Sunday, January 29, 2017

Life in the Womb -The nine month process in a four minute video

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Assess Your Demands

At times we might be much more demanding of others than we realize. Sometimes people comply with our demands - but only with deep resentment.

Try to see things from the point of view of others... and you will be more sensitive to their inner feelings.


Do Not Surrender to Negativity

There are many moments in our life when we feel as though we are bombarded by negativity. Life is already hard enough, but in these low moments, it seems to get even harder. There is no escaping the negativity that we will encounter in our life. So rather than fighting it and wishing it away, change your perception instead

This video shows in just four minutes how a child arrives in this world, from conception to birth. The clip offers a 3D visualization of the development of an embryo in the mother's womb, and will be interesting for both men and women to watch. Incidentally, as little as 20 years ago we could only have dreamed of making this kind of film, for in those days the technology to make an ultrasound image of the inside of the uterus did not exist.

This Freudian test from learning-mind just blew me away when I tried it out. Simply by writing out my personal answers to the following 8 questions it managed to penetrate the inner working of my mind, and reveal to me who I truly am. You've got to try this out for yourself! All you need is some paper and something to write on it with. Number each answer as you write it down. Let us know how well it works for you

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Judge for Yourself Rabbi Joshua b Hoffman

  Ya'akov, in his blessings to his children, tells Dan, "Dan, you should judge your people as one of the tribes of Yisroel." Coming as a blessing, this verse would seem to imply that the tendency for a person to judge is praiseworthy. On the other hand, the Talmud in the first chapter of Pesachim relates that a certain person, whenever he had a clash with another person, would tell him, "let's go to court, I'm suing." The Talmud infers from the same verse cited above, that this contentious person came from Dan. So is a proclivity to judgment a good thing or a bad thing?   Rav Henoch Leibowitz, zt"l, said that engaging in judgement is a character trait. Like all character traits, it must be applied in a measured way, as the word middah, which literally means measure, implies. Some situations need to be approached with a sense of justice, while others require a lighter approach. Ya'akov praised Dan for having that discernment of when to apply din.   Based on this idea, we can explain a gemara in Sotah in regard to the burial of Ya'akov. It related that Eisav came to the burial, and insisted that the plot was his, not Ya'akov's. The tribes thereby sent Naftali to Egypt to get the receipt for it, while in the meantime, Ya'akov remained unburied. Chushim ben Dan saw this, and hit Eisav with a club, thus killing him and enabling the burial of Ya'akov. While other explanations have been given, perhaps we can suggest that Chushim, as a son of Dan, had an innate sense of justice, and even though he was deaf he saw the objective situation in front of him, and applied strict justice.


Kahane on the Parsha
Rabbi Binyamin Kahane- Parshat VaYechi

When Jacob died, his sons took his body to Canaan for burial in Me'arat HaMachpela. When they arrived, however, they found Esav waiting for them with some "news"- "The remaining burial plot in the cave belongs to me," he said.

The stunned sons tried reminding Esav that he sold the spot to Jacob. Nothing doing. After an exchange of words (see Sotah 13a for details), they agreed that Naftali would run to Egypt and bring the document confirming that the burial plot was indeed sold to Jacob. In the meantime, they waited.

One of those waiting was Chushim, son of Dan. Chushim was deaf and therefore did not hear the discussion between his uncles and Esav. At a certain point, he asked his uncles what was causing the delay. They replied that Esav was holding up the burial until Naftali returned from Egypt.

Chushim was shocked: "Should my grandfather lie here in dishonor until Naftali returns?!" He immediately grabbed a stick, ran up to Esav, and killed him with a blow to the head. The Talmud relates that Esav's eyes fell out of their sockets and rested next to the legs of Jacob- an event memorialized by the verse, "The righteous one shall rejoice when he sees vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked" (Psalms 58:11).

This story is very strange. Why was Chushim the only one present who was shocked at what was happening? Why was he the only one who rose up to put an end to the disgraceful situation? Didn't anyone else care about Jacob's honor? Where were the zealots Shimon and Levi? Where was the mighty Yehuda?

The answer to these questions teaches us an awesome lesson. The difference between Chushim and the rest of Jacob's progeny was that Chushim was the only one not involved in the negotiations with Esav. Psychologically, the moment you hear out the other party and consider his point of view, even the most outrageous claim begins to be "understood." The very act of discussing it desensitizes you as you get accustomed to ideas which previously seemed absurd.

Without a doubt, if someone had told Jacob's sons beforehand that Esav was waiting for them at Me'arat HaMachpela to prevent their father's burial, they would have boiled over with holy rage and made sure they knew how to handle the situation. But what happened was, the moment they arrived, Esav made his case: "It's mine." Sure, Jacob's sons were shocked and angry, but it is human nature not to want to leave an argument or claim unanswered. And so they reminded him that he had sold the birthright. Esav immediately countered, "I never sold my burial spot."

At this point, the brothers knew Esav was wrong, but the fact is he had made an argument, and an argument demands some kind of answer. More importantly, at this stage Jacob's sons found themselves in the heat of a negotiation process. A neutral observer could easily get the impression that both sides were making reasonable claims. He would certainly have great difficulty realizing that before him stood a scoundrel whose entire goal was to disgrace Jacob.

Chushim, meanwhile, did not hear any of the back and forth. He knew only one thing: "My grandfather is lying here in disgrace!" Jacob's sons certainly knew exactly the kind of derelict, cheater, and murderer Esav was. But since they had entered into negotiations with him, they began to think that he was perhaps being sincere this time, and said to themselves, "All we need to do is convince him that we are right and everything will be okay." But Chushim did not have the opportunity to become "convinced" of Esav's sincerity and did not understand how the brothers were allowing this low-life to delay, even for a moment, the burial of Jacob, the father of the nation. And so, he stood up and took action!

Sometimes it is forbidden to negotiate. "What's wrong with it?" people ask. "After all, you're only talking?" But it's not so. When you hear out the other person- even if you know he is a liar with evil intentions- you will begin to "understand" him and think there might be something to what he is saying, after all.

Unfortunately, for years now we have been exposed to the lies of our enemies. Recently, even those faithful to Eretz Yisrael have begun to "adjust to the reality." We have grown used to htings that would never have entered our minds only a few years ago. Heaven forbid it! Let us be zealous for truth, and not have inferiority complexes when facing false claims from the lowest of peoples. WE ARE RIGHT! IT IS OUR LAND, AND NO FOREIGN NATION SHALL DWELL IN IT!
Darks Shel Torah, 1997
Shabbat Shalom!

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When we think of beautiful birds, eagles don't often come to mind. Yet, eagles are among nature's most wonderful creatures, and humans have recognized this for a long time. These carnivorous, mysterious birds are frequently taken as symbols of power, courage, and freedom, which are beautiful traits in themselves. Have a look at these wonderful 12 photographs, while you read 25 facts about these most interesting birds of prey.

 1. There are around 60 different species of eagles in the world. Most of these live in Africa and Eurasia, with others found in Australia and the Americas.
2. Almost all eagles are carnivorous, yet the vulturine fish eagle native to sub-Saharan Africa mainly eats oil palm fruit.
3. The largest of all eagles (including the Harpy and Philippine) have a wingspan that reaches more than 8 feet. Some have killed very large prey, such as deer, goats, and monkeys!

4.Female eagles are stronger than males in most eagle species.
5. The martial eagle (and some other species) can soar in the sky for many hours without beating their wings at all. They do so by relying on rising columns of hot air, called thermals.source

  1. A lot of eagle species lay two eggs. In some rare cases (less than 4%), the first eagle to hatch kills its sibling, and their parents don't try to stop this fratricide.
    7. The heaviest eagle in the world, the Steller's sea eagle, can weigh over 20 lbs (9 kg).

    8. Eagles have tremendous eyesight. Whereas humans see three basic colors, eagles see five. They have five times more light sensitive cells (1 million) per square mm of retina than we do. 
    9. The largest ever recorded kill made by an eagle was of a duiker deer, which, at 82 lbs (37 kg), weighed around eight times more than the martial eagle that killed it.

10. Eagles tend to have varied diets, yet some are much more specialized. Verreaux's eagle, for instance, only eats rock hyraxes.
11. The national animal of the Philippines, the giant Philippine eagle is critically endangered. If someone in the Philippines is convicted of killing one, they can face up to 12 years in prison.

12. The largest ever tree nest that we know of was built by a bald eagle. It was 13 feet (4 m) deep, 8.2 feet (2.5 m) wide, and weighed 1.1 short tons (1 metric ton).
13. Known for their high intelligence, eagles in Greece eat turtles by dropping them onto rocks to break open their shells.e

  1. From Roman times until the Middle Ages, some writers believed that eagles were able to look directly at the sun. If their fledglings could not do so without blinking, it was said they would be expelled from the family nest.
    15. 25 countries in the world today use an eagle image for their coat of arms, probably because of the creature's reputation as the 'King of Birds.'16. Bald eagles aren't bald, though the name suggests so. The 'bald' actually comes from the obsolete word 'piebald', which is said to refer to their white heads.
    17. Eagles can lock themselves into position in such a way that they can sleep while perched on a branch.

    18. Eagles put on spectacular aerial displays to attract mates and defend their territories. For the same reason, they fight viciously with each other, locking talons in a free-falling spiral.
    19. There are four loose groups of eagles: fish eagles (that feed on fish), booted eagles (with feathered lower legs), snake eagles (that hunt reptiles), and Harpy eagles (that live in tropical forests).

    20. Around half of an eagle's body mass is made up by an astonishing 7,000 feathers.
    21. The golden eagle is the fastest of the bunch, able to reach speeds of 200 mph (320 km/h). This makes it the second fastest bird in the world, next to the peregrine falcon.

    22. 68% of all bald eagle deaths are human-caused. 23% die when they hit man-made objects and structures, like wires, cars, or buildings, 22% die after being shot, 5% after being trapped, 9% are electrocuted, and 11% are poisoned.
    23. Relative to their size, the wings of an eagle have greater strength and power than an airplane's wings.

    24. Bald eagles have a small hole in their tongue which is an opening to its respiratory system.
    25. While other birds of prey tend to look over their shoulder to see whether they are being followed, eagles do not, perhaps because they are so sure of themselves. 



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