Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thinking of North Korea

This last day of Channukah, for some reason I've got North Korea on my mind. May Hashem have mercy on those who are still locked up in the concentration camps -which North Korea denies exist. May Hashem hear their cries, and the cries of those who cry for them and with them, and grant them their freedom.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Quotable Quotes

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand"

Albert Einstein

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday night is the first night of Chanukah. It goes for 8 nights.

Practice: People light an eight candled menorah at a low point either on the ground or on a low table. The point is to have the light in a low place to represent how low the light can reach (even to the lowest places). The menorah is placed either right outside the house or near a window -somewhere where passersby can see the proclamation. What's being proclaimed?

BACKGROUND: During the period of the second Beit HaMikdash, the Greek kings (descendents of Yaffet) ussued harsh decrees against Israel.  Religious practices were outlawed, even Torah study was outlawed. Their outlook was very different than the Jews for example: to the Greeks, the human body was a most perfect creation and so to circumcize it was seen as wrong. The Greeks entered the Sanctuary and ravaged it , defiling all that was ritually pure.

One family of Cohain, the Hashmonaim, (Matisyahu and his 5 sons) decided to fight against the Greeks. This was interesting because the Cohain are not suppose to be leaders, but rather priests. Nevertheless as they say "where there is no man.. be a man"  So they took on the role of leader and lead the Jewish people into battle against the Greeks.  First one brother, then when he died, another brother, then another. Total all 5 brothers fought valiantly to the end.

An added struggle was that there were many Jews who were only to happy to give up Torah, give up mitzvot, everything in exchange for being 'just like their non-Jewish neighbors'. These were the Hellenist Jews. Unfortunately, the Cohain family and their people had to do battle with both the Greeks and the Hellenist Jews.

AFterwards they went into the Holy Temple and searched around to light the candles of the menorah. They found only a small flask of oil -seemingly too small to last a day, but they tried it anyway. To their suprise, the candle stayed lit for 8 days. A miracle happened here!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Worst Nightmare turned Beautiful

I have a hard time understanding Hebrew spoken with a Russian accent., even harder time with Hebrew spoken with an Ethiopian accent.  Well one fine morning, at a bus stop, I had both a Russian man AND an Ethiopian lady trying to give me directions AT THE SAME TIME!!  It was funny because I just couldn't get it.  But when I finally did get what they were saying, they had such a look of relief on their faces, it was worth all the trouble.

A Lynching -Almost

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Stories from the Talmud

There was a Torah scholar who let lust get the better of him. He went to a brothel and wanted to be with not just anyone, but the "famous one" who had 7 beds stacked one on top of the other. 6 made of silver and the top one made of gold. Her rule was that anyone who approaches her must remove a layer of clothing each bed he mounts while she waited for him on the top golden bed. So, this Torah scholar debased himself and climbed as fast as he could, duly discarding an item of clothing as it climbed. However, when he got to the last bed, the last item to remove was his tzitzit. In his haste to remove that item, the tzitzit whipped him across the face!!! It gave him pause. He began to think what was the purpose of the tzitzit --one of its purpose was to protect one against immorality (like a shield around the groin). Then slowly, filled with guilt, the Torah Scholar backed away and climbed down, putting his clothes back on and finally, he left.

The woman was thoroughly impressed. What could be stronger than the pull of lust?! She began to take steps asking around about these fringes. No one knew what she was talking about. She finally reached a person who knew. "these are things the Jews wear. Go ask them about it." he said. She went to a rabbi and asked about tzitzit. The rabbi wanted to know why she was curious about it. She told him the whole story including the part about the Torah scholar.

So the rabbi began to teach the lady. Slowly slowly the lady learn and eventually she became Jewish. 

In conclusion, the rabbi did matchmaking and found the Torah scholar and told him he has a possible match for him. Then the lady entered. Jewish, holy, waiting for him for a holy union. He accepted. So he got the beds of silver, gold and the woman he wanted. the end.

Get Your Crown of Wisdom reminder

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gold Repatriation-Electoral Ploy - Global Agenda - News - Israel National News

Gold Repatriation-Electoral Ploy - Global Agenda - News - Israel National News

WOW!!! this is big news! imagine the domino effect if other countries do the same.

Jews stand Alone? Good stands Alone?

I am so done with these blogs that are trying to fight against islamization of the world.  Though I do think its
happening. I have to realize at the end of the day its Edom battling Ishmael and none of my business. Trying to get involved on either is ....demoralizing.

Better to just watch from the sidelines and not comment or get involved real or virtual.  Anyway, isn't both Edom and Ishmael supposed to team up and come after us in the end of times?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hebrew Stoudemire School?

The Girl Effect

Woman Lashes out at Blacks

Not very modest video!! **Cuss words Alert**

Does this lady look drunk to you?  Here is a woman lashing out at "Blacks" for being in Britain and "taking over" her country.  Now I don't know, this is totally my guess, but I always feared that because Muslim terrorists crimes are labelled as coming from "Asian immigrants" or "African immigrants", that the backlash would come to Blacks and Asians rather than anyone associated with Islam.

(hat tip= Vlad Tepes blog -can be found on my link list)

Check out Vlad Tepes's blog for the real racist coming out on the comment section:

This is the reason we are losing the fight in Islamization of the world: because the battle is simply not about good vs evil, but rather which evil reigns supreme.  Can any sane person not see this video and not see she's out of line to insult foilks on the bus/train like that? However many are just dismissing her as "drunk" (the old create a history and proceed from there routine, just like they did when they "decided that surely Black people are subhuman and can therefore be put into slavery).  Just random outbursts are now okay? Please someone correct me if i'm wrong.

This is dangerous. The group that wants to fight against wromg are teaming up with true racists and haters. What will be?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Love, Wealth, and Success


The last part of Rabbi Shlomo Price’s Dvar Torah e-mail of this week on Parshas Vayetze:

A woman came out of her house and saw three men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She didn’t recognize them. She said, “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.”

“Is the man of the house home?” they asked.
“No,” she replied
“Then we can’t come in,” they replied

In the evening when her husband came home she told him what had happened.
“Go tell them I am home and invite them in.”
The woman went out and invited the men in.
“We do not go into a house together,” they replied.
“Why is that?” she asked.

One of the old men explained, “His name is Wealth, pointing to his friend, “and he is Success, pointing to another one, and I am Love.”
Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.”

The woman went and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed.

“How nice!!,” he said. “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth.
Let him come in and fill our home with wealth!”

His wife disagreed. “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?” Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion.
“Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!”

“Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to his wife.
“Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”
The woman went out and asked the three old men, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.”

Love got up and starting walking towards the house. The other two also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success, “I only invited Love, why are you coming in?”

The old men replied together, “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would have stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever he goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!!!!”

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I want to apologize for my lack of blogging these days.

I've stretched my self so thin, I barely have time to do anything.

(1) Trying to get this new book out.
(2) Trying to figure out computer graphix.
(3) Got to learn more Hebrew.
(4)  Stuff going on in real life (guests, etc).

Anyway those are my real excuses. Hopefully I'll have something to show for all of this.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Quotable Quotes

"I'll tell you what. I'm about to commit homicide on this "Nobody" person, who keeps messing up my house. According to the children, Nobody moved all the pillows on the couch to make a fort, Nobody dripped chocolate on my couch and Nobody took my good hair brush."

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Just for Fun: Apple Pie

Bye bye Racist!

I used to have this secret fear that deep, deep down, way inside of me was a racist!

yep. It was my skeleton in the closet.

Well, recently I decided to drag it out and really examine this fear...

I'm Black, married to a White man. That automatically should say, I'm not racist right? However, I am so weary when it comes to friends. With my husband, I can run around, we play, we chase each other, we laugh, have discussions and I feel perfectly fine -no thoughts of color.

When I'm with friends, I wonder if they are truly my friend. We can have discussions and I feel like a whole person when I'm around them. Oddly enough, alot of these usually were married to Black people or dated them or had some sort of "badge" that shows they are okay with Blackness.

Some I know they are not truly my friends. Some are my friend as long as I stay shut. Like a good little girl. As long as I just receive and not put out anything of my own (basically, as long as I work towards my inevitable implosion).

After a while, If i'm not careful, this can make me turn passive aggressive. Then I have to avoid those "frenemies" so I don't do or say anything wrong. If it still goes undealt with, then I get more outwardly nasty or make snippy remarks which I hate!!!

Anyway, thank G-d I am really good at avoiding the frenemies.

Nevertheless, I just wanted to meditate on it a bit. I have found that if a person has actually dated and/or married a Black person, then that makes me more receptive to them if they are White. But also, if they are into kabbalistic or mystical things or if they are into "different" cultures other than their own culture that also relaxes me. Some how, if they are Black, i seem to be less inhibited already. I can have opposing views from them, but we can still go to the shuk together, be around each other for Shabbat, etc. I can even show effection and care more readily...

Some months ago, I bunch of friends -all White, when together to hang out in the park. It turned into a fun water fight, but somehow I just could not participate. I wanted to. But something held me back and so I stayed with the other ladies who didn't participate for whatever reason. The ones who didn't participate were the ones who viewed themselves as the "spiritual leaders" of the group. I didn't participate, not because I thought I was "up there" with them, but because I just wasn't sure of their true grit, in-the-trenches, friends til the end, friendship. I just wasn't sure if their friendship was real or not (nothing to do with hair). And its usually the heads that I avoid or tend to have the most problems with. The 'little people' usually not so much.

Anyway, based on all this, I don't think I'm a racist. Even the Israeli army discovered that having two Ethiopians in a brigade was more effectively positive than just one. Its a funny need.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Come Home..

Chanufa /Flattery

Flattery is a "despicable trait". There are words and words in the Jewish world decrying this trait.

But are we doing chanufa to Edom (America, Britain, Nato, UN, all those) by tooting what democracy we are? By boasting how gays are allowed to have their parades here?

I think If Jewish people -religious Jewish people were honest, they would say that the goal is to hopefully have Moshiach ruling--which would be more of a kingship.  And I doubt gay parades to the Holy Temple would be permitted.  (I doubt gays would be mistreated (hung or stoned as in Arab countires). But sometimes I wonder if we are trying too hard to gain the favor of Edom -which causes us to lose our own awareness of our own strength....?

Then again, its not the religious who are in power.  Most of the politicians are seculars who would not want any sort of moshiach coming and ruining their game. Very interesting things...

King or Dictator??

Occupy Wall street!! All the protesters are tired of the babylon system that exists in their place and they are crying for socialism rather than capitalism. Over in the socialists countries, the people there were also tired of the restraints there and cried out for capitalism and democracy. Everyone wants the other thing. Everyone wants easy life, things going well, etc. and they will and must search for it.

The Jewish people -many of us live in Israel. If not Israel, than the USA. both countries do not have dictators. USA has a type of capitalist w/a socialist lean??? where as Israel has socialist with a capitalist lean? lol. Democracy. You hear promoters say, Israel had the only functioning democracy in the middle east.

But truly, we are supposed to await Moshiach to come a rule. Moshiach is not going to have a parlement I don't think. He's going to be king. At least the difference between a king and a dictator is that the KIng is annointed whereas the dictator takes his place by force... but neither are democracies.

So what does that say? How can we accept the concept of Moshiach if we've been trained to appreciate democracy and hate dictators and those types of rules?

I don't have an answer, just posing the question.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Circassians in Israel

There is a small group of people called Circassians. They are originally from Europe and have endured alot of battles from different countries. Part of their people also live in Jordan. They have a nice tourist attraction area for those who want to come and learn about their history.

To visit this group, call your local tourist agent!

A Slice of History: Iron Lady of Liberia

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Asher Meza : Ahavas Yisrael /Loving your fellow Jew

This makes me think of long ago in the Black community people complained about the ...what was it called... the ABC crew? the crew that decides who's in and who's out in the Black community.

Well, other communities suffer the same problem just in a different form.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Just for Fun


My 7 year old saw this video and started a conversation..

Yael: "what does "dang" mean?"

Me: "She is saying that she doesn't care about anyone else."

Yael: "So why is she singing this song to everyone?"


next up: a lesson for Yael on commercialism.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Is there a Cure for Stupidity?

If there is no cure, then there must be a good side to it. Otherwise why would it exist?

Take drunkeness for example. Its disgusting! (to me). A drunk lolls around and everyone avoids him. But drunk does also have good points: It makes for a glad heart. A jolly state of being. Merry making. Forgetting one's problems. And so on and so forth down that line.

Also, when someone consumes alcohol, if you really think about it, its more like the alcohol has consumed the person. So, someone who is capable of getting "consumed" like that, is very easily "consumable?"

There is a saying that the Land of Israel "consumes its Inhabitants." I wonder if someone who is prone to 'consumption' will more easily be consumed by the land. Being consumed by the land means: The land is very holy. People who come here and dwell here tend to acquire some of the holiness of the land because they are consumed. (it either consumes a person or spits them out).

On the topic of stupidity...

I think its a line. when doing something without sufficient knowledge-like bypassing the brain and going straight from the heart it makes for a certain level of confidence. But if that action proves foolhardy then its called stupid. "Stupid" is like the judgement call on the action. If, they do the same things but it proves good and beneficial, then the person is judged differently. If the action goes against logic or common sense, but its still proving to be good and beneficial for the doer, then he's called "stubborn" if his actions prove beneficial and then sometimes detrimental and back and forth, then he's labeled "foolhardy" or "risky". so, I guess what I"m asking is based on this (assuming its correct) how to re-direct someone labelled "stupid" on account of their actions, to a different set of actions that prove beneficial?

In a Torah perspective, according to the Vilna Gaon, he breaks it down into three categories: the simpleton (Peti in Hebrew) the scoffer (letz) and the fool (k'sil).

The Peti/simpleton have been enticed by the evil impulse to abandon Torah in favor of worldly pleasures. They believe that this will always be the true good. (I guess in the secular perspective that would mean someone who just wants to have fun and not be bothered with the serious parts of life). The letz/scoffer neglect Torah because of their love for idle talk, jokes, stories, gossip, etc the whole gamut of useless and harmful talk that comes under the heading of scoffing and mockery. Even though this affords them no physical pleasure, it is sweet to them and they covet it. (secular persp. they could lose jobs, friendships or other important relationships simply because they couldn't keep their mouths shut about things). The k'sil/fool resist the diligence needed to study Torah properly; they want Torah knowledge to be bestowed upon them spontaneously, without any effort on their part.

According to this I would think that what drives a stupid person is lust, inconsideration and laziness. In other words, this has nothing to do with IQ. Anyone can lapse into a strong lust, everyone gets inconsiderate momentarily, and everyone has had bouts of laziness -the need to skip a step that proves folly.

I remember long long ago, I read a very impressive book called "Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina Mae Gaskin. What was impressive about it was that it was giving tips mainly for American and European woman on how to have the best and natural childbirth possible. And they were gleening their information from what they learned from Africans in rural areas, Native American Indians, Asians in rural countryside, etc. What was also impressive was the slander and insult that was hurled at these people even as information was being learned from them. They were described as "savage" and as "primitive" and with no prologue from the author decrying such descriptions. It was as if these people were declared stupid and backwards, and yet from the backdoor, America and Europe was learning from them. Not only that, but a particularly really great move that can prevent ceseareans even got called the "Gaskin manoever" --wow!

As much as that book made me fume, I had to admit, life in a tribal setting doesn't make for much intellectual refinement. There is a head and/or elders and everyone else must pretty much do as they are told to keep society functioning. And a lack of intellectual refinement can make someone prone to stupid moves more likely -since they don't know enough to make a better judgement.

Again, I suspect "stupidity" is when the person by-passes the brain and shoots straight from the heart -where lust, inconsideration, laziness can all be found--if not taken care of.

And effectively, many of these tribal living people are very scantily dressed. As if they didn't eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As if they didn't even know they were naked. (In the Biblical recounting, Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This put both good and evil into their very beings. Then they could no longer distinguish what was good and what was evil -everything they did, they had doubts about it. Doubt was thus introduced inside them.)

So what to do? No amount of academic training will "cure" stupidity. It's not the IQ that makes someone stupid. Its character traits. Understanding the downside of lustfulness; understanding the ruinous trait of unconsiderations; and understanding the folly of laziness.

However, there is a good side to "stupidity". It gives a person confidence. They boldly go and do what they "know" they ought to do. There is no doubt. As if -again- that they did not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If person does what they know they must do and it comes out wrong -they are again labelled stupid. If it comes out okay, they are labelled "stubborn" and "stiff necked" -especially if they don't want to comply with people who feel they are more 'civilized' than they are.

With the proper character traits combined with the information that they already have, I think this can propel a  person to develop more and more intellect, and gain more knowledge. The character traits are like vessels that can contain knowledge. The more refined the character trait, the more knowledge that can be contained; the more knowledge that can be contained, the more intelligent a person will behave.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Heart Wrenching -literally

This video gets me every time.  it is like a reminder to me that the world simply doesn't care.  I need to hear that every once in a while.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Portable Electric Chairs?

Electriconic Village has a post on taser killings in America.

Pretty deadly stuff, but no one seems to be doing much about it. So, here I am making some kind of noise against it!

Let's make noise about it. It needs to stop.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Gilad Shalit Due Back

The Israeli government made an agreement with the terrorist organization holding Gilad Shalit. A swap of Gilad for 1024 terrorists currently in Jail.

OKay. on the one hand what have we lost? We got more terrorists to add the the current terrorists. But at least Gilad Shalit will be returned.

On the other hand, it increases our fear and apprehension.

bear down, this is sukkot time --the harvest time...

"dwell in the land and cultivate faith..."

Time to get to work...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Good News for Africa

Check out Living Essence blog to hear some good news about AFrica!!


Move over China, here comes India!!

And a story about African women engineers!

Makes my heart happy!

Arabs Scrawl ’Death to Jews' on Tzfat Synagogues - Inside Israel - News - Israel National News

Arabs Scrawl ’Death to Jews' on Tzfat Synagogues - Inside Israel - News - Israel National News

Oh yes! my lovely neighbors...

Muslims bother everyone. its tiring but we're waiting for us to stop it all. I wonder how long we'll wait...

copts in Egypt are having it much much harder...

Just for Fun

This was "just for fun" but it's truly scary to see, we can recognize nike, mcdonalds and all these commercial brands, but we can't even recognize the weeds and plants in our backyards that provide healing.

That reminds me of two stories...

story 1: My husband went out to buy some willow to have for Sukkot festival. As he headed for the vendor's house, the vendor's little son came out and said, "Oh don't come now, my Abba is not here."

"Where is he?" my husband asked.

"He went to go collect willows!" was the boy's reply.

Went to collect willows! in our commercial mindset, it didn't occur to us to just go out into the field and collect willows! why go to a vendor. society has taught us that whenever we need something it must be found in a STORE.

. . . . . . .

story 2: A lady wanted to make some tea in a settlement called Bat Ayin. So what did she do? instead of going to buy those boxes of tea bags, she went to her backyard and collected some anise leaves.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Speaking Engagement

Serge Etele from the village of Yaunde in Cameroon is leading his congregation to Judaism.  Alot of times they've had to gleen information from the internet, other times rabbis would come by and visit them.

Now the organization Kulanu is gearing up to send Serge Etele on a speaking tour across America.  If your synagogue would be interested in hosting him, please contact Kulanu for details.

Kulanu, Inc
165 West End Ave 3R
New York, NY 10023
Tel. (2120 877-8082

Sukkot Time -Festival of booths

Ashkenazi say Sukkos, Sephardi say Sukkot.

A cute thing just happened today. I was reading Zig Ziglar's website about success and there was a huge "start your road to success" button at the bottom of the screen.

My daughter exclaimed, "Look! it says  'start your road to succos!'" 

Deveikut with HaShem /Closeness with G-d

I like going on Facebook.  It can almost be an addiction.

But I understand it.

The real addiction, the real love is closeness to G-d.  For me, anyway.  But that closeness is such a soft, holy, and easily forgotten thing, that its very hard to maintain.

Closeness with HaShem means stealing away and going into prayer. it means doing hitbodedut -talking to HaShem because He is your Friend, Teacher, Master, Lover, Father, Everything.  And the truth of the matter is, He responds!

Well He doesn't press the *like* button like on Facebook; He doesn't comment on your post like on Facebook, and He won't "share" your pictures or concepts that you put out.  But He does respond. Depending on your emuna (like your computer connection ) will be how fast or clear the response is. It may be that a neighbor will come and say something which will be the answer to the question that you posed during your hitbodedut.  Or, after speaking during hitbodedut about a concept that you were thinking, you will feel more confident to talk about it to others-that's the sharing. And, things happen, interesting things -not necessarily with humans, but also with trees, flowers, animals and whatever else from nature that G-d wants to use to post a "comment" on the post you left during hitbodedut.

This is a very beautiful thing. However, its very subtle.  A very busy business day and suddenly deveikut is forgotten..... for days, weeks..and the weeks can turn into months or worse.

Facebook is easier because its more concrete.  its funny to see how I post a comment or send an email and then I wait around hoping to get a quick response! Because Facebook is so concrete, I can't make it go any faster (unless I call my phone co.) and even then I can't make people respond faster cuz my computer works faster.

So, that said, I hope I will always find some quiet time to have deveikut with Hashem. Start a chat, look for His posts, and never lose focus.