Friday, December 30, 2011

Protect People's honor and the Haridim in Israel on this last post of 2011 with Leonard Nimoy

Protect Peoples' Honor

The most important foundation of bible  living is to honor and respect the Creator of the universe. When you fulfill His commands, you are actively demonstrating honor for Him.

This is why Judaism considers humiliating another person a most serious crime. When you embarrass someone, you are doing much more than just causing pain. You are attacking his dignity. Recognizing the dignity of human beings is part and parcel of the honor and respect one owes to the Almighty.

When you understand this properly, your every encounter will be based on this inner respect. You will treat each human being with the respect of royalty. As Ben Azai says in the Talmud (Yerushalmi Nedorim 9:4): "'When G-d created man, He created him in His image' (Genesis 5:1) is the most important principle in the Torah."

Today, resolve that if you ever see someone trying to humiliate another person, you will speak up. You might say, "This person is special. Please be careful with his dignity."


With this in mind, you must ask yourself, how could the People called Haraidm (who are supposed to do more than the bible requires), be guilty of the outrageous crime of spittling on little girls and abusing woman's rights? The answer must be that they are not  following what G-d wants from us. To be a Jew and to wear a black hat does not make one a spiritual seeker as I define a Jew.  Like Shakespeare in his play the Merchant of Venice, who mistated Jewish Law and then had a Jew doing his misstatements--just because a human being, even a Rabbi in a black hat, tells you something, it ain't necessarily so!!!



Love Yehdua




7. Peres: We Cannot Generalize When it Comes to Hareidim
by Elad Benari Peres: We Cannot Generalize

President Shimon Peres called on Thursday to distinguish between the extreme hareidi-religious Jews who exclude women and those who hareidim who do not do so.

Peres made the comments during a visit to the home of Tel Aviv's Chief Rabbi, Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, who is sitting shiva following the death of his brother, Rabbi Yehoshua Hager-Lau, who passed away last week in Jerusalem.

"We have to condemn those responsible for excluding women, but for the sake of justice we must at the same time also distinguish between those who are guilty and those who are not," Peres said.

"Whoever is at fault should be convicted, but we should not generalize to include those who are not guilty," he added. "It is insulting and offensive to generalize an entire population."

Rabbi Lau responded to the president by assuring him that the individuals who exclude women "are not individuals who are following the advice of any rabbi. Whoever spits in the face of a seven-year-old girl is not obeying the orders of a rabbi."





8. Haredi Extremists Riot in Beit Shemesh
by Gil Ronen Haredi Extremists Riot in Beit Shemesh



There was rioting in Beit Shemesh Thursday, as the tension between a group of extremist hareidi-religious Jews and less extreme streams continued. 

Several hundred hareidim hurled rocks at police forces and set garbage dumpsters on fire on Nehar HaYarden street, near the Orot Neria girls' school. A group of extremists has repeatedly attacked girls who walked to the school because they say they are too immodest.

The girls, whose families belong to the religious Zionist stream, went back to school Thursday.

Police dispersed the rioters and arrested three of them. Police forces remain in the area into the night.

Earlier in the evening, posters were put up throughout the city, announcing that the rally that was planned to take place in the hareidi area was postponed. Instead, a prayer rally would be held next week, for fortitude "against the decrees that the government is trying to apply to the hareidi public."



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Leonard Nimoy Describes His Jewish Roots

Leonard Nimoy

By Adelle M. Banks
c. 2011 Religion News Service

ROCKVILLE, Md. (RNS) The V-shaped hand sign that made actor Leonard Nimoy famous as Mr. Spock may have seemed to be from a planet far away. But the "Star Trek" star says he created it from childhood memories of his Jewish family.

"I reached back to my early years as a child when I was sitting in a synagogue in Boston with my family at the High Holidays," he said Wednesday (May 18) at B'nai Israel Congregation here.

Before the sold-out audience in suburban Washington, the 80-year-old actor re-enacted the blessing Jewish leaders recited at that Orthodox service. Prayer shawl over his head, he stuck out his hands in the shape of the sign he adapted for the TV show that ran for just three seasons in the 1960s but became an instant pop culture phenomenon.

As the show was in its second season in space, the final frontier, Nimoy told his director that natives on Spock's home planet of Vulcan should have a special greeting.

"Humans shake hands," Nimoy told him. "Asian people bow to each other. Military people salute each other. What do Vulcans do?"

When he saw the gesture as a child, he had made a point of learning how to do it himself.

"I didn't know if it would come in handy some day," he joked with his audience of 900 that included some diehard "Star Trek" fans.

Nimoy said he later learned that it was the shape of the letter shin in the Hebrew alphabet, the first letter of "shalom," or peace.

When it came time to film the gesture for the first time -- boldly going where no television show had gone before -- Nimoy's pointy-eared character had it a lot easier than the actress he greeted.

"She held her right hand in the shape with her left hand out of sight of the camera," he recalled. "When I raised mine, she was ready and she raised hers."

Nimoy said he could relate to the half human/half Vulcan Mr. Spock, who was treated as an outsider on board the USS Enterprise and on his home planet.

"I was the other in Boston," he said. "The Jews were a minority. ... I knew what it was like to be the other in that culture and therefore I could bring that quality to the Spock character."

Nimoy said he's often been asked if he thought there was Judaism in the sci-fi series.

"I think that 'Star Trek' consistently shows certain Jewish values," he said, including valuing education, upholding the dignity of the individual and social justice.

But he said the greatest Jewish value the show depicted was the idea of "tikkun olam," or healing the world.

"That's what the mission of the ship is," he said of the Enterprise. "To get up there and solve problems and make things better. ... Certainly that's a Jewish value."

Before his career took off, Nimoy got some advice from his father, who wasn't so sure his son's acting career would live long and prosper.

"He said, 'You should learn to play the accordion,"' Nimoy recalled of his dad, who worked as a barber. "You can play weddings, bar mitzvahs. ... I didn't take his advice."



Thursday, December 29, 2011

Magnificent performances by Luciano Pavarotti, and Live totally in the Present

Live Totally In The Present

Most of the thoughts that rob one of serenity have to do with being upset about the past and feeling anxious about the future. When you master the ability to live totally in the present and you are able to be calm about that present, you will have mastered serenity. One needs to plan ahead. This is one definition of a wise person. Do so serenely in the present


Love Yehuda



Magnificent performances by Luciano Pavarotti, with magnificent backgrounds and sights, as well as biography (in Italian):  68 slides.



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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

United States Unemployment Map and quotes on compassion and a new diet for me on 122811

Rising to the Challenge


A person whose main focus in life is self-improvement will feel the greatest joy on days when his tests are the most difficult.

A righteous person once said that the happiest moment in his life was when some people tried to humiliate him in an extreme way, and he was able to remain calm and serene. He realized on that day that he was able to cope with insults with total inner peace.

Difficult life situations are not a contradiction to having a pleasant life. Rather, the ultimate level to strive for is when all difficulties serve as tools for joy and happiness. This is an essential Torah concept, which guarantees that if you follow it 100 percent, then your life will be 100 percent full of happiness and joy.

Love Yehuda


Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.


Louise J. Kaplan
Louise J Kaplan is a psychoanalyst, author, and feminist scholar.


Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.


Henry Ward Beecher
Henry Ward Beecher was a prominent Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker.


It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.


Erma Bombeck

Erma

Louise Bombeck was an American humorist.


Why does G-d endow us with compassion?


Franz Schubert
Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer.

 

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.


Confucius

Confucius

was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher.



Guilt is the price we pay willingly for doing what we are going to do anyway.


Isabelle Holland
Isabelle Christian Holland was an author of children and adult fiction.

Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.


Saint Aurelius Augustine
After his conversion to Christianity and baptism Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, accommodating a variety of methods and different perspectives.

 

If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution.


Anon

We never repent having eaten too little.


Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson leading American opponent of the international slave trade, and presided over its abolition in 1807.

 

Choice, not chance, determines one's destiny


Anon

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends

.

Unknown

 

The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books—how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook.

Andy Rooney

Andrew

Aitken " Andy" Rooney is an American radio and television writer.

 


I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks.


Totie Fields
Totie Fields was an American comedienne,

 

No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.


Maimonides
Moses ben-Maimon, called Maimonides and also known as, was a preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher and one of the greatest Torah scholars and physicians of the Middle Ages

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it.


Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason was an American comedian, actor and musician.


One way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life.


Cyril Connolly

Cyril

Vernon Connolly was an English intellectual, literary critic and writer

 

The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.


Benjamin Mays

Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays was an American minister, educator, scholar, and social activist.

 

Your attitude determines your altitude!

Denis Waitley

Denis

E. Waitley is an American motivational speaker and writer, consultant and best-selling author.

 

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Wayne Dyer

Wayne

Walter Dyer is an American self-help advocate, author, and lecturer.

 

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.

William James

William James

was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher.

 

 

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer.

 

The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.

Abraham Lincoln

16th President of the United States

 

Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr

. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

 

It's not who you think you are that holds you back; it's who you think you're not.

Unknown


Love Yehuda



Subject: Unemployment Map


 

 

 Watch this carefully.  Read below and then prepare to be shocked.

This is really quite incredible. A visual depiction of unemployment, by County, for the entire United States , over the last 2.5 years.

Amazing to watch and only takes a minute or so.

Click the link, and then "Play" in the center of the MAP, and watch it change by month.

 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Are you a good person and Ham for Chanukah on this seventh day and a sweet love song

How do you know if you're a good person?  Virtually, everyone thinks that what they do is right.  If you don't believe me, just try to tell someone that they're wrong and see how fast their defenses rise!  Or, better yet, notice when someone tells you that you're mistaken -- notice how fast your defenses rise!

The question is, "If one doesn't believe in G-d and a revealed absolute code of morality, how does one measure whether or not he's a good person?" 

"God's existence has direct bearing on how we view morality.  As Dostoyevsky so famously put it, "Without God, everything is permitted."

"At first glance, this statement may not make sense.  Everything is permitted?  Can't there be a morality without an infinite God?

"Perhaps some of the confusion is due to the concept of moral relativism.  Moral relativism maintains that there is no objective standard of right and wrong existing separate and independent from humanity.  The creation of moral principles stems only from within a person, not as a distinct, detached reality.  Each person is the source and definer of his or her subjective ethical code, and each has equal power and authority to define morality the way he or she sees fit.

"The consequences of moral relativism are far-reaching.  Since all moral issues are subjective, right and wrong are reduced to matters of opinion and personal taste.  Without a binding, objective standard of morality that sticks whether one likes it or not, a person can do whatever he feels like by choosing to label any behavior he personally enjoys as "good."  Adultery, embezzlement, and random acts of cruelty may not be your cup of tea -- but why should that stop someone from taking pleasure in them if that is what they enjoy?

"Is having an intimate relationship with a 12-year-old objectively wrong just because you don't like it?

"Perhaps murder makes a serial killer feel powerful and alive.  A moral relativist can say he finds murder disgusting, but that does not make it wrong -- only distasteful.  Hannibal, the Cannibal, is entitled to his own preferences even if they are unusual and repugnant to most.

"Popularity has nothing to do with determining absolute morality; it just makes it commonplace, like the color navy.

"But this killer is hurting others!"  True.  But in a world where everything is subjective, hurting an innocent person is merely distasteful to some, like eating chocolate ice cream with lasagna.  Just because we may not like it doesn't make it evil.  Evil?  By whose standard?  No one's subjective opinion is more authoritative than another.

"Although many people may profess to subscribe to moral relativism, it is very rare to find a consistent moral relativist.  Just about everyone believes in some absolute truths.  That absolute truth may only be that it is wrong to hurt others, or that there are no absolutes.  The point is that just about everyone is convinced that there is some form of absolute truth, whatever that truth may be.  Most of us, it seems, are not moral relativists.


"Not too many of us believe that killing an innocent person is just a matter of taste that can change according to whim.  Most of us think it is an act that is intrinsically wrong, regardless of what anyone thinks.  According to this view, the standard of morality is an unchangeable reality that transcends humanity, not subject to our approval."



The image above  is at Wal Mart in Austin that has the ham on sale for Chanukah
 

This a woman singing a love song.. Don't listen if you don't want to hear a woman singing a sweet love song


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Monday, December 26, 2011

Jewish Steve Jobs dies, and Mel Brooks on being a Jew

Have Courage to Change


Whenever we have repeated a pattern many times, it is difficult to change. But all patterns ultimately can in fact be changed. It is a question of having a clear goal - and then being motivated to take action.

It is easier to change patterns when two parties are willing to work together. If you are the only one, it takes more strength, more courage, and more resilience. That's why cooperation is essential in a marriage.

The Almighty leads a person on the path on which he wants to go. May He gave you the wisdom to make the right decisions and choices, and the strength and courage to follow through!

Love Yehuda

According to the article below, many of the foundational inventions that Steve Jobs made famous were helped to be created by Jacob Goldman who died on the 20th.  No one mourns hims the way the world mourned Steve Jobs. Just an observation.


Jacob Goldman, Founder of Xerox Lab, Dies at 90


Jacob E. Goldman, a physicist who as Xerox's chief scientist founded the company's vaunted Palo Alto Research Center, which invented the modern personal computer, died on Tuesday in Westport, Conn. He was 90.

Joyce Dopkeen/The New York Times

Jacob E. Goldman in 1975.


The cause was congestive heart failure, his son Melvin said.

Emblematic of a time when American corporations invested heavily in basic scientific research, Dr. Goldman played an important role both at the Ford Motor Company, during the 1950s, and later at Xerox in the 1960s and 1970s, in financing such endeavors in an effort to spark corporate innovation.

In the late 1960s, Xerox, then the dominant manufacturer of office copiers, was searching for ways to move into new markets when he proposed an open-ended research laboratory to explore what C. Peter McColough, chief executive at the time, called "the architecture of information." Computer systems were still not available in offices at that time, and little was known about the shape of what would come to be called "the office of the future."

Xerox had recently acquired Scientific Data Systems, a California computer maker, to compete with I.B.M. in the data-processing market. At the time, however, computers were largely centralized systems that were not interactive. The minicomputer market was just being pioneered by the Digital Equipment Corporation.

Xerox did not initially have a grand strategy for entering the computing business, only an inkling that the data processing world was both an opportunity and a potential threat.

"He was the one that made sure that Xerox understood there was a revolution coming behind them that might change their business," said Michael Hiltzik, author of "Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age."

Dr. Goldman had originally been brought from Ford to Xerox by John Bardeen, who was on the Xerox board and was also a physicist. (He helped invent the transistor at Bell Labs.) Dr. Bardeen knew Dr. Goldman in part because of his contributions as a corporate science manager and also for running a well-known poker game every year at the American Physical Society meeting, according to his son.

The Xerox laboratory was almost stillborn in 1970 when many of the company's directors resisted the idea of a West Coast center in an area in which the company did not have an active business. It was Dr. Bardeen who backed Dr. Goldman's early vision and persuaded the company to support the venture even though it would not bear fruit any time soon.

"It was Jack who brought the idea back to management that they could not expect to get anything useful for at least five years, but maybe in 10," Mr. Hiltzik said. "It was this idea that they did have to look far ahead and nurture research."

Established in 1970 in an industrial park next to Stanford, PARC researchers designed a remarkable array of computer technologies, including the Alto personal computer, the Ethernet office network, laser printing and the graphical user interface.

The technologies would later be commercialized by both Apple Computer and Microsoft, among others, and Xerox would be criticized for not capitalizing enough on the technologies it had pioneered. Years later, Dr. Goldman explained Xerox's failure to enter the personal computing market early on as part of a large corporation's unwillingness to take risks.

"A big company will not make the investment to bring out a new product unless they see it makes a big difference," he said in a 1988 interview in The New Haven Advocate. "Look at the personal computer industry today. It's a multibillion-dollar industry today. And we at Xerox could have had that industry to ourselves."

Dr. Goldman, who was often called Jack, was born in Brooklyn on July 18, 1921. His parents, Solomon Goldman, a jeweler, and the former Sarah Goldstein, had immigrated from Russia. Jacob attended Yeshiva University and received a master's degree and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania. With expertise in magnetism, he began his career at Westinghouse in 1945, before moving to teach at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Goldman also excelled as a manager. At Ford, which he joined in 1955, he went on to head the company's research and development laboratory.

Under Henry Ford II, he was one of the company's first high-ranking Jewish executives, as the company broke with its founder's anti-Semitism. A lifelong Democrat, he resisted a corporate memorandum early on demanding that executives make contributions to the Republican Party, his son said. After Dr. Goldman complained, the company changed its political contribution policy.

After retiring from the company he became a private investor and served on the boards of Xerox, General Instrument, the Burndy Corporation and other companies.

In, 1975, while still at Xerox, Dr. Goldman, as a director of United Brands, temporarily served on a committee that ran the company after the death of its chief executive, Eli M. Black, a high school classmate of Dr. Goldman's.

Dr. Goldman is survived by his wife, Rhoda Miller Goldman; his children, Melvin, Edith and Beth; his stepsons, Shalom, Ari, and Dov; a sister, Judy Crystal; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.





This is an interesting article about the achievement of the Jews.
Mel Brooks, a comedian, gives an interesting explanation that the success and accomplishment of each individual Jew is based upon the following three reasons: Heredity, Environment and Unique Value System.
 
This is a must read. Read it again and be proud.    Victor
 

Subject: mel brooks on being a jew
 

Mel Brooks on being a Jew:

I may be angry at God or at the world, and I'm sure that a lot of my comedy is based on anger and hostility...It comes from a feeling that as a Jew and as a person, I don't fit into the mainstream of American society.

Feeling different, feeling alienated, feeling persecuted, feeling that the only way you can deal with the world is to laugh - because if you don't laugh you're going to cry and never stop crying - that's probably what's responsible for the Jews having developed such a great sense of humor. The people who had the greatest reason to weep, learned more than anyone else how to laugh.

Based on the accomplishments of individual Jews, Nobel Prize winners and heroes of modern culture, as well as the amount of attention Jews get in the media, you'd never believe the correct answers: There are little more than 13 million Jews in the world, comprising less than 1/4 of 1% of the world's population !!!!

Do you think it's just a coincidence? Twenty-one percent of Nobel Prize winners have been Jews, even though Jews comprise less than one-quarter of one percent of the world's population. Choose any field, and you will find that Jews have excelled in it.

Think of the names of many modern-day figures most responsible for the intellectual turning points in history - MARX, FREUD, EINSTEIN - and you will find proof of the Biblical verdict: "Surely this is...a wise and understanding people." There simply is no way to deny it.

Jews really are smart. There must be a reason - and I can give you three:

HEREDITY, ENVIRONMENT and A UNIQUE VALUE SYSTEM:

HEREDITY - Historians have pointed out a fascinating difference between Jews and Christians. In Christianity, as well as in many other religions, holiness was identified with asceticism, great spirituality with the practice of celibacy. For centuries the finest minds among Christians were urged to join the church and become priests. That effectively condemned their genetic pool of intelligence to an untimely end.

Jews, on the other hand, took quite seriously the first commandment to mankind - to be fruitful and multiply. Sex was never seen as sinful, but rather as one of those things created by God that he surely must have had in mind when he declared, in reviewing his work, that "Behold everything was very good."

Among Jews, the most intelligent were encouraged to become religious leaders. As rabbis, they had to serve as role models for their congregants as procreators and "fathers! of their countries." Brains got passed on from generation to generation, and Jews today are still reaping the benefits of the frequent sexual activities of their ancestors.

ENVIRONMENT - If challenge and response are the keys to creativity and achievement, it's no surprise that Jews are smart; they've been challenged more than anyone else on earth. The school of hard knocks is a wonderful teacher. Jews had no choice but to learn to be better than anyone else since the odds were always so very much stacked against them.

When you're born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you tend to get fat and lazy. When you're born with the lash of a whip on your back, you quickly learn to become crafty, street smart, and knowledgeable in everything that will help you make it through life.

A UNIQUE VALUE SYSTEM - We still haven't touched on the most important reason of all. Jews are smart because they have been raised in a tradition that treasures education above everything else, that considers study the highest obligation of mankind, and that identifies the intellect as part of us created in "the image of God." To be illiterate was unheard of in the Jewish world, not only because it was a sign of stupidity, but, more significantly, because it was a sin.

Jews are obligated by law to review the Bible in its entirety every year, dividing it into manageable weekly sections. The widespread custom when a child turned three years old was to write the letters of the Hebrew alphabet on a board in honey and have the child learn them as he licked them off, equating their meaning with the taste of sweetness.

Jews studied the Midrash, and it taught them: The Sword and the Book came from Heaven together, and the Holy One said: "Keep what is written in this Book or be destroyed by the other." Jews studied the Mishna and it taught them, "Say not when I have leisure."

Philosophical Tevye , that delightful creation of the Yiddish writer Shalom Aleichem and the star of Fiddler On The Roof, explained that Jews always wear hats because they never know when they will be forced to travel. What he didn't say, which is probably more important, is that they always made sure to have something under their hats and inside of their heads - because physical possessions could be taken from them, but what they accumulated in their minds would always remain the greatest" merchandise" a Jew possesses.


And you thought Mel Brooks was only a funny man.




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Sunday, December 25, 2011

An Xmas Message of love, Elvis and daughter Lisa Marie singing a "Blue Xmas" and Rise with the challenge

video

Rise With The Challenge


Someone once asked the Chafetz Chaim (a great sage from early 1900's): "My evil inclination does not give me any rest. What can I do?"

"That is really for your good," replied the Chafetz Chaim. "The purpose of life is to overcome our forbidden impulses. We are frequently in a state of conflict. By controlling negative desires, we elevate ourselves. The more difficult the challenge, the greater the merit."

Love Yehuda

 

 

 

 

            Subject: Elvis and daughter Lisa Marie

 

 

 Look at this video carefully (see attachment)

Elvis died in 1977, his daughter Lisa Marie was born in 1966. She was eleven

when her father died.

With today's technology they united father and daughter in digital editing 

to sing this song together....isn't this great ??

It's difficult to realize that this video is super imposed !!

The reaction of the public when Lisa Marie enters is done really wonderful !!

Congratulations to the makers of this video.

This electronic union between father and daughter is wonderfully done !

He sang this song in 1968 and Lisa Marie in 2008

Long live the new technology age.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Friday, December 23, 2011

OLD HAWAIIAN COURT AND OLD WAR PICS

Be A Trustworthy Messenger


Everything in life is the way you look at it.  A Handicapped child (and I know because I have one) can be looked at as either a low soul or a high one. Since the spiritual belief is that G-d doesn't have accidents, we must realize there is a purpose to everything. The great sages therefore taught that the purpose of their handicap was that they were high souls that were on this planet to learn something, that they only could if they were in a handicapped body.


The way you look at charity has the same opportunity.


When you help someone else financially, realize that the money you are giving away is not really yours. Really the money belongs to the person to whom you are giving it! The Almighty has merely made you His messenger to collect that money and give it to its rightful owner.

At this time of year when everyone is sending their year end appeals, write a check to your favorite charity and tell yourself, "I am God's messenger!"

Love Yehuda





Old Hawaiian court on our way out of town

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq4W9JgpPZg

Speaking of Hawaii, we of course spent time at Pearl Harbor on its 70th anniversary. Some of these pictures bring back that memory.


 
 
 

 
Where have these pics been hiding for the past 65 years?
Japanese Kawanishi H8K seaplane after strafing. Kwajalein
Squad of Rufe's at Bougainville . These things were very nimble even with the pontoons.
The A6M2-N float plane version of the Zero did extremely well, suffering only a small loss in its legendary maneuverability. Top speed was not affected, however, the aircraft's relatively light armament was a detriment.
Snow on deck. USS Philippine Sea North Pacific 1945
HARVS on the way in shot by a P-47. Rare shot.
Deck crew climbing up to get the pilot out. He did. That's a fuel tank his foot is on. Empty?
Marines disembark LST at Tinian Island .
Bougainville.
Guam
Outside Bastogne
German 280mm K5 firing
U.S. munitions ship goes up during the invasion of Sicily .
V1
Spitfire "tipping-off" a V1. If you've never heard of this insane tactic .......
At first V1's were shot down by gunfire. Optimum range was inside 200yds, which was marginal for survival. Many planes were damaged and quite a few pilots killed. Basically at such high speed and low altitude a plane had to fly though the explosion and hope.
With the high risk of being blown up some of the best pilots started tipping the V1's wing, because of damage to wing tips they later developed a tactic of disrupting the airflow by placing their wing very close to the V1's wing, causing it to topple.

Not every pilot did this. At night this was not possible, the flame from the V1 blinded the pilot to everything else, though some Mossie pilots flew past closely in front of the V1, again causing it to topple. The thought of doing this at 450mph, 4,000 feet above the ground, at night and being blinded gives me the willies.
Panzerkampfwagen VI "E Tiger"
Ju 88 loading a torpedo. This is one HUGE bomber ... and it's on pontoons!!!!
German "KARL" motars. Sebastopol
Reloading a KARL
BOOM!
Macchi 202v
Italian 303 Bombers over N Africa
 
PEARL  HARBOR 
December  7th, 1941
 
PEARL  HARBOR 
December  7th, 1941
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 




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Thursday, December 22, 2011

funny Jewish inventions and Yehuda goes Para Sailing

Counterfeit Courage

Counterfeit money isn't real. Neither is counterfeit courage. Exaggerating one's brave and heroic acts in order to prove to others that one has courage, is a sign of a lack of courage. This applies all the more so, if someone were to fabricate an entire incident.

Ask yourself: Do I ever try to give others the impression that I have more courage than I really do? If the answer is, "Yes," see this as a sign that you need to increase genuine courage.

Speaking of phoney courage, here I go
Love Yehuda

On a Friday afternoon, I go for a fly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfee25W7C-E







 





Funny Jewish Inventions (this guy appeared live in San Diego in November at a benifit)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8pJK-HcCEI
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

SOCIAL SECURITY NOW CALLED 'FEDERAL BENEFIT PAYMENT/ENTITLEMENT! and a Cruise around Hawaii

What Is Courage


Courage comes in many flavors. In general, courage is defined as the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or adversity. It is staunchness of mind and of will. It is the strength to face opposition and not allow it to stop you. It is the strength to cope with hardship. It is maintaining your dignity when it is difficult to do so.

Courage gives you the empowerment of steely determination. It enables you to strive towards noble aspirations.


Love Yehuda

I am not waiting for social security--Enjoy your life NOW!!

A little cruise around Hawaii

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1-4EdyyC94



Have you noticed, your Social Security check is now referred to as a"federal benefit payment"? 

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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THIS CALCULATION IS THEY FORGOT TO FIGURE IN THE PEOPLE WHO DIED BEFORE THEY COLLECTED THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY!!!! WHERE DID THAT MONEY GO????????????? 

This was sent to me, I am forwarding it because it does touch a nerve in me.

 

Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500.


If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the government pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you'd have $892,919.98.

If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.

The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madhoff ever had.


 Just because they borrowed the money from the fund - which was promised never to happen - and never paid it back, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!


Congressional benefits ---- free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement entitlements?


We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless.

In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile , and Turkey . And now Pakistan ......home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!


Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!


They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives and now when it's time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place?Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.

 

 

 

 

 





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