Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jews of the Wild West and  Sephardic Pirates of the Revolutionary War

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Humility Eliminates Many Problems

Humility eliminates many of life's problems. A humble person will not be bothered by life's circumstances and will not envy what anyone else has. He will not become angry nor quarrel with others.

It is very pleasant to be in the presence of a humble person, therefore people will invariably like him. All of his interactions with other people will be serene and tranquil. Fortunate is the person who has acquired this attribute.

Today, imagine that a miracle has occurred and you suddenly have total humility. In what way does this enable you to free yourself from any anxiety you frequently experience?

Love Yehuda Lave

Jews of the Wild West


Sephardic Pirates of the Revolutionary War

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AJ+ is really Arab television--Who is the real AJ+? The truth may shock you! Video Activism participant Leora Noor Eisenberg brings us the REAL story.

Gush Etzion on Lag Bomer 2016

Eating Air, Making Fuel | Weizmann Wonder Wander


Feel totally alive today

Skunk family taking a little walk

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Israeli museum called the Palestinian Museum

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Have the Strength to Remain Silent

Feel intense empowerment as you have the strength to remain silent when silence is the wisest course of action. Your silence will not be passive, but an active silence that comes from self-mastery. As you remain silent, hear an inner cheer. Your silence requires as much skill as any Olympic athlete. It is a victory that deserves a standing ovation. Hear an inner voice saying, "I'm proud of your self-mastery to remain silent." Your silence is the mark of a champion!

Love Yehuda Lave

In order to shut people up about the truth 3 of 21 Print all In new window Poland proposes to jail users of term 'Polish death camps'


Lazy People Are Smarter Than Everyone Else (Says Best Study Ever)


The gang takes a tour in East Jerusalem

the Oneness of G-d

  By Rabbi Joshua Hoffman

I  n this week's parsha, we find the verse, "Hear Yisroel the Lord our God the Lord is One" (Devarim 6:4). This statement is a declaration of the unity of God. We raised the question, in an earlier Netvort, why this important principle occurs so late in the Torah, and explained, based on Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik's insight, that the unity of God points to his uniqueness, and our declaration of His uniqueness also expresses the need for each person to actualize his own unique character. In the book of Devarim, Moshe expresses his own uniqueness, as articulated by the rabbis when they said that while the section of rebuke in the book of Vayikra was said by God, the section of rebuke in the book of Devarim was said by Moshe. The Ramban says that this distinction applies to the entire book of Devarim. While this comment of Ramban needs to be understood (see Yaakov Elman's article in the volume Hazon Nahum), one thing we can draw from it is that Moshe, in his farewell address to the people, brought out his own unique character. Therefore, that address was a fitting background to call on the people to bring our their own unique character, as well.   The paragraph following the declaration of Shema contains the mitzvah of the love of God. Here, too, one can ask why this mitzvah occurs so late in the Torah. After all, the love of God is a central component of the Torah. It is what characterized our patriarch, Avraham, who God referred to as "oheiv" – the one who loves me, and this is a level of devotion that his descendants are called on to emulate. Why, then, is it commanded here, rather than at an earlier point in the Torah?   The Sifrei tells us that the way to attain the love of God is through studying His Torah. In fact, the commandment to study Torah follows directly after the command to love God. The book of Devarim is referred to as Mishneh Torah, a repetition of the Torah. The Ramban says that the mitzvos here are mentioned in the context of Eretz Yisroel, which the people were then on the brink of entering. There are, in Eretz Yisroel, circumstances effecting the fulfillment of mitzvos that are different than those elsewhere. In regard to the commandment to study Torah, Eretz Yisroel is the optimal place for its fulfillment. As the rabbis tell us,"avirah de'arah machkim" – the air of Eretz Yisroel makes one wise. Rav Dovid Cohen, the Nazir of Yerushalayim, pointed out that this statement occurs in the gemara specifically in regard to the process of Torah study. Since the mitzvah of the love of God is fulfilled through Torah study, and Eretz Yisroel is the optimum setting for the study of Torah, it is fitting that this mitzvah is mentioned in the book of Devarim, which is geared toward the generation about to enter the land.

Cat using the Toilet

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Charlie Chaplin says it all in 1940 Movie the Great Dictator

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Let Shabbos Finish Your Work

It may be Sunday but is the essence of Shabbos is peace of mind. Our attitude on Shabbos should be as if all the work we need to do has already been completed. If you need to travel or do any kind of work, on Shabbos you should try to feel as if you have reached your destination and every single job you have to take care of has already been completed.

All the laws of Shabbos serve as a recipe for attaining peace of mind. Not only are we to refrain from doing any form of work, but we are enjoined not to even discuss anything that has a connection with work.

Love Yehuda

Watch this timeless speech from Charlie Chaplin which couldn't be more relevant today. Taken from his 1940 movie The Great Dictator, Charlie delivers a hair raising speech that we should all take a moment to think about! The man famous for not speaking, comes up with one of the greatest speeches ever.

Hebrew U scientists may have found key to preserve transplant cells and organs - Business & Innovation - Jerusalem Post


US, Israel Start Delivering David's Sling System to Israel Air Force


TEL AVIV — Israel's Missile Defense Organization and state-owned Rafael have started delivering major components of the new US-Israel David's Sling Weapon System (DSWS) to its intended user, the Israel Air Force.

In a statement Tuesday, Israel's Defense Ministry announced that the delivery process is taking place gradually, according to the DSWS development plan.

The first phase includes delivery of the multimission radar by Elta Systems; Stunner interceptors by Rafael and its US partner, Raytheon Missile Systems; and the Golden Almond Battle Management Center by Elbit Systems Elisra.

That phase will be followed "in the near future" by integration testing of all system components prior to a declaration of initial operational capability by the Israel Air Force, according to the ministry.

In the past month, the DSWS was put through multiple operational simulations as part of the US-Israel Juniper Cobra exercise, a biennial air defense drill aimed at honing interoperability between the two nations.

The system completed a series of live-fire development tests last December against heavy rocket and short-range ballistic missile targets at Rafael's Negev desert test range.  At the conclusion of those tests, Shlomo Hess, Rafael's DSWS program manager, announced that "all the unique technologies that comprise the David's Sling Weapon System" had been validated and that the system would soon be transferred to Israel Air Force users.

"It's very rare to achieve all the goals in such a complex test series … against long-range targets with heavy warheads capable of sustaining very big collateral damage," Hess said at the time.

The jointly funded DSWS is designed to bridge the lower and upper tiers of Israel's four-layer active defense defense network. It will be deployed above Israel's Iron Dome and below the upper-atmospheric Arrow-2 and exo-atmospheric Arrow-3.

Israel expects DSWS to be particularly useful in defending against the vast and increasingly precise arsenal of Syrian 302mm rockets and Iranian half-ton warhead-equipped Fatah 110 rockets in the hands of Lebanon-based Hezbollah. It also is designed to defend against Scud B-class ballistic missiles, which can deliver one-ton warheads at ranges of some 300 kilometers.

In its March 1 statement, Israel's MoD said the hit-to-kill system "is considered the world's most revolutionary innovation" of missile interceptors.

"David's Sling will allow Israel to more effectively defend against the wide range of current and future threats to its civilians. It will provide an additional layer of protection against short- and medium-range missiles and rockets, particularly against precision strikes," according to MoD.

Future planned block developments aim to render the system capable of defending against cruise missiles and other air breathing targets.

The Olympic spirit for everyone except Israel

The reason a dog has so many friends is that

he wags his tail instead of his tongue.


There is no psychiatrist in the world

like a puppy licking your face.

-Ben Williams

A dog is the only thing on earth

that loves you more than he loves himself.

-Josh Billings

The average dog is a nicer person

than the average person.

-Andy Rooney

Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like

never washed a dog.

- Franklin P. Jones

If your dog is fat,

you aren't getting enough exercise 



My dog is worried about the economy

because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can.

that's almost $21.00 in dog money.

-Joe Weinstein 

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous,

he will not bite you;

that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

-Mark Twain


Dogs are not our whole life,

but they make our lives whole.

-Roger Caras 




If you think dogs can't count,

try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket

and then give him only two of them.

-Phil Pastoret


Reversing the symptoms of schizophrenia: Scientists discover how to restore brain function in regions affected by the condition

Potential drug tackles memory problems in schizophrenia

Scientists at Columbia University have restored normal neuron growth in mice carrying a mutation that leads to memory deficits in schizophrenia. Abnormal and normal neuron growth pictured.

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18 February 2016

Who's on First

Friday, August 26, 2016

Doctors prefer Camels (1953)--think about this when your Dr. speaks

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Your Weakness can be Your Strength

The highest level of being slow to anger is when a person's intellect is the master of his emotions. Such a person has his emotions work for him according to the dictates of morality.

A person who has a naturally cold personality or lack of tendency towards anger has not reached the level of the person who has a natural tendency to become angry, but has control over his temper.

Love Yehuda Lave

Camel Cigarette commercial (1953)

Gold Medal Jewish Gymnast Aly Raisman Pays Tribute to Munich 11 As if playing "Hava Nagila" during her gold-winning floor exercise was not enough, the 18-year-old Jewish heroine decides to pay a tribute to the 11 Israeli athletes killed in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. read more: http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/routine-emergencies/gold-medal-jewish-gymnast-aly-raisman-pays-tribute-to-munich-11-1.456898

Gold Medal Jewish Gymnast Aly Raisman Pays Tribute to Munich 11

As if playing "Hava Nagila" during her gold-winning floor exercise was not enough, the 18-year-old Jewish heroine decides to pay a tribute to the 11 Israeli athletes killed in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

having the chutzpah to face the world and do what needed to be done and say what needed to be said.

At the same Olympic Games where bigoted organizers stubbornly refuse to honor the slain athletes with a moment of silence, 18-year-old Raisman loudly shocked observers first by winning, then by paying her own tribute to 11 sportsmen who died long before she was born.

And if that weren't enough, she won her event with the Hebrew folk song "Hava Nagila" playing in the background.

"Having that floor music wasn't intentional," an emotional but poised Raisman told reporters after her performance.

"But the fact it was on the 40th anniversary is special, and winning the gold today means a lot to me."

Then Raisman stuck the landing.


"If there had been a moment's silence," the 18-year-old woman told the world, "I would have supported it and respected it."

It was 40 years ago at the 1972 Munich Games that members of the Israeli Olympic delegation were taken hostage and eventually killed by Palestinian radicals."

The Post's Leonard Greene quoted Raisman's rabbi as praising not only his congregant's victory, but her 'mettle' in mentioning and remembering the slain Israeli Olympians in her moment of victory.

"She is a focused person," said Rabbi Keith Stern, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Avodah in Newton Centre, Mass., where the Raisman family are members.

"She's very proud and upfront about being Jewish. Neither she nor her family explicitly sought to send a message. But it shows how very integrated her Jewish heritage is in everything that she does."

Stern said he remembers picking up young Aly from preschool, and never imagined she'd be some sort of megastar.

He described the US team captain as a big sister-type who is a mother hen to all her younger siblings.

"I can't wait to have her at the temple to talk about her experience," he said.

"I know her sister's bat mitzvah is coming up, so maybe I'll catch up with her then."

But as she celebrates her Olympic triumph, Raisman's mind is not focused on solemn thoughts. Like all of the teenage gymnasts, she is reveling in the attention of pop idols, and has been tweeting back and forth with famous actors and rappers.

There has been no word on how Raisman's parents have reacted to her victorious moment, but hopefully, the famously stressed-out duo can relax.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/routine-emergencies/gold-medal-jewish-gymnast-aly-raisman-pays-tribute-to-munich-11-1.456898

Why Trump deserves your Jewish Vote

This piece was written by Jews Choose Trump members Carol Greenwald, Richard Allen, Eve Stieglitz and Louis Sokol. Greenwald is the president of Potomac Investment Co., a financial advisory firm. Allen is the founder of JCCWatch.org. Stieglitz is the Jewish advisor for women on the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. Sokol is an Internet marketing consultant and entrepreneur in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston.

We are convinced Donald Trump is the right candidate to choose in this presidential election for two reasons. Those reasons are Iran and Israel.

Iran - the primary financial supporter of global terrorism - poses an existential danger to Western values, culture and life. Israel opposes that mortal threat to Jews and the West. And it is the sanctuary of the Jewish people.

JewsChooseTrump.org is not seeking to persuade those who scoff at the danger of the first and at the importance of the second. Their priorities and values lead them in a different direction.

But for those who abhor the values and violence of the Islamic Republic of Iran and who cherish the Jewish State, we hope you'll listen.

For one brief, shining moment about a year ago, we had attained the Holy Grail (l'havdil) of modern Jewry: virtually all Jews were united in fighting to prevent approval of the "Iran Deal." We agreed then it was an existential issue.

Where did you all go?

Many American Jews now have self-inflicted amnesia about their commitment to defeating that cataclysmic deal and the rest of global Islamic terrorism, perhaps because they have regressed to other priorities, such as reproductive rights, policing, or political party purity.

But reproductive rights and every other domestic issue is controlled by either state or the federal legislatures, the president does not have exclusive control over them, as is the case with foreign policy, as enshrined in our Constitution.

So here are two stark choices. One, presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, who has consistently opposed the Iran Deal and who has pledged to do everything in his power to overturn it. And then there is Hillary Clinton, who started rolling the negotiations for the Iran Deal and who slapped AIPAC with her claim that the Iran Deal "has made the world safer." Whom will you choose?

If, like us, you still believe the Iran Deal is catastrophic and the United States must do all we can to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, the only choice is to vote for Trump.

The second reason we founded www.JewsChooseTrump.org is because the security of Israel and of all Israelis is one of our highest priorities. If Israel is vitally important to you, your choice is clear: Donald Trump.

True, early on Trump claimed he could work out a deal between the Israelis and the Arabs. But he listened and learned and brought in stalwart and knowledgeable Israel advisers. Those advisers have each worked for Trump for more than a dozen years. They know the man, they trust him and he trusts them.

Trump's Israel advisers worked with legislators and advocates to write and help pass the incomparable Republican Party Platform Israel plank. That plank could not be achieved under previous party candidates; only Trump's advisers resisted the pressure of those who sought more "evenhandedness" towards the Arabs rather than recognizing and protecting the historic and legal rights of Israel.

Trump's opponent is Hillary Clinton: she of the public Suha Arafat smooch, given right after Suha lied about Israel poisoning gas to poison Arab women and children. Hillary, who bragged about her scathing verbal attack on Netanyahu for daring to approve building of homes for Jews in Jerusalem.

Hillary, for years the recipient of financial and other support from American Jews, counts among her closest advisers Huma Abedin, whose family is entrenched with the Muslim Brotherhood, and the anti-Israel Sidney Blumenthal, whose son Max's vicious anti-Israel ravings were remarked on approvingly by Hillary in those infamous secret emails.

While Donald Trump chose Mike Pence, an ardent supporter of Israel as a running mate, Hillary Clinton chose J Street's darling, Tim Kaine, who boycotted Bibi's speech to Congress. Trump committed to moving the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; Hillary won't.

There are other reasons to support Trump over Clinton. His response to the Iranian threat is elemental to his clear-sightedness about the real danger facing America and the free world. He knows it is radical Islam. Clinton refuses to acknowledge that radical Islam is at war with us, she pretends these are people who need better jobs. ISIS proclaims they will be at war with us until we embrace their ideology. Trump names that truth. Clinton's refusal to see it has made the world a more dangerous place and endangers our children's future. A vote for Hillary Clinton (or refusing to vote) is to dismiss the importance of America's security.

Also frightening, and true, is that if she becomes president, Clinton will be playing to her party's Left, seeking approval from the heretofore fringe, now growing radical and anti-Israel wing of the Democratic party.

We choose Trump because we believe he will keep America, Israel and the free world safe from the dangers we face. If you agree, please join us at www.JewsChooseTrump.org.

This piece was written by Jews Choose Trump members Carol Greenwald, Richard Allen, Eve Stieglitz and Louis Sokol. Greenwald is the president of Potomac Investment Co., a financial advisory firm. Allen is the founder of JCCWatch.org. Stieglitz is the Jewish advisor for women on the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. Sokol is an Internet marketing consultant and entrepreneur in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston.

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Johnny Carson and Tim Conway