Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Opening of the Academy Awards: 1960 Oscars

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

Mazel means much more than luck

Many people wish each other Mazel Tov, not knowing that Mazel means much more than luck. Mazel actually means star path (like Karma).

The reason that coveting what some one else has is such a major sin (one of the ten commandments), is becasue each of us has his own star path (karma) that was designed by G-d for each and every one of us.

When you covet what someone else has you are denying G-d's path that was designed for you alone

This time of year we read five sections of the Torah that deal with the Mishkan, the original portable temple that served the Jews in the desert and for almost 400 years until the First Temple was built. That First temple was copied from the instructions of this Mishgan from these five Torah sections. More space is given to this describtion than any other topic in the bible.

Each of the areas of life that delt with your Mazel was covered by the fixtures (called Kalim in Hebrew) in this Mishkan.

The Menora covered the fate of your children and if you had them. The Mazbach (alter) coverd the length of your life. The Shilhon (table for the show breads) deals with Mazona or wealth.

May the month of Adar bring your wonderful Mazel in all areas of your life.

Love Yehuda Lave

The Opening of the Academy Awards: 1960 Oscars

Host Bob Hope opens the 32nd Academy Awards in 1960, featuring an introduction by Academy President B.B. Kahane. Mitzi Gaynor presents the Oscar® for Documentary Feature to Bernhard Grzimek for "Serengeti Shall Not Die," and the Oscar® for Documentary Short Subject to Bert Haanstra for "Glass" (accepted by Ann Blyth).

Hollywood & the Stars: The Oscars: Moments of Greatness

An episode from Hollywood & the Stars, which was aired on NBC TV in the 1960's. Covering the history of the Oscars, we hear how the awards began and see extracts from the first winner of Best Picture, "Wings" (1927/8). We also see many stars and ceremonies culminating with clips from the 1963 Best Picture, "Tom Jones".

US Embassy in Jerusalem enhances US Interest
Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, "Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative", February 26, 2018
The US decision to comply with the law of the land - the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act – recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocating the US Embassy there, enhances the US posture of deterrence, in defiance of threats and pressure, while walking against the grain.

This reasserts the independence of US unilateral diplomatic action, rather than subordinate US interests to multilateral diplomacy, which tends to undermine US interests. Moreover, it challenges the political correctness of the UN, the Department of State and the "elite" media, which have been serial blunderers on Middle East issues.

While President Trump recognizes Israel as a unique ally, strategically and morally – in an explosive region and during an unpredictably violent era – his determination to remedy this 70-year-old faulty policy aims at advancing US interests, rather than demonstrate pro-Israel sentiments.

The relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem reflects the realization that retreat in the face of threats and pressure intensifies anti-US policies, aggression and terrorism, while defiance of pressure is a prerequisite for the rehabilitation of deterrence, a precondition to peace and security.

US procrastination on the implementation of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act did not advance the cause of peace.  Rather, intensified Palestinian expectations forced them to outflank the US from the radical side and therefore, added another obstacle on the road to peace.

The relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem should not undermine the peace process, since the Embassy will be located in an area which was controlled by Israel before the eruption of the 1967 Six Day War.

The relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem represents the American ethos – from the Early Pilgrims through the Founding Fathers - which has considered Greater Jerusalem the undivided capital of the Jewish Commonwealth.  Hence, the 18 US towns names Jerusalem and the 32 named Salem (the original Biblical name of Jerusalem).

The relocation of the US Embassy will implement the 1995 legislation, which has enjoyed much support on, and off, Capitol Hill, but was sacrificed – until January 2017 - by the US Administration on the altar of false/faulty national security considerations. A waiver was introduced into the language of the law, as a result of pressure by then President Clinton, which was seconded by the late Prime Minister Rabin.

In July, 1999, a veto-override majority of 84 Senators supported proposed legislation, which would force implementation of the legislation by eliminating the presidential waiver.  But, a coalition of President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Ehud Barak convinced the Senators to shelve it, contending that the cause of peace must not be sacrificed on the altar of Jerusalem.

However, reality has documented that they sacrificed reality and Jerusalem on the altar of wishful-thinking and a failed peace process, which collapsed during Prime Minister Barak's tenure, accompanied by an unprecedented wave of Palestinian terrorism.

Another reminder that appeasement of rogue elements intensifies violence.

Apparently, President Trump is determined to avoid – rather than repeat – the mistakes of his predecessors, fending off pressure and threats by rogue regimes, and therefore advancing US interests, law and heritage.

In December, 1949, David Ben Gurion, Israel's Founding Father, annexed Western Jerusalem, declared it the capital of the newly-born Jewish State, relocated the Knesset (legislature) and Cabinet headquarters to Jerusalem and built Jewish neighborhoods on the ceasefire line in Jerusalem.  Ben Gurion acted in stark defiance of brutal pressure by the US State Department and most of the global community, which considered the whole of JerUSAlem Corpus Separatum, an international city.

Ben Gurion's steadfastness, under horrific odds, undermined his short-term popularity, but greatly enhanced Israel's long-term posture of deterrence, national security and respect, and earned him eternal acclaim.

Will Prime Minister Netanyahu follow in the footsteps of Prime Minister Ben Gurion in the pursuit of Israel's long-term national security – walking against the grain and defying conventional "wisdom" - rather than fishing for short-term popularity through land concessions, which would expose Israel to lethal threats?!

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