Thursday, February 26, 2015

Moses birthday and Yartseit is today Adar 7 and QUESTIONS THAT HAUNT ME! and Purim

  Make It Interesting 

A person who is able to find fascination in all aspects of living and gaining knowledge is fortunate.

Boredom is distressful.

What are the most monotonous tasks you have to do? There are always creative ways to make things more interesting. Recall some of the ways that you have used to make potentially boring tasks more interesting. Let this be a guide for the future.

Love Yehuda Lave

Today is the birthday and Yartseit of our teacher who brought down the Torah to us our greatest profit, Moses.

today is also the birthday of one of Israel's greatest artist's Moshe Castel who was born on today's date and today would have been his 105th birthday.

To celebrate I went to Maale Adumim a few days ago to see his museum which I share with you below:

Moshe Castel museum of art in Maale Adumin
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How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?


Why does a round pizza come in a square box?


What disease did cured ham actually have?


How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?


Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours?


Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?


Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway...


Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?


Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?


Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!


If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?


Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?


Why, Why, Why

do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?


Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?


Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?


Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?


Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?


Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?


Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?


If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?


Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?


Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?


Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?


Why do people keep running over a thread a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?


Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?


How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?


Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?


In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?


How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?


And my FAVORITE........


The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it must be you.


 Purim is coming up next week -- Wednesday night, March 4th, through all day Thursday in America and outside of Jerusalem and on Friday, March 5th in Jerusalem  Purim is the holiday that reminds us that God runs the world behind the scenes. Coincidence is God's way of staying anonymous! Nowhere in the Megillas Esther is the name of God mentioned, though there is a tradition that every time the words "the King" are used it also refers to the Almighty.

Megillas Esther is a book full of suspense and intrigue with a very satisfying ending -- the Jewish people are saved from destruction!

Purim is preceded by the Fast of Esther -- from dawn until after the Megilla is read. This year we fast on Wednesday, March 4th. The fast commemorates the three day Fast of Esther and the Jewish people before she approached King Ahashverosh with her request. Named in her honor, it is also in memory of the Jews' fast before going to battle the anti-Semites in the Purim story.

Purim comes from the word "pur" in Persian which means "lots" -- as in, "Haman cast lots for the most 'auspicious' date to kill the Jews." The date fell on the 13th of Adar. The events of that date were turned around from a day of destruction to a day of victory and joy. We celebrate Purim on the 14th of Adar for "they gained relief on the fourteenth, which they made a day of feasting and gladness" (Megillas Esther 9:17).

In very few places -- most notably in Jerusalem -- Purim is celebrated the following day, the 15th day of Adar. The Sages declared that all cities which were walled cities at the time of Joshua should celebrate Purim the following day. This is to commemorate the extra day which King Ahashverosh granted Esther to allow the Jews of Shushan (the capital of Persia, which was a walled city) to deal with their enemies. In Shushan they gained relief on the fifteenth. The holiday celebrated on the 15th of Adar is called Shushan Purim.

There are two ways in which to try to destroy the Jewish people -- physically and spiritually. Our enemies have attempted both. Chanukah is the celebration over those who have tried and failed to culturally assimilate us (the Greeks and Western Culture); Purim is the celebration over those who have tried and failed to physically destroy us (from the Amalekites to the Persians, ad nauseam).

Why do we masquerade with costumes and masks on Purim? As mentioned above, nowhere in the Megillas Esther does God's name appear. If one so desires, he can see the whole Purim story as a chain of coincidences totally devoid of Divine Providence. Just as we hide behind masks, but our essence is still there, so too God has "hidden His face" behind the forces of history, but is still there guiding history.

Why do we make noise every time Haman's name is mentioned in the Megillah? The answer: By blotting out Haman's name we are symbolically obliterating evil.

The holiday is celebrated by hearing the Megillah Wednesday night and Thursday morning. During the day only, we fulfill three mitzvot: 1) Matanot L'evyonim -- giving gifts or money to at least two poor people. (While it is good to give locally, one can fulfill the mitzvot by giving at for the poor Jews of Jerusalem) 2) Mishloach Manot, the "sending of portions," giving at least two ready-to-eat foods to a minimum of one person. One should send via a messenger. (You can order Kosher Purim baskets from: Rabbi Chaim Casper's Surf Florist of Miami Beach 305-865-0433 or and 3) Seudah, a festive meal. During the meal we are commanded to drink wine until we don't know the difference between "Blessed is Mordechai" and "Cursed is Haman." (It is best fulfilled by drinking a little and taking a nap -- one doesn't know the difference between them while sleeping!) One should NOT drink to excess. The mitzvah is about connecting to the Almighty -- and sloppy drunks are lousy at spirituality. Drinking can be dangerous. The mitzvah is only at the meal with wine and should be well-controlled and minimized.

Why are we instructed to drink this amount? In a certain sense, Purim is greater than Yom Kippur. On Yom Kippur we fast and it is easy for our soul to have dominance over the body. Purim is the epitome of integrating the physical and the spiritual towards realizing that the Almighty loves us. The only thing that stands between you and the Almighty -- is you. The wine and the spirit of the day help us get beyond the barrier -- to realize that everything comes from the Almighty for our good! We may perceive things that happen to us as "bad" though ultimately they benefit us either physically and/or spiritually.

The mitzvot of Mishloach Manot and giving gifts to the poor were prescribed to generate brotherly love between all Jews. When there is love and unity amongst us, our enemies cannot harm us!






Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow day in Jerusalem and amazing article in an Italian paper about Israel! and when you make a mistake

Jerusalem Snow Day 200215
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When you make a mistake

Recently I made a major blunder with a friend here in Jerusalem. I overstepped my friendship without intending to and hurt his feelings. There was no permanent damage, except to our friendship, but the mistake was mine.

This week's Haftorah is also about making a mistake although much more major . Saul the King was supposed to show no mercy to the evil people trying to kill the Jews, but he did. The result of his mistake was that we still have the evil people in the world trying to kill us...However, erring on the side of mercy is usually not a mistake. In Saul's case it was becasue the bible teaches that when you show compassion when you should show strength, you end up not showing compassion when you should.

Saul's further mistake was not admitting it,  and justifying his behaviour. G-d wants us to admit our mistakes, say we are sorry and fix the damage if it is possible. That is all a human being can do.

Love Yehuda Lave




Why Israel is the World's Best Nation?


The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes twice weekly Giulio  Meotti 

I don't know another nation on Earth which since its founding, less than seventy years ago, had to sacrifice 23,000 soldiers.

I don't know another nation on earth without recognized borders.

I don't know another nation on earth whose population lives under a perpetual emotional strain.  

I don't know another nation on earth threatened to be wiped off the map. 

I don't know another nation on earth so threatened by boycotts all over the world.

I don't know another nation on earth where winners tend to lose wars.          

I don't know another nation on earth which provides its own enemy with water, electricity, food, weapons, and medical treatment.

I don't know another nation on earth where guests on official visits utter disrespectful and offensive words.

But I also  don't know another nation on earth which has recorded so many miracles.


Imagine a helpless, naked Jew at the gas ovens facing a Nazi official, who thinks he will get rid of the "Jewish cancer", get rid of this unique phenomenon of 2,000 years.

Could that helpless, naked Jew imagine that in 50 years other Jews will be flying F-16's in the skies over Israel ?  

Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel 's  population today would be nine times  that of 1948, the year of the state's creation?

Could that  helpless Jew imagine that Israel is much happier than all the European countries?  

Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel has the highest production of scientific publications per capita in the world?

Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel has the highest worldwide publication of  new books?  

Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the only nation which began the XXI century with a net gain in the number of trees?  

Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel has with largest number of chess grandmasters per capita of any city in the world?

Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the nation whose academics produce more scientific papers per capita than anywhere else in the world?  

Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the nation with the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world?

Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the country which, in proportion to its population, with the largest number of startup companies in the world?  

Could that  helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the country with the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita?   

Could that  helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the nation with the largest  immigrant-absorbing model on earth?


Unfortunately, you will not find Israel 's goodness and superiority in  the media (also Israeli), because it doesn't fit in with the stereotype of the colonialist Zionist occupier.  In the world's consciousness, the word " Israel " must be equated with fear.     

Israel just came out of another war against terrorists whose value is less than that of animals. Do you know of any animal species sheltering behind its own children? 

But the Jewish State, despite its media, its cynical politicians, establishment, once again showed the world it is the best humanity has  to offer.         

This hope is impressed in the faces of Israel 's fallen soldiers, its wounded an injured soldiers. In those faces there is joy de vivre, not sadness or hatred. 

Terrorists and their Western appeasers want to destroy Israel because it is a light unto the nations.

The only one in the world in which we live.











Rosh Chodesh Adar at Kever Rachel brought out the dedicated to be with Rachel Imeinu on this day of simcha despite the impending snowstorm.  Just like nothing can stand in the way of a mother protecting her children, the forecasts did not stop those who battle for  Rachel's Tomb, a most protected holy site. The 8am Egged #163 bus to Rachel's Tomb was pretty empty for a Rosh Chodesh morning . Just a few were on the bus that reached Rachel's Tomb from Efrat at 9am. The Sefer Torah reading was a sweet comforting echo through the well heated  ohel. The harsh wind that came through the door carelessly  left open over and over again was stopped by the kind efforts of Nechama who works for RCRF no matter in The House of Rachel's Children purchased initially in March 2001 with all RCRF 501c3  money  or at Rachel Tomb itself where it all began. The women patiently await their return to their borders.

                    Nina Devere who has been sponsoring the buses and running the programs needs a better response and so does RCRF which is dealing with lock outs, slander and chillul Hashem. Considering all the major accomplishments, Evelyn accepts the word of her dear friend Hana, a'h "You already won." Still RCRF was formed to save Kever Rachel and present the "good ideology". So sad, the good had to deal with inconceivable  bad. Speaking on the parasha Terumah, building the Tabernacle, Evelyn sees it's all about IF and If NOT. We need more time to correct the IF NOT. Letting evil get away with IF NOT the bad becomes a raging plague.  IF means, "Not by Rachel's tears alone, but working together with midos and wisdom" creates the geulah. When we act with derech eretz, do teshuva, HASHEM produces miracles.

                    Nina introduced Sarah Baumol who spoke on the month of Adar. She taught that Adar brings in joy. Good Happens. Bad turns to good. She says, "We can change mazal by deeds, not dice." She showed how the Haman/Mordechai predicament  was turned into an Esther HaMalchah reality where the victory hidden became what we see. We need to do it again and make the miracles last. The program ended with Esther Cameron, editor  of Deronda Review reading her poem.



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

He Folds Money & Lives In A Truck !!! and G-d's accuracy

How To Not Cause Suffering 

The Torah forbids us to harm or cause suffering to others. Even from a selfish perspective, we should be careful not to harm others, since we will ultimately suffer because of it.

Some guidelines:

* Refrain from insulting others.

* Refrain from talking negatively about others, unless it is necessary for a practical and constructive purpose.

* Refrain from lying to others.

* Refrain from deceiving others in financial matters.

* Refrain from causing others pain or unpleasantness through actions or words.

* Refrain from causing others financial losses. The money of others should be as dear as our own.

Love Yehuda Lave

speaking of money see the picture below of this money folder

>         Fascinating, I've never given most of this a thought!!!!
>         God's accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs.
>         For example:
>         -the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days;
>         -those of the canary in 14 days;
>         -those of the barnyard hen in 21 days;
>         -The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days;
>         -those of the mallard in 35 days;
>         -The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days.
>         (Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days
> in a week!)
>         God's wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant... The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs... For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.
>         The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first. A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!
>         God's wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains.
>         -Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.
>         -Each orange has an even number of segments.
>         -Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.
>         -Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.
>         -Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.
>         -The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.
>         All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks, and the Lord specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundred fold - all even numbers.
>         God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day, so that Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed!
>       >
>         May God Bless You In Ways You Never Even Dreamed Today!

he may not live in the white house but he's making more with dollars than obama.;-)

This guy does origami with dollar bills and lives in a converted garbage
Be sure you scroll to the end of this e-mail to look at photos of inside
his truck! Won Park is a master of Origami. He is also called the
"money folder", a practitioner of origami whose canvas is the US
one dollar bill.
Bending, twisting, and folding, he creates life-like shapes in stunning
One Dollar

One Dollar Butterfly
One Dollar Camera Two Dollars Battle Tank Two Dollars Chinese Dragon

One Dollar Crab
One Dollar Dolphin
Two Dollars Jacket Two Dollars Spider One Dollar Scorpion One Dollar Bat One Dollar Toilet Bowl

One Dollar Penguin
One Dollar Shark One Dollar Jet One Dollar Hammer Head Shark
This is wild **** He lives in a garbage truck! You have to look at
This place


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