'The righteous one will rejoice in Hashem.' (Psalms 64:11)
If someone recently experienced a great thing in his life: he just got the job of his dreams, he won a great award, he had his first child or grandchild, the person whom he or she was hoping to marry said yes, that house that he considered ideal just became available at a price he could afford, then one's thoughts will be totally focused on the good thing.
Regardless of where a person is, the outside circumstances are not where his mind is. His mind is full of joyful celebration, whether he is by himself or with others.
Such is the mind of the righteous. They are always thinking of Hashem. They are thinking thoughts of studying Torah, or praying to Hashem, and reciting blessings for all the good in their lives, and thoughts of kindness which is emulating the ways of Hashem by being kind to His children. Thinking of Hashem gives them joy, and they are always thinking of Hashem. This is an amazing goal toward which to strive.
Today we also get to rejoice in the greatest miracle in our life times- the birth of Israel, 69 years old.
Love Yehuda Lave
Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) in Israel
David Ben-Gurion, who was the first prime minister of Israel, publicly read the Declaration of Independence of Israel on May 14, 1948. According to the Jewish calendar, this was the fifth day of Iyar, the eighth month of the civil year, in the year 5708. The anniversary of this date on the Jewish calendar is known as Yom Ha'atzmaut and usually falls in April or May of the Gregorian Calendar.
Yom Haatzmaut in Jerusalem is a time full of events across the city. Major parties take place on the evening of Independence Day. In 2017, Yom Haatzmaut events in Jerusalem will begin across the city from 21:00. Fireworks in Independence Park at 24:00. Below is a listing of public events in Jerusalem. Many more will be taking place in addition to these. See also our page about Yom Haatzmaut in Israel and Independence Day events in Tel Aviv.
Old Hamashbir plaza stage, King George Street Main stage will operate between 21:00 to 24:00.
Safra Square stage. The celebrations in Safra Square, Jerusalem city center will begin at 21:30 with series of concerts by local musicians. Safra square stage will operate from 21:30 and until 03:30
Street party – Kikar Hahatolot The traditional street party for the younger crowd will take place in the city center. Starting at 21:00.
Hillel St platform. Starting at 21:00
Independence Day celebration by the old city walls.The traditional dance party by Jaffa Gate Plaza, organized by the student will begin at 22:00.
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Rare 1945 photos These photos speak for themselves. Really great !!!!
Haaretz Writer Calls Religious Jews More Dangerous than Hezbollah
By Andrew Friedman/TPS
President Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Prime Minister Netanyahu and a list of Israeli leaders offered uniform condemnation for an opinion column, published Wednesday in the Hebrew-language Haaretz daily, comparing national-religious Jews to Hezbollah and warning that Orthodox Israelis who are loyal to the State "are coming [for us]. In a moment, they will break down our door."
The article, entitled "More Dangerous Than Hezbollah" by left-wing commentator Yossi Klein, said "the national religious are dangerous. More dangerous than Hezbollah, more than drivers who commit car-ramming attacks or kids with scissors.
"You can kill Arabs, but you can't kill them," Klein lamented.
The political echelon was quick to respond. Liberman called for a boycott of Haaretz, while Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid called the column "anti-Semitic." Writing on Twitter, Rivlin called the national religious community "part and parcel of this land [of Israel]" with deeper roots in the country than many other constituencies.
"Klein's column was [nothing more than] defamation that exposes a vast hatred and undermines any capacity to dialogue or criticize,' Rivlin wrote.
Zionist Camp Chairman Yitzhak Herzog compared the column to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's election day warning that "Arabs are going to the polls in droves."
Only the left-wing Meretz Party refused to condemn Klein, with MK Tamar Zandberg writing that she "would be more excited by the nationalist shock over Klein if Bennett or [Netanyahu] — you know what, [Herzog] or Shelly Yachimovitch — would tweet when leftists are called traitors or chicken shit."
Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennet and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said they had received calls from the families of fallen IDF soldiers complaining about the comparison.
Klein, for his part, doubled down Thursday on the article, telling Army Radio that he has "nothing to apologise for." Asked about his repeated use of the phrase "they, his assertion that "for the religious Zionist community, lying is a way of life" and his claim that the community as a whole "rapes [the rest of the country] with their eyes towards the heavens were anti-Israel-Semitic" did not amount either to generalizing about the community or to incitement.
Rather, Klein said only that he was "speaking his mind" and representing a "view that is simply not able to be heard."
Police Arrest Jewish Tourists Who Were Attacked by Arabs
A group of Jewish tourists who were walking in the Old City of Jerusalem around the entries to the Temple Mount Wednesday were pelted with stones by Arabs, Honenu reported. A brawl ensued, following which four Jewish tourists, one of them a woman, were arrested by police.
The detainees were taken for interrogation at the local police station and are being represented by Honenu attorney Rehavia Pilz.
Following their arrest, the four detainees spent the night in jail and will appear before a magistrate judge Thursday.
According to police, the tourists were detained because they refused to interrupt their tour of the Old City despite the attack and the consequent encounter with rioting Arabs.
Billy Crystal's Opening Monologue: 1993 Oscars
200 YEAR OLD DESK. This is an amazing work of art.
Talk about craftsmanship and beauty....here it is...
200 YEAR OLD GERMAN DESK And to think the guy who made this over two hundred years ago did it with hand tools
The user's guide must have been a challenge to read.
A father walks into a restaurant with his six year old son. He gives the young boy 3 nickels to play with to keep him occupied.
Suddenly, the boy starts choking, going blue in the face. The father realizes the boy has swallowed the nickels and starts slapping him on the back.
The boy coughs up 2 of the nickels, but keeps choking. Looking at his son, the father is panicking, shouting for help.
A well dressed, attractive, and serious looking woman, in a blue business suit is sitting at a coffee bar reading a newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee. At the sound of the commotion, she looks up, puts her coffee cup down, neatly folds the newspaper and places it on the counter, gets up from her seat and makes her way, unhurried, across the restaurant.
Reaching the boy, the woman carefully drops his pants; takes hold of the boy's' testicles and starts to squeeze and twist, gently at first and then ever so firmly. After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the last nickel, which the woman deftly catches in her free hand. Releasing the boy's testicles, the woman hands the nickel to the Father and walks back to her seat at the coffee bar without saying a word.
As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no ill effects, the father rushes over to the woman and starts thanking her saying, "I've never seen anybody do anything like that before, it was fantastic. Are you a doctor?"
"No," the woman replied. "I'm with the IRS ."
What A Wonderful World With David Attenborough
What a Wonderful World - Daniele Caruso
K A H A NE The magazine of the authentic Jewish Idea Shavat –5737 February – 1977
Moses Speaks To Paraoh "No Retreat No Compromise "
"And Pharaoh called to Moses, saying: Go and worship the L-rd. Only your sheep and cattle will remain – your children will also go with you. And Moses said: You will also give us offerings and sacrifices for the L-rd our G-d, and our flocks will go with us…" (Shmot 10:24-26)
The ninth plague-darkness – has struck Egypt with a vengeance and Pharaoh breaks. Step by step he has retreated and after the eighth plague – locusts – he was prepared to allow the Jews to leave except for their children. Now he surrenders almost entirely as he agrees that all the Jews can leave. He only asks one thing, one compromise, one small victory for himself, that the Jewish cattle remain behind.
Consider; the Jews have been slaves for 210 years. They have lived in misery and persecution. They suffered decrees such as the one casting their male children into the sea. They cried out unto the L-rd for freedom and salvation. Now, apparently the great moment has arrived! Pharaoh agrees that they shall go free! What does it matter that he asks for their cattle? Give it to him! The main thing is peace and salvation and we are willing to give up cattle for peace!
But Moses knows that this is not the purpose of the freedom of the Jewish people and of the story of the slavery and exodus. He is not prepared to compromise one inch because he knows what the purpose of G-d is. When Moses first entered the presence of Pharaoh and said: "The L-rd, G-d of the Hebrews, has said: Let my people go!" Pharaoh contemptuously answered: "Who is the L-rd? I know not the L-rd and will not let Israel go!" Here is where the battle was joined. Here is the purpose and aim of creation – to have the world recognize the dominion and kingship of the L-rd being challenged. Pharaoh must be made to recognize and totally acknowledge the sovereignty of the L-rd over him and his people. He cannot make compromises; he cannot strike bargains. He must submit totally!
"And I shall be glorified through (the defeat of) Pharaoh and his army and Egypt shall know that I am the L-rd." Only the total defeat of the wicked can raise and honor the name of the L-rd, says the Biblical commentator Rashi. This is why there will be no compromise with Pharaoh. He must totally submit, he must totally surrender.
And even when he apparently does this, after the plague of the first born, when he runs to Moses and says: "Get out, take your flocks with you, just leave and ask the L-rd to bless me!" Moses refuses and in the words of the Mechilta; "And he called unto Moses and Aaron in the middle of the night and said: get up and leave! Said Moses unto him: No, we have been ordered not to leave our houses until morning. What are we, thieves that we should slink out in the night? No, we will leave only in the morning with an upraised arm before the eyes of all the Egyptians!"
Not one inch of retreat here. The lesson of the L-rd being the Omnipotent, King of the universe must be seen and acknowledged.
The lesson is an eternal one and must be learned in our time, too. The question of peace in the Middle East is a question of the Arabs and the world acknowledging the total sovereignty of the All Mighty. There can be no compromise on this. It is only a peace that comes with Arabs submitting to the yoke of the heavenly kingdom that will be a permanent one and the Jew who gives up part of his land as a compromise, violates the entire purpose of the rise of the Jewish State and the demand of the All Mighty that the nations acknowledge Him as King. There can be no retreat from land because that is in essence a retreat also from the Kingship of the