Friday, June 30, 2017

Prison parole board grants early release to ex-PM Olmert Panel shaves 11 months off 27-month sentence, decides probe into divulging of secret info in memoir not relevant; unclear if prosecution will appeal

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

Choose your Words Carefully

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs 18:21).

If you were writing a newspaper article, you'd be sure to choose your words carefully. You'd even ask others to help edit what you wrote.

It is equally crucial to watch what you say when speaking to your husband or wife. Your words to your spouse can create feelings of joy, love, closeness, gratitude, and hopefully even radiant bliss. Your words can console, comfort, inspire, motivate, elevate.

Other words can create feelings of pain, distress, and anger.

Choose carefully.

Love Yehuda Lave

Speaking of choosing your words carefully

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Benjamin Franklin

An intelligent plan is the first step to success. The man who plans knows where he
is going, knows what progress he is making and has a pretty good idea when he will
arrive. Planning is the open road to your destination.
Basil S. Walsh

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take many small steps.
Helmut Schmidt

Discipline is remembering what you want.
David Campbell

A man who is a master of patience is a master of everything else.
George Savile

Honesty is the best policy.
Benjamin Franklin

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli

People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.
Earl Nightingale

Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart, to give yourself
to it.

To win, you have to have the talent and desire. But desire is first.
Sam Snead

No one knows what he can do till he tries.

Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
Sir Winston Churchill

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Paul Valery

If you can dream it, you can do it.
Walt Disney

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Benjamin Franklin

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

To be prepared is half the victory.
Miguel de Cervantes

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
Napoleon Bonaparte

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at
a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want.

Raise your hopes and expectations high enough, and you shall touch wings with the
Celia Mora

You are the product of your own brainstorm.
Rosemary Konner Steinbaum

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
Muhammad Ali

Prison parole board grants early release to ex-PM Olmert Panel shaves 11 months off 27-month sentence, decides probe into divulging of secret info in memoir not relevant; unclear if prosecution will appeal

A parole board ruled Thursday that former prime minister Ehud Olmert should be released from prison early, after serving 16 months of a 27-month sentence.


The board said Olmert, jailed on corruption convictions, had earned early release with his good behavior.

It was not immediately clear if the prosecution, which had opposed the early release, will appeal the decision.

Should the decision stand, he will likely be released from Ma'asiyahu Prison in Ramle on Sunday, over a year after entering the prison gates as the first former prime minister to serve jail time.

Olmert was one of eight former officials and businessmen convicted in March 2014 in the Holyland real estate corruption case, which has been characterized as among the largest graft cases in Israel's history.

In September 2016, he was sentenced to an additional eight months behind bars for the so-called Talansky affair. In that case, a court upheld a 2015 conviction over his accepting envelopes full of cash from American businessman and fundraiser Morris Talansky, in exchange for political favors during his decade-long term as mayor from 1993 to 2003.

Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni, who served as foreign minister under Olmert before he stepped down in 2009, praised the early release decision as "fitting."

Olmert's chances for early release were complicated over the last few weeks as he was accused of divulging of sensitive information in memoirs he is writing and sneaking a transcript out of prison.

Hebrew media reported that the parole board declared that it did not consider the furor over the book to be a factor against his early release.

The State Prosecutor's Office reportedly said it would study the decision before considering whether or not to appeal against it.

The prosecution had said the book Olmert is writing contains "sensitive security issues" and that his lawyer was caught leaving the prison with a chapter on "secret operations" not approved by the censor for publication.

The prosecution earlier asked police to open a criminal investigation into the matter and argued that it would be inappropriate to consider early release until the probe was completed and it was clear whether Olmert had engaged in illegal activity.

Olmert has denied doing anything wrong.

Police searched the offices of the Yedioth Books publishing house and the home of Yehuda Yaari, who is editing Olmert's memoirs on behalf of the publisher, over the incident

A person close to Olmert told the Ynet news site Wednesday that the former premier and mayor of Jerusalem was extremely tense ahead of the hearing.

"He hopes to be released soon and be able to return to his children and grandchildren. This is all he cares about right now. He has no immediate plans for the day after [release] and all his energy is focused on…[being] released from prison. He believes, rightly, that he doesn't deserve to be there one more day," said the Olmert associate at the time.

Earlier this week, the former premier was released from Tel Hashomer hospital after being admitted for chest pains a week prior.

After a picture of Olmert in a hospital gown, eating with plastic cutlery, surfaced on Friday last week, both Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Education Minister Naftali Bennett said that it was time for him to be released from prison.

"Like all the people of Israel, I saw the picture of Ehud Olmert in the hospital and I was shocked," Kahlon tweeted on Sunday. "Olmert was tried and served his proper sentence and should not be humiliated or degraded beyond that. Nobody questions his … many years of tremendous contribution to the security of Israel. The time has come to release Ehud Olmert to his family."

Bennett too said it was time for Olmert to be released. "This is a person who, with all the political differences between us, has certainly made a very deep contribution to the security of the country … when he served as prime minister," he said this week.

The Prisons Service had refitted a wing in the Ma'asiyahu Prison in Ramle to house Olmert, keeping him in a separate complex shared only by carefully screened fellow convicts.

Other politicians have also served time in the prison, including former president Moshe Katsav and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri.

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I just discovered my age group!  I am a Seenager. (Senior teenager)


I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 50-60 years later.


I don't have to go to school or work 


I get an allowance every month.


I have my own pad.


I don't have a curfew. 


I have a driver's license and my own car.


I have ID that gets me into bars and the wine store.  I like the wine store best.


The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant, they aren't scared of anything, they have been blessed to live this long, why be scared?


And I don't have acne.


Life is Good!  Also, you will feel much more intelligent after reading this, if you are a Seenager.


Brains of older people are slow because they know so much.


People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains. 


Scientists believe this also makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear.


Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. 


It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature's way of making older people do more exercise.




I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can't remember their names.


So, please forward this to your friends; they may be my friends, too.



Six contant Mitzvot

Of the 613 Mitzvos, there are Six Constant Mitzvos. Rather than requiring the performance of a certain action, these mitzvos are a state of being, of living with the reality of God's existence. The Six Constant Mitzvos are:     * Believe there is a God.* Don't believe in other gods.* Believe God is one.* Love God.* Fear God.* Don't be misled by your heart and eyes.

From the sefer, The Six Constant Mitzvos; the practical aspect to these mitzvos:

  1. Emunah B'Hashem requires that Hashem's existence must be reflected in our decisions and actions.
  2. Lo Yihyeh commands us not to seek success through means detached from the instructions God has given us.
  3. Yichud Hashem is Living with the awareness that all events and circumstances are orchestrated by Hashem.
  4. Ahavas Hashem is to Love Hashem; love life and lts opportunities for spiritual growth.
  5. Yiras Hashem requires us to live with the awareness of spiritual consequences.
  6. Lo Sasuru requires us to take steps to avoid getting distracted and losing sight of our true goals and mission.


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