"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 2018

Listening to the Rebbe

Gaza: Two PFLP terrorists killed when rocket they were firing exploded prematurely

Neurologist: The Rebbe Was Right

Egalitarian for thee

Rabbi Speaks on Ongoing Ordeal

The New Yorker has published an article titled Israel Passes a Law Stating What’s Jewish About a “Jewish and Democratic State.”

The author writes, "Successive Netanyahu coalitions failed to pass an egalitarian conscription law that puts the same burden on Orthodox youth as it does on secular youth."

If the author is so concernd about equality, why doesn't he write "an egalitarian conscription law that puts the same burden on the Arab minority youth"?

Furthermore, he writes, "Meanwhile, Orthodox ministers in charge of the Interior Ministry under Likud governments began to apply stringently Orthodox, or halachic, standards to conversion for purposes of authorizing '“Jewish nationality.”'

Is it possible that the stringently Orthodox, halachic standards were appled to conversion for the purpose of keeping halacha?

Family of Palestinian Who Killed Yotam Ovadia HY”D Expected to Receive $1,600 Grant, Monthly Salary as Reward

28 Jul 2018

For the good of the child

"Ki Kasher Yiyaser Ish Es Bino Hashem Elokecha Miyasrecha", like a man punishes his son Hashem punishes us (Eikev 8:5). Hashem punishes us out of love of a father trying to help his son and not to hurt him. The Ben Ish Chai asks, shouldn't it say the word "Av" father, instead of the word "Ish" a man? He answers that even a father, who punishes his son for the son's own good, has to a certain degree his own personal agenda. A wayward son is an embarrassment to the father who raised him. Yes he wants to help his son, but he also is angered by the way he is perceived by others as a bad parent. His punishment is tinged with a trace of bitterness for his shattered dreams of raising perfect children.

Hashem does not punish us like an insulted father. He punishes us like an "Ish", a perfectly objective observer of what is good for us, and nothing else.

When dealing with our children, it is incumbent on us to to probe deeply within ourselves and ask, what is for the good of the child, and what am I really doing for my own good.

הרב יאיר זמר טוב

No Apologies Necessary

20 Jul 2018

A Paid Day Off


הגר"ד לאו: האינטרנט כמו אש, צריך להיזהר

Senior Hamas member calls for ridding ‘Palestine of filth of the Jews’

תוכנית המחאה הגאה: שורת הפגנות ששיאן בעצרת בכיכר רבין ביום ראשון בערב

I have a question for those companies permitting their employees to take a paid day off on Sunday to join the strike and protest for same rights for the LGBT community. If I wish to take a paid day off to mourn the destruction of the two Temples and to fast on Tisha B'Av, will I be extended the same right?

17 Jul 2018

Tefila helps

'We should say 'Shehecheyanu'

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!

Never too late

Mashiach through the eyes of science

UPDATE: The New York Times article by Associated Press which I wrote about has had the headline changed to "Israel Places New Limitations on Cargo Crossing Into Gaza." It still appears in the previous version at Business Insider over here.

Additionally, whereas previously the article stated, "It appeared to be the first case of Gaza militant using animals to attack Israel," it now reads, "It appeared to be the first case of Gaza militants using birds to attack Israel."
Even though the original article contained the sentence, "Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will cease transferring gas and fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing until next Sunday but will allow food and essential medication to cross," various media sies had no problem publishing the headline that Israel shut down the cargo crossing.

The New York Times has published an article titled Israel Shuts Down Cargo Crossing Into Gaza to Punish Hamas.
Is it really to punish Hamas or to keep Israel safe?

The Associated Press reported in the article, "On Sunday, Israel says it discovered a falcon to which Gaza militant tied an incendiary device meant to set fires. It appeared to be the first case of Gaza militant using animals to attack Israel."

The Associated Press describes itself as being comprised of outstanding journalists. How come it took me, not an outstanding journalist, the total of 15 seconds to find this 2014 article?
Hamas deploys donkey strapped with explosives as Iron Dome defense system protects Israelis

And this article?

Donkey suicide bomb stopped by Israeli troops in Gaza

It’s never too late for a bar mitzvah

WATCH: R’ Shaya Levin Speaking At A Shidduch Meeting For 10kBatayYisroel.org

KIN'S PAIN & SEARCH GO ON - 1997 article about a search for a long lost brother taken from a Polish hospital to a convent still is relevant today as the family searches for his wherabouts to this day.

14 Jul 2018

Sitting in the living room

When My Son’s Car Broke Down Outside Kiryat Joel

'We sat in the living room, suddenly we were filled with blood'

Will the above article with the accompanying picture make its way to the J Street website?
Looking at the homepage, I found an article titled, "Tell Trump: Restore Aid for Palestinian Refugees," and a link to an article which begins with the words "J Street is outraged by the Israeli government’s dispatch of bulldozers today to prepare for the imminent demolition of the West Bank Palestinian community of Khan al-Ahmar." Additionally, there is an article by Suzanne Singer linking the daughters of Zelophehad who courageously asked to inherit a portion in the land of Israel to the just distribution of Israeli land for the Bedouins.

9 Jul 2018

A New Picture

Mind-blowing 1,600-year-old biblical mosaics paint new picture of Galilean life

סיבות לרעידות אדמה // הרב שלמה בניזרי

Parshat Matot Masei


British Education Regulators Get Creepy With Jewish Girls

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.

8 Jul 2018

Soaring high

Daring Rescue in the Thailand Cave

Keeping Promises

Rabbis Address Dangers of Summer

Teachers lose jobs for sharing anti-Israel views with students

Muslim Congress this week in Florida includes antisemitic, anti-gay, Holocaust denying speakers

Pope Francis under fire from Jewish groups for supporting sainthood of a Second World War Polish priest who accused Jews of ‘fighting against the Church’

By the mitzvah of keeping your promise it says Moshe told the heads of each Shevet about this mitzvah. Why does the torah write this by this mitzvah? Bais Din has the obligation to enforce every mitzvah. The Netziv says that we usually make a promise under some sort of duress in the hopes that our promise will help us achieve our goal whether it is a promise to Hashem to save us or help us in some way or to another person to gain something in return from that person.

Unfortunately, he says, keeping promises is often not easy for us. Typically when the duress has passed and it is time for us to fulfill our end our enthusiasm dramatically wanes and we come up with all sorts of rationalizations why we need not keep our exactly as we promised it or even not at all. This is why Moshe told the leaders of the people that it is up to them to make sure that people keep their promise.

Using the same explanation Rav Zvi Hersh Voidaslav father of Rav Simcha Bunim MiPeshischa explains why the Torah says the seemingly superfluous words "K'Chol Hayotzeh MiPiv Yaaseh"; its deeper meaning is that you should keep your promise with exactly the same enthusiasm that you made it.

7 Jul 2018

Life is precious

Why has Labour run the risk of alienating progressive Jews?

Wise words form actress Sara Contreras as she paid tribute to a young girl who was killed in a car crash along with her sisters and father.

"Make everyday a new opportunity to value yourself, your family and your friends. Life is too precious and it can all be taken in a second."

BDS and the New Anti-Semitism

לראשונה באירופה: ישיבה נסגרה בשל אי הוראת לימודי ליבה

An Isolated Nation Among The World's Nations

2 Jul 2018



Growing In Emunah – Tefillah

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami stated the following about the primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the politician who called the IDF's killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza a “massacre.”

"This election cycle has brought forward a new generation of candidates running for office who are more outspoken t about their opposition to the policies of Netanyahu’s far-right coalition and who are eager to see the US play a more constructive role in making life better for both Israelis and Palestinians. We celebrate and continue to work to help create the political space for this change.”

I wonder what he thinks of Ilhan Omar who tweeted this.