Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Jerusalem Cultural Center being constructed as I watch

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Joyful Dreams

Before you go to sleep, you have a great opportunity to condition your mind to be more joyful by programming yourself to have joyful dreams. Simply repeat the words, "Joyful dreams," in a calm and peaceful tone of voice.

You might also suggest ideas for a joyful dream. With patience and persistence, you will eventually see results.

After upgrading the joy in your dreams, you can condition your mind for more courage, kindness, and serenity by suggesting to yourself, "Brain, please create more dreams of courage, kindness, and serenity."

Love Yehuda Lave

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Today is a very important day for MONEY

Word of the Day: Parnassa

Parnassa (also written parnassah) means livelihood. It is your income and your ability to support yourself. Traditionally, it has meant your "living" in the sense of "making a living." I think the shift in people (primarily men) learning instead of being a breadwinner has shifted the "definition" to one focused more directly on the money a "living" is intended to provide. However, job ads or solicitations will often ask "are you looking for some parnassah?"

If you're looking for extra parnassah in your life, today is an auspicious day for you! This week's parsha, (every week a section of the Bible is read in the synagogue on Saturday--The chapter of the week is called the Parashas)   Parashas Beshalach, includes the portion describing how the Jewish people received the manna from heaven for the first time. That mana, bread from heaven, was their livelihood, the Jewish people's ability to survive the desert. There is a custom to recite this chapter on the Tuesday of that parsha as a way of requesting your own increased livelihood. That day happens to be today. The publisher Artscroll emailed out a link to a PDF interlinear translation of this chapter if you would like to read this passage in the Hebrew with the translation underneath. However, you can recite the passage just as effectively in any language. In fact, saying it in your native language is probably more effective for increasing your bitachon (trust in Hashem) that Hashem will provide you with what you need.

There is a lesser-followed custom that people in need of parnassa will recite this chapter every day (presumably until the parnassa comes along). A more common custom for daily (or as-needed) use is that there is an optional passage in the thrice-daily Amidah (Shemoneh Esrei) that you can pray (daven) . The passage should be off to the side or bottom of the page. Artscroll prayer books,  put it in a gray box like the holiday insertions. The prayer for livelihood is inserted in the section of the Amidah for the acceptance of our prayers. There will be a mark that will tell you where to insert the prayer at the bottom of the page. As with the chapter, you can say the prayer for livelihood in either Hebrew or your language of choice, even if you normally daven the rest of the Amidah in Hebrew.

"Cast your burden upon Hashem and He will support you."

Bids Open for Lubavitcher Rebbe's Death Certificate

By: David Israel

Published: January 14th, 2016

Virtual Judaica

Virtual Judaica

The Death Certificate of R. Menahem Mendel Schneerson, issued in New York in 1995, is up for grabs at the Virtual Judaica website. The current price is $1,100, the minimum bid to beat that would be $1,200.

Virtual Judaica conducts online auctions of rare Judaica items, which can be viewed in person by appointment at the Virtual Judaica Exhibition Hall, 1760 Fifty Third Street, Brooklyn, NY.

The official Death Certificate of R. Menahem Mendel Schneerson issued on August 2, 1995 by the New York City Department of Health — more than a year after the Rebbe's demise — to his next of kin, is described as a single page, 11 by 8.6 inches, with light age staining and creased folds. The Rebbe passed away in Beth Israel Hospital, Manhattan, on June 12, 1994, and his closest next of kin was his niece from the town of Rechovot, Israel, who is listed on the certificate.

Ideal for framing.

Terror attack thwarted at Jerusalem synagogue

Three Israeli Arabs suspected of planning knife attack on Heichal Yaakov synagogue in Kiryat Moshe neighborhood.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

First Publish: 1/17/2016, 8:43 AM

Three Israeli Arabs were stopped outside of a Jerusalem synagogue on Sunday morning carrying large knives.

The suspects were approaching the Heichal Yaakov synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat Moshe that was full of worshipers who were praying their morning prayers.

The three are suspected of attempting to carry out a large attack on worshipers. They have been brought in for questioning and the investigation is ongoing.

A horse is a horse of course-the famous Mr. Ed.


Cultural Center Building


I am watching them dig and pave the parking lot for a New cultural center being built in Jerusalem on Betzelel Street next to the Gerald Behar center.

Watch the Progress and enjoy these pictures.

Click here to view the full cartoon

Friday is French 'Everyone With a Kippa' Day in Solidarity With Embattled Jews It's time in France for non-Jews to stand in solidarity with Jews, after brutal anti-Semitic attacks.

By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Published: January 15th, 201

Photoshopped French President Fran├žois Hollande, for #TousAvecUneKippa campaign

Photoshopped French President Fran├žois Hollande, for #TousAvecUneKippa campaign
Photo Credit: social media

Following recent attacks against Jews in France, some Jewish supporters have called for Friday, Jan. 15, to be "#TousAvecUneKippa," or "Everyone With a Kippa" day, in solidarity with French Jews.

The idea was motivated by the announcement by the president of the Jewish Community of Marseille, France, who was understood to tell Jews in France not to wear their kippot in public, following an ISIS-inspired machete attack against a Jewish teacher, Benjamin Amsellem, in that town on Monday, Jan. 11. Amsellem was wearing a kippa when he was attacked.

The teenager who attacked Amsellem came to France from Turkey. He praised ISIS and reportedly told the French authorities, "I don't represent DAESH (ISIS), they represent me."

The same day as the attack on Amsellam, a French Jewish politician was murdered in his home.

Zvi Ammar said what he actually said was taken out of context, but in any event, the incident gave rise to a movement of strength in the face of an apparent suggestion to hide one's Jewishness. Ammar himself is supportive of the "#TousAvecUneKippa" movement.

In addition to encouraging all Jews and other people of ever religion to don a kippa in solidarity with the embattled Jews of France, a photoshop frenzy has broken out, with people posting photos of celebrities or national figures with photoshopped on kippot, along with the hashtag. Some folks have even begun posting obviously "kippa-shopped" famous artwork, such as the Mona Lisa.

Chabad in France have been distributing kippot for all those interested in participating, who don't yet have their own kippot.

kippa'd French actor Kippa'dLisa Kippa'dPutin

Michael Jackson with Kippa Kippa'd Cheese Kippa'd DeNiro

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the U.S. correspondent for The Jewish Press. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety-one?

If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean that one out of five enjoys it?

Why do croutons come in airtight packages?
Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?

If people from Poland are called Poles, then why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car is not called a racist?

If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, then doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

Do Lipton Tea employees take 'coffee breaks?'

What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?

I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks, so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use, Toothpicks?

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail?

Is it true that you never really learn to swear until you learn to drive?

If a cow laughed, would milk come out of her nose?

Whatever happened to Preparations A through G ?

Why, Why, Why do we press harder on the remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?

Why do banks charge a fee due to insufficient funds; when they already know you're broke?

Why is it that when someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe you believe them, but if they tell you there is wet paint you have to touch it to check?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose cruel idea was it to put an "s" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that, no matter what color bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people run over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it and then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

How do those dead bugs get into the enclosed light fixtures?

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

Why, in winter, do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

The statistics on sanity say that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're OK..? (then it's you!)
REMEMBER, A day without a smile is like a day without sunshine!

And a day without sunshine is, like...........night!!!!