The virtual Kehilla of Orthodox Jewry of Greater Montreal

'Rememberance Day' 'Never Again' ,ט'ב'אב ,יום כיפור ,בכל דור ודור

Yom Ha'Shoah - Holocaust Memorial Day

My Rebbe , hagoan , hatzaddik, R' Yitzchok Hutner , ztz'l, did not use the term 'Hashoa', because the word connotes a 'breakdown ' of history .Anyone who learns his שנים מקרא ואח תרגום (weekly chumash--bible study) knows that it was all clearly told to us in the torah.

In fact, the more success we have, the more we stand out (which always happens ; the 'Yiddle' seems to inevitably rise to the top), the more the hatred.Whenever we abandon our Sinaitic Mission as a 'Holy Nation and Kingdom of Priests', that prominence becomes our downfall.

Interestingly enough, I was told by gyores who was a stewardess that she had visited the first 'place' burnt in Krystal nacht  - Mendlesohn's Temple!

At the seder we call out - In every generation our enemies try to destroy us -בכל דור ודור

 We know that the first night of Pesach conicides to the same day of the week as the 9th of Av, which is the real Memorance day.

The Gaon , R' Yonsan Eybeshitz would say that our survival as a people amongst 70 wolves (ie the nations of the world) was more remarkable than any of the miracles recorded in the 'Exodus.'Anyone who takes a look at the situation facing the  and people of Israel today sees clearly that that  only that Bris haShem made with our forefathers is what keeps us alive.

 Someone sent me a video made by in 2011 explaining why Israel can't return to the 1948 borders. Anyone who ''realistically '' views that video realizes by all that is so-called 'natural' we don't exist , chalila.and ,if anything ,things are much worse today.

We can't say - 'Never again' so simply.We must pray that our historical return to our homeland should coincide with a complete and true teshuva - return to our roots.

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Israel burns , ban on new shuls in Outremont,America divided in anger

Hate , Discord , Confusion

וה' ברך את אדני מאד ויגדלRusian firebombers


With all our disgust , nevertheless , when we see with astonishment pictures of both a US supertanker and 2 giant firefighters from Russia both rushing to Israel to help put out those flames of hatred and evil, we pray that this should be the foreshadowing in a positive fulfillment of the prophecy eagle and the bear at the gates of Jerusalem.

Here in our own little 'vinkle',the right to build more shuls in Outremont was revoked.It is easy to cry  'anti semitism', but the truth is , besides at least one voice we would like to 'Forget',it is probably more of a sense of culture divide and a real fear of losing business as demographics change, that drove the vote.Probably going the route of seeking a legal outcome is correct.And that would be actually a positive step of defining a healthy democracy.

To the South , we see the leftists emotional response to losing a vote go to a point of violence.And so many of our own 'jewish blood' caught up in a movement  seeming to go openly anti semitic. We are not even that confident with the camp of the president elect we won't see similar dangers.We pray that 'elements' of yiddishkeit in his own family will help him steer the better way.

When the fires started in Israel, I debated with myself whether to write the following or not.Now, that , b'h , it seems to have been conquered, I feel a little freer to write, even though I know that certain elements of our people would go to town with these thoughts not the way I truly mean.

But I said to myself,these fires were in the parsha of zivugim.It does say Ish v'Ishe, if the yud and 'keh' are there , b'sholom , the shechina rests,if not , take those letters away and fire eats them up.So, too ,it says a fire is only found where there is chillul shabbas.

The arabs are , actually ,religious (be it , nevertheless perverted).The Orach Chaim mentions in the parsha that eventually Yishmael will recognize to whom he belongs, as the child of Hagar hashifhcha.

The world about us is plagued by isms , discord, jealousies, but in our parsha , the loyal servant of Avraham seeks quietly  the zivvug for Yitzchok.That zivvug is to unite heaven and earth, and is to unite thereby the whole world and bring the world to shlemus and  peace.

Ultimately peace can't come to the world, till we, His Chosen People,truly live with the light given to us.It is not Israeli technology that will save us and the world , but the teachings of the torah that have kept us alive as a people through all the dark ages and which have made us different and elevated.

This is our job as a people to breathe sanity and faith in all our dealings whether it be here in open golus, or in our homeland in a much deeper golus of confusion.The real 'tikun' is for us to live fully and openly as Yidden.This is really only possible completely in Israel.Maybe this is why  I've been continually 'begging' my friends to join us in

We haven't  published for some time, but this is our commitment  in our small 'virtual kehilla' , to try to be a steady inspiration of light .

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At Yeshiva University commencement, John Fetterman disavows his alma mater Harvard

US senator, who has been one of the most vocal pro-Israel Democrats since October 7, takes off red stole to protest Harvard's 'inability to stand up for the Jewish community'

The post At Yeshiva University commencement, John Fetterman disavows his alma mater Harvard appeared first on The Times of Israel.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Files Complaint Over Rules For CNN’s Presidential Debate Next Month

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed an election complaint Wednesday alleging CNN is colluding with Democratic President Joe Biden and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump to exclude him from a debate the network is hosting next month. Kennedy alleges the requirements to participate in the June 27 debate were designed to ensure only […]
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HY’D: Three IDF Soldiers Killed In Gaza

The IDF released for publication on Thursday morning that three IDF soldiers were killed on Wednesday while battling Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. They have been identified as: Staff Sgt. Yedidya Azugi HY’D, 21, from the settlement of Revava, serving in the 101st Battalion of the Paratroopers Brigade, fell in combat in the northern […]
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