Wednesday, July 31, 2013

HOTELICOPTER... first and Yiddish-is it a dying language

Antidote to Arrogance

Arrogance is one of the most negative traits, and it leads to many counterproductive words and actions.

What's the antidote for arrogance? Awareness of the enormous size of the universe - and our microscopic position in comparison.

In every Jewish blessing, we say the words "King of the Universe," which is a constant reinforcement to eliminate arrogance.
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The National Spelling puts its spotlight on Yiddish. Is it a dying language?

Arvind V. Mahankali, a 13 year old from Brooklyn, won American's 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 30 by correctly spelling the word knaidel. His win spotlighted Yiddish, the mamaloshen (mother tongue) of many Ashkenazi yidden (Jews) around the world.
Actually, his win made some people farblonget (confused), for as far as many are concerned, there's no standardized English spelling of Yiddish words. Knaidel (dumpling), a tasty nosh (snack), might just as easily be spelled kneidel or knaidle – or even knaydl.
This is because Yiddish isn't written in English characters – it's an old language that grew out of Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe. Combining a bissel (little) Hebrew, some German, with a dash of Slavic influences, Yiddish reflects the unique nature of Jewish life in Europe. Some Yiddish words capture the nuances of Jewish life in a way that no other language can.
What's a machatuna, for instance? It's the parents of your child's spouse. There's no word for it in English, and reflects the importance of extended family in close-knit Jewish circles. A balabuste is a bustling homemaker, whose kitchen is always full of beautiful nosh for Shabbos (Shabbat). A mensch means person, and it's used to mean the full measure of a man – someone who lives up to his (or her) potential: the full measure of what a person should strive to be.
There are some other colorful expressions that have endeared Yiddish to generations of people. For instance, what's the difference between a shlemeil and a shlemazel? The shlemeil spills soup on the shlemazel. (This might cause the shlemazel to plotz – which means explode – in anger.) A piste kayleh's an empty barrel: a person lacking gravitas. The gantse megilla means the whole story. A shtik holtz is someone with no personality. A gelaimter's someone who drops whatever he touches. A trepsverter is the perfect retort you think of – after you've left the room.
In all the coverage of the spelling bee, some commentators have wondered how many Yiddish speakers there currently are. As the dwindling number of Holocaust survivors and elderly European-born Jews gets smaller and smaller, it can be tempting to view Yiddish as a dying language. When the last Yiddish bookstore in New York's historic Lower East Side closed, the New York Times called it another nail in the language's coffin. Lovers of Yiddish might have been ferklempt (choked up) at the news.
Yet reports of Yiddish's demise are greatly exaggerated. In fact, Yiddish is having a gantse mazel (success) as its primary speakers – Chassidim and other Orthodox Jews – see a population explosion in Europe, the United States, Israel, and elsewhere.
I remember once reading an article in my local paper about the "death" of Yiddish in Chicago; it highlighted some elderly women who met to keep the language alive. Yet later that afternoon, I heard a conversation between a young Chassidic mother and her toddler – all in Yiddish. (My Yiddish isn't great, but I think she was telling him not to get shmutz – dirt – on his new mantle – or coat.) It turned out the child spoke Yiddish not only at home with his tatte and mama, but in school, too, where all his Jewish subjects were taught in this beautiful language.
He wasn't alone. Since then, I've heard Yiddish on the lips of little kindelach (children) on three continents. I've shopped in shopping malls in New York where the conversations were all in Yiddish, the kids ran around yelling in Yiddish and even the toys in the toy stores came with Yiddish instructions. I've ordered food in Antwerp delis where Yiddish mixed with Flemish all around me. (The food was geshmak – delicious – I fressed it all up and made a complete chazer of myself.) In Israel, I've tried to decipher Yiddish newspapers sold in kiosks on the streets, as families all around conversed in this vibrant tongue.
All these places where fellow yidden (Jews) were speaking Yiddish felt so heimish (homey). I thought of my great-grandmother, the last member of my family to speak Yiddish as her mother tongue. So much has changed in the world since she was alive, I'd gotten used to thinking that the world she came from – the Yiddish speaking world of pre-war Europe – was gone and forgotten. For a while, it seemed as if it might be. My great grandmother's children abandoned the Jewish traditions she held dear; when she spoke to them in Yiddish they answered in English.
So hearing Yiddish on the lips of young children all around me was a mechaya. (From the Hebrew root "chai", or life, it that means a revelation: a new discovery.) The language of my great grandparents skipped me and most of my friends: we never learned Yiddish, except as a few humorous phrases and insults. But it is continuing in new generations, and we all – the sandwich generations between the generations that spoke it in the past and those still to come – are links in that chain.
There's one Yiddish word I know: Yiddishkeit. It means Jewish culture and practice. I'd hate to think of that going the way of a dying language, too. Perhaps that's why I'm so freilich (happy) and leibidik (another word for happy – there are lots of them in Yiddish) that its future seems assured. To Yiddish let me offer a traditional blessing we say on birthdays: ay hundrid und zvanzig – you should last one hundred and twenty years. And to Yiddish, and all of us, whose grandparents might have spoken it, and whose descendants may still: L'chaim: to life!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

17 Historical Photos and Norman Lamm Quits Yeshiva Univ.,

  Practicing Foresight

Neglecting to look ahead is a prime cause of unhappiness. One who overeats disparages the value of food. A quarrelsome man complains against the blessings of marriage, relatives and neighbors. By practicing foresight, many evils can be avoided
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Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeating several chess masters at once in France , 1920

The last known picture of Adolf Hitler, April 30, 1945

Eisenhower's Inauguration on January 20, 1953

Nazi rally in the Cathedral of Light c. 1937

Marilyn Monroe performing for troops stationed in Korea, February 1954

The last known picture of Albert Einstein, taken in March, 1955

Mugshot of Joseph Stalin held by Okharna: the Tsarist Secret Police, 1911

One of the first photos that was taken inside of Hitler's bunker (FĂĽhrerbunker) in 1945 by Allied soldiers

Hindenburg over Manhattan on May 6, 1937, hours before disaster

Before alarm clocks there were knocker-upper's. Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers windows. Limehouse Fields. London

On this day, seventy-nine years ago, citizens in a bar celebrate the end of alcohol prohibition in the United States . December 5, 1933

A Native American looks down at a newly-completed section of the transcontinental railroad. Nevada , about 1868

Wedding. Egypt – 1923

Liberated Jewish man holds NAZI soldier at gunpoint during WWII

NYC Grand Central Station, 1929. The sun can't shine through like that now because of taller buildings

Louis Armstrong plays for his wife in front of the Sphinx by the pyramids in Giza, 1961

Two Civil War veterans from both sides shake hands at Gettysburg -1913


Norman Lamm Quits Yeshiva Univ., Admits Failure on Sex Abuse

Rabbi Norman Lamm became president of Yeshiva U. in 1976 , helped save it from bankruptcy and raised its academic standing, At 85, he admits he must do tshvuah over a sex abuse scandal and is retiring.
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Rabbi Norman Lamm has quit as rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva U., where he admits he did not handle properly a sex abuse scandal
Rabbi Norman Lamm has quit as rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva U., where he admits he did not handle properly a sex abuse scandal
In a letter announcing he is stepping down as Yeshiva University's chancellor and rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Norman Lamm acknowledged his failure to respond adequately to allegations of sexual abuse against the university's rabbis in the 1980s.
Lamm, now 85, became the school's third president and head of its rabbinic school, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, in 1976. He stepped down as president in 2003, becoming chancellor, but stayed on as RIETS's head.
His resignation Monday from his two posts at the school were attributed to an agreement reached three years ago and come several months after a report in the Forward newspaper that detailed allegations of abuse dating back to the 1970s and '80s against two rabbis at Y.U.'s high school for boys, principal George Finkelstein and Talmud teacher Macy Gordon.
"Rabbi Lamm's decision to retire is based on an agreement that was reached three years ago," the university said in a statement. "His contract expired June 30."
Last December, Lamm acknowledged to the Forward that he knew about some of the allegations but chose to deal with them privately; law enforcement authorities were never informed.
"My question was not whether to report to police but to ask the person to leave the job," Lamm said.
On Monday, Lamm issued a mea culpa for failing to pursue the allegations.
"At the time that inappropriate actions by individuals at Yeshiva were brought to my attention, I acted in a way that I thought was correct, but which now seems ill-conceived," Lamm wrote in a letter emailed to faculty, students and alumni in which he discussed his retirement. "And when that happens — one must do tshuvah. So, I too must do tshuvah [repentance].
"We must never be so committed to justifying our past that we thereby threaten to destroy our future. It is not an easy task. On the contrary, it is one of the greatest trials of all, for it means sacrificing our very egos, our reputations, even our identities," he wrote. "But we can and must do it. I must do it, and having done so, contribute to the creation of a future that is safer for innocents, and more ethically and halakhically correct.
"True character requires of me the courage to admit that, despite my best intentions then, I now recognize that I was wrong," Lamm wrote. "This is what I am modeh [acknowledge] as I reflect on my tenure."
Finkelstein was forced out of the school in 1995 after being accused of inappropriate contact with students by wrestling with them. He then went to work as a dean at the Hillel Community Day School in North Miami Beach, Fla.
Gordon was placed on a leave of absence in 1984, according to the Forward. Both of the rabbis now live in Israel.
Lamm's comments about the sexual abuse allegations represented four paragraphs of a six-page resignation letter that otherwise was a reflection on his tenure at Y.U. Lamm also made an oblique reference to his failing health, noting, "Conditions have caused me to rely on help from my family in writing this letter."
Richard Joel, the president of Y.U., declined to discuss Lamm's remarks on the sexual allegations or be interviewed for this story. He released a statement to JTA through a spokesman.
"I would like to express my appreciation to Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm for his half-century of service to Yeshiva University. During his tenure he helped guide the University with steadfastness and vision," Joel said in the statement. "Dr. Lamm's contributions to the Jewish world as a distinguished rabbi, philosopher and scholar are unparalleled."
In its report last fall, the Forward cited three former students who said Finkelstein invited students into his home or office to wrestle with them, that they could feel his erect penis against them during the tussling, and that Finkelstein told the students he loved them and tried to kiss some of them. Everybody at the school knew of Finkelstein's penchant for wrestling with boys, the former students said.
Finkelstein denied to the Forward that there was anything sexual about his contact with students, though he said the wrestling, in retrospect, was wrong.
Gordon was accused of sodomizing a former student with a toothbrush when the student was 16. The former student and his father both told the Forward that they reported the incident to Y.U.'s leadership but did not report it to the police because they did not want to damage the school's reputation or further harm the boy.
Gordon told the Forward he had "no recollection" of the toothbrush incident and said he had not conducted himself inappropriately.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

A 28 year old Netanyahu speaking on Palestine crisis and a little lighter video

Avoid Using Guilt To Justify Inaction

Feeling guilty is the lazy way of reacting. A guilty person resigns himself to keeping his faults and does not try to take actions to improve.
Don't use guilt feelings to justify laziness and procrastination. If a person tends to think in terms of guilt, when he hears an idea he will say to himself, "How awful it is that I'm not following that idea."
It is more productive to keep focus on what you can do to improve.

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A 28 year old Netanyahu speaking on Palestine  crisis
Now at 63, his story is not quite the same:

Netanyahu Said: Freeing Terrorists Strengthens Terror
by Gil Ronen Netanyahu: Freeing Terrorists Strengthens Terror

"The government decided to release terrorists and I ask, why? In return for what? What have we received? This crossing of a line, of releasing murderers, is dangerous in the struggle against terror."

These words were spoken just five years ago, when the Kadima government released 200 terrorists as a "gesture" to Mahmoud Abbas. Only two of those had blood on their hands.

Then-Opposition Head Netanyahu said at the time that contrary to the government's claim, the release of terrorists does not strengthen Mahmoud Abbas. "It weakens Israel and strengthens terror elements. Most of the public – a great part of the public – understands that this thing is unacceptable and reflects weakness and a loss of direction. The government has lost its direction – if it ever had a direction to begin with."

"Instead of taking a tough stand against terror, the Kadima government continues to release hundreds of terrorists in return for nothing," Netanyahu accused, adding: "The Likud government will replace Kadima's weakness with an aggressive and uncompromising policy toward terror.

Gideon Saar, who was Likud faction chairman, said at the time: "The government's decision crushes the public's trust, that murderers and terrorists are brought to justice, and it will harm the security of te citizens of Israel and the attempts to free Schalit.

"One can only imagine how this release of 200 terrorists, free of charge, will affect the level of demands that Hamas will make."

Those words stand in sharp contrast to the PM's decision, which passed a cabinet vote, to free 104 convicted terrorists with "blood on their hands," as precisely the kind of gesture to the PA that Bibi so fiercely condemned only five years ago.

Saar, now Minister of Interior, voted in favor of the release of terror prisoners on Sunday and has defended the move.

The decision was passed with a majority of 13 ministers in favor, seven opponents and two who abstained.

Voting in favor of the decision, besides Netanyahu and Saar, were Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Minister of Public Security Yitzhak Aharonovich, Minister for Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz, and Aliyah Minister Sofa Landver (Likud / Yisrael Beytenu); Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Education Minister Shai Piron, Health Minister Yael German, Science Minister Yaakov Perry and WelfareMinister Meir Cohen, (Yesh Atid); as well as Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and Environment Minister Amir Peretz (Hatnua).

Voting against it were Transport Minister Yisrael Katz, Communications Minister Gilad Erdan, Tourism Minister Uzi Landau, and Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir, all (Likud / Yisrael Beytenu); as well as Economics Minister Naftaliu Bennett, Housing Minister Uri Ariel and Minister for Pensioners Uri Orbach, (Bayit Yehudi).

Energy Minister Silvan Shalom and Culture Minister Limor Livnat, both of Likud / Yisrael Beytenu, abstained. 

Shabak warning

Meanwhile, on Sunday Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen warned government ministers at the weekly Cabinet session Sunday against releasing terrorists as a "gesture" to the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Cohen explained that the release of terrorist prisoners would diminish security "both in the immediate threat to the public, and because of the erosion in deterrence."

"The chance that the prisoners will go back to terrorism is relatively large," he said. Experience shows that as the years pass from the terrorists' release, they tend to go back to the activity that landed them in jail, he added.

The move to free convicted terrorist murderers is deeply unpopular among the Israeli public, with polls showing that almost 85% oppose such a move.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Jewish Mothers and how Israel keeps Holocaust memories alive

Practice Creative Solutions

When you fear a confrontation in which you might become angry, mentally picture yourself handling it calmly and self-confidently. Keep repeating this picture in your mind until you feel fairly certain that you will be able to remain calm in the actual situation.
When you are walking or waiting in a line, utilize the opportunity to think of difficult situations, and find various options you have to deal wisely in those situations. If you live those situations in your mind, they can serve as positive resources from which to gain confidence in your abilities.

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How Israel keeps Holocaust memories alive

Celebrities on their Jewish Mothers

Jason Alexander's mother wept when he told her he wanted to become an actor…

According to Dr. Bruno Halioua, author of "Meres Juives des Hommes Celebres" ("Jewish Mothers of Famous Men"), about 12,000 of France's 150,000 physicians (8 percent) are Jews, whereas Jews make up only 1 percent of the country's overall population.
"We got to talking, about our mothers," he said. "And I realized that most of my Jewish colleagues got into medical studies because we were prompted to do so by our mothers. It's the same all over for the children of Jewish immigrants – medicine or law!" laughs Dr. Halioua. "I think that is the secret of Jewish mothers, in giving not only love like all mothers, but tremendous self-assurance to their children."
"I was the first Jew to study medicine at the big medical cave."
I'm proud to say that I was the first Jew to study medicine at the big medical cave. ... I graduated in a week. ... My mother was the first one in history to say, "This is my son, the doctor." She coined that phrase. – Mel Brooks as the 2000 Year Old Man
Over the years, I've been privileged to interview and research many extraordinary people for my books and calendars. In honor of Mother's Day, I bring you their equally fascinating comments about their Jewish Mothers.
Michael Medved, Nationally Syndicated Conservative Talk Show Host: "My mom insisted on buying one day old meat and baked goods. As a pre-teener, I was embarrassed, but she made the point that there's nothing embarrassing about being sensible. She'd say, 'People have better things in life to do than watch you.'"
"My mother was sloppy. When I was applying to college, she cleaned up the living room for my interview with Harvard. I was scrubbed, and put on a skinny tie. This guy comes in, and my dad who happened to be home, says hello ... in his underwear. She shrugged. My mother took the point of view (about the interviewer), 'Don't worry about this [shmegegge]. So I went to Yale … The Jewish Mother knows values and insists her children share them, live them. She's treasures tradition. The keeper of the family welfare .... that's her purpose in life. Her waking hours are spent figuring out ways to make her child and husband more successful and she will sacrifice. "
Susie Essman, comic, actress (Curb Your Enthusiasm: "My mother's from the school that the minute you walk in the house you have to eat," she said an interview, describing her mother Zora. "She asks, 'What can I get you?' and if I say, `Nothing,' the question just continues. One Thanksgiving, there were only six of us, and she had two 20-pound turkeys – plus brisket. Not to mention the eight sides and 15 pies and cakes. And halvah. I went onstage that night to do stand-up and I just read the menu from her dinner."
When I spoke to mama Zora, she had a slightly different take on the matter. "My kids don't know this part of me ... a lot of it is, but it's really not me. The fact is, I do make two turkeys on Thanksgiving but ... I'm trying to please everybody ... one likes this dressing, another likes that dressing. My children say I have a brisket under my skirt ... not me."
Fran Drescher: "I was fed when I was sad, I was fed when I was good, we ate to celebrate, we ate to mourn … and in-between, we'd discuss what we were going to eat later."
The remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers--Calvin Trillin.
Mallory Lewis, entertainer, writer, producer, daughter of the late Shari Lewis: "My mother's best quality was that in her eyes I was perfect. She was always on my side," said Mallory, whose "sibling" was a puppet named Lambchop. Was she ever jealous of her "little sister" who, when Mal was young, got all the public attention? She laughed. "Not at all. I knew she was a sock. But Lambchop was a source of comfort. Today, my own son will tell Lambchop secrets which mom will never hear!" Like her mother, Mallory is convinced her progeny is perfect. "Whenever we have a disagreement I convince him I know best because, I tell him, 'I made you in my tummy.' My son is going to be a wonderful hubby. Like my own mother, I support him totally."
Norman Lear, producer: "[Some] years ago, I was pleased and honored-and amused-to address the National Press Club on .... faith, vision, and values in American life," said Norman Lear. "The amusement was occasioned by a vivid memory of my late Jewish mother. I had phoned her and said: 'Mom, the TV academy has just established a Hall of Fame and guess who the first inductees will be? Milton Berle, William Paley, David Sarnoff, Lucille Ball, and Edward R. Murrow, and me.' After a short beat, my mother said: 'Look, if that's what they want to do, who am I to say?'"

Jason Alexander: actor, "Seinfeld" fame. When Jason dropped out of college in 1980 to become an actor, leaving his New Jersey home for a studio apartment in Manhattan, to become an actor, "She wept," he said. "That's what Jewish mothers do. I was throwing my life away." He told her, "Mom, in 10 years I'll be doing Tevye on Broadway." He beat his own prediction and did Tevye nine years later in Jerome Robbins' Broadway. His parents, Alex and Ruth Greenspan, attended the opening – and his mom wept throughout the show, which of course, is what Jewish mothers do.
"My mother, Lily, was a phenomenal parent," says actress-singer Tovah Feldshuh. "She was the connoisseur of tough love. She would say:
  • 'Selfish people are the loneliest people in the world.'
  • 'Never beg a man for a hat ... you buy your own.'
  • 'When you walk into a room, see what's wanted and needed in that space.'
  • 'Be ruthlessly honest.'"
Tovah, herself the mother two, has her own philosophy. "To be a good mother, Jewish or otherwise, you need to do two things: love your children unconditionally – and show up."

We Jews: Pioneer American Jewish Mothers

As Mother's Day approaches we salute three great pioneer American Jewish mothers.

Much has been written about Jewish male early settlers in America. Less documented are the hardships that Jewish pioneer mothers faced, especially when they ventured into untamed territory. Imagine shlepping two sets of dishes and Menorahs in the 1800s to the frontiers of America, or trying to maintain a Kosher home in the wilderness? These Yiddishe mamas not only used great resourcefulness for example, raising livestock and growing their own veggies, but once settled they often contributed mightily to the growth of the outreaches of the American West.
Imagine shlepping two sets of dishes around in the 1800s to the frontiers of America!
As Mother's Day approaches, we honor three of these extraordinary Jewish mothers, many of whom had to summon enormous courage to support their husbands' dreams, pass on their heritage to their children and to their burgeoning communities.


Rosa Katzenstein Drachman: Born in Baltimore in 1848, Rosa married Philip Drachman in 1868 in New York. Talk about a honeymoon! The couple got on the Overland schooner to San Francisco to put together provisions for the Western wilderness. They departed for Tucson in October, 1868, traveling by hitching a four horse ambulance! The trip took a month, as they camped across the desert among the Indians. They finally arrived in Tucson, which wasn't exactly teeming with Jews. In fact, while there were Anglo men, there was only one other white woman. Rosa, eventually the mother of ten (she named first child Harry Arizona Drachman, the first Anglo child born in the area) had a difficult life. Her husband died young leaving this Yiddishe Mama and the kinder to run his saloon and cigar store.
Despite her load, Rosa became confidante, teacher, social worker and advocate to the new influx of women. There were a number of Jewish men who had married Mexican women. They turned to Rosa to teach them Judaism and Yiddishkeit, including how to keep a proper home. More, Rosa made sure all the kinder could read and write English.
Rosa died on July 25, 1918. Her tombstone reads: "Mother Drachman," for the great matriarch who helped build Tucson's community.
Rosa's sister-in-law, Jennie Migel-Drachman and her husband Samuel were devoutly religious. In 1887, less than a day after their son was born, Jennie was on a stage to California – despite rutted paths and Indians – to find a mohel to perform the circumcision in time. More, she organized Tucson's first Purim Ball, and was active in the Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society while Sam was the first president of Temple Emanu-El. The couple were a major influence, succeeding to keep Judaism alive in the desert southwest.


Julia Frank Zeckendorf: Born in Germany in 1840, Julia immigrated as a youngster to New York. At age 18, she married William Zeckendorf. Also from Germany, William went to work with his brothers in New Mexico, then Arizona. The couple honeymooned by train across country. Departing San Diego, Julia was shocked as her new husband changed into his western garb – pistols on hips and rifle in hand. The couple left for Tucson and had four children. Julia entertained elegantly for the Jewish community. Eventually, they returned to New York, but the Zeckendorf name is part of the historical records of Arizona and New Mexico for their involvement in merchandising, mining, cattle raising, and farming. In New York, generations of Zeckendorfs built a real estate empire. Julia's grandson put together the land parcel that John D. Rockefeller donated to the United Nations.


Rebecca Machado Phillips: Born in 1746 into an eminent Jewish family of Portuguese crypto-Jews all this changed when in 1762, at the age of sixteen, Rebecca married Jonas Phillips (1735-1803), an Ashkenazic Jew, born in Prussia and reared in London. The couple first lived in New York, where Jonas was a businessman. Within a year, Rebecca had given birth to the first of their twenty-one children. The business failed due to England's colonial trade restrictions and the family became debtors. In 1765, Jonas secured a position as shochet and bodek, (for which he was trained in London) for Congregation Shearith Israel, a role he held for four years.
In addition to childbearing and child-raising, Rebecca, made cloth, clothing, soap, candles, and prepared processed comestibles to serve as their winter food supply. As observant Jews, Rebecca also supervised her kitchen to make sure all was done according to Halacha.
The years 1763 to 1772 were filled with both tragedy as four of Rebecca's children died before reaching their first year, but also with financial success. In 1769, Jonas again went into business, but this time in Philadelphia, where Rebecca's family resided. They became quite wealthy and contributed generously to Congregation Mikveh Israel, where Jonas became powerful in the Congregation while Rebecca took an active part in communal affairs and fund-raising. At age 55, in 1801, she was one of the founding members of the Female Association for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances. The organization, assisted yellow fever victims, supported a 'soup house,' and provided food and clothing to indigent women and children.
Two years later, Rebecca was widowed, leaving her a single mother of sixteen children.

Yet, at age 74 she served as first directress and one of thirteen managers serving on the board of the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society of Philadelphia, created in 1819 to assist the Jewish indigent.
Rebecca Phillips was an uncommon colonial mother who bore 21 children, raised two of her grandchildren, yet was a tireless community activist and philanthropist – roles that Jewish mothers would continue to embrace in this new land.
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Stress test and do you have free will

Don't Dwell on Past Misfortunes

The nature of a person is that when he talks about past misfortunes and suffering, he presently experiences more suffering.
A person who constantly thinks about misfortunes of the past causes unnecessary sadness. In the extreme, after one unfortunate event a person can make himself unhappy his entire life -- because he always tells himself how awful life is since that event occurred.
Do not overly dwell on past misfortunes, and you will save yourself much unhappiness.
Love Yehuda Lave

God Knowing the Future

If God is omniscient and knows the future, how can we have free will?
The Aish Rabbi Replies:
Dr. Gerald Schroeder, double-Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explains:
God knows the end already. God knows the future, but not as a future. Having created time, God is outside of time. In such a dimension, future, past and present are meaningless. They are all simultaneous. The four-lettered Hebrew name of God, Y/H/V/H, is composed of the letters that spell in Hebrew "I was, I am, I will be." The three tenses fold into one eternal "now."
We, however, live in time. So for us, the future has not yet occurred.
Nature gives a hint of what it means to be outside of time. The laws of relativity have shown us that at the speed of light, time stands still.
To our perception, light travels for eight minutes as it moves from sun to Earth. But if we could move along with the light in its journey, we would record that zero time passed during the flight from sun to Earth.
Here on Earth, being inside of time, those eight minutes afford us the opportunity to choose among a variety of activities. Yet their beginnings and endings would appear as occurring simultaneously from the perspective of the light.
In this sense, although totally outside of human experience and so difficult to comprehend, God knows the ending even at the beginning.

Stress Test.....Are you stressed?

What do YOU see???  Maybe it depends on your age.........
Are any of these items moving? Or are they perfectly still??

One teacher said, "I felt like they were all moving..but slowly. Kind of like, they were breathing."

The pictures attached are used to test the level of stress a person can handle.

The slower the pictures move, the better your ability of handling stress.

Allegedly, criminals that were tested see them spinning around madly; however senior citizens and kids see them standing still.

None of these images are animated - they are perfectly still.

P.S. If you do happen to see the images spinning around madly, please take me off your mailing list.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Japanese your plastic - and They walk among us

Just Choose Wisely Now
At each moment of every day, you choose your thoughts, words, and actions. You even choose your feelings by choosing your thoughts, words, and actions. So say, "Just choose wisely now."
The more frequently you choose wisely, the more this choice will become second nature. You probably know what happens to a person who keeps making wise choices of thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. They live their life much more wisely.
"But what if I don't always recognize the wisest choice?" Just saying, "Just choose wisely now," won't guarantee that you will always choose the wisest choices. But it will still be much better than saying, "Choose the stupidest choice!"

Love Yehuda Lave

Japanese Ingenuity Save your plastic Truly Interesting

I sometimes think politicians don't want to help the environment when you see things like this and they don't take advantage of it.
Why aren't these all over the place? What do they cost? Why aren't we told?
Someone wants to nail the technology for their own industrial empires I suppose.
How simple, yet how effective.  It can also help reduce diseases, save wild life and many many more positives.

This machine takes recycling to whole new level! Amazing!
This is one of the most amazing emails and break-through in Technology I have ever seen!!!  Why aren't we doing this now????
I think we should all do what we can to save what we are destroying!  Not surprised at this at all, just a case of Japanese ingenuity and perseverance.

What is more important would be the marketing and very low cost to make it mandatory to have one of these in every home.

The sound is all in Japanese. Just read the subtitles and watch.

What a great discovery!

New sign at Wal-Mart

Our society is doomed..............

I handed the teller @ my bank a withdrawal slip for $400.00
I said "May I have large bills, please"

She looked at me and said "I'm sorry sir, all the bills are the same size."
When I got up off the floor I explained it to her....

When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. 'Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'it's open!' His reply: 'I know. I already got that side.'

This was at the Ford dealership in Canton,MS

IDIOT SIGHTINGWe had to have the garage door repaired.
The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener.
I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.
He shook his head and said, 'Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.' I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4.
He said, 'NO, it's not..' Four is larger than two.'

We haven't used Sears repair since.
IDIOT SIGHTINGMy daughter and I went through the McDonald's take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill.
Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter.
She said, 'you gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back.
She sighed and went to get the manager, who asked me to repeat my request.
I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said 'We're sorry but we could not do that kind of thing.'
The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change.

Do not confuse the clerks at McD's.

IDIOT SIGHTING IN FOOD SERVICEMy daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco.
She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.'

He said he was sorry, but they only had iceburg lettuce.

-- From Kansas City  

IDIOT SIGHTINGI was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked,
'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?'
To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?'
He smiled knowingly and nodded, 'That's why we ask.'

Happened in Birmingham , Ala.

IDIOT SIGHTINGThe stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street.
I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for.
I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.

Appalled, she responded, 'What on earth are blind people doing driving?!'

She was a probation officer in Wichita , KS

IDIOT SIGHTINGAt a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker who was leaving the company due to 'downsizing,'
our manager commented cheerfully, 'This is fun. We should do this more often.'
Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.

This was a lunch at Texas Instruments.

I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself
and for the sake of her life, couldn't understand why her system would not turn on.

A deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff’s office, no less.

IDIOT SIGHTINGHow would you pronounce this child's name?
Leah?? NO
Lee - A?? NOPE
Lay - a?? NO
Lei?? Guess Again.
This child attends a school in
  Kansas City, Mo.
Her mother is irate because everyone is getting her name wrong.
It's pronounced "Ledasha".
When the Mother was asked about the pronunciation of the name, she said, "the dash don't be silent."

SO, if you see something come across your desk like this please remember to pronounce the dash.
If dey axe you why, tell dem de dash don't be silent.


They walk among us......and they VOTE.

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