"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

28 May 2018


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."

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)

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.

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.

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.

"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