Wednesday, December 28, 2005

matthue - (un)orthodox poet - check out his video

check out some rocking poetry from Matthue Roth

Chag Sameach!

flickering star over BK

below is the email i got, check out the videos for yourself:

"The following video was shot by a frum lady in Brooklyn yesterday, Tuesday, 27 December (27 Kislev) 2005 at approximately 5:20pm. She was with her 10 year old son who said "I learned that Moshiach will come on a donkey...why is he in that star?"

Perhaps this object is a foretaste of what it says in the Zohar (Shemos 8a): "one awesome star will awaken in the middle of the heavens like a purple eye flashing and sparking in the day in the eyes of the whole world."

Be sure to check out the close-up video (view the original video, here)"

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

aliyah's on our mind

so how do we make our (my) parents feel comfortable about the decision? i have no idea, but maybe nefesh b' nefesh or YOU can help??

KUMAH has got a new Aliyah flash flick available at AliyahRevolutiondotcom.
they're also having a get together at J2 tomorrow (wednesday) night.

we're thinking to start in Nachlaot, as we have some friends there.

dreidel etymology

from my old work site,, here's some fun info (click on my little Atara dreidelach):

Thursday, December 15, 2005

rain pryor, richard's jewish daughter

child biting - what's the deal?

my daughter was bit earlier this week in yeshiva. she's 2 and a half. the bite got infected, and thank Gd she's doing fine. however, it makes me wonder what the real cause of this is. based on conversations i have had, evidently, biting is prevalent nowadays. does anyone have an idea what could be the root of the problem? i believe that it has something to do with sending kids to daycare at very early ages, somehow instilling frustration and an inability to communicate that frustration. any ideas and feedback are sincerely appreciated? is this a problem in israel? in yeshivas?

FEEDBACK ANYONE: what's the deal with the jewish star in germany?

when i traveled to germany recently i saw jewish stars everywhere, on their pastries, their beer, their xmas ornaments. does somebody, anybody know the significance of the symbol to the germans?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Spreading the Truth - Palestinian Media Watch

the director of Palestinian Media Watch talked in Riverdale tonite. he said that 90% or more of israelis don't know anything about the propaganda that is spread by palestinian media, affecting all parts of their culture and brainwashing the youth. therefore, his group is trying to implement a program to bring its message to mainstream israelis.

this is my small part of trying to spread the message, but if you can help in any other way wherever you are, please do.

Monday, December 12, 2005

jewish star crystals - CRAZY!

Cool Web Site - Special Projects Office

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Holiday Fun - Latke Larry and Chrismahanukwanzakah

Thursday, December 01, 2005

the jewish ghetto of frankfurt

for my last night in germany we went to frankfurt, to the xmas market :-). the beer was good. unfortunately, my group didn't go to the former jewish section known as judengasse (jew's lane) which was a ghetto where the jews were confined for 400 years. anyway, the web site has listings of many of the houses and PEOPLE of the ghetto. i find it fascinating and maybe you will too. click on the pic below to get there:

A Relevant Halacha (to me at least)

as i've really tried to set aside each day to learn here is an apt halach courtesy of

Learning Torah Out Loud

The Gemara in Masechet Eruvin (Daf 54) discusses the importance of studying Torah verbally, rather than simply reading the material with one's eyes. To retain Torah knowledge, the Gemara explains, one must ensure that the information is absorbed throughout his body, which one accomplishes by vocalizing the words as he studies. The Shulchan Aruch Ha'Rav (code of law written by Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi, first Rebbe of Lubavitch) goes so far as to say that one who learns silently has not fulfilled the obligation of Torah learning at all. Since this obligation is presented in the Torah with the words, "Ve'dibarta Bam" ("And you shall speak in them"), it demands that one actually speak in matters of Torah, rather than just read them.

The Pele Yo'etz (Rabbi Eliezer Papo, 1785-1826) elaborates on the importance of learning Torah out loud, rather than silently. (Listen to audio for exact quote.) He writes that the sound of Torah studied out loud and articulately "pierces the heavens" and "bring joy to G-d." Those who study silently or inarticulately forfeit a great opportunity to accrue reward and bring joy and pleasure to the Almighty, as it were. Likewise, the Magid Mesharim (the book that documents the information revealed to Rav Yosef Karo through an angel) mentions that the audible sound of Torah learning creates many angels that protect and assist a person.

Our beloved teacher, Chacham Baruch Ben Haim A”H, would enter the Bet Midrash and see the students learning silently, and he would comment, "This room is filled with Torah!" The students would initially feel gratified over having received such a compliment, but he would then explain, "The room is filled with Torah – because it is not ascending to the heavens!" Only when one verbalizes out loud the material he learns does it rise to the heavens and please the Almighty.

Therefore, one must ensure to always learn Torah aloud, rather than silently, even when he learns alone and in private.

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