בס׳ד

"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



4 Dec 2016

Looted art

Israeli Police Arrest Jewish Boy for Saying Sh’ma Israel

How the mother who lost 7 children in fire wants to remember them

Jewish family battles Spain museum over art looted by Nazis

V'Sain Tal Umatar Began at Maariv Tonight in Chutz La’aretz

Vesein Tal Umatar

UN Development Program says all of Israel is occupied territory

A People Like No Other

Amid rising anti-Semitism across Europe, two of Western Europe’s liberal democracies are taking starkly different approaches to combating the new security challenges presented to their respective Jewish communities.
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/221199

At Maariv, Sunday, December 4th, in chutz la’aretz, we begin to say Vesein Tal Umatar during Shemonah Esrei in the bracha of Boreich Aleinu. Residents of Eretz Yisroel already began saying Vesein Tal Umatar on the 7th of Cheshvan.
Read more: http://www.localjewishnews.com/2016/12/03/begin-vesein-tal-umatar-sunday-in-maariv/#more-65644

What is the halacha for someone who was in Israel and began saying Vesein Tal Umatar and then went back to chutz la’aretz before December 4th?

3 Dec 2016

Luz

When Yaakov woke from his dream, he realized he was in a Makom Kadosh, Yerushalayim. He appropriately named the place Bais Kel, the house of Hashem. The pasuk (Vayeitzei 28:19) tells us that the original name was Luz. Rabbeinu Bachaye asks why is this relevant to us?

He answers that the pasuk is hinting to the fact that Yerushalayim was the beginning of creation, and the rest of the world continued from there. Luz, he explains based on the Medrash (Vayikra Rabba 18:1), is the bone in our spine that we will be recreated from during Techiyas HaMeisim. Just like the original wondrous creation started from Luz, so too will the miracle of Techiyas HaMeisim will start from Yerushalayim, for Yerushalayim is the center on Hashem's universe, and the closest connection to Heaven.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Vayeitzei-Rabbeinu-Bachaye-It-All-Starts-From-Luz/5304

Rebbetzin Gita Cohen, ע״ה

Rabbi Norman Lamm and Henry Ford: A Tribute to One of Rabbi Lamm’s Hidden Accomplishments as He Enters his Ninth Decade

The Ellison Tipping Point

Tucker Carlson interviews NY Times Public Editor Liz Spayd over anti-Trump bias

29 Nov 2016

The walled city

An article at CNN about a mosaic uncovered in Jericho, caught my eye this morning.

According to the biblical story, the Israelites marched around the walled city seven times, causing the walls to collapse, though this story has little -- if any -- archaeological evidence to support it.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/29/middleeast/jericho-mosaic-inside-the-middle-east/

I wonder if CNN qualifies statements regarding other religions that there is little evidence to support their stories.

Speaking of religion, BuzzJour reports that White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest "cautioned Americans not to 'cast aspersions' on people of any one religion in response to the attack" at OSU. http://buzzjour.com/2016/11/29/white-house-osu-attacker-may-have-been-motivated-by-a-desire-to-carry-out-an-act-of-terrorism/

Seven times

A letter from father

The social media website Twitter is facing criticism for its recent decision to grant verification to the Muslim Brotherhood’s official mouthpiece, which routinely writes in favor of violent terror acts and disseminates anti-Semitic propaganda.
Read more: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/twitter-muslim-brotherhood-verification/

Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight

Yoram Raanan’s Art Studio Destroyed in the Fire