Sadness is often the result of arrogance. When an arrogant person suffers misfortune, he says to himself, "These things should not be happening to a person like myself."
The humble person, however, calmly accepts whatever he is unable to change. Hence he is never needlessly sad.
The famous quote is
Thanks to my friend Tzvi who taught me how to blow the shofar for the upcoming Rosh Hashana holiday. The secret is all in the lips!!!
Given how it is one of his signature songs, "Jerusalem" is a natural part of any Matisyahu performance.
It would have been politically easier for Matisyahu to leave it out of his Rototom Sunsplash performance in the face of the protests unfolding right in front of him.
But he didn't. He sang for peace, and for "Jerusalem."
Here is his performance (video via Sussex Friends of Israel):
Jamie Geller tells you how to cook shabbat meals (wish I had her to do the work)
Beautiful story, I have no idea if it is true or not.
try and tell that to these elephants ...
THE ELEPHANT'S JOURNEY TO PAY RESPECT,
BUT HOW DID THEY KNOW?
Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books
including the bestseller, The Elephant Whisperer.
He bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe
from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo
animals during US invasion in 2003.
On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died. He is remembered and missed
by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons, and numerous elephants.
Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home led
by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say goodbye
to their beloved 'man-friend'.
A total of 31 elephants had patiently walked over 112 miles to get to his South African House.
Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe not only because
of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants sensed
about Lawrence's passing, but also because of the profound memory
and emotion the beloved animals evoked in such an organized way:
Walking slowly, for days, making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue
from their habitat to his house. Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially
touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior
to that day for well over 3 years! But yet they knew where they were going.
The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their
friend who'd saved their lives - so much respect that they stayed
for 2 days 2 nights without eating anything. Then one morning, they left,
making their long journey back home.
SOMETHING IN THE UNIVERSE IS GREATER
AND DEEPER THAN HUMAN INTELLIGENCE.
(That I know is true as I have faith in Hashem)