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 Jan 2017

Names

Weekly Letter: The Importance of a Jewish Name

Lee Greenwood God Bless the USA at Donald J Trump's inaugural concert

Jewish Girl Reportedly Killed In Melbourne Attack

Parshas Shemos - The Nobel Prize

Parshas Shemos - It’s Time to Come Home



18 Jan 2017

The connection

Lakewood Yungerman launches ‘The Chavrusa Connection’

Kudos to UN Ambassador Nominee Nikki Haley for telling it like it is - Opening Statement (C-SPAN)

Connecting In a Disconnected World

"I think we're going to see people of merit rise up from every race, faith, corner of this country because that's America's strength," Obama said when asked about being the first black president. "If we keep opportunities open we're going to have a woman president, a Latino president, a Jewish president, a Hindu president." - President Obama opining at his final press conference.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/314894-obama-were-going-to-have-presidents-of-every-race-creed


As the President's term comes to a close Professor Rashid Khalidi is in the news.

Columbia Professor Accuses Right-Wing Jews of ‘Infesting’ American Politics

Rashid Khalidi was in the news during President Obama's 2008 campaign.

It was a celebration of Palestinian culture -- a night of music, dancing and a dash of politics. Local Arab Americans were bidding farewell to Rashid Khalidi, an internationally known scholar, critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights, who was leaving town for a job in New York.

A special tribute came from Khalidi's friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama.
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/apr/10/nation/na-obamamideast10

On the same side

J-Street and the BDSers: On the same side on Capitol Hill

The Eternal Passport: Daf Yomi Bava Basra

VIDEO &  PHOTOS: Agudah Yarchei Kallah and Kever Rochel

How many times have we heard this? Moshe knew even before Hashem sent him back to Mitzrayim to take out Bnei Yisrael, that he would not be zocheh to go into Eretz Yisrael. Moshe tells Hashem (Shemos 4:13), "Shlach Na B'Yad Tishlach." Rashi explains that Moshe said, "Don't send me since I will not lead them to Eretz Yisrael." Yet at the end of the parsha (6:1 Rashi "Ata Sir'eh") Hashem tells Moshe, "Because you complained about the way I treat Bnei Yisrael, you will only see them redeemed from Paroh and not the conquest of Eretz Yisrael." Then again in Parshas Chukas (20:12) Hashem tells Moshe that his punishment for hitting the rock is that he would not be allowed into Eretz Yisrael. How many times is Moshe going to be punished with the same punishement?

The Maskil L'Dovid answers that this is similar to our yearly G'zar Din. On Rosh HaShana Hashem decides our fate. We then have until Yom Kippur to change it before it is sealed. After it is sealed, it is not over yet. Only on Hoshana Rabba is it double sealed and placed in the envelope. Even then, the envelope is not given to the malachim whose task it is to carry out the Din, until Shmini Atzeres.

Moshe knew that his fate was not to go into Eretz Yisrael. When he complained, his fate was sealed. After he hit the rock, it was double sealed. However, the envelope was still not given to the malachim. This is why, in Parshas V'aEschanan, we find Moshe pleading to Hashem not to finalize his fate.

No matter your plight, there is always place for hope, tshuva, and tefila.
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/life-lessons/Parshas-Shemos-And-For-This-Moshe-Didnt-Go-To-Eretz-Yisroel/3283

17 Jan 2017

Separate seating

Air India is set to launch women-only seating to protect female fliers from sexual harassment after a number of women were allegedly groped by male passengers.
Read more: http://heatst.com/culture-wars/airline-debuts-female-only-seat-section-to-combat-sexual-assaults-on-board/?mod=fark_im

What next? Mechitzas down the aisle?

WHAT IF IT WAS ISRAEL? Nigerian Military ‘Mistake’ Kills At Least 50 In Strike On Refugee Camp

Rav Kanievsky calls to aid Torah scholar

VIDEO: Guard Your Tongue: Worse Than Murder – by Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

The name of each shevet

This is rich! Get a load of why Rep. Keith Ellison’s skipping Trump’s inauguration

FIGURES. John Lewis Lied About This Being the First Inauguration He Will Miss (VIDEO)

Trump’s Jews and Obama’s Jews

The Ramban says that Sefer Shemos is called Sefer HaGalus and also Sefer HaGeula since it is the story of both the Bnei Yisroel's descent into Gauls Mitzrayim and their ultimate redemption. Not only is it the story of Galus and Geulas Mitzrayim but also encompasses the future Galus and Geulah.

Rav Elyashiv in Divrei Aggadah explains that Shemos is not simply the first significant word of this Sefer it is the actual reason for the Geula. The Medrash Yalkut Shimoni says that the name of each Shevet represents the future Galus. Two examples are Levi "V'Nilvu Goyim Rabim El Hashem" and Yosef "V'Haya BaYom HaHu Yosif Hashem Sheinis".

This says Rav Elyashiv explains the significance of the fact that they did not change their names in Mitzrayim. They kept these names and guarded them carefully because they did not give up on the Geula. Their names gave them hope and showed their faith. Because of this faith which was expressed by the keeping of their original names they were eventually redeemed. That is why the Sefer of Galus and Geula is called Sefer "Shemos". Similarly the future Geula will come if we have faith and live our life waiting for that day.
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_pshemos.html

16 Jan 2017

The note

A Jewish woman in Great Britain opened a parcel with a toy intended for her niece only to find an anti-Semitic note written by an Amazon employee, who was only fired after the woman’s friend shamed Amazon on social media.
Read more: http://www.dailywire.com/news/12464/amazon-worker-fired-after-sending-pro-hitler-note-hank-berrien

Obama Tells '60 Minutes' He Made Decision to Abstain on UN Israel Vote

The Crown of a Good Name

VIDEO: The Vehicles Tell a Powerful Story of Unity

V'eila Shemos

"And these are the names of the Children of Israel" (Shmos 1:1). In conjunction with the public reading of the parsha, our Chachomim require that every individual learn it on his own and be familiar with its basic pshat. To achieve this level of mastery, they instituted a three‑tiered review of the parsha: The text itself must be read twice, followed by Onkelos. Shnayim Mikrah Ve'echod Targum, "twice the text and once the translation of Onkelos", is the name of this mitzvah. A G‑d fearing man should study Rashi's commentary in addition to Targum.

The Levush writes that it is hinted at (remez) in the first pasuk of this week's Parsha. The Hebrew letters of the pasuk "V'eila Shemos Bnei Yisroel" are an acronym for: V'chayav Adam Likros Haparsha Shnayim Mikra Ve'echod Targum Vze Chayavim Kol Bnei Yisroel".  
http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/quick-vort/Parshas-Shemos-Shnayim-Mikra-is-Hidden-in-the-Words/1555

Applied Chassidus with Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Five Anti-Israel Offenses In Paris ‘Peace’ Summit Final Declaration