"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 Sept 2018

Good deeds

No Good Deed Goes Unnoticed!

Simchat Torah 5779 - The Knock Upon the Door

Sukkat David

The Fallen Sukkah

Program recruits Israeli girls for cyber warfare

A comment at the end of the article - Everyone must be aware of the danger of microwaves in computers, cell phones especially with 5G, microwave ovens, all 'smart' devices which have smart transmitting towers, etc. Please watch on You Tube if you haven't already 'The Truth About Mobile Phones and Wireless Radiation - Dr. Devra Davis'; 'Cell Phone Radiation Dangers, Facts To Know About Mobile Phones'; How Your Phone Affects Your Brain And Body'; 'The 10 Dangers Of Microwave Ovens'.

Dr. Davis is brilliant and has done fascinating research; of course, she is israeli!!

WATCH: The Bolt Report on Ari Fuld Murder and Eurovision Boycott Attempts

20 Sept 2018

Passing Through

Creating Mental Strength: The Power to Endure Despite Life's Challenges

Clipping from the NY Times, September 24, 1982

Without Injustice

Palestinian ministry rolls back statement that Gaza boy was killed by Israeli gunfire

The Daily Mail reported the above incident with the headline, Israeli troops 'kill three Palestinians, one of them an 11-year-old boy' during violent protests at Gaza border.

Israeli soldiers killed three protesters at the border including an 11-year-old boy, Palestinian medical officials claimed on Friday.

But the following day the Israel's military said their evidence shows the 11-year-old was hit by a rock thrown by protesters.

The Pasuk says (32:4) "HaTzur Tamim Pa'aloi Ki Chol Dirachav Mishpat, Kel Emuna V'Ein Avel; Hashem action are flawless, for all His ways are just, Hashem is faithful without any injustice." Injustice? We talk about how righteous Hashem is, it seems strange to mention that Hashem in not "unjust".

Rav Shach says from the Vilna Gaon that it is impossible for humans to take into account all surrounding circumstances and dispense perfect justice. For example, when someonr commits a crime that requires the death sentence, has the court also determined if his children deserve to be orphans or not? What about the person who he says hello to every morning, has the court figured out if they can compensate that person for the loss they are inflicting on them.

When Hashem dispenses judgement, He has accounted for everything from the most glaring consequences to the most minute nuance. This is truly a tribute that we humans can marvel at. Hashem's justice system is pure justice, without the slightest trace of injustice.

19 Sept 2018

A gift for the shadchan

I was visiting a friend on the eve of Rosh Hashana when her doorbell ring. She excused herself, and went to greet the person at the door. She came back with a beautiful platter of chocolates. In the center was the latest Maggid book. My friend explained that the gift was from someone for whom she had proposed a shidduch and she had spent a lot of time on speaking to both parties. Ultimately, the shidduch did not go forward but the family owed her a debt of gratitude, nonetheless, for all her hard effort.

How many of us think to show our aprreciation to the shadchan for all her endeavors, even if the shidduch doesn't come to fruition? Perhaps if we would show sincere gratitude, the shadchan would not be so quick to get discouraged. A relative recently called a shadchan to ask if she knew anyone for her daughter.

"I am taking a break," the shadchan replied. "Three shidduchim blew up in the past few months and I am too dejected to continue right now."

National Union of Students officer resigns before censure vote on tweets comparing Israel to Nazis

5 Sept 2018


Below are a few of the Rashei Teivot for the year תשעט which I came across at Collive.

תהא שנת עין טובה

תהא שנת עסקות טובות

תהא שנה על טבעית

Parashat Nitzavim - What's so special about your Teshuvah? - Rabbi Alon Anava

Nitzavim - Teshuva - Uncovering Reality (Audio)

2 Sept 2018

A city remembers

Ukrainian city remembers Jews on Holocaust anniversary

UK ex-chief rabbi warns of Jewish exodus over anti-Semitism

"Atem Nitzavim Hayom Kulchem"; you are all standing today. Rav Shamshon Refael Hirsh says that Nitzavim is from the word Matzeiva a monument, a pillar. In his last speech to Bnei Yisroel, Moshe tells them you are the foundation, the force, the future, and the eternal carriers of the flame of Torah and the banner of Hashem. I am merely a leader that will pass on and move into the annals of history. All the leaders that follow me will meet the same end.

The rise and fall of the Jews rests on your shoulders and the shoulders of your children in every generation. For Klal Yisroel to exist and to thrive, you the ordinary people that must carry on as loyal flag bearers since in you lies the strength of Am Yisroel.



"ViShav Hashem Elokecha Es Shvuscha ViRechamecha Vishav Vikibetzcha Mikal HoAmim" - "Then Hashem WILL RETURN your captivity and have mercy upon you, and he WILL RETURN and gather you from your exile among the nations." Why does the Pasuk say that Hashem "WILL RETURN" those in captivity twice? Meshech Chochmah answers, that there will be two shifts of people who are returning from exile. The first group will be those who were yearning for the holiness of Eretz Yisroel all the years in Galus. They will be the first to return. The second group will be the ones who became comfortable in the Galus. They did not miss the Kedusha of Eretz Yisroel, and will only return at a later time.

A tiny Russian village of Chabad fame dreams of becoming Jewish pilgrimage site

המועמדים לראשות י-ם בריקוד חסידי משותף