Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

What is Stockholm Syndrome?

For those who didn't know, here's wiki.....


In psychologyStockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.[1][2] TheFBI’s Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of Stockholm Syndrome.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ehav Ever back in the Web


He has written a sci-Fi novel.

As a Black Jewish man, this sci-fi will probably have a very interesting and differeent voice!

How Many?

There are so many Black Jews, and so many from Africa and African American heritage who are or are interested in Judiasm, that at times I wonder, how many would it take before the Black Jews that exist today feel that they're "normal"?

And how long before White Jews feel the normalcy of it all?

And perhaps many already DO feel the normalcy of diversity in Judaism?

I guess the question really is (in a broader sense) how long does it take to take a narrative out of someone's heart?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bye bye Pyramids?

I have heard so many times, how Africa doesn't have a history, that they may have a history but no body had the brains to write anything down, etc etc.

Well the Muslim Brotherhood who took power in Egypt are contemplating breaking down the pyramids --those famous pyramids that haunt us with history.

Perhaps long ago there just wasn't the technology to destroy it, just the nose.  But now the hope to destroy it is back.

Islam has been in Africa for a long long time.  Much longer than Europeans.  Could something have happened to the African's "history books" and art and the such -the same contemplation the Muslims are having toward the pyramids?

I tend to want to do "don l'chaf zchut" /judging favorably  on the Africans that perhaps there were history but that it was destroyed and the few that do exist are poo-pooed by the Europeans writing their history book.  And I think many Europeans would rather NOT do don l'chaf zchut on Africa  (but rather on things they do like ...such as the idea of intelligent dinosaurs... alien life.... etc)

Just interesting things going on.  But it would be very sad if the pyramids were destroyed..

Monday, July 9, 2012

Today is the fast of Tammuz. The 17th of Tammuz. So many calamities occurred on this day: The first tablets (the 10 commandments) were smashed and destroyed, another year the outer wall was breeched by the Romans, the daily offering ceased, etc and so on.

Another fast day is coming up which is a bigger fast day, the 9th of Av, Tisha b'Av. Also during that time much calamities befell the Jewish people.  The spies came back with a discouraging report on Israel, the Temples were destroyed, Bar Kochba's hideout was discovered and he was taken by the Romans, etc and so forth.

To me there is something related inside all the calamities: for the ones in Tammuz, it seems that it had to do with a lapse of Daat /knowledge of the Holy One.  They thought Moshe died up on the mountain trying to bring down the Torah. So they figured they make for themselves a new idol, the golden calf. It is as if this created a dent or a cavity in time. A hole in which Hashem's countenance is turned away. And when Hashem's countenance is turned away...calamities happen.

In the case of Tisha b'Av, it seems to be a lapse of faith.  Their hopes were dahsed when the spies reported how huge the people of Kanaan were.  Seeing the Holy Temples --the physical mantra of prayer-- set on fire by the Romans was disheartening.  And their herok Bar Kochba being flushed out by the Romans and tortured and killed again is very disheartening.  All this from the hole that was created from the very first incident --the spies report bringing the people to dispair.

Both blows were so great, it caused daat (in the case of Tammuz;s calamities) and faith (in the case of Av's calamities) to crash down and even effect Truth -the basic understanding that Hashem exists, that He loves us and wants to give us good and has faith in us.  Truth was questioned. That was the cavity.

Just like a tooth when exposed to too much sugar or bacteria gets a cavity, so too time was exposed to too great a degeneration --a break even within the basic truth-- and it caused a hole in time.

Most dentist would like you to think that once there is a cavity, there is no choice but to rush to the dentist and get it filled with mercury or other substance.  However, there is a small voice that says that one's tooth can be regenerated, remineralized and repaired!

This hole in time also doesn't have to be simply filled with nothing.  It can be repaired.  By holding on to truth and never letting that line get breached, we can insure that neither another Tammuz calamity nor an Av calamity befall us. As long as we keep revolving around (1) improving our daat /knowledge of Hashem and (2) renewing our fath when things go wrong and never, ever crashing down to the point of even wondering if there is a G-d (back to square one!) there is hope!

Hope you have an easy fast.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

2013 What's in Store?

With so many various communities in Africa interested in Judaism and wanting to embrace Torah, I began to take an interest in the continent itself, not just all the feel good pictures of beautiful people and places that the media would dare not show in plentitude -but in the continent, the situation, the economy.

There is so much to say. Its slightly overwhelming. But I do want to say that I pray that the communities that are interested in Judaism hold on tight and learn as much as they can. Daat --Holy Daat -knowledge in Hashem is so precious and hope-bringing, and life changing.

But also there is so much to deal with.

Turning to the continental situation has widened my lense on many fronts:


One thing i learned growing up, is that the worse sort of person you can deal with is an insecure person.  If they are insecure in their shell, then anything you do will seem "better than them" ANYTHING!!  Any victory or good news in your life is a threat to them. Its just not worth it.  And as Rebbe Nachman teaches, its always the "wise" ones who want to trash the "tzaddik."  Its always the ones who think themselves so smart -the brainy folks- who feel they need to trash, put down, destroy, those that seem secure and content.

With this in mind, its with great trepidation that I watch the demise of Europe's economy.  It has even some effects here in Israel as I see the entrance of olive oils from Spain for sale here, at a much cheaper price than the usual Israeli olive oils.

But what will they do to Africa -that  Big chunk of land with "invisible" people -as far as most European and American thinking is concerned?  No doubt all this economic degeneration  and all the social riotings and multicultural failures that are happening in the many European countries will make for very insecure people.

Adding to this the fact that Africa's economy is poised to get better according to this article:


Good population growth, good potential man power, material resources, etc and so forth.

Putting two and two together and you get Obama at the last G8 meeting coming up with this proposal for Africa:


Africa beware!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Neshama News

Mali is in trouble.  The Muslim group called Tauregs have taken over the northern areas of Mali and the president, Toure has not acted strongly enough against them.  And so smaller commanders in the army have staged a coup to take power from the president and come after the Tauregs more strongly.  The people are cheering this move! But the world banks,and various other countries who have given aid to Mali do not support this and found this a reason stop the aids.  Go figure.

story here: http://www.thejournal.ie/explainer-whats-happening-in-mali-421369-Apr2012/

One of my favorite singers from Mali, Habib Koite and Bamada.

Oy!! all the beautiful music from Mali will end if the hard line Muslim groups take over.  

Live & Learn

I finally have come to the conclusion that there are truths out there that simply can not be said or shared. One just has to work towards the geula.

There are some very holy sparks to be gathered. but very few to gather, even fewer to acknowledge them.

Life should be seen with Emuna eyes, then it becomes very different.  Hmmm.... until we get to that point,  now I feel like a doublespeaker, but -until we get to that point, all we can do is hope and strive for geula.