"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

30 Dec 2023

Yearning for Mashiach

Zionist Gamer Deregistered From Tournament Without Notice

How many times have you heard the utterance, "My son only calls me when he needs something"?

I have been listening to various clips posted from Rabbis who have been saying the time is ripe for the redemption. But, we have to show Hashem we want it for His sake. Many of us are hoping for Mashiach in these trying times, but are we calling for Mashiach to come because we want to be able to fulfill all the mitzvot and bask in the Divine presence, or are we calling to Hashem to bring Mashiach because we need something - we are having financial difficulties, health issues, marital problems, etc.?

Think about it while you sing along with the song below.

29 Dec 2023

Hei-asfu - Assemble

The Gemara (Pesachim56a) says that Yaakov wanted to reveal when Mashiach would arrive. The Shelah says he therefore told his children to assemble, since the Redemption can only come if all Jews are united in one group.

Yet it seems Yaakov is repeating himself. In this pasuk, he says “hei’asfu — assemble,” and in the next he says, “hikavtzu — gather.” The Malbim explains that “kibbutz” and “asifah” are not synonymous. The word kibbutz means gathering together, while asifah is a gathering at a later stage, ushering into a designated place. Therefore, kibbutz should come before asifah. Yet Yaakov says it conversely.

Why? Since Yaakov’s original intentions were to tell his sons about the Final Redemption, he commanded them to band together as a unified “asifah” — a level of spiritual unity, higher than physical “kibbutz.” Only with such unity could they prepare themselves for the Geulah.

Continue reading: https://mishpacha.com/a-rose-by-any-name/

R’ Shmuel Yaniv, Grandfather Of Hallel And Yagel And Yehonatan Luber HYD Sings Asher Bachar Banu

Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: A Better Burial (Vayechi)

מסרים מצדיקים על הגאולה ומהרב עמוס גואטה

"Humanitarian Aid" to HAMAS Must Stop! | The Caroline Glick Show

24 Dec 2023

The Bag on the Bus

Many people have taken upon themselves kabalot during these fraught times. I heard a person on the radio this afternoon who related that last night, people were calling up the radio station, stating which kabalot they were accepting. One spoke about reciting Tehillim. The radio host said that he was going to start his program with a chapter of Tehillim, and he proceeded with Mizmor L'Todah.

I started learning Shaar Habitachon - Gate of Trust, and I found a nice explanation to accompany the text in English at a Chabad website. While I was on the bus this morning, I came across a line which caught my eye.

A reflection for happiness: If G‑d recreates you every moment and G‑d only does good, then everything in your life is good.

Soon after, a woman approached the front of the bus, asking the passengers if the bag in the back of the bus belonged to anyone. When no one answered in the affirmative, the bus driver went to check the back of the bus and told the passengers to disembark, as he had to call in the incident. Quite soon afterwards, two police officers got on the bus and determined that a sapper would be needed to determine what to do with the item. A young woman arrived in a special white van, donned protective clothing, and went to investigate. I started saying Tehillim as a second bus approached, and I was able to proceed to my destination.

I would like to convey my thanks to the bus driver, the policemen and the young woman who put their lives on the line to protect Israeli citizens. I do believe that the bag was left inadvertently by a former passenger, as I saw the bus driver following our bus, a few minutes later. A special thank you to G-d who recreates us every moment. Mizmor L'Todah.

הרב יגאל כהן | גם בחושך - לא מפסיקים לאהוב את אבא

Hundreds Volunteer to Recite Kaddish for Victims of Simchas Torah Massacre; 543 Still Needed

14 Dec 2023

The Donuts

This morning I was listening to Kol BeRama, an Israeli radio station that broadcasts in Hebrew. There was a woman who was interviewed who spoke about an incident that happened to her son recently. He is 13 years old, and went with some friends to a mall and ate at a Kosher McDonald's store. When they exited the food establishment, they came across a Roladin bakery and were ogling the beautiful selection of donuts on display. They were just looking, knowing full well they could not indulge at the moment, for they had eaten a meal with meat and had to wait six hours until they would be able to eat dairy food.

A secular woman saw them eyeing the donuts and told them to choose whichever ones they wanted and she would pay for them. The boys declined, but she was insistent. The Roladin donuts were not cheap, but she wanted to spoil these Orthodox Jewish boys. At the end, they acquiesced, but took the donuts home so they could eat them after the requisite six hours they needed to wait between eating meat and dairy products.

When the young boy got home, he related the story to his mother and told her.

"Since the war, I have felt that the Israeli nation is bridging the differences between them and I see people from whatever background smiling at each other. You know what I wish for? I wish that this feeling of unity and feelings of trying to make others, regardless of their diverse opinions and lifestyles, smile, would last after the war when we return back to our regular routines."

All I can say is 'Amen."

Turkish lawmaker who had heart attack after saying Israel ‘will suffer the wrath of Allah’ dies

Remarkable Faith

SON OF HAMAS - “Israel is Fighting This War For The World.”

Stolen Palestinian Land? An Arab Israeli Responds

11 Dec 2023

Holocaust Remarks

Berlin finds Abbas’s 2022 Holocaust remarks incited hatred, but can’t pursue charges

Leftist Israeli Discovered Her Gazan “Friend” Collaborated With Hamas

Born in Bethlehem

Why the Woke Are More Outraged By Pronouns Than By Hamas

We are told that when Pharaoh asked for Yosef to be taken out of prison to interpret his dreams, they ‘quickly’ brought Yosef out (41:14). Why do we need to know that Yosef was granted his freedom so speedily? The Chofetz Chaim answers with two points. Firstly, it’s important to note that the removal of Yosef from prison was actually the start of the redemption of the Jewish People from Egypt. For Yosef coming out of jail led to his interpreting of Pharaoh’s dream, which in turn guaranteed Yosef’s rise to power – and thus the ultimate safety and separation of the Jewish People in Egypt was sorted even before the brothers came down to Egypt. This is why Rashi (Psachim 108a ‘arba’) writes that the four cups of wine on seder night represent the four cups in the butler’s dream. Why the butler’s dream; what does that have to do with the Exodus? For, as we have said, Yosef’s being freed from prison was the first step in our redemption – which was facilitated by the butler’s dream. For Pharaoh only knew about Yosef’s dream-interpreting skills from this butler who had seen Yosef successfully interpret his dream two years earlier. Based on this, the Chofetz Chaim writes that the reason we are told that Pharaoh’s officers hurried Yosef out of prison, is to teach us that when the time for the redemption comes, HaShem will not delay it by even a second – just as the time of Yosef’s redemption was calculated and precisely on time, so too will our ultimate geulah not be delayed by an instant; bimheirah beyomeinu – literally…


7 Dec 2023

Quacks Like a Duck

San Francisco coffee shop apologizes after video of anti-Israel staffers blocking Jewish woman from restroom

I’ve never witnessed anything like this: Rep. Stefanik

Former Miss Israel: What happened to humanity?

Those of you who do not wish to hear gruesome details of October 7th should skip to the video at the 6 minute mark when the journalist interviewing the former Miss Israel extends his hand to shake her hand, but is met with a comment that she does not shake hands. What a brave woman.

3 Dec 2023


The Messiah will be Groomed in Arabia - Rabbi Daniel Glatstein

A friend sent me a link to part of an interview in which Moshe Feiglin relates an anecdote about an Arab boy who was brought from Gaza, along with his mother, to an Israeli hospital, so that he could get an operation using an Israeli donor. They took care of her, and her son and the operation was successful. Afterwards, the mother said, "Shukran, Hopefully he will grow up and merit being a Shahid."

אין שגרה אנחנו בחבלי משיח הרב אלדד שמואלי שליט'א

24 Nov 2023

The Interview

I don't know what compelled me to listen to the interview between Piers Morgan amd Norman Finkelstein last night, but I was incensed when Finkelstein compared Gaza to a concentration camp numerous times. I wanted to ask him to show how many Gazans are branded with number tattoos, how many were subject to grotesque medical experiments by Dr. Mengele, or how many concentration camps feature hotels on Trip Advisor complete with a swimming pool and a view of the beach. This morning, I saw on Israellycool that Douglas Murray had already responded to the interview.

The JC has reported BBC journalists barred from attending march against antisemitism

23 Nov 2023

Awaiting Mashiach

Antisemitic Hate Speech Calling For Jewish Deaths In Several UK Mosques Amid Israel-Hamas

In the video above, Imam Ajmal Masroor is invited to give his thoughts about hate speech. Here is a video by a person named Ajmal Masroor who voices his thoughts about Gaza.

נס אלוקי אחד החזקים

7 Nov 2023

The Real Reason

Any regrets?

Knife-wielding NYC woman arrested for threatening Jewish volunteer who confronted her for tearing down Israel hostage posters

Got a whatsapp message in the past hour - I changed a few of the words.

Hey everyone just heard amazing miracles that happened to a cousin of a dear friend whose son was in the IDF. They were surrounded by hamas they thought they were goners and when they fired their weapons it didn’t work and they were able to take them out. Then a bird flew into a trip wire and blew up saving that unit twice. So we see tfilos, mitzvos, chesed works. Thank u HaShem

ביאת משיח הגיעה מלחמת העולם ה 3 התחילה העולם בזעזוע עמוק - מסר חשוב ביותר מהרב פינטו שליט"א

Professor shocked by confrontation with antisemitic student

Woman's daughter was killed by Hamas. Her family's ordeal was livestreamed on Facebook

ISRAEL AT WAR: CHIZUK At Yesod HaTorah Yeshiva

19 Oct 2023

October 7

While I was traveling on a plane yesterday, I was seated next to a woman and we ended up engaging in a theological discussion. Afterwards she started to watch a movie called "The Covenant," which took place in Afghanistan. She turned to me excitedly and pointed to ther screen. "Do you notice anything strange about the numbers?" She pointed out to me that October 7th was the day Us troop entered Afghanistan. It was also the date Hamas breached Israeli borders. Additionally, 1300 soldiers had been sent to Afghanistan, and initially, the reports constantly made references to 1300 killed in Israel.

Not being a glory supporter

16 Oct 2023

Lechem (Bread) and Milchama (War)

Petition mounts to oust Ivy League Columbia prof who praised Hamas attack as ‘awesome’

The Real Nasser Mashni Stands Up After Sanitized Version Served Up For Australian Television

Many women have been baking challah and performing hafrashat challah in the merit of the hostages and for those soldiers involved in the war. As I was watching the video below of the inimitable Sonya, who was demonstrating how to make challah, I was reminded that lechem and milchama come from the same three letter root.

What Is the Connection Between the Words Lechem (Bread) and Milchama (War)?

15 Oct 2023

Time to Grow

Time to grow… UP!

It is with a heavy heart that the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, along with our esteemed partners, calls for a widespread boycott of Starbucks. Opinion.

Lessons from the Rebbe

Echoes from the Battlefield: Lessons from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

How could the world allow political elections establishing a party which has such a charter? Look at the end of Article 7.

I began a new blog a few days ago with posts stressing positive behavior that will make Hashem proud. Today, I posted about a man at the rave who undertook to keep Shabbat. After seeing countless protestors around the world vehemently denying what had happened, I believe the hasbarah we should be working on is to Hashem. Please learn extra Torah, take on good deeds, and pray.

12 Oct 2023

In Their Merit

HEATED DEBATE: Cornel West, Alan Dershowitz spar over Israel-Hamas war

First, we were hit with the Corona virus. Now, the war. Is there a message we are supposed to absorb? I was heartened by the display of unity as we banded together to provide for those who are affected by what transpired on Simchat Torah. Yes, we finally got the message of unity. Please let us continue to unite, and only speak good about each other. I was frightened when I heard a rabbi speaking this week about the damaage we cause when we speak badly about a fellow brother, as the Satan can then use our words to demand to exact punishment on us. To this end, I have started a blog called 'In Their Merit," which aims to focus on positive stories. Click here to read the first post. I welcome contributions from one and all.

The Educational System Versus Morality

Alan Dershowitz Excoriates Anti-Israel Bias In Academia: 'No Moral Compass!'

An individual posted on Facebook "Tehillim on audio? Planning on going on long drive today iy”H. I would love to be able to recite Tehillim while driving (under safe conditions, obvs)

Someone posted a reply that one can find such an option "On Spotify, Meaningful Minute has a podcast that just recites each tehilim! You can slow it down so that you're able to say it out loud with him. It's amazing!"

Click here to try it out.

Actress Joan Collins’ Minces No Words Over “Barbaric” Hamas Massacre

BLM is filled with jobless, godless, hateful Marxists: Former BLM activist

What ON EARTH is going on at Harvard??

11 Oct 2023

Perek 91

After the deluge of shiurim, posts, interviews and news articles over the past number of days, I have tried to: 1- Increase Torah study - one segulah I heard about was to learn two halachot about shemirat Shabbat. I started yesterday by clicking here.
2- Say Tehillim, - one segulah I heard about this week is to recite Perek 91 in its entirety, but to start with the last pasuk in Perek 90.
3- Not speak badly about any single fellow Jew - If one speaks badly, then the Satan has ammunition in his court case against the Nation of Israel.

Commitment to Shabbat

How a Commitment to Shabbat during the Rave Party Saved One Jew from Terror & Slaughter during the Horrific Invasion from Gaza

Operation Iron Swords: The Massacre that Triggered the War H/T Shirat Devorah

ערב שמחת תורה: כשהגר"מ זילבר פרץ בבכי והזהיר מהסכנה

Why did Hamas start a war they knew they would lose?

10 Oct 2023

A Pogrom

Trending on TikTok: Israeli girls are cutting up their immodest clothing in the merit of a safe return of the soldiers


Rome buses recount story of a Jewish boy who avoided Nazi deportation by riding tram. He’s now 92

If You Think What Just Happened in Israel is Terrible..

הרב יגאל כהן - שעת מלחמה - השיעור שייתן לכם את הכוח לעבור את הימים הקשים של המלחמה

הרב זמיר כהן - מה בידינו לעשות למען עם ישראל והשבויים לביטול הגזרות ולהחיש ישועה

Terrorists Can’t Infiltrate Shomer Shabbos Community Near Gaza

The Qualities of Leadership

25 Tishrei: The Ethical Will and Last Teaching of the Chasam Sofer on His Yahrtzeit - Rabbi Daniel Glatstein explains the qualities of leadership exhibited by the Chasam Sofer. Interesting to listen to, especially since today is the yahrzheit of the Gadol.

Below are excerpts from a post written by someone who reported for duty in the IDF a few days ago.

Keep Positive

You cannot change the facts on the ground, but you can choose how you (and they) experience them. In the timeless words of the third Rebbe of Chabad: “Think good, and it will be good!”

Add Spiritual Light to the World

Jewish men and boys: Wrap tefillin and pray for us. If you do not have a pair, your local Chabad rabbi will be more than happy to help you out.

Jewish women and girls, your Shabbat candles bring light and tranquility to the world. This Friday night (and every Friday) before sunset, light candles and restore some of the bright and shining souls that have been snuffed out.

Pray for Us!

The NYPost derides the spineless celebs regarding the massacre of Israel's citizens.

But the senseless slaughter of at least 900 Jews in Israel and kidnapping of countless more — gleefully broadcast by bloodthirsty Hamas terrorists — has sadly triggered a relatively anemic response from the boldface social justice class.

The article highlights Kyle Jenner, who deleted a pro-Israel post.

After all, just over a week ago, Jenner launched her new Power Plush Longwear Concealer along with her angled vegan brush, which is “cruelty free” as she noted in an Instagram post.

Hamas official: 'We have not killed any civilians'

9 Oct 2023

Asking for Prayers

The Main Thing Is Not to Be Afraid At All

Below is a Facebook post that I saw today written by a soldier in Gaza.

Today our hearts beat with fear. Who among us is going to die? And who will return safe and sound? We are your messengers in battle. We fight so that you can live in peace with your children. So you can stay alive. We are your protection. Will you be one of us? We go on this dangerous mission knowing that some of us will not return, but will ascend to our next position in a storm to heaven, as Eliyahu the prophet did. We go there with devotion and dedication. We ask you to be our protection through your prayers. Protect us by going beyond yourselves through spirituality and good deeds. Pray for us. Pray that you will not see another mother bury her son. Pray that you will not see our women as widows raising our children in tears. Pray that our children will grow up knowing who their fathers are. Pray that we eliminate the terrorists who aim to destroy us, and that we do not harm innocent women and children. Please, we implore you, as you read this, don't just move on to the next thing you do. Say a chapter of psalms. Awaken King David to ask the Almighty for full redemption and peace for the whole world. Take upon yourself another good deed. And please pass this on. I am sure your prayer will make a difference. Remember, we are in this together. We are on the front lines with weapons and you fight with us in your prayers. Every word of your prayer gives us strength, protection and success.

האדמו״ר הרב יאשיהו פינטו שליט״א

Just saw a short video of men who were saved from the music rave attending shul and bentching gomel.

הסגולה להינצל מכל פגע רע

כשעיניו דומעות, הגר"י זילברשטיין סיפר: "בגלל הדף הזה לא יכולתי לישון כל הלילה

Hilchot Shabbat

Mark Levin: We have an appeaser in the Oval Office

אל תפספסו את דברי החיזוק של הגאון רבי אלימלך בידרמן על המלחמה | צפו - This evening begins the Chatam Sofer's yahrzheit - in the middle of the video, the rabbi relates an anecdote about the Chatam Sofer's son, The Ksav Sofer.

Names for Tefillah

Submit names for Tefillah

The horror of Hamas and why we Israelis will finally defeat it

Massacre in Nir Oz: Entire family, mother, father, children, butchered by terrorists