To appreciate what you have, develop your ability to form mental images. In the Pesach Haggadah, the Sages say we are obligated to view ourselves as having "once been slaves who have now gained freedom."
The more you are able to picture what life would be like if you were a slave and how elated you would feel on obtaining your freedom, the more grateful you will feel that you are presently free. Every day try to imagine that feeling.
Love yehuda lave
Danse Bacchanale, from "Samson et Dalila" (Saint-Saens)
How some people feel about food https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em6Vfuv_FxU
Today's Featured Ask the Rabbi Question
Soul for a Fetus?
Where in Torah is there a reference to the exact time when God places the soul into the human being? Do Jews believe that babies have souls before birth?
The Aish Rabbi Replies:
This is a very deep subject. The Talmud (Sanhedrin 110b) mentions five possibilities of when the soul enters, apparently representing a continuum of deeper levels of the soul: at conception, at birth, at the circumcision (8th day), at the time he begins speaking, and when he responds to blessings with "amen."
According to the great kabbalist the Arizal (16th century Israel), the soul is actually formed during sexual contact - even if there is no baby born from the union. Furthermore, according to Arizal, in the Messianic era when the dead will be resurrected from their graves, everyone will find that they have many additional children, as the souls that they created during marital relations will come to life at that time.
THINK THINGS MOVE FAST NOW,WAIT WHEN YOU LOOK BACK
Stay with this -- the answer is at the end... It will blow you away.
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother About current events.
The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought About the shootings at schools, the computer age, and
Just things in general.
The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute,
I was born before: 'television 'penicillin 'polioshots 'frozenfoods 'Xerox 'contactlenses 'Frisbees and 'thepill
There were no: 'creditcards 'laser beams or 'ball-pointpens
Man had notyetinvented: 'pantyhose 'air conditioners 'dishwashers 'clothes dryers 'and the clotheswere hung out to dryin the fresh air and 'man hadn't yetwalked on the moon
Your Grandfather and I got married first, and then lived together. Every family had a fatherand a mother.
Until I was 25, I called every manolder than me, "Sir."
And after I turned 25, I still calledpolicemen and every man Witha title, "Sir."
We were before gay-rights,computer-dating, dual careers,daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the TenCommandments, good judgment, and common sense.
We were taught to know thedifference between right and Wrongand to stand up and take responsibilityfor our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was A bigger privilege.
We thought fast food was what peopleate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with Your cousins.
Draft dodgers were those who closed frontdoors as the Evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the familyspent together in the Eveningsand weekends - not purchasingcondominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks , CD's, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny,and the President's speeches on our radios.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan 'on it, it was junk.
The term 'making out' referred to howyou did on your school exam.
Pizza Hut, McDonald's,and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 &10-cent (5 and dime) stores where youcould actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar,and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
And if you didn't want to splurge, you couldspend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letterand 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600,but who could Afford one? Too bad, because gas was
11 cents a gallon.
In my day:
'"grass"was mowed, '"coke" was a cold drink, '"pot" was something yourmother cooked in and '"rock music" wasyour grandmother's lullaby. '"Aids" werehelpers in the Principal's office, '"chip" meanta piece of wood, '"hardware"was found in a hardware store and. '"software" wasn't even a word.
We were the last generation toactually believe that a lady neededa husband to have a baby. We volunteered to protect our precious country. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.
How old do you think I am?
Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
This woman would be only 63years old. She would have been born in late 1952.
GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINKABOUT.
PASS THIS ONTO THE OTHER "OLD ONES." <BECAUSE THE YOUNG ONES WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT.
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