We have to make our own souls shine and for our shoes we can pay someone else
Last week, I happened to be on a tour of the Russian compound and revisited the Underground prisoner's museum. It turns out that the municipality or the State is trying to close it down and put something else there. This is an important part of our history and documentation, while everyone is fawning over the 100 year Balfour Declaration of the real history of the British Ocupiers and the Jews they murdered during their reign. Don't let it be closed down.
Love Yehuda Lave
A humerous look at the invasions of Israel
hroughout the 2000 year exile of the Jewish nation from the Land of Israel, Jews were always present in their "home-sweet-home," albeit not alone.
God promised Abraham: "I have given this land to your descendants." (Genesis 15:18)
Indeed, for 1500 years the Land of Israel served as the national home of the Jewish people.
Then, during a two-thousand-year exile, Jews throughout the world longed to return to Jerusalem, the site of the Holy Temple, and to Hebron, the burial place of Abraham and the rest of the forefathers and mothers, while facing the Holy Land three times each day in prayers.
Jews managed to maintain a presence in the Land of Israel as empire after empire invaded, claiming the Holy Land as their possession. This satirical film depicts the Jewish people's millennia-long connection to the Land of Israel.
Troubled Woman Visits Her Psychiatrist Because She Isn't Happy. But What He Did Next Is Priceless
A beautiful, expensively dressed lady who complained to her psychiatrist that she felt that her whole life was empty, it had no meaning. So, the lady went to visit a counselor to seek out happiness. The counselor called over the old lady who cleaned the office floors.
The counselor then said to the rich lady "I'm going to ask Mary here to tell u how she found happiness. All I want u to do is listen to her." So the old lady put down her broom and sat on a chair and told her story:
"Well, my husband died of malaria and three months later my only son was killed by a car. I had nobody. I had nothing left. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't eat, I never smiled at anyone, I even thought of taking my own life. Then one evening a little kitten followed me home from work. Somehow I felt sorry for that kitten. It was cold outside, so I decided to let the kitten in. I got some milk, and the kitten licked the plate clean. Then it purred and rubbed against my leg and, for the first time in months, I smiled.
Then I stopped to think, if helping a little kitten could make me smile, may be doing something for people could make me happy. So, the next day I baked some biscuits and took them to a neighbor who was sick in bed.
Every day I tried to do something nice for someone. It made me so happy to see them happy. Today, I don't know of anybody who sleeps and eats better than I do. I've found happiness, by giving it to others."
"The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are; but on how happy others can be because of you…"
Happiness is not a destination, it's a journey.
Happiness is not tomorrow, it is now.
Happiness is not dependency, it is a decision.
Happiness is what you are, not what you have.
The $50,000 funeral
Sam died. His will provided $50,000 for an elaborate funeral.
As the last attendees left, Sam's wife Rose turned to her oldest friend Sadie and said, "Well, I'm sure Sam would be pleased."
"I'm sure you're right," replied Sadie, who leaned in close and lowered her voice to a whisper. "Tell me, how much did it really cost?"
"All of it," said Rose. "$50,000."
"No!" Sadie exclaimed. "I mean, it was very nice, but really... $50,000?"
Rose nodded. "The funeral was $6,500. I donated $500 to the shul for the Rabbi's services. The shiva food and drinks were another $500. The rest went for the memorial stone."
Sadie computed quickly. "$42,500 for a memorial stone?! Oy vey, how big is it?"
"Five and a half carats."
A tour of the old Russian Compund and the Underground Jerusalem Museum in downtown Jerusalem keeping our heritage alive
Most Needed: A National Goal Prof. Paul Eidelberg
Israel lacks a national goal. Its leaders have been pursuing the will-o'-the-wisp goal of peace. Peace is not a national goal if only because peace depends on the good will of others. By a national goal I mean one that imbues a people with a strong sense of national solidarity, pride, and accomplishment.
Israel can have only one national goal, and that is to become an authentic Jewish State! Only this goal can rally a large and enduring majority of the Jewish people. Progress toward this goal should proceed in a step-by-step manner: it should result from a set of specific, interrelated government policies whose significance is evident to or duly impressed on the public mind.
For present purposes it is not necessary to define precisely what I mean by a "Jewish State." Even the secular Left – benighted exceptions aside – is obliged to give at least lip service to the idea of Israel as a Jewish state. Dripping with sweet sincerity, the Left ingenuously calls upon Israel to withdraw from its heartland, Judea and Samaria, ostensibly to preserve the "Jewish" as well democratic character of the State. (Never mind that Judea and Samaria are tied to the teachings of the prophets and sages of Israel.)
In any event, it is incontrovertible that Israel's only justification, its raison d'etre, is to be a Jewish State. This fact is emblazoned in Israel's Declaration of Independence. All that is necessary, therefore, is to formulate policies which are logically consistent with the general idea of a Jewish State, and to carry them out in such a way as to make progress toward this goal a vivid public reality.
Accordingly, a future government of Israel will:
(1) Enact a law that proclaims Israel's raison d'etre as a Jewish State as well as the State's paramount principle to which all other principles are subordinate.
(2) Enact a loyalty oath to Israel as a Jewish State as a qualification for voting in Israeli elections.
(3) Enforce the 1952 Citizenship Law that empowers the Minister of Interior "to revoke the citizenship of any Israel national that commits an act of disloyalty to the State." (The term "act" should be defined in such a way as to safeguard freedom of speech and press.)
(4) Enforce Basic Law: The Knesset, which prohibits any party that rejects Israel as a Jewish State.
(5) Amend the "grandfather clause" of the Law of Return to curtail the flow of gentiles entering Israel. (The money saved should be used to strengthen the bond between non-Jewish immigrants and the Jewish people.)
(6) Require all public-supported schools, including those attended by non–Jews, to include Jewish and Zionist studies in their curriculums.
(7) Terminate Arabic as an official language of the State. (It has no more justification than making Russian or English an official language of the State.)
(8) Change Basic Law: The Judiciary by empowering the President, advised by a council learned in Jewish and secular law, to nominate Supreme Court judges, subject to confirmation by parliament.
(9) Require the Supreme Court to abide by the Foundations of Law Act 1981, which was intended by the Knesset to make Jewish law "first among equals" vis-à-vis the various systems of jurisprudence used by the Court.
(10) Increase the power of the people by making Knesset members elected by and accountable to the people in geographic constituency elections.
If these measures were systematically and rigorously carried out – and I have other democratic measures in mind – the people of Israel would actually see their country making yearly progress toward the goal of a Jewish State. This progress would even be susceptible to simple measurement, namely, the increasing ratio of Jews to non-Jews. In fact, as the country becomes more Jewish, the nationalist aims of Arab citizens will wane, many will emigrate, and more Jews will make aliya!
Notice that the achievement of this Jewish national goal, unlike the pursuit of peace, does not depend on the vainly sought benevolence of other nations. In its quest for peace Israel has been pursing a mirage. Its political and intellectual leaders do not understand that it is not within the power of any nation or group of nations to give Israel peace. Israel must take its future into its own hands. Only by pursuing the goal of a Jewish State will Israel begin to achieve peace.
In the final analysis, however, to achieve genuine and abiding peace, Israel will have to recognize the purpose for which it was created some 3,300 years ago, and that is to sanctify the Name of its Creator.
How did you live without?
> A youngster asked his grandfather "Grandpa! How did you people live before with: > > No technology > No aeroplanes > No internet > No computers > No dramas > No TVs > No aircons > No cars > No mobile phones?" > > Granddad replied: > "Just like how your generation live today > > No prayers > No compassion > No honor > No respect > No character > No shame > No modesty" > > We, the people born between 1950-1989 are the blessed ones... > Our life is living proof. > > 👉While playing and riding bicycles, we never wore helmets. > > 👉After school, we played until dusk; we never watched TV. > > 👉We played with real friends, not internet friends. > > 👉 If we ever felt thirsty, we drank tap water not bottled water.. > > 👉We never got ill sharing the same glass of juice with four friends. > > 👉We never gained weight eating plates of rice everyday. > > 👉Nothing happened to our feet despite roaming barefoot. > > 👉We never used any supplements to keep ourselves healthy. > > 👉We used to create our own toys and play with those. > > 👉Our parents were not rich. They gave love.. not worldly materials. > > 👉We never had cellphones, DVDs, play station, XBox, video games, personal computers, internet, chat - but we had real friends. > > 👉We visited our friend's home uninvited and enjoyed food with them. > > 👉Relatives lived close by so family time was enjoyed. > > 👉We may have been in black and white photos but you can find colourful memories in those photos. > > 👉 We are a unique and the most understanding generation, because we are the last generation who listened to their parents.... > and also the first who have had to listen to their children. > > We are a LIMITED edition! Enjoy us. Learn from us. Treasure us.
A powerful talk about the pain of not having children, and a reminder of the tremendous privilege and blessing for those who do