Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Midnight Pidyon haben and Salvador Dali's Rebirth of the Jews

Give Others the Benefit of the Debt

Someone in need of money asked the great sage The Taz for a loan. The Taz did not have any cash on hand, so he gave the man a valuable household item to give to a pawnbroker. The pawnbroker would give the man the money, and The Taz would later redeem the article.

When The Taz went to the pawnbroker, he found out that the man had taken twice as much money as they had agreed upon.

Nevertheless, The Taz remained calm and said: "It was fortunate that I didn't have any money available when the person asked for the loan. He evidently needed more money than he asked me for, but was probably too shy to ask for a larger loan. My giving him an article to pawn enabled him to receive the money he really needed without having to approach a second person for another loan.

Love Yehuda Lave

There is a powerful Jewish Ceremony to recall the substitution of the First born boy of the Jewish Mother for the tribe of Levis. It is explained in this week's Torah section.  If the boy, is the first born (born naturally-no C section) and the mother has not had another pregnancy before the first born male is redeemed on the 31st day (when the baby is 30 days old). Also the relatives can not be Kohenim or Levies or the ceremony is not needed. As a result the ceremony is not common.

This baby's 31st day was shabbat so it is done at night at the first opportunity. I was pleased to be invited as part of the large family of the baby here in Jerusalem for my first Jerusalem Pidyon haben. It is considered a great mitzvah equivalent to 84 fasts (the age of our Fore-father Jacob when he had his first child -a son).  Enjoy the pictures. I did not get home until 1:00 Am.

It is also of note to know that the slaying of the first born in Egypt was at Midnight so this midnight ceremony was especially meaningful.

Gel to trick worn-out knees into repairing themselves

Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage becomes rougher and thinner, sometimes holes can form in the cartilage. Special signally compounds in the gel attract cells that can then turn into new tissue.

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6 June 2015