People focus on what is important to them. If you don't belive that you are here for a special purpose and G-d needed you, which is why he/she created you, then you focus on secular things like making money or your particualar vices (whatever they are). If you don't belive in a power greater than you, than all there is in this life is dedicating yourself to selfish goals.
However, when you identify yourself as a person who loves kindness, you will notice opportunities you hadn't noticed before. You will always feel that it's up to you to do as much good as you can in your life. If you feel that G-d made you and you are special, you will look to make a difference in other people lives.
Love Yehuda Lave
Only an Insane World Can Deny Objective Undeniable Truths
Only an Insane World Can Deny Objective Undeniable TruthsByGuest Blogger April 3, 2018
Guest Post by Hillel Fuld
I want to thank the international community, the UN, Bernie Sanders, France, our very own Meretz party, and the bulk of my gratitude, I'd like to dedicate to our friends, the people who call themselves Palestinians.
Self doubt, it's a dangerous thing. When all day, every day, all you hear, all that is drilled into your brain, is that Israel is an aggressor, a savage apartheid country that brutally murders Palestinian women and children whenever they can, eventually you start to doubt yourself. When everyone else thinks you're crazy and you think you're sane, you might very well be crazy.
And so, that self doubt, it starts seeping in. Maybe we really aren't doing everything we can for peace. Maybe there really are millions of Palestinians who want peace and we are the real obstacle here. Who knows? Maybe these homes and communities we build that are full of beautiful, intelligent, and ideological people, maybe they are are indeed illegal settlements, and should be evacuated. Who knows? Everyone else thinks it. Maybe I'm the crazy one. Then Friday happened. Objective undeniable truths. Tens of thousands of violent protestors egged on by a globally recognized terrorist organization try to invade the territory and breach the official borders of a sovereign nation. Zero opinion. All facts.
The only free country in an entire region does exactly what any other country would do in the same situation. No, sorry, any other country would have acted significantly more violently. Israel protected its borders and killed known terrorists. This is all documented clearly. The identities of those nice gentlemen are explicitly documented. They are no more. Again, facts. The world is now a better place with over ten dead terrorists.
And yet, in the face of cold hard facts, the world condemns the good guy. Obsession. Across the board, the international community gets up in arms to call out the the side of justice and self defense. Consensus.
That consensus is why I am grateful. Remember that self doubt? That consensus makes me doubt that self doubt. No, it actually builds my confidence back that it is not me who is insane. It is not me who is wrong and unjust. It is not us who are on the wrong side of history.
These calls from the UN, France, Sanders, and the rest of the clowns in the circus abolish any self doubt I may have had.
Israel Is Right
We are right. They are all insane. Wait. Not so fast. Insane isn't the right word. That would let them off the hook. History won't be so forgiving. They are not insane. They are good old fashioned Jew haters.
Yes, I realize some are Jews. That is ok. We've always been our own worst enemy. We are sometimes too good for our own good. Too merciful. And we know what happens to those who pity the evil. And that is what has happened. They have become evil.
So no, it's not me. It's not you. We are the sane ones and no UN resolution will change that, no matter how many nations support it.
So today, we are confident in our way once again. The way of logic, reason, the love of life, and the path of building the future. That is us!
Our enemies embrace death and destruction. We embrace life and innovation. It's pretty clear to me who will remain standing last. Look at history. Somehow, after all these generations, and all these cruel enemies, we are still here, something you can't say for the rest of them.
We got this.
Dear world, thanks for reassuring me and making me more confident than ever.
Now this is magic…….. worth watching!
Tony and Jordan: Identical Twins Dazzle With Magic - America's Got Talent 2017
For Yom Hashoa -- Holocaust Rememberance Day.
There is English translation to this. Open it. This song was first sung by Ora Chaza a"h when she majestically represented Israel in the European Song Contest that was held in Munich, Germany in 1983. She reached second place. The irony, the poetic justice, the revenge of the words of this song "in your face, Germany, we are still here" was not lost on the audience. Proudly enjoy this very Israeli response to Holocaust Day. https://www.facebook.com/BeitAviChai/videos/2125505577704174
A meaningful video from Dr. Twersky on the meaning of freedom
Johan van Hulst, Who Helped Save 600 Children From the Nazis, Dies at 107
Johan van Hulst, Who Helped Save 600 Children From the Nazis, Dies at 107
He headed a teachers' college in Amsterdam when he came up with a plan to save hundreds of children from being sent to Nazi death camps.
By Richard Sandomir <http://www.nytimes.com/by/richard-sandomir>April 1, 2018 In the spring and summer of 1943 in Amsterdam, Johan van Hulst was at the center of a daring scheme to save Jewish children from being sent to a concentration camp.
The children — from infants to 12-year-olds — had been taken from their parents at a deportation center and brought by nursery workers to a nursery next to the teachers' college where Mr. van Hulst was the principal.
The rescue plan was simple but risky: the children were surreptitiously handed over a hedge between the nursery and the college and hidden in a classroom until they could be smuggled to the countryside by Dutch Resistance groups.
"You realize that you cannot possibly take all the children with you," he said. "You know for a fact that the children you leave behind are going to die. I took 12 with me. Later on, I asked myself, 'Why not 13?' "
Nearly 70 years later, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel visited the Netherlands in 2012, he met Mr. van Hulst and told him: "We say those who save one life saves a universe. You saved hundreds of universes."
Mr. van Hulst died on March 22 in Amsterdam, the Dutch Senate announced. He was 107.
Mr. van Hulst started teaching at the Reformed Teachers' Training College in 1938. Two years later, he was named deputy principal. But after the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands began in May 1940, the school came under great financial pressure. The Dutch government eliminated a subsidy for teachers' salaries, seemingly dooming the school to closing.
But Mr. van Hulst came up with a plan to ask the students' parents to fund the school, and it succeeded, saving the school and helping him rise to principal. When Germany invaded the Netherlands, there were about 140,000 Jews, and by September 1944, more than 100,000 of them had been sent to concentration camps, according to Yad Vashem. Jews from Amsterdam were taken to the transit camp in Westerbork < https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005217>, in the Netherlands, before being transported to Nazi extermination centers in Poland like Auschwitz.
Ms. Pimentel, he added, "convinced the parents to let their children be smuggled out. Van Hulst was the one who did the actual smuggling — of course, together with his team of students and fellow resistance workers."
To avoid suspicion, Mr. van Hulst sent only a few children at a time to safety; not all of them at any given time in the nursery could be saved.
"We had to make a choice," he told the Dutch broadcaster NOS last year, "and one of the most horrible things was to make a choice."
Emile Schrijver, general director of the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam, said in an email that Mr. van Hulst had demonstrated that "we all have a choice to do the right thing at any time; even in times of enormous trouble; he used the power of disruption; disruption of an evil system and of the arrogance it entailed."
Johan Wilhelm van Hulst was born on Jan. 28, 1911, in Amsterdam, to Gerrit van Hulst, a furniture upholsterer, and the former Geertruida C. Hofman. His education included master's degrees in psychology and pedagogy from Vrije Universiteit and a Ph.D. in humanities there.
After the war, he continued to teach but also entered politics, serving in the Dutch Senate and the European Parliament.
He was also an accomplished chess player and the chairman of a chess club in Amsterdam. When Jewish members faced restrictions from the Germans, he told the website Chess Vibes in 2010, "we decided to secretly play at their houses instead of at the club."
"Later this had to stop as well," he said.
He is survived by his daughters, Diane Schoonemann-van Hulst and Catherine Koot-van Hulst; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His wife, the former Anna Janette Donker, died in 2006.
Mr. van Hulst was interviewed frequently about his wartime activities but was modest in assessing them.