"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 Dec 2018

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Seven Holocaust survivors on New Year’s Honours List

Rabbi Creates 'Panic Button' App

Canary Mission posted about an individual who spread anti=Semitism through social media. The end of the article shared links to her twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkdIn accounts. I clicked on the links and received a "this page is not available" message. What happened to Lara's accounts? IsraellyCool posted about a fake funding campaign for Noor from Gaza, who was, in reality, from Syria. The campaign was closed but what happens to the funds collected?

28 Dec 2018

Donation drive terminated

New Bobov-45 Chasunah Takanos: No Tenoyim Parties, Gold Watches And More

An IsraellyCool post alerted me to a Twitter account called Free Gaza Team which was fundraising for a girl named Noor from Gaza. When his friend, Ari, exposed the false account of the storyline and reported it to a crowd funding site, the donation drive was terminated. Both IsraellyCool and Ari linked to the twitter account of the Free Gaza Team, but when I clicked on the link, I received the message, "Sorry, that page doesn't exist." A Google search of the account shows various entries which, when clicked on, reveal the same message. Below is a screen capture of a cached tweet. Incidentally, there is a Facebook account called Free Gaza Team.

DYNAMIC New Torah Film on Rav Yaakov Weinberg, zt"l!

Parshas Shemos - Early Exit and Birth Lessons

27 Dec 2018

Losing Donors

Women's March Loses Donor, More Affiliates Over Anti-Semitism Concerns

Parshas Shemos: Netziv - A Strange Looking Go'el

"Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L'Miriam BaDerech B'Tzaischem MiMitzrayim"
The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe. The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.

Parashat Shemot- Our Fear of Contemplation

22 Dec 2018

Finding Meaning

Finding Meaning In Our Challenges

"And these are the names of the Children of Israel" (Shmos 1:1). In conjunction with the public reading of the parsha, our Chachomim require that every individual learn it on his own and be familiar with its basic pshat. To achieve this level of mastery, they instituted a three‑tiered review of the parsha: The text itself must be read twice, followed by Onkelos. Shnayim Mikrah Ve'echod Targum, "twice the text and once the translation of Onkelos", is the name of this mitzvah. A G‑d fearing man should study Rashi's commentary in addition to Targum.
The Levush writes that it is hinted at (remez) in the first pasuk of this week's Parsha. The Hebrew letters of the pasuk "V'eila Shemos Bnei Yisroel" are an acronym for: V'chayav Adam Likros Haparsha Shnayim Mikra Ve'echod Targum Vze Chayavim Kol Bnei Yisroel".

מכתבו של הפוסק הספרדי נגד שריפת גופות

למה נפגשה רונה רמון עם הרב זמיר כהן

19 Dec 2018

The March

My Father, FDR and the Rabbis March

Teach NYS Provides Update on New York State Yeshiva/Chinuch Crisis

Yeshivas Must Remain Independent

Jewish Stories to Inspire: Motivational &  Spiritual Stories Based on the Torah's Ethics, Values and Wisdom


On December 4, the Yeshiva World published a statement by Rabbi Yaakov Bender, the Rosh Hayeshiva of Yeshiva Darchei Torah regarding the use of the New York Times of a picture of his yeshiva in an article asking whether yeshiva students are receiving a subpar education. On December 18, the Yeshiva World published an article about an NYPD traffic agent who was impressed by the behavior of a young yeshiva boy from Rabbi Bender's yeshiva.
Perhaps the New York Times should publish an article questioning whether public schools are receiving a subpar education.

,,,the policeman pointed at the 7 year old walking down the street to Darchei saying “I just want to tell you that I’m used to kids passing by me cursing me and getting away with it because they are kids, and I’ve seen good kids who would never do that. But this one! I’ve yet to see! A young child passing by saying “good morning officer how are you doing?”

The New York Times has an article online suggesting that yeshiva students receive a subpar education. It is a horribly unfair attack on our entire yeshiva system. Incredibly, the Times article is illustrated with a photo of our yeshiva, Darchei Torah.

Subpar? Our students regularly outperform students in New York City’s public schools.

Students who want to avoid a subpar education should leave the public schools and enroll in a Yeshiva such as ours.

We take the most pride in fulfilling our primary mission of teaching Torah and imparting Torah values. But we also outperform the public schools academically at every level. Our performance on State tests far surpasses theirs, we offer numerous Advanced Placement courses, and our graduates achieve great success in their chosen professions. Six of our alumni have attended Harvard Law School over the past decade!

We also do far better than the public schools in other important ways: we are free of drugs, crime and the disrespect that plagues New York youth. Our Yeshivos certainly do not need the advice of our local school boards.

They surely should be interested in observing us, not to evaluate our performance but to learn how to emulate our success.

The New York Times has no business disparaging our yeshiva system. Their criticism of yeshivas was as off-base as their choice of a photo of Darchei Torah to accompany their article.

Very Shocking Current Events And Several Topics

Facebook reportedly gave tech giants access to users’ private messages


Nikki Haley's last UN speech (video and transcript)

15 Dec 2018

Alei Ayin

WeWork CEO Kept One Shabbos

"Ben Poras Yosef, Ben Poras Alei Ayin." (Vayechi 49:22) Rashi says that this means that Yosef will multiply and be beyond the reach of Ayin Hara. As a reward for not taking his master's wife, no one will be able, through jealously, to inflict any harm on what belongs to him.

The Shulchan Gavo'a brings from Rav Eliyahu Dessler, that no matter how rich a person is, no one is ever jealous of a totally selfless person whose whole life is about giving. An element of jealousy stems from the intended or even unintended flaunting of oneself before others.

Yaakov gave Ephraim and Menashe a bracha, "V'Yidgu LaRov; They should multiply like fish." There are two attributes of fish that Yaakov had in mind. Fish are not seen from the dry land. Moreover the fish live a life totally separated from the inhabitants of the land. They don't compete with them in any way. That is why the Ayin Hara does not affect them.

If a person lives a life of Yosef, where he doesn't want what doesn't belong to him, and he lives and enjoys his material assets out of the public eye, he, too, will not suffer from any unwanted evil eyes.

5 Dec 2018

Six Alephs

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.

How IDF Prepped For Operation

I was at the UN: This is what it was like to hear Marc Lamont Hill

From River to Sea

There are many articles pondering as to why Marc Lamont Hill is no longer working for CNN, with many attributing it to his "from the river to the sea" comment. Yet, he stated the same words months ago in a speech that can be seen here, and he still continued working at the network. So, I am curious as to why he was let go now.

Speaking at the AMP-NJ Banquet, Hill remarked, "I am your comrade. I am your brother in struggle and I am honored to stand with you this evening as we talk, and not just remember that great catastrophe in 1948, but we remain committed to fighting until every Palestinian is home again. People often asked me why I would be concerned …with the liberation of Palestine, and when I say Palestine I mean all of historic Palestine from river to sea." Further on he stated, "I remember going to Khalil and watching settlers pour urine and bleach on the heads of Palestinian children."
I am curious as to how he saw exactly what liquid was being poured on the children. Could it not have been lemonade?

In the video over here, the esteemed professor opined, "Earlier when I said non-violence was an appropriate strategy, or is an effective strategy for BDS, I don't want to suggest that makes it a superior strategy...An occupied people have a right to resist. And resistance is not non-violent."

I am sure the students at Temple University are getting an education free from biased opinion. Or not.

Choosing Life is My Revenge

Soon It Can Be All Over - Current Events

4 Dec 2018

The President and the Dreidel


Can someone please explain to me what is meant by the tweet below?

Yosef spent an extra two years in jail for asking the Sar HaMashkim to remember him. In describing the end of his extra sentence the Torah uses the term Mikeitz. The Medrash relates this word to the pasuk in Iyov (28:3) קץ שם לחושך, an end is put to the darkness.

The Mirrer Mashgiach Reb Yeruchom Levovitz explains that light and goodness are the natural state and are endless, as the pasuk says ולגדולתו אין חקר. The darkness covers the light but only for a limited time. The moment the darkness ends there is no lingering signs of the darkness that has gone. In a matter of moments Yosef is hurried before פרעה and goes from being a jailed slave to ruler of the greatest kingdom in civilization.

Salvation through man is a process. First comes the decision to free a man. Then papers need to be signed. Instructions need to be given. Only then does freedom finally come. One can technically be free but still be in miserable conditions in jail. In Hashem's terms there is no need for transition, and salvation is instantaneous. Darkness is removed and the brilliant light shines through. There is no salvation like salvation delivered from above!

2 Dec 2018


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.

Fascinating Shmooze By R’ Berel Whitman, Maggid Shiur In Mir Yerushalayim, On How To Be Mechanech Children In This Generation

White House Party is Postponed

Most targeted


Overall, hate crimes in Canada jumped 47 percent in 2017. Statistics Canada reported a rise in hate crimes against the Muslim, black, Asian and LGBTQ communities.

 In November 2018, Vox reported,"The number of hate crimes reported in the US increased by 17 percent in 2017, with a particular surge in reports of anti-Jewish incidents, according to a new report from the FBI....
At the same time, reported anti-Muslim crimes decreased by about 10 percent..."

Below is an excerpt from a Washington Post article titled, "Hate in America is on the rise."

In 2016, the FBI counted 6,121 reported incidents nationwide — an increase of 4.6 percent from 2015, during which 5,850 cases were reported.

The FBI's report doesn't draw conclusions as to what might be behind this disturbing rise in hate. But it's noteworthy that many of the groups against whom crimes rose by double digits were the focus of inflammatory rhetoric by Donald Trump over the course of his presidential campaign. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/hate-in-america-is-on-the-rise/2017/11/25/33808364-c94d-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.f765ea22d5ce

Prime Minster Justin Trudeau has stated, "Intolerance towards immigrants has no place in Canada".

Since the percentage of hate crimes rose at a higher rate in Canada than in the United States, will the Washington Post attribute the surge in Canadian hate crimes to Trudeau's pro-immigration rhetoric?

Israellycool alerted readers to a post on a Facebook page which was a lie. If the Washington Post would read the posts made over here, it might attribute the rise in hate crimes to fake Facebook posts.