Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How smart is your right foot and focus on the positive

Focus On The Positive

If a person consistently talks about the faults of others, he will usually overlook even the most obvious positive attributes of those same people.

Today, think of someone that you often degrade, and try focusing on one positive quality of that person.

Love Yehuda

This is hysterical. You have to try this. It is absolutely true. I guess there are some things that the brain cannot handle.

You have to try this please, it takes  just  2 seconds. I could not believe this!  It is from an orthopedic surgeon............ This will  confuse your mind and you will keep trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but, you can't.  It is pre-programmed in your brain!

1. While sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction.

I told you so! And there's nothing you can do about it! You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Glick on Netanyahu's comeback and facing Opposition

Facing Opposition

Frequently, when you spend a lot of time, money, and energy on a worthwhile project, some people will oppose your plans. It is easy to feel discouraged in such situations.

Rabbi Yechezkail Levenstein (in his book Ohr Yechezkail: michtavim, p.53) wrote to someone facing such a challenge, "Don't pay any attention to those opposing your work. Every worthwhile project will face some obstacles and opposition." When you realize that it is normal for people to oppose you when you try to accomplish, you will find it much easier to tolerate and overcome the difficulties of that opposition.

Many others have spoken on facing oppositon with patience:

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
Virginia Satir

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
George Savile

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.
Evelyn Underhill

Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.
Saint Francis de Sales

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.

It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
George Santayana

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Saint Augustine

We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience.
Stanislaw Lec

Now let us look at these lessons in terms of the political events of last week.

Column One: Lessons of Netanyahu's triumph




Jerusalem Post - 27/05/2011


In the coming weeks and months, the threats to Israel will surely only increase.  And with these escalating threats will come also the escalating need for strong and certain leadership.


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was hoping to avoid his clash with US President Barack Obama last week in Washington.


Four days before his showdown at the White House with the American leader, Netanyahu addressed the Knesset.  His speech was the most dovish he had ever given.  In it, he set out the parameters of the land concessions he is willing to make to the Palestinians, in the event they ever decide that they are interested in negotiating a final peace.


Among other things, Netanyahu spoke for the first time about "settlement blocs," and so signaled that he would be willing to evacuate the more isolated Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.  He also spoke of a long term military presence in the Jordan Valley rather than Israeli sovereignty along the militarily vital plain.


Both strategically and ideologically, Netanyahu's speech constituted a massive concession to Obama.  The premier had good reason to believe that his speech would preempt any US demand for further Israeli concessions during his visit to Washington.


Alas, it was not to be.  Instead of welcoming Netanyahu's unprecedented concessions, Obama dismissed them as insufficient as he blindsided Netanyahu last Thursday with his speech at the State Department.  There, just hours before Netanyahu was scheduled to fly off to meet him in the Oval Office, Obama adopted the Palestinian negotiating position by calling for Israel to accept that future negotiations will be based on the indefensible – indeed suicidal – 1949 armistice lines.


So, just as he was about to board his plane, Netanyahu realized that his mission in the US capital had changed.  His job wasn't to go along to get along.  His job was to stop Obama from driving Israel's relations with the US off a cliff.


Netanyahu was no longer going to Washington to explain where Israel will stand aside.  He was going to Washington to explain what Israel stands for.  Obama threw down the gauntlet.  Netanyahu needed to pick it up by rallying both the Israeli people to his side and rallying the American people to Israel's side.  Both goals, he realized, could only be accomplished by presenting his vision of what Israel is and what it stands for.


And Netanyahu did his job.  He did his job brilliantly.


ISRAEL TODAY is the target of an ever escalating campaign to demonize and delegitimize it.  Just this week we learned that a dozen towns in Scotland have decided to ban Israeli books from their public libraries.  One Scottish town has decided to post signs calling for its residents to boycott Israeli products and put a distinguishing mark (yellow star, perhaps?)  On all Israeli products sold in local stores to warn residents away from them.


Israelis shake their heads and wonder, what did we do to the Scots?  In San Francisco, there is a proposition on the ballot for the fall elections to ban circumcision.


The proposition would make it a criminal offense to carry out the oldest Jewish religious ritual.  Offenders will be punished by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.


Israelis shake their heads and wonder, what did we do to the people of San Francisco?  It seems that everywhere we look we are told that we have no right to exist.  From Ramallah to Gaza, to Egypt, to Scotland, Norway, and San Francisco, we are told that we are evil and had better give up the store.  And then Obama took to the stage on Thursday and told us that we have to surrender our ability to defend ourselves in order to make room for a Palestinian state run by terrorists committed to our destruction.


But then Netanyahu arrived in Washington and said, "Enough already, we've had quite enough of this dangerous nonsense."


And we felt things we haven't felt for a long time.  We felt empowered.  We felt we had a voice.  We felt proud.  We felt we had a leader.


We felt relieved.


The American people, whose overwhelming support for Israel was demonstrated by their representatives in both houses of the Congress on Tuesday, also felt empowered, proud and relieved.  Because not only did Netanyahu eloquently remind them of why they stand with Israel, he reminded them of why everyone who truly loves freedom stands with America.


It is true that the American lawmakers who interrupted Netanyahu's remarks dozens of times to applaud wanted to use his presence in their chamber to send a message of solidarity to the people of Israel.  But during the course of his speech, it became apparent that it wasn't just their desire to show solidarity that made them stand and applaud so many times.  Netanyahu managed to relieve them as well.


Since he assumed office, Obama has been traveling the world apologizing for America's world leadership.  He has been lecturing the American people about the need to subordinate America's national interests to global organizations like the United Nations that are controlled by dictatorships which despise them.


Suddenly, here was an allied leader reminding them of why America is a great nation that leads the world by right, not by historical coincidence.


It is not coincidental that many American and Israeli observers have described Netanyahu's speech as "Churchillian." Winston Churchill's leadership was a classic example of democratic leadership.  And Netanyahu is Churchill's most fervent pupil.  The democratic leadership model requires a leader to set out his vision of where his country must go and convince the public to follow him.


That is what Churchill did.  And that is what Netanyahu did this week.  And like Churchill in June 1940, Netanyahu's success this week was dazzling.


Just how dazzling was make clear by a Haaretz poll of the Israeli public conducted after Netanyahu's speech before the Congress.


The poll found that Netanyahu's approval ratings increased an astounding 13 percentage points, from 38 to 51 percent in one week.  Two-thirds of the Israelis who watched his speech said it made them proud.


As for the US response, the fact that leading Democrats on Capitol Hill, House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, felt it necessary to distance themselves from Obama's statements about Israel's final borders makes clear that Netanyahu successfully rallied the American public to Israel's side.


This point was also brought home with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz's interesting request to Republicans during their joint meeting with Netanyahu.  In front of the Israeli leader, Wasserman Schultz asked her Republican counterparts not to use support for Israel as a campaign issue.  Her request makes clear that following Netanyahu's brilliant triumph in Washington, Democrats realize that the president's poor treatment of Israel is an issue that will harm them politically if the Republicans decide to make it an issue in next year's elections.


WHILE THE democratic model of leadership is certainly the model that the founders of most democratic societies have in mind when they establish their democratic orders, it is not the only leadership model that guides leaders in democratic societies.  This week, as Netanyahu demonstrated the strength of the democratic leadership model, two other leadership models were also on prominent display.  The first was demonstrated by Obama.  The second was exhibited by opposition leader Tzipi Livni.


Obama's leadership model is the model of subversive leadership.  Subversive leaders in democracies do not tell their citizens where they wish to lead their societies.  They hide their goals from their citizens, because they understand that their citizens do not share their goals.  Then once they achieve their unspoken goals, they present their people with a fait accompli and announce that only they are competent to shepherd their societies through the radical shift they undertook behind the public's back.


Before Obama, the clearest example of subversive leadership was Shimon Peres.  As foreign minister under Yitzhak Rabin, Peres negotiated his deal with the PLO behind the public's back, and behind Rabin's back – and against their clear opposition.  Then he presented the deal that no one supported as a fait accompli.


And as the architect of the deal that put the PLO terror forces on the outskirts of Israel's major cities, Peres argued that only he could be trusted to implement the deal he had crafted.


Eighteen years and 2,000 Israeli terror victims later, Israel still hasn't figured out how to extricate itself from his subversive legacy.  And he is president.


Today, Obama recognizes that the American public doesn't share his antipathy towards Israel, and so as he adopts policies antithetical to Israel's security, he waxes poetic about his commitment to Israel's security.  So far his policies have led to the near disintegration of Israel's peace with Egypt, the establishment of a Fatah-Hamas unity government in the Palestinian Authority, and to Iran's steady, all but unimpeded progress towards the atom bomb.


As for Livni, her model is leadership from behind.  Although Obama's advisers claimed that this is his model of leadership, it actually is Livni's model.  A leader who leads from behind is a follower.  She sees where her voters are and she goes there.


In Livni's case, her supporters are on the Left and their main spokesman is the media.  Both the Left and the media oppose everything that Netanyahu does and everything he is.  And so, as Livni sees things, her job as the head of the opposition is to give voice to their views.


As Netanyahu stared Obama down in the Oval Office and reminded Israelis and Americans alike why we have a special relationship, Livni was telling audiences in Washington and Israel that Netanyahu is a warmonger who will lead us to devastation if we don't elect her to replace him soon.  With Obama adopting the Palestinians' negotiating positions and with Fatah embracing Hamas rather than honestly admitting that all hope for peace is dead for the duration, Livni said that Netanyahu is leading us to war by defending the country.


Netanyahu's extraordinary leadership this week has shown that when used well, the democratic model of leadership trumps all other models.  He also showed us that he has the capacity to be the leader of our times.


In the coming weeks and months, the threats to Israel will surely only increase.  And with these escalating threats will come also the escalating need for strong and certain leadership.


Netanyahu should realize what his astounding success means for him as well as for Israel.


The people of Israel and our many friends around the world will continue to stand behind him proudly if he continues to lead us as well and wonderfully as he did this week.  And we will admire him.  And we will thank him.


Love Yehuda

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

A remarkable video of 28-year Bibi and hear the underlying factors and Mike Huckabee on Israel's betrayal

Hear the Underlying Factors

If you get insulted, ask yourself, "What underlying factors are motivating this person to insult me?" Regardless of the words the person is using, the underlying message is that he is frustrated or discouraged. Try to react towards him in the context of his underlying problems and not his actual words.

In the following remarkable Video of Netanyahu at  age 28, it seems he has been forced to be giving the same speech for 34 years.  Notice that the Arab questioning him tries everything to get him upset by Bibi (using an English name then), answers him with honesty and compassion. The frustration of the Arab is apparent.

Love Yehuda

Subject: Fwd: FW: A remarkable video of 28-year Bibi


-----Please watch and forward.

This is a fantastic video of Bibi when he was a 28 year-old graduate student at MIT (in 1978) debating the status of the
West Bank and the Palestinians. No wonder he was so good last week. If he was that good then, Obama didn't stand a chance today, even with his teleprompter. Well done, lad!


To sum up the problem of the last week Here is Mike Huckabee the Governor who wanted to run for President


Subject: YouTube - Huckabee on Obama's Betrayal of Israel (5.21.11)


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Friday, May 27, 2011

A Kosher way to see The Sistine Chapel and you control your reaction.

You Control Your Reaction

You do not have complete control over anyone else. But you do have a strong degree of control over your reaction to any given situation.

Knowing this will improve your skill of thinking instead of reacting emotionally. The more confident you are that you can control a situation using wisdom, the less chance you will lose your temper.

Love Yehuda

Speaking of being able to control, you can control looking at every part of the Sistine Chapel..Finally a Kosher way to see the beautiful Art.

Give it time to  load.  On the bottom is a plus or minus sign to move forward or backward towards the picture and the M is to make your mouse move all over the place.  I, of course, went straight to the ceiling to check that out!

A look into the Sistine  Chapel
Here is an amazing bit of technology that allows us into a place most of us will probably never see in person, and would definitely never be
alone in the room.
It is always very crowded and of course you
can't see Michelangelo's artwork close up as you can here.  This is especially spectacular if you have a large high-definition screen!

The Sistine Chapel: Virtually view every part
of Michaelangelo's masterpiece. 

click and drag your arrow in the direction of the part you wish to see.  In the lower left, click  on the plus (+) to move closer, on the minus (-) to move away.

The choir is thrown in free!
This virtual tour is incredible.  Apparently done by Villanova at the request of the Vatican..
http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html <http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html> 

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Got beer???? and focus on the Roses and a summary of last weeks political events

A summary from the media on last week's political events.

U.S. President Barack Obama's Palestinian Authority-Israel peace plan is a "formula for war," writes Bret Stephens, foreign affairs editor and deputy editorial page editor of The Wall St. Journal.

In an op-ed article in the Journal, Stephens charged that the president's approach to Israel and his relationship to American Jews has showed that he "has mastered the concept of chutzpah."

He noted that President Obama's "sandbagging" Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "with an adversarial policy speech" the day before his visit is not the first time the American leader has treated foreign visitors with disdain.

"Remember when the Dalai Lama visited Mr. Obama last year?" Stephens wrote. "As a courtesy to Beijing, the president made sure to have the Tibetan spiritual leader exit by the door where the White House trash was piled up. And that was 11 months before Hu Jintao's state visit to the U.S."

Stephens accused President Obama, who said in his speech "It's time to tell the truth," of composing language that served as a "thin tissue of falsehoods, rhetorical legerdemain, telling omissions and self-contradictions….

"For starters, it would be nice if the president could come clean about whether his line about the 1967 line – "mutually agreed swaps" and all – was pathbreaking and controversial, or no big deal. On Sunday, Mr. Obama congratulated himself for choosing the hard road to Mideast peace as he prepares for re-election, only to offer a few minutes later that "there was nothing particularly original in my proposal."

"Yet assuming Mr. Obama knows what he's talking about, he knows that's untrue: No U.S. president has explicitly endorsed the '67 lines as the basis for negotiating a final border."

Stephens articulated what virtually no other newspaper or news website, except for Israel National News, has stated: "Mr. Obama would also know that in 2009 Hillary Clinton had described this formula as 'the Palestinian goal.' Now it's Mr. Obama's goal as well, even as he insists that 'no peace can be imposed.'

The article also chastised President Obama for maintaining that the United States "will hold the Palestinians accountable for their actions and their rhetoric." Stephens challenged the president, "Can Mr. Obama offer a single example of having done that as president, except perhaps at the level of a State Department press release?"

If President Obama were really pro-Israel, "He would tell Palestinians that there is no right of return," wrote Stephens and "would outline hard and specific consequences should Hamas join the government."

President Obama glaringly dismissed the issues of the status of Jerusalem and that of "refugees' by suggesting the inherent contradiction that the Palestinian Authority and Israel should discuss them – after agreement on a PA state.

That sums up why, Prime Minister Netanyahu had to come back fo forcefully for the Israeli Position.. Maybe sandbagging him backfired??

Focus On The Roses

"A person who gathers honey will not escape being stung by bees. A person who gathers roses will not escape being scratched by thorns."

The positive things in life also have negative aspects. Keep your focus on the beautiful roses of the world, and the thorns will seem trivial and inconsequential.

Love Yehuda

Got beer???? 
A landlord's nightmare!! 




All this, yet you still do not see any dust, scattered clothing, or dirty dishes anywhere.
Other than having a minor drinking problem, he was basically a very clean, organized person. Add to this, the fact that he was concerned about his health, proven by the fact that he drank 'Light' beer.
Beer cans by the tens of thousands. Mountains of cans burying the furniture. The water and heat were shut off, apparently on purpose by the tenant, who evidently drank Coors Light beer exclusively for the eight years he lived there.
There was an estimated 70,000 beer cans in the townhouse. To accumulate that amount of cans, the resident must have consumed an average of 24 beers a day for the 8 years of his tenancy!


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Netanyahu speech to Congress in 2011 and in 1996

Speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a Joint Meeting of the United States Congress, Here is a link to the complete speech without the introduction with the text below


As a comparison from the Cspan website is his first speech to Congress, 15 years ago in 1996. It starts at 19 minutes into the 55 minute tape

He said great things 15 years ago and we are still having to justify not dying to live in the land of Israel. Do things change??

http://c-span.org/Events/Israeli-Prime-Minister-Addresses-Congress/10737421714-2/   (this is th tape from 1996)

May 24, 2011  Text from yesterday's talk

I am deeply honored by your warm welcome. And I am deeply honored that you have given me the opportunity to address Congress a second time.

Mr. Vice President, do you remember the time we were the new kids in town?

And I do see a lot of old friends here. And I do see a lot of new friends of Israel here. Democrats and Republicans alike.

Israel has no better friend than America. And America has no better friend than Israel. We stand together to defend democracy. We stand together to advance peace. We stand together to fight terrorism. Congratulations America, Congratulations, Mr. President. You got bin Laden. Good riddance!

In an unstable Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting alliances, Israel is America's unwavering ally. Israel has always been pro-American. Israel will always be pro-American.

My friends, you don't need to do nation building in Israel. We're already built. You don't need to export democracy to Israel. We've already got it. You don't need to send American troops to defend Israel. We defend ourselves. You've been very generous in giving us tools to do the job of defending Israel on our own. Thank you all, and thank you President Obama, for your steadfast commitment to Israel's security. I know economic times are tough. I deeply appreciate this.

Support for Israel's security is a wise investment in our common future. For an epic battle is now unfolding in the Middle East, between tyranny and freedom. A great convulsion is shaking the earth from the Khyber Pass to the Straits of Gibraltar. The tremors have shattered states and toppled governments. And we can all see that the ground is still shifting. Now this historic moment holds the promise of a new dawn of freedom and opportunity. Millions of young people are determined to change their future. We all look at them. They muster courage. They risk their lives. They demand dignity. They desire liberty.

These extraordinary scenes in Tunis and Cairo, evoke those of Berlin and Prague in 1989. Yet as we share their hopes, but we also must also remember that those hopes could be snuffed out as they were in Tehran in 1979. You remember what happened then. The brief democratic spring in Iran was cut short by a ferocious and unforgiving tyranny. This same tyranny smothered Lebanon's democratic Cedar Revolution, and inflicted on that long-suffering country, the medieval rule of Hezbollah.

So today, the Middle East stands at a fateful crossroads. Like all of you, I pray that the peoples of the region choose the path less travelled, the path of liberty. No one knows what this path consists of better than you. This path is not paved by elections alone. It is paved when governments permit protests in town squares, when limits are placed on the powers of rulers, when judges are beholden to laws and not men, and when human rights cannot be crushed by tribal loyalties or mob rule.

Israel has always embraced this path, in the Middle East has long rejected it. In a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted, Israel stands out. It is different.

As the great English writer George Eliot predicted over a century ago, that once established, the Jewish state will "shine like a bright star of freedom amid the despotisms of the East." Well, she was right. We have a free press, independent courts, an open economy, rambunctious parliamentary debates. You think you guys are tough on one another in Congress? Come spend a day in the Knesset. Be my guest.

Courageous Arab protesters, are now struggling to secure these very same rights for their peoples, for their societies. We're proud that over one million Arab citizens of Israel have been enjoying these rights for decades. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel's Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights. I want you to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one-half of one-percent are truly free, and they're all citizens of Israel!

This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East. Israel is what is right about the Middle East.

Israel fully supports the desire of Arab peoples in our region to live freely. We long for the day when Israel will be one of many real democracies in the Middle East.

Fifteen years ago, I stood at this very podium, and said that democracy must start to take root in the Arab World. Well, it's begun to take root. This beginning holds the promise of a brilliant future of peace and prosperity. For I believe that a Middle East that is genuinely democratic will be a Middle East truly at peace.

But while we hope and work for the best, we must also recognize that powerful forces oppose this future. They oppose modernity. They oppose democracy. They oppose peace.

Foremost among these forces is Iran. The tyranny in Tehran brutalizes its own people. It supports attacks against American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. It subjugates Lebanon and Gaza. It sponsors terror worldwide.

When I last stood here, I spoke of the dire consequences of Iran developing nuclear weapons. Now time is running out, and the hinge of history may soon turn. For the greatest danger facing humanity could soon be upon us: A militant Islamic regime armed with nuclear weapons.

Militant Islam threatens the world. It threatens Islam. I have no doubt that it will ultimately be defeated. It will eventually succumb to the forces of freedom and progress. But like other fanaticisms that were doomed to fail, militant Islam could exact a horrific price from all of us before its inevitable demise.

A nuclear-armed Iran would ignite a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. It would give terrorists a nuclear umbrella. It would make the nightmare of nuclear terrorism a clear and present danger throughout the world. I want you to understand what this means. They could put the bomb anywhere. They could put it on a missile. It could be on a container ship in a port, or in a suitcase on a subway.

Now the threat to my country cannot be overstated. Those who dismiss it are sticking their heads in the sand. Less than seven decades after six million Jews were murdered, Iran's leaders deny the Holocaust of the Jewish people, while calling for the annihilation of the Jewish state.

Leaders who spew such venom, should be banned from every respectable forum on the planet. But there is something that makes the outrage even greater: The lack of outrage. In much of the international community, the calls for our destruction are met with utter silence. It is even worse because there are many who rush to condemn Israel for defending itself against Iran's terror proxies.

But not you. Not America. You have acted differently. You've condemned the Iranian regime for its genocidal aims. You've passed tough sanctions against Iran. History will salute you America.

President Obama has said that the United States is determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. He successfully led the Security Council to adopt sanctions against Iran. You in Congress passed even tougher sanctions. These words and deeds are vitally important.

Yet the Ayatollah regime briefly suspended its nuclear program only once, in 2003, when it feared the possibility of military action. That same year, Muammar Qadaffi gave up his nuclear weapons program, and for the same reason. The more Iran believes that all options are on the table, the less the chance of confrontation. This is why I ask you to continue to send an unequivocal message: That America will never permit Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

As for Israel, if history has taught the Jewish people anything, it is that we must take calls for our destruction seriously. We are a nation that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust. When we say never again, we mean never again. Israel always reserves the right to defend itself.

My friends, while Israel will be ever vigilant in its defense, we will never give up on our quest for peace. I guess we'll give it up when we achieve it. Israel wants peace. Israel needs peace. We've achieved historic peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan that have held up for decades.

I remember what it was like before we had peace. I was nearly killed in a firefight inside the Suez Canal. I mean that literally. I battled terrorists along both banks of the Jordan River. Too many Israelis have lost loved ones. I know their grief. I lost my brother.

So no one in Israel wants a return to those terrible days. The peace with Egypt and Jordan has long served as an anchor of stability and peace in the heart of the Middle East.

This peace should be bolstered by economic and political support to all those who remain committed to peace.

The peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan are vital. But they're not enough. We must also find a way to forge a lasting peace with the Palestinians. Two years ago, I publicly committed to a solution of two states for two peoples: A Palestinian state alongside the Jewish state.

I am willing to make painful compromises to achieve this historic peace. As the leader of Israel, it is my responsibility to lead my people to peace.

This is not easy for me. I recognize that in a genuine peace, we will be required to give up parts of the Jewish homeland. In Judea and Samaria, the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers. We are not the British in India. We are not the Belgians in the Congo.

This is the land of our forefathers, the Land of Israel, to which Abraham brought the idea of one God, where David set out to confront Goliath, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace. No distortion of history can deny the four thousand year old bond, between the Jewish people and the Jewish land.

But there is another truth: The Palestinians share this small land with us. We seek a peace in which they will be neither Israel's subjects nor its citizens. They should enjoy a national life of dignity as a free, viable and independent people in their own state. They should enjoy a prosperous economy, where their creativity and initiative can flourish.

We've already seen the beginnings of what is possible. In the last two years,

the Palestinians have begun to build a better life for themselves. Prime Minister Fayad has led this effort. I wish him a speedy recovery from his recent operation.

We've helped the Palestinian economy by removing hundreds of barriers and roadblocks to the free flow of goods and people. The results have been nothing short of remarkable. The Palestinian economy is booming. It's growing by more than 10% a year.

Palestinian cities look very different today than they did just a few years ago. They have shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants, banks. They even have e-businesses. This is all happening without peace. Imagine what could happen with peace. Peace would herald a new day for both peoples. It would make the dream of a broader Arab-Israeli peace a realistic possibility.

So now here is the question. You have to ask it. If the benefits of peace with the Palestinians are so clear, why has peace eluded us? Because all six Israeli Prime Ministers since the signing of Oslo accords agreed to establish a Palestinian state. Myself included. So why has peace not been achieved? Because so far, the Palestinians have been unwilling to accept a Palestinian state, if it meant accepting a Jewish state alongside it.

You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about. In 1947, the United Nations voted to partition the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews said yes. The Palestinians said no. In recent years, the Palestinians twice refused generous offers by Israeli Prime Ministers, to establish a Palestinian state on virtually all the territory won by Israel in the Six Day War.

They were simply unwilling to end the conflict. And I regret to say this: They continue to educate their children to hate. They continue to name public squares after terrorists. And worst of all, they continue to perpetuate the fantasy that Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian refugees.

My friends, this must come to an end. President Abbas must do what I have done. I stood before my people, and I told you it wasn't easy for me, and I said… "I will accept a Palestinian state." It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say… "I will accept a Jewish state."

Those six words will change history. They will make clear to the Palestinians that this conflict must come to an end. That they are not building a state to continue the conflict with Israel, but to end it. They will convince the people of Israel that they have a true partner for peace. With such a partner, the people of Israel will be prepared to make a far reaching compromise. I will be prepared to make a far reaching compromise.

This compromise must reflect the dramatic demographic changes that have occurred since 1967. The vast majority of the 650,000 Israelis who live beyond the 1967 lines, reside in neighborhoods and suburbs of Jerusalem and Greater Tel Aviv.

These areas are densely populated but geographically quite small. Under any realistic peace agreement, these areas, as well as other places of critical strategic and national importance, will be incorporated into the final borders of Israel.

The status of the settlements will be decided only in negotiations. But we must also be honest. So I am saying today something that should be said publicly by anyone serious about peace. In any peace agreement that ends the conflict, some settlements will end up beyond Israel's borders. The precise delineation of those borders must be negotiated. We will be very generous on the size of a future Palestinian state. But as President Obama said, the border will be different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967. Israel will not return to the indefensible lines of 1967.

We recognize that a Palestinian state must be big enough to be viable, independent and prosperous. President Obama rightly referred to Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, just as he referred to the future Palestinian state as the homeland of the Palestinian people. Jews from around the world have a right to immigrate to the Jewish state. Palestinians from around the world should have a right to immigrate, if they so choose, to a Palestinian state. This means that the Palestinian refugee problem will be resolved outside the borders of Israel.

As for Jerusalem, only a democratic Israel has protected freedom of worship for all faiths in the city. Jerusalem must never again be divided. Jerusalem must remain the united capital of Israel. I know that this is a difficult issue for Palestinians. But I believe with creativity and goodwill a solution can be found.

This is the peace I plan to forge with a Palestinian partner committed to peace. But you know very well, that in the Middle East, the only peace that will hold is a peace you can defend.

So peace must be anchored in security. In recent years, Israel withdrew from South Lebanon and Gaza. But we didn't get peace. Instead, we got 12,000 thousand rockets fired from those areas on our cities, on our children, by Hezbollah and Hamas. The UN peacekeepers in Lebanon failed to prevent the smuggling of this weaponry. The European observers in Gaza evaporated overnight. So if Israel simply walked out of the territories, the flow of weapons into a future Palestinian state would be unchecked. Missiles fired from it could reach virtually every home in Israel in less than a minute. I want you to think about that too. Imagine that right now we all had less than 60 seconds to find shelter from an incoming rocket. Would you live that way? Would anyone live that way? Well, we aren't going to live that way either.

The truth is that Israel needs unique security arrangements because of its unique size. Israel is one of the smallest countries in the world. Mr. Vice President, I'll grant you this. It's bigger than Delaware. It's even bigger than Rhode Island. But that's about it. Israel on the 1967 lines would be half the width of the Washington Beltway.

Now here's a bit of nostalgia. I first came to Washington thirty years ago as a young diplomat. It took me a while, but I finally figured it out: There is an America beyond the Beltway. But Israel on the 1967 lines would be only nine miles wide. So much for strategic depth.

So it is therefore absolutely vital for Israel's security that a Palestinian state be fully demilitarized. And it is vital that Israel maintain a long-term military presence along the Jordan River. Solid security arrangements on the ground are necessary not only to protect the peace, they are necessary to protect Israel in case the peace unravels. For in our unstable region, no one can guarantee that our peace partners today will be there tomorrow.

And when I say tomorrow, I don't mean some distant time in the future. I mean — tomorrow. Peace can be achieved only around the negotiating table. The Palestinian attempt to impose a settlement through the United Nations will not bring peace. It should be forcefully opposed by all those who want to see this conflict end.

I appreciate the President's clear position on this issue. Peace cannot be imposed. It must be negotiated. But it can only be negotiated with partners committed to peace.

And Hamas is not a partner for peace. Hamas remains committed to Israel's destruction and to terrorism. They have a charter. That charter not only calls for the obliteration of Israel, but says 'kill the Jews wherever you find them'. Hamas' leader condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden and praised him as a holy warrior. Now again I want to make this clear. Israel is prepared to sit down today and negotiate peace with the Palestinian Authority. I believe we can fashion a brilliant future of peace for our children. But Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by the Palestinian version of Al Qaeda.

So I say to President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas! Sit down and negotiate! Make peace with the Jewish state! And if you do, I promise you this. Israel will not be the last country to welcome a Palestinian state as a new member of the United Nations. It will be the first to do so.

My friends, the momentous trials of the last century, and the unfolding events of this century, attest to the decisive role of the United States in advancing peace and defending freedom. Providence entrusted the United States to be the guardian of liberty. All peoples who cherish freedom owe a profound debt of gratitude to your great nation. Among the most grateful nations is my nation, the people of Israel, who have fought for their liberty and survival against impossible odds, in ancient and modern times alike.

I speak on behalf of the Jewish people and the Jewish state when I say to you, representatives of America, Thank you. Thank you for your unwavering support for Israel. Thank you for ensuring that the flame of freedom burns bright throughout the world. May God bless all of you. And may God forever bless the United States of America.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Aipac conferece on Monday May 24, 2011 before speaking to Congress today May 25, 2011

I don't usually send out more than one e-mail in a day, but this one is worth watching... This is what you need to understand


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Can we eat to starve Cancer? A Ted Video and Build on your Spouse's Image

Build On your Spouse's Image

If your spouse portrays a picture of him/herself more positively than you feel is accurate, accept it. Build upon it. It is frequently a mistake to try to demolish this picture.

By building upon it, you create a more positive future reality. 
People tend to act in ways that are consistent with their view of themselves. For example, your spouse might say, "I consider myself to be very considerate." Let's say you disagree and feel that your spouse has a long way to go to fit this picture. You would like your spouse to be more considerate, wouldn't you? Therefore, it is best to express gratitude for the consideration already displayed. By doing so you have a better chance of having a more considerate spouse.

If you argue, there is a good chance you will end up in a no-win quarrel. Even if your spouse ends up agreeing with you, it is not likely that your approach will improve their character.

Love Yehuda

Here is something I found interesting and thought you might too.


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Monday, May 23, 2011

Practice what you Know and an American supports the Heart of Israel

Practice What You Know

If you visit the best doctor in the world and the doctor cures you, you will become ill again if you do not follow the doctor's instructions. Can anyone blame the doctor? It is your own fault for not following the doctor's suggestions.

Similarly with wisdom, the ideas will only be able to help you if you constantly put them into practice.

Today, ask yourself: What ideas that I already know would make a major difference in my life if I applied them?

Love Yehuda



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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Current Events Test of America and True Ambition

True Ambition

Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler wrote: "When you have a true ambition for something, you will not give up hope. Giving up hope is a sign that you are lacking ambition to achieve that goal."

Love Yehuda


This is a terrific test. And it shows results in a number of ways.  It surely indicates that the majority of Americans don't know what's going on.


Interesting and simple test.  It's astonishing that so many people got less than half right.  These results say that 80% of the (voting) public doesn't have a clue - and that's pretty scary.
There are no tricks here - just a simple test to see if you are current on your information.

This is quite good and the results are shocking.

Test your knowledge with 11 questions, then be ready to shudder when you see how others did


Click here: Test Your News IQ - Pew Research Center 

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Story of the two pebbles - FABULOUS PHOTOS and help resolve Quarrels and Israel is in Trouble

Dear Friends and Supporters of Israel, Yesterday, President Obama announced that Israel should go back to its 1967 borders.President Bush and every previous President in the last 40 years have supported Israel's right to exist...I guess the United States should go back to its original borders as well.
We Christians and Jews must open up our eyes and see what is happening before it is too late.  Obama is willing to push Israel under the bus and just keep on chugging.  We must be strong and stand up for what is right.  If your eyes aren't wide open to the truth now, they never will be.  If we don't stand up for ourselves today, there will be no one left to stand up for us tomorrow.  Israel is  on the front line of defense against the invasion of Islamic tyranny.  If we let the Muslim terrorists take over Israel and drive the Jews into the sea, next, they will come for America. They are already here, if you haven't noticed, and just waiting till the time is ripe to strike.  And that time is coming nearer every day.  It is the time for each one of us to take a stand.  We can't afford the luxury of apathy at this time.
Please read the attached letter and make every effort that you can to help Israel in this time of need.


You have permission to copy and paste and use the following letter to Congress and to your friends:


Has this President completely taken leave of his senses? Israel should go back to the 1967 borders? That is complete and utter insanity! What part of Israel is our strongest ally in the middle east doesn't he get? At a time when the Muslim nations are screaming for the destruction of Israel, this President makes a comment like that? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WHAT can he possibly be thinking?

If Israel goes is forced to go back to 1967 borders SHE WILL CEASE TO EXIST and the Muslim Caliphate will be complete. The very idea is utter madness.

This President has got our military all over the middle east, engaging in battles that our none of our business, yet the one place we SHOULD be, we aren't. WHY?

When will this President STOP alienating our allies?

I demand that you denounce his comments and denounce them loudly. I demand that this Congress stand behind Israel. I demand that you force this President to stand behind Israel.

I'm telling you right now, when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addresses Congress on Monday, he had better be treated with the dignity and respect that he deserves and not the way he was treated the last time he was here.

Israel, and the Jews have a RIGHT to exist. They have been one of our strongest allies for decades, yet today President Obama threw them under the bus and that is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE

Help Resolve Quarrels

If you try to make peace between two people who have been quarreling, don't take sides and tell one of the people that they are wrong and therefore should be the one to make peace. Since this person thinks that he is right and the other is wrong, he's likely to turn against you and quarrel with you!

A more effective approach is telling him: "Even though you believe you are totally right and the other person is totally wrong, you should still be the one who pursues peace. Take the initiative to approach the other person and apologize to him. Don't wait for him to apologize to you."

Today, think about two people you know who are quarreling and try using this method to bring peace between them

Love Yehuda
This has been going around but the pics are well worth another look

inside china...............

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

A 111 Gigapixel Photo -- What detail!! and be grateful for past benefits and a little more humor

More humor sent by friends

Leo Rosten, the great Jewish writer and an authority on Jewish humor, stated that one of the characteristics of Jewish humor is "revenge over the oppressor by the use of circumstance or wiliness."  Here is such a story:

Moshe was sitting at the bar staring at his drink when a big, trouble-making biker full of tattoos and wearing a black leather jacket swaggers in and steps up next to him, grabs his drink and gulps it down in one swig and menacingly says, "Thanks Jew Boy, whatcha going to do about it?" Moshe burst into tears. 

"Come on, man," the biker says, "I didn't think you'd CRY. I can't stand to see a grown man crying.  What's your problem?"  

"This is the worst day of my life," Moshe  says.  "I'm a complete failure. I was late to a meeting and my boss fired me.  When I went to the parking lot, I found my car had been stolen and I don't have any insurance.  I left my wallet in the cab I took home.  I  found my wife in bed with the postman and then my dog bit me. So I came to this bar to work up the courage to put an end to it all.  I buy a drink; drop a capsule in and sit here watching the poison dissolve; then you show up and drink the whole thing!"

"But, enough about me, how's your day going?"

Daily Lift #913

Be Grateful For Past Benefits From Schools and Jobs

When a person leaves a school or a job for another school or job, he should keep in mind what he is grateful for. Even if he feels he is benefiting more from his new school or new job, he should remember what he gained in the past from the previous places.

There are many reasons why a person might have been dissatisfied at a previous place where he was. Nevertheless, he still gained and benefited from the people of that place. It's easy for many people to remember the negative aspects of previous places, especially if a person left on not such friendly terms. They might want to throw verbal stones at the prior school or job. Our debt of gratitude tells us not only not to speak against that place, but to say or do things that are an expression of gratitude.

Look at the previous place with a good eye. When you speak about it, begin your sentences with, "I am grateful to them for…" When you do so, you are expressing your own positive character.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

On this Passover the second (shene) here is another Passover song plus make the most of your here and now

Make the Most of Your Here And Now

Some people accomplish a great deal, yet they are unhappy because they keep thinking that "somewhere else" they might be able to accomplish more. They live their lives with the general feeling that whatever they are engaged in at the moment is nothing compared to what they might possibly do.

This feeling is a poison that destroys joy and happiness in life. While you should try to accomplish as much as you can, it is often an illusion that you are missing out by not being "somewhere else.

Love Yehuda

The Bible lists a second day (today) for those that missed the sacrifice day of Passover (30 days ago today). On this day those that missed out would bring their sacrifice.  Today the custom is to eat some matzoh and drink some wine to remember the day...BOTTOMS UP!!!

:Yesterday I sent some biblical jokes...Naturally  some friends sent some extras below:

Where is smoking mentioned in the Bible?
Genesis says that when Rebekah saw Isaac she lit off her camel! (KJV)
Where is tennis mentioned?
Joseph served in Pharaoh's court.

Good thing Noah wasn't Jewish cause he took Ham on the ark!
Where does it say that God condemns gambling?
He took away Adam & Eve's paradice.
Strangest job discription:  ... these eight sons did Milcah bear ....Gen 22:23


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

BIBLICAL HUMOR and Objects of appreciation

Objects of Appreciation

Every time you go to use a utensil or instrument, take pleasure and feel gratitude for the fact that you have such an object available. If you focus on this, you'll be able to be lifted many many times each day.

Some common examples include: a pen, fork, cup, key, computers, clock, chair, stapler, and eyeglasses.

Love Yehuda


It doesn't hurt to have a little Biblical humor to start the day....

Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? 
A. Ruthless. 

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany ? 
A. German Shepherds.

Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? 
A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation. 

Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible? 
A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a 
Little prophet. 

Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible? 
A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumph 
was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles 
were all in one Accord. 

Q. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible? 
A. Samson. He brought the house down. 


Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden ? 
A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.. 

Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible? 
A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once. 

Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy? 
A. The area around Jordan . The banks were always overflowing. 

Q. Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible? 
A. David.  He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep. 

Q. Which Bible character had no parents? 
A. Joshua, son of Nun. 

Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark ? 
A. Because Noah was standing on the deck. (..) 

PS... Did you know it's a sin for a woman to make coffee? 
Yup, it's in the Bible. It says . . 'He-brews' 






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