Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blowing in the Wind -the BGs make it real and  Selichot coming


Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Mentally Picture Reaching Great Goals

What would you love to achieve and accomplish? What would you feel great about doing in your life? What meaningful goals would you wish to reach?

Imagine achieving and accomplishing everything that you would wish for.

Picture yourself reaching your highest aspirations and your most meaningful goals. Visualize yourself speaking and acting the way you would wish with the highest and best character traits.

Practice seeing yourself saying and doing the greatest things. Practice seeing yourself achieving everything that you would wish to achieve. This visualization is a great step forward in building your self-confidence.

Love Yehuda Lave

Bee Gees - Blowing' In The Wind


Tefillah Tips – Pre-Selichos Tips / Avinu Malkaynu  


This coming Motzei Shabbat, Ashkenazic Jewry around the world will begin reciting the extra prayers called Selichot. Towards the conclusion of each Selichot service, the famous prayer Avinu Malkaynu is said. It is said through Yom Kippur and on fast days throughout the year. The Ark is opened and several of the verses are said responsively by the entire congregation.

Avinu Malkaynu –Specifically as Our Father Our King is how we approach G-d on these Holy Days. What is the significance of calling out to Hashem as both our Father as well as our King?

The Iyun Tefillah explains that until a Jew reaches Bar/Bat Mitzvah their relationship to G-d is purely as a father since they are not yet culpable for wrongdoing. After reaching maturity, G-d is also our King. We pray through both portals – as our Father and as our Ruler.

Rav Baruch Halevy Epstein writes in his work Baruch Sheamar that a King is not able to relinquish his honor and a transgression against a King must be punished. However, since G-d is also our Father, not just our King we are prayerful that we can receive a positive decree from our merciful Father in heaven.

We actually recite the words Avinu Malkaynu every day in the prayer of Ahavah Rabbah the Tefillah that expresses G-d's incredible love for Israel demonstrated by His giving us the Torah. It is noteworthy that as opposed to a human king that can only be contacted by his inner cabinet and officers. Hashem, the King of all kings is accessible to every one of us whenever we daven.

Both children and parents know that if a child approaches a parent sincerely, humbly and lovingly enough it difficult to say No. It is with this love, humility and awe that we approach our Father and King starting this Saturday night with Selichot.

Avinu Malkenu by IDF Chief Cantor Shai Abramson

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme [Live][Rare]

Sea Plane of the future

Wow! Meet the first fully autonomous flying car! The future is now!

Funny Ikea commercial with Newman

Jewish boy singing about When the Saints come marching in with Sachmo

George Phillips, an elderly man from Walled Lake, Michigan, was going up  to bed, when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom  window. 
George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.   He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?"  
He said "No," but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me  Then the police dispatcher said "All patrols are busy, you should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available"  
George said, "Okay."      
He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again.  

"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. 
Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both; the dogs are eating them right now," and he hung up.  
Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic and an Ambulance  showed up at the Phillips' residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.  
One of the Policemen said to George, "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"  
George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"  
(True Story)  Don't mess with old people
A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office.      
"Is it true," she wanted to know, that the medication you prescribed has to be taken      for the rest of my life?"      
"'Yes, I'm afraid so,"' the doctor told her.  
There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied,      
"I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition because this prescription is      marked       'NO REFILLS'.."  
An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son,  a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. 
As he was about to get the anesthetic, he asked to speak to his son. 
"Yes, Dad , what is it?" 
"Don't be nervous, son; do your best, and just remember, if it doesn't go well,  if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife...."
(I LOVE IT!)      
Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age  and start bragging about it.      
This is so true.      
I love  to hear them say: "You don't look that old."  
The older we get the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.      
(Mostly because we forgot why we we're waiting in line in the first place.)  
When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.  

First you forget names, then you forget faces.      
Then you forget to pull up your zipper...       it's worse when you forget to pull it down.      
Two guys, one old, one young, are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide.      
The old guy says to the young guy,  "Sorry about that. I'm looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn't paying attention to where I was going."      
The young guy says, "That's OK, it's a coincidence.      
I'm looking for my wife, too...      
I can't find her and I'm getting a little desperate."      
The old guy says, "Well, maybe I can help you find her... What does she look like?"      
The young guy says, "Well, she is 27 years old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, is buxom...wearing no bra,      
long legs, and is wearing short shorts.      
What does your wife look like?'      
To which the old guy says, "Doesn't matter,       --- let's look for yours."