Sunday, April 28, 2019

Jerusalem-Based Group Ships Two Tons of Matzah to Jewish Community in Poland and ISRAELI SCIENTISTS 'PRINT' FIRST 3D HEART

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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

He who loves his wife as he loves himself and who respects her even more than himself ... it is of him that the Scripture says, "You will know there is peace in your dwelling" (Yevamos 62b).

The secret of peace in the home is the awareness that husband and wife are not two distinct individuals living in a contractual relationship, but are one unit. If they love each other, they are also loving themselves, and if they respect each other, they are also respecting themselves.

I heard a man say, "I used to argue with my wife. Then one day I realized that I did not like to lose an argument because I did not want to be a loser. On the other hand, if I won the argument, then my wife would have lost, and I did not want to be married to a loser. The only solution was to stop arguing."

In marriage, there is no winner and loser. In any given situation, both spouses either win or lose.

The Torah emphasizes the concept of unity in describing the marriage relationship: Man shall cling unto his wife and they shall be one (Genesis 2:24). Anything less than that, any situation where one considers him or herself superior to the other or triumphant over the other, falls short of this concept of marriage."

Today I shall ...
... try to realize that marriage is a fusion, a unit rather than a union, and that whatever I do to my spouse I am doing to myself as well.
Love Yehuda Lave

Jerusalem-Based Group Ships Two Tons of Matzah to Jewish Community in Poland

The Jerusalem-based organization Shavei Israel shipped two tons of matzah from Israel this week, consisting of 1,692 boxes of Matzot Aviv, 45 boxes of handmade shmurah ("guarded") matzah and 90 boxes of specially machine-made special shmurah matzah, announced Shavei Israel in a statement on Thursday.

Because matzah-baking requires stringent oversight that Poland's Jewish community is too small to provide, they rely on imported matzah for Passover, which began at sundown on April 19.

After being approached by Poland's chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, Shavei Israel chairman Michael Freund agreed to sponsor the purchase and shipment of matzah from Israel, which will be distributed to nearly a dozen Jewish communities throughout Poland, including Warsaw, Lodz, Lublin and Katowice.

About 10 percent, or roughly 350,000, out of 3.3 million Polish Jews survived the Holocaust.

An estimated 4,000 Jews lives in Poland now, though experts suggest that there may be tens of thousands more throughout the country who, to this day, are either hiding their identities or are simply unaware of their family heritage. In recent years, a growing number of so-called "Hidden Jews" have begun to return to Judaism and to the Jewish people.

Shavei Israel has been active in the country for more a decade, working closely with Schudrich and the Jewish community.

The matzah will be used at communal Passover seders across Poland and be given out for free to needy, elderly and home-bound Jews, many of whom are Holocaust survivors.

"We are extremely grateful to Shavei Israel and Michael Freund, who have helped us continuously for many years in Jewish education, for this generous gift," said Monika Krawczyk, president of the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland.

"Nearly 75 years after the Germans annihilated more than 90 percent of Polish Jewry, thousands of Jews throughout Poland will gather this year to celebrate Passover and eat matzah, which symbolizes deliverance and determination," said Shavei Israel founder and chairman Michael Freund. "We owe it to the Jews of Poland and to the growing number of Poles who are discovering their Jewish roots to reach out to them and help them."


A team of Tel Aviv University researchers revealed the heart, which was made using a patient's own cells and biological materials.BY MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN  APRIL 15, 2019

On Monday, a team of Tel Aviv University researchers revealed the heart, which was made using a patient's own cells and biological material. Until now, scientists have successfully printed only simple tissues without blood vessels.
 "This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers," said Prof. Tal Dvir of TAU's School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and the Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology, who was the lead researcher for the study.
 He worked with Prof. Assaf Shapira of TAU's Faculty of Life Sciences, and Nadav Moor, a doctoral student. Their research was published in Advanced Science.
 Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States. In Israel, it is the second largest cause of death (after cancer). In 2013, heart disease accounted for about 16% of the total number of deaths in Israel, according to the Health Ministry.
 Heart transplantation is often the only treatment available to patients with end-stage heart failure. The waiting list for patients in the US can be as much as six months or more. In Israel and the US, many patients die while on the waiting list, hoping for a chance at survival.
 "This heart is made from human cells and patient-specific biological materials. In our process, these materials serve as the bioinks, substances made of sugars and proteins that can be used for 3-D printing of complex tissue models," Dvir explained. 
 "People have managed to 3D-print the structure of a heart in the past, but not with cells or with blood vessels. Our results demonstrate the potential of our approach for engineering personalized tissue and organ replacement in the future," he said.At this stage, the 3-D heart produced at TAU is sized for a rabbit, but the professors said that larger human hearts could be produced using the same technology.
 For the research, a biopsy of fatty tissue was taken from patients, according to a release. The cellular and a-cellular materials of the tissue were then separated. The cells were reprogrammed to become pluripotent stem cells that could then be efficiently differentiated into cardiac or endothelial cells. The extracellular matrix (ECM), a three-dimensional network of extracellular macromolecules, such as collagen and glycoproteins, was processed into a personalized hydrogel that served as the printing "ink." The differentiated cells were then mixed with the bio-inks and were used to 3D-print patient-specific, immune-compatible cardiac patches with blood vessels and, subsequently, an entire heart.
 According to Dvir, the use of "native" patient-specific materials is crucial to successfully engineering tissues and organs.The next step, they said, is to teach the hearts to behave like human hearts. First, they will transplant them into animals and eventually into humans. The hope is that within "10 years, there will be organ printers in the finest hospitals around the world, and these procedures will be conducted routinely," Dvir said.

Chief Sephardi Rabbi Blocks Hotels Passover Guide Because It Is Too Strict-lets hope your stay was enjoyable

Israel's chief Sephardi Rabbi, Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, decided at the last minute to stop the printing run of this year's Rabbinate's Passover instruction manual for hotels and restaurants after reviewing it, instructing the rabbinate's director Moshe Dagan: "Do not print, we will sit in two days and together we'll fix this," Kikar Hashabbat reported.

Rabbi Yosef explained his decision, saying, "They followed the rule of 'the more stringent the better,' and made up many, many chumrot (stringent rules)."

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Rumors swirled Sunday night that the remains of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen were on their way to Israel from Syria with a Russian delegation just weeks after an IDF soldier missing for close to four decades was brought back for burial.

Israeli cabinet ministers have refused to comment on the rumors which were first published by Channel 12 News Sunday night which were also questioned by other news channels as there were no official Syrian opposition reports rather only flimsy social media accounts.

Cohen, an Egyptian-born Jew, was a legendary undercover Israeli agent for the Mossad intelligence agency in Syria under the alias Kamal Amin Ta'abet, providing Israel with considerable details on Syrian political and military matters. 

He was able to build close ties with business, military and government leaders becoming the Chief Advisor to the Syrian Defense Minister. Cohen's suggestion to the Syrians to plant trees on the Golan near each of their fortifications enabled the IDF to capture the Golan Heights in the Six Day War two years after his death.

After his cover was blown, he was hanged in Martyrs Square in the Syrian capital of Damascus 1965 and in an effort to prevent Israel from retrieving his body the Syrian government moved his remains several times.

Last year, his widow Nadia implored the government of Bashar Assad to return her husbands remains to Israel for burial.

"I implore you, even beg of you, to release Eli's remains. I'm 83 years old, look at us and forgive," she said during a speech at the International Multidisciplinary Conference on the Treatment of War Injuries at the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya.


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