Sunday, October 23, 2016

Make my day!! We end and and begin the Torah and Clint Eastwood shows how it is done.

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

An Emergency Tool For The Sensitive

At times there is so much suffering in the world that a sensitive person finds it difficult to tolerate. The Brisker Rav, Rabbi Yitzhak Zev Soloveitchik, applied the following Talmudic statement as his advice for such people in such times: "He who wants to live should act as if he were dead." The Talmud teaches that if you feel the suffering of others too  much you can not function.

There are times when human suffering is so great that a person who feels the suffering of others will simply not be able to continue living. While we have an obligation to feel the suffering of others, we should protect ourselves from overdoing it and destroying ourselves.

At times, said the Brisker Rav, we should adopt an attitude as if we were no longer alive and only then will we be able to exist. Like everything else, don't take this out of context. Feeling the suffering of others is good, because it helps you emphasize for them. We are talking about feeling it so much you can not function.

Love Yehuda Lave

Celebrate Simchat Torah/Shimini Atzeret

Immediately following the seven-day festival of Sukkot comes the festival of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah (October 23-25, 2016 in America only October 24 in Israel) when we conclude — and begin anew — the annual Torah reading cycle. The holiday is marked with unbridled rejoicing, especially during the "hakafot" procession, as we march, sing and dance with the Torah scrolls.
"On Simchat Torah," goes the chassidic adage, "we rejoice in the Torah, and the Torah rejoices in us; the Torah, too, wants to dance, so we become the Torah's dancing feet."
As the month of Tishrei comes to a close, we have experienced and celebrated the most powerful moments of the Jewish year. As the Torah reading cycle comes to an end, we have read, studied and were inspired by its timeless teachings. As we start reading the Torah all over again, what new lessons, insights, and inspiration will we derive this time around?
Wishing you a most joyful holiday!
Love Yehuda Lave

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Everybody dies, but not everyone lives

Little known facts

Coca-Cola was originally green. 
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It is impossible to lick your elbow. 
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The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: 
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The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% 
(now get this...) 
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The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38% 
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The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: 
$ 16,400
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The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 
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Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.. 
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The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer. 
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The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments. 
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Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
  Spades - King David 
Hearts - Charlemagne 
Clubs - Alexander, the Great 
Diamonds - Julius Caesar 
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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321 
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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse  has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. 
If the horse has one front leg in the air, 
the person died because of wounds received in battle. 
If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. 
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Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later. 
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Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? 
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Q.. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you
would find the letter 'A'?  A.  One thousand 
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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes,  windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?  A.  All were invented  by women. 
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Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil? A. Honey 
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Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?  A. Father's Day 
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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. 
When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on.   Hence, the phrase ...'Goodnight , sleep tight' 
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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and, because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon. 
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In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.' . . .  It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'  
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Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill , they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice. 
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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow! 
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  1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.  2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.  3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.  4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you. 
  5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.  6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries...    7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen. 
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic, and you turn around to go and get it .  10. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.   11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )  12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.  13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.  14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.  15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list .
  ~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~ ~~~~~~~  NOW you're LAUGHING at yourself! "Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused!"

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See you on Tuesday (after Shimini Atzaret) bli neder

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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