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The whole is greater than its parts in life and in Judasim
The whole is greater than its parts in life and in Judaism
Rabbis have a full-time job explaining the mysteries of the Bible to those studying it.
The Bible has a lot of mysteries to seemingly straight forward stories, which require many years of study to understand all of its mysteries.
Rabbis have been studying the Bible and Talmud for now 3332 years and we are just scratching the surface of the mysteries.
One of the major principals of the Bible is that every word is chosen and there is not a single word that is superfluous. From this principle, conclusions are drawn from even an extra "a" or "the".
Since that is a major principle, you can imagine the surprise when the longest reading from the Torah (Bible) in the synagogue last week (called Parsha Nasso), has 12 repetitions of the same story of each of the leaders of the tribes (12 of them) bringing the same gift. If the gift was all the same why not list it once and then say ditto for each tribe. Many individual lessons are learned from the major exception to the rule, that is not apparent without the Rabbi's teaching.
Parshas Naso is the longest single Parsha in the Torah, at 176 verses.
Many of these are the seemingly repetitive offerings of the tribal princes, on the day the Temple in the desert (the Mishkan) was anointed and they began to bring daily gifts.
Each prince chose what to bring and they all chose the same items as offerings. At this point, the Torah sums up the offerings by tabulating how many golden spoons and how much incense, along with how many animals, were brought in total. This is odd because we could simply do the math ourselves and know how much was brought.
The Malbim (a great commentator) explains that there was a purpose in making the calculation and sharing with us. We might have thought that each Prince brought his own personal gift, and this is indeed what happened. Each Prince represented himself, and he also represented his Tribe, but it was HIS offering.
However, when they had all completed their individual offerings, the sum represented a gift from the entire nation. Each person had a share in this communal offering in that he or she had participated in what was now a national project and they were to be rewarded for that.
There is an expression that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and in Judaism, this is very true. When one Jew does something that is great, but when he does his part and someone else does his, they combine to form a union of mitzvos being done. Each person doing his share gets credit for doing his part but also for being a part of the greater amount of good being done by each other person doing his part.
In the Tochacha (the curses in the Bible when we don't follow G-d) read in Parshas Bechukosai several weeks ago, it says that when we go in Hashem's Laws, "five of you will chase a hundred (enemies) and a hundred of you will chase 10,000."
The more of us who are involved, the greater the ability. This is the exponential power of Jewish unity. By doing our parts, each of us helps the other to complete great things and together we rise higher by lifting each other up.
The whole is greater than its parts in life and in Judaism
Shoshana Damari, the Queen of Israeli Music
Shoshana Damari (Hebrew: שושנה דמארי) (March 31, 1923 – February 14, 2006) was an Israeli singer known as the "Queen of Hebrew Music."
At a young age, Damari played drums and sang accompaniment for her mother, who performed at family celebrations and gatherings of the Yemenite community in Palestine. At age 14, her first songs were broadcast on the radio. She studied singing and acting at the Shulamit Studio in Tel Aviv, where she met Shlomo Bosmi, the studio manager who became her personal manager. They wed in 1939, when she was only 16.
In 1945, Damari joined Li-La-Lo, a revue theater established by impresario Moshe Wallin. The group performed light entertainment and satire as a counterweight to the serious theater of the time. Damari became known for her distinctive husky voice and Yemenite pronunciation. Her first record was released in 1948 and her best-known song Kalaniyot (Anemones), by Moshe Vilenski, dates from that period. She was especially popular among Israeli soldiers, for whom she frequently performed. After the independence of Israel and throughout the late 70s, Damari performed all over the United States, France, England, South Africa, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Canada, Scandinavia and Japan. She was warmly received by the audience at national and international festivals in Israel and abroad, serving as Israel's unofficial cultural ambassador and earning the title of "First lady of Israeli song."
In the mid-1980s, Damari teamed up with Boaz Sharabi for a duet that brought her back into the limelight. She was awarded the Israel Prize in 1988 for Hebrew song and an ACUM lifetime achievement award in 1995.
In 2005, she recorded two tracks for the Mimaamakim album by Idan Raichel's Project and participated in some of their live performances. The two had been slated to begin another joint project.
She died in Tel Aviv after a brief bout of pneumonia. She died whilst Kalaniyot was sung by her family and friends who had been sitting in vigil during her final few days. She was buried in the Trumpeldor Cemetery in Tel Aviv.
Trump's Recommended Treatment For Coronavirus Sourced in Book of Isaiah: Proven in Israel -
Then shall your light burst through like the dawn And your healing spring up quickly; Your Vindicator shall march before you, The Presence of Hashem shall be your rear guard." Isaiah 58:8 (The Israel Bible™)
President Trump's claim that ultraviolet light could be used to battle the coronavirus was lambasted in the media with many claiming that ultraviolet lights were ineffective or even deadly. Not only do recent innovations in Israel confirm the president's statement, but anyone familiar with the Bible knows that light is a powerful form of healing.
TRUMP'S UV CLAIM
Last Thursday, President Trump gave a press conference in which he speculated about using ultraviolet light to treat COVID-19:
"So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it's ultraviolet or just very powerful, light — and I think you said that hasn't been checked but you're going to test it — and then I said suppose you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you're going to test that, too. Sounds interesting."
"Then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. Is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside? Or almost a cleaning, 'cause you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it'd be interesting to check that. So you're going to have to use medical doctors but it sounds interesting to me, so we'll see but the whole concept of the light. The way it kills it in one minute, that's pretty powerful."
The president was lambasted in the media with many claiming that ultraviolet lights were ineffective or even deadly. But in an incredible case of serendipity, several Israeli institutions announced the installation of UV units to battle the coronavirus.
Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center in Bnei Brak, Israel installed an ultraviolet light system in its areas for treating patients infected with the coronavirus including the intensive care unit and the outpatient clinic. The particular wavelength has been discovered to be deadly to the virus while being entirely safe for use in close proximity to patients and non-cancerous. The system can sterilize a room of the virus for up to half an hour at a time.
"UV lights have been used for years to purify and disinfect operating rooms in Israel and around the world, however in 2009 the American Health Authorities issued a warning that some of the lights which were being used created ozone molecules that could be extremely dangerous, especially for pulmonary patients," Dr. Boris Orkin, who helped develop the system, said in an interview with the J-Post. "Because of this, they were not used in the fight against the coronavirus, for fear of harming the patient."
Orkin said that the group's research found that "there are ultraviolet lights, with a specific wavelength that do not create ozone, but are efficient in purifying buildings and rooms and therefore are extremely suitable in treating the virus. Furthermore, these same specific lights do not create harmful radiation for the skin and eyes. Using the physical algorithm, it is possible to install the light system and products with the wavelength and different outputs to conform to any size room or building. This type of system can destroy the Corona virus in a time frame of up to 30 minutes without harming any individuals".
Bnei Brak is an ultra-Orthodox city in the center of the country. It is one of the COVID-19 hotspots with nearly one-third of the cases in Israel. Three weeks ago, the city was cordoned off by police and isolated from the rest of the country. Medical experts estimate that as many as 38% of Bnei Brak's 200,000 residents are infected with coronavirus and that the town could soon account for as many as 30% of cases in Israel's 8.7 million population. This is due to Bnei Brak's population density, which officials say is almost 100 times higher than the national average.
In addition to the system now in operation in Mayanei Heyeshua, another UV system has been put into operation to to disinfect the COVID-19 units at the Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center and Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv. The system was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) as an adaptation of its UV-C (short-wave-length ultraviolet) technology. The UV-C technology is also used to purify water.
UV light kills viruses in airborne droplets. There are three types of ultraviolet light: UV-A, UV-B and UV-C. UV-C was discovered to be the most effective against the virus, damaging the nucleic acids and preventing it from replicating. Its use as a disinfectant is fairly common in hospital and laboratory settings.
IAI is also testing a new robotic system that will use Ultraviolet light technology to rapidly sterilize passenger aircraft. The IAI system can work autonomously and automatically in a plane, once given a plan of the aircraft or any other large space. The system is purported to be faster and cheaper than existing systems that cleaning-fluids.
To the Biblically-minded, it is not surprising that the president's UV claim would be confirmed from the Holy Land since light as a source of healing has its source in the Prophesy in which light is associated with healing and life.
Then shall your light burst through like the dawn And your healing spring up quickly; Your Vindicator shall march before you, The Presence of Hashem shall be your rear guard. Isaiah 58:8
For Hashem shall be a light to you forever, And your days of mourning shall be ended. Isaiah 60:20
The connection between light and life was also hinted at by King David and his son Solomon.
With You is the fountain of life; by Your light do we see light. Psalms 36:10
For the commandment is a lamp, The teaching is a light, And the way to life is the rebuke that disciplines. Proverbs 6:23
Masked Lions of Jerusalem
The lion statues in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City have been repainted with appropriate coronavirus masks and safety messages.
Aliyah increases in midst of coronavirus pandemic
Jews worldwide are moving up plans to immigrate to a place they view as safer and better-positioned for economic recovery.
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is currently supporting the Jewish Agency for Israel and Keren Hayesod with bringing an unexpected wave in aliyah amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It has already sponsored flights for 601 Jewish immigrants since February and will bring another 160 Jews this week to Israel.
The newest arrivals include a group of 41 Jews from the former Soviet Union who flew in from Moscow on Tuesday, with an additional 119 Jews scheduled to land at Ben-Gurion International Airport on ICEJ-sponsored flights by the end of the week.
It raises the total to 761 Jewish immigrants the ICEJ has brought on flights to Israel since coronavirus travel bans were first imposed worldwide in February. For many of these recent arrivals, the ICEJ is also covering part of the added costs of their post-flight quarantine, which is the responsibility of the Jewish Agency.
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As global travel has ground to a halt over recent months, many in Israel were expecting a pause in immigration due to the COVID-19 threat.
The nation, however, is currently experiencing a surprising uptick in aliyah, as Jews worldwide are moving up plans to immigrate to a place they view as safer and better-positioned for economic recovery.
New immigrants to Israel arrive from Moscow as coronavirus cases have increased in Russia and flattened in Israel, May 19, 2020. Photo by Svetlana Soroka.
"Despite all the bad news we hear about the corona crisis, one of the positive stories is the surprising number of Jews looking for a way to come to Israel as soon as they can," said ICEJ president Dr. Jürgen Bühler. "We are privileged to play a key part in this unique wave of aliyah, when a pandemic brought the world to a standstill, but it could not stop the Jews from coming home to Israel."
Many of these recent arrivals are coming from regions of the former Soviet Union, where local economies are struggling and the virus is just peaking.
On Tuesday, a flight arrived from the former Soviet Union with 41 Jewish immigrants sponsored by the ICEJ. One Jewish couple on board sped up their move to be with their daughter, an Israeli mother of two who has been diagnosed with advanced brain cancer and will undergo emergency surgery in coming days.
At the request of the Jewish Agency, the ICEJ is currently raising funds from its global constituency to cover the flight costs for another 150 Jews from the former Soviet Union they hope to bring to Israel by early June.
10 eye-opening benefits of walking
Whether you work hard to get 10,000 steps a day or just like a daily stroll with your dog, walking is a near-perfect exercise. It's good for your body and your mind and you can do it just about anywhere with no fancy equipment.
From strengthening bones to shedding pounds, researchers keep finding more and more health benefits from this simple activity. Need a reason to hit the trail or wander the pavement? Here are just a few impressive benefits of walking.
1. It helps you maintain a healthy weight. It may seem like a no-brainer, but regular walking can lead to weight loss because exercise burns calories. But with walking, the calories you burn depend more the distance you cover rather than your pace, according to Harvard Health. During a 15-year study, researchers found that people who walked gained significantly less weight than those who didn't and the more people walked, the less weight they gained.
2. It saves your brain. Walking keeps your mind sharp. In a University of California at San Francisco study, researchers measured the cognitive abilities of nearly 6,000 women age 65 and older. They tracked their physical activity for several years and found that age-related memory decline was lowest in the women who walked the most.
Another study published in the December 2018 issue of Neurology shows that older adults who never exercise and already show signs of cognitive concerns can reverse cognitive decline (i.e. decision-making skills) in as little as six months just by walking.
3. It can help you live longer. Several studies have linked regular walking to longevity. A 2018 study found that walking can lower your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Another study in 2018 found that walking at a brisk pace seems to cut the risk of dying by 24 percent, while walking at an average pace reduces the risk by 20 percent. A study by the American Cancer Society found that even low levels of walking are linked with lower mortality.
4. Walking strengthens bones and muscles. All those steps can keep your bones strong and ward off bone loss, fractures and osteoporosis. That back-and-forth movement also tones the muscles in your legs and abs. If you swing your arms when you walk, you can strengthen those arm muscles, too.
5. It eases joint pain. Walking protects your joints by lubricating them and strengthening the surrounding muscles that support them. Several studies also have shown that walking eases arthritis-related pain and if you walk enough, it might prevent arthritis from forming in the first place, says Harvard.
Walking can make you happy — and don't even get us started about how happy your dog will be. (Photo: bbernard/Shutterstock)
6. It boosts your mood. The more people walk each day, the more energetic they feel and the better their mood, according to a California State University study. Walking releases endorphins, which are chemicals that trigger positive feelings in the body.
7. It can reduce your breast cancer risk. An American Cancer Society study found that women who walked seven or more hours a week had a 14 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who walked three hours or fewer per week.
8. Walking can help you sleep. An hour of walking and stretching, especially in the morning, can help you fall asleep and stay asleep, reports WebMD.
9. It can reduce your risk of diabetes. Walking can help prevent diabetes or reduce its severity. Findings from the Harvard Nurses' Health Study suggest that walking briskly for 30 minutes daily reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 30 percent.
10. It helps your heart. Walking does wonders for your heart and circulation, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It lowers your blood pressure, strengthens your heart, cuts your risk of stroke and wards off heart disease.
Subject: Paraprosdokian (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. 1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it. 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on my list. 3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong. 5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. 6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left. 7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. 8. They begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't. 9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research. 10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop at train stations. On my desk is a work station. 11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks. 12. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR.' 13. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you. 14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy. 15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman. 16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory. 17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. 18. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with. 19. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away. 20. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure. 21. You're never too old to learn something stupid. 22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target. 23. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. 24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. 25. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. 26. Where there's a will, there are relatives. Finally: I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
Watch: Yehuda Glick holds global prayer from Temple Mount with Christian leaders
Glick: 'USA was always Israel's greatest ally! Now, while our closest friend is going through time of crisis - we will stand by their side!'
Former Likud Knesset Member Yehuda Glick held an international live prayer event to address the tribulations visiting the United States.
Glick wrote: "The U.S.A. has always been Israel's greatest ally! Now, while our closest friend is going through a time of crisis due to flames of pain and peril - we will stand by their side!"
Glick spoke live from the Temple Mount and held a global, live Zoom and Facebook prayer for the people of the United States "to overcome the fires and collapsing bridges of society."
Various leaders joined in the vigil and shared their thoughts live on the Temple Mount.
Those participating included Pastor Keith Johnson, Rev. Ramiro Abraham Peña, Pastor Glenn Plummer, Pastor Jim and Rosemary Shindler Garlow, Pastor Freddy Washington, Pastor Paul Begley, Pastor Garry Wiggins, Rev. Dr. Timothy Su, Pastor Charles Huang, Pastor Ob Obiageli Ezeanolue-Nwofor, Dr. Timothy and Virginia Shepherd, Shmuel Smadja, Pastor Keith Johnson.