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



22 Nov 2017

Empty handed

Jews and Thanksgiving

Rashi (Vayeitzei 29:11) brings Chazal who say that Yaakov cried when he saw Rochel because he came empty handed without gifts. The reason was because Elifaz was commanded by his father Eisav to kill Yaakov, but since Elifaz was a talmid of Yitzchok he reached a compromise where he left Yaakov penniless which is considered like dead.

The Shnayim Mikra brings in the name of the Steipler Gaon that we see an important lesson from here. Yitzchok invested a great deal of time teaching Elifaz the son of Eisav. For what? So that he will only be a Ganav and not a murderer. The lesson is do not give up on those who are destined to lead lives contrary to the Torah. Even if your teaching can at best minimize the aveiros that he will commit it is still worth it!
http://www.revach.net/avodah/chanoch-l039naar/Parshas-Vayeitzei-Steipler-Gaon-When-Your-Whole-Dream-Is-Less-Bad/4810

21 Nov 2017

The key

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New School under fire for putting Linda Sarsour on anti-Semitism panel

17 Nov 2017

The real Esav

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פרשת תולדות • הגאון רבי דוד לאו עם וורט על הפרשה

Rabbi Sprecher explains why there is a special Haftarah for Erev Rosh Chodesh which will be read this Shabbos as Rosh Chodesh is on Sunday. Listen here.

Parshas Toldos - Will the Real Esav Please Stand Up

Parsha in Print

I just read about a new off-Broadway play opening tonight.

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Is keeping Shabbos not part of Jewish identity?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR NOVEMBER 17, 2017

The Tower reports on Students for Justice in Palestine over here.