Wednesday, January 24, 2018

7 Israeli buildings that will make you stop and stare

A Soft Reply Turns Away Anger

"A soft reply turns away anger." (Proverbs 15:1)

When you communicate to others in a soft manner, this will calm someone who is already angry at you. This refers to both your tone of voice and the content of what you say. Be mentally prepared to apply this to someone who is likely to speak to you in anger.

When the person who is angry has a valid complaint against you, admit that he's right - and this will calm him down.

Love Yehuda Lave


Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' Gets Banned in Lebanon

Courtesy of Niko Tavernise/Paraount Pictures
'The Post'

A source involved with the film's international rollout says the Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks drama was presented to the Lebanese censorship board, which nixed it, citing a "boycott Israel" list.

Lebanon has banned Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama The Post just days before the film is set to premiere in Beirut.

A source involved with The Post's international rollout says the movie, which stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, was presented to the Lebanese censorship board, which nixed it, citing a "boycott Israel" list that includes Spielberg due to his Oscar-winning Holocaust film Schindler's List (the 1993 film shot some scenes in Jerusalem).

The matter has been transferred to Lebanon's Minister of Interior and Municipalities, who could overturn the decision.

Unlike Gal Gadot, whose film Wonder Woman was banned in Lebanon in May, Spielberg is not an Israeli citizen, nor has he ever fought with the Israeli Army. Lebanon is officially at war with Israel.

Italia Film was poised to release The Post in Lebanon on Jan. 18. A spokesperson for Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment says he cannot comment because the company has not been told officially by the Lebanese distributor that the pic will not be released there because of censorship.

The source says the move came as a shock, given that over the past three years, at least five films either directed or produced by Spielberg were accepted and approved by the censorship board and it is only now that it is invoking Spielberg's inclusion on the "boycott Israel" list. Both The BFGand Bridge of Spies — which mark Spielberg's two most recent helming efforts before The Post — were released in Lebanon.

The 1970s-set film, which chronicles Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) quest to publish the Pentagon Papers, is critical of the U.S. government.

In the case of Wonder Woman, the Lebanese government took issue with the fact that the film's star, Gadot, served in the military (as is required of all Israeli citizens).

The Post has been doing brisk business in the U.S. in limited release. Since Fox released it on Dec. 22, the $50 million film from Amblin and Participant Media has earned $4.2 million. This weekend, The Post expanded nationwide into 2,819 theaters, where it grossed an estimated $18.6 million for the three days as it looks to a four-day gross of $22.2 million.

| Albert Einstein Museum to be built in Jerusalem

Zev Stub
Thursday, 11 January 4:42 PM


A former planetarium on the Edmond J. Safra Campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is to be repurposed as a $5 million museum and visitors' center dedicated to the personal archives of renowned physicist Albert Einstein, father of the theory of relativity.

Einstein was among the founders of the Hebrew University. In 1923, a year after winning the Nobel Prize, he came from Germany to give a scientific lecture at the barely finished campus on Mount Scopus. After immigrating to the United States in 1933, he remained active as a member of the university's Board of Governors and chairman of its Academic Committee.

Before his death in 1955, Einstein had willed his personal archives and the rights to his scientific and non-scientific writings (including his famous E=mc2 formula) to the university. The 55,000-item Einstein Archives, digitized in 2012, is housed at the Safra Campus in the Givat Ram quarter within walking distance of the Israel Museum, Bible Lands Museum and Bloomfield Science Museum.

The idea of a museum to make those archives more accessible to the public has been under discussion for years. One plan for the building was considered for the university's Mount Scopus campus but was deemed too costly. In May 2012, the prime minister's cabinet voted, in a non-binding decision, to build an Albert Einstein museum shaped like the physicist's head.

The latest proposal will be cheaper to implement because it uses an existing 500-square-meter structure. The Jerusalem architectural firm Arad Simon won a university-sponsored competition to design the museum.

The museum will make use of the old planetarium's rectangular space and dome to house an archive and research area, temporary exhibitions, souvenir shop, preservation and photography room and conference hall.

According to a report in Haaretz, Einstein's historic library will be displayed in the lobby behind a semi-transparent wall of books. Images of important milestones in Einstein's career will be projected on the dome of the former planetarium.

The notion of building a museum in the shape of Einstein's head is no longer on the table. However, in September, the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University unveiled the prototype of a 3D-printed book, Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, produced in the shape of Einstein's head on the International Space Station in zero-gravity conditions as part of a year-long series of events marking the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.

In the Rabbis for Human Rights article on this past week's weekly Torah portion, Rabbi Dr. Iris Yaniv has a problem with how God deals with the Egyptians while not punishing the Jews.

It's discriminatory, you see.

I would like to focus on another theological problem that arises from the text, and this is the discrimination between the children of Israel and the Egyptians, as is noted clearly in the description of three of the plagues in our Torah reading:

The plague of the mixture of wild animals (Erov) – Chapter 8, verses 18-19:

"And I willseparateon that day the land of Goshen, upon which My people stand, that there will be no mixture of noxious creatures there, in order that you know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth. And I will make a redemption between My people and your people; this sign will come about tomorrow."

The plague of the diseased livestock, Chapter 9, verses 4-7:

4. And the LORD shall make adivisionbetween the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt; and there shall nothing die of all that belongeth to the children of Israel.
5. And the LORD appointed a set time, saying: 'Tomorrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land.
6. And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, andall the cattle of Egypt died; but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one.
7. And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not so much as one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was stubborn, and he did not let the people go.

The plague of hail, Exodus, in the same chapter 9, verses 25-26:

25. And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and broke every tree of the field.
26.Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.

The traditional commentators explain the word discrimination (haflaya) butsense no theological difficulty arising from the discrimination itself.
However, attorney Yotam Tolov, executive director of "Bezchut" organization, concerned with the rights of people with special needs, and an author, writes the following regarding discrimination:

"Firstly,it creates distinctions and separates between two (people), secondly discrimination according to most understandings of it knows to 'cover its tracks' and to find 'natural' explanations for the distinctions while disguising or hiding the advantage to the discriminating party. Thirdly,discrimination is likely to arouse wonder regarding 'why did this land suffer but that land did not suffer?' When discrimination becomes no longer invisible and arouses questions (literally 'wonder') then the process of inner collapse begins."

I, too, like Yotam Tolov, perceive a great problem in this discrimination.Discrimination leads to injustice. I would have preferred that no plagues were visited on the Egyptians at all, who suffer because G-d, for G-d's own reasons, hardened Pharaoh's heart. If we add to this the discrimination inherent in the plagues – the sense of inequality and injustice is even more extreme.
I hardly need to add that the Egyptians were guilty of crimes against the Israelites, and not only Pharaoh. (Pharaoh said it himself, Exodus 9:27, "I and my people are wicked," when he wanted Moses to stop the hail. See also Ex. 1:13-14 where the Egyptians are the ones who enslave and oppress Israel, not just Pharaoh.)

It also hardly needs mentioning that the entire point of the plagues was to show that God controls the universe. If the plagues had hit the Israelites as well, Pharaoh would assume they were some bizarre natural phenomenon and would have never let them go.

To these "human rights" so-called rabbis, God doesn't know what He is doing when he punishes the wicked and spares the innocent. To them, in the interests of fair play, He really should have punished the slaves, too.

Can there be a better example of how Judaism is subverted to the political correctness of the higher "morality" of Israel's critics?
See you tomorrow

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