Sunday, May 7, 2017

On Independence Day, UNESCO okays resolution denying Israeli claims to Jerusalem While  Vice President  Pence  supports  Israel  at the White House

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Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Build Relationships On Common Goals

 Two people who want to have a good relationship need to be aware of a basic principle: When each one tries to pull the other to his own direction, there will be conflict and constant quarrel.

But when people focus on their common goals, the differences between them will not cause difficulties, and they will have a peaceful relationship.

Whenever you find yourself about to quarrel with another person, ask yourself, "What goals do we have in common?" This way of looking at the situation will make it easier for you to find a solution that will be satisfactory to both.

As I am about to enter into a new relationship, it is good for me to learn to practice what I breech.

Love Yehuda Lave

Vice President Pence Participates in an Israel Independence Day Commemoration Event

This is in response to the report on the White House meeting:

Reality check before we all lose it:

  1. There is no such sovereign country as "Palestine" and there never has been one in all of recorded history.
  2. There is no such city as "East Jerusalem".
  3. There is no such thing as a "Palestinian."
  4. Jerusalem is the Eternal Capital of Israel, the God given homeland of the Jewish People.
  5. These are facts, not Arab myths.
  6. Israel is not occupying anyone's land except its own.

The Arabs who now call themselves "Palestinians" would enjoy more productive lives if they end their terror against Israel, allow the Jewish People to redeem their ancestral and biblical homeland in peace, and, thus enrich all humanity.

The VP's speech is superb.

On Independence Day, UNESCO okays resolution denying Israeli claims to Jerusalem

22 countries vote in favor of motion; 23 abstain, and 10 countries vote against; Israel envoy slams 'new low, even by UNESCO standards' By Raphael Ahren and Alexander Fulbright May 2, 2017, 

he United Nation's cultural body on Tuesday passed the latest in a series of resolutions that denies Israeli claims to Jerusalem, in a move both forcefully condemned by Israel and touted as a diplomatic feat due to the growing number of countries that opposed it.

Submitted to UNESCO's Executive Board by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, the resolution on "Occupied Palestine," which indicates that Israel has no legal or historical rights anywhere in Jerusalem, had been expected to pass, given the automatic anti-Israel majority in the 58-member body.

The vote, which coincided with Israel's Independence Day, passed with 22 countries in favor, 23 abstentions, 10 opposed, and the representatives of three countries absent.

The resolution indicates rejection of the Jewish state's sovereignty in any part of Jerusalem. Israel is referred to throughout the document as the "occupying power" in Jerusalem, indicating that it has no legal or historical ties to any part of the city. The resolution also harshly criticizes the government for various construction projects in Jerusalem's Old City and at holy sites in Hebron, and calls for an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza without mentioning attacks from the Hamas-run Strip.

The 10 countries that voted against the resolution were the US, UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Greece, Paraguay, Ukraine, Togo, and Germany.

Its wording was slightly less harsh on Jerusalem than previous resolutions, in that it does affirm the importance of the city to the "three monotheistic religions."

In the moments after the vote passed, Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, draped in a large Israeli flag, addressed the meeting.

"Even now, after this miserable vote, this blue and white flag is flying high above the Temple Mount and throughout Israel's eternal capital city, Jerusalem, waving in the wind, saying to all 'here we are, and we are here to stay,'" Shama-Hacohen said.

his biased and blatantly deceitful decision, and the attempts to dispute the connection between Israel and Jerusalem, will not change the simple fact that this city is the historic and eternal capital of the Jewish people," Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said in a statement. "Israel will not stand silently by in the face of this shameful resolution."

In the lead up to Tuesday's vote, Israeli diplomats had been busy trying to prevent an European-Arab agreement that would see the council's European members either vote in favor or abstain in exchange for a slightly softer text.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was said to have made phone calls to European leaders in a bid to convince them to reject the resolution.

Earlier on Tuesday Netanyahu harshly criticized the UNESCO resolution for ignoring the Jewish people's millennia-long bond to Israel's capital city.

Speaking at the Bible Quiz held annually on Independence Day, Netanyahu said that despite the text of the resolution, Judaism has deeper roots in Jerusalem that any other religion.

"There is no other people in the world for whom Jerusalem is as holy and important as for the Jewish people, even though a meeting will take place at UNESCO today that will try to deny this historical truth," he said.

"We denounce UNESCO and uphold our truth, which is the truth," that "throughout Jewish history Jerusalem was the heart of the nation."

Tuesday's resolution, unlike previous resolutions, does not refer to the Temple Mount only as Haram al-Sharif, or to the Western Wall Plaza only as al-Burak plaza, the respective sites' Muslim names. In fact, these sites are not mentioned at all.

Resolution 201 EX/PX/DR.30.1 affirms "the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions." It also notes that the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb near Bethlehem, both of which are in the West Bank, "are of religious significance for Judaism, Christianity and Islam" — though it calls them "Palestinian sites."

Earlier this week, Israel officials acknowledged that the resolution that passed Tuesday is somewhat easier to stomach than previous versions, but emphatically urged Western countries to vote against it.

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Why get married?

Dear Readers,

Have you heard of the new trend called "self-marriage"? Basically, it means marrying yourself.

Wikipedia defines it as "marriage by a person to oneself. It is known as a commitment that values self-love, and self-compassion. Supporters of the practice argue that it leads to a happier life . . . "

Self-wedding planners are popping up to instruct how to create self-marriage sacred vows, self-marriage wedding rings and more.

The idea has also caused a flurry of discussions on related topics, like whether one can marry one's pet. Proponents say: "Self-marriage is a commitment to valuing and prioritizing self-love and self-care within a culture that has neglected it."

Perhaps this trend has arisen because our society feels that self-love is so essential. Torah agrees about the value of self-love—to some extent.

"Love your neighbor as yourself" is a cardinal principle in the Torah. You can't love someone else if you don't love yourself first.

Similarly, it's essential to take care of yourself, value yourself—to seek your needs, goals and wants. A healthy self-esteem is what makes us whole and helps us function as human beings.

But perhaps here's the crux of the difference.

Loving yourself is not an end in and of itself. We love ourselves because we are created with a Divine G‑dly spark, which means that G‑d loves us unconditionally even when we fail. But G‑d also has expectations of us. He knows what we can achieve and believes in us to do so, or at least to keep on trying.

Marriage is all about love, but it is anything but self-love. Marriage means finding enough love to love another. Marriage means relinquishing yourself. Ironically, it also means discovering more about yourself than you ever could alone.

Marriage is not all about sparks flying. Yes, of course, that should be part of it. The right chemistry and compatible personalities are important ingredients in deciding who to marry. But it is not the reason why you marry.

Maybe that's why marriage has become somewhat unpopular nowadays. We like to feel good. We want quick fixes. We want pleasure. We want self-love. And at times, marriage can be the exact opposite. Nothing about marriage is a quick fix.

Marriage is about climbing a very steep mountain, whose peak is forever beyond your reach. You will fall and stumble too many times to count, only to haul yourself up again. You will scrape your heart until it sometimes feels like it's gushing.

So why marry? (And I mean another person, not yourself!)

Because marriage is about partnering with another to negate yourself, only to become your greatest self. It is about stretching yourself to see beyond just "you." It is about building something far greater than you could ever imagine. It is about creating a permanent, everlasting, Divine edifice in this world. It is about merging with another G‑dly being to create holiness in our world.

Marriage isn't about feeling great. It is about becoming greater.

Chana Weisberg

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Love Yehuda Lave

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