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Counter Sadness With A Treat
Be aware of what situations and behaviors give you pleasure. When you feel excessively sad and cannot change your attitude, make a conscious effort to take some action that might alleviate your sadness.
If you anticipate feeling sad, prepare a list of things that might make you feel better. It could be talking to a specific enthusiastic individual, running, taking a walk in a quiet area, looking at pictures of family, listening to music, or reading inspiring words.
While our attitude is a major factor in sadness, lack of positive external situations and events play an important role in how we feel.
An After Chanakuh incredible story of the damage and repair to the Jewish People
A young man named Avrumel Greenbaum lost his entire family in the Holocaust. After the war, he came to America and wanted nothing to do with Judaism. He was no longer Avrumel Greenbaum; now he was Aaron Green. He moved to Alabama and happened to marry a Jewish woman there. The day his oldest son Jeffrey turned thirteen, they were not going to celebrate his bar mitzvah. Aaron decided to recognize the day by taking Jeffrey to the mall and buy him anything he wanted there. They went to a big electronics store and while browsing, Jeffrey's eye caught something in an antique shop across the way. He was mesmerized by it. He couldn't take his eyes off of it.
He told his father, "I don't want anything from the electronics store. I want to go across to the antique shop." When they got there, the boy pointed to an old wooden menorah and said, "That's what I want for my bar-mitzvah." His father couldn't believe it. He was letting his child buy anything he wanted in the whole mall and this is what he was choosing? Nevertheless, he couldn't talk him out of it. Aaron asked the shop-owner the price of the menorah, but he replied "Sorry, that's not for sale." The father said, "What do you mean? This is a store." He offered a lot of money for it. The owner said, "I found out the history of this menorah. A man constructed it during the war and it took him months to gather the wood. It survived, but he did not. It's going to be a collector's item. It's not for sale." Jeffrey kept telling his father, "That's what I want. All I want is the menorah." So Aaron Green kept offering more money until the owner finally agreed to sell. The boy was so excited. He took the menorah up to his room and played with it every day. One day the parents heard a crash from Jeffrey's room. They ran upstairs and saw the menorah shattered to pieces. The father yelled at his son for being so careless, as he paid so much money for it. Afterwards, he felt bad; he told the boy, "Let's try to glue it back together." While holding one of the pieces, the father noticed a piece of paper wedged inside. He pulled it out and started reading. He had tears welled up in his eyes and then he fainted. His family threw water on him and revived him. "What happened?", they asked. He replied, "Let me read you this letter." It was written in Yiddish, and it said, "To whoever finds this menorah, I want you to know, I constructed it not knowing if I would ever have the opportunity to light it. Who knows if I will live to the day to see it being kindled? In all probability, going through this war, I will not. But if Providence brings this menorah to your hands, you who are reading this letter, promise me you will light it for me and for us, my family, and those who gave their lives to serve Hashem." Aaron Green then looked up at his family with tears in his eyes and, in a choked-up voice, said, "The letter is signed by my father." They were all speechless. That family recognized the hashgacha of Hashem and they came back to Torah and mitzvot. The hashgacha was unbelievable, taking a menorah from Europe and bringing it back to the family in a remote mall in Alabama. Hashem wants everybody back. Hanukah means to re-dedicate. It's a time to rededicate ourselves and come closer to Hashem.
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Here is a story that should put some things into perspective for those who believe the majority of Muslims denounce terrorism. It comes courtesy of The Gateway Pundit:
Only 30 Muslims [from Bangladesh] turned out to protest the bloody ISIS attacks in Paris last week.
In a city of approximately 224,000 Muslims (an estimated 10% of Paris' population, though some estimate the figure is as high as 15%), only 30 cared enough to show up and declare that Islam truly is a "religion of peace." That is a whopping .01% of the Muslim population of Paris.
Forgive us here at TruthRevolt if we aren't otherwise convinced.
On the other hand, President Obama is quite convinced:
Farook Was Obsessed with Israel — What Else Do We Need to Know? Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/san-bernardino-shooting--farook-obsessed-with-israel Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/san-bernardino-shooting--farook-obsessed-with-israel
Dennis Prager December 8, 2015 12:00 AM
According to the father of the San Bernardino terrorist, Syed Farook, his son was "obsessed with Israel." In an interview in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the senior Syed Farook said, "My son said that he shared [Islamic State leader] Al Baghdadi's ideology and supported the creation of the Islamic State. He was also obsessed with Israel." Likewise, the Los Angeles Times reported, "As the investigation unfolded, friends and family of the shooters came forward to offer snapshots that may point to what motivated Wednesday's attack, including Farook's apparent fixation on Israel and Malik's devotion to a fundamentalist strain of Islam." There is no greater predictor of violence than Jew-hatred. It predicts violence as accurately as animal torture does. But while it is universally acknowledged that childhood torture of animals predicts violence, relatively few people understand that the same holds true of Jew-hatred. Given that there has been no exception to this rule, one would think that non-Jews would learn from it and immediately oppose Jew-haters. But, incredibly, that is not the case. Most non-Jews have regarded Jew-hatred as the Jews' problem — or as in the case of Israel-hatred — the Jews' fault. When the Presbyterian Church USA or the American Anthropology Association votes to boycott one country on earth, and that country is the only Jewish country on earth, it strains credulity to argue that Israel's being Jewish is irrelevant. In the 1930s, when the Western democracies had a chance to crush the Nazis, they did nothing despite the fact that Hitler and Nazism were as obsessed with the Jews as Syed Farook was with the Jewish state. The West regarded Hitler's anti-Semitism as essentially the Jews' problem. Eventually, about 50 million people were killed, 44 million of them non-Jews. So, too, when Israelis were being murdered by Palestinian Muslim suicide bombers in the so-called Intifada, the murders were largely ignored, or worse, "explained" by Western liberals as the understandable Palestinian reaction to Israeli occupation. Then came 9/11, and America and the world began to appreciate — though the Left still doesn't — that Palestinian terror was about Islamists killing Jews with the ultimate aim of annihilating Israel, not about "asymmetrical warfare," or use of the "poor man's atom bomb," or "a reaction to occupation." Of course, some will object that it is neither fair nor accurate to lump Israel-hatred with Jew-hatred. So, let me briefly explain why Israel-hatred is just another form of Jew-hatred, or anti-Semitism. First, we are talking about Israel-hatred, not Israel-criticism. No prominent defender of Israel — not one — has ever equated criticism of Israel with Israel-hatred or with anti-Semitism. It is a common charge made by anti-Zionists that defenders of Israel equate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, but it has no truth. What is equatable with anti-Semitism is anti-Zionism, the belief that the Jewish state has no right to exist. Why is that the same as anti-Semitism? Because when one argues that the only country of the world's more than 200 countries that has no right to exist is the one Jewish country in the world, there is no other possible explanation. There are 22 Arab countries, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf, and they all have a perfect right to exist, but somehow there is no room for one Jewish country the size of New Jersey. When the Presbyterian Church USA or the American Anthropology Association votes to boycott one country on earth, and that country is the only Jewish country on earth, it strains credulity to argue that Israel's being Jewish is irrelevant. Israel is probably the oldest country in the world with an indigenous language and culture going back 3,000 years. Yet, much of the world denies these roots and favors the claim to the land made by Palestinians, a group that had no distinct identity before the mid-20th century. The Jewish state plays the same role among the world's nations as individual Jews played within the world's nations: a superbly accurate way to assess a group's moral compass. As George Gilder calls it, it is the Israel Test. Those obsessed with the Jews in a negative way have a moral compass whose pointer points south. That's why Syed Farook mass-murdered innocent Americans. Farook and all the Islamist terrorists are ultimately Yasser Arafat's and the Palestinians' legacy to mankind — and especially to fellow Muslims, the greatest victims of the suicide terror introduced by the Palestinians. Or, to put it in a positive way, show me Muslims who accept the right of the Jewish state to exist and I will guarantee you that they will never support ISIS or engage in terror. When will the world learn this simple lesson? — Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code, was published by Regnery. He is the founder of Prager