When a person has mastered the trait of trust in G-d, ("bitachon"), he will look forward to difficult life-tests in order to show his love for the Almighty.
His devotion to the Almighty in difficult situations is a manifestation of his high spiritual level and he actually welcomes these tests.
I'm off on a new test today. The blog will continue, but I am traveling to see my new wife's parents. If it takes you a little longer to get a reply please have patience. Pictures when I get back.
Yesterday, although, I was here the blog did not go out until almost 3 hours late, due my sender (it has to go through a sender--I don't control this) having a glitch. They didn't apologize or tell me, but I got it out, so if you didn't see yesterday's post, it is at YehudaLave.com
In 1951, Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael (KKL) acquired leases for a period of 99 years for swaths of undeveloped land in Jerusalem from a number of churches who had purchased the land probably during the period of the Turkish Empire's occupation of Eretz Yisrael prior to the termination of World War 1.
It is not clear if the churches proved their legal title to the land in question to the KKL during these negotiations or not. What is known is that during the period of the British Mandate the authorities instituted and produced a Land Registry of all the land under their authority, but it is not clear what proof the land owners presented to the Registry and if the proof was verified.
At the termination of the Mandate three complete sets of the Land Registry were made, one was sent back to the UK (part of the consignment was lost), one given to Israel and the other to Jordan. The KKL subsequently sub-leased the land to Israeli property developers who during the course of the next 50 years built apartment blocks on the land and the respective sub-lease was then granted by the KKL to the individual purchasers of the individual apartments for an initial period of 50 years.
The owners of the apartments were subsequently entitled to renew, at a cost, the sub-lease from the KKL for an additional 50 years as registered by the Israel Lands Authority.
It was common knowledge that on the expiry of the sub-leases in or around 2050 there would be no problem in extending these as the original head leases purchased by the KKL from the churches had a clause that the KKL would have the first option granted to them to renew the head lease from the churches which it would negotiate and agree upon.
This was the basis for the sale of many of the apartments during the last 25 years being acquired. It was on the premise that the KKL, being a quasi-government organization, would carry out the option in an ethical fashion on behalf of the owners and in the best interests of the citizens of State of Israel and the Jewish People.
In the last decade it was reported that the KKL had negotiated with one or more of the ecclesiastical bodies to either purchase the freehold or extend the leases. However, whilst an agreement was made it was subsequently dismissed by the Supreme Court on the grounds claimed by the ecclesiastical authorities that their respective signatory had been forged, even though the KKL had transferred funds to the church. The latter funds appear not to have been recovered by the KKL and still remain within the church jurisdiction. Either prior to or subsequently it appears that the KKL did not pay the respective ecclesiastical authorities the ground rent for a period of 10 years.
Subsequent to this court case the KKL did not appear to negotiate with the respective church land owners to exert their right to the first option to renew the head lease. As a result the churches negotiated with individual groups of investors who have either purchased the head lease of some of the properties or the freehold of the land. These investors are only known to the KKL, Israel Lands Authority and the Jerusalem Municipality.
It is normal courtesy and common practice worldwide that when a head lease changes hands the sub lessees are informed by both the original lessor (i.e. KKL) and the new lessor. However, in this case the sub lessees from the KKL have not been informed by either party, the Israel Lands Authority, the Jerusalem Municipality or indeed the Government of the State of Israel. More than 2000 plus apartments are involved yet the owners (the lessees) have no idea if their apartments are included within the parcels negotiated and purchased or leased by the investors from the ecclesiastical authorities.
As a result the respective property values are decreasing on a daily basis and the apartment owners do not know their legal status or if their apartments are included within the tranche the investors acquired. This is a blight on the State of Israel, the KKL, Israel Lands Authority and the Israeli Government where all respective institutions have failed the citizens of Israel. Citizens' rights have been trampled on as if they were of no importance and the law has been flouted.
Under the circumstances it is necessary for the State Comptroller and Ombudsman to undertake an immediate investigation of this matter in order to clarify to those sub-lessees of property in Jerusalem their legal status, why the respective institutions failed to advise the sub-lessees what was occurring and how their rights were trampled upon haphazardly and why the KKL has not disclosed to the public the complete contents of all the head leases it acquired in the 1950's and identified in detail all the land parcels.
The Government in February 2018 set up a commission under Regional Co-operation Minister MK Hanegbi to resolve the issue of the refusal of the churches in Jerusalem to pay their municipal taxes on property they own which are not used for religious purposes, but where the churches pay municipal taxes in other cities and towns on similar properties.
Appended to the task of the commission, almost as a minor issue, was to attempt to resolve the issues which had been identified requiring investigation. Like all holders of such a sub-lease, in the last four months neither any sub lessees nor any organization representing the interests of the sub lessees have been invited to present individual or collective views to the commission, informed as to the progress or otherwise of the commission's deliberations as it concerns the sub lessees or even given a general indication of what is going on – being left completely in limbo and being ignored- Why?
The Temple Mount: Abbas' Myth One only has to remember the Spanish Inquisition, pogroms, the Holocaust, and 9/11 to see the consequences of fake news. By Mike Evans July 28, 2018 07:13
One only has to remember the Spanish Inquisition, pogroms, the Holocaust, and 9/11 to see the consequences of fake news.
If a stone falls in Jerusalem, can its crash be heard and felt worldwide? The answer apparently is "yes."
Earlier this week, an ancient 200-kg. stone that had been in place in the Western Wall for two millennia dislodged and fell into what is known as "Ezrat Yisrael."
The fall of the stone has been turned into an international incident by Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority. Although trained archaeologists have not weighed in on the question of what caused the stone to fall, Abbas gleefully announced that it was an attempt by the Israelis to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to build a third Temple on Mount Moriah.
In the Arab world, a large percentage of the population develops its politics and worldview in the bazaar. Can anyone possibly believe such a wild accusation? The answer is absolutely not! Abbas has lost all credibility. He has repeatedly refused to be a partner in peace, to recognize US peace efforts, that leaves only one weapon: Incitement fueled by fake news which results in people being killed.
One only has to remember the Spanish Inquisition, pogroms, the Holocaust, and 9/11 to see the consequences of fake news. The new wars of the twenty-first century are media and ideological wars. This is what fueled 9/11.
Although the stone has since been removed, Jordanian spokesperson Jumana Ghneimat went so far as to denounce its removal.
Her reasoning was that it "constitutes an interference in the jurisdiction of the (Jordanian- controlled) Waqf Department, which is the national body that has authority over all the affairs of Al-Aqsa Mosque/ the Haram Al-Sharif under international law."
Osama Qawassmeh, spokesman for Fatah, often described as a terrorist organization, reinforced Abbas' rant by labeling the incident a "dangerous sign of what was happening in Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings." He went on to say that the fault lay with Israeli archaeological digs near the Temple Mount, and declared: "We affirm that Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings, including what is beneath it, are purely Islamic. The Jews have no right to it."
Apparently, the mere fact that Jews visit the Temple Mount and walk around on it is a blatant crime against all religions and especially Islam. I confess, I am a Christian, but certainly don't feel threatened by the fact that Jews visit the area.
The uproar by the Palestinians is nothing more than another attempt to obtain more sympathy for their cause. The leaders often try to paint the Israelis and those who support them as infidels. Their cries to turn Jerusalem over to the Palestinians would set the city's progress back decades. It is yet another bid to force Israel into accepting the terror-infused PA as a "partner for peace." That would be akin to asking the KKK to join with the NAACP as a partner for integration.
We might question where the money that is being funneled into the PA is being spent. Is it lining the pockets of Abbas and his minions, or is it being spent on infrastructure? Is it being used to provide proper schooling and housing for the Palestinians, or teaching even the youngest child to wage war against the Israelis? The solution might be a "phase-plan" in which a trust fund is established to oversee that a corrupt PA had no control over those funds. It would be used as intended – to better the lives of the Palestinian people. Perhaps both Egypt and Jordan could serve as facilitators.
The bottom line is this: Israel will never allow the Palestinian Authority to have airspace, an army, or treaties with other countries.
Why not stop pretending that will happen? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again, while expecting different results.
The writer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with 89 published books. He is the founder of Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem of which the late President Shimon Peres, Israel's ninth president, was the chair. He also serves on the Trump Evangelical Faith Initiative.
See, I ... [in see me] Moses alerted them to see him and emulate him (Or HaChayim, Deuteronomy 11:26).
In previous messages, we distinguished between a healthy and a pathological drive for approval, in that the latter is when one is totally dependent on constant affirmation of others in order to have a sense of self-esteem. The essential difference as described there may be misunderstood to be quantitative rather than qualitative; i.e. that the psychologically healthy person needs external affirmation once or twice a day, whereas the psychologically unhealthy person requires it fifty times a day. This view is not correct and requires further clarification.
A psychologically healthy person desires the approval of others because he wishes them to perceive his value. The psychologically unhealthy person expects others to create his value. It is not that he has a sense of self-worth and because of his insecurity needs to be reminded more often, but rather that he does not have a sense of self-worth until someone gives it to him. He is much like a light bulb which lights up only if the electric current flows. As soon as the current ceases, the room is in darkness again. Likewise, individuals who lack self-esteem may have a momentary feeling of self-worth, but it lasts only as long as the approval continues.
A man whom I saw on psychiatric consultation had been active in a leadership role in many community projects. "I have a wall full of plaques given to me as tributes," he said. "They don't mean a thing to me." The feeling of self-worth that he enjoyed when he was publicly recognized for his leadership lasted only for the few moments of the ceremony.
It is healthy to enjoy approval from others, but they should not be expected to create our identity.
Today I shall ...
try to see if I have a sense of self-worth in the absence of other people's complimentary remarks.
Who knew ladybugs follow a drawn line
Doing things the old fashioned way
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF:
I want to be like a caterpillar. Eat a lot. Sleep for awhile. Wake up beautiful.
I can't believe how old people my age are.
Morning: TIRED Afternoon: DYING FOR A REST Night: CAN'T SLEEP
My superpower is holding on to junk for years And throwing it away a week before I need it.
I always knew I would get old. How fast it happened was the surprise.
I got called 'pretty' today. Actually, I was called 'pretty annoying.' But, I want to concentrate on the positive.
If you weigh 200 pounds on Earth, You will only weigh 76 pounds on Mars. You are not overweight. You are on the wrong planet.
I wonder if clouds ever look down on us And say, Hey, look… That one is shaped like an Idiot.
I am starting to think that I will never be old enough to know better.