"I am now committing my mind and resources toward taking positive action to reach my most important goals. I can see myself speaking and acting in ways that enable me to reach my goals. I will feel great when I take action to accomplish what I want to accomplish. I will have the necessary wisdom to know what to do.
I will feel joy and happiness because I am making progress. I will enjoy every step that I take. I will find it tremendously pleasurable to do what I need to do. All blocks and obstacles will melt away. I will find it easier and easier to take action. I pray for Divine assistance in reaching my important goals. I will keep learning the knowledge and skills that will enable me to reach my goals.
I am grateful for all the goals that I have already reached. I will greatly enjoy the process. I am thankful to those who have helped me so far and will help me from now on. I will do all I can to help others reach their positive goals. I will be calm and serene about the entire process. I thank you, My Father, My King, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, for your assistance."
I used this meditation on Monday mornings trip to the Temple Mount where speaking to G-d was a local call. Enjoy the second half of my you tube collection of my pictures below. I consider my photography my claim to being an artist. I try to get the sense of the place in the pictures
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The Elephants that came to dinner | Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia
A stunning nineteen-year-old young woman from the central region of Israel, Hadar Cohen's possessed a passion to serve her country that drove her to enlist in the toughest unit of the Israeli army – the Border Police – actually, counter-terrorism.
Two months after her enlistment, Hadar Cohen was sent on her first assignment outside Jerusalem's Damascus Gate. Along with Ravit Mirilashvili, and other Border Police Officers, their task was to defend the capital. When Ravit asked three suspicious Arabs for their identity papers, one stabbed him. Cohen swiftly overpowered and shot the attacker while being shot in the head by a second terrorist. She managed to return fire even though she was critically wounded. She died en route to the hospital.
Hundreds attended her funeral in Yehud where her father, Ofer, recited Kaddish before eulogizing her: "My beloved Hadar, my dear daughter…who was more beloved to me than anything. How am I supposed to separate from you now, how?"
With grief choking his voice, he continued, "Everyone says you were a hero, a true hero, that you saved lots of people with your body and soul. But no one truly knows you my Hadar, your warmth. I have three words (in Hebrew – ed.) to tell you: I'm proud of you. I'm proud of you and salute you. Rest in peace, may your soul be entwined in life." He then raised his hand to his forehead and saluted his daughter.
Two couples from different parts of the country decided to name their newborn daughters in honor of Hadar Cohen.
Guetta from Neve Daniel came into the world on Tuesday night, just hours before the attack. "She was born a month early in an emergency surgery, we were really not prepared for it," said mother Shaked, 26, of her firstborn baby.
"At first, we thought of giving her a name that relates to Purim, but then, after the attack, my husband told me the story of Hadar Cohen and suggested naming our daughter after her. He said he was hurting that a girl was murdered, and he thought it was the right thing to do. So we decided to commemorate Hadar's courage and heroism."
Aryeh Arbus, who resides in Elon Moreh with his wife Ruhama, wrote on his Facebook page: "Hadar, after we heard about your actions we found a source of light," wrote Aryeh, "Few women have been privileged to participate in saving Israel as much as you were, with strength and splendor. The spot of your fall, facing the gates of Jerusalem, increased our admiration."
Hadar Cohen's name lives on.
The Temple Mount Sifting Project, now in its 10th year, has uncovered hundreds of thousands of invaluable antiquities from tons of ancient debris discarded by Muslim Arabs like trash from Judaism's holiest site
Barkay looks over priceless pieces of debris believed to date back to the First Temple period. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
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In 1999, thousands of years' worth of fragile and irreplaceable Jewish archaeological antiquities were surreptitiously and violently dug up by Arab bulldozers at Judaism's holiest site, Jerusalem's Temple Mount, to build an entrance to a subterranean mosque.
The resulting thousands of tons of invaluable debris – believed to contain over 1 million artifacts dating back to the First Temple period – were then carted off in dump trunks and discarded like garbage to a nearby landfill in Jerusalem's Kidron Valley.
According to internationally recognized archaeologist Gabriel Barkay, PhD, who is the co-director of the Temple Mount Sifting Project, located near Mount Scopus, the removal represents perhaps the greatest archaeological crime in history. "Approximately 400 truckloads saturated with the history of Jerusalem were illicitly removed – barbarically removed – from the Temple Mount by the Islamic Wakf in November 1999 to promote a political agenda," says Barkay at the sifting projects headquarters earlier this month.
The professor emeritus from the Hebrew University and recipient of the 1996 Jerusalem Prize for Archaeological Research says the debris was taken from the southeastern section of the contested holy site without the knowledge of authorities, including the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).
"All of that was dug up with bulldozers in a place where even a toothbrush is too large a tool to carry out excavations," he says.
"The Temple Mount is the most delicate and the most important archaeological site in this country, and it was never ever excavated because of politics."
As a result, Barkay says, the historic plateau where the First and Second Temples once stood has become a "black hole in the history of Jerusalem."
"Jerusalem may be the most excavated place on earth, but the most important place in Jerusalem is totally unknown," he says. "It's terra incognita; a piece of unknown land."
Although Israel technically regained sovereignty over the Temple Mount after reunifying Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War, the government's concession to allow the Jordanian government to oversee the coveted holy site has resulted in what Barclay terms a "catastrophe."
"This is part of a cultural war that has been launched against every civilization that is non- Muslim… that continues now in Iraq and Syria with ISIS," he says.
Although the IAA is supposed to have oversight of all excavations in Israel, Barkay laments that the Temple Mount – which is home to Al-Aksa Mosque, Islam's third-holiest site – is considered "extraterritorial."
"Though the Temple Mount is part of the capital, it is the only place in the State of Israel in which the authorities are not working normally," he explains. "The antiquities authority does not have full jurisdiction on the Temple Mount, and therefore cannot fulfill its legal task."
Consequently, illegal Arab construction is routinely carried out there without any coordination with the IAA, Israeli government, or Jerusalem Municipality, resulting in grievous and irreversible damage to the compound's bounty of unrivaled buried artifacts. Asked the degree of loss to Jewish history due to the ongoing destruction, Barkay estimates that it is incalculable.
"The Temple Mount is the place that is the soul, heart and spirit of the Jewish people," he reflects. "It is the only holy place for Jews – all synagogues around the world are directed toward the Temple Mount. This is the place where creation began…. and the rest of the world was created around it, according to Jewish tradition."
Barkay points out that Arab denial of Jewish history at Judaism's holiest site has only exacerbated the Temple Mount's already contentious geopolitical underpinnings.
IN 2004, Barkay and co-director Zachi Dvira created the Temple Mount Sifting Project – under the auspices of Bar-Ilan University – in an effort to reclaim, analyze and document the discarded history.
The two archaeologists procured a government license to have the debris transferred to Emek Tzurim National Park, located on the western slopes of Mount Scopus, where the project is headquartered.
"Part of it got lost," Barkay says of the enormous transfer, which required hundreds of truckloads. "Part of it got mixed up with modern urban garbage, and some of the material is lost forever."
The sifting, Barkay discloses, is operated with aid from the NGO Ir David (City of David) Foundation and cooperation from the Israel National Parks Authority, while research and publication of the findings is funded by private donors through the Israel Archaeology Foundation.
"Using the wet-sifting technique, most of the finds can be identified and dated by matching them to parallel finds found in a clear context elsewhere," he says. Unique methodological techniques have been developed in the Temple Mount Sifting Project, "which is somewhere between a survey and an excavation," in order to study the finds.
A full-time staff of 20 – aided by thousands of volunteers who have come from around the country, and the globe, over the last 10 years to spend a day, or a few hours to help sift through the massive collection using dozens of hoses connected to sinks – uses advanced quantitative analytical techniques to reveal the unique patterns of the findings.
Barkay relates that many of the tens of thousands of buckets of earth that have been sifted contain fragments of pottery, glass vessels, metal objects, bones and mosaic tesserae stones, dating primarily from the First Temple period (10th century BCE ) to the present day.
Findings have also included stone vessels, approximately 5,000 ancient coins, various pieces of jewelry, a rich assortment of beads, terracotta figurines, and even clothing, he recounts. The antiquities are sorted and studied at the project's archaeological laboratory downtown, where the processing and analysis of findings are completed and compiled in a large computer database.
"We have a representation of 15,000 years of history here," he says. "From prehistoric flint implements, up to finds of the modern time."
However, only slightly more than 50 percent of the reclaimed earth has been sifted, and a massive shortfall in the project's funding now seriously endangers the possibility of continuing the work. In an effort to ensure that the project continues, Barkay and Dvira launched a crowdfunding campaign earlier this month.
"We depend on private donations, so we initiated this crowdfunding campaign, which can be found on our website half-shekel.org." He adds that the sifting project needs more than $1 million to continue operations.
Moreover, Barkay says the project's survival is in a race against time.
"As the research has advanced, the time necessary, and the number of tasks to be completed, have significantly increased," he said. "I am in my 70s now and we have another 15 years to go here."
In the meantime, despite a growing Arab campaign to rewrite Jewish history at the contested holy site, Barkay notes the sifting project has been instrumental in irrefutably proving the inexorable link between Jews and the Temple Mount.
"Even now we have new information that may well change the written history of some of the periods of the Temple Mount," he says.
"The sifting project has proven itself to be an inexhaustible source of knowledge for the research and study of the archaeology and history of the Temple Mount, and the project is continuing full steam with many more finds waiting to be discovered by professionals and visitors who come to work at the site."
Indeed, Barkay says the tens of thousands of volunteers have become as invaluable to the project as the historic relics they sift through.
"There is nothing more touching than to look at the excitement of the face of somebody when he or she touches the soul -- the sacred soil -- of Jerusalem and of the Temple Mount," he says. "And to look at the face of a child who finds an object which is 2,000 years old... to see the spiritual uplifting, and to see the shining face of that person, is something which is not possible to experience anywhere else but here." And that, he says, "is the most important thing for me here."
How American Soldiers Used Pig's Blood and Corpses to Fight Muslim Terrorism
Before political correctness, our soldiers were free to fight back.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on Islam.
A century before American soldiers fought Muslim terrorism in the Middle East, they fought it in the Philippines. Their attackers were Moro Muslims whose savage fanaticism appeared inexplicable. A formerly friendly Muslim might suddenly attack American soldiers, local Muslim rulers promised friendship while secretly aiding the terrorists and the yellow left-wing press at home seized on every report of an atrocity to denounce American soldiers as murderers whose honor was forever soiled.
Much of what went on in that conflict, including the sacrifices of our soldiers, has been forgotten. The erasure has been so thorough that the media casually claims that the American forces did not use pig corpses and pig's blood to deter Muslim terrorists. Media fact checks have deemed it a "legend".
It's not a legend. It's history.
The practice began in the Spanish period. A source as mainstream as the New Cambridge History of Islam informs us that, "To discourage Juramentados, the Spaniards buried their corpses with dead pigs."
Juramentados was the Spanish term for the Muslim Jihadists who carried out suicide attacks against Christians while shouting about Allah. American forces, who had little experience with Muslim terrorists, adopted the term and the Spanish tactics of burying Muslim terrorists alongside dead pigs.
It was a less sensitive age and even the New York Times blithely observed that, "The Moros, though they still admire these frenzied exits from the world, have practically ceased to utilize them, since when a pig and a man occupy a single grave the future of the one and the other are in their opinions about equal."
The New York Times conceded that the story "shocked a large number of sensitive people," but concluded that, "while regretting the necessity of adopting a plan so repugnant to humane ideas, we also note that the Moros can stop its application as soon as they choose, and therefore we feel no impulse either to condemn its invention or to advise its abandonment. The scheme involves the waste of a certain amount of pork, but pork in hot climates is an unwholesome diet, anyhow, and the less of it our soldiers and other 'infidels' in the Philippines have to eat the better for them."
Colonel Willis A. Wallace of the 15th Cavalry claimed credit for innovating the practice in March 1903 to dissuade the Muslim terrorist who believed that "every Christian he kills places him so much closer in contact with the Mohammedan heaven."
"Conviction and punishment of these men seemed to have no effect," Colonel Wallace related. After a "more than usually atrocious slaughter" in the marketplace, he had the bodies of the killers placed on display and encouraged "all the Moros in the vicinity who cared to do so to come and see the remains".
"A great crowd gathered where the internment was to take place and it was there that a dead hog, in plain view of the multitude, was lifted and placed in the grave in the midst of the three bodies, the Moro grave-diggers themselves being required to do this much to their horror. News of the form of punishment adopted soon spread."
"There is every indication that the method had a wholesome effect," Colonel Wallace concluded.
Colonel Wallace was certainly not the only officer to bury pigs with Muslim terrorists in the Philippines, though he was apparently the only one to discuss it in such great detail.
Medal of Honor winner Colonel Frank West buried three pigs with three Muslim terrorists after the murder of an American officer. He appears to have done so with the approval of General Pershing. Some stories mention Colonel Alexander Rodgers of the 6th Cavalry becoming so celebrated for it that he was known to Moro Muslims as "The Pig". One contemporary account does describe him burying a pig with the corpse of a Muslim terrorist who had murdered an American soldier.
Rear Admiral Daniel P Mannix III had contended that, "What finally stopped the Juramentados was the custom of wrapping the dead man in a pig's skin and stuffing his mouth with pork".
Media fact checks have claimed that General John "Black Jack" Pershing would not have offended Muslims by authorizing such a course of action and that any claims of his involvement are also a legend.
General Pershing however wrote in his autobiography that, "These Juramentado attacks were materially reduced in number by a practice that the Mohamedans held in abhorrence. The bodies were publicly buried in the same grave with a dead pig. It was not pleasant to have to take such measures, but the prospect of going to hell instead of heaven deterred the would-be assassins."
We can be certain then that the practice of burying Muslim terrorists with pigs was indeed real and fairly widespread. Was pig's blood also used on Muslim terrorists as a deterrent to prevent attacks?
The Scientific American described just such an event. In a hard look at the area, it wrote of a place where, "Polygamy is universally practiced and slavery exists very extensively. Horse stealing is punishable by death, murder by a fine of fifty dollars. The religion is Mohamedan."
A Muslim terrorist, the magazine wrote, "will suddenly declare himself 'Juramentado', that is inspired by Mohammed to be a destroyer of Christians. He forthwith shaves his head and eyebrows and goes forth to fulfill his mission."
The Scientific American described how a Muslim terrorist who had disemboweled an American soldier was made an example of.
"A grave was dug without the walls of the city. Into this the murderer was unceremoniously dropped. A pig was then suspended by his hind legs above the grave and the throat of the animal cut. Soon the body lay immersed in gore... a guard stood sentry over the grave until dusk when the pig was buried side by side with the Juramentado."
"This so enraged the Moros that they besieged the city. Matters became so grave that General Wood felt called upon to disperse the mob resulting in the death of a number of Moros."
It is clear from these accounts which encompass General Pershing's autobiography, the New York Times and the Scientific American that the use of pig corpses and pig's blood in the Philippines was not a legend, but fact. It was not carried out by a few rogue officers, but had the support of top generals. It was not a single isolated incident, but was a tactic that was made use of on multiple occasions.
American forces in the Philippines faced many of the same problems that our forces do today. But they were often free to find more direct solutions to them. When Muslim rulers claimed that they had no control over the terrorists whom they had sent to kill Americans, our officers responded in kind.
"Shortly after General Bates' arrival on the island, the Sultan sent word that there were some half dozen Juramentados in Jolo over whom he had no control. General Bates replied, 'Six hundred of my men have turned Juramentado and I have no control over them.'"
Another version of this story by Rear Admiral Mannix III had Admiral Hemphill dispatching a gunboat to shell the Sultan's palace and then informing him that the gunboat had "turned Juramentado". As with pig corpses and blood, such blunt tactics worked. Unfortunately political correctness makes it difficult to utilize them today. And political correctness carries with it a high price in American lives.
It is important that we remember the real history of a less politically correct time when American lives mattered more than upsetting those whom the New York Times deemed "sensitive people" and what another publication dismissed as the "sensitive spirit" of the Muslim terrorist.
But as that publication suggested, "It is not necessary to go into spasms about the insult to the Mahomedan conscience. Every Christian that walks the earth is a living insult to that 'sensitive spirit'".
"The murderer may feel that he is unduly treated by being defiled with the touch of the swine, but he can avoid it by refraining from becoming a practical Juramentado. Our sympathies, if anywhere, are with the innocent pig slaughtered for such a purpose and buried in such company."
These days we do not bury pigs with Muslim terrorists. Our political and military leaders shudder at the thought of Muslims accusing us of blasphemy. And so instead we bury thousands of American soldiers.
Little known facts
� Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
� Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.
� Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
� If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
� Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
� Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
� The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.
� Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.
� Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F.
� The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
� Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.
� The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.
� Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
� The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
� The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
� In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
� Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.
� Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
� A comet's tail always points away from the sun.
� The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
� Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.
� The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
� If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.
� When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.
� In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
� Strawberries are the only fruit whose seeds grow on the outside.
� Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.
� The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
� The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
� Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.
� Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.
� Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.
� Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.
� For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.
� The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.