Forgiving does not mean being a weakling or coward. It means that you are being self-protective and realistic. By forgiving, you calm down and can look at your options. When you are calm, you have a clearer idea of what, if anything, can be done to improve the situation. When you forgive, you are better able to focus on your own tikkun (spiritual growth), and stop trying to weed someone else's garden when you should be weeding your own. When you forgive you are better able to let go of your unrealistic demands that people be what you want them to be, and acknowledge the need to accept people as they are – i.e., as imperfect, because all your ranting and wailing won't change that fact.
Love Yehuda Lave
WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT? (Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)
Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people's.
A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!
Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.
When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on 'cracks.'
They don't say, 'Hurry up.'
Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
They wear glasses and funny underwear.
They can take their teeth and gums out.
Grandparents don't have to be smart.
They have to answer questions like 'Why isn't God married?' and 'How come dogs chase cats?'
When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.
Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.
They know we should have snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad.
A 6-YEAR-OLD WAS ASKED WHERE HIS GRANDMA LIVED.''OH,'' HE SAID, ''SHE LIVES AT THE AIRPORT, AND WHEN WE WANT HER, WE JUST GO GET HER. THEN WHEN WE'RE DONE HAVING HER VISIT, WE TAKE HER BACK TO THE AIRPORT.'' GRANDPA IS THE SMARTEST MAN ON EARTH! HE TEACHES ME GOOD THINGS, BUT I DON'T GET TO SEE HIM ENOUGH TO GET AS SMART AS HIM!
It's funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.
No English dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between these two words.
In a recent linguistic competition held in London and attended by, supposedly, the best in the world,
Samdar Balgobin, a Guyanese man, was the clear winner with a standing ovation which lasted for
over 5 minutes.
The final question was:
How do you explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand?
Some people say there is NO difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED.
*Here is his astute answer:*
When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE.
When you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED.
And.... when the right one catches you with the wrong one,
you are COMPLETELY FINISHED ! ! !
He won a trip around the world and a case of 25 year old Scotch!
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." -- Thomas Jefferson
UNESCO resolution condemns Israeli activity in East Jerusalem
The Palestinians, with the aid of Arab member states, have successfully passed a resolution condemning Israel's activity in East Jerusalem in UNESCO. Palestinians and Israelis are now preparing for the next battle, this time over Hebron's status as a World Heritage City.
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has once again adopted a resolution condemning Israel. In October 2016, the organization approved a controversial resolution that cast a doubt on the Jewish people's connection to the Western Wall. Tonight, the proposal originally presented at the World Heritage Conference and submitted by the Arab states on behalf of the Palestinians, will undoubtedly create a similar uproar to that of the 2016 resolution.
This time, at least, the terminology does not only refer to Jerusalem's holy sites by their Muslim names: The new resolution uses the same wording used during the last vote but with no mention of Al-Aqsa, Haram al-Sharif or Buraq Plaza. The resolution does include a nod to the other religions who hold Jerusalem dear, referring to "the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls for the three monotheistic religions."
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The resolution reiterated that the organization "regrets the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works and projects in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law" and calls on Israel to accede to the organization's request and appoint a permanent representative in East Jerusalem.
At the culmination of Israel's diplomatic ongoing struggle since May, 10 countries supported the proposal, 3 opposed and 8 abstained. Israel's ambassador to the OECD, Carmel Shama HaCohen said in response to the vote that it was a moral victory for Israel: "More countries sympathize with an Israel that will not tolerate any persecution or any political decisions against it and against the Jewish people, even if they are increasingly softened from vote to vote." Shama Hacohen emphasized that the wording of the decision is softened compared to last year, particularly considering its omition of any mention of the Temple Mount.
This is Paris, once known as the city of light, now the city of Muslim thuggery and violence where the Arab war cry of Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greater) is screamed in the defiled boulevards