Say a little prayer for me-Hip replacement Surgery today at Hadassah Hospital -My name is Yehuda Lave ben Rut and A leading media watchdog forced a UK paper to correct its false headline about Israel’s Iron Dome system, which prevents Palestinian rockets from killing innocent civilians and Israeli Breakthrough: No Open Heart Surgery Necessary with Tiny Device and 12 Facts Every Jew Should Know About Rachel and 13 Sarah Facts You Should Know By Menachem Posner
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.
Say a little (or big) prayer for me today as I getting major surgery with a full hip replacement this afternoon at Hadassah Hospital. More to report when I survive, bli neder. How is that for a little drama?
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The Three Musketeers at the Kotel
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.
A leading media watchdog forced a UK paper to correct its false headline about Israel's Iron Dome system, which prevents Palestinian rockets from killing innocent civilians.
By United with Israel Staff
Since it was first deployed in 2011, Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has saved countless lives when Palestinian terror groups indiscriminately fire rockets at innocent civilians.
Despite the clearly, and solely, defensive nature of Iron Dome, the UK's Daily Express newspaper recently referred to it in a headline as a "lethal weapon."
This outrageous misrepresentation of the technology did not go unnoticed by leading media watchdog group HonestReporting, which demanded the Daily Express correct the falsehood.
As HonestReporting's Simon Plosker recently explained, "It's important not to mischaracterize Iron Dome as a weapon. Doing so promotes the false narrative that Palestinian terrorists and Israel are, at times, involved in a tit-for-tat exchange of rockets."
In reality, Palestinian Arab terror groups in Gaza fire rockets at Israeli civilians in unprovoked attacks, which kill and maim Israelis. The Iron Dome system "saves Israeli lives by intercepting rockets before they can cause mass casualty events, and it saves Palestinian lives by reducing the necessity of IDF ground operations in densely populated civilian neighborhoods from where terrorists fire their rockets," explained HonestReporting.
After the watchdog contacted the Daily Express, the paper changed the headline to correctly refer to the Iron Dome as a "defense system."
HonestReporting is a Jerusalem-based group that focuses on anti-Israel bias and antisemitism, accusations the media in the UK routinely faces and occasionally admits to.
This month, the publicly-funded BBC apologized for its "unacceptable" approach to anti-Israel bias, which included BBC Arabic slandering Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount as "foreigners" and "settlers."
On Monday, British media regulator Ofcom slammed the BBC for its coverage of an antisemitic attack on Jewish teens in London in December 2021. The BBC's report contained "significant editorial failings" with regard to false accusations that the victims shouted "dirty Muslims" before they were attacked.
"The BBC's reports claimed that an audio recording made during the incident included anti-Muslim slurs – which it later changed to the singular 'slur' – which came from inside the bus. Shortly afterwards, it received evidence which disputed this interpretation of the audio," stated Ofcom.
"The BBC failed to 'promptly acknowledge' that the audio recording was disputed and did not update its online news article to reflect this for almost eight weeks," reported the Guardian.
Israeli Breakthrough: No Open Heart Surgery Necessary with Tiny Device
A new medical device developed in Israel eliminates the need for invasive open heart surgery.
By United with Israel Staff
Heart disease remains one of the most pervasive health challenges facing society, despite significant advances in open heart surgery and other treatments.
These approaches can be effective in treating valvular heart disease, which prevents heart valves from fully opening and closing properly. Unfortunately, surgery requires lengthy rehabilitation and can result in infections and other dangerous outcomes.
In a significant medical breakthrough, a new device developed in Israel by Cuspa Medical could eliminate the need for open heart surgery.
The tiny artificial cusp, or Cusper as it is called, attaches to heart valves and "reduces the backflow of blood to the heart's chamber," reported Israeli tech blog NoCamels.
"The artificial cusp is attached to the heart valve with a metal grasper. Unlike open heart surgery, the procedure is minimally invasive, using a catheter through the groin," added the NoCamels report.
The device grasps the valve to maintain the proper sized opening. Upon closure, it prevents blood leaks and back flow.
Currently, the Cusper is undergoing safety tests, with patents pending in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Established in 2019, Cuspa Medical has headquarters in northern Israel
Like the other matriarchs, she can be referred to as Rachel Immenu (Rachel Our Mother), even though she is technically only the mother of two out of the 12 tribes of Israel. In Yiddish she is affectionately called Mamma Rochel, reflective of her special place in the heart of the Jewish people (more on that later).
Scripture is sparing in its depiction of the physical appearance and features of the people whose stories are told. One of the few exceptions is Rachel, who we are told "had beautiful features and a beautiful complexion."2
When Jacob came to her hometown of Padan Aram to search for a wife, he helped her water her father's flock, and the two felt an immediate deep connection. Jacob so wished to marry Rachel that the seven years he had to work for her father, Laban, to earn her hand in marriage, "were like a few days in his eyes."3
Recognizing that Jacob was a "catch," Laban decided to secretly place Leah, his elder daughter, under the bridal canopy. Suspecting that Laban might pull a fast one, Jacob gave Rachel a prearranged password to identify herself. However, knowing how mortified Leah would be when discovered, Rachel gave her sister the secret sign and watched as she married the man of her dreams.4
The following morning Jacob discovered the ruse, and agreed to work for seven more years if Laban would allow him to marry Rachel a week later.5
Soon after her marriage, Leah began to produce sons (she had six in total). Even Bilhah and Zilpah, their maids, had two sons each. But Rachel's "closed womb" caused her so much grief, she told her husband that to live without children was akin to death.6
Her pain was eased (but not erased) when she was blessed with a son, whom she named Yosef (Joseph), meaning "he shall add," expressing her wish for yet another son.
As Jacob prepared to move back to his native Canaan (eventually to become the Land of Israel) with his wives and children, Rachel stole her father's teraphim (idols),7 in a final effort to wean him from idol-worship.8 When Laban confronted Jacob about the missing figurines, Jacob innocently declared that whoever had taken them should die.9
9. She died in childbirth and was buried on the roadside
Jacob's ill-spoken words came true, and Rachel died shortly thereafter, while giving birth to her second son, Benjamin. Jacob buried her on the road near Bethlehem, on the way to Efrat.10 She is the only one of the matriarchs not buried alongside Adam and Eve and their respective husbands in the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
Buried alone on the roadside, Rachel is a pathetic yet proud figure, the quintessential Jewish mother, looking out for her children who have been dispersed all over the world. In the words of Jeremiah: "A voice is heard on high, lamentation, bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, for they are not." And G‑d replies to her: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears . . . and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. And there is hope for your future . . . and the children shall return to their own border."11
The sages paint a heartbreaking scene in which Rachel evokes her sensitivity for her sister's distress and pleads with G‑d to have mercy on His children. Indeed, even after disregarding the prayers of the Patriarchs and even those of Moses, He agrees to return the exiles in response to Rachel's arguments.12
Chassidic teachings13 explain that Leah's soul stemmed from the world of thought, while Rachel's soul was from the world of speech. Leah was introspective, a master of meditation and internal communication, while Rachel was charismatic and appealed to others. Together they laid the foundation for our nation. Rachel instilled within us the strength to exude a powerful and far-reaching aura of influence. Leah gifted us with the strength to tug at our soul strings and talk to G‑d with integrity.
See you tomorrow bli neder, I need your prayers as I am having major surgery today with a full hip replacement
The good or bad news is that I am getting an epidermal so I will be conscious in the morning to send out the blog! The bad news is that I guess I will be conscious as they are sawing me up. I thought at least I would be asleep. More to report if I live to tell the story!