Fear of insults is worse than the actual pain of insults.
Many people have strong fears about being insulted or humiliated. But the actual pain will be minimal if you don't dwell on it and keep telling yourself how awful the insult is.
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Whose land is it?
The real mother
The answer to the question of ownership of the Land of Israel has been answered without turning to the Bible, the UN or the Balfour Declaration in the conflagrations that rage across Israel.
Tzvi Fishman,25/11/16 07:57
Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Before making Aliyah to Israel in 1984, he was a successful Hollywood screenwriter. He has co-authored 4 books with Rabbi David Samson, based on the teachings of Rabbis A. Y. Kook and T. Y. Kook. His other books include: "The Kuzari For Young Readers" and "Tuvia in the Promised Land". His books are available on Amazon. Recently, he directed the movie, "Stories of Rebbe Nachman."
If anyone needs more proof that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews, here it is. Everyone knows the story of King Solomon and the two women who appeared before him with a baby. Each woman claimed that the child belonged to her. Solomon decreed that the baby be cut in half and divided between the two, and while one woman protested, the other woman was ready to have the baby sliced in half with a sword as long as the other woman didn't get him, and thus, clearly, wasn't the child's real mother.
So too with the fires raging all over Israel. What person would purposely burn his own land, its verdant mountains, woods, trees and stones, kill its helpless forest creatures? The Arabs who are setting fires across the country don't have any qualms. Why should they? It isn't their land. What do they care? They aren't the real mother.
A baby has one mother, not two. Just as France belongs to the French, and Spain to the Spanish, the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews. The idea that Arabs would be happy citizens in the Jewish State was a fallacy from its inception. They want the whole state, with their own language, holidays, and culture, and they want it judenrein.
Sharing the baby doesn't work. No matter how much you suppress the violence, no matter how much economic incentive you offer, how much you see to equal opportunities, the Arabs in Israel will always want their own country. Haifa, the so-called city of "co-existence," is the perfect example.
The Arab problem in Israel will not go away. The very existence of the Jewish State creates it. They will continue to use knives and guns, fires and bombs, to try to chase us from our Land.
It is either their Land or ours. Dividing the baby in half is not the solution. Nor will peace come by cutting off an arm here, a leg there. A neighboring "Palestinian" state is no solution either. Its residents will continue to try to reach the Mediterranean Sea by violent means, soon launching rockets and missiles as Hamas does from Gaza.
It is time to lay down the law. Every Arab, including those in the Knesset, who will not pledge allegiance to the State of Israel, should find another place to live. Those who want to live in peace within the Jewish State, are welcome as they have always been. Just note the number of Israeli Arab MKs, university students, doctors, nurses, lawyers, businessmen and every other field.
But for those who don't like the way things are run in the State of Israel, then, by all means, there are fifteen Arab countries to choose from. Just leave our beloved baby alone.
Going viral on social media: The Orthodox Jew in NY who treated an employee with respect, and its connection to South Korea abstaining in U.N. votes against Israel.
By Rabbi Dovid Saks
Jewish Heritage Connection, 601 Jefferson Avenue , @ the JCC of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510
This past weekend I heard an amazing story: Mr. Sol Werdiger, CEO of Outerstuff, a company that produces sports apparel, received a phone call from Mr. Oh Joon, the South Korean UN Ambassador asking to meet him for lunch at a Kosher restaurant in Manhattan.
Although Sol did not know the purpose of the meeting he agreed to meet with Mr. Joon.
When they met, Mr. Joon told him the following, "I have always heard negative stereotypes about Jews and Israel and I took it at face value. Then, my daughter took an internship working on design in your company. Throughout the year, she has been telling me how wonderful it is to work at your company."
Mr. Joon continued, "There are four areas which stood out and impressed my daughter. 1) Everyday, at 1:30 p.m., no matter what was going on at the office, all the men including those from neighboring offices, retreated into a room to pray with sincerity and calm. 2) Every Friday the office shuts down early in the afternoon in preparation for your holy Sabbath and is closed on the Sabbath – this includes all workers no matter which faith or religion they maintain. 3) My daughter observed that each petitioner for charity – and there were many – were treated with respect and left with a check in hand. 4) My daughter was treated with the utmost respect and dignity."
Because of the amazing experience and lessons the company taught his daughter, Mr. Joon took out his checkbook and was ready to write a check returning all his daughter's earnings! Mr. Werdiger wouldn't hear from it. "Your daughter worked and earned her salary and rightfully deserves her pay, I will not accept any remuneration."
Then the Ambassador relayed the most amazing thing. "As you know, I have voting privileges at the UN. Because of my renewed appreciation of the Jewish people, I abstained from voting on resolutions against Israel on three occasions. At one resolution I was the ninth vote needed to pass the motion and resolution against Israel and because I abstained, it did not pass!"
Mr. Werdiger told me that no one at the office had any idea that this girl was the daughter of an Ambassador and no one ever imagined what type of impact their typical conduct at work had on her or how this impacted the votes against Israel.
G-d has entrusted us to follow the example of our forefather Avraham to be trailblazers and to set examples becoming a light to all nations by living exemplary lives as outlined by the laws, personalities and experiences of our precious and timeless Torah!
Let us first introduce this topic by saying that for any beverages one drinks, such as orange juice, beer, whiskey, or water, one must recite the blessing of "Shehakol Nihya Bidvaro." Before drinking wine (or grape juice), however, our Sages instituted a special blessing to be recited, i.e. "Boreh Peri Ha'Gefen."
Let us now discuss the law of someone who has recited theHa'Gefenblessing on wine and at the time one recited the blessing, one had in mind to drink any other beverages he would be served. Must one recite a Shehakol blessing on the other beverages or need one not recite any other blessings?
The source for this question can be found in the Gemara in Masechet Berachot (41b): "Rabbi Chiya said: Bread exempts all types of food and wine exempts all types of beverages." This means that if one recites the "Hamotzi Lechem Min Ha'aretz"blessing on bread and then wishes to eat other foods such as meat, fish, and the like, one should not recite separate blessing on these foods since they have already been exempted by the Hamotzi blessing recited on the bread which is considered the most important of all foods and has the ability to exempt all foods eaten after it with its blessing.
Similarly, if one recites theHa'Gefenblessing on wine and wishes to drink other beverages afterwards, one should not recite theShehakolblessing on the other beverages, for the blessing on the wine exempts all beverages drunk after it since wine is considered the most important of all beverages and has the ability to exempt all other beverages which are considered secondary to it.
Nevertheless, halachically speaking, the Rishonim disagree whether or not the Halacha follows Rabbi Chiya or not. According to the Tosafot, Rambam, and other great Rishonim, the Halacha does not follow Rabbi Chiya. On the other hand, the Rosh, Rabbeinu Yonah, Rashba, and others maintain that the Halacha does follow Rabbi Chiya. Indeed, the Tur and Maran Ha'Shulchan Aruch (Chapter 174, Section 2) rule likewise that the Halacha does follow Rabbi Chiya and if one recites theHa'Gefenblessing on wine, one does not recite aShehakolblessing on other beverages one drinks later, for the blessing on the wine exempts them.
Summary:If one recites theHa'Gefenblessing on wine and then wishes to drink other beverages such as water, orange juice, and the like which one had in mind to drink originally, one should not recite theShehakolblessing before drinking such beverages, for they have all been exempted by the blessing on the wine.
Make it a high priority to become a person who is consistently grateful. Let this be an important goal. "Nothing stands in the way of a strong will." This principle is the source of the success of successful people. Those who achieve excellence in any area need to have a strong will to take action.
If you are not yet a person who has mastered gratitude, intensify your will to do so. The stronger your will, the more likely you will succeed.
Studies show that people who make goals are much more successful at whatever they do than those who don't make goals. Without making a formal study of it, it appears quite obvious that there are many more people who make it their goal to make more money than there are people who have it as their goal to master gratitude. A person who has great wealth will still be unhappy if he hasn't also mastered gratitude.
Love Yehuda Lave
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When people think about happiness, they usually think about being happy for positive things that occur. Rabbi Simcha Zissel of Kelm, (1824-1898) wrote to his students to appreciate what didn't happen. He commented on a puzzling custom that he saw. When a shirt would fall from a clothesline down into the dirt, some people would say, "I am grateful that I wasn't in that shirt." It sort of makes you want to smile, doesn't it?
He explained that people play games and listen to music in order to enjoy life. Developing the habit of being grateful for all the wrong things that didn't occur in your life will add to your daily dose of enjoyment.
When you learn to appreciate what didn't happen, it's mind- boggling how many bad things don't happen to you in one day. I've told some people to make a daily list of ten bad things that didn't happen to them. Some find this unpleasant. And for them there are other paths to appreciation.
NEW YORK - Attorneys for Jonathan Pollard filed on Monday a 35-page brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, asking the court to overturn the decision by a lower court judge rejecting a habeus corpus petition seeking the removal of broad and severe parole restrictions.
A legal observer who has been following the Pollard case for many years, and spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, told Hamodia that he found the brief to be "compelling."
"It sets forth some very persuasive and cogent arguments," he said.
Pollard, who was released from prison last November after serving an unprecedented 30 years for passing classified information to an ally – Israel – is currently required to wear a GPS monitoring system that consists of a non-removable transmitter installed on his wrist, and a receiver that is plugged into an outlet in his Manhattan residence. Whenever he moves outside the range of the receiver, the transmitter — which is three inches long and two inches wide — acts as a GPS tracker and monitors his location. Were Pollard to step out of his tiny studio apartment to daven with a minyan or get some fresh air on Shabbos or Yom Tov, the battery would begin to drain, forcing him to choose between violating Shabbos or facing re-arrest.
The parole restrictions also include a "curfew" that puts him under house arrest between 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. During the daytime, he is only permitted to travel in parts of Manhattan, and is even prohibited from visiting nearby Brooklyn. The restrictions also include the unfettered monitoring and inspection of his computers, as well as those of any employer who chooses to hire him, which has prevented him from being able to gain employment.
In the brief, written by a team of lawyers led by his long-time pro-bono attorneys Eliot Lauer Jacques Semmelman, Pollard argues that there is "no rational relationship between the Special Conditions and what the [Parole] Commission says it seeks to achieve with them."
"The Commission concluded that because the documents Pollard compromised remain classified as 'Secret' and 'Top Secret,' Pollard automatically poses a threat to national security because he saw them 31 years ago," the brief says. "The missing link is that the Commission failed to find that Pollard himself still remembers – or can remember – any classified information. Aerial photographs, lines of computer code, signals intelligence manuals, and other such documents are not the types of documents that can be reproduced from memory."
In her lengthy ruling, Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York had repeatedly referred to what she felt was the court's limited authority to overrule a finding by the U.S. Parole Commission.
"Federal court review of parole commission decisions is extremely limited, because the commission has been granted broad discretion," Forrest wrote, citing several earlier court rulings. "Courts apply the same deferential standard when a parolee challenges special conditions imposed by the Commission … The appropriate standard for review of the commission's decisions is whether there has been an abuse of discretion. This means that a court may not substitute its own judgment for that of the commission, but may consider only whether there is a rational basis for the commission's decision."
But in their brief, Pollard's lawyers argued that "the parole statute requires that an imposition of special parole conditions be reasonably related to the parolee's history and characteristics … Meaningful judicial review under this standard means that the Special Conditions cannot merely bear a theoretical relationship to past conduct, but must bear a reasonable relationship based on rational determinations."
They point out that in its attempt to justify the GPS Monitoring Condition, the Commission relied in large part upon Pollard's underlying crime of 31-plus years ago, claiming that his "base offense of espionage was by definition an exercise in deception and furtive movements that included trips abroad and a false identity …
"However, the Commission did not explain how GPS tracking bears any connection to that behavior. All crimes involve 'furtive movements' in the sense that the offender sought to avoid detection when committing them. If that were the test, all parolees would be automatically subject to GPS tracking, which is not the case," the lawyers argue.
"If Pollard were truly a disclosure risk, the government never would have permitted him (as it did) to communicate freely with federal prisoners in general population for 20 years. Nor would it now permit him (as it has) to meet with and talk with anyone, anywhere in the Southern District, or to correspond by mail with anyone, anywhere in the world. In light of what the government permits Pollard to do, a requirement that he submit to a monitor on his physical location and on his employer's computers — and a nighttime curfew — is not rational." ________________________________________ IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis
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