Even Israelis know what a little cold weather feels like. Soldiers enjoying the season’s first snowfall on Mt Hermon .
Let us be conscious of not asking questions which can lead to negative speech. This is particularly important if the person we are asking tends to speak negatively about others.
Note: THIS DOES NOT APPLY IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR A CONSTRUCTIVE PURPOSE! Abuse is one such example of a constructive purpose - a really critical one that will be expanded upon.
To figure out if something is for a constructive purpose reflect with yourself on why you are asking the question and what you are trying to get to. This will also be expanded upon.
"Do you like your teachers?"
"Are you satisfied with your Dr’s service?"
"How is X’s husband today? He used to learn so well, is he still like that?"
(Purity of Speech by C.T. Friedman)
In the merit of this learning may Yocheved bat Miriam be blessed with an immediate refuah shleima bitoch she’ar cholei yisrael.
Create a meaningful day!
When you soak potatoes - what do you do with the water left in the pot? I take the water and pour it into the garden. When you take a shower and are soaping up your hair, do you close the water? When you brush your teeth, do you leave the water running?
We close the water when we soap our hair and bodies. We close the water while brushing our teeth. We catch precious drops of water and we use them carefully and in the wettest storms as the water drenches through our coats and we are chilled to the bones, we smile and say, “it’s really miserable today, thank God.”
Today, it is pouring in Jerusalem. Our offices are in a building with a central area made of what I think is shaded plexiglass - it keeps the heat of the sun out, the wet of the rain. When it pours down, the sound of the rain hitting the roof is so loud, so precious.
My daughter just walked into the office, “I’m soaked, thank God,” she said.
I love so much about this country - I love how we see the blessings, even in the miserable. It is raining so strong today, delaying the train, making puddles all over…it’s cold and damp…thank You, God.
Peace will never come so long as the Arabs don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, says Defense Minister.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Saturday that Israel had no partner for peace in the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Speaking at the Israel Business Conference in Tel Aviv, Ya’alon said that there will be not a peace partner so long as the PA continues to educate its children to hate Israel.
"As someone who supported the Oslo Accords, I have learned to understand that there is no partner for two states for two peoples on the other side,” he said.
“There isn’t, nor has there been since the dawn of Zionism, a leadership on the other side that is willing to recognize our right to exist as the national homeland of the Jewish people, and to recognize that a peace agreement would bring an end to the conflict and an end to the demands,” added the Defense Minister. “We will not talk about inches, about giving up one millimeter of land, if we do not realize we have a partner who speaks of recognition, of ending the conflict and relinquishing the right of return.”
According to Ya’alon, “There is a problem that is unsolvable, but all is not lost. It is possible to promote essential elements such as the economy, governance, law and order.
When will I be convinced that we have a partner? Once they cease to teach their children to wear explosive belts and blow themselves up on Israelis, and once Israel will appear in their textbooks, and Tel Aviv, which is for them a ‘settlement’, appears on their maps.”
— Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk - the Kotzker Rebbe
Great Ideas of the 20th Century!
Tumbalalaika - Naftali Herstik, Alberto Mizrachi, Benzion Miller with the Neimah Singers
From the concert “Cantors; A Faith in Song” recorded in the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam in 2003.
(and just as beautiful today)
It doesn’t get much better than this. Mazal Tov!
Shavua Tov! Wishing everyone a great week.