There was total darkness in the world until the Creator said, "Let there be light." The Torah states this at the very beginning, said the Chofetz Chaim, to tell us that even in the darkest periods of life, in a flash the Almighty can create light. Repeating these words will bring much light into your life.
Let the image of serene light be a source of creating positive energy for you. Visualize white light going from your head to your toes. Feel all your muscles relaxing. Feel every cell in your body vibrating with healthy energy. Feel that healthy energy cycling again and again. Let this empower you.
I have to report with sadness that my relationship with Avital broke up yesterday and we will not make it to the wedding or at all. I have to practice what I preach and try to find some light in the darkness, as I did love her but we could not make it as a team. I will write to those of you who accepted coming to the wedding.
The worst part of the deal is in addition to the pain I feel, I have to practice what I preech and start the process of finding a new mate again, because one must due your own dilagence in helping G-d find your mate. In my case it is my work to ask you to help me. You are my readers, and must know a single woman who also wants to find love in her life. I ask you all to think of someone who fears G-d and wants a new mate.
Love Yehuda Lave
You don't have to be perfect to be wonderful-from my Sister
You don't have to be perfect to be wonderful.—Bryce the Shrink
If you have debt I'm willing to bet that general clutter is a problem for you too. Suze Orman
If you've had something for more than six months, and it's still not repaired, it's clutter. Gretchen Rubin
Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for the happiness in the future – Wayne L. Misner
Later is the best friend of clutter – Peter Walsh
The more your own things, the more they own you. – UNKNOWN
Capernaum Ancient Synagogue June 5, 2017
Megiddo National Park on June 5, 2017
Massive Landslide DESTROYS Historic California Coastal 'Highway 1'
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades.
Yigael Yadin (1917–1984) was a well-known Israeli archeologist and politician, and the second chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces.
At the age of fifteen he joined the Haganah (pre–State of Israel Jewish paramilitary organization), and served in various military positions during Israel's War of Independence. He was appointed chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces in 1949.
At age thirty-five he left the military, and while he never completely left public life, he began his life's work in archeology. As an archeologist, he excavated some of the most important sites in the region.
The following story is a translation from his book Chavayotav Shel Archeolog Yehudi.
Shortly after the Six-Day War, I purchased an antique object for the Shrine of the Book, a division of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The article I purchased turned out to be an ancient tefillin with all four of its parshiot (tefillin scrolls). This tefillin was later verified to be the oldest known tefillin in existence today, written during the Second Temple era.
The ancient script was exceptionally small. When certain questions arose regarding these tefillin, it was necessary for the scrolls to be analyzed by equipment which at the time was to be found only in the central police lab in Tel Aviv. So, one day, carrying photocopies of the tefillin scrolls that had not yet been seen by anybody but myself, I found myself riding the train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
Kfar Chabad is one of the stops on the way. At the Kfar Chabad station, some young men boarded the train and starting making the rounds through the train's cars. I was actually used to this scene: the Chabadniks would go from person to person, trying to get people to lay tefillin.
Soon it was my turn to be approached. I politely refused, but couldn't help noticing the foreign accent of the young man who asked me to lay tefillin.
"Where are you from?" I asked.
He informed me that he was a recent immigrant from the Soviet Union.
"And did you lay tefillin in the Soviet Union?" I wondered aloud.
"I've been laying tefillin every day since my bar mitzvah."
When I heard that, I reconsidered. "If you did this mitzvah in the repressive Soviet Union, I won't be the one to refuse you now . . ."
Before getting off the train in Tel Aviv, a woman approached me. "Professor Yadin, I am glad that you agreed to the request of that young man—who obviously did not recognize who you are.
Putting on tefillin on the train from Kfar Chabad to Tel Aviv
"You see, my son, also a Chabadnik, was a paratrooper who was mortally wounded in battle near the Suez Canal. Before he died, the members of his platoon visited him in the hospital. His last request of them was that they lay tefillin. In my mind, when you donned tefillin today, you too joined in fulfilling my son's last request."
I found myself fighting back tears. "What a remarkable chain of events!" I told her. "I have in my pocket photocopies of the oldest known existing tefillin. I cannot think of anything more appropriate than to show them to you at this moment!"
Editor's note: The fallen hero referenced in this story was Rabbi David Marasow, a resident of Kfar Chabad. Immediately after the Six-Day War, his widow, Shifra, spearheaded the Chabad effort to benefit the widows and orphans of the soldiers who perished during the war. She arranged holiday programs, a camp, and grand bar and bat mitzvahs for the orphans. Following the war, the family of every slain soldier received a financial compensation package from the government. Mrs. Marasow (Golombovitz) selflessly used this money allotted to her to purchase tefillin for all the orphans!