When you have meaningful goals, you create a meaningful life. Being goal-oriented gives you a direction. Goals create a focus for your efforts. Setting goals that you want to reach makes it easier to have the quality of alacrity . When a goal is very important to you, you are driven to do what you need to do to achieve that goal.
When you have clear goals, you can accomplish more than someone without clear goals. The most accomplished people in the world are experts at setting and reaching goals. Learn from them. All great people are great because they have made meaningful goals and took action to reach those goals. All joyful great people are among the happiest people in the world because they enjoy all that they are doing to achieve their meaningful goals.
Speaking of goals on Thursday Night:
THURSDAY July 19, Israel Center, 8 PM Are "Jewish" Views on Christianity Confusing the Ben-Noah? * Christianity is Not an Acceptable Religion For Non-Jews, But Why Are Some Rabbis Getting it WRONG?* * Understanding the halachic debate * More confusion due to censorship * What does the Rema really hold? English shiur given by Menachem Gottlieb with Torah source sheets,for men and women Admission: 20 NIS 22 Keren HaYesod, Jerusalem
I am working with Menachem on this class and have done a lot of source material. Please join us on Thursday Evening.
Today, this afternoon will be three classes at the Kahne Yeshiva
Live Classes Tuesday the 17th at the Kahane Yeshiva
Yom Iyun on the Holy Temple at Yeshivat HaRa'ayon HaYehudi In time for Tisha B'Av, come join us at the Yeshiva for a session of study and contemplation of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem (Hebrew date 5 Av). The shiurim will be in English.
Speakers: 400 PM Menachem Gottlieb: "Why did the Tzadik fall while trying to expel the non-Jews from entering Eretz Yisrael?" 445 PM Avraham Sheinman: "Why is National Kiddush Hashem necessary for the Redemption?" 530 PM Rabbi David Bar-Chayim: "Can the Miqdash fall from Heaven?"
Not to be missed - Tell all your friends!
Come early to ensure your place Refreshments will be served.
Yeshivat HaRa'ayon HaYehudi, 11 Shmarya St. Jerusalem
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Amazing Facts You Didn't Know About Ancient Egypt!
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77 PHOTOS YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE - RARE HISTORICAL IMAGES
Like some of you, I'm also a rabid history buff, specializing in collecting the most interesting rare historic photos. I only curate the rare ones that have a significant impact on the history of the world. Find out below some of the most fascinating rare historical photos ever captured on camera. Thanks to these great images, we now have before us a rare window to some of the most interesting moments of our world history.
5 Powerful Lessons about Giving
How Cami Walker's book, "29 Gifts", changed my life.
A month after her wedding Cami Walker, 33, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) – an auto-immune disease which affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Looking back she realized she had been experiencing many symptoms for close to a decade, they never presented close enough together for doctors to identify MS. As MS progresses it brings with a myriad of debilitating and agonizing symptoms; Walkers could barely walk, was constantly in excruciating pain and had lost vision in one eye. Not surprisingly she was angry, resentful and depressed. Her life as she knew it was destroyed. Her imagined bliss of being a newly-wed was replaced with frequent trips to the ER. Her flourishing career in advertising was ruined. She was left with nothing but bottles of pills and her own misery.
With nothing to lose, she took the unconventional advice of her spiritual mentor to give away 29 gifts for 29 days. In her memoir "29 Gifts" she describes her astonishment at becoming stronger as she focused outwards on what she was able to give. She found hidden reservoirs of optimism, faith and generosity. At the end of the 29 days she was working part time, walking and her pain levels were manageable. And her passion for living and belief in her unique purpose was rekindled.
Walker's journey resonated deeply with me as my husband suffers from fibromyalgia (also a chronic auto-immune disease). I have witnessed first-hand the all-consuming challenges of chronic illness. Whether or not one follows the "29 gifts" project, the lessons from her journey and the movement she has spearheaded show how a mentality of giving offers one a more meaningful and joyous existence.
1. The most meaningful gifts are not physical
The most meaningful gifts we can give don't cost a cent. The list is endless: Time is a luxury these days – giving your children or loved one undivided attention. A phone call to a friend in a challenging situation. A hug to someone who looks like they need it. An email to an old friend to say you are thinking of them. A visit to an elderly relative. Making dinner for your family. Doing the carpool even though it's not your turn. A listening ear to someone who needs to let off steam. A hug to someone who looks like they need it. A sincere word of thanks to a hard-working colleague.
2. No matter how limited you are, you always have something to give
Walker was severely limited – physically, financially and emotionally. But once she started focusing outwards on what she did have to give she found she had an abundance of unexpected resources to share with the world. Giving a weeping friend a tissue at her support group showed she cared and was feeling her pain. Scarcity or abundance is an outlook, not a reality. When we feel we don't have enough, we focus on what we are lacking and feel stingy and afraid. When we realize how blessed we are and how much we have to offer the world, we begin feeling grateful and valuable.
3. How we choose to view ourselves influences our lives
Seeing ourselves as lacking generates self-preservation mode. We hold onto whatever we can – time, energy, money, emotional investment. We don't trust that there is enough and live in fear of being depleted. But choosing to see ourselves as conduits of God's infinite kindness, we can realize that there is abundance of resources and we don't have to be stingy. This leads to generosity and an ability to give without fear of lacking. And in turn, we become more connected with the people around us.
4. Being a gracious receiver
Walker tells a story of how her acupuncturist (in addition to giving her free treatments) would drive her to and from her office in busy LA traffic. She was struggling to accept this until she realized that accepting graciously was the best response she could have.
It's easy to feel bad when people are kind to us. We don't feel worthy of receiving love. You shouldn't have bought anything, we say shrugging off the kindness. But when people do things for us or give us gifts, they want us to be happy. So be gracious. Put aside your inadequacy and believe that you are worthy of receiving love. Receiving graciously is a big gift in itself that brings joy to the giver.
5. Giving to oneself is crucial
Conscious giving means being discerning as to when you need to give yourself. Your body is the vehicle God gives you to express your soul's potential, so be kind to it. Ensuring you have a good night's sleep, a healthy meal and making time to exercise is just as important as giving to other people. Emotionally, one also needs to nurture oneself. Giving yourself acknowledgement, compliments and forgiveness is the starting point for giving to other. Your soul also needs to be nurtured; it needs learning, relationships and inspiration to keep moving forward. These things are not selfish but are what enable ones to give outwardly in the future.
A group of such individuals grouped together, just as lone wolves do when they form a pack. They came to the conclusion that everyone except them were, in fact, crazy, and everything was a lie, so they claimed a true lie was a truth. They formed a religion out of these conclusions. It was a religion that annulled the values and ethics of all other religions. They were differentiating from the rest, for this religion valued hate. They taught it as one of their fundamentals. The other religions' doomsdays were the days of their saviours; demons were their saints. They claimed all foreign prophets to be liars and, at best, thieves, if they weren't cursing them in their prayers.
What was wrong in their eyes was perceived as good in the eyes of others and they kept their religion a secret by acting as chameleons. This was their true form, because the truth of lies needs to be hidden for it to remain a lie. It was as if they weren't crazy, only to curse and steal behind the backs of others, as this was virtuous in their eyes.
No one could join this religion, it could only be passed down through both parents. If one were to deviate from the religion, they could never come back and were banished for life, since intolerance was tolerance in their eyes.
One day, Truth appeared. No one was happy, since everyone, not just the mad religion, were in fact living a lie in the form of truth. But some lies bend in favour to Truth, yet most expel it. As the truth seemed to be a crazy lie in the eyes of all other religions, the mad religion claimed it to be its own, in whole, and became its keeper, since they, unlike the others, believed that falsehoods came before truth, in fact it sprung from it.