Friday, July 31, 2015

Carmen at Masada--Magnificent and Opera in the market and city of David and Tu B'av is today

   Courage is Relative 

Courage is subjective and relative. For example, some people are naturally assertive. They can easily speak up. They can easily ask others for things. They can easily ask questions. They can easily stick up for their rights.

Others are naturally intimidated. They would rather do without, than say things that everyone would agree they have a right to say. For them, asking for what they need is an act of courage.

Asking questions is an act of courage. Sticking up for rights is an act of courage.

On my trip to the city of David, below, I found very courageous people willing to stand up for their rights. The people that come to live in Israel are trying to connect to G-d and express their courage in many ways.

Love Yehuda Lave

City of David And Shimon HaZadick's tomb

(Opera in the Market)

Last November, the Central Market in Valencia, Spain, opera singers disguised as merchants selling fruits and vegetables in different locations when suddenly "La Traviata" by Verdi was heard through the speakers. The show began before the eyes of people dumbfounded. The crowd began to grow visibly. Click the link, of your sound


THE Large Hadron Collider has confirmed the existence of a new particle which helps make up everything in universe.

PUBLISHED: 13:54, Tue, Jul 14, 2015 | UPDATED: 14:16, Tue, Jul 14, 2015


Artist impression of a particle colliding in the machineGETTY

Artist impression of a particle colliding in the machine

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a huge £7billion "atom smashing" machine based at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland is hidden in more than 16 miles of underground tunnels beneath the Swiss-French border.

Today scientists announced the discovery of the existence of the new tiny particle - the pentaquark, which was previously only a theory.

Scientists from CERN, which operates the collider, believe the existence of the particle could shed new light on how the matter that makes up everything, including humans is made and constituted.

It comes 51 years after physicists, Murray Gell Mann and George Zweig, independently proposed the existence of subatomic particles known as quarks.

Back then, the pentaquark, was a purely theoretical particle composed of four quarks and an antiquark, but CERN researchers claim their findings it actually exists are irrefutable.

LHC spokesperson Guy Wilkinson said: "The pentaquark is not just any new particle.

"It represents a way to aggregate quarks, namely the fundamental constituents of ordinary protons and neutrons, in a pattern that has never been observed before in more than 50 years of experimental searches. 

"Studying its properties may allow us to understand better how ordinary matter, the protons and neutrons from which we're all made, is constituted."

Researchers will now investigate how quarks bind together within pentaquarks.

Part of the enormous colliderGETTY

Part of the enormous collider

The Meaning of Tu B'av
Yisrael Meir Lau

The Meaning of Tu B'av

Six events occurred on Tu B'Av, the 15th of Av, making it a festive day in the Jewish calendar.

The Mishnah tells us that: "No days were as festive for Israel as the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur." (Tractate Ta'anit) What is Tu B'Av, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Av? In which way is it equivalent to Yom Kippur?

Our Sages explain: Yom Kippur symbolizes God's forgiving Israel for the sin of the Golden Calf in the desert, for it was on that day that He finally accepted Moses' plea for forgiveness of the nation, and on that same day Moses came down from the mountain with the new set of tablets.

Just as Yom Kippur symbolizes the atonement for the sin of the Golden Calf, Tu B'Av signifies the atonement for the sin of the Spies, where ten came bearing such negative reports which reduced the entire nation to panic. As a result of that sin, it was decreed by God that the nation would remain in the desert for 40 years, and that no person 20 or older would be allowed to enter Israel. On each Tisha B'Av of those 40 years, those who had reached the age of 60 that year died – 15,000 each Tisha B'Av.

This plague finally ended on Tu B'Av.

Six positive events occurred on Tu B'Av:

Event #1 - As noted above, the plague that had accompanied the Jews in the desert for 40 years ended. That last year, the last 15,000 people got ready to die. God, in His mercy, decided not to have that last group die, considering all the troubles they had gone through. Now, when the ninth of Av approached, all the members of the group got ready to die, but nothing happened. They then decided that they might have been wrong about the date, so they waited another day, and another...

Finally on the 15th of Av, when the full moon appeared, they realized definitely that the ninth of Av had come and gone, and that they were still alive. Then it was clear to them that God's decree was over, and that He had finally forgiven the people for the sin of the Spies.

This is what was meant by our Sages when they said: "No days were as festive for Israel as the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur," for there is no greater joy than having one's sins forgiven – on Yom Kippur for the sin of the Golden Calf and on Tu B'Av for the sin of the spies. In the Book of Judges, Tu B'Av is referred to as a holiday (Judges 21:19).

In addition to this noteworthy event, five other events occurred on Tu B'Av:

Events #2 and 3 - Following the case of the daughters of Zelophehad (see Numbers, chapter 36), daughters who inherited from their father when there were no sons were forbidden to marry someone from a different tribe, so that land would not pass from one tribe to another. Generations later, after the story of the "Concubine of Giv'ah" (see Judges, chapters 19-21), the Children of Israel swore not to allow their daughters to marry anyone from the tribe of Benjamin. This posed a threat of annihilation to the tribe of Benjamin.

Each of these prohibitions were lifted on Tu B'Av. The people realized that if they kept to their prohibition, one of the 12 tribes might totally disappear. As to the oath that had been sworn, they pointed out that it only affected the generation that had taken the oath, and not subsequent generations. The same was applied to the prohibition of heiresses marrying outside their own tribe: this rule was applied only to the generation that had conquered and divided up the land under Joshua, but not future generations. This was the first expression of the merging of all the tribes, and was a cause for rejoicing. In the Book of Judges it is referred to as "a festival to the Lord."

Over the generations, this day was described in Tractate Ta'anit as a day devoted to betrothals, so that new Jewish families would emerge.

Event #4 - After Jeroboam split off the kingdom of Israel with its ten tribes from the kingdom of Judea, he posted guards along all the roads leading to Jerusalem, to prevent his people from going up to the Holy City for the pilgrimage festivals, for he feared that such pilgrimages might undermine his authority. As a "substitute," he set up places of worship which were purely idolatrous, in Dan and Beth-el. Thus the division between the two kingdoms became a fait accompli and lasted for generations.

The last king of the kingdom of Israel, Hosea ben Elah, wished to heal the breach, and removed all the guards from the roads leading to Jerusalem, thus allowing his people to make the pilgrimage again. This act took place on Tu B'Av.

Event #5 - At the beginning of the Second Temple period, the Land of Israel lay almost totally waste, and the wood needed to burn the sacrifices and for the eternal flame that had to burn on the altar was almost impossible to obtain. Each year a number of brave people volunteered to bring the wood needed from afar – a trip which was dangerous in the extreme.

Now, not just every wood could be brought. Wood which was wormy was not permitted. And dampness and cold are ideal conditions for the breeding of worms in wood. As a result, all the wood that would be needed until the following summer had to be collected before the cold set in. The last day that wood was brought in for storage over the winter months was Tu B'Av, and it was a festive occasion each year when the quota needed was filled by that day.

Event #6 - Long after the event, the Romans finally permitted the bodies of those who had been killed in the defense of Betar (in the Bar Kochba revolt) to be buried. This was a double miracle, in that, first, the Romans finally gave permission for the burial, and, second, in spite of the long period of time that had elapsed, the bodies had not decomposed. The permission was granted on Tu B'Av.

In gratitude for this double miracle, the fourth and last blessing of the Grace After Meals was added, which thanks God as "He Who is good and does good." "He is good" – in that the bodies had not decomposed, "and does good" – in that permission was given for the burial.

To this day, we celebrate Tu B'Av as a minor festival. We do not say Tahanun on that day, nor are eulogies rendered. By the same token, if a couple are getting married on that day (and, as we will see below, it is the custom for the bride and groom to fast on their wedding day), neither fasts.

Beginning with Tu B'Av, we start preparing ourselves spiritually for the month of Elul, the prologue to the coming Days of Awe. The days begin to get shorter, the nights get longer. The weather, too, helps us to take spiritual stock: the hectic days of the harvest are over for the farmer, and the pace has slowed down considerably. Even on a physical level, the heat of the summer makes it hard to sit down and think things out, and now that the days and nights are cooler, it is easier to examine one's actions.

In earlier times, it was the custom already from Tu B'Av to use as one's greeting "May your inscription and seal be for good" (ketiva vahatima tova), the same blessing that we today use on Rosh Hashana. Those who work out the gematria values of different expressions found that phrase adds up to 928 – and so does the words for "15th of Av."



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Check out I wanted to send you an affectionate kiss

A Lack In Perspective

Some people make themselves sad over trivial matters. Any objective observer will look on in amazement. This person had the ability to live his life with feelings of happiness, since he truly does have what he needs. Yet he feels miserable because of minor and unimportant things. He views what he is missing as extremely important -- and what he does have pales in comparison! He even thinks that life is not worth living without what he's presently missing!

I have had this problem recently with two of my closest friends. Once someone gets an idea in their head, their lose their objectivity.

Let us ask G-d for the ability to stay open minded so that we can recognize with perspective issues that affect us.

Love Yehuda Lave

Ein Prat 2015

This is is a very warm article about Animals (don't worry not people) kissing

Archaeologists Discover that Ancient Dead Sea Scroll Is Chapter of Leviticus

Modern technology has led experts to decipher a burnt scroll as the first chapter of Leviticus.
Published: July 20th, 2015

A worker of the Israel Antiquities Authority sews fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls, in a preservation laboratory at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

A worker of the Israel Antiquities Authority sews fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls, in a preservation laboratory at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Photo Credit: Flash 90

Archaeologists have learned a pleasant surprise: One of the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls that never has been understood turns out to be a 1,500-year-old copy of the beginning of the Book of Leviticus (VaYikra).

Modern technologies made it possible for the first time to read the contents of the burnt scroll that was found 45 years ago inside the Holy Ark of the ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi excavations, on the western shore of the Dead Sea.

This is the first time in any archaeological excavation that a Torah scroll was found in a synagogue, particularly inside a Holy Ark.

The extraordinary find, presented at a press conference Monday, was the conclusion of efforts during the last year that brought the Biblical verses back to life after state of the art and advanced technologies preserved and documented the Dead Sea scrolls.

The scroll of the first chapter of Leviticus, was written in Hebrew and was dated by Carbon 14 analysis to the late sixth–century CE, making it the most ancient scroll from the five books of the Hebrew Bible to be found since the Dead Sea scrolls, most of which are ascribed to the end of the Second Temple period (first century BCE-first century CE).

The Israel Antiquities Authority Israel's Merkel Technologies Company last year cooperated to perform high-resolution 3-D scanning of some Dead Sea Scrolls fragments and phylactery (tefillin) cases by means of a Micro-CT scanner.

The fragment of the Ein Gedi scroll was scanned along with the phylacteries and phylactery cases. The Israel Antiquities Authority then sent the outcome of these scans to University of Kentucky Professor Brent Seales, who developed digital imaging software that allows to virtually unroll the scroll and visualize the text.

This enabled the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus to suddenly became legible:

The Lord summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying:

Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When any of you bring an offering of livestock to the Lord, you shall bring your offering from the herd or from the flock.

If the offering is a burnt-offering from the herd, you shall offer a male without blemish; you shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, for acceptance in your behalf before the Lord. You shall lay your hand on the head of the burnt-offering, and it shall be acceptable in your behalf as atonement for you.

The bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord; and Aaron's sons the priests shall offer the blood, dashing the blood against all sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. The burnt-offering shall be flayed and cut up into its parts.

The sons of the priest Aaron shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. Aaron's sons the priests shall arrange the parts, with the head and the suet, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar. (Leviticus 1:1-8).

Dr. Sefi Porath, who discovered the scroll in the 1970 Ein Gedi excavations, said, "The deciphering of the scroll, which was a puzzle for us for 45 years, is very exciting. Ein Gedi was a Jewish village in the Byzantine period (fourth–seventh century CE) and had a synagogue with an exquisite mosaic floor and a Holy Ark.

"The settlement was completely burnt to the ground, and none of its inhabitants ever returned to reside there again, or to pick through the ruins in order to salvage valuable property. In the archaeological excavations of the burnt synagogue, we found in addition to the charred scroll fragments, a bronze seven-branched candelabrum (menorah), the community's money box containing c. 3,500 coins, glass and ceramic oil lamps, and vessels that held perfume.

"We have no information regarding the cause of the fire, but speculation about the destruction ranges from Bedouin raiders from the region east of the Dead Sea to conflicts with the Byzantine government."

Ice prostate cancer and cuts side-effects 

David Tallant, 68, a grandfather and retired carpenter from Poole, Dorset, had his prostate cancer treated with a freezing procedure, as he tells CHLOE LAMBERT.

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28 July 2015

lecture given by this Israeli former commando/super-model turned Belzer Chassid. Fascinating story.



Even though I send a lot of jokes, this week parsha reminds us that live is not a game in the big picture

V'etchanan(Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)

Life Is Not a Game

Life Is Not a Game
by Rabbi Yehoshua Berman
In this week's parsha, we find something that at first glance does not appear to be so astounding, but upon further...

In this week's parsha, we find something that at first glance does not appear to be so astounding, but upon further contemplation, it actually emerges as one of the almost-shocking statements of the Torah.

"And I supplicated to Hashem at that time to say: Hashem Almighty, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand, that who is [a] power in Heaven and in Earth that can do like Your acts and like Your [acts of] might. I will please go over and I will see the good Land that it is on the other side of the Jordan this the good mountain and the Levanon. And Hashem became filled with wrath against me on your account and He did not listen to me, and Hashem said to me, 'Enough for you - do not add to speak to Me further about this matter. Ascend to the top of the summit and lift up your eyes south, north, west, and east and see with your eyes because you will not cross over this Jordan. And command Yehoshua and strengthen Him and embolden him because he will go over before this nation and he will bring them to inherit the Land that you will see' " (Devarim 3:23-28).

In short, Moshe recounts for the Jewish People how he begged Hashem to rescind the decree barring him from entering the Land, and Hashem rejected his request.

Seems pretty straightforward and simple, right?

Well, yes and no. That it is straightforward is clear: Hashem refused to rescind the decree, period. That it is simple, though, is not readily so clear.

Let us recall exactly who it is that is making this request of Hashem: Moshe Rabbeinu, the supreme teacher of the entire Jewish People - the conduit through which we received the Torah and thereby became equipped to bring the entire universe to fulfillment of its entire purpose of creation.

Pretty impressive credentials, wouldn't you say?

Let us also remind ourselves of the numerous times that Moshe's prayers succeeded in saving the entire People from annihilation (e.g. by the Gold Calf and by the 12 spies) and that he put his own life on the line to bring about that success. Moshe Rabbeinu is the all-time, ultimate servant of Hashem and His People; the quintessential "zachah v'zikah es ha'rabim, one who acts supremely meritoriously and who also brings merit to the masses."

Imagine that you are unaware of the aforementioned verses and someone asked you if you think that Hashem will accede to Moshe's desperate plea to enter the Land. It seems reasonable to assume that the overwhelming majority of us would respond with a resounding, "Of course! All Moshe has to do is pray hard enough, and Hashem, Who is ever merciful and gracious, will certainly grant Moshe - who Hashem Himself testifies is "b'chol beisi neh'ehman"[1] - his heartfelt supplication." And, let's not forget, the only reason Moshe wanted so badly to go into Eretz Yisrael was so that he could fulfill the many mitzvos ha'tluyos ba'aretz, the commandments dependent upon the land. So, of course Hashem will grant such an altruistic, heartfelt request; right?

Well ... apparently not.

The fact is, as the aforementioned verses explicitly state, Hashem rejected Moshe's request and remained steadfast in His decree to bar him from entering the Land. Moshe had committed an aveirah, he received his punishment, and that's that! "Do not speak to Me about this issue any further!" said the Almighty. End of story, case closed - Moshe Rabbeinu remained unable to enter the Land.

Truly amazing!

What we must now ask ourselves is what eternal lesson are we to cull from this fact? What moral understanding are we to absorb from this episode?

What comes to mind is the statement of the Sages, quoted by the Ramchal in Mesilas Yesharim.[2] "Kol ha'omer Ha'Kadosh Baruch Hu vatran hu, yevasru mei'ohi, anyone who says that Hashem is a vatran, one who overlooks, will have his innards overlooked".

The Ramchal explains this based on the verse which says Hashem is just. Just as proper justice, explains the Ramchal, requires rewarding good deeds even to the minutest detail, so too does proper justice mandate that bad deeds be punished even to the minutest detail.

Yes, Hashem is merciful and He does not necessarily exact punishment immediately. He does indeed give a person time to do teshuvah. He is willing to accept a relatively small act of teshuvah as a kaparah (atonement) for the gargantuan act of committing an aveirah;[3] and even when necessary punishment is meted out, it is not commensurate with what the perpetrator truly deserves. Rather, the punishment is administered with a strong degree of restraint, as it were. But, that an evil act can go without any repercussion whatsoever - that is absolutely impossible. God is just, and justice demands a "settling of the score" - no matter which "score" is under question.

The upshot of all of this, in the terminology of Rav Yaakov Weinberg, is that life is real. God is not playing games with us.

Life is not a game - it is very, very real. We have free will and, as such, we are completely responsible for our actions; and our actions carry consequences, big consequences.

A parent who always bails his child out of any sticky situation that he gets himself into is crippling that child for life. That child is essentially going to grow up with the feeling that there really aren't any significant consequences in life. His head will be completely in the clouds; and his whimsical, lazy-do-whatever-he-feels-like-at-the-moment attitude about life will most probably lead him into a life of crime, in one form or another. He is completely lacking the tools and skills that one needs to navigate through the real world.

And, he will not enjoy life; because, as the saying goes, no pain, no gain. To succeed in life one needs to be responsible, put forth diligent effort, and accept accountability for one's actions or inaction. His crooked lifestyle will not only be morally corrupt and damaging to those with whom he comes into contact, it will also be one huge disappointment and misery for himself as well. So, being conditioned to treat life like a game is fundamentally in opposition to the individual's own best interests.

Hashem created a real world wherein one's life course has real consequences because that, and only that, is what will provide us with ultimate fulfillment. And it is solely for the purpose of giving us pleasure and fulfillment that God brought us into existence.

Of course, we pray to Hashem and we know that prayer is one of our most powerful tools to better our situation (besides being the key vehicle to developing our direct and immediate relationship with the Creator). Nevertheless, in realizing that it is not a game that we are playing with Hashem - nor is He playing with us - we are aware that His answer will sometimes be yes and sometimes be no.

So, then, the lesson we learn from Moshe's refused prayer is a very fundamental one indeed: Judaism is not a religion of "just believe and be saved" - oh no, not at all. The reason for this, of course, is that Judaism - the Torah - is not a game; rather it is the true reality of all existence. And it is that true reality that is the vehicle through which we are enabled and empowered to achieve that which we so badly want: success. Our actions - no matter how big or small - have real consequences, and it is both our obligation and greatest privilege to assume that real, empowering responsibility.


1. I.e. perfectly faithful.

2. Chap. 4.

3. One may ask, if so, certainly Moshe Rabbeinu's innumerable, heartfelt tefillos were enough of a teshuvah to merit clemency - so why was he refused? The answer is that we are not privy to cheshbonos Shamayim. We do not know why it is that sometimes Hashem seems to accept the teshuvah wholeheartedly, kavayachol, and at other times stands firm in His refusal to grant certain requests. The fact, though, that we do see that the Torah records examples of the latter - even regarding our greatest, historical figures - teaches us this important yesod that we must approach life and our relationship with Hashem with a healthy dose of seriousness and maturity.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Watch "Rav Yehudah Glick - the Beit Hamikdash" and how we have been sold a bill of goods

Increase Your Knowledge

Regardless of how much you know, constantly be aware that there is much knowledge you are still lacking. This will motivate you to continually seek perfection.

What specific knowledge are you lacking that you would like to gain? Make a step today to gain some of that knowledge.

Love Yehuda Lave

In an important step to help you gain that knowledge, I have below a tape from Tisha Bov 2015 where Rabbi Glick explains how we have been sold a bill of goods re the temple mount

In this important video in which I was there live,
Rabbi Glick at Emuna explaining how we have been sold the Western Wall versus the temple mount. Many of the half truths that we have been sold are explained. Please let me know what you think of the video

Backing up our 3000 years of history in Jerusalem we tour King Herod's Tomb and the Mount of Olives

Herod's tomb and the Mount of Olives July 28 2015

Arab-Israeli Conflict


07/28/2015 01:49

Right-wing activist Glick praises gov't over Temple Mount policing

Glick, head of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, said, however, that much more work remains to be done by the authorities to reverse decades of tolerated Muslim intimidation and violence.

Yehuda Glick

Yehuda Glick. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

One day after police contained Muslim rioting on the Temple Mount – intended to prevent Jews visiting the site during Tisha Be'av – right-wing activist Yehudah Glick praised the government for not capitulating to the violence by closing the contested holy site to Jews, as it has done in the past.

Glick, head of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, said, however, that much more work remains to be done by the authorities to reverse decades of tolerated Muslim intimidation and violence there. He added that the government also needs to safeguard the rights of Jewish worshipers at the site who are routinely threatened and accosted.

"In general, I think yesterday we saw the government moving the police in the right direction by not closing down the Temple Mount due to Muslim extremists, and that needs to continue," he said during a Monday phone interview.

"I think that anybody who saw the pictures the police released [of the rioting] understands that we're not dealing with ordinary people who come to pray, but with people who are closer in behavior to terrorists."

"These are people whose whole goal is causing disorder and trying to frighten Jews from visiting the Temple Mount; trying to violently change the status of the Temple Mount," Glick continued.

"I think it's quite obvious that these people exhibit terrorist traits. We experience this behavior every day, and the government should show their intolerance to this."

Glick contended that two steps must be taken by the government – in coordination with the police – to effectively address the Temple Mount's entrenched climate of hostility and violence towards Jews.

"First, it should fight these groups like terrorists by making them illegal, and if necessary, using force to get them out of there," he said.

"Second, the government must implement a policy to deescalate the tension and allow for freedom of prayer for Jews."

In my eyes, there's no reason why Jews and Muslims can't pray together, but if the radical Muslims who have taken over the Temple Mount can't tolerate Jews praying there, the government must block them and initiate some settlement where Jews can pray in peace and quiet without being attacked on a regular basis," he continued.

The Temple Mount Heritage Foundation leader said that Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan must initiate a policy to ensure that Muslim radicals are barred from the site.

"I think yesterday we saw a first step toward that when Erdan didn't shut down the Temple Mount to tourists and allowed them to visit," he said. "The police announced: 'No matter what, we're going to keep the Temple Mount open.'" Glick described the arrest last Thursday of Avia Morris as unfair.

Morris was arrested when – after enduring anti-Semitic taunts – she responded to a group of Muslims with the insult "Muhammad is a pig." Glick said that while Morris's comment was foolish, her arrest was unfair.

"I don't think that remark was smart or should have been said," he said. "But I saw the film – she was on the Temple Mount for 45 minutes with non-stop harassment, surrounded by almost 100 men and women who were screaming and cursing."

Glick said the fact that none of the Muslims was arrested for equally inflammatory rhetoric is "absurd."

"Again, I don't think there's any need to make such remarks, but to arrest her and none of the other people verbally attacking her is absurd and strange," he said.

 Now we know the rest of the story!


Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to go fishing.



He called the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours.

The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the coming days. So the king went

fishing with his wife, the queen. On the way he met a farmer on his donkey. Upon seeing the king the

farmer said, "Your Majesty, you should return to the palace at once because in just a short time

I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area".



The king was polite and considerate, he replied: "I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard.

He is an extensively educated and experienced professional. And besides, I pay him very high

wages. He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him and I will continue on my way." So he

continued on his way. However, a short time later a torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and

Queen were totally soaked and their entourage chuckled upon seeing them in such a shameful




Furious, the king returned to the palace and gave the order to fire the weatherman at once!

Then he summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying role of royal

forecaster. The farmer said, "Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtain

my information from my donkey. If I see my donkey's ears drooping, it means with certainty

that it will rain."



So the king hired the donkey. And so began the practice of hiring asses to work in the government

and occupy its highest and most influential positions.





Monday, July 27, 2015

How to Resist Temptations and the Mystery of the Jew

  Watch Your Words: They Create Your Life

The words you speak program and condition your mind. When you speak words of gratitude, you are programming and conditioning your brain and mind to experience more and more gratitude.

Speaking words of negativity and ingratitude program and condition your brain and mind to experience less and less gratitude and more and more misery.

You create your habits and your habits create you. By speaking words of gratitude regularly, you are developing the habit of speaking words of gratitude. The more you keep up this habit, the easier it becomes to say even more words of gratitude. As you continue to speak words of gratitude, thoughts of gratitude are integrated into your mind and you will spontaneously think and speak this way.

Catch yourself whenever what you say is an expression of a lack of gratitude. Instead of being upset with yourself for still lacking as much gratitude as you would wish, be grateful that you are becoming more aware of your lapses. This awareness will enable you to be more careful from now on.

It would be a good idea, to resolve that whenever you hear yourself saying something that is ungrateful, you immediately make five statements of gratitude.

Love Yehuda Lave

Speaking of words Caroline Glick has her say at the anti Nuclear agreement rally in New York


This article was in the Jerusalem post a few days ago, about deleting dead friends names off your contact list.

They picked it up from the New York Times, but it was something worth thinking about and it inspired me to take off two names of people off my list so I don't end up in the same position as him.

I thought you would enjoy it. Or at least take action on it.

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In this episode of #TheAskCharlieShow, Charlie tackles temptations. He explains why a temptation is so hard to overcome. He quotes research by Professor Dan Ariely about the lure of immediate pleasures and gives practical advice as to how you can "stack the deck" to make smarter, more rational, choices.

Father of Alexander the Great, Philip II's tomb uncovered in Greece

Using radiography, anthropologists from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid analysed skeletal remains in tombs in Vergina, Greece, revealing Philip's leg wound.

Read the full story:

20 July 2015

Does water 'go off'?

A video by Discovery News revealed that subtle chemical changes that happen overnight can actually change the composition of the water, making it ever so slightly acidic.

Read the full story:

20 July 2015



Sunday, July 26, 2015

On Tisha b’Av--Weeping and The Operating Room of the Future - InSightec - Dr. Kobi Vortman Technion Alumnus - YouTube

Happiness Without Approval

If you seek approval, ask yourself why you want it in the first place. The answer is that you view approval as pleasurable and giving you happiness.

Realize how much needless suffering your approval-seeking causes you. This will motivate you to master an attitude that allows you to feel happy even when people fail to show you honor and approval.

It is ironic that something one wants for happiness causes so much unhappiness. By giving up the demand for approval, you will ensure yourself greater happiness in life. Forgive yourself that you like approval. It is perfectly normal. It is like getting a Mother's love. The less love you got as a child the more you like approval.

One of the joys of getting older is that in some areas you need approval less. You are not trying to impress anyone, you are just trying to make it through the day. And you have paid your dues.

Love Yehuda Lave

Just one of the new innovations from that little country the rest of the world figures it would be better off without.

The Hebrew Tongue

People ask me,
Why do I study Hebrew?
Because it is the language our people speak,
( along with English, Yiddish, Russian, Polish,
French, Parsi, German,  Arabic, Hindi, Spanish,
and Amharigna ) ?
A good answer, but wrong.
Because it is the language our people always spoke,
( along with Babylonian, Egyptian, Assyrian, Ugartic,
Hittite, Greek, Aramaic, Latin, Persian, Arabic,
French, German, Turkish, Bukkaran, Mandrin,
and Ge'ez ) ?
A good answer, but wrong.
Because it is the language our people will always speak,
( along with every other language in the universe ) ?
A good answer, but wrong.
I study Hebrew,
because I love beauty.
Of all the different voices,
of all the world's songs,
of all the many melodies,
Hebrew is the most beautiful.
I know this is true.
How do I know?
The answer is obvious.
from all the thousands of languages in the universe
that were available,
after long and careful thought,
diligent, patient experimentation,
extensive consultation,
with scrupulous investigation,
and exacting scholarship,
  Ha-Shem chose the Hebrew tongue
to write the Torah.
A good choice.

The brave woman who dares to shatter a very toxic taboo 

Baroness Flather, Britain's first Asian woman peer, speaks out against a custom within some Muslim communities of marriage among close relatives.

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16 July 2015

Would YOU fit these solar panels to your phone?

The Solar Paper (pictured), from Chicago-based Yolk is just 1.5mm thick, 6.7-inches long and weighs 120g. In direct sunlight it charges an iPhone 6 in about 2.5 hours.

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16 July 2015

Watch a heart beat in 'extreme 4D'

Dr Bijoy Khandheria from Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee described animations by the cSound software as similar to 'opening up someone's chest and watching their heart beat.'

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15 July 2015

In a certain study hall in Jerusalem, there was a Rabbi who would continually pace up and down between the lecterns, carrying on an intense conversation in learning … with himself! This was a delightful and sometimes amusing spectacle. As he paced, however, he was also aware of his surroundings. One day, I was explaining to my study partner my personal criterion for a good leader of the prayers, namely that he should make me cry.
The Rabbi yelled out, "cry-tear-iyun!"
Was this guy sharp!
My friends, we can learn a lot from "cry-tear-iyun." We say every day, that, among the "precepts whose fruits a person enjoys in This World but whose principal remains for him in the World to Come is 'iyun' tefilla … absorption in prayer" (Shabbos 127a).
What is the secret of prayer?
"Rabbi Elazar said: 'From the day that the Temple was destroyed, the heavenly gates of prayer were locked…. But even though the gates of prayer have been locked, the gates of tears have not been locked, for it is stated, 'Hear my prayer, G-d give ear to my outcry; to my tears be not silent'" (Berachos 32b).
Tears indicate that we are taking our prayers to heart, that we are trying to understand, visualize and internalize our words, trying to comprehend what we are saying, trying to address G-d "with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our resources" – begging for life and sustenance. This is not theory but reality, and it can bring us to tears. This, I believe, is "iyun tefilla… absorption in prayer."
The heart of Joseph was so deep! He ruled over Egypt, the greatest civilization in the world at that time, yet his heart melted when he saw his brothers' repentance. "Joseph could not endure in the presence of all who stood before him, so he called out, 'Remove everyone from before me.' Thus no one stood with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. He gave forth his voice in weeping…" (Genesis 45:1-2).  
My friends, do we know how to weep?
"Whosoever mourns for Jerusalem will merit to witness her joy, and whosoever do not mourn for Jerusalem will not merit to witness her joy" (Taanis 30b).
On Tisha b'Av, the Ninth day of the month of Av, the Jewish People wept at the report of the spies. This nation had everything! We had been freed from slavery by the Master of the Universe Himself and then sustained in a "howling wilderness," (Deuteronomy 32:10) but we believed the spies! "The entire assembly raised up and issued its voice; the people wept that night" (Numbers 14:1).
There are two kinds of tears.
There are tears of complaint against G-d, tears of self-pity, tears of frustration, when one does not feel "sameach b'chelko … happiness in what he has" (Ethics of the Fathers 4:1).  There is no end to these tears.  The Jewish People wanted to "return to Egypt."  This would, G-d forbid, have nullified our entire existence. We would have sunk below mem-tes shaarei tumah, the forty-ninth level of impurity, and become Egyptians, ending the mission of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! That is what our ancestors desired when they cried in the desert. That is why this day is so tragic!
There is another kind of tears.
"Thus said G-d: A voice is heard on high, wailing, and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children. She refuses to be comforted for her children, for they are gone" (Jeremiah 31:14).
This is weeping for one's People, the tragedy of a Nation. Ultimately, it is weeping for Avinu Malkeinu, Our Father and King, Who has accompanied us into exile and Who suffers for us and with us on a scale of magnitude that we cannot even begin to imagine. These are tears of love for G-d and His People.
The Gate of Tears has not been locked!
The adult body is over sixty percent water. A baby (whose principal means of communication is through tears) is seventy-eight percent water. When a person cries, his eye perceives something painful and then his very essence flows out through his eyes. That is what real tears are about. You are losing your essence! Your very being is so distraught that your insides are actually exiting your body!
Every day we say, "Shema Yisroel! the L-rd is our G-d, the One and Only! You shall love G-d your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your resources." When we cry during prayer, we are expressing love for G-d with all our heart … with all our soul and with all our resources. Our essence is pouring out. "Majestic, Beautiful, Radiance of the universe, my soul pines for Your love!" (Yedid Nefesh prayer)
These are the tears of Tisha B'Av!
We don't have to fake these tears. We don't have to try to make ourselves cry. We simply have to listen to the words of our own prayers!
"Eichah … How is it possible that she sits in solitude! The city that was great with people has become like a widow… She weeps bitterly in the night and her tear is on her cheek! She has no comforter … her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies…!"
My friends, this exile is so challenging! The pain of living without the Holy Temple is so deep! "G-d is good to those who trust in Him, to the soul that seeks Him. It is good to hope submissively for G-d's salvation … Let one put his mouth to the dust … there may yet be hope!" (Lamentations 3:25ff)
Let's not be afraid to weep! "All those who mourn for Jerusalem will merit to witness her joy." May we merit to witness the complete joy of Jerusalem soon in our days! 
© Copyright 2015 by Roy S. Neuberger



Friday, July 24, 2015

Outstanding and Time includes Jerusalem in top 10 cities of the world and the Yoni Netanyahu story

Learn To Ignore Insults

When a wise person is insulted, he acts as if he doesn't know that anything's been said. He acts toward the insult like a deaf person who does not hear and a mute who cannot speak. He walks away as if nothing happened. He does not repeat the incident to anyone.

On the other hand, people who respond to insults - or even worse, tell others how someone insulted them - cause themselves humiliation.

Learning to ignore insults is a valuable skill. Mentally prepare yourself in advance to act as if you are totally deaf when it comes to hearing insults.

Today when things are put on the internet that are only one sided without your side to the story, learning this lesson is especially important.

One has to let learn, like in life, just to let it all Ok and somehow see that this too if for the good, even with the pain.

Love Yehuda Lave

Tisha Bov time includes a tour to the Southern Wall of the  temple mount

Southern Temple mount Tish A Bov 2015

Allan West tells it like it is about the Iran Nuclear deal:

TIME Includes Jerusalem in Top 10 World's Best Cities

TIME Magazine includes Jerusalem in Top 10 World's Best Cities this year.
Published: July 13th, 2015

Jerusalem of Gold

Jerusalem of Gold

Jerusalem has made the grade in TIME Magazine's "10 Best Cities to Visit Around the World."

The list, published on July 10, places Kyoto, Japan in the Number 1 spot for a second year.

Also listed are "Italy's classic crowd-pleasers," Florence and Rome, both appearing "for ten consecutive years," the magazine noted.

Surprisingly, the only U.S. city to make the cut was Charleston, South Carolina, which was said to have "suffered greatly since the polls closed."

Jerusalem, which squeaked in at Number 10, in the same paragraph, was described as "the controversial capital of Israel" at the "crux of an ancient and ongoing conflict."

Also in that paragraph was Bangkok, "likely bumped from the list in 2012 due to governmental unrest."

All three were described as cities that appeared "despite political and social turmoil." The magazine noted that cities are a 'great convergence of people and ideas" where sometimes it is inevitable that conflict may arise.

"So we keep these cities, and their people, in our thoughts while we celebrate their resilience and their virtues," commented TIME.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets.

"The Talmud teaches that mourning does not begin until the first piles of dirt are thrown upon a grave. So it must follow, then, that a person's death is the final act of their life. Certainly this was so for Yoni Netanyahu, a beloved Israeli military commander and the eldest son of one of Israel's most distinguished political families. He died leading Operation Entebbe, in 1976, which rescued more than a hundred Jewish hostages from armed terrorists; his final act — rushing headlong into a combat crisis at an unfamiliar airport in Uganda — was indicative of how he lived: courageously, fearlessly, animated by sadness and an implacable sense of mission." - Jewish Journal


Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Letters from the Film

(May 23, 1963)

Man does not live forever.  He should put the days of his life to the best possible use. 

How to do this I can't tell you.  I only know that I don't want to reach a certain age, look around me and suddenly discover that I've created nothing.  I must feel certain that, not only at the moment of my death shall I be able to account for the time I have lived, I ought to be ready at every moment of my life to confront myself and say—this is what I've done.


(May 22, 1963)

The best and most beautiful days I ever had were those when I was a little child… hiding in huge fields, covered almost completely by grass, looking for ladybugs, seeing the world as the most marvelous place, and grown-ups—as veritable giants. 


(April 8, 1963)

All this space that surrounds me leaves me without any air to breathe. I yearn for a place that's narrow, hot, rotten, filthy – a place that's mostly desert and that one can scarcely find on a map of the world. 


(July 8, 1964)

When I saw the country from the plane I felt a twinge in my heart. Jerusalem is more beautiful than ever. Perhaps I am a bit sentimental because I haven't seen it for so long. Despite everything that's wrong here, and God knows there are many faults and evils, it's our country, and I love her as I always have. 


(September 8, 1964)

Basic training started a few days ago, From Wednesday to Saturday we'll have a march to get to know your personal equipment, marching 25 miles a day. But that doesn't worry me. I've reached the conclusion that anything the army requires of a soldier, I can do. 


(October  23, 1965)

Until now, I must admit, I never felt the country. Never before had I felt this so powerfully. I knew the country existed, that I was living in it, and that, if the need arose, I would fight for it. But really to feel the place, the soil, the mountains and valleys of Israel—this sensation I have now experienced for the first time. 


(May 28, 1967)

Not one of us wants war, but we all know for certain, we must win. 


(July 22, 1968)

We must cling to our country with our bodies and with all of our strength.  Only then will they not write in history books that once indeed the Jews held onto our land for two decades, but then were overwhelmed, and became once more homeless wanderers.  


(June 15, 1967)

When you see death face-to-face; when you are wounded, and alone, in the midst of a scorched field, surrounded by smoke – with your arm shattered and burning with a terrible pain; then life becomes more precious and craved for than ever. You want to embrace it and go on with it, to escape from all the blood and death, to live. 


(August 17, 1968)

A kind of sadness has overtaken me which doesn't leave me.  I sense the cry and depth of sadness in others who came through the war with their bodies intact.  That harmony that characterizes a young man's world is not a part of me anymore. We're young and we were not born for wars alone.  I intend to go on with my studies but I can no longer see this as my main mission in life.  Hence the sadness of young men destined for endless war. 


(March 30, 1970)

I believe with all my heart that it's extremely important to be in the army now. We hear the war slogans of millions of our neighbors desiring to annihilate us, what's to be done?  


(June 30, 1970)

How sad that we cannot achieve peace, for that is all we want at the end. 


(January 14, 1970)

What kind of god forsaken world are we living in?  It contains so much beauty, so much grandeur and nobility – but men destroy everything that is beautiful in the world. 


(November 11, 1974)

We're all searching for a different place, a beautiful and glowing place – a place worth waking up in. The world is full of beauty, and the ugliness in it only highlights that beauty. 


(June 29, 1976)

I find myself at a critical stage in my life. My work possesses me and I don't want it to.  I do things because they have to be done, and not because I want to.  The same haunting question returns – can I work like this and wear myself out?   And the answer is always – I must persevere, finish what I have begun…


(December 17, 1974)

We are all human, some happy with their lot and others searching and searching.  I don't regret the crossroads I have passed.  And if there is more beauty, more flowers along the road I did not take, I don't regret it because it wasn't my road. 


(March 17, 1969)

On me, on us rests the duty of keeping our country safe.  …we are united by something that is above and beyond political outlook. What unites us produces a feeling of brotherhood, of mutual responsibility, a recognition of the value of man and his life, a strong and sincere desire for peace, a readiness to stand in the breach, and much more. I believe in myself, my country, my family and my future. This is a special people, and it's good to belong to it.  

Outstanding is a very mild word for this.


Our European arrogance

in alphabetical order

1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France... A total of 2289

2. The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium...A total of 5329

3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France...A total of 4410

4. Brook wood, England - American Cemetery... A total of 468

5. Cambridge, England... A total of 3812

6. Epinal, France - American Cemetery... A total of 5525

7. Flanders Field, Belgium... A total of 368

8. Florence, Italy... A total of 4402

9. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium... A total of 7992

10. Lorraine , France... A total of 10,489

11. Luxembourg, Luxembourg... A total of 5076

12. Meuse-Argonne... A total of 14246

13. Netherlands, Netherlands... A total of 8301

14. Normandy, France... A total of 9387

15. Oise-Aisne, France... A total of 6012

16. Rhone, France... A total of 861

17. Sicily, Italy... A total of 7861

18. Somme, France... A total of 1844

19. St. Mihiel, France... A total of 4153

20. Suresnes, France... A total of 1541

Apologize to no one.
Remind those of our sacrifice and don't
confuse arrogance with leadership.
The count is

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dead, brave Americans.

And we have to watch an

American elected leader who
apologizes to Europe and the
Middle East that our country is"arrogant"!




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Americans, forward it!

Non-patriotic, delete it!

Most of the protected don't understand it.