Friday, February 16, 2018

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

Wish for the Good of Others

When you envy the good fortune of others, you destroy your own happiness and well being.

On the other hand, when you sincerely wish for the welfare of others, you make others feel good, and you yourself live a good life.

Today, undertake to give a blessing of good wishes to five people.

Love Yehuda Lave

What is Fake News?

What is fake news? Is Donald Trump correct when he says CNN, The New York Times, and other mainstream outlets report fake news? Commentator and bestselling author Andrew Klavan explains.

"Lexophile" describes those who have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "To write with a broken pencil is pointless."  An annual competition is held by the New York Times see who can create the best original lexophile.  

This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.

No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.
I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
Did you hear about the crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
When chemists die, they barium.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.
I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool ..
Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I'd swear I've never met herbivore
I know a guy who's addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.
A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
A will is a dead giveaway.
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.
A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.
The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.
He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.
When she saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she'd dye.
Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.

Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end



Andrew, I can't believe that was the winner.  Everyone else got the butt end of the deal in my opinion.


The MOST DANGEROUS and EXTREME RAILWAYS in the World!! Compilation of Incredible Train Journeys!!

This list consists 12 of the most dangerous and extreme railways in the world!!From railways That deep gorges and near vertical descents, to a 100 year old railway bridge built on sea. These are some of the most amazing, unbelievable and incredible railway routes around the world. These Railways offer daring experience to those who ride them.The Trains needs to pass through the most dangerous railroads along their journey. However, one can enjoy the scenic beauty while travelling on them.

My Sister Kate: The Destructive Feminist Legacy of Kate Millett Wowie Zowie!
​Fascinating and wowie zowie interview by Mark Tapson of Kate Millett, deceased feminist leader from days of yore, with Millett's sister.  marsha​

Temple Mount Group Calls on Visitors to File Police Complaints Against Waqf

By Jewish Press News Briefs 

The "Returning to the Mountain" organization, which seeks to restore Jewish sovereignty on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, has launched a new project, according to a report in HaKol HaYehudi.

The organizers are calling on visitors to the Temple Mount to file complaints with the police against Waqf officials that follow and harass Jewish visitors on the Jewish people's holiest site.

The organizers says that the Waqf officials are specifically breaking the Protection of Privacy law which prohibits tracking people's movements. They hope that by filing enough complaints it will both deter the Waqf and cause the police to act more aggressively against the harassment by Waqf officials

How's this for a relaxing afternoon? Hamocks thousands of feet off the ground /relaxing-day-hammock/

Riddles of Israel vs. America

Riddle time! Here are two perplexing riddles about the difference between Israel and the US:
Rationalist Judaism: The Differences between Shuls in Israel and America

The Differences between Shuls in Israel and America

Posted: 06 Feb 2018 02:42 PM PST

The riddles that I posted in the last post generated some interesting answers that hadn't occurred to me!

1) Which of the Sages is quoted by name very frequently in the US - hundreds if not thousands of times daily - but never in Israel?

Many people said Rabbi Yishmael, from the end of korbanos. But that's not really accurate, you can hear that said aloud in Israel too. The answer is R. Chanania ben Akashya, quoted in countless shuls in the US in order to justify saying kaddish:
רַבִּי חֲנַנְיָה בֶּן עֲקַשְׁיָא אוֹמֵר, רָצָה הַקָּדוֹש בָּרוּךְ הוּא לְזַכּוֹת אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל, לְפִיכָךְ הִרְבָּה לָהֶם תּוֹרָה וּמִצְוֹת, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: י-י חָפֵץ לְמַעַן צִדְקוֹ יַגְדִּיל תּוֹרָה וְיַאְדִּיר
But I've never heard this done in Israel. It seems that in America, people are more keen to have opportunities to say kaddish. I'm not sure why that is.

2) What is the significant design difference between shuls (synagogues) in Israel and shuls in the US - that is to say, there is a very prominent feature that is found in every shul in Israel that I have seen, but which is missing from many and perhaps most shuls in the US?

Many people suggested dedicated washing basins for kohanim. I guess that's a fair answer, but it's not what I was thinking of. I was thinking of something to hold your siddur. Every shul in Israel has either tables or shtenders or "lips" on the benches to hold them. But plenty of shuls in America have nothing at all - even shuls which certainly have the budget for such furniture. Why is that? It's very strange, as well as encouraging poor posture while davenning. Does anyone have an explanation for this?



After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me 

to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. 

She said, 'I love you, but I know this other woman 

loves you and would Love to spend 

some time with you.' 


The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my Mother, who has 

been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three 

children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally. 


That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner 

and a movie.  'What's wrong, are you well,' she asked? My mother is 

the type of woman who suspects 

that a late night call or a surprise invitation 

is a sign of bad news. 


'I thought that it would be pleasant to spend 

some time with you,' I responded 'just the two of us.' She thought 

about it for a moment, and then said, 

'I would like that very much.' 


That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit 

nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed 

to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. 

She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to 

celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that 

was as radiant as an angel's. 

'I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they 

were impressed,' she said, as she got into the car. 'They can't wait 

to hear 

about our meeting.' 


We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, 

was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm 

as if she were the First Lady. 


After we sat down, I had to read the menu. 

Her eyes could only read large print. Half-way through the entrees, I 

lifted my eyes and saw Mother 

sitting there staring at me. 

A nostalgic smile was on her lips. 


'It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small,' she 

said. 'Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor,' I 

responded. During the dinner , we had an agreeable conversation 

nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other's 

life. We talked so much that we 

missed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said, 'I'll go 

out with you again, but only if 

you let me invite you.'  I agreed. 


'How was your dinner date?' asked my wife when I got home. 'Very nice, 

much more so than I could have imagined,' I answered. 


A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It 

happened so suddenly that I didn't have a chance to do anything for 

her. Sometime later, I received an envelope with a copy of a 

restaurant receipt from the same place Mother and I had dined. An 

attached note said: 'I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I 

could be there; but, nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for you 

and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant 

for me. 


'I love you, son' 


At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: 'I love 

YOU' and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in 

life is more important than your family. Give them the time they 

deserve, because these things cannot be put off till some 'other' 

See you Sunday--Shabbat Shalom

Love Yehuda Lave

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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