Having your intellect rule over your nature is an essential obligation. Your intellectual realizations should be so strong that they are able to overcome natural tendencies and habits. If you let your natural tendencies rule you, you are likely to make many serious mistakes in life.
Keep in mind that this is an ideal, and it is unrealistic to demand perfection of oneself. The goal should be improvement. A person who works on his power of thinking for many years will eventually reach high levels of expertise. But do not demand of yourself instantaneous perfection for this will needlessly cause guilt feelings and anxiety.
Today, set yourself a small, realistic, attainable goal.
Love Yehuda Lave
Is christianity Idolatry?
Is this religion a good thing for the non-Jews? There are many rabbis today who say that it is.
"Golders Green Synagogue: The First Hundred Years," celebrating the Synagogue's history with more than 200 photographs, letters, correspondence and excerpts from meetings from 1915 to the present, was published today by historian Helen Fry.
Fry interviewed past and present members of the illustrious synagogue, many of whom are in their 90s. She also interviewed six generations of the same family who have attended the same synagogue.
The synagogue began by renting a room for Shabbat services on Friday and Saturday from St Albans Church Hall, and then transforming it again for Sunday's church services.
Until the turn of the twentieth century, Golders Green comprised mainly open fields with a total population of about 300, whose main industry was brick making. The redevelopment of Golders Green took off from 1905 with plans for a tram route and the widening of the Finchley Road. From the 1910s onwards, Golders Green Road became a smart shopping area, described as having "the finest shops outside the West End of London."
In the immediate years since the Jewish community's inception there, plans were undertaken to construct a dedicated synagogue as the community expanded and looked to its own permanent place of worship. Due to wartime building constraints, it was a few years before permission was granted to start construction. By 1918 there were 116 households from an original membership of only twenty in 1915. The congregation acquired land in Dunstan Road:
"That it is desirable to erect and found a Synagogue, to be known as the Golders Green Synagogue (as a Constituent Synagogue of the United Synagogue), in the district of Golders Green, for persons of the Jewish Religion who use the Ashkenazi ritual… the site and property known as Dunstan Road may be acquired for the purpose of the erection of the said Synagogue and Class Rooms… that the terms of the Building Agreement to be entered into with the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England…"
The synagogue was finally consecrated on 10 September 1922 in a ceremony officiated by the Chief Rabbi, Dr Joseph Herman Hertz. Its first minister was Rev Isaac Livingstone, appointed in 1916, who served the community faithfully for nearly 40 years and into his retirement years, aided by the dedicated Reader, Rev Taschlicky. Then came Rabbi Dr Eugene Newman, a deeply committed communal rabbi, who died unexpectedly in office in 1977. The congregation was also served by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who later went on to become Chief Rabbi of the UK.
Golders Green Synagogue interior
N.C. pastor disarms man with semiautomatic who walked into church The Washington Post
Larry Wright. Justin Wm. Moyer | January 4 at 5:23 AM Just last year, a man who walked into a church with a gun caused untold suffering in Charleston, S.C., where nine were killed — not to mention a divisive, and ultimately decisive, debate over whether the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of South Carolina's statehouse. [ Why South Carolina's Confederate flag isn't at half-staff after church shooting ] But when a man with a semiautomatic assault rifle walked into Larry Wright Read the full story
Kahane on the Parsha
Rabbi Meir Kahane – Parsha Bo
Moses: Fanatic and Extremist
Nine plagues have descended upon Egypt. Pharaoh, reeling under the pressure from his noblemen and servants, capitulates. He tells Moses: "Go, worship the L-rd; only let your flocks and your herds stay behind" (Exodus 10:24)
Consider, dear Jew. After 210 years of slavery, the Hebrews have been told that they can leave! Freedom, at last! Pharaoh has capitulated! All he gives is one small condition, so unimportant in view of the fact that he has agreed to Jewish freedom. Go, he has told the Hebrews, all I ask is that you leave your flocks and your herds.
The Hebrews, bursting with joy and anticipation, wait for the "official" acceptance by Moses, the sage and stable leader, his agreement that will open the door to freedom. And Moses? He replies: "You must also give into our hands sacrifices and burnt offerings that we may offer them to the L-rd, our G-d. And our livestock, as well, will go with us; there shall not be a hoof left behind" (Exodus 10:25-26.
Picture the Hebrews! Picture the Jewish leaders of today, had they been there! Moses! Have you lost your mind? We have been slaves for 210 years and now we can go free! Give him the animals! Agree to his unimportant condition. Make the insignificant compromise so that we can enjoy freedom and peace. Moses, what is this extremism and fanaticism? Freedom now, peace now! Give him the flocks!"
But, no. Moses, the greatest of Jewish leaders, refuses. There will be no compromise. There cannot be a compromise, for we are not speaking here about mere "freedom." The Jewish people is not a nation like all others with nationalistic strivings for independence and freedom. The liberation of the Jew was not a nationalist struggle for secular freedom. The entire breaking of the Egyptian yoke of bondage was a religious struggle, the war of the L-rd, G-d of Israel, against Pharaoh who mocked Him and refused to recognize Him as the one and only G-d.
From the first moment that Moses came into the palace and told the Egyptian emperor, ruler over the mightiest of all the empires of his time, "Thus says the L-rd, G-d of Israel: Let My people go. . ." and Pharaoh replied, "Who is the L-rd, G-d of Israel: Let My people go…" and Pharaoh replied, "Who is the L-rd that I should obey His voice . . . ? I know not the L-rd, and I will not let Israel go!" (Exodus 5:2), the battle was joined. The battle against Chillul Hashem; the battle against the arrogance of the nations who dare to proclaim, " I know not the L-rd"; the battle for Kiddush Hashem, the recognition and acceptance of the L-rd, G-d of Israel, as the one G-d, as the G-d of the universe.
Kiddush Hashem! That is what the story of the Exodus is about! And Kiddush Hashem brooks no compromise, not the slightest. There must be total surrender, total acceptance of the L-rd and His people's sovereignty and power.
There is more.
The tenth and final plague now strikes Egypt. In every home, the firstborn dies; there is not a house in which there is no dead. It is midnight but Pharaoh rushes through the streets and cries out to Moses: "Rise up and leave from the midst of my people, both you and the children of Israel, and go serve the L-rd as you have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said and be gone!" (Exodus 12:31-32). At last, total capitulation! Unconditional surrender! But leave now immediately, in the middle of the night!
Dear Jew, surely the moment has come. What could even the worst fanatic and extremist want after this surrender?
Moses says to Pharaoh: "Are we then thieves that we should leave in the night? We will not leave except with a mighty arm before the eyes of all of Egypt!" (Tanchuma, Bo 7)
Ah, the fanatic and extremist. . . He lays down yet another rule of Kiddush Hashem. Sanctification and the proclamation of G-d's omnipotence and sovereignty cannot be hidden, silent, discreet thing. It must be done openly, with a proclamation before the nations, with trumpets and drums. No fear, no attempt to keep a low profile, no effort to "avoid antagonizing the nations." Openly, loudly, with a public majesty that proclaims the majesty and kingship of the L-rd, G-d of Israel, who is one!
If Moses were alive today and were he to lay down these iron rules of Kiddush Hashem, what would the gentilized Hebrews of Israel and the Hellenists of the Establishment in the Exile say?
The lesson is clear: Their gentilized thoughts are not those of the G-d of Israel. What to them is a "fanatic" and "extremist," in Torah eyes and to authentic Judaism is principle and the iron rule of Judaism. Those who believe in nothing but themselves will always be "flexible" – except when their own interests are threatened. Those who believe in nothing will always be ready to "compromise," since they stand on no principle that is stable and untouchable. Parash Bo teaches us about the greatest of all Jewish concepts, Kiddush Hashem, and the greatest of Jewish leaders, Moses – the fanatic and extremist.
Written in The Jewish Press, 1988
When the newspaper talks about this murderer it says he is an alleged killer, but when it talks about our Jewish youth, it convicts them without a trial
Tel Aviv gunman shot and killed in northern Israel
Nashat Milhem tracked down in Wadi Ara, opens fire on forces and is killed, a week after he killed 3 in Tel Aviv; five people arrested
e was located near his home in the Arara area. Initial reports said he had been "neutralized." It was later confirmed that he had been killed at about 4.20 p.m.
Milhem was tracked down to the building where he was hiding out, spotted the armed forces encircling the building, and attempted to flee when they burst in. During the confrontation, he opened fire on the forces, and was shot dead, Israeli security officials said.
Channel 2 reported that the Israeli forces, from an elite police unit and the Shin Bet, had sought to capture him alive, but were fired upon by Milhem, who was using the same weapon he used for last Friday's shootings.
Channel 2 said he was tracked down to a building where his family had lived in the past. The building is very close to the family's current home. An initial report that Milhem was killed in a mosque in Umm a-Fahm was inaccurate.
Hakim Younis told Channel 10 TV that he saw the shooting start. "I was sitting on my balcony with my cousin … when suddenly, shooting began, hundreds of bullets, like in a war," Younis said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and other Israeli leaders praised the security forces for the operation.
The body of Nashat Milhem, in a photograph released by Israeli security forces, January 8, 2015 (Channel 2)
Five people were arrested in relation to the case shortly before Milhem was found.
Several members of his family had been arrested in the course of the manhunt, and police and the Shin Bet were investigating which, if any, friends and relatives, had helped him before and after the January 1 shootings.
Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh said the case was not finished, and that police would continue to work to expose any and all others who had helped Milhem before and after the shootings. "All of those involved in terrorism," Alsheikh said, "should know that we have the means, the determination and the patience to find them all."
A Channel 2 report said Milhem was located in recent days via a "personal item" that was found in the area. The item was checked and found to match his DNA. He was then tracked down.
Japanese Jew joins the IDF in his grandparents' footsteps
From Iwata to the IDF, follow Daniel Tomohiro's voyage from the far east to defend Israel as his Holocaust survivor grandparents did.
IDF Spokesperson Unit
Daniel Tomohiro on Wednesday had his swearing-in ceremony to the Nahal Brigade's 50th Battalion at the Kotel (Western Wall) Plaza in Jerusalem - but as may be obvious by his last name, Tomohiro is not your average IDF soldier.
The new recruit who recently finished his basic training was raised in Iwata, Japan.
His Hungarian Jewish grandparents were Holocaust survivors who made aliyah and fought in the 1948 War of Independence, before moving to Australia where Tomohiro's mother married a Japanese man and moved to the land of the rising sun, reports JNS on Thursday.
"My 88-year-old grandfather Ivan lives in Sydney, Australia," Tomohiro told the news site. "He told me that he fought in an artillery (unit) during the War of Independence, in the Palmach (paramilitary organization), and was an instructor in an officer training course. My grandmother died when I was a child and I still don't know what she did in the Palmach."
Explaining how he wound up in Japan, he noted his parents met during a business trip his father took to Australia.
"My parents married and moved to Japan, but at home they kept talking about Israel. My family is very pro-Israel and loves the state, and I believe the Israel Defense Forces is the most moral military in the world."
"I felt very connected to the state, but I arrived here for the first time only when I was 18, with my parents and younger brother," he said. "My older brother had already made aliyah and was in the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. After I graduated high school in Japan, I returned to Israel, and four months ago I joined an IDF Hebrew course and later started basic training."
Tomohiro emphasized that serving in the army of the Jewish state "means a lot to me and my family."
"My grandmother was in Auschwitz. She survived only because a German nurse covered her with a blanket when Dr. Josef Mengele came to visit. He thought she was dead and this saved her life, because he didn't perform experiments on her," he said.
"I realized, after hearing such stories, that the Holocaust happened because there was no state of Israel. I am happy to contribute to the security of the state, to make the IDF and Israel strong, and to prevent another Holocaust."