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.
Chaverim--my book Here We Are All Jews--175 Russian-Jewish Journeys was just published [Gefen Publishing] and we are holding a book launch on Tuesday evening,September 6 at the Yael shul [Rehov Yael 4 in Baka], starting at 7:30 pm. Joining me as speakers will be Rabbi Shlomo WIlk and Natan Sharansky [Natan and I will speak in English].
A light dessert will follow and books will be availabe for sale. Please press the following link for more details and the RSVP. I would love to share this simcha with you together.With all best wishes, Jonathan
[If you could share the news about the book and the event with your personal email/online contacts, that would be great, as well. Toda]
The Three are Rabbi Yehuda Glick, famous temple mount activist, and former Israel Mk, and then Robert Weinger, the world's greatest shofar blower and seller of Shofars, and myself after we had gone to the 12 gates of the Temple Mount in 2020 to blow the shofar to ask G-d to heal the world from the Pandemic. It was a highlight to my experience in living in Israel and I put it on my blog each day to remember.
The articles that I include each day are those that I find interesting, so I feel you will find them interesting as well. I don't always agree with all the points of each article but found them interesting or important to share with you, my readers, and friends. It is cathartic for me to share my thoughts and frustrations with you about life in general and in Israel. As a Rabbi, I try to teach and share the Torah of the G-d of Israel as a modern Orthodox Rabbi. I never intend to offend anyone but sometimes people are offended and I apologize in advance for any mistakes. The most important psychological principle I have learned is that once someone's mind is made up, they don't want to be bothered with the facts, so, like Rabbi Akiva, I drip water (Torah is compared to water) on their made-up minds and hope that some of what I have share sinks in. Love Rabbi Yehuda Lave.
Jonathan Pollard Endorses Ayelet Shaked: She Knows She Made Mistakes
Former Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard on Monday endorsed the leader of the Zionist Spirit party Ayelet Shaked, admitting that she had made mistakes in the recent past but insisting that she is still a crucial member of the Israel right-wing bloc.
In a video message, (below) Pollard announced:
"Because of my unqualified love of this country, and my dedication to her survival and wellbeing, I must now endorse someone who I know will serve Israel in a way that will safeguard both our core interests and our honor.
"That person is Ayelet Shaked.
"Yes, she exhibited misplaced loyalty in our last government. But I truly believe that she realizes the mistake that she made and will not repeat her error.
"We need her now, free and clear of the bad influences that hurt both her personal reputation and her political credibility.
"We all make errors in judgment. The difference is between those of us who refuse to acknowledge such errors and those of us who recognize their errors and commit never to repeat them.
"I believe that Ayelet Shaked is just such a person, and deserves to be given an opportunity to continue being part of Israel's leadership.
"At this difficult and dangerous time in our history, we need and deserve a proven patriot like Ayelet Shaked."
For the record, Shaked told News12 a few weeks ago that she had one regret: relying on a non-Zionist party (Ra'am).
She had no regrets about serving alongside some serious anti-Zionist MKs in the left-wing Jewish parties, and did not promise to join a right-wing coalition party should she manage to get into the next Knesset. In fact, she says she wants to again form a "broad" coalition which includes the parties on the left.
Pollard's unexpected endorsement (he has remained a-political since his arrival from the US in late 2020), comes at a time when Shaked's Zionist Spirit has been failing consistently to cross the 3.25% minimum vote threshold.
Another party that's been lingering behind in a similar fashion is HaBayit Hayehudi which Shaked and Bennett abandoned back in 2019 to establish the New Right party which later morphed into the Yamina party. Maariv reported Tuesday morning that there may be a shidduch, God willing, between the two, in time for the deadline for submitting party lists, in two and a half weeks.
Habayit Hayehudi is currently led by Giv'at Shmuel Mayor Yossi Brodny, a former Likud member (in Israel, carpetbagging is an athletic event sponsored by Samsonite).
Brodny, who is a complete unknown outside Giv'at Shmuel and portions of nearby Petah Tikvah, is demanding two out of the top four seats should marriage be announced.
It's not clear why Pollard decided to endorse Shaked. A few months ago, he attacked viciously in an op-ed in Yedioth Aharonoth the Lapid-Bennett government, in which Shaked is serving as Interior Minister, over what he described as its lackluster treatment of terrorists.
Rumor had it that Pollard was also considered for a slot on Itamar Ben Gvir's Otzma Yehudit's election slate, as well as by the Likud. Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was very invested in obtaining his release and pleaded with then President Donald Trump to let him make Aliyah.
Of course, it's always possible that the endorsement came out of a sincere wish to see Shaked remain in right-wing politics, in which case, I endorse her, too. She was the best Justice Minister we've ever had.
Ranan Lurie, Internationally Renowned Israeli Political Cartoonist, Dies at 90
Ranan Lurie, Internationally Renowned Israeli Political Cartoonist, Dies at 90
Edited by: Fern Sidman
Ranan Lurie, an Israeli war hero and world peacemaker who set records as the world's most widely syndicated political cartoonist, died on Wednesday in Las Vegas at the age of 90, according to an NYT report.
Rod Lurie, the cartoonist's son confirmed his father's death at an assisted living facility.
During his decades long career, Lurie's caricatures appeared in about 1,000 publications with more than 100 million readers in 100 countries, setting a benchmark in the Guinness Book of Records in the 1980s, according to the NYT report.
The report indicated that in 2017, Lurie told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, ""Even if it is the most sophisticated camera in the world, it will never be able to capture the person more accurately than the artist or the cartoonist who knows how to point out his true character."
Besides being a renowned cartoonist and journalist, Lurie was also a senior associate at the CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) since 1990, a member of the United Nations Correspondents Association, and founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cartoonews, a current events educational magazine.
Born in 1932 in Port Said, Egpyt, Lurie grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. His father was sixth-generation Jerusalem-born and his mother was a seventh-generation Jerusalemite. His paternal grandfather, Rabbi Isaiah Lurie, was the chief agent there for the Carmel Mizrahi wine company and lived in Egypt.
The NYT reported that according to "The Lurie Legacy: The House of Davidic Royal Descent" (2004), by Neil Rosenstein, the family traces its ancestry to the Prophet Isaiah, the medieval French rabbi Rashi, Felix Mendelssohn and Sigmund Freud. The family had moved to Jerusalem in 1815.
Lurie was a member of the Israeli underground armed organization ("Irgun") and was wounded in a battle against the British. He later served in the IDF reserves as a Major and company commander.
When he was 16 and recuperating in a hospital from an arm injury inflicted by a grenade during his time with the Irgun, his first of some 12,000 cartoons was published in the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth in 1948.
In 1995, Lurie told the NYT that, "I was always good at drawing, even at age 4. It gave me an overwhelming tool and the appetite to maintain and develop it."
In July 1954, when Israel and Egypt were still in an official stage of war, Lurie visited the flagship of an Egyptian navy flotilla anchoring in Venice, pretending to be an Australian journalist. It was there that he interviewed the frigate's high ranking enemy officers and took photographs of their newly installed Soviet Radar. Lurie described this as an infiltration and won an Israeli journalistic award "For Unprecedented Bravery".
In 1964, the Prime Minister Levi Eshkol unveiled Lurie's one-man show of oil portraits at the "Sokolov House" in Tel Aviv, in the presence of Joseph Zaritsky, Reuven Rubin and Meiron Sima.
Wikipedia reported that about a week before the Six-Day War began, while in the midst of an exhibit of his work in Montreal, Lurie was recruited to reserve duty in the Israeli army as a Senior Company Commander, a Major in the Fifth Brigade (Giv'aty) that was commanded by Colonel Ze'ev Shaham.
Lurie was the political cartoonist for Yediot Aharonot of Israel (1957–1967) after which he was invited to become political cartoonist and cover artist for LIFE magazine (1968–1972).
The NYT reported that his work at Life led to later stints as a political cartoonist with Le Figaro, Paris Match, The Times of London, Die Welt in Germany, Asahi Shimbun in Japan, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Time International, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and The New York Times.
Lurie, who had fought in two Mideast wars as an Israeli, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 by Glafcos Clerides, the president of the Republic of Cyprus at the time, for, as he said, "creating a great spirit of understanding among the people of many races," adding that Lurie had "helped in the effort to defuse political and other hot conflicts worldwide, " as was reported by the NYT.
Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto.
Wearing a kippah helps us remember that there is a Higher Being to whom we are held accountable. Wearing a kippah is required by Jewish law for reasons of modesty and to distinguish ourselves as Jews,1 reminding us of our responsibility and privilege as members of the Chosen Nation.
4. Kippahs Come in a Variety of Sizes, Materials, and Designs
Kippahs come in various colors and designs, and are made from materials as diverse as velvet, suede, leather, and knitted yarn. Many sites offer personalized embroidering services and will add the images or words of your choice. (It is not uncommon to spot a boy with a kippah featuring his name.)
Some communities have developed kippah designs that are highly intricate works of art, such as those made by Jewish artisans from Yemen and Georgia, most of whom now live in Israel.
5. It Is Worn at All Times
The Talmud states that one should not walk the distance of four cubits bareheaded.2 A head-covering is also required when praying, reciting a blessing, or entering a synagogue.3 According to many authorities, head-coverings are required at all times (even when sitting in place and doing nothing).4
The practice to wear a kippah at all times comes from an anecdote in the Talmud in which a woman was told by astrologers that her son was destined to become a thief. To prevent this from happening, she insisted that he keep his head covered at all times, to remind him of G‑d's presence and instill within him the fear of heaven. Once, while sitting under a palm tree, his head-covering fell off. Suddenly overcome by a burning desire to eat fruit from the tree which did not belong to him, it was in that moment he realized the strong effect wearing a kippah had on him.5
In certain communities, it was customary to wear large, tall kippahs that covered the head completely. Many Lithuanian scholars of yesteryear are pictured wearing such headgear. The kippahs of Bukharian Jewry are similarly famous for their large size, as well as for their intricate embroidery.
8. Some Also Wear Hats When Praying
In addition to wearing a kippah, many men also wear a hat when praying. Donning a hat is viewed as an act of respect; as recently as a few decades ago, when men went out in public, they would make sure to wear a hat. A hat is also reminiscent of the turban worn by the priests during the Temple service.
Women and girls do not wear kippahs. One reason for this is that the kippah is there to remind us of G‑d's presence (see above). Women, who are more spiritually intuitive and possess more powerful faith, do not require a constant reminder.
Married women do cover their heads, albeit not with a kippah, and for different reasons.
When a prayer book or other sacred object becomes worn out and unusable, it may not be discarded. Instead, out of respect for the object's sanctity, it is carefully buried in a Jewish cemetery. (Many synagogues provide this service on behalf of their congregants.)
Despite the kippah's special role in Jewish life, it does not possess any inherent holiness, and it may be discarded and replaced with another as needed.
11. A Printer Favored Lashes Over Walking Without a Kippah
Rabbis Pinchas and Shmuel Abba Schapiro, brothers and chassidic printers in the town of Slavita, were falsely accused of murder and arrested by the czarist police in 1839. As punishment, they were forced to run the gauntlet. While being led through two rows of vicious soldiers, Rabbi Shmuel Abba's kippah fell off. Despite the ongoing blows, he refused to proceed until it was returned to him.
This story sent waves through the Russian Jewish community, inspiring many to disregard their discomfort and wear a kippah at all times.