Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A letter from a soldier in Gaza and 14 Facts about Judaism that everyone (including Non Jews) should know

Asking For Forgiveness Version »

For some people, the most difficult thing in the world is to ask for forgiveness.

If you find it difficult to ask for forgiveness, visualize yourself asking for forgiveness. Mentally see yourself approaching someone and saying, "I am sorry that I caused you pain. Please forgive me." Rerun this picture in your mind over and over again. Feel a sense of strength and release at being able to do this.

Each time you ask for forgiveness and find it difficult, you are building up your inner resource of courage.

Love Yehuda Lave

A letter from a soldier in gaza:

Today our hearts are pounding in fear. Who of us will die? And who will return safely?

We are your messengers in fighting . We are fighting so you can live peacefully with your children. So you can stay alive. We are your protection. Will you be ours? We are going to this dangerous mission knowing some of us will not come back, but will rise to their next position in a storm to heaven, as Eliyahu the prophet did.

We are going with devotion and dedication.

We are asking you to be our protection with your prayers. Protect us by going above and beyond yourselves through spirituality and good deeds.

Pray for us. Pray that you won't see another mother burying her son. Pray that you won't see our wives as widows raise our children in tears. Pray that our children will grow up knowing who their fathers are. Pray that we will eliminate the terrorists who aim to destroy us, and that we will not injure innocent women and children.

Please, we are begging you, as you are reading this, don't just go on to the next thing you are doing. Say a chapter of psalms. Wake up king David to ask the almighty for full redemption and peace for the all world. Take upon yourselves another good deed. And please pass this on. I'm certain that your prayer will make a difference.

Remember, we are in it together. We are on the front lines carrying the weapons and you are fighting along with us in your prayers. Each word of your prayer gives us strength, protection and success.

Charles Schultz Philosophy!

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.


You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them.  Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies .. Awards tarnish ...  Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.


Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.



The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money ... or the most awards.
They simply are the ones who care the most.


Pass this on to those people whom you keep close in your heart.

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.

It's already tomorrow in Australia !"

Be Yourself.  Everyone Else Is Taken


Life may not always be the party we hoped for,but while we're here we might as well dance


Its over now, but remember the light festival in the Old City of Jerusalem next year

Jerusalem of Light Festival

  Photo of the Day
 19 Tammuz 5778 – July 1, 2018 

Click Here!Photo Credit: Mendy Hechtman/Flash90

Once again, it's that time of year, when the wall of the Old City of Jerusalem are lit up for the Jerusalem Light Festival.


You Can Now Zipline Over The Grand Canyon (If You Dare!)

It's sure to be an adventure, but not for the faint of heart!

Grand Canyon

Visitors to the Grand Canyon have  several options when it comes to witnessing the beauty of this national treasure. The strenuous rim-to-rim hike rewards guests with the canyon's sprawling beauty. Of course, alternative routes include rafting, taking a mule ride through the canyon or soaring in a helicopter high above it.

grand canyon photo Getty Images | Sean Gallup

Now, visitors to the Grand Canyon have another option for exploring this gorgeous natural wonder — one that's sure to push those adrenal glands into overdrive.

A Grand Canyon outpost opened up a zipline that lets visitors soar high above the canyon and take in the splendor of this world wonder from a birds-eye view. (That's assuming these intrepid sightseers dare to look down!)

The new zipline is located at  Hualapai Ranch as part of  Grand Canyon West, where less thrill-seeking activities include hiking trails, archery and horseback riding. Grand Canyon West also operates the Grand Canyon Sidewalk, a glass-bottom walkway that provides fodder for Instagram gold since the rim of the Grand Canyon is just 70 feet away. (Again, if you're afraid of heights, don't look down!)

grand canyon photo Getty Images | Ethan Miller

Grand Canyon West's latest adventure zips visitors nearly 1,000 feet above the floor of a side canyon. As the company  explains on its website, the structure consists of "quad ziplines" that are engineered with four steel cables, running side-by-side and parallel to one another and allowing groups to zip together. That means you can rip through the air with a group of friends or family members, which hopefully makes the experience a little less scary — or at least even more memorable!

The first of the lines stretches 1,100 feet in length, while the second features a steeper grade, propelling riders for 2,100 feet on a downhill adventure, showing off views of the nearby Quartermaster Canyon. Speeds reach about 45 to 50 miles per hour, and $89 will get you rides on two separate runs. Please note, though, that tickets can only be purchased on-site.

Grand Canyon West

Want to see what it looks like before you commit? Check out Grand Canyon West's video of its new zipline:

So, would you dare to try out this zipline or do you prefer taking in the breathtaking views from a stationary look-out point?

If you're looking for a thrill of a different kind while visiting the Grand Canyon, consider hiking the  Transept Trail. This stunning 3-mile stretch along the North Rim is known for the fabled " Wailing Woman," who supposedly haunts the area, wearing a blue dress with white flowers and crying at night for her husband and son, who were killed in a hiking accident.

transept trail photo Flickr | paula_mcmillen

If that doesn't send chills up your spine, we don't know what will!

14 Facts About Jews and Judaism That Every Person Should Know

1. Judaism Is Based on the Torah

The foundation of all Jewish beliefs, practices and scholarship is the Torah, known as the Five Books of Moses. Next come the Prophets and Writings (Neviim and Ketuvim in Hebrew). Together, they form the Written Torah, AKA the Hebrew Bible. These written books were given with oral traditions that interpret and elucidate their sometimes cryptic teachings. These oral traditions were collected into what became the Midrash and Talmud. The Written Torah cannot be fully understood without the Oral Torah.

2. Jews, Israelites, and Hebrews Are the Same People

Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, was called a Hebrew. His grandson Jacob was renamed Israel by G‑d, and his children were known as the Children of Israel. In time, descendants of King David, from the tribe of Judah, ruled over the bulk of the Israelites living in the Land of Israel, and the people became known as Yehudim (Jews). These three names are generally used interchangeably, depending on the time and place.

3. There Is Just One G‑d

Judaism believes in the one invisible Creator of Heaven and Earth. He has no children and needs no helpers. Nor does anything have independent power (even Satan is just an angel with a unique job description). G‑d does, however, go by several names, which are so sacred that Jews generally refer to Him as Hashem, which is Hebrew for "The Name."

4. Mitzvahs Are How Jews Live Jewishly

In the Torah, G‑d tells the Jewish people to follow His commandments, all 613 of them. These are known as mitzvahs ("instructions"). For the Jewish person, these are not suggestions or just good ways to gain Divine favor. Rather, they are life itself, just like eating and drinking, as well as our path to connecting to G‑d.

5. To Be Jewish Is to Learn Torah

Knowledge is power, and to know G‑d's ways is to connect to Him in the deepest way possible. That's why Jewish people invest hours, days and years into learning Torah and Talmud, plumbing their inexhaustible depths for more meaning and insight.

6. The Jewish People Began as Slaves

The Book of Exodus recounts how the Jewish people began as slaves in Egypt before being freed by G‑d (through his agent Moses, who brought 10 plagues upon the Egyptians). This formative experience has given the Jewish people empathy for others less fortunate and conditioned them to accept the Torah's communal ethic where charity (called tzedakah) and kindness to the stranger are central tenets.

7. Shabbat: G‑d's Gift to the Jews

It is now taken for granted in most Western countries that people deserve to take a break from work at the end of every week. This has its roots in the very dawn of the Jewish peoplehood. Right after the Exodus from Egypt, G‑d told the people to take a day off from creative work. Known as Shabbat, the day is dedicated to prayer services, festive meals with family and friends, and rest. On Shabbat we acknowledge that G‑d created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.

8. Who Is a Jew?

Anyone born to a Jewish mother is Jewish, regardless of one's religious involvement or beliefs. A person can also become Jewish through conversion under the auspices of a recognized rabbinical court. The conversion process includes accepting the mitzvahs, immersing in a mikvah (ritual pool of water), and circumcision (for males).

9. The Temple and the Synagogue

For most of the first millennium of the Jewish people's history, there was a Holy Temple where (animal) sacrifices were brought and the people came to worship (at least) three times a year. After the Second Holy Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in the first century, the nexus of Jewish life shifted to the synagogues, where communities gather for regular prayer services.

10. The Land of Israel Is the Beating Heart of the Jewish People

Nearly four millennia ago, G‑d promised Abraham (the first Jew) that his children would inhabit the land. Even as the Jews were exiled to the farthest corners of the earth, we have never stopped praying for our return to Israel as a united nation under G‑d. In Israel, the holiest city is Jerusalem. Within Jerusalem, the most sacred spot is the Temple Mount, where Jews generally may not pray today. Thus, the Western Wall of the Temple mount is the focal point of our prayers and our national consciousness.

11. Rabbis Are Learned Jews

Rabbi is Hebrew for "master" or "teacher," and a rabbi is a learned Jew who guides other Jews in their Torah study, mitzvah observance, and service of G‑d. The rabbi interprets and applies the traditions and principles of Judaism as he received them from those who came before him.

12.Women Are King (Queen)

Judaism is a tradition passed down from generation to generation, and the Jewish woman is the artery through which Judaism is transmitted. When G‑d communicated the Torah at Sinai, he spoke to the women first.

13. Judaism's Message for Non-Jews

Judaism does not believe in proselytizing to non-Jews or encouraging others to become Jewish. Each and every human being (indeed, every single creature) has a part in the grand chorus of life. However, Judaism does have a message to all people: to live a moral, just and G‑dly life as outlined in the 7 Noahide Laws: (1) to acknowledge G‑d and not to worship idols; (2) not to murder; (3) not to commit adultery; (4) not to eat the limb of a living animal (or otherwise torture G‑d's creatures); (5) not to blaspheme; (6) not to steal; and (7) to respect the rule of law. Any non-Jew who follows these guidelines is rewarded in the World to Come.

14. The Best Is Yet to Come

Ever since G‑d created the world, we have been building up toward the climax, a time of peace and G‑dly awareness. This era is known as the time of Moshiach (Messiah).

© Davora Lilian
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