Thursday, June 18, 2015

Extraordinary Photos and The Thirteen Principles of Faith and 911 calls of the future

Discipline Builds Success

If a person has many faults in different areas and is confused about where to start, he should select one trait and work specifically on it. It takes self-discipline to correct a trait. To overcome a fault, your intellect must rule over your desires.

Once you've gone through the process once, this will help you correct many other traits.

Realize as well that all character traits are dependent on each other. If you correct one trait, this will automatically be a stepping stone to correcting other traits.

Love Yehuda Lave

The Rainbow: from Infrared to Ultraviolet


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The Thirteen Principles of Faith

  What are the core beliefs of Judaism? Throughout the ages the greatest of our sages have dealt with this question. Rambam, Moses Maimonides (1135-1204), the well-known and revered Jewish philosopher and scholar, formulated "The 13 Principles of Jewish Faithf" as the essential beliefs of our heritage. He clearly categorizes and clarifies the essence of our beliefs.

The Thirteen Principles of Belief (faith) fall into three categories: A) The nature of the belief in God, B) The authenticity, validity and immutability of the bible, C) The responsibilities upon human beings and our ultimate reward. Every principle as stated by Maimonides is prefaced with "I believe with complete belief that..."  The Nature of the Belief in God has five principles of the thirteen

1) The Creator creates and guides all creatures; He alone made, makes, and will make everything. (There is no partnership in creation. God is the sole Creator and the universe continues to exist only because He wills it so. He could exist if everything else were to come to an end, but it is inconceivable that there could be any form of existence independent of Him). Once he creates us, we do have a partnership with him to tikun (fix) the world.

2) The Creator is unique and there is no uniqueness like His in any way; that He alone is our God, Who was, Who is and Who always will be. (God is a complete and total Unity. He is not a collection of limbs and organs, as are man and animals. He cannot be split as can a rock or divided into component elements as can everything else in creation).

3) The Creator is not physical and is not affected by physical phenomena; there is no comparison whatsoever to Him. (His essence cannot be understood by human beings who are physical; we cannot conceive of a Being unaffected by the laws of nature and physics).

4) The Creator is the very first and very last. (He is eternal and the first source. He created everything and transcends time which is also a creation. See Genesis and the Big Bang by Gerald Schroeder -- and the classic commentaries on the book of Genesis).

5) To the Creator alone is it proper to pray; it is not proper to pray to any other. (No creation has any power independent of what God assigns to it. To attribute ultimate power to any thing or being other than God falls in the category of idol worship).

Russia is developing a microwave gun to shoot down drones 6 miles away

Russia's United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation is developing the weapon that can shoot down drones (stock image show). It will be revealed at the Army-2015 show in Moscow this week.

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16 June 2015

how sad it is: 911 calls of the future:

Subject:   : 911 Calls In The Future

Adorable moment police dogs form perfect queue to get their dinner

The photograph taken at a police dog academy in China shows the dogs queuing up for dinner with plates in mouths. A black Labrador heads up the line as they sit patiently with their ears pricked.

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16 June 2015

The Hebrew Break Dancer


'The cat without fear''
Four Seasons Hotel in Bora Bora.
Conservatory of Music in China.
So embrace the zebras
Kiss in Paris.
Premature elephant born only one minute ago.
Each year in February, the sun's angle is such that
Horsetail Falls waterfall lights like fire. Yosemite , USA
Houseboat , Iceland .
A scared Panda grabs onto the leg of a policeman.
after an earthquake in Japan.
Japan .
Kalapana , Hawaii where the sea meets the lava
'I think I'll try to take a picture of myself''
(Monkey "selfie?"
Beijing Airport by night
Two year-old Chimpanzee feeding milk
to "Acorn" a small tiger 60 days old.
Ducks tend to continue to follow this dog, throughout his/her life,
because they saw the dog first at their birth!
Highway in Japan with snow around more
than 10 meters high. Unbelievable.
Spectacular rice fields in China.
Austria 's Green Lake is a beautiful park in winter.
The snow melts in summer and creates a very clear lake.
Undersea tunnel linking Sweden and Denmark.
The world's highest swimming pool is located
in the skyscraper Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
Amazing lightning storm over the Grand Canyon.
Baby Chameleons.
Beautiful image of a panda bear panda helping another.
"The road to Heaven" a place in Ireland
where every two years the stars align with the road.
World's Largest Swimming Pool in San Alfonso, Chile.
More than 1,000 yards long.
Crystal Palace . Madrid .
''Heaven's Gate'',
Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain , China .
The Northern Lights', Alaska.
Llamas after fleecing
(They look like Michael Dukakis!)
The white owl, unbelievable.
The famous'' Rosa Moss Bridges", Ireland.
Eiffel Tower .
Romantic and beautiful Paris, France.
Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii.
Restaurant hanging, Belgium.
Sea otters hold hands while they sleep
in case the current leads to awaken together.
There are animals with more
sensitivity than many people.
Fireman giving drink to a baby Koala in Australia fires.
Amazing view of Manhattan,
New York , from above.
Frozen bubbles in the Canadian Rockies, Canada.
Spiral cloud in the sky.
An Iridescent Cloud in Himalaya.
Phenomenon observed on October 18, 2009.
View of the semi-submerged cataract. Hawaii.
Northern lights over the
Rocky Mountains in Canada

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One of my daughters told me a wonderful story last week – a story that I have already used in one of my public lectures here in Jerusalem. The story goes as follows: A third-grade child that attends a Jewish day school in the United States has two teachers – one for religious Hebrew studies and one for the general studies program. The general studies teacher was trying to explain to her students the difference between a fact and an opinion.

She asked one of the students in the class to tell her a fact. The girl blithely said "Morah Leah (that was the name of the Hebrew studies teacher) is a better teacher than you are". Taken aback, the teacher nevertheless bravely continued and said to the student ,"Well, that is really an opinion". To which the bright young student replied,"No, that is a fact!"
There are many instances in life and certainly in our world society where opinions are almost instantly elevated to the level of fact without any empirical evidence or logic to support such a definition. The propagandists of Nazi Germany perfected the theory of the "Big Lie" and proved that George Orwell was correct when he postulated that people would come to believe that black is white, dictatorship is democracy and that wrong and evil are somehow correct and right.
The hallmark of the Communist world after World War II was its ability to convince millions that it was progressive and democratic when the facts proved just the opposite. It is the smugness and certainty of so many, especially in the media and academia, that their opinions are facts – for they can never be wrong - that everyone has to somehow to agree with them, which leads to much of the confusion, dishonesty and unfairness that mark international and even societal relationships.
The entire worldwide campaign against Israel and its legitimate right to exist is built upon the falsification of facts and the elevation of biased and hateful opinion to the realm of actuality and fact. The factual history of the Jewish – Arab struggle over the last century here in the Land of Israel has been so propagandized and distorted as to be almost unrecognizable when compared to the actual facts that truly occurred.
The attitude of much of the world and its governments can be summed up in the famous sign that appeared on the desk of an autocratic executive, which read: "Don't confuse me with the facts. My mind is made up!" To a great extent the world has made up its mind regarding the Jewish state and it seems that no amount of facts or felicity of hasbara can change that mindset.
There was a time not too long ago when newspapers seemed to content themselves with reporting facts accurately and leaving their opinions to be read on the editorial and opinion pages. That is no longer true. Almost all new stories are written with a bias and a clear agenda. In fact, and this is truly a fact, almost all worldwide major newspapers, television news shows and other forms of communication and information are now almost one hundred percent opinion.
Now there is nothing wrong in holding opinions, even when those opinions have no basis in fact and reality. But it certainly is wrong and misleading and dishonest to advance those opinions as being facts. And that is the sin of the world and its media against the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
It requires a great deal of sophistication, self-analysis and a strong sense of honesty to be able to allow one's self the ability to intelligently differentiate between opinion and fact. The great Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin of Salant, commenting on the print media of his time, stated: " Not everything that one thinks should be said. Not everything that was said should be printed. Not everything that is printed should be read. Not everything that is read to be believed."
But, all of us are influenced by what we hear; what we need. And no matter how firmly we bolster our defenses against pure opinion, ideas and statements, which are pure opinion, they somehow bleed into being facts in our minds and attitudes.
That is the great challenge that we here in Israel face today. We have not done a very good job in restating the actual facts of our dispute with our neighbors. We have allowed them to frame the discussion and to promote their opinions as somehow being grounded in fact and reality. Regaining the ability to restore the correct definition of opinion and fact will go a long way in helping resolve the situation and lessen the tensions that exist here in our troubled part of the world.
Shabbat shalom
Berel Wein