Thursday, February 15, 2018

Back from 1969 Janis Joplin also sings summertime and Ball and Chain

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

Virtues are Gifts of the Almighty

Ultimately, any virtue a person has is a gift from the Almighty.

If a person has nothing of his own and someone gives him a present, he does not feel arrogant. It was an act of kindness and he feels fortunate to receive it. This will be the attitude of anyone whose eyes are open and who sees the reality of his own human frailty, yet was fortunate to receive the kindness of the Almighty.

A person with true humility has these behavioral aspects:

- He speaks in a pleasant manner to all people.

- He does not insult others or put them down.

- His posture and mannerisms are in the average range - neither boisterous nor meek.

- He is willing to sit next to simple people and not only those he considers important.

- He is able to tolerate the slights and insults of others.

- He flees from personal honor.

- He shows honor and respect to every human being - both in speech and behavior.

Today, ask yourself: "What am I most proud of?" View it as a special gift from the Creator to you. This will give you a more profound appreciation, and a greater sense of humility.

Today and tomorrow are Rosh Hodesh Adar. We have a duty to increase our joy during this month.

Get happy!!

Love Yehuda Lave

You shall know this day and consider it within your heart (Deuteronomy 4:39).

Business people who are involved in many transactions employ accountants to analyze their operations and to determine whether or not they are profitable. They may also seek the help of experts to determine which products are making money and which are losing. Such studies allow them to maximize their profits and minimize their losses. Without such data, they might be doing a great deal of business, but discover at the end of the year that their expenditures exceeded their earnings.

Sensible people give at least as much thought to the quality and achievement of their lives as they do to their businesses. Each asks himself, "Where am I going with my life? What am I doing that is of value? In what ways am I gaining and improving? And which practices should I increase, and which should I eliminate?"

Few people make such reckonings. Many of those that do, do so on their own, without consulting an expert's opinion. These same people would not think of being their own business analysts and accountants, and they readily pay large sums of money to engage highly qualified experts in these fields.

Jewish ethical works urge us to regularly undergo cheshbon hanefesh, a personal accounting. We would be foolish to approach this accounting of our very lives with any less seriousness than we do our business affairs. We should seek out the "spiritual C.P.A.s," those who have expertise in spiritual guidance, to help us in our analyses.

Today I shall ...
... look for competent guidance in doing a personal moral inventory and in planning my future.

Holocaust Remembrance
​As you may know Poland is passing a controversial bill with implications about how the world will know about The Holocaust, The Shoah, in a world increasingly losing the population that directly experiened and witnessed the concentration camp atrocities.  Many of our families did escape Europe in time to immigrate to the US and other countries fortunately.  I hope you will take time to read this information and pass it on to others. Thank you. 

Words of wisdom

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. Desmond Tutu


Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. Leo Buscaglia


Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present. Joan Rivers


Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us. Boris Pasternak


Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it. 

Pope John Paul II


To give somebody your time is the biggest gift you can give. 

Frank Potente


Peace is our gift to each other. Elie Wiesel


Love the giver more than the gift. Brigham Young


The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.

Meryl Streep

Found an extra NIS 650 million: Jerusalem finally begins collecting arnona from UN, churches

 Zev Stub     Sunday, 04 February 11:21 AM 

The Jerusalem municipality began collecting municipal property taxes from the UN and the churches used for trade and various activities - debts that the state has for years prevented the municipality from collecting
Until now, the state has prevented the municipality from collecting property taxes on the grounds that the state has an agreement with the United Nations and the churches. However, a new legal opinion states that the municipality must act to collect these debts, since these assets are not considered houses of worship and are not entitled to an exemption from municipal taxes
Barkat: "We will no longer agree that the residents of Jerusalem will pay for these huge amounts, and the state must deal with the ramifications of its decisions." We intend to take collection and administrative and legal enforcement,
Two weeks ago, the Jerusalem Municipality informed the Ministries of Finance, Interior, Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister's Office that it had begun to collect property tax debts in excess of NIS 650 million from some 887 properties throughout the city belonging to churches in Jerusalem and to UN institutions. It should be noted that these are not houses of worship, which are exempt from the municipal property tax law, but rather are used for various activities that are not prayers and some are even commercial activities.
Last week, the municipality imposed foreclosures on several bank accounts belonging to churches due to non-payment of arnona: the Anglican Church - 7,214,228.42 shekels, the Armenian Church - 2,011,996 shekels, the Greek Church - 570,946.88, the Catholic Church - NIS 11,981,103.02 and other foreclosures.
So far, the state has demanded that the municipality collect these debts, in light of previous agreements with the churches. However, the municipality now has a legal opinion by Prof. Gavriel Halevi, an expert on international law who examined in depth the various legal aspects of the duties of the churches and the UN vis-à-vis the Jerusalem Municipality, and unequivocally stated that there is no basis for the state's position and that the agreements between the state and the churches are not Are valid with regard to the Jerusalem Municipality and that the municipality is obligated by law to act to collect the debts.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that "we will no longer agree that the residents of Jerusalem pay for these huge sums, and the state must deal with the consequences of its decisions, or the state will compensate us and return this money for the development of the city, or we will collect it as required by law. Administrative and legal enforcement, and if necessary we will not hesitate to appeal to the High Court of Justice. "
"The state played a public-municipal fund here at the expense of the residents of Jerusalem and illegally released the churches and the UN from paying municipal taxes in parts that are not prayer without any legal basis. It is impossible that the residents of Jerusalem will have to finance municipal services for garbage collection, lighting, gardening and road construction, and will prevent the municipality from collecting huge sums that could have helped the city's development and improvement. "The Municipality adds that" exemption from payment of property taxes from business and other properties owned and used by the churches is discriminatory and will entail additional claims for exemptions on the grounds of discrimination and inequality, which will increase the exposure and risk of greater economic damage to the municipal coffers. If the state does not allow us to collect the sums for the residents of Jerusalem, we will not hesitate to appeal to the High Court of Justice, or alternatively, if the state is interested in the current situation, we demand that the state give us full compensation for these sums. "He said.
We reiterate that the Jerusalem Municipality is currently in the midst of a struggle with the Ministry of Finance in order to increase the capital grant in order to reduce the gap between Jerusalem and other cities to give each child and resident of Jerusalem the same conditions as other cities in Israel. The Ministry of Finance has imposed a 700 million NIS tax on Jerusalem every year, without any indemnity, and the fact that the investment in a resident in Jerusalem is 30% lower than the average investment in other cities. To improve education, culture, welfare and the appearance of the city

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH: Children given 3D printed ears in world first


✍written by
a class of 8-year-olds
You'll love it...

😘Grandparents are
a lady and a man
who have no little children of their own.

😘They like other people's children.

😘A grandfather is a man, and 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 they 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.

😘They say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad.

😘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!

👦🏻A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived.
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🛫.''

Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin viewing Satisfaction 1969

Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin Satisfaction at Madison Square Garden in 1969. Janis Joplin 1:25 and 4:27

Janis Joplin - Ball and Chain (sensational performance at Monterey)

That said, if blues singers achieved fame and success the emotion will not as pure as when they're suffered. This performance is from when Joplin was a nobody.

Janis Joplin - Summertime (Live -1969)

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