Sunday, July 27, 2014

China ( talent and discipline ), Alzheimer's test, and English words from Hebrew

 Feel the Benefit of Kindness

What if you don't spontaneously feel joy for doing acts of kindness? Be aware of how you are elevating yourself and becoming a better person.

Imagine the good feelings you would have if someone helped you in the way you are helping others. By entering his world and feeling what he is feeling, you gain a greater appreciation for what you are doing.

You may find this technique difficult, but as you begin to experience it, you increase your ability to do so.

Love Yehuda Lave

Kindergarten class... Simply awesome..


Alzheimer's breakthrough: Simple new test will help millions beat cruel disease

A BLOOD test which will be a "major step forward" in fighting Alzheimer's could be available in just two years, scientists say today.

Published: Tue, July 8, 2014

alzheimer's, dementia, breakthrough, medicineDementia costs around £23 billion a year to manage[GETTY]

They have identified a unique combination of protein molecules in the blood which give an early warning that a patient is likely to develop dementia.

This finding will help them devise a test to diagnose people quicker and could lead to new treatments, they say.

It means a breakthrough in beating the devastating condition is now a step closer.

A spokesman for the Alzheimer's Society hailed the study, saying: "Finding a way to detect dementia before symptoms develop would revolutionise research."

The test, likely to cost between £100 and £300, can show with almost 90 per cent accuracy which individuals suffering from mild memory loss will develop Alzheimer's within a year.

Professor Simon Lovestone said drugs trials currently fail because they take place too late when Alzheimer's is too far advanced.

"If we could detect people earlier, it  might be that the drugs which are developed are more effective," he said.

"If we could treat the disease during the phase where there are no symptoms we could have a preventative therapy."

Prof Lovestone, of Oxford University, said it could be between two and five years before a blood test could replace brain scans and lumbar punctures.

He said: "At the moment all I can say to someone with signs of memory loss is, 'Come back in a year and we'll see if it has progressed' and that is grim, that's horrible."

dementia, alzheimer's, elderly, care, healthcareA blood test could pave the way for more breakthroughs in treating dementia [GETTY]

This is a major step forward

Dr Ian Pike, Proteome Sciences plc

In the largest study of its kind, researchers analysed 26 proteins previously linked to dementia in 1,000 patients. They found 16 molecules present in people with mild cognitive impairment.

A specific combination of 10 molecules were identified in patients who developed Alzheimer's within a year.

An Alzheimer's Society spokesman said the test has so far shown just 87 per cent accuracy, meaning that one in 10 people would get an incorrect result.

"Only through further research will we find answers, so we will watch the progress of this with interest," he said.

It estimates that managing dementia costs £23billion a year. A total of 800,000 Britons suffer from it.

Dr Ian Pike, of Proteome Sciences plc, which was involved with the research, said: "This is a major step forward."

Dr Eric Karran, of Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "This takes us closer to Alzheimer's becoming a preventable disease, but not in the immediate future.

"People can be included in clinical trials earlier and thereby we will get to a therapy. That would be an absolute breakthrough."

The study was published in The Journal Of The Alzheimer's Association.

by Yvette Alt Miller

English Words with Hebrew Origins

These common English words have their origins in Hebrew and Jewish thought.

You might know more Hebrew than you think. Check out these surprising Hebrew and Jewish origins of common English words. You might never think about these common terms the same again.

Ruthless – In the Torah, Ruth was the epitome of kindness and giving: a Moabite princess, she gave up her wealth and position to take care of her mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth was eventually rewarded for her great kindness by becoming the spiritual mother of the Jewish people, the great-grandmother of King David. To be "Ruth"–less is to lack the kindness and compassion that characterized Ruth; in modern English it denotes being venal and selfish.

Copacetic – this English word means that everything's in order, that all is as it should be. It's similar to (and some think derived from) the common Hebrew phrase kol beseder: everything's okay.

Leviathan – This English word meaning a great sea creature is directly taken from the Hebrew word for whale: leviaton.

Abracadabra – Acknowledging that God is the sole Creator of the world is a central value in Judaism. Thus, it's forbidden to declare that we, ourselves, are responsible for creation. Or to put it another way, in Aramaic, the language of the Talmud, it's forbidden to say A'bra (I will create) K'dabra (As I speak).

Cabal – Denoting a secretive group of people, usually intent on an evil purpose, the English word cabal is anti-Semitic in origin: it's taken from the word Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, and was applied to Jews studying holy texts.

CamelGamal in Hebrew, it's also close to the name of the third letter in the Hebrew language (gimmel), which some people say a gamal, or camel, resembles.

Beezelbub – It's not only a scary character from horror movies. The term comes from the Hebrew words baal, meaning Lord, and zeevuvim, meaning flies. "Lord of the Flies" is a pagan image, denoting someone at home amongst death, which attracts flies.

Sapphire – In the Torah, God's throne is described as a sapphire, blue like the very heavens: a sapphire is sappir in Hebrew.

Big Kahuna - It's not just frat-boy slang. Kahuna refers to the holiness of the Cohanim: Aaron and his descendents who officiated in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.

Edenic – Referring to Eden, the perfect garden in which God created Adam and Chava (Eve), the first human beings, edenic means something perfect and enjoyable in English today.

Babble – The Torah recounts how the generation after Noah tried to build a tower high enough to reach the very heavens and challenge God. Instead, God toppled this Tower of Babel, and punished its builders by multiplying their languages so they could no longer understand each other. The English word babble – meaning nonsensical sounds – commemorates this famous Biblical story.

Jeremiad – This English word, meaning a long lamentation or tale of woe – comes from the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah, who lived through the siege and fall of Jerusalem and the enslavement of the Jews in conquering Babylonia, and consoled his fellow Jews with visions of a future in which they would restored to the land of Israel.

Brouhaha – This word, meaning a noisy or overexcited reaction or response to something, was borrowed by English speakers from the French in the 19th Century. It's thought to derive from the common Hebrew welcome Baruch Ha-ba, or Blessed is He (or she) who comes. To those who didn't understand Hebrew, it's likely that Baruch Ha-ba sounded like a noisy confusion of sound – a term that was extended to any such uproarious speech.

Maven – This Yiddish word has passed over into common English usage. Meaning a wise person who knows a lot, it derives from the Hebrew word mavin, or understand.

Abacus – A manual computing device consisting of a frame holding parallel rods strung with movable counters, the word abacus originally referred to a drawing board that was covered with dust. (People did sums in the dust, wiping it clean when they were finished.) Abacus thus comes from the Hebrew word Avak, meaning dust.

Macabre – Suggesting the horror of death and decay, the word macabre entered Hebrew from the French. It's thought to derive from the Hebrew phrase "from the grave", or me-ha-kever.

Hallujah - used to express praise or joy, this comes from the Hebrew words Hallel meaning praise and Ya, denoting God.

Scapegoat – in ancient times, on Yom Kippur, two goats were selected to help atone for the people of Israel. One was sacrificed to God; the other – the scapegoat – was symbolically loaded with the people's sins and sent into the wilderness. In modern English, a scapegoat is someone who takes the blame for what others have done.

Behemoth – This English word meaning a huge animal comes from the Biblical Book of Job (40:15), where it's described as a large, grass-eating animal. In modern Hebrew, behemoth means domesticated animal, like a cow.

Seraph – In Hebrew, the Seraphim (the singular is Seraph) are angels who exist to sing the praises of God. A famous Jewish Midrash (story) explains that when God created humans, the Seraphim cried out: "We love and worship you perfectly! Why did you have to create these messy human creatures? Aren't we good enough for you?" To which God replied that people, having free choice, are capable of bestowing an even greater love to God than the perfect Seraphim.

Cherub – Cute, curly-haired children in English, Cherubs are another kind of angel in Judaism. Fierce and mighty, Cherubim are angels that enforce God's will with fiery swords: the word comes from cherev, the Hebrew word for sword.

Jubilee – Meaning a special anniversary, this word comes from the Hebrew Yovel. In ancient Israel, the Yovel year occurred once every fifty years: it was a time for debts to be forgiven and for indentured servants to go free.

Shibboleth – Meaning a password or a phrase that's distinctive to a group, this English word comes directly from the Hebrew. In ancient times, the nation of Gilad attacked the Tribe of Ephraim, and came up with a unique way to identify who was a member of that tribe or not: they asked each man they came across to pronounce shibboleth, meaning a stalk of grain: the members of the Tribe of Ephraim had an accent that betrayed them when they said the word. In modern Hebrew, a shibboleth is an ear of corn; a shibboleth shu'al means oat.

Sabbatical – The concept of taking a year off for personal research or work comes from the Jewish idea of Shabbat, when Jews rest and cease from their weekday work.

Sabbath – Likewise, the weekly Sabbath is the English version of the Hebrew Shabbat.

Amen – This common ending to prayers comes from the Hebrew word emunah, or belief; it's in effect a way of saying "I believe what was said is true."

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I'm grateful to all the readers who have written in with comments and criticisms.  A few words on this list have origins that are different or more obscure than I stated. 
It looks like I made a mistake with macabre, which is derived from Hebrew, but in a different way: in the Middle Ages, the Latin Chorea Maccabaeorum, Dance of the Maccabees, was a traditional feature of morality plays, probably representing the slaughter of the Maccabbees (from the period of Chanukah).  This was translated into French  as Danse Macabe, which evolved into Dance Macabre, the "Dance of Death".  
Ruthless, which many pointed out derives from the old English word for pity, has nonetheless been linked to the Jewish idea of Ruth as the epitome of compassion and pity by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, in his book To Heal a Fractured World.  "Kahuna", which refers to the holiness of the Cohanim who officiated in the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, has a similar meaning in Hawaiian, in which it refers to a doctor or sorcerer.  Other words on this list have origins that are obscure: as I pointed out, some linguists think copacetic derived from Hebrew, but are not certain.  Abracadabra is another word whose origins are obscure: many think it derives from Aramaic, others point to Greek origins.

Hamas was set to kill thousands:

Israeli Hebrew - and English - language media outlets reported early Friday that Hamas's offensive tunnel network - which is now known to have been composed of over two dozen attack tunnels dug underneath Israel's border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip - was set to be activated during the Jewish High Holidays in the form of a mass terror attack. Israeli security sources, citing information acquired in interrogations of captured Hamas fighters, described a scenario under which hundreds of heavily armed Hamas fighters would have spilled out into Israel in the dead of night and within 10 minutes have been in a position to infiltrate several sparsely populated and lightly guarded Israeli communities. Palestinian terrorists would then - per an assessment conveyed by i24news - have sought to "kill and kidnap as many Israelis as they could." Details of plot, which were first published by the Hebrew-language Ma'ariv, described it as set to take place when Israelis would have been celebrating the Jewish New Year, on or around September 24. Observers noted that attack scenarios lined up with recently revealed data about the scope and nature of the offensive tunnel network. The IDF recently published a map showing that the tunnels were created to empty out on both sides of nearby communities. Israeli military officials had already reported that the tunnel entrances are stocked with tranquilizers, handcuffs, ropes, and other materials useful for subduing abducted civilians and soldiers. And the known cost of the infrastructure - with each tunnel costing roughly $1 million - implies that Hamas leaders were planning a coordinated mega-attack, since use of even one of the tunnels was likely to trigger an Israeli retaliation against the entire network. Revelations regarding the magnitude of the planned tunnel attack are thought to have played a critical role in the Israeli government's rejection of a ceasefire proposed late Friday by Secretary of State John Kerry, which would have prohibited the Israelis from degrading remaining attack tunnels.
Here is what we are dealing with: The world pressure on Israel

British Commentator tells it like it is:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dreams do come true

Take a Joy Walk

Walking is one of the healthiest and simplest exercises. When you walk briskly, you breathe more deeply and your mind clears. Your brain produces healthy biochemicals that make you feel better and enable you to think with greater clarity. Walking stimulates creativity, and you might think of better ways to reach goals. Many people take walks to come up with solutions to challenges.

You can utilize your walking time to increase your level of joy. As you walk briskly, repeat to yourself, "With each and every step, I am feeling more and more joy. With each and every step, I am feeling more and more joy. With each and every step, I am feeling more and more joy."

Love Yehuda Lave

this is a lovely story. Take the time to read it.
Simcha Jacobovici Simcha Jacobovici is a Canadian-Israeli filmmaker and journalist. He is a three-times Emmy winner for "Outstanding Investigative Journalism" and a …  New York Times best selling author. He's also an adjunct professor in the Department of Religion at Huntington University, Ontario.
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    At the 2014 Oscars, they celebrated the 75th anniversary of the release of the "Wizard of Oz" by having Pink sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", with highlights from the film in the background. But what few people realized, while listening to that incredible performer singing that unforgettable song, is that the music is deeply embedded in the Jewish experience.
It is no accident, for example, that the greatest Christmas songs of all time were written by Jews. For example, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was written by Johnny Marks and "White Christmas" was penned by a Jewish liturgical singer's (cantor) son, Irving Berlin. But perhaps the most poignant song emerging out of the mass exodus from Europe was "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". The lyrics were written by Yip Harburg.He was the youngest of four children born to Russian Jewish immigrants. His real name was Isidore Hochberg and he grew up in a Yiddish speaking, Orthodox Jewish home in New York. The music was written by Harold Arlen, a cantor's son. His real name was Hyman Arluck and his parents were from Lithuania. Together, Hochberg and Arluck wrote "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", which was voted the 20th century's number one song by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In writing it, the two men reached deep into their immigrant Jewish consciousness – framed by the pogroms of the past and the Holocaust about to happen – and wrote an unforgettable melody set to near prophetic words. Read the lyrics in their Jewish context and suddenly the words are no longer about wizards and Oz, but about Jewish survival:
Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.
Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me.
Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?
The Jews of Europe could not fly. They could not escape beyond the rainbow. Harburg was almost prescient when he talked about wanting to fly like a bluebird away from the "chimney tops". In the post-Auschwitz era, chimney tops have taken on a whole different meaning than the one they had at the beginning of 1939.
Pink's mom is Judith Kugel. She's Jewish of Lithuanian background. As Pink was belting the Harburg/Arlen song from the stage at the Academy Awards, I wasn't thinking about the movie. I was thinking about Europe's lost Jews and the immigrants to America. I was then struck by the irony that for two thousand years the land that the Jews heard of "once in a lullaby" was not America, but Israel. The remarkable thing would be that less than ten years after "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was first published, the exile was over and the State of Israel was reborn. Perhaps the "dreams that you dare to dream really do come true".

10 Ideas Judaism Gave the World

Some revolutionary concepts found in the Torah.

Many of the concepts espoused in the Torah and Jewish tradition seem quintessentially modern, yet go back thousands of years. Here's a roundup of some ideas that we take for granted today that are an integral part of ancient Jewish wisdom.

1. Monotheism

Judaism introduced the powerful notion that one God created and rules the universe. This was a profound break with the idolatrous models that came before, in which an angry or capricious god was seen to govern events at random, and had to be appeased – often in horrible ways, like child sacrifice.

The Torah, in contrast, provided a radically different model of the universe, which uplifts, instead of degrades. It taught that nothing was random; the world was created for a purpose, and so were we. We each have a divinely-mandated goal in our lives and are charged to reach our potential.

This was a revolutionary idea. Ordinary people were seen as holy, important beings. The Torah describes every individual as being created betzelem Elokim, in the image of God. No matter what our circumstances or abilities, each life is holy and special. All of the elements that make up a civilized society flow from this realization.

2. The Weekend

"Six days shall you work and accomplish all your work, but the seventh day is Shabbat to the Lord Your God; you shall not do any work" (Exodus 20:8). There is nothing inherently logical about breaking up the long monotony of human days: the seven-day week is found nowhere in the natural world. Yet, today, four thousand years after Judaism introduced the concept of Shabbat, the concept of a seven-day week is universal.

The Jewish concept of Shabbat – of ceasing from work for one day out of seven – helped develop the idea of the week, and set society on the path to delineating a specific work-week – and periodic times for leisure.

3. Census

England's Domesday Book of 1086 is often referred to as the first national census, but 2,400 years earlier the Torah records a census of the Jewish people (Exodus 30). After leaving Egypt, Moses organized a poll of the Jewish people. It must have been a massive undertaking: he counted 603,550 adult men.

4. Asylum

In ancient Israel, Jews were instructed to build "six refuge cities" on either side of the Jordan River, to which people accused of manslaughter could flee before receiving their sentences (Exodus 35:6). In these cities, they were guaranteed protection from relatives of those they were accused of killing and were safe from vigilante justice.

5. Equality Under the Law

Alone in the ancient world, the Jewish people proclaimed the dignity of every person: men and women, rich and poor. Ancient codes of justice routinely contained different laws for people of varying social statuses. Even in the present day, when human rights abuses around the world make a mockery of impartial justice, the Torah remains a beacon of light, insisting that all people – regardless of station – are to be judged the same: "You shall not commit a perversion of justice; you shall not favor the poor and you shall not honor the great; with righteousness shall you judge your fellow" (Leviticus 19:15).

6. Court System

The Torah contains one of the earliest systems of upper and lower courts. As the Jewish nation grew after the Exodus from Egypt, their leader Moses found it increasingly difficult to adjudicate all their disputes. Moses' father-in-law Yitro presented him with a unique solution: establish the world's first comprehensive legal system. Under his guidance, Moses established four levels of courts, from local precincts where people could go to petty disputes, all the way up to high courts that oversaw the lower courts and decided the most difficult cases (Deuteronomy 1:11-15).

7. Animal Rights

The movement for animal rights might seem very modern – current animal welfare laws began to be proposed in Western nations in the mid-19th Century – but they have their antecedents in Jewish thought. The Torah and Talmud are full of detailed instructions on treating animals with kindness: we are forbidden from muzzling an ox during harvests (this ancient practice was meant to prevent beasts from eating the crops) or yoking a strong animal together with a weak one (because it might cause undue strain on the smaller animal) (Deuteronomy 25:4). When we collect eggs, the Torah instructs that we first shoo away the mother bird (Deuteronomy 22:7). The Talmud even commands us to feed our animals before we ourselves eat.

8. Crop Rotation

Nowadays, farmers know that to maintain nutrients in soil, it's effective to rotate crops and to leave fields fallow periodically. In Israel, this practice has a powerful spiritual dimension, as well. "Six years shall you sow your land and gather in its produce. And in the seventh, you shall leave it untended and unharvested, and the destitute of your people shall eat, and the wildlife of the field shall eat what is left of them; so shall you do to your vineyard and your olive grove" (Exodus 23:10-11). This practice – which is still followed by many Israeli farmers today – reminds us that it is God who ultimately controls the land and our lives.

9. Monetary Damages

When the Torah introduced the idea of paying for damages with money instead of one's life, it was a revolutionary thought. The Code of the Babylonian ruler Hammurabi (1795-1750 BCE) mandated the death penalty for most serious crimes; the 7th Century BCE Draconian Code of Athens made the death penalty the punishment for every crime. Even in the present day, some countries impose harsh physical punishments; in Saudi Arabia, people have been sentenced to have their eyes gouged out; Iran has also used blinding as punishment, sentencing a man accused of stalking a woman to have acid dripped in each eye. Both nations, as well as some other Muslim countries, have used amputation of hands and feet as punishment for crimes.

Jewish law, in contrast, codified various categories of monetary damages for a range of crimes, allowing those convicted of theft or negligence to pay off their debt and resume ordinary life.

10. Public School

In 64 CE, Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Gamla ruled that every Jewish child aged six and up should attend school, whether their parents could afford to send them or not. He even mandated a maximum class size – no more than 25 children per teacher. Jewish communities raced to put Rabbi Yehoshua's ideas into action, establishing subsidized or free schools in Jewish communities the world over. As Chicago educational philanthropist George Hanus has noted: "it is the first instance in recorded history of a people instituting compulsory universal education funded by the larger community…. Many scholars believe Gamla's model was the inspiration for free public education systems in the contemporary West, including the United States."

Author Biography:

Yvette Alt Miller earned her B.A. at Harvard University. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Jewish Studies at Oxford University, and has a Ph.D. In International Relations from the London School of Economics. She lives with her family in Chicago, and has lectured internationally on Jewish topics. 

Hamas tunnels

Shocking, pass and submit!
GSS several senior Hamas And it turns out that 45 tunnels they dug reach communities also showed news tunnels under the houses of the people.
Arabs planned on New Year tunnels that out of all the food straight to my room every neighborhood in the south.
From a tunnel, 200 terrorists and kill all the Jews, do spectacular attack and take over the southern communities around Gaza.
Those who have not seen, include photos from downtown Gaza link below.

this must be watched!!!

This young Israeli delegate is a great speech deliverer

This has to be read--What could have been!!!!

Analysis of the Situation: The State of Israel was facing an existential threat for the first time since the War of Independence.
By their deaths, the three youths saved the State of Israel.
The dozens of tunnels that had been dug from Gaza to the southern cities of Israel were not tunnels for the purpose of terrorism – they were the infrastructure for the occupation of the Land of Israel. If we had not surprised ourselves with the severe response to the kidnap and murder of these boys (of blessed memory), Hamas, at a time that would suit them, would have sent thousands of soldiers through the tunnels to occupy cities and military posts; thousands of soldiers wearing the uniform of IDF soldiers, to kill, to conquer and to kidnap, and the IDF would have had no time to organize, and protect the nation. At the same time, Hamas would have fired off barrages of hundreds and thousands of missiles at the center of the country, paralyzing Israel's organizational ability to defend itself against invasion. What were they waiting for? Maybe a rainy day? Or, most likely,  the recovery of Hezbollah, in order to coordinate an integrated attack of missiles from the north. . . and possibly tunnels dug towards the northern cities too. . .
In Israel, in such a situation, there could be tens of thousands of deaths, the complete breakdown of national systems, and the need to build protection at the neighborhood and street levels. This, on the presumption  that the Arabs of Judea & Samaria, and some Israeli Arabs, would not join in the fray. Of course, IAF counter-attacks would be futile when the enemy was well entrenched underground and laughing all the way to Jerusalem! The best case scenario - international forces would come in to disarm the country, take our nuclear capabilities, and the dream of the Jewish State would crumble for another thousand years.
We were saved thanks to two things they did not believe would happen, because we also did not believe it: we did not believe that the abduction of the three boys would unite the nation in such a way that it would lead to massive air assault, the return of political prisoners to jail, and preparation for a ground offensive into the wasps' nest they had built. And we had not believed that the Iron Dome would work. In other words - all of us, those to the right and those to the left, had disdained the Islamic-psychopathic rhetoric calling for the conquest of Jerusalem, had ignored the determination of the psychopaths in Iraq and Syria, and did not want to comprehend that they had built a smart, strong and - in fact - quite an excellent military system with almost no flaws, which was capable of crushing the State of Israel. We had all seen how ten fighting men had exited a tunnel in just a few minutes. What would have prevented two hundred soldiers from exiting a tunnel on any given day, and many thousands altogether from all of the tunnels - including hundreds of commandos landing on the beaches at the same time, and missiles landing in the heart of the country? The truth is that if, now, there were not tens of thousands of Israeli troops in the south, nothing could have prevented the next step in realizing the Islamic dream - the destruction of the Zionist nation, and marching into Jerusalem.
Eyal,  Naftali  and Gilad - by dying, they saved our country, our freedom and our lives.
Danny Gold - who developed the Iron Dome – may you live a long and healthy life.
And to all of the soldiers – we love you and embrace you. Muster courage and be brave! All the Jewish people, the whole world - and most of all, many of the Arab countries and the sane Muslims - are praying for the craziness to be overcome. Yes, even Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen). Thanks to those poor boys, we caught them with their pants down, when the timing and the conditions don't suit them. Our State has survived and now is the time to settle accounts with the murderers, to the very last man.
And a word to citizens on the home front – when you hear the sirens, go into the shelter or your safe room and smile! When you hear the "boom" – laugh!  These noises are the screams of frustration of the psychopaths in Gaza, whose ingenious plan to crush Israel was prematurely exposed. All of the damage that we are suffering now is nothing compared to what they had been planning.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

INTERESTING OLD PICS and 30,000 attend American Lone Soldier funeral

Be Grateful for all Your Skills and Talents

The Almighty has blessed each of us with our unique mixture of skills, talents, and inner resources. Be grateful to Him for each and every one. This gratitude enables you to maintain humility at the same time as you recognize and appreciate those gifts. Humility does not mean that you deny the gifts you were given. Rather it means that you have a high level of gratitude.

Love Yehuda Lave

Nafttali Bennett in the Lions Cage

2. 30,000 Attend Funeral of American Lone Soldier
by Hezki Ezra, Gil Ronen 30,000 Attend Funeral of American Lone Soldier

About 30,000 people attended the funeral of Sergeant Max Steinberg hy"d Wednesday. Max was a "lone soldier" who made aliyah on his own. He served in the Golani Brigade and was killed in Gaza.

Most of the participants in the funeral did not know Max. They were citizens who decided to honor him for his sacrifice, following requests to do so which circulated in the media.

He was eulogized by a friend who said: "I remember your smile, and instead of crying, I laugh. You are a legend. I have lost a brother and a dear friend."

His sister said: "You are a hero for thousands of Jews today."

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said: "Over 30,000 people came to give you the honor of a hero. The strength of the Jewish people lies in people like you. This week, we buried soldiers from Morocco, Russia and Ethiopia here. Soldiers who fought for the Jewish nation."

"We will never forget the soldiers who are buried here at Har Herzl, which overlooks our capital, Jerusalem."

MK Dov Lipman, himself an oleh (immigrant) from the US, read out the following eulogy:

"What could motivate a young American to leave the comforts and security of a loving home with a more familiar future ahead of him, to move to a land where he had no family, no friends, could not speak the language, was in greater danger, and had an uncertain future?

"Max made his decision to move back to Israel while on a Birthright trip to Israel in 2012, specifically while standing here, on this mountain, when he came across the grave of a fallen soldier who came from American to fight in the IDF.  What sparked inside of Max when he had that experience? 

"I think the answer can be found in words that Max's mother related to the press in the United States – 'He felt that if this was his calling, that being on the sidelines, or even in the backseat, was just not going to work,' – Max heeded the call of Moses as we read in this past week's Torah portion:  'Will your brothers go to war while you remain here?'

"And to understand this decision one step deeper, we need to look no further back than the last words which Max shared with his mother:

"He reached her at 4 a.m. – early Saturday morning – after coming out of Gaza for a brief refreshing break – and he said, 'Mom I'm not scared at all for me, I'm scared for you. I'm fine, I'm going back in.'

"Those last words say it all – concern for his mother but not for himself.  Worry for his beloved state, but not for himself.  Fear for the wellbeing of his Jewish brothers and sisters, but not for his own.  This describes the ultimate giver – the person who doesn't ask what most people ask – what can I do for myself – but the person who asks what he can do for others, even if that means personal risk and harm.

"Evelyn and Stuart – your son is a Jewish and Israeli hero.  Jake and Paige – your brother is a Jewish and Israeli hero.  He is a hero on two levels.

"His first level of heroism is the fact that he saved lives – plain and simple.  Max fought to make sure that missiles will not keep falling in our cities, and to destroy the tunnels of terror from Gaza.  Max fought so that our children can have hope to live the way he himself was raised – without having to run to shelters because of air raid sirens and without the fear that  terrorists may tunnel their way into their neighborhoods to kill them or kidnap them.

"Mr. and Mrs. Steinberg, Jake  and Paige – it is true – today we join you in mourning the fact that you won't dance with Max at his wedding, that you won't see Max as a father, and that you won't see where is free spirit would have taken him.

"But your son, your heroic son, gave his life to save the lives of many others – of thousands of others.  Your child and brother made a decision that there are things worth dying for and he died for them – thereby helping millions of Israelis live in peace and quiet.

"And this leads to the second level of Max's heroism.

"Max Steinberg, is the newly found hero to hundreds of thousands of young Israelis, and to millions of young Jews around the world.  Max is causing young people to refocus on what is important in life.  Look around you. Look at the masses of people who have come to pay respect to their new hero.  

"Max has helped to rekindle the Zionistic spirit which gave birth to this state, and has reminded all of us of the blessing from God, the special merit that we have to live as a free people in our land – as well as the sacrifices we must make to maintain this reality.

"It is my hope and prayer that this realization provides you with some level of comfort. You raised a hero.  And your brother was a hero. I hope you feel the collective hug of the people of Israel and know that we will always be here to embrace you and to support you in any way that we can. 

"Max – now it is time to say goodbye – but before we do so I turn to you as a representative of Knesset, and on behalf of the citizens of Israel and Jews around the world to say thank you.  Thank you for protecting our children, thank you for protecting our state, thank you for protecting the Jewish people, and thank you for showing us that a regular American boy from California can raise himself to the level of Jewish and Israeli hero.

"Max, all of us will try to continue your legacy – and every day ask ourselves as you did – what did we do for our state, what did we do for our nation and what did we do to make the world a better place. Rest in peace my brother who I never met. May your memory serve as a blessing and an inspiration for us all."

The funeral at Har Herzl was delayed by 30 minutes to enable the masses of people to reach the cemetery. Police blocked Sderot Herzl to vehicular traffic and the light rail beefed up its shuttle service from the Teddy Stadium parking lot.

Thousands Attend Funeral in J'lem

Israelis turn out en masse -again - to accompany lone soldier on final journey.
By: Meir Halevi Siegel
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Funeral of Max Steinberg z"l

Funeral of Max Steinberg z"l
Photo Credit: 0404

For the second time this week, tens of thousands of Israelis accompanied a lone IDF soldier to his final resting place.

Some 30,000 people attended the funeral Wednesday of Max Steinberg at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Steinberg, 24, grew up in Woodland Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, and made aliya after visiting Israel on a Birthright seminar in 2012. According to the Jerusalem Post, he served as a sniper in the Golani Brigade.

At the end of his eulogy for his son, Steinberg's father – visiting Israel for the first time – said Am Yisrael Chai, spurring the crowd to repeat the sentence through tears, and to sing Hatikva.

Miss America 1924
Helen Keller Meeting Charlie Chaplin
Leather gloves worn by Lincoln to Ford's Theater on the night of his assassination. Blood stains are visible at the cuffs.
Phoebe Mozee (aka: Annie Oakley). Famed for her marksmanship by 12 years old,
she once shot the ashes off of Kaiser Wihelm II's cigarette at his invitation.
When she outshot famed exhibition marksman Frank Butler, he fell in love with her and they married.
They remained married the rest of their lives.
Very Young Lucy Lucille Ball around 1930
Two Victorian sideshow performers boxing - the fat man and the thin man.
Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941 One of the first women to gain a pilot's licence,
Johnson won fame when she flew solo from Britain to Australia in 1930. Her dangerous
flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan and became the first woman
to fly across the Atlantic East to West, she volunteered to fly for The Women's Auxiialry
Air Force in WW2, but her plane was shot down over the River Thames and she was killed.
Prison Garb 1924. Belva Annan murderess whose trial records became the musical " Chicago .."
Female photojournalist Jessie Tarbox on the street with her camera, 1900s. (THIS IS THE KIND OF CAMERA USED TO TAKE OUR SCHOOL PICS.  PHOTOGRAPHER PUT THE BLACK CLOTH OVER HIS HEAD TO TAKE PICS.     CAROL
Roald Amundsen was the first person to reach the South Pole. At approximately 3pm on December 14, 1911,
Amundsen raised the flag of Norway at the South Pole and named the spot Polheim - "Pole Home."
The extraordinary life of Maud Allen: Seductive US dancing girl who was sued for being too lewd,
outed as a lesbian, and fled London after being branded a German spy who was sleeping with the
prime minister's wife.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Wedding day photograph of Abraham and Mary taken November 4, 1842 in Springfield , Illinois
after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement. Their love had endured.
Billie Holiday at two years old, in 1917
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. " Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images
in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919,
which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Most victims
succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.
Filming the MGM Logo
Amelia Earhart
Mae Questel ca. 1930's, the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, Minnie Mouse,
Felix the Cat (for three shorts by the Van Beuren Studios), Little Lulu,
Little Audrey and Casper , the Friendly Ghost
Bea Arthur (née Bernice Frankel) (1922-2009) SSgt. USMC 1943-45 WW II.
Enlisted and assigned as typist at Marine HQ in Wash DC, then air stations in VA and NC.
Best remembered for her title role in the TV series "Maude" and as Dorothy in "Golden Girls".
In 1911, Bobby Leach survived a plunge over Niagara Falls in a steel barrel.
Fourteen years later, in New Zealand , he slipped on an orange peel and died.
Emily Todd was Mary Todd Lincoln's half-sister. In 1856 she married Benjamin Helm,
a Confederate general. After Helm's death in 1863 Emily Helm passed through Union Lines
to visit her sister in the White House. This caused great consternation in the Northern newspapers.
Emily Helm took an oath of loyalty to the Union and was granted amnesty.
Three days before his 19th birthday, George H.W. Bush became the youngest aviator in the US Navy.
Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906.
All-American Girls Baseball, 1940s
Sacajawea. Stolen, held captive, sold, eventually reunited the Shoshone Indians.
She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband
Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back.
She traveled thousands of miles from the Dakotas the Pacific Ocean .
The explorers, said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable.
She served as an advisor, caretaker, and is legendary for her perseverance and resourcefulness.
A Confederate and Union soldier shake hands during a celebration at Gettysburg in 1913.
Image from the Library of Congress. July 1-3, 2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Geraldine Doyle, who was the inspiration behind the famous Rosie the Riveter poster.
Vintage Baked Potato Cart. A legitimate fast food lunch option back in the day.
Cyclists ride in the first running of the Tour de France, in 1903.
Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 - April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of
World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat.
America's first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months 'over there' and participated in
seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise
mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a
German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there til American Soldiers found him).
Nightwitches - Female Russian bombers who bombed Germany during WW2.
They had old, noisy planes & the engines used to conk out halfway through their missions,
so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props.
To stop Germans from hearing them & starting up the anti aircraft guns, they'd climb
to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines
in midair & get the hell out of dodge. Their leader flew 200+ missions & was never captured.
Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II, London , 1956 Both women are 30 years old.
Chief Petty Officer Graham Jackson plays "Going Home" as FDR's body is
borne past in Warm Springs , GA , where the President was scheduled to attend
a barbecue on the day he died. April, 1945.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Life in Dubai and how a $50 3d hand compare to a $42,000 mechanical hand and the current situation in Israel

Learn From Other Couples

A basic Torah principle is that there are no accidents in this world. Whatever happens, happens for a reason. Throughout your life, G-d will send you messages. The wise person learns from everyone (Pirkei Avos 4:1). Be wise and learn from all the messages that have been sent your way in the past and those that will be sent your way in the future. Every time you see a couple interact it can be educational. Even listening to the way a newly married couple or to an elderly couple speak together in a line at the supermarket can teach you something. At times you will hear a positive way of talking that you can emulate.

At other times, you will hear a negative way of talking that you may find similar to your own. This can be a wake-up call for change.

There are also situations which will enable you to feel fortunate for your own situation. You will gain greater appreciation and gratitude for what you previously might have taken for granted.

Love Yehuda Lave

Aquarium and life in Dubai.

How does a $50 3d hand compare to a $42,000 mechanical hand

I write with a heavy heart. People are dying. Their deaths caused by the callousness of evil charismatics indoctrinating hate and embedding fears in the hearts of suffering and deprived populations. Evil leaders' lust for power, lust for domination, lust for blood, injecting poisons in distraught minds, broken hearts and corrupted souls.  How do compassionate and caring people respond to such cruelty and depravity?

Emotions are tricky business. They often lead us by the nose. We are all easily led and intimidated by the idiot box blaring the smooth voices of illiterate and boorish (if not ulterior-motivated) talking heads. Our hearts bleed in response to doctored, orchestrated, carefully choreographed, instant human tragedy video clips. Talking heads partner ambitious news photographers to stage-manage the best human-interest stories for local consumption 'back home'. 

Forget truth. Forget justice. Forget morality. The 'story' is all that counts. If retractions and apologies need to be dished out later in some fine print or throwaway comment on air, who cares? Goebbels wins the day.  The big lie is the best lie. And say it often enough and it becomes the new truth. What counts is that the story moved the viewing audience, improved network ratings, and was consistent with the political bias of the network.

So terrorists and media make for perfect bedfellows. Terrorism needs its poison spewed to as wide a viewing audience as possible to recruit sick society drop-outs, and media responds synergistically making media barons richer and ego driven anchor-persons flush with self-pride.
This still begs the question: how can people of principle and truth respond to those who wave the automatic weapons and gracefully fire rockets through the orb of the blue sky bringing down passenger planes or indiscriminately attempting to destroy populous cities?

An answer is provided by the great medieval philosopher and physician, Maimonides, who notes: One should see the world's good and evil poised on pans of an equally balanced cosmic scale, and one positive individual act, tips the scales to the good, thereby saving the world.

You are powerful.  You radiate energies of goodness to the farthest reaches of the world. The challenge is to believe in ourselves and not abdicate the important leadership role that sends waves of positive energy to the most distant shores.Rebbe and Kids

 Speak with inner strength. Behave assertively. Think strategically. Make personal plans to change in the world

Momentary impulsiveness doesn't cut it. You are a spiritual warrior. Plan. Devise. Create. Execute. Fight terrorism with heroism – the heroism that stems from inner fortitude, conviction and quest for truth.

Don't make the mistake of naivety. A fuzzy warm loving compassionate soul does not a spiritual warrior make.  Love includes tough-love. Draw a line in the sand and be prepared to defend it with your whole being. If someone threatens your physical integrity, strength of character and self-esteem demands you defend yourself. Your weaponry of compassion doesn't defend your body. Truth and principle extends to the physical plane of a 'real' world of hurt, pain, and cruelty.we are one

So how do good people respond to a troubled world? With belief in man's innate goodness. With strength of conviction. With a willingness to express leadership qualities – whether in the family, or in community or in society at large. With faith in a benevolent higher power to appeal to. With chosen words and select behaviors.

I challenge you: adopt these characteristics fully for one day. I guarantee you will be witness to actual changes you effect in the world. Test my assertion. Be a spiritual warrior for a day.  

The Truth about Gaza

By Charles Krauthamer

Israel is using missile defense to protect its civilians and Hamas is using their civilians to protect their missiles.

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

'Here's the difference between us," explains the Israeli prime minister. 'We're using missile defense to protect our civilians and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."

Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent "cycle of violence." This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows Hamas' proudly self-declared raison d'etre: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.

Apologists for Hamas attribute the bloodlust to the Israeli occupation and blockade. Occupation? There is not a soldier, not a settler, not a single Israeli in Gaza. Does no one remember anything? It was less than 10 years ago that worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling diehard settlers off synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted it settlements, expelled its citizens, withdrew its military and turned every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians.

There was no blockade. On the contrary. Israel wanted this new Palestinian state to succeed. To help the Gaza economy, Israel gave the Palestinians its 3,000 greenhouses that had produced fruit and flowers for export. It opened border crossings and encouraged commerce.

The whole idea was to establish the model for two states living peacefully and productively side by side. No one seems to remember that simultaneous with the Gaza withdrawal, Israel dismantled four smaller settlements in the northern West Bank as a clear signal of Israel's desire to leave the West Bank too and thus achieve an amicable two-state solution.

And how did the Gaza Palestinians react to being granted by the Israelis what no previous ruler, neither Egyptian, nor British, nor Turkish, had ever given them – an independent territory? First, they demolished the greenhouses. Then they elected Hamas. Then, instead of building a state with its attendant political and economic institutions, they spent the better part of a decade turning Gaza into a massive military base, brimming with terror weapons, to make ceaseless war on Israel.

Where are the roads and rail, the industry and infrastructure of the new Palestinian state? Nowhere. Instead, they built mile upon mile of underground tunnels to hide their weapons and, when the going gets tough, their military commanders. They spent millions importing and producing rockets, launchers, mortars, small arms, even drones. They deliberately placed them in schools, hospitals, mosques and private homes to better expose their own civilians. And from which they fire rockets at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Why? The rockets can't even inflict serious damage, being almost uniformly intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system. Even West Bank leader Mahmoud Abbas has asked: "What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?"

It makes no sense. Unless you understand, as a Washington Post editorial explained, that the whole point is to draw Israeli counterfire.

This produces dead Palestinians for international television. Which is why Hamas perversely urges its own people not to seek safety when Israel drops leaflets warning of an imminent attack.

To deliberately wage war so that your own people can be telegenically killed is indeed moral and tactical insanity. But it rests on a very rational premise: Given the Orwellian state of the world's treatment of Israel (see: the U.N.'s grotesque Human Rights Council), fueled by a mix of classic anti-Semitism, near-total historical ignorance and reflexive sympathy for the ostensible Third World underdog, these eruptions featuring Palestinian casualties ultimately undermine support for Israel's legitimacy and right to self-defense.

In a world of such Kafkaesque ethical inversions, Hamas' depravity begins to make sense. This is a world in which the Munich massacre is a movie and the murder of Klinghoffer is an opera – both deeply sympathetic to the killers. This is a world in which the U.N. ignores humanity's worst war criminals while incessantly condemning Israel, a state warred upon for 66 years which nonetheless goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid harming the very innocents its enemies use as shields.

It's to the Israelis' credit that amid all this madness they haven't lost their moral scruples. Or their nerve. Those outside the region have the minimum obligation, therefore, to expose the madness and speak the truth. Rarely has it been so blindingly clear.

This op-ed originally appeared in the Washington Post.