Friday, December 23, 2011


Be A Trustworthy Messenger

Everything in life is the way you look at it.  A Handicapped child (and I know because I have one) can be looked at as either a low soul or a high one. Since the spiritual belief is that G-d doesn't have accidents, we must realize there is a purpose to everything. The great sages therefore taught that the purpose of their handicap was that they were high souls that were on this planet to learn something, that they only could if they were in a handicapped body.

The way you look at charity has the same opportunity.

When you help someone else financially, realize that the money you are giving away is not really yours. Really the money belongs to the person to whom you are giving it! The Almighty has merely made you His messenger to collect that money and give it to its rightful owner.

At this time of year when everyone is sending their year end appeals, write a check to your favorite charity and tell yourself, "I am God's messenger!"

Love Yehuda

Old Hawaiian court on our way out of town

Speaking of Hawaii, we of course spent time at Pearl Harbor on its 70th anniversary. Some of these pictures bring back that memory.


Where have these pics been hiding for the past 65 years?
Japanese Kawanishi H8K seaplane after strafing. Kwajalein
Squad of Rufe's at Bougainville . These things were very nimble even with the pontoons.
The A6M2-N float plane version of the Zero did extremely well, suffering only a small loss in its legendary maneuverability. Top speed was not affected, however, the aircraft's relatively light armament was a detriment.
Snow on deck. USS Philippine Sea North Pacific 1945
HARVS on the way in shot by a P-47. Rare shot.
Deck crew climbing up to get the pilot out. He did. That's a fuel tank his foot is on. Empty?
Marines disembark LST at Tinian Island .
Outside Bastogne
German 280mm K5 firing
U.S. munitions ship goes up during the invasion of Sicily .
Spitfire "tipping-off" a V1. If you've never heard of this insane tactic .......
At first V1's were shot down by gunfire. Optimum range was inside 200yds, which was marginal for survival. Many planes were damaged and quite a few pilots killed. Basically at such high speed and low altitude a plane had to fly though the explosion and hope.
With the high risk of being blown up some of the best pilots started tipping the V1's wing, because of damage to wing tips they later developed a tactic of disrupting the airflow by placing their wing very close to the V1's wing, causing it to topple.

Not every pilot did this. At night this was not possible, the flame from the V1 blinded the pilot to everything else, though some Mossie pilots flew past closely in front of the V1, again causing it to topple. The thought of doing this at 450mph, 4,000 feet above the ground, at night and being blinded gives me the willies.
Panzerkampfwagen VI "E Tiger"
Ju 88 loading a torpedo. This is one HUGE bomber ... and it's on pontoons!!!!
German "KARL" motars. Sebastopol
Reloading a KARL
Macchi 202v
Italian 303 Bombers over N Africa
December  7th, 1941
December  7th, 1941


Visit my Blog: