Monday 30 November 2015

Sunday 29 November 2015

Help Return the Body of Hadar Goldin‏

From RRW
A message from Rabbi Elchanan Poupko

As you all know, Lt. Hadar Goldin was killed last year during-and because of-the Kerry and Ban Ki Moon orchestrated cease fire. Now, his parents Leah and Simcha Goldin, ask for your help in putting pressure on the UN and US govt to have his body released.
(they can be reached at and
His parents refuse to succumb to the notion of releasing terrorists for his body.
At the same time, they ask for your help to put pressure on Hamas, the UN, and US government, to release his body. The UN and US orchestrated the cease fire, Hamas violated it. Those same bodies should stop all aid to Hamas until Hadar's body is returned. Anything you can do to help raise awareness and apply pressure would be deeply appreciated.


Thursday 26 November 2015

Three Quran Verses Every Christian Should Know‏

From RRW

Play video Christians can no longer afford to ignore Muhammad's teachings. In this short video, I present three Qur'an verses that every Christian should know.
Added on 05/07/2014

Three Quran Verses Every Christian Should Know

Wednesday 25 November 2015

United with Israel: …And the Result is Always to Blame the Victims

Is it not somewhat bewildering for the PA to make public pronouncements glorifying terrorists? Are they not thereby presenting themselves in a negative light to the world? The fact is that they see these pronouncements as actually furthering their cause in the eyes of many Westerners. Please see further, my latest UWI blog, at

I am sure this will also be up on the UWI Facebook page in the near future. Please feel free to comment here or on one of the UWI sites.

Rabbi Ben Hecht

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Patriots Moment of Silence‏

From RRW
I have many dear friends in Sharon Mass having spent the last 4 or 5 Sedarim there.

Moment of Silence for Ezra Schwartz z"l (23 November, Gillette Stadium)
New England Patriots give moment of silence for Ezra Schwartz z"l (23 November, Gillette Stadium).

Monday 23 November 2015

Petition the Obama Administration in Regard to Ezra Schwartz

From RRW

We petition the Obama administration to:
publicly acknowledge 

Ezra Schwartz, 
an 18-year old American citizen from Sharon, MA, 
was murdered by a terrorist.

On November 19, 2015, Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year old American citizen from Sharon, MA, was murdered by a terrorist while on his way to do volunteer charity work. The government of the United States of America has failed to publicly acknowledge Ezra's murder and has taken no action to condemn the terror attack that took three lives.
We respectfully request that President Obama publicly acknowledge the senseless killing of Ezra Schwartz, condemn the attack and rebuke the Palestinian Authority for claiming that the third victim of this attack, an Israeli Arab, was killed by Israeli forces, when not a single shot was fired by Israeli military or law enforcement and the terrorist was taken into custody unharmed. Such lies are irresponsible and incite further terrorism.
Published Date: Nov 20, 2015

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Sunday 22 November 2015

Thursday 19 November 2015

Solidarity with Israel‏

From RRW

Ahavat Hinnom in action

You are invited to a Wedding in Jerusalem ( and stay for Shabbat)!
As many of you may have read - Sarah-Techiyah Litman and her chattan Ariel Bigel -- have invited the ‘entire Jewish People’ to their wedding next week. Sarah-Techiya lost her father and brother in a brutal terrorist attack last week.

We would like to, as such, open our home in Jerusalem (Baka) to you and would like offer a group from your Shul to be here next Thursday night – and to stay with us, have Shabbat meals with us and provide for your needs (in other words all you need to do is pay for your flight over). Our sole parameter is that we can only host around 10 people. We, though, will arrange everything on this end – just show up.

The wedding is Thursday night November 26th at Binyanai HaUma in Jerusalem.

Please be in touch if you would like to come – we would love to have you!

Mazel tov and may Hashem bless His people with peace.

The Goldscheider Family

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Sen. Cruz Hearing on American Victims of Terrorism - Mr. Miller's Testimony

From RRW

Sen. Cruz Hearing on American Victims of Terrorism - Mr. Miller's Testimony
Added on 05/11/2015

Sen. Cruz Hearing on American Victims of Terrorism - Mr. Miller's Testimony

Sunday 15 November 2015

Learning Kitzur S"A

From RRW

On Motz'ei Shabbos - we had a lively discussion re: learning Halachah in general and learning Kitzur S"A in particular. I thought it to be worth sharing

1. KSA covers many topics well. EG I feel KSA  covers a good subset of Aveilus and‎ Niddah

2. Unlike EG Hayyei Adam, it covers elements of Y"D, Even ho'Ezer and Choshen Mishpot

3. Perhaps it is weakest re: Shabbos and Pesach. I suggested supplementing KSA with EG Zichru Toras Moshe or Hayyei Adam for Shabbos,  and with R Shimon Eider's Sefer on Hil. Pesach

4. I saw a letter by R Ganzfried suggesting he used a "Beis Din" of Hayyei Adam, S"A haRav, and the Derech Chaim By R Yaakov miLisa.

5. Kitzur S"A is a popular limmud amongst Hassidim, BUT they don't slavishly follow it l'ma'aseh. Rather, they use it mostly as a Textbook of Halachah.

Sunday 8 November 2015

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks

I invite you to view this article from the Daily Beast,

and, please, do leave your comments -- and there is much to comment on!

The study was done on religious children in general -- it does not even mention that Jewish kids were included in the focus group -- but its application to our kids is quite possible and should be, in my opinion, considered and evaluated. The question then is how to rectify any such problem within our educational systems.

Rabbi Ben Hecht

Thursday 5 November 2015

New RBH shiur on Koshertube: Universalism within Judaism: The Syrian Refugee Problem

Balancing universalism and Jewish nationalism is a significant issue within Jewish thought. Its importance is, perhaps, somewhat indicated in the placement of Maftir Yonah on Yom Kippur. This issue has also recently become a most practical concern because of the present Syrian Refugee Problem. How are we, as Jews, to respond?

In his latest Koshertube shiur, Nishma's Rabbi Hecht discusses the issue both theoretically and practically. We invite you to view Universalism with Judaism: The Syrian Refugee Problem at