Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Want to go on a Safari--we did right here in Israel and Ruth Matar passes away and Missing Saudi journalist had 'bloodlust' against Israel'

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

Love and Giving

The Sages (Rosh Hashanah 17a) have revealed to us a wonderful tool: "A person who forgives others who distress him and does not do or say anything negative in retaliation will have all of his transgressions forgiven." By removing your anger over the behavior of others, anger will be removed from you.

(Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler; Michtav M'Eliyahu, vol.4, p.243)

Think of someone whom you have not yet forgiven. Let enlightened self-interest serve as a motivating factor to forgive that person.

Love Yehuda Lave

Woman in Green co-founder passes away

Ruth Matar passes away. Matar had co-founded renowned movement calling for Israel to assert sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

Tzvi Lev, 20/10/18

Ruth Matar, who founded the "Women in Green" movement 25 years ago with her husband, passed away on Saturday.

Originally called "Women for Israel's Tomorrow", the group sought to destroy media stereotypes of those opposing land concessions by showing mothers, housewives, and career women who could intelligently articulate Israel's cause. Matar first founded the organization in 1993 following the signing of the Oslo Accords by the Rabin Government and the resulting plans for a Palestinian State. In recent years, Woman in Green has been leading the discourse over the vision of full Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

Ruth's daughter-in-law Nadia Matar, together with Yehudit Katzover, currently lead the movement.

"Her spirit was exemplary, and modeled in our activities both in the practical grasp on the ground and in advancing the vision of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria," said Katzover.

At a recent event celebrating 25 years since the movement's founding, Nadia recounted Ruth's influence.

"Ruth taught all of us that we must not be silent and that when a Jew is in distress, you leave everything else aside and mobilize to help him; she taught us not be afraid to tell the truth and that loyalty is the highest virtue - loyalty to the People, to the Torah, to the Land, and to the family," Nadia recalled.

The funeral began at 11 PM at the Sanhedria Cemetary, followed by Ruth's burial on the Mount of Olives.

Missing Saudi journalist had 'bloodlust' against Israel'

Journalist allegedly killed by Saudi government was Islamist extremist, supporter of terrorists Osama Bin Laden and Hamas.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-born writer who was allegedly murdered on the orders of the Saudi government in Istanbul earlier this month, has been the subject of much concern in the mainstream media since his disappearance.

However, Khashoggi was far from a liberal journalist, writes Jordan Schachtel of Conservative Review.

Schachtel stated that Khashoggi, who wrote for the Washington Post's serious bloodlust when it came to violence against the state of Israel Global Opinions" section, was an Islamist extremist who displayed a "serious bloodlust when it came to violence against the state of Israel" and was connected to terrorist organizations.

In 2014, Khashoggi wrote an op ed for the Middle East Monitor, a publication which is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood movement, in which he expressed his hope that Muslim nations would one day work together with the Hamas terrorist organization to destroy the Jewish State. He has written other pieces castigating Muslim nations for failing to support Hamas' genocidal ambitions.

Khashoggi was also a supporter of arch-terrorist Osama Bin Laden, the leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization.

According to Schachtel, Khashoggi had an "extremely regressive, anti-Western worldview and a consistent pattern of supporting fringe Islamist movements in the region."

Schachtel said that while "no one deserves to be harmed for his views," the media have played fast and loose with the truth by portraying Khashoggi as a moderate journalist and reformer.

Tevet 11

In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln pledged to amend a federal law granting only Christian clergy the right to serve as military chaplains. During the Civil War (in which 6,500 Jews served for the North, and another 2,000 for the South), a religious Jew named Michael Allen had been elected as the non-denominational chaplain of his army regiment. When Allen's Jewishness became "publicized," rather than subject his family to the humiliating ordeal of his dismissal, Allen resigned, citing poor health. The regiment then elected Rabbi Arnold Fischel as its chaplain, in order to test the constitutionality of the "Christian-only" law. Much lobbying ensued, including Fischel traveling to Washington to meet with Lincoln. Six months later, the law was amended to permit Jewish clergy to become military chaplains. It is regarded historically as the first case of American Jews successfully challenging federal legislation.

One who responds "Amen" after a blessing surpasses the one who recites the blessing (Berachos 53b).

"Amen" is an expression of confirmation, whereby we attest that what the other person has said is indeed true. Thus, when someone recites a blessing expressing gratitude to God or asserting that God has commanded the performance of a particular mitzvah, one is making a declaration of one's faith. When we respond by saying "Amen," we are essentially stating, "What you have said is indeed true," and thereby we are not only concurring with what was said and expressing our own faith, but also reinforcing the other person's statement and strengthening the other person's faith.

There are things that one can do that will strengthen other people's faith in God, and things that will weaken it. In Torah there is a concept of arvus - mutual responsibility - by virtue of which one is obligated to try to strengthen other people's belief and trust in God. Although every person has free will, and God does not intervene to deter someone from committing a wrong, people who have suffered because of someone's misdeeds often feel that God has abandoned them. Thus, if we deal unfairly with others, we may not only cause them to be angry at us, but also bring them to doubt God for allowing an injustice to happen. While such reasoning is faulty, the one who caused it is nevertheless responsible for causing the victim to feel that way. On the other hand, when we behave in the manner which God wishes, the result is kvod shamayim - bringing glory and honor to God, and strengthening people's faith. Our actions can and do affect how other people will think and act.

Today I shall ...

try to behave in a way that will result in people having greater respect for and trust in God.

Want to go on a Safrari- We did- Right here in Israel

Senior PLO official: Killing Israelis is not "terror"; it's not "criminal"- it's "legitimate"

This is why peace is impossible with the fake people who claim they are "Palestinians."  All they want to do is murder Jews and destroy Israel. An official of the Palestinian Authority said this.  He works right under PA leader Abbas.Issa Karake

Issa Karake was the Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs until last month. Today he is still a member of the Palestinian Authority Parliament. He was in charge of using aid money from the world to pay terrorists in jail who murdered Israelis.

He was vocal against the laws that Israel and the United States passed deducting funds from the aid given to the Palestinian Authority because of the Palestinian Authority "pay to slay" program. "Pay to slay" is the financial reward system of the Palestinian Authority to reward terrorists who murder Israelis. They are paid according to how many Israelis they kill. The more Israelis they kill, the more money they receive.



"Peace" Partner?

The truth is that the PA should have one labe – a terror organization.  They are not a potential "peace" partner!!! When will this truth finally become the norm and change the paradigm of the fake "peace" deals?  Yes, even the one President Trump wants to pass is a fake deal.

Israel should not deduct money that the PA gives to terrorists. Israel, and all countries giving aid, should STOP any and all money to the PA.

Fake Peace

It is clear to all that the Palestinian Authority supports the murder of Jews to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars! It is NOT interested in peace and never was interested in peace.

When will Israel officially stand up against these lies? Israel continues to act as if the Palestinian Authority is a credible "peace" partner. The PA is not and never was a credible peace partner. Israel must stop this charade already. Israel should not wait for President Trump to state this. It must call out the lies about the Palestinian Authority.


Any country truly interested in peace must stop giving all money to the Palestinian Authority, and call for it to be disbanded. The Palestinian Authority leaders are a bunch of corrupt terrorists who line their own bank accounts with the international "aid."  They just use the Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza as pawns in a war to destroy Israel. They don't even care about their own people.

Anyone who cares about the lives and human rights of the Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza MUST call to destroy the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. To NOT do so, and to call for a two state solution means that they either don't truly care about their human rights or they are blind to reality.


When a thief recites a blessing, he angers God (Psalms 10:3).


The Talmud explains this verse as referring to someone who stole wheat, ground it into flour, and kneaded it into dough, then took off the required tithe for the Kohen (priest) and recited the blessing for the tithe. Far from being pleased with this prayer, God becomes angry, for not only did this person sin by stealing, but he or she had the audacity to pronounce God's Name over something acquired dishonestly (Bava Kama 94a).

Much of Torah law deals with business. Indeed, the greatest piety is achieved when people observe the laws regulating commercial transactions and property rights, and thereby respect other's belongings and rights (Bava Kama 30a). Doing a mitzvah with something not acquired honestly is the grossest of all distortions.

In a highly competitive society, we may think that all is fair, especially if we can find a way to make dishonest actions appear legitimate. The Torah condemns such thinking."

Today I shall ...
... try to maintain rigorous honesty in all that I do, so that all my mitzvos will be welcomed by God.

Holocaust: Reincarnated Souls?

I live in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, and I enjoy reading your Ask the Rabbi column.

In my local paper today, it was reported that a leading rabbi in Israel said that the Jewish victims of the Holocaust were reincarnated souls of great sinners. This confuses me on two points.

Is the belief in reincarnation a central Jewish belief? And if so, how can the victims of the Holocaust, so many of which have been documented to be loving and gracious people, be reincarnated souls of great sinners who are being punished?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:


Everyone agrees that when taken out of context, these statements sound awful. However, in context this rabbi was explaining the idea that souls enter this world in order to correct their mistakes from previous lives. This idea not only refers to those murdered in the Holocaust, but in every generation.

The great kabbalist, the Arizal, says that there is almost no one alive today who is not reincarnated from earlier generations. This includes a large portion of souls from previous times, from those who sinned with the Golden Calf and on through history.

Did they die for naught? No, these reincarnated souls accepted upon themselves all the punishments, hardships and the deaths of those who were murdered in the Holocaust.

By the way, this wouldn't be the first time that the newspapers have quoted something out of context to create a controversy which helps sell newspapers.

It was not merely the Holocaust connection, but rather the entire idea of reincarnation which disturbed the media. An editorial in Haaretz lambasted Judaism and religion in general:

"The transmigration of the souls of sinners" (reincarnation) is a concept that is difficult for an enlightened person, religious or secular, to relate to seriously."

Let's see: The majority of the world's religions, and not just Judaism, holds the belief of reincarnation. What if the Buddhist Dali Llama, who also believes in reincarnation, were to speak of it - would the media insult him, or praise him? Why then do they act with such contempt towards a fellow Jew, even more so a leading Torah Sage?

This all gives us much to think about.

See you tomorrow

Love Yehuda Lave

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Tel Aviv Wandering and Who’s who in the race for Jerusalem city council? Stick with Arieh  King and Yossi Daitch

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

Admit To Justified Criticism

As a young man, Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik of Brisk (19th century author of "Bais HaLevi") once made an offer to a wagon driver. The rabbi would get a ride to a certain city without payment, in return for helping to drive the wagon. Unfortunately, the young rabbi lacked expertise in this skill and made a number of mistakes. The wagon driver kept screaming at him and finally hit him. Near their destination, they stopped at an inn where someone recognized the young man as a brilliant scholar. On discovering the identity of the person he had insulted and hit, the wagon driver was deeply embarrassed. He ran over to Rabbi Soloveitchik and begged his forgiveness.

To the relief of the wagon driver, Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik forgivingly smiled and said, "What is there for me to forgive? You did not insult me for my lack of Torah knowledge. You were irritated over my lack of skill in driving the wagon. You are correct. I am an ignoramus in this area, and can understand why you become angry at me."

Love Yehuda Lave

I personally believe that the most important person that I have worked with in Jerusalem is Arieh King.

Arieh King, Founder

Arieh King, director and founder of the Israel Land Fund (ILF), developed the idea over the course of ten years of working in the East Jerusalem area with several organizations and government bodies. Arieh realized the desire of Diaspora Jews to take a more active role in redeeming the land of Israel, especially in Jerusalem.

Born on Kibbutz Alumim, Arieh, 41, is one of the ten original residents of Ma'ale Zeitim (Ras-Al-Amud) where he currently resides with his wife and six children. Arieh was also one of the first people in the national religious camp to stand up to extreme left-wing organizations pushing the post-Zionist agenda.

Bringing more than ten years of experience in redeeming the land of Israel, Arieh started the Israel Land Fund while trying to recover land on the Mt. of Olives in 2007. Since then, he has been active both in recovery and preservation of Jewish land in East Jerusalem as well as throughout the Land of Israel. Arieh started the Israel Land Fund to offer unique opportunities for any Jew to personally acquire a piece of the land, part of a building or a number of buildings in Israel. Arieh endeavors to acquire land of strategic national importance as well as areas of historical and religious value to the Jewish people.

In October 2013, Arieh was elected to the Jerusalem City Council, where he continues to fight for the rights of Jews to live and travel with equal treatment in every part of the holy city.

For this reason, I am voting for his party and Arieh has recommended Yossi Daitch and I am therefore voting for him. See the story below

Who's who in the race for Jerusalem city council?

Who's who in the race for Jerusalem city council? A primer on the Jerusalem lists and the leading candidates for city council. By Peggy Cidor October 20, 2018 

With municipal elections around the country only ten days away, Jerusalem residents are facing a big choice. There are 10 lists running for 30 seats in the next Jerusalem city council – with the 31st seat belonging to the next elected mayor. Each mayoral candidate must also present a list, so six of the lists are aligned with the six final candidates, and there are four additional local lists.

The six mayoral candidates are Ze'ev Elkin, Moshe Lion, Ofer Berkovitch, Yossi Daitch, Haim Epstein and Avi Salman.

Notable about these elections is the splitting of the traditionally strongest political groups. If there is a central trend in Jerusalem, it is the fact that the religious, the Likud, and the haredim (ultra-Orthodox) have departed from their traditional unity to compete in separate groups.

The national religious are split into two lists: the "official" Bayit Yehudi list headed by Chagit Moshe, and the Me'uchadim (United) list headed by Arieh King, which perhaps represents the more radical religious and right-wing

The Likud is divided into no fewer than four groups. The one officially aligned with candidate Elkin is formed by the remnants of exiting Mayor Nir Barkat's list and still bears the name "Jerusalem Will Succeed." However, Elkin also draws large support from activists in the Likud rank and file. The second group is the official Likud council list, led by former deputy mayor Elisha Peleg.

The third Likud-oriented group is that of Lion, himself a Likud member with significant support from Likud members and activists who are also represented in his list. Finally, there is Salman, whose list is based mostly on active members of the Likud in Jerusalem.

The most notable split is probably in the haredi sector, which is running four lists and two candidates for mayor. This is unprecedented and is an indication that profound changes are occurring inside haredi society. 

The Likud is divided into no fewer than four groups. The one officially aligned with candidate Elkin is formed by the remnants of exiting Mayor Nir Barkat's list and still bears the name "Jerusalem Will Succeed." However, Elkin also draws large support from activists in the Likud rank and file. The second group is the official Likud council list, led by former deputy mayor Elisha Peleg.

The third Likud-oriented group is that of Lion, himself a Likud member with significant support from Likud members and activists who are also represented in his list. Finally, there is Salman, whose list is based mostly on active members of the Likud in Jerusalem.

The most notable split is probably in the haredi sector, which is running four lists and two candidates for mayor. This is unprecedented – and is an indication that profound changes are occurring inside haredi society.

"The times when one rabbi and spiritual leader told all the haredim who they should vote for is over," says a source in that sector. "Today each group in the sector decides for itself and even the few rabbis who still declare what their followers should do inside the voting booth know that this is not always what will happen."

The hassidic group is running with Daitch; Degel Hatorah is running a separate list of its own, as is Shas, and those two groups support Lion. Finally, there is the Peleg Yerushalmi list, a radical splinter group from Degel Hatorah led by candidate Epstein.

Ofer Berkovitch is emerging as the candidate of choice for voters – from secular to modern Orthodox – who have reservations regarding a Haredi candidate or a religious candidate identified with the Right. This is the message he is conveying to the general public: students, young adults, and more recently the moderate religious and the middle-aged generation.

Meretz, which traditionally captures two or even three seats at the council, is no longer the only actor on the social activism front with the emergence of former city legal adviser Yossi Havilio, who dropped out of the race for mayor but is running a separate list for council seats. Honesty, morality (even in the political arena), watching over elected officials – all of which for years were the buzzwords of Meretz, are now also the call to action for Havilio's list (Saving Jerusalem).

The Labor Zionist Camp has completely disappeared from the arena; its last representative, Itay Gutler, decided not to run.

One of the interesting new alliances made is the agreement between King and Daitch. If Daitch is elected, he will make King president of the local committee for planning and construction – a position King intends to leverage to enlarge the number of Jewish residents in predominantly Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.

Daitch's decision in this regard indicates two things: 1. Jerusalem might be the first arena with alliances and collaboration between haredim and national religious from the Right wing; 2. Daitch feels that while he is the representative of a large part of the haredi sector, he still can take independent actions not necessarily aligned with the positions of his haredi party. Interestingly, Daitch maintains that the largest support he gets from the non-haredi sector comes from secular and left-wing residents, something that his alliance with King seemingly hasn't affected.

A conversation with Jerusalem's Me'uchadim list head Arieh King

"I have more in common with most haredim than with most secular people." By Peggy Cidor October 17, 2018 

Who initiated the agreement between you and candidate Yossi Daitch?

I did. I have always said that I strive to reach unity as much as possible with the haredim.

But why? You are not haredi and neither are most of your voters.

I have more in common with most haredim than with most secular people.

On which grounds? The religious issues or the political ones?

Both. In regard to these elections, I am more concerned by the religious issues at stake.

But you know that Daitch cannot close down the First Station or any non-kosher restaurant or bar. So how does it help you?

That's exactly the point. The issue is not the First Station today, but what will happen when and if there is a Second Station. I want to be sure that the mistakes that enabled opening the First Station for activities on Shabbat do not happen again.

Does it mean that secular residents will have no other choice than to leave if you are elected?

No. It means is that I will not tolerate that in Jerusalem, events financed by the municipality will serve food that I, as a religious person, cannot eat, for example. Secular people do not leave Jerusalem because of religious issues.

Both you and Daitch focus on the need to build affordable housing. According to your agreement, if he is elected, you become president of the local committee for planning and construction. Will you emphasize building in predominantly Arab neighborhoods for Jews?

I want less investment in city renewal projects that harm the city's look; I want to enhance construction in Homat Shmuel, Gilo, Ramat Shlomo and the like. As for the neighborhoods in the east – Jews will have the right to build and to live wherever they want.

Your message to the secular residents?

As a brother to three secular people, I want to say that most of my friends are secular. I will do everything to ensure that they feel at home, but without treading on our Jewish values.

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Only in This Stupid World

Only in This Stupid World

.....do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in This Stupid World

....do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in This Stupid World

....do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters..

Only in This Stupid World 
......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in This Stupid World .......do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in Packages of eight..

Only in This Stupid World .....do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.


Why the sun lightens 
Our hair, but darkens
 our skin?

Why don't you ever see the 
Headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?

Why is 
'abbreviated' such a long word?

Why is it that 
Doctors call what they do 'practice'?

Why is lemon juice made 
With artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who 
Invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn't there 
Mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn't Noah 
Swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the 
Needle for lethal injections?

You know that 
Indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

Why don't sheep 
shrink when it rains?

Why are they called 
Apartments when they are all stuck together?

I like this one!!!

If con is the opposite of 
Pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

If flying is so 
 why do they call the airport the terminal?

Now that you've smiled at least once, it's your turn to spread the stupidity and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle)

Tel Aviv Wandering

Quotes from my sister


I believe that everybody comes from pain and a certain amount of dysfunction.
Mariel Hemingway

All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.
Max Beerbohm

Fantasy is the only canvas large enough for me to paint on.
Terry Brooks

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
Maya Angelou

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Truth will flourish in fantasy, only to wither and die in what you are pleased to call reality.
Bernard Schubert

We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.
Iris Murdoch

Abandon the search for Truth; settle for a good fantasy.
Fran Lebowitz


Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.
Malcolm Forbes

The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.
Andrew Carnegie

When everyone goes home, you're stuck with yourself.
Layne Staley

 I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.

-        Michel de Montaigne


Every man stamps his value on himself ... man is made great or small by his own will.

- J. C. F. von Schiller


It's just like magic. When you live by yourself, all your annoying habits are gone!

- Merrill Markoe


It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but my own.

- Noel Coward


What you think about yourself is much more important than what others think of you.

- Marcus Annaeus Seneca


Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.

- Tallulah Bankhead


You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. Sometimes the first one is more than enough.

Hadassah Goldberg    

Lee Van Cleef meets the Rifleman

Lee Van Cleef (Dan Mowry) shares a drink with The Rifleman (Chuck Connors)This was their first scene together. Although, Van Cleef stood over six feet tall, at nearly 6'6", Connors towers above him. Van Cleef would go on to appear in a total of 4 "RIFLEMAN" episodes.....Mr. Billespie.

See you tomorrow

Love Yehuda Lave

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

2850 Womble Road, Suite 100-619, San Diego
United States


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