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HaBucher HaChushev Ploni ben Nistar here for shtick, news and fun. You know, a Chassidic life isn't as boring and heavy as most people might think! ;-)

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DISCLAIMER: Questions on Jewish Law (Halacha), I will try to answer to the best of my ability. Note that my understanding may not be accurate nor be the final word on asked topic. One should consult an Orthodox Rabbi before drawing any conclusions.

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My first animal post in three years!

Doggy begs of world: “Don’t call Hamas ‘dogs’ it really offends us”.

My first animal post in three years!

Doggy begs of world: “Don’t call Hamas ‘dogs’ it really offends us”.

So the Tambler Rebbe has plans of visiting his chassidim in London this summer but the current situation in Eretz Yisroel changed a few things.

Shame on El-Al for skyrocketing their prices now the European airlines postponed their flights…

Today in Paris, France in the year 2014: street where synagogue is located is literally being sealed off by police in fear of ongoing ‘pro-Palestinian’ attacks against Jews.

Now tell me again how these people are only against Zionism…
Please enlighten me how this is not antisemitism…


Motty Steinmetz & Shira Choir - Accapella 


BREAKING: Delta & USAirways Halting All Flights To Israel [UPDATED 11:40AM ET]

Delta has canceled all flights to Israel indefinitely, citing a report of a rocket near the airport in Tel Aviv.

The airline said it had to divert a 273-passenger flight to France because of reports of a rocket or associated debris near Ben Gurion International Airport.

It said it suspended service until further notice between the Israeli airport and it’s New York-JFK hub.

Haaretz is reporting that U.S. Airways suspend flights to and from Israel on Tuesday  following a warning from the FAA given after a rocket fell earlier Tuesday in Yehud, near Ben-Gurion International Airport.

United has suspended all flights for today.


(AP / YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


EDIT UPDATE: Oh apparently they’ve now halted all US flights going to and from E”Y. Europe is slowly jumping on the boat already. 

European airlines: Lufthansa -Austrian -Swiss -KLM -Air France Followed suit already…
Asker Anonymous Asks:
Jews are Khazars
bennistar bennistar Said:

I understand why you’d think that. But it’s really all a big misunderstanding. In this ask I already explained the mysterious origins of Ashkenazi Jewry before.


Seeing the Good in Others -

Discover how to see past the negativity that divides us, straight through to the innate goodness that makes each of us a beloved child in Hashem’s eyes.

We see ourselves as shrewd judges of others characters - but when we zero in on their deficiencies - we miss all the good.

Very important and powerful two minute video from the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.

Rabbanit Mizrachi was at a women’s convention last week. On the stage was a group called “Playback”. They asked members of the audience to share stories which they would then act out. One young woman got up.

This is her story:

“I work as a resource room teacher with children who have learning disabilities. A few years ago a young boy began taking lessons in my resource room. I could not figure out what had brought him to seek my help. He clearly had no difficulty with his lessons and did well on all his tests. Yet, time after time he consistently came to my resource room for his lessons.

I was determined to find his area of weakness but, as hard as I tried, I could not find any type of learning disability or difficulty. Finally, out of frustration, I took him aside and told him I could not continue giving him lessons. It was a waste of his time and his parents hard earned money and he clearly did not need any sort of remedial help.

The boy turned to me and said, “I will tell you why I am here but I am asking you not to tell anyone else. I have a friend with a learning disability. Our teacher told him that he needed remedial classes in the resource room. He was so embarrassed to be singled out as having to go to your classes. I told him that it was no big deal and that I also take remedial classes. That is why I come to you- so that my friend will not be embarrassed”.

The boy who came to my class so as not to embarrass his friend was Gilad Shaar הי”ד. He was 10 years old at the time.

As we enter the difficult period of the Three Weeks, let us be inspired by Gilad and the other pure neshamos to look at those around us with an Ayin Tova [good eye]- to go out of our “comfort zone” to help others and to give that little extra of ourselves to bring joy to our fellow Jews.

  • עלות השחר (Dawn):  72 דקות לפי 16.1 מעלות
    72 minutes as 16.1 degrees
  • זמן ציצית ותפילין (earliest tallis tefilin): 11.5 מעלות תחת האופק
    Sun is 11.5 degrees below horizon
  • הנץ החמה (sunrise): מישור בגובה פני הים
    Level region at sea level.
  • סוף זמן קריאת שמע מגן אברהם (Latest shema Mogen Avrohom): לפי 72 דקות במעלות
    Using 72 minutes as 16.1 degrees.
  • סוף זמן קריאת שמע גר”א ובעל התניא (Latest shema Gra & Baal HaTanya): 
  • סוף זמן תפילה גר”א ובעל התניא (Latest shachris Gra & Baal HaTanya):
  • סוף זמן אש (latest fire): 
    09:59:59 לפי שיטת ר״ת יש עוד כמה דקות (‘there are another few minutes’ as per Rabbeinu Tam).

It seems Hamas are the makpidim here…

With the fast just behind us we have entered the Bein HaMetzarim, the three week mourning period. During these three weeks beginning with the 17th of Tammuz, and until after Tisha B’Av we behave with minhogim of mourning for the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash, becoming progressively stricter on Rosh Chodesh Av (beginning the 9 days) and the week within which Tisha B’Av falls. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishna Berura 551

During the entire three week period we do not make weddings, listen to music, dance, take haircuts/shave, wear new clothing or eat a new fruit  which would require a Brocho of Shehechiyanu (except on Shabbos). Shulchan Aruch w/Mishna Berura 551:1,2

Since these weeks always fall in the middle of the summer in most parts of the world once should have in mind that we are in a mourning period, even during our summer vacations. During the three weeks one should refrain from going to any dangerous places, (e.g. swimming in an ocean or river) and certainly one should be extra careful during the 9 days from Rosh Chodesh Av until after Tisha B’Av, (because one’s mazzel is weak during this period). Piskei Tshuvos 551:1,46

However, from the 17th of Tammuz until Rosh Chodesh Av one is permitted to swim (in a pool), even for one who has not gone swimming yet this Summer season. Tshuvos V’Hanhagos 2:263, Piskei Tshuvos 551:46