"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

24 Aug 2016

13 cents

This Man Plays Next to New York’s Homeless So They Earn More Money

A video on YouTube has Alex Jones opening pickle jars to determine whether the opening of a pickle jar by Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the Jimmy Kimmel show was a staged stunt . One of the comments below the video referenced it as Picklegate 2016. One comment left me wondering how the video about the pickle stunt could possibly be linked to Israel.
"Are we really talking about this! She's not well. She should not be president, let's move on and fix this Zionist problem. Israel needs multiculturalism too."

Yesterday's State Department briefing included a question about the U.S. $1.3 billion payment to Iran.

QUESTION: -- with the story that doesn’t seem to want to go away, and that is the payment of The Hague judgment, the settlement claim. So yesterday, it emerged in various news reports that the judgment fund, which Treasury runs, had put – posted, kind of hiding in plain sight, 13 payments of $99,999,999.99 – which, if you add them all up, comes to just under the 1.3 billion that you guys had needed still to pay the Iranians.

Since the Department of State is listed as the defendant name in the case, I don’t think that there’s much use in you trying to say that this was not the money for Iran, considering the history of these payments on their website, which doesn’t show anything close to that for the rest of this year.

So first all – I’ve got a couple things on this. The first thing is, one, if you add it all up, you’re 13 cents short. (Laughter.) Have the Iranians asked for their 13 cents, or are you guys holding onto it for leverage in the next – for the next release of prisoners?

With reports of a man being apparently beaten to death in a Palestinian jail in the West Bank city of Nablus, one would think the incident would be brought up at the State Department Briefing. And yes, indeed,  the treatment of prisoners in one Middle East country was brought up during the briefing.

QUESTION: And lastly, on the administrative detention, apparently Israel is re-arresting Palestinians who have been released and they just – under administrative detention. I wonder if you have any comment on that, considering that the UN is calling on Israel to end the practice of administrative detention.

Another question in the briefing related to Hebron.

QUESTION: Mark, I wonder if you have any comment. The Israelis – according to the Israeli press, Israel is planning, for the first time in ten years, to expand the Jewish settlement in Hebron. First of all, are you aware of this report? And second, do you have a comment on this?

MR TONER: Well, we have seen those reports, Said, that the Israelis are considering – plan to build homes for Israeli settlers in a military compound in Hebron. Certainly if these reports are true, it would appear to be an effort to expand civilian Israeli settlement in the city of Hebron, and that would represent a deeply concerning step of settlement expansions – settlement expansion, rather, on land that is at least partially owned by the Palestinians. As you know, we strongly oppose all settlement activity, which is corrosive to the cause of peace.


Shoftim 1:20 And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses had spoken;... Should the above verse be amended to And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses had spoken until Hebron became partially owned by the Palestininas as the State Department Spokesperson had spoken?

23 Aug 2016


Watch: A Tribute To Rebbitzen Esther Jungreis a”h Last week I linked to an article written by the Rebbetzin which was published on August 19th in the Jewish Press. The article was titled "I'm Afraid" and below were her closing words.
When will we wake up? When will we don our priestly garments and fulfill our G-d-given destiny and be “a light unto all mankind”?

As news reached me this morning about the demise of actor Steven Hill, I found some tidbits of information at Wikipedia.

According to Desilu executive Herb Solow, once William Shatner burst into his office, claiming "Steve asked me how many Jews worked on Star Trek. He was recruiting a prayer group of 10 guys to worship together on top of the studio's highest building and only had six Jews so far from Mission. He asked if I would come and bring Nimoy and Justman and you."

Appearing in the play A Far Country in 1961 had a profound effect on Hill's later life. In one scene, a patient screams at Freud, "You are a Jew!" This caused Hill to think about his religion.[11] "In the pause that followed I would think, 'What about this?' I slowly became aware that there was something more profound going on in the world than just plays and movies and TV shows. I was provoked to explore my religion."[11] He was inspired by Rabbi Yakov Yosef Twersky (1899–1968), the late Skverrer Rebbe,[25] to adhere to strict Orthodox Judaism, observing a kosher diet, praying three times a day, wearing a four-cornered fringed garment beneath his clothes, and strictly observing Shabbat.

Below are two clips featuring Steven (Shlomo) Hill. The first clip is narrated by the actor.

The mezuzah post

This morning I saw an ad about a new book titled To Be a Mentch by Yitzchak Shkop. Click here and scroll down to view sample pages. - Excellent food for thought.

To the reader of yesterday's post who left a comment "You have to have a mezuzah in your car?" I would direct you to a post titled A Car Mezuzah and Good Luck. There's a joke at the end of the post regarding different denominational congregational leaders and their approaches to a mezuzah in a car.

The journalists at yesterday's State department briefing questioned spokeperson Marc Toner about Huma Abedin, the payment to Iran at the time when when American hostages were released, as well as the edting of a State department video. At one point the following exchange ensued.
MR TONER: Not necessarily. I mean, we put – well, don’t look aghast. No, there are different --

QUESTION: I was looking askance, not aghast. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2016/08/261198.htm

How many of you needed to google the two "A" words to understand the difference between them?

Hillary’s Excuse For Huma Abedin’s Involvement With Radical Islam Is BEYOND Pathetic

Where is Huma Abedin’s Security Clearance Form?

More than 5 minutes

"LiDaber Bam BiShivticha BiVaysacha UvLechticha VaDerech..."

"You must learn Torah at all times - when you are sitting in your home or traveling on the road etc.

"A person once came to Rabbi Yisroel Salanter and asked him, "Rebbi, I only have 5 minutes a day to study Torah, what topic should I study during that time?" R' Yisroel answered, "Study Mussar during those 5 minutes, you will then see that you really have a lot more time than 5 minutes a day to learn Torah.

Spokesman: Huma Abedin Was ‘Fully Vetted’ Before Being Cleared to Work at State Dept

UJA-Federation is funding BDS

19 Aug 2016

The white flash

State Dept Interrogated for Half-Hour After Claiming ‘No Evidence’ Iran Briefing Video Was Deleted to Deceive Public

State Department Spokesperson John Kirby addressed reporters regarding missing footage from a briefing in which a spokesperson was questioned about discussions between Iran and the United States regarding a nuclear deal.

Here’s the bottom line: We are confident the video of that press briefing was deliberately edited. The white flash that many of you have noticed yourselves in that portion of the video is evidence enough of human involvement. Indeed, a technician came forward, recalled making the edit and inserting that flash. What we were not able to determine was why the edit was made in the first place. There’s no evidence to suggest it was made with the intent to conceal information from the public, and while the technician recalls receiving a phone call requesting the edit, there is no evidence to indicate who might have placed that call or why.

Incidentally, Mr. Kirby was schooled in the definition of one word in the course of the question and answer session.

QUESTION: Can we stipulate in advance of my questions that in pursuing them, I can be absolved of any charges of solipsism or self-centeredness?

MR KIRBY: You’ll have to define solipsism for me. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: Believing that one’s self is the center of the universe.

The use of the white flash got me to thinking about whether I can use it to edit out certain parts of my life when it comes to the movie that I will be shown come judgment day, after meah ve'esrim. Will I have the benefit of being able to excise portions of the video that would cause me great embarrassment? I would guess so, if I truly repented for those deeds.

עדות מהמטוס: אמרו תהילים ושרו לקב"ה ולרבי נחמן

Finally, as we celebrate Tu B'Av and thousands of people are praying to find their destined ones, I pray that Hashem will answer their prayers for the good and they will find their zivugm hagunim benakel. Why not join in the global prayer even if you don't need a shidduch but know of someone who does?
“Tu B’Av Together” will take place on Friday August 19th at 10:00AM EST (5pm in Eretz Yisrael). Tehillim to be recited: ל"ב, ל"ח, ע', פ"ב, קכ"א, קכ"ד.

18 Aug 2016

Catching on

Is The US State Department Finally Catching On?

We read the Posuk every day in the Shema, "You shall love Hashem, Your G-d, With all your heart" (6:5)

Chazal tell us that "all your heart" means with both your Good and Evil inclinations. Why is it necessary to tell us to serve Hashem with our Good inclination? The good inclination by its very nature moves us to do only good things!
Continue reading: http://shortvort.com/parasha/devarim/vaeschanan/11138-seek-advice-dont-rely-on-your-emotion

WATCH: Coexistence as Jews visit Tomb of King Solomon’s son in Morocco

Rabbi Zvi Teichman relates an incident regarding Rav Moshe Mordechai Chodosh zt”l in an article titled Parshas VaEschanan - The Never Ending Song

At the funeral, his son, his successor, shared the ‘last shiur’ and lesson his father taught the family in his last days. As he lay on his deathbed, Reb Moshe constantly expressed that he was counting the days until the approaching Rosh Chodesh so that he may once again sing Hallel and proclaim the powerful sentiment of מה אשיב לד' כל תגמלוהי עלי, How can I repay G-d for all His kindness to me? One of his children challenged him by pleading that it was more appropriate to now cry out the prayer in Hallel of אנא ד' הושיעה נא, Please, G-d, save now! To which his father emphatically responded, “No! I long for the opportunity to chant ‘How can I repay G-d..!”