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Why People are confused about "Why bad things happen to Good People". After giving the Ten Commandments in the Torah Portion "Yitro", the Torah goes on in Parsha "Mishpatim" to tell how one should deal with when bad things happen to good people. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth are its most famous lines, which the Rabbis teach us don't mean what it reads. It means we pay the value of an eye for an eye and not putting on the perpetrators eyes. This is the place where G-d could say there is going to be a perfect world. But he does not. This teaches us that when bad things happen to good people it is part of life and the job of a human being is to deal with it.
Love Yehuda Lave.
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Three of the Most Talented Jewish Musicians Came Together And Made This
On the verse, "If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt on his account" (Exodus 22:1). Rashi cites a passage in the Talmud that is certain to shock liberal Jews:
"If one comes to slay you, rise and slay him first. And this thief indeed came to kill you since he knows that a person will not stand by quietly and watch his possessions being stolen. Hence, he is prepared to kill you if you confront him."
Absolutely amazing! In other words, the Rabbis are telling us that the rule of "If one comes to slay you, rise and slay him first" does not exclusively address someone with a knife being held to his throat. The rule is much more expansive. The Rabbis teach us that a person is obligated to think a few steps ahead and anticipate. If he thinks there is a real threat that someone may kill him, he is required to "rise and slay him first."
In this Talmudic passage, the Rabbis enter the psyche of the thief. They reason that the thief, knowing the likelihood of resistance, has prepared himself to kill the owner if necessary. Therefore, the owner may kill him immediately upon confronting him without waiting to see how the thief will react to being caught.
How we have distorted the concept of "If one comes to slay you, rise and slay him first"! The average Moderdox Jew thinks that one can only rise and slay the Arab who is throwing a Molotov cocktail or yelling "Allah Akhbar" as he chases his victim with a hatchet. He believes that if the danger is not "this very instant" - but rather will reveal itself in one hour or one week - the law does not apply. What was obvious to the Rabbis - that one MUST think a few steps ahead and that a person does not "not stand by quietly and watch his possessions being stolen" - is not obvious in today's society where "humanism" and distorted concepts of morality run rampant.
In Israel, Jews continue to passively accept being beaten and humiliated by our enemy, lacking the healthy and normal survival instinct to "rise and slay him first." This self-restraint is justified with the argument that the situation is not life-threatening. And so, soldiers and settlers shoot warning shots in the air after being attacked since the danger, as they see it, is not imminent. According to IDF guidelines, soldiers, upon seeing a terrorist, must shout a warning, shoot in the air, and, if the situation gets really hot, shoot at the terrorist's legs. Only a Jew who is already dead can shoot to kill since anyone who does so before that point will find himself facing murder charges. [Before the terror attacks today, this used to be the law for soldiers bg]
In short, we have learned two important lessons. First, the rule "If one comes to slay you, rise and slay him first" is not limited to a situation where someone is pointing a gun to your head; one is permitted to anticipate potential danger to life. Second, only a nation devoid of any self-respect doesn't rise up and fight back. After all, the Talmudic passage we quoted at the beginning of this article concerns fighting for one's property. Shouldn't its logic apply all the more so concerning fighting for one's life?
We must cease to interpret and define Halacha in accordance with our Western mentality and mindset. We must rise up, just like one rises early for Vatikin (shacharit/morning services), and think a few steps ahead so that we can kill the murderous trespassers before it is too late.
All the material and physical pleasures of this world are like salt water. They just cause a person to desire more and more. It is impossible to quench the thirst for desires by giving into desires. Just the opposite occurs. A person becomes thirstier for more desires. Trying to acquire good traits is entirely different. When you first try to acquire those virtues, you might find it bitter. However, when you master the habit of doing good, you feel great sweetness. Therefore the person who seeks pleasure in becoming a better person will find true enjoyment in life.
However, don't take this out of context. I love the pleasures of life as much as the next person. It is important to know however, that giving in to them does not necessarily satisfy you and our goal in life is to become a better person. We can't change the mistakes we made in the past, but we can work on our present.
Rabbi Berel Wein said in his competary on last weeks reading on the Torah (Parshat Mishpatim) that even the most righteous among us fall seven times. The Challenge of the Torah is to rise again and continue.
Resllence is the key trait in a torah Personality. Reslience is the key trait in a Torah personality. In fact, is is this trait avove all others that has fashioned Jewish existence and contributed to Jewish survivial throught the ages.
Recently, retired Israeli Ambassador, Yoram Ettinger, wrote an excellent article in his blog, the Ettinger Report, pointing out the extreme vulnerability to Israel of a pressured retreat to the 1949 armistice lines.
These 1949 armistice lines existed before the 1967 Six Day War, and which were where the combined Arab invading armies were halted during the 1948 Arab-Israel War.
Mr. Ettinger also justifiably criticized the United States Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, who, as Yoram Ettinger pointed out, "believes in 'Land for Peace' and echoes the US Administration pressure on Israel to retreat to the pre-1967 armistice and ceasefire lines."
The armistice lines, which became a perilous de facto border, left Israel a mere nine to 15 miles wide at its most populous region.
"Land for peace" requires Israel to give away parts of its ancestral heartland in return for a delusional belief that the Arabs, who call themselves Palestinians, have any intention of living in peace - this as Palestinian thugs are currently on an orgy of terror by knifing to death Israeli mothers and pregnant women and running Israeli civilians over with trucks and cars.
Yoram's valuable insights led me to remember a published article I wrote as far back as June 30, 2009 in an edition of the Think Israel blog titled, Territory or Insanity, which dealt with the geographical, strategic and military defense advantages to Israel of the natural terrain and territory in what is known as the 50 mile long Samarian-Judean mountain spine.
The article also concluded that an abandonment of this ridge, which runs north- south and dominates the narrow territory stretching between the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan, would be tantamount to insanity. It would exist purely in the deluded belief that it would encourage a true and lasting peace from the predominately Muslim Arabs who call themselves Palestinians.
Much of what I have written below is taken from that much earlier published article. Here, then, is what I wrote in 2009:
Looming over Israel's narrow coastal plain, the Samarian-Judean mountain spine would give aggressive invading Arab forces a dominant military advantage and a base for terror attacks, which easily would paralyze the embattled Jewish state.
U.S and world pressure upon Israel to withdraw from this vital strategic territory was the potential parlous state of affairs that would inevitably exist and which led to the conclusions issued by the U.S. military.
Immediately after the June, 1967 Six Day War, a secret memorandum was issued by the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Their conclusions were that any peace settlement between Israel and the Arab belligerents would only succeed if Israel retained certain territories vital for its continued existence and survival.
The areas the Joint Chiefs declared as the minimum defensible borders for the Jewish state included the Golan Heights, the western half of Samaria (the northwestern part of the West Bank), all of Judea (the southern part of the West Bank), the Gaza Strip and several portions of the eastern Sinai Peninsula.
This, of course, occurred before the world became obsessed with the creation of an Arab terror state to be named Palestine, an entity to be torn from Israel's biblical heartland which lies within the mere 40 mile wide territory between the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan.
This would create a Muslim Arab state that has never existed in all of recorded history.
Since that report in 1967, the Israeli government under Menachem Begin gave away all of the Sinai including the extensive oil facilities that Israel had developed at Abu Rodeis. That was a calculated, albeit dangerous, risk for peace with Egypt.
Under the later Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon and his deputy, Ehud Olmert, Israel gave away the entire Gaza Strip in 2005, with catastrophic consequences for the Jewish state. Again in the gullible and deluded quest for peace with its Muslim Arab neighbors.
Years earlier, the then Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, withdrew the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) from the southern Lebanon security strip, thus allowing the Iranian proxy and fanatical Shiite Hezbollah terrorists to fill the vacuum with dire consequences for northern Israel.
Inevitably and predictably, a conflict broke out disastrously mismanaged by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. It was launched too late and ended too soon as a result of intense world and UN pressure.
Also predictably after Israel had forcibly and tragically removed Israeli farmers and villagers from the Gaza Strip - all in the deluded belief that the Arabs would respond with "peace in our time" - the Jewish state has endured thousands of incoming missiles from the fanatical Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, which now occupies Gaza.
Again, a war was finally launched by Israel after it could no longer endure Palestinian aggression. It too began too late and, under brutal UN pressure, ended too soon.
The Iranian proxy in Gaza, Hamas, continues to pursue its genocidal Charter which calls for destroying Israel and exterminating all Jewish citizens.
Israel is increasingly under pressure from an American administration, that of Barack Hussein Obama, to retreat from the ancestral Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria (known erroneously by the name its Jordanian Arab occupiers gave it from 1948 until 1967 - namely the West Bank) and to exist within the suicidal nine to 15 mile wide border where most of its population lives.
President Barack Hussein Obama is perceived by many to be a clear and present danger to the very survival of the reconstituted Jewish state.
In the aftermath of the Six Day War, the US Joint Chiefs were not concerned with the question of spiritual Jewish patrimony in the Land of Israel or in its Biblical history. They were solely concerned with the strategic necessities for Israel's survival in a very bad neighborhood. That is why they set out what the bare minimum retention of territory for Israel should be.
Col. Irving Kett (USA, ret.) also prepared an Army War College study on Israel's security needs in 1974. His study was called, " A Proposed Solution to the Arab-Israel Conflict."
In it, he strongly suggested that, from a military point of view, Israel's borders should be constituted to make it a compact state with natural boundaries on all sides - the Jordan River to the east, Golan Heights to the northeast, the Litani River in the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the historic boundary with the Sinai Peninsula to the south.
As a direct result and consequence of Arab aggression, most of those borders had been attained by Israel at one time or another.
Irving Kett had not been aware that another memorandum had been produced earlier, on June 29, 1967, for Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara by General Earle Wheeler, chairman of the JCS, at the direction of President Lyndon Johnson.
That study was declassified in 1983 and, as I mentioned earlier, it recommended that Israel keep all of Judea, the western half of Samaria, the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and two significant parts of east and south Sinai. The similarity between the memoranda are quite remarkable.
Colonel Kett pointed out what the IDF has always known, but what too many Israeli politicians, usually on the Left, preferred to ignore; namely, that there is vital strategic value in the mountain range which forms the spine running through Judea and Samaria.
The highlands run some 54 miles from Jenin in the north to Hebron in the south and dominate Israel's coastline. The spine is 12 miles wide and Israel simply cannot afford to vacate it.
It was assumed for years by both the Israeli military and politicians that if a Palestinian Arab state came into existence it would have to permit an Israeli defense line on the Jordan River (the Allon Plan), and that such a state would have to be demilitarized.
The answer, of course, would be to have made permanent the suggested boundaries proposed in both Kett's memorandum and the earlier JCS report.
Events have moved on since then. The Palestinian Authority in the so-called "West Bank" would never agree to this and Hamas in Gaza would scornfully dismiss it out of hand.
The Arabs have become even more vicious in their anti-Jewish rhetoric and behavior, and the Islamic Republic of Iran has all but encircled the Jewish state through its Islamist proxies - Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The Arab-Israel conflict is not, and never has been, a war over territory. It is, and always has been, a religious war. Islam will never accept a non-Muslim state, whatever size or shape it may be, within lands previously conquered by Muslims in the name of Allah.
The " two-state solution," so beloved of President Obama and President George Bush before him, require that Judea and Samaria (the 4,000 year old ancestral and biblical Jewish heartland) be given away to the fraudulent Arabs who call themselves Palestinians.
But these Arabs have no intention of making peace, which should be enough for an Israeli government and Prime Minister with intestinal fortitude to defy the world's pressure for the Jewish state to slowly and surely disappear.
After all, Prime Ministers David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin and Yitzchak Shamir all respectfully declined pressure from various American presidents in the past and prevailed.
Interestingly, Colonel Kett had also suggested that the Palestinian Arabs be resettled in a state in the Sinai. The other famous suggestion has been that Jordan is Palestine, which is based upon the historical fact of the first " two-state solution" enacted in infamy by Great Britain in 1922: some 94 years ago.
Even President George W. Bush, when visiting Israel as Governor of Texas, was moved to utter:
"The whole of Israel is only about six times the size of the King Ranch near Corpus Christie." He also is reported to have said, while in a helicopter looking down at the narrow waist of Israel, "Why in Texas we have driveways longer than that."
Yet even he, after becoming president, called for a " Two-State Solution" west of the Jordan River.
Pushing Israel back to the suicidal " Auschwitz borders," as the late Israeli Foreign Minister, Abba Eban, called them, where the Jewish state is only nine to 15 miles wide at its most populous region, is what the " Two-State Solution" is all about.
The dread German Nazi euphemism " Final Solution," which was used to plan and name the Holocaust, comes to mind and is eerily similar in its wording to the " Two State Solution," as well as in its dire and evil end result.
Victor Sharpe is author of the acclaimed trilogy " Politicide – The attempt to murder the Jewish state" and " The Blue Hour and Other Strange Tales." His essays and articles have appeared in many conservative websites and magazines including Outpost, FrontPageMag.com, American Thinker, Renew America, Canada Free Press, Israel National News, Family Security Matters, Jerusalem Connection, Page One Daily, and many more .
"A truly happy person does not allow his happiness to be dependent on any external factor over which he may not have control." (Chochmah Umussar, vol.2, pp.331-2)
Base your happiness on your own attitudes, and you can be its master. If you tell yourself that you can only be happy if others do or say what you wish, your happiness is under the control of those people. You can never have a guarantee how others will behave. Even when they do behave as you wish, you are likely to feel uneasy about how they might behave in the future.
Love Yehuda Lave
Rosh Hodesh Adar is a time to ask for forgiveness. It is considered like a mini-Yom Kippur. If I have hurt anyone, I want you to know it was not on purpose and I ask for forgiveness. Adar is the time of increasing Joy building up to Passover when we ask G-d to redeem us from our misery and bring us to his service in Joy.
This being Tuesday, you should be used to this drill by now. I use a different sender on Wendesday and I have no way to compare my lists. If you do not get (not if you do get) an email tomorrow, please let me know.
I said goodby to my Ulpan after spending 13 months there learning. Live is full of goodbys and hellos.
Love Yehuda Lave
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Iran and Kerry. Who to Believe?
The news item:
Contradicting Kerry, Iran Claims $100 Billion in Sanctions Relief 'Fully' Released
(CNSNews.com) – Iran now has access to more than $100 billion in formerly frozen assets that has been "fully" released as a result of the nuclear deal, regime spokesman Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht has claimed in an interview with state-owned television.
"These assets have fully been released and we can use them," Press TV quoted Nobakht as telling the Alalam TV network late Sunday. He said much of the money – Iranian oil revenues – had been held in banks in China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey for years because of sanctions imposed over the nuclear program.
With Iranian banks now reconnected to SWIFT – the global cross-border financial transactions system from which Iran was excluded in 2012 – those funds could now be repatriated. However, he said much of it would not be brought directly home, but instead be used for purchases and investments abroad.
Nobakht's claim contradicts assurances by Secretary of State John Kerry that the actual benefit to Iran resulting from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal would amount to some $55 billion.
Jewish Lives Matter
'Israeli Lives Matter' online initiative draws thousands
Online initiative memorializing Israeli victims of terror seeks to bring their human stories to international aud
By Ari Soffer
First Publish: 2/4/2016, 4:54 PM
"Israeli lives matter"
World Zionist Organization
Since the major escalation in Arab terror attacks began some five months ago, Israelis have been outraged by some foreign news outlets who consistently seek to play down Israeli victims of terror, while casting their killers as victims.
That's something a new online initiative by the World Zionist Organization is trying to combat, by highlighting the Israeli civilians and members of the security forces whose lives were tragically taken by murderous acts of terrorism.
The "Israeli Lives Matter" online memorial initiative was launched last month by the Department of Zionist Operations of the World Zionist Organization.
It memorializes Israeli victims of terrorism both from the current wave of terror - which has claimed the lives of more than 30 Israelis and wounded hundreds more - as well as previous attacks.
The Facebook page has already attracted a huge amount of interest, garnering more than 15,000 likes in just one month.
The idea behind the page according to deputy chairman of the WZO, Dr. David Breakstone, is to bring the personal stories of Israeli terror victims to light, in spite of a media which often seeks to dehumanize them.
"The real story of Israel is the story of its people - their passion, their achievements, their aspirations, and, unfortunately, their deaths," Breakstone explained. "By putting a face to those who have been sacrificed on the altar of Zionism, 'Israeli Lives Matter' will help humanize the tragedy of the ongoing refusal of our enemies to accept our existence, while simultaneously paying homage to the victims of the conflict."
Zionist Operations Department director, former MK Dov Lipman, established the page, which posts one or two profiles of Israeli terror victims each day.
"The idea for the page came when we felt that the world was paying homage to those killed by terror in France and California - as it should - without taking notice of the loss of life here in Israel," Lipman said. "We began with the lives lost in the recent terror wave and then began posting lives lost from the past 15 years either on the anniversary of the murder or near it."
"The response has been remarkable," he continued. "People are realizing that we get lost in the numbers that have been killed here and forget that there is a depth to the lives that have been lost in addition to too many widows, widowers, bereaved parents, and orphans, that have been left behind."
Comments on the pages have appeared in numerous languages, demonstrating its global reach.
The picture of each victim, along with a short personal biography, generates powerful reactions ranging from a simple, "May they rest in peace" and "may their memory be a blessing" to much more forceful denouncements of terror.
The creators of the page emphasize that the page is not limited to memorializing Jewish Israeli terror victims - several Christian and Muslim victims of Palestinian terrorism have also been featured.
It's easy to be intimidated by mean people. See through their mask. Underneath is an insecure and unhappy person. They are alienated from others because they are alienated from themselves.
Have compassion for them. Not pity, not condemning, not fear, but compassion. Feel for their suffering. Identify with their core humanity. You might be able to influence them for the good. You might not. Either way your compassion frees you from their destructiveness. And if you would like to help them change, compassion gives you a chance to succeed.
I know this from personal experience. I have a gang of people that like to intimate me. I bless with them with happiness and love and hope for the best.
Love Yehuda Lave
Do Not Stop Sharing This Until Every Person Who Cares About Women Sees This.Women's rights in a Muslim World
Reb Shlomo Carlebach and daughter Neshama, who is auctioning some of his most personal belongings.
A chasidic elder sat at his Shabbos table, holding a piece of silverware at the height of his eyes, until the table grew silent. The elder's voice slowly rumbled, in the cadence of a Talmudic chant: "This is the spoon of the Great Maggid!" A shiver rippled through the room, chasidim awed at the idea that the iconic Maggid of Mezeritch — 18th century rebbe and heir to the Baal Shem Tov, founder of chasidism — once held that very same spoon in a European forest on a long forgotten Shabbos afternoon, an afternoon suddenly alive.
Sometime this spring, the spoons, candlesticks, an appointment book inked with names and telephone numbers from 1991-92, almost all the earthly belongings of Reb Shlomo Carlebach — as much of an heir to the Baal Shem Tov as anyone — will be auctioned off by his family. Also for sale are his guitar (another of his guitars sold for $10,000 last year) and the stand-up piano upon which he often composed (no bidding price has yet been established). The bidding starts at $12,000 for his tefillin, "worn from usage," says the auction catalogue, "that he had in his hand luggage on the day that he went to the Other Side." The greatest composer and maggid (mystical storyteller) of modern times died of a heart attack in LaGuardia Airport in 1994.
Also up for auction are a silver kiddush cup engraved to Shlomo (as he preferred to be known) from Me'or Modi'in, Shlomo's Moshav in Israel (bidding starts at $3,000); a silver spice tower for Havdalah given to him as a wedding gift (also $3,000); his father Rabbi Naftali's tallis bag, from pre-war Vienna, given to Shlomo as a gift ($1,200); and silver flatware, 14 forks, nine soup spoons ($4,000).
J. Greenstein & Co., the Cedarhurst-based auction house handling the sale, estimates that the more than 30 items could bring in $100,000 or more. Neshama Carlebach, Reb Shlomo's daughter, tells us the money will primarily go to the family-controlled Shlomo Carlebach Foundation, which has operated only in fits and starts in the 21 years since Reb Shlomo's death. The latest "fits and starts" have to do with this very auction, originally scheduled for February, now postponed until the Carlebach family and the auction house resolve unspecified differences, though both sides say that they're committed to the auction taking place.
Their mercantile dispute is of no concern in the realm of the spirit, where relics, even ones as obscure or tertiary as the Maggid's spoon, often attain mystical status, tangible souvenirs of a time when Heaven and earth seemed to kiss, even if that kiss was followed by a break-up. When Moses smashed the Tablets at Sinai, the shards were gathered and for centuries shared the Ark with the second Tablets. The Holy Wall in Jerusalem is but a relic of the Temple on the hill above it. Can relics be priced? No matter how poor or desperate Shlomo's mother was, fleeing from the Nazis, she never sold her Shabbos candlesticks that she carried across borders. Now, those silver candlesticks from Europe, later given to Neshama's mother by Shlomo's mother as an engagement gift, is yours for the bidding.
Neshama says, "I happen to feel very whole [at peace] about the decision to sell. The Foundation is more important" than candlesticks, than a challah knife. The candlesticks, like the knife is "probably German," says the catalogue. "Shabbat Kodesh" (the Holy Sabbath) is engraved on the knife's handle. "Reb Shlomo used this knife in both the home he shared with Neila (his wife) as well as in his parents home. Wear and damage from use." Bidding starts at $1,800.
Did it hurt Neshama to sell the knife that was used to cut challah every Shabbos in the twilight of pre-war Europe, and later used by her father? Wouldn't she want her sons to someday cut challah with that same knife, with its "wear and damage from use"?
"Anything about my father is always very emotional for me," says Neshama. "When people pass away there is so much sentiment attached to their things because they are not actually here anymore. But my father is everywhere. He's alive, more than any object, almost more alive than were he actually alive."
Up for auction is the scrapbook kept by Shlomo's mother, all the newspaper clippings and concert posters when he was just starting out in 1959 and into the '60s. It will go to the highest bidder.
You can bid on Shlomo's famous vest, says the catalogue, the one with the "black and shiny material."
How many pennies for a memory? On Simchas Torah, when there would never be enough Sifrei Torah (scrolls) for everyone to dance with, Reb Shlomo would hand out the holy books from his library, "Dance with the books!" He would give each particular book to the specific person whom Shlomo felt most needed the blessing contained within those covers. You might find yourself "dancing" with Moshe Chaim Luzzato, the 18th century kabbalist and philosopher.
Soon, at the auction, you could buy Luzatto's "Yalkut Yediot He'emet" — bidding starts at $1,200. Inside the binding is a stamp from the House of Love and Prayer, Reb Shlomo's legendary shul, located, says the stamp, at 1456 Ninth Avenue, San Francisco," in the heart of Haight-Ashbury's hippie kingdom in the Summer of Love. Surely there's a story behind Theodore Bikel's signature and phone number in Luzatto's book, a story for a Shabbos afternoon in another world.
What are the bids for Reb Shlomo old scratched stand-up piano, the one he played by ear, or rather, the one he played by soul? Rabbi Sam Intrator, Reb Shlomo's globetrotting manager, told us, "Shlomo couldn't read music, but he'd close his eyes like he was davening, leaning into the piano as if to hear the music better, and on the spot compose and create — it was hishtapchus hanefesh, an outpouring of the soul." And yet, he never played piano in public, says Intrator: "He didn't feel proficient at it."
You can bid on his silver esrog box, "hand spun filigree in citron shape," says the catalogue. Greenstein estimates the bidding could reach $6,500. The esrog always meant more to Shlomo than the box. Intrator remembers, "He always held the esrog next to his heart, and brought it back to his heart, when he would do nanu'im," the shaking of the lulav and esrog in the six directions, "sweeping the world." His nanu'im could take 45 minutes, what could be five minutes for anyone else. Intrator remembers, "He was so engaged, so intense in what he was doing, nothing else existed; he was in another world." Of the "four species" used on Sukkos – the willow, palm, myrtle and citron (esrog) – the esrog is symbolically associated with the heart. On his last Hoshana Rabbah, before his fatal heart attack, Shlomo lost his esrog, and was almost crying, "The esrog is your heart, I need my esrog."
Intrator recalls visiting Majdanek with Reb Shlomo and the chevra, when Reb Shlomo said, "Chevra, sometimes a second can be an eternity." It was his key for saying Yizkor, as well: no schlepping, no kitsch. "When there's an opening between worlds," he'd say, you can't waste time, "it's one-two-three." The more you believe in the Other World, he'd say, the less time is needed for Yizkor, a second can be eternity.
Intrator says, "We had a long trip ahead of us." So, after touring the death camp, "We were back on the bus, all except Shlomo. I found him in the room with the thousands of shoes. He was wearing his long black raincoat," bidding starts at $800. "He was shaking, davening — he was 'somewhere else.' He had his microcassette recorder and was recording all these new niggunim that were coming to him. The next day, says Intrator, the microcassette recorder got lost; "Those songs weren't meant to be heard."
On a long ago Friday night, Reb Shlomo joined several of his chevra for a Shabbos meal in a dimly lit Upper West Side apartment. No one, including Shlomo, had any money but "all we need is wine and challah," he said. "The main thing is to be together." We splurged on seltzer, turkey slices, paper plates, and plastic forks and spoons.
Reb Shlomo was overheard saying to one of the chevra, "… Your three rebbes are Reb Nachman, the Sefas Emes and the Ishbitzer."
"And you, Shlomo."
Reb Shlomo, who never put on airs, said quietly, "No, I'm your best friend."
After the meal we threw the plastic forks and spoons into a garbage bag. Who knew?
Then Reb Shlomo spoke of Torah, and lesser things, until the wee small hours.
GETTYA BPA substitute has been associated with health risks
A worldwide alert over Bisphenol A (BPA) a common chemical used to harden plastics for more than 40 years was sparked in 2008 after it was associated with possible health risks.
It has been largely replaced with a BPA substitute, called Bisphenol S (BPS) BUT a new study suggests this chemical might also be linked to premature birth and a poor reproductive system.
A study from UCLA discovered BPS could speed up embryonic development and disrupts the reproductive system - despite being labelled as a safer version of plastic chemical.
Senior author Nancy Wayne, a reproductive endocrinologist and a professor of physiology at UCLA said: "Our study shows that making plastic products with BPA alternatives does not necessarily leave them safer."
Using a zebrafish model, the researchers found low levels of BPA and BPS - the equivalent to traces found in polluted river waters - altered the animals' physiology at the embryonic stage in just 25 hours and accelerated the fishes' egg hatching time.
Zebrafishes have transparent embryos which make it possible for researchers to track their development of reproductive endocrine brain cells, which control puberty and fertility.
In the second results, the team discovered the number of endocrine neurons increased up to 40 percent - suggesting BPA overstimulates the reproductive system.
Dr Wayne added: "Egg hatching time accelerated, leading to the fish equivalent of premature birth.
"The embryos developed much faster than normal in the presence of BPA or BPS.
GETTYMany manufacturers now make BPA-free plastic products
"Exposure to low levels of BPA had a significant impact on the embryos' development of brain cells that control reproduction, and the genes that control reproduction later in life.
"We saw many of these same effects with BPS found in BPA-free products. BPS is not harmless.
"Our findings are frightening and important.
"Consider it the aquatic version of the canary in the coal mine."
GETTYLow levels of BPA and BPS - equivalent to traces found in polluted rivers - had an effect
The team suspects that overstimulation of the neurons that regulate reproduction could lead to premature puberty and disruption of the reproductive system.
They believe the chemicals may also be contributing to the rise of premature births in the US and the early onset of puberty.
She plans to investigate this idea in a future study.
The research was released in the journal Endocrinology