Sunday, January 25, 2015

Be Careful With Your Email Address

Yankele, from the Bronx, goes to vacation in Florida and decides to send his wife a quick e-mail. However he can't find the paper where he wrote it down so he types it from memory. Unfortunately, Yankele misses one letter in the address and the e-mail is sent to a grieving rebbetzin whose husband passed away the day before. When the grieving rebbetzin checks her e-mail, she lets out a piercing scream, collapses in a faint, and is found by her shocked family who sees this message on her computer screen...

Dearest Wife,

Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

Your Loving Husband

PS: Sure is hot down here.

Solving The Rabbi's Problem

A man named Moishe goes to a rabbi and complains about all the problems he has in his life: his wife, his children, his work and everything else he can think of. Every week he goes to the rabbi and every week the list gets longer. And every week the rabbi always listens quietly and doesn't say a word. Until one week, the rabbi finally says to Moishe, "Why don't you convert?"

Moishe, shocked that the rabbi would suggest something so scandalous asks, "How will that solve my problems?"

The rabbi answers, "It won't, but it will solve mine."

New Articles

Chiddushim on Beshalach. Eiruvin, Kibbud Av and the special connection of goyim to the mitzva al pi Maharal, Davening is the craft of our Avos al pi Rav Hutner, Mikdash Hashem  - Which Mikdash? - The Lubavitcher Rebbe, and much much more....


Who Is An Am Ha-aretz?

A "modern" rabbi once said something that was very hashkafically problematic. Rav Soloveitchik was very displeased with his stance. Someone said "He is no Am Ha-aretz". Rav Soloveitchik fired back [in Yiddish] that someone can know the entire shas but still be an Am Ha-aretz if he lacks the hashkafos and feelings of Chazal.

[See Brachos 47 that someone is considered an Am Ha-aretz even if they are learned as long as they have not been "משמש" talmidei chachomim].

Beis Yitzchok [29 page 225]

That goes for certain people in our midst as well. However, most of the people spouting silliness [on blogs, newpapers and the like] are just plain old-fashioned Amei Ha-aretz. Please learn only from those who are worthy of teaching - i.e. they both have yiras shomayim AND know what they are talking about....:-).

Not Saying Is Generally A Better Idea

I have never been hurt by what I have not said.
Calvin Coolidge
כל ימי גדלתי בין החכמים ולא מצאתי לגוף טוב משתיקה
פרקי אבות

The Human Brain

10 trillion neurons in the brain that work for us daily [although they seem to take a break when we get to a difficult gemara].

They all are created automatically when a sperm cell meets an egg.

מה רבו מעשיך השם!!!

Links [Hebrew]

Doing Shanyim Mikra during Krias HaTorah.

Three meals on Shabbos - Di-oraisa or di-rabanan, when, what, starting shaleshudus after shkiya, is a sefek aseh docheh a safek issur etc. etc.