The root cause of all negative behavior toward others is "sinas chinam" - feelings of dislike.
On the other hand, the attribute of feeling love for other people generates all forms of positive actions and behaviors. When you plant a small seed, a giant tree bearing delicious fruit will grow. The seed of love for others is a cause whose effect is everlasting bliss! Our forefather Avraham lived with this reality and therefore felt this state of bliss whenever he did acts of kindness for others.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if you felt bliss every time you did an act of kindness for someone? Imagine the uplift and surge of warm energy!
Tonight, before going to sleep, visualize yourself feeling blissful for doing acts of kindness. Eventually you will see kindness in your dreams... and in your everyday reality.
Love Yehuda Lave
Last week I covered the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Converence. I did several articles for papers in America about the conference, but the Post itself covered all the major stories in the Nov, 22, 2018 paper, so I don't have to repeat them here. It was all about politics and I heard from the mouth of Israeli Politicians about the state of Israel. If you want to hear what they had to say check that paper on line. I present below my pictures of the main participants.
The Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference 2018 covered by Yehuda Lave
Yehuda Lave is chosen again to report on the conference. The stories are well covered in the Thursday, November 22, 2018, Jerusalem post, but here are my pictures
Israeli Innovation: 3D Printed Lungs
Collplant, an Israeli regenerative medicine company focused on the 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs has entered into a license, development and commercialization agreement for 3D bioprinted lung transplants.
The agreement combines CollPlant's proprietary recombinant human collagen (rhCollagen) and BioInk technology with the regenerative medicine and organ manufacturing capabilities of United Therapeutics.
CollPlant technology uses genetically modified tobacco plants to produce collagen.The tobacco is cultivated, for about 8 weeks. Then the tobacco is processed to make an extract that is purified to produce rhCollagen. This product is ideal to produce "BioInk" to print in 3D, artificial tendons and transparent ophthalmological products
Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer of United Therapeutics, said, "We are excited to work with CollPlant's extraordinary Israeli technology to transform the tobacco plant that is so associated with lung disease into a collagen-expressing plant that will be essential to the production of an unlimited number of transplantable lungs."
Regarding Jacob's ladder, the Rabbis comment (Tanchuma, Vayetzei 2): "G-d showed Jacob the archangels of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome climbing the ladder and then falling down. Said the Almighty, 'Jacob, why do you not climb?' Jacob was afraid and said, 'Just as those fell so shall I fall.' Said the Almighty, 'If you climb you will not fall.' But he did not believe and did not climb. Concerning this, Rabbi Shmuel Ben Yosina said, 'Nevertheless they sinned further, and did not believe in His wondrous works' (Psalms 78:32). Said the Almighty, 'Had you climbed and believed, you would never have fallen. But since you did not believe, your children will be enslaved to these four kingdoms...'"G-d promised Jacob in his dream, "I will be with you" (Genesis 28:15), but Jacob was nevertheless scared when he left Laban's house and heard that Esav was approaching. And so, the Almighty sent an angel to wrestle with Jacob and wound him. As the Rashbam writes, "Jacob was stricken and limped because he fled [from Esav] even though G-d had promised [to be with him]. In general, we find that anyone who goes on a path that G-d does not desire, or refuses to go on a path that He does desire, is punished."Fear of man is the key to lack of faith in G-d and none of us, not even the greatest, is immune from it. And it is this fear of human beings rather than trusting in G-d which is the source of the tragedy which, G-d forbid, will befall us. In the words of King Solomon (Proverbs 29:25-26), "The fear of man brings a snare, but he who places his trust in the L-rd shall be safe. Many seek the ruler's favor, but a man's judgment comes from G-d."Rabbeinu Bechaya in Kad HaKemach:"And we have seen that the Torah warned us against fearing the nations: 'When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and a people more numerous than you, you shall not fear them; for the L-rd, your G-d, who brought you up out of the Land of Egypt, is with you' (Deuteronomy 20:1). The Torah further states, 'Who is the man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house' (ibid. 20:8). For the fear of the nations has conquered him, and while it is possible that he truly believes that everything is in G-d's hand, his heart is weak and his nature inferior because his soul did not grow in the element of trust...And there is no doubt that he who fears the might of flesh and blood is low of soul and he who fears man forgets the Almighty..."The reality of our times. The fear of human beings and the erosion of faith in the Almighty so that we pay lip service to the general concept of trust in G-d but shrink from the reality of the steps we must take in every actual, individual challenge. And so we are terrified at the thought of losing American aid and President Bush and his Baker and his Dole send hysteria through the ranks of the Jewish rank.We are convinced- in our lowness of soul- that we cannot survive without the gentile and thus are terrified at the thought of isolation. We see it as a curse when it is the greatest blessing imaginable. "And He shall drive them the enemy from before you and shall say: 'Destroy them!'Israel shall then dwell in safety alone..." (Deuteronomy 33:27). And the Ohr HaChaim says: "'Israel shall then dwell in safety.' When? When he is alone..."Isolation. That is the role and obligation and destiny of the Jew. And how we have lost our way...The Jewish Press, 1990
Sefaria Releases Digitized Versions Of Jastrow And Klein Talmudic Dictionaries
Sefaria announced of their new reference section, complete with the Jastrow and Klein dictionaries.
Sefaria is the first organization to completely digitize both dictionaries, with over 60,000 entries.
WORLD'S 7 GREATEST MAGIC TRICKS REVEALED
You have probably seen at least one magic trick. And perhaps you didn't figure out the secret behind it. Simple tricks of street or card magicians are easy to figure out just by searching on the Internet and looking some tutorial videos. But today we are going to uncover the secrets of some of the most popular tricks, which stayed unsolved for years. So, are you ready for some magic? Here are 7 famous magic tricks revealed
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