Love is a concept that is often distorted. For example, someone will say that he loves fish. But what does he do with fish? He cuts them up, cooks them, and then swallows them. He doesn't really love fish, he loves himself!
The Torah definition of love is feeling positive about someone because you appreciate his/her positive traits. When your love for someone is based totally on love for him (and not on self-love), you will have great patience. In the Torah, Jacob waited seven years before marrying Rachel!
Today, ask yourself if your "love" for others is based on your perception of how they can benefit you, or based on your perception of their positive qualities.
Love Yehuda Lave
Very rare living thingsThey're fascinating and yet only a tiny portion of equally wondrous beings we're not likely to have a chance of seeing first hand.1 – Frilled sharkThis is a frilled shark. Frilled sharks are found throughout deep waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is often described as a "living fossil" because of its resemblance to extinct, Paleozoic sharks. They're rarely seen alive because of their preference for deep water. A dying one was captured near the surface in Japan in 20072 – Red cap goldfishA red cap goldfish, or "oranda". These are characterized by a prominent hood that covers the head – which, let's face it, looks like their brains are on display. Originally from China, they are popular aquarium pets today.3 – Promachoteuthis sulcusMeet Promachoteuthis sulcus, a bizarre creature straight out of your nightmares. As you can see, this thing looks like it has freakishly human looking teeth. They're actually just flaps of skin, but they're still pretty unnerving! It's a species of promachoteuthid squid and only one specimen has been found to date. It was captured in the Southern Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 2,000 meters in 2007.4 – Crocodile FishThis is a white-blooded ice fish, or "crocodile fish" (Chaenocephalus aceratus). They lack both red blood cells and hemoglobin, and so have white blood. They have translucent bodies, and absorb oxygen directly from the water around them.5 – Amber phantom butterflyThe amber phantom butterfly (Haetera piera), found in the Guianas, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela.6 – The Pistol ShrimpThe pistol shrimp is the NOISIEST creature in the ocean. Colonies of them make a distinct snapping noise that overshadows nearly all other sounds throughout the world's oceans, including the calls of some whales. In fact, they are so loud, their snapping sounds interfere with military and scientific sonar (so much so, that hostile submarines have used large colonies of pistol shrimps to hide!)7 – Lion's Mane JellyfishThe Lions Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. They have been swimming in arctic waters since before the dinosaurs (over 650 million years ago) and are among some of the oldest surviving species in the world. The bell can grow up to 8 feet in diameter with hundreds of tentacles up to 120 feet long. Remarkably, only 6% of the jellyfish is solid matter; the rest is water.8 – Blue footed boobiesMeet the blue footed booby, found from the Gulf of California down along the western coasts of Central and South America to Peru. Their bright blue feet are a sexually selected trait. The brighter a males feet, the more attractive he is to a female. To attract a female, they have an elaborate dancing ritual to display their feet, first lifting one foot and then the other.9 – The Cardinal GynandromorphNo, this hasn't been photoshopped. This is a cardinal "gynandromorph" – an animal that exhibits both female and male sexual characteristics. As different sexes are differently colored, each half of the bird is a different shade.10 – The Mexican walking fish."Walking fish" is a pretty general term used to describe any fish that is able to travel over land. Ironically, the Mexican walking fish isn't a fish at all, but an amphibian. Its official name is axolotl and as the name suggests, it's found in Mexico.11 – Amazon milk frogThe Amazon milk frog, a large species of arboreal frog native to the Amazon Rainforest in South America.12 – Glass frogsGlass frogs, a group of South and Central American frogs with translucent skin. Their internal viscera, including the heart, liver, and gastrointestinal tract are all completely visible.13 – Yeti crabThis is the yeti crab (Kiwa hirsuta). Only discovered in 2005, the yeti crab lives in the South Pacific Ocean and grows to around 15 cm long. Discovered at a depth of 2,200 meters (7,200 ft), it lives on hydrothermal vents. Based on both morphology and molecular data, the organism was deemed to form a new biological family, which was named Kiwaidae. A second species in the family was described in 2011. The "hairy" claws of the yeti crab contain filamentous bacteria, which the creature may use to convert carbon molecules emitted by the hydrothermal vents into nutrients. This is a process known as chemosynthesis. It may also consume bacteria.14 – Alarm jellyfishThis is the alarm jellyfish (Atolla Wyvillei) – and it has a rather unique defence mechanism. When the alarm jellyfish is attacked, it flashes brightly using bioluminescence in an attempt to attract other animals. The idea is to encourage confusion and fights between predators, while the jellyfish can swim away.15 – Nembrotha cristataThis is Nembrotha cristata, a colorful sea-slug found in the tropical Indo-West Pacific Ocean. They grow to about 50 mm in length and have black bodies with a strange luminous green "trim." Like most nudibranchs, they deliver a painful sting. They do not produce the stinging cells themselves but incorporate them into their own tissues from their prey, stinging jellyfish.16 – Leatherback Sea TurtleThe Leatherback Sea Turtle is the largest turtle in the world, weighing approximately 900 kg (1,984.16 lbs.). Contrary to appearance, the leatherback doesn't actually have a shell. What looks like a shell is in fact a leathery skin supported by small bones. This gives it a flexibility that a solid shell would not provide, allowing it to dive to astonishing depths.17 -Pink Bottlenose Dolphin18 – Hermit Crab19 – Purple frogs20 – Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko21 – Rare Albino Alligator22 – One of the few albino whales on earth23 – Stunning Albino Bengal Tiger24 – Incredibly rare albino giraffe25 – Pink fairy armadillo!26 – Tube-nosed fruit bat
[I'm fascinated by this little guy; look at those eyes!]This creature was found just a few years ago, and doesn't even have an official name yet. Supposedly well-known for being the animal that most looks like Yoda.27 – King of Saxony bird of paradise28 – Indian Bull FrogFound in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan and of course India.
The Indian bullfrog is renowned for its large size (some can be up to 15cm in length!) and dramatic coloring.29 – Albino Lion30 – Friendly Albino Gorilla31 – Theridion grallator – the happy faced spider.32 – Red-Lipped Batfish!
I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said,"This is the Receiving Section". Here, all petitions to Hashem said in prayer are received.
I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.
Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.
The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.
Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed." How is it that there is no work going on here? ' I asked.
"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments"
"How does one acknowledge Hashem's blessings? " I asked.
"Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Hashem. "
"What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.
"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy. "
"And if you received this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."
"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness. You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day."
"If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation. You are ahead of 700 million people in the world."
"If you can attend a shul without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world."
"If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare."
"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair."
Ok, what now? How can I start?
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass b along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are
ATTN: Acknowledge Dept.
"Thank you Hashem, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it. "
I thank Hashem for everything, especially all my family and friends!!!!!!!!!!!!