Friday, May 3, 2019

Diet reverses Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in lab model and the 13 Hebrew Words to be familiar with and Safed Synagogues

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In today's blog is the continuation of our trip on our anniversary to Safed, showing the beautiful synagouges and graveyards.

Thoughts to ponder

1. The meaning of opaque is unclear.
2. I wasn't going to get a brain transplant but then I changed my mind.
3. Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It's very time consuming.
4. A man tried to assault me with milk, cream and butter. How dairy!
5. I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.
6. If there was someone selling marijuana in our neighborhood, weed know about it.
7. It's a lengthy article about ancient Japanese sword fighters but I can Sumurais it for you.
8. It's not that the man couldn't juggle, he just didn't have the balls to do it. (Sorry, K)
9. So what if I don't know the meaning of the word 'apocalypse'? It's not the end of the world. 10. Police were called to the day-care center. A 3-year old was resisting a rest.

13 Basic Hebrew Words to Know and Use All the Time By Menachem Posner

1.Shalom (shah-LOME) שלום

Perhaps the best-known Hebrew word today is shalom, which means "peace" or "wellbeing." It also can be used for both "hello" and "goodbye." Explore shalom

2. Todah (toe-DAH) תודה

Hebrew for gratitude or acknowledgement, this is the modern word for "thank you." In Temple times, a Jew who felt grateful for G‑d's salvation from danger would bring a korban todah, a "sacrifice of gratitude." Explore todah

3. Torah (toe-RAH) תורה

Literally "guide" or "instruction," the Torah refers to the Five Books of Moses which contain G‑d's instructions. More broadly, Torah refers to the entire corpus of Jewish spiritual scholarship. Explore Torah

4. Mitzvah (mitz-VAH) מצוה

Literally "commandment," mitzvah refers to any of the 613 commandments in the Torah, especially giving charity. Since a Jew is obligated to follow the commandments after reaching the age of majority, a boy's 13th birthday is his "bar mitzvah" and a girl's 12th birthday is her "bat mitzvah." Explore mitzvah

5. Yehudi (Ye-hoo-DEE) יהודי

The Jewish nation is known by various names, including Ivrim (Hebrews) and Bnei Yisrael (Israelites). The most common term nowadays, however, is Jews, Yehudim (or Yehudi in singular) in Hebrew. This name came into being since the Jews of the Holy Land were ruled by the Davidic kings, descendants of the tribe of Judah. Explore Yehudim

6. Ahavah (ah-hah-VAH) אהבה

This is the Hebrew noun for "love." The Torah speaks extensively about love: Ahavah of Isaac toward his wayward son, Esau; ahavah of Jacob toward his wife Rachel; ahavah between G‑d and His people; ahavah we are to have for each other; and ahavah we are enjoined to extend to "strangers" (converts). Explore ahavah

7. Shabbat (Shah-BOT, or SHAH-boss) שבת

The progenitor of the English word "sabbath," Shabbat refers to the Jewish day of rest. Observed from Friday afternoon until Saturday evening since our Exodus from Egypt, Shabbat is celebrated with special prayers, candle-lighting (on Friday afternoon), feasting, and resting. Explore Shabbat

8. Kodesh (CO-desh) קדש

Kodesh means "set aside" or "sacred." Shabbat, the holiest day, is referred to as Shabbat kodesh. Kodesh is also the root of Kaddish (the prayer in which we sanctify G‑d's name), Kiddush (the prayer in which we proclaim the holiness of Shabbat), and chevra kadisha (sacred [burial] society).

9. Hashem (hah-SHEM) השם

The Torah contains many names for G‑d. Jews have historically refrained from using these names in conversation, instead referring to the Creator as Hashem, which means "the name." Bonus: The word baruch (bah-ROOKH) means "blessed," so if someone asks you how you are doing (or whenever you want to report good news), you can preface your answer with baruch Hashem, "blessed be G‑d."

10. Ivrit (eev-REET) עברית

Jews traditionally refer to the Hebrew language as Lashon Hakodesh, "the Holy Tongue." Modern Hebrew, on the other hand, is referred to as Ivrit (Hebrew for "Hebrew"). Explore the Hebrew language

11. Imma (EE-mah) אמא

The Torah refers to Eve, the first woman, as aim kol chai, "the mother of all life." Aim is the root word of imma, the Hebrew equivalent of "mommy." Explore Jewish mothers

12. Abba (AH-bah) אבא

Abba is the Hebrew equivalent of "daddy." In Judaism it is actually a mitzvah to refer to our parents by these honorifics, rather than by their given names.

13. Kosher (kah-SHER) כשר

The Hebrew word kosher literally means "fit." The laws of kosher define the foods that are fit for consumption for a Jew (as well as the ritual items that are fit to be used), but the word has come to refer more broadly to anything that is "above board" or "legit." Explore kosher

By Menachem Posner Rabbi Menachem Posner serves as staff editor at, the world's largest Jewish informational website. He has been writing, researching, and editing for since 2006, when he received his rabbinic degree from Central Yeshiva Tomchei Temimin Lubavitch. He resides in Chicago, Ill., with his family. Sefira Ross is a freelance designer and illustrator whose original creations grace many pages. Residing in Seattle, Washington, her days are spent between multitasking illustrations and being a mom. More from Menachem Posner  |  RSS © Copyright, all rights reserved. If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with's copyright policy.

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The Remarkable Reason my Daughter Wanted a Camera by Rebbetzin Mina Gordon

When my daughter was little
Maybe some thirty years ago
She wanted a camera for her birthday.

She asked so nicely
And explained so sincerely
That she needed it to take pictures now
So she will be able to show her children
What the galus looked like.

I often wonder,
Thirty years later
What her camera would have seen then,
And what her camera would register now
As we stand at the threshold of geulah.

I will not dwell much
On the pictures of thirty years ago
Not now

I would rather prepare an album
To show the children of tomorrow
The last few moments of galus
When we are finally getting it right,
Adding the final bits
To complete the work
Of many generations

Let us spread out the pictures
As we choose them for our
Galus to geulah album.

Here are the children
Born to mothers who
Weren't sure they were ready
To increase their family size,
But did anyway.

And here are the long lines of Jews
At the bone marrow registry
Ready to donate bone marrow
So a stranger can live.

And these,
Brave men and women
Each giving a kidney to
A Jew they never met.

Photos of
Communal challah bakes
Lists of Tehilim
Said around the world
Said around the clock.

And of tzedakah collected online,

Copies of the meal rosters
And countless pictures of
Gemachs for every need.

Everyone helps each other
Chessed crossing all boundaries.
Differences between Jews
Are falling aside.

This is a picture of a man
Of strong Lubavitch background
Freedom newly gained
Dancing with gratitude to Hashem,
The 'oilam' dances too,
Sharing in his joy
All Torah paths
Are represented,
And eight years did not diminish
The compassion and efforts
Of the Yeshivish world.

Here is a photo,
Of the Western Wall
An elderly Jew in prayer
A number tattooed on his arm
Next to him
A young man with piercings
And tattoos of another ilk
Praying with newfound faith.

Let us pick out pictures of
The ingathering of the Exiles.
The lost Jews that,
With Hashem's great kindness
Have found their way back home.
The Torah observant sons and daughters
Of the assimilated grandchildren
Of immigrants to the Free World.

The Jews from Eastern Europe
Who, after a seventy-year sleep
Come home to the land of their dreams.

The Anussim of Spain and Portugal
Now coming out of hiding.

Jews of Ethiopia
Nurturing a vision
Of two and a half millennium.

Now here are the pictures
That I find most special:

The crowds standing at the Kotel
The night time and predawn Slichos,
Or as the sun is going down
At the conclusion of a fast.

And from Chol Hamoed
The scene of countless Cohanim
Blessing the people together as one.

Finally, the precious pictures
Of young soldiers,
Marching out to defend
The People of Israel
Not with songs of violence
Or of idolizing human might,
But with songs of faith
And trust in the Almighty
Praising His Holy Name.

Surely this is a worthy album
Which my daughter's children
Can show their children
So they will know
How their grandparents
Brought the geulah.

Rebbetzin Mina Esther Gordon grew up in Chicago but has been living in Melbourne, Australia since 1979, sent there with her husband as emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Diet reverses Alzheimer's-like symptoms in lab model

The findings — focused on components contained in green tea and carrots — lend credence to the idea that certain readily available, plant-based supplements might offer protection against dementia in people.


BY Leigh Hopper

A diet containing compounds found in green tea and carrots reversed Alzheimer's-like symptoms in mice genetically programmed to develop the disease, USC researchers say.

Researchers emphasize that the study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, was in mice, and many mouse discoveries never translate into human treatments. Nevertheless, the findings lend credence to the idea that certain readily available, plant-based supplements might offer protection against dementia in humans.

"You don't have to wait 10 to 12 years for a designer drug to make it to market; you can make these dietary changes today," said senior author Terrence Town, a professor of physiology and neuroscience at the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute. "I find that very encouraging."

Diet and Alzheimer's: Combination therapy

What's more, the study supports the idea that combination therapy, rather than a single magic bullet, may offer the best approach to treating the 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer's. Combination treatment is already the standard of care for diseases such as cancer, HIV infection and rheumatoid arthritis.

For this study, the researchers took a look at two compounds, EGCG, or epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a key ingredient in green tea, and FA, or ferulic acid, which is found in carrots, tomatoes, rice, wheat and oats.

The researchers randomly assigned 32 mice with Alzheimer's-like symptoms to one of four groups with an equal number of males and females. For comparison, each group also included an equal number of healthy mice. For three months, the mice consumed a combination of EGCG and FA, or EGCG or FA only, or a placebo. The dosage was 30 milligrams per kilogram of body weight — a dosage well-tolerated by humans and easily consumed as part of a healthy diet.

Diet and Alzheimer's: Testing results

Before and after the three-month special diet, scientists ran the mice through a battery of neuropsychological tests that are roughly analogous to the thinking and memory tests that assess dementia in humans. Of particular note was a maze in the shape of a Y, which tests a mouse's spatial working memory — a skill that humans use to find their way out of a building.

Healthy mice instinctively explore each arm of the Y maze, looking for food or a route to escape and entering the three arms in sequence more often than by chance alone. Impaired mice can't do this as well as their mentally healthy counterparts.

"After three months, combination treatment completely restored spatial working memory and the Alzheimer's mice performed just as well as the healthy comparison mice," Town said.

How did it work? Town says one mechanism appeared to be the substances' ability to prevent amyloid precursor proteins from breaking up into the smaller proteins called amyloid beta that gum up Alzheimer patients' brains. In addition, the compounds appeared to reduce neuroinflammation and oxidative stress in the brain—key aspects of Alzheimer's pathology in humans.

Town said he and his lab will continue exploring combination treatment, with a focus on plant-derived substances that inhibit production of the sticky amyloid beta plaques.

In addition to Town, other authors of the study are first author Takashi Mori and Naoki Koyama of Saitama Medical Center and University in Japan; Jun Tan of University of South Florida; and Tatsuya Segawa and Masahiro Maeda of Immuno-Biological Labs Co. in Japan.

The study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (2R01NS076794-06A1, 1RF1AG053982-01A1, 5P01AG052350-03 and 5R21AG053884-02), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (KAKENHI JP26430058), an Alzheimer's Association Sex and Gender in Alzheimer's disease grant, Cure Alzheimer's Fund, Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust.

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