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
Do not destroy its trees. (Deuteronomy 20:19)
Although this verse refers specifically to the prohibition of destroying a fruit-bearing tree, the Talmud has extended this principle to prohibit all wanton destruction.
A rabbi and a student were strolling in the street. The student tore a leaf from a tree. Think about what you have just done, the rabbi said, There is an ascending scale of matter that parallels each beings function. God wants the inanimate to serve the vegetative, which should in turn serve the animate, which should in turn serve the rational. Our efforts should be directed toward the elevation of matter, and not to its degradation.
When we cut a tree to fashion from it things that people will use constructively, the tree is elevated by being of service to humanity. But by tearing a living leaf from a tree for no purpose whatsoever, you have degraded the leaf from the vegetative to the inanimate, and you have reversed the ascending order of matter.
If we guided our actions on this scale of elevation to a more sublime state, how different our lives might be! We might also then realize that there is one additional ascent, and that is from the rational to the spiritual. How wonderful our lives would be if everything were directed upward, culminating in the ultimate goal of spirituality!
Today I shall ... ... try to think of myself as one who should elevate even the physical items in the world, and certainly be cautious not to cause anything to descend in its status.
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New Jerusalem mayor said pushing plan to quieten mosque loudspeakers
TV report says Moshe Lion's initiative includes swapping out old speakers for more muted ones, allowing police to turn down volume of call to prayer
New Jerusalem mayor said pushing plan to quieten mosque loudspeakersTV report says Moshe Lion's initiative includes swapping out old speakers for more muted ones, allowing police to turn down volume of call to prayer
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion is advancing plans to require mosques to turn down the volume of loudspeakers during the call to prayer, Hadashot TV news reported Tuesday.
The plan will reportedly be one of the first major initiatives pushed by Lion, who entered office last month after winning a second round runoff in municipal elections in November.
As part of the plan, the report said, old loudspeakers at mosques will be switched out for new ones that are quieter; the volume of the call to prayer will not be allowed to exceed the limit permitted under noise ordinances; and police will be permitted to turn down the volume of the speakers if they are too loud.
The proposal is being formulated with the support of local leaders in a number of East Jerusalem neighborhoods, among them Beit Safafa, Beit Hanina, and Shuafat, the network said.
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon speaks outside the Jerusalem City Hall on December 4, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
"Our goal is to deal with this issue with all the relevant parties so that all those involved will be content," Lion said.
A preliminary budget has been approved for a pilot program to test the plan's efficacy, the report said, with the initiative expected to be rolled out in full in March. The expected cost for each mosque under the program is NIS 50,000-70,000 ($13,380-18,730).
Proposed Knesset legislation known as the "Muezzin Bill," that would limit the use of loudspeakers for religious purposes, has languished since clearing its first hurdle toward becoming law in March 2017.
Critics of the bill argue that the measure unfairly targets mosques, whose muezzins use loudspeakers to announce the call to prayer five times a day, including during the pre-dawn hours.
Other critics of the bill argue that it is superfluous, as the problem can be tackled using existing noise pollution laws. Proponents argue that police do not enforce the existing rules, and thus more specific legislation is needed.
Jewish residents of East Jerusalem and other areas of Israel have long complained about what they say is the excessive noise coming from mosque loudspeakers, as they say it wakes them up in the middle of the night.
Sponsors of the bill were forced to withdraw it for further revisions a number of times after it was first proposed in November 2016, as ultra-Orthodox lawmakers feared the original bill's limitations would outlaw the Shabbat siren, which is heard in cities with large Jewish populations Friday evenings to mark the start of Judaism's day of rest.
Mazal Tov! MK Glick to remarry, gets standing ovation from Knesset "I am glad to tell you that Hadas [Disin] and I decided to get married," Glick told the Knesset to standing ovations. By Hagay Hacohen
MK Yehuda Glick [Likud] surprised the Knesset on Tuesday by announcing that he intends to remarry. Glick had been a widower for the past year after his wife, Yaffa, passed away on January 1 2018.
"I am glad to tell you that Hadas [Disin] and I decided to get married," Glick told the Knesset to standing ovation, "while everybody will be busy with the party elections and the upcoming national elections, Hadas and I will be busy building a new home."
Glick said he met his new wife while working on a project that helps orphans and widows headed by Miss. Didin. The foundation is called Amitizm, which translates to "brave."
Disin lost her husband 17 years ago and has four children from her previous marriage. In an interview with Channel 7 she said that "in general, there is no [attempt to] answer [the pain of being an orphan or a widower] in our community [religious Zionists] or in the general population." Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNetnayahu celebrates record 4 million tourists to Israel, January 27, 2019 (GPO)Current Time 0:21/Duration 0:36 Now Playing
"People think that if we marry again then everything will work out," she said, "but there's no connection between a marriage and opening a second chapter and losing your spouse at a young age."
Glick, who was born in the US, survived an assassination attempt in 2014. The suspected shooter, Mutaz Hijazi, allegedly shot him and said that he was defending the Al-Aqsa mosque. Glick is famous for visiting the Temple Mount and insisting of its importance to Jews and Judaism.
Glick has four children from his previous marriage, two were adopted by him and his wife after they were married.
As of January 1st 2019, Israel is taking yet another step in fighting money laundering. As a result, we are moving closer to becoming a cashless society.
What is the law?
"The Law for Limiting the Use of Cash 2018 " will limit how much cash we can use for one purchase. The law is slightly different for personal and business transactions:
If you're self-employed or a business owner, you cannot pay more than 11,000 NIS of cash for any purchase, or more than 10% of a deal. For example, if you sell a product for 150,000 NIS, you can only accept payment of 11,000 NIS of it in cash. Likewise, if you purchase a 150,000 product, you can only pay cash for 11,000 NIS of it. However, if you purchase a product for 1,000 NIS you can pay the full price in cash.
If you're not self-employed, you cannot pay or receive more than 50,000 NIS in cash.
The purpose of the new law is to cut down on illegal cash deals. According to a Globes article I read, there is an estimated 350 billion NIS of unreported laundered money in Israel, some of which is crime and terror-related.
What are the exceptions to this rule?
Donations, loans, gifts and deals between family members do not fall within this law. Government offices are also not subject to this law.
Tourists can give or receive cash payments up to 55,000 NIS.
What about open checks?
Open checks are limited as well. An open check is a check which does not have a name on it and two crossed lines, so that it can be passed from person to person. A check of this kind given to or received from a business can only be written for up to 5,000 NIS.
Additionally, the bank is not allowed to cash a check for over 10,000 NIS without a name on it or if it has been passed along more than once (or twice if one of the entities was a financial institution).
(For more details on how to write checks and avoid open checks, see Smarter Israeli Banking, available at http://rifkalebowitz.com/smarter-israeli-banking/)
How will the law be enforced?
Any cash deposit into an Israeli bank account above 50,000 NIS will be reported by the bank to the anti-money laundering authority.
The law requires business owners to report how they received money, whether by cash,bank transfer or credit card.
Anyone who buys property will be required to show where the money came from, regardless of what form they pay in – cash, bank transfer, etc .
What if I broke the law?
Please don't! This is a serious crime and it is crucial that all your money is "kosher." The fines will be between 15%-30% of what you illegally spend in cash, so breaking the law is NOT a financially smarter move.
Can I still use cash at the supermarket?
YES, you can, and if that helps you budget better, you should.
This law is not meant to eliminate the spending of small sums, rather to fight the use of larger sums of cash, which might have come from money laundering.
Can I still write out open checks of 150 NIS for my child's extra-curricular activities?
My understanding is that you can, as it is under 5,000 NIS. However, this is not recommended. If you are writing out a check write in who the check is to and make sure it has the two diagonal lines so it can't be transferred. Alternatively, I recommend paying by bank transfer whenever possible. It is much easier than checks and is trackable.
Does this really change anything for me?
The average person most likely gets paid via check or bank transfer. In my business, I ask everyone to pay me via bank transfer, rather than having to deal with cash. I imagine that most people who purchase large items move their money from their account via bank transfer or check, which means there should be no need for huge payments in cash.
Second-hand car deals were often done in cash in the past, because of the security of knowing the car has been paid for before handing over the keys. However, an immediate "zahav/gold" bank transfer can accomplish the same goal. In fact, there are solutions for any legal transaction, so this new law should not affect most of us.
Wishing you a financially smarter day,
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