Tuesday, February 17, 2015

More good news from Israel, 7 inspiring quotes and Church Squirrels

Life's Journey

You make your life journey more meaningful and joyful when you choose wisely in the here and now. It's always "now." And as long as you are alive, you are still on your life's journey.

Every step of the way, you have the memories of every great and joyful moment of your life. In your brain's great archives, you have memories of everything positive from any time in your life.

Love Yehuda Lave

7 Inspiring Jewish Quotes

Get motivated to achieve your goals

by Sara Debbie Gutfeund

Tying my sneakers, I hear the echo of a medley of Rohn quotes in my mind. If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better. The words get me outside; they propel through the storm. The snow flies into my eyes. For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward. Today, I have won.

Quotes can motivate us to keep moving towards our goals. They can get us out the door. Here are seven insightful Jewish quotes on achieving our goals.

1. "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein

Sometimes we get stuck in life and it's hard to see that we keep turning into the same dead end. We need to begin by changing our thoughts if we want to change our lives.

2. "In spirituality, the searching is the finding and the pursuit is the achievement." Dr. Abraham J. Twerski

It is important for us to strive to accomplish our goals and move towards our destinations. But what really matters is who we become as we search and what we learn as we pursue our dreams.

3. "A person who takes a walk of 100 feet and a person who walks 2,000 miles have one major thing in common. They both need to take a first step before they take a second step." Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

The hardest part of any endeavor is beginning, taking that first step and getting out the door. But we can't get to the second step before we have the courage to take that first one.

4. "Don't be afraid of discovering that the 'real you' may be different than the 'current you.'" Rabbi Noah Weinberg, zt"l

We often have pre-conceived notions of who we are and what we are capable of accomplishing. Don't let your past define you. Don't let who you were yesterday limit who you can become today. What we know about ourselves is not complete. Be open to seeing different aspects of yourself even if they are at first uncomfortable or unfamiliar to you.

5. "One question is always relevant: How can I use this to move forward?" Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller.

Whatever situation we are experiencing in life, how can I use what I have to grow? How can I use this challenge or relationship or gift to move forward towards my goals?

6. "We have no understanding of the energy that God planted within our souls. Therefore, God has to test us to bring forth those treasures that are buried deep within ourselves and make us unique." Rebbeztin Esther Jungreis

If we only knew the depths of our potential, we would never want to sleep. If we could only imagine the treasures within us, we would search ceaselessly for them. But God does see the greatness within us and in His infinite kindness, He orchestrates our lives so that we will be forced to use the strengths we cannot see for ourselves.

7. "At the end-point there is nothing but being, no time but the present." Rabbi Akiva Tatz

We are often so caught up in the past and the future that we fail to see that our real choices are right now. In the present. Who we are in this moment.

Good news from Israel

Israel (Jews) on the move, always looking to improve themselves and others..







On Wednesday, document storage firm Dropbox announced that it was buying Herzliya-based CloudOn, which allows users to edit Microsoft Office documents from mobile devices. Sources said that the deal was worth about $100 million.

The CEO of Annapurna, Avigdor Willenz, is one of Israel's most successful semiconductor entrepreneurs. In 2000, he sold chip maker Galileo to Marvell Technologies for $2.7 billion. Galileo became the nucleus of Marvell's R&D operations in Israel, and the company now has over 1,200 employees – some 20% of its workforce – in Israel. In a recent visit to the center, based in Yokne'am, Marvell co-founder Weili Dai said that the company "has found great talent here in Israel. We believe in that talent and are very happy with what the staff here has produced, helping to push forward the company's vision."

When the acquisition goes through, Amazon will be making its first major investment in Israeli tech – just as Alibaba, the largest online retailer in China, did earlier this week, when it announced it was investing in Tel Aviv-based Visualead, which develops "designer" QR (Quick Response) codes. The Israeli firm has been working with Alibaba for over a year to replace boring black and white QR codes with snazzily designed, colorful, and aesthetically pleasing codes that integrate much better with product packaging, advertisements, newspapers and magazines, and anywhere else the codes are used.

Commenting on the prospective deal, Gradman said that it was "a happy day for Annapurna, Amazon, and the Israeli semiconductor industry. In recent years software and mobile development have outshined semiconductor and hardware development in Israel, and many people believed that the semiconductor industry here would not recover. That a company that is barely four years old could achieve such an exit is very impressive and a real boost for other companies working on innovative semiconductor and chip technology."

Read more: Amazon to buy Israeli hardware firm for $350m | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/sources-amazon-set-to-buy-israeli-hardware-firm-for-350m/#ixzz3PoU8CVHT



There were five
houses of religion in a small town:

The Presbyterian Church,
The Baptist Church ,
The Methodist Church
The Catholic
Church and
Jewish Synagogue.

Each church and Synagogue was overrun with pesky

One day,
the Presbyterian Church called a meeting to decide what to do about the
squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they determined that the
squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn't interfere with God's
divine will.

the squirrels had taken up habitation in the
baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and
drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as
many there the next week

The Methodist Church
got together and decided that they were not in a
position to harm any of God's creation. So, they humanely trapped the Squirrels
and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels
were back.

-- The Catholic Church came up with the best and most effective solution.
They baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the
they only see them on Christmas , Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and

Not much was heard
the Jewish
but they took one
squirrel and had a short service with him called circumcision and they haven't
seen a squirrel on the property



For all who appreciate the outdoors

the rarely photographed South

Life is too short for drama and petty things, so
kiss slowly, laugh insanely,
 love truly and forgive

While staring at a calendar this morning the penny suddenly dropped....

Once there was a King in Shushan, the most powerful ruler in the world, who had a strong disdain, dislike or perhaps even hatred of Jews.
Today there is a President in Washington, the most powerful ruler in the world, who has a strong disdain, dislike or perhaps even hatred of Jews.

Once there was a Persian who wanted to kill all the Jews, but needed the King's authorization to proceed with his plan.
Today there are Persians who want to kill all the Jews, but needs the President's authorization to proceed with their plan.

The King didn't really care, as long as there was something in it for him - lots of money.
The President doesn't really care, as long as there is something in it for him - a deal with the Persians.

The Jewish Queen wanted to tell the King what was really happening, but going in to talk to the King was dangerous.
The Jewish Prime Minister wants to tell the President and his Congress what is really happening, but going to talk to them is dangerous.

Some people thought she shouldn't go, it would just anger the King and make things worse.
Some people think he shouldn't go, it will just anger the President and make things worse.

She asked the Jews to fast and pray for the success of her mission. They did so, the King accepted her words and the plot to destroy them was thwarted.
Will we fast and pray for the success of his mission? Will the President and Congress accept his words? Will the plot to destroy us be thwarted?

We commemorate the fasting prior to the Queen's plea to the King on Taanis Ester.
The Prime Minister of Israel has been invited to address the United States Congress on March 3. This year Taanis Ester begins on March 3.