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
Do not destroy its trees. (Deuteronomy 20:19)
Although this verse refers specifically to the prohibition of destroying a fruit-bearing tree, the Talmud has extended this principle to prohibit all wanton destruction.
A rabbi and a student were strolling in the street. The student tore a leaf from a tree. Think about what you have just done, the rabbi said, There is an ascending scale of matter that parallels each beings function. God wants the inanimate to serve the vegetative, which should in turn serve the animate, which should in turn serve the rational. Our efforts should be directed toward the elevation of matter, and not to its degradation.
When we cut a tree to fashion from it things that people will use constructively, the tree is elevated by being of service to humanity. But by tearing a living leaf from a tree for no purpose whatsoever, you have degraded the leaf from the vegetative to the inanimate, and you have reversed the ascending order of matter.
If we guided our actions on this scale of elevation to a more sublime state, how different our lives might be! We might also then realize that there is one additional ascent, and that is from the rational to the spiritual. How wonderful our lives would be if everything were directed upward, culminating in the ultimate goal of spirituality!
Today I shall ... ... try to think of myself as one who should elevate even the physical items in the world, and certainly be cautious not to cause anything to descend in its status.
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New Jerusalem mayor said pushing plan to quieten mosque loudspeakers
TV report says Moshe Lion's initiative includes swapping out old speakers for more muted ones, allowing police to turn down volume of call to prayer
New Jerusalem mayor said pushing plan to quieten mosque loudspeakersTV report says Moshe Lion's initiative includes swapping out old speakers for more muted ones, allowing police to turn down volume of call to prayer
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion is advancing plans to require mosques to turn down the volume of loudspeakers during the call to prayer, Hadashot TV news reported Tuesday.
The plan will reportedly be one of the first major initiatives pushed by Lion, who entered office last month after winning a second round runoff in municipal elections in November.
As part of the plan, the report said, old loudspeakers at mosques will be switched out for new ones that are quieter; the volume of the call to prayer will not be allowed to exceed the limit permitted under noise ordinances; and police will be permitted to turn down the volume of the speakers if they are too loud.
The proposal is being formulated with the support of local leaders in a number of East Jerusalem neighborhoods, among them Beit Safafa, Beit Hanina, and Shuafat, the network said.
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon speaks outside the Jerusalem City Hall on December 4, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
"Our goal is to deal with this issue with all the relevant parties so that all those involved will be content," Lion said.
A preliminary budget has been approved for a pilot program to test the plan's efficacy, the report said, with the initiative expected to be rolled out in full in March. The expected cost for each mosque under the program is NIS 50,000-70,000 ($13,380-18,730).
Proposed Knesset legislation known as the "Muezzin Bill," that would limit the use of loudspeakers for religious purposes, has languished since clearing its first hurdle toward becoming law in March 2017.
Critics of the bill argue that the measure unfairly targets mosques, whose muezzins use loudspeakers to announce the call to prayer five times a day, including during the pre-dawn hours.
Other critics of the bill argue that it is superfluous, as the problem can be tackled using existing noise pollution laws. Proponents argue that police do not enforce the existing rules, and thus more specific legislation is needed.
Jewish residents of East Jerusalem and other areas of Israel have long complained about what they say is the excessive noise coming from mosque loudspeakers, as they say it wakes them up in the middle of the night.
Sponsors of the bill were forced to withdraw it for further revisions a number of times after it was first proposed in November 2016, as ultra-Orthodox lawmakers feared the original bill's limitations would outlaw the Shabbat siren, which is heard in cities with large Jewish populations Friday evenings to mark the start of Judaism's day of rest.
Mazal Tov! MK Glick to remarry, gets standing ovation from Knesset "I am glad to tell you that Hadas [Disin] and I decided to get married," Glick told the Knesset to standing ovations. By Hagay Hacohen
MK Yehuda Glick [Likud] surprised the Knesset on Tuesday by announcing that he intends to remarry. Glick had been a widower for the past year after his wife, Yaffa, passed away on January 1 2018.
"I am glad to tell you that Hadas [Disin] and I decided to get married," Glick told the Knesset to standing ovation, "while everybody will be busy with the party elections and the upcoming national elections, Hadas and I will be busy building a new home."
Glick said he met his new wife while working on a project that helps orphans and widows headed by Miss. Didin. The foundation is called Amitizm, which translates to "brave."
Disin lost her husband 17 years ago and has four children from her previous marriage. In an interview with Channel 7 she said that "in general, there is no [attempt to] answer [the pain of being an orphan or a widower] in our community [religious Zionists] or in the general population." Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNetnayahu celebrates record 4 million tourists to Israel, January 27, 2019 (GPO)Current Time 0:21/Duration 0:36 Now Playing
"People think that if we marry again then everything will work out," she said, "but there's no connection between a marriage and opening a second chapter and losing your spouse at a young age."
Glick, who was born in the US, survived an assassination attempt in 2014. The suspected shooter, Mutaz Hijazi, allegedly shot him and said that he was defending the Al-Aqsa mosque. Glick is famous for visiting the Temple Mount and insisting of its importance to Jews and Judaism.
Glick has four children from his previous marriage, two were adopted by him and his wife after they were married.
As of January 1st 2019, Israel is taking yet another step in fighting money laundering. As a result, we are moving closer to becoming a cashless society.
What is the law?
"The Law for Limiting the Use of Cash 2018 " will limit how much cash we can use for one purchase. The law is slightly different for personal and business transactions:
If you're self-employed or a business owner, you cannot pay more than 11,000 NIS of cash for any purchase, or more than 10% of a deal. For example, if you sell a product for 150,000 NIS, you can only accept payment of 11,000 NIS of it in cash. Likewise, if you purchase a 150,000 product, you can only pay cash for 11,000 NIS of it. However, if you purchase a product for 1,000 NIS you can pay the full price in cash.
If you're not self-employed, you cannot pay or receive more than 50,000 NIS in cash.
The purpose of the new law is to cut down on illegal cash deals. According to a Globes article I read, there is an estimated 350 billion NIS of unreported laundered money in Israel, some of which is crime and terror-related.
What are the exceptions to this rule?
Donations, loans, gifts and deals between family members do not fall within this law. Government offices are also not subject to this law.
Tourists can give or receive cash payments up to 55,000 NIS.
What about open checks?
Open checks are limited as well. An open check is a check which does not have a name on it and two crossed lines, so that it can be passed from person to person. A check of this kind given to or received from a business can only be written for up to 5,000 NIS.
Additionally, the bank is not allowed to cash a check for over 10,000 NIS without a name on it or if it has been passed along more than once (or twice if one of the entities was a financial institution).
(For more details on how to write checks and avoid open checks, see Smarter Israeli Banking, available at http://rifkalebowitz.com/smarter-israeli-banking/)
How will the law be enforced?
Any cash deposit into an Israeli bank account above 50,000 NIS will be reported by the bank to the anti-money laundering authority.
The law requires business owners to report how they received money, whether by cash,bank transfer or credit card.
Anyone who buys property will be required to show where the money came from, regardless of what form they pay in – cash, bank transfer, etc .
What if I broke the law?
Please don't! This is a serious crime and it is crucial that all your money is "kosher." The fines will be between 15%-30% of what you illegally spend in cash, so breaking the law is NOT a financially smarter move.
Can I still use cash at the supermarket?
YES, you can, and if that helps you budget better, you should.
This law is not meant to eliminate the spending of small sums, rather to fight the use of larger sums of cash, which might have come from money laundering.
Can I still write out open checks of 150 NIS for my child's extra-curricular activities?
My understanding is that you can, as it is under 5,000 NIS. However, this is not recommended. If you are writing out a check write in who the check is to and make sure it has the two diagonal lines so it can't be transferred. Alternatively, I recommend paying by bank transfer whenever possible. It is much easier than checks and is trackable.
Does this really change anything for me?
The average person most likely gets paid via check or bank transfer. In my business, I ask everyone to pay me via bank transfer, rather than having to deal with cash. I imagine that most people who purchase large items move their money from their account via bank transfer or check, which means there should be no need for huge payments in cash.
Second-hand car deals were often done in cash in the past, because of the security of knowing the car has been paid for before handing over the keys. However, an immediate "zahav/gold" bank transfer can accomplish the same goal. In fact, there are solutions for any legal transaction, so this new law should not affect most of us.
Wishing you a financially smarter day,
New Inventions That Are At Another Level
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No matter the reason, if one of these needs isn't being met, we must seek the means to fill this void.
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Next week is "apartheid week" on campuses and other forums around the world. Even though we all know it is ludicrous and cynically sick propaganda, similar to placing Libya as the chairperson on the United Nations Human Rights Council !
There are millions of unsuspecting citizens of the world who consume this garbage because they hear no other message or are unfortunately illiterate or delinquent. Please do your bit in distributing this short photo essay.. It says it all.
There are many Arab students in all Israeli universities, and Arab doctors and nurses in all Israeli hospitals, studying and working.
Ahhh, the New Year — a time for contemplation, soul-searching and a short-lived determination to make things different this year. We thought we'd take a quick look at the top 10 things Israelis should consider putting on their New Year's resolutions list.
1. Learn how to stand in line
Can Israelis learn how to queue up properly? Photo by Avi Dishi/FLASH90
Finding your Israel-bound flight at the airport is a pretty simple thing to do. Just look for the mass of people refusing to form an orderly line. It's still unknown whether Israelis are actually physically incapable of standing in line, but it sure feels so. And since Israelis are absolutely awed by the way people form lines abroad, perhaps that's motivation enough to start working on it.
2. Stop smoking
Recognize the smell of smoke wafting through the streets of Israel? That's because 22 percent of Israelis over the age of 20 smoke at least one cigarette a day. Now would really be the time to quit – not only is the habit horribly unhealthy, it's expensive, bad for the environment and really bothers everyone else.
3. Keep on eating copious quantities of greens
Illustrative photo by Viktor Kochetkov via Shutterstock.com
Forget the Land of Milk and Honey. Israel is more like the Land of Salad. No Israeli meal is considered complete without some vegetables – breakfast included – and plain sliced watermelon makes for a perfectly acceptable dessert. Now here's a habit definitely worth keeping.
4. Cut down on the burekas. And the malawach. And the pita bread.
Burekas are best enjoyed in moderation. Photo by John Theodor via Shutterstock.com
While Israelis do eat a lot of salad, they also have a (very) soft spot for simple carbs. Every single one of Israel's ethnic communities boasts a traditional specialty dough – be it bread, blintzes or pie. And while there's nothing wrong with the odd treat, it's high time to take those laden bureka trays off the table.
5. Stop driving like crazy
Israeli roads can be a truly terrifying experience. The speed limit is completely ignored, drivers cut you from all directions and everyone is on their phones – and the results are deadly. Over 200 people were killed and almost 1,500 people were badly injured in car accidents from January to September 2018 alone. Let's try and make 2019 a safer year for all.
6. Don't stop doing family dinners
An Israeli family enjoys dinner together. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90
Israelis are really into their families. While elsewhere in the world people often see their relatives once or twice a year, Israeli families like to get together as often as possible. Be it Friday night dinner, birthdays or holiday celebrations, there's always a reason to catch up with loved ones. And we wouldn't have it any other way.
7. Discover the world
Ancient temple ruins at Gadi Sagar Lake in northern India. Photo by Roop Dey via Shutterstock.com
Go anywhere in the world, and you'll probably bump into an Israeli or two. Perhaps stemming from the tradition of lengthy post-army trips, Israelis are really keen travelers. If only they'd stop being so disappointed to find fellow countrymen wherever they go.
8. Let people practice their Hebrew
This one's familiar to all those who've tried making conversation in Ivrit while staying in Israel. You gather your courage, rummage your brains and tentatively ask a question in halting, accented Hebrew, only to be answered in a rapid stream of English. Far from being rude about your language skills, the person you're talking to just wants to put you at ease. But don't be deterred. If you feel up to it, carry on in Hebrew – Israelis are secretly chuffed that you're making the effort.
9. Keep your voice down
Yes, it's impossible not to listen in. A girl talks on her cell phone on a bus in Jerusalem. Photo by Anna Kaplan/Flash90
Ever taken public transport in Israel? Then you've probably been privy to the intimate details of your fellow passengers' lives. Medical diagnoses, love lives and politics are all discussed in high-volume in Israel. And while the person loudly describing their piles on the phone might not mind sharing that information, we'd really rather not know.
10. Be kind
Photo by Shutterstock.
Israelis often come across as brash and short-tempered. But they are actually some of the kindest people in the world. Just take a look at all the people carrying elderly strangers' shopping, holding others' babies for them in line or insisting that you come over for dinner after knowing you a full minute. Let's carry on this spirit of kindness to make 2019 the best year yet.
"I will sing to HaShem, for very exalted is He!"
Shvat 12, 5779
So many earth shattering (sea splitting) and dramatic events occur in rapid succession in the Torah reading, Beshalach, that it is easy to get lost in the drama and lose track of the underlying story which is propelling the narrative forward. The mad midnight dash from Egypt, Pharaoh's sudden change of heart, the hot pursuit of the Egyptian army, the all-night vigil at the edge of the Sea of Reeds... all this brought terror to the hearts of the escaping Israelites, who, after all, unlike we the readers, aren't privy to G-d's reasons for suddenly changing their route in mid-flight, or His deliberate setting of a trap for Pharaoh and Egypt's final cataclysmic denouement in the sea. Israel was terrified, and for good reason.
For four hundred and thirty years Israel dwelled in Egypt, during which time a slow but pervasive disconnect evolved between the children of Israel and the G-d of their fathers. This was made abundantly evident earlier in the book of Exodus when we read that "G-d heard their cry, and G-d remembered His covenant with Avraham, with Yitzchak, and with Yaakov. And G-d saw the children of Israel, and G-d knew." (Exodus 2:24-25) G-d's 'need,' as it were, to "remember His covenant" clearly intimates that a great distance had grown between G-d and His people. His immanent Presence was not with them day and night. They were still the proud children of Israel, and they still believed in the G-d of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov, but that was precisely the point: The G-d of the enslaved Israelites in Egypt was the G-d of their ancestors, a distant G-d remembered for His benevolence concerning their fathers, but only a faint presence in their enduring suffering as slaves, property of Pharaoh. So, when all of a sudden, Pharaoah's invasive and oppressive presence and control of every facet of their lives is gone, and G-d has dramatically and profoundly retaken the reins of their lives, the children of Israel are in an emotional and spiritual turmoil.
Keep this in mind as we read of their terror when trapped between Pharaoh's army and the impassible Sea of Reeds; when they arrived at Marah, parched, with no water to drink, and bitterly complained; when they arrived at the desert of Sin, and acerbically cried out "If only we had died by the hand of HaShem in the land of Egypt," (ibid 16:3) and when a few individuals took more than their share of manna, and a tiny minority even violated the Shabbat by searching for manna; when they quarreled with Moshe at Rephidim, once again parched and desperate for water; and, finally, their "testing HaShem, saying, Is HaShem in our midst or not?" (ibid 17:7) their very uncertainty precipitating the sudden and unprovoked ambush by Amalek on the newborn nation. Moshe reveals his own humanity in his expressions of impatience with his complaining people, but he, after all, experiences an intimacy with G-d that the children of Israel have still not achieved, nor do they yet realize is their birthright and their destiny. G-d understands, and patiently nurtures and cares for His people.
On the other hand, this infant nation, fearlessly or fearfully, followed G-d into an unknown land, a vast and empty wasteland, as affectionately recalled by the prophet Jeremiah centuries later, in the name of G-d, "saying, so said HaShem: I remember to you the lovingkindness of your youth, the love of your nuptials, your following Me in the desert, in a land not sown." (Jeremiah 2:2) But by far the moment most revealing Israel's potential greatness as a nation in step with G-d, is the fabled Song of the Sea. Pharaoh at last utterly and irreversibly vanquished, the runaway slaves are no longer fugitives fleeing for their lives. But what are they? Safe at last and free at last, who are the hosts of Israel that G-d brought out of Egypt? Are they even a people, or are they an ad hoc assembly of individuals, or worse, of quarreling factions. Certainly, before crossing the Sea of Reeds, when still feeling the hot breath of the Egyptians on the back of their necks, the children of Israel were terrified and divided. Midrash tells us that Israel was divided into multiple factions, each proposing a different, desperate response to the impending doom they were feeling. And now, safely across the sea, their adversary silenced at last, how will Israel breath their first breath as a free people, as a nation?
The Song of the Sea was sung by every breath of every soul of the now, for the first time, free people of Israel. Every voice in unison sung praise only of G-d, the G-d of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov, and now, and forever, the G-d of the nation of Israel. A nation is born, and, in its first breath defines the essence of its very being - a nation formed by G-d - a nation whose very breath is the breath of G-d. Will Israel be able to carry this prophetic moment smoothly into the future without setback or mishap? We have already seen above that this was not the case. G-d's Presence had returned back to the nooks and crannies of Israel's everyday lives, and it would take time for the nation to absorb this new reality and learn to fully trust that they were fully deserving of the food and water that they sought, and that they would live up to the spiritual journey that they and G-d were embarking on. But if there was ever an incontrovertible proof that the people of Israel and the G-d of Israel were a match made in heaven and on earth, the unparalleled Song of the Sea was just that proof: "I will sing to HaShem, for very exalted is He!" (ibid 15:1)
An Israeli Inventor Who Invented a Surgical Tool to Save His Own Life
Yaron was 26 when his motorcycle crashed in 1993 and he was rushed to the hospital. While he was undergoing an MRI to verify the damage, doctors discovered a tumor in the middle of his brain.
"Avi, you will survive," the doctors said. "But you need immediate surgery that will probably leave you disabled, paralyzed, cognitive dysfunction, and epilepsy.
Yaron, who was at the time a student of electrical engineering, was defeated. "Before that, I was in good health, I was active, I had a lot of life," he says. "I refused surgery. I don't know if it was intuition or pure denial, but that decision saved my life.
He began to research about his condition. He studied chemistry and anatomy. He investigated what technologies were available and interviewed doctors all over the world: in Israel, Europe and the United States.
He finally found a doctor in New York who would remove the tumor. "I felt an incredible sense of victory," he says. "I had defeated the tumor!
But the doctor failed to remove it completely, and the tumor began to grow again. There was nothing else I could do: The existing endoscopes (the surgical tool used to guide doctors in minimally invasive surgeries) lacked the required 3D depth perception.
"Maybe someone will invent the small stereoscopic camera in the next five years," the doctor said. "For now, it's lucky your tumor grows slowly.
It was then that Yaron set out to invent the technology himself.
Instead of the kind of mechanics used in traditional endoscopes, he would base his invention on a small silicon chip and software algorithms. Its design mimics the eyes of an insect. Each side works independently to create the 3D vision.
Yaron launched Visionsense in 1998. It took another two years to come up with a prototype and another 10 years to create a commercial product. But the product has already been adopted by surgeons around the world and the company has been growing steadily.
During the course of his illness, Yaron became convinced that Western medicine "ignores the emotional aspect" and that patients "who manage their anxiety and stress live longer with better health. The future of medicine, he says, lies in "predictive development, preventive systems based on emotional factors. That's my challenge now.
Today, Yaron is 51 years old and healthy. Finally, it wasn't his company's technology that eliminated the last fragments of resistant tumors in his brain, but three additional surgeries in three different countries: Germany, Israel and New York.
If Visionsense had developed its VSiii 3D camera system earlier, those surgeries would have been easier to perform, safer, and come with very little recovery time.
In addition to his impetus for innovation, Yaron currently volunteers to train patients with brain tumors. Although he doesn't provide medical advice, his condition taught him "a lot about humility," he says. "I'm here to serve you".
If you have ceiling fans in your home, now is the perfect time to get yours ready for use again. First, it's probably that time to clean your ceiling fans. Cleaning fans is not very popular because it seems like a real pain. It can be difficult to properly clean them without getting dust everywhere. So here's a quick tip:
Simply take an old pillowcase, slide it on the blade, and slide it off grabbing the blade gently. All that dust will go right into the pillowcase. You can now just throw that pillowcase directly in the laundry when you're done.
Proper Winter/Summer Fan Settings
Next, it is time to make sure your blades are turning in the right direction. Yes, you can change the direction of the blades!
Clockwise is for summer mode and counterclockwise is winter mode. Yes, I said winter mode! Did you know your ceiling fan could be used in the winter and save your electricity in the winter as well! Awesome right? How does this work your asking? Warm air rises and gets trapped in the ceiling, the ceiling fan circulates the warm air from the ceiling and brings all of the hot air back down to the floor making heating your home more efficient.
How to Reduce Energy Consumption
Did you know you can actually decrease your electricity bill in the summer by using a ceiling fan? Your ceiling fan can be used with open windows bringing a fresh breeze from outside and making your home feel more comfortable. Well you're asking how do we use our ceiling fan on those extremely hot days? The answer is we use the ceiling fan and the air conditioning system together. Many air conditioning systems run roughly at 2000-3000 watts. A typical ceiling fan runs between 20-60 Watts. It is almost like leaving a light fixture on - crazy right? By adjusting your thermostat and raising the temperature and operating your ceiling fan and air conditioning systemin conjunction, you'll keep air moving, feel cooler and of course lower your electricity bill.
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'Writing a Torah scroll is the true victory'
Ceremony marking start of writing of Torah in memory of baby who passed away after Ofra terror attack taking place at Shaare Zedek hospital.
Eliran Aharon, 26/12/18 18:27
Writing Torah in memory of Amiad Yisrael
At Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, a ceremony marking the start of the writing of a Torah scroll in memory of the newborn Amiad Yisrael, who passed away following the Ofra terror attack, is being held Wednesday evening.
The father Amichai Ish-Ran said at the event that "The oncoming election period emphasizes the differences between us and that's fine, everyone wants to make sure things will be as good as possible."
"Let's not quarrel on the personal level, we are one people and one family," he added.