"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

21 Jan 2018

Leaks and tweets

Chief Rabbi: An act of desecration which harmed the synagogue

The Obama Administration’s ‘Brazen Plot To Exonerate Hillary Clinton’ Starting To Leak Out, According To Former Fed Prosecutor

Click here to read the deleted tweets against Israel which had been posted by L'Oreal's new cosmetics model.

After Krias Yam Suf the Bnei Yisroel arrived in Mara and had no water to drink because the water there was bitter. Hashem told Moshe to throw in a bitter tree and the water became sweet. After this incident the pasuk recaps and says "Sham Sam Lo Chok UMishpat VSham Nisahu"; in Mara Hashem gave them mitzvos and tested them. Why was it so important to test them?

The Netziv explains that the Torah is teaching us a valuable lesson for all generations about Bitachon and earning a living. Sometimes a person's finances come down to the last penny and it looks like he will have nothing to eat. The future looks bleak and there is no help in sight. Even then a person must be confident in Hashem that he will provide a way to support him. Hashem is "Kol Yachol" and His salvation can be provided from the most unexpected sources. Just like the bitter tree was the least expected solution to cure bitter water so too Hashem can bring your fortune from what appears to be the exact opposite, so don't ever lose hope. Hang tough, it is all just a test!

20 Jan 2018

The Verdict

Rabbi Moshe Hauer: INTECHIGENCE - The Verdict on the Shul Ban

AG Mandelblit accosted by protesters outside synagogue

I agree with those quoted in the article.

Justice Minister Spokesman Moshe Cohen commented on the irregular incident, saying, "The provocation in the synagogue where the attorney general prays in Petah Tikva—which desecrated Shabbat and disturbed worshipers—is deplorable. It's an utter disgrace.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked added, "The line of legitimate protest have been crossed recently. Harassment during Shabbat and at the attorney general's synagogue no less is violent thuggery and denigrating behavior."

Opposition Head MK Yitzhak Herzog said, "I'm appalled by the insensitive protesters' inflexibility in disturbing the attorney general as he came to pray and recite Kaddish over his late mother. It's an inhumane act. Even the freedom to protest, sanctified in Israeli democracy as it is, has lines that must not be crossed."

Anti-Israel activists attempt to hijack Women’s March – again

Jewish Labour leader criticizes party for inaction on anti-Semitism

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18 Jan 2018

In the merit of

Watch: Shadchan Tzadok Katz on Zchusim for finding a Shidduch

Tehilim Needed for Soldier Critically Injured in Operation Killing Murderer of Rabbi Raziel Shevach

Monsey: How to cut down fire risks in the Jewish community

Parshas Bo: Pesach Instruction - A Remez for Our Future Redemption

In Gratitude for his Life

Man who suffered near-fatal cardiac arrest donates defibrillator to Jewish community

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Parashat Bo: The Greatest Miracle of the Exodus

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was interviewd by the BBC regarding UNWRA.

She said, “What is really counterproductive is the role of UNRWA in perpetuating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Think about it, back in the 50s, there were 750,000 Palestinians registered as ‘refugees’. Now, almost 70 years after the war, we’ve been talking about five million peoples who are registered as ‘refugees’. This is a major failure of the organization which was supposed to resettle those people that lost a war that they started – of course, we’re speaking about their grand grand grandparents that started the Independence War which they lost.”

The BBC interviewer broke in at this point, claiming, "Different versions of history.Different versions of history, of course." Ms. Hotovely responded, "No, no, no. There is only one version for history. They started a war after not accepting the idea of the UN Partition lan.You need to remember that."

Watch the full exchange over here.

Belgium allocates $23 million to UNRWA

UNRWA was documented storing Hamas rockets and weapons "designed to kill Israeli citizens" in its schools, a fact which the UNRWA chief admitted himself.

‘Vision, Chutzpah and Some Testosterone’

16 Jan 2018

The Wellspring

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The Torah Wellspring of Harav Pinchas Hirschprung, Zt”l, Chief Rabbi of Montreal

Tehilim Perek 43

"הסבתא בווידוי מצמרר: "השם, תודה שקיבלת קורבן ממני

Leil Shimurim

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The night of Yetzias Mitzrayim is called Leil Shimurim from the pasuk (Bo 12:42), "Leil Shimurin Hu Lashem L'Hotzium MeiEretz Mitzrayim." The Chida says that this pasuk is a remez to a person in this world. Leil is gematria 70, which represents the 70 year life span of a person on this world. Shimurin Hu Lashem, they must be watched for Hashem.

L'Hotzium MeiEretz Mitzrayim, to take your life out of the land of Mitzrayim. Mitzrayim is from Meitzar which means tight and distressed. Living a life chasing the pleasures of Olam HaZeh causes constant pressure. By spending our lives for Hashem, we will not be strangled in this world. We will open up vistas for ourselves in this world and the next.

15 Jan 2018

Peaceful hate crimes

An opinion piece by Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Codepink, had to be amended to remove the term “peaceful” from the reference to the human rights activism of Ahed Tamimi, who is facing Israeli charges of assaulting a soldier.
How was the word "peaceful" in the article in the first place?

'I felt really scared:' Toronto girl says man tried to cut off her hijab as she walked to school
Police are now characterizing the attack as a hate crime

Reported hijab attack on 11-year-old girl 'did not happen,'
Toronto police say Police previously said they were treating case as a possible hate crime
CBC News is not naming the 11-year-old because she is a minor.

In the first article, she is named.

A story and a song

WATCH: Rabbi Yoel Gold Shares An Incredible Story

Holocaust Survivor Inspires Song

After Wrong Turn into Mexico, Israeli DACA Child Spends 5 Nights in Immigration Detention