Giving positive advice to people who are open to hearing it, is one of the greatest acts of kindness you can do.
Be careful not to give advice when it is unwanted, even if you are well-meaning. A prerequisite for giving advice is to have the humility not to give advice unless you are certain it will have a positive outcome.
How you give advice is often a key factor in whether or not it will be appreciated. Giving positive advice takes great skill.
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Did you know that "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was written, not about the mythical Land of Oz but #Israel, the homeland of the #Jews?
The lyrics were written by Yip Harburg, the youngest of four children born to Russian-Jewish immigrants. His real name was Isidore Hochberg, and he grew up in a Yiddish-speaking, Orthodox Jewish home in New York. The song's music was written by Harold Arlen, also a cantor's son. His real name was Hyman Arluck, and his parents were from Lithuania.
Together, Hochberg and Arluck wrote "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which was voted the 20th century's No. 1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In writing it, the two men reached deep into their immigrant Jewish consciousness — framed by the pogroms of the past and the #Holocaust about to happen — and wrote an unforgettable melody set to near prophetic words.
"And the dreams that you dare to dream / Really do come true."
As we approach International #HolocaustRemembranceDay and we declare #WeRemember let us honor those that dreamed of "the land that they heard once in a lullaby," those that never saw the Promised Land and those who rose from the ashes to make the dream a reality.
Your Yearly Dementia Test ! (only 4 questions this year)
Yep, it's that time of year again for us to take our annual senior citizen test.
Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you will lose it !!!
Here is a very private way to gauge how your memory compares to your last test. Some may think it is too easy, but the ones with memory problems may have difficulty.
Take this test to determine if you're losing it or not.
The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've answered.
OK,RELAX,clear your mind and begin.
#1. What do you put in a toaster ?
Answer: 'bread.' If you said 'toast', just give up now and go do something else.
And, try not to hurt yourself. If you said, bread, go to Question #2.
# 2. Say 'silk' ten times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink ?
Answer: Cows drink water. If you said 'milk,' don't attempt the next question.
Your brain is already over-stressed and may even overheat.
Content yourself with reading more appropriate literature such as Women's Weekly or Auto World.
However, if you did say 'water', proceed to Question #3.
# 3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from ?
Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass.
If you said 'green bricks', why are you still reading this ???PLEASE, go lie down !
But, if you said 'glass,' go on to Question #4.
# 4. Please do not use a calculator for this for it would be cheating:
You are driving a bus from New York City to Philadelphia.
In Staten Island, 17 people got on the bus.
In New Brunswick, 6 people get off the bus and 9 people get on.
In Windsor, 2 people get off and 4 get on.
In Trenton, 11 people get off and 16 people get on.
In Bristol, 3 people get off and 5 people get on.
And, in Camden, 6 people get off and 3 get on.
You then arrive at Philadelphia Station.
Without going back to review, how old is the bus driver ?
Answer: Oh, for crying out loud !
Don't you remember your own age?!?! It was YOU driving the bus!
If you pass this along to your friends, pray they do better than you.
PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions!
Sorry for all the spaces. You'd be tempted to cheat otherwise.
US reveals SECRET WEAPON: Flying aircraft carriers with SWARMS of 'Gremlin' drones
Netanyahu received an item from the leader of HAMAS. During the recent cease-fire,
The leader of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, Khaled Mashal, sent a "gift" (actually, it was a gesture of hate and contempt to the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu), in an elaborate box, with a note.
After having the box checked for safety reasons, Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the Box and saw that the content was cow dung.
He opened the note, hand-written in Arabic by Mr. Mashal, which said, "For you and The proud people of the Zionist Entity."
Mr. Netanyahu, who is literate in Arabic, pondered the note and decided how best to Reciprocate.
He quickly did so by sending the Hamas leader an equally handsome package, also Containing a personal note.
Mr. Mashal and the other leaders of Hamas were very surprised to receive the parcel And opened it, very carefully, similarly suspecting that it might contain a bomb.
But to their surprise, they saw that it contained a tiny computer chip.
The chip was rechargeable with solar energy, had a 1.8 terabyte memory, and could Output a 3D hologram display capable of functioning in any type of cellular phone, Tablet or laptop.
It was one of the world's most advanced technologies, with a tiny label, stating this Item was "Invented and produced in Israel."
Mr. Netanyahu's note, personally handwritten in Arabic, Hebrew, French, and English, Stated very courteously.
"Every leader can only give the best his people can produce,"
Eishet Chayil #1 of the Week--Special "Kiddush Hashem 101" edition
She said, 'I love you, but I know this other woman
loves you and would Love to spend
some time with you.'
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my Mother, who has
been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three
children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner
and a movie. 'What's wrong, are you well,' she asked? My mother is
the type of woman who suspects
that a late night call or a surprise invitation
is a sign of bad news.
'I thought that it would be pleasant to spend
some time with you,' I responded 'just the two of us.' She thought
about it for a moment, and then said,
'I would like that very much.'
That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit
nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed
to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on.
She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to
celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that
was as radiant as an angel's.
'I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they
were impressed,' she said, as she got into the car. 'They can't wait
about our meeting.'
We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant,
was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm
as if she were the First Lady.
After we sat down, I had to read the menu.
Her eyes could only read large print. Half-way through the entrees, I
lifted my eyes and saw Mother
sitting there staring at me.
A nostalgic smile was on her lips.
'It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small,' she
said. 'Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor,' I
responded. During the dinner , we had an agreeable conversation
nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other's
life. We talked so much that we
missed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said, 'I'll go
out with you again, but only if
you let me invite you.' I agreed.
'How was your dinner date?' asked my wife when I got home. 'Very nice,
much more so than I could have imagined,' I answered.
A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It
happened so suddenly that I didn't have a chance to do anything for
her. Sometime later, I received an envelope with a copy of a
restaurant receipt from the same place Mother and I had dined. An
attached note said: 'I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I
could be there; but, nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for you
and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant
'I love you, son'
At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: 'I love
YOU' and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in
life is more important than your family. Give them the time they
deserve, because these things cannot be put off till some 'other'
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after
you've had a baby... somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother,
'normal' is history.
Somebody said you can't love the second child as much as you love the
first... somebody doesn't have
two or more children.
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and
delivery....somebody never watched her 'baby' get on the bus for the
first day of kindergarten... or on a plane headed for military 'boot
Somebody said a Mother can stop worrying after her child gets
married... somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or
daughter-in-law to a mother's heartstrings.
Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves
home... somebody never had grandchildren.
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to
tell her... somebody isn't a mother.
Pass this along to all the GREAT 'mothers' in your life and to
everyone who ever had a mother.
This isn't just about being a mother; it's about appreciating the
people in your lives while you have them... no matter who that person
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes...
'Be kinder than necessary to everyone you meet, because everyone
is fighting some kind of battle'.
Have a great day!
ALL I ASK OF YOU (Josh Groban & Sarah Brightman)
Kahane on the Parsha
Rabbi Meir Kahane- Parshat BeShalach
REJOICE WHEN THE WICKED DIE
"Then Moses and the Children of Israel sang this song..."--Exodus 15:1
Avraham Tirosh, a member of the Mafdal party (מפד"ל- מפלגת פועלי דתי לאומי) or the NRP (National Religious Party), recently wrote an article whose basic theme is love of all people, even enemies; equality of all people; and the sin of rejoicing over the death of our enemies. He begins, of course, with the usual partial quote from the Talmud (Megillah 10b) that when the angels sought to sing a song of praise as the Egyptians were drowning in the Red Sea, G-d said: "The work of My hands is drowning in the sea and you want to sing?"
Says Tirosh: "All who are created in the image of G-d, even the Egyptian, are G-d's work and thus we must relate to them. When a disaster occurs to ANYONE, EVEN if he is your ENEMY, EVEN if he seeks to DESTROY YOU--do not sing praise. Or, in the words of King Solomon (Proverbs 24:17), 'When your enemy falls, do not rejoice, and when he stumbles, let your heart not be glad.'"
As always, the Tiroshes of the world selectively and very partially quote the Talmud. The selection he cites really begins with R. Yehoshua Ben Levi starting his lecture on Megillat Esther with the verse, "As the L-rd rejoiced over you to do you good, so the L-rd will rejoice over you to cause you to perish" (Deuteronomy 28:63). And the Talmud asks: Does the Almighty then rejoice over the fall of the wicked? And to prove that He does not rejoice, the story of the angels asking to sing praise is cited. And this is where Tirosh stops. BUT THERE IS MORE!
The Talmud continues as follows: "Rabbi Elazar said: It is true that HE does not rejoice, but He causes OTHERS TO REJOICE."
Ah, WHAT A DIFFERENCE! And a clear answer to the obvious question: If G-d does not want us to rejoice and praise Him when our enemy falls, why in the world does it say: "Then Moses and the Children of Israel sang this song to the L-rd..."? And a clear answer to why the Rabbis say (Mechilta, Beshalach 2:6): "Moses asked Israel: Will you stand and do NOTHING while the L-rd performs miracles and glories for you? Said Israel to Moses: What should we do? Said he to them: You will glorify and praise and give song and glory and greatness to the One to whom wars belong."
Of course, the Almighty, the totality of compassion, the father of all, grieves for His children--all of them. HE does not sing. His angels, who are not ofRabb this world, do not sing. but the JEWS DO! Not only are they ALLOWED TO, THEY ARE COMMANDED TO...Why? For the very same reason that the Almighty, though He does not sing, DOES destroy the work of His hands when it turns evil.
Yes, of course He grieves. He grieves at those who were made in His image have so perverted and destroyed the greatness of that image. But in His grief He does not have pity. He destroys. He knows that evil and He cannot share the same world, as our Rabbis say: "As long as the wicked rule in the world, the Holy One Blessed Be He, so to speak, cannot sit on His throne" (Yalkut, Tehillim 47).
And thus do the Rabbis declare (Shemot Rabba 23:1): "This is the meaning of the verse 'Your throne was firm from then (az אז)' (Psalms 93:2). Although You exist from time immemorial, Your throne was not made firm and You were not renowned in Your world until Your children sang...[W]hen we sang before You 'Az Yashir,' then (az אז ) Your kingdom and throne were made firm."
And that is why King David sings (Psalms 58:11-12): "The righteous one shall rejoice when he sees vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked." Why? Because only when we see the wicked punished, only when we see vengeance for their sins, do we have proof that G-d really exists and rules. And David continues by saying: "So that people shall say: There is, indeed, a reward for the righteous; there is, indeed, a G-d who judges on the earth."
And that is why the Rabbis tell us that "Moses yearned to see vengeance against the Midianites" (Bamidbar Rabba 22:5). Moses. Yearned. To see vengeance on the wicked. What shall we do with the fanatic Moses...?
The incredible perversion of Judaism by confused and guilt-ridden Jews, ignoramuses and learned alike! Our Rabbis tell us (Yalkut, Beshalach 241): "'And Israel saw the great hand of G-d' (Exodus 14:31). When the Almighty wished to drown the Egyptians, the Archangel of Egypt (Uza) said, 'Sovereign of the Universe! You are called just and righteous...why do You wish to drown the Egyptians?'...At that moment Gabriel rose, took a brick, and said, 'Sovereign of the Universe! These who enslaved Your children in such a terrible slavery as this, shall You have mercy on them?' Immediately, the Almighty drowned them."
And allow me to introduce two other Talmudic sayings: "The generation was one of tiny faith, saying, 'Just as we rose from the sea on this side, perhaps the Egyptians rose from the other side.' The Almighty ordered that the bodies be washed up and Israel saw them" (Pesachim 118b). And Midrash Tehillim (22:1) adds, "Each Jew took his dog and put his foot on the throat of a dead Egyptian and said to his dog, 'Eat of the hand that slaved me, eat of the heart that showed me no pity.'"
As for the tiresome perversion of the verse, "When your enemy falls, do not rejoice" (Proverbs 24:17), it is time that Tirosh went beyond a Biblical verse and learned that G-d gave us an Oral Law, a Talmud, that explains verses. Let him open the Talmud (Megillah 16a) which tells of Mordechai kicking Haman as the latter bent over to help him climb on his horse. Haman, too, in a startling echo of Tirosh, wails: "Does it not say in your Torah, 'When your enemy falls...'?" And Mordechai answers Haman, and Tirosh: "That applies to a Jew but concerning you the Torah states: 'And you shall trample upon their high places' (Deuteronomy 33:29)."
The Jewish Press, 1986
Live! Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand - "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" 1980 Grammys
SUBSCRIBE 14KSubscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe[HD] Live! Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand - "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" Performed during the 1980 Grammys. Introduction by David Crosby.
Neil Diamond just announced at 77 he is stopping touring as he has Parkinson's disease