Tuesday, July 11, 2017

So you think you know everything? And a new tour On July 25 and today is the 17th of Tamuz fast

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

Show Children Their Greatness

Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein wrote:

"The way to educate youngsters is to elevate them by pointing out the greatness they can achieve by utilizing their potential.

It is the parent's responsibilty to not only feed and cloth a child but to educate her/him to be a credit to G-d.

Love Yehuda Lave

Speaking of credit, I am working with a group that offers a 9% return on your money on Real Estate in America. It is closing out soon, so here is an opportunity to do better than the 1% you are making on your money in the bank. Contact me for details.

I am doing a new trip in July for those than want to experience more of Israel in comfort and support the idea of traveling the land of Israel like our Father Abraham did. Here are the details:

Announcing a unique tour to the little known and less visited Southern Hevron Hills.   Tuesday, July 25 Meet at the Inbal hotel at 9:00 Cost: 160 Shekels Includes: Armored air conditioned bus and security, Lunch, All entrance fees,  Extraordinary  meetings with local pioneers  Visit the famous Carmel herbs factory, Visit the agriculture wonders in the desert. Visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs in ancient Hevron. Visit the ancient Jewish town of Susiya and a special presentation in one of the old dwelling caves.   We will be hosted by the Hesder yeshiva of Carmel who will share lunch with us. Please be prepared to donate 100 shekels to our hosts who are subsidizing this unique day and facilitating its exciting special features.  

Love Yehuda Lave


17th Tammuz Fast – Times and History

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the fast of the 17th Tammuz.


Fast starts at 4.16 am and finishes at 8.18 pm

So You Think You Know Everything

From Dale Goldstone

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial                   on the back of the $5 bill. (Wrong. Only 26 states are listed. Steve Seltzer)

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without a kneecap of bone.  A newborn baby's patella (kneecap)  is made almost completely of cartilage. Around age 3 to 5, areas of hard bone start to form in the patella, in irregular patches. These islands of bone expand and grow together over years, gradually fusing to form a firm kneecap around age 10-12.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds.  Dogs only have about 10.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon. (Not true. Steve Seltzer)

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. (Not true, They were invented in ancient Egypt. Steve Seltzer)

Maine  is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The sentence, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," uses every letter of the alphabet.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. (False. The only time Niagara Falls froze completely since Europeans were here was March 1848. Steve Seltzer)

The words "racecar," "kayak," and "level" are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes)

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the American keyboard.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance. (False according to Snopes. Steve Seltzer)

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks;  otherwise it will digest itself.

There, now you know everything!

Fast of Shiva Asar B'Tammuz in Israel

The Fast of Shiva Asar B'Tammuz is held on the 17th day of Tammuz, which is the fourth month of the Hebrew calendar. It observes five calamities that affected the Jewish people. These are: (1) Moses broke the tablets of stone and (2) an idol known as "the Golden Calf" was erected in 1313 BCE; (3) the daily sacrificial offerings were discontinued in 423 BCE; (4) Jerusalem's walls were breached in 69 BCE; and (5) the Roman military leader Apostomus burned a Torah scroll possibly around 50 CE just before the Bar Kokhba revolt.

Moses broke the stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. This event is one of the five calamities observed on the 17th of Tammuz.©iStockphoto.com/ ZU_09What Do People Do?

Many Jewish people fast from dawn until nightfall by abstaining from food and drinks. However, people who are ill or weak, children and pregnant or nursing mothers may not fast completely but only eat simple food. In addition, special prayers are recited and sections of the Torah and Haftarah (Haftorah, Haptara) are read during the morning and evening services. In contrast to some fast days, Jewish people may be permitted to wear leather and wash themselves on the 17th of Tammuz.

Public Life

The Fast of Shiva Asar B'Tammuz, also known as the 17th (or Seventeenth) of Tammuz, is not a public holiday in Israel.


The 17th day of Tammuz is a day of mourning for Jewish people. It marks the anniversary of five calamities. On this day in the year 1313 BCE, Moses broke the tablets of stone that were inscribed with the Ten Commandments and the idol of "the Golden Calf" was erected.

On this date in the year 423 BCE, the daily sacrificial offerings were discontinued in the run up to the destruction of the first temple. In the year 69 BCE Jerusalem's walls were breached, which resulted in the destruction of the second temple. Finally, the Roman military leader Apostomus burned a Torah scroll, possibly around 50 CE. This may have contributed to the Bar Kokhba revolt, the last war between the Romans and the Jews between 132 and 135 CE.

The 17th of Tammuz marks the start of the "Three Weeks" (Bein HaMetzarim), which is a period of mourning marking the destruction of both the First Temple and the Second Temple in Jerusalem. During the "Three Weeks", it is customary to spend extra time studying Jewish law, to give extra charity and not to hold joyous celebrations, such as weddings, or wear new clothes.

16 Live Performances From Woodstock '69

The original Woodstock festival of 1969 is a cultural touchstone for the late 1960s, and remains one of the biggest rock festivals in history. During the weekend of August 15th-17th that year, more than 400,000 people descended on a farm just outside the small town of Bethel in New York state to be part of a pivotal moment in popular music. Re-live this special weekend with 16 live performances from the acts that performed on that legendary weekend. Enjoy:  


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 Janis JoplinBall & Chain Joan BaezJoe Hill Jefferson AirplaneVolunteers Country Joe & the FishI Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die The WhoMy Generation Crosby, Stills & NashSuite: Judy Blue Eyes Joe CockerWith a Little Help from My Friends Sly & The Family StoneHigher and Higher SantanaSoul Sacrifice Canned HeatWoodstock Boogie Credence Clearwater RevivalKeep On Chooglin' The BandThe Weight Richie HavensFreedom Jimi HendrixVoodoo Child Ravi ShankarEvening Raga Arlo GuthrieWalking Down the Line

Statler Brothers - Do You Remember These

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I drew the cartoon back in 1994, 23 years ago.
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Love Yehuda Lave

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