Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

View Challenges As Elevating

When you are faced with a challenge, you have many choices of how to view it. Some ways can cause more pain than necessary.

For example, your spouse might push your buttons more than anyone else. But you can look at this challenge as a vote of confidence from your Creator. You can say to yourself, "G-d believes in me. He believes that I can face this challenge and grow from it. If He believes that I can handle it, then I'm confident that He gave me the intelligence and emotional strength to deal with this."

Be the best person you can be. The more difficult the situation, the better person you become by acting in an elevated way. Our purpose in this world is to keep growing and developing our character. Without challenges... our growth is limited.

Love Yehuda Lave

Sharon Lipshitz, a middle-aged woman, is walking down the street one day when she suddenly has a heart attack. She is quickly taken to the hospital, where it was determined she must undergo emergency surgery.


While on the operating table, she has a near death experience, where she finds herself standing next to her unconscious body. Suddenly, she sees the Angel of Death standing next to her.

"That's it? I'm dead?" She asks him.

"NOT YET," says the Grim Reaper. "You will live another 20 years at least." He then disappears and Sharon wakes up in her own body.

Upon her recovery, Sharon is told that she was close to death, but miraculously made a full recovery. Sharon decides that she is going to really live in the 20 years she has left. Since she's got another 20 years, she might as well make the most of it. She decides to stay at the hospital and get a boob job, a nose surgery, liposuction - the works.

She walks out of the hospital looking 20 years younger. Her body looks great and she has a huge smile on her face. She takes two steps and is immediately hit by a passing ambulance, which kills her on the spot.

She stands next to her body, and suddenly sees the Angel of Death.

"Hey you!" she says angrily, "What gives? You said I had 20 more years!"

The Angel of Death looks at her, surprised. "Sharon," he leans closer, "is that YOU? I didn't even recognize you!"

Moral of the story: There's nothing wrong with making yourself look good, but if you want to live your life properly, live them as you are and not as anyone else!



16 of the Best Musical Numbers of All Time

Throughout the years, there have been many musicals that have shot to global fame, then disappeared into obscurity, but there are certain songs from certain musicals that will never fade from our collective memory. The next 16 songs will take you back and allow you to relive some of the most spectacular moments in musical theater and film history: 


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I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Miserables) 

Lea Salonga


The Music of the Night (from Phantom of the Opera)

Gerard Butler

Throughout the years, there have been many musicals that have shot to global fame, then disappeared into obscurity, but there are certain songs from certain musicals that will never fade from our collective memory. The next 16 songs will take you back and allow you to relive some of the most spectacular moments in musical theater and film history: 


Audrey Hepburn

Wouldn't it be Loverly? (from My Fair Lady)


Do-Re-Mi (from the Sound of Music)

Julie Andrews


Chim Chim Cher-ee (from Mary Poppins)

Dick van Dyke


Any Dream Will Do (From Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

Donny Osmond


Seventy-six Trombones (from The Music Man)

Robert Preston & Ensemble


I Get a Kick Out of You (from Anything Goes)

Patti Lupone


Gigi (from Gigi)

Louis Jourdan


Johanna (from Sweeney Todd)

Nathan Gunn


Consider Yourself (from Oliver!)

Mark Lester and Jack Wild


Some Enchanted Evening (from South Pacific)

Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot 


Wunder bar (from Kiss Me, Kate)

Melanie Holliday & Peter Minich


Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music)

Christopher Plummer


If I Ever Would Leave You (from Camelot)

Robert Goulet


Ol' Man River (from Show Boat)

Frank Sinatra






A husband and wife were traveling by car from Key West to Boston.


After almost 24 hours on the road, they're felt too tired to continue, and they decide to stop for a rest.

They stopped at a nice hotel and took a room, but they only planned to sleep for four hours and then get back on the road.

When they checked out four hours later, the desk clerk hands them a bill for $350.

The man explodes and demands to know why the charge is so high. He tells the clerk although it's a nice hotel, the rooms certainly aren't worth $350.

When the clerk tells him $350 is the standard rate, the man insists on speaking to the Manager.

The Manager appears, listens to the man, and then explains that the hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference center that were available for the husband and wife to use.

"But we didn't use them," the man complains. "Well, they are here, and you could have," explains the Manager.

He goes on to explain they could have taken in one of the shows for which the hotel is famous. "The best entertainers from New York, Hollywood and Las Vegas perform here," the Manager says.

"But we didn't go to any of those shows," complains the man again. "Well, we have them, and you could have," the Manager replies.

No matter what facility the Manager mentions, the man replies, "But we didn't use it!"

The Manager is unmoved, and eventually the man gives up and agrees to pay. He writes a check and gives it to the Manager.

The Manager is surprised when he looks at the check. "But sir," he says, "this check is only made out for $100."

"That's right," says the man. "I charged you $250 for using my car."

"But I didn't!" exclaims the Manager.

"Well," the man replies, "it was here, and you could have."



What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Failure

Heart failure is a major cause of disability and death in both men and women. Over the last few decades, significant resources have been dedicated to understanding what causes it, and to developing better treatments for it. And significant strides have been made. 


One thing that we have discovered is that many aspects of heart failure differ between men and women. For both sexes, heart failure comes about as a result of coronary artery disease, or chronic hypertension (high blood pressure). Usually, the symptoms of heart failure, and the treatment of it, are similar in men and women, but there are some differences.

There are a few aspects of heart failure that pertain especially to women. These include the causes of heart failure in women, the age of women who develop heart failure, the symptoms caused by the heart failure, and how doctors treat heart failure in women. If you're a woman who has heart failure, you should make sure you know these differences.

Causes of Heart Failure That Are Especially Important in Women

The most common medical problems that lead to heart failure are hypertension and coronary artery disease (CAD). Of these, hypertension is the leading cause in both sexes. However, hypertension is substantially more likely to cause heart failure in women than in men. Hypertension increases the risk of developing heart failure by 300% in women, but "only" 200% in men. Among women with heart failure, hypertension is the underlying cause in 59% of cases in women, compared to 39% in men. So while it's important for anyone with hypertension to be treated adequately, it's even more so for women.

Diastolic Heart Failure
In diastolic heart failure, cardiac function deteriorates because the heart muscle becomes stiff, and the heart has difficulty filling with blood. As a result, the amount of blood that is pumped around the body with each beat is significantly reduced (making you tired and exercise intolerant), and the blood that is unable to fill the heart "backs up" into the lungs (producing pulmonary congestion). While this condition can occur in anyone, it's more prominent in women than men.

Diabetes by itself doesn't cause heart failure, but people with diabetes have a high incidence of conditions that do, such as CAD and hypertension. Furthermore, for reasons that are not understood, women with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart failure than men with diabetes.


Women who are obese have a high risk of developing heart failure that is 50% higher than women who are normal weight. Obese men also have a higher risk of heart failure, but the excess risk from obesity is not thought to be as high in men as it is in women.

Certain drugs used for chemotherapy can cause cardiac toxicity that can lead to heart failure. Women tend to be exposed to these chemotherapy agents a lot more often than men, in particular, for the treatment of breast cancer.

Stress Cardiomyopathy
Stress cardiomyopathy, also known as "broken heart syndrome," is a form of sudden, severe heart failure that is triggered by extreme emotional trauma. While this condition can be found in either sex, it's far more common in women, and may be related to microvascular angina – a condition that is more common in women.


Age of Women with Heart Failure
Women who develop heart failure usually do so at an older age than men who develop heart failure. Unfortunately, as past clinical trials tended to exclude people over the age of 65, this means that relatively little data has been collected from clinical trials showing how older women with heart disease respond to treatment. Recently, researchers have been including a sufficient number of elderly women in their clinical trials, and this shortcoming is slowly being rectified.

Symptoms of Heart Failure in Women

As mentioned previously, the symptoms of heart failure in men and women are largely the same – gradually worsening fatigue, dyspnea, exercise intolerance, and edema. However, some scientific studies suggest that women with heart failure are more likely to experience significant dyspnea and edema than men.

Response to Treatment in Women 

As stated, clinical trials evaluating the treatment of heart failure have tested considerably more men than women. Nevertheless, the data that is available strongly suggests that women with heart failure respond to treatment just as favorably as men.

Differences in How the Hearts of Men and Women Respond to Cardiac Stress

In studies with animals and in clinical trials, evidence is accumulating to suggest that the heart muscles of men and women react differently to various kinds of physiologic stress. Several animal studies have looked at how the hearts of males and females react to experimental conditions that have been designed to produce heart failure. These studies have consistently shown that female cardiac muscle tends to respond by making various adaptions that help to prevent heart failure, whereas male cardiac muscle fails more quickly.

Clinical trials on people have shown the same thing. In those with aortic stenosis (a narrowing of the aortic valve, which greatly increases the pressure and stress in the left ventricle), premenopausal women develop cardiac hypertrophy (thickening of the heart muscle) more readily than men. This hypertrophy reduces wall stress, delays the onset of dilated cardiomyopathy and thus, reduces the risk of heart failure. Interestingly, postmenopausal women do not show this same adaption, and they develop heart failure at the same rate as men, suggesting that female hormones may play a part. However, clinical trials evaluating this have given contradictory results.

These findings may help to explain why women develop heart failure later than men, and why women who have heart failure tend more often to have diastolic heart failure than men.

Still, having said this, all we can say with confidence at the moment is that the hearts of men and women respond somewhat differently to various kinds of physiological stress.


Outcome of Heart Failure in Women 

Evidence suggests that, even though they usually develop heart failure at a later age than men, women with heart failure tend to survive longer than men.

This relatively good news for women who have heart failure is counter-balanced by some clinical evidence that suggests that doctors tend to be less aggressive when treating women with heart failure when compared with men. One reason for this may be that women may tend to minimize their cardiac symptoms when talking to their doctors. Those doctors who do not push their patients for a full accounting of symptoms may not be aware of just how sick their female patients actually are.

Therefore, it's very important for anyone, male or female, who has symptoms of heart failure – especially worsening fatigue or dyspnea – to make sure their doctors are aware of it. But, maybe women need a little extra reminding of how important it is.


Everyone Should Know These Desktop Buying Tips

When buying a computer there is a lot that you really should take into consideration. Failure to do your homework could prove to be a costly mistake. Luckily for you, we have summed up all you need to consider in the following video.

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