A man once said to the Chafetz Chaim,(one of our great modern sages) "Rabbi, I have just bought a lottery ticket. Could you please give me a blessing that I will win, since the money I acquire will enable me to study spirituality with peace of mind."
The Chafetz Chaim gently blessed him, "May the Almighty help you study Torah with peace of mind."
The man was disappointed that the Chafetz Chaim did not give him a blessing to win the lottery. It occurred to him that perhaps the Chafetz Chaim did not hear him exactly, so he repeated - this time in a louder voice - that he would like a blessing to win the lottery.
Very calmly the Chafetz Chaim reiterated the same blessing, word for word as before.
Today, ask yourself: Are my material possessions in any way distracting me from the real goals of life? Is your love of money keeping you from doing something useful in your life?
Published: January 28th, 2016 Latest update: January 27th, 2016
MK Moshe Feiglin
We have grown accustomed to the murders. Every two-and-a-half hours on average there is an attempted murder. Every day or two – a "success." We know the prime minister does not have a solution. So we get used to it. Or we conjure up an easy enemy – and embark on a witch hunt against Jewish terror.
We have gotten used to it. So have I, to my great shame.
And then it hits again. Somebody you know. One of your party members, an activist, a familiar, smiling face. Such a great soul, whose absence is immediately felt and refuses to become just another faceless statistic.
Daphna Meir fought like a lioness to save her children. The villainous terrorist had to stab her so deeply that he couldn't get the knife back out. And that is how, with her death, Daphna saved her children.
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Big Brother Makes Aliyah
The Free Mandatory Education Law has just been broadened by the Knesset and from the next school year will include children from the age of three(!).
The direction is clear. Instead of keeping out of every facet of our lives and from the most important of all – our connection and responsibility toward our children – the state's long arms are intruding into our lives more and more.
The role of the state should be to provide its citizens with security, a justice system and vital national infrastructure. Other than that, the role of the state is mainly not to interfere.
Israel, however, is moving in precisely the opposite direction. Every two-and-a-half hours, on average, an attempt is made to murder Jews. The state ignores its responsibility and calls upon its citizens to adjust to this insane reality. On the other hand, destructive state interference is growing in all the places that should be left to the responsibility of the citizens.
There is a fundamental connection between torture of arrested minors, barring legal counsel from a leftist activist, the biometric data base, the mad hunt after cannabis growers and users and the Free Mandatory Education Law (there are many more examples). In all of these cases, the majority of the public is convinced that surrendering its liberty to Big Brother is worth the price. They do not see the sad state that Israel will be in at the end of this process.
Welcome to Israel, Big Brother.
About the Author:Moshe Feiglin is the former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset.
He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: "Where There Are No Men" and "War of Dreams." Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War.
He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.
Khamenei airs Holocaust denial video on international Remembrance Day
Iran's supreme leader says Europeans are silenced when they try to question
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with university students in Tehran, Iran, July 2015. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
"No one in European countries dares to speak about the Holocaust, while it is not clear whether the core of the matter is reality or not," the narrator continues. "Even if it is reality, it is not clear how it happened. Speaking about the Holocaust and expressing doubts about it is considered to be a great sin. If someone does this, they stop, arrest, imprison and sue him. This is why they claim to be supporters of freedom."
The video was uploaded as Iran's President Hassan Rouhani visited Europe, with trips to Italy, where he met with the pope on Tuesday, and France. Before leaving Rome for Paris on Wednesday, Rouhani charged that the "Zionist lobby" in the US was preventing warmer Iran-US ties.
Khamenei has expressed doubts about the historicity of the Holocaust in the past.
"The Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and if it has happened, it's uncertain how it has happened," Khamenei said during an address in 2014, according to a Twitter account under his name thought to be run by his office.
"Expressing opinion about the Holocaust, or casting doubt on it, is one of the greatest sins in the West. They prevent this, arrest the doubters, try them while claiming to be a free country," said Khamenei, who has repeatedly called the Holocaust a "myth."
Officials in Iran have been reluctant to admit the slaughter of 6 million Jews in Europe at the hands of the Nazis during World War II.
Earlier this month Israeli officials called on the UN to condemn Iran for the Tehran municipality's annual Holocaust denial cartoon contest, set to take place in June of this year.
The winner of the event sponsored by the Tehran municipality will receive a $50,000 cash prize.
Organizers say the competition is designed to highlight the world's double standard in defending caricatures of the Muslim prophet Mohammed, whose depiction is forbidden in Islam.
Israel's UN ambassador Danny Danon also called on Ban to condemn the competition, claiming "this anti-Semitic act represents the pure evil of the Iranian regime."
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