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



20 Feb 2017

We didn't jump up and down

“This is the third time I’ve ever purchased a lottery ticket, and when we found out that we had won, we didn’t jump up and down – we took a book of Tehillim (Psalms) and said ‘thank you’ to the Creator. We couldn’t fall asleep. We were very happy and excited from the great gift we had received.”
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/225286

Parshas Mishpatim: Ben Ish Chai - Why The Innocent Children Suffer

The pasuk tells us that when someone causes pain to an orphan or widow, Hashem will take matters into His own hand and will kill the opressor and leave his family without a father and husband. One might think that the reason is because they are downtrodden. While this is certainly a concept mentioned in the Torah and Chazal, that is not what the pasuk says here.

Rav Itzele Volozhin explains that when a person faces a difficulty, he naturally turns to his patron to help him, usually a father or husband. When the person does that Hashem stays out of the scene and leaves it to the person turned to for help to do so. Not so with widows and orphans who don't have a father figure to turn to. They cry out directly to Hashem, "Ki Im Tzaok Etzak Elai." (Mishpatim 22:22) When someone cries to Hashem, how can our compassionate King not answer their prayers?

The lesson is that we should be smart, and as soon as we need something, Hashem should be our first port of call and not a last resort when all else fails.
 http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/life-lessons/Parshas-Mishpatim-Rav-Itzele-Volozhin-We-Can-All-Be-Answered-Like-Orphans-Widows/5202

18 Feb 2017

A mirror image

High Court to Decide Amona's Mirror Image Arab Case

Where is The Mishkan?

Rav Menachem Mendel Mi'Kotzk answered that the Mishkan is wherever you want it to be. All you need to do is to make place for it. You need to create a Makom Kadosh. Once you do that Hashem will rest His Shechina anywhere, even in each individual person. That is what the pasuk says "V'Asu Li Mikdash"; make me a Holy place. "V'Shachanti Bisochum"; I will rest in them. "Them" is plural because Hashem's Shechina is not limited to a single place. It will dwell anywhere it is invited.

I heard in the name of Rav Ezriel Tauber that after the Holocaust, Moshiach was given permission to come down. The "satan" will not stop him anymore. The problem is that he has no place to come to. The satan works hard to make sure there is no "4 Amos" anywhere in the world completely clean of "tumah" to which Moshiach can come down to. Our job today is to create a sterile environment, clean enough to host Moshiach.
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_pmishpatim.html

17 Feb 2017

The 7-year-old job applicant

Netilat Yadayim - Washing for Bread 1 (Introduction)

7-year-old writes to Google for job, CEO Sundar Pichai replies

Friedman Prayed Before Hearing

Honoring Parents and In-Laws

Parshas Yisro: The Princess And The Pauper

In the video below, Rabbi Tokayer speaks about thanking Hashem. Recently I went to a lecture in which the speaker related that she recites Tehillim Perek 100, which begins with words of thanks to Hashem, throughout the day. After I heard the lecture, I had a dental appointment which went better than I expected. I took out a  seferTehillim and recited Perek 100.
There is an organization in Israel which distributes pocket sized cards that contain the words of asher yatzar, perek 100, and also a special prayer of thanks to Hashem, even during what we perceive as bad times. If you call them at 054 849 8704, they will mail you the cards to you for free in Israel.

14 Feb 2017

The added parsha

UCLA newspaper publishes, then apologizes for, antisemitic cartoon

Telling the Rough Truth About the Shidduch Crisis

Opinion: The forgotten conversation over the Smartphone

Dating a Gift, Possibly a Bashert

Below is a vort about the parsha posted on a YeshivaWorld thread.

Brilliant insight from the Gerer rebbe, the Imrei Emes: Rashi: Yisro is Yeser, with the letter vav added. The reason it was added is because Yisro added a Parsha to the Torah, the Parsh of "And you shall see.." (the advice about appointing judges). Asks the Imrei Emes: the begining of the Parsh that Yisro added is "it is not good..you will surely become exhausted..." (Yisro started by pointing out the existing problem). 
 Answers the Imrei Emes: Anyone can point out that there is a problem. The gadlus is to advise a workable solution!
http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/ywn-coffee-room-nightly-dvar-torah/page/35