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"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 May 2017

A special prayer

A Special Prayer for Ereb Rosh Hodesh Sivan

This morning I came across two journalists who were speaking about Jerusalem and I, for one, was not amused.

In an interview with James Zogby on HardBall, Chris Mathews opines about President Trump in the Middle East.

"In the campaign he promised the pro-Israeli hawks, 'I'm going to put the US Embassy in Jerusalem.' Now the people who paid attention to this over 50 years have noticed both parties know if you do that just blows everything up over there because it looks like we're saying Jerusalem, all of it, belongs to Israel, not a piece of it, all of it, right? And you're never even going to get your holy places back. It's a scary predicament."

Mr. Mathews continues, "You know what they’re destroying? I’ve been there. When you go over there to the Palestinian territories, sure, there are terrorists, and they should be punished — by the people over there, that’s where I think they’ve gotta act. But then you have these Palestinian business guys, regular guys like us, just regular people, they’re peaceful, they are being bothered every day of their life to run their business. They have to sit there with some Israeli soldier pointing his gun at them, for three or four hours at every checkpoint. They’re humiliating those people. When’s that cauldron gonna blow?”

Click here to listen to the NBC journalist.

Click here to listen to Jeremy Bowen's take on Jerusalem. In the last minute of the transcript, he does a disservice to the beautiful city by describing it in less than glowing terms, to say the least.

 

21 May 2017

26 Iyar

26 Iyar

Rabbeinu Sa'adia Gaon (942)
Ramchal, R' Moshe Chaim Luzzato ben R' Yaakov Chai (1747), wrote many seforim, including Mesilas Yeshorom, Derech Hashem and Daas Tevunos. Died at age 39, which the Magid of Mezerich said was because the generation was not worthy of such a great tzadik. The Vilna Gaon said he did not find one extra word in the first 8 chapters of Mesilas Yesorim and that if he were still alive he would walk from Vilna to Italy to learn from him.
R' Yitzchok ben R' Chaim of Volozhin
R' Shlomo ben R' Mordechai of Zvhil (1945) See Reb Shlomke's Miraculous Cholent
R' Shmuel Eliyahu of Zvolin, son of R' Yecheskel of Kuzmir and father of the first Modzhiter Rebbe
R' Yitzchok Issac Epstein of Homil (1857), See: Reb Aizel Homiler Does a Jew a Favor
http://zchusavos.blogspot.be/2011/05/iyar-yartzeits.html

One time, when it became known that he was providing wine, meat and challahs to needy families for Shabbos, he attempted to claim that a certain Jew was covering the costs.

R' Shlomke of Zvhil was famed for his remarkable chesed (lovingkindness).
http://www.rebbe.org/rebbes.html


New York Times Excoriated For Counterfactual Reporting (2 Videos)

More negative than positive

News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

Trump has received unsparing coverage for most weeks of his presidency, without a single major topic where Trump’s coverage, on balance, was more positive than negative, setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president.

 ...Although journalists are accused of having a liberal bias, their real bias is a preference for the negative.[22] News reporting turned sour during the Vietnam and Watergate era and has stayed that way.[23] Journalists’ incentives, everything from getting their stories on the air to acquiring a reputation as a hard-hitting reporter, encourage journalists to focus on what’s wrong with politicians rather than what’s right.[24] 
https://shorensteincenter.org/news-coverage-donald-trumps-first-100-days/


They Said Thank You to the Rebbe