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Ari Fuld: A Man of Action

Friday, 21st September 2018

A hero who fought for Israel and the Jewish people.

Click the image below to read more about this inspirational man who was murdered by a 17 year old Arab terrorist last week.  

 

Click here to get to Ari's Page on Facebook

Where you will see many of his amazing and inspirational videos as he shows us around Jerusalem and many other places in Israel, in his own unique manner.  You will also find here his weekly Divrei Torah.  This man had an effect on many people's lives and will be missed by many.

May Hashem comfort his family at this difficult time.

Steven Sotloff: Facing Jerusalem

Thursday, 13th September 2018

 

After Islamic terrorists brutally murdered American-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff, his story of enormous courage and faith finally emerged.

An American-born Jew reporting from the Muslim world, Steven downplayed his religion and the fact that he was an Israeli citizen. When he was captured by terrorists in Syria in 2013, he did all he could to hide his Judaism from his captors. Steven’s family, terrified that if his captors knew Steven was Jewish they would do more to harm him, laid low, erasing all trace of their connection to their son from the internet and refraining from making public appeals for his release.

Yet despite the grave danger he was in, his last Yom Kippur, Steven Sotloff managed to outwit his captors, fasting and even praying in the direction of Jerusalem on this holy day. A former prisoner who was held with Sotloff recalls: “He told them he was sick and doesn’t want to eat, even though we were served eggs that day. He used to pray secretly in the direction of Jerusalem. He would see in which direction (his Muslim captors) were praying, and then adjust the angle.”

In the middle of terrorist-controlled Syria, surrounded by murderous thugs dedicated to the eradication of Jews and the Jewish state, one Jewish, Israeli man was unbowed, observing Yom Kippur under the very noses of his captors.

Siyum mesechtos in the IDF

Thursday, 6th September 2018

Siyum mesechtos in the IDF

Click the image below to watch this very special video

 

 

 

Never give up, never stop praying.

Thursday, 30th August 2018

Nice story: An elderly Jewish lady living in a nursing home passed away. Her children, who always visited her and took care of her, were notified. They immediately phoned the burial society and arranged for a proper burial. The woman was buried in the presence of her beloved family; Kaddish was recited and Shiva began.

On the 5th day of the shiva, the phone rang and the daughter answered. On the other end of the phone was......her mother, whom she had just buried! The daughter, in shock, immediately fainted. The phone rang again; it was her mother complaining that no one had come to see her that entire week. The family rushed to the nursing home to see their "dead" mother alive and well! It turned out there was a mix-up at the nursing home; it was her roommate that had passed away, not their mother. The home had mixed up the names and phoned the wrong family, and so the wrong person was buried! Imagine how terrible everyone felt about such a mistake.

But now, the nursing home had the grim job of informing the children of the OTHER lady that their mother had died 5 days ago and was already buried. They called, the son answered, and as soon as they broke the sad news to him that his mother had died, the son interrupted, "Just have her cremated; we’re not interested in anything else." The nursing home explained that it was too late; she’d already had a proper Jewish burial! When the son heard this, he was awestruck, and related the following story:

"We long debated with our mother about what to do about her burial when she died. She is observant, and wanted a proper Jewish burial. But we told her that we plan to cremate her, as we don’t believe in an afterlife. Besides, cremation is much cheaper and definitely more ecologically correct. Our mother’s response to us was: ‘I will pray to G-d that I receive a Jewish burial.’ Every day, our mother prayed. We told her it was a waste of time, that when she was gone, WE would be in charge of things, and do what we thought was right, but she kept right on praying anyway. And now, amazingly, it seems that her prayer was answered!"

The Rabbi comments: Prayer has an awesome power. So great, so powerful that Hashem knew that if Moshe prayed just one more time – Tefila #516 - even He, the Almighty, the Shomaya Tefila, would simply have to give in! So He asked Moshe to stop right there. The lesson for all of us: never give up, never stop praying.

Kiddush Hashem on the Steve Harvey Show

Friday, 17th August 2018

WATCH THIS KIDDUSH HASHEM:

On The Steve Harvey Show

Click here to what the video

 

Wherein lies the mystery and mystique of Rosh Chodesh?

Thursday, 9th August 2018

 

Rav Soloveitchik teaches that while Shabbat and Yom Tov receive their sanctity and significance from specific historical-reli­gious events and eras, such as Creation, Revelation or the Exodus from Egypt, the significance of Rosh Chodesh emanates directly from the Jewish embrace of Renewal.  The Jew identifies personally and dynamically with the moon; with revival from an almost nonex­istent state, with illumination returning from a state of darkness. The Talmud alludes to this when it teaches: sanctify the moon, and I will send you a sign – David Melech Yisrael chai vekayam!  David, who was defeated and humiliated, lives!  He will rise!  He will reign with power and pride.  Moshiach will be ben David.

Rosh Chodesh speaks to this eternal faith in redemption yet to come, in the coming light though it is yet dark.

The Elephant Rope

Friday, 3rd August 2018

 

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

Never Give Up!

Thursday, 26th July 2018

“Never give up.” It’s probably one of the most cliché phrases you’ll hear as you’re building your career. But there’s a reason these sayings are clichés—you never know when success really does lie around the next corner.

 

J.K. Rowling had just gotten a divorce, was on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was published. When she was shopping it out, she was so poor she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the 90,000-word novel, so she manually typed out each version to send to publishers. It was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight year-old daughter fell in love with it.

 

King was broke and struggling when he was first trying to write. He lived in a trailer with his wife—also a writer—and they both worked multiple jobs to support their family while pursuing their craft. They were so poor they had to borrow clothes for their wedding and had gotten rid of the telephone because it was too expensive.

King received so many rejection letters for his works that he developed a system for collecting them. In his book On Writing, he recalls: “By the time I was 14...the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.” He received 60 rejections before selling his first short story, "The Glass Floor," for $35. Even his now best-selling book, Carrie, wasn’t a hit at first. After dozens of rejections, he finally sold it for a meager advance to Doubleday Publishing, where the hardback sold only 13,000 copies—not great. Soon after, though, Signet Books signed on for the paperback rights for $400,000, $200,000 of which went to King. Success achieved!

 

Tragedy

Thursday, 19th July 2018

Chazal (the Sages) relate that when the Romans were killing the great holy 10 martyrs, the angels shouted at HaShem (G-d) 'is this what the reward for [their study of] Torah is!' and HaShem responded that 'if the angels are quiet, fine, but if you continue then I will destroy the world.'  

It appears that HaShem had no response; were the angels right? Rabbi Pinkus explains that HaShem was saying here that the world deserves destruction, and the way to save it is to have a time of tragedy which will serve as a means for the jews to cry tears to HaShem in each generation for these holy martyrs. Thus, HaShem was telling the angels that 'if you continue with your claims and want to get your way and stop these murders, then the world will end up being detroyed; only if you are silent and let this go then it is through this tragedy that future generations will cry out to Me and allow the world to continue.'   

This is THE idea of tragedy/sadness; it is so that a Jew who seems like he is completely in the dark and despite that, cries out and forges a kesher (connection) with HaShem - to hang on and show commitment; this is only an opportunity in tragedy and tests. Like we say in our prayers: 'V'emunascha baleilos' - true emunah (faith & trust) is forged when one can hold on to HaShem in the dark.

A successful Marriage

Thursday, 12th July 2018

During a class at Fresno Pacific University, a speaker asked one of the spouses in the audience:

 

"Does your husband make you happy?"

 

At this moment, the husband stood up straighter, showing complete confidence. He knew his wife would say yes, because she had never complained about anything during their marriage.

 

However, his wife answered the question with a resounding "No." "No, my husband does not make me happy."

 

The husband was baffled, but his wife continued:

 

"My husband never made me happy, and he does not make me happy. I am happy."

 

"Whether I am happy or not is dependent not on him, but on me. I am the only person on whom my happiness depends.

 

I choose to be happy in every situation and every moment of my life, for if my happiness depended on another person, thing or circumstance, I would be in serious trouble.

 

Everything that exists in this life constantly changes: the human being, the riches, my body, the climate, my boss, the pleasures, the friends, and my physical and mental health. I could quote an endless list.

 

I need to decide to be happy regardless of anything else that happens. Whether I own a lot or a little, I am happy! Whether I'm going out or staying home alone, ​​I'm happy! Whether I am rich or poor, I am happy!

 

I am married, but I was already happy when I was single.

I'm happy for myself.

 

I love my life not because my life is easier than anyone else's, but because I have decided to be happy as an individual. I am responsible for my happiness.

 

When I take this obligation away from my husband and anyone else, I free them from the burden of carrying me on their shoulders. It makes everyone's life much lighter.

 

And that's how I've had a successful marriage for so many years."

 

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