Thursday, July 24, 2014

INTERESTING OLD PICS and 30,000 attend American Lone Soldier funeral

Be Grateful for all Your Skills and Talents

The Almighty has blessed each of us with our unique mixture of skills, talents, and inner resources. Be grateful to Him for each and every one. This gratitude enables you to maintain humility at the same time as you recognize and appreciate those gifts. Humility does not mean that you deny the gifts you were given. Rather it means that you have a high level of gratitude.

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Nafttali Bennett in the Lions Cage

2. 30,000 Attend Funeral of American Lone Soldier
by Hezki Ezra, Gil Ronen 30,000 Attend Funeral of American Lone Soldier

About 30,000 people attended the funeral of Sergeant Max Steinberg hy"d Wednesday. Max was a "lone soldier" who made aliyah on his own. He served in the Golani Brigade and was killed in Gaza.

Most of the participants in the funeral did not know Max. They were citizens who decided to honor him for his sacrifice, following requests to do so which circulated in the media.

He was eulogized by a friend who said: "I remember your smile, and instead of crying, I laugh. You are a legend. I have lost a brother and a dear friend."

His sister said: "You are a hero for thousands of Jews today."

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said: "Over 30,000 people came to give you the honor of a hero. The strength of the Jewish people lies in people like you. This week, we buried soldiers from Morocco, Russia and Ethiopia here. Soldiers who fought for the Jewish nation."

"We will never forget the soldiers who are buried here at Har Herzl, which overlooks our capital, Jerusalem."

MK Dov Lipman, himself an oleh (immigrant) from the US, read out the following eulogy:

"What could motivate a young American to leave the comforts and security of a loving home with a more familiar future ahead of him, to move to a land where he had no family, no friends, could not speak the language, was in greater danger, and had an uncertain future?

"Max made his decision to move back to Israel while on a Birthright trip to Israel in 2012, specifically while standing here, on this mountain, when he came across the grave of a fallen soldier who came from American to fight in the IDF.  What sparked inside of Max when he had that experience? 

"I think the answer can be found in words that Max's mother related to the press in the United States – 'He felt that if this was his calling, that being on the sidelines, or even in the backseat, was just not going to work,' – Max heeded the call of Moses as we read in this past week's Torah portion:  'Will your brothers go to war while you remain here?'

"And to understand this decision one step deeper, we need to look no further back than the last words which Max shared with his mother:

"He reached her at 4 a.m. – early Saturday morning – after coming out of Gaza for a brief refreshing break – and he said, 'Mom I'm not scared at all for me, I'm scared for you. I'm fine, I'm going back in.'

"Those last words say it all – concern for his mother but not for himself.  Worry for his beloved state, but not for himself.  Fear for the wellbeing of his Jewish brothers and sisters, but not for his own.  This describes the ultimate giver – the person who doesn't ask what most people ask – what can I do for myself – but the person who asks what he can do for others, even if that means personal risk and harm.

"Evelyn and Stuart – your son is a Jewish and Israeli hero.  Jake and Paige – your brother is a Jewish and Israeli hero.  He is a hero on two levels.

"His first level of heroism is the fact that he saved lives – plain and simple.  Max fought to make sure that missiles will not keep falling in our cities, and to destroy the tunnels of terror from Gaza.  Max fought so that our children can have hope to live the way he himself was raised – without having to run to shelters because of air raid sirens and without the fear that  terrorists may tunnel their way into their neighborhoods to kill them or kidnap them.

"Mr. and Mrs. Steinberg, Jake  and Paige – it is true – today we join you in mourning the fact that you won't dance with Max at his wedding, that you won't see Max as a father, and that you won't see where is free spirit would have taken him.

"But your son, your heroic son, gave his life to save the lives of many others – of thousands of others.  Your child and brother made a decision that there are things worth dying for and he died for them – thereby helping millions of Israelis live in peace and quiet.

"And this leads to the second level of Max's heroism.

"Max Steinberg, is the newly found hero to hundreds of thousands of young Israelis, and to millions of young Jews around the world.  Max is causing young people to refocus on what is important in life.  Look around you. Look at the masses of people who have come to pay respect to their new hero.  

"Max has helped to rekindle the Zionistic spirit which gave birth to this state, and has reminded all of us of the blessing from God, the special merit that we have to live as a free people in our land – as well as the sacrifices we must make to maintain this reality.

"It is my hope and prayer that this realization provides you with some level of comfort. You raised a hero.  And your brother was a hero. I hope you feel the collective hug of the people of Israel and know that we will always be here to embrace you and to support you in any way that we can. 

"Max – now it is time to say goodbye – but before we do so I turn to you as a representative of Knesset, and on behalf of the citizens of Israel and Jews around the world to say thank you.  Thank you for protecting our children, thank you for protecting our state, thank you for protecting the Jewish people, and thank you for showing us that a regular American boy from California can raise himself to the level of Jewish and Israeli hero.

"Max, all of us will try to continue your legacy – and every day ask ourselves as you did – what did we do for our state, what did we do for our nation and what did we do to make the world a better place. Rest in peace my brother who I never met. May your memory serve as a blessing and an inspiration for us all."

The funeral at Har Herzl was delayed by 30 minutes to enable the masses of people to reach the cemetery. Police blocked Sderot Herzl to vehicular traffic and the light rail beefed up its shuttle service from the Teddy Stadium parking lot.

Thousands Attend Funeral in J'lem

Israelis turn out en masse -again - to accompany lone soldier on final journey.
By: Meir Halevi Siegel
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Funeral of Max Steinberg z"l

Funeral of Max Steinberg z"l
Photo Credit: 0404

For the second time this week, tens of thousands of Israelis accompanied a lone IDF soldier to his final resting place.

Some 30,000 people attended the funeral Wednesday of Max Steinberg at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Steinberg, 24, grew up in Woodland Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, and made aliya after visiting Israel on a Birthright seminar in 2012. According to the Jerusalem Post, he served as a sniper in the Golani Brigade.

At the end of his eulogy for his son, Steinberg's father – visiting Israel for the first time – said Am Yisrael Chai, spurring the crowd to repeat the sentence through tears, and to sing Hatikva.

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Phoebe Mozee (aka: Annie Oakley). Famed for her marksmanship by 12 years old,
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When she outshot famed exhibition marksman Frank Butler, he fell in love with her and they married.
They remained married the rest of their lives.
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Two Victorian sideshow performers boxing - the fat man and the thin man.
Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941 One of the first women to gain a pilot's licence,
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flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan and became the first woman
to fly across the Atlantic East to West, she volunteered to fly for The Women's Auxiialry
Air Force in WW2, but her plane was shot down over the River Thames and she was killed.
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Female photojournalist Jessie Tarbox on the street with her camera, 1900s. (THIS IS THE KIND OF CAMERA USED TO TAKE OUR SCHOOL PICS.  PHOTOGRAPHER PUT THE BLACK CLOTH OVER HIS HEAD TO TAKE PICS.     CAROL
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Amundsen raised the flag of Norway at the South Pole and named the spot Polheim - "Pole Home."
The extraordinary life of Maud Allen: Seductive US dancing girl who was sued for being too lewd,
outed as a lesbian, and fled London after being branded a German spy who was sleeping with the
prime minister's wife.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement. Their love had endured.
Billie Holiday at two years old, in 1917
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in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919,
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succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.
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a Confederate general. After Helm's death in 1863 Emily Helm passed through Union Lines
to visit her sister in the White House. This caused great consternation in the Northern newspapers.
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a barbecue on the day he died. April, 1945.