Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Today is the Fast of Esther andHappy Purim tonight and tomorrow and Friday and | Interesting Psak: value of the half shekel for today

God is your shadow at your right hand (Psalms 121:5).

The Baal Shem Tov taught that God acts toward individuals accordingly as they act toward other people. Thus, if people are willing to forgive those who have offended them, God will similarly overlook their misdeeds. If a person is very judgmental and reacts with anger to any offense, God will be equally strict. The meaning of, God is your shadow, is that a person's shadow mimics his or her every action.

At a therapy session for family members of recovering alcoholics, one woman told the group that she had experienced frustration from many years of infertility and tremendous joy when she finally conceived. Her many expectations were shattered, however, when the child was born with Down's syndrome.

"I came to love that child dearly," she said, "but the greatest thing that child has done for me is to make me realize that if I can love him so in spite of his imperfections, then God can love me in spite of my many imperfections."

If we wish to know how God will relate to us, the answer is simple: exactly in the same way we relate to others. If we demand perfection from others, He will demand it of us. If we can love others even though they do not measure up to our standards and expectations, then He will love us in spite of our shortcomings.

Today I shall ...
... try to relate to people in the same manner I would wish God to relate to me.

Love Yehuda Lave

Remember today is the fast of Esther. See my email yesterday for a full explanation of the the fast and extra prayers that are necessary today

Super Moon to appear in sky on night of Purim

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As Jews around the world will be celebrating the holiday of Purim, a 'super moon' will appear in the nighttime sky. This will be the third super moon of the year, the last two occurring the January and February. 

Scheduled for the night of March 20, 2019,  the lunar phenomenon coincides with the spring equinox and Purim. Because of the moon's egg-shaped orbit pattern, it will be closer to Earth and appear larger than usual.
Full Story (Jerusalem Post)

| Interesting Psak: value of the half shekel today

Chief Rabbi Rav Yitzchak Yosef has issued a psak as to how much money should be given for the "machatzis hashekel", as is customary before Purim.

The value of the machatzis hashekel is determined based on the value of pure silver and the exchange rate value of the dollar. The custom, at least among Sefardim, is to give the value of 9 grams of pure silver. This was what the "half shekel" was weighted at in the time of the Beis Hamikdash. 

Based on the calculations, each gram of silver is worth 1.8nis, with 9 grams valued at at 16.5nis. It is actually 16.2nis, rounded up to 16.5nis. Because of fluctuations in the exchange rates and the value of silver, it would be good to round up to consider the value of the "half shekel" at 20nis per person. 


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| Eilat's Ramon airport welcomes first international flights

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Ramon Airport near Eilat started receiving its first international flights on Monday, with Ryanair the first carrier from abroad to serve the airport less than six weeks after it officially opened to domestic air traffic.

The Irish low-cost carrier inaugurated services from Poznan, Poland, and Prague, Czech Republic, and more will be added over the coming days, the Israel Airports Authority said.

Full Story (The Times of Israel)

Jerusalem Completes Renovations of the New Gate of the Old City

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11 million NIS has been invested in renovating the "New Gate" of the Old City of Jerusalem, which will now become a major entrance gate for tourists and visitors to the Old City. Its connecting street will become a colorful pedestrian mall, featuring vibrant local commerce and tourism. The Jerusalem Development Authority, the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, the Ministry of Tourism, the Jerusalem Municipality, and the National Insurance Institute all participated in the investment for the upgrade to the Gate.


The "New Gate" and the adjacent street are a major tourist attraction for all people of the Old City. Opened originally in 1889, the "New Gate" is the closest of the 7 gates of the Old City to the Christian Quarter, which includes Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Morristan Compound, and many additional historical sites. In addition to the residents and the merchants, many tourists and visitors come to the area, who come to shop in the colorful markets and the well-known commercial areas, and to stay at the hotels and hostels.


However, over the years, the infrastructure surrounding the "New Gate" deteriorated, commerce did not meet the tourists' needs, and many visitors chose to use other entrances to the Old City. The rehabilitation and renovation work provides an additional access route to the Old City, improving traffic in the area and easing the flow of tourists.


The "New Gate" compound project is part of a multi-year plan for the development of the Old City, which includes the development of infrastructure, improving accessibility, and easing congestion.


As part of the project, extensive development, restoration and preservation work was carried out: the commercial facades of the shops and cafes were renovated, and new lighting was put in place to illuminate the area. Traffic was regulated, and public space was designed for pedestrian benefit. In addition, the sewage, water, lighting and electricity infrastructures have been rehabilitated, streets have been re-paved, the space has been made accessible for people with disabilities, and a parking lot has been opened for local residents and public use.


The businesses on the street are diverse. Among them are the "Johnny's Bar" - among the only bars in the Old City, the Armenian ceramics shop, "George Sandroni," and "Bynet El Balad," a culinary enterprise to empower the residents of the Old City.

Minister Zeev Elkin: "We at the Jerusalem Ministry of Heritage continue to promote a national project of transforming the Old City and turning it into a tourist attraction of the State of Israel to all who visit. The renovated New Gate will now become one of the main entrances to the Old City, and will be a great contribution to the promotion of tourism and commerce in the Old City."


Minister of Tourism, MK Yariv Levin: "The New Gate pedestrian mall is a project with important touristic significance, which will dramatically improve the movement of tourists in the area and provide them with a wonderful cultural experience. Tourism to Israel in general and to Jerusalem in particular is at an all-time high and we continue to improve the tourist experience and the many possibilities he has to enjoy all that Israel has to offer, and I am convinced that the new project will be a magnet for many tourists and visitors and I welcome all those involved."

Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion: "I welcome the opening of the New Gate pedestrian mall. This is another section of the Old City that was developed and re-imagined for the benefit of visitors and residents of the area. The Jerusalem Municipality has put accessibility in the Old City at the top of its priorities, and we will continue to make many more sites in the capital accessible to achieve this goal. The refurbished New Gate area will quickly become a vibrant, attractive, draw for tourists."


Eyal Haimovsky, Director General of the Jerusalem Development Authority: "The New Gate pedestrian mall program is one of the main physical projects in the Old City Basin. We saw great importance in upgrading the public space and traffic arteries in the area, and the development plans required great sensitivity and adaptation to the various needs. Jerusalem is a pioneer in making the in accessibility to people with disabilities, a complex process in ancient sites such as the Old City of Jerusalem. Alongside the emphasis on accessibility, we focused on visual and infrastructural development."


Attorney Yitzhak Sabato, director of the National Insurance Institute, said: "This is an additional layer of social possibilities for children and people with disabilities from all walks of life in the by the National Insurance Institute. They now have opportunities to experience tourism, history and commerce like any other person in the State of Israel. The New Gate is also a symbolic gateway of social equality, a pioneering breakthrough in the world of accessibility in historical sites in Israel and abroad, and we are proud to be partners in it."


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Super Moon to appear in sky on night of Purim

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Sunday, 03 March 11:35 AM
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As Jews around the world will be celebrating the holiday of Purim, a 'super moon' will appear in the nighttime sky. This will be the third super moon of the year, the last two occurring the January and February. 

Scheduled for the night of March 20, 2019,  the lunar phenomenon coincides with the spring equinox and Purim. Because of the moon's egg-shaped orbit pattern, it will be closer to Earth and appear larger than usual.
Full Story (Jerusalem Post)

Shuttered for 332 Years, 13th-Century Budapest Synagogue Hosts a Bar Mitzvah

Buda Castle Synagogue, closed since 1686, now home to a flourishing congregation

By Menachem PosnerJanuary 30, 2019 11:37 AM
"The Taking of Buda, 1686" in the Deutsches Historisches Museum. The victorious Christian invaders destroyed the Jewish community of Buda, along with their Muslim neighbors.

In the summer of 1686, the Jewish community in Budavár (the ancient nucleus of modern Budapest) was laid to waste by victorious Christian fighters, who had laid a lengthy siege on the city, which had previously been held by Turkish Muslims.

Many of the city's Jewish denizens were raped, murdered or sold into slavery, and their three synagogues burnt.

One of those synagogues, situated near the "Jewish gate" of the walled city frequented by Syrian Jews, was discovered in 1964 and made into a museum. Known informally as the Buda Castle Synagogue, it is believed to have been built in the 13th century.


In 2018, the EMIH (the umbrella organization associated with Chabad Lubavics of Hungary) was invited to revitalize the building and make it into a thriving center of Jewish life once again.

This past Shabbat, the Buda Castle synagogue was the site of a joyous bar mitzvah, the first to be celebrated there in 332 years. The young celebrant, Yonatan Sebok, is a student of Rabbi Asher Faith, the Hungarian-born rabbi who leads the now-flourishing congregation.

Yonatan Sebok, above, was the first boy to celebrate his bar mitzvah in Buda Castle Synagogue since 1686. Here, he puts on tefillin with Rabbi Asher Faith.
Yonatan Sebok, above, was the first boy to celebrate his bar mitzvah in Buda Castle Synagogue since 1686. Here, he puts on tefillin with Rabbi Asher Faith.

Rabbi's Journey Mirrors Community's Resurgence

The congregation has been gaining attendees every week, reports Faith, drawing local Hungarian-speaking Jews, Israeli expats and even an Australian Jew who has taken to its charming vibe.

In a sense, the congregation's rise from the abyss reflects the rabbi's journey. Raised in Budapest in the 1990s and vaguely aware that he was Jewish, he had no interest in religion and planned to become a journalist. Even after his older sister and twin brother became more involved in Judaism and attended Chabad events and services, he demurred.

After he finished high school, he decided to check out the Friday-night meals that had so captivated his siblings. "I came for the food and to be entertained by the 'crazy' American yeshivah students who danced with such joy, but it had nothing to do with me," he told

His turning point came when Rabbi Slomó Köves (also a red-bearded Hungarian-born Chabad rabbi) invited him to attend Pesti Jesiva, the Chabad rabbinical school Rabbi Boruch Oberlander had founded in the Szász Chevra synagogue on the Pest side of the city (Budapest was formed by the merger of Buda and Pest, divided by the Danube River, in 1873).

"I came for a day and stayed for two years," says Faith jovially in a lilting Hebrew laced with a strong Hungarian accent.

Hungry to learn more, he continued his studies in Israel, where he remained for nearly six years. "I had a very hard time at first," he acknowledges, noting that he knew no Hebrew, which was the language of instruction, "but I stuck with it and eventually persevered."

In 2010, now married to his French-born wife, Racheli, the young rabbi returned to the city of his youth and joined the team of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries led by Rabbi Boruch and Batsheva Oberlander, who founded Chabad in Hungary in 1989.

"Rabbi Faith has gained a following among the youth of the city," says Rabbi Oberlander, who also serves as the head of the city's Orthodox rabbinical court. "He's learned, he's kind, he's approachable, and people flock to him and his wife."

Alongside young people, his presence is felt in other segments of the Budapest Jewish community, which numbers as many as 100,000-strong. He gives classes in nursing homes, visits local prisons and organizes an afternoon yeshivah.

The ancient synagogue joins four other synagogues run by Chabad in the Pest side of the Danube is the second to be reopened by Chabad in Buda side. The stately Óbuda Synagogue was been built in 1820 and became a television studio in the 1970s. In 2010, under the leadership of Köves, it was returned to its original sacred purpose.

Faith greets dignitaries who came to celebrate his installation as rabbi of the ancient synagogue.
Faith greets dignitaries who came to celebrate his installation as rabbi of the ancient synagogue.

Another Celebratory 'First' in the Works

When news spread of the impending return of the Castle Synagogue, members of the Óbuda congregation sponsored a new Torah scroll to grace its newly constructed ark.

Held in September, the official reopening of the synagogue and installation of Faith as its spiritual leader was attended by Hungarian President János Áder and Chief Rabbi of Holland and Representative of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs.

As the hundreds of guests stood reverently, accompanied by a lone violinist, Köves and Faith sang Szól a Kakas Már, the haunting Chassidic melody that has become the unofficial anthem of Hungarian Jewry.

Composed by the beloved Rebbe of Kalev (Nagykálló), the song couches the Jewish people's yearning for Moshiach in the allegory of a peasant wishing to be reunited with a beautiful bird of the most exquisite colors.

The rabbi didn't have to wait long before people began attending the synagogue.

Faith flanked by young Hungarian Jews, many of whom attend his classes or other events.
Faith flanked by young Hungarian Jews, many of whom attend his classes or other events.

Rosh Hashanah saw every seat filled and many more crowding the vestibule, eager to partake in the spiritually uplifting services.

Every Shabbat begins with an hour-long class on another Jewish topic, and every service is preceded by a five-minute talk that sets the stage for a meaningful prayer experience.

Despite being the oldest functioning synagogue in Hungary, the events under its arched stone ceiling are fresh, relevant and attractive.

A kosher whiskey-tasting included a presentation by a connoisseur and a talk from the rabbi on the challenges of producing kosher spirits. On 15 Shevat, the New Year for Trees, the rabbi addressed the significance of the day, and a chef prepared sangria and other fruit creations. An upcoming soirée will feature a sushi chef and a class on producing and purchasing kosher sushi.

Looking ahead, the rabbi concedes that lack of space is an issue he'll need to contend with in the coming months. But he is excited about what the future will bring. Following the confetti and celebratory activities of the bar mitzvah, the synagogue now prepares for another milestone: its first Jewish wedding since the Ottoman era.

The small, albeit historic, synagogue is once again open for weekly prayers.
The small, albeit historic, synagogue is once again open for weekly prayers.
Rabbi Köves leads the procession as Rabbi Faith carries in the new Torah scroll, flanked by Rabbis Oberlander and Jacobs.
Rabbi Köves leads the procession as Rabbi Faith carries in the new Torah scroll, flanked by Rabbis Oberlander and Jacobs.
The ceiling features several Kabbalistic drawings painted during the Ottoman era.
The ceiling features several Kabbalistic drawings painted during the Ottoman era.
This stone was part of another ancient synagogue that had been discovered below the modern-day Buda Castle.
This stone was part of another ancient synagogue that had been discovered below the modern-day Buda Castle.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Choosing A Therapist Just Became Much Easier By Dennis Prager and the Fast of Esther is tomorrow (Wednesday the 20th) 

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Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works  with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money,  and spiritual engagement

What lessons can we learn from Noah

Noah walked with the Almighty" (Genesis 6:9).

What lesson about life is the Torah teaching us through this verse? What does it mean that Noah "walked" with the Almighty?

Rabbi Obadia Sforno, a classic commentator, explains that Noah walked in the Almighty's ways, which means to do good to others. How? The people acted corruptly and Noah tried to teach them how to improve their actions.

There are different levels in helping others. We find in the Rambam (Maimonides, Mishne Torah, Gifts to the Poor 10:7-14) that there are eight levels of giving tzedakah (the Hebrew word used for charity; there is no word in Hebrew for charity. Tzedakah means "justice, righteousness.") The highest level is to help a person earn a living on his own. Why is this the highest level? When one helps a person become self-sufficient, he is helping him not just once, but for the rest of his life. Similarly, when you help someone become a better person you are not just helping him for the moment; you are helping him accomplish more his entire life.

Not only will he do many more good deeds, but there will be a positive influence on his children and grandchildren. The more elevated a person is, the more he will share his high ideals with his family. You are helping this person's future generations! Strive to do the ultimate -- help others to become better people.

Love yehuda lave

The Fast of Esther: What, Why and How

The Fast of Esther (Taanit Esther) is a dawn-to-nightfall fast held on the day before the jolly holiday of Purim. It commemorates the fasting of our ancestors in response to the dramatic chain of events that occurred during their exile in the Persian empire. These events are recorded in the Book of Esther, and the salvation that came about at that time is celebrated on the holiday of Purim. (Click here to find out what times the Fast of Esther starts and ends in your location.)

This year the Fast of Esther is held on March 20, 2019, and Purim is celebrated thet evening and the following day, March 21 (March 22 in Jerusalem). While the fast is generally celebrated on the day before Purim, when Purim is on Sunday, the fast is moved from Shabbat to the preceding Thursday.1

The Fast of Esther, or Ta'anit Esther, is not one of the four public fasts that was ordained by the prophets. Consequently, we are more lenient in its observance, particularly when it comes to pregnant women, nursing mothers and others who are weak.2

Click here for basic fast-day information.

What It Commemorates

Fasting is associated with some pivotal moments in the Purim narrative. One such moment is when Esther approached King Ahasuerus without permission in an effort to intercede on behalf of the Jewish people. Before she went to the king, she fasted for three days, and asked that all the Jews fast as well.

Another dramatic turnaround occurred on Adar 13 (the default date for the Fast of Esther), the date that Haman had set aside for killing the Jews. Instead the Jewish people soundly trounced their enemies. This triumph was accomplished while the Jews were fasting, as they prayed to G‑d that they be successful.3

Click here for more on why this fast is named for Esther.

Extra Prayers

As on other fast days, we make the following changes to the daily prayer routine:

● During the morning prayers we recite selichot (penitential prayers), which are printed in the back of the prayerbook. The "long Avinu Malkeinu" is recited during the morning prayers (and the afternoon prayers, if the fast is not on the day before Purim) .

● The Torah is read during the morning and afternoon prayers. The reading—the same for both morning and afternoon—is Exodus 32:11–14 and 34:1–10, which discusses the aftermath of the Golden Calf incident, how Moses successfully interceded on the Israelites' behalf and obtained forgiveness for their sin. After the afternoon Torah reading, the special fast-day haftarah, Isaiah 55:6–56:8, is read.

● During the Amidah prayer of the afternoon service (Minchah), those who are fasting add the paragraph Aneinu in the Shema Koleinu blessing. (It is also added in the cantor's repetition of the Amidah in both the morning and afternoon services as its own blessing between the blessings of Re'eh and Refa'einu.) Additionally, the priestly blessing is added in the repetition of the Amidah in the afternoon service.

● If the fast is on the day before Purim, we do not say Tachanun (prayers of supplication) or Avinu Malkeinu at Minchah, since the joy of the holiday is already upon us.

Machatzit Hashekel

In commemoration of the half-shekel contributed by each Jew to the Holy Temple—which the Talmud says counteracted the 10,000 silver talents Haman gave to King Ahasuerus to obtain the royal decree calling for the extermination of the Jewish people—it is customary to give three coins in "half" denominations (e.g., half-dollar coins) to charity on the afternoon of the Fast of Esther before Minchah. The three half-dollars given for every member of the family commemorate the three contributions the Jews gave for the building of the Tabernacle and for its sacrifices.

In many synagogues, plates are set out with silver half-dollars so that all can purchase them to use in observance of this custom.

If you didn't manage to give machatzit hashekel before Minchah, you can do so afterwards, or before the Megillah reading on Purim night or morning.

Click here to learn more about machatzit hashekel.

Onward to Purim

Now that we've got the Fast of Esther settled, let's focus on Purim, the joyous holiday that comes next.

If you're looking for the basics, we suggest you start with What Is Purim?

You can then check out the How-to Guide to learn more about the day's four special observances.

Since a big part of Purim is reading the Megillah (Book of Esther), you may want print one out so you can follow along with the reader.

And in case you've been invited to a Purim celebration, you can prep with our What to Expect page.

Oh, and in case you were worried, we got you covered with Purim stories, Purim videos, Purim recipes, and lots of Purim learning!

Footnotes 1.

Normally, when a fast falls on Shabbat, we delay the fast until Sunday, but because Purim is meant to be a festive day, we fast on the preceding Thursday. In honor of the Shabbat, we even refrain from fasting on Friday. (If, however, you forget to fast on Thursday, you should fast on Friday.)


Generally, we do not eat until after Megillah reading. If you find yourself in extenuating circumstances, consult with a rabbi to find out whether you can eat after nightfall but before the Megillah reading.


Presumably the Jews who were fighting did not fast, since they needed their strength to defend themselves. Since Esther, safe in the palace, was the only one not in danger, she was the only one to fast on this day. Based on the Rebbe's talk on Purim 5730 (1970). See also Likkutei Sichot, vol. 6, pp. 371–372.

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Purity of Arms? Try Warped Morality By Moshe Feiglin

Last week, Zehut candidate Nadav Halamish publicized a speech of Benny Gantz – former Chief of Staff of the IDF and head of the new Israel Resilience Party – in which he brags that he gave orders to Golani soldiers in Gaza to delay their attack on Hamas' headquarters during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

This delay cost Shawn Carmeli – a lone soldier from the U.S. – his life. Shawn was one of 12 soldiers killed in Saj'a'iyah during Operation Protective Edge.

In the speech, Gantz brags that despite the fact that shots were being fired relentlessly at Israeli soldiers from the Wafa hospital (which had become Hamas' headquarters), and despite the fact that the IDF had already spoken with hospital/Hamas HQ administrators to ensure there were no civilians there, he refused to attack before checking with the hospital once again – just in case.

In other words, the IDF High Command gave up the element of surprise, making it possible for the enemy to prepare itself well for the Golani attack. The Chief of Staff also did not take advantage of his immense firepower superiority; instead of turning the hornets' nest into dust by bombing it from the air, he preferred to send Golani infantrymen into fire.

"Woe to the evil person and woe to his neighbor," says the Jewish fighting ethic. The Geneva Convention also places responsibility for the death of civilians who are used as human shields upon the shoulders of the side that used them as such.

But Gantz decided to be more Catholic than the pope. Gantz, motivated by different "ethics," fashionable and expedient, explicitly admitted in his speech that although he had warned the evil terrorists' neighbor, he constrained his solders and "took the risk on the Golani Brigade."

For Gantz, a dead IDF soldier is better than a photo of a destroyed hospital. The farcical Chief of Staff said that to the best of his knowledge, no Gazan civilians were hurt. But a Golani soldier was.

Media reports from the battle reveal that enemy command centers and arms stockpiles were in the hospital and that the enemy was shooting automatic and anti-tank weapons at IDF forces "over many long days." The website of the Golani 13th battalion states:

"The El-Wafa hospital served in effect as Hamas HQ according to intelligence…. Shawn Carmeli, a machine gunner by military training, a lone soldier…realizes that the machine gun ammunition belt on top of his APC was stuck…and it had to be fixed in order to continue to fire at the terrorists across the road from the hospital….

"Shawn…gets out of the APC to fix the stuck ammunition belt…doesn't succeed…around him shots are being fired from all sides but Carmeli goes out again…. The Unit Commander asks him not to expose his entire body, but Carmeli answers him immediately, 'I am doing it quickly and will finish.'…

"The Unit Commander goes out to help…. The Unit Commander comes back in but Carmeli doesn't return with him…it took about a minute to pull him back in…. Carmeli was hit by enemy fire and killed…the first casualty of the Golani Brigade in the operation."

Shawn Nissim Carmeli was 21 when he fell. David Ben Gurion formulated the ethical bar required of an IDF commander: "It is not enough for the commander to know his work. He must love people, the life of his soldier must be dear to him…. Every Hebrew mother should know that she has deposited the fate of her son in the hands of commanders who are worthy of it."

Today, Jewish mothers deposit their sons in the hands of generals who prefer enemy lives (and the foreign forums where they can brag about this preference) to the lives of their children. Do they know that?

The values of the distorted "fighting ethics" that the offshoots of the New Israel Fund have embedded by means of commanders like Benny Gantz and his friends in the IDF have already brought about the deaths of hundreds of soldiers, perhaps more.

About half a year ago, my son Avraham, a soldier in one of the infantry brigades, could not remain silent and publicly condemned this phenomenon. He was dismissed from his position. Was Benny Gantz worthy of commanding my son? Your sons? Is a person who preferred the walls of the Waffa hospital/Hamas terror command over the life of Shawn Carmeli, may God avenge his blood, worthy of being an Israeli leader?

One last word: The defense minister during Operation Protective Edge was Bogi Ya'alon. The prime minister was Binyamin Netanyahu. The responsibility they bear for the abandonment of our sons is not less than Gantz's. It is greater.

Quotes on flying from my sister

Unlike the boundaries of the sea by the shorelines, the "ocean of air" laps at the border of every state, city, town and home throughout the world. Welch Pogue, attorney

I've never known an industry that can get into people's blood the way aviation does. Robert Six, founder of Continental Airlines 

To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. To fly is everything. Otto Lilienthal,  pioneer of aviation 

Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle. Igor Sikorsky,pioneer in aircraft design who is best known for his successful development of the helicopter 

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. William Blake,poet, painter, and printmaker

  To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home. Anon, a good friend of mine

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Douglas Adams,author and humorist

  The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly. Anon 

When everything seems to be against you, remember that an airplane takes-off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford Edsel Ford' father

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot. Michael Althsuler, motivational speaker

Choosing A Therapist Just Became Much Easier By Dennis Prager

The American Psychological Association has, in its words, issued "its first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys." These guidelines "draw on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage."

Three observations:

1) The last thing American males need today is less masculinity.

If you need proof, ask women who are looking for a husband whether the men they date exhibit too much masculinity, too little masculinity, or just the right amount. I have talked to hundreds of women on my radio show (every week I have a "Male/Female Hour"), at speeches, and in private who are dating to find a spouse. Not one has said men today are too masculine. Virtually all of them have said men today lack masculinity.

And why wouldn't men lack masculinity? A vast number of boys grow up either with no father or with a father they rarely see. Their lives are dominated by women – their mother, virtually all their teachers, probably their school principal, and probably their therapist.

As if that were not bad enough, many of the single mothers of these American boys are angry at the man who never married them, or at the man who divorced them, or at men in general. In addition, these boys' women teachers suppress their natural testosterone-driven male behaviors. And now their teachers increasingly tell them they may not even be a boy.

Of course, some men are boors. But most men know boorishness is not masculinity. Such behaviors emanate, not from masculinity, but from poor upbringing and/or the 1960s sexual revolution.

As psychoanalyst Erica Komisar wrote in the Wall Street Journal last week, it is "a recipe for mental illness" to tell boys that "aggression, competitiveness and protectiveness is a sign of sickness."

2) This is another example of the most important rule of contemporary life: The left ruins everything it touches.

The left has ruined the arts; the universities; high schools; the nuclear family; mainstream Protestantism, Catholicism, and Judaism; the Boy Scouts; and journalism. And it is now doing the same to the sciences: Universities are increasingly choosing science faculty based on gender and race rather than scientific expertise.

Psychology and psychiatry have long been homes to left-wing fools (recall the 1964 example of 1,189 psychiatrists declaring then-presidential candidate Sen. Barry Goldwater "psychologically unfit"). But the APA statement will do even more harm.

The American Psychological Association goes beyond defining "traditional masculinity" as "on the whole, harmful." It urges therapists to help men "identify how they have been harmed by discrimination against those who are gender nonconforming."

That's right. Your son's psychotherapist will explain to him how it is entirely normal for a boy his age (beginning in kindergarten) to wear a dress, and that regarding an 8-year-old boy in a dress as not quite healthy is what is not quite healthy. In addition, the APA hopes this therapist will reassure your son that he, too, may well choose to be a girl.

In the words of Komisar, this is "an ideological claim transformed into a clinical treatment recommendation." That "ideological claim" is, of course, leftism.

3) The APA statement makes choosing a psychotherapist simple.

The hardest part of starting psychotherapy is figuring out how to choose a psychotherapist. If you choose the wrong one, you will not only be wasting a great deal of time and money; you will not be helped, and you might well be harmed.

So how does one go about choosing a psychotherapist? The APA just made the task much simpler: Just ask any therapist you are considering for yourself or someone else, "Do you agree with the American Psychological Association that 'traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful'?"

If the therapist agrees, thank him or her and leave. If the therapist starts giving a prolonged response, leave. Any therapist who cannot unequivocally condemn the APA statement is unworthy of your time and your money, let alone your psyche.

Many will try to weasel out of directly agreeing (or disagreeing) with the statement. They will tell you that sometimes masculinity is a problem. But they are just being careful not to lose you as a potential client. Such a statement is meaningless: There is nothing that cannot be harmful at times. That includes femininity as much as masculinity, and it includes such normally good things as water (a lot of people drown, after all).

Without "traditional masculinity," civilization is lost. Ask anyone you know who agrees with using the term "the greatest generation" to describe the generation that fought World War II whether the men of that generation would have fought, much less won, without "traditional masculinity."

Do not trust therapists who will not condemn the APA statement. They are either fools or cowards. They may well be very kind and sincere. But that means nothing. You or your child will not be helped by kindness and sincerity. You or your child will only be helped by wisdom.

Love Yehuda Lave

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

2850 Womble Road, Suite 100-619, San Diego
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