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In this week’s Torah portion, the Torah discusses an accounting, the audit of all of the metals used to build the mishkan. Our Sages explain that this audit was done to demonstrate that Moshe didn’t use one bit of it for himself. This leads us to the mitzva of not cheating others. How would you answer the following interesting story. Micha was laid off from his job and held a yard sale to help him pay his mortgage. A potential customer perused the items on the lawn and picked up a painting. “How much are you asking for this”, she asked. “$15 dollars”, he...
The Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee says former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has volunteered to speak with the panel as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election. Rep. Devin Nunes of California told reporters that Manafort’s counsel contacted the committee Thursday to offer lawmakers the opportunity to interview him. Nunes said he does not know if the interview will take place in a public forum or behind closed doors. The Associated Press reported this week that Manafort, before signing up with the Trump campaign, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire and wrote a proposal aimed at benefiting the government in Moscow. The House intelligence committee is investigating whether any ties exist b...
In a conference sponsored by the European Conference of Rabbis in Italy, Rabbi Hezekiah Samin, head of the Marriage Department of the Israeli Religious Services Ministry announced Tuesday that the Israeli rabbinate has already begun creating a database of all Jews around the world. The purpose of the database, according to Samin, is to enable Jewish marriage registrars to have individual’s personal status reports available at the click of a button. According to reports, Israel has already invested tens of millions of shekels in the initiative. The heart of the story according to Rabbi Samin, is to prevent a situation in which a Jewish person gets married while still married halachically. Nevertheless, the listing will also indicate as to the Jewish status of any person registered th...
Head of the Israel Government’s Housing Staff, Avigdor Yitzchaki explains the chareidi tzibur erred by deciding not to move into Kasif, which he feels would have been an ideal housing solution. Yitzchaki interviewed with Kikar Shabbos following a visit to the site of the newest planned chareidi community, Shafir, vising the site with Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Deputy Minister (Shas) Meshulam Nahari and Yahadut Hatorah MKs Menachem Eliezer Moses and Yaakov Asher. “The Shafir Regional Council is one of the solutions we produce for the chareidi tzibur,” he says. “As long as the chareidim want to live together, in my distant view, we will have to do mixed settlements as much as possible, but here we are producing a solution of more than 9,000 housing units The p...
Haifa City Hall and environmentalist organizations are fuming over a request from Haifa Chemicals to amend the Haifa District Court ruling compelling the emptying of the city’s ammonia tank by April 1, 2017. Haifa Chemicals wants to leave 600 tons of ammonia in the tank, explaining it does not have the ability to empty it completely. It is explained the ammonia is stored at minus 33 Celsius and emptying the tank to under 600 tons might result in heating the liquid and thereby compromising an insulation layer at the bottom. In addition, the company warns against the formation of corrosion inside the tank. The Environmental Ministry has turned to an international company, experts, to empty the tank, explaining the removal of the ammonia will be done under controlled conditions witho...
Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., apologized to his full House Intelligence Committee today for failing to inform the committee’s Democratic ranking member of his findings – that the intelligence community “incidentally collected” surveillance of Trump’s transition team and possibly Trump himself – before he briefed the White House and held a press conference yesterday. “I am not confident that he can run this committee,” said Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who informed reporters that Nunes apologized in a closed door meeting. A second Democratic member, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, corroborated the story. Nunes has refused to share the source of his information with the committee. Speier said she believes Nunes obtained it “either from...
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In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly. It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation Friday, threatening to leave “Obamacare” in place and move on to other issues if the vote failed. The bill was withdrawn minutes before the vote was to occur. The president’s gamble failed. Instead Trump, who campaigned as a master deal-maker and claimed that he alone could fix the nation’s health care system, saw his ultimatum rejected by Republican lawmakers who made clear they answer to their own voters, not to the president. Republicans have spent seven years c...
After more than a year of wrangling, senators announced a bipartisan bill Thursday to impose mandatory sanctions on Iran over its spate of ballistic missile tests and support for a group that President Donald Trump may soon dub a terrorist organization. The measure from top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee comes despite Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s repeated warnings that expanding sanctions against Iran would jeopardize the nuclear deal struck in 2015 – a deal that Trump promised to undo during his presidential campaign. Leading Democrats resisted an effort last year from Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and high-ranking Democrat Robert Menendez, D-N.J., – both of whom opposed the Iran deal – to impose similar sanctions over fea...
Daily Halacha
Hilchos Chanukah

During the Second Temple, the Greek empire reigned (over Israel),1  and they (the Greeks) passed decrees against the Jews and (tried) to erase their religion,  and did not allow them to carry out Torah (study) or the commandments.  They put their hands on their property and their daughters.  They entered the Temple, destroyed and made the pure unclean.  The Jews were in great distress because of them and were much oppressed, until the G-d of their fathers had mercy on them, delivering them from their hands and saving them.  Then overcame, the sons of the Hasmonean High Priest, (the Greeks) and killed them  and saved the Jews from their hands.  They appointed a king from the Priests,  and the kingdom of Israel was restored  for more than 200 years until the destruction of (the) second (Temple).  When the Jews overcame their enemies and destroyed them,  it was the 25th of Kislev2  when they entered the Sanctuary (inner room) and did not find pure (olive) oil in the Temple,  except one jar sealed with seal of the High Priest,  and it did not contain enough to light except for one day only.  But they lit from it the lamps of the Menorah3 for eight days,  until they could crush olives and produce a (new quantity) of pure oil.  For these reasons, decreed the Sages of that generation  that these eight days  that begin on the 25th Kislev, will be days of joy and praise.  One lights on them lamps at evening at the entrance to the houses,  every evening of the eight nights to show off and demonstrate the miracle.  These days are called ''Hanukah''  that is to say ''they rested'' (chanu) on the ''25'' ('th of the month)  because on the 25th they rested from their enemies.  and also because of those days  they (re)-dedicated the house (Temple) which their foes had defiled.  Also some say that it is a commandment to increase slightly the festive meals on Hanukah.  Another reason is because the work of (building) the Sanctuary (in the desert) was completed in these days.  One should tell one's children the story of the miracles  that were done for our fore-fathers in those days,  (see Josephus)  However, these meals are not considered as part of the commandment  unless one says at the meal songs of praise.  One should increase charity in these Hanukah days,  for this can help mend any defects in our souls.  This charity, should be given particularly to poor Torah scholars. (KSA 139:1)
1) 352 BCE until 70 CE
2) 139 BCE
3) The Menorah was made of gold and had seven branches.

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A Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to my niece, Ruti Levy, on her forthcoming marriage to Yoni Epstein of Scranton. Mazal tov to the extended Levy, Bulka and Jakobovits families. The pasuk (40:22) recounts the placing of the shulchan in the north before the placing of the menorah in the south. However, points out R' Chaim Brisker, the mishkan was arranged from the kodesh hakadashim and out, i.e. they began in the west and moved eastward. There is a general rule in matters pertaining to the holy service, kol pinos she'atah poneh, lo yehu ela derech yamin.(Sotah 15b and various other sources). This is to say that any time there is a choice between turning to the left or to the right, one must turn to the right. If so, when facing east...
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The Yard Sale A Moral Dilemma for the Shabbos Table

In this week’s Torah portion, the Torah discusses an accounting, the audit of all of the metals used to build the mishkan. Our Sages explain that this audit was done to demonstrate that Moshe didn’t use one bit of it for himself.



This leads us to the mitzva of not cheating others. How would you answer the following interesting story.



Micha was laid off from his job and held a yard sale to help him pay his mortgage. A potential customer perused the items on the lawn and picked up a painting. “How much are you asking for this”, she asked. “$15 dollars”, he answers. “Only 50 dollars! She said. “What a bargain. I would have paid $100”. The lady handed Micha a $50 dollar bill.



Micha wonders if he is obligated to tell her that he only asked for 15. He really could use the money though and he would rather not. What is his obligation?
On one hand he told her $15 so accepting more would be dishonest. But on the other hand the lady thought that $50 was a bargain and she was willing to spend even more.
What do you think?

Answer to the “Fish Market Feud”

Thus story is discussed in Veharev Na volume three page 182
Rav Zilberstn said that the ring should belong to the clerk, the one who first found it.
 

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The World Jewish Congress has found that more than 382,000 anti-Semitic posts were uploaded to social media over the course of 2016 – an average of 43.6 posts per hour, or one post every 83 seconds. The WJC research, conducted by the Israeli monitoring firm Vigo Social Intelligence, also determined that an overwhelming 63 percent of all anti-Semitic content online can be found on Twitter. “We knew that anti-Semitism online was on the rise, but the numbers revealed in this report give us concrete data as to how alarming the situation really is,” World Jewish Congress CEO and Executive Vice President Robert R. Singer said. “We hope this serves as a wake-up call to all internet forums to maintain moral standards, rid themselves of offensive content, and make the digit...
Britain says it will vote against UNHRC resolutions until it ends its bias against Israel. Britain on Friday placed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) “on notice”, announcing that it would vote against all future UNHRC resolutions criticizing Israel until the body ends its “disproportion and bias” against the Jewish state. “Israel is a population of eight million in a world of seven billion,” said a statement from the British government, quoted by The Jewish Chronicle. “Yet since its foundation, the Human Rights Council has adopted 135 country-specific resolutions; 68 of which against Israel. Justice is blind and impartial. This selective focus on Israel is neither,” added the statement, which pointed out that that “Israel ...
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Mayor Catherine Pugh said she will veto a bill that would raise Baltimore City's minimum wage. In a press conference Friday, she said her office will instead support statewide measures in Annapolis. "I don't think there's anybody that wants to see the minimum wage increased more than I do," Pugh said. "But when I think about the economic impact...I think it's important that we follow the lead of the state." If Baltimore City raises its minimum wage and encircling jurisdictions don't, the city will be the "hole in the donut," Pugh said, economically speaking. Pugh said she spoke to counterparts across the state, as well as former mayor Kurt Schmoke and representatives of a number of nonprofits. "You know, Catherine, if you push for the bill and sign for the bill...
Prosecutors said the targeted murder of a black man by a self-proclaimed white supremacist in New York City was most likely an act of terrorism. James Harris Jackson, 28, of Baltimore, Maryland, appeared in a Manhattan courtroom for his arraignment Thursday. He was formally charged with second-degree murder, but Prosecutor Joan Iluzzi-Orbon said the charges are expected to be upgraded once the case goes before a grand jury. “The defendant was motivated purely by hatred,” Iluzzi-Orbon said. “Additional charges could include murder in the first degree, as this was most likely an act of terrorism.” During the hearing, Jackson looked about the room with a curious expression on his face but said nothing. He was escorted by three of the 18 police and court officers who...
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An Israeli teen accused of making more than 100 bomb threats in the U.S. outran the FBI for months, using Bitcoin and more to stay hidden. Then he made a mistake.The suspect arrested Thursday for a wave of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers in the United States employed an array of technologies, including  Bitcoin and Google Voice, to make himself virtually untraceable for months, The Daily Beast has learned. But in the end, it only took one careless slip-up to lead police to his door.Police arrested 19-year-old Michael Kaydar, who has joint Israeli-U.S. citizenship, at his home in Ashkelon, a coastal city in southern Israel. He’s suspected of phoning in over 100 bomb threats to JCCs and Jewish day schools in 33 states since January, with the most recent calls made tw...
Khalid Masood, who attacked Britain’s Parliament, killing four people and wounding some 50, was born Adrian Russell Ajao, London’s top counterterror officer said Friday. Mark Rowley revealed the name in a briefing outside Scotland Yard in which he also announced two more “significant” arrests had been made. That brings the total number of people in custody for the Wednesday attack to nine. “We remain keen to hear from anyone who knew Khalid Masood well, understands who his associates were and can provide us with information about places he has recently visited,” Rowley said. “There might be people out there who did have concerns about Masood but did not feel comfortable for whatever reason in passing those concerns to us.” The 52-year-old ...
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The Trump administration issued a permit Friday to build the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the conclusion of the Obama administration and clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed. The decision caps a years-long fight between environmental groups and energy industry advocates over the pipeline’s fate that became a proxy battle over global warming. It marks one of the biggest steps taken to date by the Trump administration to prioritize economic development over environmental concerns. The State Department, responsible for reviewing the project because it crosses an international border, determined that building it serves U.S. national interests. That conclusion followed a review of environmental, economic and diplomatic factors, the department said. It ...
Towards ensuring the safety of mispallalim and the integrity of the Kosel, as is the case before Pesach and Rosh Hashanah, work is ongoing at the Kosel ahead of Yomtov. Workmen are checking the integrity of the stones, a necessary step to avoid an unwanted situation chas v’sholom as from time to time, some of them have to be reinforced. In addition, cleaning is done to remove buildup and matter left behind by birds. The countless number of kvitlach are also removed twice annually in preparation for the many visitors who arrive at the Kosel in Tishrei and Nissan.
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Belgian authorities have charged the Frenchman who drove his car at high speed through a busy shopping area in Antwerp with terror-related offenses. The Federal prosecutor’s office said Friday that Mohamed R., 39, was charged with “attempted murder in a terror context,” and infractions against the gun law. After driving through the busy Meir shopping road on Thursday, he was arrested at the port docks. No one was injured. In the car, authorities found knives, a shotgun and a gas can with an unknown liquid. An official at the prosecutor’s office said the suspect “was under the influence” but refused to elaborate whether it was drugs or alcohol. Authorities immediately raised security in the center of Antwerp.
MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Uri Maklev has turned to Minister of Religious Services David Azoulai questioning how private mikvaos in Israel are less expensive than state-run ones. Maklev calls on the minister to sharply reduce the fees for state-run mikvaos, explaining the tzibur cannot afford the price. He explains prices have increased signifyingly in this administration and there is no justification for state services to be more costly than private. Azoulai blames the treasury for not permitting the ministry to offer a discount. He added that he agrees and it is unacceptable that a father and sons come to toivel erev Shabbos and this is prohibitively expensive. Azoulai explains that he will okay any discount but it is not up to him, but rather the treasury.
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