We all need to deal with the unknown. It's just a matter of degree. When we wake up in the morning, it's impossible to know how the day will turn out. True, some people's lives are more routine than others, but even they are facing the unknown.
View making major moves as a courage-development seminar. This applies when you change schools, change jobs, move to a new location, and everything similar.
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Weight Loss-this ties in to the article about artificial sweeteners below:
Successful weight loss takes programming, not willpower. Phil McGraw
You know what the secret to weight loss is? Don't eat much. Simon Cowell
If you believe that weight loss requires self-deprivation, I'm going to teach you otherwise. Robert Atkins
Your body has enough weight for you to be in perfect condition just working against yourself.
Jean-Claude Van Damme
I'm prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar!
You can't eat cake and lose weight. Tom Perez
If I can get my dress on, my weight is under control.
Real body satisfaction starts when you learn to see yourself for more than your weight. Rachel Simmons
The best way to lose weight is to close your mouth - something very difficult for a politician. Or watch your food - just watch it, don't eat it.
Never guess a woman's age. Never guess a woman's weight. Never even talk about weight in front of a woman. And never, ever ask a woman when she's due. Lyle Lovett
THE FINAL EXAM - -GOTTA LOVE THIS TEACHER !
There were four students taking chemistry and all of them had an "A" so far...
These four friends were so confident, that the weekend before finals, they decided to visit some friends and have a big party. They had a great time, but after all the 'hearty party' they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to school until later Monday.
Rather than taking the final then, they decided they would explain to their teacher why they missed it, and request to take it the next day. They said that they visited friends out of town, but on the way back they had a flat tire. As a result, they missed the final.
The professor agreed they could make up the final the next day.
The guys were excited and relieved.They studied that night for the exam.
The next day the teacher placed them in separate rooms and gave them a test booklet. They quickly answered the first problem worth 5 points.
Cool, they thought!!
Each one, in a separate room, thought this was going to be easy, then they turned to page two. On the second page was written, for 95 points ........... Which tire?
An elderly Jewish man is bumped by a car while crossing the street. He is seemingly unhurt, but his wife persuades him to go to the doctor, just in case. He returns home, and his wife says – "Nu, vos zogt der doktor?" "Der doktor zogt az ich hob a flucky." ["The doctor says I have a flucky."] "Oy, gevalt! A flucky! Terrible! What do you do for a flucky?" "I don't know – he didn't say, and I forgot to ask." Well, by this time the wife is in a state of high anxiety. She tells her neighbors "My husband was hit by a car, and now he has a flucky! I don't know what to do!" Neighbor #1 says, "In the old country, when someone had a flucky, we always applied cold. Ice cold is the best thing for a flucky." Neighbor #2 says, "What are you talking about? Cold is absolutely the worst thing you could do for a flucky! We always applied heat, that's the only thing to do for a flucky." Cold, heat, oy! Now thoroughly agitated, the wife decides to call the doctor herself. "Doctor, please tell me, what's wrong with my husband?"
"I told him...nothing's wrong. He got off lucky."
The Jewish village that was destroyed by the earthquake
A magnificent synagogue and Jewish homes in the Golan Heights were discovered under stones and Syrian houses. Next week, Netanyahu will inaugurate the Ein Keshetot heritage site.
In the presence of the Prime Minister, next week the Ein Keshetot national heritage site in the Golan Heights will be inaugurated, with a Jewish village from the Mishna period, in the heart of which is a magnificent two-story synagogue.
About the village that was destroyed by an earthquake, the excavations and the special site we spoke with the author of the book "Ancient Synagogues", archaeologist and site manager Dafna Meir.
At the beginning of the story, Meir relates the location of the site "in the south of the Golan, near Moshav Netor, overlooking the Sea of Galilee, above Nahal Sim, a beautiful view."
"The Arabic name of the place is 'Umm al-Kantir', if the arches," she says, explaining that this is not an ancient name, but rather a name given to the place by Bedouin who passed through it and identified the arches that are in the kind of place. "The site was discovered 120 years ago by Lauren Holipand, an amateur explorer who toured the Land of Israel and discovered the ruin as a large stone heap, and only in 2003 did they begin digging the synagogue with a very unique method," says Meir and Merhava.
"A crane was placed on rails and replaced the handwork of the workers, in fact all the excavation work was done by the crane, the work was carried out with a sign, the stones were raised gently, they were numbered and some of them were inserted with a bar code. The site was used for the first time using technologies from completely different fields. "
As for the farther past of the village, it turns out that there are no clear answers. "The ancient name of the village is unknown," says Meir. "It is known that this is an ancient Jewish village from the Talmudic period." "The Golan is considered administrative as part of the Galilee where the Sanhedrin sits, and we do not know the names of people or sages who lived here except for Rabbi Elazar the Kappar, who appears in tractate Avot. And it was very surprising, but beyond that the Golan is not mentioned in the sources. "
As for the identification of the village as a Jewish village, Meir relates that when Holipand arrived 120 years ago, all he saw was a pile of stones. "There was no evidence that this was a synagogue, he saw dressed stones and guessed that this was a synagogue, and that we discovered it only after the excavation."
"Synagogue building discovered containers Ark, it is a stone structure in which the Ark. The Shrine decorated with lights, bolt and motifs from the temple. Heikhalot facing south toward Jerusalem. The motifs state clearly that it was a synagogue. This is a public building who invested village people the best of their money, as they They did not invest in their homes. "
What is happening around the synagogue told Meyer that the village full of houses Syrian built on the ruins of the ancient Jewish village dating turned out to be interesting, "under the floor of the synagogue discovered excavators 7000 coins from the Byzantine period, the Talmud, and they Portrait of Emperor Justinian. In fact the floor was laid on It was an ancient Jewish custom that threw coins before casting a floor, and this practice helps archaeologists date artifacts and sites. "
Toward the end of the conversation, Meir was asked about the intention to open the site, as well as other heritage sites, to family events. Is this phenomenon not likely to harm the India of the place beyond the possibility of damaging its antiquities?
"I think it adds very much, there is nothing exciting about going up to the Torah or holding a canopy in an ancient synagogue and connecting to the roots of our past, we will do it in a way that will not disturb the visitors and everyone can enjoy it."
A lamp and a lulav on the stones of the synagogue
Photo: Ein Keshetot website
The facade of the synagogue when it was discovered
Photo: Ein Keshetot website
Arab political-incorrectness on the Palestinian issue Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, "Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative" October 4, 2018, https://bit.ly/2Qzzmgj
While Iraq delivers staunchly pro-Palestinian talk, a 2017 Iraqi law has reversed Saddam Hussein's pro-Palestinian policy, depriving Palestinians (including those born in Iraq) of free education, healthcare, travel documents and employment in state institutions.
While Jordan calls for sweeping Israeli concessions to the Palestinians, and while the Hashemite regime has absorbed over one million Syrian refugees, Amman stopped (since 2012) admitting Palestinian refugees from Syria. Furthermore, the significantly enhanced trilateral Jordan-US-Israel strategic cooperation has become a major artery of the Hashemite regime's national and homeland security.
While Egypt urges Israel to satisfy Palestinian demands, Egypt-Israel strategic cooperation, especially (but not only) in the area of counter-terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza, has surged unprecedentedly.
While there is no progress on the Israel-Palestinian front, Saudi Arabia and all other pro-US Arab Gulf States have substantially expanded military and commercial cooperation with Israel. Riyadh has never considered the Palestinian issue a top geo-strategic priority – except its generous talk, but no walk – as demonstrated from 1979-1989 by its $1BN annual aid to the anti-Soviet Islamic campaign in Afghanistan, compared with $100MN annual aid to the PLO. Also, while UNRWA highlighted a "$50MN landmark contribution by Saudi Arabia" on behalf of Palestinian refugees, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman put it in realistic perspective by purchasing a 440ft-long yacht for $588MN and a Leonardo da Vinci painting for $450MN.
Once again, Middle East reality defies Western conventional wisdom.
Moreover, contrary to Western conventional wisdom, Palestinians benefit much more from Western support than from the support extended – and usually avoided – by Arabs. Arab leaders have always showered Palestinians with an abundance of positive talk, but never with positive walk, as highlighted in the aftermath of the 1948-49 Arab-Israel War, when Jordan and Egypt occupied Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza. Rather than transferring these areas to Palestinian control, Jordan and Egypt aggressively squelched Palestinian political and educational activities there.
Furthermore, Arab regimes have not flexed their military or economic muscles during Palestinian-Israeli conflicts, such as the 1982 Israel-PLO war in Lebanon, the First and Second Intifada (1987-1992 and 2000-2005 respectively) and the three Israel-Hamas wars in Gaza (2009, 2012 and 2014). In fact, notwithstanding their public rhetoric, most Arab policy-makers consider the Palestinians, in general, and Hamas, in particular, as clear and present threats to regional stability and their own regimes, and wish that Israel would deal with Palestinian terrorism more decisively.
In 2018, the Palestinian issue is relegated further down the scale of Arab priorities, against the backdrop of the intensifying lethal threats – to each pro-US Arab regime – posed by the imperialistic, megalomaniacal Ayatollahs, the Muslim Brotherhood and its Sunni terrorist derivatives (e.g., ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas) and Erdogan's Turkey. These threats, which have placed a sharp machete at the throat of every Arab regime, have been unrelated to the Palestinian issue.
In 2018, there have been hundreds of televised reports from Gaza, top-heavy on Israeli military response to Palestinian terrorists, who fly fire-kites and explosive-balloons into Israeli communities. However, there have been minimal reports on Arab solidarity with the Palestinians. Arab regimes and the Arab Street have been preoccupied with the domestic and regional tectonic, destabilizing ripple effects of the Arab Tsunami (superficially addressed as the "Arab Spring"), which have been leveraged by Islamic Sunni terrorists, as well as by Iran's Ayatollahs in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Yemen and the oil-rich and Shiite-populated Al-Hassa and Al-Qatif regions of Saudi Arabia.
The Arab preoccupation with do-or-die threats and challenges – not with the Palestinian issue – has been reflected in the non-realization of Arab financial assistance to the Palestinian cause, announced in bombastic forums, but has subsequently all but evaporated.
Will Western policy-makers, academia and media learn proper lessons from past critical errors in assessing Middle East developments, or will they persist in repeating – rather than avoiding – past mistakes, which would entail severe financial and national security cost?!
DRIVE THEM OUT!
Written: The Jewish Press 1981
(Rabbi Meir Kahane, may G-d avenge his blood, had the ONLY answer to exist in safety in our land. Thousands of Jews were killed, because we didn't do what had to be done. bg)
The Torah states clearly: "And you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you . . . but if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those whom you allow to remain will be like thorns in your eyes and thistles in your sides and will torment you in the land in which you dwell" (Numbers 33.52.55).
The Biblical commentators are explicit "And you shall drive out the inhabitants and then you shall inherit it and be able to exist in it. And if you do not, you will not be able to exist in it"
"When you shall eliminate the inhabitants of the land, then you shall be privileged to inherit the land and pass it down to your children But if you do not eliminate them, even though you will conquer the land, you will not be privileged to hand it down to your children" (Sforno).
"This verse refers to nations other than the seven nations found there . . . Not only will they hold that part of the land that you did not conquer, but even concerning that part which you did conquer and settle in, they will distress you and say, 'Rise and get out'" (Ohr HaChaim).
And so the Midrash tells us: "Joshua sent three messages to the inhabitants [of Canaan]. He who wishes to evacuate – let him evacuate; he who wishes to make peace – let him make peace, he who wishes to make war – let him make war" (Vayikra Rabba 17.6).
The choices are given. Either leave, or prepare for war, or make peace. The choice of "making peace" is explained by Rabbis as involving three things. To begin with, the non-Jew must agree to adopt the seven basic Noahide Laws, which include the prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, immorality, bloodshed, robbery, eating flesh cut from a living animal, and a positive action – adherence to social laws. Once he has done this, he has the status of a resident stranger (ger toshav) who is allowed to live in Eretz Yisrael (Avo da Zara 64b) if he also accepts the conditions of tribute and servitude.
The Biblical commentator, the Radak, explains (in his commentary to Joshua 9:7): "If they uproot idolatry and accept the seven Noahide laws, they must also pay tribute and serve Israel and be subject under them as it is written (Deuteronomy 20:11, 'All the people . . . shall be tributaries to you and shall serve you.'"
Maimonides ( Hilchot Melachim 6:11) declares: "If they make peace and accept the seven Noahide laws, we do not kill them for they are tributary. If they agreed to pay tribute but did not accept servitude or accepted servitude but not tribute, we do not acquiesce until they have accepted both. And servitude means that they shall be humble and low and not raise their head in Israel. Rather, they shall be subjects under us and not be appointed to any position over Jews ever."
Far better than foolish humans did the Almighty understand the dangers inherent in allowing a people that believes the land belongs to it free and unfettered residence, let alone ownership, proprietorship, citizenship. What more natural thing than to ask to regain what it rightly believes to be its own land? And this over and above the need to create a unique and distinctly separate Torah culture that will shape the Jewish people into a holy nation. That uniqueness can only be guaranteed by the non-Jew having no sovereignty, ownership, or citizenship that could allow him to shape the state's destiny and character.
And so, concerning any non-Jew, Maimonides writes: "'You shall not place over yourself a stranger who is not of your brethren' (Deuteronomy 17:15). Not only a king, but the prohibition is for any authority in Israel. Not an officer in the armed forces. . .not even a public official in charge of the distribution of water to the fields . And there is no need to mention that a judge or chieftain shall only be from the people of Israel. . . Any authority that you appoint shall only be from the midst of your people" ( Hilchot Melachim 1:4).
The purpose is clear. The non-Jew has no share in the land. He has no ownership, citizenship or destiny in it. The non-Jew who wishes to live in Israel must accept basic human obligations. Then he may live in Israel as a resident stranger, but never as a citizen with any proprietary interest in the land or with any political say; never as one who can hold any public office which will give him domination over a Jew or a share in the authority of the country. Accepting these conditions, he admits that the land is not his and therefore he may live in Israel quietly, separately, observing his own private life, with all religious, economic social and cultural rights. Refusing this, he cannot remain.
Israeli Scientists Have Bad News for Users of Artificial Sweeteners
A new study published by Israeli scientists together with researchers in Singapore may put a serious dent into the market for artificial sweeteners.
FDA-approved artificial sweeteners and sport supplements were found to be toxic to digestive gut microbes, according to a new paper published inMoleculesby researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
The collaborative study indicated relative toxicity of six artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k) and 10 sport supplements containing these same artificial sweeteners. The bacteria found in the digestive system (e.g. E. coli) had a toxic response when exposed to concentrations of only one mg./ml. of the artificial sweeteners.
"We modified bioluminescent E. coli bacteria, which luminesce when they detect toxicants and act as a sensing model representative of the complex microbial system," says Prof. Ariel Kushmaro, John A. Ungar Chair in Biotechnology at the Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering, a member of the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev. "This is further evidence that consumption of artificial sweeteners adversely affects gut microbial activity which can cause a wide range of health issues."
Artificial sweeteners are used in countless food products and soft drinks with reduced sugar content. Many people consume this added ingredient without their knowledge. Moreover, artificial sweeteners have been identified as emerging environmental pollutants, and can be found in drinking and surface water, and groundwater aquifers.
"The results of this study might help in understanding the relative toxicity of artificial sweeteners and the potential of negative effects on the gut microbial community as well as the environment. Furthermore, the tested bioluminescent bacterial panel can potentially be used for detecting artificial sweeteners in the environment," says Prof. Kushmaro.
This study was supported by the National Research Foundation of Singapore under the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) and the Singapore-HUJ Alliance for Research and Enterprise (SHARE), The Institute for Sport Research and the Singapore International Graduate Award. Additional researchers who participated in the study from Ben-Gurion University are Dorin Harpaz, Ph.D. student, and Prof. Robert S. Marks.
Other researchers include Trish H. P. Koon, Alfred I. Y. Tok, Loo Pin Yeo, Francesca Cecchini, and Evgeni Eltzov. "Measuring Artificial Sweeteners Toxicity Using a Bioluminescent Bacterial Panel." Molecules 2018, 23 (10),2454doi.org/10.3390/molecules23102454.
Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.