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



21 Feb 2018

The oldest siddur

Oldest Ashkenazi Siddur Sold

Parts of the Mishkan

When Anti-Zionism Reigned at the IRS
h/t EOZ

Caroline Glick: Antisemitism in Poland a Symptom of a Larger European Problem

Canadian JCC gets anti-Semitic mail calling to expel Jews

18 Feb 2018

The comforting Rabbi

Rabbi Comforts Shooting Victims

Darkness and Light in Florida

מסר מפי הרב ניר בן ארצי שליט"א לפרשת תצווה-זכור תשע"ח



The Rabbi's Blessing

South Africa’s New President Receives a Rabbi’s Blessing

איך נזכה לאריכות ימים ושנים? • צפו

The Meticulousness of the Mishkan in our Lives

The Ohr HaChaim brings from the Zohar that each of the four Galuyos that Am Yisroel have been cast into is redeemed in the merit of someone else. In the first Galus we were redeemed in the Zechus of Avrohom, the second in the zechus of Yitzchok, and the third in the zechus of Yaakov. The final redemption will be in the zechus of Moshe. However Moshe Rabbeinu refuses to redeem us unless we learn Torah and do mitzvos. This is why the galus is lasting so long.

The Ohr HaChaim reads this into the words in Parshas Titzaveh (27:20). "VAta Titzaveh Es Bnei Yisroel ViYikchu Eilecha Shemen Zayis Zach". "Tzav" is an expression of to reign as king. Hashem tells Moshe, "VAta Titzaveh", that after the last galus, Moshe will reign over us once again. However there is a condition attached to this. "ViYikchu Eilecha Shemen Zayis Zach" only if Bnei Yisroel learns the pure words of the Torah which is compared to olive oil. "Zach" he says means pure. The Torah must be lishma, for the sake of Hashem and not to argue or to glorify yourself.
http://revach.net/avodah/olam-hatorah/Moshe-Rabbeinu-Is-Waiting-For-Us-To-Start-Learning-Torah/3941


16 Feb 2018

The tribute

The conference I attended recently was advertised to be in Tel Aviv - Yafo. When I got off the bus, I was a bit apprehensive because the sign above me read Givatayim. I thought perhaps I had the wrong instructions. However, I ended up at the venue within minutes.
Afterwards, I set out to retrace my steps back to the bus stop and was amazed to see a chasid bringing items back and forth to a lit area. Curious, I looked to see where he was going and realized it was a cemetery. I asked him if there was someone's kever in the cemetery where people daven. Immediately he told me that people go to the Stefenezh Rebbe. "People who daven there, their prayers are answered."
I made my way to the kever and read some pirkei Tehillim and prayed. On my way out, I, once again, encountered the chasid who was busy preparing tables laden with food. He told me that people from all over and from all sectors of society congregate at the cemetery at 9 o'clock on Thursday evening for communal prayer. Additionally, they can partake of the food which is spread out on two tables.
Only in Israel does one set out for a conference and ends up praying at a Rav's kever. May all our prayers be answered for the good.

Parshas Terumah - The Message Of The Keruvim

Rav Yaakov Kaminetsky on Megillat Esther- Purim

Son's Tribute Song to His Mother

הסגולה היומית: איך נבטל מעצמנו את היצר הרע? • צפו

15 Feb 2018

The Grocery Boy

Sparks of Holiness

What The Grocery Boy Saw

Son of Holocaust survivor named president of Harvard

Forever Young

Surveillance video posted on TLS helps retrieve stolen Talis and Tefillin

British Jews ‘Appalled’ by King’s College London Protest Against Former Israeli Minister

Jamie Guttenberg A”H has been identified as a victim in today’s massacare at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
Read more: https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/1469603/bde-first-jewish-victim-identified-in-florida-school-massacre.html
Below is an image that the young girl had posted on her Facebook page a while back.

Below is a Facebook post that I came across today.

In today’s Chumash, the posuk describes the poles for the walls of the Mishkan as “Atzei Shitim Omdim,” pieces of wood that were standing upright. 
The Gemara explains that there is a deeper meaning to this posuk as well: The posuk is saying that these poles are “Omdim,” they are standing forever. The Mishkan is not only something that stood in the times of the Midbar, but the walls of the Mishkan will still stand when Moshiach comes! The Medrash also says that the whole Mishkan is hiding, but we will find it when Moshiach comes, and Hashem will again rest there. See Gemara Sukkah 45b