Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Mother of Murdered Israeli Teen~Rosh Hashanah Message

In the Merit of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali, May This Year Be a Year of Peace and Unity

Links to Three Israeli Teens Murdered:

Update on Rebbetzin Henny Machlis

I have received a message from a friend on the Status of Rebbetzin Henny Machlis...

She had her surgery last night in New York.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
at 20:15pm Israel Time

I understand the surgery was successful, and she is awake, Baruch HaShem!

Henny will now need more procedures (at Sloan-Kettering) and following that, a substantial recovery period.

She is asking for many  more Tefillat.

HaShem...Na Refuah La...Oh, HaShem~we need our beloved Hennie
...she is your great soldier for Klal Israel...more info tomorrow...

Here again is the prayer request...
Please Pray for:   Henna Rasha bat Yitta Ratza  

"In the merit of the tens of thousands of acts of kindness that she has done for others and for the tens of thousands of guests who she has hosted over the past 30 years, may she be the recipient of tens of thousands of prayers for her complete and speedy recovery."  

Please forward this email to your lists, and ask them to daven as well, thank you very much.
Thank you very much.  May we hear and share good news.
כתיבה וחתימה טובח ל’אללתר חיים

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Prayers For Rebbetzin Henny Machlis

Anyone who visits Jerusalem will know the Machlis family. For over thirty years they have opened their home to all Jews for traditional Shabbat meals. They give selflessly, greating everyone with warm smiles, good food and a taste of Judaism. They have never asked for anything in return.

From Rabbi Mordechai Machlis, countless numbers of people have begun to learn and continue to learn about Judaism, and to feel the fire of Torah. He is able to do this with the help of his loving wife Henny. All who have crossed their doorstep know her cheerful smile and genuine love, as she welcomes guests with the rabbi. If you have never known true love of Hashem and mankind, you will feel it and catch it in this house!

Now, friends of the Machlis family are asking for something in return~Your Prayers! I received this message and am passing it on. Please read and share with all of your friends...And Please Pray!
Please Daven and say Tehillim for the next two weeks for beloved Rebbetzin Henny Machlis who is undergoing surgery on Tuesday, 20th Elul 5774 (16 September 2014):
Please Pray for:   Henna Rasha bat Yitta Ratza  
A cousin of hers wrote: 

"In the merit of the tens of thousands of acts of kindness that she has done for others and for the tens of thousands of guests who she has hosted over the past 30 years, may she be the recipient of tens of thousands of prayers for her complete and speedy recovery."  
Please forward this email to your lists, and ask them to daven as well, thank you very much.
 Thank you very much.  May we hear and share good news.
כתיבה וחתימה טובח ל’אללתר חיים

Monday, 25 August 2014

Are You Ready for This Future? Should We Be Afraid?

As one who loves technology, I remain aware and concerned that our growing population is changing primarily due to the very technology that is "freeing us". We are becoming less engaged in life. 

If the world continues to spawn large cities with a majority population consisting of unemployed, uninvolved people who are spending their days watching TV, playing video games and "eating"~we are in a lot of trouble. Even the intellectually inclined who laud the technology that now allows them to spend their time in critical thinking and creative endeavors are not immune.

The human mind does need stimulation, but so does the body~and I am not referring to doing a mile on the treadmill or a weekly "spin-class". We started out "in the beginning" as "hunter-gatherers". In order to survive we had to engage the world around us. Mankind has come a long way~but have we really?

Picture Credit: eScan Blog
I see the changes in small ways, like children no longer running and playing freely~with no electronics~just a ball or a rope and curiousity about the world around them. Our children are so glued to their phones, tablets and consoles that many are losing the ability to communicate "face to face".  They are not learning the art of being engaged in the world around them!

What about outdoor play? Once kids would tie a tire and rope to a tree for hours of fun~Now children are confined to "safe play areas" with sterile, safety approved, playground equipment. A bruised knee can result in removal of the offenseve piece. I am all for child safety and Yes, I did worry myself sick every time my children were not sitting right in front of me, but preventing them from taking on their world is not the answer. Add to this the growing obesity in society and the fact that we now have a problem with morbid obesity in elementary students! What's in their future?

Millions of young people worldwide graduate with large debts and no prospects. As larger numbers of degrees are given for topics like "Gender Analysis in Economics" or "Sexuality and Queer Studies", "Women's and Gender Studies" and on and on~just who will pay for whatever it is that these people are supposed to be doing? How many positions can there ever be? How are the huge student loans to be repaid?? If the majority of the world population are no longer employed, Who will support them? and more to the point, Why will anyone even want to support them in the long term?

The short film below is not a "doomsday" prophecy, but a simple look at a problem that is here~now. As we are advancing at an ever increasing rate, we do indeed face a world where the majority have "no purpose". Isn't it time we started thinking about it?

Here is Some Food for Thought~Do Take Time to Watch to the End...

*Hat Tip to Blazing Cat Fur Blog

Judge Jeanine to Obama~You Need to Leave!

Why Americans Tolerate Such A Vapid, Weak President is Beyond All Belief

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Woman in France Convicted for Saying Islam Is Crap!

Sharia Law is Being Applied in France But This Brave Woman Will Not Back Down!

*For a written translation and the complete story go to Gates of Vienna Blog

In Case You Were Wondering~Here is What She Was Convicted For...

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Tisha B'Av 2014~Women In Green Had a Large Turnout!

Bringing Out the Flags to Start the Women in Green Walk
This year, as in previous years I joined friends for the Women in Green Annual Walk around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

As in previous years, the starting point is in the park and begins with the public reading of Eicha. Then, the flags come out, and when the police give the "OK" the walk begins.

This year, they changed the route of the walk due to the funeral of the young father of five who was killed by a terrorist. Sadly, his young children will forever know true mourning on Tisha B'Av.

One aspect of the walk is the mood of the crowd. We walk at a leisurely pace, many carry flags, some sing, and everyone is in a quiet, but "up" mood. The streets on the route are blocked as the marchers fill the road and join together in solidarity.

For years, Nadia Matar has organized this walk around the walls with a police escort, and it is a wonderful way to see the ancient stones and gates that one is normally unable to see.

Nadia Matar (Center) at End of Walk
Generally, it is not possible (for Jews) to walk the circumfrence of the Old City. The reason is, that "east" Jerusalem is too dangerous for Jews without a police escort! While the world calls us "apartheid", they fail to see that Arabs go where they please in Israel, while Jews are lynched if they happen to walk down the wrong street.

This year, we were very dissappointed when the walk was cut short at Zion's gate. We opted not to stay for the speaches and instead made our way to the Kotel.

What was heartening was the huge number of people who were in attendance. As we began walking, Nadia was speaking on an intercom and began listing the places people had travelled from for the walk. In addition to all areas of Israel, people were here from all over the world. People had come from places like Bolivia, Uruguay, all parts of the USA, Europe and beyond.

At one point, Nadia told us to turn around and look behind us. It was quite amazing! People were walking as far as the eye could see. Thousands had turned out! It was amazing to see so many people filling the streets all in support of Israel, and our capitol, Jerusalem!

It is the first time that I have seen the Old City with hardly any people walking around! Many streets were totally empty~no people in site. This added to the desolation and feeling of mourning. 

The Kotel Plaza did have numbers of people, but not nearly as many as in previous years.

I did notice, as we left, that more people were streaming in. Many carried small stools, pillow, blankets and foam pads, as they prepared to spend the night fasting and praying.

In front of the Churva Synagogue there was a very interesting display of the Beit Ha Mikdash. A young woman was explaining the meaning of the different areas and also teaching about the history.

It was a modular setup which she was able to take apart to provide a clearer view. She was very good in her explanations, and took time to address questions from the many people gathered round.

The display itself was very good, as was the lecture. Much to my dismay, it was impossible to get close to for a picture as the crowd was pressing in.

Our enemies may attack us on a daily basis, but Israel, and especially our capitol Jerusalem, was ours for 3,000 years and will remain ours forever!

Tisha B'Av 2014~The Kotel Plaza

Jews Gathered to Sing in the Kotel Plaza~Tisha B'Av 2014

Overlooking the Kotel Plaza~Tisha B'Av 2014


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