Sunday, November 13, 2016

Israeli invention aims to take smartphones out of family time and Lenard Cohen passes away

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Focus Reinforces

Whatever you focus on gets reinforced. Focus on serenity. Use the word "serenity" frequently. Get in the habit of saying sentences like, "I would like to be more serene." "My goal is to master serenity." "I will be aware of what I can do to increase my serenity." "The way of serenity is going to be my way."

Self control in life is 99% of life. Below is a gimmick to force you to turn off your phone by sticking it in the box. You could turn it off but that would take self control. Billions are spent on weight control schemes to sell you smaller portions at four times the price. Cutting the portion in half works, but it takes self control.

May you be blessed in the new year with working on your self control.


Love Yehuda Lave

Israeli invention aims to take smartphones out of family time

An Israeli invention, launched on Tuesday, has set out to put quality back in family time by taking smartphones out of the equation.

The device, called Pause, is a sleek designed box that blocks Wi-Fi, incoming calls, text messages or emails from cellphones placed inside of it.

Using the "out of sight, out of mind" principle, it strives to "remove the temptation of peeking at email or social media when focus is needed elsewhere," the company said.

Pause co-founder Yuval Lazi explained he got the idea about 18 months ago, sitting at the dinner table with his family.

"It was one of these normal day when I come back from work and I manage to actually arrive before dinner time and we sat, the whole family, around a table, over food," he recalled. "But instead of doing what a family should be doing, which is talking, I just received one email from work, and I had to answer it immediately, and then you get a whats app, and there's a call."

Within seconds, Lazi found himself completely immersed and focused on the screen of his smartphone.

When he finally lifted his head up, he realized his three year- old son Liam had been trying to get his attention repeatedly for over a minute.

"He looked at me and said 'Dad, please put your phone in your pocket,'" Lazi told The Jerusalem Post. "I realized that I was so wrong, and it just turned something inside me."

According the 2014 State of the Kid report released by the company Highlights, which makes educational products for children, Lazi's son is not alone.

The report shows 62% of kids feel like their parents are distracted or focused on other things when they're trying to talk to them, the main culprit being cell phones.

Knowing the problem extended to more than just his dinner table, Lazi then decided to partner with childhood friends and create Pause.

According to him, the main purpose of the device is to serve as a constant reminder for people to put their phones aside.

"People say to us that they can just turn off their phones, they don't need our product," he told the Post. "The thing is: nobody does."

"But if you do it as a ritual, as something that everybody does together, then people will be more likely to do it," he continued. "We are a tool, we don't replace education. If you don't have the drive to do it then you'll never do it. But if you want to do it and don't know how, we are offering you something to help you."

He pointed out that Pause can also be used in a workplace setting. The 2015 Lireo Workplace Culture and Communication report shows indeed that 47% of workers say that their biggest issue during meetings is that other participants aren't paying attention.

The Pause box started selling on Tuesday on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. It retails for $40. 

I see--they can't turn off their phone which is free, but they will put in into the box???? Right-this is similar to paying thousands of dollars for the weight loss programs where they give you a smaller portion for twice the price...If you take 1/2 the portion you save four times the price, but people want help!

Five of Leonard Cohen's most Jewish songs 'I'm not looking for new religion. I'm quite happy with the old one, with Judaism,' the singer once said


He passed away at 82 on Thrusday. Writer of


Cohen's most famous song, covered dozens of times, is an explicit allusion to the Psalms and stories from the Jewish prophets, from King David to Samson. The song opens:

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?

The second verse melds two Biblical stories. It opens telling the story of David seeing Batsheva, his future wife, bathing on a rooftop, and ends with imagery of her tying him down and cutting his hair — an allusion to Samson and Delilah.

Who By Fire

Another of Cohen's most well-known songs, "Who By Fire" is an adaptation of "Unetaneh Tokef," the central High Holiday prayer. The prayer's verses narrate the Day of Judgment, describing the various ways people will live, die, succeed and suffer over the coming year. Cohen adapts the language almost word-for-word:

And who by fire, who by water
who in the sunshine, who in the night time
who by high ordeal, who by common trial
who in your merry, merry month of May
who by very slow decay
and who shall I say is calling?


JTA — Leonard Cohen, whose death was announced Thursday night, was one of the most explicitly Jewish popular songwriters since the ancient King David, whose Psalms he expertly imitated over a five-decade career.


Cohen was the grandson of two distinguished Canadian rabbis, one of whom helped found many of Montreal's central Jewish and Zionist institutions. The other, who wrote a thesaurus of the Talmud, was known as "Sar HaDikdukim," the Prince of Grammarians.

Even as a practicing Buddhist, Cohen never stopped thinking of himself as a Jew, telling an interviewer, "I'm not looking for new religion. I'm quite happy with the old one, with Judaism." But he was ecumenical in his range of subjects and references. Cohen's first hit, "Suzanne," speaks of perhaps the most famous Jew, Jesus, saying, "he himself was broken, long before the sky would open. Forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone."

Cohen, himself a master of language, saturated his lyrics with the Biblical imagery and Jewish liturgy he knew intimately. His songs adapted well known Jewish prayers and retold Judaism's central stories.


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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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