Thursday, June 16, 2016

Following your passion may not always give the best results--Dennis Praeger University

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

The Most Enjoyable Change

Your view of "change" will either motivate you to keep making positive changes, or will make you fearful and avoiding of change.

One of the biggest changes a person can make is to stop viewing change as painful, hard work -- and instead to enjoy the entire process of self-development.

Of course, true change is difficult. But enjoying the process keeps you motivated.

Love Yehuda Lave

Combo Beer cooler and barbeque

Should you follow your passion, wherever it may take you? Should you do only what you love...or learn to love what you do? How can you identify which path to take? How about which paths to avoid? TV personality Mike Rowe, star of "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe" and "Somebody's Gotta Do It," shares the dirty truth in PragerU's 2016 Commencement

35 years ago, Israel carried out one of the most important military surprises of all time. Amos Yadlin, the first to drop the bombs on Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor, on June 7, 1981, speaks of who the true heroes are.

A historic miracle the extent of which must never be forgotten: In June 1967, Israel's soldiers overcame Arab troops and reached the Western Wall -- the ancient remnant of the Jewish temple. At that moment, the Old City of Jerusalem, lost to the Jewish people for 2,000 YEARS, was finally in Israel's hands. Help fight the war of ideas and empower Israel activists around the globe:

Lemurs in the sun--This is all of us when the sun comes out


His last wish was to be buried with all of his money. So his wife did THIS instead…

Japanese students hatch a baby chick outside of the shell

Shavuot, Sivan 5737  -  May 1977




We are told that when the L-rd desired to give the Torah to the Jewish people, instead of choosing some lofty and majestic mountain, He selected Sinai, a small, humble little mount barely more than a hill.  His purpose in this symbolic act was to show that man must turn his back on overbearing pride, must reject a false ego.


It is related in the name of the Gerer Rebbe:  G-d's intentions are indeed laudable.  Yet, if He intended to show that man must not be a mountain and must turn down false pride, why was the Torah not given in a valley?


The answer is clear, the answer is bold:  It is not enough to reject overbearing pride.  Too much humbleness is, itself wrong.  Man should, man must possess some pride in his being – otherwise he is not a man


I never cease to be amazed that we continue to be valleys.  I never cease wondering at our choosing the way of the meek.  One would imagine that after all the "help" we have failed to receive; we would have remembered the lesson of the mountain.


These are sad times when we must still – just for the moment – the voice of Jacob, and for the sake of Jewish honor, of Jewish protection, don the hand of Esau.


Vandals attack a Yeshiva – let that Yeshiva attack the vandals.  Should a gang bloody a Jew, let a Jewish group go looking for the gang.  This is the way of pride – not evil pride, but the pride of nation, of kinship – the pride of the mountain.


There are those who will protest:  This is not the Jewish way.  And yet since when has it been a Mitzvah to be punished and beaten?  Since when is it a Kiddush HaShem (Sanctification of G-d} to be spat upon and smeared with vegetables?  It is not a Kiddush HaShem, it is quite the opposite.  It is a disgrace to the pride of our people, our G-d.  More important – there is a rule in the hoodlum jungle:  The more the victim backs away, the more the hoodlum moves forward.


The same holds true for all other areas of Jewish persecution, Jewish teachers are being harassed and forced from jobs; Jewish merchants are robbed, looted and driven from their business establishments.


Is the way out to bow to extremism and Nazi tactics?  Can one buy his freedom and life from the psychotics and extremists?  I think not!


Up from the valley and up to the Mount, Jewish rights are not cheap and Jewish defense is not wrong.  This is the lesson of the Mount.


Israel and deep desire for the dismantlement were obvious to all who wished to see.