Gratitude is good for us. For one, it strengthens our heart muscle! Researchers have discovered that an attitude of gratitude also keeps us physically healthy, raising the level of IgG, the infection fighting cells in our immune system. A heart filled with gratitude expresses itself in EKG lines which are "coherent," i.e., harmonious and peaceful. In contrast, anger and frustration create jagged or "incoherent" spikes.
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Changing the World - 7 Israeli Inventions
💡 Did you know that there's a machine that turns air into water? And that there's technology that allows cars to drive on their own? It all happens right here in Israel! Get ready - here come 7 Israeli inventions that will truly revolutionize our world
If Gender Isn't Fixed, Why Is Age? By Dennis Prager
Emile Ratelband, a 69-year-old motivational speaker in the Netherlands, has petitioned a Dutch court for permission to change his legal age; he wishes to alter his birth certificate to show he was born 20 years later than he really was – to legally make him 49 rather 69.
Ratelband told the Washington Post: "We can make our own decisions if we want to change our name, or if we want to change our gender. So I want to change my age. My feeling about my body and about my mind is that I'm about 40 or 45."
The Telegraph reported: "Mr Ratelband was born on 11th March 1949, but says he feels at least 20 years younger and wants to change his birth date to 11th March 1969.
"Mr Ratelband said: 'I have done a check-up and what does it show? My biological age is 45 years. When I'm 69, I am limited. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work. When I'm on Tinder and it says I'm 69, I don't get an answer. When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.'"
The transgender movement inspired Ratelband. "Transgenders can now have their gender changed on their birth certificate," he argues, "and in the same spirit there should be room for an age change."
Now, what exactly is wrong with Ratelband's argument? If gender doesn't objectively exist, why does age? If feelings determine gender, why don't feelings determine age? If we are to regard gender as "assigned" at birth, why don't we regard age as "assigned" at birth?
Of course, the left would argue that age is fixed while "gender is fluid." But "gender is fluid" is a meaningless statement. Few deny that some people have gender dysphoria – i.e., they don't identify with their biological sex. These people deserve our care, sympathy and the respect due every person as the child of God.
But sympathy for the minuscule percentage of people who do not identify with their gender doesn't mean gender doesn't objectively exist. It just means some people don't identify with the facts of their existence.
We are living in a time of intellectual and moral chaos. The political movement known as leftism or progressivism (not liberalism) is first and foremost a chaotic force. And nowhere is that chaos more evident than in the left's attempt to end the reality that the human being is created either male or female. That is "binary" nonsense, according to the left.
Thus, a New York Times headline last month read "Anatomy Does Not Determine Gender, Experts Say."
Just 10 years ago, not to mention at any time in recorded history, that headline would have been regarded as so absurd only a satirist or an opponent of science would have written it. The article cited Dr. Joshua D. Safer, an endocrinologist and executive director of the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, as saying, "The idea that a person's sex is determined by their anatomy at birth is not true, and we've known that it's not true for decades."
When medical doctors argue that a person who has two X chromosomes and every feature of female anatomy might be a man, your society is in deep trouble.
So, why is Emile Ratelband wrong?
The judges in the Netherlands will likely rule against him. But if they believe gender has no objective reality, that the gender on one's birth certificate can be changed, on what grounds can they rule that the date of birth cannot be changed?
The answer is there are no such grounds. But only for the time being – because on the day The New York Times publishes an article titled "The Idea That a Person's Age Is Determined by Their Date of Birth Is Not True," age, too, will become subjective.
The Maccabeats - I Have a Little Dreidel - Hanukkah
A remix of the oldie-but-goodie American Hanukah song.
Robin Williams: Seize the Day
He made us laugh. He made us cry. The world's greatest funnyman charmed his way into our hearts for decades with his larger-than-life personality and generous spirit. Robin Williams lived a spectacular life. This is his story.
A father transmits to his son beauty, strength, wealth, wisdom, and longevity (Eidiyos 2:9).
While some character traits, or at least tendencies to certain traits, appear to have a genetic factor, the lion's share of attitudes are learned. Undoubtedly the most significant influence on a child is his parents' attitudes, rather than their genetic composition.
One psychologist said, "If you have given your child self-confidence, you have given him everything. If you have not given your child self-confidence, then regardless of whatever else you have given, you have given nothing."
The crucial question is: What should parents do to help their child develop self-confidence? While many fine books suggest techniques to avoid common practices that depress a child's self-esteem, one factor overrides all else: self-esteem is contagious. Parents who feel secure about themselves will convey an attitude of security and self-confidence to their children. Parents who are insecure and anxiety-ridden are not likely to foster self-confidence in their children, regardless of how many books on parenting they may have absorbed.
As with so much else, the place to begin is with ourselves. By far the most effective way to instill a positive sense of self-awareness in our children is by developing our own self-awareness which will both lead to the discovery of our strengths and skills, and will reveal existing deficits that may then be corrected. Not only will the parents then transmit their self-esteem, the children may also benefit by observing the methods that their parents use to achieve positive feelings about themselves.
Today I shall ... ...
try to enhance my self-esteem and overcome my anxieties and insecurities.
Haifa to Acre Ferry 110718 part two
There is a relatively new Ferry that takes passengers only on a 50-minute cruise from Haifa to Acre, once or twice a day depending on weather conditions. It is easy to get to from the Haifa Center HaShmona railway station, once you figure it out (a five-minute walk over the bridge) and fun and sun and beautiful, but you have to be patient to figure it out
A Wise Chinese Doctor.
Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that it…don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.
Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables? A: You must grasp logistical efficiency. What does cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So steak is nothing more than efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef also good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And pork chop can give you 100% of recommended daily allowance of vegetable product.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? A: No, not at all. Wine made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc.
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? A: Can't think of single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No pain…good! Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you? A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food are fried these day in vegetable oil. In fact, they permeated by it. How could getting more vegetable be bad for you?!?
Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? A: Definitely not! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me? A: Are you crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure? A: If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me..
Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle? A: Hey! 'Round' a shape!
Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.
And remember: Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"
See you tomorrow
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