Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Prager tells liberals -don't be depressed and Springtime trip to the desert

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Pleasures are like Salt Water

All the material and physical pleasures of this world are like salt water. They just cause a person to desire more and more. It is impossible to quench the thirst for desires by giving into desires. Just the opposite occurs. A person becomes thirstier for more desires. Trying to acquire good traits is entirely different. When you first try to acquire those virtues, you might find it bitter. However, when you master the habit of doing good, you feel great sweetness. Therefore the person who seeks pleasure in becoming a better person will find true enjoyment in life.

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Note to the Left: Four Years Ago, Conservatives Were Just as Depressed

By: Dennis Prager

Published: February 15th, 2017

Here's a news flash for Democrats and other Americans on the left: Four years ago, when Barack Obama was re-elected president, conservatives were just as depressed as you are now that Hillary Clinton lost and Donald Trump won.

I describe this as news because this undoubtedly surprises many of you. You probably never gave a moment's thought to how depressed conservatives were in 2012. (Why would you? Unlike you, we shun hysteria.) But believe me — we were.

Many of us believed that President Obama was doing great damage to America. Now we are convinced that he did more damage to America domestically, to America's position the world and to the world at large than any other two-term president. He left office with racial tensions — many of which he exacerbated — greater than at any time since the civil rights era half a century ago. He left the world's worst regimes — Iran, China, Russia, North Korea and radical Islamist terror groups — stronger and more aggressive than before he became president. Economic growth never rose above 3 percent, a first for a two-term president. He nearly doubled the national debt and had little to nothing to show for it. Obamacare hurt more people financially than it helped medically, including physicians. More people than ever are on government aid. The list is far longer than this.

Moreover, just like most Democrats in 2016, most Republicans in 2012 expected to win.

The depression among conservatives was palpable. To cite only my own experience, I turned the television off on election night. It was too painful to watch. Instead, I played hearts on the computer and listened to Strauss's "Death and Transfiguration" to lighten the mood.
But why does the level of conservative despair four years ago come as a surprise to Americans on the left?
First, unlike much of the left, most conservatives handle despair like mature adults. Most obviously, we didn't riot. In fact, in America, rioting — not to mention shutting down highways and airports, taking over college offices and protesting at peoples' homes — is a monopoly of the left.

  • Nor did we allow our conservative children to take a day off from school to demonstrate.
  • Nor did conservative teachers preach opposition to Obama in their classrooms.
  • Nor did we print posters with the words "Not My President."
  • Nor did conservative clergy declare fast days.

The second reason is that we know you, but you don't know us.

You read, listen to, watch, socialize with and study under leftists. Only if you are stuck with some immediate relatives who aren't on the left do you encounter a nonleftist (let alone a nonleftist idea). Therefore, there is no way you would know how painful it was for conservatives during that time. While liberals feel free to express their emotions and opinions to anyone, anywhere, any time, conservatives, especially those who voted for Trump, live like Marranos.

The Marranos were Jews living in Spain or Portugal during the Spanish Inquisition in the 1400s who lived like Christians but secretly practiced Judaism. That is how most Trump voters have been forced to live. They live like most people and hide their identity as Trump voters, lest they lose their job, their business, their relatives, their friends and/or their good name.

A gay professor writing in The Wall Street Journal recently echoed this analogy when he likened being in the closet as a Trump voter to being in the closet as a gay man when he was younger. He said:

"I began having gay relationships at 25 but remained closeted. I hated lying to people, but in the 1980s and '90s I feared that coming out would estrange me from family and damage my career. Similarly, I now find creative ways to avoid answering whether I voted for Donald Trump. This may be hard for some to believe, but watching protesters today call Trump supporters racists and bigots has been nearly as distressing as being told to 'die in hell, (vulgarity)' 30 years ago. … I am as afraid about acknowledging that I voted for Mr. Trump today as I was about being gay yesterday. There seems to be as little understanding of my political views as there was about my sexual orientation."Finally, leftists lack self-awareness. They think they are the apotheosis of tolerance when in fact they are far less tolerant than most conservatives. They think they embody kindheartedness when in fact the further left you go, the greater the meanness. And they think they suffer uniquely when they lose a national election.

Leftists lack self-awareness, thinking they are the apotheosis of tolerance and kindness when in fact they are far less tolerant than most conservatives: The further left, the greater the meanness

Dennis Prager

About the Author: Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.com. His latest book is "Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph."

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Temple Mount Crowdsifting Project Discovers Shells of Snails Used for Making Blue Fringes (Tekhelet)


The rock snail shell possibly used to make the blue dye for fringes

Murex trunculus, a rock snail shell, believed to have been used in the process of making tehelet, the blue dye for the tzitzit-fringes was discovered by the Singer family from Jerusalem, who participate in the Temple Mount Sifting Project (TMSP).


The sifting project, under the auspices of Bar-Ilan University, began in 1999 after the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement conducted illegal renovations on the Temple Mount and disposed some 9,000 tons of dirt mixed with invaluable archaeological artifacts. This illegal bulldozing destroyed innumerable artifacts which were dumped as garbage in the nearby Kidron Valley. Archaeologists Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira retrieved the matter from the dump, and in 2004 started sifting through it. Their initiative became the TMSP with the goal of rescuing ancient artifacts and conducting research to enhance our understanding of the archaeology and history of the Temple Mount. Over the past 12 years, TMSP has grown into a crowdsifting project of international significance, with help from some 200,000 volunteers of all ages, and thousands of valuable finds have been discovered, unearthing the discarded history of the Temple Mount.

Making tehelet requires special skills as well as a lot of snails, according to the TMSP blog. Dye can be collected by crushing the snails, or by laboriously milking the snails and collecting the excretion. 12,000 snails might yield 1.4 grams of dye, which is only enough to color the trim of a single garment. Though, according to the Tekhelet site, approximately 30 snails are needed to make one set of strings. The production of the Royal Blue or Royal Purple dye was very expensive, making it an almost exclusive sign of kingship and royalty. Interestingly, the color of this dye becomes more vibrant when left in the sun, and it is possible that different versions of the color can be made by making the dye in the sun or in the shade.

What was the murex shell doing on the Temple Mount? When one finds a shell in a place as remote from the sea as Jerusalem, it means it was used by humans for some purpose. So far, more than 20 murex trunculus shells have been discovered in the sifting, and it could be surmised that there was a workshop for dye production on the Temple Mount, and these shells were used to create the dye for fabrics used in the Temple. The TMSP blog speculates the dye production was being kept on site for purity reasons.

TMSP has not yet dated these shells, waiting until they discover evidence linking them to another, datable, artifact. Their blog notes that carbon dating costs around $400 per test, and in order to reach statistical significance they would need to test around 20 shells, so, before they spend the money, they want to gather more scientific evidence.


Rabbi's advice

A man goes to see the Rabbi. "Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it." 

The Rabbi asked, "What's wrong?" 

The man replied, "My wife is going to poison me." 

The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks, "How can that be?" 

The man then pleads, "I'm telling you, I'm certain she's going to poison me. What should I do?" 

The Rabbi then offers, "Tell you what. Let me talk to her, I'll see what I can find out and I'll let you know." 

A week later the Rabbi calls the man. 
He says, "I spoke to your wife on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?" 

The man said, "Yes" and the Rabbi replied, "Take the poison."  

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and what to do about it

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Give Others the Benefit of the Debt

Someone in need of money asked the great sage The Taz for a loan. The Taz did not have any cash on hand, so he gave the man a valuable household item to give to a pawnbroker. The pawnbroker would give the man the money, and The Taz would later redeem the article.

When The Taz went to the pawnbroker, he found out that the man had taken twice as much money as they had agreed upon.

Nevertheless, The Taz remained calm and said: "It was fortunate that I didn't have any money available when the person asked for the loan. He evidently needed more money than he asked me for, but was probably too shy to ask for a larger loan. My giving him an article to pawn enabled him to receive the money he really needed without having to approach a second person for another loan."

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Say no to the Fear By: Rifka Schonfeld


I am tired










Tired of not being sure


Tired of needing             to make sure

to be certain


That things are             off,




As they should be…



The above is the beginning of a poem I found written by someone who is struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The author who goes by "Forever Learning," ends the poem with "I want to be free." This poet's OCD makes him tired and trapped in the constant need to make sure and to be certain, like many others who suffer from the anxiety disorder.

In recent years, the term "OCD" entered into the vernacular – people have started to say, "Oh, you are so OCD!" when their friends are worried about seemingly silly things. But, what does the term really mean?

Each of us knows what it feels like to be anxious or apprehensive: the night before a big test, going on a date, or when preparing for Yom Kippur. So, how do you distinguish that normal anxiety from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

The World Health Organization estimates that around 2.5% of the world's population is affected by OCD – ranging from children to senior citizens. Evidence is strong that OCD tends to run in families. Of course, having a genetic tendency for OCD does not mean a person will develop it.

Dr. Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph of the Emours Center for Children's Health Media states that people "with OCD become preoccupied with whether something could be harmful, dangerous, wrong, or dirty — or with thoughts about bad stuff that might happen. With OCD, upsetting or scary thoughts or images, called obsessions, pop into a person's mind and are hard to shake."


Whereas with regular anxious thoughts, a person can be distracted from thinking them, or be able to suppress them, in a person with OCD the rise in anxiety is so strong that the person feels that he or she must perform the task or dwell on the thought over and over again, to the point where it interferes with everyday life. Patrick McGrath, Ph.D., author of The OCD Answer Book, adds, "OCD is a mental disorder that affects the deepest parts of a person's brain. It is not something to be wished away or punished into submission."

Here are different areas where obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors may be concentrated:

            Washing and cleaning: People who consistently wash and clean may have a fear of getting contaminated or spreading contamination. To offset this, someone with OCD might engage in excessive showering and washing in order to kill germs. Often, this can lead to extremely dry skin that cracks and bleeds.

            Hoarding: People may resist throwing out objects because they believe the item might have a use in the future. At times, this can mean saving meaningless scraps of paper or souvenir baseball caps from years ago.

            Checking: Before going to sleep, people with OCD will frequently check and recheck the locks on doors and window. Prior to leaving the house, they will ensure that the stove is off, sometimes returning to confirm several times.



If someone you know shows signs of OCD, talk to a health care professional. In screening for OCD, most doctors use a tool called a structured clinical interview to determine if the person has consistent symptoms. These interviews contain standardized questions to ensure that each patient is interviewed in the same way.



Once diagnosed, the most successful treatment helps people change their thoughts and feelings by first changing behavior. Often, it involves exposing people to their fears in order for them to recognize that no disastrous outcomes will occur, thus eventually decreasing their anxiety. Over time, the affected person gains confidence that he or she can fight OCD. They learn that giving into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder does not make the worries go away. An important note, though, is that this method of treatment should be provided by a professional and not simply attempted at home.

The good news is that with increased awareness, OCD is treatable and surmountable. The first step is recognizing the fear – then you can learn how to fight it. In a children's book that I wrote about anxiety entitled My Friend, the Worrier, the main character Shimon begins to feel like his life is under the control of his anxiety and OCD. Throughout the book, as Shimon's worries grow, the monster that follows him continues to grow. Only when he begins to say "no" to the monster and refuses to "feed" it, does the monster begin to shrink. The book is a great resource for children suffering from any form of anxiety, and can help adults speak to children about this important issue. In addition, there are plenty of other children's books available on the subject, as well as workbooks and self-help books.

As a community, we can choose to address these anxiety disorders head on without stigmatizing them. This way, everyone can stop feeling so tired of fighting the battle alone!

Rifka Schonfeld

About the Author: An acclaimed educator and social skills specialist, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years.


The Jew who discovered Penicillin's use

Ernst Boris Chain, about whom it is no exaggeration to say that he was one of the most important scientists in world history, is nonetheless a name that you may not recognize. Here is his incredible story.

The discovery of penicillin is attributed to Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), who sought to find a chemical substance that would destroy infectious bacteria without harming tissues or weakening the body's defenses. An accidental observation in 1928, which was a direct result of his disorderly habit of not discarding culture plates promptly, led to the discovery that if penicillium notatum were grown in the appropriate substrate, it would discharge a substance with antibiotic properties, which he dubbed "penicillin."

This serendipitous observation began the modern era of antibiotics, when the active ingredient in that mold later turned out to be a potent infection-fighting agent and the world's most effective life-saving drug.

Exhibited here is a November 9, 1951 correspondence from Fleming to photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after a several-hour sitting that resulted in Eisenstaedt's production of the scientist's defining portrait. Fleming complains, in jest:

I have suffered but now the ordeal is over. I can only hope that the results justify the time and trouble spent. It seems to me that bacteriology is easier than photography.

The "ordeal" of which Fleming writes was no doubt his 1951 photography session with Eisenstaedt, who captured him in the lab, depicting him as carefully studying an upheld petri dish. Eisenstaedt (1898 – 1995) was a Jew who, after escaping Germany at the onset of the Holocaust, went on to become universally recognized as the defining photojournalist of the twentieth century.

Though Fleming was the first to explore the special properties of the distinctive penicillin mold, he saw no way to extract it and, convinced its anti-bacterial qualities were unsuited to action in the human body, concluded that its production was unworkable. He therefore ceased all research into the substance.

The truly great scientific advance began when German-Jewish biochemist Ernst Chain (1906-1979), today recognized as a major founder of the field of antibiotics, perhaps the single most important revolution in medicine, came upon Fleming's original paper on penicillin in the British Journal of Experimental Pathology and solved the mystery of penicillin's chemical nature.

It was Chain who recognized the potential of Fleming's nearly forgotten discovery, and it was he who isolated and purified the active antibacterial substance and worked out its molecular structure. Using samples that Chain produced, he and Howard Florey, also a Jewish refugee from Hitler, demonstrated penicillin's stability, nontoxicity, and effectiveness against infections in laboratory animals and humans.

Moreover, it was Chain and Florey who figured out how to mass-produce it in drug form, thereby saving countless millions of lives. Many know that Fleming received the 1945 Nobel Prize for his work with penicillin, but few remember that he shared the award with co-recipients Chain and Florey. (The focus of this article, however, will be on Chain's life and contributions.)

Chain was born in Berlin, where he earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry and physiology (1930) and spent three years working on enzyme research. One of the fortunate few who recognized what the rise of National Socialism meant for the Jews, he left Germany soon after Hitler came to power and emigrated to England, where he worked as a professor and research scientist at Cambridge and then Oxford University. His mother and sister, however, remained in Germany and were subsequently murdered during the Holocaust.

Chain was a proud Jew. As he explained in a lecture at the University of London in 1970, "As far as my own actions are concerned, I am trying to be guided by the laws, ethics, and traditions of Judaism as formulated in the Old Testament." He married within the faith (to chemist Anne Beloff) and was an outspoken anti-assimilationist. He was also a dedicated Zionist and a powerful advocate for providing a Jewish education to young Jews; in fact, his own children, after spending time on various Israeli kibbutzim, received a religious education in Israel. In words that could well summarize the role of a yeshiva day school education today, Chain explained:

We must have appropriately trained teachers who can transmit to the young that the traditions of Judaism are not archaic and dusty, but have great relevance to the problems facing us in the modern world.


Toward that end, he chose Rabbi Baruch Horowitz, head of the Jerusalem Academy of Jewish Studies, about whom he wrote:

I am quite certain of one fact. If we get too far from the basic ethical laws of Judaism, Israel as a country and the Jews living in the diaspora are doomed, and sooner or later they will disappear. Rabbi Horowitz is one of the rare people who can get the values of Judaism across to young people, and he can get them to accept that they are as valid today as they were when they were formulated 3,000 years ago.

In "Why I Am a Jew," a speech he delivered at the World Jewish Conference of Intellectuals in 1965, Chain said:

While we have witnessed astonishing technological progress over the last 4,000 years, human relations have remained essentially unchanged since the time the Torah was written, and have to be regulated by very much the same laws.For this reason, the fundamental teaching of Judaism, as expressed in the Old Testament, and developed by the great sages of the Middle Ages, one unitarian Almighty, benevolent, all-pervading, eternal Divine force, of which the spirit of man was created an image, is for me still the most rational way of accepting man's position and fate in this world and the Universe.

And in a speech accepting a Doctorate of Philosophy Honoris Causa from Bar-Ilan University, he stated:

In the search for an ethical code of behavior we have to look for more lasting values than scientific discoveries or theories. We, the Jewish people, have had the extraordinary privilege to have been given a lasting code of ethical values in the divinely inspired laws and traditions of Judaism which have become the basic pillars of the Western world.

Shortly after World War II, Chain was invited to make aliyah and to set up his own biochemical department at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovoth. He was promised that a new building devoted to biochemistry and biology would be built to his specifications and that he could name his own salary. He accepted an invitation to visit Eretz Yisrael in April 1946, where he lectured to the Convention of Palestinian Chemists on "The Chemical Constitution of the Penicillins" and later spoke on the same subject at Hebrew University. In a dramatic personal appeal, Chaim Weizmann wrote to him:

I do not know how much weight my words may have with you when you will be considering your further connections with the new center at Rehovoth, but I must tell you that it would be a great benefit to Palestine as a whole and for science in our country in particular, if you could make your residence here…. with the help of your authority we might be able to build up in Palestine a local tradition of science of which there is to date only a modest beginning…. your great discovery has made you a man chosen to do a great service to Palestine. So much depends on your presence here; in fact, everything…

Though Chain cared deeply about Eretz Yisrael and was by many accounts leaning toward accepting Weizmann's offer, he had great difficulty balancing his Zionism against the best interests of the future of antibiotics and his decision to reject the offer was ultimately made by a combination of the Arab armies' invasion of Israel in May 1948 and an attractive offer to work at the Superior Institute of Health in Rome.

Chain believed that advancing the development of penicillin, and curing diseases that were the scourge of the entire human race, were ultimately more important and could not effectively be pursued in Israel, a country beset by war.

Nonetheless, he continued his strong support of Israel in general, remaining active in Jewish organizations and in Israeli institutions of higher education, and of the Weizmann Institute in particular, serving as a member of its Board of Governors. He also received honorary degrees from Yeshiva University (1948) and from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1961).

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About the Author: Saul Jay Singer, a nationally recognized legal ethicist, serves as senior legal ethics counsel with the District of Columbia Bar. He is a collector of extraordinary original Judaica documents and letters, and his column appears in The Jewish Press every week. Mr. Singer welcomes comments at saul.singer@verizon.net.


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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Yael Trump attends early morning minion

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Admit Your Mistakes

Don't defend an error when you know you are wrong. Most often you can't fool others. You can  fool yourself.

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Ivanka Trump's Rabbi: "She Attends Early Morning Minyan"

Rabbi Hier, the rabbi at President Donald Trump's inauguration who is also close with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, was interviewed by Israel's Channel 2's News Reporter and Anchorwoman Sivan Rahav Meir at his office in the Los Angeles Simon Wiesenthal Center.

"I also got permission to actually say 'If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill' in Hebrew," Rabbi Hier began. "But then what happened was, on the morning of the inauguration, somebody from the inauguration committee came over to me and said, 'Rabbi, we have a dilemma.

The Latino representative, he also came to us for permission to recite one of the Hallelujahs in Hebrew. It would seem like all the quotes will be in Hebrew."

Rabbi Hier talked about Ivanka and JAred as well saying, "Not only do they come to my lessons, they come to other scholars' lessons.

"But yes, they come, and I can tell you that I've seen with my own eyes that… when you have an early minyan, and it's… at 7 o'clock on a holiday morning, the only woman there with the first arrivals is Ivanka.

"If the minyan started at seven, and you're at Hallel at 7:45, she's long there… They're wonderful people, and whatever advice I'm sure they're going to give their father, or father-in-law, will be good advice on behalf of the state of Israel.

"I'm honored to be the first Orthodox rabbi in the history of the inauguration to deliver a prayer."

Rabbi Hier had a few opinions of his own about the inauguration. "Why are the Obamas there? Why are the Bushes? And what about Jimmy Carter? Not a great friend of the State of Israel," he said.

"What are they doing there? They're there because it's the right thing to do.

"Absolutely [I saw feedback about my participation]. It never occurred to me that anti-Semitism only the naive people in the world think there are no anti-Semites.

"The world hates to see a rabbi with a yarmulka.

"These anti-Semites, when they see a rabbi with a yarmulka, they think, 'Oh my G-d, the Moshiach (Messiah) is here already! Look at this, a rabbi with a yarmulka is at the inauguration.

"Good. Let them not sleep. It's wonderful for them to see that," Rabbi Hier concluded.



His Portrait is on the Two Dollar Bill.

This is amazing.
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. Also could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started his own law practice.

At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America" And retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33, took three years to revise Virginia's legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, served in Congress for two years.

At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.

At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.

At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size.

At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired to Monticello ..

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today.

Jefferson really knew his stuff.

A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe ." 

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." 

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." 

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." 

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." 

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." 


"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."



Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

Do You Remember Sam Levenson?

Remember Sam Levenson? Not enough people do. He was such a clever man  but time has diminished the memory of his wit. I thought I'd resurrect him, as his words today are as pithy as they were when he wrote them.

"Many wise words are spoken in jest, but they don't compare with the number of stupid words spoken in earnest."

"The first screw to get loose in your head is the one that holds your tongue in place."

"A goat also has a beard, but that doesn't make him a rabbi."

"You're only young once. After that it takes some other excuse for behaving like an idiot."

"Even if the majority agrees on an idiotic idea, it is still an idiotic idea."

"The greatness of this or any country may still be measured by the number of people trying to get IN vs. The number trying to get OUT."

"The best defense of our country is to keep it at all times WORTH defending."

"War doesn't prove who is right; only who is left."

"War is better at abolishing nations than nations are at abolishing wars."

"You can't shake hands with a clenched fist."

"The U.N. Has been as effective against war as foghorns have been against Fog."

"Behind every successful Jew stands a bigot who could not stop him."

"There are more important things in life than money. The trouble is they all cost money."


The heading is cut off below on the man thowing his child up in the air. The first picture is how he sees it, the second is how the child sees it, and the third is how his wife sees it.

Better be careful (joke)


This one is priceless. A lesson to be learned from
typing the wrong email address!!

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.

Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the e-mail.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston , a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack.

The widow decided to check her e-mail expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.

The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I've Arrived
Date: July 19, 2010

I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in.

I've seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

  1. S. Sure is freaking hot down here!!!!





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BREAKING: Orthodox Jewish Youth's Finger Sawed Off in Anti-Semitic Paris Attack

BREAKING: Orthodox Jewish Youth's Finger Sawed Off in Anti-Semitic Paris Attack

Two young  kippah wearing  brothers were violently beaten by a gang of Middle Eastern looking men in Paris.  One of the youths reportedly had his finger sawed off by one of the assailants in an apparent anti-Semitic attack which preceded with shouts of  "Dirty Jewish (expletive) you will die!"

The BNVCA ( Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism )  reported Thursday that the two young men, who are sons of one of the community leader in the town of Bondy in Paris.

The two young Jews were riding in their vehicle on the RN3 street when they were spotted and approached by two occupants of a pick-up truck, who initially cut them off and tried to swerve them off the road.

The aggressors insulted them, shouting "Dirty Jewish (expletive) you will die!"  The victims reported they were forced off the road near a Hooka bar and were violently kicked and punched. The assailants also warned them "If you move we will  kill you!" according to the BNVCA report.

One of the assailants was armed with a saw-knife which he used to cut a finger off from the hand of one of the young victims.

The assailants then fled and the victims managed to drive to the hospital where they were described to be in  shock and wounded. The police came to the hospital where they interviewed the young Jews and they took their complaint.
The police are looking for the anti-Jewish aggressors, who are thought to be a father and son team on Middle-Eastern descent.

The BNVCA has is lending all support to the Jewish youths and has appointed two of their staff Mr. Sabine Tourjman and Mr. Charles Baccouche to be at disposal of the two Jewish victims to defend their interests and to assist them in pursuing justice.



The last major attack against Jews in France was at the HyperCacher supermarket on  9 January 2015, when  Islamist terrorist Amedy Coulibaly held several hostages at gunpoint at the Porte de Vincennes branch in the eastern suburbs of Paris. Four Jewish hostages were murdered by Coulibaly, who then was killed by police.


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