Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Baalabos Boss "Binds" Baalabatim

This amazing inspiring clip has been making the rounds lately. I am in awe of this talented individual, not only for his expertise in rhyme, but the fact that he has been saying a daf-yomi shiur for several cycles and yet is a simple Baal Habos.  He works for a living, yet has Shas on his fingertips.

The Gemara says, Hillel is Mechayev the poor,  Reb Elazar is Mechayev the rich, Yosef Hatzdik is Mechayev the handsome.

I want to add that this Yossi, or Joseph, or Joe is not a regular "Joe" and is Mechayev all Baal Habatim.

Yoma 35B

ת"ר עני ועשיר ורשע באין לדין לעני אומרים לו מפני מה לא עסקת בתורה אם אומר עני הייתי וטרוד במזונותי אומרים לו כלום עני היית יותר מהלל אמרו עליו על הלל הזקן שבכל יום ויום היה עושה ומשתכר בטרפעיק חציו היה נותן לשומר בית המדרש וחציו לפרנסתו ולפרנסת אנשי ביתו פעם אחת לא מצא להשתכר ולא הניחו שומר בית המדרש להכנס עלה ונתלה וישב על פי ארובה כדי שישמע דברי אלהים חיים מפי שמעיה ואבטליון אמרו אותו היום ערב שבת היה ותקופת טבת היתה וירד עליו שלג מן השמים כשעלה עמוד השחר אמר לו שמעיה לאבטליון אבטליון אחי בכל יום הבית מאיר והיום אפל שמא יום המעונן הוא הציצו עיניהן וראו דמות אדם בארובה עלו ומצאו עליו רום שלש אמות שלג פרקוהו והרחיצוהו וסיכוהו והושיבוהו כנגד המדורה אמרו ראוי זה לחלל עליו את השבת עשיר אומרים לו מפני מה לא עסקת בתורה אם אומר עשיר הייתי וטרוד הייתי בנכסי אומרים לו כלום עשיר היית יותר מרבי אלעזר אמרו עליו על רבי אלעזר בן חרסום שהניח לו אביו אלף עיירות ביבשה וכנגדן אלף ספינות בים ובכל יום ויום נוטל נאד של קמח על כתיפו ומהלך מעיר לעיר וממדינה למדינה ללמוד תורה פעם אחת מצאוהו עבדיו ועשו בו אנגריא אמר להן בבקשה מכם הניחוני ואלך ללמוד תורה אמרו לו חיי רבי אלעזר בן חרסום שאין מניחין אותך ומימיו לא הלך וראה אותן אלא יושב ועוסק בתורה כל היום וכל הלילה רשע אומרים לו מפני מה לא עסקת בתורה אם אמר נאה הייתי וטרוד ביצרי (היה) אומרים לו כלום נאה היית מיוסף אמרו עליו על יוסף הצדיק בכל יום ויום היתה אשת פוטיפר משדלתו בדברים בגדים שלבשה לו שחרית לא לבשה לו ערבית בגדים שלבשה לו ערבית לא לבשה לו שחרית אמרה לו השמע לי אמר לה לאו אמרה לו הריני חובשתך בבית האסורין אמר לה ה' מתיר אסורים הריני כופפת קומתך ה' זוקף כפופים הריני מסמא את עיניך ה' פוקח עורים נתנה לו אלף ככרי כסף לשמוע אליה לשכב אצלה להיות עמה ולא רצה לשמוע אליה לשכב אצלה בעוה"ז להיות עמה לעוה"ב נמצא הלל מחייב את העניים רבי אלעזר בן חרסום מחייב את העשירים יוסף מחייב את הרשעים

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

(Vice) President Pence Promotes Peace

Wow! What a Mentch! SoMeHoW it takes a Christian to lecture the Israeli Knesset on Jewish Biblical history.
Trump and Pence have far surpassed my expectations on promoting freedom and support for the State of Israel.
It is comforting to know that we have a VP in the wings who is even more a staunch supporter of our interests than the president himself.

Friday, January 19, 2018

President Pulls Palestinian Payments

The president is being painted as unsuitable for the job, but hasn't ceased to amaze me since he stepped into office with his "see it like it is" and "tell it like it is" attitude.

Why should we pay millions of dollars to those who try to kill us?

Thank you President Trump for standing up to the State Department and the world and righting another injustice.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Rabbi Rubashkin Receives Royal Release

President Trump continues to amaze me. He promised to move the American Israeli embassy to Yerushalayim, and then followed through with action to see that process to completion. He visited the Kosel, backed Prime Minister Netanyahu, filled important administration positions with Orthodox Jews (Friedman, Greenblatt and Kushner), found a new set of Jewish Askonim to invite to the White House Chanukah party, and has stood up to the world at the UN with his star Nikki Haley. Not only did he veto the recent anti-Israel resolution, but promises now to stop funding countries that support anti-Israel bias.

And just when the liberals were reeling from his anti UN stand, he commuted the sentence of Rabbi Shalom Rubashkin! A long overdue presidential move that was ignored by his predecessor (Kudos to Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz of the Yated for fighting this fight). Not only that, but recently unearthed documents show Obama's flawed deal with Iran. At the rate things are going, I would expect Trump to undo that deal.

The entire Trump presidency and the fast pace in which world events are exploding portends the arrival of Moshiach, במהרה בימנו אמן

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman Stills Sanctified Site

Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman ZT"L (1913-2017) was widely viewed as the leader of the Lithuanian branch of Orthodox Jewry.

His humbleness and sage advice was appreciated by hundreds of thousands of people. His Levaya was attended by over 1/2 million souls.

Rav Shteinman was known as a "moderate", yet fiercely defended the beauty of our religion.

Following the recent announcement by President Trump regarding Jerusalem, the Wakf has kept the Al-Aqsa Mosque darkened, which is a pleasure for picture takers who want a pure view of the Kosel. Additionally, I heard that during the Levaya of Rav Shteinman, there was difficulty in putting together a Minyan by the Kosel. It seems that the entire country turned out to mourn the simple man, who wanted no eulogies, no fanfare, and a simple burial aside his wife.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Trump Tackles TelAviv-Yerushalayim Transfer

We do live in amazing times. I applaud President Trump for fulfilling the campaign promise of recognizing and relocating the American Embassy to Yerushalayim. This is bound to upset many people, yet the president is apparently a man of his word.

While the world organizations, particularly the UN tries to strip Yerushalayim from Jewish hands, it is amazing that a Christian has stood up to them and approved this volatile move.


Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Applauds President Trump’s Historic Change of U.S. Policy toward the Status of Jerusalem

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – applauded President Donald Trump for his historic change of U.S. government policy toward the status of Jerusalem – the ancient and current capital of Israel and the Jewish People.

Over 3000 years ago, King David constructed the holy city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. For millennia, Jews around the world directed their prayers toward Jerusalem and prayed to return to Jerusalem. Indeed, the prayer to return to Jerusalem is invoked at the conclusions of the sacred Yom Kippur service and the Passover Seder. In 1948, when the modern State of Israel was miraculously founded, its leaders – of course – chose Jerusalem as the capital even though Arab armies occupied Judaism’s holiest sites. With G-d’s help, the city was reunited in 1967 and it has flourished ever since. Under Israeli rule, Jerusalem is an open city where people of all faiths may freely visit and worship at their holy sites.

Sadly, and from our perspective wrongly, the international community has ignored the history of Jerusalem and its centrality in the lives and faith of the Jewish people. Moreover, the responsible stewardship for the holy city provided by the State of Israel is largely ignored. In 1995, the United States Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act – legislation advocated for by the Orthodox Union. The 1995 Act established as a matter of U.S. policy the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and required the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama each pledged to implement this commitment, none of them did. Today, President Trump began to fulfill this promise.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Rogachover: Rabbi Rosen Reminisce

As a youngster, I loved to hear stories about the Rogachover Gaon (1858-1936). In 1976, the JO published a short essay on him and my father offered to have his friend, Rabbi P Teitz from Elizabeth NJ, host me for a shabbos to relate to me some first-hand stories. Sadly, I never went.

In any event, the seforim blog recently published some more interesting facts about this Gaon/Genius in a Generation of Giants.

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