Brooklyn, NY - A Staten Island man is under arrest in the early morning attack of a 62 year old Chasidic man as he walked down 13th Avenue on his to the synagogue this morning in Borough Park. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2yhyw0V), surveillance footage captured the vicious beating, sparking both fear and anger in Borough Park and prompting elected officials to call on the NYPD and the Brooklyn district attorney’s office to take swift action. Police said that they were called to the scene by a 911 call reporting the incident at the corner of 13th Avenue and 46th Street where they arrested 37 year old Farrukh Afzal, a driver with Church Avenue Car Service, and charged him with hate crime as an assault, criminal mischief and harassment. Afzal was previously arres...
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Jerusalem - Israel’s Supreme Court has suspended the planned deportation of an American graduate student who has been held in detention while fighting an expulsion order over her involvement in the boycott movement against Israel. The court ruled Sunday that Lara Alqasem’s deportation be frozen until judges have a chance to hear the appeal in the coming week. Yotam Ben-Hillel, Alqasem’s lawyer, submitted the appeal on Sunday. Alqasem, 22, arrived in Israel on Oct. 2 with a student visa to study at Israel’s Hebrew University, where classes began Sunday. But she was barred from entering the country over alleged involvement in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Alqasem, who says she is no longer a boycott activist, has remained in detention while...
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New York - He’s an Army veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan, criticizes New York’s liberal mayor and doesn’t support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Those are winning attributes for a politician in Trump Country, but the candidate in question, Max Rose, is a Democrat trying to unseat the only Republican member of Congress from New York City. For all the national talk of a liberal “blue wave” in next month’s midterm election, Rose is part of a large corps of moderate Democrats who are playing up military experience and independence from their own party in districts that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. “I am a Democrat, sure,” said Rose. “That does not preclude me from pointing out the fact that this country and this d...
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Mexico Beach, FL - Crews with backhoes and other heavy equipment scooped up splintered boards, broken glass, chunks of asphalt and other debris in hurricane-flattened Mexico Beach on Sunday as the mayor held out hope for the 250 or so residents who may have tried to ride out the storm. The death toll from Michael’s destructive march from Florida to Virginia stood at 17, with just one confirmed death so far in this Florida Panhandle town of about 1,000 people that took a direct hit from the hurricane and its 155 mph winds last week. Crews worked to clear building debris along with the rubble from a collapsed section of the beachfront highway. Mayor Al Cathey estimated 250 residents stayed behind when the hurricane struck, and he said he remained hopeful about their fate. He said se...
Washington - China’s ambassador to the United States says he and other foreign diplomats in Washington are having a difficult time figuring out which trade advisers President Donald Trump listens to in his administration. Cui Tiankai (sway tee-yehn-KY’) was asked on “Fox News Sunday” about trade tensions between the economic powers and if he was clear whether the president follows the guidance of trade moderates or hard-liners. The envoy replied, “You tell me.” Cui added, “Honestly, I’ve been talking to ambassadors of other countries in Washington, D.C., and this is also part of their problem.” He says the diplomats “don’t know who is the final decision-maker. Of course, presumably, the president will take the final deci...
Washington - President Donald Trump is backing off his claim that climate change is a hoax but says he doesn’t know if it’s manmade and suggests that the climate will “change back again.” In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night, Trump said he doesn’t want to put the U.S. at a disadvantage in responding to climate change. “I think something’s happening. Something’s changing and it’ll change back again,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a hoax. I think there’s probably a difference. But I don’t know that it’s manmade. I will say this: I don’t want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don’t want to lose millions and millions of jobs.&rdquo...
Jerusalem - The Israeli military says Israeli troops have shot and killed a Palestinian after he attempted to stab a soldier in the West Bank. The military says the alleged attacker did not wound any soldiers during Monday’s incident. It says troops fired toward him and the he was “neutralized and killed.” The incident comes as security forces continue to search for a Palestinian who shot and killed two Israelis in a West Bank industrial park last week before fleeing the scene. The military also notified the man’s family on Monday that it intends to demolish his home in response to the attack. Israel has faced a three-year wave of Palestinian attacks that in recent months have dwindled but still occur. Critics say Israel uses excessive force against Palestinian a...
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PArshas Noach - rem'ARK'able!

The first pasuk of this week's parsha declares Noach an ish tzaddik tamim, a man of complete righteousness. Later on, however, when HaShem is speaking with Noach, (7:1) He says to him "for I have seen you as righteous before me..." The word tamim is left out. Rashi teaches us from this discrepancy that one should only give partial praise of an individual in his presence. His complete praise may only be expressed when he is not present.


R' Chaim Kanievsky makes a simple, yet important clarification of this concept. One should not mistakenly understand this to mean that half the praise should be given in the presence of the praisee. If this were the case, the praisee need only multiply the praise by two to know what people really think of him. This would be the antithesis of what this practice is meant to accomplish. Rather, the term miktzas, partial, refers to any fraction. Therefore, when one hears his own praise he is not completely sure what to make of it. It could indeed be half of his praise in which case the full praise would be double. However, the praiser might very well be giving 99% of the man's praise. And so, he is unsure.


On that note, it occurred to me that Noach, although it is said that he learned Torah, never saw the finished product. Whatever is written in the Torah about him was without his knowledge. Moshe Rabbeinu, honowever, wrote the entire Torah. Anything that is written about him (perhaps with the exception of the last eight pesukim) was with his full awareness. Therefore, we must conclude that even the great praise of Moshe Rabbeinu that we find in the Torah is only a portion of the praise he is due.


However, this approach might be refuted by Rashi at the end of Beha'alosecha (Bemidbar 12:5.) He states that Aharon and Miriam were separated from Moshe to receive HaShem's rebuke in order that Moshe not be present to hear all of his praises. Yet, that rebuke is recorded in the Torah. The only way my theory survives is if we suggest that even what is recorded in the Torah is not the full extent of what HaShem said to Aharon and Miriam. 


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On the lighter side (since, as illustrated below, the teiva was quite heavy): A good friend of mine and noted author, Mordechai Bodek, wrote a homourous book called Extracts From Noah's Diary. Every year since, I have forgotten to insert a plug for the book. This year (with his help,) I finally remembered.


Shtikle Blog Weekly Roundup:


Al Pi Cheshbon: The Weight of the Teiva and The Constant Rate of Recession 
AstroTorah: Sailing the Friendly Skies by R' Ari Storch


AstroTorah: The World's First Boat?


Dikdukian: Noach's Three Sons


Dikdukian: Different Ways to Wake Up

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