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Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Build a Synagogue in Israel for this Rosh Hashana

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More Jihadi attacks in U.S., Man in Body Armor threatens Kiryas Yoel NY- Jewish News Skim Sept 25, Elul 22

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- “Lone Wolf” Jihadi mass attacks SPREAD in the U.S… Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and now Seattle. In the latest, a Turkish Muslim entered a mall and walked into a Macy’s with a rifle. There, the suspect fired multiple times and killed four women and one man.  The victims’ ages range from “teenager to senior [citizen].”  As has become common in these cases, authorities immediately state ‘it’s not terrorism’ and later state ‘it’s mental illness’.  Strangely all these Muslims with mental illness take it out by committing mass murder.

Commentary: Certainly 99.9% of these communities are just your average people trying to make a life and get by.  But the violent ideology spread throughout their communities (often funded by Gulf State money) means that when someone has extremists tendencies, the moral and religious ideology is in place to support those tendencies, as is instruction on how to act them out.  Boom, instant jihadi.  Having now imported a critical mass and having the Internet to feed the worst of this ideology and instructions directly to the extremists, Western Civilization now has brought the barbarians to their own doorstep.  Oops.

Now everyone gets to feel like the Jews…where people can turn on your for not being like them and violently attack you at any moment.  Welcome to the club Americans.

- Budapest blows up.  A huge explosion has rocked the center of the Hungarian capital Budapest sparking fears of a terror attack.  At least two people are believed to have been injured.  No additional details are available, though this is from over 14 hours ago.

- Man clad in heavy body armor invades Jewish village in upstate New York making terrorism threats.  Dressed in body armor, a t-shirt and tan baggy shorts, the man entered Monroe / Kiryat Yoel in upstate New York, started yelling and threatening residents using obscene language, intimidated children, and insisted he was allowed to do so by the first and second amendment.  The man claimed to be a member of the extremist anti-government Sovereign Nation during his rants in Kiryas Joel.  He was arrested and taken away by police, no one was physically harmed.

- Arab columnist discovers that Arab youth admire Hitler.  A Bahraini columnist was shocked to discover that within the Middle East there is a strong admiration by young people for Adolf Hitler.  “The girls’ admiration of Hitler’s personality and their inclination towards powerful [figures] led me to search for [material] on ‘Hitler adoration’ and fandom, and indeed, I discovered a wide spectrum of young Arabs who love Hitler. Some said they admired him for killing the Jews, but most were enchanted by his strength, determination, and steadfastness. This begs the question: What is behind these young peoples’ love of strength? Are they fans of the violence engulfing the region?”

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Ancient Scroll Finally Read

by Reb Gutman Locks

Ancient Scroll Finally Read

 

     This charred lump of a fragment of a 1,500-year-old scroll was left untouched for decades, too brittle to open. Now, thanks to new technology what was written inside has been revealed. The right side of this picture shows the burnt clump, and on the left is the virtual unwrapping for the scroll.

    The scroll was first discovered in 1970, when archaeologists were working near Ein-Gedi, a natural spring oasis on the shore of the Dead Sea. They discovered the remains of a Jewish community dating back to the eighth century BCE.

     The scroll was in the charred remains of an ancient synagogue in Ein-Gedi that was burned down over 1400 years ago. It was found in the ashes of the synagogue's Aron Kodesh (Torah scroll ark). This is the first time an ancient scroll has ever been found in such a way that shows it was part of a Sefer Torah (Torah Scroll) that was being used in the prayer services at that time.

     The archeologists found that the text contains the first 8 lines of the book of Leviticus and it is "100 percent absolutely identical" to the version of the Book of Leviticus that is still being used today. The text shows "In 1,500 years this text has not changed."

     If our Torah scrolls have not changed in these 2,000 years of exile then certainly they did not change when we lived together in our Land. The Torah scrolls we read today are exactly as Moshe wrote them over 3,300 years ago.

     Not that any of us had any doubt, but it is always nice when science agrees with us.    

 

 



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Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Letters delivered to G-d, 2,000 year old Torah-it’s still the same- Jewish News Skim Sept 22, Elul 19

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- Charlotte, North Carolina, USA burns in riots.  Protests turned violent for a second night in Charlotte after Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of a black man.  Multiple incidents and shootings, riot police confronting mobs, mobs breaking windows, stores, and attacking cars.  Businesses shut down their downtown offices, public transit stopped.  Army called up to back police.

- Israeli Postal Service delivers letters to God to Western Wall.  Israel Post Director met with the Western Wall and Holy Sites Rabbi, to deliver to him a consignment of letters addressed to God. The holy mail was delivered ahead of the upcoming Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays, and will be placed in the cracks and crevices of the ancient stones of what used to be a supporting wall for the Temple. The letters were posted from Israel as well as from Russia, China, France, Nigeria, Spain, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK.

- New tech allows reading of burned biblical scroll from 2,000 years ago, it’s an unchanged Book of LeviticusThe charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist’s storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form.  The passages from the Book of Leviticus offer the first physical evidence of what has long been believed: that the version of the Hebrew Bible used today goes back (at least) 2,000 years.

- Picture of the Day:  CT scan of burned scroll from 2,000 years ago….which turned out to be the Book of Leviticus.

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This Week’s Torah Reading

​   by Reb Gutman Locks
     

Lee asked: Please send your message on this week's Torah reading to everyone. It is such an important lesson. Many Thanks

 

Gutman's explanation of this week's Parsha

This Week's Torah Reading

 

     Did you read the parsha[i] this week? I read it, but I did not like it. Actually I had to force myself to read it. It is horrible. The 98 curses that G-d warns us can come are listed. I have never read anything like this in my entire life. I know that somehow we are supposed to see them as blessings, but I haven't got that far yet. They are still curses to me; especially when I see holocaust pictures and other reminders of what has happened to us during these thousands of years of exile. Horrible is too nice a word to describe them.

     But written within them is probably the most important single life changing instruction in the entire Torah. If we will just learn this one thing we are guaranteed to have a great life.

     Why would Hashem the kind and merciful Father of us all bring those curses to His beloved people? What could anyone possibly do to deserve them? He tells us upfront in the middle of the list. These curses come, "because you did not serve Hashem your G-d amid gladness and goodness of heart when everything was abundant."[ii] It does not say they come from not serving. It says they come even when serving, but serving and not being happy doing it.

     Just try it and see what happens to your spiritual life. Be happy when you do a mitzvah. The mitzvahs make us holy! What better reason is there than that to be happy?

     Have a happy New Year.

 



[i] The weekly Torah portion

[ii] Deuteronomy 28:47

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Advice that “May kill many Jews”, Jews afraid to go to Synagogue - Jewish News Skim Sept 21, Elul 18

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- JEWISH DATES of SIGNIFICANCE - Today is Chai Elul, the birthday of the Baal Shem Tov and Alter Rebbe of Chabad.  "Chai Elul" -- the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Elul -- is the birthday of the founder of Chassidism, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov. It is also the day, 36 years later, on which the Baal Shem Tov began to publicly disseminate his teachings.  It is also the birthdayof Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, who established the "Chabad" branch of Chassidism, which emphasizes in-depth study and intense contemplation as the key to vitalizing the entire person, from sublime mind to practical deed, in connecting with and serving G-d with joy.

- US President Obama dings Israel at UN General Assembly for having the nerve to exist and stop people from trying to kill them – and UN General Secretary does the same.  The United Nations has proven it’s actually the Anti-Israel Assembly, ignoring mass world wide wars, slaughters, and genocide to give Israel a stern talking to for failing to commit national suicide.  And as the UN and US continue funding and supporting terrorist generating societies, they are now reaping what they have sown after inviting immigrates and refugees from those societies.    “Russia bombs Syria aid convoy, kills 20. Reaction @UN_HRC now in session: Urgent debates 0, Resolutions 0, Inquiries 0”.  The hypocrisy is stark.

- Hacked emails of US Presidential Candidate show advisors suggesting diplomatic moves that “may kill many Jews” in Israel.  “The stream of anti-Israel advice received was very comprehensive and appalling. In one case and advisor noted the very real possibility that Israel would be placing its national security at grave risk in a deal that would very likely fail and lead to a Hamas takeover. But the advisor felt the risks to Israeli lives were worth it.  Another advisor recommended clandestinely stirring up violent protests in an attempt to force Israel to go against its best interests.

- 70% of European Jews won’t go to synagogue for Rosh Hashanah due to security fears.  A poll released on Tuesday shows that 70% of European Jews won’t go to synagogue on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur due to security concerns.  The poll also found that 80% of respondents are concerned about a rise in anti-Semitism in their countries.  “The challenge for most of the Jewish communities has doubled in recent months,” said the head of the Rabbinical Center of Europe.  He cited an increase in attacks on Jewish individuals, institutions and communities, which he partly blamed on the influx of refugees to Europe and partly on the right wing response to the influx.  It always starts with the Jews…but never ends with them.  Now with stabbing attacks in Germany & Belgium…and Minnesota, and bombings in New Jersey and New York, ANYONE LISTENING?

- Horribly Anti-Semitic Anti-Israel course RETURNS to UC Berkley after being pulled.  Just one week after the University of California, Berkeley, suspended the student-led course, "Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis," the Bay Area university has decided to reinstate the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel class.  It’s ok though, disparaging Jews, the Torah, Jewish connection to Israel, and Israelis has become standard on many US college campuses – though its almost always funded by and/or taught by Arab Muslims.  No conflict of interest there.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Miami beats Zika! UN calls for restraint, gets bombed - Jewish News Skim Sept 20, Elul 17

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- While UN security is significantly increased in New York due to terror bombings, UN calls for Israel to act in restraint while being stabbed to death.  I am disturbed by the recent violence over the past week…I call upon authorities on both sides to take measures to preserve calm and avoid escalation.”  There have been eight attacks since Friday — six stabbings, a car ramming and a rock throwing, after months of quiet but immediately following the Islamic Feast of the Sacrifice.  Avoid escalation after 8 or more attacks in 3 days…dude, too late.  Or are you suggesting Israel avoid responding and just lie around and bleed to death for peace?

- Miami beats Zika?  U.S. health officials on Monday stopped warning pregnant women to stay out of Miami’s Wynwood district, they credited aerial pesticide spraying with killing mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus.  No new cases of Zika have been reported in Wynwood since early August. Health officials said that over the past several weeks, mosquito control workers there have seen fewer of the insects, the main culprits in spreading the virus.  “The message with Wynwood is it was a huge success,’” said U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Kol Hakavod to the local governments for effective action!

- Stabbing epidemic in Israel continues, 4 on Monday, 2 attempts already on Tuesday.  Monday sees four attacks, with “Palestinians” complaining about stores being forced to close while police secure attack areas.  More attacks already on Tuesday

- Syria ends cease fire, returning to attacking rebels and civilians in Aleppo.  “Syria’s army announces the end of the freeze on fighting.”  Yet, the US State Department responded “our arrangement for a Syrian cease fire is with Russia, so Syria can’t end it”.  Over 300,000 people have been killed in Syria’s war, now in its sixth year, with more than 13 million people driven from their homes.  We suspect the US State Department has been vacationing in Colorado.

- Syrian airstrikes hit UN relief convey headed to Aleppo, Red Crescent chief killed.  Air strikes hit around 20 aid trucks outside a Red Crescent center in the Syrian province of Aleppo. The convoy was crossing into Orum al-Kubra with “wheat flour, health supplies and other emergency supplies” for 78,000 people.  The US State Department said it was prepared to extend the ceasefire window in the hopes that it held.

- India suffers massive terror attack on army from Pakistan muslims.  On Sunday seventeen Indian soldiers were killed by terrorists thought to come from a Islamic terror group based in Pakistan.  Their army base in Kashmir was infiltrated and they were then attacked with grenades.

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What Is G-d?

​   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     

What Is G-d?

 

Kelly asks:

     I was asked a multiple part question: "Who, what, and where is G-d?" I was thinking this is pretty simple. Who is G-d? He is the G-d of Abraham, Yitzhak, and Yaakov. Where is G-d? Everywhere. To say otherwise would be to place limits on G-d. However, when it came to the question, "What is G-d," I was at loss for words. I know what G-d is not, but what exactly is G-d? Is He simply everything that He is not, or is there a more precise answer to this question?

 

Gutman's response:

     We cannot say what G-d is because G-d is not a created object. But we can describe some of His attributes.

For instance G-d is: [i]

Creator

Infinite

One

Only

All

Eternal

Existence

Holy

Truth

Almighty

Omnipresent

Peace

King

Nourisher

Sustainer

Judge

The Goal

The Place

Before (anything was created)

After (everything will be over)

 

     Also, since we are commanded to emulate Hashem we have to know what He is like. For instance, Hashem is:

Kind

Loving

Forgiving

Compassionate

Patient

Merciful

Generous

Faithful

Charitable

Jealous (i.e. will not tolerate idolatry)

 



[i] In no way is this intended to be a complete list

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Monday, September 19, 2016

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Epidemic of Stabbings & Bombing Attempts, U.S. and Israel! - Jewish News Skim Sept 19, Elul 16

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WITH THE END OF THE MUSLIM ‘FEAST OF THE SACRIFICE’ HOLIDAY, IT SEEMS A WORLD WIDE EPIDEMIC OF ‘LONE WOLF’ MUSLIMS TRYING TO MAKE OTHERS INTO THEIR SACRIFICE IS UPON US.  MAY G-D HAVE MERCY…

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- Islamic immigrant stabs 8 at mall in Minnesota, ISIS claims responsibility.  A man wearing a private security company uniform stabbed eight people at a Minnesota mall before an off-duty police officer shot him dead.  The man entered Mall, screamed Allah Akbar, and asked at least one person if they were Muslims before he attacked.  Authorities report they have no idea of the motive.  Of course they don’t, a Muslim man screaming Allah Akbar and asking people if they are Muslim before stabbing them…maybe he was having a peanut allergy reaction?

- Bomb found at train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  Authorities are investigating an unexploded bomb at the Elizabeth train station, naturally all train service has been suspended.  The FBI is currently on the scene and State Police have been called to the scene.

- Stabbing attack against police in Jerusalem, Old City, 2 police seriously injured, terrorist shot.  The terrorist followed the two officers on routine patrol from the Shar Shechem area to the Shar Perachim area, then attacking them from behind. They managed to draw their weapons and fire at him, wounding him seriously.  The policewoman was stabbed in the neck and is in serious condition.

- Another stabbing in Israel by Efrat, of an IDF officer.  A “Palestinian” Arab attacker stabbed an Israeli army officer in the chest and moderately wounded him, before Israeli soldiers shot the attacker and apprehended him.  Local officials said the attacker had tried to infiltrate the town of Efrat and a manhunt was underway before he pounced on the officer and stabbed him. After 6 months of calm, right after a Muslim holiday of sacrifice, tens of attacks have spread out across Israel AND the U.S.  Just random of course, all lone wolves, all at the same time in very similar ways.  Completely random, certainly.

- Murderous “Palestinian” couple decided to murder to clear her name because of their relationship.  The young woman left a note to her family saying she was going to commit a terror attack with her lover to atone for their affair.  They then tried to ram his car into Jewish civilians standing at the bus station.  Atone for your sins, kill a Jew!  Can we just classify the whole society as a sick perverted death cult now?  I know, send them more charity!

- Syrian cease fire falling apart.  US, Russia accuse each other of stymieing efforts to extend ceasefire.  Syria’s fragile cease-fire started to unravel on Sunday with the first aerial attacks on rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo and a southern village that killed at least eight people. The seven-day cease-fire is supposed to end at midnight Sunday.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Bombings in US, Terror Attacks in Israel, Muslim Mob terrorizes in Mall of America - Jewish News Skim Sept 18, Elul 15

Shavua Tov, a good week!  Wow, so much crazy news today – an (inauspicious) start to the week.

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- Muslim mob runs through Mall of America terrorizing shoppers to celebrate Eid Al Adha holiday.  On Eid Al Adha, Minnesota Muslims flock to the Mall of America by the tens of thousands.  During this year’s mall pilgrimage, hundreds of young Muslims, many dressed in traditional Muslim attire, ran through the mall terrorizing shoppers and staff.  Witnesses described fights, being afraid, and being hit with pepper spray.  Many of those involved shared their joy at terrorizing for their holiday on Facebook.  Welkom to the New Amerika, much improved!

- Terror Attacks in Israel!

---- Infiltration into the town of Efrat, in the Shomron, soldier stabbed, terrorist shot (but not killed). 

---- Stabbing of soldier in Hebron, terrorist shot and killed.  Full video shows the attacker walk up, show his papers, then pull a knife and lunge to kill.

- Bombings in the U.S.! 

---- A bomb went off in a New Jersey town along the route of a planned charity run for U.S. marines.  3 additional bombs were found.  No one was injured as the first bomb seems to have gone off early.  “It was just a matter of minutes, in terms of difference, there would have been a good number of people running past that explosive device.”

---- A bomb went off in Manhattan, injuring 29.  Another bomb was found 4 blocks away, following the “pressure cooker” model.  A “deafening’’ explosion rocked the Chelsea part of Manhattan, New York, Saturday night, injuring 29 people, blowing out scores of windows and forcing the evacuation of at least two buildings.  The strength of the blast sent a construction dumpster flying from the north side of the street to the south sidewalk.

- World Bank confirms, most donations going to Gaza are going to Hamas for military useDonor funds given to Gaza by the international community never reaches the people of Gaza.  Donor funds infused into Gaza since the last war are not used to rebuild the civilian population but to strengthen the Hamas military regime.  The World Bank has now confirmed that less than half of the donor funds to rebuild Gaza after Operation Protective Edge actually reach the Gazan economy and people.  The majority of donations sent to Gaza are used to try and kill Jews.

- The University of California at Berkeley has suspended a course that taught Anti-Semitic views and was designed to indoctrinate students against Israel.  A syllabus for the  course says it examines the history of Palestine “through the lens of settler colonialism.”  Official taught Anti-Semitism at U.S. universities.  Surprised?  If so you haven’t been paying attention.

- 20,000 cases of Zika in Puerto Rico, 2,000 just in the last week, including 1,706 pregnant women!  150 people have been hospitalized, including several of the 48 people diagnosed with a temporary paralysis condition linked to Zika known as Guillain-Barre. One person has died from that condition after becoming infected with Zika.  In addition, two people who had Zika coupled with other medical conditions have died.

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Manna from Heaven

  by Reb Gutman Locks

Manna from Heaven

 

       Aryeh Leib "Eugene" Lebovitz was born in Czechoslovakia eighty-eight years ago. He was herded off to Auschwitz early in 1944 in one of the infamous cattle cars. After they tattooed a number on his arm and put him in a barracks the guard tried to hand him a piece of a crust of white bread but he rejected it.

     He looked at it and said, "This is food?"

     The guard said, "You just signed your death warrant."

     He was able to step outside into an enclosed area. He stood by a building,     looked up to Heaven and said, "Hashem, You are the G-d of all and You can do whatever You want. You gave us manna in the wilderness and if you want me to eat you will give me food."

     He said, "Just then a large piece of bread and some chocolate came flying out of one of the windows. It was the building where the prostitutes were kept."

     He ate the food and never for a moment, no matter what he saw, lost faith that Hashem is the G-d of all and can save anyone He wants.

     After the war Aryeh Leib came to Israel and served in the armed forces. He went on to become a full colonel and retired with the rank of General. He was a hero in the War of Independence, and worked for the secret intelligence service in several countries. Now he lives in Florida and is constantly active in Holocaust education.

     He comes to Israel a couple of times a year. He told me that the day he comes to the Kotel he purposely does not put on tefillin. He waits to have me help him. When I put the strap on his arm I gently touched his tattoo. Then, when I put the tefillin strap over the number I thought, "We beat the bastards."

     Thank G-d for our survivors… but then, when you stop and think about it… all Jews are survivors.

 


Aryeh Leib's life story

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Friday, September 16, 2016

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Multiple Terror Attacks in Israel, all failed, in Germany Neo-Nazis battle Islamic Refugees - Jewish News Skim Sept 16, Elul 13–Erev Shabbos

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- Multiple attempted Terror Attacks in Israel today…

--- Two assailants rammed a vehicle into a civilian bus stop at the Elias junction near the community of Kiryat Arba.  Forces at the scene fired at the vehicle resulting in the death of one of the assailants while the other was wounded.”  No civilians were injured, thank G-d.

-- A man carrying a Jordanian passport arrived at the Damascus Gate in the Old City in Jerusalem and approached a group of officers with a knife drawn.  The officers, who were in the area on a “safety and security mission,” saw the man coming towards them with the blade and opened fire.  No civilians or authorities injured, thank G-d.

-- A bus traveling from Jerusalem to nearby Maale Madumin was attack with rocks and glass bottles full of paint, injuring the bus driver.   Glass shards from a broken window hit the driver, cutting him, as he was driving down the Route 1 highway.  Police began searching the area to find the perpetrators of the attack.  Oh, it’s  just a rock attack – only rocks – it’s not like a bus full of people might not crash and kill people – its just rocks. Attempted Mass Murder.

- In Germany, mob of 100 neo-Nazis in vicious brawl with 20 Islamic asylum seekers who goaded them into violence.  Then, the asylum seekers attacked the police who were trying to defend them!  Speaks for itself, what do you say when both should lose?

- Dozens of violations of Syrian cease fire, no aide reaching those in need.  Both the regime and rebel forces claim that dozens of violations of the ceasefire have occurred.  The UN reports that the Syrian army is not allowing aid trucks into Aleppo, while Russia is attacking the United States for 'not meeting obligations.'  Complete balagan, and yet with hundreds of thousands suffering and hundreds of thousands killed…hearing anything about this? UN Security Council resolutions? Making your nightly news? Noooo?  Why not?  Because it’s NOT THE JOOOOOOOS.

- It’s erev Shabbos Parshat Ki Teizei.  74 mitzvot are taught in this Parsha, including the inheritance rights of the firstborn, the wayward and rebellious son, burial and dignity of the dead, returning a lost object, and more.  Go to synagogue and hear the Torah!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

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“Jews Don’t Even Kill Their Children” and More Rockets from Gaza - Jewish News Skim Sept 15, Elul 12

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- More Rockets from Gaza against Israeli civilians.  Another Arab Peace Rocket of Death was fired at an Israeli civilian town last night.  Thank G-d, it struck an open area.  But someone in Gaza is trying to start another war.

- Saudi Arabia deploys Chinese attack drones.  Saudi Arabia is the world’s newest drone power.   Riyadh has signed a contract with the Chinese for Pterodactyl drones.  can fly for hours at a time carrying cameras and missiles. Operators on the ground control the unmanned aerial vehicle via satellite.

- Uzbekistan’s Jews already miss the iron fist of their late dictator.  With the passing of Dictator Karimov, an isolationist who strived to stay on good terms with Russia and the United States, relatively affluent Uzbekistanis — including the country’s 13,000 remaining Jews — look to an uncertain future.  The dictator was blamed for systemic violations of human rights and holding back mineral-rich Uzbekistan from realizing its full economic potential.  But many Uzbekistanis and all Jewish community leaders, it appears, say they are grateful to the late leader for the stability achieved under his rule (by ruthlessly slaughtering Islamic radicals in his country).

- Ancient Anti-Semitism, “Jews Don’t Even Kill Their Children!”.  Elder of Ziyon brings us an incredible tidbit of anti-Semitism from over 2,000 years ago.  “Practices of the Jews are sinister and revolting. They practice stubborn loyalty and benevolence towards brother Jews.  hey will not feed or inter-marry with gentiles. Jews avoid sexual intercourse with women of alien races. It is a deadly sin to kill a born or unborn child. The Jewish religion is a purely spiritual monotheism. They hold it to be impious to make idols.

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Directing Your Heart to Heaven - Jewish Meditation



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TM vs. Jewish Meditation

​   by Reb Gutman Locks   
     

TM vs. Jewish Meditation

 

David asks:

     I sometimes do meditation repeating a non-word sound as a mantra as taught in TM (transcendental meditation). Can you suggest an alternative mantra? Since I do not know Hebrew something in Hebrew could be used for the sound value.

Thanks

 

Shalom David

     Mantra meditation is a form of Eastern meditation and as such it will not accomplish the goal of Jewish meditation. Mantra meditation takes a word or a sound and repeats it endlessly trying to wipe out, or cover over the normal thought pattern that a person experiences. When thoughts are fast and furious, one repeats his mantra just as fast. Then, when the mind is quieter, one repeats the mantra more quietly with the hope of stilling, or at least calming the mind.

     The goal of Jewish mediation is much higher than merely calming the mind. Yes we want to calm our minds, but this is not enough. Instead of trying to merely blot out, or cover over our thoughts, we try to turn our thoughts onto holy subjects. Our goal is to use our meditation techniques to try to gain a spiritual sensitivity, an awareness that will help us attain a proper spiritual perspective.

     For more detailed information see my recent video on this subject.

Direct Your Heart to Heaven - Jewish Meditation 

(Link)

     If you still wish to continue using a mantra then I would recommend you using the Hebrew word "Hashem." Hashem literally means, "The Name." It refers to the most holy name of G-d, a name that is too holy for us to pronounce lest we come to use it for mundane purposes. Say (or think) the word slowly and repeat it and once in a while remember that you are that you are mentally calling out to G-d. So do not just keep calling out without stopping from time to time to say something to the Holy One you are calling.

Be well

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