Monday, July 18, 2016

"It is a sin to deceive your neighbor. It is a crime to deceive yourself."

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Refresh Your Self-Image

Some people think that since one's self-image is largely based on how parents, teachers, and friends treated them when they were young, they can do little to change their self-image. But this is wrong.

It is true that our self-image is based largely on our past. But what counts is how we judge ourselves in the present. Regardless of how we were considered by others, we have the ability to change our own attitude towards ourselves.

Imagine that a monarch's young son was captured by bandits and raised by them. They treated him as a lowly servant and that is how he viewed himself. At the age of 25, he was returned to his father the king. His attitude toward himself will be transformed almost immediately. The prince now realizes that his original view of himself was based on a mistaken notion and he will now view himself as a member of royalty.

This is the Torah evaluation of human beings. Every person is created in the image of God. We are all nobility and should view ourselves accordingly. Lowly self-images are based on mistaken notions - and we all have the ability to change those notions if we choose.

Once you internalize this concept, you can look back at your past experiences and picture how you would have dealt with difficult situations if you would have had a positive, confident attitude. Don't look back with regret. Rather use this as a tool to rewrite, as it were, your past history. This will have a powerful effect on all that you do in the future.

Love Yehuda Lave

My son is a hero for murdering a child

My son is a hero," she says. "My son died as a martyr defending Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque. Praise be to God, he is united with the martyrs before him, and he is not better than them. God willing, all of them will follow this path, all the youth of Palestine."

Another proud Palestinian" mom.

 IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) are investigating how 19-year old terrorist Mohammad Tarairah, from the village of Bani Naim near Hebron, managed to climb the fence surrounding Kiryat Arba and enter the settlement.
Tarairah had no obstructions when he the entered into the Ariel family's house, and killed 13-year old Hallel Yaffa while she slept in her bed.
Tarairah's, according to his proud mom was just doing  what should be expected from a true son of"Palestine" should  do.
Every  element of his society has created this monster and surely  many more will follow in his wake.
There can not be a sharper dichotomy between two societies living side by side.
We build they destroy.
We nourish, they poison
We pray for peace
They hope for destruction.
We make a garden of Eden from waste land, they create waste land where there was desert.
This is true in every part of the world and has nothing to do with "Jerusalem or al Aksa.."
It is  so simple and clear that it is an embarrassment for the sophisticated "moral relativism" professors.
The Torah observed the phenomenon from the very beginning:
"A wild ass among men(Ishmael); his hand shall be against every man, and every man's hand against him. And he shall dwell over against all his brethren" (Genesis 16:12).

It is not acceptable  that a entire culture is just plain bad and has nothing to offer the world. There  must be an enlightened explanation; some fault that we  can pin on ourselves.. or better yet, on the Jews.

Here  too our Rabbis have identified the situation: " Esau hates Jacob - it is the law". So much for the enlightened professors
When it comes to the Jews, the laws of history and fair play do not apply.
I  understand the enemies of the Jewish people wether they are of Ishmael, Esau . It is in their genes. It is not about logic
What continues to sadden, disappoint and interest me most are the Jewish enemies of the Jewish people.
This  too is an ancient phenomenon, at least from the time that a Jew informed on Moses to the Egyptian authorities.

During the "holy month of Ramadan" Muslims are known to be more prone to violence. I know it is an oxymoron but it is what it is  Perhaps fasting daily for  a month  makes them irritable..
It wasn't a surprise then that  this week Muslim "worshipers" on Temple Mount attacked Jewish visitors.
Why not?
The Israeli police exercising their full authority, solved the problem; once again, they expelled all Jews from the mount for the rest of the week.
Hey, if the Jews weren't there the rocks would have no place to strike right?
Two days ago there  was a near lynch of eight Jews  in Ramallah. "Nine Israelis were successfully rescued from Ramallah, after they entered the city Wednesday night, the IDF said Thursday. The Israelis were not harmed, but the vehicles they used to enter Ramallah were destroyed by rioters.
The Israelis were members of a leftist group who had gone to Ramallah to join in an iftar (post-Ramadan feast) meal. The group had been invited by members of a Palestinian group, and they entered Ramallah through the Kalandiya crossing. Late Wednesday, IDF officials got word that a riot was erupting in Ramallah and that Israeli cars were being stoned. An IDF unit entered Ramallah and quickly removed the Israelis, who feared that the Arab mob was set to attack them."

Now, I understand the enemy. It has  been foretold even though it is not logical. But what about Jews who consort and abet the  enemy and never learn?

Can we simply expect this self destructive  logical behavior?


No  more tired explanations or justifications; just yes.

That's the way it is and has been through out our very unnatural history.

I recently watched a documentary about the  genesis of the Israel -  "Palestinian" conflict.

The Arabs interviewed offered their  own contrived narrative in a  emotive, vigorous manner as usual.

One of the Jewish experts explained that, true the "Palestinian"  narrative is largely a fabrication but it is the memory that they  have adopted. Therefor , he suggested,  we not challenge their narrative too vigorously but rather, we should acknowledge it and  choose to forget certain parts of our own  history. Thus we will not be  at constant logger heads with our  neighbors with whom we must come to an understanding..

Is it not the wise elder statesman, Shimon Peres who  always urges us to understand that, "history is not important."? We can determine a  future of peace, not burdened by the  heavy weight of history.

So the killer's mother is convinced that her son was martyred for their Jerusalem and we clear the  Temple mount of Jews  to show  how right  they are.

The famous Kutzker rebbe said,"It is a sin to deceive your neighbor. It is  a crime to deceive yourself."

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