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20 IDEAS TO CONNECT WITH THE ALMIGHTY
constant awareness of our Father, our King, Creator and Sustainer of the universe. As soon as you think of the Creator, you immediately connect with Him. Think of Him often.
sense of awe for the Creator by frequently contemplating the size and complexity of the universe.
you are created in the image of the Creator and you are His child. When looking in a mirror, say to yourself, "You are a child of the Creator."
have in life is a gift from the Creator. Be constantly grateful. This gratitude creates love.
loves us more than we love ourselves. Frequently say to yourself, "The Almighty loves me even more than I love myself."
everything that the Almighty causes to happen in your life is for a positive purpose. Some you will recognize, some you won't. Frequently repeat, "This, too, is for the good."
human being because each human being is created in the Almighty's image.
do an act of kindness, you are emulating the Almighty. Do so frequently.
you say, whether formal or in your own words, is an expression of connecting with the Creator.
blessing to thank the Creator before and after eating. This adds a spiritual dimension to the food you eat.
Father, your King, for each and every breath. Since you are constantly breathing you are always connecting with the Creator.
awareness of the Almighty's love for you give you an inner sense of serene Trust.
character traits is considered "Walking in the ways of the Almighty." Each positive step takes you far.
situation has been sent to you as a test and challenge from the Creator to help you grow and develop your character.
against or harm the Almighty's children. Thinking of this and acting accordingly connects you with the Creator.
always in the present moment. Right now, connect with the Creator even if you've gotten off-track a moment ago.
out of love for the Almighty elevates you to such a degree that you can retroactively elevate the negative of the past with an absolute resolution not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
for the joy of the Almighty's children and have compassion for their distress.
you are never alone. Wherever you are, the Almighty is always with you. Speak to Him in your own way and ask Him for your wants and needs.
times, hear Your Father, your King, Creator and Sustainer of the universe saying to you, "I love you."
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Justified Violence Against Jews Twice in 7 Days By Daniel Greenfield
depressing statistic. And an unfortunate sign of the descent of the Democrats into increasingly overt anti-Semitism.
While the Democrats claim that criticizing the state of Baltimore is racist, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the public face of the Democrat Left, has twice justified violence against Jews.
In defending BDS (or opposing efforts to condemn the anti-Semitic movement), Cortez said, "My concern with being overly punitive on nonviolent forms of protest is that it forces people into other channels and I would hate to be a part of, you know, paving that kind of path."
The implication, as Jewish activists pointed out, is that if Jews condemn BDS, their enemies will be 'forced' to use violence against Jews.
"Once someone doesn't have access to clean water, they have no choice but to riot, right?" she said. "But it doesn't have to be that way. I'm not even just talking about Palestinians, I'm talking about communities in poverty in the Un ited States, I'm talking about Latin America, I'm talking about all over the world."
That's after agreeing [Ed: with radio host Ebro Darden] that Jews are white supremacists.
Hamas doesn't riot. Even its protests consist of inflicting violence on others. And if they don't have clean water, it's the doing of their own terror state governments.
But the larger issue is that Cortez keeps justifying violence against Jews. And at a time when Democrats are embracing Sharpton, best known for the Crown Heights Pogrom, that is a huge problem.
And while the Democrats actually tried to use Jews to go after Trump over his criticism of Baltimore, by claiming that "infested" is anti-Semitic language, they look away as Cortez continues justifying violence against Jews.
The Mystery of Fast-5 and D.I.E.T.: Bert Herring, MD at TEDxRiversideAvondale
Originally destined for the surgical suite, Bert's experiences in the Marine Corps changed his outlook on medicine and the realities of global problems. After working at the National Institute of Health with a focus on cancer treatments, Bert found time to study global obesity. The outcome of this research sparked the Fast-5 weight-loss tool, which has helped thousands of people overcome obesity. It's a way of eating that is consistent with a lifestyle emphasizing simplicity and value—two virtues that are conspicuously absent in America's booming weight-loss industry. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
A way to connect to G-d going to see Chaim Kanievsky
During the Israeli War of Independence, Kanievsky, then a student at the Lomza Yeshiva, was conscripted for temporary army service in the general mobilization. He was assigned to stand guard on a large hill near Jaffa.:376
Rabbi Kanievsky's wife died in 2011. He lives in Bnei Brak, and receives thousands of visitors every year from Jews seeking religious advice. Kanievsky is the official rabbi and spiritual guide for the non-profit organization Belev Echad, which was founded in Israel on 2011 and is dedicated to assist sick and disabled children and adults.
Since his arrival to Israel as a young boy, Rabbi Kanievsky has never left the Holy Land to visit other countries.
Statements and rulings
In 2012, Rav Kanievsky ruled that it is forbidden to possess or use a smartphone without individual permission from a halakhic authority, and that owners are not allowed to sell their phones, but should instead burn them. In 2015, he instructed United Hatzalah paramedics that in the event of a terrorist attack, they should not treat the terrorists before the victims, even if the terrorist is more seriously injured, and could even leave the terrorist to die.
He ruled in 2017 that reporting instances of sexual child abuse to the police is consistent with Jewish law.
Rav Kanievsky has made several statements that indicate he feels the coming of the Messiah is imminent.
Rav Chaim Kanievsky is the author of many works of Jewish law, such as Derech Emunoh ("The Path of Faith"), on agricultural laws, Derech Chochmoh ("The Path of Wisdom"), on the laws of the Jewish temple rites, and Shoneh Halachos (a systematic presentation of the popular work Mishnah Berurah). His halakhic rulings on prayer are recorded in Ishei Yisroel, and rulings pertaining to Shiluach haken are recorded in Shaleiach T'Shalach.
Commentary on Braisa D'Meleches HaMishkan and Braisa D'Maseches Middos
Two videos on one here
Two videos on one here. First I saw the new exhibit in the horse park on King George across from Ben Yehuda called windows in Jerusalem. It is an exhibit of hundreds of windows from demolished buildings in Jerusalem over the years.
Second on the 29th of Tamuz, which is the yahrzeit of both Rashi and Ze'ev Jabotinsky, I go with Avner Biton to see Rabbi Chaim Kavievsky for blessings
Another idea to connect with G-d, Rabbi Avidor Miller
AS HEARD FROM RABBI AVIGDOR MILLER Z'TL " Mizmor Shir Leyom Hashabbat Tov Lehodot LaHashem… " (Tehillim 92:2)
"A Psalm, a song for the Shabbat Day: It is Good to give thanks to Hashem, and to sing to Your name, O Most High." What is good? The best thing in the world is to give thanks to Hashem.
That is our job and Shabbat is the time. We are called 'Yehudim', after the name Yehuda that our great Mother Leah named her son. She said, "This time I will Thank Hashem". The Yehudim are the Nation whose purpose is to Thank Hashem. "Ki simachtani Hashem befaolecha…" You've made me happy Hashem with Your handiwork, I sing at the deeds of Your hands." It's a wonderful and marvelous world!
Look at the beautiful sky. Isn't it a wonderful day? We have to teach ourselves the happiness of life. Life is happy and Hashem wants us to enjoy this great gift of Olam Hazeh (this world). "Olam hesed yibaneh " (Tehillim 89:3). The world is built on Kindliness.
We have a kindly Father. Instead of complaining and ignoring all the blessings He is showering on us, let's utilize the Shabbat and sing of the deeds of Hashem's Hands. Let's thank Hashem for Water, which we cannot live without. Therefore, Hashem created the world with a reservoir covering 65% of the Earth. The Oceans are holding water which is briny and not suitable for drinking.
So Hashem brings the Sun's rays, from 93 million miles away, and in eight minutes ("ad mehera yarutz debaro" Tehillim) sunlight comes to the surface of the ocean causing the water to evaporate. Only pure distilled water vaporizes, rising to form clouds. Hashem causes the winds to blow ("mashiv haruach") the clouds over the continents and condense. Pure, life giving, rain water is brought to the soil and our reservoirs This is a wondrous miracle, which we should keep in mind as we drink a glass of water. It is no less a miracle than when the bitter waters were purified through Moshe by putting a tree in the waters causing them to sweeten, according to Hashem's command. "Vayimteku Hamayim", "And the waters became sweet"! (Shemot 15:25)
Water causes your eyes to sparkle. It is the water that makes you able to see. Water is the most important element of the blood, causing your blood to be liquid and flow freely to bring nourishment to your body. Baruch Hashem for the glass of Water! The elixir of Life! Shabbat should make us happy & filled with Bitachon and Peace of Mind, in the kindliness of Hashem. Try to appreciate that gift. That is part of the purpose of Shabbat. Adapted from "Rav Avigdor Miller Speaks