Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money, and spiritual engagement
Your Soul Is On a Mission
Your soul is on a mission from its Creator. You are unique. Only you are you, now and always. Only you have your unique life mission. Your loving Father and awesomely powerful Creator loves you and wants you to succeed.;
The situations and occurrences throughout your life are Divinely orchestrated to elevate you and your character. The questions you ask yourself about life create you and get you to focus on a direction. The Torah verse states (Deuteronomy 10:12): "And now, what does the Almighty ask from you?" Please note the important word, "Now."
This is a question that we need to be aware of many times throughout each day. "Right now, what am I being asked to think, say, and do?"
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A Letter that Changed the World ( An early letter showing the Hate of Jews by Hitler)
A 4-page letter signed by Adolf Hitler, dated September 16, 1919, six years before the publication of Mein Kampf describes his hatred of Jews and outlines his plans calling for, "The uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether," which, he says, can only be accomplished, "Under a government of National strength and never under a government of National impotence." Hitler warns against an "emotional anti-Semitism which will always find its expression in the form of pogroms" and seeks rather "a legal … removal of the rights of the Jew."
"What began as a private letter, one man's opinion, twenty-two years later became the 'Magna Carta' of an entire nation and led to the nearly total extinction of the Jewish people. This is an important lesson for future generations," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, Wiesenthal Center Dean and Founder. "Demagogues mean what they say and given the opportunity, carry out what they promise," he concluded.
The document is on permanent display at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles at the entrance to the Holocaust section.
Decades before the Holocaust, Adolf Hitler penned what are believed to be his first written comments calling for the annihilation of Jews. A Jewish human rights organization based in Calif. bought the original for $150,000. (June 7)
Burma Shave Signs
Before there were Interstates when everyone drove the old two-lane roads, BURMA SHAVE SIGNS would be posted all over the countryside in farmers' fields. They were small red signs with white letters.
Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing one line of a four line couplet and the obligatory advertising BURMA SHAVE, a popular shaving cream PASSING SCHOOL ZONE TAKE IT SLOW LET OUR LITTLE SHAVERS GROW NO MATTER THE PRICE NO MATTER HOW NEW THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE IN THE CAR IS YOU.
Keshet Cave in Northern Israel
On a beautiful mountain on the Lebanon border lies a rainbow cave full of beauty overlooking Rosh HaNikra and the Ocean. This was on our trip to Northern Israel on Chanukuh 5779 (Dec 4, 2019)
The Stolen Bread Machine
Last Passover, someone broke into our garage, where we had stored all the chametz we had sold. They stole our bread-making machine. When people asked why we weren't claiming it on the insurance, we pointed out that since the bread machine could not be thoroughly cleaned of chametz, it had to be sold for Passover. Therefore, it wasn't ours at the time of the theft – and we could not claim. (This year we made sure our garage is more secure!)
The Aish Rabbi Replies:
Thank you for sharing the story.
Actually, the text of the sale frequently states that the non-Jew is buying only the CHAMETZ contained in our pots, pans (and bread-making machines) – not the actual vessel itself. This avoids the necessity of having to re-dunk the vessels in a mikveh upon buying them back (see Numbers 31:23, and Talmud – Avodah Zara 75b).
So it may be that you actually did own the bread machine at the time of the theft! Check it out with your local rabbi (and insurance company).
The Wisdom of the Rolling Stones
5 Jewish lessons from the world's greatest band.
The Rolling Stones played in Israel. And that's awesome.
The Stones are the world's greatest band. They are also the world's oldest. I am surprised that a band that's been around as long as the Stones – and that's toured for as long as the Stones – never made it to Israel.
But that's what 50th anniversary tours are for.
The Stones aren't just musicians. They're insightful social commentators. Infused in their lyrics are messages of hope, despair, and a commentary on contemporary life.
And if you look carefully, important Jewish lessons can be found in their lyrics, too.
Here are the top five.
1. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
I know. Obvious choice. But a powerful life-lesson nonetheless.
"When I'm driving in my car, and that man comes on the radio, and he's telling me more and more, about some useless information, supposed to fire my imagination."
According to the Stones, blatant in-your-face consumerism has convinced you that you can't be satisfied. Ever. What you have is not enough. You want more. You need more.
And if you don't want more, that man on the radio will convince you that you do. But – as the Stones want you to know – that's nonsense.
"Who is rich? The rich person is happy with what he has" (Ethics of the Fathers, 4:1). I doubt the Stones were studying the Talmud when they wrote "Satisfaction," but they were onto something.
You can get satisfaction. Appreciate what you have. Don't make your happiness dependent on externals. Externals are out of your control. Be responsible for your happiness. Take stock in what you have and be satisfied with your lot.
Real wealth is up to you. You don't need more.
2. You Can't Always Get What You Want
That's true. But when you try – sometimes – you get what you need.
You are not in control of situations. The events and things in life unfold around you. And you are not in control. It isn't your call.
What can you do?
You can complain. You can bellyache. You can get upset. You can be miserable because nothing goes your way.
A great coach will push you until you hurt. He will work you hard. You will hate him for it. You don't want to work that hard.
But you do.
And when you achieve your goals. When your team wins. When you succeed beyond your expectations. You are thankful. You thank the coach for pushing you. You didn't like it at the time. But it was worth it; with perspective you see that.
It wasn't what you wanted, it wasn't pleasant, but it made you into the person you wanted to be.
And that's an important Jewish idea.
3. Paint it Black
Don't get stuck. Don't be self-absorbed. Don't be selfish. Don't get hung up on your obsessions or inhibitions.
"I see a red door and I want it painted black. No colors any more, I want them to turn black. I see the girls walk by, dressed in their summer clothes. I have to turn my head until my darkness goes."
Don't think like that.
The Stones – in this clever analogy – are telling you, "Don't." Focus instead on the good. Be positive. Be a ray of sunshine.
Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of blessed memory, taught, "Happiness isn't a happening. Happiness is your responsibility." Gloom and doom are easy. They're copouts. Woe is me. Don't go with that. Take responsibility for your happiness. Focus on the good in your life. Make happiness your priority.
The choice is yours.
4. Time Waits for No One
That's right. When it's over, it's over. And we all go to the same place: the grave. (See Ethics of the Fathers, 3:1.)
"Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman's face. Hours are like diamonds, don't let them waste."
You only get one life. Don't blow it. Don't waste your time. And don't waste your time on vanity. Don't spend your life chasing nonsense and emptiness. Take time to invest in something real.
And if you disagree, death is proof. The richest man and the poorest bum both die. And there is nothing you can do about it.
Listen to the Stones. Think about your values and priorities. Think about your goals. Think about your purpose and mission. And invest in that.
Make the effort to invest in what's really important.
5. Waiting on a friend
"I'm just waiting for a friend."
Your friends are the most important people in your life. Your friends will do anything for you. A real friend will. And you would do the same.
Friendship is an investment. It takes effort and work. Your friends have virtues. Think about those virtues. Focus on them. Cherish them. And cherish those relationships.
And when all else fails, you can count on your friends. Invest in them. Wait for them.
The Stones are more than just a band. They are seasoned veterans on the road of life.