In many areas of our lives uncertainty is inevitable. You will cause yourself much needless pain if you unrealistically demand certainty. Even in extremely important areas of our lives we are likely to be uncertain.
If you can let go of unrealistic demands for certainty, you will actually achieve more peace of mind than if you were certain!
What is the proper attitude? Try to be as certain as possible, and accept that any remaining uncertainty will not exacerbate your situation. To emphasis that point click on the picture of the woman next to this piece and read what she has to say (it is too small to read unless you click on it). In adittion I have my usual fun stuff to see below besides the serious points.
Nov. 23, 2015 Prayer for extermination of Jews at funeral of 2 Palestinians:
"Strike the Jews... kill them to the last one"
A funeral of two Palestinians, which was broadcast live on official Palestinian Authority TV, included the following incitement to genocide of all Jews:
Unidentified speaker at funeral: "[Allah,] do justice to the oppressed against the oppressors, and give them victory over the tyrants, O Master of the Universe. Strike the Jews, count them and kill them to the last one, and don't leave even one." [Official PA TV, Nov. 16, 2015]
This Islamic prayer echoes Antisemitic hate speech by a preacher in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi, who taught that Jews who worship the Devil will be exterminated by Muslims. In a recent class, documented by Palestinian Media Watch, the Sheikh taught the Hadith - a tradition attributed to Islam's prophet Muhammad - stating that "the tree and the rock will speak and say: 'O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him":
"[At the End of Days] we will follow the Jews everywhere. They will not escape us. They will not be able to escape us. The rock and tree will speak, according to the Hadith (tradition) of the Prophet [Muhammad]... and it is a reliable promise from the Prophet according to which the tree and the rock will speak and say: 'O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.' The Children of Israel will all be exterminated, the Anti-Christ will be killed and the Muslims will live in comfort for a long time." [Al-Msjed Al-Aqsa YouTube channel, Oct. 16, 2015]
Based on PMW's exposure of this and other Antisemitic statements, Israeli Police has arrested the Sheikh twice.
Other Palestinian clergy have also presented this Hadith about rocks and trees aiding Muslims to exterminate the Jews before Resurrection Day. In 2012, the PA Mufti, the highest religious authority in the PA, applied this prophecy to the current conflict between Israelis and Palestinians when he spoke at Fatah's anniversary celebrations.
Abbas' advisor on Islamic Affairs and Supreme Shari'ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash has presented the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as an expression of "the historic conflict" - a conflict between "good and evil, between two projects: Allah's project vs. Satan's project," during a sermon on official PA TV.
Hamas has also broadcast the prayer calling for the extermination of Jews. In 2010, Hamas included Christians in the genocide as well:
Background: The recent PA TV live recording was from the funeral of Laith Manasrah and Abu Al-Aish - two Palestinians who were shot and killed by Israeli soldiers on Nov. 16, 2015, when the soldiers came to demolish the home of terrorist Muhammad Abu Shaheen, 30, who murdered Israeli Danny Gonen on June 19, 2015. The Israeli army reported that Manasrah and Al-Aish were terrorists who fired at Israeli soldiers and Palestinian reports said they were only observing the demolition when shot.
Starting today: Police issue Jewish quota on Temple Mount
Only 45 Jews in morning and 15 in afternoon allowed in with pre-registration to limit free entry; 'this is anti-Semitism.'
In a new repressive measure, Israeli police on Monday morning are starting a new official policy to limit the number of Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount to a certain quota, and further limiting entry via registration in advance.
In contrast, non-Jews will be able to continue to enter the Mount - which is the holiest site in Judaism - freely and without restrictions, according to the Headquarters of Temple Organizations.
The organizations report that Jewish visitors to the holy site were surprised on Sunday to receive an announcement from the police, according to which the status quo on the Mount is to be changed starting Monday.
Only 45 Jews will be allowed to enter the site in the morning, and another 15 in the afternoon according to the police announcement. Additionally, the police decided to prioritize the entry of Jews who had registered in advance with them.
"What the registration means is that beyond the 'numerus clausus' (i.e. racial quotas - ed.) for Jews, the police won't allow any more free entry for Jews to the Temple Mount, on the claim that the quota of Jews is full with advance registrants," warned the Headquarters of Temple Organizations.
Activists who contacted the police to verify the announcement were told that the police indeed intend to enforce the discriminatory step, claiming that it is in the benefit of the Jews and their security.
The step joins another controversial move at the site taken in response to the latest wave of Arab terror. Last month Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to install cameras on the Mount, in a move approved by Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett, who likewise stated his support of the Jordanian Waqf's ban on Jewish prayer.
However, Jordan's King Abdullah II made clear that the footage from the cameras will only be accessed by Jordan, which will then decide what segments to share with Israel.
"This is anti-Semitism"
In response to Monday's new step, the Temple Organizations complain that the measure will further undermine the precarious Israeli sovereignty on the site and in essence hand it over to the Waqf completely.
"The idea to fix a numerical quota for Jews on the Temple Mount is anti-Semitic," they stated.
"The Temple Mount is the holiest site to the nation of Israel. It cannot be that again and again the police try to thin out and exclude the Jews from the site through various strange methods."
"The Temple Mount needs to be open to Jews at least as much as is the complex on its western wall," they added, referencing the Kotel. "The Temple Mount is a lot more quiet and secure than any other place in the Old City. The police are bearing the name of security in vain, there is no reason to limit the Jews on the Temple Mount."
Referencing the current draconian conditions, the activists added, "sticking police (units) to the Jews on the Temple Mount was only meant to prevent the Jews from freedom of religion at the holy site, in order to cater to the demands of the Waqf and the Jordanians. The security excuses are false."
According to the activists the new move is a submission to the threats of the Waqf and of Jordan, according to which the terror will continue if their demands are not met.
"Particularly in these days when the state of Israel stands before a wave of discrimination and labeling (by the EU - ed.) we must not allow any sort of discrimination. All the more so we must not ourselves implement the standards of discrimination against Jews as a submission to terror and pressure from the enemy."
"We will not accept this illegal step, and we will do all we can in order to oppose it and breach it," promised the activists.
Despite the creeping restrictions and Muslim harassment, numbers of Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount have been rising steadily. Activists believe the tightening restrictions are meant to stem the flow of Jews visiting, essentially imposing a de-facto ban to appease Muslim groups.
From my friend Rabbi YehoshuaSchecter
Parshat Vayishlach What A Nerve
Whats is the significance of the "Gid Hanashe"(sciatic nerve). The Parasha tells us, that when Yaakov was in the midst of fighting the angel of Esau, the angel touched his "Gid Hanashe". The Torah then goes on to say as a result "Al Kein Lo Yochlu Bnei Yisrael Et Gid Hanashe" (Therefore the children of Israel are not to eat the sciatic nerve)
There are two questions:
Firstly, just because the angel of Esau touched him there , why was it necessary to commemorate their fight with the "Gid Hanashe" itself? Why didn't Yaakov just set up a pile of stones like he did with Lavan at the end of Parshat Vayetze, where he pronounced a mound of stones (Gal-Ed) as testimony to a covenant of peace between the families of Lavan and Yaakov. In fact, it would have been commonplace to use stones or a stone structure to commemorate an event in those times.
Secondly, why are we instructed not to eat it? What did we do, that we are prohibited from eating meat that includes the sciatic nerve?
Let me offer a series of Gematriot, that might bring us to a better understanding of the entire relationship between Yaakov and Esau. "Esau" numerically is 376. "Gid Hanashe" numerically is 377 (one off is fine).
Where in Sefer Breishit do we find Esau giving Yaakov a piece of his mind, and telling him what he really thinks of him? In Parshat Toldot he says "Vayomer Hachi Kara Shmo Yaakov Vayaakveini Zeh Paamayim ". Esau says sarcastically "Is it because his name was called Yaakov, that he outwitted me these two times"? If you take the numerical valueof Yaakov it equals 182. Esau's complaint was he "Yaakoved me" twice. Yaakov twice numerically is 364. However, there is an extra word in this Pasuk. The word "Zeh". What was Esau alluding to with the word Zeh? The numerical value of "Zeh" is 12. What Esau was telling Yaakov was "You Yaakoved me twice out of 12", The 12 Shevatim that I should have had, but you stole you from me! So 364 plus 12 equals 376. Also the word "Shalom"equals 376 . So the "Gid Hanashe"can be understood as the symbol of shalom between Yaakov and Esau. The sciatic nerve is the dominant nerve that supplies sensation from the lower back (reproductive organs) all the way down to the sole of the foot. Esau's angel touched him there to signify Yaakovs (eikev; sole) deceitfulness in robbing him of his reproductive rite to produce the twelve tribes. Back to our second question, why are we commanded not to eat the portion that contains the sciatic nerve? Because Yaakov's deceit occurred twice and they both had to do with food; the first involving the sale of the birthright, and the second when he posed as Esau and Yitzchak blessed him first.