JONATHAN S. TOBIN Don’t apologize for Ben-Gvir or anything else about Israel and Enough of the American Bear HugBy Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar and 18 Abraham Facts You Should Know By Menachem Posner and 30-stunning-places-you-would-love-to-see and Evelyn De Rothschild, London Head of Banking Dynasty, Dies at 91 and World's tallest woman takes her first plane flight after airline removes 6 economy seats to make it possible
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.
The United States, our great friend and ally, continues to cross every line in compromising Israel's independence.
After it blatantly interfered in our election campaign, it became clear that despite priding itself as being the greatest democracy in the world, the American administration has found it difficult to internalize and accept the democratic choice of the people of Israel.
Evelyn De Rothschild, London Head of Banking Dynasty, Dies at 91
Helped unite his family's British and French finance arms
Friend of Margaret Thatcher, financial adviser to the queen
British financier Sir Evelyn de Rothschild has died at the age of 91. Sir Evelyn died "peacefully at home", his family said in a statement. He is survived by his wife Lynn and three children Jessica, Anthony, and David, as well as two step-sons, Benjamin Forester Stein and John Forester Stein. Sir Evelyn was born in London in 1931, the son of Anthony de Rothschild and Yvonne Cahen d'Anvers of the Bischoffsheim banking family. He was educated at Harrow School and the University of Cambridge before dedicating his life to his family's bank after his father retired in 1961. Sir Evelyn served as chief executive and chairman of the bank NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd between 1976-2003, and he was chairman of The Economist from 1972-1989. In 1989 he was knighted by the Queen for services to banking and finance. A scion of the Rothschild financial dynasty, under his watch his family's bank's total assets grew from £40 million to £4.6 billion. Sir Evelyn was married three times, in 1966 to Jeannette Bishop, in 1973 to Victoria Schott, and in 2000 to Lynn Forester. He had three children with Victoria, and two step-sons with Lynn. A keen horse trainer and owner, Sir Evelyn's horse Crystal Ocean won the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2018.
After we read about the creation of the world, the sin of Adam and Eve, how Noah survived the Great Flood and his descendants were dispersed, we are introduced to Abraham, whose story spans Genesis 11 to 25.
Oddly enough, Scripture tells us very little about the first half of his life, as the narrative picks up when G‑d commands him to leave his home and family and travel to "the land that I will show you"1 at the age of 75.2
The Cave of the Patriarchs compound as it appears today. (Photo: Wikimedia)
There are three "fathers" of the Jewish people: Abraham, his son Isaac, and Isaac's son Jacob (father of 12 sons, progenitors of the original 12 tribes).3 Abraham was considered the first Jew, having "discovered G‑d" at a young age and becoming the first to follow G‑d's instructions.
We are told that Abraham was one of three boys born to Terach, a descendant of Shem, son of Noah.4 Terach was an an avid idolator,5 who sold idols to others. When one takes into account Terach's deep investment in idol worship and his close association with the evil king Nimrod, Abraham's turn to G‑d is all the more impressive.
This fact comes to us by way of the Talmud,6 which lists the otherwise unknown names of many Biblical personalities. According to tradition, Nimrod, who fancied himself a god, wished to kill Abraham, and Terach hid his wife Amatlai and their son Abraham in a cave for many years.7
Upon hearing that his nephew Lot had been taken captive during a war, Abraham took his men (or just his trusty servant Eliezer11 ), beat the enemies, and freed the captives. Not wishing anyone other than G‑d to take credit for his material successes, Abraham refused to take any spoils from the war.12
Abraham established an eshel, which the sages interpret as either an orchard to feed wayfarers or an actual inn.13 In addition to feeding people and making sure they had water to drink as they traversed the desert, Abraham would also teach them to thank G‑d for the bounty they had enjoyed, thus making sure that G‑d became known far and wide.
Sarah was barren, and as the decades passed, the couple yearned for a child who could carry on their legacy. Sarah gave her maid, Hagar, who was of Egyptian descent, to Abraham, and Hagar soon became pregnant with a son, Ishmael, when Abraham was 86 years old.14 However, things did not work out well, as there was ongoing friction between Sarah and Hagar and her wayward son.15
Abraham and Sarah were originally named Abram and Sarai. Abram means "lofty father," and indeed Abraham was aloof, removed from starting a family. Sarai means "my princess" and barren Sarah's devotion was directed to her husband alone. In a dramatic scene, G‑d added the Hebrew letter heh (ה) to both of their names, making them Abraham, which is a contraction of words that mean "Father to a multitude of nations"16 and Sarah, which is no longer in the possessive form.17 With this, G‑d told them, they would be blessed with a child in their old age, whom they named Isaac.
While Abraham was recovering from his circumcision19 (which he performed at the age of 99), three "men" came to foretell that he and Sarah would give birth within a year.20 Ever the gracious host, Abraham served them calf (tongue), bread, and milk cream under a shady tree before they shared the good news.
From Abraham's tent, the angels continued on to Sodom and Gomorra, where they were tasked with rescuing Lot and overturning the cities, which had become hotbeds of cruelty and criminality.21 When G‑d told Abraham what was about to happen, Abraham attempted to bargain (unsuccessfully) with G‑d, hoping to have the cities saved in the merit of whichever few righteous people may have lived there.22
Isaac was finally born when Abraham was 100 years old.23 Yet, when G‑d told Abraham to sacrifice his son atop Mount Moria, Abraham complied without question or complaint. At the last moment, when Isaac was already bound and Abraham was about to slaughter him, G‑d sent an angel to tell him it had been a test of faith and there was no need to carry through with the sacrifice.24
After his beloved Sarah passed away in Hebron, Abraham purchased a cave there in which to bury her. Even though it was offered to him as a gift, Abraham insisted on paying generously.25 According to tradition, this cave, in which the patriarchs and matriarchs (with the exception of Rachel) would all be buried, was none other than the very spot where Adam and Eve were laid to rest.
The sages of the Mishnah26 tell us that during the course of Abraham's life he passed 10 tests, proving without a shadow of a doubt that he was utterly devoted to G‑d and a worthy progenitor of G‑d's chosen people.
Terach moved his family from Ur Kasdim to Charan.27 After G‑d told Abraham to travel to Canaan (and he settled in Shechem28), hunger drove them to Egypt (where Sarah was abducted by Pharaoh).29 Back in the Holy Land, he settled in Beth E-l in the south,30 before moving to Hebron.31 After rescuing his nephew Lot from captivity, he found himself in Salem (Jerusalem), where he met King Melchizedek,32 before returning to Hebron, also identified as Elone Mamre.33 Following his unsuccessful attempt to save the people of Sodom, Abraham moved south to Gerar, the capital of the Philistines (where Sarah was abducted for a second time),34 not far from where he settled next, Beer Sheba, where he hosted guests for 26 years.35 By the time Sarah passed away, she was in Hebron, and Abraham purchased land to bury her there.36 Although they apparently moved down south again by the time Isaac married,37 Abraham's was buried alongside her in Hebron.38
17. He Lived for 175 Years
Scripture tells us that Abraham passed away at the age of 175.39 In describing his old age, we are told that Abraham was "old, advanced in days."40 The Chassidic masters explain that he had used each day to the fullest, maximized every opportunity for growth and advancement, and had therefore brought each day with him from This World to the Next.
The Talmud41 lists Abraham among the 7 great men which it identifies as the "seven shepherds" mentioned in the Book of Micha.42 The Zohar43 also tells us of 7 supernal ushpizin ("guests"), who visit each day of Sukkot, with Abraham headlining the group.
World's tallest woman takes her first plane flight after airline removes 6 economy seats to make it possible
The tallest woman was able to take her first flight after an airline removed six seats on a plane.
Rumeysa Gelgi, who is 7 feet tall, flew from Istanbul to San Francisco.
Turkish Airlines modified a plane to allow Gelgi to lie on a stretcher for the 13-hour flight.
The world's tallest woman was able to fly on a plane for the first time after Turkish Airlines removed six economy seats to accommodate her.
Rumeysa Gelgi, who stands at 7 feet 0.7 inches tall, was named the world's tallest woman by Guinness World Records last year.
Turkish Airlines adapted one of its planes to allow her to travel to San Francisco in September, removing six seats and replacing them with a special stretcher for her to lie on for the 13-hour flight, MailOnline reported.
Gelgi, 25, had never been able to travel on a plane because of her stature, caused by a condition called Weaver syndrome, which causes bone overgrowth, among other things. Even as a child, she was too large to fit in plane seats, MailOnline said.
She typically uses a wheelchair or walker to move around because of her condition.
On Instagram, Gelgi shared a series of images of herself on the journey and said it was "a flawless journey from start to finish."
"This was my first flight, but it certainly won't be the last. From now on, I will be very honored and happy to fly to different parts of the world with @turkishairlines," she wrote. "A heartfelt thank you to every single person involved in my journey."
Gelgi went to California to spend time advancing her career in software development and work with Guinness World Records, MailOnline reported.
She was first recognized by Guinness World Records in 2014, receiving the title of world's tallest living teenager. The organization named her the world's tallest woman in 2021.
Gelgi also holds the records for woman with the largest hands, woman with the longest finger, and woman with the longest back.