Only a person whose mind is free from worrying can be considered truly free.
Many wars have been fought to gain liberation. People have willingly undergone many hardships to gain freedom. It makes sense, therefore, to make the effort to free your mind from needless worry.
Love Yehuda Lave
Triple treat: Eclipse, comet, full moon all coming Friday night
Sky-watchers will enjoy a rare space triple-header Friday night and early Saturday morning: A "penumbral" lunar eclipse during the full "snow" moon — and the flyby of a comet.
Here's a look at what you will see if you set your eyes to the night sky:
Penumbral lunar eclipse
Eagle-eyed sky-watchers will see a "penumbral" lunar eclipse Friday evening during the full moon.
Not as spectacular — or noticeable — as a total lunar eclipse, this rather subtle phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of Earth's shadow (known as the penumbra), according to EarthSky.org.
The outer shadow of the Earth blocks part — but not all — of the sun's rays from reaching the moon, making it appear slightly darker than usual.
The 'Great American Eclipse' is a year from today
The exact moment of the penumbral eclipse is 7:43 p.m. ET (6:43 p.m. CT, 5:43 p.m. MT and 4:43 p.m. PT), NASA said.
The eclipse will be visible from Europe, Africa, western Asia and eastern North and South America, NASA reports.
About 35% of all eclipses are of the penumbral type.
Full "snow" moon
As required during any lunar eclipse, the moon will be full Friday night. And this month it's nicknamed the "snow" moon. This is also what makes it Tu B Shvat the 15th of the month. All full moons are on the 15th of the Hebrew Month.
According to the Farmers' Almanac, full moon names date back to Native Americans in the northern and eastern U.S. Each full moon has its own name.
"The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon," the almanac reports. "Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred."
Calling February's full moon the "snow" moon is right on target: On average, February is the USA's snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service.
The Farmer's Almanac reports some tribes referred to February's moon as the "hunger" moon, because harsh weather conditions made hunting difficult.
Supersized! Supermoon will be biggest in nearly 70 years
A few hours after the eclipse, Comet 45P, which has been visible after sunset for the past two months through binoculars and telescopes, makes its closest approach to Earth, when it will be "only" 7.4 million miles away, NASA said.
Look to the east around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, where it will be visible in the sky in the constellation Hercules. Binoculars or a telescope could be helpful. Watch for a bright blue-green "head" with a tail.
It will be visible in various points of the night sky until the end of February, according to NASA. If you miss it, don't worry: It will return again in 2022, said Jane Houston Jones of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
See the video at USA's site: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2017/02/07/penumbral-lunar-eclipse-snow-moon-comet/97593778/
Shlomo Katz - Niggun of the Birds שלמה כ״ץ - ניגון הציפורים
Fund raising project for female lone soldiers
Lone Soldier Center (LSC) in Memory of Michael Levin.
A Steering Committee, comprised of 16 lay leaders, is undertaking a fundraising project to raise $60,000+ in funds to establish a Bayit L'Chayalot - apartments for about 10 female lone soldiers in greater Jerusalem (see the description in the attached flyer).
This funding will be raised from 3 sources:
A Benefit Concert on Thursday, February 23 @ 8pm featuring Shlomo Katz (see link below)
Naming Opportunities for the Bayit La'Chayalot (see details below)
General contributions from North American donors
As committed Israelis, I hope that you will join us. Please consider supporting this important endeavor by becoming a Benefactor or Patron for the concert, dedicating a contribution to a naming opportunity, or making a donation that is "earmarked" for the project.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and support!
*Please note the links and attached flyers below. Within the flyers there are links to the website for buy tickets and for naming opportunities.
Tu B'shvat is HERE, Replanting the Fire Burned Trees Israeli schoolchildren will leave their classrooms to plant trees… but this Tu B'Shvat, things will be very different.
This week is Tu B'Shvat – the "Rosh Ha'Shanah" for Trees. Israeli schoolchildren, all across the country, will leave their classrooms to plant trees… but this year, things will be very different. As opposed to previous years when the focus was just on planting new trees in new areas, this year, many children will be planting in the exact spot where thousands of trees stood and flourished for years. Remember the horrific fires which hit Israel just two months ago? You may be shocked to read this but over 10,000 fruit trees were destroyed in those fires as well!! All of those trees – every single one – had stood for many years and were producing fruit which was sold all over the world. Not only were those trees destroyed… the livelihood of many families who worked with those trees were destroyed as well. The computerized drip-irrigation systems were burned and the damage was so intense that the farmers have spent the last two months just clearing debris and cleaning the soil. It was horrible.
And so, this year, in addition to simply planting new trees in new locations – which is also a very important thing to do – Israeli kids will be planting new trees in the exact location of the fires. I call this year's Tu B'Shvat project: "Planting the new and replanting the old"!! Obviously, they are not actually replanting the old trees since, unfortunately, they were totally destroyed but they are replanting trees in the "old" area – in the same holes which gave life to thousands of trees for many years.
On a deeper level, this is exactly the message of Tu B'Shvat; WAKE UP, the winter in Israel is almost over and it's time to get out of bed! Yes, it's still cold outside but look closely at the ground… the grass is starting to grow, the almond trees are starting to bloom and life is returning. In a sense, this is what we are saying to all the children of Israel and to each and every one reading this article; WAKE UP, the fires are out and it's time to get out of bed! Yes, the pain is still with us but look closely at the ground… the debris has been cleared, the burnt soil has been turned over and the holes are screaming that they are lonely. "Put those beautiful trees back", says the holy ground of Israel, and so it shall be!
The organization, "Zo Artzeinu – Israel Trees" which I started back in 1997, has planted over 130,000 new fruit trees and this year, our goal is to replant every one of the 10,000 fruit trees which were destroyed. The terrorists look at the ground of Israel and see only death but we see life. We see growth, we see development and we see homes, schools, trees and a bright future for the Jewish Nation! That's why we are asking you join with us in planting trees which starts on Tu B'Shvat and into the spring.
The farmers cannot do this alone – they need you to partner with them!
It is important to stress what HaRav Yosef Yekutiel Efrati, personal "shamash" of HaRav Elyashiv ztz"l for over a decade – and the #1 Halachic posek on all Mitzvot connected to the ground of Eretz Yisrael – has stated regarding people who buy a fruit tree for a farmer to plant in Israel; HaRav Efrati considers that person a real and actual partner in the share of all the agricultural Mitzvos that the farmer will keep such as Shmitta, Orlah, Teruma, Ma'aser and more. Furthermore, the famous passuk in
Va'Yikra (25:21) "וְצִוִּיתִי אֶת-בִּרְכָתִי לָכֶם " ("And I will direct My blessing to you") where Hashem promises to give blessings to farmers for keeping Shmittah, will also apply to those who partner with them and buy the trees, since every one of our farmers keep Shmittah 100% according to Halacha!
Also noteworthy, the Vilna Gaon sent some students to Israel in the 1800's and told them. "If only Hashem would grant me the merit to plant a FRUIT tree in Yerushalayim, I can fulfill the commandment – When you come to the land plant FRUIT trees (וְכִי תָבֹאוּ אֶל הָאָרֶץ וּנְטַעְתֶּם כָּל עֵץ מַאֲכָל (ויקרא יט"
So, as you see, we have the farmers, the motivation, the "Bracha from Shamayim" and thousands of smiling children ready to plant… but we need to provide them with the trees. You can have a part of this incredible Mitzvah and Bracha of planting fruit trees in Israel – especially this year, when we are bringing life back to the areas destroyed by the fires. Simply go to www.IsraelTrees.org to plant your trees!
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The Western Wall is an Illegal Settlement
Never lie to your Rabbi
NEVER LIE TO YOUR RABBI At Friday night services, Morris goes to his friend Irving and says, "I need a favor. I'm sleeping with the Rabbi's wife. Can you hold him in synagogue for an hour after services for me?" Irving is not very fond of the idea, but being Morris' lifelong friend, he reluctantly agrees. After services, he strikes up a conversation with the Rabbi, asking him all sorts of stupid questions - just to keep him occupied. After some time the wise Rabbi becomes suspicious and asks, "Irving what are you really up to?" Irving, filled with feeling of guilt and remorse confesses to the Rabbi, "I'm sorry, Rabbi. My friend is sleeping with your wife right now, so he asked me to keep you occupied." The Rabbi smiles, puts a brotherly hand on Irving's shoulder and says, "You'd probably better hurry home, Irving. My wife died two years ago!!!"
"Soldier's dance" - The Alexandrov Ensemble (1965)
Who are the real Palestinians?
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Born 21 October 1949 in Tel Aviv, Israel (formerly Mandate of Palestine)
EHUD BARAK, Born 12 February 1942 in Mishmar HaSharon, British Mandate of Palestine
ARIEL SHARON, Born 26 February 1928 in Kfar Malal, British Mandate of Palestine
EHUD OLMERT, Born 30 September 1945 in Binyamina-Giv ' at Ada, British Mandate of Palestine
ITZHAK RABIN, Born 1 March 1922 in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine
ITZHAK NAVON, Israeli President in 1977-1982. Born 9 April 1921 in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine.
EZER WEIZMAN, Israeli President in 1993-2000. Born 15 June 1924 in Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine
ARAB PALESTINIAN LEADERS:
YASSER ARAFAT, Born 24 August 1929 in Cairo, Egypt
SAEB EREKAT, Born April 28, 1955, in Jordan. He has Jordanian citizenship
. FAISAL ABDEL QADER AL-HUSSEINI, Born in1948 in Bagdad, Iraq.
SARI NUSSEIBEH, Born in 1949 in Damascus, Syria
. MAHMOUD AL-ZAHAR, Born in 1945, in Cairo, Egypt.
So, if I understand this correctly, the Israeli leaders, who were born in Palestine, are called/considered "Settlers" or more accurately, "Occupiers."
Palestinian Arab leaders who were born in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Tunisia are called "Native Palestinians"???!!!
[??? makes perfect sense?!]
Why I left the Left (Prager University)
THEY MUST GO– written in 1980, printed in 1981
RABBI MEIR KAHANE
But There is a G-d in Israel (excerpts)
The analysis and proposed transfer of Arabs from Israel that I have set down are not personal views. They are certainly not political ones. This is the Jewish outlook, based on halakah the law as postulated in the Torah.The removal of all Arabs who refuse to accept the exclusive, unquestioned Jewish sovereignty over Eretz Yisrael is not only logical and normal for any Jew with a modicum of an instinct for self-preservation; it is also the Jewish halakic obligation. It is important that we know this in order to realize what true "Jewishness" really dictates and in order to instill in ourselves the faith and assurance that if we do this, all the nations in the world will be incapable of harming Israel.
The Jewish people are not merely one more nation. "Though I put an end to all the nations among whom thou art scattered, but I will never put an end to thee" (Jeremiah 30:11). Israel is indestructible. It is unique, it is holy, it is the Chosen of the L-rd; it has a reason for being. Its national uniqueness is built on an idea, on an ideology, that it alone has. The Jew is selected and obligated to be a religio-nation, commanded to obey the laws and follow the path of Torah. The covenant. The Jewish people took upon itself the yoke of the L-rd, acknowledging Him as G-d and observing His laws. The Almighty chose them as His unique people, pledging that they would be indestructible and would live in peace and prosperity in their own land, Eretz Yisrael.
The land was given as a reward, as a blessing. But it is more, much more, than that. The people of Israel have more than a right to the land; they have an obligation. "For you shall pass over the Jordan to go in to possess the Land which the L-rd your G-d gives you, and you shall possess it and dwell therein" (Deuteronomy 11:31).
A unique people given, uniquely, a particular land. Unlike all the other faiths that are not limited to one special country, the Jew is given a particular land and commanded to live there. And for a reason, as Moses explains: "Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the L-rd, my G-d, commanded me, that you shall do so in the Land whither you go to possess it. (Deuteronomy 4:5).
It is impossible to create a holy, unique people that dwells as a minority within lands that belong to others. The majority culture must infiltrate, influence, corrupt, woo, tempt, pervert. The Jew is commanded to create for himself a holy nation, and that can only be done free of others, separate, different, apart. That is why the unique nation, chosen for holiness and unique destiny, was given a land for itself: so that it might create a unique, holy society that would be a light unto the nations who would see its example and model.
And as the Torah clearly commanded: And you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you…But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall come to pass that those which you let remain of them, shall be thorns in your eyes and thistles in your sides and shall torment you in the land wherein you dwell. And it shall be that I will do to you as I thought to do to them" (Numbers 3:52-56).
Far better than foolish humans did the Almighty understand the dangers inherent in allowing a people that believed the land belonged to it to be given free and unfettered residence, let along ownership, proprietorship, citizenship. What more natural thing than to ask to regain that it believed to be rightly its own land? And this over and above the need to create a unique and distinctly separate Torah culture that will shape the Jewish people into a holy nation. That "uniqueness" can be guaranteed only by the non-Jew's having no sovereignty, ownership, or citizenship in the state that could allow him to shape its destiny and character.
This is Torah. This is Jewishness. Not the dishonest pseudo "Judaism" chanted by the Liberal secularists who pick and choose what "Judaism" finds favor in their eyes and who reject what their own gentilized concepts find unacceptable. They weigh "Judaism" on the scales of their own intellectual arrogance – arrogance, incidentally, of intense ignorance.
And if this is not only the right of Jews but their obligation, what do we fear? Why do the Jews tremble and quake before the threat of the nations? Is there no longer a G-d in Israel? Have we lost our bearings that we do not understand the ordained historical role of the State of Israel, a role that ensures that it can never be destroyed and that no further exile from it is possible? Why is it that we do not comprehend that it is precisely our refusal to deal with the Arabs according to halakic obligation that will bring down on our heads terrible sufferings, whereas our courage in removing them will be one of the major factors in the hurrying of the final redemption?
What is wrong with us? Who blinded us and blocked from our memories the existence and power of the G-d of Israel? Did a Jewish people exist for 2,000 years without state, government, or army, wandering the earth interminably from land to land, suffering pogroms and Holocaust and surviving powerful empires that disappeared into history, just by coincidence? Did a Jewish people return to its land from the far corners of the earth to set up its own sovereign state – exactly as promised in the Bible – through mere natural means? What other nation ever did such a thing? Where are the Philistines of Goliath today? Where is imperial Rome with its Latin and its gods? Who defeats armies in six days, and on the seventh they rest?
Who if not an Israel because there is a G-d in it! The Land of Israel is His divine Land; the State of Israel is His divine hand. History is not a series of random events, disjointed and coincidental. There is a Creator, a Guide, a Hand that plans and directs. There is a scenario to history. The Jew has come home for the third and last time. "But the third shall be left therein" (Zechariah 13:8). The first redemption was that from Egypt; the second, the redemption of Ezra. The third will never end" (Tanhuma, Shoftim 9).
We live in the era of the footsteps of the Messiah, the beginning of the final redemption. The rise of the State of Israel from the ashes of Auschwitz marks the end of the night of black humiliation and agony, of Hillul Hashem, and the beginning of the dawn of the final, total redemption, of Kiddush Hashem, sanctification of G-d's name. The State of Israel is not a "political" creation. It is a religious one. No power could have prevented its birth and none can destroy it. It is the beginning of G-d's wrath, vengeance against the nations who ignored, disdained, and humiliated Him, who found Him irrelevant, who "knew Him not." But, it is only the beginning. How the final redemption will come, and when, depends on the Jews.
The exiles shall be ingathered only through "faith" (Mechilta, Exodus). If we have it, if we truly believe in the existence of the Creator and Guider of history, the G-d of Israel, we can bring the final redemption today. "When will the Messiah come? 'Today, as it is said: "Today, if you will hearken unto my voice'" (Psalms 95:7, Sanhedrin 98a).
The Arabs of Israel represent Hillul Hashem in its starkest form. Their rejection of Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel despite the covenant between the L-rd of Israel and the Jews constitutes a rejection of the sovereignty and kingship of the L-rd G-d of Israel. Their transfer from the Land of Israel thus becomes more than a political issue. It is a religious issue, a religious obligation, a commandment to erase Hillul Hashem. Far from fearing what the Gentile will do if we do such a thing, let the Jew tremble as he considers the anger of the Almighty if we do not.
Tragedy will be ours if we do not move the Arabs out. The great redemption can come immediately and magnificently if we do that which G-d demands. One of the great yardsticks of real Jewish faith in this time of momentous decision is our willingness to reject fear of man in favor of awe of G-d and remove the Arabs from Israel.
The world? The nations – united or otherwise? What do they matter before the omnipotence of the Almighty?
"Why do the nations rage…the Kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together, against the L-rd and against His anointed…He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh, the L-rd shall mock them…" (Psalms 2:1-4). The Jewish people and state cannot be destroyed. Their weapon is their G-d. That is reality
Let us remove the Arabs from Israel and bring the redemption.