Interesting Recent Links - Rosh Hashana/Ha'azinu 5774
Sorry for the length. Too many interesting things to share and not enough time this week to share them.
Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a is back in the hospital again with severe pains and is in intensive care. Please pray for Rav Ovadia Yosef Ben Gorgia. Gedolim and Admorim are asking the public to pray for him. There were even prayers for him in Uman. (He did manage to give a Shiur while he was released.)
Kikar - El Al plane lands in Athens due to someone smoking in the bathroom, everyone departs, one passenger had chest pains and was taken to the hospital. If the plane would have continued, the passenger may not have made it. A Seudat Hoda'a was made.
Kikar - R' Nir Ben Artzi: King Mashiah was coronated in Shamayim. See translation at Geula Messages.
Kikar - Rav Shteinman: The Torah Learning of Rav Elyashiv ZT"L Prevented Harsh Decrees. See also Matzav.
(YY - Amazingly, I saw the following article mere seconds after seeing the previous one on Kikar. Link and boldface added by me.)
Dixie Yid - Rav Moshe Weinberger's Shoftim Drasha - The Best Kiruv Tool
The Gemara (Moed Katan 25b) illustrates this reality by recounting how, after the Amora Rabbi Elyashiv passed onto the next world, there were seventy burglaries in his town of Neharda. Rashi explains that until that time, Rabbi Elyashiv's merit prevented people from committing acts of theft. As long as Rabbi Elyashiv was alive, the power of his holiness prevented at least seventy criminals from carrying out the types of crimes they normally committed. We see that when even one Jew lives according to Hashem's will, it "remove[es] the innocent blood from among" the Jewish people. The Jewish people become better and there is less murder, bullying, and hatred.
YWN - When One Mocks a Psak of a Gadol Hador
Tomer Devorah - Revelations - It's the Energy of Redemption
Tomer Devorah - The Final Comfort
Debka - 10 Children Killed in 'Napalm-like' Bomb in Aleppo
Mosaic Magazine - 750th Anniversary of the Ramban's Disputation (h/t R' Gil)
JTA - Jewish shtetl in Azerbaijan survives amid Muslim majority (h/t R' Gil)
YWN - B'Ohel Haneviyim Nitzavim/Vayelech
Esser Agaroth - There's a Xtian in my Soup. See also the follow-up and Tomer Devorah.
Geshmack Torah - United Nations
Mystical Paths - Tzedaka Campaign to Help the Needy
Matzav - Outrage: U.S. Returning Artifacts Looted from Iraqi Jews to Iraq, Instead of Lawful Owners
Emes Ve-emunah - A Time To Act
YWN - Young Israel Supports President Obama's Decision to Strike Syria
Hezbos - Feel the Pulse of Redemption
Hezbos - The Triumvirate Generation of Moshiach
YWN - Lapid Wants Reform Representation on Jewish Identity Administration
Matzav - Japan's Nuclear Tanks Leaking Again
Life in Israel - Burka Men
YWN - Police Chief Calls to Renew his Shiurei Torah
Matzav - Israeli Population Surpasses 8 Million Ahead Of Rosh Hashanah
YWN - Amona Fears of Court Ordered Expulsion
Shiloh Musings - Picturing the New Year, 5774, G-d Willing
Matzav - Prince Charles Wears Unique Yarmulka to UK Chief Rabbi’s Induction Ceremony. See also Life in Israel.
Life in Israel - Zionist Stork Spy Detained in Egypt
Mashiach is Coming - Tav Shin Ayin Dalet
YWN - Chief Rabbi David Lau's Tefilla for Jonathan Pollard (based on instructions from Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT"L)
Tomer Devorah - Which Came First, The State or the "Egg"?