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Keep Toxic People at a distance
Toxic people will:
•Invalidate your reality•
Guilt-trip ("If you really loved me, you would...."•
Want you to be dependent on them
If this person is someone who is related to you, you may have a duty under the Torah to keep them in your life, but know who they are keep a healty boundry from them.
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One Holocaust descendant's fight for justice: 'They stole not just our land, but my family's history' | Holocaust | The Guardian
Growing up in America, Rosh Hashana meant an apple and honey, a new fruit (usually an over-priced and under-flavored pomegranate), and tzimmis as per my dad's request (that my mom reluctantly made). On my first Rosh Hashana in Israel, I was shocked to experience a full preamble to the Rosh Hashana meal – a course of "Seder Simanim." Until then, I thought the only "Simanim" (symbolic foods) of Rosh Hashana were apples and honey – for a sweet new year. I'd also heard rumors about people who have a fish head on the table (representing the "Rosh" – head – of the year), but thought no one actually does that, right?
There is a widespread tradition in Israel to eat a long list of foods representing different blessings for the new year. Pomegranates are on this list, and often made their way to my childhood Rosh Hashana table as the "new fruit," not as a "Siman." Pomegranate trees are common in Israel, and when you walk down the street this time of year, you will see beautiful big, red pomegranates hanging from the branches. The abundance of red, juicy seeds found in a pomegranate are likened to the 613 mitzvot of the Torah, and before eating it on Rosh Hashana, we recite the verse, "May we be full of merits like the pomegranate."
Upon further inspection, I found a list of the Simanim with their meaning and accompanying verses in my own Artscroll Machzor! Check out the list below for some traditional Simanim, with our suggestions of how to incorporate them into your own Rosh Hashana Seder:
Fenugreek or carrots for "increased merits." Add carrots to your meal with the traditional Jewish dish tzimmes.
Leek or cabbage for God to "destroy those who hate us." Add cabbage to your meal with some delicious stuffed cabbage.
Beets so that "our enemies be removed." Add beets to your meal with some delicious, sweet roasted beets.
Dates for "our enemies to perish." Add dates to your dessert with this sweet date cake.
Gourd for "the decree of our sentence be torn, and our merits be proclaimed before God." Add gourd to your meal with this interesting dessert, candied gourd!
Fish so that we will "be fruitful and multiply like fish." Add fish to your meal with this unique recipe.
Head of a sheep or fish so that we "be as the head and not as the tail." No recipe needed.
Many Israelis hold a "Seder Simanim" before the evening meal of Rosh Hashana in which they sample each of the foods and recite the corresponding verses. If that is too formal for you, you can also find amazing recipes online that use the Rosh Hashana Simanim as part of the traditional meal (like this delicious Simanim chicken recipe!). Some families even add their own Simanim – for example raisin+celery for a "raise in salary" (try saying it out loud). Some French Olim have bananas for a "bonne année" – a good year. If you hope to make Aliyah, add grapes to your table to "immiGRAPE" to Israel this year!
Living in Israel is incredibly special, especially during the holidays. It is amazing to have a holiday in which we traditionally eat pomegranates and to literally see them blossoming all around me. We still have the apple dipped in honey, reminiscent of my childhood in America, but we have also added so many more exciting elements to our holiday. Personally, I love incorporating many of the Simanim into my Rosh Hashana menu, but please don't expect to find a fish or sheep head on my dinner table!
200 years ago, John Adams promoted a Jewish state in the Holy Land | The Times of Israel
How did his dangerous work help Israel and what led to his identity finally being revealed?
Did you know that one of Israel's greatest heroes went by the name of Kamel Amin Thaabet. It sounds unlikely, but this was actually the pseudonym of Mossad agent extraordinaire Eli Cohen who infiltrated the Syrian power elite in the 1960s and used his privileged position to send confidential plans about the country's military and government back to Israel. His story was even turned into a show by Netflix called The Spy.
Pretty cool. But how did Eli Cohen become Kamel Amin Thaabet? How did his dangerous work help Israel and what led to his identity finally being revealed?
In the latest instalment of History of Israel Explained, we bring you the story of the talented Israeli spy who put his country's safety and security ahead of his own - even though he knew it could ultimately cost him his life.
What do you think of the story of Eli Cohen? Have you ever thought about just how far someone should be expected to go to protect their homeland or what individuals should be expected to sacrifice for their nation - or even if the nation comes ahead of the individual.
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On our return from Auschwitz and Birkenau I make a wrong turn and discover the Main Square in Krakow and buy Miriam a pair of amber earnings. A beautiful town.
WAS NETANYAHU-GANTZ IMPASSE PREDICTED IN MYSTIC'S HIDDEN MANUSCRIPT?
"On the eve of the year 5780 (the upcoming Hebrew year), the year of corrections, there will not be a government in Israel for an extended period..."BY TZVI JOFFRE SEPTEMBER 24
Sephardic Kabbalist (mystic) Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri could have predicted the political unrest surrounding recent struggles by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, according to a report by the Hebrew daily Israel Hayom on Sunday.
Information alluding to Kaduri's predictions spread throughout social media and on the messaging application Whatsapp in recent days, as well.
Kaduri reportedly wrote in And He Swore to Isaac, a "hidden book" that was recently found in the Kabbalistic school of Nahalat Yitzhak, that "On the eve of the year 5780 (the upcoming Hebrew year), the year of corrections, there will not be a government in Israel for an extended period and the various camps will be quarrel much without a decision on either side, and then, on Rosh Hashana (the Jewish new year) itself, they will fight in heaven, the holy side against the side of evil, and G-d and His entourage will decide between them. And this is all I can say, and from here I swore not toThe book was purportedly written by Kaduri in his youth and hidden by him.
The statements by Kaduri also reference excerpts from the ancient book The Covenant of the Persimmon by kabbalist Rabbi Sasson Hai Shoshani, who Kaduri said was known as "The prophet of Egypt." Shoshani said, "There will come on the day that two ministers win the government in the land of Israel. Both their names will be Benjamin and neither of them will succeed in establishing their government or kingship.
"On that day, know and understand that the King Messiah already stands at the doorway and on the Sabbath afterwards he will come and be revealed," Shoshani's statement continues. "Understand this and remember it.'"
Moshe N., an aide to Kaduri's grandson and the current head of Nahalat Yitzhak, Rabbi Yosef Kaduri, told Israel Hayom that, "The yeshiva has all sorts of manuscripts by Rabbi Kaduri with the names of G-d and similar things, that we are keeping in a safe. These are things that are passed from generation to generation, in secret, only between the kabbalists and it is forbidden to reveal them.
"In writings based on the teachings of Rabbi Sasson Hai Shoshani, the redemption is discussed, and the writings also discuss that right before the coming of the messiah, they won't be able to form a government, so what was published is very close to what was written in the manuscripts, but the published wording is not exact.
"Similar things were also written by Rabbi Kaduri's learning companion, Rabbi Menachem Menashe, the author of Ahavat Chaim, who wrote in the name of Rabbi Shoshani on the weekly Torah reading of Ki Tavo, the Torah portion that we read on the last Sabbath, about what will be in the end of days, how there will be a war with the rabble about the issue of the Sabbath and how the rabble will be the majority," he continued.
He explained that the remarks referenced in Kaduri's manuscript are similar to the excerpts being circulated.
Additionally, he said that "the round of elections" is not explicitly written about, and that this is an interpretation of Kaduri's writing. But he noted that the struggle between observant and non-observant sectors of Israel is considered something that will take place before the final redemption.
"In the end of the day, the redemption is dependent on us, the people of Israel, and it could be actualized and could not [be actualized]," he said.
Israel Hayom was not able to find any information about the existence of a book titled The Covenant of the Persimmon or of a rabbi by the name of Rabbi Sasson Hai Shoshani, the paper reported.
This prediction is not the first time Kaduri has been in the news in connection with Israeli politics.
In the 90s, the rabbi joined Shas Party founder Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef on the campaign trail. To attract votes, Shas distributed amulets with an image of Kaduri that promised "health, protection and success," according to The New York Times.
Meretz complained to the election commissioner at the time that these amulets were illegal gifts and he ruled that Shas must stop distributing them. Kaduri's aides argued that he feared that without the protection of the amulets, there might be renewed Arab terrorist attacks.
According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, in a meeting between Netanyahu and Kaduri in 1997 on their shared birthday, Netanyahu was recorded as whispering to the rabbi that left-wing people "have forgotten what it means to be Jewish."
Ehud Barak, then head of the Labor Party, responded that "Netanyahu will not teach me or anyone else what Judaism is."