Thursday, May 4, 2017

69th Birthday of Israel was full of anticipation for the upcoming visit of Trump

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Appreciate Constructive Criticism

A truth seeker will want others to correct him if they see that he is doing something wrong. The more of a truth seeker you are, the more you will actually love criticism.

Of course, everyone prefers praise. But criticism will help us grow. If the criticism is valid, we gain by listening to it regardless of whether it's presented in a sensitive manner. If someone criticizes you in a painful way, use that as a lesson to be careful in giving others negative feedback.

The place in the alphabet of a letter determines if numerical value for the purpose of what is called gematria. Gematria compares the numerical value of words to see if they are related.

Both honey (Davash in Hebrew) and Muser (criticism in Hebrew) share the same Gematria telling us that a wife should give criticism with honey if she wants results.

Love Yehuda Lave



A great day in the US on Vice President Pence speech to Rebublican Jewish Congress

Happy Birthday by Shalom Pollock

It is Independence day;our sixty ninth. Not bad for a tiny country smaller than Lake Michigan  under threat of annihilation every day of  each those years.

The stats are nothing short of miraculous.

Israel boasts the  best milk cows in the world; same for wheat production per acre, dates per tree..and the unbelievable list  goes on  This tiny desert land  and its people break the mold. It is an anti history phenomenon.

I met a group of Vietnamese at the Kotel last month. This was  the first group I have ever seen in Israel from that country.
I mentioned that to one of them. He said," No we are no tourists. We are a group of selected farmers here to  learn about farming from Israel."
They are  a country of one hundred million, farmers for millenia with the best soil in the world and they come to learn farming  from a handful of Jewish desert farmers who just returned to the soil very recently...

Shall we talk high tech? No need. We all know that  Israel is a high tech super power .
Medicine? water technology..?optics, software, nano space technology, miniature satellite innovation?

Israel's emergency aid teams are always first on the scene to help when natural disasters strike.

The world is witness that indeed a  hand full of Jews fulfill the Biblical statement that the Jews will indeed be a blessing for the world.

So why does Iran want  to destroy us. Our Arab neighbors? Why the hate  from Europe? Why does the family of nations  at the UN have it in for us?  Why? Why?.

This too has been prophesied, just as the ingathering of the exiles  has been prophesied.
It is all  unfolding very quickly and it is exciting.

I just finished guiding a group of six Chinese young professionals. They were a high tech. bunch and very curious about the tiny country they chose to visit.

Some takeaways:

They said that the Chinese and the Jews are the smartest people on earth.

They feel that Israel and China has much in common; strong family ties, very long traditions and history, not understood by the world, surrounded and threatened by enemies.
I thought the last one was cute.

They do not care much for Arabs or Muslims. They see them as backwards and crude. (Don't blame me!)
 I do not see Sharia law being discussed in China for some time or  them  being woken by Mosque loudspeakers (as I  am) in the near future.

They understand that their country is not a democracy but "only a strong leadership can keep China united and prevent civil war. Interesting.
They do not know much about Tienanmen Square other than  that "outsider instigators" were trying to weaken China through the students.
 I did not even mention Tibet.
They are very proud of their country's accomplishments and accept the price paid in the lack of western style freedoms.

Mao is a national hero who saved and united China. The cultural revolution was a mistake in which Mao was misguided by advisors.
 Sixty million dead was not a good thing  but  nothing is perfect.
These are the thoughts of my young  Chinese professionals.

They reminded me of a story I heard a few years ago.
An Israeli general was invited for an official visit to China. He commented to his Chinese counterpart that he is jealous of china. Why? asked his host.
Because as  huge as your country is, you would fight forever and not relinquish even one grain, right? Of Course answered the Chinese general.
Well, my tiny country is trying its best to give away huge parts of it...

This made me ask myself," are the Jews and Chinese really the two smartest people in the world..?"

Somebody is looking after us out there;  sometimes despite ourselves.

The first sixty nine years are always the most challenging.
It only gets better.
Happy birthday to  you; you little miracle!.

Yom Atzmaut Greeting from Ben Gazner Studio

Voices of Heartbreak: Memorial Day at OneFamily

 OneFamily's annual Memorial Day ceremony was filled with moving speeches and heartfelt testimonies. To help you experience the emotions that spread from heart to heart all evening, from the siren to the singing of Hatikvah, we put the highlights together in a short video. . 


This year's speakers included:

  • Yael Weissman – Widow of Tuvia Yania, killed in a stabbing attack on February 16, 2016 at a supermarket trying to save people from the terrorists.
  • Reut Ya'alomi – Bereaved sister of Netanel, killed when terrorists opened fire on IDF soldiers along the Israel-Egypt border on September 21, 2012.
  • Tzachi Krigman – Bereaved father of Shiomit, stabbed to death in Beit Horon on January 25, 2016.
  • Malcha Kalangel – Bereaved mother of Yochai, an IDF soldier  killed in an ambush near the Lebanon border on January 28, 2015.
  • Ofir Sha'er – Bereaved father of Gilad, who was kidnapped and killed alongside Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Frenkel on June 12, 2014.
  • Liel Rubel – Bereaved brother of Bnaya Rubel, killed by a terrorist who infiltrated a tunnel in Israel from Gaza on the second day of Operation Protective Edge on July 19, 2014
  • Ido Ya'ori – Bereaved brother of Amit Yeori, killed in Operation Protective Edge on July 25, 2014.

The ceremony began as a memorial for the children in the OneFamily youth division, but grew in recent years to include the entire family of OneFamily.


Just as Israel moves from the darkness of Memorial Day to the freedom of Independence Day, OneFamily helps families overcome the despair of terror and return to the joy of independence.


Thank you for your earnest care and concern for victims of terror throughout the year. 



The Simpson's visit Israel--Too Funny-needed after watching all the terror videos

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