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When we come in contact with a very critical person, we need not take offense at what he says
When Moshe reprimands Korach for seeking the priesthood, he concludes:
"Therefore, you and your congregation who gather together are against the Almighty; and Aharon, who is he that you complain against him?" (Numbers 16:11)
What did Moshe mean when he said, "and Aharon, who is he"?
Rabbi Shlomo Kluger comments that when someone verbally abuses a very distinguished personage and then disparages a common person, the common person won't take great offense. This is what Moshe was saying to Korach. Since you are really complaining against the Almighty, how can your words hurt Aharon? He will easily remain oblivious to what you say since he sees that you also have complaints against the Almighty.
Our lesson: When we come in contact with a very critical person, we need not take offense at what he says. This is the way he speaks to all people so there is no reason to take it personally. Realize that the problem is his, not yours, and you free yourself from any possible hurt feelings from what he says.
The Romans did not number days of a month from the first to the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (1st of the following month). The Ides occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July, and October. The Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. On the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year.
Religious observances Panel thought to depict the Mamuralia, from a mosaic of the months in which March is positioned at the beginning of the year (first half of the 3rd century AD, from El Djem, Tunisia, in Roman Africa)
In addition to the monthly sacrifice, the Ides of March was also the occasion of the Feast of Anna Perenna, a goddess of the year (Latin annus) whose festival originally concluded the ceremonies of the new year. The day was enthusiastically celebrated among the common people with picnics, drinking, and revelry. One source from late antiquity also places the Mamuralia on the Ides of March. This observance, which has aspects of scapegoat or ancient Greek pharmakos ritual, involved beating an old man dressed in animal skins and perhaps driving him from the city. The ritual may have been a new year festival representing the expulsion of the old year.
In the later Imperial period, the Ides began a "holy week" of festivals celebrating Cybele and Attis, being the day Canna intrat ("The Reed enters"), when Attis was born and found among the reeds of a Phrygian river. He was discovered by shepherds or the goddess Cybele, who was also known as the Magna Mater ("Great Mother") (narratives differ). A week later, on 22 March, the solemn commemoration of Arbor intrat ("The Tree enters") commemorated the death of Attis under a pine tree. A college of priests, the dendrophoroi ("tree bearers") annually cut down a tree, hung from it an image of Attis, and carried it to the temple of the Magna Mater with lamentations. The day was formalized as part of the official Roman calendar under Claudius (d. 54 AD). A three-day period of mourning followed, culminating with celebrating the rebirth of Attis on 25 March, the date of the vernal equinox on the Julian calendar.
In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, "The Ides of March are come", implying that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied "Aye, Caesar; but not gone." This meeting is famously dramatised in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to "beware the Ides of March." The Roman biographer Suetonius identifies the "seer" as a haruspex named Spurinna.
On the first really Spring day in 2019 on Adar 6 (March 13) the lovers walk five minutes from our home to bible hill to see Spring flowers
PEOPLE WILL SAY WE ARE IN LOVE. from OKLAHOMA
Why do they think up stories that link my name with yours? Why do the neighbors gossip all day behind their doors? I know a way to prove what they say is quite untrue Here is the gist, a practical list of dont's for you. Don't throw bouquets at me Don't please my folks too much Don't laugh at my jokes too much People will say we're in love Don't sigh and gaze at me Your sighs are so like mine Your eyes mustn't glow like mine People will say we're in love Don't start collecting things Give me my rose and my glove Sweetheart, they're suspecting things People will say we're in love Some people claim that you are to blame as much as I Why do you take the trouble to bake my favorite pie? Grantin' your wish I carved our initials on that tree Just keep a slice of all the advice ya give so free Don't praise my charm too much Don't look so vain with me Don't stand in the rain with me People will say we're in love Don't take my arm too much Don't keep your hand in mine Your hand feels so grand in mine People will say we're in love Don't dance all night with me 'Til the stars fade from above They'll see it's all right with me People will say we're in love
Film on Sabena Hijacking Has Three Israeli Prime Ministers Feeling Nostalgic
'Sabena' paints a vivid picture of the 1972 plane hijacking and storming of the plane by Israeli commandos - including Benjamin Netanyahu.
Scene from the film SabenaSabena, a documentary on 1972 plane hijacking and the subsequent saving of passengers by Israeli commandos, paints a vivid picture of the events by shining a light on the humanity of all sides.
It wasn't a sight you see every day. Sitting in the plush red seats of a Jerusalem movie theater Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and two former Prime Ministers, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak, were sitting in a row riveted to the screen, watching themselves depicted as young men experiencing one of the most dramatic and difficult events of their lives.
The occasion was the premiere screening of "Sabena Hijacking – My Version," a documentary and moment-by-moment reenactment of the hijacking of a Sabena Flight 971 by four armed members of the Palestinian Black September terrorist organization on May 8, 1972, and the storming of the jet by the Israeli special forces unit Sayeret Matkal.
The film includes a dramatic and precise reenactment of the events of that day interspersed with testimonial interviews from all sides - the passengers, the Israeli soldiers and even one of the hijackers, as well as archival footage from the time. Among those interviewed were Peres, who was Minister of Transportation and Communications, Barak, who commanded Sayeret Matkal, and Netanyahu, a member of Sayeret Matkal and a member of the team that stormed the plane. Netanyahu was shot in the arm when Marco Ashkenazi, a fellow soldier hit a female terrorist in the head with his gun and accidentally pulled the trigger.
When Netanyahu took the stage after the screening, he said the film taught him "several interesting details I never knew before."
One especially dramatic moment in the film features Netanyahu describing a dispute he and his older brother Yoni - who was killed on the far more famous hijacked aircraft raid in Entebbe four years later. Yoni wanted to be on the team storming the Sabena plane together with his brother's unit. The younger Netanyahu insisted that they couldn't both risk their lives entering a plane laden with explosives. "What will we tell our parents?" Benjamin asid. But Yoni insisted, saying "My life belongs to me, and so does my death." At a stalemate, they referred the dispute to their commander Ehud Barak, who agreed with the younger brother and ordered Yoni, despite his protests, to stand down. "I said I wasn't sending them in together," Barak recounted in the film. "No way."
After the screening, Netanyahu recounted what had taken place after he was injured. "I lay on the asphalt and I saw someone run to me from far away and I recognized my brother Yoni. He ran to me, his face was very worried. He came closer. He saw me laying there with my white overalls stained with blood. In a moment (after realizing his brother's injury was minor) his face changed and he said, 'You see, I told you that you shouldn't have gone!'"
Speaking in a far more hushed and emotional tone than he uses in his political speeches, Netanyahu confessed that "Sabena was a painful experience for me. The hardest moment was when I stood on the wing of the plane, broke into it and the bullets rang out around us and we saw the woman who was shot slumped in front of us and we stepped over her and began fighting. "Sign up to our newsletter
Netanyahu recalled the "era of airplane hijacking" in the 1970's when "terrorists were like preying animals, grabbing planes, kidnapping passengers and threatening to kill them and sometimes doing so." The "most important lesson" of this era, as far as Israel was concerned," he said, "is that it was not merely sophisticated military expertise but our determination and our daring against those who threaten us that curbed this particular form of terrorism." Without mentioning ISIS or Iran by name, he said that since this era, terror has become more widespread and is the product of "terrorist states and disintegrating state entities."
With that, he declared, "Let no one doubt the resolve and determination of the state of Israel to defend itself. What is true of Sabena is true today."
The Sabena aircraft, piloted by Reginald Levy, a British Jew, who died in 2010 and on whose memoirs much of the film's drama was based, was taken over en route from Vienna to Tel Aviv by armed hijackers demanding that Israel release 300 political prisoners. If not, they threatened, they would blow up the plane. They separated the Israeli passengers from the others, and landed the plane in Ben Gorion, where an agonizing waiting game ensued.
The plane was secretly sabotaged and negotiators directed by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan stalled for time, while formulating a plan, which entailed the commandos dressing up as aircraft technicians, allowing them to approach the plane without arousing the suspicion of the hijackers.
Of all the interviewees, the most riveting testimony was Acre-born Therese Halsa, one of the Palestinian hijackers, who was 18 at the time of the hijacking. She is the only surviving hijacker - the two male members were shot and killed. She and her female accomplice, still wearing explosive triggers, survived the storming of the plane and were sentenced to prison terms. Despite the fact that the two female hijackers were sentenced to life, one was released after serving only seven years and Halsa after serving 13 - she now lives in Jordan.
Netanyahu speaking at the Sabena screening in a Jerusalem theater, August 13, 2015.Allison Kaplan Sommer
The film depicted Halsa and the other hijackers were depicted as human and complex. One moment she was devotedly tending to the hostages, even administering an insulin shot to a passenger with diabetes, the next, expressing her sincere regret that she was foiled in her mission to blow up the plane after it was invaded by the IDF commandos and her comrades were shot. "I really wanted to blow up that plane. That's the truth."
The film was created and produced by Nati Dinnar, who after reading detailed accounts of the hostage rescue, realized that it was as compelling, if not more so, than any fictional drama like "Homeland." It will be broadcast on Israeli television by the Keshet network on September 8, and will likely be screened internationally as well.
"I thought it was an important story to tell, " he said. "There is much in it to learn about terror." The hybrid of dramatization and documentary "is what I saw in my mind when I imagined the story being told."
"If we had done a dramatic movie without the interviews, some of the stories were so amazing they wouldn't be believable - people would say - this couldn't have really happened, it was made up. The interviewees make it credible, telling us that yes, this is what really happened."
Dinnar said that it had been crucial to him important to tell the stories from the perspectives of all participants, which is why he included extensive interviews with Bassam Abu Sharif - a former senior adviser to Yasser Arafat and leading cadre of the Palestine Liberation Organization a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who personally knew the Black September member, who led the hijacking operation and served as his voice in the film. He, like Halsa, was portrayed sympathetically in the film, not as a cold killer but as a desperate and conflicted man trying to be a freedom fighter, outwitted and outmatched by the Israelis. And in today's era of suicide bombers and video beheadings, the behavior of the Black September terrorists as they waited patiently for their demands to be met as the drama plays out feels incredibly restrained. They may have been threatening to take the lives of the plane's passengers, but showed little bloodthirst.
"They didn't see themselves as terrorists," said Dinnar. "After all, is there any person in the world who would say they were a terrorist?"
Allison Kaplan Sommer
THE SENIOR IN THE CORVETTE A senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he floored it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little gray hair he had left. Amazing, he thought as he flew down I-94, pushing the pedal even more. Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a state trooper behind him, lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, What am I doing? I'm too old for this, and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival. Pulling in behind him, the trooper walked up to the Corvette, looked at his watch, and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason for speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go." The old gentleman paused. Then he said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with a state trooper. I thought you were bringing her back." "Have a good day, sir," replied the trooper. *********************************************************************************************** WOMAN SPEEDING A woman gets pulled over for speeding. Woman: Is there a problem, officer? Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding. Woman: Oh, I see. Officer: Can I see your license please? Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one. Officer: Don't have one? Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago for drunk driving. Officer: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please? Woman: I can't do that. Officer: Why not? Woman: I stole this car. Officer: Stole it? Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner. Officer: You what? Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see. The officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes five police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun. Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle please! The woman steps out of her vehicle. Woman: Is there a problem sir? Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner. Woman: Murdered the owner? Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car. The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk. Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am? Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers. The officer is quite stunned. Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license. The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer. The officer examines the license. He looks quite puzzled. Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner. Woman: Bet the liar told you I was speeding, too. ********************************************************************************************** A police officer in a small town stopped a motorist who was speeding down Main Street. "But officer." the man began, "I can explain." "Just be quiet," snapped the officer. "I'm going to let you cool your heels in jail until the chief gets back..." "But officer, I just wanted to say..." "And I said to keep quiet! You're going to jail!" A few hours later the officer looked in on his prisoner and said, "Lucky for you that the chief is at his daughter's wedding. He'll be in a good mood when he gets back." "Don't count on it," answered the fellow in the cell. "I'm the groom." ******************************************************************************************* CONTACTS This guy was pulled over for running a stop sign. When the cop checked the man's driver's license, he said, "You're wearing glasses on your ID and you're not now. I'm going to have to give you a ticket." The guy said, "Officer, I have contacts." The cop said, "Look, buddy, I don't care who you know, I'm still giving you a ticket." ************************************************************************************** THE MAN WITH PENGUINS A police officer sees a man driving around with a pickup truck full of penguins. He pulls the guy over and says: "You can't drive around with penguins in this town! Take them to the zoo immediately." The guy says OK, and drives away. The next day, the officer sees the guy still driving around with the truck full of penguins, and they're all wearing sun glasses. He pulls the guy over and demands:"I thought I told you to take these penguins to the zoo yesterday?" The guy replies: "I did...today I'm taking them to the beach!"
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