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.
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.
New Record Set in Jewish Visits to Temple Mount By Aryeh Savir,
Jewish worshippers visiting the Temple Mount set a new record on Wednesday when the number of Jewish visits to the holy site crossed the 40,000 marker for the first time in modern history.
The Temple Mount Administration reported that 40,259 Jews went up to pray on the Temple Mount since the beginning of the Jewish year of 5782 in September.
This precedent number surpassed by a large margin all previous years, which stood at less than 30,000. The current annual record is expected to increase much further, with the increase in crowds on the Tisha B'av day of mourning next week and during the month of Elul, ahead of the High Holidays and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
These historic numbers were recorded despite the fact that Jews' visits to the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, are limited in time, space, as well as the number of visitors allowed access at any given time. While Jews' rights to worship at the site have improved in recent years, much remains wanting, and the full freedom of worship has yet to be granted by the State of Israel to Jews visiting the Temple Mount.
While Muslims enter the holy site freely, Jews are screened by metal detectors, undergo security searches, and are banned from bringing Jewish religious objects to the site.
This Country Produces More Oats Than Any Other In The World
We should all be very familiar with oats — we use them for our oatmeal, cookies, cakes, liquor, substitute milk, and bread. Those little cereal grains are some of the healthiest we can enjoy (via World Atlas). They can help lower your blood pressure and prevent heart disease. Oats can even be eaten by those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, unlike barley, wheat, or rye grains (via Coeliac UK). The amazing qualities of this seed never cease, and at times, oats have even been used in medicine and skin care. Even cattle farmers have their herds graze on harvested oat fields.
If it isn't obvious after reading all that, oats are extremely useful and imperative to a lot of the world's diet. So, where does most of it grow? Where can you imagine swaths of golden fields, shining in the sunlight, waiting for the combine to collect the seeds?
Bet Russia wasn't your first guess
"Crop Science" by X. Zhou claims Iran, Iraq, and Turkey as the birthplaces of oats, but after centuries of globalization and industrial agriculture, these countries are no longer at the heart of grain production. Instead, Russia is the world leader. Atlas Big reports that Russia produces 4,424,433 tons of oats per year, with Canada arriving in second place. These northern countries grow the most oats in the world because the cereal grain is extremely hardy. Oats can survive the extreme cold and these countries have a lot of undeveloped acreage to grow on.
Recently, however, oats have been on the rocks. ABC News informs us that because of Putin's war on Ukraine, the Ukrainian government has stopped exporting all of their grains in an attempt to keep the people within their borders from starvation. In response, the UK has also banned cereal grain exports, cutting out two major growers from the global market. This, in turn, affects the food supply chain in Europe, Africa, Asia, and anywhere else that sources their oats from these countries. We can expect the price of cereal grains to rise exponentially over the next few months and more so as the war goes on. Countries like Canada are also projecting a record low for oat production in the coming year and will be unable to make up for the loss of Ukraine's cereal grains (via AGCanada).
Masses of Jews Ascending to Temple Mount on Tisha B'Av
photo Credit: Temple Mount Administration
Despite the ongoing operation against Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and the hundreds of rockets launched at Israel, including Jerusalem, more than a thousand Jews have already gone up to the Temple Mount on Sunday morning, as Jews commemorate Tisha B'Av with fasting and lamentations.