Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pinball for Engineers

Yehuda Lave,

Spiritual Advisor and


We must "declutter" when it comes to our emotions. Those of us with an excess of emotion tend to hoard our emotions like people who collect all kinds of unnecessary junk, thinking each item is precious. Likewise, not every emotion is precious! A POSITIVE EMOTION is an emotion that leads to positive change. Even so-called "negative emotions" can be positive if they lead to positive change. For example, fear of osteoporosis can get a person to stop drinking caffeinated drinks. If fear of diabetes can get a person to avoid white sugar and white flour, then the fear is positive. If anger gets us to set firmer limits with people who may be hurting us, then the anger is protective! Our sages say that even jealousy is positive if we are jealous of people with better middos and our "jealousy" causes us to be more like them. Loneliness can get us to daaven, do chesed or get to an exercise class.

So, the next time you are in a down mood, feeling self-pitying, ungrateful or resentful, ask yourself, "WHERE IS THIS EMOTION TAKING ME?" If it's not getting you to take positive steps, then you don't need it.

Delete. Declutter. Don't hoard.
Love Yehuda Lave

Pinball for Engineers:

Rabbi Riskin Confers Halachic Authority, Communal Leadership on 3 Orthodox Women

  David Israel
 3 Sivan 5778 – May 17, 2018
Photo Credit: Ohr Torah Stone
Tomorrow's women leaders Rabbaniot Navit Tzadik (L) and Amira Ra'anan

The head of Ohr Torah Stone and Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, on Wednesday awarded three women with the title of Spiritual Leader and Halachic Teacher, at the Susi Bradfield Women's Institute of Halachic Leadership at Midreshet Lindenbaum of Ohr Torah Stone.

Rabbi Riskin told an audience of about 250 excited guests: "I had the privilege of examining the Rabbaniot Amira and Navit, on the oral exam. I assigned the exam a certain amount of time, but in the end I sat with them for three and a half hours and just wanted more. I thank you for making me so happy, that's the best thing that can be, and I thank God, because when we started, there were people who question the idea of giving this recognition to women, but today, in this country, it's no longer a question."


It should be noted that, despite a misleading headline in Srugim, " On the eve of the giving of the Torah, two more women were ordained as Rabbis," the title that was awarded the three women stops short of a rabbinic ordination, recognizing them instead as spiritual leaders and teachers of halacha – after they had completed the first and unique program of training women as authorized to rule on halachic issues and to become spiritual leaders.

It should also be noted that rabbinic ordination-semikhah in its classical sense, being handed down from a rabbi to his student going all the way back to Moses, died out in the 4th or 5th centuries CE. The Amoraim and Gaonim of Babylon already did not possess it, and therefore did not use the title Rebbi, being referred to as Rav instead, with restrictions on their powers and obligations. So that, for all intents and purposes, no one today is an ordained rabbi – neither male nor female. Today's semikhah is more like a diploma than a living connection to Moses, Joshua and the elders.

Rabbi Riskin awards the title to Rabbanit Navit Tzadik / Ohr Torah Stone

The three newly authorized female leaders and halachic deciders are:

Rabbanit Navit Tzadik, mother of nine children, holds a BA and a teaching certificate in education and Judaism and a guide for brides, is a graduate of the Talmud Torah Institute in Matan, and is involved in educating and leading women in Beit Midrash and preparing the next generation of women studying Torah;

Rabbanit Amira Ra'anan, who teaches in advanced Torah institutions, including the Jacob Herzog Center, the Be'erot Yitzhak preparatory program, the Ohr Torah hesder yeshiva, teacher training courses, and a graduate of the halachic counselors track at Nishmat and the Matan Talmudic institute;

Rabbi Riskin awards the title to Rabbanit Amira Ra'anan / Ohr Torah Stone

Rabbanit Yael Shimoni, who completed a three-year track and received the title of spiritual leader, and is currently the head of the "Meshivat Nefesh" project of the Beit Hillel Rabbinic Organization, and has been given the opportunity to realize her life's dream to establish a new yeshiva for women.

Co-Chairman of Ohr Torah Stone, Rabbi David Stav, told the awarded women and the guests: "The Torah is not given to one group, it is given to the entire nation, to men and women. It is only natural that we ask that within the framework of Torah and tradition, there will also be women who are involved in the transmission of the Torah tradition. 'My son, heed the discipline of your father, and do not abandon the teaching of your mother (Prov. 1:8). Mother's teaching is part of the Torah that we wish to convey in this generation."

"We are happy that there are women who have decided to dedicate their lives to Torah study, not only to study it but to teach it to different parts of Israeli society in which we live and work," Rabbi Stav said.

The President Elect of Ohr Torah Stone, Rabbi Kenneth Brander, told the guests, "We do not wish to void the role of the community rabbi or harm the rabbinical profession, but to allow the Talmudic sea to become part of 'your mother's Torah.' Let women who are capable enter into an intellectual debate with Rabina and Rav Ashi, Rava and Abaye, the Ra'avad and Maimonides, and with their broad Torah knowledge, teach others in all areas of Jewish law."

"However, we must remember that we are all part of a metaphysical entity called 'Am Yisrael,' which obliges us as individuals to subject ourselves to tradition and halachah," Rabbi Brander cautioned, adding, "This commitment directs us in our personal and professional aspirations, including the desire to allow women to serve as spiritual leaders and halachic teachers, to become Torah figures who continue the legacy of Deborah the prophetess."

Rebbanit Amira Ra'anan said in her acceptance speech: "Over the past five years, we have dealt quite a bit with the concept of halachic rulings (psikat halacha). In the dictionary, psak-ruling means stopping, standing in place. Halacha (from holech-walker) means walking, stepping, progressing, moving from one place to another.

"Ostensibly, this is a contradiction. A person who is required to rule on halachah must stand in one place and at the same time advance. A halachic ruling should be planted, and not just stuck in place. On the one hand, it keeps the tradition of father's house, and on the other hand it innovates a new floor in the same house. Sopping and walking, at the same time," Ra'anan said.

IDF's New Drone Poops on Rioters

Israel's Defense Ministry's weapons R&D on Wednesday revealed a new development that will help IDF soldiers disperse rioters with non-violent means. Dubbed the "Shoko Drone," the new device hovers over groups of rioters and dumps its payload of plastic baggies packed with "skunk water," which erupt on contact, sharply reducing quality of life wherever they hit, but no one is hurt beyond being seized by nausea.

The 'Shoko' skunk-water bags erupt on impact

The baggies received their name from their similarity in shape and texture to a popular Israeli chocolate milk drink, sold in plastic baggies. It's bathroom humor, admittedly, but it helps reduce real casualties.

The R&D engineers began to work on a non-violent response to disturbances at the end of last Passover. This week, the Shoko Drone began his military service above the Gaza Strip, where its activities have been rated as successful and very effective.

With the new invention, IDF forces are not required to reach a point close to the border – the operations are carried out from the air, controlled by command forces on the ground deep inside Israel.

The new development is based on a drone which is already manufactured by the Israeli defense industry. The drone is designed to carry heavy cargo and is suitable for a variety of uses as well as for low-altitude flying with designated charges. The ability to disperse rioters was not among its planned uses, but when the need arose, the aircraft's designation was modified in a short time.

The drone was fitted with a shell capable of containing a large quantity of skunk bags, a.k.a. Shoko. The drone has the ability to release the bags on demand from the air to the ground. The bags burst, and the foul content disperses the rioters.

The Defense Ministry stresses that the skink water has been tested and is not harmful even in cases of a direct hit.


Loosing Sympathy for Israel.
>>> Britain Foreign Secretary, William Hague, warned  Israel  that if it sent troops into  Gaza  to confront Hamas, it risked losing the sympathy of the international community.
>>> On November 19th, a Jewish woman in  Britain  , Mindy Wiesenberger, sent the following letter to Mr. Hague, in response. The letter has been published in many newspapers, including the Times of  Israel.
>>> Dear Mr. Hague,
>>> You have stated that if  Israel  tries to defend its population through a ground offensive in  Gaza  'it risks losing the sympathy of the international community.'
>>> Let me tell you something about the sympathy of the international community Mr. Hague. My father was liberated from  Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945, having lost his entire family but gaining the sympathy of the international community at the time. After 6 million Jews had been annihilated at the hands of the Nazi regime, the international community had plenty of sympathy for the Jewish people. There is always plenty of sympathy for victims.
>>> Israel  doesn't need the sympathy of the international community.
>>> What it needs is to defend its citizens.
>>> When as a tiny country it gained its independence in 1948 it had to absorb 800,000 Jews who were thrown out of Arab lands in the Middle East, and it did so without fuss and with dignity giving them shelter and a place of security in which their children could grow up to become productive citizens. When Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria tried to destroy Israel in 1948 and again in 1967 they took in hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs, but did they give them dignity or shelter? No they left them to rot in refugee camps in order to maintain a symbol of grievance against  Israel  and use them as a political tool against the Jewish state. What has arisen in those camps is a complicated situation, but it is what has led to  Gaza today.
>>> So don't lecture  Israel  on international sympathy Mr. Hague. Not when  Israel  has just sent in 120 truck loads of food into  Gaza  to feed the Palestinian people there, because their own leadership is more interested in using its population as human shields, launching rockets against  Israel  from within major civilian centers.
>>> Don't lecture  Israel  on international sympathy Mr. Hague. Not when  Israel  targets with as much military precision as it can, only terrorists and their bases, trying its utmost to prevent civilian casualties.
>>> Don't lecture  Israel  on international sympathy Mr. Hague. Not when the Palestinian media deliberately uses images of victims of the Syrian civil war and presents them as casualties in  Gaza  to gain international sympathy.
>>> Go read your history books Mr. Hague, go see that since the beginning of the twentieth century all the Arabs wanted to do was destroy Israel. Go look at the country of  Israel  now since the Jews have established a state there. Go read what advances in science, medicine, biotechnology, agriculture and high tech  Israel  has developed, and dedicated that knowledge to making the world a better place for humanity. Can you imagine any other country that after 60 years of continuously being under attack could have achieved so much.
>>> So Mr. Hague don't lecture  Israel  on international sympathy. Israel will do whatever it takes to defend itself from outright attack on its citizens, whether it be from Hamas, Hezbollah,  Iran  or any other country or terrorist group that attacks it.
>>> And if it loses the sympathy of the international community so be it. We don't need the international community's sympathy. We don't need another 6 million victims.
>>> Yours sincerely,
>>> MINDY Wisenberg





One of our greatest entertainers.

On his death bed they asked him where he wanted to be buried. His answer was, "Surprise me."


Do you remember Bob Hope? You'll enjoy this.


I had forgotten that he lived to be 100,

And also didn't realize it has been over 10 years since he died.

Always enjoyed him, his movies, and his show.

He touched a lot of lives during his life.

Thought you might enjoy a bit of memory touching.

Enjoy and recall a neat comedian.



For those of you too young to remember Bob Hope,

Ask your Grandparents and thanks for the memories.




This is a tribute to a man who DID make a difference.



'I still chase women, but only downhill.'


'That's the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.'


'You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.'


'I don't feel old. In fact, I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.'


'I ruined my hands in the ring. The referee kept stepping on them.'


'Welcome to the Academy Awards, or, as it's called at my home, 'Passover.'


'Golf is my profession. Show business is just to pay the green fees.'


'I have performed for 12 presidents but entertained only six.'


'When I was born, the doctor said to my mother, Congratulations, you have an eight pound ham.'


'I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it.'


'Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got cold, mother threw on another brother.'


'That's how I learned to dance. Waiting for the bathroom.'


'I would not have had anything to eat if it wasn't for the stuff the audience threw at me.'


'I've done benefits for ALL religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.'


Give me a sense of humor Lord, give me the grace to see a joke,

To get some humor out of life, and pass it on to other folk.

To the person receiving this, the grace to pass it on to others.


See you tomorrow
Love Yehuda Lave
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