A campaign for All of the Jewish People to say Thanks to God on August 31, 2021, at 8:00 AM your local time the Tuesday before the New Jewish New Year of 5782, which is a Special Shemitah year dedication to G-d. and Memorable TV Moments: OJ Simpson verdict and MY new Japanese Doctor and Not a PC tour guide by Shalom Pollock and The Portion of ChukatWater- The Spice of Life
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.
A campaign for All of the Jewish People to say Thanks to God on August 31, 2021, at 8:00 AM your local time the Tuesday before the New Jewish New Year of 5782, which is a Special Shemitah year dedication to G-d.
The Jewish Calendar year 5781 (the secular year 2020-2021) has been quite a roller coaster for the Jewish People.
In Israel after 18 months of the world-changing due to Covid, we finally got rid of our masks on June 15, 2021.
Just as we were coming out of the Covid Pandemic in Israel, the month before we were attacked with rockets against our innocent civilians from May 10 to May 21, 2021.
Jewish People around the world have been threatened with anti-Semitism, first because of the Jews being blamed for Covid and then because we had the chutzpah to defend ourselves from being slaughtered by the Palestinians with rockets. The world prefers dead Jews to Jews that defend themselves.
Judaism has a concept of Gratitude as its basis of Religion. The primary meaning of the root verb Yehuda (Jew) is "to acknowledge or confess," here, to acknowledge and confess God's character and works. While "Halall", "praise," stresses "acclaim of, boasting of, glorying in" God, the verb Yehuda, emphasizes "recognition, thanks.
Psalm 100 is the 100th psalm in the Book of Psalms in the Hebrew Bible. In English, its first verse is translated as "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands". Its Hebrew name is מִזְמוֹר לְתוֹדָה, 'Mizmor l'Todah' and it is subtitled a "Psalm of gratitude confession"
A similar concept of a personal Praise for G-d is given when one recuperates from a life-threatening illness. It is called the "HaGomel" prayer
The Ramban writes in his Sefer Torat Ha Adam: "Regarding the "HaGomel" blessing for a sick person who has recovered, with a life-threatening illness, one must praise Hashem with the "HaGomel" blessing, for anyone who has been bedridden is considered to have been seated on the prosecutor's bench awaiting judgment and needs a great defense in order to be saved.
Certainly, the Jewish People around the world have been threatened with death and it is appropriate to thank G-d for our recovery.
Psalm 100 would seem to be appropriate to say at this time. It is appropriate to say it any time but since it takes a while to get people on board with a new idea of saying it jointly, Tuesday (which is considered a blessed day, because G-d said the day was good twice on Tuesday), is a good day to have a joint calling out to G-d.
This year the last Tuesday of the year 5781 is on August 31, 2021. The following Tuesday is the first day of the New Year of 5782.
5782 is a Shmita year. The sabbath year (shmita; Hebrew: שמיטה, literally "release"), also called the sabbatical year or shǝvi'it (שביעית, literally "seventh''), is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Beit HaMikdash in the Land of Israel and is observed in contemporary Judaism.
Many people Pray the morning prayer at around 8:00 AM. It is a good time for all Jews to come together and say Thank you to G-d for our recovery from the year 5781 coming into 5782.
Memorable TV Moments: OJ Simpson verdict
A new study by Sony Electronics and Nielsen ranked the most memorable TV moments of the last 50 years. Third on the list is the OJ Simpson murder trial verdict. Bill Whitaker reports for the CBS Evening News.
Subject: MY new Japanese Doctor To:
Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that's it... Don't waste time on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it's like saying you extend life of a car by driving faster. Want to live longer? - Take nap.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Fruit very good. Brandy distilled wine, that means they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Grain good too. - Bottoms up!
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? A: Can't think of one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain...very good! Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you? A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?
Q: Is chocolate bad for me? A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around.
Q: Is swimming good for your figure? A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.
Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle? A: Hey! 'Round' is also a shape! Well... I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets. And remember: Finally, the Japanese Doctor summed up: Look mister, Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Beer in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride my life was"!!!!!
Eat whatever you like because you will still DIE, don't allow motivational speakers deceive you. 1. The inventor of the treadmill had died at the age of 54. 2. The inventor of gymnastics died at the age of 57. 3. The world bodybuilding champion died at the age of 41. 4. The best footballer in the world Maradona, died at the age of 60.
BUT 5. The KFC inventor died at 94. 6. Inventor of Nutella brand died at the age of 88. 7. Imagine, cigarette maker Winston died at the age of 102. 8. The inventor of opium died at the age of 116 in an earthquake. 9. Hennessey Cognac inventor dies at 98. How did these doctors come to the conclusion that exercise prolongs life?
The rabbit is always jumping up and down but it lives for only 2 years and the turtle that doesn't exercise at all, lives 400 years. So, take some rest, Chill, stay cool, eat, drink and enjoy your life.
The Portion of Chukat
Water- The Spice of Life
Neither man nor any living organism can exist without water.
Wars fought over the sources of water go back to the very beginning of time. Already in the time of Abraham we find Avimelech's servants stealing water from the wells dug by Abraham.
Abraham reproves Avimelech concerning the theft, and the two reach an understanding during which Abraham gives seven sheep to Avimelech. When Avimelech asks Abraham what the purpose of the sheep is, Abraham responds "that they shall be for me a proof" (Genesis 21;30).
The Song of the Well in our portion begins with the words "Then Israel sang this song Arise O well, sing to it" (Numbers 21;17). The event of this well in the 40th year of wandering in the desert is already alluded to where we read about Abraham's well "that they shall for me a proof". The numerical value of the word "lee" (for me) is 40 showing that in merit of our patriarchs this well appeared in the desert.
All of this is alluded to by the crowns atop the letter "mem" (numerical value 40) in the word "mechokek" (lawgiver) (Numbers 21;18).
(Rokeiach on the Torah)
My job offers me such a wonderful variety of experiences. Well, not always wonderful, but usually interesting.
Two weeks ago, I was asked to guide a group of US International law students from Valparaiso University. They were on a study tour to learn about the "conflict" in classrooms and on the ground.
I assumed, correctly, that their staff, both their hosts here and their accompanying teachers, were pretty much what one finds on Liberal campuses these days. They probably did not know what they were getting when I was asked to provide some balance to their very PC experience in Israel.
I knew what I was getting into and frankly relished the opportunity.
I was allotted one and a half hours of their ten-day program to present the "Jewish nationalist side". They were doing a field trip in the controversial" Shimon Hatzadik" neighborhood, or as most of the world calls it , "Sheik Jarrah" neighborhood.
It is one of those old Jewish Jerusalem neighborhoods that was meant to last forever.The Jordanian changed all that when it's army chased the residents from their homes in the Arab assault on Jerusalem of 1948. This famous Jewish area ( famous due the presence of the 2,300 year old tomb of the great Shimon Hatzadik) was one of four contiguous neighborhoods that were instantly made "Judenrein" by the Arab onslaught in the Independence war of 1948.
This particular neighborhood has grabbed headlines in the past and still does from time to time because Jews are slowly but determinedly returning to the confiscated Jewish properties.
There have been a number of well publicized demonstrations launched by Arabs and Israel Leftists, protesting the "Jewish settler take over" of "Palestinian areas".
Lately full scale pogroms were launched against Jewish residents who dared return to the old neighborhood.
Similar to all such cases, the Arab - Left alliance present their claims to the courts.
Arab trespassers are challenged in the courts by Jewish individual deed holders. Properties are bought by non profit organizations whose mandate is to redeem Jewish land.
When I met my group, it was this background information that I presented. I am used to guiding groups that are not always fully informed and though these were international law students, I expected that their teachers did not offer this background to the political struggle between the "religious settlers" and the "Palestinians". I also suspected that though they had to provide some balance, even less than two hours, to their ten day program, they were not going to be thrilled to have their students exposed to this new material and food for thought.
Indeed, as I spoke I could see, on one hand, the surprise and curiosity on the part of the students as the new info reached their ears, and at the same time, the uncomfortable, impatient body language of their teachers.
When I finished my introductory remarks there was a stunned silence. It was broken by one student who asked quite incredulously," If these settlers move to the "Palestinian" areas then how can there be a two state solution"? I answered , "These Jews do not believe in that "solution". When she absorbed this iconoclastic idea she asked me," then what is the solution? What is your solution"?
I said" I do believe in a two state solution". Now she and the rest were really confused.
"Yes, I said, One Jewish state here and one ("Palestinian" if you will) across the river in Jordan which has a 75% "Palestinian" population. They share the same language, religion, culture and lots of blood relations. It is the king's family who are foreigners, brought to the throne from Arabia by the British after the First world war..
This flow of totally new info caused a real buzz among the students and lots of squirming by their staff.
The same student did not relent. She asked, "why do Jews want to live in this Palestinian area?" After a silence, I answered, "Why not?''
I don't think they expected that response. I explained that Jews live anywhere they choose all over the world . Why should they be restricted in Jerusalem? Arabs live in Jewish areas all over Israel and no one challenges their right to do so."
I finally explained that legally, the issue is one of real estate law. It's a question that the courts decide, not politicians or demonstrators.
In Israel the rule of law is sacrocant.
When one student suggested that it might not be, a teacher had no choice but to agree that the courts are "OK" in Israel.
The non legal issue is what gets all the attention. I explained, the larger issue really is a political/religious one, not a legal/real estate one after all.
Either you identify with, and love the idea of Jews living in a Jewish state of their own and expanding their presence there or you do not. If you are a Jewish nationalist, you think it's great, even divine. If you are an Arab or identify with the Arab narrative and their antagonism to the Jewish narrative and dreams, then you probably hate it. There are few neutral views on the subject.
I was satisfied that I was able to perhaps reach this next generation even a little, that may have some influence on my people in the future.
I knew that by not being PC, but rather actually teaching the facts, I might pay a professional price. It will not be the first time.
And so it was. The Israeli tour company that brought the students over and hired me for the short tour, wants above all to please their paying clients and hopes for repeat business. The staff was not enamored of me. I dared to rip the blinders from their students' eyes.
And so I was told that I will not be hired again. It wasn't the first time and probably will not be the last. Despite the price in job opportunities I have paid by presenting the facts in defense of my people and land , I have no regrets.
Indeed, I have great stories for my grandchildren.
Shalom Pollack Is a tour guide, filmmaker and writer in Jerusalem
He is writing a book,"Despite ourselves, I was there"