People with low self-esteem constantly tell themselves, "I'm not good enough." Because they are sure that others hold the same negative opinion of them that they have of themselves, they expect rejection and failure. Those who rely on others for their sense of self-worth are known as co-dependents.
The mind is like a choir. Toxic messages adopted in childhood form voices that make you feel inadequate and worthless. Naming these inner voices gives you a sense of humor and distance. You must be the one to decide which voices have the leading role in the choir.
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Azrieli Sarona tower officially becomes Israel's tallest building
Many of the tenants moving into the new Tel Aviv high rise development are high tech companies.
With the receipt of an occupancy permit and with tenants beginning to move into the Azrieli Sarona tower, the new Tel Aviv office high rise is now officially Israel's tallest building. The 238.5 meter high building just south of the Azrieli Towers on Menachem Begin Road is 3.5 meters higher than Israel's previous tallest building - Ramat Gan's Aviv Tower, near the Diamond Exchange.
The building cost Azrieli Group Ltd. (TASE: AZRG) NIS 1.6 billion to construct and includes 61 floors of offices above three commercial floors and seven floors of underground parking with room for 1,250 vehicles. The project took six years to build.
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Each floor will have 2,400 square meters of offices with tenants, mainly high tech companies, paying NIS 105-140 per square meter. Amazon will be the largest tenant with 11 floors while Facebook is reportedly in talks to move its Israel headquarters into the tower from its current overcrowded offices in Rothschild Boulevard. Other tenants include ironSource, Teddy Sagi's Playtech, Pearl Cohen law firm and Waves.
The Azrieli Sarona tower has 33 elevators that move at 9 meters per second. The building is covered by 58,000 square meters of glass.
People look over record book from 1836 that is displayed at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. These documents along with more than 170,000 other pages are part of a recently discovered trove of Jewish materials from Lithuania thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A huge trove of Jewish documents and manuscripts, thought to have been destroyed in the Holocaust, has been discovered in Lithuaniarth Korea is capable of unleashing a chaotic attack on Australia or the…
More than 170,000 pages of rare materials, including a postcard from famed modernist painter Marc Chagall and letters from the writer Sholem Aleichem, were found in the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania, earlier this year. The discovery, announced Tuesday by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, is of immense historical importance.
"When a find like this comes along, it's monumental," David Fishman, professor of Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary and author of the book, "The Book Smugglers" told Fox News. "It's the most important find since the Dead Sea Scrolls."
Fishman explained that discoveries such as this can offer valuable insight into the lives of East European Jews before the Holocaust. "Not only were the Jews annihilated, but also the record of their history was destroyed," he said.
A manuscript that includes astronomical calculators is displayed at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. This document along with more than 170,000 other pages are part of a recently discovered trove of Jewish materials from Lithuania thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Between 90 and 95 percent of Lithuania's Jewish population was murdered in the Holocaust.
The stunning find also marks the latest chapter in an incredible story of preservation in the Lithuanian capital of Vilna, or Vilnius.
During World War II, a small group of Jews in the Vilnius ghetto risked their lives to save the documents that surfaced this year. Nazi forces occupying Lithuania had ordered the destruction of 70 percent of Jewish documents, with the remaining 30 percent to be sent to Germany for study by anti-Semitic researchers.
Documents recently rediscovered in Lithuania are displayed at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. These documents along with more than 170,000 other pages are part of a recently discovered trove of Jewish materials from Lithuania thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A group of Jewish intellectuals known as the Paper Brigade, however, hid the 170,000 pages in six different locations in the Vilnius ghetto. After the war, the trove came into the possession of Antanas Ulpis, a Lithuanian librarian who defied a Soviet order to pulp the documents. Instead, Ulpis and his companions stored the documents in secret in the basement of St. George Church in the Lithuanian capital. They remained there until late 2016, when they were moved to the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania. In May of this year, authorities in Lithuania realized the importance of the artifacts that had been removed from the church.
Lithuanian officials contacted the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, which has worked to ensure the preservation of other document troves found in Lithuania.
The YIVO Institute put 10 items from the latest finds on display in New York Tuesday. These include poems written by Paper Brigade members Abraham Sutzkever and Shmerke Kaczerginski, an 1883 Yiddish poem by Abraham Goldfaden, with Russian censor's permit, and an astronomical manuscript by Issachar Ber Carmoly.
The Chagall postcard and Aleichem letters remain in Lithuania with the bulk of the documents, although Jonathan Brent, executive director of the YIVO Institute, told Fox News that there are plans to bring more items over for exhibition in the U.S. and overseas.
Experts, however, still need to work out what exactly is in the vast haul of documents. "It will take a long time for scholars to analyze, it's such a voluminous trove," Fishman said.
Romanian Jews'I wanted the place to be dedicated to culture'
An abandoned pre-WWII Hasidic synagogue gets a second life as a kosher jazz club
Built by the Vizhnitz sect in Romania in 1933, building is also home to a renowned independent theater
Exterior of the kosher jazz bar and independent theater in Oradea. (Yaakov Schwartz/Times of Israel)
ORADEA, Romania — On a neglected stretch of road not far from the compound housing the bulk of Oradea's Jewish infrastructure lies a dull brick building. Above the entrance is a small sign in stereotypical "Jewish" typeface. "Kosher," it reads meekly, and below that, "Wine. Coffee. Jazz."
With its graffiti-covered facade, the place hardly resembles a jazz club — but neither does it look like an old Vizhnitz synagogue. And though it's still labeled as such on Google Maps, the building hasn't been prayed in for over 80 years.
The city of Oradea, with a Jewish population hovering somewhere around 400, might not have the numbers to necessitate a kosher jazz bar, or to keep one afloat, but Jews don't seem to be its niche audience: The handful of grungy-looking hipsters lounging in the courtyard are likely not familiar with the ancient dietary laws.
Exterior of the kosher jazz bar and independent theater in Oradea. (Courtesy)
On a sunny day in early autumn, they recline easily beneath umbrellas on oversized chairs that look more like mattresses as ambient trance music drifts from the bar inside. A young couple talks quietly while the barman lounges nearby smoking a cigarette.
The bar's owner, Andris Sella, says that the property which he now rents from the Jewish community has a troubling history, and has changed hands more times than the city itself. A mean feat: Oradea was in turns ruled by Turks, the Austro-Hungarian empire, and the Soviets, among others, before becoming part of modern-day Romania.
A group of Vizhnitz Hasidim visiting the site of the synagogue built by their sect in 1933, and abandoned in 1936 before the Holocaust. (Courtesy)
"This was originally a synagogue built by the Vizhnitz Hasidic sect in 1933," he says, "though they only used it for three years before fleeing due to the rising anti-Semitism prior to World War II."
Sella says that when Oradea was taken over by the Nazis, the fascist Hungarian Arrow Cross militia used the building to torture the city's Jews in an attempt to root out any hidden valuables. Shortly thereafter, it was converted into a hospital for the remainder of the war.
Andris Sella, owner of Oradea's kosher jazz bar and independent theater. (Courtesy)
"When I got it, the building was a furniture factory," Sella says. "It had been a manufacturing place since the late '40s."
Sella says that it wasn't initially his intention to have a jazz club here, but things just sort of fell into place.
"I've been importing wines from Israel since 2007," says the 40-year-old Jewish Oradean. "At first, I just used the large empty space where the synagogue used to be as a warehouse to store the wines."
"Where the bar is now, we used to just sell coffee, but then we wanted a place where people could sample the wines," he says, "so they started gathering in there for tastings."
Sella says that he used to own a popular club in the city's center, which he sold in 2013. After the front of the synagogue started being used for wine sampling, it was soon converted into a full-time watering hole.
"I guess I just had it in my DNA to have a bar," he says. "And from there it went from wine to jazz — I like jazz music, and wine and jazz always go together, so that part was natural."
Equally natural was Sella's decision to enter the Israeli wine market — the distributor of Israeli and kosher wines throughout Eastern Europe moved to Israel in 1997 at age 19, and holds Israeli citizenship.
The interior of the small kosher jazz bar in Oradea. (Yaakov Schwartz/Times of Israel)
He had to return to Romania three years later when his mother suffered a terminal illness, but he says he still visits Israel two or three times a year, and has family in Safed.
"I wanted to move there because I'm a Jew," Sella says.
"I had visited Israel when I was a kid with my parents, and I was familiar with it. And growing up, my family was active in the Jewish community, we'd celebrate the holidays — I was even in the choir as a kid, even though I have no voice. So you know, I love Israel and I'm connected to it. I'm drawn to our ' aretz,'" he says, using the Hebrew word for land.
After introducing the live music, Sella decided to open up his business to other creatives as well. He began storing his wines elsewhere and turned the larger space into a place for artists to display their work.
Exterior of the independent theater in Oradea. (Courtesy)
"I wanted the place to be dedicated to culture. So first we started with photo expos, and after that painters slowly started to come to display their works, and then we had piano nights and violin nights. And then the young actors wanted a place to work besides the State Theater," he says.
Sella let the artists, and later on, the theater performers, use the venue for free — a gesture that was more than symbolic.
"I had to pay the rent, and of course the other bills: heating in the winter, electricity, water. It was expensive, but I think it was worth it," he says.
The move paid off in the end. The space eventually came to be used exclusively for acting, and is now a nationally-known venue and draws thespians from all over the country.
Actors do a table read in Oradea's independent theater. (Courtesy)
"The independent theater helped put the place on the map," says Sella. "I don't think the jazz bar would have made it on its own."
These days the artists pay a small percentage of their nightly take to help cover overhead. Still, Sella says that whatever costs aren't covered he pays out of pocket — though he doesn't seem regretful. He's quick to kvell about the current project taking place, the theme of the young actors and directors revolving this year around the difficult relationship between Romania and neighboring Hungary, as well as life under Communism in the not-so-distant past.
Sella would like to tell more Romanian Jewish stories, and is planning a Jewish theater festival this upcoming Passover if he can get funding.
Exterior of the kosher jazz bar and independent theater in Oradea. (Yaakov Schwartz/Times of Israel)
He says that the city has an incredibly rich Jewish history, and that before the Holocaust over one-third of the city's 90,000 residents were Jewish.
"We built this city," he says.
He also describes the difficulty with which the Jewish community recovered their stolen property, many decades after the war.
"It was very hard work to get it back, and they gave it very late, so many people had died by then, or moved elsewhere, and never got their property back," he says.
With national attention on the studio and the work coming out of it, Sella has a grand vision for the venue's future, and would like to see the space developed into a full cultural center hosting multidisciplinary expositions that would include music, sculpture, painting, and more.
"I want to attract European funds to do something like that — it's a challenge, and will take a lot of money to renovate the place, but the Jewish community is on my side," he says.