"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

29 Aug 2019

The Choice

Netanyahu: “On Shabbos, Avner and I learn Parsha, Haftorah, Pirkei Avos, Sara is Mafrish Challah”

Rochester Park Attack Victim Recounts Brutal Assault

"Re'eh Anochi Nosein Lifneichem HaYom Bracha UKlala; Look, I place before you today, a blessing and a curse." (Re'eh 11:26). Hashem gives us the choice to choose good or evil and tells us that we will be paid back in kind. Rav Aharon Kotler asks, "Why is the word Re'eh singular, while the word lifneichem is plural?"

He answers that this teaches us that Hashem gave the Torah to all of Klal Yisrael, even if the masses reject Torah and mitzvos, it is still incumbent on every single individual to make the right choice. It is not acceptable to follow the majority if they go down the wrong path. Re'eh mean to look with your own eyes and see for yourself the right path to follow.

In the Navi Yeshaya it says, "Habitu El Avrohom Avichem... Ki Echad Karasiv; Your forefather Avrohom HaIvri was the man from the other side. He followed the righteous path even though he stood alone against a cold and cruel world."

27 Aug 2019


Message in the Western Wall: A True Story

Giving or Taking

An award winning British composer, his BBC proms star wife and their baby have been killed in a plane crash in the Swiss Alps.

Jonathan and Hannah Goldstein, avid aviators from London, were flying with their child from Switzerland to Italy on Sunday when their plane crashed in the Simplon Pass.
Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7398841/British-composer-BBC-proms-star-wife-baby-killed-Swiss-Alps-plane-crash.html

How Should We Deal With Anti-Semitism

25 Aug 2019


American Jewry Imploding

"Re'eh Ani Nosain Lifnaychem Hayom Beracha Uklala" "See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse" The Meforshim ask, why does the pasuk start off in the singular (Re'eh) and then change to the plural (Lifnaychem)?

The Gemorah in Kiddushin says, on should always view himself as one who has 50% Mitzvos and 50% Avayros. He also should view the whole world as having 50% Mitzvos and 50% Avayros. This way, when he does 1 Mitzvah, he will tilt his scale to the side of merit and also tilt the scale of the whole world to merit. This is what the pasuk is teaching us. "Re'eh " - singular, you the individual have the power to have an effect on the whole world ("Lifnaychem" - plural) whether it will be "Beracha Uklala" - a blessing or a curse. Don't think this is just 1 single Mitzvah that you are being MeKayem.... It might change the whole world!

24 Aug 2019

The 17-year-old soldier

The DailyWire reports, "Last week, Israeli teenager Rina Shnerb celebrated her 17th birthday."

MaanNews reports:

According to MaanNews, Rina was an 18-year-old soldier. Conscription begins at age 18. How is a teenager who celebrated her 17th birthday last week an Israeli soldier?

23 Aug 2019

In the footprints

If you rearrange the letters of Mashiach, you come out with yismach, “to be happy,” the necessary ingredient now needed to bring Mashiach.
Read more: Brian Galbut z"l and the footprints of the Messiah

Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces

KikarHashabat reports that Rina Shnerb, the terror victim murdered as she was hiking with her brother and father, celebrated her 17th birthday last week. Israel does not draft soldiers at that age. Yet, when I hit the translate button of a Maan News Agency article, I got the following:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday he would strengthen settlements in retaliation for the killing of an 18-year-old Israeli soldier near the West Bank city of Ramallah and wounding her father and brother.
There is also a picture of a female Israeli soldier accompanying the article.

NYT editor’s tweets mocking Jews, Indians amid newspaper's 'anti-racist' drive

22 Aug 2019


The Sefer Chareidim says that one of the 17 parts of a mitzva that you must do in order to fulfill a mitzva completely is to yearn to do the mitzva even if you cannot do at this moment. For example we should long for the Bais HaMikdash in order to be able to bring korbanos. We should want to live in Eretz Yisroel to be Mikayem mitzvos that are only relevant when planting in Eretz Yisroel.

Rav Levi Yitzchok MiBerditchev in the Kedushas Levi says that is pshat in the pasuk (8:1) "Kol HaMitzva Asher Anochi Mitzavecha Hayom Tishmirun La'asos" all the mitzvos that I command, you should watch to fulfill. Sometimes the word "shamar"; watch, means wait in anticipation like when Yaakov "watched" to see what would happen with Yosef's dreams. Similarly here the pasuk says every mitzva that I command, you should yearn to keep even if you are in Chutz La'Aretz and cannot do it. Then in that merit, continues the pasuk, you will be zocheh to "V'yirashtem Es HA'Aretz"; Hashem will eventually bring you to Eretz Yisroel to realize your aspirations.

"הפוסק הבכיר על האסונות: "אין ספק שבשמיים מאותתים

17 Aug 2019

Mashiach - the Recap

Project Veritas has released hundreds of internal Google documents leaked by Vorhies. Among those documents is a file called “news black list site for google now.” The document, according to Vorhies, is a “black list,” which restricts certain websites from appearing on news feeds for an Android Google product. 
Read more: https://www.projectveritas.com/2019/08/14/google-machine-learning-fairness-whistleblower-goes-public-says-burden-lifted-off-of-my-soul/

If you click on the word "file" you are redirected to a list of hundreds of site urls. Among them are theyeshivaworld and israellycool.

The Man who Kept Shabbat in Siberia for 20 Years

5 Aug 2019

The Closing Message

Jonathan Pollard: 'My wife is seriously ill, asking for help'

Exclusive: Gaza ‘Victim’ Exposed With His AK-47

Sefer Devarim is Moshe's closing message to Bnei Yisroel where he gives the mussar for the aveiros they have done, reviews with them all the mitzvos, and warns them about the future. The Gemara says (Bava Basra 165a) that most people steal, a few enter illicit relationships and everybody speaks Avak Lashon Hara.

The Vilna Gaon finds a Remez to this gemara in the opening words of the parsha. "Eileh Hadevarim Asher Diber Moshe El Kol Yisroel". Eileh (Aleph, Lamed, Hey) is for Avak Lashon Hara. That is why it says El Kol Yisroel, because we are all oveir on this.

The Interview

Jewish Boys Attacked On Shabbos Afternoon

Rashida Tlaib’s Disturbing Interview

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!