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
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It was six years ago today that I came on Aliyah. I had lived here for five years before (from 1995-2000) when I had gone to Yeshivah, but now I was coming home again.
I came alone as my wife didn't want to join me and the Halacha is that if one person doesn't want to go home to Israel and the other does, it is grounds for divorce. I loved my wife and hoped she would eventually join me, but we went our separate ways. Baruch Hashem, G-d gave me a new wife who also loves me, and we are living a Torah life here in Jerusalem as the Torah teaches we are supposed to. I bless G-d every day, that I have the merit to live here. My Grandfathers, both Rabbis would have given everything to have the merit to live here. One made it to America and had my Father, but the other was murdered in the Holocaust, but was able to get my Mother to America. I was able to go back this year to see where she was born in Germany and to Poland to see the Holocaust camps where her family was murdered.
To all those Jews who haven't made Aliyah yet, I say it is one of the most important things you can do as a Jew.
Forgetfulness leads to exile while remembrance is the secret of redemption.
We should learn and reflect to the best of our capacity, but when we reach a point where we are unable to make sense of life, we should supplant faith for understanding, and reflect again on what we do know.
US Lawmakers Call For A Food And Drug Administration Office In Israel
A regional office of the US's Food and Drug Administration should be opened in Israel, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said.
A letter sent Friday to the secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, said that "as a global leader in innovation, Israel's world class medical research programs have spurred breakthrough developments in medical technologies, pharmaceuticals, and other advancements in medicine that have positively impacted the global health system. We believe establishing an FDA office in Israel would facilitate collaboration in life-saving research and is a natural step for strengthening the special relationship between our countries."
Only a few weeks ago in Israel, the politicians were the big story. Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman was the villain who had held the country hostage for nearly a year as he fed his narcissistic personality disorder.
The left's latest flagship, the Blue and White Party, is all the once vibrant political camp can put together now that it has lost its ideology. With its deity of peace killed by suicide bombers and missiles, and its socialism statues crushed under the weight of bankrupt government companies, all the left has left is "blue and white." The party stands on two planks: destroying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and eternalizing the regime of Israel's unelected bureaucrats.
The party's figurehead—Benny Gantz—was tempted to join a unity government with Netanyahu that would guarantee he served as prime minister under a rotation agreement. But his comrades wouldn't let him. Joining a government with Netanyahu would be a betrayal of their very reason for existing. So, unhappily, he walked away.
And then there was Netanyahu himself. On Thursday, his supporters shook their heads in frustration and his enemies clapped their hands in glee at the sight of Israel's greatest statesman, the leader the public wants to keep in office, unable to form a government.
The conversation about Israel's politicians lasted less than 24 hours.
At four in the afternoon, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's office announced that at 7:30 in the evening he would announce his decision to indict Netanyahu. The underlying message was crystal clear: The day after Gantz returned his mandate to form a government to President Reuven Rivlin after he failed to get a sufficient number of coalition partners to build a government, Mandelblit ruled that there's no point in talking about whether or not Israel is going to new elections in March.
Voters don't decide anything. The lawyers do. Politicians are irrelevant. The only people who count in Israel today are the unelected attorneys who run the country.
But then we already knew that. And the fact that—as expected—Mandelblit announced sternly that he is indicting Netanyahu on three charges of breach of trust and one charge of bribery was at best anticlimactic. The game was up—if it was ever in play—in February.
Last February, at the height of the first election campaign of the year, when Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition partners were leading in all polls by a wide margin, Mandelblit took the unprecedented—and legally dubious—step of announcing his intention to indict Netanyahu on those charges—pending a pre-indictment hearing. The moment he made his announcement, the right began to slide in the polls. The Leader had spoken, and we had no right to question him.
Blue and White's scattershot campaign converged around Mandelblit's "recommendation." The left had a rallying cry and a reason to vote. Netanyahu's neck was on the chopping block.
Ever since Mandelblit gave his "recommendations," he and his comrades have been the only political actors with any power to speak of. Our actual elected leaders were rendered bit players in the lawyers' regime. Mandelblit's announcement Thursday just made it official.
To the cheers of Israel's corrupt media, for the past three years our legal overlords have gnawed away at all aspects of political power in Israel, and in the process—not that they cared—they corrupted Israel's legal system from top to bottom. From beginning to end, their criminal persecution of Netanyahu has been a travesty of every norm in democratic societies governed by the rule of law.
Carefully edited and wholly distorted recordings and transcripts of police interrogations of Netanyahu, his wife, son and advisers were systematically leaked to the media. The fact that every such leak was a felony offense was of no matter. Netanyahu's attorneys submitted request after request for Mandelblit to order an investigation of the criminal leaks. All were summarily and scornfully rejected.
As the probes escalated, overseen by State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, police investigators extorted Netanyahu's closest advisers to coerce them into becoming state witnesses against the most successful and admired prime minister Israel has ever had. Investigators threatened Netanyahu's former spokesman Nir Hefetz that they would destroy his family and bankrupt him if he didn't turn on Netanyahu. They finally succeeded in breaking him after incarcerating him in a flea-infested jail cell for 15 nights, denying him sleep and medical treatment and bringing a young woman he knew into an interrogation room next to him and then threatening to destroy his family.
In the earlier stages of the probes, then police inspector general Roni Alsheich spun wild, unsubstantiated and frankly insane conspiracy theories about Netanyahu, including the claim that he hired private investigators to tail police investigators. Alsheich then went out of his way to prevent the government from appointing his successor as he approached the end of his term of service. Still today, more than a year later, Israel has no police inspector general.
Then, of course, there is Mandelblit himself. Mandelblit, who claims not to have known about the abuse of witnesses—but then refused to investigate the allegations. Mandelblit, who promised—after publishing his "recommendations" for indictment at the height of the election campaign—that he would approach Netanyahu's pre-trial hearing with an open mind. That promise was exposed as a lie when the chief prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari left the hearing two days early to take her family on safari in South Africa. Wouldn't want a little thing like the prime minister's legal fate to ruin her chance to see the elephants.
The same Mandelblit refused to investigate Ben-Ari when recordings emerged last month showing that she submitted a false deposition to a court in relation to a lawsuit submitted against her by a former subordinate attorney.
Then, of course, there is the substance of the charges themselves. The charge that Netanyahu accepted a bribe is based on an invented notion that positive media coverage of a politician is bribery. The notion that press coverage can be considered bribery exists nowhere in the democratic world. No prosecutor in the world has ever indicted—or investigated—a politician or media organization of having committed bribery involving the provision of positive coverage.
Senior American jurists appeared before Mandelblit in Netanyahu's (self-evidently unserious) pre-indictment hearing to warn him that pursuing bribery charges against politicians for receiving positive coverage is a recipe for destroying freedom of the press and democracy itself.
But then, that is the entire point of going after Netanyahu with invented crimes. Now that Netanyahu has been charged for bribery—and incidentally, he never even received positive coverage from the media organ accused of providing it—every politician that gets on the lawyers' bad side will be sweating bricks any time a reporter writes something nice about him.
After Mandelblit made his prime-time announcement, Netanyahu pledged to fight for his freedom and for the restoration of Israeli democracy and the rule of law. In his speech Thursday night, he made an impassioned appeal to his "decent" political rivals to join him in this fight.
If any politicians doubt that Netanyahu's struggle is their struggle, they should look no further than the prosecution's announcement last week that it was opening a review, ahead of a criminal probe—of Gantz's role in the so-called "Fifth Dimension Affair." The Fifth Dimension was a start-up Gantz headed. Its sale for $14 million allegedly violated standard procedures.
Maybe Gantz did nothing wrong. But then, Netanyahu is being indicted for crimes that don't exist. So it doesn't matter. The message is clear: Every politician is at the mercy of the prosecutors. Fall out of line, and you will become a criminal suspect before you can say "prosecutorial abuse."
It's certainly true that the left shares the prosecutors' hatred of Netanyahu; Blue and White exists to destroy him. But all the leftist politicians—and Lieberman—who are celebrating today need to understand that the Netanyahu they love to hate is their best friend and defender today. If Netanyahu is found guilty of crimes that were invented for the purpose of destroying him, then their goose will be cooked along with his.
Politicians may make us happy or sad, frustrated or infuriated. But today, in post-democratic Israel, it hardly matters. Netanyahu called last night for an "investigation of the investigators." Unless our elected officials join forces to heed his call, they—and the voters who elected them—will never be relevant again.
Bereaved Families to EU: Your Money Is Murdering Our Children By David Israel
A group of bereaved families on Sunday staged a protest against the European Union over its funding of Israeli NGOs that defend terrorists and their families in Israeli courts.
Families from the Choosing Life Forum of Bereaved Families gathered in Bnei Brak outside the Dan region police headquarters, where bereaved mother Merav Hajaj had been summoned for interrogation for defacing the EU's Ramat Gan office last September.
Hajaj, whose daughter Shir was murdered in a terrorist attack in 2017, spray-painted "EU GET OUT" on the building's office door, spilled red paint on the floor, and posted a sign reading "Stop paying the killers of our children."
She protested the EU's funding of the far-left Israeli NGO HaMoked, which provides legal defense to terrorists and their families, including the terrorist who murdered Shir Hajaj.
Following the attack that murdered Shir Hajaj and three others, HaMoked petitioned Israel's High Court of justice against demolishing the terrorist's home and against stripping the citizenship of the terrorist's family members who had known about the attack.
According to Im Tirtzu, which is accompanying the Choosing Life Forum, over the past five years the EU has provided roughly $2.8 million to HaMoked in both direct and indirect funding.
In addition, the EU has also provided some $2.88 million to the NGOs Adalah and The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, which also defend terrorists in Israeli courts.
The protesters, who held signs reading "EU Shame On You!" and "The EU Pays Terrorists and Persecutes Bereaved Families," included a number of bereaved families: Boaz Kokia, father of Ron Kokia; Brenda Lemkus, mother of murdered Dalya Lemkus; Rafi Levengrond, father of Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel; Vladimir Lubarsky, father of Ronen Lubarsky, and Dan Landau, father-in-law of Elad Salomon.
Before entering the police headquarters, Merav Hajaj said that "the one who should be under interrogation is the EU, which funds the murder of Jews and then funds the legal defense of terrorists who murdered our children."
"The hypocrisy of the EU knows no bounds," Hajaj added. "On the one hand, they encourage the murder of Jews and fund the defense of terrorists, including the terrorist who murdered my daughter, and on the other hand, they cry to the police when someone protests their blood money."
"It is an embarrassment that Israel allows this to take place," Hajaj said.
Alon Schvartzer, Director of Policy for Im Tirtzu, said that "it is an absurd situation in which the EU is allowed to fund radical NGOs that petition the courts on behalf of murderous terrorists."
"The EU is trying to turn the victim into the assailant," Schvartzer said," but we will not allow them to succeed in their perverted attempt to conceal the truth. Im Tirtzu stands with the Hajaj family, and calls on our elected officials to move from words to actions and start combating these subversive actions by foreign governments that undermine Israeli sovereignty."
All You Need Is Love
It was interpreted live for the first time by The Beatles in Our World, becoming the first song of global transmission broadcast on satellite television receiving it in 30 countries and seen by more than 400 million people on June 25, 1967
Love, love, love Love, love, love Love, love, love There's nothing you can do that can't be done Nothing you can sing that can't be sung Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game It's easy Nothing you can make that can't be made No one you can save that can't be saved Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time It's easy All you need is love All you need is love All you need is love, love Love is all you need All you need is love All you need is love All you need is love, love Love is all you need There's nothing you can know that isn't known Nothing you can see that isn't shown There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be It's easy All you need is love All you need is love All you need is love, love Love is all you need All you need is love (all together now) All you need is love (everybody) All you need is love, love Love is all you need Love is all you need (Love is all you need) Love is all you need (Love is all you need) Love is all you need (Love is all you need) Love is all you need (Love is all you need) Love is all you need (Love is all you need) Love is all you need (Love is all you need) Love is all you need (Love is all you need) Love is all you need (Love is all you need) Love is all you need (Love is all you need) Love is all you need (Love is all you need) Love is all you need (Love is all you need) (Love is all you need) (Love is all you need) (Love is all you need) Yesterday (Love is all you need) Oh Love is all you need Love is all you need Oh yeah Love is all you need (She love you, yeah, yeah, yeah) (She love you, yeah, yeah, yeah) (Love is all you need) (Love is all you need)
9 Israeli products make TIME Top 100 Inventions of 2019
Watergen, Tyto Care, OrCam, ECOncrete, Theranica, Temi and Eviation products make main list; Lemonade and ElliQ receive special mention.By Abigail Klein Leichman
9 Israeli products make TIME Top 100 Inventions of 2019
Detail from the Dec. 2/Dec. 9 issue of TIME celebrating the best inventions of 2019.
Israeli may be a small country, but Israeli products make up a disproportionately large percentage of the TIME Top 100 Inventions of 2019 list revealed in the magazine's December 2/December 9 double issue.
In addition to seven Israeli products on the list, two others were singled out for special mention.
The seven companies whose groundbreaking products appear on the Top 100 list will be familiar to ISRAEL21c readers. They include:
• Watergen for its GENNY units that can produce up to 7 gallons of water daily from the ambient air, with no plumbing required; • Tyto Care for its TytoHome telehealth exam kit for home use; • OrCam for its MyEye2 wearable AI-driven MyEye 2 artificial vision device; • ECOncrete for its environmentally sensitive concrete products that enhance marine life while increasing the structural stability, longevity and aesthetics of urban waterfronts and coastal structures; • Theranica Nerivio for its patch to treat migraines through electrical stimulation; • Temi for its child-friendly personal robot aimed at linking busy families; • Eviation Aircraft for its all-electric nine-passenger plane.
"To assemble our 2019 list, we solicited nominations across a variety of categories from our editors and correspondents around the world, as well as through an online application process. Then TIME evaluated each contender based on key factors, including originality, creativity, influence, ambition and effectiveness," the magazine explained.
In addition to the Top 100, 30 products received special mention.
Among them were ElliQ from Intuition Robotics, an assistive robot geared for use by the elderly; and the "Giveback" program of insure-tech company Lemonade that allows policyholders to donate unused funds to charity. As of July, the 2019 Lemonade Giveback totaled $631,540.17.