Sunday, March 31, 2013

Pictures: one second before ...and you spot it, you got it Passover contemplation

You Will Notice What You Look For

Make it important to be grateful. Then you will notice more and more things that others do for you. You might wonder why it is that more people are doing more things for you. In reality, it could be the same amount as before. Just that now you notice it.

Now you will notice smiles that make you feel better. And you will be grateful for those smiles. You will notice when people offer you food to eat or something to drink. You will notice information that people share with you because they feel you will benefit. You will notice minor acts of kindness that would not otherwise have registered on your mind's screen of consciousness.
Love Rabbi Yehuda Lave
To contemplate on the last two days of Passover on Monday and Tuesday.....Man's inhumanity to man... alongside the ability to transcend.....

where do you/we stand ?......

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Glossary for the passover Seder and Forgiveness

To Forgive Is To Give
Sometimes the greatest kindness you can do for someone is to forgive.

Some people will ask you directly for forgiveness. Others lack the awareness, courage or humility to ask your forgiveness.
Forgive even if you aren't asked to do so. This can be extremely difficult. And that is why it's so elevating.
Love Yehuda Lave
For your enjoyment 


 - Glossary for the Passover Seder

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קַדֵּשׁ - !sanctify
קְדֻשָּׁה - holiness, sanctity
יַיִן - wine

וּרְחַץ - !and wash...
לִרְחוֹץ - to wash something
נְטִילַת יָדַיִם - ritual cleansing of hands

כּרְפַּס - celery
יֶרֶק - vegetable
יְרָקוֹת - vegetables

חֵצִי - half
לַחֲצוֹת - to split in half, to cross

מַגִּיד - telling over
לְהַגִּיד - to tell over - Biblical
לְסַפֵּר - to tell a story- Modern
עֶבֶד - slave
דַּי - enough, sufficient
דַּיֵּנוּ - enough for us

רָחְצָה - ורחץ see

מוֹצִיא - brings forth
לְהוֹצִיא - to take out, to bring forth

עֹנִי - poverty, affliction
חָמֵץ - leavened food

מָרוֹר - ritual bitter herbs
מָר - bitter
מְרִירוּת - bitterness

כּוֹרֵךְ - wrapping
כָּרִיךְ - sandwich

שֻלְחָן עוֹרֵךְ - set table
לַעֲרוֹךְ - to set, to arrange
סְעוּדָה - meal - Mishnaic
אֲרוּחָה - meal - Modern

צָפוּן - hidden
צֹפֶן - code, cipher
לְצַפּוֹת - to wait for in anticipation

בָּרֵךְ - !bless
לְבָרֵךְ - to bless
בְּרָכָה - a blessing
בֶּרֶךְ/בִּרְכַּיִם - knee, knees

הַלֵּל - song of praise
לְשַׁבֵּחַ - to praise
לְהַלֵּל - to praise - flowery

נִרְצָה - well received
רָצוֹן - desire, will

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Why we celebrate passover and help others help themselves

If I was a wealthy man from Fiddler
Help Others Help Themselves
Maimonides (our great sage from 1200's)  says that the highest level of giving charity is helping a person become self-sufficient.
Today, think of someone who needs a job and try to do what you can to help him earn money. You might help him get a job interview or you might think of some marketable skill that you could help him develop.
love Yehuda Lave

1. Pesach (Passover) Holiday to Begin Monday Eve
by Arutz Sheva Pesach (Passover) Holiday to Begin Monday  Eve

Passover (Pesach) started this year between sunset on Monday, March 25, and sunset on Monday, April 1. The first and seventh days are marked as Sabbath-like holy days (Yom Tov) in which work is forbidden.

Jews outside of Israel, and those visiting Israel only for the holiday, observe an additional day in both the beginning and end of Pesach, which lasts eight days for them.

On this evening, the enslaved Jews were freed from Egyptian bondage after the Ten Plagues forced King Pharaoh of Egypt to listen to Moses and Aaron's call to "Let my people go!" The best known name of the holiday is Passover, to commemorate the passing over of the Jewish homes during the plague that killed each Egyptian firstborn son. The holiday is also known as the Holiday of Matzahs, the Holiday of Our Freedom and the Holiday of Spring.

Jews are commanded to tell the story of leaving Egypt as if it had happened to them personally and not as a mere historical event, in order to emphasize the importance of our hard-won and precious freedom.

The government of Israel sold its "chametz," leavened bread, to an Arab before the holiday in order not to transgress the commandment of not owning any chametz during the holiday. This includes any food product that contains leavened wheat, oat, barley, rye, or spelt products.

After a search for remaining chametz in houses Sunday night, Jews burn it the following morning, several hours before Pesach begins. Not a drop of chametz is allowed to remain in Jewish hands during the entire holiday, so that each family sells its own chametz for the week as the government does.

Dishes also are changed for the holiday or were made kosher through a procedure that depends on what material they are composed of. Glassware dishes can be koshered for Pesach by cleaning, leaving them unused for a period of time and then dipping them in water. Metal, if completely cleaned, is dipped in boiling water and prior to the holiday, large vats of boiling water are manned by people at various locations for that purpose. Not all materials can be made useable for Pesach and a rabbi should be consulted with any questions.

In the absence of leaven, Jews will eat specially prepared unleavened bread, or matza, on Pesach, as was done at the Exodus, when the Jews did not have enough time to wait for dough to rise before leaving Egypt.

First-born males over 13 are required to fast on the day before Passover – in commemoration of the fact that first-born Jewish males were spared when first-born Egyptian males were killed during the tenth plague – but may be released of this obligation by participating in a special festive meal, like the ones that accompany the conclusion of study of a tractate of the Talmud or a circumcision, on the morning before Passover.

The traditional Seder is held Monday night – Monday and Tuesday nights for Jews outside of Israel. The guide for the Seder is detailed in the Haggadah, literally "narration," which relates the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

A plate placed on the Seder table contains several special foods: a roasted egg, symbolizing the special holiday sacrifices which were brought in the Temple; a roasted shank bone, recalling the Passover lamb offered and eaten by every family in Jerusalem in Temple times and brought in Egypt right before the Exodus; a mixture of chopped apples, nuts, wine and cinnamon known as charoset, symbolizing the mortar that the Hebrew slaves in Egypt used to make bricks; sprigs of parsley and lettuce, symbolizing spring; a bitter herb symbolizing the bitterness of slavery; and salt water, recalling the tears shed by the Hebrew slaves in Egypt. There are additional explanations for some of the symbols.

Three whole pieces of matza mark the division of the Jewish people into priests (Cohanim), Levites and the general population are also placed on the table. There are also other explanations for this custom, as there are for almost all of the customs.

During the course of the Seder, the Ten Plagues are recalled. When each of the Plagues is mentioned, each participant dips a finger into his/her cup of wine and removes a drop; even though the Jews were oppressed in Egypt, we are reminded that we must not rejoice over the Egyptians' suffering. Our cups of wine cannot thus be full.

Four cups of wine are drunk at specific parts of the seder, to remember the four words symbolizing redemption that appear in the Biblical Exodus narration.

One of the more popular Seder customs for children concerns the afikoman, a special piece of matza that is the last food eaten during the Seder. The head of the household customarily hides the afikoman somewhere in the house, and the children then search for it. Once found, the afikoman is "ransomed," since the Seder cannot continue until the afikoman is eaten. This helps to keep the children focused on the Seder and to pique their curiosity regarding the entire Passover epic.

On the morning of Monday March 26, festive prayers, including a prayer for dew during the spring and summer, and special readings, will figure prominently in synagogue services.

During the intermediate days, between the first and last days, special prayers also are recited in synagogue. In Israel, all of Pesach is an official holiday for schools and most government offices and vacationing families fill the national parks and museums, many of which are free.

Jewish tradition maintains that the parting of the Red Sea and the destruction of the Egyptian army occurred on the seventh day of Passover, but even though Passover celebrates the Exodus from Egypt, Jews nevertheless do not rejoice over the death of the Egyptians in the sea and only an abridged version of Hallel (Psalms 113-118) – a holiday prayer – is recited after the first day of Passover.

On the Sabbath of the intermediate days of Passover (Saturday March 30), the day's special readings will include the Song of Songs and Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14).

From the evening prayer ending Tuesday March 26, Jews will keep a nightly count of the 49 days (seven weeks), until the evening of Tuesday, May 14, one day before the holiday of Shavuot. This count commemorates the Temple offering of the omer, or sheaf of new grain, in keeping with the Biblical injunction of Leviticus 23:15-16.

Maimouna – an informal, yet widely celebrated holiday which originated among the Jews of North Africa, particularly those from Morocco – will be celebrated immediately after Passover, from sunset on Monday April 1. According to custom, families prepare elaborate tables with various sweets and baked goods, and host friends and family members. Whole neighborhoods often close as celebrations spill out into the streets and parks.

Passover, 1910
Photo Credit: From the Steinfeldt Photography Collection of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest.
This picture was taken either during the Popkin family Seder in Duluth, in 1910, or right before the holiday. It's difficult to imagine someone just snapping a photograph at the seder back then, because it probably required a very large apparatus, as well as a strong source of light, which probably didn't go well with their notion of Jewish Law. Unless the picture was shot by a gentile.
So they probably sat down and posed ahead of the actual seder.
They're so solemn. Look at them, they're outright sad.
I've spent my share of Passovers in the Midwest, so I'm familiar with the somewhat joyless approach to life of the Jews of the North – but this is funeral sadness.
Or maybe they're just waiting for the guy with the camera to finish, so they can crack a smile, or just move. You couldn't move while those shoebox cameras were taking in the light reflected off your body.
Talk about the Holiday of Freedom…

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Today's Bad Idea and Know Yourself and 24 hour world air traffic and Happy Passover

  Know Yourself

If a person was born with positive qualities, he should be grateful to the Almighty. This should never become a source of arrogance, because since he did not do anything to earn those traits, he has nothing to be proud of.

Who is the person who deserves great reward? Someone who had to work very hard on himself to acquire positive traits.
Today, try to distinguish between the good traits you were born with, and those you've had to work to acquire.

Love Yehuda Lave

I saw it right away. No safety glasses or hearing protection!
 Today's Bad  Idea

World air traffic over 24 hours

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PASSOVER TRADITIONS--and no articles the next two days (passover)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring has sprung on Pontiac 03.22.13 and Great Passover guide

Identify Yourself

Your identity creates you. And you choose your identity. Yes, your childhood, your parent's view of you, the way others have treated you, who you compare yourself with, all have had a part in creating your identity. But it's only because now in the present you have decided to keep the identity you have been influenced to have. And if you haven't made a conscious decision how to view your identity, you are still making a decision, albeit a passive one. You might already view yourself as a happy, joyous person. If so, great. If that's not yet your picture of yourself, it makes sense to start viewing yourself this way now. All you need is one moment of happiness or joy to consider yourself as one.

Love Yehuda Lave
See the beautiful picture of the vine in bloom in a Spring San Diego

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?
(see each breeds' answers below)

1. Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?

2. Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

3. Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!

4. Rottweiler: Make me.

5. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

6. Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!

7. German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.

8. Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.

9. Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb! Is this a trick question?

10. Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

11. Chihuahua : Yo quiero Taco Bulb. Or . . ..."We don't need no stinking light bulb."

12. Greyhound/Saluki: It isn't moving? Who cares?!

13. Heeler/Australian Cattle Dog: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle...

14. Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

Keep going down
How many cats does it take to change a light bulb?
Don't get cute!! Cats do not change light bulbs! People change light bulbs. So, the real question is:

"How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?"
They help out around the house...

They protect our children ...


They look out for the smaller ones ...


They show us how to relax

They "converse" with each other..


They help you when you're down


They are great at decorating for the Holidays

They have "great" expectations


They are Patriotic .


They are happy to "test" the water


They love their "teddies"

They know who's "BOSS" .

AND - They know when we need a good LAUGH!


It is done by moving the corners of the mouth upward.
LET ME SHOW YOU HOW..............






Detailed Passover Guide-starts on Monday nigh

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