Wednesday, November 13, 2019

For all who are fooled by secular politicians

A father appeared at an Al Taharas HaKodesh Cheder in Yerushalayim, and requested to enroll his two boys. As the Cheder learns in Yiddish, which the children don’t speak, the Menahel asked the father why he chose this type of school. The father related the following, hard to believe story; “I am a ba’al teshuva. I was visiting my father-in-law, who is Chiloni, and he told me; ‘Now the children are yours, in fifteen years they’ll be mine.’ When I asked him to explain this queer statement, he said; ‘The entire Chareidi community is in a downward spiritual spiral. According to the plans already in place [in the schools], in just fifteen years the Chareidim will be significantly secularized. At that time, your children will revert to respecting me [and my ideals]. Only one group, the students of Rav Auerbach, are holding their-own.’ I am taking his words seriously, and I would therefore like to enroll the children in this Cheder.” It seems like the shver is following the news, and has put together all the many pieces of the puzzle. Only, truth be told, the shver is not up on the news, rather, he is one of the main characters in creating it; for his name is none other than Binyamin Netanyahu.

The Sentry

Friday, November 8, 2019

Rav Moshe Sternbuch shlita on kiruv

The Kesef Mishne (end of Ch. 6 of H. Ovos Hatumah) writes that a mikveh does not effect purification for a person still immersed in it, but only he has left it. Similarly, those who engage in outreach work must realize that they cannot make do with delivering several shiurim in the hope that they will have the desired effect. Even those who become observant can fall by the wayside after the initial period, if they do not receive emotional support subsequently. Their mentors must follow in the footsteps of Avrohom ovinu. He did not make do with making speeches and inspiring his followers, but rather became a father for many thousands of his followers, who became members of his household. It is especially incumbent on kiruv organizations to ensure that young people find appropriate marriage partners.

Based on droshos by Rav Moshe Sternbuch shlita, raavad of Yerushalayim.  To receive these weekly divrei Torah email benipray@netvision.net.il.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Wonderful quotes from writer E.B. White

"One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy."

"Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts."

"The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind."

"Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better but the frog dies in the process."

"There's no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another."

"Don't write about Man; write about a man."

"Life is like writing with a pen. You can cross out your past but you can't erase it."

"To achieve style, begin by affecting none."

"We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or doing laundry."

"When an American family becomes separated from its toothbrushes and combs and pajamas for a few hours it considers that it has had quite an adventure."

"Everything in life is somewhere else and you get there in a car."

"I would really rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else."

"Most people believe almost anything they see in print."

"By comparison with other less hectic days, the city is uncomfortable and inconvenient; but New Yorkers temperamentally do not crave comfort and convenience- if they did they would live elsewhere."

"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world."

"When your stomach is empty and your mind is full, it’s always hard to sleep."