Monday, March 31, 2014

Wedding in Italy! and a little help please

Blessings Before and After Eating

The goal of each and every blessing we make is for us to increase our level of gratitude to our Creator. It helps to say in your own words before a blessing, "Now I am going to express my personal gratitude to my loving Father and powerful King, Creator and Sustainer of the universe for His kindness to me."
Love Yehuda Lave

WOW - Now THAT was a wedding  ---
Note --- You don't have to understand Hebrew to appreciate this.....  ENJOY
You have to watch and listen to this wedding in Italy!  You won’t regret it . . . ; ; !!

Don't take life too seriously;
You'll never get out alive anyway!

The Richest Man in the World.
Read down HEED!

~ Bill Gates ~ 
This should be posted in every school or kid's bedroom. 
Love him or hate him , he sure hits the nail on the head with this!

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about
eleven things they did not and will not learn in school.
He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings
created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and
how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish something
BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.      
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:
They called it opportunity.
Rule 6If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault,
so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring
as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you
talk about how cool you thought you were:
So before you save the rain forest
from the parasites of your parent's generation,
try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers,
but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades
and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
*This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters.
You don't get summers off and very few employers
are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
(Do that on your own time.)
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life.
In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds.
Chances are good that you'll end up working for one. 

If you can read this...thank a Teacher. 
If you can read this in English...thank a Soldier! 
And for life and everything else you have...thank God!
Now....think about this and smile if you agree and please pass this on....

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

PHOTOS - FORGOTTEN HISTORY of WW II and relax to problem solve

Relaxing Helps You Problem Solve

When a person has a major problem, worry prevents him from thinking of practical ways to solve it. Someone who does not worry has much better chances of success. The calmer you are, the better you are able to plan the wisest course of action.

Being relaxed and free of worry can prevent a person from reacting hastily and even putting himself in danger.
This is true, no matter how big the problem. Put yourself in a position of giving yourself some joy, and you can have the peace to think through the solutions.

Love Yehuda Lave
I thought you would like to look at these photos.

“The First Amendment was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny."
Ronald Reagan
March 15, 1982

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Friday, March 28, 2014

MEET THE MILLERS . . . .and Spiritual Death

First Hand Reports of Applying a Gratitude Exercise

I told a group of people to repeat, "I am grateful to my Creator" five minutes each day for a month. Some of the results were:
* "At first I found it difficult to keep this up. This gave me a jolt. The Creator is giving me life each moment of each day and He gives me the air I breathe. Why is it so hard for me to express my gratitude? This self-rebuke gave me a strong feeling of motivation. I was committed to use the power of repeating messages to myself to build up this gratitude.
* "I realized that I would only be able to repeat this for five minutes at a time if I would sing it with a tune. So I would sing this five minutes each day. It became my favorite song.
* "The first day when I heard this, I found myself having to wait for something to start. I began to feel frustrated. Then I said to myself, ‘This is a perfect time to repeat, "I am grateful to my Creator" for five minutes.' It totally transformed the waiting into an uplifting experience. Throughout the month, I chose potentially frustrating moments to practice this. After a while, the stirrings of feelings of frustration became a trigger to begin my exercise."
* "Someone saw me smiling while I was waiting in line at my local supermarket. He asked me if anything special is going on in my life. "There are a lot of special things that I'm beginning to become more aware of," I replied.
* "By repeating, ‘I am grateful to my Creator,' I began to realize that everyone who is kind to me in any way was sent to me by my Creator. I increased my gratitude towards those people and I increased my gratitude to the Creator of it all."
Love Yehuda Lave
I think you will enjoy these pictures.  ?????

AK Miller's Front Yard

Consider the strange story of Alex and Imogene Miller of

East Orange, VT.  They eked out an existence on a small farm. 

Alex would scrounge rusty nails from burnt buildings to repair

his roof.  He drove a ratty VW Beetle, and when it died,

he found another even more ratty, and another...the rusting

carcasses littered his yard.  Alex died in 1993, and Imogene

died in 1996.  The local church took up a collection so they

could be buried in the churchyard, and the state began the

process of taking the farm for taxes.  That would have been

the end of a sad story, except.....

Forget the VW: a '28 Franklin ($4500US) and a

'23 HCS($14,500 US) lurk inside.  While preparing

the estate for auction, the sheriff discovered a cache

of bearer bonds taped to the back of a mirror. 

That triggered a comprehensive search of the house

and outbuildings.  The estate auction would eventually

be handled by Christies, and it would bring out collectors

from all over the world.

1913 Stutz Bearcat went for just $105,000US. 

Must have been the bad tire.  It seems that Alex

Miller was a Rutgers grad, son of a wealthy financier. 

He lived in Montclair, NJ, where he founded Miller's

Flying Service in 1930.  He operated a gyrocopter

(look it up, it's too much of a digression) for mail and

delivery service through the 30's.  But the Millers had a

secret, and they moved from Montclair when they needed

room for it.

Step behind the wheel of a 1916 Stutz Bearcat ($155,000 US). 

Choosing to live low profile, and paranoid about tax collectors,

Miller moved to the farm in VT, and took his collections with him.

  Most of his cash had been exchanged for gold and silver bars

and coins, which he buried in various locations around the farm.

  He carefully disassembled his gyrocopter, and stored it in an

old one-room schoolhouse on his property.  He then built a

couple of dozen sheds and barns out of scrap lumber and

recycled nails.  In the sheds he put his collection.

Have to remember to clean that '20 Bearcat out of the shed

($50,000 US).  Alex Miller had an obsession with cars. 

Not just any cars, but Stutz cars.  Blackhawks, Bearcats,

Super bearcats, DV16's and 32's.  He had been buying them

since the 1920's.  When Stutz went out of business,

he bought a huge pile of spare parts, which was also carefully

stored away in his sheds.

A Springfield Rolls Picadilly Roadster ($115,000 US), made in

Illinois.  Sometimes, he would stray, and buy other "special cars",

including Locomobiles, a Stanley, and a Springfield Rolls Royce.

  He never drove them.  He'd simply move them into his storage

sheds in the middle of the night, each car wrapped in burlap

to protect it from any prying eyes.  Over the years, the farm

appeared to grow more and more forlorn, even as the collection

was growing.

A snappy car: 1921 Stutz Bearcat ($58,000 US).  Occasionally he would sell some parts
to raise cash.
Rather than dipping into his cache, he would labor for hours making copies of the
original parts by hand.

Stutz factory spares. Cylinders and pistons from a brass era Stutz in
Collectors knew him as a sharp trader, who had good merchandise
but was prone to cheating.  His neighbors had no clue at all, they
thought Alex and Imogene were paupers, and often helped out
with charity.

Wheelbarrow blocks a '28 Stutz Blackhawk Boattail Speedster ($78,000 US).
The auction was a three day circus, billed as the "Opening of King Stutz Tomb". 
It attracted celebrity collectors, as well as thousands of curiosity seekers. 
The proceeds were in the millions, some items went for far more than their value
in the frenzy.  In the end, the IRS took a hefty chunk of the cash for back taxes,
which proves the old adage about the only two sure things in life...

A vanilla '31 SV16 Stutz Sedan ($10,000)

Bargain of the show: a '29  Stutz Blackhawk sedan for $7000 US

A beautiful Stutz DV32 Sedan ($27,500)

Anyone need a new Stutz engine? Still factory fresh.

A'23 HCS ($12,000 US) lurks in the darkness of the barn

A Lebaron dual-cowl Stutz from 1929 ($68,000US)

A '27 Stutz AA Sedan for $6500US

1925 Stutz Speedway Six ($9000 US)

T-Head engine in a 21 Bearcat

Build a '22 Stutz touring car from this pile of parts for just $10,000 US


Rabbi Ari Kahn

Tum’ah is a word that is not easily defined. While we use the word “impurity” to translate the concept of tum’ah, modern man has very little grasp of ritual purity and impurity. Although we share the dread caused by the most feared source of impurity – death – it is death itself we fear, and not the state of ritual impurity it causes.
Death is modern man’s ultimate fear. It is the ultimate defeat; it debilitates not only the victim, but also those left behind – loved ones, family and friends. And yet, in our experience, when death makes an appearance, the tum’ah that results is “healed” by a simple washing of the hands; a few cups of water and life goes on – at least in terms of tum’ah. In Temple times, however, a person who had come in contact with death could not enter the Temple; Tum’ah and the sanctity of the Temple are mutually exclusive concepts. For the same reason, all kohanim, whose lives were intimately intertwined with the Temple service, were commanded to avoid unnecessary contact with the dead. Even today, kohanim attend funerals only for their most immediate relatives, and actively avoid all contact with death other then when absolutely necessary.
In short, we have little difficulty understanding the concept of tum’ah that has death at its source. And yet, despite the tragedy of death, the permanent and irreversible damage and void that it creates and the dread of its cruel finality, there is another type of tum’ah that is far worse: the tum’ah of tsara’at. Our sages explain that the malady called tsara’at, commonly translated as leprosy, is not the physical skin malady with which we are familiar, but rather a physical expression of a spiritual illness.
At first glance, death – and the tum’ah it engenders – seems to us far more serious and severe than any skin lesion; in fact, tsara’at might even seem trivial compared to death. Nonetheless, when we measure and compare the tum’ah that results from each of these causes, the conclusion is inescapable: The tum’ah caused by leprosy eclipses that caused by contact with death. The verses themselves illustrate the disparity: A person who came in contact with death could not enter the Temple, but the leper was completely removed from society. While we might argue that the “quarantine” of the leper was nothing more than a preventative step to avoid contagion – a step that is unnecessary in the case of tum’ah caused by contact with death – this argument overlooks the nature of tum’ah. The malady in question is spiritual, not physical. The leper is placed in isolation because he or she suffers from a contagious condition that is spiritual, not physical.
Tradition associates leprosy with sins of speech, such as gossip, slander and character assassination. The person guilty of these sins is considered spiritually dangerous, and the results of these sins are considered far more destructive than contact with death.
The first instance of the misuse of speech was in the Garden of Eden, and it was perpetrated by the serpent. In attempting to bring about disharmony between Adam and Eve, the serpent serves as the prototype of the gossiper who sows hatred and jealousy through the artful use of words. With its slick message and scaly skin, the serpent has become the quintessential image of the misuse of speech – and of the skin lesions that result.
As a result of the serpent’s insidious words, mankind’s grasp of truth was confounded, confused; they were exiled from the Garden of Eden. After partaking of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil – a tree we might more aptly call the “Tree of Death” – they were banished, exiled, distanced from the Garden and the intimacy with God they had once enjoyed, the source of life itself. As God had warned, death came into the world. And so, we begin to see that the circle is complete: The serpent, and all those who misuse the power of speech, create a spiritual wound in human society – a wound whose physical manifestation may be likened to the skin of the snake; in human beings, this condition is called tsara’at, and it results from the same sin committed by the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Any person who behaves like the serpent must be banished, sent into temporary exile, to protect society from infection while allowing the sinner to be healed spiritually.
Slander, gossip and other serpent-like abuses of the gift of speech bring a type of spiritual death into the community, just as the serpent’s misuse of speech brought physical death into the world. In both cases, the tum’ah necessarily results in estrangement, exile – either from the Temple or from all of society. And though in both cases a type of death occurs, Parashat Tazria teaches us that spiritual death is by far the greater loss.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Why Our Grandparents Were So Happy...and Great people

Study and Emulate Great People

Here is a tool for greatness: Watch a truly righteous person very carefully and observe what he does in order to emulate him.
Today, think of three great people that you know, heard of, or have read about. What can you learn from each one?

Love Yehuda Lave

7 Ways to Connect to G-d

If there is one primary lesson we are to take from the Purim story it’s that even in times of darkness, when G-d’s face is hidden, He is still here, orchestrating events behind the scenes, moving the pieces towards His ends. Man plans, G-d laughs. The very thing you thought was going to wipe out the Jews is turned upside down and becomes the vehicle of their salvation.
Purim time is the opportune time to work on piercing through the haze and strengthen your connection to G-d. Here are seven ways you can connect to G-d, no matter who you are. Atheists are also welcome to give them a shot.

1. See G-d’s guiding Hand in your life

 See God’s guiding Hand in your life
We’ve all experienced moments of serendipity – how that missed plane led you to meet your spouse. They don’t have to be so dramatic – finding a parking spot in New York City (or anywhere for that matter) can be a moment to feel G-d’s presence. Since G-d is One, nothing happens by accident; peel back the veil of nature that masks His presence and you’ll find God behind the curtain. Keep your eye open, and ask your family and friends to share their best stories of Divine providence the next you’re all together.

2. Have a heart to heart with G-d

Have a heart to heart with God
Imagine a married couple living under the same roof but never really talking to each other. Unfortunately it happens. And unfortunately that cold detachment can describe many people’s relationship with G-d. When was the last time you had a real heart to heart with G-d? Not just recite the words in the prayer book, but tap into your inner core and share your deepest concerns, fears and thanks. Try it (not in public please) and see if you feel more connected to G-d afterwards.

3. Find beauty

Fine Beauty
Put down the iPad, the iPhone, the i-whatever and look at gorgeous world around you. When was the last time you took in a breathtaking sunrise or sunset? Cry listening to a piece of music? Be awestruck and the sheer brilliance and wonder of one of your amazing children? Did you see the incredible photos of the Niagara Falls frozen solid? The world is a reflection of G-d’s Infinite perfection and His fingerprints pervade the universe.

4. Learn Bible wisdom

Learn Torah wisdom
Imagine getting hold of Einstein’s personal diaries where he lays out all the wisdom he attained in life. We would devour it, getting a glimpse of his great knowledge and feeling a far deeper connection to the man. Imagine getting a hold of G-d’s personal diaries. The bible is the blueprint of creation. It’s God’s instruction manual that contains all the secrets of the universe, including life-changing wisdom about marriage, parenting, how to be good and attain meaning. When we learn Torah, we are directly connecting to G-d, seeing the depth of His wisdom and learning to think how He thinks. It is a series of ongoing eureka moments.

5. Appreciate His\Her gifts to you

Appreciate His gifts to you
Who is more likely to express their genuine appreciation for dinner that your wife (or mother) makes: you or a guest? How many meals has the guest received? How many meals have you received? When we are the recipient of so much ongoing blessings in our life the terrible irony is that we start taking them for granted. Don’t. Appreciation is the bedrock for a loving relationship – with your parents, your spouse, and with G-d. Don’t be an ingrate. Who gave you your eyes? Your hearing? Your hot coffee this morning? Reconnect all the wondrous gifts you’ve received in your life back to their ultimate Giver, and feel the love that generates.

6. Trust Him\Her

Trust Him
The people you most love are the people you most trust. And vice versa. Think about something that concerns you, that is creating some fear and angst – financial pressures, results from a medical test, the boy your daughter is dating – and let go of the fear and trust G-d. “Cast your burden on God and he will sustain you” (Psalms, 55:22). Try to feel that G-d has your back. He’s aware of your difficulty. He has the power to help and He wants to help. Nothing is too big or too small for Him. So drop the worry; it’s all good. G-d didn’t abandon you; He’s right here holding your hand.

7. Do a Good Deed

Do a Mitzvah
Perhaps the most direct way to connect to G-d is to perform a mitzvah – give charity, visit someone who is sick. The word “mitzvah” comes from the word “tzavta” which means attachment. When we do a mitzvah, a commandment, we are performing with mind, body and soul ratzon Hashem, God’s will, thereby becoming like God and growing closer to Him. Since God is not physical, closeness is measured spiritually. The more we resemble Him by aligning our will to His will, the closer we become to Him.


NOW we know why they are referred to "the good ole' days."
Why Our Great Grandparents Were So Happy...
Have you ever wondered why our great grandparents all had such fond memories of their youth?
Well... I'm surprised they remembered anything at all!!!

Forget Tums & Tylenol.
  Forget Aleve & Benadryl.

Look at the cool stuff they had back then!
A bottle of Bayer's 'Heroin'.
Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine.
It was also used to treat children suffering with a strong cough.

Coca Wine, anyone?

Metcalf's Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment.
Mariani Wine.

Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of it's time.  Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time. He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.

Produced by the Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York . It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal. Children should only take half a glass.
A paperweight.

A paperweight promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim, Germany). They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.
Opium for Asthma:

At 40% alcohol plus 3 grams of opium per tablet.  It didn't cure you... but you didn't care!

Cocaine Tablets (1900).

All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance.
Great to 'smooth' the voice.
Cocaine drops for toothache.  
Very popular for children in 1885. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children very happy!
Opium for newborns.

I'm sure this would make them sleep well. (Not only the Opium, but also the 46% alcohol)
It's no wonder they were called, "The Good Old Days".
>From cradle to grave... everyone was STONED!

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