Thursday, May 28, 2015

Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus


  For Peace Of Mind

Frequently, erroneous thoughts and illusions enter a person's mind and disturb his concentration. When you lack peace of mind, you will not be able to study Torah or pray properly. The best advice is to develop the following attitude:

"Want that which your Creator wants for you. Take pleasure in what you have, whether comparatively little or a lot."

Once you adopt this attitude, you will be able to find peace of mind and this will be therapeutic for both your body and soul. You will be able to find success - whatever the particular circumstances and challenges you find yourself in

Love Yehuda Lave

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Crossing the Line 2 the new face of antisemitism

Dentistry for poor people in India:

This Dentist Became Famous, Find Out Why...21971 views

New teeth, dentures or extractions not a problem at all for Pushkar and his old master Pyara Singh. They treat their patients in front of the train station of Jaipur, on the sidewalk under the pure sky, and they only charge 80 rupies! This short fi.. Read Mor



http://www.ba-bamail.com/video.aspx?emailid=14728



Male orangutan cuddles and bottle feeds three baby tigers

A male orangutan at the Myrtle Beach Safari has taken a liking to three tiger cubs, after watching his human caretakers nurse the three baby cats.

Read the full story:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3078779/Gentle-male-orangutan-plays-Mr-Mom-three-baby-tigers-bottle-feeds-cuddles-like-one-own.html

13 May 2015




Easy Salmon Recipe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXpG6Z4IkKc&feature=em-subs_digest


Everyone is Swimming in Jerusalem

Published: May 27th, 2015


Elephants in the Water

Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

With temperatures soaring, everyone is getting in the water…

Bear in the Water

Kids in the Water






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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Frank Sinatra Tour of Israel and dealing with stress


All Events and Situations are Neutral Until You Have Self-Talk About it

Realizing that your self-talk is a key factor of the way you view any event or situation allows you to understand the power of your self-talk.

Your self-talk is the key factor that decides whether you will live a happy life or an unhappy life; whether you frequently experience positive things or negative things. Your self-talk is the key factor that changes encounters with kind, friendly, helpful people into encounters with cold, selfish, and uncaring people, or vice versa.

When someone really comprehends the power of self-talk, he understands on a deep level that his life experiences depend on how he views them. Your outlook is the key to the quality of your life. The difficulty involved with dealing with potentially challenging situations and people depends on your viewpoint and perspective. Your viewpoint, based on your self-talk, makes the situation harder to deal with, or easier.

When you have a "good eye" and see events and people in a positive light, you will have a totally different experience than someone who has a "bad eye." With a "bad eye," you see problems and hardships and difficulties everywhere. With a "good eye," people treat you better and life events will work in your favor. You see opportunities, where those with a "bad eye" see misfortune.


Love Yehuda Lave







Frank Sinatra loved Israel
65 year old Israeli woman gives birth


A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water  

While leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience.  Everyone knew she was going to

Ask the ultimate question,

'Half empty or half full?'

She fooled them all.

"How heavy is this glass of water?"

She inquired with a smile.  

Answers called out ranged from

8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied,

"The absolute weight doesn't matter.

It depends on how long I hold it.  

If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.

If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an

Ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you'll have to

Call an ambulance.

In each case it's the same weight,

But the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "and that's the way it

Is with stress.  If we carry our burdens

All the time, sooner or later, as the

Burden becomes increasingly heavy,

We won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you

Have to put it down for a while and

Rest before holding it again.

When we're refreshed, we can

Carry on with the burden - holding

Stress longer and better each time practiced.

So, as early in the evening as you can,

Put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night.  Pick them up again tomorrow

If you must.

1 * Accept the fact that some days

      You're the pigeon, and some days

      You're the statue!

2 * Always keep your words soft and

      Sweet, just in case you have to

      Eat them.

3 * Always read stuff that will

      Make you look good if

      You die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully...

      It's not only cars that can

      Be recalled by their Maker.

5 * If you can't be kind,

      At least have the decency

      To be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and

      Never see that person again,

      It was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that

      Your sole purpose in life is

      Simply to serve as

      a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can't push.

9 * Never put both feet in your mouth

      At the same time, because

      Then you won't have a leg

      To stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if

        You can't dance well.

       Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it's the early worm that

        Gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything's coming your way,

        You're in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you.

        The more you have,

         The longer you live.

16 * Some mistakes are

        Too much fun to make only once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons.

        Some are sharp, some are pretty

        And some are dull.  Some have

        Weird names and all are different

        Colors, but they all have to live

        In the same box.

18 * A truly happy person is one

        Who can enjoy the scenery

        On a detour.

19 * Have an awesome day and

        Know that someone has

        Thought about you today.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY

20 *Save the earth.....

       It's the only planet with chocolate!*

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From my friend Alan Ziegler:


Ben Shapiro on the current state of Religion in the US....

Quote...."the entire family would prefer attending a Dodger game than sitting through a three-hour synagogue service. When religious leaders decided to require less, rather than more of their constituents, Americans decided religion was worthless. Religion is about upholding God's standards. Abandoning those standards means abandoning God. Religion cannot survive as a cultural totem rather than as an embodiment of the word of the Living God."

..."American religious practice can be traced not to the intransigence of America's religious institutions, but to their desperate attempts to "reach out" to young people by forsaking key values. Values alienate. Behavioral requirements alienate. Talk about sin alienates. Talk about heaven and hell alienates. And so religious institutions decided not to focus on such uncomfortable but eternal truths in order to fill pews. Major religious institutions across the United States decided that it would be more effective to draw constituents with honey rather than vinegar – forgetting, of course, that religion isn't either. Religion is fine wine: it may taste bitter when it first hits the tongue, but it is rich, sweet, and beautiful when you know what you're drinking. Religion without standards is kumbaya happy talk, requiring neither God nor church."

The entire article can be read here....  http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/13/why-americans-are-abandoning-religion/
 

Top Khamenei Advisor: We Have Divine Permission to Destroy Israel


Author:

avatar David Daoud

Khamenei's Representative to the IRGC said that Iran has "Divine Permission" to destroy Israel. PHOTO: Al-Arabiya

An official close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei asserted that his government has a godly ordained right to annihilate Israel, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday.

The "government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has divine permission to destroy Israel," said Mojtaba Zolnour, a Khamenei representative in the elite Revolutionary Guards.

According to semi-official state news agency Fars, Zolnour said that, "the Noble Koran permits the Islamic Republic of Iran to destroy Israel." He added that, "Even if Iran gives up its nuclear program, it will not weaken this country's determination to destroy Israel."

This is by no means the first time that Iranian political or military officials have threatened Israel with destruction.

Iran has raised the specter of "wiping Israel out of existence," since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in the country in 1979. Khomeini's animosity towards Israel was based on an ideological and religious opposition to Zionism, amplified by the challenge Israel's military and economic strength posed to Iranian regional expansionism.

Perhaps most famously, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeatedly called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" in a 2005 speech that he gave. More recently, in late March 2015, General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of Iran's Basij militia – a volunteer paramilitary organization under the command of the IRGC – said that, "wiping Israel off the map is not up for negotiation."

Iran also actively finances and militarily backs proxy terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah that are ideologically opposed to Israel's existence.





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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Richard Kemp and AYAAN HIRSI ALI and President Obama speak out against the prejudice against Israel


Appreciate Your Wealth

It is human nature to want what you don't have. We always want to acquire more.

A person is both wise and wealthy when you master the art of appreciating what you already have. View all that you have as a personal gift to you from our Father, our King, Creator and Sustainer of the universe. The outcome of mastering this is that you will live a joyous life. (Guaranteed!)

Love Yehuda Lave


Richard Kemp a retired British Military officer at his acceptance speech on his honorary Doctorate from Bar Illan University

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsJDbnZjQik&sns=em

Now that you have seen his speech look at his bio on Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Kemp



Steve Harman from 60 Minutes does a beautiful story about a boy and his dis ceased army Dad.

The 20 Dollar Bill    -  It's a good one and only a couple minutes long. Click the link below.
 
Remember the story of the boy who found $20 and gave it to a soldier? - this is the follow-up. Be sure to watch to the end…

 

 

 



AYAAN HIRSI ALI - Anti-Semitism on Campus at Boston Premiere of Crossing the Line 2 (Full Speech) also powerful speech by black woman

Ayaan Hirshi Ali, she was once a member of Dutch parliament.
She went to the States,

Shalom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SzbNBHsly0&sns=em



President Obama wearing a Kippa speaks on Friday at Congregation Adas Israel in Washington DC.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?326204-1/president-obama-remarks-adas-israel


Never Too Old
by Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Never Too Old

At 102, Ingeborg Rapoport just passed her oral exam for her doctorate that the Nazis prevented her from get

A new Guinness world record has just been set.

It shows us how sometimes wrongs can be righted after many decades. It proves that it's possible for dreams to be realized even in the late twilight of our lives. It is heartwarming and inspiring. But perhaps most of all it reminds us that age is not an insurmountable barrier to great achievements.

Ingeborg Rapoport just passed her oral examination for her doctoral degree. At age 102, professors from the University of Hamburg questioned her for close to an hour on her thesis about diphtheria and were unanimous in their praise. True, the retired neonatologist who lives in Berlin had submitted her original scholarly work back in 1938 but after having her scientific conclusions validated she was not permitted to proceed with the oral exam for "racial reasons." With a Jewish mother, the Nazis considered her ineligible for academic advancement and her medical career was categorically suspended.

Emigrating to the United States, she would finally be able to achieve part of her dream. She got her MD, married and raised a family. Only her doctorate was stolen from her by the cruelty of Nazi anti-Semitism. But recently, fate intervened. A colleague of her son, a Harvard medical school professor, shared her story with present Dean of the University of Hamburg's medical school. Wanting to rectify the ancient wrong, the Dean allowed her now to qualify for the long denied degree. Nonetheless, she would have to pass an oral showing her knowledge of present-day advances in the field. And so Ingeborg, with failing eyesight, had friends read to her from the Internet all the current new information about diphtheria. She absorbed it all, retained it sufficiently to overwhelmingly satisfy her examiners and today occupies the unique record of being the oldest person, at the age of 102, ever to receive a doctoral degree.

Grandma Moses and the A Team

Of course old age is not always so kind. For many, Robert Browning's words to "grow old along with me, the best is yet to be" seem more wishful thinking than realistic possibility. Yet, it bears noting that some of mankind's most remarkable achievements came from those already far advanced in years.

Much has been written about Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known to the world as Grandma Moses, a woman who didn't begin to paint until the age of 76, when her hands became too crippled by arthritis to hold an embroidery needle. She found herself unable to sit around and do nothing, after a long life spent working on farms, and without any formal art training began a career spanning over a quarter of a century which would make her an internationally renowned figure whose paintings were praised by President John F. Kennedy as "inspiring an entire nation.".

There have been many others who made a powerful impact on the world even after becoming octogenarians. At 89, Arthur Rubinstein gave one of his greatest recitals in New York's Carnegie Hall. At 89, Albert Schweitzer headed a hospital in Africa. At 88, Pablo Casals was giving cello concerts. At 88, Michelangelo conceived some of his greatest architectural plans. At 85, Coco Chanel was the head of a fashion design firm. At 84, Somerset Maugham wrote Points of View.
At 83, Aleksandr Kerensky wrote Russia and History's Turning Point. At 82, Winston Churchill wrote a History of English Speaking People. At 82, Leo Tolstoy wrote I Cannot Be Silent. At 81, Benjamin Franklin negotiated the compromise that led to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
At 81, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe finished Faust.

But there is one more octogenarian who truly changed the history of the entire world. Grandma Moses may have inspired a nation but Moses the lawgiver, Moses the leader of the Jewish people, Moses who spoke "face-to-face" with the Almighty without doubt transformed all of mankind.

Read the biblical story and you may perhaps be amazed to note that Moses began his career at the well advanced age of 80. It was then that he stood at a bush which burned but miraculously was not consumed. It was then that he began his mission to free the Jewish people from the slavery of Egypt and to bring them to Mount Sinai to receive the words of God's Torah. It was then that he took upon himself the difficult role of leader, teacher and guide of the Jewish people so that they might become a light unto all the nations.

And perhaps of all the messages which Moses would bring to the world, the one most closely linked with his age at the time of embarking upon a new career in life might well be the most inspiring. Age brings with it its own list of infirmities. Yet it also endows us with a kind of wisdom unknown to the young. It continues to offer us challenges and new opportunities. We may be too old to run marathons but we are never too old to dream dreams – the dreams of Ingeborg Rapoport, of Grandma Moses, and of all those who showed us that life offers ongoing trials, opportunities and blessings.





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Monday, May 25, 2015

43 second commercial...and real science fiction and the New Guardians




  Learn Patience By Observing Others

Learn from the patience of others. Every person who is patient in situations that challenge you, serves as a role model for how you too can be patient.

As you observe the body language, manner of speaking, and word content of patient people, you have a picture of what you need to do to become more patient yourself.

Love Yehuda Lave

 

 

 

...It's a 43 second commercial and the sponsor isn't identified until the final few seconds. 

 

  

 

 



Has Nasa built a WARP DRIVE?

The system, reportedly tested by Nasa at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, is based on electromagnetic drive which converts electrical energy into thrust without the need for rocket fuel.

Read the full story:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3063082/Has-Nasa-built-WARP-DRIVE-Engineers-claim-tested-impossible-engine-travel-faster-speed-light.html



Hogwarts is here! Scientists reveal invisibility cloak for classrooms

Scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have created a portable invisibility cloak that uses diffused scattered light to hide small objects.

Read the full story:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3063185/Hogwarts-Researchers-reveal-real-life-invisibility-cloak-used-classrooms-teach-physics.html

3 May 2015



Insulated tent keeps campers warm - and blocks out noisy neighbours

Thermo Tent (pictured) uses lightweight insulation inside to regulate temperature. Inventor Derek O'Sullivan, from Ireland, came up the idea after waking up cold on a family camping trip.

Read the full story:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3060758/Camping-gets-comfortable-Insulated-tent-keeps-warm-winter-cool-summer-blocks-noisy-neighbours.html





Now see what we are facing

is a Must Watch



An Israeli Rancher Son's Story of Land and Survival

Published: May 22nd, 2015


Volunteers with Shomer Hachadash.

Volunteers with Shomer Hachadash.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Shomer Hachadash

Eight years ago, an Israeli rancher from Moshav Zippori in the Lower Galilee region reached a breaking point. Thieves and marauders had been targeting Chaim Zilberman's sprawling ranch; his land was burnt black and cattle fences cut down. On the verge of bankruptcy, the rancher told his family during a Friday Shabbat dinner one night that he would no longer be able to hold onto the ranch.

His son, Yoel Zilberman, who had served in the Israeli navy's elite commando unit known as Shayetet and fought in the Second Lebanon War, sprang into action. In officer's training course at the time, Zilberman took army leave to set up a guarding outpost on his father's land. A Bedouin family from a local tribe had been invading his family's territory for years, and had even threatened to murder Yoel's father, while slaughtering the family's cows without any police intervention.

"I took with me an Israeli flag, two mattresses, 40 books and set up camp on this secluded area of our ranch guarding the land from encroachers," Yoel Zilberman, 30, told Tazpit News Agency in an interview. "I told my dad that we were not going to abandon our land to criminals."

Zilberman, along with buddies from the army and area friends, began to patrol some of the 5,000 dunams of land (about 1,200 acres) of his family's ranch, driving away the thieves. He soon realized that land encroachment was not only his family's problem as other ranchers from the region reached out and asked him for help.

In 2007, Zilberman, along with On Rifman from the Negev established HaShomer Hachadash to help farmers and ranchers in both Negev and Galilee guard their properties and maintain their farms; preventing arson and theft and strengthening farmers. Today, thousands of volunteers are part of the movement, undergoing intensive training, patrolling the land from observation posts strategically set up in the Negev and Galilee to guard farms when local law enforcement remains unequipped to do so.

A third generation Israeli rancher, Yoel Zilberman, 30, was born and raised in Moshav Zippori, a community whose residents were once mostly farmers. His grandparents came to Israel after the Holocaust and were the first founding couple of the moshav.

For Zilberman, the Shomer Hachadash movement is not only about protecting the land but also connecting to it.

"The younger generation of Israel today doesn't understand the significance of our land," believes Zilberman. "They know all about Harry Potter but nothing about [Labor Zionist leader] Berl Katznelson."

"Over the years, we've had volunteers from all over Israel including secular Israelis from Tel Aviv and families from Jerusalem as well as volunteers from around the world, come to reconnect to the land, to the outdoors, to the history and heritage of our nation," he explained.

"Guarding the land brings people of right and left ideologies together. The responsibility to help Israel's farmers is bigger than politics."

"Israel is a land of milk and honey but honey and milk don't simply grow on trees. It is something that man has to help make happen," asserted Zilberman.

Volunteering with Shomer Hachadash involves not only helping protect farmers and their land, repairing vandalized areas and doing farm work, but also spending time learning Zionistic and Biblical texts related to the land. Shomer Hachadash also has leadership pre-army programs designed for high school graduates before entering the army.

"We are not a religious family but we were raised with very strong Zionistic values," Zilberman told Tazpit of his family. He believes that" the personality of the Jewish people originated from the Land of Israel."

"We lose our soul when we distance ourselves from the land. Our identity depends on the connection we share with this land."

Furthermore, Zilberman sees Bedouins as part of Israeli society and knows many who are good neighbors to local farmers. "It is always a minority that causes problems. There are many Bedouins in the area with whom we are very good friends, and have good relations. These Bedouins want to stop the criminal activity in their villages, caused by the same criminals who encroach on state land."

"When Mark Twain visited the Galilee, he said it was desert. Today it looks like the Garden of Eden because of the farmers. Every Jew wants Israel to be a Garden of Eden for all, including for minorities."

Earlier in the week, Shomer Hachadash's founder and CEO received the 2015 Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, an annual award given to those who put Zionism into action. Zilberman, who lives today in Kfar Adumim with his wife and children, told Tazpit upon receiving the prize that "I am not one for prizes or awards. But it is important to be a role model for young people and show that real change can take place with hard work. That's the message I want to instill."

About the Author: Anav Silverman is a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.





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Friday, May 22, 2015

What if Hamas had concentration camps and Szeretettel slide show:


Prioritize Your Energy

Arrange your schedule to do your highest priority work during your periods of highest energy. This will enable you to grow from both moments of high energy and moments of low energy.

Love Yehuda Lave



What if Hamas builds concentration camps--would things  be any different? Please watch this video
 
 
 

The many roles of the President's chief of staff for Israel:
The many roles of Rivka Ravitz

http://www.aish.com/jw/id/The-Woman-behind-the-President.html?s=nb








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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Connecting to the Farmers and Ranchers of Israel NEAT SAYINGS IN NEAT PICTURES



Connecting to the Farmers and Ranchers  of Israel with Hashomer HaChadash

connecting to the farmers and Ranchers of Israel

https://youtu.be/u8XQVtOeqyc

Daily Prayer

Daily prayer is an ongoing exercise in serenity. When we pray, we have a greater awareness that we are addressing our Father, our King, Creator and Sustainer of the universe. We connect with the consciousness that 'ain ode milvado', that is, nothing else exists besides Him. Our very lives and welfare are totally a gift from the Almighty.




Ultimate power plant: Device uses energy in SOIL to charge a phone

The E-Kaia portable charger prototype (shown) was developed by students from Andrés Bello National University in Chile. It can also be used to power lamps and other devices with a USB port.

Read the full story:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3078365/The-ultimate-power-plant-Biocircuit-harnesses-electricity-soil-houseplant-charge-mobile-phone.html

12 May 2015




 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

JUST FOR FUN and the giving of the Bible called Shavuot is this Sunday


Create A Mental Haven

When we travel to locations noted for their tranquil settings, we become calm and relaxed. We let go of all tension and stress. It is not the place that enables one to feel this inner peace. It is one's mind which accomplishes this. When the setting is just right, our minds let go of all the factors that prevent us from feeling serene. And serenity is what we experience. Your mind has the ability to create a serene personal haven. The place you can visualize can be truly perfect. When you mentally come to your personal haven, you immediately feel all tension and stress melting away. If you ever find yourself in a place that is especially challenging to your level of serenity, mentally visit your personal utopia.

Love Yehuda Lave



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Saturday evening, May 23rd, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot  (in Israel it is only one day)  (or Shavuos in the Ashkenazic pronunciation). (Yizkor is on Monday, May 25th.) It is the anniversary and celebration of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai to the Jewish people 3,326 years ago. It is a time of rededication and commitment to learning Torah. 

Q & A: What is Shavuot and How is it Celebrated?

The Torah calls Shavuot the "Festival of Weeks" (Numbers 28:26). The very word "Shavuot" is Hebrew for "weeks"; it refers to the seven weeks that one counts from the second day of Passover (when the Omer [barley] offering is brought) until the holiday of Shavuot. It is one of the three Regalim, holidays, (Pesach and Succot are the other two) where every man in the land of Israel was commanded to come up to Jerusalem to celebrate the festival when the Beit HaMikdash, the Holy Temple, stood in Jerusalem.

Torah is the life blood of the Jewish people. Our enemies have always known that when we Jews stop learning Torah, our assimilation is inevitable. Without knowledge there is no commitment. One cannot love what he does not know. A person cannot do or understand what he has never learned.

A Jew is commanded to learn Torah day and night and to teach it to his children. If a Jew wants his family to be Jewish and his children to marry other Jews, then he must integrate a Torah study program into his life and implement the teachings into his home and his being. One can tell his children anything, but only if they see their parents learning and doing mitzvot, will they inherit the love for being Jewish. Remember: a parent only owes his child three things -- example, example, example.

How can we utilize this opportunity to grow and strengthen our self-identity as Jews? Just as a baby crawls, then toddles and then walks, likewise with the mitzvot (commandments). A person should undertake one more mitzvah, do it well and then build on it. For some mitzvot that you might enjoy taking on...

A Few Suggestions

1. Read the Torah! The Almighty gave it to you as a gift. It is the instruction book for living -- how to be happy, choose the right spouse, make your marriage work, raise your children with values, get more joy out of life.

2. Attend a Torah class -- or if you wish to listen to recorded classes,

3. Make sure you have a Kosher mezuzah scroll on at least your front door. (A Jewish home should have mezuzot on all doorposts except for the bathrooms). Learn the deep, inner-meaning of mezuzah and reflect on it when you look at the mezuzah.

4. Pick one non-kosher food item that you won't eat -- just because you're Jewish.

5. Say the Shema and its three following paragraphs at least once a day. Learn what the words mean and the ideas included. It will change your outlook and attitudes.

6. Do something to make Shabbat special -- light two candles with the blessing before sundown, have a Shabbat Friday night family dinner and make Kiddush and HaMotzei (the prayer before eating the Challahs -- the special loaves of bread). 

The Talmud says, "All beginnings are difficult.

On Shavuot there is a custom to stay up all night learning Torah. Virtually every synagogue and yeshiva have scheduled learning throughout the night ending with the praying of Shacharit, the morning service. The reason: the morning the Jewish people were to receive the Torah on Mt. Sinai, they overslept. We now can rectify the tendency to give in to our desires by demonstrating our resolve through learning the whole night. It is a meaningful experience to share with your children. 





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