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Monday, July 27, 2015

Iran and Eicha

One of the parts of Eicha that struck me yesterday was this verse (Eicha 2:17):
עָשָׂה יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר זָמָם, בִּצַּע אֶמְרָתוֹ אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה מִימֵי-קֶדֶם--הָרַס, וְלֹא חָמָל; וַיְשַׂמַּח עָלַיִךְ אוֹיֵב, הֵרִים קֶרֶן צָרָיִךְ
The LORD hath done that which He devised; He hath performed His word that He commanded in the days of old; He hath thrown down unsparingly; and He hath caused the enemy to rejoice over thee, He hath exalted the horn of thine adversaries.
With Iran's gloating over the deal, this verse is all too real.

Let's take a look at what Eicha Rabbati has to say about this verse.
"עָשָׂה ה' אֲשֶׁר זָמָם" ר' אהבה בריה דר' זעירא אמר משעה שאמר הקדוש ברוך הוא (ויקרא כו,): "ואם עד אלה לא תשמעו לי וגו' והלכתי אף אני עמכם בקרי" שמא כך עשה ח"ו אלא "עָשָׂה ה' וְגוֹ'" "[בִּצַּע אֶמְרָתוֹ]" פשורי מפשר ר' יעקב דכפר חנן אמר בזע פרפורין שלו.
"The LORD hath done that which He devised."  R' Ahava the son of R' Ze'ira said: From the time that HKB"H said, "And if ye will not yet for these things hearken unto Me ... then will I also walk contrary unto you [בקרי - with Kerry]." Perhaps he did so, Has Veshalom?!?! Rather, [read it as follows: "Did Hashem do that which He devised? No. Rather, בזע אמרתו means] he diluted the punishment [half justice, half mercy]. R' Yaakov of Kefar Hanan said: He tore His raiment. [See Anaf Yosef both here and on Eicha Rabbati 1:1 for 2 fascinating explanations what this means.]
The Midrash continues:
"וַיְשַׂמַּח עָלַיִךְ אוֹיֵב" א"ר אחא בטובה הוא שמח עמהם דכתיב (דברים ל,): "כי ישוב ה' לשוש עליך לטוב כאשר שש על אבותיך" אבל ברעה משמח הוא אחרים הה"ד"וישמח עליך אויב הרים קרן צריך" ועל זה נאמר "צָעַק לִבָּם אֶל ה' חוֹמַת בַּת צִיּוֹן הוֹרִידִי וְגוֹ'":
"and He hath caused the enemy to rejoice over thee."  R' Aha said: In good times, He is joyous with them, as it says "for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as He rejoiced over thy fathers." However, in bad times, He causes others to rejoice, and this is meant when it says, "and He hath caused the enemy to rejoice over thee, He hath exalted the horn of thine adversaries." And upon this, it says [the next verse in Eicha]: "Their heart cried unto the Lord: 'O wall of the daughter of Zion...'"

I would humbly like to suggest that although there doesn't seem to be a strong connection between the 2 halves of the verse, nevertheless, the 2 parts of the verse - as the Midrash describes them - are connected and also referring to our days.

Hashem, in the Tochaha of Vayikra, "devised" a terrible punishment for us when we do not hearken to His voice.  (And, as the verse states, that plan would be "with Kerry".)  However, if that plan would have been realized, the Jewish nation would not have survived, G-d forbid. Therefore, in His infinite mercy, He decided to dilute the punishment that He planned in the days of old.

How? By enacting the second half of the verse only: "and He hath caused the enemy to rejoice over thee, He hath exalted the horn of thine adversaries." I say "only", but in reality, the exalting of the horn of our enemies is the worst of all troubles [see Etz Yosef on this Midrash ד"ה ועל זה נאמר]. This is why, as it says in the next few verses, we are crying our hearts out to Hashem - almost the entire Jewish nation is bemoaning and fighting the Iran deal. Some our crying out to Hashem, some are crying out to their senators, some are crying out to Netanyahu, but when push comes to shove, all will turn to Hashem eventually.

On that, the Midrash says that in good times, Hashem will be joyous with us. The verse used to prove that is from Parshat Nitzavim in the verses that talk about the days of Mashiah. We see that the Midrash is contrasting this period of Hevlei Mashiah to the period of the days of Mashiah.

May the worst of the Iran deal be only that our enemies are very temporarily exalted, and may that soon turn around in a miraculous way as our prophets have prophesied throughout the ages to bring us to the days of Mashiah, speedily in our days, Amen.

Interesting Recent Links - Vaetchanan 5775 - Day 2

These are the interesting links from the past 24 hours:
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Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
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Huckabee Criticizes Iran Deal as Being Similar to Holocaust
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Kerry Holds 'Intense' Meeting With Jewish Leaders Over Iran Nuclear Deal
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Kerry Holds 'Intense' Meeting With Jewish Leaders Over Iran Nuclear Deal
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Watchdog Says Obama Administration 'Inventing' Iran Concessions Under Nuclear Deal
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Linking Pollard Release to Iran Deal is 'Insult,' Says Israeli Lawmaker
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Sharansky Calls on US Jews to Stand Up to White House Over Iran Nuclear Deal
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Don't Let US-Iran Deal Obfuscate New US-UNRWA Pact
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The Sudden Destruction of Jerusalem
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Democratic Senator Leaning Toward Support of Iran Deal
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Tisha B'Av Poll Shows 42 Percent of Israelis Believe Nuclear-Armed Iran is Biggest Threat
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Syrian President Assad Vows to Win Country's Civil War: 'Defeat Does Not Exist'
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Jewish Comic Jackie Mason: New York Restaurants Face Harsher Inspections Than Iran Under Nuclear Deal
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Israeli Official Says US 'Threats' Won't Stop Opposition to Nuclear Deal
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Iran's Khamenei Tweets Threatening Picture of Obama Suicide
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Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
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MK Smotrich Calls to Close Har Habayis to Arabs
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North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
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כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
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Judaism
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Beis Chabad in Bnei Brak Vandalized on Tisha B'Av
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Jewish Youth with Tefilin Evades Police And Enters Har Habayis
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Video: Tisha B'Av – The Key Is In Your Hands – with Rabbi Gavriel Sassoon
****** Cosmic X in Jerusalem ****** by Cosmic X
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Photos: Tisha B'Av 5775 in Bnei Brak
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Video: Rav Berel Wein On Tisha B'Av
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Photos: Tisha B'Av With The Gedolim
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Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Photos: Tisha B'Av 5775 in Meah Shearim, Yerushalayim



Sunday, July 26, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Vaetchanan 5775 - Day 1

These are the interesting links from the past 48 hours:
Geula-Related
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
WATCH: BJX Tisha B'Av Feature Presentation
Lazer Beams by LazerBeams
The Heavenly Voice
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Kerry Holds 'Intense' Meeting With Jewish Leaders Over Iran Nuclear Deal
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Amnesty Blasts 'Staggering' Iranian Execution Spree; Nearly 700 People Killed So Far This Year
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Israeli Envoy to the US Engages Lawmakers in Bid to Stop Iran Deal
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Kerry Warns Israel: Strike on Iran Would Be "Enormous Mistake"
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Obama Admin Dodges Response to Claims Iran Will Self-Inspect Nuclear Sites
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Kerry: Israeli Military Strike Against Iran Would be 'Huge Mistake'



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
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To gratify Tehran and Moscow, new US-Turkish anti-ISIS war campaign in Syria skirts Assad's forces
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Turkey again strikes ISIS-Kurdish targets in Syria, Iraq
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WSJ: Syria Still Has Chemical Weapons
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Turkish clerics' fatwa against ISIS: "Kill them like the dogs of Hell."
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Israel Donates Helicopters to Jordan for Protection Against Islamic State
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Officials Say Syria Continues to Produce Chemical Weapons, Chlorine Bombs
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US Defense Secretary Talks With Iraqi Kurds About Fight Against ISIS
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US, Turkey impose partial no-fly zone over Syria
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Israel Donates Helicopters To Jordan For Protection Against Islamic State
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
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Jordan shuts only Iraqi border crossing "indefinitely"
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Police Nab Kfar Kara Ring that Attacked Soldiers And Stole Their Weapons
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First Turkish air strike against ISIS in Syria, mass detentions



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
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Senator Schumer On Reports of Pollard's Release
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REPORT: White House Readying To Release Jonathan Pollard
DEBKAFile by Unknown
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Illinois Governor Signs Unprecedented Anti-BDS Bill Into Law
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Wall Street Journal: US Preparing to Release Jonathan Pollard
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Watchdog Rips Toronto Star for Posting Video Portraying Israel as 'Bloodthirsty Warmongering Nation'
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Unfriendly 'Friends' Defend Iran Deal to US Jews
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Eyes Wide Shut
Algemeiner.com by Yitzhak Santis / JNS.org
Israeli Audience Gets a Taste of Jewish Voice for Peace's Brand of Betrayal
****** Cosmic X in Jerusalem ****** by Cosmic X
Great Speech by Allen West



Prayers for Those in Need
כיכר השבת על ידי קובי רוזן
י-ם: פעוטה נפגעה קשה מאוד מארגזים שנפלו עליה
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
15 צוותי כיבוי ו-8 מטוסים: שריפת ענק משתוללת באזור בית שמש; נערכים לפינוי ישובים



Deaths
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
ברוך דיין האמת: הרבנית מזל אבוחצירא ע"ה
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
תיעוד: מנחמים את משפחתו של 'בבא ליאון'



Great Rabbis
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
תיעוד: הקינות של הראשל"צ הרב יצחק יוסף
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
תיעוד: הגר"ש עמאר קורא קינות לזכר החורבן
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
כָּל-שְׁעָרֶיהָ שׁוֹמֵמִין, כֹּהֲנֶיהָ נֶאֱנָחִים: שר התורה מתאבל על חורבן הבית: צפו בקינות של מרן הגר"ח
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
גדול הדור בוכה: הבכי האחרון של מרן הרב עובדיה יוסף על החורבן בתשעה באב • צפו
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
תיעוד: מנחמים את משפחתו של 'בבא ליאון'
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
ראש-הישיבה מזהיר: מרן הרב שטיינמן: "בין הזמנים הוא סכנה גדולה לנשמה"



Kiddush Hashem
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Illinois Bill Gives Hatzolah Ambulance Dispensations



Judaism
Shiloh Musings by Batya Medad
Important Article by Caroline Glick about Disengagement
כיכר השבת על ידי חיה כהן
מנהגי ירושלים: חתונה עם מתופף בלבד - בגלל חלום
כיכר השבת על ידי חיה כהן
ירושלים - עיר הנצח של העם היהודי? לא תמיד
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
First-Ever Israeli Unity Index Reveals Deep Divides, Alongside Hope
Cross-Currents - Orthodox Jewish Rabbis by Avi Shafran
A Worthy, Timely Truth



Friday, July 24, 2015

Report: Pollard to be Released (May Hashem Make It So)

REPORT: White House Readying To Release Jonathan Pollard
U.S. Preparing to Release Convicted Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard
Wall Street Journal: US Preparing to Release Jonathan Pollard
Wall Street Journal: U.S. preparing to release Pollard
US to Release Jonathan Pollard

Pollard's release is important in its own right, as his prolonged imprisonment was terribly unjust.

There are some other very important implications of his release mentioned by Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT"L.

I have more to say on the subject, but let's see what happens first.  We've been here before - I don't want to be disappointed by the US President yet again.  Meanwhile, keep praying to Hashem for the release to happen.

וּפְדוּיֵי יְהוָה יְשׁוּבוּן וּבָאוּ צִיּוֹן בְּרִנָּה וְשִׂמְחַת עוֹלָם עַל רֹאשָׁם שָׂשׂוֹן וְשִׂמְחָה יַשִּׂיגוּן נָסוּ יָגוֹן וַאֲנָחָה

May everyone have an easy fast and may the 9th of Av soon turn from mourning into joy.  As mentioned in holy books, once the fast of Tish'a Be'av is pushed off, let it be pushed off indefinitely: הואיל ונדחה ידחה לגמרי.

אכי"ר

Interesting Recent Links - Devarim 5775 - Day 6

These are the interesting links from the past 24 hours:
Geula-Related
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
BJX Inspiring Program This Tisha B'Av
Web page by Unknown
[80]דרכי_החיזוק_דברים.pdf
Web page by Unknown
Baltimore Jewish Life | Tisha B'av 5775
Web page by Unknown
[200]סוד_החשמל_דברים.pdf
Web page by Unknown
[1053]פנינים_דברים.pdf
Web page by Unknown
Yated Newspaper - Happy Birthday, Moshiach
Lazer Beams by LazerBeams
The End of Days
TOMER DEVORAH by Devash
Parshat Devarim - Shabbat Chazon 5775
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Feeling the Pain



Iran
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Kerry Calls Talk Of Better Iran Deal A 'Fantasy'
Shirat Devorah by Devorah
Share This: Mr Obama it's a damned stupid thing that you just did !
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Video: Ex-Congressman Allen West Explodes Over Iran Deal During Fiery and Emotional Times Square Speech
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Iran Declares Nuclear Red Lines: No Permanent Limits, No Extension of Deal, No Military Inspections
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
White House's @Theirandeal Handle Gets Twitter Backlash
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
U.S. Defense Secretary Carter Meets With Saudi King Amid Tension Over Iran
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
After Nuclear Deal, Iran Announces $2 Billion of Trade Projects With Europe
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Hikind Released By NYPD: "I Did My Part"
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Kerry Pushes Back Against Critics of Iran Deal
Algemeiner.com by Eliezer Sherman
Kerry Tells Senate Better Iran Deal is 'Fantasy,' Corker Says Administration Has Been 'Fleeced'
Algemeiner.com by Elder of Ziyon
Why Did Iran Insist (and the US Accede) to Remove a Nuclear Smuggler From Sanctions?
Algemeiner.com by Eliezer Sherman
'New York Post' Slams Senator Schumer for Failing to Take Iran Deal Stance
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Hikind's Personal Purim
Algemeiner.com by Alina Dain Sharon / JNS.org
Forget the Nuclear Deal: US Beats Iran in Robot Competition (VIDEO)
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
ניו יורק: חבר בית המחוקקים דב הייקינד מחה נגד ההסכם עם איראן - ועוכב
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Videos, Photos: NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind Being Arrested While Protesting Iran Deal at Senator Chuck Schumer's Office
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
WATCH: Dov Hikind Just Before Gettign Arrested While Protesting The Iran Deal In Front Of Senator Schumer's Office
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Assemblyman Dov Hikind Getting Arrested While Protesting The Iran Deal In Front Of Senator Schumer's Office
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Obama Administration To Defend Iran Nuclear Deal In Senate
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
TODAY At 11 AM – Hikind Protests Iran Deal in front of Sen. Schumer's Office



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
After Nuclear Deal, Iran Announces $2 Billion of Trade Projects With Europe
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Holocaust Survivor and 'Schindler's List' Producer Gives Oscar to Yad Vashem
Algemeiner.com by Eliezer Sherman
Group Blasts Council Resolution Condemning Israel Social, Economic Policy Toward Palestinians
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
ISIS Plotting to Carry Out Drone Bomb Attacks at Popular British Events
Algemeiner.com by Hadar Sela
BBC Helps Spread Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theories About Arafat



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Turkey Allows US To Use Key Base To Strike ISIS
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Training 'em Young: 8-Year-Old Stone-Thrower Apprehended by Border Police
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Soldier Injured in Arab Violence During Funeral for Terrorist
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
46% Of Israelis Concerned About Disunity, Says Survey In Memory Of Slain Teens
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Turkey to build up Syrian border security with fence, moat
DEBKAFile by Unknown
Israel gives Jordan 16 Cobra helicopters to fight ISIS – with US approval
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
חשד לפשע שנאה: הצתת בית הכנסת בירושלים: שר הדתות פנה למפכ"ל
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
IDF Soldiers Attacked Trying to Make an Arrest – Terrorist Shot Dead
DEBKAFile by Unknown
SE Turkey sees rise in terror attacks. Police officer killed
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Paroches Set On Fire at Yerushalayim Shul
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
בתוך יממה: שני פלסטינים נהרגו בפעילות צה"ל
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
46 Percent of Israelis Concerned About Disunity, Says Survey in Memory of Slain Teens
Algemeiner.com by News Editor
US Defense Secretary Carter Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Yerushalayim Shul Targeted in Hate Attack
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
FBI: ISIS Is Biggest Threat to U.S.
DEBKAFile by Unknown
ISIS infiltrates Egyptian special forces, joins with Hamas to occupy N. Sinai, liquidate Sisi
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
ארבעה דרוזים נוספים נעצרו בחשד לתקיפת האמבולנס בגולן
כיכר השבת על ידי קובי רוזן
זעזוע בירושלים: אלמונים שרפו פרוכת וריססו 'צלב קרס' על ארון הקודש
Shiloh Musings by Batya Medad
The Training of Arab Terrorists Starts Young!



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Shirat Devorah by Devorah
Share This: Mr Obama it's a damned stupid thing that you just did !
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Video: Ex-Congressman Allen West Explodes Over Iran Deal During Fiery and Emotional Times Square Speech
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
Transgender 'Inside Edition' Reporter Calls Orthodox Judaism 'Misogynistic Cult,' Threatens Jewish Breitbart Editor
Cross-Currents - Orthodox Jewish Rabbis by Yaakov Menken
A President Gone Mad
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
הסכם הגרעין: הגרמ"צ ברגמן על ארה"ב: "פיהם דיבר שווא וימינם ימין שקר"



Prayers for Those in Need
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Soldier Injured in Arab Violence During Funeral for Terrorist
Yeshiva World News by ChaimShamayim
A Chupah Without Parents: How People Around the World are Joining to Fund the Wedding of a Newly Orphaned Bachur in Israel
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
"תפילות יכולות לעזור": נער חרדי מסרב לקבל טיפול כימותרפי, ביהמ"ש מחייב אותו בכפייה
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
סכנת הכבישים והאופנים: הלילה: שלושה פצועים קשה ובינוני בתאונות דרכים



Deaths
The Partial View by Tomim Ti
Video: NJ Governor & Presidential Candidate Chris Christie at Kotler Shivah in Lakewood
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Toddler in Northern Israel Dies of Unidentified Infection
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Double Tragedy in Beit Shemesh And Yerushalayim Thursday Morning – Two Children R"L Died in their Sleep
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Photo: Rav Meir Stern, Rosh Yeshivas Passaic, Being Menachem Avel Family of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler a"h
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Photo: Rav Elya Chaim Swerdloff, Rosh Yeshivas Paterson, Being Menachem Avel Family of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler a"h
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Photo: The Munkatcher Rebbe and Rav Yehudah Bakst, Rosh Yeshivas Detroit, Being Menachem Avel Family of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler a"h
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
טרגדיה: שני ילדים חרדים נפטרו בשנתם
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
More Photos: NJ Governor Chris Christie Being Menachem Avel Family of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler a"h



Great Rabbis
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Letter: Rabbonim Speak Out for Kavod HaTorah
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
פרשת דברים • הראשל"צ הגאון רבי שלמה עמאר עם וורט על הפרשה
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Photo: The Munkatcher Rebbe and Rav Yehudah Bakst, Rosh Yeshivas Detroit, Being Menachem Avel Family of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler a"h
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
הסכם הגרעין: הגרמ"צ ברגמן על ארה"ב: "פיהם דיבר שווא וימינם ימין שקר"



Miracles
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
A Record Breaker: Twin Sisters Married Twin Brothers And Gave Birth 20 Minutes Apart
כיכר השבת על ידי אהרן רבינוביץ
צפו בווידאו: התאומים שנישאו לתאומות: "בזכות הצדיק"
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
Picture of the Day



Kiddush Hashem
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
Jewish NBA Player Omri Casspi Says He Puts on Tefillin Every Morning
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
Tweet of the Day



Judaism
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
European Rabbonim Call on Justice Minister Shaked to Legislate Laws Against Recalcitrant Husbands
The Partial View by Tomim Ti
Do these ads help solve the shidduch crisis?
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
46% Of Israelis Concerned About Disunity, Says Survey In Memory Of Slain Teens
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Midwest Agudath Israel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim Annual Conference Resounding Success
The Partial View by Tomim Ti
Sign at Ikea Israel
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Unique Holocaust Era Kinnos
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Midwest Agudath Israel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim Annual Conference Resounding Success
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
14 חברי כנסת הצטרפו להצעת חוק נגד סרבני דין מאירופה
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
46 Percent of Israelis Concerned About Disunity, Says Survey in Memory of Slain Teens
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Lucerne Yeshiva Closes its Doors
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
פורץ גדר: הנשיא ראובן ריבלין אירח שיעור של 'רבה קונסרבטיבית'
Algemeiner.com by Eliana Rudee / JNS.org
My Aliyah Day (a.k.a. the Most Intense Day of My Life)



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Interesting Recent Links - Devarim 5775 - Day 5

These are the interesting links from the past 24 hours:
Geula-Related
Cross-Currents - Orthodox Jewish Rabbis by Yitzchok Adlerstein
Tisha B'Av: For Whom Do We Mourn?
Israel National Radio - Latest Radio Shows by Unknown
Ask the Rabbi - July 23rd 2015
Web page by Unknown
Hakhel 5776 | Gathering the Jewish Nation
Shirat Devorah by Devorah
Rabbi Lazer Brody on The End of Days [new video]



Iran
Yeshiva World News by ChaimShamayim
BREAKING VIDEO: Neutrei Karta Waves Iranian Flags At Anti-Nuke Rally In Times Square
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
McConnell Challenges Obama On Iran Deal
Algemeiner.com by Edward Alexander
The Nuclear 'Deal' and Obama's Post-POTUS Future
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Report: China to Build Two More Nuclear Plants in Iran Following Landmark Deal
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Anti-Iran Rally Expected To Draw Thousands In Times Square
Algemeiner.com by David Daoud
Top Khamenei Adviser Says Iran Boosting Support for Mideast Proxies
Algemeiner.com by Eliezer Sherman
Israel: Nuclear Deal 'Invitation for Iranian Cover-Up'
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
White House's @TheIranDeal Handle Gets Twitter Backlash
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
US Defense Secretary Carter Meets With Saudi King Amid Tension Over Iran
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Iranian Official Confirms That Held US Citizens Were Discussed During Nuclear Talks In Vienna
Algemeiner.com by Rachel Ehrenfeld
After Iran Deal, Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is Even More Ludicrous
Algemeiner.com by Mark Wildes
Take Action Now Against the Iran Deal
Algemeiner.com by Eve Stieglitz
Congress Must Stop the Iran Nuke Deal
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Netanyahu Reiterates Opposition To Iran Deal Upon Visit Of Italian PM
Emes Ve-Emunah by Harry Maryles
The Lesser of Two Evils –is Still Evil
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
Report: Iran Could Stall IAEA Inspectors More Than 78 Days Under Nuclear Deal
Algemeiner.com by Isi Leibler
Don't Despair Over Iran Nuclear Deal; Take Action Instead
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Sends his Message Against Iran Deal to Visiting Official
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Iranian General: We Hate US 100 Times More For the Nuclear Deal
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Iran: No Sanctions Past 10 Years



Asian-Australian Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
Australian Writer Threatened With 'Turn on the Gas' at Nationalist Demo in Australia



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Web page by Unknown
Woman who escaped Holocaust reunited with her cousin - AOL.com
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
BBC Slammed for Seeking to Divide Jerusalem in Documentary About Railway (VIDEO)
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
Antisemitic Rally in Ukraine Calls for No Jews in Government
כיכר השבת על ידי צביקה גרוניך
לונדון: עובד בניין שגידף חרדי יפצה אותו ב-200 ליש"ט
Algemeiner.com by Richard Ferrer
Where Are the Moderate Muslims of Britain?
DEBKAFile by Unknown
The EU to target Israeli banks in labeling goods made in settlements



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Report: ISIS Sending its Message from Mosques in Israel
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Sanur Families Visit the Ruins in the Northern Shomron
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
100s of Yassam Police Called as Arabs Threaten Jews on Har Habayis
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Terrorist Shot Dead in the Jenin District After Attacking IDF Soldiers
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
New U.S. Treasury Department Sanctions To Target Senior Hezbollah Leaders
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
New US Treasury Department Sanctions to Target Senior Hezbollah Leaders



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Slain Marines Distracted Gunman
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Dylann Roof Charged With Hate Crime
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Queens: NYPD Seek Driver Who Allegedly Hit, Killed Jewish Jeweler On Purpose
Esser Agaroth by Esser Agaroth
Is it John Kerry's Plan to Destroy Israel, or Barack Obama's?



Prayers for Those in Need
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
A Year Without a Father
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Can You Help?
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
גניבה ברמת השרון: ספר תורה בשווי מאה אלף שקל נגנב מבית המדרש של הגאון רבי יעקב אדלשטיין
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
הרב שצוחק למחלה הנוראה: התבשר מהרופאים שהולך למות בקרוב והתגלגל מצחוק • צפו
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Massive Warehouse Fire In North Brunswick NJ – Numerous Businesses Destroyed Including One Jewish-Owned
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Video: Heavy Downpours Flood Supermarket in Kiryas Yoel, NY
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Photos: Two Children Injured On Linderman Lane in Blueberry Hill, Monsey, NY, After Porch Collapses



Deaths
Yeshiva World News by Yair Hoffman
Rebbitzen Rischel Kotler A"H
The Partial View by Tomim Ti
Photo: New Jersey Gov. Christie being Menachem Avel the Kotler Family in Lakewood
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Rav Mordechai Amram Yaakovson zt"l
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
First Photo: NJ Governor Chris Christie is Menachem Avel Family of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler a"h
Yeshiva World News by ChaimShamayim
PHOTOS: NJ Governor Christie Being Menachem Avel The Kotler Family In Lakewood
Algemeiner.com by Shiryn Ghermezian
A Year Without a Father
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Award-Winning American Jewish Author E.L. Doctorow Dies at 84
כיכר השבת על ידי שאול כהנא
פטירת הגר"י מנדלסון: 'יתד' ו'המבשר' דיווחו, 'המודיע' התעלם
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
ניחום אבלים בחצרו של המקובל הרב אליהו ליאון לוי זצ"ל • תיעוד
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Nichum Aveilim Info for Mishpachas Kotler
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Photos: Klausenberger Rebbe is Menachem Avel Mishpachas Kotler Upon the Petirah of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler a"h
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
אסון בניו יורק: יצאה בשאלה, ייסדה סטארט-אפ וקפצה אל מותה מהקומה ה-20
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
בדרך לבקר את אמא: צעיר ישראלי נהרג בתאונת צניחה בשוויץ



Great Rabbis
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Rav Mordechai Amram Yaakovson zt"l
Yeshiva World News by Y.W. Editor
Maran Hagon HaRav Shteinman on the Severity of Gezel – They Are All in Gehenom
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
הראשל"צ הגאון רבי יצחק יוסף נפגש עם שרת המשפטים אילת שקד
כיכר השבת על ידי אהרן רבינוביץ
ה"מופת" שמרגש את ברסלב: תקדים עולמי: תאומות נישאו לתאומים וילדו בהפרש 20 דקות
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
"הדבר הכי חמור זה גזל": מרן הרב שטיינמן: מזייפים את המשקל? "כולם בגיהנום"
Mystical Paths by akiva@mpaths.com (Reb Akiva)
The Home of Rabbi Aryeh Levine
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
ניחום אבלים בחצרו של המקובל הרב אליהו ליאון לוי זצ"ל • תיעוד
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Photos: Klausenberger Rebbe is Menachem Avel Mishpachas Kotler Upon the Petirah of Rebbetzin Rischel Kotler a"h



Miracles
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Twin Brothers Married to Twin Sisters Celebrate Birth of Daughters Minutes Apart
כיכר השבת על ידי אהרן רבינוביץ
ה"מופת" שמרגש את ברסלב: תקדים עולמי: תאומות נישאו לתאומים וילדו בהפרש 20 דקות
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Photos: Two Children Injured On Linderman Lane in Blueberry Hill, Monsey, NY, After Porch Collapses



Kiddush Hashem
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
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