Each of us is like a little battery, with our own personal sense of power. And like a battery that gets drained, we have limits on our energy. But when we're full AWAKE, we become aware that there is another source of energy and love and compassion that is unlimited. The spiritual battery doesn't need to be recharged. It's always available. The more we allow it to flow through us, the more we feel the unlimited power of that SOURCE. And the more we use it, the more we open ourselves up to allowing it to flow through us. Having access to this energy changes how we see ourselves. We are no longer dependent on others for security, love, understanding or approval – we can get that IN ABUNDANCE from the SOURCE.
This awareness means that we are no longer producing the chemicals that keep us tied to the PAIN BODY. Now we can begin to produce chemicals that allow us to feel good enough, guided, protected and loved. Love Yehuda Lave
The annual Jerusalem Light Festival will take place June 26 - July 4 in the Old City. Now entering its 11th year, the festival features installations of lights at historic courtyards in the neighborhood. Different walking routes take visitors through the quarters of the Old City where they will see such artistic creations as "the Prayer of Rain," "Illuminating the Past," "8bit Jerusalem," "Through the Lens of Time," and many other displays.
Local musicians will also be strategically places along the routes to accentuate the light installations. The walls of the Old City will be light up with special intricate designs at various locations.
"Any man, if his wife turns aside and commits a trespass against him". (5:12)
The extremely grave sin of adultery, for which the death penalty is inflicted, is condemned and stigmatized
by the accusation of a trespass of disloyalty to her husband. Indeed, Hashem inflicts this penalty, but the
severity of the crime is because of disloyalty. Even the adulterer deserves death not only for causing the
woman to commit this deed of disloyalty, but also for his own crime of disloyalty to his fellowman's rights.
"And commits a trespass against him". (5:12)
Literally, "was disloyal to him".
Here is enunciated the chief foundation of Marriage. "Romantic Love" is an illusion which is immediately
dispelled by the realities of daily existence. But the ideal of loyalty of husband and wife toward each other is an undying attitude which transcends all the tests of life.
In ancient times , when a man took another wife as the Torah permits, this would not have been a disloyalty to his wife. But even the husband must be more loyal to his wife than anyone else. He must side with her against any faultfinder and must be concerned for her welfare. This mutual loyalty is the test whereby a great part of men's lives is judged as successful or otherwise.
"It is not good for Man to be alone" (Beresheet 2:18).
This means that the "Good" of life is achieved most perfectly when men and women pass the test of loyalty to their mates. Adultery is possible only when a woman has failed her duty of loyalty, and the severe penalty of death is a demonstration of the great importance of the loyalty toward the spouse.
The Creator demands this loyalty. Quoted from "Journey Into Greatness" by Rabbi Avigdor Miller ZT'L
In Parshas Beha'alosecha, (two weeks ago) we read of Moshe's exasperation upon hearing the People's complain about having to subsist upon the manna alone and not being able to enjoy the pleasures of meat (11:4-6).
Clearly frustrated, shaken, and perhaps at a breaking point, Moshe turns to HaShem and in an expression of utter futility, bitterly laments: "Why have You done this evil to Your servant; why have I not found favor in Your eyes, that You place the burden of this entire people upon me… Where shall I get meat to give to this entire people when they weep to me …?" (11:11-13) That Moshe would now have to assume a role completely at odds with his original task as " Moshe Rabbeinu," the great prophetic teacher of Israel, would prove to be one of his greatest challenges.
To assume the role of a "nursing father" would require of Moshe total immersion in a task whose mission would be "to reach out emotionally to the people, nurture them through their national infancy, with patient, sympathetic understanding and empathy…" Rav Soloveitchik, in his insightful interpretation of the episode, asserts that Moshe would not only have to teach and command, but also guide, train and transform a people inclined to paganism and debauchery into an am segulah, a singularly great and noble People. (Reflections of the Rav, Chap. 11)
Initially, Moshe cannot imagine himself succeeding in such a role. HaShem responds to Moshe's despondency, but not as we might expect. HaShem does not try to assuage him by saying, "Don't worry, Moshe. Trust Me; everything will be fine." Rather, HaShem offers the following counsel: " Bring Me 70 men from Israel known to you as elders and officers of the people. Take them to the Tent of Meeting and have them stand there with you. Then I will come down and speak with you there. I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put the Spirit on them. They will help you bear the burden of the people, so that you do not have to bear it by yourself." (11:16-17)
G-d recognizes that even if Moshe were perfectly capable of leading on his own, as soon as he he could not go on, HaShem needed to address Moshe's emotional distress and provide some support for His trusted servant. Indeed, the 70 Elders did not have any power that Moshe himself did not possess. In fact, their leadership came from the " ruach, the prophetic spirit," that was upon Moshe. Rashi(11:17, s.v. v'samti) uses the parable of the candle to make the point that even as Moshe's candle lit those of the 70 Elders, "the light of Moshe's candle" was in no way diminished. But these were no ordinary Elders. They were the leaders who, when in Mitzrayim, spared their brethren the whip of the Egyptian taskmaster by absorbing the crushing blows themselves. (Sifrei Bamidbar, 92) They, who understood the anguish and suffering of the people and who could empathize with their struggles, they would be the ones whom HaShem, in His bountiful kindness, would grant to Moshe and thus help him cope with what surely loomed as an insurmountable assignment.
Of course, Moshe trusted in HaShem; after all, in his painful helplessness, he turned to Him. And when he did, that trust was rewarded!
If this observation is correct, a vital lesson emerges. A spiritually engaged Jew knows the importance of trusting in HaShem. As the prophet declares, "Blessed is the one who trust in Lord, whose trust is in the Lord alone." (Yirmiyahu 17:7) Post the destruction of the Temple, Gd does not communicate with us as He did with Moshe. Yet, when we trust in Him, HaShem sees fit to gift us with some special sign, albeit cloaked in the natural order, that reinforces and reminds us that HaShem is ever with us and that our unconditional trust in Him is more than justified.
A person is depressed by a sudden turn of events that shatters the serenity of his life. A bitter divorce, an unexpected business downturn, some serious illness, a family crisis, all of which assail his emotional wellbeing. But he refuses to believe that all is happenstance. He remains convinced that nothing is some chance occurrence; HaShem is in charge. He trusts in His Creator, but cannot break though these dark places and find any encouraging reason to believe that in the end, he can and will persevere. And then, something transpires: a chance phone call from a dear friend, a fortuitous passage in some book, the possibility of a new job. All at once, he beholds ray of light, a break in the clouds.
What has happened? The person has not only identified a small change in his fortunes, but more. He experiences, in Peter Berger's phrase, "signals of transcendence." He perceives that his Gd has not abandoned him, that "… he who trusts in HaShem, kindness envelops him." (Tehilim 32:10) He is alert to HaShem's mysterious Presence and rightfully chooses to interpret these events as divine gestures, heavenly gifts. He now knows he was never alone in his struggles, and with that wondrous realization, he feels a buoyancy in his step as he looks to a future filled with promise and hope.
Unfortunately, there are many who feel they are unworthy of such divine chesed. To this, our Chassidic masters (see Toldos Yaakov Yosef, Miketz) assert that everything depends on the sincerity of a person's trust in HaShem, his bitachon, even if he appears undeserving. Indeed, when a person believes in and is attuned to HaShem's signals of chesed, he can draw down moments of heavenly kindness no matter a person's standing before Gd. (Sefer Ha'Ikarim, 46)
Even the great Moshe needed someone to "lean on." And who better to lean on than the Almighty Himself.
Construction began on the new light rail lines on Margalit Street in the Gilo neighborhood.
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion: "The transportation revolution is already here, leading Jerusalem to the next generation. Just as the other light rail lines have assisted Jerusalem in a multitude of ways, this new line will continue to be helpful to the environment whilst making the public transportation system better and more accessible."
The estimated duration time for this project is 36 months.
yan Braun breaks Hank Greenberg's record
Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun hits 332nd home run, breaking Hank Greenberg's record - the most home runs for a Jewish player.
Gabe Friedman, JTA,12/06/19 07:04
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Ryan Braun now holds the record for most home runs by a Jewish baseball player.
The 35-year-old outfielder passed Hank Greenberg on Friday when he hit his 332nd career homer in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Braun, who has spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Brewers and now also holds the team's all-time home run record, tarnished his reputation in the baseball community in 2012. After testing positive for outlawed performance-enhancing drugs, Braun lied about his use of them and lobbied fellow players to support his false claims.
Braun is the son of an Israeli father and has said he is proud of being Jewish but does not observe the faith.
In Jerusalem's famed Machane Yehuda open-air market (shuk) you can buy many different foods including fresh produce, spices, tea and coffee, olive oil, cheese, fish, meat, halva, baked goods and sweets to take home. But the shuk also has a full complement of restaurants. This is a list of some of the best IMHO, all of them certified kosher.
What used to be a place for cheap eats is now one of the best restaurants in Jerusalem and my personal favorite. This Turkish/Iraqi restaurant in the Iraqi section of Machane Yehuda is the kind of place where you cannot try just one dish.
Beef sofrito, a mixture of beef and potatoes with wonderful spices, is the best dish on the menu. Azura, another popular dish, is a partially hollowed-out eggplant filled with seasoned minced meat and marinated in cinnamon and other spices. The rest of the dishes on the menu are also delicious, whether it be the spicy oxtail or the hummus. Nothing is ever a disappointment at Azura.
At this Lebanese restaurant, located in the middle of the closed part of the shuk, they're always cooking up something delicious! The khidre was different and so fun to eat. It's rice with vegetables, noodles, and meat that comes in a large clay pot that they shake and spill onto a platter, so the food comes out steaming.
Along with the khidre, you must get the meat pizza, which is a crispy, thin dough topped with a light sauce and meat, making a surprisingly delicious dish. My other favorite thing to get here is Kubbeh Saniyeh, essentially a pan of three layers, comprised of a blend of soaked bulgur dough as the top and bottom layers, while the middle layer contains seasoned ground beef and pine nuts. This is a wonderful restaurant for family-style dinners.
You cannot find many places like Hachapuria. Located just outside the shuk, Hachapuria is a wonderful Georgian restaurant with a very cute atmosphere. The food that gave the restaurant its name is basically an oval bread boat brimming with tasty cheese with an egg and butter on top. This delicious item comes fresh out of the oven with an aroma that takes over the room. You can order it with spinach if you prefer a little vegetable in your dish.
This tiny delight of a culinary experience, located in the closed part of the Machane Yehuda shuk, serves some of the best Yemenite food in Jerusalem. Jahnun Bar has two very classic and delicious Yemenite dishes: jachnun and malawach. Jachnun, a thick rolled Yemenite pastry, is served with a salsa dip and egg. The more popular malawach is a thin pastry dough that can be wrapped like a burrito.
The two main ways to order malawach at Jahnun Bar are the Memulawach and the Shakshukalawach. The Memulawach can be served with different fillings such as hummus, harif (a spicy blend), olives and tomatoes, while the Shakshukalawach can have all of the same fillings, with the addition of the classic poached-egg-and-tomato-sauce shakshuka.
The best part of this small restaurant is that you get to watch everything made right in front of your eyes.
Known as one of the best restaurants near the shuk, Ishtabach (tagline: "Bread, meat and what goes between them") is always serving up something delicious. My personal favorite at this Kurdish restaurant is the brisket, since it reminds me of my mom's. The additional spices and seasonings make the brisket even better than my mom's (but please don't tell her).
If you are looking for better quality than pizza chains such as Big Apple or Pizza Hut provide, then Bardak is the place for you. Their pizza is truly the best that I have had in Israel (and I have traveled throughout the whole country).
My personal favorite is the German Colony pizza, which has mushrooms, onions, goat cheese and pesto. You will never be dissatisfied with the food at Bardak, but sometimes their service is not the best, as it gets very packed. In those situations, I recommend take-out. They are located just a block or so outside of the shuk.
Pepito's is a delicious sandwich place that is distinct from other places such as New Deli. The South American-inspired sandwiches are truly delicious. The assado sandwich tends to be one of the favorites. Let me tell you that you cannot just go there once.
The staff at Pepito's is super friendly, willing to help you make your decision and guiding first-timers in the right direction. Overall, a highly recommended place that is different from your typical Middle Eastern cuisine.
A great restaurant just about two blocks from the shuk, Hatzot (Hebrew for Midnight) has a fun atmosphere and is not too expensive. It is a very classic Israeli restaurant serving skewers of meat and salads, which are provided on the table. Legend has it that the famous "Jerusalem mixed grill" dish was invented in 1970 here at Hatzot.
The staff is very friendly and refills your salads when you finish. But the best part of Hatzot is that the food is delicious and will leave you full. If you don't feel like sitting down, they also have great laffas or pitas to go.
Hatch, the new rage of Machane Yehuda, is located in the closed part of the shuk. Typically, when eating wings in a restaurant, I always think that I make better ones at home. However, this is not the case at Hatch. Hatch's American-style food is truly delicious, and their Buffalo wings are some of the best you will ever have.
Crave is one of the hottest restaurants in Jerusalem and you will definitely crave it, pun intended. The wait can be long, but it is always worth it. The diverse menu includes some options that don't sound very kosher, but thanks to house-made vegan cheese and bacon made from lamb, they are. If you keep a kosher diet, here is where you can finally try that bacon cheeseburger, BLT or Reuben sandwich that you have always wanted to. They are truly delicious! There's also beer on tap, cocktails, wine, and Dr. Brown's sodas.
About a three-minute walk across Agripas Street from Machane Yehuda, you will find this cozy restaurant serving some great hummus. The staff is super-friendly and kind, and the hummus is truly unforgettable.
I personally love the hummus with mushrooms (pitriyot), and my second favorite choice is to have my hummus with fava beans, garbanzo beans and/or an egg. Additionally, I recommend getting some falafel balls to share, as these go great with your meal.
One of the best-known Middle Eastern foods in Israel is kubbeh. These semolina dumplings can be enjoyed in soup or fried with meat inside. Morduch has both kinds of kubbeh and they are both delicious! I love to go up to the window and get two fried kubbeh to go, as a snack, but you can also sit down for a nice bowl of kubbeh soup.
Marzipan's rugelach are probably the hottest commodity for any tourist or traveler visiting Machane Yehuda. When the rugelach are fresh out of the oven on a Friday morning, it is nothing short of heaven, as the gooey chocolate oozes out of each doughy bite and the whole thing just melts in your mouth. This classic place is a must.
After dinner, you can come here to relax and have a nice craft beer. Beer Bazaar has a great selection of more than 100 Israeli beers and 13 on tap, along with some ciders and spirits, and a menu of classic bar food as well as vegetarian options.
The prices are pretty good and the atmosphere is great, with a large area in back for extra seating and live shows. This place is definitely recommended to begin or end a night on the town.