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August 27, 2016 / 23 Av, 5776

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Female Terrorist Caught Near Tomb of the Patriarchs

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

A female Arab terrorist was caught on Thursday morning at around 9:40 AM with a knife in her bag as she approached the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Maarat Hamachpela, in Hebron.

The woman, from the village of Yata, raised the suspicions of the Border Police who told her to stop while they checked her.

The woman was arrested. No one was injured.

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Terrorist Stabber Neutralized Near Tomb of the Patriarchs [video]

Friday, July 1st, 2016

A female terrorist approached a guard post near one of the entrances to the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Maarat Hamachpela), in Hebron. The terrorist pulled out a knife and tried to stab a Border Policeman.

The Border Policeman managed to accurately shoot and neutralize the terrorist with no harm to himself or anyone else, according to the police.

Update: The terrorist is dead.

There are reports that this terrorist is from the same family as the terrorist who murdered Hallel Ariel yesterday, according to Elior Levy, a reporter from Yediot Achronot.

It is unknown at this point if the terrorist got around the IDF closure of her village, or if she was already outside when the closure was set up.

*Regarding the word “neutralized”, the word is used when the terrorist is no longer capable of harming anyone. It could mean the terrorist is dead, unconscious, arrested or sufficiently wounded to no longer pose a threat.

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94-Year-Old Auschwitz Guard Gets 15 Minutes Per Murder

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard, was sentenced to five years in jail in Germany on Friday, for being a “willing and efficient henchman” in the murder of 170,000 inmates in the two and a half years he worked at the death camp. That means that, after the appeals in the case are over and Hanning would presumably serve out his sentence, he would be paying with 15 minutes and change for each victim whose death he helped carry out. The value of each victim could be reduced, however, should the aging Nazi be released early for good behavior.

Hanning’s lawyer, Johannes Salmen, said he plans to appeal, because his client “will not be fit for a custodial sentence. That means he will not have to go to jail.”

OK, so just the inconvenience of the trial as punishment, then.

Judge Anke Grudda rejected the defense argument that Hanning, who was an SS officer, never directly killed or beaten anyone, and told him, “It is not true that you had no choice, you could have asked to be transferred to the war front.” She pointed out that during Hanning’s two and a half years at Auschwitz he was promoted twice, which ” shows that you had proven your value as a willing and efficient henchman in the killings,” Grudda said.

Hanning apologized to his victims, reading from a prepared speech that he regretted being part of a “criminal organization” that killed so many and caused so much suffering. “I’m ashamed that I knowingly let injustice happen and did nothing to oppose it.”

According to the Daily Mail, one more man and one woman in their 90s are still scheduled to go on trial as accessories to the murders of more than a million Jews in Auschwitz. A third Nazi SS guard died at 93 in April, just days before his trial started.


Guard Your Influence (Conclusion)

Friday, May 6th, 2016

The third suggestion to alter behavior and put oneself in the driver’s seat – no matter how detrimental the surrounding influences – is to, as Stephen Covey liked to call it, “Begin with the End in Mind.” It is quite a mind-shift to look at your life from the future. This entails thinking about your greatest legacy, how will one be remembered?

The plan is based on the principle that all things are created twice: there is the mental, or first creation; and then there is the actual, or second creation in reality. A simple analogy would be the construction of a home, whereby detailed plans are drawn up before earth is broken. If the plumbing, electricity and engineering are not finely-tuned in the blue prints, there will be expensive rectifications during the actual construction.

Likewise a business venture. Beginning with “the end in mind” will largely determine if the enterprise is successful. If there isn’t a thought-out, properly-researched and reality-synced business plan, failure is almost guaranteed. As the aphorism goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

The same is often true with parenting. I stress “often” for we all know parents who do everything possible to mess up their children who ultimately come out great. While some parents try so hard and are not successful. There are many factors in raising a child, not the least of which is siyaata d’shmaya (Heavenly assistance). We have already detailed the impact of environment and influences.

But undeniably, if you wish to raise responsible, self-disciplined yorei Shomayim (God-fearing offspring), the end must constantly be kept in mind. A parent who erodes a child’s self-esteem or self-discipline has, among other things, not borne the end in mind. And this becomes even more complicated when children turn into teenagers and parents must quickly shift out of “management” and move into “sales.”

I once bought a book (that I wish I would not have lent out…) from a Pulitzer winning author describing his writing technique. He proposed that a successful author should write the ending of the story first, this way you always know in which direction you are heading. Based on this technique (and other incentives, like a negative bank balance) we managed to write three books bs”D in 11 months.

This is a discipline that works, what the Mishna calls, hefsed mitzva k’negged s’chara (contemplating what one forfeits by not fulfilling a mitzvah as opposed to the reward that could be earned) and being ro’eh es hanolad (foreseeing the consequences). We know that if a person could properly stay focused on the consequences of their actions and plan the first creation so that the second one is congruent, they have used their bechira properly and will conduct an enviably, honorable life.

The reason that Alfred Nobel, the father of dynamite, created the Nobel Peace Prize is well known. His brother died while visiting France and a French newspaper erroneously published Alfred’s obituary. It condemned him for his invention of dynamite and even said, “Le marchand de la mort est mort – The merchant of death is dead.” The obituary also did not fail to mention, “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.”

This was about all Alfred Nobel had to read to decide to improve his ultimate legacy.

When rumors of the death of the famous rabbinic giant, The Ohr Somyach (Rav Meir Simcha of Dvinsk 1843-1926), reached Jerusalem, the city was engulfed in sorrow. Pubic eulogies were conducted and tributes were printed in religious newspapers. When a copy was delivered to the live-and-well Rav Meir Simcha of Dvinsk, Latvia, he said that for the rest of his life he would no longer need to open a Messilas Yesharim.

Other than such exceptional circumstances, it is unusual for one to look at life from the future. Think again. Yom Kippur, as Joseph Telushkin points out, is Judaism’s annual confrontation with death. During this 24-hour period, Jews are expected to lead a largely aphysical existence, regarding food, drink and pleasure. Many wear a kittel which is a burial shroud. The goal of this confrontation is to make us all feel those “deathbed regrets” while there is still time to do something about them, and act with the end in mind.

Chodesh Tov – have a pleasant month.

Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Guard Your Influence (V)

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Having already focused on the detrimental influence of a bad environment, and the efforts parents must make to shield their children from a negative milieu, let’s not forget that God has blessed man with free choice, and no matter how much an environment may sway one, ultimately man alone bears the responsibility for his deeds.

Here are three thoughts to bear in mind which may assist in favoring the right decision (which often is not the convenient one). Value the importance and significance of every single act. The Rambam, based on the Talmud, stresses how useful it is to view oneself as equally balanced between good and evil, and likewise the world. Just one single deed has the power to tip the scale for oneself and the entire world in the direction of good or the contrary.

When the stakes are so significant, there is ample incentive to follow the right path. If someone comes to you seeking assistance, it would be beneficial to imagine that you are the only one who could assist this individual. If you rise to the challenge this person will have what they need. If you are derelict, no one else will assist, and the person will remain deprived.

Rachel, a woman from a large, distinguished, very scholarly family in Jerusalem was on a bus with her children to her nephew’s bar mitzvah. The bus was fire-bombed by Arab terrorists and in Rachel’s attempts to save her children, lost her own life.

The family sat shiva in the Shaarei Chessed neighborhood of Jerusalem and one day during the shiva was Election Day. A very noted poseik from that neighborhood (a story that I have been unable to verify) ruled that privately and modestly, this family may perform their civic duty. And indeed an extra, crucial mandate was won for the religious party by a mere 17 votes.

This is a family that had every right to remain home in their grief and not trouble themselves to wait in line. A rationale employed by untold millions without extenuating circumstances. And this is also a family that truly understood the value of every act and how it could change the world.

When confronted with a situation where there is a fork in the road and the direction to pursue is not clear, what should one do? Perhaps the greatest Rx is to ask yourself, “What is my true motivation? Is it the good or the evil inclination?”

Just answering this one question, as Joseph Telushkin points out, will usually determine the appropriate course of action.

Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, zt”l, far better known as the Ponevizher Rav, was once offered to deliver a shiur (a Torah class) and he was perplexed if accepting this offer was the correct decision. On the one hand it was an opportunity to teach Torah. On the other hand, it would mean time actually depleted from Torah study in the preparation and delivering of the shiur. Perhaps he should wait until he was more advanced in years, and then there would be so much more wisdom within him to share with others.

Alternatively, the question was: “What is more important – to achieve one’s personal maximum, or to facilitate the growth of talmidim at the expense of one’s own personal growth?”

Who could answer such a question? Who could ever know if learning with talmidim was preferable to self-growth and perfection?

Who, but the Chofetz Chaim? The sage explained that the route to be followed is whatever will result in a greater amount of kavod Shomayim (honor for Heaven). These few words provided Yosef Shlomo with a signpost that would guide him for the rest of his life.

Chodesh Tov – have a pleasant month.

Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Wounded Maaleh Adumim Guard’s Condition Improves

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Tzvika Cohen, the guard who was attacked in a Maaleh Adumim mall on February 26, 2016, by an Arab terrorist who worked in the mall, continues to be treated at Hadassah hospital, according to a TPS report.

The hospital reports that Cohen is now listed in moderate condition and is stable.

The terrorist repeatedly attacked Cohen over and over, slashing and stabbing him with a hatchet.

Cohen is in the neurology unit, he is conscious, and will soon begin rehabilitation therapy.

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Guard Your Influence (IV)

Friday, March 11th, 2016

After Gunn’s cleanup was well underway, William Bratton, also a disciple of The Broken Window Theory, was hired to head the NYC Transit Police. Like Gunn before him, with serious felonies plaguing the subway system Bratton decided to crackdown on the seemingly far less significant issue of fare-beating. To Bratton, fare-beating was the “broken window” that signaled disorder and invited more serious crimes.

It was estimated that nearly 200,000 people a day entered the transit system without paying. If the perpetrators were not arrested it would only snowball, and those that would otherwise not consider evading the law would slide down the slope, reasoning, “If others don’t pay, why should I?”

Bratton, with all of his resourcefulness, was hard-pressed to rally the support of police officers. The cost of the subway fare was only $1.25. For a cop to arrest a fare-beater for this piddling misdemeanor it would mean a trip to the station, filling out the necessary forms, and waiting for them to be processed, while far more felonious crimes were being perpetrated in the subway stations and trains to the tune of over 250 a week! To invest an entire day over a crime that never merited more than a slap on the wrist seemed like an egregious hemorrhage of time.

Bratton saw it otherwise. He would assign as many as ten plainclothesmen to guard the turnstiles. They would bust a fare-beater, cuff him to the grate, and leave him standing, to reflect in a humiliating, ever-increasing daisy chain of criminals for everyone else to observe until they had a “full catch.” The arrestees were then ceremoniously marched outside to a city bus that had been retrofitted into a police station-on-wheels, where they were booked, finger-printed, and placed into a holding pen. All of this just yards from the subway station, freeing up the cops to return to the station and bust the next batch.

Bratton further saw to it that all of those arrested for fare-beating underwent a background check and body search, yielding a bonanza! One out of seven had an outstanding warrant for a previous crime, and one out of 20 was carrying a weapon. The message got through and the subway was cleaned up.

Upon being elected mayor, Rudy Giuliani hired Bratton as his police commissioner; both were adherents to The Broken Windows Theory. In his first inaugural address, Mayor Guiliani famously embarked on a crusade against the “squeegee men,” who would surround a car stopped in traffic or at a signal light. They would then, unsolicited, proceed to wash the stopped car’s windshield, before demanding remuneration.

The press questioned as to why a city plagued by unemployment, traffic nightmares, homicides, inadequate housing, parking impossibilities, mass transit financial unviability, race tensions, and public school management crises (to name a but a few of Gotham’s major problems) should make its first priority such a minor nuisance?

Giuliani clarified and set policy that the near-ubiquitous presence of the squeegee men created an environment of disorder that encouraged more serious crime to flourish. Broken windows of every form would not be tolerated. A bad influence can corrupt a neighborhood and decay a city. The squeegee men went and with them went the appallingly high level of crime in New York City.

Chodesh Tov – have a pleasant month!

Rabbi Hanoch Teller

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