Friday, December 25, 2015

The Importance of Walking

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

​Favorite Memories

Favorite Memories

If you would like to recall your favorite memories, here are some questions to ask yourself:

1. What are five of my favorite memories?

2. How do I feel when I remember them?

3. What are the main patterns of my favorite memories?

4. In what ways will I benefit from recalling these memories more often?

5. When is a good time to recall each of these memories?

6. What can I learn from these memories?

7. What do I lose out by not recalling my favorite memories?

8. What will help me remember to recall my favorite memories more often?

9. What can I do now to create more memories that I would benefit from recalling

Love Yehuda Lave

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​The Importance of Walking

Walking can add minutes to your life.

This enables you at 85 years old
To spend an additional 5 months in a nursing
Home at $7000 per month.

My grandpa started walking
Five miles a day when he was 60.
Now he's 97 years old
And we don't know where he is.

I like long walks,
Especially when they are taken
By people who annoy me.

The only reason I would take up walking
Is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I have to walk early in the morning,
Before my brain figures out what I'm doing...
I joined a health club last year,
Spent about 400 bucks.
Haven't lost a pound.
Apparently you have to go there.

Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise',
I wash my mouth out with chocolate.
The advantage of exercising every day
Is so when you die, they'll say,
'Well, she looks good doesn't she.'

If you are going to try cross-country skiing,
Start with a small country.
I know I got a lot of exercise
The last few years,......
Just getting over the hill.
We all get heavier as we get older,
Because there's a lot more information in our heads.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Every time I start thinking too much
About how I look,
I just find a Happy Hour
And by the time I leave,
I look just fine.

Proposal to extend euthanasia to children 'is very, very dangerous, ' top medical ethicist says

If the country of your residence opted to do this,what would you do? Would you succumb to the social pressures

One of the world's foremost medical ethicists says a proposal to grant terminally ill children the right to die by euthanasia could put

some of Canada's most vulnerable at risk.

"Setting the precedent that the state is going to tolerate killing children, even mature minors, is very, very dangerous," Arthur Caplan,

head of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center, said Tuesday in response to a Canadian expert panel's

suggestion age should not be an issue when determining eligibility for doctor­assisted death.

"It's the slippery slope argument, and this is a slope I worry about. Sometimes I don't, but this one I do."

On Monday, a provincial­territorial advisory panel opened a door to the once­unmentionable by recommending access to doctor-

assisted dying should not be impeded "by the imposition of arbitrary age limits."

Instead, the federal government should amend the Criminal Code so eligibility is based on "competence" and not age.

Last summer, the law in Belgium was changed to allow terminally ill children of any age to request euthanasia, with their parents'

consent, if they are in constant and unbearable suffering and near death. Three doctors have to agree to the request.

The change sparked outrage from religious groups and even a video plea from then­four­year­old Jessica Saba of Quebec, born with a

heart defect, who asked the king of Belgium to refuse to sign the new bill into law.

Judean Desert Monasteries

Arial view of 3 monasteries in the Judean Desert
Mar Saba-located in the wadi Kidron
Faran - located in Ein Prat Wadi Kelt
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16th-Century Talmud Sells for $9.3 Million at Sotheby's

By: JNi.Media

Published: December 23rd, 2015

Sothebys Talmud

Sothebys Talmud
Photo Credit: Sotheby's New York

( Sotheby's set a new world auction record for any piece of Judaica on Tuesday in New York, when one of the finest copies of Daniel Bomberg's Babylonian Talmud sold for $9.3 million According to Tablet Magazine, the buyer is Leon Black, a New York businessman, founder of private equity firm Apollo Global Management.

The extraordinary volume was purchased by Stephan Loewentheil for the 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop. The Bomberg Talmud led the sale of a selection of extraordinary items from The Valmadonna Trust, which totaled $14.9 million and became the most valuable auction of Judaica ever held. Together with the auctions of Important Judaica and Israeli & International Art, Sotheby's annual December sales of Judaica and Israeli Art totaled $22.6 million.

The Talmud, or "Oral Law," is a compendium of hundreds of years of rabbinical discussion and debate which expound upon the laws of the Bible. Daniel Bomberg is responsible for the first complete edition of the Babylonian Talmud (1519-1523), universally recognized not simply as one of the most significant books in the history of Hebrew printing, but as one of the great books of the Western world. The record setting Talmud sold Tuesday is one of the finest copies of Bomberg's edition – of which only 14 complete 16th century sets survive.

The Valmadonna Library's copy of the Bomberg Talmud was kept for centuries in the library of Westminster Abbey. In 1956, collector Jack Lunzer attended an exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum celebrating 300 years of Jewish resettlement in England. It was there that he first became aware of the Abbey's magnificent and complete copy, and vowed somehow to acquire it. He spent the next 25 years determined to fulfill this virtually impossible ambition. Eventually, he purchased a 900-year-old copy of the Abbey's original Charter, and presented it, along with supporting endowments, to the Abbey in exchange for its copy of the Bomberg Talmud.

A further highlight of Tuesday's auction of 12 items from the Valmadonna Trust Library is a Hebrew Bible printed in England in 1189, which sold for $3.6 million. Known as the Codex Valmadonna I, this extraordinary book is the only dated Hebrew text that survives from Medieval England, before King Edward I's 1290 edict expelling the Jews. Also leading the sale was a Illuminated Hebrew Bible: Psalms, with commentary by David Kimhi (the RaDaK), which was sold for $670,000.

Rav Meir Maimon

Former Rosh Kollel in Memphis (2011-2014)

""ישימך אלקים כאפרים וכמנשה

יְבָרֲכֵם בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא לֵאמוֹר בְּךָ יְבָרֵךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר
יְשִׂמְךָ אֱלֹהִים כְּאֶפְרַיִם וְכִמְנַשֶּׁה וַיָּשֶׂם אֶת אֶפְרַיִם לִפְנֵי מְנַשֶּׁה
"So he blessed them on that day, saying: "With you, Israel will bless, saying, 'May G-d make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh, and he placed Ephraim before Manasseh". With these words Yaakov Avinu blessed his grandchildren that were born from Yossef. This blessing comes immediately after Yaakov crossed his hands and put his right hand on Efraim, the younger and his left hand on Menashe, the elder.

In both times Yaakov put Efraim before Menashe, contrary to our expectations. When Yossef asks Yaakov why he did it Yaakov answers that Efraim will be greater than Menashe, and therefore he deserve to be first. Of course, this is not the first time in which the younger broter is chosen above the elder; Avraham choose his youngest – Yitzhak – to continue the covenant with Hashem, and Yitzhak does the same - choosing Yaakov over Eisav. Maybe Yossef is afraid that Menashe will be totally rejected from the family and from the Jewish nation.

It is ironic to see that in the end the opposite happened; following the history of these two tribes, we'll find that often the tribe of Efraim, who got the 'better' blessing, turn away from Hasshem's ways, while Menashe had more righteous descendants. What was Menashe's secret? Why did he succeed where his brother often failed?

The secret of Menashe is connection. When you keep your tradition and remain aware of your legacy, you create and maintain a strong connection between the former generations to the next generation. Where do we see this come to bear with Menashe and Efraim?
  1. When the tribes of Reuven and Gad ask to stay in the east side of the Jordan River Moshe agrees but stipulates that half the tribe of Menashe is to live with them as well.
    Why? To keep them connected to Torah. He knew he could trust Menashe to keep up their ties with their other half on the other side of the Jordan, and thus with the Temple and Hashem as well.
  2. Beside Yehoshua that came from Efraim, the other figures we meet from that tribe were evil: Yoravam, king of the Israeli kingdom after it seceded from Judah, worshipped Avoda Zara, and basically started a dynasty of idol worship. His descendent, Achav, married an idol worshipping princess from Tzidon.

The name Menashe in Hebrew refers to Forgetting. Yossef declared that G-d made a big Chessed, kindness, with him when he cause him to forget all his family "And Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, for "God has caused me to forget all my toil and all my father's house." But in the end Menashe was the one who stayed connected to Torah and Mitzvot more than Efraim.

I think that the Jewish nation is facing a significant identity crisis. We see enormous numbers of Jews that forget their tradition and their legacy, and we need to fight it. To do so we need 'Menashe power'.

Eliyahu the prophet came from Menashe and his role is to connect between the past generations to the future generations.

הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי שֹׁלֵחַ לָכֶם אֵת אֵלִיָּה הַנָּבִיא לִפְנֵי בּוֹא יוֹם ה' הַגָּדוֹל וְהַנּוֹרָא.
וְהֵשִׁיב לֵב אָבוֹת עַל בָּנִים וְלֵב בָּנִים עַל אֲבוֹתָם "Lo, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord, that he may turn the heart of the fathers back through the children, and the heart of the children back through their fathers.

ISIS behaves as it does due to a vitamin B deficiency.

ISIS behaves as it does due to a vitamin B deficiency.

The United States should supply them with the needed B-vitamins.

Vitamin B-1

Vitamin B-2

Vitamin B-52