the person may still be acting like a Lavan. A person can live an indulgent life-style -- one that may not technically deviate from the letter of the Law, but one,which is totally foreign from the spirit of the Law.

Therefore, Yaakov clarified: "Not only have I observed the letter of the 613 commandments, I have also not learned from Lavan and have even continued to observe the spirit of those laws."

Photo exhibit premier

Photo Exhibit Making North American Premier Highlights Erasure of Polish Jewish History Since World War II

Lapid: ‘Guardian’ delays Mideast conflict solution

Prosecutors Try to Refocus Rasmieh Odeh Case

Watch: How to make your own delicious Hannukah donuts

12 Dec 2016

My cup runs over

A relative recently purchased the book titled Emunah With Love and Chicken Soup and recommended it to me. In fact, she told me that she bought a few copies to give as a Chanukah present to some members of her family. Click here to read an excerpt from the book.

Yaakov davened to Hashem ‘Hatzileini Na MiYad Achi MiYad Eisav"; Save me from my brother from Eisav. The Bais HaLevi asks why does it need to say Achi and Eisav? He answers that the Zohar says when you daven for something you should be as clear as possible in your descriptions. He then asks why does it need to say "MiYad"; from the hands of, twice? Let it just say MiYad Achi Eisav.

He answers that Yaakov felt trapped. The two logical outcomes of meeting Eisav were that Eisav would kill him or the other outcome which was no less frightful for Yaakov was that Eisav would forgive him and they would live together like brothers. As far as Yaakov was concerned Eisav's closeness would cause religious erosion that was as dangerous for Klal Yisroel as physical destruction. He wanted to keep his children as far away from Eisav and his lifestyle as possible. That is why he davened that he should be saved from both being murdered at the hands of "Eisav" as well as "Achi" the brotherly hand that Eisav may want to extend to him.

This says the Bais HaLevi was indicative of the future Galus Edom. During some periods we face destruction from cruel and murderous enemies. At other times we self destruct from the brotherly closeness of our host nations. This freedom ends with assimilation of ideals and lowering our level of Avodas Hashem as well as unfortunately assimilation itself.

A friend sent me an email this morning with an inspiring message.

HOW A CUP RUNS OVER: On the words of Dovid Hamelech in Tehillim “Kosi Revaya--my cup runs over”--HaRav Avigdor Miler, Z’tl provides the following great insight (in his Sefer Shaarei Orah I, p.96, as brought in Growth Through Tehillim, by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, Shlita): “A cup can only run over if it becomes full first. If there is a hole in the cup, it will never become full and will never run over. This is a lesson for us to constantly remember the good things that Hashem does for us. Don’t forget them. Then the good things will add up--and the happiness will flow!

Official definition of anti-Semitism

VIDEO: Activists manipulate third-graders into hating Israel

Inspired By Officer’s Kindness, Hanes Donates Hundreds of Socks For NYC Homeless

Official definition of anti-Semitism to be adopted to tackle anti-Jewish attacks

6 Dec 2016

More than I deserve

When Leah had her fourth child she named him Yehudah, saying, "HaPaam Odeh Es Hashem" - "This time I must thank Hashem". Rashi is bothered, why is it specifically by this child that she had to thank Hashem? He explains, Leah knew that Yaakov would have 4 wives and 12 children. According to the calculation, it comes out to 3 children per wife. Therefore, when Leah had her forth child she said, "HaPaam Odeh Es Hashem" - "This time I must thank Hashem" - As Rashi explains, "ShNatalti Yoser MiChelki" - "For I have received more than my portion."

I once heard a pshat, it is for this reason, the Jewish Nation is known by the name "Yehudi". Since every Jew must look at what his lot is in this world and say, "Natalti Yoser MiChelki" - I have received more than my share.... More than I deserve!!

Born to Hate Jews

Northwestern Jewish Studies Professor Targeted With Nazi Salute Near Campus

The True Danger To Am Israel

Divine intervention

Israeli Soldiers Report Divine Intervention in Battle With ISIS

VIDEO: Dr. Meir Wikler: Guidance From R’ Brevda Zatzal on Life & Marriage

2 Inspiring Young Shluchim Stories

4 Dec 2016

Looted art

Israeli Police Arrest Jewish Boy for Saying Sh’ma Israel

How the mother who lost 7 children in fire wants to remember them

Jewish family battles Spain museum over art looted by Nazis

V'Sain Tal Umatar Began at Maariv Tonight in Chutz La’aretz

Vesein Tal Umatar

UN Development Program says all of Israel is occupied territory

A People Like No Other

Amid rising anti-Semitism across Europe, two of Western Europe’s liberal democracies are taking starkly different approaches to combating the new security challenges presented to their respective Jewish communities.
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/221199

At Maariv, Sunday, December 4th, in chutz la’aretz, we begin to say Vesein Tal Umatar during Shemonah Esrei in the bracha of Boreich Aleinu. Residents of Eretz Yisroel already began saying Vesein Tal Umatar on the 7th of Cheshvan.
Read more: http://www.localjewishnews.com/2016/12/03/begin-vesein-tal-umatar-sunday-in-maariv/#more-65644

What is the halacha for someone who was in Israel and began saying Vesein Tal Umatar and then went back to chutz la’aretz before December 4th?

3 Dec 2016


When Yaakov woke from his dream, he realized he was in a Makom Kadosh, Yerushalayim. He appropriately named the place Bais Kel, the house of Hashem. The pasuk (Vayeitzei 28:19) tells us that the original name was Luz. Rabbeinu Bachaye asks why is this relevant to us?

He answers that the pasuk is hinting to the fact that Yerushalayim was the beginning of creation, and the rest of the world continued from there. Luz, he explains based on the Medrash (Vayikra Rabba 18:1), is the bone in our spine that we will be recreated from during Techiyas HaMeisim. Just like the original wondrous creation started from Luz, so too will the miracle of Techiyas HaMeisim will start from Yerushalayim, for Yerushalayim is the center on Hashem's universe, and the closest connection to Heaven.

Rebbetzin Gita Cohen, ע״ה

Rabbi Norman Lamm and Henry Ford: A Tribute to One of Rabbi Lamm’s Hidden Accomplishments as He Enters his Ninth Decade

The Ellison Tipping Point

Tucker Carlson interviews NY Times Public Editor Liz Spayd over anti-Trump bias