Thursday, November 23, 2017

Divorce agreement for the right and left in America and Happy Thanksgiving, maybe love will bring us together

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

When in a stressful situation ask yourself, "Is this in my control or outside of my control?" It helps to imagine 3 boxes and think which box this situation belongs in: My box: thoughts, speech and actions G-d box: everything outside of our character traits (past decisions, future events, marriage, illness, wars, etc.) Other people boxes: what others think, do, feel, etc.

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James Brown ed sullivan show 1966-Papa's got a brand new bag

The Three Stooges Malice In The Palace 1949



The person who wrote this is a college (law) student. Perhaps there is hope for us after all.









Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al: We have stuck together   since the late 1950's for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.



Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.



Here is our separation agreement:



--Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.



--We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them.



--You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.


--Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.



--We'll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and the coal mines, and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel.



--You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.



--We'll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.



--You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.



--We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's and rednecks.



--We'll keep Bill O   '   Reilly, and Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood .



--You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.



--You can have the peaceniks and war protesters.

-- When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.



--We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.



--You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.



--We'll keep the SUV's, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Volt and Leaf you can find.



--You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors.



--We'll keep "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The National Anthem."



--I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute "Imagine", "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Kum Ba Ya" or "We Are the World".



--We'll practice trickle-down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.



--Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.



Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you might think about which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.






John J. Wall



Law Student and an American



P.S.. Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin & Charlie Sheen, Barbara Streisand, ( Hanoi ) Jane Fonda with you.



P.S..S. And you won't have to press 1 for English when you call our country.







J Street U: Calling for Destruction of Israel Not Anti-Semitic

Of course it isn't.

One can have perfectly reasonable and not at all anti-Semitic reasons for believing that Jews have no right to country. Or that they should all be exterminated. Who is to say that's anti-Semitic? Certainly not J Street U, which like every anti-Israel group, thinks that the "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act" is dangerous and unhelpful.

The president of the student group J Street U has argued that it is "unfair" to describe all those who seek to end Israel's existence as antisemitic.

Zoe Goldblum's comments were sent last week "on behalf of the leadership of J Street U" to the House Judiciary Committee, as it held a hearing on antisemitism on US college campuses.

"Applying the label of 'anti-Semite' to all those who oppose the existence of the State of Israel is unfair and unhelpful overreach that ignores the nuances and sensitivities of a complicated political debate," she argued.

It's nuanced.

"Dangerously, it sends a message to students that free and open intellectual debate is somehow at odds with support for Israel."

Now, mind you, J Street U doesn't have quite this position for a students who might call for deporting all black people to Africa. But the destruction of Israel? Well that requires nuanced debate. And censoring J Street U's anti-Israel allies would violate that open and free intellectual debate. The one that the left is only willing to extend to causes and agendas that it supports.

Kahane on the Parsha

Rabbi Binyamin Kahane- Parshat Toldot


The war in Rebecca's womb is intense. In one corner sits Jacob, who at this early stage is already fighting for divine truth. And in the other corner sits Esav, who is already denying G-d and viewing life as an opportunity to indulge one's desires and passions.

This turbulence in Rebecca's stomach is when it all started. It marks the beginning of the greatest war, the war between good and evil, a war that dwarfs all others. Whether one wants to accept it or not, this war lies behind every scene in history.

Indeed, it is a war so basic and of such substance that it knows no lull. These two fetuses, which embody good and evil, are not able to stand each other even in their mother's womb. "And the children clashed inside her" (Genesis 25:22).

"It is a well-known rule that Esav hates Jacob" (Sifri, Bamidbar 69). It is an inherent, natural hatred, one that cannot be extinguished. Our Rabbis teach us that if someone comes to you and says, "Jerusalem and Edom [the Kingdom of Esav] are both thriving"- do not believe him; "both are destroyed"- do not believe him; "one is thriving and one is destroyed"- believe him (Megillah 6a).

There are those who believe the time has arrived for world peace, for coexistence between nations, religions, and races of all kinds. The Torah comes and says, "NO WAY!" There can be no peace with Esav. Jacob and Esav are polar opposites. One is good and one is evil. And there is no coexistence between good and evil.

A revolutionary idea? Hardly. Certainly not for someone who learns Torah properly. For the Jewish people, there is no aspiration to make peace with Esav. On the contrary. According to Jewish tradition, G-d is not complete and His throne is not complete until Amalek has been completely destroyed (Pesikta Rabbati 12). And who is Amalek? Esav's grandchild- an extreme manifestation of his grandfather.

What we desire is what Solomon prescribes in Kohelet- peace at the proper time and war at the proper time. yes, we all want peace, but only with good and decent people. With evil, not only aren't we interested in peace, the Torah commands us to wage an all-out war against it: "And you shall destroy the evil from thy midst!" Nothing less than that. For the war against evil is not a personal war, but rather a mission that G-d gave us the moment we breathed the air of this world--and even before that.

Darka Shel Torah, 1993

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Israel's living longer but more than 1/2 (including me) are overweight

Have the Strength to be Flexible

Flexibility is a very important tool in interpersonal relations. If you are rigid in your demands, you might frequently get your way -- but you will not have many friends.

Learn to differentiate between what is important and what is not. Someone who feels he must always get his way is telling himself, "If I give in to others, it means I am weak."

The Torah attitude is that honoring others is what makes a person honored.

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More than half of Israelis overweight, OECD report finds

Israelis still thinner than most developed countries, and living longer, thanks to higher health care spending and less smoking, according to survey

Illustrative: A man measures his belly. (Ljupco/ Stock via Getty images)
Illustrative: A man measures his belly. (Ljupco/ Stock via Getty images)

More than half of all Israeli adults are overweight or obese according to a report released Sunday, which also found that people in Israel are living 10 years longer than in 1970.

Israel is the 15th thinnest of the 43 nations covered by the "Health at a Glance 2017" survey released by the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Nonetheless 53 percent of Israelis are overweight, with a body mass index of over 25, including 16.6% who are obese, with a BMI of over 30.

The numbers are still below the OECD average of 54% for overweight and 19% for obese.

In the US, Hungary, New Zealand and Mexico, over 30% of the population is obese.

Japan is the thinnest nation and Mexico and the US are the two countries with the fattest citizens.

Percentage of population that is overweight and obese in 2015. (OECD)

There was also good news along with the bad.

The OECD survey found life expectancy for Israelis has increased by 10 years since 1970, with an average person now living to the age of 82.1. In 1970, the average Israeli only lived to be 71.8-years-old.

The number dovetailed with the OECD average of 10 years of added life expectancy across the bloc of developed nations.

For Israeli men, the average life expectancy is 80.1 years and Israeli women on average live four years longer, to the age of 84.1.

Average Israeli life expectancy 2015. (OECD)

Japan has the highest average life expectancy, with 83.9 and Latvia has the lowest, with 74.6.

Average life expectancy for men with higher education is 7.5 years longer than for those without. For women, the gap is five years.

The study found that the increase was thanks to a drop in unhealthy lifestyles and better health care.

"Empirical results demonstrate that while life expectancy depends on factors both within and beyond the health system, health spending has been a major driver of life expectancy gains in recent decades… Education and income have also made significant contributions to life expectancy gains…" along with decreased alcohol use and less smoking, the study read.

The survey found that smoking has declined throughout the OECD, and in Israel, only 19.6% of people smoke daily.

Israelis drink an average of 2.6 liters of alcohol a year, third lowest in the OECD.

Israeli teens eat more vegetables than those in almost all other countries, with only Belgians consuming more. But Israeli teens are also the least likely to do daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

Israel has the highest rate of colon cancer survival in the OECD, at 71.7%, compared to an average of just 62.8%.

Israel also has the fifth lowest suicide rate among developed nations.

Read about Steve Gar here:,7340,L-4572765,00.html

Steve Gar was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to a traditional Jewish family. He began his tertiary education by studying a Bcom, majoring in Accountancy and Industrial Psychology, while interning at an accounting firm. During this time, he joined a communal counter-terrorism reaction unit and was part of the protective detail for the Chief Rabbi of SA. Steve then became the head co-coordinator for the Department of Informal Jewish Education (DIJE).
At the age of 22, Steve made Aliyah, joining the religious Hesder program, combining Yeshiva learning with military service. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and served in the Golani infantry unit, Battalion 13 - specializing in the Negev (sub-machine gun) and received an award for 'soldier of excellence'. In 2002, he married Canadian born Natalie Pakes in Jerusalem, and the couple moved to Sydney Australia for 5 years where he worked as the Shaliach for Bnei Akiva while Natalie completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Upon returning to Israel, Steve assisted in starting a Yeshiva High school for English speaking Olim (Yerushalayim Torah Academy - YTA). Soon afterwards, he was invited by the Chief Rabbi of Efrat, HaRav Riskin, to join the Kollel at the Joseph & Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary and began studying for the Rabbinate. At the same time, he completed his training as a combat Instructor, specializing in counter-terrorism, and is now responsible for training military units through the Central command of the Gush Etzion. He currently serves as a soldier on a counter-terrorist unit while completing his Rabbinical studies. In addition, Steve is the assistant director of a special needs program, Yeshivat Darkaynu. Steve and Natalie live in Elazar, Gush Etzion with their 5 children.

Steve Gar
Meet Steve Gar - Israel's Jack Bauer
Counter terrorism expert Steve Gar has committed his life to protecting Jews worldwide, while also working to become a rabbi.
24's Jack Bauer is no longer with us, but the reality of life in Israel has bred a local replacement for the counter-terrorism specialist who makes personal sacrifices for the uncompromised security of the nation.

Steve Gar, who even maintains similar physical characteristics to Keiefer Sutherland, spends his days as a counter-terrorism instructor at the Caliber 3 training facility and his nights studying to be ordained as a rabbi. But Gar's roots began in South Africa, where he grew up in an environment far away from respecting Shabbat.

Meet Israel's Jack Bauer

"I was naughty child," he told Ynet. "I took drugs, but everything was empty... I said to myself that I want to find something that gives some meaning to life. That's how I started searching: Who created us? Why are we here? I started slowly; I didn't want to create problems at home."

Gar's military service in the IDF and his natural desire to protect Jews wherever they may be, paved the way for his life as a security expert. He eventually married and settled down with his family the Gush Etzion region.

Steve Gar and his family.
Steve Gar and his family.

He lends his efforts as a counter-terrorism expert by training soldiers and performing demonstrations and lessons for tourists. Gar's demonstrations for foreigners always begin with a motivational, pro-Israel speech.

"I don't think that the IDF should be called the IDF. I think it should be called the JDF: the Jewish Defense Force," he said when Ynet joined him for one such session. "In the year 2014, Jews in the world need to know that they aren't alone. You have a nation behind you."

"I know what you've seen on BBC and CNN," he continued. "That Israeli special units, my unit, loves killing innocent Palestinians. That is a lie. I want you to see how we train. I don't shoot someone because of their religious or political beliefs. I don't shoot them because of the way they look; I shoot them because they're killing innocent civilians."

Scientists now know why people with autism don't like to be touched


Touching can be difficult for people with autism, and scientists now know why. (Photo: Zahraa Saleh / Shutterstock)

Scientists now know why people with autism don't like to be touched

It's not because they're anti-social or rude. A new study unlocks a mystery in how autism affects people's brai

Not everyone likes to be touched. But for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this is more than a simple preference; according to a new study, it's more likely the result of a tangible, physiological reaction in the brain.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel, offers an intriguing window into the workings of the brain in people with autism, which can often be enigmatic and puzzling.

"Because touch plays a critical role in our social emotional development and provides us with essential means to express our emotions, establish intimacy, and maintain social bonds, studying and characterizing the way in which social touch is processed by both healthy and impaired individuals are important steps," said study co-author Leehe Peled-Avron, a graduate student in the psychology department at the university.

Learning how the brain reacts to stimuli is key to understanding autism. (Photo: Bangkokhappiness/Shutterstock)

The researchers analyzed brain scans of 53 people, some of whom were on the autism spectrum, and measured for something they call hypervigilance. They found, consistent with common wisdom, that people with autism respond differently to touch than neurotypical people. But looking deeper, they were able to see why: their brain scans showed that the person was reacting the same way that someone with a phobia would react.

Conclusion? People with autism don't just dislike being touched; they are physiologically affected by it.

And as with many scientific studies, this one can be used to inform future research and possibly alter the way therapists and doctors treat patients.

"The results of this study improve our understanding of people with ASD," Peled-Avron said from her office in Israel. "Social touch is an integral part of our lives, in both happy and sad events, and now we can understand why for some people on the autistic spectrum all these events arouse anxiety."

Jaime Bender is a staff writer, copy editor and web producer at From the Grapevine who also manages Israeli Kitchen, From The Grapevine's food chann

Jewish New Year fruit may hold seeds of hope for brain disease sufferers

Beyond Words

Selected Writings of Rabbi Meir Kahane,


Volume 5


Written January 10, 1986

If there is anything left of secular Zionism to prove its success in the wake of its ideological tatters and bankruptcy, it can only be the claim that it took the Jew out of the ghetto, out of the exile, out of fear and terror, and created a state of security and safety for the Jewish people. Alas, the truth is that what has occurred is that Israel is in the process of creating a new Minsk, Pinsk, Sa'ana and Brooklyn. Fear has become a permanent resident of Israel, moving into the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of Jews who fear the night, fear to hitch rides, fear to drive in the evening through Arab villages, fear to allow their children to play alone in the streets.

Four Jews have been stabbed within two months, within the Old City of Jerusalem, capital of Israel, home of Teddy Kollek and his Arab friends. One was Yossi Martin, a tank commander, whose girlfriend blurted, "I will never again enter the Old City." Fear.It is hard to find Jews who are prepared to use the Damascus Gate to walk to the Western Wall. Fear. The Jerusalem weekly paper Kol Ha'ir printed a survey asking, "Should we continue going to East Jerusalem?" Fear.

As yet another soldier, waiting to hitch a ride, was murdered in cold blood (just three kilometers from his Petach Tikvah home), the response from hysterical politicians was, "compel public transportation to give rides to (female soldiers!" Which led, of course, to outrage and the brave new Zionist demand, "free bus transportation to male soldiers, too." And, since this leaves civilians to the pleasure of the Arabs who move freely and without fear about Israel, naturally a columnist in the Histradrut paper Dvar wrote an article, "Home Before Dark," in which he outlined his terror, driving through Jerusalem l ate at night.

That secular Zionism from its beginning was the bankrupt and naked of all ideological meaning was obvious to me long ago. But here, we see in the State of Israel, that rose in order to sanctify G-d's name through Jewish power and strength and victory, the exact opposite – Hillul Hashem, desecration of G-d's name – as the same fear and terror of the Exile is recreated in Hebrew on the soil of the Holy land.

The nations, the gentile, understand Jewish destiny and truth only in terms of power and victory. If for two millennia they were able to persecute, trample, humiliate, burn, gas and massacre the Jew – to them this was proof not only of Jewish impotence, but of the very non-existence of the G-d of the Jewish people! Defeat, humiliation and weakness of the Jew have always been the yardsticks of gentile desecration of G-d's name, whereas power and victory of the Jew over his enemies have always been proof to the gentile that the G-d of Israel is One and the only one. Kiddush Hashem, sanctification!

The pitiful secularists of Israel, joined by the ghettoized ritualists, have institutionalized fear in Israel. They desecrate G-d's name daily. The answer to Arab arrogance, to attacks on Jews, stoning of Jews, stabbing of Jews, murder of Jews – is not to have Jews fearfully ride public buses or use the "Jewish" Jaffa Gate rather than the "Arab" Damascus Gate in the Old City. It is not to tell Jews to keep a watchful eye out for bombs and explosive devices. This is the policy of Minsk and Brownsville, Brooklyn. This is pandering to the fear and humiliation of the ghetto and Exile we left. This is the reincarnation of Hillul Hashem in the Land of Israel, the Land of Kiddush Hashem.

The answer to the Arab who desecrates G-d's name by attacking Jews is to rise up with the Jewish wrath of G-d and drive the contemptuous Arab from the land. For in the end, the removal of the Arab is the removal of desecration. Jewish power and strength and pride and confidence – walking with the G-d of Israel – are the Jewish reply to Both Arab and Hellenized Jew.
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