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Israeli Medicine Is Good For You

 

Israeli Medicine Is Good For You (Randyjw; December 9, 2016)

 

Many scientific and technological contributions are made by Israel to the world. Citizens of Israel all receive healthcare under a socialized system of medicine, regardless of race or religion. There is no apartheid operating in this country.

 

Here is a roundup of Israel’s latest medical breakthroughs, which will benefit all of humanity, compiled by Michael Ordman for United with Israel.org:

 

Ordman, Michael. “Israeli Technology Removes Need for Brain Surgery with Micro Robots”. United with Israel.org; December 6, 2016:

https://unitedwithisrael.org/httpsunitedwithisrael-orggood-news-israel-micro-robots-to-clean-pipes-in-the-brain/

 

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Angels From Heaven

 

Angels From Heaven (Randyjw; November 11, 2016)

 

Angels, those great, celestial beings tasked by G-d to assist Him in His management duties over all of creation, are conceptually a construct that is, at times, difficult to comprehend.

 

If G-d is omnipotent, having all power to do whatever He wishes, then why does G-d, Creator of Everything, need underlings to carry out assignments to which He, Himself, would be more than capable to complete without any assistance, whatsoever?

 

If G-d is omnipresent, and can be everywhere at the same time, then why is it that reports of human interaction with these beings appear in the stories of the Bible, upon occasion bearing good news, and occasionally portending a calamitous outcome?

 

It would seem to be part of the realm of the visible versus the obscured, a portal in which to view a portion of the workings of Heaven while falling under physical, tangible constructs which govern this worldly existence, here on earth. This physicality binds the laws of nature, as we would call them, over the land in which we, and the animal and plant kingdoms, dwell. We’ve been at pains over the course of human history to discern these laws for ourselves, and have done a great job uncovering the scientific theorems surrounding mass, velocity, volume, gravity, liquidity, and other ideas, which have made us become like creators, in our own rights, by dint of the nature of our discoveries.

 

This advancement of knowledge is our doing, and possible downfall, it’s realization the embodiment of having eaten from the tree of knowledge, and losing the blissful state of having no knowledge of the existence of sin and its corrosive effects on human society.

 

Perhaps the reason that G-d employs angels for his work is severalfold: for one, perhaps there must exist a separation between the Heavenly and Earthly bodies. From what we can imagine, each may work in different manners, and perhaps it is that earthly laws apply to the earthly universe, and the laws of Heaven might be entirely different. And since it would be that the two might be kept mostly separated, then there might exist little entryways between the two, at various times, places (or not), and methods.

 

In Jacob’s dream in Beit El, he lays his head upon a stone to sleep and dreams of beings ascending and descending a ladder to Heaven, in the skies above. We’ve theorized that these are the angels employed by G-d to assist Him in carrying out His plans and actions upon the earth. Several times, we read of encounters with otherworldly beings in stories of the Bible, such as when Jacob contended with G-d and with men, and became Israel. The meeting of the three beings who appear as men to Abraham in the desert implies their angelic status, when it is forewarned by them that their mission is to destroy the cities of the sinful people of S’dom and Gomorrah. But they also bring the good news of the impending advanced-age birth which will be blessed to Sarah and which will carry forth the birth of the nation-people, Israel.

 

When Jacob, Avraham and Sarah encounter these helpers of G-d, they each also receive a new enhancement to their names: Jacob to “Israel”; Avram to “Avraham”; and Sarai to “Sarah”. Each letter of the alef-bet, the Hebrew alphabet, is revered as a creation of G-d in his Holy works. The letter for the “h” is considered especially so, seeing how it was used in raising Avram and Sarai’s names, from which the words of G-d would be further known.

 

We already know that man cannot approach to “see” G-d, lest they die. So, this can be one of the reasons that G-d allows man an encounter with the angels, instead. We know that the L-rd spoke to Moses via the burning bush, and that Moses hid in the cleft between rocks as the L-rd passed on the mountain. The abode of G-d’s dwelling, within the concealed Holy of Holies, within the Jewish Temple, was only approached once per year by the Levite priests, descendants of Aharon, Moses’ brother. It’s interesting that they received no apportionment of land, when it was assigned to the twelve tribes of Jacob/Israel. Their portion was to be provided from that which was offered up by the people, mirroring the actions by which the people honored G-d with their sacrifices. These sacrifices show that we are thankful to the L-rd for his bounty and blessings and that it keeps us humble in letting go a portion of that which we have been given, in honor and respect.

 

In other ways, G-d shows us that no-one is an island unto himself. He shows us that even He, although likely not required, utilizes others to assist in the implementation of the G-dly kingdom. There can be no better validation of one’s self and subsequent well-being, than to feel needed and valued, helpful and productive, in our society. To whatever extent possible, each person has their own unique gifts and attributes which can contribute to the society at-large. To take away such, would devalue a person and contribute to feelings of worthlessness and depression. It would exacerbate a loss of dignity in the self.

 

For this reason, we are enjoined to be part of a larger community. To learn through others and to teach others, as well. To create a cohesive, thoughtful place, where each can feel a sense of worth, and where the ideals come to build a sum which is more than its parts. Without a system working as a unit, people decide what is right in their own eyes, and go off on divergent paths which can never be made whole. When this society broke down in the evil societies, G-d sent his angels to tear it down. G-d utilizes agents to do so. Perhaps it is better that we know that others can carry out the ramifications of such consequences in G-d’s stead. G-d only wants good, but in the end, he warns us that the bad will be punished.

 

The delegation of authority was provided by Yitro (Jethro) as the means to solve the conundrum of Moshe (Moses), his son-in-law, wearing himself out as the sole arbiter of problematic occurences between the tribe’s members. It was decided that Moses could instead appoint delegates to act in his stead to decide smaller matters between them, and for the larger difficulties, he would provide the solutions, himself. And so, we see the workings of the hierarchical breakdowns of a society into its working parts: whether a corporation, a municipality, a judicial system, the processes of government, or even an electoral voting process. G-d shows us, through angels, how to successfully manage a society.

 

I want to share the article which inspired my post, as well as the huge, beaming smile, which was the first, real, whole-being exaltation I’ve experienced in a long time. I think more of us can use such a lift, and it is for that reason I provide you this special, accompanying source and link.

 

Fox, Tsviya. “The Truth About Angels”. Breaking Israel News.com; November 3, 2016:

The Truth About Angels

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Night Has Fallen

 

Night has fallen. In trails pulling the sentient reactions from my eyes, so, too, do my tears. They cascade in mute acknowledgement to the passing of a legend and to the crushing sense of a fading of a people, of a time passing toward oblivion. When the last survivor of this generation is gone, all witness to the horror that was the Holocaust will have vanished. No more will a real-life representative who was there to experience the horrors first-hand be able to say, yes, this was the reality — this was its truth. History will paper over the reality as if the genocide of a people, MY people, was just a byproduct of a general war, rather than the intentional genocide of the Jewish people, as equivocators and revisionists in Europe have continued to do, since being unwilling to address their participation in its occurrence.

 

We stand as their conscience that do so they must — to acknowledge their evil which we bear witness to, day in, and day out.

 

The sad news shares the passing of Elie Wiesel, one man who survived to tell the story of the Holocaust. Of his immediate family, Elie Wiesel’s parents and his younger sister were both killed in the Holocaust; he and his two older sisters managed to survive. He has authored several books in which he has written of his accounts during these times; most of his works are well-known and have risen from obscurity to becoming required reading in many literature and English classes. NIGHT is one such book. His writings on the lessons imparted and the outlook it should engender has earned him the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

It is a shame that the Jews, at this time, are almost under a siege-like mentality gripping the European nations, as well as the Arab terrorists, raising up the precursor of the Hitlerian past with the echoing ghosts of its execution.

 

With a large Jewish population center resident to the Florida area, it was a wise decision to establish a Holocaust Museum in South Florida, the only one of its kind in the area. With an actual restored boxcar used in the transport of the Jews to the concentration camps, where most met their deaths, the artifacts of the systemic Nazi operations to eradicate the Jews become a visual recreation of the relaying of the facts behind the events when viewed with the actual tools of such destruction at-hand.

 

South Florida honors the memories of the Jewish people lost to the killers of the Holocaust in this endeavor and through this building, which houses its contributions. Known as the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, Friday, July 1st, 2016 marked its official opening at its new facilities in Dania Beach.

 

It comes at a time when our surviving witnesses to the atrocities inflicted upon the Jewish people are dying off and the violent murders by the Arab races upon our people are increasing in intensity and ferocity.

 

It is as if the witness has moved here now. It will be a blessing and a reminder to the world of what should be, and what should, most definitely, not.

 

May the Almighty comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

 

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Happy Rebirthday: Eternal, Israel

 

Happy Rebirthday: Eternal, Israel

(Randyjw; 05/11/2016)

 

Eternal:

Yom HaZikaron

Remembrance Day (Memorial Day)

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Israel:

Yom HaAtzma’ut

Independence Day

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Yom Moledet!

Happy Rebirthday, Israel.

Always Eternal.

Eternally Yours,

 

 

HaTikvah (The Hope; a poem by Naftali Herz Imber; also it is the Israel National Anthem)

Kol od balayvav pnima nefesh Yehudi homiyah

Ul fatey Mizrach kadima

Ayin L’Tsion tsofiyah

Od lo avdah tikvatenu

HaTikvah shnot al payim

Liyot Am chofshi be’artzenu

B’Eretz Tzion V’rushalyim.

 

(HaTikvah “The Hope” translation from “My Jewish Learning”:)

As long as within our hearts

The Jewish soul sings,

As long as forward to the East

To Zion, looks the eye —

Our hope is not yet lost,

It is two thousand years old,

To be a free people in our land

The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

 

Hear The Israel National Anthem, HaTikvah, on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6Q4XL4oRIRE

 

See excerpts of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, proclaim the State of Israel, with HaTikvah in the background: https://youtu.be/XTSpfNoHpzU

 

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Heidi and Penelope

 

Heidi and Penelope (Randyjw; May 4, 2016)

 

Heidi and Penelope were rescue dogs and have already lived their lives here on this earth. It has been many years now since they have been gone, but I thought they deserved a little tribute as I was thinking back on their lives and of a particular episode, which was really extraordinary.

 

You always hear some miraculous tales (tails!) about animals helping or saving people, and this is one of them. I am changing the relationships and some of the specific details a bit, for various and sundry purposes, but the story is essentially the way I recall it.

 

Heidi was a dachshund, and they are very intelligent animals. Penelope was either a bichon frise or a maltese, I believe. Heidi was russet and black, in color, and Penelope was a curly-haired fluff of white. She was also very smart, but was residually wary of people, as she had been severely abused as a puppy.

 

Both dogs were well-cared for since they were brought home from the shelter from where they had been adopted. They were rarely leashed, but I guess nobody had complained and they were never a nuisance. They just went out and did whatever doggies do when they go for walks in their safe, and mostly secluded, neighborhoods. They had a big backyard to run around in, and led, I would fathom, what would be considered fairly comfortable lives.

 

Heidi was vivacious, so sweet, and understood whatever you said to her. She had alot of energy and was considerably rambunctious. Penny was a subdued individual, and preferred a quiet petting curled up with you on the floor. She would shy away from most people, but since I always took the time to single her out and spend most time visiting with her, she allowed me to be her friend.

 

Heidi knew I loved her, and didn’t have one iota of envy that my time was given so exclusively to Penelope. She was okay with it; probably even thankful that I did so. Heidi was such a good girl and suffered the lack of attention and affection so that her little “doggie sister”, Penelope, could experience the healing, in some small way, of making up for human inadequacies, which had been lacking since her birth, this time around in her new home.

 

At the end of the long backyard was a lake, and a small dock of wood set at the edge of the water and the shore. The dock was in need of repair, as it was in the process of decay and had some dry rot, as well. We had all just been down to see it, and the guy I was with, who was looking at the dock to determine its state of functionality, wound up stubbing a smoked cigarette on top of one of the posts.

 

The little dog, Heidi, whom I called “Heidi-ho”, came up to me when we had gone inside the home, and swung her body quickly in a half-turn, indicating I should follow her. I looked at her to make sure that was what she wanted, and, indeed, it was. In fact, it was a major race, and Heidi made that perfectly clear. I followed her to the back door, opened it for us both, and raced after her as she headed for the dock.

 

There, where Heidi had led me, I found what had turned out to be a catastrophe in the making. The post had started to smolder, catching fire from the cigarette butt that had been extinguished, none too well, on its surface. Heidi had averted a disaster, which could have had deadly consequences for all of us. We doused the post with water from the lake, and were saved by a little German-breed dog! History does have a way of coming full circle, after all!

 

Thanks to her fast action and quick thinking, Heidi, a rescued dog, became our very own rescuers, instead! “Hey, ho! Heidi-Ho!”

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Pesach Sameach

Pesach Sameach !!!

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Happy Passover !!!

 

 

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Shalom Aleichem: Peace Be Unto You

Shalom Aleichem:

Peace Be Unto You

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Purim for Belgium

Purim for Belgium

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Purim celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, peace and happiness over terrorism. It is the Jewish story of a tempered decree meant to kill all Jews under the Persian Empire, at that time, supplemented with an additional decree allowing for our self-defense. We were victorious. We celebrate today to commemorate that victory. We stand with you, Belgium, in fighting terror today. We may not be able to celebrate our holiday openly, due to the present security considerations after the recent terror attacks, in Belgium’s public squares as originally planned, but know that we will celebrate privately, in solidarity with you, in private homes and synagogues worldwide. Terror shall not prevail. We stand with you, Belgium!

 

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Maximum, Cats-Are-Fun Cute!

Hold the press!

 

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Take time to smell the babies!!!  And kitties!!!

 

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Click through this cute-fest of cuddle-upagous seriousness!!!

 

“21 Pics Of Babies With Kittens That Will Fill Your Heart With Joy” (Sharethe.buzz):

 

http://sharethe.buzz/amazing/21-pics-of-babies-with-kittens-that-will-fill-your-heart-with-joy

 

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On Zion (II):

 

On Zion:

Abraham was the first Zionist.

 

On Zion (II):

G-d, actually, was the first Zionist.

 

 

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Abraham was the first Zionist.

 

 

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BDS? No Thx!

A loud and raucous group on college campuses has been pushing American Universities to join the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions movement, and they have somewhat succeeded in bullying the financial departments of these schools to pull out money they previously invested, and which generated fantastic returns and dividends to the schools, due to their belief that this Middle Eastern nation and its government engage in massive, wide-scale oppression and subjugation of its people. The matter and its mantra have been so popular, that it has been the major directive of an entire body of world leaders engaged in measures to curtail this threat to the world. Additionally, this world body exacted further requirements that this nation submit to the labeling of products manufactured in so-called conflict areas, so that economic boycotts may be effective in crippling the economy of this possibly nuclear-armed state. Special sessions convened by the UN have set into motion these measures, first demanded by the European Union (in present times and in days of yore) and succeeded by the United States.  We should shout to the world that this country is “Iran”!*

 

The actual target of these discriminatory measures, however, is Israel. In response, Israel is penetrating new markets in cross-continental shows of commercial support. The same type of discriminatory laws which previously prevented Jews a livelihood by barring them from the craft guilds or Universities of Europe, enabled them to excel in the few areas in which they were allowed to operate. What was the bane to its perpetrators became the boon to its recipients. Such restrictive actions having the inverse, and unintended, effects certainly proved a frustration in limiting these major players in this arena and dealt the narrative a jarring blow.

 

Thanks to BDS — But, no thanks!

 

* Country names appearing in this article have been changed (to protect their innocence, it is said).

 

Related:

The following article gives a succinct background treatment to and summarizes the Jewish experience regarding the proliferation of anti-semitism on campus:

Hausman, Matthew M., J.D. “Gross Hypocrisy Or Willful Complicity: The U.S. Campus: Free Speech Is Hardly Being Respected; Anti-Semitism Is”; April 2, 2016. Arutz Sheva / Israel National News.com:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/18660

 

Update June 7, 2018:

 

Here’s a great quote from Steven Shamrak countering BDS:

 

https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/end-all-to-bds/

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Buy Israeli and end discrimination of the BDS and Labeling movements. Sites producing Judaica and Israeli goods will be featured sporadically to show interesting products.

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Robert Indiana, an American artist, created the iconic LOVE sculpture, comprised of two letters, “L”, “O” (tilted to lean forward from the “L”) situated on top of the “V” and “E”. The form found expression in many products during its heyday, including as pendants for necklaces. An equally stunning statement in Hebrew, the AHAVA sculpture, and other sculptures of the same concept in additional languages, all with the meaning ” Love”, have sprung up around the world.

 

Peter Max defined a generation with his iconic and immensely popular “LOVE” logo and work. Such work created an entire culture, inspiring the art of the era.

 

I was lucky enough to attend an opening reception for one of the studio galleries of Peter Max’s work. Most impressive, to me, were his depictions of Lady Liberty.

 

As a Jewish artist, Peter Max has made a major impact in the future for the fuller appreciation of modern art, while similarly expounding a universal proclamation to love — the antithetical and transverse message to those condemning us with their own messages of hatred.

 

His official website, where you can view his works and purchase posters and other items is:

 

http://www.petermax.com/

 

Show your love for Israel and the Jewish people, and maybe your love for someone else, as well, this Valentine’s Day, with these special heart-shaped jewelry items, as well as the “AHAVA” designs, found online via the Simon Wiesenthal Center gift shop, whose agency I wrote briefly about in the article, “Let’s Not Forget”. They also feature some other beautiful pieces, such as the silver with scroll-ornamented design and blue “Chai” (meaning “Life”) matchbox cover, which also looks like it could possibly be used like a pillbox, found in the Clearance section; the silver filigree-style Jewish star with turquoise center necklace is also really stunning. Check out other items for purchase (or admiration) here:

 

http://www.wiesenthal.com

 

and then click to open where it says “Shop”, and that will go to a new page with a listing of product categories to browse at your leisure.

No shame for promoting this endeavor, and it helps multiple good causes.

 

 

Update (October 19, 2018):

United With Israel Staff. “France Forced to Stop Discriminating Against Israeli Products”. unitedwithisrael.org; October 16, 2018:

https://unitedwithisrael.org/france-forced-to-stop-discriminating-against-israeli-products/

 

 

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