Friday, November 21, 2014

The Future of Medical Technology and you are a visionary

Let Us Do Our Share 

The realization that our own strength may be inadequate should never cause us to sink back into inertia. Never refrain from a good endeavor because the difficulties involved seem insurmountable. Keep in mind that we have a mighty Helper in the Almighty in all our good endeavors. Let us do our share; the Almighty will do the rest.

Love Yehuda Lave


 Medical Technology.

  I need this technology now myself, too bad not available yet

> On the "Bleeding Edge" of Science...


On another note here is what Rabbi Meir Kahane said about an attack that was much lesser that happened in 1989.. Will things ever change?


Shma Yisrael vs. Allahu Akbar by Rabbi Meir Kahane ZT"L HY"D (November 1989)

Nowhere was it more clearly seen. The real meaning of the struggle in the Holy Land was never more blatantly revealed than in the stabbing of a Jew in Jerusalem, recently. And now is it important for us to understand this reality, for if we do not we will not have the slightest idea of what the struggle in Israel is all about and, far worse, how to win it.

Yehuda Avahami, a young man who prays daily at the Western Wall, was walking last week through the so-called Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Just inside Sha'ar Shchem (Damascus Gate) he was attacked by an Arab who stabbed him in the back. And here is the crux of the story: As the Arab stabbed the Jew, the Arab shouted in triumph, "Allahu Akbar!" (Allah is great). The Jew, attacked and feeling that he was in danger of death, shouted, "Shma Yisrael!"

And herein lies the real meaning of the struggle. And herein lies the shame of the struggle.

It has become the slogan, the war call,  the triumphant  shout of every Moslem attack on Jews. Allahu Akbar! The Arab who  drove the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem bus over the cliff, shouted it.  The Arab who attacked my nephew-soldier on the streets of Jerusalem, shouted it. It is the theme of the struggle of the Moslems against the Jewish state. And it is the theme of attack, of power, of defeating the Jewish enemy,  of defeating the G-d of  the Jews, of triumph for Islam. Allahu Akbar! is the voice of the Moslem attacking the Jewish victim.

And the victim? He cries out, Shema Yisrael...

Shma Yisrael becomes the symbol of the victim, of the Jew attacked, of the dying Jew. The great concept of Shma Yisrael, which was meant to be the triumphant and powerful and resounding cry of the Jewish victory and the Omnipotence of the G-d of the Jews, becomes a thin, small, quiet voice in the desert.  The voice of Kiddush Hashem, Jewish sanctification, becomes one of degradation, of Jewish defeat and death.

And that is Hillul Hashem, desecration of the Name, and that worst of Jewish crimes dare not be allowed to continue lest His awesome wrath rage against us.

"Shma Yisrael!" Hear O Israel! This is the way the mashuach milchama, the priest who was ordained as the one who led the Jews into battle, would begin his speech to the Jewish army, prepared to go into battle:

"Shma Yisrael!  Hear O Israel! You are coming near this day to the battle against your enemies. Let your heart not be faint; do not be afraid, do not panic, and do not be broken before them. For the L-rd, your G-d, is the One who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you." (Deuteronomy 20:3-4)

Shma Yisrael is not the plaintive cry of a Jewish victim, but the clarion call of the mashuach milchama, the appointed  Priest of War. It is not a numbing prayer of defeat but a certain, assured call of triumph.  Not the voice of the victim but the roar of the conqueror.  It is the affirmation of the real meaning of Shma Yisrael: "Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One - the only One, the all-powerful One, the all-conquering One, the One who is over all gods, including Allah."

Shma Yisrael is the voice of the Jewish Warrior-Priest to the Jewish warriors, not to the Jewish victims. It is the affirmation of the power and Omnipotence of the Jewish G-d and the assurance that faith in Him guarantees victory. In the words of the Talmud (Sotah 42a): "Why does the message begin with the words 'Shma Yisrael', in particular? Rabbi Yochanan said in the name of Rabbi Shimon Bar- Yochai: the All Mighty said to Israel: even though you only observed the mitzvah of 'Shma Yisrael' in the morning and in the evening, you will not be given over to your enemies."

You think that is an easy thing, Jew? Think again.

Shma Yisrael  is the symbol, the utterance of real faith.  Real faith.  Not the plastic faith of theory in which the Jew pays copious and very "frum", pious, lip service to the All Mighty, only to find a hundred "halachic" reasons why to back away from confrontation with the enemy at the moment of reality. Faith means believing the cry of the mashuach milchama whose Shma Yisrael is an integral part of, "Let your heart not be faint... do not be afraid!"  And in the words of the Sifri (Shoftim 192): "They come with the victory of flesh and blood, and you come with the victory of the All Mighty". And the Talmud, Sotah (ibid.), expands on this: "The Philistines came with the victory of Goliath; what was his end? In the end he fell with the sword and they fell with him, and you are not that way.  For the L-rd, your Gd, is the One who goes with you, to fight for you..."

We have taken a Shma Yisrael  that was meant to be the slogan of Jewish power and Omnipotence of our G-d, and turned it into a plaintive cry of a victim.  We took a cry of power and turned it into weakness. "Kol ha'Shem ba'koach! The voice of the L-rd is powerful!" (Psalms 29:4). And if that is true, so must  the voice of His people be powerful.  "Who is the King of glory? The L-rd, strong and mighty, the L-rd, mighty in battle" (ibid., 24:8). And if that is true, then we must crown Him king in battle by our being strong and mighty in battle.

The reason that the Moslem shouts Allahu Akbar is because we allow him to think so. On that glorious day in 1967 when Jewish troops, the Tzivot ha'Shem, the host and ranks of the All Mighty, swept into the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, there were no shouts of Allahu Akbar. There was only fear and terror in the eyes and hearts of the Moslems who saw, and felt and knew - "Shma Yisrael, Hashem Echad!"

It was the Jewish retreat and fear of the world, of the nations, that reinstilled in the heart of the Moslem the belief that Allahu Akbar.  It was the  terrible lack of faith in the words of the priest of battle, "Do not be afraid.... for the L-rd is the One who goes with you, to fight for you," that brought on us this terrible resurgence in faith and strength and arrogance of the Moslem. In direct proportion to Jewish lack of faith and fearful prostration before the gentiles did the Moslems grow in certainty and confidence in Allah.  What a terrible indictment of the Jewish people! What a terrible humiliation that Jews, the small and the great, talk about "the prohibition of antagonizing the nations." As if we were still in Pinsk or Casablanca.

And so a Moslem proudly attacks a Jew and cries, Allahu Akbar, and the Jew, in fear, cries out: Shma Yisrael. Not as a war cry but as a death chant. Hillul Hashem!

(From "Beyond Words", Vol. 6)


By Laibl Wolf

You Are a Visionary

A man by the name of Henry Flagler had a vision. In the 1890's he transformed the swamplands of the south-east coast of Florida and built the world's most luxurious hotel.  But the railway company wouldn't build an extension from Jacksonville to the wilderness of his hotel so he bought the railway company and had the rails reach the backwoods of Palm Beach, Florida – right up to entry of the hotel.  But passenger ships had no moorings there, so he built a wharf that allowed the ships to moor right at the hotel entry. He brought Italian craftsmen from Florence to replicate the most ornate of Italian ceilings, arches, and chandeliers at his hotel. And he built the hotel in only 11 months! Henry Flagler had drive – and vision!

Today, The Breaker's Hotel still leads. Although the original structure burned down in 1925, the Flaglers spent over $4M (back in 1920's!) rebuilding it as the world's premier hotel. Old man Flagler's standards and vision stretched into the next generation. I just spent several days in his hotel, experiencing his vision.
We all have a vision hard-wired into our soul. It lingers tantalizingly just beneath the surface of reality. Audaciousness and courage are the levers needed to raise this sunken treasure above the water line. And then comes the hard work - to translate vision into reality.

Have you ever sat down, quietly, thoughtfully, allowing your vision to shine through the veneer of awareness? Have you allowed it to leap free from inner depths, borne on the wings of powerful emotions? Have you focused your mind giving the force of vision a compass-bearing to navigate the uncharted waters of the future? If not now, when?

The visionThe vision need not scale the tallest peaks or proclaim your earthly presence through gaudy neon lights of fame. Create a team to work with the less fortunate.  Initiate a drug-counselling centre to support life's escapists, or a delinquents' reform team to engender self-esteem and self worth. Build a website to preach love in a world of hate. Reconcile family break ups. Assist the elderly.  Bring integrity back to journalism. Achieve self-mastery. Becoming a social leader. Dare to dream, but be firmly committed to translate vision into the nuts and bolts of material reality.  

There is a secret ingredient needed for success. It is called chutzpah.  Without chutzpah the illusion of brick walls will feel real, and the empty enemy of windmills will flay you aside. Vision needs self-belief to drive it. Dreams need the wind of audacity to fill their billowing sails. A famous Hassidic master said, if you encounter an obstacle, don't try to crawl underneath it – just jump over it! That's chutzpa – not to define a challenge as an obstacle. Don't take no for an answer. Jump over the illusory barricade and it will cease to exist.

To paraphrase a wise man: You must be the change you wish to see in the world. The vision is inside you, and it is a microcosm of the world, of the universe – of creation.

Henry Flagler built the world's best hotel in the swamplands of the deep south. That opportunity was created through the spiritual template, pioneered by Abraham, who built the largest and most comfortable residential inn of his day. Both men, separated by 3600 years, shared a vision and a strong spirit of adventure and social commitment.


Now it's your turn, especially now, when the world needs the gift that you uniquely possess – you. Share your vision and help shape  the world.