Tuesday, July 15, 2014

50 Cal - Missed by an inch and the King of Shlock Rock, Lenny Solomon and the Fast of Tammuz

Care For Your Health

The bible obligates you to be as careful as possible not to do anything damaging to your health.

When you do something to guard your heath, elevate your behavior from merely a routine procedure, to the awareness of performing a mitzvah.

Love Yehuda Lave

Documentary on my friend the King of Shlock Rock, Lenny Solomon


Read the info below BEFORE you watch the video.  This has got to be one
of the luckiest guys on the planet!

Subject:  50 Cal. - Missed by .........that much!!

This is a very,very lucky sportsman. The guy is shooting a 50

caliber rifle. Watch the dust, when the bullet returns, after

he fires.

The target, a  steel plate was 1000 yards away You can hear

the ping of the hit, next the ricocheting bullet comes back, and

then hits his earmuffs. He thought he was  hit.

The footage is amazing, you can hear the bullet as it tumbles

through the air on its course back toward the shooter. He's

lucky, it hit the dirt first. He is okay, and obviously very

lucky. It could have been  between his eyes.....

The bullet grazed his earmuffs, What a difference  an inch

makes !!!!


The fast of 17 Tammuz is Tuesday July 15

The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz is Tuesday. According to Torah Tidbits, the fast starts at 4:19 AM and ends at 8:16 PM in Jerusalem. In Tel Aviv, the fast starts around 4:19 AM and ends at 8:19 PM. 

The fast of the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, known as Shivah Asar B'Tammuz, is the start of a three-week mourning period for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples.

The fast commemorates five tragic events that occurred on this date:

  1. Moses broke the tablets when he saw the Jewish people worshiping the Golden Calf.
  2. During the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, the Jews were forced to cease offering the daily sacrifices due to the lack of sheep.
  3. Apostomos burned the holy Torah.
  4. An idol was placed in the Holy Temple.
  5. The walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans, in 69 CE, after a lengthy siege. (Three weeks later, after the Jews put up a valiant struggle, the Romans destroyed the second Holy Temple on the 9th of Av.)
    The Jerusalem Talmud maintains that this is also the date when the Babylonians breached the walls of Jerusalem on their way to destroying the first Temple.

  6. The period of the Three Weeks begins with the fast of 17th of Tammuz
  7. from dawn of Tuesday, July 15, 2014 until nightfall.
    Tisha B'Av and the 3 Weeks

    The 17th of Tammuz is a fast day commemorating the fall of Jerusalem, prior to the destruction of the Holy Temple. This also marks the beginning of a 3-week national period of mourning, leading up to Tisha B'Av.

    The 17th of Tammuz is the first of four fast days mentioned in the prophets. The purpose of a fast day is to awaken our sense of loss over the destroyed Temple – and the subsequent Jewish journey into exile.

    Agonizing over these events is meant to help us conquer those spiritual deficiencies which brought about these tragic events. Through the process of "Teshuva" – self-introspection and a commitment to improve – we have the power to transform tragedy into joy. In fact, the Talmud says that after the future redemption of Israel and the rebuilding of the Temple, these fast days will be re-dedicated as days of rejoicing and festivity. For as the prophet Zechariah says: the 17th of Tammuz will become a day of "joy to the House of Judah, and gladness and cheerful feasts."

    What Happened on the 17th of Tammuz?

    Five great catastrophes occurred in Jewish history on the 17th of Tammuz (see above):

(Originally, the fast was observed on the Ninth of Tammuz since that was the day Jerusalem fell prior to the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE. However, after Jerusalem fell on the 17th of Tammuz – prior to the destruction of the Second Temple – the Sages decided upon a combined observance for both tragedies, the 17th of Tammuz.)

How Do We Observe the 17th of Tammuz?

  1. No eating or drinking is permitted from the break of dawn, until dusk.
  2. Pregnant and nursing women – and others whose health would be adversely affected – are exempted from the fast.
  3. Should the day coincide with Shabbat, the fast is delayed until Sunday.
  4. Bathing, anointing, and wearing leather shoes are all permissible.
  5. The "Aneinu" prayer is inserted into the Amidah of Shacharis and Mincha by the chazan. Individuals insert it in Mincha only.
  6. Slichos and "Avinu Malkeinu" are recited.
  7. Exodus 32:11, in which the "13 Attributes of Mercy" are mentioned, is read at both the morning and afternoon services.
  8. Isaiah 55:6 – 56:8, which discusses the renewal of the Temple service, is read as the Haftorah at the Mincha service.

with thanks to Rabbi Moshe Lazerus.