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
Every place where it states: "It was in the days of" [the expression] is one of anguish (Vayikra Rabbah 11:7).
If someone is preoccupied only with nostalgia, dreaming about how idyllic the past was and seeing nothing good about the present, it is a sign of anguish. If someone looks toward the future, planning for and anticipating what can be, it indicates joy.
All our joyous festivals are tied to the future. Although we commemorate the historic Exodus from Egypt on Passover, the second half of the Seder relates to the ultimate Redemption, and we close the Seder with the declaration, "Next year in Jerusalem." While Shavuos does commemorate the revelation at Sinai, it is the commitment to observe the Torah given at Sinai in the future that gives the festival its importance. And the festival of Succos, which culminates in the completion of the annual cycle of reading the Torah, is also the beginning of a new cycle. We always rejoice with the future, not the past.
The past is sure, the future is uncertain. Whatever challenges the past had are behind us, while those of the future must yet be confronted. Yet the uncerta d challenging future should generate joy, because it holds the promise and potential of what might be.
If the past has been one of achievement, it is easy to bask in its glory. However, while comfort might feel better than challenge, challenge is constructive, and joy in life should be sought in what can be done, rather than in what has been done.
Today I shall ... ... concentrate on the future, and pray that God give me the wisdom, strength, and courage to confront the challenges the future holds for me.
Love Yehdua Lave
On my final day in Germany, I check out the modern Jewish community in Frankfurt, one of the main cities of the destruction of Jewish houses of worship on Crystalnacht in 1938. There is an active Jewish community at the West End Synagogue which was not destroyed during the war because it was in a residential neighborhood and the Nazi's were afraid burning it would endanger the neighborhood and there is a Chabad nearby in the same neighborhood.
US Intervention Requested to Allow Jews to Visit Ancient King Solomon Site By Avi Abelow -
Jews are forbidden from visiting the ancient King Solomon's Pools on the outskirts of Jerusalem because the Palestinian Authority does not allow free access to Jews. An Israeli organization has contacted US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman requesting US assistance in allowing Jews to visit this ancient Jewish site. The USA is currently funding the renovation project of these ancient pools and hence should have a say to right this unjust situation.
King Solomon's Pools are three ancient reservoirs located in the Judean Hills, immediately to the south of the Arab village of al-Khader, about 3.1 miles southwest of Bethlehem. The pools were the main water aquifers that stored rain waters that fell in the Judean hills. These pools were the main water aquifers for the residents of Jerusalem.
The pools are named after King Solomon (10th century BC), and are possibly related to verse 2:6 in the Book of Ecclesiastics: "I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees." Josephus wrote that Solomon used to enjoy the beauty of the water-rich Ein Etham spring. There is a tradition that the king built the pools for his wives.
These pools were supposed to remain under Israeli control, according to the Oslo accords, but because of some mistake of a pen mark on the map they ended up under Palestinian Authority control instead. Hence, Jews and Israelis are not allowed to freely visit or hike there, as we should be allowed.
Before the Oslo accords were signed the King Solomon's Pools was an attractive hiking spot for Jewish hikers. I personally visited there a number of times, but since the Oslo signing in 1993 I haven't been able to visit.
Now that the US government is providing funding towards the renovation of this ancients site, an Israeli organization called Amitim L'tiul (a hiking organization) thought it appropriate to request US intervention to condition their funding on having Jews allowed free access to this ancient Jewish site, as we should be allowed.
Amitim L'Tiul co-founders Amit Ararat, Tzahi Mamo, and Shlomo Colman wrote the ambassador: "There is no doubt that the archaeological finds and the entire initiative are part of the preservation of the activities of the Jewish nation in the Land of Israel. Unfortunately, the site is located in an area under Palestinian control, which is why access to it is not free, as required from tourist, archaeology and tradition sites."
Don't let the old man in
This is worth sharing. It started with singer/songwriter Toby Keith playing golf with Clint Eastwood.
That sets the stage.
At one point, Eastwood said to Keith, "I turn 88 on Monday."
"What are you going to do?" Keith asked.
"I'm going to shoot a movie," Eastwood replied, "Filming's scheduled to begin the following week."
"What on earth keeps you going?" Keith asked him?
"I get up every day and I 'don't let the old man in,'" Eastwood said.
"I'm writing this down right now," Keith replied.
Keith didn't ask him if he could contribute a song, Keith just went home and wrote it, sent it to Clint and hoped that he would consider it.
And, he did.
Pay attention to every word; you Social Security(+) boys and girls with all those aches and pains and diminished abilities...
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COWS, CALVES: NEVER BRED.
Also 1 gay bull for sale.
JOINING NUDIST COLONY!
Must sell washer and dryer £100.
WEDDING DRESS FOR SALE ...
Worn once by mistake.
FOR SALE BY OWNER. Complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica, 45 volumes. Excellent condition, £200 or best offer. No longer needed, got married, wife knows everything.
Statement of the Century Thought from the Greatest Living Scottish Thinker--Billy Connolly. "If women are so bloody perfect at multitasking, How come they can't have a headache and sex at the same time?"
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Children Are Quick ______________________________ ______
TEACHER: Why are you late? STUDENT: Class started before I got here. ______________________________ ______ TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor? JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables. ______________________________ ____________ TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?' GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L' TEACHER: No, that's wrong GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it. (I Love this child) ______________________________ ______________ TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water? DONALD: H I J K L M N O. TEACHER: What are you talking about? DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O. ______________________________ ____ TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago WINNIE: Me! ______________________________ ____________ TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty? GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are. ______________________________ _________
______________________________ TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him? LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand..... ______________________________ ________ TEACHER: Now, Simon , tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating? SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mum is a good cook. ______________________________ TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's.. Did you copy his? CLYDE : No, sir. It's the same dog.
(I want to adopt this kid!!!) ______________________________ _____ TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested? HAROLD: A teacher ______________________________ ____ PASS IT AROUND AND MAKE SOMEONE LAUGH Due to current economic conditions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off
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