Sunday, January 19, 2020

Wednesday to Thursday, the 24th to 27th of Tevet (January 22 to 24, 2020), the "Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism" international conference will be held. and Is there anything really wrong with a Jewish guy putting a hole in his ear? What’s the problem? A lot of guys are doing it these days. Some even put huge holes in their ears!

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In order to stay in the calm zone when dealing with relationship frustrations, we must train ourselves to overcome our negative automatic response patterns.

If you grew up with saintly parents, then when you got a poor mark on a test, made a mess, broke a dish or lost an item, someone said something like, "You're far more important than that item." When you were in pain, someone responded with compassion and empathy and guided you through it. The reactions of the mature adults in your home taught you how to handle losses.

However, if you did not grow up with people who were so proactively working on their character traits, then you may have learned that the way to deal with stress is to slam doors, scream angrily, eat junk food, or freeze in depressive silence. The result is that now, when you feel helpless, ashamed or angry, you fall back on your old patterns, such as cursing, yelling, eating, sulking in despair, or freezing in anxiety. Get mad, bad, sad, sick or crazy. Many people never outgrow these patterns. They are as deeply ingrained in our psyches as our mother tongue.

Wednesday to Thursday, the 24th to 27th of Tevet (January 22 to 24, 2020), the "Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism" international conference will be held.

The delegations of 45 heads of state, presidents, and kings will visit the city to participate in the conference ceremonies. Extensive security measures will be taken in the framework of this event, which will affect daily life and transport options in the city.


Expected Changes to Parking Arrangements

Parking will be forbidden from midnight Tuesday, the 24th of Tevet (the night before Wednesday, the 25th of Tevet/January 22, 2020), until noon on Friday, the 27th of Tevet (January 24, 2020) on the following streets: Agron, Ramban, Jabotinsky, HaNasi, and David HaMelech.

Residents with a parking permit will be able to park for free at the Agron parking lot, the Wolfson Malls parking lot, and the Ahad HaAm parking lot at the corner of Sokolov.

Shuttle buses will operate at the Wolfson and Ahad HaAm parking lots.

Closure of Transit Routes

King David St. from Emil Boutta St. to Mapu St., starting Wednesday morning and continuing until Friday – from the 23rd of Tevet to the 27th of Tevet (January 22-24, 2020) at noon.

HaNasi St. on Wednesday, the 25th of Tevet (January 22) from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Rabin St. on Wednesday, the 25th of Tevet (January 22) from HaNasi HaShishi Junction to Ben Tzvi Junction from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Rothschild St. from Wednesday January 15 until Wednesday January 22. 

Burg St. on Wednesday, the 25th of Tevet (January 22) from Rabin Junction to Mevaker HaMedina from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Light Rail

The light rail will operate as normal except when motorcades travel close to Herzl Boulevard.

Public Transportation

Disruptions are expected in public transport services affected by the closures. For updates, dial *8787 or visit the website:

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience and are doing our utmost to minimize the effect on your routine. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For More Information or for Updates:

The municipal hotline – 106, the information center – 1-700-553-100, and on social media

Full Story (Jerusalem Municipality)


Following is a list of world leaders expected to attend: 

1. President of Albania H.E. Mr. Ilir Meta
2. President of Armenia H.E. Mr. Armen Sarkissian
3. Governor-General of Australia the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)
4. Federal President of Austria H.E. Mr. Alexander Van der Bellen
5. Chairman of the House of Representatives of Belarus H.E. Mr. Vladimir Andreichenko
6. Chairman of Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Mr. Željko Komšić
7. President of Bulgaria H.E. Mr. Rumen Radev
8. Governor General of Canada the Right Honourable Ms. Julie Payette
9. President of Croatia H.E. Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
10. President of Cyprus H.E. Mr. Nicos Anastasiades
11. Prime Minister of the Czech Republic H.E. Mr. Andrej Babiš
12. Prime Minister of Denmark H.E. Ms. Mette Frederiksen
13. President of European Council H.E. Mr. Charles Michel
14. President of the European Commission H.E. Ms. Ursula von der Leyen
15. President of the European Parliament H.E. Mr. David Sassoli
16. President of Finland H.E. Mr. Sauli Niinistö
17. President of France H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron
18. President of Georgia H.E. Ms. Salome Zourabichvili
19. President of Germany H.E. Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier
20. President of the Hellenic Republic H.E. Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos
21. Representative of the Holy See His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch
22. President of Hungary H.E. Mr. János Áder
23. President of Iceland H.E. Mr. Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson
24. President of Italy H.E. Mr. Sergio Mattarella
25. Speaker of the Saeima of Latvia H.E. Ms. Ināra Mūrniece
26. President of Lithuania H.E. Mr. Gitanas Nauseda
27. Grand Duke of Luxembourg HRH Henri
28. President of Moldova H.E. Mr. Igor Dodon
29. Minister of State of Monaco H.E. Mr. Serge Telle
30. President of Montenegro H.E. Mr. Milo Đjukanović
31. King of the Netherlands His Royal Majesty Willem-Alexander
32. President of North Macedonia H.E. Prof. Dr. Stevo Pendarovski
33. The Crown Prince of Norway HRH Crown Prince Haakon
34. President of Portugal H.E. Prof. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
35. President of Romania H.E. Mr. Klaus Iohannis
36. President of the Russian Federation H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin
37. President of Serbia H.E. Mr. Aleksandar Vučić
38. President of Slovakia H.E. Ms. Zuzana Čaputová
39. President of Slovenia H.E. Mr. Borut Pahor
40. Prime Minister of Sweden H.E. Mr. Stefan Löfven
41. President of Ukraine H.E. Mr. Volodymyr Zelensky
42. The Prince of Wales HRH Prince Charles, United Kingdom

Is there anything really wrong with a Jewish guy putting a hole in his ear? What's the problem? A lot of guys are doing it these days. Some even put huge holes in their ears!

From Rabbi Gutman Locks

Quotes on Life from my Sister

   Be polite to all, but intimate with few. Thomas Jefferson statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States He previously served as the second vice president of the United States.

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. Buddha monk, mendicant, sage, philosopher, teacher and religious leader on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. 

Writers will happen in the best of families. Rita Mae Brown writer, activist, and feminist

Cynicism is the humor of hatred. Herbert Beerbohm Actor and theatre manager.  

Perhaps this is the basis of friendships, I do not know. Each man seeks in another that part of himself, which is missing. Thus do people make themselves more whole.  — Christopher Peachment (Caravaggio)  

Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it? Henry David Thoreau essayist, poet, and philosopher

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. Marcus Tullius Cicero statesman, orator, lawyer and philosopher

Grief can take care if itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. Mark Twain writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer

Grief is the price we pay for love. Queen Elizabeth II Queen of the United Kingdom

I am certain that I speak on behalf of my entire nation when I say: September 11th we are all Americans - in grief, as in defiance. Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel 

I have always fought for ideas - until I learned that it isn't ideas but grief, struggle, and flashes of vision which enlighten. Margaret Anderson , Editor

Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance. Robert Frost, Poet, Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference

Tears are the silent language of grief. Voltaire writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic Church, as well as his advocacy of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. Washington Irving, short-story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart. Horace Mann, an educational reformer.

Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates. Samuel Johnson an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer

  You don't go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be. Nigella Lawson, Food writer

G‑d appears to Moshe in a burning bush at the foot of Mount Sinai, and instructs him to go to Pharaoh and demand:


"Let My people go, so that they may serve Me."


Moshe claims he is not worthy of this mission. 



And Moses said unto God: 'Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?' (Exodus 3, 14)



Then G-d tells Moshe to tell a certain phrase to the People of Israel:






Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them: The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, hath appeared unto me, saying:

I have surely remembered you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt.


It appears that there was a tradition among the People of Israel that whoever would come with the words "PAKOD PAKAD'TI ETTKHEM…" - "I have surely remembered you", will be indeed the savior of the People of Israel from the Egyptian slavery.


The question is: What was the big deal in telling that phrase. Anybody could do that!!!


How could it be a sign of the SAVIOR? 


But now, when Moshe came with the above phrase to the People of Israel, it changed the entire perspective and the understanding of its significance.


We need to remember that Moshe had a speech problem.


As he describes himself in the next Torah portion:


But Moshe said to the Lord, "If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?" (Exodus 6, 12).



The 22 consonants of the Hebrew alphabet are produced in 5 different areas of the mouth:


Teeth     Palate     Throat     Lips     Tongue


Because of his speech problem, Moshe was not able to close his lips and pronounce those consonants that require lip closure.



These consonants are: 



B, P, V, M, W



Thus, normally Moshe would not be able to say: PAKOD PAKAD'TI, because those words contained the "P" sound. 


But now People of Israel witnessed a miracle of Moshe being able to pronounce perfectly the above phrase.


Therefore they came to believe that Moshe indeed was the messenger of G-d, who put words in his mouth, and thus he would be their savior. 



נְקֻדַּת מַבָּט
Nekudat Mabat
Literally and Idiomatically: Point of view"Nikud" is a point.  In general it could be a spot or location (Genesis  30:32), a period at the end of a sentence ("Nekudah"), a  point on paper (Jerusalem Talmud Shabbat 6:4) or vowels under or around Hebrew letters. But in our case, we are referring to something that is not an actual point. The second word "Mabat" means a look – as in taking a look or if looks could kill. The word actually comes from the root N-B-T נ-ב-ט (Isaiah 5:30).
לכל אחד מהצדדים יש נקודת המבט משלו.
"Lechol achad mehatsdadim yesh nekudat mabat meishelo."
Every side has its own point of view.

As an aside, "Nekudat Mabat" is also the Hebrew translation of a short story by Isaac Asimov in 1975,  and yes it is called "Point of View."

See you tomorrow bli neder

Love Yehuda Lave

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

PO Box 7335, Rehavia Jerusalem 9107202


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