"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

25 Jul 2017

Rising tensions

Are seeds of a new Intifada being planted amidst rising tensions at the Temple Mount?

אל תפספסו: טיפ וסגולה ליום מוצלח // ב' באב

WATCH: Rabbi Paysach Krohn Speaks At Real Clear Daf Siyum

Sinas Chinam is the most terrrible of all sins

The Kli Yakar says that Moshe's Mussar ot Bnei Yisroel when he says in Parshas Devarim, "Bein Paran U'Bein Tofel" refers to the period between 17 Tammuz and 9 Av. Tofel refers to the Chet HaEgel (tofel is from "Tifla" folly which is refers to avodah zara) which happened on 17 Tammuz and Paran refers to the Miraglim which happened on Tisha B'Av.

When Bnei Yisroel is in trouble we can survive either because the mitzvos we perform will merit Hahsem's help or if we are united and have achdus even if we do not deserve it we will be saved. With the Chet of the Egel which was against Hashem we lost His divine protection. With the Chet of the Meraglim which caused sinas chinam we lost our unity and our second possible saving grace.

The Kli Yakar further explains that the Mazal of Tammuz is Sartan, the crab. The crab walks backwards just like we turned from Hashem with the Egel. The Mazal of Av is Aryeh since on Tisha B'Av we started to devour each other like lions. This date was not coincidentally the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash which was destroyed because of Sinas Chinam.

Moshe tells Bnei Yisroel you have put yourselves in a precarious situation by losing protection from both ends and that is why we are exposed to our enemies during these three weeks as the pasuk says in Eicha "Kol Rodfeha Hisiguha Bein HaMitzarim". These are the days that we are defenseless against our mortal enemies.

Fake and Real

Fake news: Real terror

Calling Out Linda Sarsour on Al Aqsa


Jewish Legal Right to the Land Celebrates 95 Years

23 Jul 2017

Two letters

KikarHashabat published a letter written in Hebrew by Chaya Salomon, one of the victims of the Friday evening stabbing by a Palestinian. It is a letter that Chaya, a teacher, attached to her students' report cards and I have roughly translated her message to her students.

Dear student,
With the distribution of report cards at the end of the semester
I remember a different report card
Almost like in school
It is given by our heavenly Father who dwells everywhere
But instead of subjects and test results
He divides results into the following subjects.
Friendship, patience, understanding, love.
Kindness, responsibility, gratitude and humility
And that report card is important
Even more than any other report card
And not just once a year or twice
But every minute that passes
Because many times in the course of life
We forget and forget again that being a virtuous person
This is the real test in life !!!

Wishing you success,
Your teacher Chaya

The Jerusalem Post published part of a letter the killer wrote on Facebook.

"You, sons of monkeys and pigs, if you do not open the gates of al-Aksa, I am sure that men will follow me and will hit you with an iron fist, I am warning you.”

The New York Times referenced the Palestinian's post, as well.

“I am a young man who has not yet reached the age of 20, I have many dreams and ambitions!!” he wrote. “I loved life — to draw the smile on people’s faces. But what life is this when our women and young men are killed unjustly and our Aqsa is facing desecration.” He said he had a sharp knife, begged forgiveness from his family and signed off with emojis including hearts.

If I ask the New York Times why they didn't publish the sentence containing the words, "You, sons of monkeys and pigs" I am sure they will respond by explaining that space constraints hindered them from publishing his whole post. And yet, there were no space constraints for them to write, "Three Israelis were killed in what appeared to be a terrorist attack."

The proud mother

Why Rebbe Said "Gam Zu Letova"

Sefer Devarim is Moshe's closing message to Bnei Yisrael 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 Yisrael, because we are all oveir on this.

Palestinian teen butchers Israeli family, his mom is proud

As I read one of the sentences posted on Facebook by the Palestinian who stabbed three Israeli family members to death on Friday night, I wondered who taught him to think in such a fashion."

"You, sons of monkeys and pigs, if you do not open the gates of al-Aksa, I am sure that men will follow me and will hit you with an iron fist, I am warning you.”

22 Jul 2017

Blaming Israel

Three Israelis were stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, hours after three Palestinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel's installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's walled Old City.

Op-Ed: A Family Was Butchered During Their Shabbos Dinner – But They Will Blame Israel

The Argument Is About Jews, Not Metal Detectors

Fried Calls to Shut Phones in Shul

19 Jul 2017

The retracted article

In the space of two weeks, HonestReporting critiqued two articles (one and two) written by Tom O’Connor for Newsweek. That O’Connor was responsible for the following tweet referencing Israeli “apartheid” should have raised flags concerning his ability to report in a fair and accurate manner on Israel:
Read more: http://honestreporting.com/hr-success-newsweek-apologizes-retracts-two-biased-articles/

So, Newsweek retracted the articles but what about other sites which re-published the Newsweek articles such as this one?

Parashat Matot-Masay: The Incredible Potential of Every Jew

One of the Chashuvim of Vilna once came crying to Rav Zemeleh Volozhin that he married off his son to the wise and kind daughter of a prominent family of Vilna, but to his surprise after the Chasuna they found out that the girl was 10 years older than the boy!

Rav Zemeleh cut him off mid-sentence and answered him light heartedly. At the end of Parshas Masei (36:10), the Torah mentions the names of the Bnos Tzelafchad in a different order than previous mentioned in Parshas Pinchos (27:1). Rashi comments that previously they were mentioned in order of their wisdom, while here they were mentioned in the order of their age. Why here did the Torah mention them by age?

Rav Zemeleh explained that the gemara Bava Basra (119) says that the youngest any of them married was at the age of 40. Surely the Torah would not want to reveal their ages before they married so it listed them in order of their wisdom. Only here when the Torah says that they married their cousins, does the Torah finally reveal their true ages. Apparently the Torah felt that after their marriage, no one worried if anyone would find out how old they really were.