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The brothers Rabbi Shmelke and Rabbi Pinchos asked the Maggid of Mez'ritch, "The Talmud (Brachos 54a) says that a person is obligated to bless the Almighty for misfortune with the same joy as when one blesses for good fortune. How is it possible to fulfill this obligation?"
The Maggid advised them to put the question before Rabbi Zushe who was extremely poor and lacked even basic necessities. Though he had many difficulties in his life, he was always happy. They went to the study hall where they found Rabbi Zushe, and told him the Maggid said he would explain how it is possible to bless the Almighty with joy over misfortune.
"I'm surprised that our Rabbi sent you to me about this," replied Rabbi Zushe. "You should rather ask someone who suffered some misfortune in his life. I have never experienced anything bad in my life. Only good things have happened to me.
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Israel declares war on Palestinian Red Crescent
Israeli officials demand explanation after Arab ambulance ignored dying Jewish victims of terror attack on Friday near Hevron.
ignored the victims as they lay dying, the Israeli government will be launching an international campaign against the organization, which in principle does not treat Jews - despite being bound to treat all casualties regardless off their identity.
Israel's Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency service, by contrast, regularly treats Palestinians.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered the foreign ministry to lodge a stern complaint with the InternationalCommitteeof the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, under whose auspices the Red Crescent operates, demanding an explanation as to why the Palestinian ambulance ignored Israeli victims, contrary to all humanitarian and ethicalpractices.
A foreign ministry source toldArutz Shevathat "Israel will enact all necessary sanctions against the Red Crescent."
Netanyahu himself related to the incident in question this evening, during apress conferencein which he condemned the terror attacks by ISIS in Paris.
"There was an incident yesterday, which appears to be very serious. The matter relates to an ambulance of the Red Crescent, which appears to have passed by the Litman family - (passed) by its dead and injured - and did not approach to give treatment.
Netanyahu further noted that "no such thing" had ever occurred with Israeliemergency services"who provide aid without distinction to Jews, to Arabs, to everyone."
He added that if it became clear the incident was intentional, Israel will not remain silent and will use all the tools at its disposal against the Red Crescent.
Securitysources say this is far from the first such incident. Red Crescent ambulances and other Palestinian medics have regularly ignored Israeli victims in need of treatment, in what appears to be a matter of policy.
In a deadly stabbing in October, which occurred right outside a Palestinian medical clinic in Jerusalem's Old City,Arab doctors and medics simply stood bywhile the Jewish victims bled to death, and as other Arab passersby abused the wife of one of the victims as she attempted to escape with a knife still embedded in her back.
We are having a hard time deciding whether Michael Grab is an artist or a magician, because he creates stunning structure from finely balancedrocks that seem to defy the law of physics.
These seemingly impossible structures require intense concentration andmeditative focus.
In the photos below, Grab spends several minutes nearly frozen, making tiny adjustments until he gets all of the rocks' centers of gravity just right. "Over the past few years of practicing rock balance, simple curiosity has evolved into therapeutic ritual, ultimately nurturing meditative presence, mental well-being, and artistry of design," writes Grab in his artist statement.
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