Tuesday, February 19, 2019

WATCH: Israel's rivers flow with rain onslaught and our one day in Vienna at the Art Museum seeing Pieter Bruegel  the  Elder

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

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.

Continuing on with my trip, from Budapest we took a train to Vienna where we stayed one night. In the morning we went to see the exhibit I had read about in the Post months before: Pieter Bruegel the Elder at the Vienna Art History Museum. It was worth the trip alone. Details below. From there We rented a car in Vienna and went on to Czech. More to come on Thursday. Tomorrow I use my other server, which I can't add pictures too.


Love Yehuda Lave

Aaron was ashamed [and was reluctant to assume the position of High Priest] because of his role in the Golden Calf episode, and Moses said, "This is why you were selected" (Rashi, Leviticus 9:7).

I was once asked to see a student nurse who was beside herself because she had made an error in medication. While this particular error was harmless, she felt that she lacked the competency to be a nurse, because she saw that she was capable of making even more serious errors.

I told the young woman that I did not know of anyone who can go through life without making any errors. Perfection belongs to God alone. If all nurses who became so upset because of a medication error would leave the field, the only ones who would remain would be those indifferent to making errors, and that would be the worst disservice to mankind.

We must try to do our very best at everything we do, particularly when it concerns others' welfare. We must not be lax, negligent, nor reckless. We should of course be reasonably upset upon making a mistake and learn from such experiences how we might avoid repeating them. However, if in spite of our best efforts we commit errors as a result of our human fallibility, we should not give up. Allowing a mistake to totally shatter us would result in our not doing anything in order to avoid mistakes. This non-action would constitute the greatest mistake of all.

Today I shall ...
... try to realize that the distress I feel upon making a mistake is a constructive feeling that can help me improve myself.

Love Yehuda Lave

WATCH: Israel's rivers flow with rain onslaught

"It's times like these when the reporter prefers to speak little and let the camera do much."

Firsts for the Democrat Party in the US

Stanford College Republicans: Today, the 116th Congress was sworn in, and all day long, the media was salivating and fawning over the "remarkable diversity" of the new Democrat members. It was a day of "firsts," we were told incessantly. It was indeed a day of many firsts. While the new Democrat majority offers many members of note, we wanted to highlight a few "firsts" who are examples of the "diversity" that was sworn in today. Here are our Top Most "Diverse"  House Freshmen.
#1. Ilhan Omar: the first person who married her brother to commit immigration fraud ever to be elected to Congress. Omar is also the first open supporter of female genital mutilation to ever be elected to Congress. Such amazing diversity!
#2. Rashida Tlaib: One of the first Muslim Brotherhood-linked and anti-Semitic candidates to be elected to Congress. She also claims to be a "Palestinian." Wonders never cease.
#3. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Where do we even begin? Let's just say she is the first person elected to Congress who lied about being from the Bronx, and thus, made up her life story. She's also an overt Marxist, in case you forgot.
#4. Abigail Spanberger: The first substitute teacher from an Islamist school (nicknamed 'terror high') ever to be elected to Congress.
#5. Donna Shalala: Rep. Shalala was HHS Secretary from 1993 to 2001 under Bill Clinton and worked from 2015 to 2017 at the Clinton Foundation, and in 2016 she admitted in an interview that some significant Clinton Foundation donors received "courtesy appointments" in the Clinton State Department. To top it off, apparently she can't let go of politics: at 78, she's the oldest female House freshman in history.
These are just a few examples of the "firsts" that the media has been celebrating today. If you are looking for corrupt politicians who show an open disdain and animosity for American principles and values, you can always count on the Democrat Party.


Bruegel exhibition at the Art History Museum

Pieter Bruegel the Elder is a rarity in the art world, thanks to the groundbreaking nature of his 16th-century art and the scarcity of major exhibitions of his works. Which makes the exhibition at Vienna's Art History Museum (the Kunsthistorisches Museum or KHM) all the more special.

Quick summary

Update: Although the exhibition is over, you can see the various Bruegel paintings owned by the museum in Saal X (room 10) of its picture galleries

  • Unique, large exhibition with around 30 paintings and 60 other works by Bruegel
  • Runs Oct 2, 2018 to Jan 13, 2019
  • Adult tickets to the museum with the exhibition cost €20 (or free with a Vienna Pass*) but appropriate timeslots may not be available for your trip/visit
  • See also: Kunsthistorisches Museum

What's it all about

Pieter Bruegel the Elder is one of the icons of art history…a trendsetter if you like, a pioneer of genre painting, a nose-tweaker of the self-styled elites, and possibly the most important of the Dutch/Flemish renaissance painters. So you'd think there would have been quite a few major exhibitions of his work.

Trouble is, a large Bruegel exhibition is extremely difficult to put together. Firstly, there isn't all too much of his art around. Secondly, museums and other owners are inevitably reluctant to loan out crowd-pulling pieces of such value (and age). Yet somehow, the KHM has persuaded over 25 of them to do so.

In curating the first-ever large monographic exhibition of his work, the KHM is truly breaking new ground.

The museum already has 12 Bruegel's, the biggest in-house collection in the world (one of the advantages of having an Imperial dynasty doing your collecting). This special exhibition displays 90 pieces, including around 75% of all his surviving paintings. So you can truly grasp the full scope of his creative genius and journey. The comprehensiveness of the exhibition also allows themed works to be brought together for the first time in centuries.

Among the highlights:

  • The 1565 "Hay Harvest" painting from the Lobkowicz collection in Prague
  • The remorselessly fascinating 1562 "Triumph of Death" painting from Madrid's Prado museum
  • Both paintings of the Tower of Babel, one from the KHM itself, the other from Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Rather delightfully, one area features physical items (clothes, coins, candlesticks, kitchen equipment etc.) you can find in the painting, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent"

Along with the paintings and drawings, the exhibition also reveals the latest results from the museum's imaging tests, pigment analyses, and other research into Bruegel's techniques.

It's all timed to coincide with the 450th anniversary of Bruegel's death in Brussels in 1569. (Incidentally, Brussels was under the rule of the Spanish branch of the Habsburgs back then. Some of the paintings make it clear what Bruegel thought of their rule.)

Dates, tickets & tips

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 to Sunday, 13th January 2019. During the exhibition, the KHM opens daily from 10 am to 6 pm (9 pm on Thursdays).



Illegal Immigration: It's About Power

Historically, Democrats supported strong borders because they knew American workers could never compete with illegal immigrants. Now, they regularly support "open borders." So why the drastic change? Tucker Carlson, host of Tucker Carlson Tonight, explains. Donate today to PragerU! http://l.prageru.com/2eB2p0h

Kahane on the Parsha

Rabbi Meir Kahane- Parshat Bo


Nine plagues have descended upon Egypt. Pharaoh, reeling under pressure from his noblemen and servants, capitulates. He tells Moses: "Go, worship the L-rd; only let your flocks and your herds stay behind" (Exodus 10:24).

Consider, dear Jew. After 210 years of slavery, the Hebrews have been told that they can leave! FREEDOM, AT LAST! Pharaoh has capitulated! All he gives is one small condition, so unimportant in view of the fact that he has agreed to Jewish freedom. Go, he has told the Hebrews; all I ask is that you leave your flocks and your herds.

The Hebrew, bursting with joy and anticipation, wait for the "official" acceptance by Moses, the sage and stable leader, his agreement that will open the door to freedom. And Moses? He replies: "You must also give into our hands sacrifices and burnt offerings that we may offer them to the L-rd, our G-d. And our livestock, as well, will go with us; there shall not be a hoof left behind" (Exodus 10:25-26).

Picture the Hebrews! Picture the Jewish leaders of TODAY, had they been there! "Moses! Have you LOST YOUR MIND??? We have been slaves for 210 years and now we can go free! Give him the animals! Agree to his unimportant condition. Make the insignificant compromise so that we can enjoy freedom and peace. Moses, what is this extremism and fanaticism? Freedom now, peace now! Give him the flocks!"

But, no. Moses, the greatest of Jewish leaders, refuses. There will be no compromise. There cannot be a compromise, for we are not speaking here about mere "freedom." The Jewish people is not a nation like all others with nationalistic strivings for independence and freedom. The liberation of the Jew was not a nationalist struggle for secular freedom. The entire breaking of the Egyptian yoke of bondage was a RELIGIOUS struggle, the war of the L-rd, G-d of Israel, against Pharaoh who mocked Him and refused to recognize Him as the one and only G-d.

From the first moment that Moses came into the palace and told the Egyptian emperor, ruler over the mightiest of all the empires of his time, "Thus says the L-rd, G-d of Israel: Let My people go..." and Pharaoh replied, "Who is the L-rd that I should obey His voice...? I know not the L-rd, and I will not let Israel go!" (Exodus 5:2), the battle was joined. The battle against Chillul Hashem; the battle against the arrogance of the nations who dare to proclaim, "I know not the L-rd"; the battle for Kiddush Hashem, the recognition and acceptance of the L-rd, G-d of Israel, as the one G-d, as the G-d of the universe.

Kiddush Hashem! That is what the story of the Exodus is about! And Kiddush Hashem brooks NO COMPROMISE, NOT THE SLIGHTEST!!! There MUST BE TOTAL SURRENDER, TOTAL ACCEPTANCE OF THE L-RD AND HIS PEOPLE'S SOVEREIGNTY AND POWER.

There is more.

The tenth and final plague now strikes Egypt. In every home, the firstborn dies; there is not a house in which there is no dead. It is midnight but Pharaoh rushes through the streets and cries out to Moses: "Rise up and leave from the midst of my people, both you and the Children of Israel, and go serve the L-rd as you have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, AND BE GONE!" (Exodus 12:31-32). AT LAST, TOTAL CAPITULATION! Unconditional surrender! But leave NOW, immediately, in the middle of the night!

Dear Jew, surely the moment has come. What could even the worst fanatic and extremist want after this surrender?


Moses says to Pharaoh: "Are we then thieves that we should leave in the night? We will not leave except with a mighty arm before the eyes of all of Egypt!" (Tanchuma, Bo 7).

Ah, the fanatic and extremist...He lays down yet another rule of Kiddush Hashem. Sanctification and the proclamation of G-d's omnipotence and sovereignty CANNOT BE A HIDDEN, SILENT, DISCREET THING. It MUST be done OPENLY, with a proclamation before the nations, with trumpets and drums. NO FEAR, NO ATTEMPT TO KEEP A LOW PROFILE, NO EFFORT TO "AVOID ANTAGONIZING THE NATIONS." Openly, loudly, with a public majesty that proclaims the majesty and kingship of the L-rd, G-d of Israel, who is one!

If Moses were alive today and were he to lay down these iron rules of Kiddush Hashem, what would the gentilized Hebrews of Israel and the Hellenists of the Establishment in the Exile say?

The lesson is clear: Their gentilized thoughts are not those of the G-d of Israel. What to them is a "fanatic" and "extremist," in Torah eyes and to authentic Judaism is principle and the iron rule of Judaism. Those who believe in nothing but themselves will always be "flexible"- except when their own interests are threatened. Those who believe in nothing will always be ready to "compromise," since they stand on no principle that is stable and untouchable. Parshat Bo teaches us about the greatest of all Jewish concepts, Kiddush Hashem, and the greatest of Jewish leaders, Moses- the fanatic and extremist.
The Jewish Press, 1988
Shabbat Shalom!

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Love Yehuda Lave

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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