Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ten commandments and why Jethro was chosen as an example of spirituality

Self-Conscious About Praise

Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak, once praised someone in the presence of other people, and the person's face turned red. The rabbi told him, "You have not yet reached the proper level. Work on yourself to react to praise and insults in the same manner. Try to rise above caring whether someone praises or insults you. You are still too self-conscious about being praised."

Love Yehuda Lave

The ten Commandments, read in this week's bible portion, is in an section of the bible called Jethro. The question is asked, why name the bible portion after him? Why not the four fathers? Or Moses himself? After all the law is called the law of Moses, but we call this bible section, Jethro. Why?

According to our traditions,  Jethro, the father in law of Moses, experimented with all forms and types of worldly faiths and religions before arriving at Moshe's doorstep in the wilderness of Sinai. And, he exclaims that "only now do I know" what I am searching for and where eternal truth and soulful serenity lie.

Most humans embark on the same spiritual journey as did Jethro.  All of us are looking for the ultimate meaning of our lives and what our purpose on earth truly is.

 Some of us, like Jethro, are forced to take many detours and encounter many dead-end paths before finding our road to fulfillment.

 Unfortunately, there are many who never find their way clear of the maze of society, mores and the distractions that are the roadblocks to our search for our true selves and purpose. But many of us, again like Jethro, are able to fight our way through our previous errors of direction and reach the sanctuary of a moral life and a moral existence. Jethro stands as a living and eternal example of this great spiritual accomplishment.
In fact, for all humankind, the Lord simplified the matter with the revelation at Sinai of the Ten Commandments, an event that is described in detail in this week's portion of the bible. These bible rules address all of the challenges of life – material gain and acquisitions, paganism, falsehoods, generational interaction and respect, sexual probity and family loyalty, a day of rest and spirit and not 24/7 living, honesty and ego-centered jealousy, to name the main categories. In effect the bible provides for us a shortcut to reach the high road of accomplishment and satisfying purpose in life.
But there are those of us in life that feel themselves smarter and create their own shortcuts in life, avoiding the lessons of the Ten Commandments. The world's prisons are full of such people. The bible purposefully placed the Ten Commandments in the parsha of the story of Jethro to illustrate to us that the long road that Jethro was forced to travel in life and God's shortcut lead to the same place – to Mosses'  tent and to Mount Sinai.
As always the final choice of belief and behavior is left to each one of us individually. Fortunate are those that adhere to Sinai first and foremost without having to initially traverse the entire world of ideas and beliefs to eventually arrive at Sinai where their soul will be satisfied and their life purpose delineated clearly

Some people find their spirituality in a different way
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The ten commandments (from our bible) are the basis for our constitution and Lighten our evaluations

Lighten Your Evaluations

Even if you find it too difficult to view certain events in a positive manner, there are variations of how "negative" you view them.

If you tell yourself, "This is awful, I can't stand it," by your own arbitrary evaluation you suffer a lot. But you can choose to tell yourself, "I find this very unpleasant, but I can still cope with it. If possible, I will change it; if change is impossible, I will work on accepting it, even if I don't like it."
Love Yehuda Lave

This week in synagogue we read the ten commandments from the book of Exodus

As you walk up the steps to

the building which houses the
U.S. Supreme Court

you can see near the top of the
a row of the

world's law givers and each one is
facing one in the middle

who is facing forward with a full
frontal view ... It is Moses

and he is holding the
Ten Commandments! 
DID YOU KNOW? As you enter the Supreme
Court courtroom, the two huge oak
doors have the Ten Commandments

engraved on each lower portion of
each door. 

DID YOU KNOW? As you sit inside the courtroom,
you can see the

wall, right above where the Supreme
Court Judges sit, a display of

the Ten Commandments


There are Bible

 etched in stone all over the

Buildings and Monuments in
Washington ,


James Madison, the fourth

president, known as '
The Father
of Our Constitution' made the Following

'We have staked the whole of all
Institutions upon the capacity of
Self-government, upon

the capacity of each and all of
us to
govern ourselves, to

control ourselves, to sustain
ourselves according to The Ten Commandments of God.'
DID YOU KNOW? Every session of Congress
begins with a prayer

by a paid preacher, whose salary has
been paid by the

taxpayer since 1777.

Fifty-two of the 55
founders of the Constitution
were members of the established
Orthodox churches in the colonies..DID YOU KNOW?

Thomas Jefferson worried

that the Courts would overstep their
authority and

instead of Interpreting the law
would begin
making law an

oligarchy: the rule of few over
many.How then, have we gotten
to the
point that
everything we have done for
220 years in this
Country is now suddenly wrong
Unconstitutional ?
Lets put it around the world and let
the world
see and remember what this great
country was Built on The Holy Bible
and belief in GOD !


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Osprey in Action and having your needs me

For a little laugh: Jackie Mason from 1961
Having Your Needs Met

"I have exactly what I need," the Torah master told a former student of his.

The student who had not seen his teacher for a number of years visited him to seek advice on a complex matter. The student was financially successful and was grateful to his teacher for what he had taught him in the past and for the advice he just had given him.
"My dear teacher, my business is going well and I would like to repay you. Please accept a check from me as a token of my gratitude."
"My beloved student," the great spiritual teacher replied, "I see that you sincerely want to give me a large amount of money. But I truly have all that I need."
"But look how few amenities you have in your house. And everything you do have is old," the student insisted. "Please take this check. I already have enough money to retire. It would give me great pleasure to help you out."
"But I don't need to be helped out. What I have is exactly what I need to have to fulfill my mission in life. I will be very pleased if you gave the money to a young couple about to get married who need to set up a home. But I lack nothing."
The spiritual awareness that you have what you need is a foundation for happiness. You might feel you need more and have a right to put in the effort to try to acquire what you wish. But before, during, and after your efforts realize that whatever you have is exactly what you need. When you truly need more to fulfill your life's mission, you will get it. But the Power Above is the only One Who really knows when and what that is. Your trusting Him will ensure you a happy life

Love Yehuda Lave
 Subject: Osprey in Action

This is a truly incredible video.
best viewed in full screen mode...enjoy!


1. In my many years I have come to a
   conclusion that one useless man
   is a shame, two is a law firm,
   and three or more is a congress.
John Adams

2. If you don't read the newspaper
   you are uninformed, if you do
   read the newspaper you are
   misinformed. -- 
Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And
   suppose you were a member of
   Congress. But then I repeat
   myself. -- 
Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to
   tax itself into prosperity is like a
   man standing in a bucket and
   trying to lift himself up by the
   handle. --
Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to
   pay Paul can always depend on
   the support of Paul. -- 
   Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a
   great debt to his fellow man,
   which debt he proposes to pay off
   with your money. -- 
G. Gordon

7. Democracy must be something
   more than two wolves and a sheep
   voting on what to have for
   dinner. --
James Bovard, Civil
  Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a
   transfer of money from poor
   people in rich countries to rich
   people in poor countries.
Douglas Case,
   Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University.

9. Giving money and power to
   government is like giving whiskey
   and car keys to teenage boys.
P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction,
     through which everybody
     endeavors to live at the expense
     of everybody else. -- 
, French economist(1801-1850)

11. Government's view of the
     economy could be summed up
     in a few short phrases: If it
     moves, tax it.  If it keeps
     moving, regulate it. And if it
     stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don't make jokes.
 I just watch
     the government and report the
     facts. -- 
Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is
     expensive now, wait until you
     see what it costs when it's free!
P. J. O'Rourke

14. In general, the art of government
     consists of taking as much
     money as possible from one
     party of the citizens to give to
     the other. --
Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an
     interest in politics doesn't mean
     politics won't take an interest
     in you! -- 
Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man's life, liberty, or
     property is safe while the
     legislature is in session.
Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap, except when
     Congress does it. -- 

18. The government is like a baby's
     alimentary canal, with a happy
     appetite at one end and no
     responsibility at the other.
Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is
     the unequal sharing of the
 The inherent blessing
     of socialism is the equal sharing
     of misery. --
 Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a
     tax man and a taxidermist is that
     the taxidermist leaves the skin.
 Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding
     men from the effects of folly is
     to fill the world with fools.
Herbert Spencer, English
           Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly Native
     American criminal class, save
     Congress. -- 
Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are
     more unemployed politicians
Edward Langley,
           Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give
     you everything you want, is
     strong enough to take everything
     you have.  -- 
Thomas Jefferson

25. We hang the petty thieves and
     appoint the great ones to public
    office. -- 


1. You cannot legislate the poor into
   prosperity, by legislating the
   wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without
   working for, another person must
   work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to
   anybody anything that the
   government does not first take
   from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by
   dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the
   idea that they do not have to
   work, because the other half is
   going to take care of them, and
   when the other half gets the idea
   that it does no good to work
   because somebody else is going to
   get what they work for, that is the
   beginning of the end of any nation!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

genetically engineered salmon nearing approval--IS IT KOSHER? thoughts from friends

How Jackie Mason become a Comedian after being a Rabbi:

What Would My Greatest Role Models Say to Me?

Ask yourself this valuable question: "What would my greatest role models say to me now?"

Think of different people you respect and admire, both people you now know and people you've known in the past. Think of people whose books you have read or whose recordings you have heard. Think of great people in the past that you now wish you could have learned from in person.

It's helpful if you write down a list of the names of these great teachers and role models. Now review your list and ask yourself about each one: "What are some of the main lessons this person would teach me?"

You can have many inspiring and enlightening self-conversations by imagining that the greatest people who ever lived were asking you questions. So ask yourself, "If so and so were to ask me an insightful question about myself and my life, what do I think he would ask me now?"

When you use your imagination and stored knowledge to have self-conversations with great people, you will find yourself having many meaningful and inspiring self-conversations about important topics and subjects.
Love Yehuda Lave


This is a photo by Andy Martinez of the Eel Pout Bottom feeder that has been Genetically Mixed with Atlantic Salmon Genes to produce a New Fast Growing Super Size Supermarket Offering ready by 2014 with FDA Blessings. The FDA has already approved this fish that will be imported from Panama. The Alaska Wild Caught Salmon Industry is a bit concerned that this further contribute to their economic woes. It will not be Labeled in the Store, simple offered as Farm Raised. Only the remaining Wild Caught Salmon will be GE Free. Does this sound Kosher?

Lisa Goldwag Kassner, San Fernando Valley Co-Coordinator
Los Angeles County Label GMOs Campaign coordinator is concerned that many Jewish People do not know that eel bottom feeders are part of the new GE Salmon. She is specifically asking Jewish people and others concerned about what they put into their bodies to take action. Eel is not a Kosher Fish. If a mere 300,000 more people had voted Yes on Prop 37, at least we would have started to Label GMOs.


I want to forward as well this Email from
Lisa Kassner_The Label GMO Campaign Coordinator for the San Fernando Valley-and LA County.:

Begin forwarded message:

From: Lisa Kassner-Labelgmos <>
Subject: TIME DATED: help pls: treyf? genetically eng.salmon nearing approval - health&env issue too
Date: January 25, 2013 3:14:19 PM PST
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

My dear Jewish friends who care about GMOs,

We don't have much time to make the Jewish community aware that genetically engineered salmon with eel genes (flier attached with FAQs) is NOW being considered for approval by the FDA.  The comment period ends on February 25. They are not getting a lot of input and we need to change this.

Is this fish kosher?  There is no firm across the board from the Jewish leadership about whether it is or it isn't.  But I can tell you this.  The general response among Jews is: "Yuck, I don't want to eat that!"  But without labeling, we won't know if we are eating it or not.  We went for labeling in Prop. 37 but the health and environmental issues surrounding this fish indicate it would be great to keep the AquaBounty salmon off the market altogether. 

The goal here is let people know this issue even exists, and to encourage them to act now.  You can help by:
1. Pursuing press coverage - Below is a letter I wrote to the Jewish Journal.  Can you similarly pursue press coverage or Jewish community awareness on this issue in your area?  I have attached a sample letter to the editor but it does not touch on the Jewish issues.  If you need help on what to write, please let me know. 
2. Handing out fliers - see attached flier
3. Telling people about this issue in any way you can - even a simple rally could help (info attached)
4. Doing the suggested ideas below.

What are the goals in what you do? The actions most encouraged among the public at this time are:

1. comment on Food and Drug Administration docket!submitComment;D=FDA-2011-N-0899-0001
For the required field "Organization Name," please enter "Citizen."
2. call President, U.S. Senators and your Congressional representative to urge them to urge the FDA to not approve this fish
3. NEW!  participate in a campaign petitioning, calling and writing supermarkets to ask them if they would carry genetically engineered salmon when it comes available, and tell them we won't shop in their store anymore if they do.  This is in hopes of keeping it from being sold, and such campaigns have had success before. Organic Consumers Association is coordinating this campaign.  Here's a link:

4. attend or organize a rally in your area on February 9 - or Sunday February 10 -    see:

NOTE: If this fish makes it onto the market, it won't be labeled in the U.S. (except in Alaska) so to avoid it, you'd have to avoid all farmed salmon.  Boycott of farmed salmon is a potential idea.  But it's environmentally important this fish doesn't get that far.

I hope I can count on you!  Do write me and say hi and let me know.

All the best to you and your family, and Shabbat Shalom!

Lisa Kassner
San Fernando Valley Co-Coordinator
Los Angeles County
Label GMOs Campaign -
"We have the right to know!"

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lisa Kassner-Labelgmos <>
Date: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM
Subject: treyf? genetically engineered salmon nearing approval - coverage for Jewish, health & env.issue needed
To: Jonah Lowenfeld <>, Rob Eshman <>

Dear Rob and Jonah,

I am writing to ask you to provide some coverage on the very current issue of genetically engineered salmon.  As you may recall, I was the co-author of the article on labeling of genetically engineered foods for the Jewish Journal in October.

You probably know that the FDA is moving forward with approval of the AquAdvantage salmon with poutfish (eel) genes.  Right now we are in the public comment period regarding environmental safety, and as soon as the end of February, the FDA may make its decision.  There are serious health, environmental concerns about this fish.  Despite the hundreds of consumer, environmental, health, animal rights & other organizations who have filed arguments and hundreds of thousands of individual comments the FDA has received, they are still moving forward without even a full environmental impact report or adequate health studies.  The attached 2-page flier has FAQs on this issue.

As you know, there is a definite Jewish angle on this issue. 
 Because Prop. 37 did not pass, this fish will not be labeled beyond being "farm raised."  MANY JEWS WILL NOT WANT TO EAT THIS FOOD.  It goes beyond whether mashgichim approve it or not.  And MANY JEWS DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THIS POTENTIAL PROBLEM.  The L.A. Times didn't even mention the eel genes in their article on 12/21/12 on this issue. 

If the Jewish community knew about it, we would speak up.  I know you at the Jewish Journal care about the needs and interests of our community.

Would you consider:
attending and reporting on our Global Day of Action rally which will take place on Saturday, February 9
   see: - it will be in Santa Monica at 11 a.m. till approximately noon or after
writing an article
printing a guest editorial from me
printing a letter to the editor from me
 Salmon Rally LA.jpg

I look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you so much for your consideration.
Lisa Goldwag Kassner
San Fernando Valley Co-Coordinator
Los Angeles County
Label GMOs Campaign -
"We have the right to know!"

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tourist video- ISRAEL-Small and Outstanding!!! Pre- Spring holiday in Israel called Tu b Shevat

  Focus On Building Your Self-Image

Whatever you focus your attention on, you increase.

This one principle is the key to mastering any trait and skill.

A person who focuses on building his self-image will eventually think like a person who has a positive self-image. He will feel like a person who has a positive self-image. He will speak and act the way a person with a positive self-image speaks and acts.
Love Yehuda Lave

ISRAEL. In English

The division between death of the plant life during winter and its rebirth starting in spring is celebrated by the Jewish holiday of Tu B Shevat. It is considered the day when the sap in the trees wakes up and starts the rebirth. it was yesterday, Saturday  1/26/13 here in the US.
 Photo Essay for Tu B'ShvatPho
                        Photo Essay for Tu B'Shvat

Michelle Baruch is a nature photographer and private Israeli tour guide.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Just in Time for Passover - Martha Stewart's Streit's Tour and Chess makes you smart

See Others As They See Themselves

Develop the habit of seeing other people as they see themselves. All anger, hatred and quarrels arise simply because a person views the situation from his own perspective, and fails to see the viewpoint of the other person.

For example, if a poor person asks someone who is wealthy for financial assistance, the wealthy person might view the request as insolence and become angry. The poor person feels insulted and perplexed. He thinks to himself, "The Almighty has given him so much, why doesn't he share what he has with me?" They separate from each other with a quarrel and mutual bad feelings. If each would try to understand the position of the other, however, even though they still might not agree, the majority of conflicts and complications that arise in interpersonal relationships could be avoided.

The next time you find yourself in a potential quarrel with another person, view the situation from his perspective also. Then step out of the picture and try to view the situation objectively as if a third party was viewing both of you. Notice the difference that this makes!

Love Yehuda Lave

Grandmaster Chess Project to Show How Chess Makes You Smart

By: Malkah Fleisher
Published: January 23rd, 2013

An Israeli Chess master, and the University of Haifa have teamed up to prove that chess can make you smarter and better adjusted
The Grandmaster Chess Research Project will investigate the role chess-playing skills can contribute to social and scientific development, and made lead to the development of Hebrew-language educational products teaching and drawing on chess as a way to enhance cognitive abilities.
According to a report by Israel21c, the project will examine how chess players achieve in the fields of language, math, and other academic arenas.
The report states that numerous studies on the benefits of chess have already shown that the game improves reading abilities, and is associated with higher grades in school, as well as improved concentration, self-discipline, logic, and other behaviors.
Israeli interest in chess has grown significantly since Gelfand's second-place win at the Chess World Championship.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Did he say, "one and a half miles" ??? and Be preapared for the unexpected

 Be Prepared for the Unexpected

A popular observation states, "Nothing is as easy as it looks. Everything takes longer than you expect. And if anything can go wrong, it will, at the worst possible moment."

When you are mentally prepared for events (without being nervous or anxious), you will find them much easier to cope with. If you always expect things to work out the way you wish, ask yourself what is the basis for your expectations. When you realize there is no basis for such an expectation, you will find it easier to give that up.

Love Yehuda Lave
STUDENT WHO got it all wrong, but did he? 
would have given him 100% !!!

Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die?
*his last battle

Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
* at the bottom of the page

Q3. River Ravi flows in which state
* liquid

Q4. What is the main reason for divorce?
* marriage

Q5. What is the main reason for failure?
* exams

Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast?
* Lunch & Dinner

Q7. What looks like half an apple
* The other half

Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
*  It will simply become wet

Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping ?
* No problem, he sleeps at night.

Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
*You will never find an elephant that has only one hand..

Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have ?
* Very large hands

Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
* No time at all, the wall is already built.

Q13. How can u drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
* Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack. 


Oh, My Gosh!!!! Amazing what an amazing story. Scroll below. D.

Caught 1-1/2 miles offshore while Fishing (after the fires in Southern Calif).

See what the fires brought!

What is that? Look in the middle.


       Can it be, really?    Look third picture down.


       It's a DEER!  Son of a gun!


       Not too much of a struggle?  Poor guy!


         She was very glad to be on board. No doubt!!!


       She was sooo tired and was glad to get into our boat and rest!

         And yes, we turned her loose when we got back to shore.

       Just try beating this Fish Story!

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