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Dear Friends: Welcome to the first communication from the Intechigence Project. Your active participation will determine the future success of this project. I don't know anyone who is "happy" with how they are using technology. We recognize the benefits of technology - which is something that we want to take advantage of - but we are more and more aware of the costs, as we feel it eroding our self-control and peace of mind. Our goal is to use technology wisely, to have it as an effective tool in our hands instead of feeling that we are caught in its grip. We all want to do this, but t...
Parshas Ha’azinu is described in the Torah as a “Shira” - “Song”, and is known as “Shira’as Ha’azinu” (31:19, 32:44). Why did Hashem ordain that specifically this Parshah, the Parshah which promises us that no matter how low we sink we will always be redeemed (32:36. See Rashbam and Ohr HaChaim), should be a song? Furthermore, Judaism puts a strong emphasis on singing in general; At the Shabbos, table we sing zemiros. In Shul, especially during the Yomim Norayim (High Holy Days), we spend much time singing. In fact, one of the services in the Bais HaMikdash was the Levi’im’s songs. Why is there such a value placed on song in Judaism? Wouldn’t it be better to remove the practice of singing by the Shabbos table, during ...
Amassive magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 139 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly. Among the missing is an Orthodox Jew man – a Mechutan of Chief Rabbi Shlomo Tawil – whose office building collapsed and hasn’t been found. Please be Mispallel for Chaim ben Emilia, R'L.  Mexico Hatzolah is on the scene sifting thought the rubble and desperately ...
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 19, 2017 - On the first day of סליחות, the Yeshiva hosted a Yarchei Kallah with three shuls. BJSZ (Rabbi Moshe Hauer) Shomrei Emunah (Rabbi Binyomin Marwick) and Suburban Orthodox Toras Chaim (Rabbi Shmuel Silber). The day started with התעוררות from the Mashgiach, Harav Beryl Weisbord. Mareh Mekomos were given out in preparation for a shiur on Eruv Tavshilin given by Harav Tzvi Einstadter. The day finished with a shiur on Rosh Hashana by Harav Shraga Neuberger. (Photo Credit: Reb Eli Greengart)    
An abandoned proposal to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential election was “solely a real estate deal and nothing more,” the personal lawyer for President Donald Trump told congressional staff on Tuesday. Michael Cohen was appearing privately before the Senate Intelligence Committee, one of multiple congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the presidential race and potential ties to the Trump campaign. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators are conducting their own criminal investigation. In a prepared statement obtained by The Associated Press, Cohen addressed revelations from last month that the Trump Organization had considered doing business in Russia through a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow around the ...
A powerful 7.1 earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing homes and bridges across hundreds of miles, killing at least 105 people and sending thousands more fleeing into the streets screaming. In Mexico City alone, at least 30 people died and 44 buildings were reduced to rubble, the Associated Press reported. Eight other people were reported killed in the surrounding state of Mexico, 13 in the state of Puebla and 54 across the state of Morelos. The temblor caused buildings to sway violently in the capital, including in the historic districts of El Centro and Roma, crumbling balconies and causing huge cracks to appear on the facades. . Panic spread through the city's central core, where dozens of buildings collapsed. Rescue vehicles screamed toward damaged buildings, and...
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Kohl’s, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month. Kohl’s Corp. said Tuesday it will pack and ship eligible Amazon return items for free at the 82 stores offering the service. There will be designated parking spots near the Kohl’s store entrances for those doing Amazon returns. While the service will allow Kohl’s customers to skip their local post office for Amazon returns, it also gets them into Kohl’s stores — where they might then shop. The department store had previously announced plans to open 1,000-square-foot Amazon areas in 10 of its stores in Chicago and Los Angeles that will sell Amazon Echos, Fire tablets and oth...
Lately, I heard a wonderful story about saving someone’s life with a simple “good morning”. There’s also the famous story told about the Shochet (ritual slaughterer) who was locked in the factory’s freezer at the end of the day. The guard, who was so used to his greeting upon entering and leaving, saved him after realizing that he hadn’t said good night to him that evening. Actually, I have my own story to tell. At one point in my “career”, I took an on-line job. Seemingly simple, there was an art to it and it didn’t go well for me. One day I called an office and the nurse answered, telling me what she thought of me, kind words ranging from liar to con artist. After that phone call, I decided to finish the day and quit. My next call ...
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 19, 2017 - Although Rosh Hashana is the first of the Aseres Yemei Teshuva, we don't ask for forgiveness in the tefillos of the day. We don't either focus on the aspect of judgement-rather, we focus on recognizing Hashem as the ruler of the entire universe, with the prayer that the entire world will understand this. Before Rosh Hashana, it is important for us to define our mission statement and make sure that what we do matches up with those goals. When we align our mission to Hashem's mission for the world, we can ask for another year of life, and ask forgiveness for the sins that we did which do not match up with our real mission and purpose.  Click here to listen
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Parshas Ha'azinu: A Dose of Inspiration - Why Jews Sing So Much

Parshas Ha’azinu is described in the Torah as a “Shira” - “Song”, and is known as “Shira’as Ha’azinu” (31:19, 32:44). Why did Hashem ordain that specifically this Parshah, the Parshah which promises us that no matter how low we sink we will always be redeemed (32:36. See Rashbam and Ohr HaChaim), should be a song?


Furthermore, Judaism puts a strong emphasis on singing in general; At the Shabbos, table we sing zemiros. In Shul, especially during the Yomim Norayim (High Holy Days), we spend much time singing. In fact, one of the services in the Bais HaMikdash was the Levi’im’s songs. Why is there such a value placed on song in Judaism? Wouldn’t it be better to remove the practice of singing by the Shabbos table, during davening, in the Bais HaMikdash, etc. and invest that time into studying Torah, saying Tehillim, etc. instead? There seems to be an intrinsic importance to singing together. What is it?


R’ Kalman Krohn was once traveling in Israel. As he entered a taxi, he noticed that the driver was Jewish but not religious. That did not bother him in the slightest. However, what did bother him was the look of disdain in the driver’s eyes when he recognized that his passenger was a religious Jew. Trying to lighten up the mood, R’ Kalman said to the driver with a friendly smile “you know, because we are both Jews, you and I are really brothers”. The driver vehemently shook his head in disagreement. “No, no we are not. You and I have nothing in common, and are certainly not brothers”. R’ Kalman persisted. “Sure we are! I had a great teacher who taught this to me beyond a shadow of a doubt. He taught me that all Jews are brothers, regardless of their level of observance”. The driver asked in disgust “Who was this teacher that taught you such a foolish thing??”. R’ Kalman replied softly “my teacher was none other than Adolf Hitler. He didn’t differentiate between religious and nonreligious Jews. He recognized the truth that you and I are part of one nation and, like I said, are truly brothers”. The driver was so taken aback that he nearly crashed! He pulled over to the side of the road, sat in silence for a few moments, and said with tears in his eyes “you are right. We ARE brothers. More Jews should be like you!”.


The word “song”, implies the concept of harmony. When it comes to a complex song, the many different instruments in the orchestra, and all of the unique voices in the choir, join together in harmonious cooperation. Each component focuses on the great orchestra that it consists of, instead of on their selves, in order to produce the most inspiring of music. Similarly, the purpose of the Jewish nation is to UNITE together to serve Hashem. When we do so, we have reached true perfection (based on a concept by R’ Gedaliah Schorr, quoted in the Artscroll Stone edition Chumash).


When the Levi’im would sing in the Bais HaMikdash, as well as when we sing together at the Shabbos table and in Shul, we accomplish something incredible: Every single person is coming together and adjusting their own pitch, tone, and tune, with the intention of uniting with every other Jew in the room to sing to Hashem. If everyone would disagree on what to sing or how to do it, there would be chaos. Instead, we unite together for the purpose of beautifying our service to Hashem. Nothing can be more favorable in the eyes of our Father in Heaven. Indeed, it is when we come together as a nation in unity that the promise of redemption and forgiveness which is discussed in Shira’as Ha’azinu, the song of Ha’azinu, will speedily come to fruition.


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The Bais HaMikdash was the holiest place on earth. It was where the Shechina, as it were, resided. Every Jew traveled there at least three times a year, if not many more, in order to be closest with Hashem. The Bal Shem Tov is bothered - why does Hashem only allow there to be ONE Bais HaMikdash? The Jewish nation lived throughout the entire vast country of Eretz Yisroel. There were no cars back then, and for many Jews, traveling to the Bais HaMikdash could take weeks. Wouldn’t the Jewish nation have benefited so much greater if Hashem had allowed every shevet (tribe) to build their own Bais HaMikdash? Why didn't He allow them to build Him a Bais HaMikdash in every town, city or country? Wouldn't it be better for our nation’s spiritual well-being if Hashem's "house" was more accessible?


He answers with a message that we can all appreciate and relate to. Hashem’s purpose in creating the Bais HaMikdash was to bring bnei Yisroel together in UNITY to serve Him. Hashem is not the One Who needs a Bais HaMikdash. WE do. Hashem, in His wisdom, understood how different and truly unique we all are. Therefore, He decreed that the gift of the Bais HaMikdash would be one where it doesn't matter whether you're Ashkenaz or Sfard. Whether you are a Rav or a businessman. Old or young. In the Bais HaMikdash, there won’t be a Sfard minyan and an Ashkenazi minyan. There won’t be 20 different areas to daven, with each Jew dispersing and joining “his crowd”. Rather, all of the Jewish nation will have to all come to one single place to serve Hashem together in unity. This is the single greatest service to Hashem that gives Him the most pride, and the single greatest merit that we can and should work on accomplishing during these holy days*.


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*- There is a famous saying that “chessed” (acts of kindness) begins in the home”. This means that before one goes out into the world to take care of others, he must first master the art of taking care of his own family. The same is true for unity. As important as mastering unity with strangers is, to truly succeed in this holy endeavor, we must first work and accomplishing unity in our homes.

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Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates, welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city as a representative of the American people to address the people of the world. As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid. The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before. Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8. The stock market is at an all-time high, a record. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulat...
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