Wednesday, December 13, 2017


The state of Israel and the United Nations have a long and tortured history in dealing one with the other. Some seventy years ago the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution that became the basis in international terms for the creation of Israel. The United Nations thereby became the godfather of the Jewish state.

YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Vayishlach 5778

Toronto Torah for Vayishlach 5778 includes articles on the parshah, the holiness of the Land of Israel, the Hermon resort, the nature of halachic rulings, and more.

OU TORAH Vayeishev 5778 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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YU TORAH Vayeishev, Chanukah 5778 By Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik

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OU TORAH Man Plans, God Laughs By Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

You thought your life would run smoothly, right? We all do. Then, something comes off, tragic or happy, which proves to us that life is not smooth at all, and probably is not supposed to be. Somehow, each of us has a personal script which envisions what our lives will be like in the near and even distant future. I remember a friend from college who had his life planned out. He knew who he was going to marry, what his career path would be, where he would live, and which friends would be loyal to him.

OU TORAH Improbable Endings and the Defeat of Despair Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

We live life looking forward but we understand it only looking back. As we live from day to day, our life can seem like a meaningless sequence of random events, a series of accidents and happenstances that have no shape or inner logic. A traffic jam makes us late for an important meeting. A stray remark we make offends someone in a way we never intended. By a hair’s-breadth we fail to get the job we so sought. Life as we experience it can sometimes feel like Joseph Heller’s definition of history: “a trashbag of random coincidences blown open in a wind.”

RAV KOOK ON Vayeishev Part 2: Tamar's Sacrifice

Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of the story of Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar took place after Judah was informed that the young widow had behaved loosely and was pregnant. Judah meted out a harsh punishment for her promiscuity: “Take her out and have her burned” (Gen. 38:24). Confronted with such a severe sentence, Tamar could have easily pointed an accusing finger at Judah. After all, it was Judah who had made her pregnant, not knowing the true identity of the “prostitute” he had met on the road to Timna. Incredibly, Tamar chose to be silent. Only as she was led out to be executed did Tamar remark enigmatically, “I am pregnant by the man who is the owner of these articles” (Gen. 38:25). When Judah heard that cryptic message, he immediately realized that her pregnancy was not the result of promiscuity, but a form of yibum (levirate marriage), which Tamar had only been able to consummate through deception. Why didn’t Tamar save her life by openly identifying her father-in-law — and judge — as the person responsible?

RAV KOOK ON Vayeishev Part 1: The Nature of Exile

"They took Joseph and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty, without water in it” (Gen. 37:24). When the brothers threw Joseph into the pit, the exile began — not just Joseph’s personal exile from his father’s house and the Land of Israel. From that dark, empty pit, began the exile of the entire Jewish people to Egypt. Joseph’s pit is a metaphor for Galut, for each exile of the Jewish people from their land.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

[Aneinu] Staying Safe During Chanukah

Aneinu Please Daven Treatment Today

Please daven for the husband of an Aneinu member, Shlomo Moshe ben Udy that his treatments should go smoothly today, that there will be no difficulty with finding good veins, and they should accomplish what they need to do without harm.

Aneinu Please Daven

The correct name for the security guard stabbed at the bus station in Yerushalayim yesterday is Chaim Asher ben Saada.

JI Six13 presents: A Nice Jewish Boy Band Chanukah

It’s a throwback Chanukah! Celebrate the festival of lights with Six13 as we relive the great classics of the Y2K Boy Band heyday. CHAG SAMEACH!

JI MORDECHAI SHAPIRO – Lecha [Official Music Video]

Mordechai Shapiro “Lecha” (Official Music Video).

JI Y-Studs – Rise Up – Hanukkah [Official Music Video]

For the best viewing experience, make sure to watch in HD! “Rise Up,” originally performed by Andra Day.


BORUCH DAYAN HA’EMMES: THE GADOL HADOR, MARAN HAGAON HARAV SHTEINMAN ZATZAL December 12, 2017 1:00 am 0 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Just moments ago, the terrible news arrived of the Petira of the Gadol Hador, the leader of Klal Yisroel, Maran HaGaon HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman ZATZAL, at the age of 104. As YWN had reported, Rav Shteinman was hospitalized three weeks ago for general weakness and testing. His condition remained stable until the early hours of Tuesday morning, when he suddenly turned critical. He went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated a few times. Unfortunately, he was taken from us at just before 8:00AM IL.In a shocking twist of events in the past three weeks, his oldest daughter suffered a fatal heart attack two weeks ago, and was suddenly Niftar. Rav Shteinman had never been informed of the bad news – but literally moments after her petira – his conditioned worsened and rapidly turned critical. His condition continued to deteriorate for 12 hours, but miraculously stabilized. A massive Levaya will be held in Bnei Brak on Tuesday – tentatively at 11:00 / 11:30 from his home on Rechov Chazon Ish. Rav Shteinman wrote more than one Tzava (will) in his life. One of them instructs his Levaya to be within 6 hours of his Petira – with minimal amount of Hespeidim, to reduce the amount of Kavod. Boruch Dayan Ha’Emmes… (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Monday, December 11, 2017

JI The Maccabeats – Candles on the Sill – Hanukkah

Music video for “Candles on the Sill,” a parody of “Castle on the Hill” originally performed by Ed Sheeran.

JI JMR 8th Day Returns This Chanukah With A Brand New Smash Hit; “Miracle Of Light”!

Written and composed by the band’s lead singer Shmuel Marcus and produced and arranged by his brother Bentzi Marcus (guitarist and singer in the band.) A fresh and exciting track, its bringing the miracle of the oil that lasted eight nights into our everyday life. “I’ll be a miracle of light”, and “show me a candle I’ll show you the light” are some lyrical examples of this unique Jewish pop/rock take on the miracle of light we celebrate every year on Chanukah. The song was produced and engineered at MT Studios in Burbank, CA by legendary producer and bass player Matt Thorne and features the always amazing Michael Lee on synth and keys. “I love working with these guys”, said Matt, “they always bring so much positive energy to the studio and the music is great!” Added Michael Lee, “Shmuel has an incredible way of writing these hooks that you just have to love. His songs are infectiously uplifting. I don’t understand all the words but the soul aspect of their music still shines through”. The music video was produced and directed by 8th Day‘s Bentzi Marcus and filmed and edited by Levi Percia. Shmuel says “it’s great being on set with Bentzi as he’s performing in and directing the video at the same time! He’s got the vision..” The video shoot took place on the campus of the Hebrew Academy of Huntington Beach, CA. Aside from all the pyrotechnics and incredible dance and acrobatics, the video also features a kids choir of students from the Hebrew Academy. “This was kind of a full circle moment for us”, said Bentzi. “I got my music career started singing in the Hebrew Academy school choir, and Chanukah time was always our main performance. So when the school thankfully agreed to participate in this it was definitely a neat convergence of past, present and future.” So folks, as we start getting into the Chanukah spirit let’s get ready to be a “Miracle Of Light“!

JI JMR Hanukkah – New York Boys Choir “Chanukah” 2017

New York Boys Choir is back at it again! They’re always looking for ways to make people happy. This Chanukah holiday season, New York Boys Choir, one of the most refreshing and creative sounds in the Jewish music scene, under the leadership of renowned producer Yitzy Bald, film producer Shia Fried, of Vision Cinema Productions, and musical producer and arranger extraordinaire, Doni Gross of DEG Productions, team up, to present this awesome, fun-filled, and inspiring music video/audio track, entitled “Chanukah“. In this music video/audio track, NYBC looks for a creative way to spread the message of Chanukah, that despite the darkness, that many times, seems to exist in people’s lives, we should still celebrate, dance, and be filled with pride. Conceptualized by Yitzy Bald, and directed by Shia Fried of Vision Cinema Productions, this music video/audio clip, “Chanukah“, is sure to get you singing & dancing.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Muqata Aneinu Please Daven for Terror Victim

Current list of names for prayers Asher ben Tamar (stabbed in Jerusalem Central Bus Station, Dec. 10, 2017) Reu Sent from the Muqata News App

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Chassidus explained in clear, simple English.

Aneinu Please Daven

Please daven and say Tehillim for an Aneinu member, Miriam Aharona bas Masha Liba for a refuah shelaimah. Thank you.

CHABAD.ORG Chassid in Wonderland By Naftali Silberberg

Children love fairy tales and are completely fascinated by stories of faraway lands and supernatural magical powers. They find pleasure in imagining a world which is so different than the one which we inhabit; a world where good continually prevails, the powers of evil are always eventually subdued, and behind every stone may lurk the genie which could grant a person's any wish.

CHABAD.ORG “My Name is . . . and I am a Human Being” The Jewish idea of perfection By Shais Taub

A one-liner from comedian Steven Wright: “They told me in school that ‘practice makes perfect.’ Then they told me, ‘Nobody’s perfect.’ So I stopped practicing.” A droll observation. But it raises a serious issue. Between these two truisms, which one is really true? Or is the truth somewhere in between. Is perfection attainable or is it not?

CHABAD.ORG The Longer Shorter Way Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe By Yanki Tauber

Said Rabbi Yehoshua ben Chananiah: "Once a child got the better of me." "I was traveling, and I met with a child at a crossroads. I asked him, 'which way to the city?' and he answered: 'This way is short and long, and this way is long and short.'

Aneinu Please Say Tehillim Procedure Today

Please say Tehillim for the husband of an Aneinu member, Shlomo Moshe ben Udy who is having an important procedure today. Please daven that it should go smoothly and have good results.


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Aneinu Three Days of Tefillah

Dear Friends: Today President Trump announced that the U.S. will be the first nation to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.  We are grateful to the President for his leadership and ask that everyone call the White House (1-202-456-1111) to express our support for this courageous act. However, as we celebrate this day, threats have been made to ignite riots and violence in Israel and beyond.  In light of this, we that everyone also pray for peace in Israel and all communities around the world, reciting Tehillim, especially chapters 83 & 126.   In addition, and in direct response to the “Three Days of Rage” being initiated by our enemies, let us create "Three Days of Tefillah" where we increase our kavanah, especially as we recite the blessings of ולירושלים עירך & רצה in our daily amidah.   May we merit the fulfillment of the prophetic vision of the prophet Zechariya: כֹּה אָמַר ה' שַׁבְתִּי אֶל צִיּוֹן וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹךְ יְרוּשָׁלִָם .וְנִקְרְאָה יְרוּשָׁלַם עִיר הָאֱמֶת וְהַר ה' צְבָאוֹת הַר הַקֹּדֶשׁ Thus said the L-rd: I have returned to Zion, and I will dwell in Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be called the City of Faithfulness, and the mount of the L-rd of Hosts the Holy Mount. כֹּה אָמַר ה' צְבָ-אוֹת עֹד יֵשְׁבוּ זְקֵנִים וּזְקֵנוֹת בִּרְחֹבוֹת יְרוּשָׁלִָם .וְאִישׁ מִשְׁעַנְתּוֹ בְּיָדוֹ מֵרֹב יָמִים וּרְחֹבוֹת הָעִיר יִמָּלְאוּ יְלָדִים וִילָדוֹת מְשַׂחֲקִים בִּרְחֹבֹתֶיהָ Thus said the L-rd of Hosts: There shall yet be old men and women in the squares of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age. And the squares of the city shall be crowded with boys and girls playing in the squares. Congregation K.I.N.S. of West Rogers Park • 2800 W. North Shore Ave • Chicago, IL 60645 P773.761.4000 • F773.761.4959 •

YWN Aneinu Tefilos Requested for 4-Year-Old Jerusalem Boy Hospitalized Following CPR

Four-year-old Jerusalem resident Shimon ben Rochel Beila remains in Shaare Zedek Medical Center, intubated and connected to a respirator in an intensive care unit. The child was transported from his home in the Ramot area of the capital on Thursday morning 19 Kislev post CPR, after his spontaneous pulse returned. The child, from a chareidi family, did not wake up on Thursday. EMS was summoned to Wallenstein Street in Ramot. United Hatzalah responded and began CPR and the child’s pulse returned at one point. EMT Avi Gotleib reports the child was in cardiac arrest when he arrived at the home and his condition was critical after his pulse returned, at which time he was transported. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Aneinu Please Surgery Friday

woman here in Chicago broke her femor in the end of July .  She has been hospitalized or in rehab since them. Last Friday while doing rehab exercises she injured herself and broke her femor again. She will be having surgery on Friday to repair the damage. Please be mispalel for Shana Perel Bas Malka.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

COLLIVE.COM Please Say Urgent Tehillim

Please say urgent Tehillim, kapitel 20, for Chaim ben Manya, who is undergoing serious tests today.

COLLIVE.COM "Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel"

"Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: Jerusalem is Israel's capital," President Donald Trump historically announced Wednesday.

New Music Alert! Nachum and Rabbi Ruvi New Debut “Storm the World”

Nachum welcomed Rabbi Ruvi New to this morning’s JM in the AM for the official JM in the AM debut of his new CD, “Storm the World.” They discussed and played several of the new songs, explaining how they are based on the teachings of, and are a tribute to, the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l. “Australian-born Rabbi Ruvi New is the director of Chabad of East Boca in Boca Raton, Florida. He is the publisher and editor of Inside Out Magazine, a national publication dedicated to contemporary Jewish thought. Rabbi New also serves on the Editorial Board of the JLI.”

[Aneinu] It's Official! Yerushalayim declared Capital of Israel by the USA

Trump has just officially declared Yerushalayim as the capitol of Israel and that the process to move the embassy will begin. Please daven that there be shalom in Yerushalayim, shalom in Israel, and shalom for Jews and all people around the world.


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Also available in single volumes.COMING SOON Rosh Yeshivah; renowned posek; av beis din; kashrus expert; mohel; sofer; shochet, musician, artist . And the list goes on. Rav Yisroel Belsky was all of these and much, much more. He was brilliant beyond description and was fluent not only in all of Torah but in the sciences and other fields of worldly knowledge -- and he applied that knowledge to Torah and psak halachah. As senior Posek for OU Kosher, his vast knowledge of Jewish law, combined with his deep understanding of food technology, impacted every kosher consumer - but all of this does not define Rav Belsky's greatness. In this riveting and carefully researched biography, we will learn of Rav BelskyÂ’s incomparable passion for learning and teaching Torah, his burning desire to share Hashem's greatness with others. We will be moved by story after story of how he connected with generations of talmidim both at Mesivta Torah Vodaath where he was Rosh HaYeshivah and at Camp Agudah, where he served as Mara D'Asra. We will be inspired by the selfless hachnasas orchim of Rav and Rebbetzin Belsky, of his dedication to the mitzvah of tzedakah, of his willingness to extend himself on behalf of total strangers, if only he could make anothers Jew's life a bit brighter. Rabbi Shimon Finkelman a talmid of Rav Belsky, shares with us shares with us story after story about this towering Torah personality. We meet him as a brilliant youngster and later as a camp counselor, learning Mishnayos between pitches as he umpires a baseball game. We see him at a turning point of his life, as he defers and ultimately declines a prestigious scholarship in order to learn Torah. We see him with his talmidim. With gedolei hador. With campers, young and old. With Jews who have emigrated from the former Soviet Union. With Klal Yisrael, whom he loved so deeply. Rav Belsky is the unforgettable biography of a truly unforgettable gadol baTorah. Nice Novel

OU TORAH YU TORAH NAALEH.COM Vayishlach 5778: Animal Allusions By Shira Smiles

Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein After Yaakov leaves Lavan’s house, he is apprehensive about returning home and meeting his brother Esau who is probably still angry at him for having received Yitzhak’s blessing as the firstborn. One of the ways he prepares for the meeting is by sending angels/messengers bearing gifts for Esau. Along with the many gifts, he has each group relate this message to Esau, “To my lord Esau, so said your servant Yaakov: I have sojourned with Lavan and have lingered until now. I have acquired an ox(en), a donkey(s), sheep, servant(s) and maidservant(s) and I am sending to tell my lord to find favor in your eyes.” The gifts seem to have had no effect, for the angels returned saying, “We came to your brother Esau. Moreover, he is heading toward you with 400 men.” Obviously, Esau was preparing for war.


The long-awaited confrontation between the brothers Eisav and Yaakov occurs. At the onset Yaakov is quite concerned over the meeting. He fears that his brother, who is arriving with a band of 400 men, will undoubtedly intend to do him harm. And he knows that his brother is capable of slaughtering innocent women and children. There must have been a great feeling of relief that overcame Yaakov when Eisav takes the gifts that were meant to mollify him.


Often times, if not even always, telling the truth is a painful experience both for the teller and for the listener. Our entire life is wrapped up in avoiding painful truths. And even if we are aware of them, not communicating them to others because that will make us very unpopular is also stressful. The rabbis of the Talmud called this world “a world of falsehood.” This is so ingrained within us that we expect that our leaders, political and otherwise, are never telling us the truth. Our political campaigns are based on slogans and promises that we all know to be false but since these are apparently the rules of the game, we accept them even though we know they contain little truth.

YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Vayishlach 5778

Toronto Torah for Vayishlach 5778 includes articles on the parshah, the holiness of the Land of Israel, the Hermon resort, the nature of halachic rulings, and more.

YU TORAH Vayishlach 5778 By Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik

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OU TORAH Vayishlach: Unheralded Heroes By Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

You don’t hear much about them, and sometimes you don’t even know their names. But they are the true heroes and heroines in our lives and in our times. As I hope to demonstrate, it was also true in biblical times that very important characters in the narrative are hardly mentioned, perhaps only hinted at. I first became interested in this phenomenon shortly after the events of September 11, 2001. I was listening to one of my favorite radio talk shows while driving. The guest was a professor of sociology who was insisting, much to the chagrin of the talk show host, that the firemen who lost their lives saving others at the World Trade Center were not true heroes.

OU TORAH The Struggle of Faith By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

There are Mozarts and there are Beethovens. Which are you? I have only the most amateur knowledge of music, but the impression one gets about Mozart is that, from him, music flowed. There is something effortless and effervescent about his compositions. They are not “sicklied o’er by the pale cast of thought.” He wrote at speed. He carried the worries of the world lightly.

RA KOOK ON VaYishlach Part 2: I Have an Ox and a Donkey

Upon his return to Eretz Yisrael, Jacob sent a message to his brother Esau: “I have an ox and a donkey” (Gen. 31:6). Why was it necessary to tell Esau about this ox and donkey? According to the Midrash (Breishit Rabbah 75), Jacob was not speaking about the material possessions he had amassed, but about something of far greater significance. The ox refers to Mashiach ben Joseph, the precursive Messianic leader descended from Joseph. The ox is a symbol of the tribe of Joseph; both Jacob and Moses used the imagery of an ox when blessing Joseph (Gen. 49:6; Deut. 33:17). And the donkey? That is a reference to Mashiach ben David, the ultimate Messianic king descended from David, who will arrive as “a pauper riding on a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). Why do we need two Messianic leaders? And why are they represented specifically by these two animals?

RAV KOOKM ON VaYishlach Part 1:Reliance on Miracles

Miracles were no novelty for Rabbi Zeira. The Talmud in Baba Metzia 85a elates that the third-century scholar fasted for a hundred days in order to protect himself from the fires of hell. But Rabbi Zeira was not content with theoretical preparations. Once a month he would test himself by itting down in a burning furnace, to see if he would feel the heat. He didn’t. (Once his clothes were singed, but that story is for another time.) Yet, on very windy days, Rabbi Zeira was careful not to walk among the palm-trees, lest a strong wind should knock a tree over. His caution in orchards seems bizarre. Why should a man who can sit unharmed in a burning furnace be concerned about the possibility of a falling tree?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Aneinu Please Daven Hospital

Please daven as much as possible for a Chicagoan, Shoshanah Michal bas Masha for a yeshua and a refuah shlema.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Aneinu Please Say Tehillim Emergency Room

Please say tehillim for Shoshanah Michal bas Masha who is in the emergency room undergoing tests. An