Thursday, July 19, 2018

For the closest shave, get naked—doctor's orders and best reason to go on march around the  old City,  The PLO  condemns  it

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Students wait for signs of friendliness from their teacher; teachers await signs of respect from students. Children want signs of empathy from their parents; parents hunger for affection from their children. A customer wants his needs to be understood; a salesperson needs to feel that his merchandise is appreciated.

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Best reason to go on March on Saturday night--The PLO says not to

Palestinian Authority Condemns Women in Green's Annual Tisha B'Av Walk around Jerusalem's Old CityBy Hana Levi Julian - 5 Av 5778 – July 17, 2018 

The Palestinian Authority has issued a bitter condemnation of the upcoming annual Tisha B'Av Walk set for July 21, calling it a "provocative" march.

The annual event, a march around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, affirms Israel's sovereignty over its eternal capital and aims to unify the city under the auspices and participation of Israeli officials on the day when world Jewry marks the destruction of both holy Temples within the Old City.

"This march is an extension of the state of extremism that dominates the political arena in Israel and the settlers, since U.S. President Donald] Trump's ominous declaration on Jerusalem and the transfer of the embassy and the continuous Judaization of the Holy City and its separation from its Palestinian surroundings," the Palestinian Authority "Ministry of Foreign Affairs" said in a statement.

It said that "this prevents the creation of a viable Palestinian state with … East Jerusalem as its capital."

The Palestinian Authority called on the international community to act quickly to "implement its relevant UN resolutions and to take legal measures to force Israel to comply with international law, and the will of international peace, saying the failure to hold Israel accountable for its aggressive and provocative practices encourages it to continue to commit further violations and crimes and to continue its violent isolation of occupied Jerusalem and its holy sites."

The Women in Green organization, which has organized the Walk for the past 24 years, issued its own statement in response, noting the event was a restoration of the ancient Jewish custom of walking around the walls of Jerusalem on the eve of the fast day.

"The Palestinian Authority is correct in a few of the points that they raise in their call," noted Women in Green co-founder Nadia Matar.

"Indeed, the walk on the eve of Tisha b'Av is intended to reinforce our sovereignty in the eternal city, the capital of Israel, Jerusalem. We take this opportunity to thank the president of the United States, Donald Trump, for his support in this matter.

"We are proud that this walk constitutes another layer in the process of preventing the establishment of a terror state in the heart of the Land, as they themselves claim. The steps taken for sovereignty in Jerusalem are part of an overall process in which we are striving to apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

"The People of Israel is here because this is our Land and the capital of this Land is Jerusalem, toward which we have prayed for thousands of years. Only under our Israeli sovereignty can all of the nations and religions pray in it and travel in it freely and safely.

"We also take this opportunity to tell the international community that we are here because of a divine commandment and a history of more than 3,000 years, as well as by right of international institutions which declared the right of the Jewish People to this Land, from the Balfour Declaration, the San Remo Resolution, the resolution of the League of Nations and so on.

"It is important to clarify to the Palestinian leadership that the world has changed and no longer buys the Arab-Palestinian lie; the world has opened its eyes and can now distinguish between good and evil and there is increasing understanding that the aggressor no longer is the one who wins sympathy," she added.

The Walk begins this coming Saturday night at 10:15 pm after the mass reading of the Scroll of Lamentations in Gan Ha'Atzma'ut (Independence Park) in the heart of Jerusalem. The walk will encircle the walls of the Old City, stop at the Lion's Gate for speeches, and then will conclude at the Western Wall.

For information on the upcoming march, click here.

For the closest shave, get naked—doctor's orders

Dermatologists say to shave in the shower.

--> By Rob Verger June 29, 2018

If you keep your face clean-shaven, then following a few simple, common-sense steps can ease the whisker-removal process. After you lop off new growth, you want your face to be smooth and devoid of razor burn. So we asked dermatologists how you can get a close, but not irritation-inducing, shave.

Prepare your skin

A close shave starts with water. "The most important thing to getting a good shave is to hydrate the hair," says Jeremy Fenton, a dermatologist with the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York. "Hair is made up of keratin that absorbs water, and it softens with moisture, heat, and steam." Keratin is a tough protein often found in protective organs like your skin (in fact, skin's outermost layer is called the stratum corneum, a term that literally means "horny layer"), and softening it makes it easier to cut.

So instead of shaving dry, Fenton, as well as Samer Jaber, the director of Washington Square Dermatology and a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, both recommend shaving during or at the end of a shower. That's when both skin and hair are warm and moist—perfect cutting conditions.

For smoother shower shaving, equip yourself with a fog-resistant mirror and a razor holder. The latter is important because, if you leave your blade on the tub's edge, it might sit in a pool of water where bacteria likes to grow.

If you'd prefer the view from the bathroom mirror, then shave right after your shower. But not all of us have time to shave and shower at once. In that case, at least splash on some water before scraping at your bristles. Holding a warm, wet washcloth against your face should do the trick.

Next, Fenton suggests you thoroughly rub a shave gel or cream into your face. Generally, he thinks the gels do a better job. Lathering in the goo helps the whiskers stand up on their ends, making them easier to mow down with your razor blades like you're the grim reaper scything souls. If you're not shaving in the shower, let the gel sit for a couple minutes before you pick up your razor.

"If you prep the skin properly, and that beard is softened," Fenton says, "you're going to get a closer shave, with less irritation."

Go with the grain

First, you want a sharp razor. While there's plenty of marketing (and even an Onion article) about how many blades you need, Fenton's advice is simple: People with sensitive skin should avoid those five-blade razors. Three blades should be plenty, whereas cutters with five can cause irritation or razor burn.

When you do grab your sharp, Fenton suggests shaving with the grain, not against it, to avoid irritation and ingrown hairs. Jaber also recommends going with the grain, but says, "If you want a really close shave, and your skin can handle shaving against the grain, by all means do it." It all depends on how sensitive your skin is and how close a cut you want.

After each stroke, rinse off your razor. This will keep it clean so it cuts efficiently.

Post-shave treatment

If you've been shaving with a less-than-totally-clear mirror, you might find you missed some spots. Solve that problem by touching up with an electric razor after your skin has dried. Once your face is clean, Fenton recommends applying a moisturizer (scent-free if you have sensitive skin).

Next, deal with any injuries. For example, if you regularly find your skin irritated after shaving, a good trick is to rub some over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream on the inflamed bits. This can bring down the swelling.

What if you've actually cut yourself though? First, apply pressure to stop the bleeding. Then cover the tiny wound with a product like Vaseline or Aquaphor to help it heal, says Jaber.

Finally, make a habit of checking your razor after you shave. A clean, sharp blade will work more smoothly than a dull one, and it will tug less. So change 'em regularly! Jaber recommends watching the razor for gunk like whiskers and dried-up shaving cream. Too much buildup serves as a reminder that you should retire your blade.

Opt out

Even with the best precautions, shaving can still irritate your skin, especially in the winter, when it's drier. Shaving less frequently can alleviate this problem.

"I'm a big fan of the trend these days," Fenton says, "where you can get away with shaving every other day."

Everyone's skin and hair is different, and some struggle with irritation and ingrown hairs more than others. "For some people, shaving is a real chore," says Jaber. "No matter what they do, they're going to have bad ingrowns." This is particularly tough if you have an ingrown-hair condition called pseudofolliculitis barbae, which more commonly affects men of color.

If shaving causes you serious problems like this, consider alternative ways to get rid of your hair. "In those situations, laser hair removal can be really life-changing," Jaber says.

Another option? Grow a beard.


| 11 weird and wonderful Israeli ice cream flavors

Everyone knows that pedestrian ice cream and gelato flavors are passé in 2018. At a time when "local" and "seasonal" are the buzzwords, we're totally in love with the new uniquely Israeli flavors showing up in the country's ice-cream shops.

Whether you prefer your ice cream on a spoon or in a cone, you'll want to make the rounds to try these delicious out-of-the-box flavors this summer, once the weather turns unbearably hot and the cool treat is more a lifeline than just a dessert.

  1. Bulgarian Cheese & Watermelon (Gelato Delicato, Haifa)

Gelato Delicato photo by Eli Halfin

Reminding us of a blistering summer day at the Mediterranean beach, Bulgarian cheese — a feta-like Israeli staple — and sweet watermelon come together in one refreshing gelato made by Italian transplant and food fanatic Mario Santomo of Gelato Delicato on the beach adjacent Castra Mall in Haifa.

Although the cheese-and-watermelon variety gets our vote for most original, all the flavors we tried, from fresh melon sorbet to their perfect pistachio, were outstandingly delicious. Even their other creative flavors such as orange with olive oil and black salt, challah bread with butter, and the very Mediterranean basil and mozzarella, were binge-worthy. Who knew that ingredients for a pizza could make such a tasty dessert?

  1. Olive oil & Caramelized Cherry Tomatoes (Arte Glideria, Tel Aviv)

Known for their outrageous flavors — such as caramelized roses and avocado cream — Arte Glideria is at the top of the ice cream game in sunny Tel Aviv.

Located next to the Carmel Market on Nachalat Binyamin Street, Arte Glideria offers specialty flavors such as lemon cardamom and fennel. But if you really want to feel like a local you'll go for the olive oil and caramelized cherry tomatoes variety. After all, Israelis wouldn't dream of making anything without olive oil (at least we wouldn't), and if it weren't for the prickly cactus pear, cherry tomatoes would surely be our national fruit.

  1. Chinese Pecan (Glida Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem)

A Chinese Pecan ice-cream cone at Glida Machane Yehuda. Photo by Eli Halfin

Packed in among the now super-trendy Machane Yehuda Market's restaurant and bar scene, Glida Machane Yehuda makes and stores gelato the Italian way, in stainless-steel canisters.

What's inside, you may ask? That would be anything from dark brown candied "Chinese pecans," a market staple, to beloved Alfajores cookies — that is, butter cookies, caramel and coconut blended together into one smooth ice cream.

  1. Labane, Zaatar & Pita Ice Cream (Eissalon, Haifa)

Enjoying a cone at Eissalon, Haifa. Photo by Jessica Halfin

Bringing German flair to Haifa's upper hills, Eissalon is one of the only locations in Haifa where you can get ice cream at the artisanal level.

With rotating specialty and seasonal flavors, our current favs are labane, zaatar and pita ice cream — a nod to the specialty food of the nearby Druze villages; turmeric ice cream, which must be tasted to be believed; and beer-flavored ice cream that tastes just like a half liter in your favorite neighborhood pub.

The flavors change daily, so follow their Facebook page to get up-to-date info.

  1. Pineapple Sorbet (Mousseline, Jerusalem)

Jerusalem's Mousseline makes French-style ice cream. Photo: courtesy

Making French-style ice cream in Israel's capital city, Mousseline makes sure to use the freshest seasonal produce, brought in by nearby specialty farms. But it's not always all about the produce. Their most popular flavor, Coffee Arabica, is as scrumptious as it is caffeinated.

Embracing exotic flavors as well, such as trendy black sesame, green tea and wasabi, Mousseline will blow you away this summer with the pure refreshing flavor of their pineapple sorbet, because — fun fact — Israel grows its own pineapples.

  1. Halva Sorbet (Anita, Tel Aviv)

It just wouldn't be right to visit Israel and not gorge yourself on all things sesame, including sweet delicious sesame candy, a.k.a. halva.

If you're looking for the ultimate Tel Aviv experience, then you'll want to also enjoy all the vegan options the city has to offer. Serving the best of both worlds — dairy and non-dairy — Anita makes authentic Italian-style small-batch ice creams.

If halva isn't your cup of tea, try non-dairy Oreo cookies or dragon fruit sorbet. If those don't float your boat, then you can always try any other of the 150 flavors, such as salted bagel or Loaker hazelnut wafer cookies.

  1. Bamba (Leggenda, nationwide)

Israelis generally abhor peanut butter. But if it's in the form of a puffy corn-based snack (Bamba), they can't get enough of it! In fact, Israelis eat so much of the stuff from such an early age, that they have the lowest incidence of peanut allergies in the world. So it was only a matter of time before someone made it into an ice cream flavor.

Visit Leggenda parlors and you'll have the pleasure of partaking in this most Israeli of flavors. And you won't want to stop there: Check out the Kibbutz Yotvata Park outside of Eilat for ice creams made from the dairy's milk, including Red Bamba honoring the peanut butter snack's bright pink, cereal-like sweet sister.

  1. Arak (Endomela, Old Acre)

Go to the bar in Tel Aviv on a hot summer night, and you'd expect to imbibe some licoricey arak liquor, sure, but at an ice cream shop in the Old city of Acre (Akko), it makes for quite the unexpected, but also very Israeli, treat.

Also in this creative waterfront ice-cream house, run by local celebrity chef Uri Jeremias of Uri Buri fish restaurant, are stunning natural flavors such as cinnamon, mint and date.

  1. Salted Cashew (Golda Flavor Boutique, nationwide)

Representing the exclusive Giuso Italian ice cream brand in Israel, Golda ice cream is anything but what you would expect from a chain glideria. Like others on this list, they focus on using high-quality ingredients and making their ice creams fresh, in-house.

This summer a very Israeli flavor experience can be had when you try their salted cashew flavor. Reminds us of a favorite Israeli snack to eat while watching the big soccer match. Other flavors to look out for? The ever-popular Kinder Bueno candy bar-inspired ice cream, and mint arak.

  1. Sabras Sorbet (Buza, nationwide)

What started off as an ice cream destination in the northern town of Maalot-Tarshiha has now expanded to many more locations, namely in Kibbutz Sasa (where they hold ice cream workshops!), the Hula Valley and several locations in Tel Aviv.

Turning into a local ice cream empire, Buza, meaning "ice cream" in Arabic, is not one to shy away from beautiful Israeli flavors such as candy-like mango, sea-salt-laced chocolate and of course, sabrassorbet, the prickly-pear cactus fruit that also happens to be the nickname for native-born Israelis.

  1. Natural Frozen Yogurt with Mix-Ins (Tamara Yogurt, Tel Aviv)

Take a rich natural frozen yogurt, then inundate it with the most Israeli of toppings, including dates, passionfruit and chocolate cereal. Or try an acai smoothie or yogurt bowl. This is what's on offer at Tamara, the frozen yogurt branch of the famous TLV fruit shake (smoothie) bar. There's always a queue out the door of the shop and in front of the stand, so you know Tamara's on to something special.

  1. Rugelach (Iceberg, several locations in central Israel)

If gooey chocolate wrapped around yeasted dough croissant-style is your thing, then you will absolutely love Israel's favorite bakery treat, rugelach. Paying homage to the fresh-baked deliciousness is Iceberg, the Tel Aviv-based chain that uses all-natural ingredients. Iceberg also follows the global black ice cream trend, offering a jet-black coconut ash flavor.

Leonard Cohen - Dance Me to the End of Love (Video)

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Any love that is contingent upon a specific factor is lost when that factor is gone (Ethics of the Fathers 5:19).


We may not be aware of some of our own faults, although we may easily detect them in others. We may observe a scene of a powerful dictator standing on a balcony, greeting the throngs who are shouting his praises and wildly waving banners bearing his likeness. Watching how the dictator basks in his glory and in the adoration of the populace, we wonder, "What kind of fool is he? Doesn't he realize that most of those people who are so enthusiastically cheering him actually despise him with a passion? They are there only because they fear his wrath, knowing that they forfeit their lives if they fail to acclaim him. Why, these very people will dance with exuberance in the streets when he is overthrown! How strange, that a person can delude himself to think that people who hate him actually love him!"

We know all this, yet in our own lives it is not unusual for us to "buy affection" in one way or another. Sometimes we do things for people in order to make them beholden to us, and when they then go through the motions that would indicate that they do indeed favor us, we interpret it as sincere affection or admiration, rather than what it really is - an affected attitude, beneath which there may be smoldering resentment, quite like that of the dictator's "admirers."

Certainly, we should do favors for friends, and we should extend ourselves to strangers as well, but we should not expect, nor even have a need to expect, that our action alone will earn us their love or respect.

Today I shall ...
avoid trying to buy my way into people's affection and admiration.

Quotes on Security from my sister

Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself. Harrison Ford, Actor

    Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love. Billy Graham, Evangelist

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. John F. Kennedy, President before Trump

  For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security. Thomas Jefferson, President before Trump

  There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity. Douglas MacArthur, Military Commander  

We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it. John Steinbeck, Author  

There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune. J. Paul Getty, had lots of money

  Only the insecure strive for security. Wayne Dyer, Motivational Speaker  

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