Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Steer Clear and Ottawa the capital of Canada and a New Year Message from a modern Sage Adin Steinsaltz

The Third day of trip took us to fabulous Ottawa on 9/14/11

Steer Clear Of Past Problems

Avoid asking irrelevant questions about the past that will be annoying to others.

 If someone keeps complaining to you about the past, ask him, "What can presently be done about it? If nothing, isn't it better to focus on other things?" If the other person persists on talking about the past, weigh the situation. At times you might be doing someone an act of kindness by listening to him. In other circumstances you are better off ignoring statements about the past and thus teaching the other person it is not worthwhile to discuss with you something which is over and done with.

Love Yehuda

Speaking of steering clear, steer clear of this hole!!







Be sure to check out the photo at the bottom

Canadian Speed Controls 

Speed controls being used in Canada .  How's this for effective speed control? 

I don't know about you, but this would certainly slow me down! 

People slow down and actually try to "straddle" the hole.   

This is an actual speed control device that is currently in use. 

It is MUCH cheaper than speed cameras, radar guns, police officers, etc.

Pretty clever - especially when they move them around every day. 

Isn't art wonderful? 






The past year was a year full of storms and upheavals that came from Heaven, and riots and revolutions that were initiated by man.  From our perspective, we cannot say that this was a year of blossoming and blessings. And surely it is not yet clear whether the revolutions herald a better future - or merely change.


Notably, both the revolutions and other surprising, if less dramatic, events that occurred around the world were not instigated by powerful leaders but rather by people deemed much less "important."  The results were perhaps familiar, but the processes seem to be novel.


We are provided here an opportunity to enter the coming year with a new outlook:  Recognizing, on the one hand, that many of those who are considered leaders are not really great leaders, and should not be expected to do significant deeds.  On the other hand, people need not be great leaders to take the initiative and create significant changes in reality.


Scripture advises us, "Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help." (Psalms 146:3).  Individuals should realize how much of a difference they can make.  Change, in and of itself, is not, of course, the goal; yet well-intentioned, good-willed people can take hope that we need not lean upon ostensible leaders, but can strive to take upon ourselves the commitment to do something for the rectification of the world.


Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of Adam, reminding us that from every human being an entire world is created.  Through this festival we can start afresh - from a more profound feeling of the personal commitment of each and every one of us, out of greater faith in our ability to make changes, and with the hope that if we indeed do what we can to change for the better, we will also create a better year, a more promising future.


With blessings for a good and sweet year, both physically and spiritually,


Adin Steinsaltz

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Incredible Chinese acrobatics and Banish Negative Thoughts and the end of the second day of Canada

Banish Negative Thoughts

One of the great Sages of the 20th century, Rabbi Yeruchem Levovitz, observed: "People become so used to being unhappy that they are unaware of the needless misery they cause themselves. They imprison themselves by filling their minds with thoughts of resentment, hatred, and envy. It is amazing how they tolerate living such a life. The only reason they do tolerate it is because they have become so used to living with these thoughts that they feel it's normal. They think it's impossible for life to be any different!"

Be totally resolved to free your mind from stuff that doesn't serve you!!! I add to that get out of your life things that don't serve you, unless they are there for a mitzvah (good deed) for someone else!!

Love Yehuda

Day Two still keeps us at the sports tower and observatory

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Monday, September 26, 2011

The Education and Restriction of an Israeli Solder and a Rosh Hashanah Wish and Card for my friends

Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish new year of 5772) is this Wednesday Night--Here is a card for you (above)...Just press skip to skip the ad


        There is a Midrash (a commentary on the Five Books of Moses in the form of a parable) about a successful businessman who meets a former colleague down on his luck.  The colleague begs the successful business man for a substantial loan to turn around his circumstances.  Eventually, the businessman agrees to a 6-month loan and gives his former colleague the money.  At the end of the 6 months, the businessman goes to collect his loan.  The former colleague gives him every last penny.  However, the businessman notices that the money is the exact same coins he loaned the man.  He was furious!  "How dare you borrow such a huge amount and not even use it?  I gave this to you to better your life!"  The man was speechless.

        Likewise, the Almighty gives each of us a soul.  He doesn't want us to return it to Him at the end of our days in the same condition that we received it.  He wants us to better ourselves, to enhance our souls by doing the mitzvot (613 commandments).  It is up to us to sit down before Rosh Hashana and make a list of what we need to correct in our lives between us and our fellow beings, us and G-d and us and ourselves!

Dear friends.

The world should know what Israel is dealing with .!!!!!!! If the Page comes up in another language, Google will automatically translate.

Love Yehuda


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Yacht of Albetito of Monaco and don't depend on honor.and the Montreal Biosphere

Day Two of Trip brought us to the biosphere --converted to a zoo

The Sages say a person's life is darkened if he constantly depends on others.

And a person who seeks honor is the most dependent person there is. He is constantly dependent on the approval of others, and is always concerned what they will say about him.

Love Yehuda

I was thinking of getting one like this but I learned it's hard to find a spot to park it and it doesn't fit in my front yard if I am not using it.


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Friday, September 23, 2011

Harry Bingham Postage Stamp and fear of Insults and day two of Canada at sports center

day two  (9/13/11) of trip to Canada brought us to the sports center

Fear of insults is worse than the actual pain of insults.

Many people have strong fears about being insulted or humiliated. But the actual pain will be minimal if you don't dwell on it and keep telling yourself how awful the insult is.

Love Yehuda


While this commemoration occurred five years ago, most People  are not aware of who Harry Bingham was. That is a shame and should be rectified.



Who Was Harry Bingham And Why Is He Getting A Stamp ? 

Just an interesting piece of evidence of the curious behavior of the Roosevelt administration toward the Jews during WWII :-

A few years ago, Secretary of State Colin Powell gave a posthumous award for "constructive dissent" to Hiram (or Harry) Bingham, IV. For over fifty years, the State Department resisted any attempt to honor Bingham. For them he was an insubordinate member of the US diplomatic service, a dangerous maverick who was eventually demoted. Now, after his death, he has been officially recognized as a hero.

Bingham came from an illustrious family. His father (whom the fictional character Indiana Jones was based) was the archeologist who unearthed the Inca City of Machu Picchu, Peru, in 1911. Harry entered the US diplomatic service and, in 1939, was posted to Marseilles, France, as American Vice-Consul.

The USA was then neutral and, not wishing to annoy Marshal Petain's puppet Vichy regime, President Roosevelt's government ordered its representatives in Marseilles not to grant visas to any Jews. Bingham found this policy immoral and, risking his career, did all in his power to undermine it.

In defiance of his bosses in Washington, he granted over 2,500 USA visas to Jewish and other refugees, including the artists Marc Chagall and Max Ernst and the family of the writer Thomas Mann. He also sheltered Jews in his Marseilles home, and obtained forged identity papers to help Jews in their dangerous journeys across Europe. He worked with the French underground to smuggle Jews out of France into Franco's Spain or across the Mediterranean and even contributed to their expenses out of his own pocket. In 1941, Washington lost patience with him. He was sent to Argentina, where later he continued to annoy his superiors by reporting on the movements of Nazi war criminals.

Eventually, he was forced out of the American diplomatic service completely. Bingham died almost penniless in 1988. Little was known of his extraordinary activities until his son found some letters in his belongings after his death. He has now been honored by many groups and organizations including the United Nations and the State of Israel.

















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Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Seasons--Aspire to Inspire before you Expire and Towers to Inspire

Almighty's Perspective on Your True Value

The Almighty's perspective is the ultimate perspective. It is the basis of reality. The real question we need to ask ourselves is, "What does the Almighty consider my true value to be?"

From the Almighty's viewpoint, the answer is, "You are My child and you are precious. You are created in My image. In essence you are a Divine Soul. I have created the world for you. Your entire being and your value is a gift from Me. When you see yourself from My perspective, you know that you have infinite value. Your intrinsic worth is greater than anything that can be measured materially."

Love Yehuda

On Day two of trip (from which I am back home) -------Montreal has a great sports center and a Tower to inspire


Turn on your sound. The video will advance on it's own.   

This is too beautiful not to share!
You do not have to download this!
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Home Security South African Style--I need this by my office and Day two of Canada and act of courage

An Act Of Courage

When I think of an act of courage, I think of my aunt who was in the concentration camp in Auschwitz. One of the other women became physically weak and was ordered to stand in the line leading to the gas chambers. My aunt managed to get the Nazi officer to look the other way for a moment. She then ran over and with one hand pulled her sister back in the line of life, and with her other hand she also pulled out the stranger who was next in line.

Her daughter learned of this in Macy's in New York many years later. The woman who was saved recognized my aunt and screamed and fainted. My aunt didn't recognize the woman. After reviving, the woman said, "I will never forget you. You saved my life."

Love Yehuda

Day Two of Canada--Montreal takes us on a Grayline tour of the whole Montreal City


Home Security South African Style


 Scroll right through to the end, then scroll up to see how it actually happens - unbelievable.









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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Welcome to Chinese Wal-Mart and problem focus versus solution focus and part two of St. Lawrence Seaway

Part of the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada Day One

Problem Focus Versus Solution Focus

Develop the habit of thinking about potential solutions whenever your mind comes up with a problem. "What are some of the ways that I could possibly solve this problem?" is one of the worthy questions to get into the habit of asking yourself.

When you keep your mind focused on solving problems, you save yourself the anxiety you would have experienced if you had focused mostly on problems.

Moreover, when you think about finding solutions, you are more likely to find satisfactory solutions.

Keep your eyes and ears open to reading and hearing about how various people have solved different problems. Think of a list of people who excel at solving problems. Instead of spending an excessively large amount of time obsessing about a problem, ask yourself, "Who is good at solving problems? Let me contact this person." When you can't contact your problem-solving friend immediately, you can gain by asking yourself, "What do I think this person would say to help me solve this problem?"

Thinking about the situation in this way will bring out an aspect of your creativity that otherwise would not have been accessed.

Love Yehuda

This brings me to the lovely days we had living in China.  We have had some equally interesting experiences in the markets  and oh, there is nothing like purchasing a dozen eggs and carrying them home in a plastic bag in the basket of our bike and riding over the railroad tracks on the way.  Many vivid memories. ..................B

Welcome to Chinese Wal-Mart


Monday, September 19, 2011

Absolutely Stunning photography -- and work on your traits and St. Lawrence Seaway part one

We got back from my trip to Canada last night, but the pictures will keep coming for another two weeks. It will take me two weeks to catch up from being gone for one week from work, even though I worked every day on my vacation as well.  On Thursday of next week starts Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), which will put me behind again. Oh well, life is to be lived!!!

Love Yehuda

St. Lawrence Seaway Part one on day one in Canada

Work On Your Traits

Overcoming negative character traits is the essence and purpose of life. Therefore, we need to continuously strengthen ourselves. If you do not work on overcoming your traits, what is the purpose of your life?

Today, which two negative character traits would you like most to change? Imagine a miracle happened and you woke up tomorrow with the positive traits that are the polar opposites of those traits. In what ways would your life be different?

Love Yehuda

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Words of wisdom and increase your knowledge and Jewish Montreal --will be home tonight

Increase Your Knowledge

Regardless of how much you know, constantly be aware that there is much knowledge you are still lacking. This will motivate you to continually seek perfection.

What specific knowledge are you lacking that you would like to gain?
Make a step today to gain some of that knowledge.

Love Yehuda

Speaking of increasing your knowledge before I cam to Montreal, I knew nothing of Jewish Montreal. The fourth day of trip was giving us a little sample for us to share. Over the next few days and shabbat I leaned much more.  I will be sharing those pictures as well, even though I am back in San Diego tonight.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Who are those youngsters and Life Lessons learned from Geese and part four of trip

Part four of trip to Canada on Day One



As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird following.  By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds a 71% longer flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can go where they are going quicker and easier when they travel on the thrust of one another.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go.

When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose takes over at the point position.
Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership because people, like geese, are interdependent upon each other.

The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging -- not something less helpful.

When a When a goose gets sick or wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him.  They stay with him until he is either able to fly again or dies.  Then they launch out on their own, either with another formation or to catch up with the original flock.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese, we'll stand by each other like they do.

Love Yehuda

These pictures are fabulous reminders that one cannot judge from youngsters what they may become when they mature!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jumping through hoops and Mitzvahs with Joy with part three of Canada and tours from around the world on attached video

Do Mitzvahs with Joy

Every mitzvah should be performed with joy. One aspect of "mitzvah joy" is to do the good deed with all your energy and ability.

For example: Rather than offer a needy person a morsel of food, serve him a hearty meal!

Love Yehuda

Canada Day One Part three in Downtown Montreal

Here is an opportunity to view sights from about 165 cities in the world  -  each between 2 to 10 minutes long.


This is a very interesting video - with sound and commentaries. Just click on any cities (left of your screen) – there are about 165 cities (including Singapore) to choose from. For those of you who have traveled extensively, you probably would recognize some of the sights.
Keep this link and take your time to tour

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Asia Pictures and the benefits of trust in G-d plus part two of Montreal

The Benefits of Trust in G-d

A person who has trust in G-d will be free from bothersome thoughts. He/she will not worry about what will be tomorrow if he has enough for today. He does not cause himself needless pain and discomfort by worrying that perhaps he will be lacking something in the future. A person who has trust in G-d feels no need to flatter other people. He will not veer from his principles for the hope of financial gain. Questions of how he will make a living do not bother him since he knows with clarity that it is impossible for him to have more or less than what the Almighty has decreed for him.

Even if there is a world crisis, he will not worry about his personal situation. He has trust that any misfortune which was not decreed upon him will not affect him. He walks in this world completely free from worries and sadness. He takes pleasure in what he has and feels no lack of possessions.

Love Yehuda

Day One in Canada, part two-sharing my trip

 Some spectacular photos in Attachement  about Asia

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

When autos were art and the Serenity Question and first day in Canada (DOWNTOWN MONTREAL)

The Serenity Question

An effective question to ask yourself is, "If I were serene right now, what would I be like – specifically?"

If you were serene right now, how would you be breathing? If you were serene right now, how would your muscles feel? If you were serene right now, what would you be thinking? What would you be seeing?

Serve with Joy

Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berdichev said:

"Feel joy when you serve the Almighty. And then feel joy that you felt joy in serving the Almighty!"

First Day in Canada discovering Downtown Montreal

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Monday, September 12, 2011

André_Rieu_-_live_in_Vienna and our true inner worth and hello from French Canada

Since I am in French Canada it is approriate to send a piece from someplace foreign. Pictures tomorrow G-d willing.

Our True Inner Worth

"How precious is man, created in the image of God." (Talmud - Pirkei Avot 3:18)

The inherent value of every person - regardless of accomplishments, wealth, or fame, - is beyond comprehension.

Someone who internalizes this concept cannot possibly suffer from an inferiority complex. Moreover, he loves and respects all other people.

Love Yehuda

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Israel's Miniature Spy Plane and Encourage others strengths.. Fly your US FLAG This September 11th as we board a plane to Canada

Encourage Others Strengths

Encourage people by helping them focus on their strengths. Most of us have strengths we don't always use. By using them, our entire life will be lived on a higher plane.
Speaking of planes-look at this Plane.

Love Yehuda





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