Friday, July 12, 2019

Cruising Israel - Banias Nature Reserve and the end of "Mad" magazine

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

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

Expect Insults When Influencing Others

The Chafetz Chaim wrote: "If you try to influence others to improve, at times they might insult you for your efforts. So before you approach someone, realize you may be insulted and try to accept it. Don't reply to their insults, nor let those insults deter you from your goal. The more difficulties you have in trying to do good, the more elevated you become.

"If you were new in business and an experienced businessman made fun of you, you would not give up trying to make a profit. You would still make an effort to be successful. After a while no one would make fun of you. Trying to influence others is similar. Even though in the beginning some may mock you, if you are sincere [and persistent], they will eventually respect you."

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The low-cost 'private' flight

Israeli couple boards flight from Italy to Israel - and discovers they're the only passengers.

When Yaakov Weiss and his wife booked low-cost tickets from Italy to Israel, they thought it would be a regular flight.

But when they arrived at the terminal, Israeli security officials greeted them with: "Are you Weiss?" and explained that they were the only ones waiting to check in.

According to the captain, the flight was the first in operation this season, so "there was no one to bring home."

In a Facebook video, the flight captain can be heard greeting the couple personally: "Hello Mr. and Mrs. Weiss. Welcome to Israir Flight 352 to Tel Aviv. The flight will take approximately three hours and fifteen minutes. Have a great flight!"

Assigned to sit in Row 14, Yaakov Weiss joked, "We can sit in Row 15, right?" The flight attendant can be heard saying: "Yes, you can sit in Row 16 as well, and if you really insist, 17 also works."

Yaakov Weiss and his wife struck it lucky by "simply" using Skyscanner - "nothing more and nothing less."

In an interview with News 12, Weiss said the trip was a business trip - the two own a children's clothing store - and that he and his wife booked their one-way tickets, which cost $120, a week and a half prior to the the trip. "We obviously didn't dream that this is what would be waiting for us, it was such a surprise."

"We also saw that the entire staff at the terminal was excited for us, it wasn't just us who were excited. They all came to meet the happy couple who got a private flight. Everyone was there to help us."

Lovers of Jewish humor will mourn closing of Yiddish-infused 'Mad' magazine

 'Mad' was famous for attacking sacred cows and poking fun at hypocrites in every sector of society, including politicians and entertainers, with an outsider's glee and sense of having nothing to lose By Hannah Brown July 4, 2019

Mad Magazine's gap-toothed mascot, Alfred E. Neuman, always said, "What? Me Worry?" and now there is really nothing left to trouble him, as the iconoclastic humor magazine announced it is shutting down after nearly 70 years of publication.

The magazine said Wednesday that its next issue would no longer be available on newsstands and would only be sold to subscribers, and that subsequent issues would feature only previously published content.

Aficionados of Jewish humor will particularly miss the publication, which had an outsider's irreverent point of view that reflected a particularly Jewish kind of humor, which was not surprising in light of the fact that its founder, William M. Gaines ( the family name was originally Ginzberg), and many of its contributors were Jewish. It has influenced generations of Jewish comic artists, comedians and writers, notably Art Spiegelman, the author of the graphic novel about the Holocaust, Maus, who called it his "Talmud."
Harvey Kurtzman, considered by many to be one of the great geniuses of the comics, started the publication with Gaines, and wrote many of the magazine's original stories, until he and Gaines had a falling out in 1956.

Will Elder, one of Mad's first and most iconic comic artists, was born in the Bronx as Wolf Eisenberg, and was called "Meshugganah Villy" by his family.

Other key Jewish contributors to Mad included Al Feldstein, Mort Drucker, Dave Berg, Larry Siegel and Lou Silverstone.
Al Jaffee, another one of Mad's Jewish staff, a cartoonist known for his "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" series which has delighted generations, spoke in an interview with Leah Garrett of The Forward about why there was so much Jewish humor in the magazine. Jaffee, who was fluent in Yiddish, said that for many Mad contributors, Yiddish was "an inherently funny language that their parents would use to tell secrets and swear."

Jaffee said that the iconic Mad word "furshlugginer" came from the Yiddish "shlogan" (to hit). Other Yiddish and Yiddish-inspired words in Mad included "borscht," "ganef," "bveebleftzer," "farshimmelt," "potrzebie" and "halavah."

The word "Cowznofski" was another running joke often used in the early years of Mad, generally as a character's last name, often with the first name "Melvin." Most Recent Videos from the Jerusalem Post Top articles1/5READ MORETurkey announces 'trilateral summit' on Syria with Russia and Iran

In a 2012 issue, it ran the article, "What if Batman were Jewish?" with a Torah-like scroll unfurled to reveal answers such as, "His new catch phrase would be, 'Why is this Dark Knight different from all other Dark Knights?'"

While much of the Jewish humor in Mad made Jews and gentiles alike laugh, some took it quite seriously, including Nathan Abrams, who published an article entitled, "A Secular Talmud: The Jewish Sensibility of Mad Magazine," in the Penn State University journal, Studies in American Humor in 2014.

Mad was famous for attacking sacred cows and poking fun at hypocrites in every sector of society, including politicians and entertainers, with an outsider's glee and sense of having nothing to lose, key components of Jewish humor. It was able to do that in part because of a critical editorial decision Gaines made early on not to sell advertising in the magazine, which meant that it was beholden to no one and free to offend everyone.

That included presidents, of course, and in an issue from 2017, it pictured its mascot Alfred E. Neuman as President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, in an Oval Office portrait behind the president and next to Ivanka Trump, with the headline, "Take Your Kids to Work Every Day."

Cruising Israel - Banias Nature Reserve

The Banias Nature Reserve contains an abundance of natural & historical beauty. Starting from the ruins of ancient cities to the roaring Banias waterfall! Emanuelle Kadosh got to spend the day exploring it all.

Cruising Israel - Banias Waterfall

Over 700 thousand people come and visit the Banias Waterfall each year. Both to see the suspended trail & to see the waterfall that runs the most amount of water in all of Israel. Emanuelle Kadosh got to take a hike & see it all!

The Jewish Samurai

Once upon a time, a powerful Emperor of the Rising Sun advertised for a new Chief Samurai. 

After a year, only three applied for the job:  a Japanese, a Chinese and a Jewish Samurai."Demonstrate your skills!" commanded the Emperor.

The Japanese samurai stepped forward, opened a tiny box and released a fly. He drew his samurai sword and *Swish!* the fly fell to the floor, neatly divided in two!"What a feat!" said the Emperor.

"Number Two Samurai, show me what you do."The Chinese samurai smiled confidently, stepped forward and opened a tiny box, releasing a fly. He drew his samurai sword and *Swish! *Swish!* The fly fell to the floor neatly quartered."That is skill!" nodded the Emperor. "How are you going to top that, Number three Samurai?

"The Jewish samurai, Yoku Cohen, stepped forward, opened a tiny box releasing one fly, drew his samurai sword and *Swoosh!* flourished his sword mightily, but the fly was still buzzing around!In disappointment, the Emperor said, "What kind of skill is that?? The fly isn't even dead.""Dead," replied Cohen in contempt. "Dead is easy.  Now circumcision, that takes REAL skill."

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