The Best Segulah

By Rabbi Berach Steinfeld

The posuk in this week’s Parsha teaches us that we should be a “tamim” (accepting) when it comes to Hashem. The Rambam does not count this as one of the six hundred and thirteen mitzvos. The Ramban and Rabbeinu Yona do count it as a mitzvah. In the Sefer Hamitzvos, the Ramban says that we should unify our hearts to believe in Hashem and believe that Hashem does everything for the best. Hashem knows the truth of why things are supposed to be and one should not go and ask for guidance from sorcerers and the like.

The Gemara in Pesachim, daf kuf yud gimel, amud bais asks the following question. Where do we see that one should not consult with stargazers? The Gemara answers that we learn this from the posuk in this week’s parsha, “Tamim Elokecha.” Rav Shach Zt”l felt strongly that people should not go to palm readers etc. We should have bitachon in Hashem.

There have been people who would use the Goral HaGra to help guide them. Rav Chaim Kanievsky said in the name of his father, the Steipler, that according to Tosfos in Shabbos, daf kuf nun vov, amud bais we should not research things via goral as it is not being “tamim” with Hashem. The Chazon Ish explains that despite the fact that in the days of King Shaul and David they did use a goral, at that time the goral was done via nevuah; (prophecy) however, today we don’t have prophecy and so it should not be used.

The story is told that the Brisker Rov was once debating whether or not he should use the Goral HaGra. After much deliberating, he decided to use it and the Goral fell out on the posuk of “tamim tihye.”

Reb Chaim Kanievsky said that many segulos that are quoted in the name of the Steipler are incorrect. The Steipler never said that a baby girl who does not have a Kiddush will have a harder time with shidduchim.

The only segulah Reb Chaim Kanievsky did say was for a bochur who was older and could not find a shidduch. He was told that the segulah for a shidduch was to learn Torah. Upon being told that a couple could not have children, Reb Shmuel Birnbaum zt”l would tell them to learn Chiddushei Reb Chaim Halevi Brisk. He said the fact that we are learning the Chiddushim of Reb Chaim who was well known for helping orphans would be a zechus for having children.

The bottom line is that the best segula is available for all: learn Torah and may all our needs be taken care of!

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Phoenix, AZ – Police Use Gas, Smoke To Disperse Protesters Outside Trump Rally In Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ — Police deployed gas and smoke to disperse crowds in Phoenix, Arizona, who protested outside a rally by U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, according to a Reuters witness. Media reports said some protesters had thrown bottles at police.

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Haley Says Trump Has Not Decided His Next Move on Iran Nuclear Deal

The Trump administration is not looking for a pretext to junk the international nuclear deal with Iran, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday, despite the president’s sharp criticism of the agreement and reports that he has been reluctant to certify that Tehran is meeting its obligations.

“We have no decision made. The president doesn’t have a decision made,” Haley said in an interview. “What we are doing is trying to find out as much information as we can.”

Haley will be in Vienna on Wednesday for meetings with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog overseeing the 2015 agreement, that she said are meant to answer U.S. questions about the scope and effectiveness of inspections and monitoring.

That does not mean the United States has prejudged whether Iran is complying with the terms of the landmark nuclear deal, Haley said.

“What I think is very important to this administration is facts,” Haley said, adding that her trip will help the administration assess its choices in dealing with a country she said is in repeated violation of other U.N. directives on terrorism, human rights and more.

“This is not a country that can be trusted. This is not a country that has given us a reason to trust them. So I think the president has every reason to be leery of the actions by Iran.”

At issue is an upcoming White House decision on whether to certify that Iran is meeting its end of the bargain. Congress mandated such checkups every 90 days, and the next deadline is in October.

Trump has twice signed off on such certifications, but did so grudgingly in July. He then told the Wall Street Journal that he “would be surprised if they were in compliance.”

Haley’s trip comes amid escalating insults and threats lobbed by both the United States and Iran over which nation is undermining the nuclear agreement.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned last week that Iran could walk away “within hours” if the United States slaps more sanctions on his country.

A day later, Haley responded with a warning of her own.

“Iran cannot be allowed to use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage,” she said in a statement. “The nuclear deal must not become ‘too big to fail.’ ”

That brought a rebuke from Haley’s U.N. counterpart, Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshrou, who said her remarks were “devoid of any shred of truth” and part of a U.S. campaign bent on “demonizing Iran and undermining the JCPOA inconsistent with the U.S. commitments.”

JCPOA stands for the agreement’s formal name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, complained to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano that Haley’s visit was intended to sow doubt about the agreement.

“Even before the visit takes place, the way it is planned and publicized and the signal that it sends have notable detrimental consequences for the successful implementation of the JCPOA,” Zarif wrote in a letter to Amano.

Haley dismissed Iran’s implication that she is searching for ammunition.

“I find it interesting that Iran is so worried about me going to Vienna,” she said. “If they don’t have anything to hide they shouldn’t be concerned about me asking questions of the IAEA.”

Iran warned Tuesday that it needs only five days to ramp up uranium enrichment to a level at which the material could be used for a nuclear weapon, the Associated Press reported.

“If there is a plan for a reaction and a challenge, we will definitely surprise them,” said Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi. “If we make the determination, we are able to resume 20 percent-enrichment in at most five days.”

As a candidate, Trump called the agreement brokered with Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany “the dumbest deal perhaps I’ve ever seen in the history of deal-making.”

He threatened to tear it up, but was vague about whether he planned to renegotiate it.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post · Anne Gearan


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New York – Pop-up New York City Dinner Draws Thousands, All In White

New York — A pop-up dinner featuring white-clad guests who brought their own tables, chairs and food has drawn thousands to the plaza outside New York City’s Lincoln Center. The event, known as Diner en Blanc, French for Dinner in White, is an annual foodie tradition. Organizers say there were 45,000 people on the waiting […]

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Phoenix, AZ – Trump Threatens Shutdown Over Border Wall

Phoenix, AZ — President Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the federal government unless Congress provides funding for his promised border wall. Trump tells a rally crowd in Phoenix, Arizona, that he has a message for “obstructionist” Democrats. He says, “If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.” Trump is […]

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Israel’s Tahal Awarded $176 Million Development Project in Zambia

The Israeli infrastructure company Tahal, a subsidiary of Kardan, has been awarded a $176 million project by the government of Zambia for the development of a large-scale agriculture and water project.

The wide-ranging project will see Tahal, and its partner ZRB Consulting Finance & Development Limited, plan and construct a 14,000-acre agricultural settlement in the African nation.

The settlement will include hundreds of private and commercial farms with full power and water infrastructure. The Israeli company will develop roads, drainage and irrigation systems, greenhouses and poultry houses.

Further, the three-year project involves the construction of packing and storage structures, a marketing center, agricultural machinery, laboratories and facilities for “community, education, health and social and other services,” according to a statement released Monday by Kardan.

The announcement comes amid a broad Israeli government push to expand the Jewish state’s influence in Africa, following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic trips to that continent in June and last year.



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Phoenix, AZ – Trump Lashes Out At Press During Arizona Rally

Phoenix, AZ — President Donald Trump is blaming the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists that led to the killing of a counter-protester. Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with a call for unity, saying, “What happened in Charlottesville strikes at the core […]

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Washington – Reuters: U.S. To Withhold Up To $290 Million In Egypt Aid

Washington — The United States has decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The decision reflects a U.S. desire to continue security cooperation as […]

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Cheyenne, WY – Jammed: Eclipse crowds may have doubled Wyoming’s population

Cheyenne, WY — The least populated state in the nation has seen total eclipses before but likely never as many people. The amount of traffic during Monday’s eclipse suggests Wyoming may have temporarily doubled its population of 585,000 — as some predicted it would. The Wyoming Department of Transportation counted 536,000 more vehicles than usual […]

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U.S. Issues New Sanctions on Russia, China to Pressure North Korea

The U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions against 10 Russian and Chinese entities and six individuals on Tuesday in an attempt to pressure North Korea to back off its nuclear program, CNBC reported. The sanctions are aimed at entities and people who help those dealing “in the North Korean energy trade” and missile program.

In the past, the U.S. has tried to use economic pressure from China to curb the rogue country’s behavior. Earlier this month President Trump warned that he would respond to North Korean threats with “fire and fury.” U.S. officials are hoping to avoid military action and want to continue using diplomatic efforts to get China to cooperate. Read more at CNBC.


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