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
One who responds "Amen" after a blessing surpasses the one who recites the blessing (Berachos 53b).
"Amen" is an expression of confirmation, whereby we attest that what the other person has said is indeed true. Thus, when someone recites a blessing expressing gratitude to God or asserting that God has commanded the performance of a particular mitzvah, one is making a declaration of one's faith. When we respond by saying "Amen," we are essentially stating, "What you have said is indeed true," and thereby we are not only concurring with what was said and expressing our own faith, but also reinforcing the other person's statement and strengthening the other person's faith.
There are things that one can do that will strengthen other people's faith in God, and things that will weaken it. In Torah there is a concept of arvus - mutual responsibility - by virtue of which one is obligated to try to strengthen other people's belief and trust in God. Although every person has free will, and God does not intervene to deter someone from committing a wrong, people who have suffered because of someone's misdeeds often feel that God has abandoned them. Thus, if we deal unfairly with others, we may not only cause them to be angry at us, but also bring them to doubt God for allowing an injustice to happen. While such reasoning is faulty, the one who caused it is nevertheless responsible for causing the victim to feel that way. On the other hand, when we behave in the manner which God wishes, the result is kvod shamayim - bringing glory and honor to God, and strengthening people's faith. Our actions can and do affect how other people will think and act.
Today I shall ... ... try to behave in a way that will result in people having greater respect for and trust in God.
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The first thing you will notice about Yom Haatzmaut is the emotional transition from the sadness of Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Day of Remembrance, to Israel Independence Day, an official national holiday which has become an important day in the Jewish calendar, being celebrated by Jewish communities around the world. Yom Haatzmaut begins at sundown immediately following Yom Hazikaron and ends after sundown the following day. It celebrates the declaration of independence of the State of Israel in 1948, making this the 71st birthday!
Yom Haatzmaut is held on the fifth of the Hebrew month of Iyar. This year it falls on the evening of May 8, 2019 and celebrations last until the evening of May 9, 2019.
The state ceremony that brings in Yom Haatzmaut takes place at Mount Herzl, Israel's military cemetery, by Theodor Herzl's grave. And from there the city erupts with events, parties, outdoor get togethers, concerts and more!
Yom Haatzmaut 2019 Events
Yom Haatzmaut Eve Events — May 8, 2019 Torch-lighting Ceremony – Mount Herzl
The annual ceremony will feature ceremonial units, Yizkor prayer, words by Chairman of the Knesset, torch-lighting, transfer of flags ceremony, military parade, singing of the hymn, the IDF disabled veterans' band, other military bands, and poetry reading. Entry by invitation only.
Independence Park at 9:30 PM Hosted by El'ad Amedi Performing Artist: Michael Grailsummer, Or Ben Atar, Moti Taka, HaTikva 6, Dudu Aharon & Sartit Hadad Fireworks at 10:30 PM & midnight
Kikar Zion (Zion Square) at 9:30 PM Hosted by DJ Yinon Shazo Performing Artists: Eti Levi, Regev Hod, Rafael Dahan & Eden VePritzat Disk band.
Street Parties at 10:00 PM 23 Jaffa Street Techno House: DJ Noya, DJ Maor Reuven, DJ Elior Elimelech 32 Jaffa Street Freestyle: DJ Shlomi, DJ Yael Blau, DJ Roi Bracha Ben Yehuda Street Israeli Dance Part: DJ Barak Capiloto, DJ Tamix, DJ Yuval Zach
VIDEOART@SOUND Sound & video screenings in the City Center. Experience sound, color and life as you wander through historic building.
Sing & Dance Independence at Safra Square
Safra Square celebrations will kick off with a series of live shows and continue to a mass dance of Israel's greatest folk dances. Musicians Dani Sandarson and Inbal Greshkovitz will perform live, and dance instructors such as Ilan Swisa, Hila Mokdesi and Yossi Miyara will make sure we dance our way to independence. Don't miss!
Join a mass Independence Day prayer and sing-along in front of the walls of the Old City!
6:30 PM – Teddy Park Hutzot Hyotzer 6:30 PM – Songs between remembrance and independence 7:00 PM – Independence Day prayer with Haverim LeNigun 8:00 PM – Mass sing-along with Sharim Bagina Afterparty with DJ Balaboosta
Free entry. Based on availability. Accessible event.
Yom Haatzmaut Day Events — May 9, 2019 Independence Party – Nocturno Live
Nocturno Live is keeping up its annual tradition of a crazy all-night Independence Day party – check it out!
Israel Museum welcomes the whole family to join a proper Independence Day celebration with hora dancing performances for all ages by local dance troupes and the best public folk dancing at 11:00 am – 2:00 pm!
While you're there visit the museum and check out some of the most fascinating galleries and exhibitions in the world.
Where: The Israel Museum, 11 Derech Ruppin Street, Jerusalem Cost: suggested admission Contact: 072-3385004
Jerusalem 71st Anniverssery Celebrations at Tower of David Museum
Tower of David Museum celebrated Jerusalem's 71st birthday and you're welcome to join! The museum will host a variety of free fun activities:
Take guided/self-guided tours for families and learn about the symbols of the State of Israel and the symbol of Jerusalem.
Enjoy a hilarious and inspiring show – "Jerusalem That's in the Heart" – with actor Golan Azulay. The show focuses on Jerusalem and how it used to be and how it is that it used to feel versus how it is now and how it is that one feels in it. The show is 1 h long and it starts at 4:30 PM.
Families with children, young adults, and seniors – everyone is invited!
Last admission at 4:30 PM.
Where: Tower of David Museum, Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem When: Museum Hours: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Cost: Free admission. Based on availability.
Jerusalem Time Elevator
Photo: Courtesy of Jerusalem Time Elevator
Catch the Jerusalem Time Elevator and get a quick tour around the complex and exceptionally rich history of the lovely city of Jerusalem. You can also take the "I Jerusalem" virtual tour and visit Machane Yehuda Market, see the city from a bird's eye view, and understand the history, the culture, and of course – the people.
Beit Levi Eshkol offers an interactive experience where you will learn about the life and work of Israel's third Prime Minister – Levi Eshkol. This year the museum, located in Eshkol's historic house, is commemorating 50 years since the death of Levi Eshkol. Take a tour around the various stations at the house and enjoy a unique audiovisual experience where you'll get to know the people and events that shaped Israel.
How much do you know about Israel's history? Take advantage of this special day and go on a free self-guided tour for the whole family at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. During this incredible tour, you will be exposed to the rich life of one the country's most influential leaders – Menachem Begin. Please register in advance.
In collaboration with Shimur organization and the Ministry of Culture & Sports.
Join a true independence celebration at the Bible Lands Museum and enjoy 6 different tours for the whole family between 10:15 am – 1:00 pm. While you're here, watch a live show with Sarale Sharon at 11:00 am.
Where: 21 Shmuel Stephen Wise Street, Jerusalem When: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Cost: Free
Agnon House – For Families
This year is all about "drawing in books" at Agnon House. Come and celebrate Independence Day with a wide range of family-friendly activities.
Theatrical Tours at 10:00 am
Discussion with Author Nurit Zarchi and Illustrator Roni Fachima at 12:00 pm
Illustration, writing, and comics workshops at 1:00 pm
Children's theater show "Why did the Fish Cry?" at 1:30 pm
Where: Agnon House, 16 Klauzner Street, Jerusalem When: From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Cost: Free Contact: *2967
Traffic, Transportation and Parking on Yom Ha'atzmaut Eve & Day
For information and details about parking and traffic during Memorial Day Eve and Israel's Memorial Day, please call 106 municipality call center or call *8787 for CallKav call center.
Another "Cease fire" -we Cease and they fire
the words below were written by my friend Shalom Pollock but they express the feelings of many Jews, including me:
As I write these words the latest "round" ( You would think we are talking about a tennis match?) cost us four Jews dead, scores wounded, thousands in shock and millions hiding in terror. It's not over.
The terror and destruction continue right now. It will be over, like the other "rounds" when Hamas feels the time is right. How many missiles flew into Israel by now?
Seven hundreds, eight.? Where the hell did they get these missiles from(and the tens of thousands not yet fired?) Where was Israel while this was happening?
So far, the most sophisticated air force in the world has been used to mostly target empty buildings in response to their attempt to kill as many Jews as they can. We even use a "knock on the door" tactic before we actually destroy the building. We warn our enemies to flee.
You can't make this stuff up. You want to laugh but it hurts. It was the same great minds who brought us Oslo, Gush Katif expulsion and other such brainchildren that employ these twisted policies vis a vis our Nazi equivalent tormentors.We would not want to hurt anyone no..., would we? That isn't very Jewish, is it?
How many times can I watch this stuff and remain calm Why were the four killed today? What will their sacrifice bring?
What will prevent another"round" and more funerals before Hamas decides this round is over and the Jews can crawl out of their holes?
I don't want our dear soldiers to suffer even one scratch in invading Gaza (again and again..) if the aim is not to defeat and crush the enemy - like in a real war that one strives to win.
We need to turn the clock back. Before we brought Arafat to our land and gave him chunks of it; before we cruelly expelled thousands of sweet Jews from their homes and allowed Hamas to inherit them, life was far better.
Yes indeed, a series of huge mistakes/crimes have been committed.Its time for teshuva and finally come to our senses.
RABBI SCHWARTZ'S WILD ANIMAL JOKES OF THE WEEK
What animal has more lives than a cat? Frogs, they croak every night!
What did the grape say when the elephant stepped on it? It gave a little wine.
What do you call an exploding monkey? A baboom.
Why couldn't the leopard play hide and seek? Because he was always spotted.
Can a kangaroo jump higher than the Empire State Building? Of course. The Empire State Building can't jump.
Why did the lion always lose at poker? He was playing with a bunch of cheetahs.
What's the difference between a hippo and a Zippo? One is really heavy, and the other is a little lighter.
Yankel went on safari with his wife and mother-in-law. One evening, while still deep in the jungle, the wife awoke to find her mother gone. Rushing to her husband, she insisted on them both trying to find her mother. Yankel picked up his rifle, put on his hat, and started to look for her. In a clearing not far from the camp, they came upon a chilling sight: the mother-in-law was backed up against a thick, impenetrable bush, and a large male lion stood facing her. The wife cried, "What are we going to do?" "Nothing," said Yankel. "The lion got himself into this mess, let him get himself out of it."
Berel was a Jewish dog who went on a safari with his owner Shemerel. One day Berel the dog starts chasing butterflies and before long he discovers that he is lost. So, wandering about he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having lunch.The dog thinks, "Uh Oh, I'm in trouble now". Then he noticed some bones on the ground close by, and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat.Just as the leopard is about to leap, the dog exclaims loudly, "Man, that was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here?" Hearing this the leopard halts his attack in mid stride, as a look of terror comes over him, and slinks away into the trees. "Whew", says the leopard. "That was close. That dog nearly had me."Meanwhile, a Achmed the monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he goes. But the dog saw him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figured that something must be up. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The cat is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine."When Berel saw the leopard coming toward him with the monkey on its back, he thought to himself, "What am I going to do now?" But instead of running, the dog sat down with his back to his attackers pretending he hasn't seen them yet. And just when they got close enough to hear, the dog says, "Where's that monkey, Achmed,. I can never trust him. I sent him off half an hour ago to bring me another leopard, and he's still not back!
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See you tomorrow, respect Yom HaZikoron on Wendesday and honor our independence on Yom Haatzamaut on Thursday
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