HEADS UP: Here is what you need to know about public transit for Yom Kippur this Tuesday/Wednesday.
Tuesday (Erev Yom Kippur): Intercity bus service will gradually end between 1:30 PM and 3 PM. Intracity bus service will end between 2 PM and 3 PM. The last light rail train will depart from each end of the line at 2:01 PM.
Wednesday (Motzaei Yom Kippur): Bus service will resume at 8:30 PM. The first light rail train will depart from Heil Ha'Avir at 8:50 PM and from Har Herzl at 8:59 PM.
Make sure to check the last and/or first times for the route(s) you need in advance!
Gmar chatima tova!
AOL: The Rise and Fall of the First Internet Empire
This is a story from the not too distant past
Do not feel bad in your heart when you give to him [the poor] (Deuteronomy 15:10).
When people come to collect charity, we may sometimes feel annoyed with them, especially if they come frequently. The Torah here is cautioning us not to bear any resentment when we give to them.
A recovered alcoholic, sober for many years, gave much of his time to help newcomers to sobriety. He therefore made himself available to them twenty-four hours a day, so that whenever they called, he could help them resist the urge to drink. Someone once asked him, "Doesn't it irritate you to be repeatedly awakened during the night?" "Of course not!" he answered. "I just have to remember that I'm not the one who is doing the calling."
This man knew that many years earlier, he himself had needed to call for help. Now that he was in a position to give help instead of receiving it, his deep gratitude precluded any irritation at being bothered at strange hours.
If we ever feel put upon by people who ask for charity, one need only realize that since we are in a position to give instead of needing to receive, we should be so overwhelmed with gratitude that there should be no room for annoyance. As we give charity, we might also give our blessings and good wishes to the recipients, that God should help them soon be in a position to give to others.
Today I shall ... ...
give tzedakah with an open hand and willing heart, and be grateful that I am in a position to give instead of needing to receive.
Trying to Escape
When the Israelites were in the wilderness and were 'craving' meat so badly, why didn't they just use some of the cattle that they had. I realize some of that was for offerings, but there had to be a few extra. This has always stuck in my mind.
The Aish Rabbi Replies:
Your question was asked in the Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni - B'Ha'alotcha 736).
The answer is that they had plenty, and were just looking for things what to complain about, even if there was no reason to complain. See "Rashi" Numbers 11:1,4, that they were trying to turn away from God, and were fabricating excuses.
We see from here the inclination to move away from God, to escape into a "world" of independence.
Kurt Vonnegut's novel, "Breakfast of Champions," brings home this point in a dramatic way. In one scene, the main character, Kilgore Trout, is having a drink in a bar, minding his own business. Suddenly, he feels an awesome presence is about to enter the bar. He begins to sweat.
Who walks in?
Kurt Vonnegut. When the author of the book steps into the novel to visit to his character, Kilgore's perception of the world is changed forever. He realizes that he does not exist independently. Rather, every moment of life requires a new stroke of the author's pen. Without the author, he ceases to exist.
So what is Kilgore's reaction? He starts to run away! In an attempt to maintain independence, he tries to hide from the very source of his existence!
The metaphor is clear. God has His plans, and we are destined to either follow along, or suffer the consequences. The choice is quite clear. The only true existence is the Infinite. And why fight it?? Whenever we peel back the outer layer of this world and get a glimpse of the higher Infinite dimension, we have a moment of awe-filled transcendence. We lift beyond our finite limitations and touch eternity. Perfection itself.
The Decline of RadioShack...What Happened?
RadioShack has been on a tremendous decline over many years. It's been much longer and more severe than I realized. But what exactly happened? What happened that turned the successful company RadioShack into what it is today? Other Company Declines: Kmart: https://youtu.be/1__Qg1toSSs Blockbuster: https://youtu.be/5sMXR7rK40U
Read this question, come up with an answer and then scroll down to the bottom for the result. This is not a trick question. It is as it reads. No one I know has gotten it right, Few people do.
A woman, while at the funeral of her own mother, met a guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing. She believed him to be her dream guy so much that she fell in love with him right there, but never asked for his number and could not find him. A few days later she killed her sister.
Question: What is her motive for killing her sister? [Give this some thought before you answer, see answer below] Answer:
She was hoping the guy would appear at the funeral again. If you answered this correctly, you think like a psychopath. This was a test by a famous American Psychologist used to determine if one has the same mentality as a killer. Many arrested serial killers took part in the test and answered the question correctly. If you didn't answer the question correctly, good for you.
If you got the answer correct, please let me know so I can take you off my e-mail list!
Preparing to say goodbye... a message from Clint Eastwood
My Twilight Years at 84.
If you realize each day is a gift, you may be near my age. As I enjoy my twilight years, I am often struck by the inevitability that the party must end.
There will come a clear, cold morning when there isn't any "more."
No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat.
It seems to me that one of the important things to do before that morning comes, is to let everyone of your family and friends know that you care for them by finding simple ways to let them know your heartfelt beliefs and the guiding principles of your life so they can always say, "He was my friend, and I know where he stood."
So, just in case I'm gone tomorrow, please know this: I voted against that incompetent, lying, flip-flopping, insincere, double-talking, radical socialist, terrorist excusing, bleeding heart, narcissistic, scientific and economic moron that spent eight years-in the White House trying to destroy our wonderful country and turn it into Muslim loving, socialist s__t hole like he came from and I don't mean Hawaii!
Participating in a gun buy-back program because you think criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.
Make My Day -- Pass it on!
Thousands Riot in Chemnitz, Germany After Another Murder by Migrants
Several people were injured as thousands of Chemnitz locals protested for the second night of anti-migrant protests, after the fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old man by migrants from Iraq and Syria on Sunday.
Germans are sick and tired of the government ignoring all the violence of the Muslim migrants that have been welcomed into Germany the past few years.
The stabbing of the 35 year old man on Sunday, by a migrant from Syria and one from Iraq has sparked the massive protest going on the past few days.
An estimated 5,000 protesters took to the streets to protest. Another 1,000 came out as a counter protest in defense of the migrants. The police had to enter the fray and bring order to the streets.
As if to prove the point of the protestors, instead of the government taking a strong stand against the violence and the murder, by the migrants, the authoritites placed the focus on the "right-wing" protestors.
One government minister warned that the "right-wing anti-immigration" vigilante groups are creating "civil war like conditions" in Germany.
Burkhard Lischka, an opposition SPD politician in the interior ministry, told one German paper that "there is a small right-wing mob in our country that will take every opportunity to enact its violent fantasies of civil war-like conditions on our streets."
Even the retoric of German Prime Minister Angela Merkel follows this same direction, warning against what she called "vigilante justice".
However, most of the people protesting are not doing so because they are "right-wing vigilantes" but, as Markus Frohnmaier, from the anti-immigration AfD party, tweeted because "if the state is no longer able to protect citizens then people take to the streets and protect themselves. It's as simple as that!".
While it is very probable that some of the protestors were right-wing, neo-nazi supporters, the mainstream media, in Germany and abroad, adds to the distrust of the citizens by labeling every single protestor "right-wing", totally discrediting all the regular citizens who are disgusted by being abandoned by the government and police.
With the murder of Ari Fuld, we have to ask how many more most die before we admit that Kahane was right and we must seperate from the Arabs to have a Country where we are safe.
Kahane on the Parsha
Rabbi Meir Kahane- Parshat Va'Yelech
TORAH AND "POLITICS"
The Talmud (Shabbat 138b-139a) states, "In the future the Torah will be forgotten by Israel." The prophet Amos proclaims, "They will run to seek the word of the L-rd but won't find it" (Amos 8:12). How do we reconcile these statements with the verse in our parsha that declares the Torah "will NOT be forgotten by their descendants" (Deuteronomy 31:21)?
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in the Talmud (op. cit.) explains: The meaning of Amos's dire prophecy is that "a clear halacha and a clear teaching will not be found in the same place." The Torah itself, however, will never, G-d forbid, be forgotten by Israel.
The era preceding the redemption will be a tragic one. G-d will "send a famine upon the land...a famine for hearing the word of G-d" (Amos 8:11). People will seek the truth, they will want to know what to do- but no one will be able to tell them. Truth will have no address.
The Talmud (Sotah 49a) states that before the Messiah's arrival, matters will deteriorate to such a degree that people will despair and proclaim, "Upon whom, then, can we rely?" And they will answer, "Upon our Father in Heaven." On these words, the Chofetz Chaim comments: This is a terrible curse. Since there will be no great men to lead us, everyone will be forced to rely solely on G-d. In other words, fate.
Of course there will be great men of Torah in the era preceding the redemption- men proficient in Talmud and pilpul. But, "a clear halacha and a clear teaching will not be found in the same place." No "clear halacha"- no practical plan of action- will emerge from these great men who know the Torah's "clear teachings." In other words, no one will take the Torah concepts of faith and trust and apply them to real life. No one will demand, for example, that we rely on G-d and not pay attention to what the non-Jewish nations have to say about our future in Eretz Yisrael. "Teachings" and "halacha" will operate in separate spheres. Faith and trust in G-d will remain theoretical concepts while security and sovereignty over the Land of Israel will be considered "politics."
See you tomorrow, remember Yom Kippur on Wendesday
Love Yehuda Lave
Rabbi Yehuda Lave
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