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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

The Story of Your Life

We each have a story of our life. How we choose to label the story will have a major impact on whether we will experience much happiness or much sadness.

Two people might have very similar life experiences, but one person will keep his main focus on the things that he was happy about, while the other focuses on the opposite. One person focuses mainly on his achievements and successes, and how he can keep developing himself and achieving even more in the future. The other person focuses mainly on his failures and limitations. One person's life is full of gratitude and appreciation, while the other person's life is full of resentment and regrets.

How you label the main theme of your life is the key to whether you live a life of spiritual growth and fulfillment, or a life of materialism and disappointment.

The Parsha this week (more of it below) contains many of the basic ideas of Jewish thought. It says when it is time for the redemption G-d will pull you in with his own "hands" to bring you back to the land of Israel. It does not take much imagination for the Jews of Florida to see that maybe G-d is trying to blow them home. Especially if they get an insurance check, they can take the money and come home instead of rebuilding. One has to see the opportunity that G-d gives us and not "blow" it.

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Archaeological discovery means that maybe the Dark Ages weren't so dark


This 4,000-year-old artistic monument found in Israel required 'technological knowledge and planning.'


by Ilana Strauss  |  Tuesday, March 7, 2017


A new archaeological discovery suggests that the "Dark Ages" in Israel's Levant may not have been so dark. Israeli archaeologists uncovered a massive, 4,000-year-old dolmen (a Stonehenge-like tomb) in Israel's Golan Heights. It was thought that people who lived back then couldn't make something that advanced.


After the impressive Bronze Age civilizations of 4,000 years ago disintegrated, the region went through a "Dark Ages" from 2,350 to 2,000 B.C. By "dark," historians mean people abandoned cities and became nomadic tribal societies. (That actually doesn't seem all that dark to me. Nomadic tribal peoples may not have had a lot of impressive structures, but their quality of life might have actually been pretty sweet. But, you know, archaeologists are pretty into digging up old buildings.)


Art like this has been found on domens in Europe and Asia, but never in the Levant. Until now.

Art like this has been found on dolmens in Europe and Asia, but never in the Levant. Until now. (Photo: Gonen Sharon/Tel Hai College)


At least, that's what archaeologists thought. But this discovery might change things. The newfound dolmen would have required ingenuity and organization. It's got lots of chambers and artwork, and the capstone covering it alone weighs 50 tons. According to archaeologists, a nomadic tribal society would not have been able to put together a coffin this complicated. (I've talked to nomadic tribal peoples that built entire houses in a month, but whatever.)


"The fact that we do not see cities and big settlements and monumental building doesn't mean nothing existed at that time," explained Dr. Gonen Sharon, a professor at Israel's Tel Hai College who worked on the dig. "The largest empire in history of the world is the Mongol Empire and it left no traces in archaeology. They were like Bedouin, nomadic. For the dolmens to have been built, they needed enough people to do it, needed to feed them, needed architectural mastery and technological knowledge and planning. The dolmen is monumental and attests to a more significant culture than we had thought."

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The Parshah of Nitzavim includes some of the most fundamental principles of the Jewish faith:

The unity of Israel: "You stand today, all of you, before the L-rd your G-d: your heads, your tribes, your elders, your officers, and every Israelite man; your young ones, your wives, the stranger in your gate; from your wood hewer to your water drawer."

The future redemption: Moses warns of the exile and desolation of the Land that will result if Israel abandons G-d's laws, but then he prophesies that, in the end, "You will return to the L-rd your G-d... If your outcasts shall be at the ends of the heavens, from there will the L-rd your G-d gather you... and bring you into the Land which your fathers have possessed."

The practicality of Torah: "For the Mitzvah which I command you this day, it is not beyond you nor is it remote from you. It is not in heaven... It is not across the sea.... Rather, it is very close to you, in your mouth, in your heart, that you may do it."

Freedom of choice: "I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil; in that I command you this day to love G-d, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments... Life and death I have set before you, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life."

The Parshah of Vayelech ("And He Went") recounts the events on Moses' last day of earthly life. "I am one hundred and twenty years old today," he says to the people, "and I can no longer go forth and come in." He transfers the leadership to Joshua, and writes (or concludes writing) the Torah in a scroll which he entrusts to the Levites for safekeeping in the Ark of the Covenant.

The mitzvah of Hak'hel ("Gather") is given: every seven years, during the festival of Sukkot of the first year of the shemittah cycle, the entire people of Israel -- men, women and children -- should gather at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, where the king should read to them from the Torah.

Vayelech concludes with the prediction that the people of Israel will turn away from their covenant with G-d causing Him to hide His face from them, but also with the promise that the words of the Torah "shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their descendants."

Ambucycle Dedicated in Memory of Terror Victim Saves Arab Woman

An ambucycle dedicated in memory of a terror victim saved the life of a young Arab woman in Jerusalem's Old City.  

An ambucycle dedicated in honor of terror victim Yoni Jesner was the first vehicle on scene at the Damascus Gate two weeks ago when an Arab woman suffered intense seizures and a diabetic crisis resulting from hyperglycemia.

Avi Press is a United Hatzalah volunteer who rides the ambucycle donated to the organization by friends and family members of Jesner. Two weeks ago, Press received an urgent alert one evening from United Hatzalah's Dispatch and Command Center. A young woman was having intense seizures in the Old City of Jerusalem, just past the entrance to the Muslim Quarter near Damascus Gate. While this area has been the site of numerous terror attacks over the past several months, Press didn't hesitate and sped to the location. Despite the thick rush-hour traffic, the courageous medic was able to reach the location quickly thanks to his nimble ambucycle.

Press was joined by another United Hatzalah ambucycle medic on the scene. The pair found the young woman in her 20s slipping in and out of consciousness. A quick assessment revealed that her blood sugar levels were dangerously high.

The expert medics helped revive the woman as they opened an IV line for quick access to fluids and medications. They continued to provide lifesaving treatment for nearly 20 minutes until the ICU ambulance managed to arrive. By that time, the woman's seizures had subsided, her blood pressure had stabilized and she was prepped and ready for quick transport to the emergency room.

Jewish Volunteer: Saving Arab Woman a 'Meaningful' Experience

"Being religious Jewish volunteer medics providing the first emergency response for a young Arab woman at the Damascus Gate was particularly meaningful for me. Here I was at the location in which a lot of hatred is expressed and many people have lost their lives to terrorism. In this spot, riding the ambucycle dedicated in honor of terror victim Yoni Jesner, here I am doing something to save a life and make a difference. I am thankful that I have gotten the opportunity to show people that there is loving kindness in the world. That is incredibly meaningful to me."

Upon hearing of the incident, Eli Beer, president and founder of United Hatzalah, said: "This is what United Hatzalah is all about. We get people working together to try to turn tragic situations into life-saving ones. The donation by the friends and family of Yoni Jesner helped save an Arab woman's life today and has helped saved the lives of many Jews as well.

"When the Talmud tells us that saving a life means saving an entire world, it means that the future positive ramifications of the act of loving kindness are unending," he concluded. "Our volunteers don't do this for glory, rather they do it to save others, no matter who those others are or where they are from. If someone is in need we give our all to help them."

By: Mark Tainar

New interchange completes Jerusalem's Begin Highway

The Rosmarin Interchange in Gilo links the Tunnels Highway in the south of the city to Road 443 near Ramot in the north of Jerusalem.


The opening of the Rosmarin Interchange tomorrow in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo will mark the completion of Begin Highway (Road 50). The city's main north-south highway allows drivers to cross the city in just 12 minutes in normal traffic conditions.

The Rosmarin Interchange will enable drivers to enter Jerusalem from the north onto the Begin Highway, which begins near Ramot as a continuation of Road 443, and drive 16 kilometers to the south without traffic lights. Drivers continuing south at the Rosmarin Interchange will continue seamlessly onto Road 60 and the Tunnels Highway, linking Jerusalem to Gush Etzion.

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The Rosmarin Interchange will be opened by the city's mayor Nir Barkat and Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz.

The first section of the Begin Highway opened 20 years ago linking Ramot via a tunnel beneath the city western entrance to Malkah. Over the past six years, Begin South from Malkah to Gilo has been completed at a cost of NIS 1.5 billion. Work will now begin on widening Road 60, the Tunnels Highway between the Rosmarin Interchange and Elazar Junction in Gush Etzion.

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