One sign of maturity is the ability to distinguish between healthy shame and unhealthy shame. Excess shame is at the root of most anxiety and depression. But lack of shame is the basis of all immoral and criminal behavior. Like a powerful medication, you do not want to overdose. Healthy shame is appropriate if you have been deliberately irresponsible, cruel or done something illegal. It is not appropriate if you made an innocent mistake, were unable to fulfill others' impossible dreams or failed to live up to your own unreasonable expectations. If you go through the day with a lot of emotional turmoil, you will find that by recognizing and eliminating your self-shaming beliefs, you automatically begin to feel calmer and happier.
Love Yehuda Lave
Missed the total solar eclipse? Here's where you can see one in the next 50 years
Subject: Missed the total solar eclipse? Here's where you can see one in the next 50 years
I've often heard the argument that there must be a G‑d, because creation is so well designed that there must be a designer. For example, the human brain is so complex, it must have a creator, so G‑d must exist. That makes sense, but by using the same logic, I can ask the question: Who created G‑d?
Your question can be answered by following a few logical steps.
Before creation, there was nothing but G‑d. Nothing. When we say that G‑d is the Creator, we don't just mean He created solid objects, like planets, trees and aardvarks. We mean He created everything. Any thing you can think of, every single existence on every plane and in every dimension, was once not, and G‑d made it be.
That means that even concepts were created by G‑d. G‑d not only created the concrete universe, made up of gases, solids and liquids; He also created all of the abstract realities, such as love, goodness, purpose and logic. These concepts did not exist before He created them.
One concept G‑d introduced is the very concept of creation. G‑d came up with the idea that you can have nothing, and make something out of it. The very notion that something has a beginning, a point at which it comes into existence—that notion itself was created by G‑d. The concept didn't exist before. Just like there were no trees before G‑d created the first tree, so too there were no beginnings before G‑d created the first beginning.
So your question is based on a false premise. You can't ask "Who created G‑d?" because the whole concept of creating was G‑d's idea in the first place. There was no such thing as creation before G‑d came up with it. Just as it is obvious that the person who made the first cartoon was not himself a cartoon, so too G‑d, who invented the concept of creation, is not Himself a creation.
G‑d, the Creator, never changes. He is always the same; He always was and always will be. Humans, created beings that we are, do not remain the same. We once were not, were brought into being, and will one day be no longer. And that is why humans are so special. Because as creations, we—you and I—have the power to change. That's the gift of being human.
Wait until you see how much this Rolex watch is valued at with all the original documents and case that it came with back in 1960. The gentleman that owns the watch bought it on the advice of his sergeant while he was serving in the Army and it turns out it was pretty good advice. When told how much the watch is worth his look of surprise is priceless
Another Confederate Statue Removed
$1,000 for a $1 bag These inflated prices have many people feeling rather salty.
Glick Ascends Temple Mount, Smotrich Stays Home, Both Mad at Bibi
Despite his declaration to the contrary, on Tuesday morning MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) took advantage of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's one day "pilot program" and ascended to the Temple Mount after an absence of about a year and a half because of the PM's ban on MKs entry.
MK Shuli Mualem (Habayit Hayehudi) was scheduled to ascend later on Tuesday.
Tuesday's pilot will examine the influence of Knesset members' entry into the Temple Mount compound on the behavior of other visitors. It offers the MKs a limited window of opportunity before the Muslim Holiday of the Sacrifice this coming Friday – and could be an invitation for Arab riots. In fact, in his statement earlier this week MK Glick accused the PM of cynically manipulating events and in effect inviting riots on the Temple Mount, ahead of a High Court hearing on the ban this week. If the there are riots on pilot Tuesday, government could tell the court "I told you so" on Thursday.
The pilot was decided following police recommendation to the PM a few months ago to cancel his ban, suggesting the risk for incitement to violence – by Arab MKs – was over. The police document suggested placing several conditions visiting MKs – among other things they must coordinate in advance with police. This was back in early July, and Netanyahu was going to remove his ban by the end of the month of Ramadan, but then the terror attack that left two Border Guard officers dead happened and the ban stayed.
The ban stays in effect regarding government ministers, which led Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) to threaten to file a High Court of Justice petition against the Prime Minister to allow ministers to enter the site. This would mark the first time a serving government minister sues his PM.
A letter Ariel sent Netanyahu and Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan suggested the denial of the entry of ministers to the Temple Mount is based on the fear that the ascension of a government minister to the holy place constitutes a demonstration of sovereignty over the Temple Mount, which violates one of Israel's constitutional laws, Basic Law: Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel.
MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) issued a statement titled, "I will not ascend to the Temple Mount tomorrow."
"I am not ready to go to the Temple Mount as a thief in hiding, in the humiliating and illegal manner that was imposed on Knesset members," Smotrich said.
"The Temple Mount is the most sacred place for the Jewish people and the State of Israel must exercise its sovereignty over it," he continued. "The terms and conditions of what's forbidden and what's allowed that were imposed on members of the Knesset as reflected in the humiliating letter of the Knesset officer are illegal, undemocratic and unacceptable."
"The delusional 'pilot,' offering MKs a hole in the wall to crawl through like thieves and almost begging the rioters to riot, is a new and unacceptable low," Smotrich said, concluding: "I will ascend to the mountain when ministers and Knesset members are able to ascend freely and upright to realize the sovereignty of the State of Israel over the Temple Mount, and I call on the Prime Minister to permit this immediately."
The Arab MKs also expressed their opinion on the subject too. MK Ahmed Tibi said the Arab MKs won't go up to the Temple Mount today, "MKs from the [Arab] Joint List will not go up to the Al-Aqsa mosque today as part of the provocation and conditions of Netanyahu and the Israel Police, and the Arab MKs will enter whenever they want and not when Netanyahu wants them to. That's the way it was and that's the way it will be."
In order to improve your sense of gratitude, select one thing that you do frequently - and then think for 10 minutes about its ramifications.
One person who drank one cup of coffee every morning, he chose this cup of coffee as his subject. He felt it would be easier to work on the assignment if he wrote his thoughts on paper. To his surprise, the 10 minutes quickly turned into 35.
He wrote about how the coffee beans grew in Brazil. Someone planted the trees and took care of them until the coffee reached maturity. Then workers picked the beans from the trees. The beans were roasted and ground, and packed for shipping. He described all the work involved in the shipping industry which allowed the coffee to reach the United States. This alone required hundreds of people. Finally, the coffee arrived at the port in Haifa from where it was taken to his grocery story in Jerusalem.
He wrote about the gas range that boiled the water, and the match he used. (And how much easier it is to use a match rather than have to rub two sticks together!) He wrote about how the gas reached his home and what was necessary to build his stove. He wrote about the water kettle that whistled to let him know that the water had boiled. The milk he added required the work of many people from the time it left the cow until it reached his coffee cup.
At the end of 35 minutes, he saw he had not even begun to write about the actual cup, saucer, or teaspoon nor the table he placed it on, or the chair he sat on!!
Through this exercise, he became aware of so many things he'd been taking for granted. This awareness led him to a most intense spiritual experience. His prayers for the next few weeks were permeated with a deep feeling of gratitude to the Almighty.
Would you like to have a similar experience? Try it today: Pick something that you enjoy doing, and write as much as you can about what there is to appreciate.
Love Yehuda Lave
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Elul 5777 "The love initiative" Rabbi Yehoshua Schechter
"Relationship" means: "the way in which two or more people are connected to one another". But what is the essence of a relationship? What makes it work, and what ingredients are necessary?
The answers to this relationship question, can be found in an unlikely place; in the month in which we are in - the month of Elul - the last month of the year. Every month has its own unique energy and power. Elul is the month of love and relationships. The sign of Elul is Virgo, and one of the acronyms of Elulis: Ani l'dodi v'dodi li, "I am to my beloved, and my beloved is to me (Shir Hashirim 6:3). This connotes the spiritual relationship between ourselves and Hashem.
Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li, captures the very essence of a relationship: It is a mutually symbiotic fusion of two forces – I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.
There are two distinct personalities: "I", and "my beloved." The "I" (my personality) takes the initiative and reaches out to "my beloved." In turn, "my beloved" responds "to me."
It alsoemphasizes another vital aspect – that a relationship is a reflection: You and your beloved mirror each other. Like the face is reflected in water, ones' heart (is reflected) in another (Proverbs 27:19).
Love elicited, is in direct proportion to love given. When "I am to my beloved" – "my beloved" will be "to me." The same way that "I am to my beloved," so will "my beloved" be "to me."
Thinking of love as your reflection is quite extraordinary: Look into the eyes of your beloved and you will see yourself.
However, this "love initiative" could not be possible without Hashem making the first move. In 2:16 the verse begins with "Dodi Li V'ani Lo" (my beloved is to me and I am to Him) which is the polar opposite of verse 6:3!
Says the Zohar: Hashem shows us His unconditional love by taking us out of Egypt when we are at the 49th level of uncleanliness; when we as a nation had no accumulated merits. We then enter the Sefira period (the 49 days of purification) through "Chesed Sh'bechesed" - Hashem's absolute kindness; giving us a spiritual boost down the road toward internal purification. Hashem's magnanimity, sets the stage for us to ultimately give back to Him – unconditionally – at the start of the month of Elul, when "the king is in the field".
So Elul's Ani l'dodi v'dodi li teaches us: that love is about initiating – mirroring what Hashem did for us; Ani L'dodi – I am to me beloved - the catalyst for "my beloved is to me." Love is proactive, not reactive or passive. Love is not about standing on the sidelines, "protecting" ones' self from potential hurt - waiting to be loved.
The lesson of Elul is about taking the initiative - initiating intimacy. "Hamelech B'sadeh - the king is in the field - waiting.
The Torah states regarding Moshe's hitting the rock instead of speaking to it (as he was commanded to do by the Almighty):
"And the Almighty said to Moshe and Aharon, because you did not believe in Me to sanctify Me in the eyes of the Children of Israel, therefore, you will not bring this congregation to the Land which I gave them." (Numbers 20:12)
Rashi elucidates that if Moshe were to have spoken to the rock (instead of hitting it) and it would have given forth water, there would have been a greater sanctification of the Almighty in the eyes of the congregation. The people would say, "If this rock which does not speak and does not hear fulfills the word of the Almighty, all the more so should we."
We see from here that the essence of sanctifying the Almighty's name is not merely that someone should be impressed by another person's righteous behavior or to think that a person is acting in an elevated manner. Rather, the key factor is that other people should be influenced to improve their own behavior. Whenever you behave in a manner that influences others to follow the Almighty's will, you sanctify His name.
Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do. -- Don Gale
Love Yehuda Lave
Shilo, Pzgat, and the Shamrom August 14 2017
In Divine Message to US, Solar Eclipse Will Replay Plague of Darkness in "Little Egypt"
The Biblical plague of darkness will be dramatically replayed next week when a rare solar eclipse transits across the full width of the United States. This astronomical phenomenon, unique in the entire solar system, is described in ancient Jewish sources which one rabbi interprets as a divine warning specifically targeting the United States.
On August 21, a total solar eclipse will mark a trail from the Northwest US to the Southeast Atlantic Seaboard. The eclipse will occur on the last day of the Hebrew month Av, a day known as Yom Kippur Katan, the "small day of repentance." The morning after the eclipse, Jews will begin blowing the shofar every morning for a 40-day period of profound repentance leading up to Yom Kippur. This corresponds to the 40 days Moses was on Mount Sinai atoning for the Jewish people.
The upcoming eclipse is exceedingly rare and viewed from a larger perspective, the heavenly bodies are creating a picture that clearly has divine import. Though it has been 99 years since an eclipse travelled the length and breadth of the US, the next such occurrence will be in just seven years. On April 8, 2024, another total solar eclipse will transverse North America, but the visible path will go in the opposite direction, passing from the Northeast to the Southwest.
The "path of totality" of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse across the continental US. (Wikimedia Commons)
The paths of the two eclipses form a transcontinental 'X'. In a strange coincidence, the only spot in the path of both eclipses, receiving a double-dose of this modern plague of darkness, and the point of the longest duration for both eclipses, is a part of southern Illinois known, appropriately enough, as Little Egypt.
Just as the original plague of darkness was meant as a warning to Egypt, Rabbi Lazar Brody, an American-born Hasidic rabbi and teacher, understands this present-day manifestation to be a divine message.
"In Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), the sun represents the nations of the world, and the moon represents Israel," Rabbi Brody told Breaking Israel News. "This eclipse is only over the United States. That is a shout from above, saying, 'America, get your act together, Come back to the Almighty and cast away all your legalization of what the Torah calls abominations'."
Rabbi Brody explained that the message implicit in an eclipse is that God's light has not been extinguished.
"Through man's actions, God's influence in the world is being hidden in a state of hester panim (hiding God's face)," Rabbi Brody explained.
Rabbi Brody quoted the Talmud (Succah 29a) which states that if an eclipse appeared in the West, it is a sign that idol worship has prevailed.
"Idol worship isn't only bowing down to idols. In the US, there are people who worship homosexuality and perversion, one of the reasons the Talmud states for a solar eclipse."
The divine significance of the event is emphasized by the fact that as far as scientists can discern, solar eclipses are unique to planet Earth. Ira Machefsky, an amateur astronomer with 60 years of experience, explained this unlikely confluence of circumstances.
"The moon is 400 times smaller than the sun but they appear to be the same size in the sky," Machefsky explained to Breaking Israel News. "But the moon almost precisely blocks out the sun when it passes between the sun and the earth. This is because the sun is approximately 400 times further away from the earth than the moon."
Though a man of science, Machefsky sees the Hand of God in this unique placement of the sun and moon.
i"No other planet in our solar system has solar eclipses because the odds of this happening precisely as it does on Earth are so infinitesimally small," Machefsky explained. "Scientists have yet to discover another planet that has solar eclipses. They call this Earth's 'grand coincidence', but I call it 'the causal proof of the existence of God'."
Machefsky explained that the moon is moving away from the Earth at the rate of one centimeter every year, and in the future, the moon will appear smaller in the sky, making solar eclipses a thing of the past.
"Eventually, there won't be solar eclipses," Machefsky said. "This unique phenomenon will disappear from the universe."
Though the nation of Israel is unaffected by the upcoming solar eclipse, spiritually and celestially, stargazers in Israel were treated to a partial lunar eclipse just one week ago. Since the moon is the heavenly body that represents Israel, Rabbi Brody understood that as bearing a message for the Jews.
"This lunar eclipse said to me that there is a blemish in the faith of the Jews," Rabbi Brody said. "And I am not talking about the non-religious. The religious Jews need to repent even more. Faith and mitzvot (Torah commandments) lift us above the stars. When we cling to Hashem above, we don't have to worry about what's happening in the world below.
"But when Jews cling to the ways of the American lifestyle," Rabbi Brody warned, "We lose that connection with Hashem (God)."
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/93188/major-solar-eclipse-recalling-egyptian-plague-darkness-divine-message-us/#UU7DX6pZVgvmI3eJ.99
Nicholas Winton - How one man changed the world
about a year ago Dick Van Dyke singing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Denny's will make your day.