The pleasure we feel with what we have does not come only from the thing itself, but also from whom we received it. That is the lessons of the blessings we make. They help us appreciate that the Almighty is the One who has bestowed us with the pleasures of this world. This awareness greatly enhances the value of these pleasures."
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Actors to Re-enact Israel's Declaration of Independence for Israel's 70th Independence Day
Actors will portray the major personalities of the founding fathers and mothers of the State of Israel this coming Independence day in a re-enactment of the nation's signing of the declaration of independence which took place on May 14, 1948 at Tel Aviv's Independence Hall – at that time, the Tel Aviv Museum – on Rothschild Boulevard.
The event, to be held in honor of Israel's platinum jubilee, the country's 70ths Independence Day, is the flagship project of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage and the World Zionist Organization (WZO).
The proceedings will be streamed live on Facebook, and projected on to huge screens in Rothschild Boulevard as well.
Precisely as it took place back then, an actor portraying David Ben Gurion – the soon-to-be first Prime Minister of the nascent State of Israel – will open the final meeting of the People's Council of the Yishuv, soon to become the Provision Government of the State of Israel.
As it was in 1948, the ceremony will begin with a rendition of HaTikva, Israel's soon-to-be national anthem, followed by "Ben Gurion" reading the Declaration of Independence. This will immediately be followed by an actor portraying Rabbi Yehuda Leib Maimon reciting the Shehechiyanu blessing – a prayer for momentous and special occasions. The 25 actors portraying those who signed the Declaration of Independence will then rise, in alphabetical order, to inscribe their names to the nation's first official document, led by "David Ben Gurion." The "meeting" will then conclude with a final rendition of HaTikva – as it did in 1948.
The plan – as it stands now – calls for the Israeli public to be invited en masse for a celebration at Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, which will be decked out for the occasion.
"We've created the event so that Israel's citizens can experience the enormity of that historic event," explained Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'ev Elkin.
A budget has already been approved for the event, and the plan already launched. Actors have yet to be selected.
THE YEAR IS 1917
This will boggle your mind! The year is 1917 "One hundred years ago." What a difference a century makes! Here're some statistics:
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years. Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only. Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour. The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year. A dentist $2,500 per year. A veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year. And, a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year. More than 95 percent of all births took place at home
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned
in the press AND the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30. Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet. There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day. Two out of every ten adults couldn't read or write And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter
at local corner drugstores.
Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives
buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach,bowels, and is, in fact,
a perfect guardian of health!" (Shocking?)
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!
I'm now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.
From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD, all in a matter of seconds!
It's impossible to imagine what it may be like inanother 100 years.
Our parents We learn a lot about parents and estranged children from revealing comments made by Jacob upon reuniting with his son Joseph after twenty-two years of separation. Rabbi Lazer Gurkow,
Do our parents have access to our lives? Do we share your secrets with them? Do they have unfettered access to our grandchildren, for example, do we let them take our children away on vacation?
Sadly, there are many people who grow up and shut their parents out. Some do it deliberately, relieved to be out from under an oppressive parent's thumb and wanting no further contact. If parents abused their child, they often deserve to be cut out, but if they parented within the bounds of propriety, meant well, but miscalculated or misjudged, they deserve a reprieve.
As children we expect nay demand perfection from our parents; we have no tolerance for error or imperfection. But as adults we learn that the superman and superwoman of our youth, sit not on a pedestal, but on a simple stool. They are not perfect; they have failings. They are beset with the same insecurities and weaknesses as most, and we can cut them some slack. When we become parents, we realize even more how challenging parenting can be and how unrealistic are children's' expectations.
To nurse a grudge against a well-meaning parent is unfair. Our parents spent the lion share of their lives, raising us, worrying about us, providing for us and nurturing us. They took us to kindergarten, and marched us down the aisle. They cleaned our noses and nursed our stubbed toes. They changed our diapers and soothed our wounded hearts. They gave us pocket money with a smile and arranged our birthday parties when it meant the world to us. It is true that they sometimes lost their temper and were often unyielding with their curfews and rules, but they don't deserve to be punished.
Some people don't deliberately cut their parents out of their lives, they do it inadvertently. They love their parents, but are living their own life now and don't find the time to stay in touch. They don't visit their parents or invite them. When the parents come for a visit, they don't make them feel welcome and take them for granted. This is even worse. These children never felt rejected by their parents, yet without realizing it, have rejected their parents.
Their parents know nothing about their lives and are reduced to asking relatives, neighbors and friends. If the grandchildren are sick, the grandparents are the last to know. If their child is in financial crisis, the parents are the last to know.
Sometimes children are ashamed of sharing a vulnerability with their parents. They think their parents would think less of them if they knew their failings. But the opposite is true. Our parents want nothing more than a chance to help. It is true that our parents can be intrusive, but rather than reject them, we can work to set proper boundaries.
Jacob and Joseph
We learn a lot about parents and estranged children from revealing comments made by Jacob upon reuniting with his son Joseph after twenty-two years of separation. His first comment was, "I can die [at] this time, now that I have seen your face."
On the face of it, the comment is revealing enough. Being estranged from a child is more agonizing for a parent than death itself. Now, after twenty-two years of agony, Jacob said to his son, I have everything I could ever yearn for. I have you. Nothing can top this. Even death won't mar my happiness.
But there is a much deeper meaning here that reveals a profound facet of the estranged parent. Our earlier rendition of this comment read, "I can die [at] this time, now that I have seen your face." The word at was parenthesized because it is not in the original text. Our translation followed the rendition of Rashi, the great Biblical commentator. However, others explained Jacob's comment in the original.
"I can die this time, now that I have seen your face." Had I not seen your face, I would have died many times. Now that I have seen your face, I will only die this once. Just this time.
What was the significance of seeing Joseph's face? The commentaries explain that Jacob was primarily concerned with Joseph's piety. Living in a land of moral depravity could easily have influenced Joseph. When Jacob heard that Joseph was alive, he was thrilled. But when he heard about the conditions of his life, he was concerned that Joseph might have survived physically, but had lost his piety. Jacob feared that Joseph had veered from the path that he had been taught and parents suffer, even after their passing, every time their children behave inappropriately.
Said Jacob to Joseph, I expected to die many times over. Every time you would commit an immoral act, I would feel like I wanted to die. And even after my passing, every time you would commit an immoral act, I would feel as if I had died again. But now that I behold the refined piety in your face, I am relieved that you are walking in the path of the upright. When my time comes to die, I shall only die once.
The Alienated Parent
Parents who abuse their children, suffer a punishing blow every time the children, in turn, abuse their children. Children who were abused in their youth, often become abusive parents. Every time grandparents see that, they suffer. It is a sad spectacle to behold and knowing that they are to blame is a terrible blow.
But so long as the parents are alive, something can be done about this. Before his passing, Jacob told Joseph, "To see your face, I did not expect."
The idea that you were alive and that we could resume our relationship was so farfetched to me that I stopped believing it was even possible.
According to most commentators, Jacob was saying that he had given up hope. But according to some commentators, Jacob was also berating himself for not doing anything to find Joseph. I despaired of ever seeing you and therefore did not even try to seek you out.
This is a message to parents who are alienated from their children. Whether or not our past behavior justifies this alienation, we must reach out. And if our attempts are rebuffed, we must reach out again. Not only is each day of estrangement more agonizing then death, our estrangement directly threatens the wellbeing of our grandchildren. When our children do to them, what we did to our children, a little part of us will die each time it happens.
We can't afford to nurse our wounds and suffer in silence. As parents we must reach out again and again. We cannot give in to despair, and we cannot stop believing in the possibility of reconciliation. The wellbeing of our grandchildren hangs in the balance. The happiness of our children hangs in the balance. Our own wellness and peace of mind, hang in the balance too.