26 December 2011

Mr. Shuldig’s Plan

Dry Bones cartoon: Economy, Iran, Europe, Disaster, 2011, Egypt, Islamism, ,Nukes, Recession, Depression, Shuldig,
Mr. Shuldig, with his plan to end 2011 in a “positive” mood.

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

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A TRUE CHANUKAH STORY
The following true story is taken from Tiv Hamoadim on Chanukah (pp. 127-130) enjoy:
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After living through the atrocities of the holocaust, there was a Jew, as many others, unfortunately, who wanted to forget about his being Jewish. He and his wife changed their names and moved to a far away city where there were no Jews, so that their children would never entertain the thought that they were Jewish. Indeed, they had children who grew up and lived like complete gentiles.
When his son turned thirteen, his father told him, come, let’s go out to town and I will buy you anything you want – no matter what it is. So they went out in search of something extra special which would give his son tremendous enjoyment.
As they were walking by store after store, they passed by a Judaic store with all types of things including antique artifacts. The son turned to his father and said, “Let’s go in here; maybe I’ll find something.” The father who was flustered and agitated tried convincing his son to go somewhere else, but to no avail, the son wanted to go in.
As they were looking all around there was an old menorah which caught the son’s eyes. “I want that thing,” said the son to his father. The father became frightened, thinking that his son wanted to be connected with what he tried to run so far away from, even though it seemed quite obvious that the son had no idea of the symbolism and what the menorah stood for.
Although the father tried discouraging his son in all types of ways, including the fact that it was old, and what use would he get out of it anyway, nevertheless, the son simply said, “You promised me that whatever I want you will purchase for me!”
The father approached the store owner and asked him how much he wanted for the menorah, but the man said that it is not for sale. Why not, asked the father. The store owner explained that during the terrible holocaust in one of the ghetto’s there was a Jew who actually made this menorah with his bare hands from many small pieces of wood that he found. It was crafted with tremendous genius and talent, being able to fit all these pieces together, notwithstanding the self-sacrifice and danger he put himself in to do so. Therefore, since it is so unique and precious, I have no plans of selling it. I just want to keep it here for show.
The birthday boy turned to his father and simply reiterated that he was promised that whatever he wants he will be given. The father agreed that he had promised him and started raising the price more and more until the store owner decided that he was willing to part with it.
When they got home, the boy didn’t even know what to do with it. He started playing with it like an airplane moving it from place to place… until it fell and broke. The father came in and started screaming at the boy for his negligence, especially since it had cost so much. Then the father said, “You know what, if it was made with such wisdom and expertise, let’s see if we can put it back together.”
As they were sitting, trying to put it back together, a small rolled up piece of paper fell out from one of the branches of the menorah. The father opened up the note and started reading it. All of a sudden he started uncontrollably crying and wailing until he fainted. The doctor was called but every time he was somewhat revived he fainted again. Finally they managed to revive him and he explained to them what happened.
When I took the paper and started reading it, I saw how it was written by the one who built this menorah. He wrote about the situation in the ghetto and all of the tribulations they encountered. Then he wrote: “I am building this menorah for Chanukah, but I don’t even know if I will even merit lighting it this year. And even if I would light it the first day I don’t know if I will light it the second day. And even if I light it this year, I don’t know if I will be able to light it next year. I ask of whoever ends up finding this menorah that he should know that it was built with a lot of mesirus nefesh. And I ask of the person who has it to learn mishnayos l’iluy nishmasi and the neshamos of my family, and do whatever you can do for my neshamah. And then it was signed by none other than my cherished father!
Seeing this and realizing the tremendous hashgacha pratis that took place in order for my father’s note to make its way to me shook me to no ends!
Not only did he return to the ways of his father, and became a very righteous person, but he influenced his whole family to come along with him and live lives as true Torah Jews.
We are not always zocheh to such blatant Heavenly messages, but nevertheless, we know what’s right! May we all be zocheh to return to our loving Father in heaven with complete teshuvah, amen.
Especially today, on Zos Chanukah, a time especially promising time for teshuvah (see “A zos Chaunkah thought”)
To my left wing friend, this one is not for you.
I especially enjoyed the awful tower (pun intended)

Most Successful Kiruv of the Year

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Thank you AS

new busses in yerushalayim….

new bus

With special thanks to granddaughter number 1 (in birth order)Open-mouthed smile

Not sure if I posted this, or not.

Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents’ shortcomings.

Laurence J Peter

 

This is a word to the wise for all my blog friends. I would like to share an experience with you – it has to do with drinking and driving. As you know, some of us have had brushes with the authorities over the years. The other night I was out for dinner with a few friends. After consuming too much wine, and knowing full well that I was wasted, I did something I’ve never done before. Believe it or not, I took a bus home. Yes, a bus. I arrived home safely and without incident. This was really a surprise to me since I have never driven a bus before.

Here is food for thought…


Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America …

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.


My confession:


I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.


It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.


I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.


Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God ? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.


In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.


Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her ‘How could God let something like this happen?’ (regarding Hurricane Katrina).. Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?’


In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.


Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.


Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.


Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’


Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.


Are you laughing yet?


Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.


Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.


Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it…. no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.


My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,


Ben Stein

 

New Plans to Divide Jerusalem

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

New plans to divide Jerusalem surfaced last week.

Recently, sophisticated designs on how Jerusalem should be divided were published in the prestigious Atlantic magazine. These plans are an attempt to kick-start the misguided plan to make Jerusalem the capital of a Palestinian State. You can be sure this plan will be adopted by the Palestinians to supposedly show that Jerusalem can be divided.

Of course, this plan assumes that Jerusalem should be divided, by denying the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of only one people: The Jewish people.

This plan does not point out that the Temple Mount, the holiest spot in Judaism, would be in Palestinian East Jerusalem.

It also ignores the history of discrimination against Jews and Christians, when the Old City was under control of the Arabs from 1948-1967.

Jerusalem must never again be divided.

Today, Jerusalem is a free and open city for the first time in modern history because the State of Israel insures that all people have a right to visit, pray, and live in Jerusalem. It allows the different religions sovereignty over their holy places.

This unprecedented situation would be shattered if the city is divided.

But make no mistake. Considerable sums of money were spent drafting these “new” plans and you can be sure they will be referred to in negotiating rooms and the anti-Israel media.

This is one important reason why One Jerusalem needs your continued support. Our mission in defense of a united Jerusalem includes exposing the sophisticated propaganda from Israel’s determined enemies.

They would love it if we did not exist to tell the world that Israel must remain united under the State of Israel.

If you can, please make a year-end donation to One Jerusalem so we can continue our campaign of defending Jerusalem.

Sincerely,
Allen Roth & David Goder
www.OneJerusalem.org

Report: Knesset to Recognize Armenian Genocide Will Israel join France and recognize the Armenian genocide? A Knesset committee discussion may end up doing so. 

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