Friday, January 29, 2010

Haiti



And to add insult to injury....

"We had permission from the Dominican Republic government to bring the children [from Haiti] to an orphanage that we have there[in America]."


So country x gives someone from country y permission to do whatever they want in country z??!!! Good grief.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Happy New Year, Trees!

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Tomorrow night is Rosh Hashana for the trees! That is the date Tu B'Shevat in the Jewish calendar.

People celebrate this day by either planting a tree or eating a variety of different fruits. Hopefully, we'll have a fruit party!

Last year all the kids got pots and a sack of soil and little shovels and we bought some flowers from the flower store. That was their Tu B'Shevat project: transferring the flower onto the new (bigger) flower pot. I was surprised the flowers lasted as long as they did. The kids were so diligent in watering them, etc.

But as time went by the poor plants got ignored and withered and......

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After the whole move to Tsfat, etc. I am still not back with all my projects for them. Hopefully, buying the variety of fruits will give me a boost. Til then, happy Tu b'Shevat everyone and every...plant! lol.

Thank Goodness for Gemachim

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Gemach is an organization that gathers an item (say, used clothing, buttons, pens, whatever) from whoever wants to donate them, and gives them to those without either for a very reduced price or for free.

A good example would be a second hand store.

Here is a sweet story of everyone bonding around this gemach.

This may be an exceptional case, but I do worry that there is a widening separation between governments of many countries and the people. That, and with each country unaware that they are all going through that same growing gap...



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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SHeroes

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I'm not big on endorsing, except to endorse Rebbe Nachman (woohoo!)

But I must admit I am alittle less worried knowing these few BW are in the black Blogosphere spreading their wisdom:

TertiaryAnna.

Khadija (Her blog Muslim Bushido is back up and running and her book is out. I am going to buy a copy.)

and Gina (What About Our Daughters)

There are still some runner ups, but these I feel are the most transparent, most open, least ambiguous, what you see is what you get type of people.

Of course, as the teaching goes, never trust yourself until the day you die; so, I'll say at this point and time these are the for sure heroes for BW online.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Avatar (spoiler)

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Please don't read this if you haven't seen Avatar and don't want to know the ending!

So, I saw the movie Avatar the other day. As someone who hardly watches tv -I don't even own a tv, and rarely sees movies, I must say I was not used to all the suspense there. I think I almost threw up my lungs when the main character, Jake Sully, was being chased by these alien hounds. lol!

The special effects were amazing and very ingenious. Perhaps these things are in other movies that I haven't seen, but to me they were very new -such as the floating mountains, twirling bugs, and not to mention the very interesting concept of hair!!!

If you recall, I wanted to see the movie after reading a post "Avatar and Moshiach" at Shirat Devorah's blog. Then I got more intrigued when I read a critique of it by Annalee Newitz.

Well so I saw it and I do think its related to alot of things but what I connected to most was that it seemed like a story of the struggle of Esau/Esav.

Here was America (white as some one label it) coming to Pandora -alien, primitive i.e. every minority on the planet earth represented here lol! -to basically shove the people aside and take what they possess --called keenly unobtainium. That should give you a hint as to whether its obtainable or not. But nevertheless, the pursuit continues.

Eventually, one of the Americans sent on that mission, Jake Sully (how's that for a last name?) defects and joins the "natives." Naturally, he becomes their leader and leads them to battle the "imperialist Americans" and sends them all back to America or blow them up in battle.

Annalee Newitz called this the white guilt being rehashed over and over. Just as it did in Dunes, in Dances with Wolves, Last of the Mohican, etc etc etc. By the way, I really love the first comment the came after her post. Here is an exerpt:


Speaking as a Left-Leaning White Guy™, I can't help but feel there's a culture of "white guilt oneupsmanship" in academic criticism these days. It's like a game to see who can be more guilty. "You think YOU'VE pointed the finger at racism? Ha! Watch now as I pwn your ass and prove you're just like all those other racist, imperialist honkeys!"

Until the next guilty whitey comes along... and so on... and so on... and so on... (gigshaft, commentor)


I think they are both right.

There is a perhaps subconscious guilt guiding the making of the movie, but most of it is cliched and a money maker.

THE SUBCONSCIOUS GUILT


In the story of Esau/Esav, he was a powerful warrior. He was destined to be the leader of the world and his father, Isaac was very proud of him. But for whatever reason, he was not following the religiosity of his father -he only pretended by asking "how does one tithe salt?" We don't tithe salt. It was evident, especially to the mother, Rifka, that this boy could not be a leader because his heart was not where it should be. Granted, he was quite fierce, so much so, that it is said that when his grandfather, Abraham died, Esau took out his grief by hunting down Abraham's old nemesis, Nimrod and killing him. But, how can someone lead without compassion, love, giving, all those things that religiosity tries to instill in a person? Rifka realized that Esau could not be the world leader. Finally, and maybe because he knew from his grandfather, Abraham, that his descendants were destined to be slaves in a "foreign land" (Egypt) and didn't want that for his progeny, he decided to sell his birthright. It had little value to him anyway. And so he gave up his right and his rightful place as a leader to the world.

When he saw that everything was truly finalized, with the blessings given to Jacob instead, He. Was. Furious.

And so the story goes. Even to this day, I would suspect, anyone who is a descendant of Esau (Western Civilization?) has that potential to be a great leader, but because the birthright is not theirs anymore, its as if they are wandering about life with no real purpose. So, they still try to lead. To conquer the world. To satisfy their greed but without the godly purpose -which was the problem in the first place. As a result, instead of the midas touch, often times when they enter a country they leave civil war in its wake. Colonialization. Slavery. Murder of the body and/or spirit.

But perhaps there is an awakening. A spark. A part which is not 1/60th yet, not enough to tip the scale. A little inkling to do good, to be that good, godly leader to all?

I think that is the subconscious stir that leads many to write/produce/promote/encourage movies like these. Its like stoking an amber that has the potential to become a flaming torrent of good -the Holy Mission one was intended to fulfill.... only to have the movie end and the lights turned back on. Reality bekons. The pull of greed bekons. Comforts bekon. Alas, where will the strength come from?

That is what I saw from one angle. But I saw something else from a different angle.

I like the idea of oneness with nature that the Navis had. Navi in Hebrew means prophecy. It sort of reminds me of a certain spark of holiness that Black folks have -I suspect. And that every group has but I just can't relate to because I am not intuned with them --but for sure in BF I sense this because I can. This special spark that is unobtainium to the conquering groups because it is ingrained in their birthright.

It reminds me of a teaching by Rebbe Nachman that everyone wants the Jewish person's money because it shines. So they raise taxes and take their money. But once its out of the Jewish guy's hand, it doesn't shine anymore. So they tax some more to get more money. But still it just doesn't shine once its out of their hand. In their desparation they keep trying.

I think the same thing goes for every group. We all have something that God gave us. Nobody can take it away. They just can't. They can squeeze and squeeze us like oranges, but the truth is once its out of our hands, it just doesn't have the same shine anymore and the greedy person who took it is left still thirsty for it.

Its our birthright.

At sometimes, just like in the movie, we have to use the same power of Esau to fight the onslaught of those who come greedily to take away from us, but note that it was the tribal woman's primitive weapon in the end that beat the main bad guy. The message: pick up Esau's weapons and tools, but then put it back down. Now that is not something I saw in those other cliched movies. Did anyone take note of that?

MONEY MAKING

And of course, why else does anyone do holywood, if its not for money making? There was so many cliched scenes in the movie, even I, a non-tv watcher, knew them. Typical guy falls in love with native girl, main character guy is like a loose canon to the rest of the group, but he's soooo needed so they keep him, natives have interesting rituals, all the typical characters -its almost like a video game. lol.

Anyway that is my take of it.



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Alawite Muslims Oppose Withdrawal

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But who cares.

Everything is suppose to be cut and dry. Israelis are supposedly the bad guys, Muslims the good guys being oppressed. Israelis should withdraw from where ever some outside gov. tells them to and all Muslims will be happy end of story. Not.

Here is a group trying very hard to keep their city of Arabs and Israelis together despite the UN's wishes.

Now here's someone who knows how to treat a terrorist! Egypt demands a Hamas sniper to be hung for killing an Egyptian soldier. Hamas' Damascus-based leader Khaled Meshaal actually offered to come and formally apologize. Hah! would America (and Israel for that matter)ever get that much?! Nevertheless, Egypt says nothing doing: Hang the man.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Quotable Quotes

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"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her ......any crap, be ready to receive a ton of sh@#$%^."


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A Thought --Voice-o-Net

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(a semi-silly post)

I'm taking this time out to express my gratitude for the internet! Because of this monster invention, I can talk to my friends and family members, find out what's going on in different parts of the world, look up information, read differing opinions on various topics, etc.

Can anyone take this away from me?

When I read that Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said (about the H1N1 flu vaccines:

"Although the virus has not delivered any devastating surprises, we have seen some surprises on other fronts," Chan said in her prepared remarks. "We anticipated problems in producing enough vaccine fast enough, and this did indeed happen. But we did not anticipate that people would decide not be vaccinated."



my first reaction was to chuckle and snortle. And the she continued...

Chan did not refer explicitly to those allegations in her speech. But, given the vast range of health information now available to the public, she said, public health leaders may not have the authority and credibility they once did.

"People make their own decisions about what information to trust, and base their actions on those decisions," she said. "The days when health officials could issue advice, based on the very best medical and scientific data, and expect populations to comply, may be fading. It may no longer be sufficient to say that a vaccine is safe, or testing complied with all regulatory standards, or a risk is real." (source)


*gulp*

So, if you think the H1N1 pandemic and vaccine was all a hoax, then the next time WHO, big pharmaceutical companies, and compliant governments want to do something like this again they will know to take care of the flow of information? Am I getting too spooky? lol!

Hmmm, word of mouth. I miss word of mouth info. Is there a way to speed that up in the 21st century without the use of internet?


(You can read Dr. Chan's entire opening speech at the WHO's website)
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Another Earthquake Hits Haiti

By PAUL HAVEN and MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press Writers Paul Haven And Michelle Faul, Associated Press Writers – 7 mins ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A powerful new earthquake struck Haiti on Wednesday, shaking rubble from damaged buildings and sending screaming people running into the streets only eight days after the country's capital was devastated by an apocalyptic quake.

The magnitude-6.1 temblor was the largest aftershock yet to the Jan. 12 quake. The extent of additional damage or injuries was not immediately clear.

Wails of terror rose from frightened survivors as the earth shuddered at 6:03 a.m. U.S. soldiers and tent city refugees alike raced for open ground, and clouds of dust rose in the capital. ...more at yahoo news.

Last Post on Haiti

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While meandering through my bookmarked websites, I saw this at BF IR Marriage EZine.

Yes, I know its suppose to be an IR love story, but the chilling statement that the doctor said in the last few seconds of the video frightened me! Are unnecessary amputations being done because there is a shortage of equipment?

Quotable Quotes

“He felt the Haitian people were filled with joy, exuberance and warmth, and potential to match any country on earth,”

Twin of Andrew Grene who died in Haiti.



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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Because It Won't Get Reported...

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(or get reported in an underhanded way such as this:)


More good news..

Even more at Jewish Odysseus blog.

Oy! One day......one day......

sometimes I lay
under the moon
and thank God I'm breathing
then I pray
don't take me soon
cause I am here for a reason
sometimes in my tears I drown
but I never let it get me down
so when negativity surrounds
I know some day it'll all turn around
because
all my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
for the people to say
that we don't wanna fight no more
they'll be no more wars
and our children will play
one day ......



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Monday, January 18, 2010

Just for Laughs: The Coin

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One Man Band - kewego
With one coin to make a wish at the piazza fountain, One Man Band tells the humorously captivating tale of a peasant girl who encounters two competing street performers who'd prefer the coin find its way into their tip jars. As the two one-man bands' rivalry crescendos, the two overly eager musicians vie to win the little girl's attention.



Written 2005 by Andrew Jimenez and Mark Andrews.



One Man Band by pixar was an absolutely charming piece of work! The colors were vibrant and whimsical and the designs were cute and caricatured.


Keywords: art animation

Sunday, January 17, 2010

What?! Egypt P-Praises Israel. Calls Dagan Superman?!

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Story at Debka. With news like that, maybe Moshiach really is on his way?

Fear Nobody but His Majesty

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Israel :Moshiach ben Yoseph and Moshiach ben David Part 3



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Rav Avraham Itzhaak HaCohen Kook (Abrahahm Isaac the Cohen Kook) was said to be a genius. Well learned in Torah, I think if he was more worldly, he may have been another Albert Einstein. To this day, many are still studying his works.

It is said of him that "Zionism was the body, and he and the Orthodox masses was to be the soul of that body"

He came to Israel (called Palestine then) and became the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. His intent was to infuse the secular zionists with a bit of Torah. However, the older rabbis who were in Israel were non to happy about this new "kid on the block."

With the secular on one side and the religious on the other, Rav Kook tried to find a middle ground. The only problem is, nobody wanted to play on that seesaw!

In an attempt to find the good in both, Rav Kook wrote that the secular zionists should be praised for their physical actions. Indeed, many came to the land, rolled up their sleeves and got to work. They tilled the land, paved roads, grew agriculture, built homes, buildings, offices. They worked very hard! Too bad there wasn't a before and after photo of Israel. All we have is perhaps Mark Twain's words when he visited there long long ago. He said,

"..... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent mournful expanse.... a desolation.... we never saw a human being on the whole route.... hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country."




Indeed, even in the hot summers, there are botanical gardens to visit, parks green with grass. It is a little trickier in the summer, I do wonder how they manage. Oh right, my water bill. oy. Okay back to the subject...

The Zionists have contributed greatly to the body of the land. However, the religious, because they knew and felt no commeraderie with the Zionists, were not willing to praise them for anything. In fact, they declared them evil (even as many packed their bags and headed for Israel). And in fact, it was a gift on loan like the splitting of the sea and rescue of the Jewish people from Egypt. Like giving a crown to an undeserving. You hope the undeserving turns away from a life of lust when he sees the honor he is given.

Well, Rav. Kook boldly said it: The Zionists were more perfected in the soul (i.e. body, physical actions, etc) and the religious were more perfected in the spirit (Torah learning, religious duties -mitzvot, prayer, etc). The religious would have non of this! How dare Rav Kook praise the Zionists with having anything as 'better' than the religious? Some compared his praise for physical activity to praising "futbol."

I'm cutting the history short here, but after much ado on the matter, a new group emerged. The National Religious/ Dati Leumi. This group was a combination of religious people, but people who also believed that working the land was important, going to the army was important, getting involved in government was important. To what degree is debatable within that group. They began to dress differently too.



No longer was the religious relegated to wearing their European styled clothing; they wore clothing that were more in tune with working, moving, etc. Now there was a distinction. Those who choose to stay with the European style dressing and none or small physical activities and who delve in Torah all day were called Ultra Orthodox or just Orthodox or Chareidi. Those who dress casual, different colored kippas/yarmulkes, and who usually have a profession are called National Religious or Dati Leumi.

It was finally happening! Religion was being infused in the Holy Land! The holy land that "consumes its inhabitants" was comsuming its inhabitants to holiness! a land that actually has a "Hebrew name" of Zion. The loan was begining to get paid off.

But the secular felt threatened. More and more Dati Leumi were entering the Knesset, the government, policies were changing, more accommodations were being made for the religious. At times I've wondered if these reasons were what caused the government to give up gush katif, to end settlements (some settlements are two or three ram shackle huts) - to demoralized the Dati Leumi progress? Interesting that alot of those settlements chosen for demolition were religious ones.

So here is where we stand. We've got three main groups: An old spirit from olden days of European greats (Hareidi), a new body with all the lusts of a body (Zionists of old), and an infused soul for that new body (Dati Leumi). We are still missing a spirit to put on top of the soul, and a neshama to put on top of the spirit.

To be continued...

p.s. I want to note that what I mean by the "secular" being "evil" is in the sense that they do not accept that as part of the Jewish people that they have a calling to be a bit higher than simply chasing after the lust that what they see others have (they wanted a prostitute on the street corner of Tel Aviv for example). Like reverting back to the days of Egypt. Not accepting that they have a Godly mission.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Organizations helping Haiti

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If you want to help, there are a list of organizations accepting donations for helping Haiti. The number dead is staggering. Its hard to post --much less think about it.


(It makes me enraged to hear the things Pat Roberson and Rush Limbaugh have said in regards to Haiti. Crazy!)


thank you Israel for its relief efforts.
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Avatar?

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After this interesting review, I feel inclined to go see the movie Avatar....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti in Devastation!


More set backs. **sigh**

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The strongest earthquake in more than 200 years rocked Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help and heavily damaging the National Palace, U.N. peacekeeper headquarters and other buildings. U.S. officials reported bodies in the streets and an aid official described "total disaster and chaos." more here.

Most of my mother's family are in Cap Haitien which is far far away from the earthquake zone. My father's side are in Port au Prince. Waiting for news...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Covert War in Iran

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One of Iran's leading nuclear physicist professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi was killed by a remote bomb. Debka's got the story.


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Standing on Holy Ground

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I heard this beautiful insight from a Rebbetzin in Tsfat:

"5 And He said: 'Draw not nigh hither; put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.' " (Exodus 3, 5)


She explained that it was interesting how Moses went the extra mile for that one sheep who went away from the herd. Then he found God who decalred that Moses was on holy ground.

Its as if going that extra mile in kindness brings us to "holy ground"!

May we always have the courage to get to holy ground!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Message: Take care of the Orphans, Widows, Strangers, and the Poor

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And old manuscript was found with ancient Hebrew text. The texts was finally decoded!

Story at Arutz Sheva and many other media outlets.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Jewish Music: A New Kid on the Block


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Jerusalem - Israel’s new sensation in Chassidic music is not from Jerusalem or Bnei Brak. Until a few years ago he was an African-American Christian from Ohio.

In an interview to Israel's CH. 2 “The Jews are the children of HaKadosh Boruch Hu,” says rapper Yehuda Menashe, who studied in a New York yeshiva, converted and adopted a Hebrew name. He made aliya almost a year ago, and his speech is now a medley of English, Yiddish and Hebrew. (To read more, please check out Vos Is Neias/What is new in Yiddish)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Planning for the Future

An Ibo lady once said to me:

"Man proposes, God disposes"

lol! I never heard it said like this before. But she was referring to the idea from Lamentations that who can plan? in the end its whatever God wants.

So how can we plan? This kind of argument can cause people to live day by day not hoping for much. But there is a way to circumvent it.

I think by adding the Godly factor in the proposition, it eliminates His inclination to "dispose".

(1) sighing. Just like life was put into us by His Divine Breath, so we too can put life into things by focusing on what we lack.. and then sighing. Of course it may take a while. But the important thing is to have it on our minds and in our hearts and truly yearn.

(2) Connecting our physical pursuits to a spiritual conquest. By connecting to something deeper, it gives our goal more credibility-- to ourselves. rather than simply, "I want jewelry!" so we can "look good", it'll be more, "I want jewelry!" to represent a positive godly image, for example.

(3) Praying out about 500 reasons why we ought to achieve x. The first 5 or even 10 reasons will be 'store bought' reason -other people's borrowed reasons, but as you continue to seek other reasons why you should achieve x, you'll either realize in your heart that this is for you (i.e. waking up that Godly part of you in the planning!) or you'll realize this is not for you.

For example, if you want to convince others that say Michelle Obama is not a representative of all BW and shouldn't be, the first five or ten reasons will be stuff we 'bought' from someone. With those reasonings alone, whoever that seems more significant than that first person can come and say the total opposite that will be the end of that! But as you get down w/more and more reasonings, your heart will provide you with the real reasons YOU feel Michelle ought not represent all BW. Again, to connect your goal/ideas to God or at least the Godly part within you so that no 'other' can come and wash it all away with their reasonings.

(4) The big cure all: Charity. Charity brings blessings. Either you give to people on the streets- lets call them the undeserving. You can also give to a worthy cause- deserving people. Either way is a win win. For the undeserved charity, you get undeserved goods- random blessings. For the deserved- exact Blessings.

Anyway the theme here is that our goals have to be connected to something deeper otherwise its just... a man proposing.

Best Post Ever

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If anyone cares to:

If you read a post that you really enjoyed or found memorable please let me know. I am gathering a bunch of posts for use on the EZine.

Thank you!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Censor? Things that Make Me go Hmmmmm....

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In the book, Essential Talmud, I read about how the Talmud was censored in many European countries. In some of the books, instead of the word "non Jews" it was replaced with "Africans"


Putting the words: "Judaism is" in a google search you get lots of variety of choices. Put the words: "Christianity is" ditto. Now try putting "Islam is" (hat tip on that one = Atlas Shrugs)

Sitemeter back

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yeah. don't ask.

Israel :Moshiach ben Yoseph and Moshiach ben David Part 2

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Part 2: THE LOAN




For turning their backs on their own heritage, the covenants that were between them and God, God also turned His 'back' (so to speak) on them. Things were so bad, it is said that they went down to the 49th level of uncleaniness --and there are only 50 levels!

(If that doesn't give you hope...)

So when they began calling upon His Holy Name again. The Almighty gave them a loan. I'll split the sea -cause a great miracle for the world to behold that I am with you. But afterwards you must prove that you are deserving of it.

As one kabbalist pointed out, its also another great miracle that Yom HaAtzmaut /Independence day falls on the same day as the 7th day of Passover -the day of celebrating the splitting of the sea.

Which brings us to the situation that we have today. Slowly slowly with the birth of the Haskala movement, the Jewish people began once again to chase after a different way --the European way. Many began to reject their own heritage. Then came the holocaust. I won't even begin to talk about the horrors there. No doubt the Jewish people in Europe were crying out for salvation. Many who had rejected their Judaism in the hopes of being accepted by the non-Jewish world received a figurative slap in the face when they understood that they were not accepted. In fact, despite many Jews attempting to intermarry, the nazis searched through various document down several generations to find our who they consider still Jewish.

A way out was needed. Zionism was born. There were two types: the type who wanted Israel to be a little Europe within the middle east. All like minded Jewish people were welcomed. The second type was a bit more tolerant of religious Jews and thought they could all be a part of the new little Europe within the middle east.

In other words, no thoughts of returning to the land for the sake of reviving the covenant with God. No God in the picture at all!

That's not a good way to start paying back a loan.

The old Jewish community that was already in Israel welcomed the new influx of Jews. Anything was better than dealing with the massacres at the hands of angry Arab mobs. In fact, when Israel got its independence, the whole town of Tsfat -Mahmoud Abbas's home town when he was a youth, up and moved to East Jerusalem in an attempt to consolidate in case Israel would take revenge for the 1929 massacre in a nearby town.



On top of that, all the Arab lands around Israel started sending their own Jewish population to Israel. Why should they contend with the Jewish population, let them go to their own land!

So, a new group of Jews: dark, very different in culture, long haired, and very religious began to show up in the new little Europe within the middle east. Plus they were penniless -what money they had was confiscated before they were kicked out of Yemen, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, etc.

The Zionists of old dealt with these new immigrants. Not very nicely. Another touchy subject. Suffice it to say there was now a "lower class" to do the menial work a country needed done.

Another strike against paying back that loan.

What will be if that loan is not paid back? What will be if Israel doesn't get its act together? Clearly the world is attempting to get rid of the whole Jewish state by demanding that they make suicidal concessions in the name of peace.

There was always some one from within the religious groups who saw this and tried to payments going.

Enter Rabbi Kook...

To be continued...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Play on Words: Battle of the Brits

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Bnei Israel is locked in a battle with Bnei Ishmael. What we have in common is we both have a form of BRIT -circumcision (Brit really means convenant, slightly stronger than a promise. The covenant in question was God telling Abraham to circumcise himself and his people. Thus Ishmael, who was 13 at the time got circumcised and from thus it is said that Ishmaelim /Arabs circumcise their sons at 13. Isaac got circumcised when he was 8 days old, so the Jewish tradition continues.)

This whole struggle was handed over to us by the BRITish.

And USA which is know in Hebrew as Artzot haBRIT is giving both sides money and ammo so that we can come to a supposed peace agreement.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Israel :Moshiach ben Yoseph and Moshiach ben David

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I saw this nice video at Hochma & Mussar, Ehav's blog:



It got me thinking about Israel and what I think and how I feel.

But before I write about that, I think its important to review the prototype of history: Egypt.

Pretty appropo since we are starting the book of Shemot / Exodus.

Background: So, as you know Joseph's brother sold him because they were jealous of their father's treatment of him and also because he seemed to be having dreams of grandeur --when he's not even the first born!

But it was all Divine providence because being in Egypt enabled Joseph to rise to viceroy position and help his family during a famine. Time passed. A new Pharaoh arose; one who did not know Joseph. This new Pharaoh decided to enslave Jacob's descendents for "they have become too numerous" (the Egyptians who were turning towards Jacob and his ways were too numerous and was seen as a possible threat -according to some sources). So slavery. The Hebrews moan --too tired to even cry out. God hears them. Moses is born. Mazal tov.

Plot: The Hebrews are begging for salvation from the Egpytians. The country they once grew to admire, they even ran after the Egyptian ways and got entangled. As a result of the Jewish people not keeping their own way, they became enslaved.

(Abraham was told long ago that his children would become slave to a strange land --perhaps that's why Esau copped out of the birthright?)

So here they are, like naughty children coming back to the very Father they has snubbed begging for forgiveness and a second chance.

Imagine a father hearing his baby full of regret wanting to come back....



...Now what Papa can say no to that?

So, He gives them a loan. Credit. They get their freedom but they must get their act together.

So with an outstretched hand SWOOSH!!! the sea of reeds is split open. The clouds of glory leads the way towards the land of Israel, they are fed and clothed throughout their stay in the desert.....and the press declared the exodus from Egypt unfair and oppressive! lol. Sorry skip the last sentence.

So they got their freedom! woohoo!! But they are no better than when they were in Egypt. So as they walk and journey through the desert, they learn and grow and become righteous again. They work on divestment of their old slave ways, change their mentalities (wisdom, understanding, knowledge), work on every part of trmselves: chessed, gevurah, tiferet, etc. They reach such a level culminating to the giving of the Torah at Mt Sinai. They reached a level that they could manage to hear at least two of the commandments from G-d Himself, Blessed Be His Holy Name.

To be continued...

Repentance: Just Spreading the Word

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We are now starting a new book: Shemot /Exodus. These times are said by Jewish sages to be propicious times for repentance in general -and more specifically, repentance for immodesty, ilicit sexual nature.

Imagine, if you will, a big arrow pointing at this present time -these next 6 weeks- and saying: insert repentance here.

Repentance = thinking of how damaging these acts were, regretting them. Deciding not to do them again.

It could also help to say psalms and give charity.

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Many have fallen in this transgression. And there are lots and lots of traps for ensnaring people in it. Once someone falls in this, it takes a long long while before a rectification is done (according to the Zohar). So, it stands to reason that this would be a "favorite weapon" against those trying to do good and be good.

You can read more about it at Shirat Devorah.
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