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?