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The Fork a video piece that will make any Jewish person appreciate their loss

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

The Two Skills of Happiness

Happiness is a skill that can be learned. To acquire this skill, it is necessary to master two basic skills:

1) The ability to focus on happiness-producing thoughts, as opposed to those which cause unhappiness.

2) The ability to evaluate events and situations as positive instead of negative. (Or at least to lower the degree of negativity - i.e. rather than considering some discomfort as a tragedy, evaluating it as minor.)

Love Yehuda Lave

Gabriel Barkay was explaining some of the history of the contested holy site, inevitably using the words 'Temple Mount' now and again, when he was abruptly interrupted   Islamic guards try to boot guide for saying 'Temple Mount' on Temple Mount   Waqf officials haul Israeli archaeologist in front of Israeli police for not using term 'Haram al-Sharif' during historical tour of site; police advise him to refrain from saying 'Temple Mount' for rest of visit

The broken fork. A moving video piece about what we have lost

Kahane on the Parsha Rabbi Meir Kahane- Parshat VaYigas --a little late but worth reading in our time of terror

G-D'S WILL COMES FIRST


"And Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to meet Israel, his father, in Goshen...and he fell on his neck and wept" (Genesis 46:29).
"But Jacob did not fall on Joseph's neck and did not kiss him, for our Rabbis said that he was saying the Shema..." (Rashi).


Happiness is that which every man seeks. Indeed, in our times, it is happiness and the search for it- in material and physical terms- that have become the very purpose of life. Books are written about happiness and peace of mind and the masses devour them, searching for the Holy Grail in the shallowness that is fit only for McCall's or Cosmopolitan. The psychiatrists' couches groan beneath their weight; the airlines and drug peddlers both sell their trips; the race is on and non-stop, and not to the swift or the slow is the trophy awarded.
The sadness is that happiness is not the essence of life, and how much did the Rabbis know when they said: It would have been better and more pleasant for man had he not been born, but since he was, let him search his deeds. Life is a series of difficulties and sadnesses, broken by occasional rays of light that pass.


Happiness is a wonderful thing, and what a life it would be if we could abolish tears and fears, worries and tribulations. But not for this was a man made, and if he persists in making it his raison d'etre, he is guaranteed misery. Man is not an island unto himself nor is his entry into this world like some sudden underwater eruption that thrusts a piece of land into the wide ocean. His is a deliberate and planned and reasoned birth. He came into this world to do good. And that which is "good" is defined for him, not subject to the independent and anarchistic commentaries of his own mind or breed. For the Jew there is the Halacha that shapes, molds, guides, and drives him to sanctity and spiritual holiness. It is for him a guideline and a compass; it gives him ritual and gives him concepts, and DEFINES HIS EMOTIONS, TOO.


Joseph was a boy of 17 when he left his father's home. For years Jacob thought he was dead, devoured by a wild beast. For years he mourned and refused to be comforted. "Nay, for I will go down to the grave mourning for my son" (Genesis 37:35). And suddenly he hears the incredible words: "Joseph is yet alive" and- wonder of wonders- "he is ruler over all the Land of Egypt!" (ibid. 45:26). Jacob cannot believe it; the joy is too much and he finally cries out: "It is enough! My son Joseph still lives! I will go and see him before I die!" (ibid. 45:28).
And he does. He takes his family and goes down to Egypt. See the old man, the man grown aged and white from a life of sadness and tragedy. How he counts every moment; how he impatiently looks towards the south to see the first glimpse of the royal caravan! How he savors the moment when he can hold his son Joseph in his arms and kiss him! And then- at last- finally- the moment arrives, and Joseph rushes to his father's arms and embraces him and kisses him. and Jacob?


"But Jacob did not fall on Joseph's neck and did not kiss him for he was saying the Shema..."
What greatness lies in a man who can take his deepest-felt emotions and discipline them to the Halacha and say: Wait! Wait, though I burst from impatience; wait, though my every limb cries out for release. Wait: I am in the midst of accepting upon myself the yoke of heaven, of recognizing the L-rd as one, and this is why I was created. Wait, my Joseph, wait, for though I love you more than all, this is my G-d.


Let us understand what happiness and rejoicing in the Law means to a Jew. To begin with, it is a COMMANDMENT. Can one command an emotion? Can one "say", be happy, rejoice, it is commanded? Apparently yes. Apparently, the purpose of Torah is to elevate man to holiness and sanctification that he can make his very emotions and feelings cry out: "Who is like You, my G-d!" Yes, the Torah can tell a Jew who has lost a beloved one not to mourn on the Sabbath, though his heart is breaking. It can tell a Jew to stand over the open grave of a parent or a son and say the words of the Kaddish: "May His great Name be exalted and magnified..." Yes, the Torah can tell a person who seeks joy: No, not now.
There is no commandment to be sad. There is no law that declares that man must be miserable. This is not Judaism. But we are told that there is something greater than happiness and joy. It is the climb and the reaching up to holiness and sanctification, to beauty and dedication, the smashing of the ego and the greed and the selfishness and the "I." One should strive to be happy, of course. And if one can be both good and happy- how fortunate he is. But in the end, life is not a vessel for joy. It is a corridor in which one prepares his soul. Be happy with the Torah though your own soul is in agony. It is a command and, slowly, it proves to be a balm for the wounds that ache.
The Jewish Press, 1977
Shabbat Shalom!

Interesting thoughts on Trump and Eisenhower..

http://conservativeread.com/donald-trump-may-be-more-ike-than-reagan/

Adventures of Superman

The best boss Hotel owner leaves over $2 million to his employees Veteran staff at King Solomon Hotels in Jerusalem and Tiberias each receive $1,000 for every year they've worked there

Employees of the King Solomon Hotels in Jerusalem and Tiberias found out this week they had a very generous employer, who left them a shared inheritance of over two million dollars.

Owner Gilbert Luzon, who died earlier this year, detailed in his will which employees would enjoy the money, and the sums grow the more time an employee has worked in the hotels.

All employees with more than five years' experience were eligible to receive part of Luzon's inheritance, and they get $1,000 per year of employment. Thus employees with the very minimum requirement get $5,000 (nearly NIS 20,000), and there were plenty who get a great deal more.

Some of the lucky employees were interviewed by Channel 2 on Thursday, with their voices altered to hide their identity.

"More than 2 million dollars, that's what he spent," marveled one female employee of the Jerusalem hotel. "There's people there washing the dishes, they've been there for 20 years, and you know, they get 20,000 dollars, just like that."

"They all got excited, it's like winning the lottery," she said.

Another employee was interviewed wearing a blue sanitary worker's shirt, sweeping the parking lot. Speaking with his head outside the camera's view, the man said there "are many veteran employees here, 17, 20, 29, 23 [years]…" and they all got cheques with sums corresponding to their number of years at the hotel – times $1,000.

The managers of the hotels were concerned about news of the inheritance causing trouble: "Do you know what something like that does in other hotels? This can make the entire staff in the hotel get on their feet, they will all be excited, they will all want some," a senior manager – also with altered voice – told the station.

The Luzon family had not publicized the gifts. Luzon's son told the TV station the will was "a private matter between us and our employees; it is nobody else's business."

Asked by Channel 2 whether he had received his cheque, one man replied affirmatively. "What can I say? It is a blessing."

Who Are You Talking To?

Who Are You Talking To?
By Rabbi Joshua Hoffman

Yehudah, in a last ditch attempt to prevent Yosef from taking Binyamin as a slave, approaches him and pleads that his father would not be able to survive that circumstance. Yosef can no longer conceal his identity, and tells the brothers, "I am Yosef – is my father still alive?" This question is problematic, because Yehuda's entire argument revolved around his father. Why would Yosef ask if he was alive?           Abarbanel, on a pshat level, says that Yosef, when he revealed his identity to his brothers, wanted to divert the focus from the saga of their selling him, hoping to affect reconciliation. The Beis HaLeivi, on another level, based on a midrash that takes Yosef's words as a rebuke to his brothers, says that Yosef was saying to them: is my father indeed still alive after all the suffering you made him go through? You are pleading for him now, but did you care about him in the past, when you sold me?           Actually, Yehuda's repeated mention of his father in his petition to Yosef needs to be understood, for there is really no new information in what he said that Yosef hadn't been told before. How did Yehudah expect to move him? Rav Yissochor Frand, in a taped shiur, cites a comment of the Rokeach which can help explain the petition.          The Rokeach says that we take three steps forward before shemone esreh, as we approach God in prayers, corresponding to three times in Scripture that "vayigash" – and he approached – is mentioned in approaching God. The first time is in regard to Avraham petitioning for the people of Sodom, and the third time is in regard to Eliyahu approaching God while battling idolators on Mt. Carmel. The second time is the use of "vayigash" in our parsha, where the Torah says "And Yehudah approached him." What does this verse have to do with approaching God? Wasn't Yehudah approaching Yosef? Apparently, the Rokeach understands that Yehudah, while ostensibly addressing Yosef, was in actuality petitioning God, pleading for Binyamin and his father, after all else failed. The fact that one of the steps we take before shemone esreh corresponds to Yehuda's approach before his petition indicates that we all are capable of such moments in our lives, when although speaking to a person, we are really speaking to God.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

NETANYAHU: PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE (starting today) A 'FRAUD'

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Opportunities For Growth

If you have a positive attitude toward events of your life, even though to an outside observer your life might seem full of suffering, you nevertheless will live a happy life. What to others might seem misfortunes, you will view as opportunities for spiritual growth.

Love Yehuda Lave

NETANYAHU: PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE A 'FRAUD'

The Paris peace conference, which is expected to host officials from 72 different countries, is slated to take place on January 15

Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday  (January 12 before the meeting) described the upcoming Middle East peace conference in Paris as a "fraud," insisting that the meeting was an "anti-Israel" summit orchestrated by the Palestinians and sponsored by the French government.

The summit "will further lead to the adoption of anti-Israel positions," Netanyahu charged during a meeting with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende.


Netanyahu added that the meeting would only harm already fraught prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

"We here in Israel are dealing with huge challenges presented by terrorist forces, which not only seek to destroy Israel, but look to destroy every opportunity for peace."

"There are additional efforts," Netanyahu continued, "that are harming efforts for peace and one of them is the Paris conference."

The Paris peace conference, which is expected to host officials from 72 countries, is slated to take place on January 15.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will also travel to Paris for the international convening organized by the French government, his staff announced on Tuesday.

Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians, however, will be represented at the meeting.

Israel is protesting the Paris summit and has warned its attendees against setting out parameters for a two-state solution.

Brende commented during the meeting that Norway is attending the peace conference, but promised his government would take a fair approach to the issue.

"I look forward to the discussions [in Paris]. We will be there, but we promise to be balanced going into the meeting, and I look forward to discussing furthering the peace process in the future," Brende told the prime minister.

Brende also extended his condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday's terror attack in Jerusalem and to the Israeli government.

Four soldiers were killed, and 17 wounded, when a flatbed truck driven by an Arab terrorist rammed into a group of soldiers adjacent to the Armon Hanatziv promenade in southeastern Jerusalem on January 8.

Rabbi Aaron and Yehuda at Last night's OU concert

The Secret Chambers Hidden in the Cave of Patriarchs Will Astound You [PHOTOS] Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/81859/secret-hidden-chambers-hebrons-cave-patriarchs-finally-revealed-photos/#UME7ryAUdoz1gICH.99

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Second Waltz Dimitri Shostakovich

Tour of our modern day heros


Tuesday, January 17.

I have arranged  a day of meeting the " Modern  heroes/pioneers of Jerusalem."
We shall have the rare opportunity to  meet with the special  people who are  raising families in various  parts of our beloved eternal city that have not seen  a Jewish family for (often many) generations.
They are  the ones  bravely shaping the fate of Jerusalem and  writing our history today.
We truly have  great people living among us.
Be inspired!

We will also  have the  honor  to  meet with Rabbi Dov Lior shlita, famous halachic authority and  spiritual  leader of the settlement movement He shall receive us in his home in a very new pioneering undertaking over looking the holy city.

We shall enter the catacombs where the great Assembly sages were buried over two millennia ago.

This will be a day  that very few ever think of experiencing.

We shall leave at 9:00 from the Inbal hotel and return there at 5:00.
Bring lunch.
The cost is 150 shekels.
This covers transportation, entrance fees, meetings and guiding.

Oldies buy Goodies from my friend Yvette

MEAL TIME ON EL-AL
It was mealtime during a flight on El-Al.
"Would you like dinner?" the flight attendant asked Moishe, seated in front.
"What are my choices?" Moishe asked.
"Yes or no," she replied.
 
THE PARKING SPACE
Moishe is driving in Jerusalem. He's late for a meeting, he's looking for a parking place, and can't find one.
In desperation, he turns towards heaven and says: "Lord, if you find me a parking place I promise that I'll eat only kosher, respect the Sabbath and all the holy days."
Miraculously, a place opens up just in front of him.  He turns his face up to heaven and says, "Never mind, I just found one!"
 
PHILANTHROPY
A visitor to Israel attended a recital and concert at the Moscovitz
Auditorium. He was quite impressed with the architecture and the acoustics.
He inquired of the tour guide, "Is this magnificent auditorium named after
Chaim Moscovitz, the famous Talmudic scholar?" "No," replied the guide.
"It is named after Sam Moscovitz, the writer."
"Never heard of him.  What did he write?"
"A big cheque," replied the guide.
 
CHANUKAH STAMPS
A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Chanukah cards. She
says to the clerk "May I have 50 Chanukah stamps please."
"What denomination?" says the clerk.
The woman says "Oy vey..., has it come to this?
Okay, give me 6 orthodox, 12 conservative and 32 reform!"

THE CITIZENSHIP TEST
Saul Epstein was taking an oral exam in his English as a Second Language class.
He was asked to spell "cultivate," and he spelled it correctly.  He was then
asked to use the word in a sentence, and, with a big smile, responded:
"Last vinter on a very cold day, I vas vaiting for a bus, but it vas too cultivate, so I took the subvay home."
 
THE MEZUZAHS
A wealthy Jewish man buys a fabulous home in Beverly Hills.
He brings in a local workman to decorate the place.
When the job is finished, the homeowner is delighted but realizes that he's
forgotten to put mezuzahs on the doors.  He goes out and buys 50 mezuzahs and asks the decorator to place them on the right hand side of each door except bathrooms and kitchens.
He's really worried that the decorator will chip the paint work or won't put
them up correctly.  However, when he comes back a few hours later, he sees
that the job has been carried out to his entire satisfaction.  He's so
pleased that he gives the decorator a bonus.
As the decorator is walking out of the door he says, "Glad you're happy with
the job. By the way, I took out all the warranties in the little boxes and
left them on the table for you!"

MOISHE
Moishe Goldberg was heading out of the Synagogue one day, and as always
Rabbi Mendel was standing at the door, shaking hands as the congregation departed.
The rabbi grabbed Moishe by the hand, pulled him aside and whispered these
words at him: "You need to join the Army of God!"
Moishe replied: "I'm already in the Army of God, Rabbi."
The rabbi questioned: "How come I don't see you except for the New Year and Yom Kippur?"
Moishe whispered back: "I'm in the secret service."

The video that the U.N. want removed from YouTube

From my friend Shalom Pollock--What is Moral?

The very serious question is indeed what is "moral"?
It is very difficult for us humans to always know the answer in ever situation.

To King Saul, it seemed the moral thing to do to spare the life of the enemy king of Amalek.
Samuel had to do the job and kill the unarmed non threatening, pleading  enemy.
King Ahab in his mercy, spared the king of Aram.

Both acts of "morality" cost us heavily.

How do we know they were wrong?
Not just because of the consequences but because before the action, or non action, our Torah has instructed us what do do in these instances.

The Rambam clearly states that there are no innocent civilians in a war waged by a people against us.

I just heard a report about  "Palestinian"  social media response to the latest truck murders.
Party time and worse. You don't want  to hear what was so widely shared.
They know that they are at war with us and act accordingly, and according to their rules not ours.. For them it is not a "situation" as our leaders often soothingly  describe the period (a very long one indeed).
 We still do not get it.

Indeed the Torah is not the Geneva convention nor is it democracy.
We may not allow even one Jew to be harmed in the name of any of these.

I would suggest that if we look at  our history, it is in times when we felt that we know better than God and His Torah that we got into big trouble as a Nation.

The theological argument may not impress  all people.

I would then say very simply, we must do what ever we can to protect our people, that includes my cousin who was butchered by Arabs who lived among us  and enjoyed our generous hospitality and tolerance. They actually  lived just down the road from where I live. I hear the cry of the muezzin at 4:30 every morning;"Allah hu Akbar!" God is great!

They indeed listen to their god.

I take no comfort, nor does his widow and six small children in the fact that  we follow a "higher morality" despite the non  morality of our murderers and of  their supporters. I do not feel superior, just more vulnerable.

If we are really serious about being safe in our land we have to do what ever it takes with in the bounds of Torah, the source of our people and its survival We must not be slave to man made ever changing, largely ignored set of  morality deciders.

If the killers don't mind being killed them selves, they may care that  their family will suffer. Their families do hate us but cling to us, their best choice for a good life in the Mid East, and dread being expelled to an Arab land. Send them out.

If the killers are  terrified of  being buried in a pig skin and thus not be allowed to meet their 70 virgins.. lets raise lots of pigs.

What ever it takes to protect my children and grand children from being orphans God forbid.

This is our only responsibility.

See you tomorrow my friends

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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Friday, January 13, 2017

12 Tips My Grandmother Gave Me and Shabbat Shalom

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

A Cheer For Your Efforts

When you try to help others overcome their sadness, don't demand perfection. Don't expect to always be successful in cheering up every person every time you try. Demanding such perfection will lead to discouragement when you are not successful.

It is not realistic to expect perfection, but if you personally master an optimistic outlook on life and try to cheer up others, you have a chance of succeeding frequently. Be grateful for your successes, even partial ones, and learn from instances what doesn't work.

Love Yehuda Lave

12 Tips My Grandmother Gave Me

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This actually happened to an Englishman in France who was totally drunk. 

A French policeman stops the Englishman's car and asks if he has been drinking. 

With great difficulty, the Englishman admits that he has been drinking all day, that his daughter got married that morning, and that he drank champagne and a

few bottles of wine at the reception, and many single malts scotches thereafter. 

Quite upset, the policeman proceeds to alcohol-test (breath test) the Englishman and verifies that he is indeed totally sloshed. 

He asks the Englishman if he knows why, under French Law, he is going to be arrested. 

The Englishman answers with a bit of humour, "No, sir, I do not! But while we're asking questions, do you realize that this is a British car and that my wife is driving on the other side?"

Alzheimer's BREAKTHROUGH: Prolonged exposure to busy roads can cause dementia

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Perhaps this is the cause of so much bad driving on Israeli roads ?

Three stooges welcome the New Year

Oboma Years in 9 Charts

It's amazingly clear when one sees these charts from the FRB!!!

A picture is worth a thousand words. It can't be made any simpler than this.

Look at these CHARTS from the Federal Reserve Bank !

PRETTY IMPRESSIVE!

A picture is worth a thousand words. It can't be made any simpler than this.

 

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