Beware that you do not forget the Lord, your G-d, by not keeping His commandments... which I command you this day, lest you eat and be sated, and build good houses and dwell therein, and your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold increase, and all that you have increases, and your heart grows haughty, and you forget the Lord, your G-d...   The Torah here forewarns of the danger of being lured into delusional independence from   from G-d, a prideful smugness that stemmed from becoming drunk with success. It continues with testament to G-d’s having tended to ...
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Baltimore, Md - July 25, 2021  - After an enormously successful first year, we do not even contemplate “sitting on our laurels”. Although we recognize the יד השם and tremendous סייתא דשמיא in all of our achievements, we are still working tirelessly to ensure that Mesivta Shaarei Chaim continues to develop into the premier מקום תורה we envision for the community. Please visit https://www.shaareichaimbaltimore.org/whatsnext for a sampling of some of the new, exciting and dynamic changes and additions taking place for this coming school year of תשפ”א-תשפ”ב.
Famous for gazing over eyeglasses worn on the end of his nose, Carl Levin seemed at ease wherever he went, whether attending a college football game back home in Michigan or taking on a multibillion-dollar corporation before cameras on Capitol Hill. Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator had a slightly rumpled, down-to-earth demeanor that helped him win over voters throughout his 36-year career, as did his staunch support for the hometown auto industry. But the Harvard-educated attorney also was a respected voice on military issues, spending years leading the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. Despite his record tenure and status, he kept his role in perspective. At his direction, the portraits of all 38 senators who had served before or with him since Michigan’s stat...
Balltimore, MD -  July 29, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Shlomo Bergman on the birth of  Nechama Tova. יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!  
And it will be, because you will heed these ordinances and keep and perform them, that the Lord, your God, will keep for you the covenant and the kindness that He swore to your forefathers.” (Devorim 7:12) At first glance, it represents a simple, straightforward theme; if we follow the word of God, He will take care of us. The Torah is replete with verses emphasizing the reciprocal nature of our relationship with God. If we are willing to commit our allegiance to the Torah and Mitzvos, God will see that our needs are met. This idea is at the core of our relationship contract with God: You will get out what you are willing to put in. Yet, the famed commentator, Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki 1040-1105) highlights an additional dimension of meaning: ...
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A report by Forbes shows that numerous Democrat mayors around the country hired private security after their cities cut or “proposed cutting” police budgets. According to Forbes, “25 major U.S. cities across the country” took up the defund the police cause and mayors in 20 of those cities “enjoy the personal protection of a dedicated police security detail.” Moreover, Forbes emphasized that “the defunding of police — coupled with taxpayer dollars spent on police security details protecting public officials — only occurred in cities run by Democratic mayors.” The cities where this occurred included Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, San Diego, San Francisco, and New York City. Breitbart News noted similar happenings incidents with som...
No one ever expected a pile of Gan Israel camp T-shirts to be used to stop the bleeding of one of the campers’ teachers—certainly not Rabbi Shlomo Noginski himself. But on July 1, that was exactly the function they served. The Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi had been taking a call on the front steps of the Shaloh House Jewish Russian Center & Synagogue (doubling as a summer camp at this time of year) in the working-class Boston neighborhood of Brighton when a man walked up to him brandishing a gun and demanding to be taken to the rabbi’s car. After realizing that the attacker had every intention of shoving him into the car—he’d refused the offer of the keys—the rabbi ran to the park across the street in an effort to escape and put some distance bet...
Antisemitic violence in London skyrocketed in May, with Israel’s 11-day conflict with Hamas used as pretext to attack Jews in the city, new police data revealed Thursday. Statistics released by the Metropolitan Police showed 87 incidents of antisemitic violence in May, which was four times higher than any month since 2018, Sky News reported. Since May 2018, only a handful of months saw more than 20 such incidents. Chaim Hochhauser of the Shomrim neighborhood watch organization in the heavily-Jewish Stamford Hill neighborhood in north London, said, “During May, the Jewish community in Hackney were the target of many racially motivated attacks.” “One of these hate crimes targeted over 30 Jewish-owned vehicles whose tires were slashed. This was pure hate ...
A firm majority of voters do not want the federal government involved in all the key aspects of state voting, especially voter registration, according to a new survey provided to Secrets. In one finding that rejects Democratic voting reform efforts in Washington, a whopping 67% rejected any proposal to let the president use the Justice Department to sue states over registration efforts the White House disagrees with. Overall, 58% want Uncle Sam’s hands off state registration procedures, according to the survey provided by the Center for Excellence in Polling, a project of the Foundation for Government Accountability. “Research from the Center for Excellence in Polling clearly shows that removing state control from the regulation of election processes such as voter regis...
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Beware that you do not forget the Lord, your G-d, by not keeping His commandments... which I command you this day, lest you eat and be sated, and build good houses and dwell therein, and your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold increase, and all that you have increases, and your heart grows haughty, and you forget the Lord, your G-d...  


The Torah here forewarns of the danger of being lured into delusional independence from  


from G-d, a prideful smugness that stemmed from becoming drunk with success. It continues with testament to G-d’s having tended to and providing for their every need. 


Who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, Who led you through that great and awesome desert, [in which were] snakes, vipers and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought water for you out of solid rock, Who fed you with manna in the desert, which your forefathers did not know, in order to afflict you and in order to test you, to benefit you in your end... 


The Torah then seems to project that they will defiantly declare autonomy by stating: 


And you will say to yourself, “My כֹּחִי — strength, ועֹצֶם ידי — and the might of my hand, עשה לי — that has accumulated, החיל הזה — this wealth for me.”  


G-d reminds them never to forget though, that: 


But you must remember the Lord your G-d, for it is He that gives you כח — strength to make חיל — wealth, in order to establish His covenant which He swore to your forefathers, as it is this day. (דברים ח יא-יח) 


This poisonous sentiment, attributing success to one’s own might and initiative, is an oft quoted verse. 


Yet, one may wonder, is it true that no one gets credit for their efforts? Is it only G-d utilizing man as instruments to bring out His dispensing of achievement?  Are we automatons, programmed to do without any real contribution towards reaching our goals? 


There seems to be an intimation in the verse challenging their taking credit for their actions in the fact that G-d provided all their needs in the wilderness of the desert. How could they possibly think they determine their own destiny independent of G-d? 


Is it not plausible, though, that when they were down and out they understood that G-d in His benevolence provided them everything plus, but perhaps once they enter the land they are to be left to their own devices? 


We know that is certainly not the case, but how were they to surmise that from their situation when they had to rely on G-d? 


The illustrious Rav A. I. Kook in his Ayin Ayah elaborates on a novel interpretation of this verse that appears in Drashos HaRan , one of the great 14th century Talmudic scholars, Rabbeinu Nissim of Gerona in Derashos HaRan. (Third Derasha)       


The verse that describes what the nation may erroneously claim in the future — that their strength and might brought them success — is understood by the Ran in a totally opposite way. 


The Torah is summoning the people after being forewarned not to succumb to misplaced arrogance, to on the contrary, view their talent, initiative, and persistent ambition as evidence of their very special role in carrying out so masterfully G-d’s will, that can only find expression and success if indeed they utilize their many skills for that purpose. With one caveat, that they constantly remember, that G-d invested them with the כח — strength, intelligence and natural skills. Then they are assured never to go astray.    


The verse is not a depiction of what they ‘should not’ utter, but rather what they ‘must’ proclaim with confidence and joy!  


Perhaps that is why when the verse states that they remain conscious of G-d providing that כח — strength, it does not remind them regarding the עוצם ידי — the might of the hand. 


‘Strength’ refers to natural inborn strengths, through which each person discovers one’s unique role to apply it to — that comes solely from G-d, with no notion of attribution to oneself. But עוצם ידי, Rav Hirsch explains, refers more specifically to ‘the power to overcome difficulties and opposition’, something that is solely the domain of man’s free-willed choice to persist until he meets his objective — that comes from within. 


Rav Kook contrasts the young child that needs to be spoon fed as opposed to the mature young adult who is provided by his doting father, with the material and means by which he can invest his own talent in turning it into success. Never forgetting from where he received those tools. 


He adds, the greater relationship is evident in the one who sees his every action as a partnership with G-d, carrying the mission of promoting the will of G-d in all that he endeavors, sensing His presence constantly. As opposed to those generations who necessitated open miracles to grab their attention and maintain a connection. 


The first letters of each word in this expression —  כחי ועצם ידי spells out כּוֹי/כְּוִי, a creature which is defined as neither a beast nor an animal, just a בריה —  a ‘being’ unto itself. 


The sages of Yavneh when observing the diversity of people around them, and sensing a unity of purpose, would exclaim, אני בריה וחברי בריה, ‘I am a being, and my friends are beings’!  


Rav Kook explains this alludes to their fathoming, that we are each endowed with G-d granted intelligence and skills, no two are alike. It is how we each initiate our efforts to implement these tools in bringing out the presence of Hashem in the world. We are all equal in that light. 


We are not beasts of instinct, nor mindless animals. We are each a בריה, a mighty being, partnered with G-d in proudly promoting His will in all that we do. 


באהבה, 


צבי יהודה טייכמאן 



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