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.
Is Being On Time A Jewish Value?
Being early is a Jewish value. Inasmuch as Chazal say "z'rizim makdimim l'mitzvois" then when it comes to general time keeping, this too is significant.
The first Mitzvah in the Torah – "Hachodesh hazeh lochem" – is directly correlated with time keeping. It is the case that many mitzvos are governed by time.
It's an unfortunate indictment on Judaism when the term "Jewish time" is actually a negative thing. Delayed chupas and other social events are unacceptable without good reason.
Time is part of Hashem's creation in this world and we're supposed to treat it appropriately, not waste it, and turn up on time.
– Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet is a popular Lubavitch lecturer and rabbi of London's Mill Hill Synagogue.
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Of course it's a Jewish value!
For the following reasons:
Jewish people, especially clergy who come late to meetings, are transgressing geneivat data, which essentially means they are stealing precious time from their neighbor. What gives one the right to think that one's time is more valuable that another's and that one has the right to infringe on his/her time.
It's the menchlich thing to do. We are commanded to do what is right in the eyes of Hashem: "Ve'asita ha'tov v'hayashar b'einei Hashem." To come on time is the right thing to do.
Finally, a Jew must be an example for all people. We have been chosen as the Am Hanivchar – a chosen people – because we are supposed to set the example for all people to see and aspire to regarding the proper behavior in one's daily life.
– Rabbi Mordechai Weiss lives in Efrat Israel and previously served as an elementary and high school principal in New Jersey and Connecticut. He was also the founder and rav of Young Israel of Margate, New Jersey. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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No question that punctuality is an important middah as a Torah Jew. Arriving late for davening is not giving the tefillos its proper kavod, nor is it the proper kavod Shamayim. When meeting with people or coming to appointments, being late shows a lack of regard for other people and their time. Those who are consistently guilty of this either have a problem with time management, or they may be self-centered or haven't been given the proper chinuch.
Culture is another point to consider. In some circles the official start time isn't understood as the real start time, and everyone recognizes this. At the same time, such a derech doesn't give the message that punctuality is a value, but there probably are other very positive features associated with that way of life.
Just as with all middos, being too strict with punctuality isn't a great middah either. Such a person, although very prompt themselves, are probably subjecting themselves to unnecessary stress. They may also have very high expectations of others which may lead to friction in their relationships. The key is to be balanced, to make the effort to arrive on time but to be able to forgive oneself for the occasional lateness, and to be forgiving of others who are deficient in this area.
– Rabbi Yehoshua Heber is Rav of Khal Tomchai Torah at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath and Dayan at Bdatz Mishptai Yisrael
RABBI SCHWARTZ'S TERRIBLE GUN JOKES OF THE WEEK
I shot a man with a paintball gun just to watch him dye.
What do you call an avocado that got shot? Glockamole
What do you call a gun that doesn't kill anyone? -a VEGUN
Two IT techs are at the local gun range.
After about 10 minutes of practice, one of the techs isn't able to hit the target. The other looks at him and says "What is your problem?"
The embarrassed IT tech puts his head down and says, "Troubleshooting."
Yankel is standing on long line when in the bank when a gruff anti-semite comes in and cuts him the line telling him Jews have to wait. All of a sudden a man with a gun goes into a bank and demands for money. Once he is given the money, he turns to the first person in line and asks, "Did you see me rob this bank?" The man replied, "Yes sir, I did."
The robber shot him in the head, killing him instantly.
He then turned to Yankel and asked the man, "Did you see me rob this bank?"
Yankel replied, "No sir, I didn't, but he sure did!"
I don't understand people who commit violent crimes with guns. At least become a cop first so you get paid
Most gun duels in the old west could have been prevented. If only the city planners had made towns big enough for everyone. (Do kids these days even get this one…)
What do you call a person who sells prosthetics and guns? An arms dealer
A thief walks up to a man in a suit and pulls out a gun. The Thief says: "Give me your money." The man in the suit turns around surprised. He raises his hands and says: "But, wait! You can't do that, I am a Congressman!" The thief replies: "Oh, sorry. Give me MY money."
You can tell a lot about a woman's mood just by her hands. For example, if she's holding a gun, she's probably angry.
In a small town, a man just opened a small store selling trumpets and guns. One day his neighbor pays him a visit and says, "So how is your strange business going?"
"What do you mean strange?"
"Because you sell only trumpets and guns!"
"Well, let me put it this way, what do you sell the most, trumpets or guns?"
"It evens itself out. Each time a customer buys a trumpet, one of his neighbors buys a gun."
Give a man a gun and he will rob a bank.
Give a man a bank and he will rob everyone. (At least in Israel that's true…)
Pierre from France, Ludwig man from Germany, and Dudu from Tel Aviv are on an exposition to the Amazon Forest. After a while they get lost. As they are walking suddenly the bushes jump up into the air and men with spears are there. One man says "Hey, you're in our sacred land. So what we are going to do is skin you and then use your flesh to make canoes. But we aren't that crazy so we will let you choose how you die."
Pierre said, "bring me the poison." Luidwig said, "bring me the gun" And Berel said, "bring me a fork" The guy was confused with the fork but still brought it the items and gave it to them. Pierre said, "Viva la France!" And drank the poison and died. Ludwig said, "God save the Fatherland!" And shot himself and died. Dudu started stabbing himself with the fork and said "Let's see you make a canoe out of this! "
A couple wakes up in the middle of the night to find a thief in their bedroom
The thief points a gun at the couple.
"Now that you've seen me, I have to kill you both. Tell me your names and you won't suffer. I remember all my victims by their names."
The woman says "Stephanie."
"Wow. I can't kill you after all.. Stephanie was my Mother's name."
He points the gun at the man and asks his name.
"Phil. But all my friends call me Stephanie."
What do you call a molecule of sodium carrying a gun? A salt with a deadly weapon
Argued with a shop assistant and she hit me with her labeling gun. Now there's a price on my head.
What do you call a machine gun loaded with tranquilizers? A Snuzi
Biden will NEVER get my guns. I keep them upstairs…
Founder of Temple Mount Faithful, Gershon Salomon, Passes Away
The chairman of the Temple Mount Faithful movement, Gershon Salomon, passed away Wednesday at the age of 87.
Salomon was one of the founders of the revival movement and a member of the Jerusalem City Council.
He was forced to maintain a distance from the Temple Mount for nearly 30 years despite leading an organization dedicated to its revival, the Srugim news outlet reported.
An expert researcher and lecturer in Middle Eastern studies, Salomon was also an officer in the Israel Defense Forces and participated in the liberation of the Temple Mount and Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War.
A 10th generation Jerusalemite, Salomon was a descendant of Rabbi Avraham Solomon Zalman Zoref, who settled in Jerusalem in 1811 and was ultimately murdered by Arabs.
Baruch HaDayan HaEmet.
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Rabbi Binyamin Kahane- Parshat Toldot"I WANT IT, AND I WANT IT NOW!"
Parshat Toldot we find two opposing worldviews, symbolized by Jacob and Esav. One worldview sees physical pleasure as life's ultimate goal. It stresses the present and downplays the consequences of one's actions. Its motto? "Live for today!"The other worldview stresses spirituality and place the service of G-d at the center of man's existence. Man must carefully calibrate his actions for they determine his future.Esav's brusque demand, "Let me swallow, I pray thee, some of this red, red stuff" (Genesis 25:30), expresses the first worldview. Esav uses his intellect to satisfy his desires. His intellect is subservient to his body. It is precisely this "living for today" philosophy which makes Esav weak and susceptible to Jacob's offer to buy his birthright. After all, what is a birthright- a vague honor, an ambiguous title which only has real implications in the distant future- compared to a steaming pot of lentils after a hard day's hunting? "And Esav said, "Behold, I am going to die; what profit shall the birthright be to me?'" (ibid. 25:32).Jacob's approach to life is completely different. He plants seeds today in order to reap tomorrow. He does not give in to fleeting desires. He has the ability to see the future and plan for it. His intellect is master over his body, and he is willing to patiently wait to receive the firstborn blessing many years later.What happens to Esav? He ultimately is exposed before his father Yitzchakand bursts into hysterical tears: "He cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry" (ibid. 27:34). Referring to Jacob, Esav tells his father, "He has tricked me these two times; he took away my birthright and, behold, now he has taken away my blessing" (ibid. 27:36). Here we see Esav's infantile reaction the moment his illusions explode. For Esav now realizes, albeit too late, the consequences of "living for today." He sacrificed something truly valuable for a fleeting pleasure. His brother receved eternal blessing and he- a lousy pot of lentils.The worldviews represented by Jacob and Esav are quite pertinent in helping us understand the present situation in Israel and the peace (read: suicide) process. It is the "Esavian" plague which makes the "peaceniks" so eager to throw away their birthright and homeland for a figurative pot of lentils- empty and vague of promises of peace when all of human history and common sense point toward a future of more bloodshed. Just as Esav was already fully formed at birth, so too do the peaceniks comewith ready-made plans for peace NOW. Like Esav, they approach life with an attitude devoid of any real content. And so they forsake the future and eternal aspect of the Jewish nation for fleeing momentary pleasures. We, the children of Jacob, approach life in accordance with our covenant with G-d. Peace? Only "if you walk in My statutes" (Leviticus 26:3). Any other way will LEAD TO TRAGEDY. All other answers will blow up in our face, just like Esav's short-sightedness ultimately led him to burst into an "exceedingly great and bitter cry."Darka Shel Torah, 1994