Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Historical Photos and life is an exciting challenge

Life Is An Exciting Challenge

The classic work of Jewish Ethics, "Path of the Just," says: "Every aspect of our lives is a challenge and test." 
With this perspective, life will never be boring or mundane. Every single situation and occurrence is different from every other - and each is an opportunity for elevation and growth. 
When you are aware that a situation is a test, you will find it much easier to deal with. To illustrate this concept, imagine that you went for a job interview and the potential employer shouted an insult at you. You would most probably feel either upset or angry. But if someone told you in advance that this employer shouts at job candidates to test their reaction to stress, you would find it easy to remain calm. You realize it is just a test and it is in your best interests to pass it. 
That is how we can view each event and situation. It is a test of our spiritual strength and courage, and we can look forward to passing it.
 Love Yehuda Lave

Livni: 'Jewish State' Second to Democracy
by Maayana Miskin Livni: 'Jewish State' Second to Democracy

Israel must create a constitution – even if the minority groups it is meant to defend do not want one, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said Tuesday. Israel's status as a Jewish state is second to its status as a democracy, she argued.

Livni spoke at the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.

"The hope was to agree on a constitution. But I don't think we can reach an agreement," she told the committee.

"A constitution would be meant to protect minority rights, but bizarrely, it is the hareidi-religious and Arab minorities that oppose it," she continued. "That's a mistake on their part."

"Even if we cannot reach an agreement, it is time to create a constitution. In the past I busied myself trying to reach an agreement, but the time has come for decisive action," she declared.

Livni noted the religious-secular divide regarding legal authority in Israel. "In practice, each person decides his own constitution… There is a battle over our source of authority, is it the constitution and law, with the courts clarifying its meaning? Or is it based in halakha [Jewish law] and rabbis clarifying its meaning?"

"I'm on the side of the constitution and the courts," she continued. "Even if I sometimes disagree with a particular verdict… I don't accept the opinion that the State of Israel is first and foremost a Jewish state, and a democratic regime."

If a constitution is made, she said, its first clause should be the Right of Return, which outlines the right of Jews and their children and grandchildren to receive Israeli citizenship and residency.

(Rare photos.  Some computer "colorized" from original black and white.)
During the Apollo 16 mission, Charles Duke left a family photo on the moon that was enclosed in a plastic bag.
Vought F4U Corsair crashes on the deck of a carrier when the arresting gear failed.
Most likely sometime during WW2 in the Pacific Theater.
John F. Kennedy at NASA's Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex in 1962.
The photo is believed to be the last photo ever taken of the RMS Titanic before it sank in April 1912.
1884 De Dion, Bouton et Trepardou Dos-à-Dos is the oldest running car on the planet.
It was the first car to participate in an automobile race.
This photo was taken in space right after World War II (1946). A team of soldiers and scientists used
a German-made V-2 missile equipped with a camera to capture this shot—making it the first photo in
Douglas MacArthur signing the official Japanese surrender instrument aboard the USS Missouri,1945.
Hitler inspecting the massive 800mm "Schwerer Gustav" railway gun from afar. It was the largest-caliber
rifled weapon ever used in combat, and fired the heaviest shells of any artillery piece.
George S. Patton's Dog, "Willie," mourning his best friend on the day of his death.
Joseph Goebbels on his wedding day. Hitler was his 'best man' and can be seen behind him in a wool
top coat and hat.
George Armstrong Custer and some of his fellow soldiers, during the American 'War Between The States.'
Howard Carter, an English archaeologist, examining the opened sarcophagus of King Tut.
An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.
Manfred von Richthofen, aka "The Red Baron," petting his dog on an airfield.
Real Japanese Samurai ~ 1860 – 1880
A team of SAS soldiers in North Africa , 1943.
Soviet soldiers stop for a break in 1945 on the outskirts of Berlin.
Tsar Nicholas II goofing around with his friend in 1899.
Walt and Roy O. Disney on the day that they opened the Disney studio. Beside them are their wives
and mother.
John Young and Charles Duke training for the Apollo 16 mission in the New Mexico desert.

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