The Talmud (Airuvin 54b) relates that Rabbi Praida had to repeat each lesson to a certain student four hundred times until the student understood it. This is usually cited as an example of the patience needed to be a teacher.
We can also see the courage and perseverance of the student. Most people would give up after twenty or thirty repetitions and say they lack the necessary intelligence to comprehend the subject. This student realized he would eventually understand if he just heard each point enough times. When you say you cannot understand something, how many times did you try before you reached your conclusion? We have tremendous ability to understand almost anything if we have the patience to hear the ideas enough times. Pride gets in the way, and so does frustration. But a truth seeker does not worry about what others might think and keeps his mind on the goal. Sometimes, like hard wood (see picture below), we have to be hard and not give up
Love Yehuda Lave
Forget three days, now physicist behind radical laser propulsion system explains how we could get to Mars in 30 MINUTES
Lasers could send a spacecraft to Mars in just 30 MINUTES
University of California, Santa Barbara professor, Phillip Lubin, says that a wafer-thin craft could be propelled to the red planet at 174.3 million miles per hour using high-powered lasers.
Using stunning cinematography, a haunting score, hard hitting lyrics and vocals that will touch the deepest recesses of the soul, this historical work offers a glimpse into World War II Krakow as seen through the eyes of a survivor. "Rainbow in the Night" is both a euphoric tribute to the indomitable human spirit that enabled the Jewish people to survive against all odds and also a call to arms, to rekindle the spark of Jewish pride and unity among Jews worldwide, as we continue to rebuild the generations that were destroyed by the Nazis. Published: September 18, 2016
A beautiful video, which portrays the wide diversity and universality of the ancient city of Jerusalem. What the video chooses not to emphasize is that diversity exists in Jerusalem due to the fact that it is under Jewish control. All religions are protected and welcome in the modern State of Israel. Under Jordanian control, the city was ethnically cleansed of Jews and Jewish holy sites were ransacked and destroyed. The city of Jerusalem is tolerant of all, because it is controlled by tolerant people. One shudders to think what would happen if the city was given over to Muslim control, as some world leaders and Muslim countries would like. Even today, the one holy site shared by Jews and Muslims, the Temple Mount, is controlled by the Islamic Waqf. It is the only site in Israel where people are denied basic religious rights and freedoms and sometimes access to the site. Although considered the holiest site of the Jewish religion, all non-Muslims are denied the right to pray, sing or do anything that appears religious while visiting the Temple Mount. At the same time, Muslims are verbally abusive and violent to religious Jews who visit there. Jerusalem is a universal and diverse city. Protected by its ancient guardians, the People of Israel, it shall remain open to all peoples and all religions.
Jackie Mason on the streets of New York--read article below
Happiness is more precious than wealth. Commit your total self to master it. What will it take to make a strong commitment? Be aware of all the benefits of living a joyous life. Beyond all emotional, health, and material benefits, when you experience happiness and joy, you will be able to attain profound spiritual awareness and love for the Creator.
As the revered Chazon Ish wrote, "When a person merits becoming aware of the reality of the Almighty's existence, he will experience limitless joy. All of the pleasures of this world are as nothing compared to the intense pleasure of a person cleaving to his Creator." (Emunah U'bitochon 1:9)
Love Yehuda Lave
Ski season is right around the corner
Misunderstood laws of physics
1.Law of Mechanical Repair- After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee. 2.Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe. 3.Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act. 4.Law of Random Numbers -If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers. 5.Variation Law - If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now. 6.Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring. 7.Law of Close Encounters- The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with. 8.Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, IT WILL!!! 9.Law of Biomechanics-The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the difficulty of the reach. 10.Law of the Theater & Sports Arena - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk. 11.The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold. 12.Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers and the other person is someone you dislike. 13.Law of Physical Surfaces -
The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug. 14.Law of Logical Argument- Anything is possible IF you don't know what you are talking about. 15.Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly, have a hole or are out of style. 16.Law of Public Speaking -- A CLOSED MOUTH GATHERS NO FEET! 17.Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy- As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it OR the store will stop selling it! 18.Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there, you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment and you'll stay sick.
The Jump of his life--no parachute
JEWISH TRIVIA to ponder....not all guaranteed.
The Roosevelt's were Jewish Dutch, arriving in NYC in 1682 (Original name Claes Rosenvelt before name change to Nicholas Roosevelt) Sarah Delano, FDR's mother, was descended from Sephardic Jews.
Joseph Stalin was originally named Joseph David Djugashvili (translating into "son of a Jew..") All 3 of the women he married were Jewish.
Dwight Eisenhower's father was a Swedish Jew and was so identified in the West Point Yearbook of 1915.
INTERESTING JEWISH FACTS
Lillian Friedman married Cruz Rivera. They named their baby Geraldo Miguel Rivera (Funny, it doesn't sound Jewish.) Since, according to Jewish Law, anyone born to a Jewish mother is Jewish, Geraldo Rivera is Jewish. As were, among others: Fiorello Laguardia, Winston Churchill and Cary Grant, as explained below.
Fiorello Laguardia's mother's name was Jacobson. His father was not Jewish. Laguardia spoke seven languages - including Hebrew and Yiddish -fluently.
Winston Churchill's mother's name was Jenny Jerome.
Cary Grant's mother, Elsie, was Jewish. His father, Elias Leach, was not. Grant's original name was Archibald Alexander Leach. (Robin Leach is his First cousin).
Peter Sellers' mother, Margaret Marks, was Jewish. His father, Bill Sellers, was Protestant. Peter's real name is Richard Henry Sellers.
David Bowie's mother is Jewish, his father is not. One of Bowie's album covers discusses his Jewish ancestry. His real name: David Stenton Haywood Jones.
Robert DeNiro's mother is Jewish; his father is not.
Shari Belafonte's mother is Jewish. Her father, Harry, has a Jewish Grandfather.
Olivia Newton John's Jewish grandfather was a Nobel Prize winning Physicist.
Harrison Ford's mother is Russian Jewish, his father is Irish Catholic.
ALWAYS GOOD TO KNOW AND REMEMBER!
Fact: The first theater to be used solely for the showing of motion pictures was built by a Jew (Adolf Zukor).
Fact: The first full-length sound picture, The Jazz Singer was produced by the Jewish Samuel L. Goldwyn & Louis B.Mayer (MGM).
Fact: A Jew (Dr. Abraham Waksman) coined the term antibiotics.
Fact: A Polish Jew (Casimir Funk) who pioneered a new field of medical research gave us a word now common in our language-vitamins.
Fact: The first successful operation for appendicitis was performed by a Jewish surgeon (Dr. Simon Baruch)
Fact: The doctor (Dr.Abraham Jacobi) hailed as America's father of Pediatrics was a Jew.
Fact: Until a Jewish doctor (Dr. Siccary) showed differently, Americans believed the tomato was poisonous.
Fact: Jewish Levi ["Levi's"] Strauss (inventor of jeans) is the largest clothing retailer in the world.
Fact: In 1909, four Jews were among the 60 multi cultural signers of the Call to the National Action, which resulted in the creation of the NAACP.
Fact: A Jew (Emile Berliner) is the man who developed the modern day phonograph. While Thomas Edison was working out a type of phonograph that used a cylinder as a record, Berliner invented a machine that would play a disc. The machine he patented was called the gramophone, and the famous RCA trademark is a picture of a dog listening to "his master's voice" on Berliner's device. The gramophone was superior to Edison's machine. In short, Emile Berliner made possible the modern record industry. His company was eventually absorbed by the Victor Talking Machine Company, now known as RCA.
Fact: Jewish Louis B. Mayer (MGM) created the idea for the Oscar.
Fact: European Jews are the founding fathers of all the Hollywood Studios.
Fact: Jews comprise a mere 1/4 of 1% (13 million) of the population (6 Billion).
Fact: 99% of the world is non Jewish.
Fact: Three of greatest & most influential thinkers dominating the 20th Century were Jewish - Einstein, Freud, and Marx.
Fact: The most popular selling Christmas song ("White Christmas") was written by a Jew. (Irving Berlin)
Fact: Of the 660 Nobel prizes from 1901-1990, 160 have been won by Jews. In the end, Jews win more Nobel prizes than any other ethnicity. They win 40x more than should be expected of them, based upon their small population numbers.
Fact: A Jew (Dr. Jonas Salk) is the creator of the first Polio Vaccine.
Fact: Jews (Hayam Solomon & Isaac Moses) are responsible for creating the first modern banking institutions.
Fact: Jews also created the first department stores of the 19th century: The Altmans, Gimbels, Kaufmanns, Lazaruses, Magnins, Mays, Strausses became leaders of major department stores. Julius Rosenwald revolutionized the way Americans purchased goods by improving Sears Roebuck's mail order merchandising. Hart, Schaffner, Marx, Kuppenheimer and Levi Strauss became household names in men's clothing.
Fact: Jewish Marc Chagall (born Segal , Russia ) is one of the great 20th Century painters.
Fact: English Jewish financiers such as Isaac Goldsmid, Nathan Rothschild, David Salomons, and Moses Montefiore, whose fortunes helped England become an empire.
Fact: In 1918, Detroit, a Jew (Max Goldberg) opened the "first" commercial parking lot.
Fact: In 1910, a Jew (Louis Blaustein) and his son opened the "first" gas station, eventually founding AMOCO OIL. One of the richest oil families in the world.
Fact: A Jew (Dr. Albert Sabin) developed the first "oral polio vaccine."
Fact: A Jew (Steven Spielberg) is the most successful filmmaker since the advent of film.
Fact: A Jewish poet's (Emma Lazarus) famous poem, The New Collossus¡ appears as the inscription on the Statue Of Liberty.
Fact: Jewish Harry Houdini (Weiss) is the father of Magic/Illusion.
Fact: Jewish Abraham is the father of the world's 3 major religions: Judaism, Christianity & Islam (ancestors of the Hebrew & Arabic peoples).
Fact: Jews are the oldest of any people on earth still around with their national identity and cultural heritage intact.
Fact: George & Ira Gershwin & Irving Berlin (Jews) are three of the most prolific composers of the 20th century.
Fact: Isadore & Nathan Straus (Jews) - "Abraham & Straus," eventually became sole owners of Macy's (world's largest department store) in 1896.
Fact: Dr. Paul Ehrlich (Jew) - physician, Nobel Prize in 1908 for curing syphilis.
Fact: Armand Hammer (Jew) - "Arm & Hammer," physician & businessman originated the largest trade between U. S. and Russia.
Fact: Louis Santanel (Jew) was the financier who provided the funds for Columbus ' voyage to America.
Fact: Sherry Lansing (Jew) of Paramount Pictures, became the first woman president of a major Hollywood studio.
Fact: Flo Zigfield (Jew) of "Zigfield Follies," is the creator of American burlesque.
The Torah tells the story of how Joseph was in prison in Egypt. This is a model of how anyone in any situation can grow. After Joseph was released from prison he became a powerful ruler. That is because in prison he used his mental ability to train himself to master the attribute of total self-discipline. In prison he ruled over himself, and he went on to rule over the Egyptian nation.
Today, think of a difficult situation you are in, and consider how you might use this to develop mastery over self. In my personal case, I have a serious problem with food. In the past I couldn't control myself. My personal goal for the Jewish New Year coming up next week, is to realize that food is not my friend and I have to be the master over it. I am doing it by remembering water is my friend and sustituting it for food. Can I claim mastery over my problem? Not yet, but I have given back to the universe 10 pounds. 30 more to go before December 31, secular New Year.
Love Yehuda Lave
During Last week Jerusalem had a program which opened up 128 intersting historical places for open houses, among the other places I saw was the famous Beit Tavor (pictures below) which now houses the Swedish Theological Institute
It is more than Ironic after visiting a place dedicated to improving relationships between Christian and Jews, I give this piece by Rabbi Kahne on the subject:
Selected Writings of Rabbi Meir Kahane,
A "CHRISTIAN EMBASSY"
For those willfully deluded Jews who prefer to believe that the gentile cannot match the Jew in cleverness, let a symbolic visit to the "new" Christian missionaries of Israel rudely disabuse them of such nonsense. Once the Christian missionary was open and blunt in his proselytizing. But the end of Christian hegemony and the rise of liberalism, combined with the birth of a Jewish state, served to create a new, subtle, clever and dangerous kind of Christian missionary.
One can find them today all over Israel – and the United States. The sheep's clothing of lovers of Israel deftly disguising their main concern and goal – the bringing of the "truth" to the Jew, the conversion of the Jew to Christianity, the call to the Jew to be "born again." Remember the names: The "International Christian Embassy" and Jon Willem van der Hoeven. Remember and beware.
They are, of course, only part of a bewildering and numbing influx of sects, religions and cults that are granted total freedom to ensnare the Israeli Jew. Paganism in its most blatant idolatry is given free rein in the Jewish state that is far, far from that Gurus of various forms and shapes, purchase buildings and villas to which they attract thousands of Jews. The pagan Hare Krishna can be seen in the streets and the campuses, singing their siren songs to a shallow and empty sabra (and young Jewish tourists, as well). Transcendental meditation flourish, as well as EST and a whole host of Eastern cults and pagan seductions, Never in Israel's history have the pagan and Eastern cults flourished so freely and well.
But the old, classical missionaries – the Christians – are still here, flourishing as never before. And cleverer, by far, than the Jew. Shrewdly understanding the change in time and temper. They no longer blatantly seek the Jewish soul. Instead, they understand the Jewish Achilles' heel and with wile and guile, pounce upon it. They have come to understand that if the goy compliments the Jew, the latter will throw himself at the complimenter; that gentile praise of the Jew is as water to a parched soul. Let the gentile stand and defend the Jew, and the latter will dissolve in love and gratitude. Such is the painful but necessary result of two thousand years of Exile. So hated and persecuted the Jew pines away for any sign of the non-Jewish love he so desperately needs to believe is out there somewhere.
Remember the names: the "International Christian Embassy" and Jan Willem van der Hoeven.
Remember and beware:
It is, of course, impossible for a people to live for any considerable length of time as a minority, without land or home or sovereignty, and remain a normal, healthy entity. It is simply not possible to be – for centuries – abused, persecuted, trampled upon, murdered, and the subject of contempt and sheer hatred, and to remain spiritually or mentally sound. One becomes filled with the fears and insecurities and neuroses and psychoses of the hated. One comes to hate himself as he slowly and subconsciously begins to believe that all these vilifications and attacks on him cannot all be false. It is the natural condition of man to be loved and not hated; it is the normal condition of man to be free and sovereign and resident in his own home. Twenty centuries of being a hated and despised stranger, supping at the tables and "tolerance" of others, has turned the Jew in the Exile into a less than normal person, so fearful of persecution and so eager for love, that he reacts with abnormal gratitude and thanksgiving at the slightest hint of gentile sympathy, not to mention lavish praise.
Remember the name. And beware of it. It is the cleverest and most dangerous of the missionaries. Immediately after the passage of the so-called Jerusalem Law declaring the city to be the eternal capital of Israel, the few countries that had kept their embassies in the Holy City pulled them out. The missionaries saw here a golden opportunity for a public relations coup that would win them the love of a people starved for love. And so, the idea was born in the missionary mind to create an "International Christian Embassy" accompanied by a declaration of support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Is there any wonder that Jews fell over themselves in gratitude? Is there surprise that people who want to believe that the gentile really does not hate them will lionize and elevate unto the seventh heaven the cunning Christian, who outjingoizes the most xenophobic nationalist?
And so, when the missionaries of the "Christian Embassy" brought over some 3,000 missionaries last Sukkot for a conference in Israel, of course they were given treatment usually awarded to visiting royalty. Begin, himself, spoke to them. Newspapers, television and radio publicized them. And the cunning game plan succeeded beyond all expectations. Jews and Jesus were beginning to move closer. The ban, prohibition and total separation between the Jewish people and Jesus the apostate, fraud and traitor to the Torah law, were now being abandoned. After all, Christians who praise Israel to the heavens cannot be those who seek to destroy Jewishness!
But they do. And remember them. The "Christian Embassy." The heart of the Christian missionaries in Israel. The most cunning and dangerous. Tell your friends. Have your rabbis warn of the. Do not visit them. Condemn them. And consider what they are and what they do.
The Christian Embassy openly distributes literature aimed at converting Jews, including a well-known missionary paperback entitled The Uniqueness of Israel (entire chapters are devoted to quoting passages from the Torah which supposedly "prove" that Jesus was the Messiah).
The Christian Embassy distributes articles by Menachem Benhayim, a Jew who converted to Christianity and now leads a missionary group called the "International Hebrew Christian Alliance."
"A VEHICLE FOR EXTENDING G-D'S PURPOSE FOR ISREAL AND THE NATIONS" – that is, to convert Jews to Christianity. The author of the article, David Bivin, is on the Embassy's board of Trustees.
Merv Watson, another member of the Christian Embassy's board of Trustees, if the founder of a missionary outfit called itself "Shekinah."
This is the group that Jews in Israel dote upon. These are the people honored (and publicized) by the Prime Minister when he spoke before their convention. But above all, remember the cunning Dutchman, the man who is the evil genius behind the missionary center. Remember the name of Jan Willem van der Hoeven and fight him, unmask him, remove the cloak of "Jew-lover" that covers a man who would destroy, in his own way, Jews – quite as much as did the Nazi machine, in its own manner.
I know van der Hoeven personally. Following attacks on missionaries in 1973, he – who was the warder of the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem (a Christian holy site) – asked to speak to me. He made an open and undisguised appeal to me to accept Jesus. And why not? He is a devout and fanatic missionary who has long taught Bible classes aimed at converting Jews.
And why not? Every born-again Christian, fundamentalist, evangelist or what-have you MUST BE A MISSIONARY. The absurd Jews who ask them not to be, or the ludicrous ones who deny that they are, bring disaster on us. Can one tell an Orthodox Jew to suspend his observance of the Sabbath? Just as well as a born-again Christian to suspend his attempts to proselytize. They cannot. It is a fundamental part of their faith.
And indeed, at a press conference in Jerusalem's Beit Agron (Oct. 12, 1981), van der Hoeven, the Dutchman who is flying so high with adoring Jews, refused to criticize or disassociate himself from missionary activities, saying: "After all, a basic tenet of Christianity is to witness our faith to others.
Fair enough. But let us know them for what they really are. Fanatical missionaries who will stoop to every deceit, trick and lie in order to snatch a Jewish soul. And let us do two other things"
One: Expose them. Have your rabbi, from the pulpit and in a special letter to the membership. Warn of them. Have every Jewish community group explain to the local community that the support for Israel that these groups give is derived – not from any love of Jews – but only because of the belief that Jewish victory and return to the land will bring the coming of THEIR Messiah, Jesus, and the total conversion of the Jewish people. And until that time, they fanatically renew their efforts to convert Jews NOW.
And that leads us to the second point: The Israel government. There simply are no words to describe the tragedy of a government that calmly allows missionary work to literally explode in intensity in the Jewish state. Even as Begin regales us with yet another " Baruch Hashem," the Christian missionaries, in staggering numbers, fill the land. There is not one ulpan (school for learning Hebrew) that has not got its missionary. They come as volunteers in kibbutzim to work and snatch souls. They study and teach at Hebrew University. They come as olim (!), immigrants, and enter the absorption centers And Begin – Baruch Hashem, all is well . . .
And I write these words on the heels of an effort by the lonely few of the Kach Movement to prevent van der Hoeven from speaking at a seminar, organized by benighted Jewish intellectuals. The seminar, held sadly enough at a rented yeshiva hall (the yeshiva did not know of the Dutchman at the time of the renting, but was notified later), was disrupted by Kach people demanding the ouster of van der Hoeven. They were attacked by police riot forces who gassed and arrested them. Despite the comments by the head of the yeshiva that the action of the Jews was a Hillul Hashem (sic), one can only call upon Heaven to witness the lonely sacrifice of these young Jews and to testify as to who really desecrated Judaism that day.
No one need tell me about the born-again Christians and their support for Israel. Long before others, I wrote saying that here were people to be USED as a tool for Jewish struggle. But never did I say to do what is being done today. Never did I say to simply ignore their missionary activity. Rather, I said to do precisely what I did in practice when I flew to the church in Plains, Georgia, where Carter prayed and told some hundred Baptists in the courtyard:
Israel does not NEED you. It will survive because it is G-d's Chosen state. But for your own sakes, remember the warning of the All Mighty in Genesis 12:3; " And I shall bless those that bless you and curse them who curse you." On Judgment Day, you Christians will be judged by the L-rd on the basis of your having either supported the chosen people of the land or not. Not because we need you but because you had better fear the L-rd, we warn you to stand behind the Jewish people and state.
That is how one speaks to the Fundamentalists. And parallel to that, one fights in every way their missionary efforts. One demands that the Israeli government throw them out of Israel, pass a Knesset law banning their activity, and heavily punish all those who violate that law.
Let us not be afraid of anyone except the G-d of Israel. And let us cleave unto His law and remove the abomination from our midst.
Parasha/ Haftarah Poetry
"NOT BY RACHEL'S TEARS ALONE" NITZAVIM / ROSH HOSHANAH
by Evelyn Haies founder and president Rachel's children Reclamation Foundation 1995 and Bnei Rachel Corp 2001
(c) September 25, 2016
One father, four mothers, twelve brothers
Unity with a diversity of others
On the last day of his life Moses in Nitzavim
presented to all the children of Israel to be a team
On the seventh parasha of consolation
He advised on pride and truth; not shame, lies and ramifications.
Old and young, men and women, rich and poor, farmer and scholar
HIS covenant for goodness and life is the Torah
Every Jew is to observe and help others to observe
for the mandate of HIS nation is to be responsible and serve
Disloyalty and disobedience cause the curse
Transgression leads to oppression and worse
Public desecration of the Torah is sinful and evil
Repentance is a barrier to upheaval
Unity and pride bring simcha to His chosen nation
Allegiance to the Covenant needs total participation
With Judah professing for Benjamin, not cowering and bowing
with Mordechai withstanding the wrath of Haman disallowing
It is Not by Rachel's Tears Alone but with Esther's actions
with praying, planning, fasting, affirming without factions
That the Jewish nation in unity can return to its borders
and be a light to nations and gather supporters.
Choosing HIS commandments is a shofar blasting for blessings and settlement
A Rosh Hoshanah of renewal for all according to HIS Covenant
Choosing Torah is a panacea for all the generations
Let this be a New Year beginning with all HASHEM'S benevolence.
It is Not by Rachel's Tears Alone
To return to our borders, we must do what we chose' .Atone!
There must be rectification
Being political, polite, is not a solution.
Letting evil linger spreads the disease
And a deadly plague is released.
Not by Rachel's tears alone, but with proper reactions
Fixing faults with love and unity leads to true satisfaction
Hearing the shofar at Rachel's Tomb is an invitation for celebration
Remembering our roots, rectification, righteousness, rights, responsibility, brings the Redemption
The Guela will be achieved Not by Rachel's Tears Alone
It is by all Rachel's Children caring and sharing, so that Yirmiyahu's prophesy will reclaim HASHEM's throne