Monday, 25 April 2016

Birkat Kohanim~2016

I Would Recommend All Jews Attend at Least Once...

The Blessing began when Moses first blessed Aaron and has continued to this day. Jews traveled to Jerusalem to hear the blessing on the "High Holidays" before "islam" was even thought of. In Jerusalem, we hear the Birkat Kohanim every morning in synagogue.

יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
May the LORD bless you and guard you... 
(Yevhārēkh-khā Adhōnāy veyishmerēkhā...)

יָאֵר יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
("Yāʾēr Adhōnāy pānāw ēlekhā viḥunnékkā...)
May the LORD make His face shed light upon you and be gracious unto you...
יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם
May the LORD lift up His face unto you and give you peace... 
("Yissā Adhōnāy pānāw ēlekhā viyāsēm lekhā shālōm.")

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

How Hard is it To Find a Place to Live in Jerusalem?

My "Old" Street
My posts have been almost non-existent since last year. The rundown building (or "hovel" as my friend likes to describe it) that I was living in, had been sold. Unbeknownst to us (the tenants) there the new owner had no intentions of renewing our contracts and he had no intentions of letting us know that!

This is a ploy used over here. The "old" landlord suddenly decides to make an extended contract with the tenants (in our case, until the 31st of December) or any other date they may choose. The tenants are told that this will guarantee their flat and the new landlord will then make his own contract. We were very trusting...

When there was no contact forthcoming from the new owner by mid-December I decided to get the ball rolling and called to make arrangements. The response? "There is no contract~Get Out!!" When I indicated that he at least needs to give notice, and that it was December and there were no flats to rent in Jerusalem (unless you are very, very, wealthy), he replied: "That is not my problem. I give not one minute longer~do what you like but the building is coming down on the first whether you are inside or not"

When I spoke with the others in the building I learned they were also in the same position. Immediately my life was thrown into turmoil. Working full-time and trying to find a place to live is something I would NOT recommend if you live in Jerusalem. Even with the help of friends I could find nothing~it was very depressing. 

I will to do another post on the crap that people are advertising because there is enough material for a novel. Suffice it to say, that greed is alive and well in the Holy City.

On the 31st, with no prospects, I had my belongings packed up and hauled to a storage unit. A wonderful friend offered me a bed until I could find something permanent. On what was probably the worst storm of the year, with water running in the street up to our ankles, my friend and her son helped me drag the remainder of my things to her truck and then to her home. I could write a volume an the kindness of good people...but that is also for another time!

So how hard is it to find a place in Jerusalem?? If you have a shit-load of money, or if you don't mind living like a dog in a leaky, moldy broken down hovel (while paying a huge rent) then I would say you may find something~other than that~it is very, very hard indeed.

I have finally found a place (in March), but it is not long term. For now I have to clean~don't ask!! I also have to wash all of my belongings as they were in storage and are covered in layer upon layer of dust. 

Once I get more or less settled I will do a post on the dire rental situation. Most people aren't aware just how bad the situation is if you are a renter, and the many ways the landlords will squeeze you dry before you even step foot in the place. I will close by saying that the majority of landlords have a chutzpah to charge money for what is "very loosely" termed a flat

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Israel~One of the Myriad of Reasons I Love My Country

Israel is Only One Call Away~I Think This Sums it Up Very Well...

I received this film via email. The only information given was that it was a contest film by Rachel Lester for 12 Tribe Films on Vimeo. Do visit their site as they have many good films and projects and more in progress.

Lyrics and Song by Charlie Puth
I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

Call me, baby, if you need a friend
I just wanna give you love
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon
Reaching out to you, so take a chance

No matter where you go
You know you're not alone

I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

Come along with me and don't be scared
I just wanna set you free
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon
You and me can make it anywhere
For now, we can stay here for a while
'Cause you know, I just wanna see you smile

No matter where you go
You know you're not alone

I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

And when you're weak I'll be strong
I'm gonna keep holding on
Now don't you worry, it won't be long
Darling, and when you feel like hope is gone
Just run into my arms

I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one, I'm only one call away
I'll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I'm only one call away

I'm only one call away

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

I Can Be! Dedicated to The Special Children Center

This is a beautiful and happy song dedicated to the children and staff of The Special Children's Center.

Here is the story behind the song as told by Yaakov Shwekey. Please Note that there are links below the video where you can download the song. All proceeds from song downloads go to The Special Children Center.

Almost twenty years ago my wife Jenine and her best friend started The Special Children's Center from a one-room apartment. Back then they were just teenagers with a dream to change the world, one child at a time. They felt a tremendous need for special children to have a place to flourish, to receive the care and attention they need, and to wrap it up in happiness. With the help of so many believers, that endeavor grew into a multi faceted Center for more than three hundred special children across three locations. 

While there is no end to the demand, there is also no end to their determination. While traveling and performing all over the world for the last fifteen years I’ve seen with my own eyes the gift that music can give and the depths it can reach. The power is within every one of us…you can be anything, no matter what challenges you face. That is the magic of love, and the magic of this song. It is for you, the children and staff of the Center, and for you, all children around the world~each of you is precious, you can be anything. 

I Can BE!  This Song Is For You...Yaakov Shwekey

* Please consider following the links and making a contribution to this very beautiful cause...

Lyrics and Download: 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Time to Sit Back and Relax~Lo Yaavod

Shwekey is Very Popular in Israel and America~Great Voice~Great Music~Enjoy!

Do not be as slaves who serve their master for the sake of reward
One should serve his Creator solely out of love
...Mishna Avot 1:3~Commentary of Rabbi Ovadiah of Bartenura

Thursday, 18 February 2016

More Proof That There Really Is Truth in Humour!

NewSpeek is a Danish Program with English Sub-Titles. It is Worth Looking At!!

***Hat Tip to Vlad Tepes for posting this...Do Visit his Blog!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Fakestinian Hatred Knows No Bounds

It is stunning how wrong the news from North America and Europe is when portraying the situation in Israel. Rather than promoting peace, they are throwing gasoline on the fires of hatred.

A young mother of six, was stabbed to death in front of her children, in her own home, by a terrorist. She was thirty years old, a nurse, holistic healer and was known for always being available whenever anyone was in need. Where was the outcry~apart from sympathy for the terrorist that is...

There are no words to describe the multitude of feelings that course through the mind when these continued, uncalled for attacks on innocents pass with barely a nod from the world at large. Yet, a terrorist shot while attacking and killing, or trying to kill Jews, is hailed as a martyr, wailed over, and of course, his family gets a large pension funded by the EU and friends.

Meanwhile, the EU is building "ILLEGAL" Arab houses on Jewish Land!! Note that they want all Jewish homes (built on legally purchased land) destroyed. When Israel tore down a few Arab homes built with no purchase, permission or safety checks on "acknowledged Jewish Land" the EU and UN threw a hissy fit. What bizzaro world are they living in!

Arabs are fed lies from birth, they are raised to act murderously for the sake of those lies. They are now being told that Mary and Jesus were Palestinian, and if you watch the clip below you will hear the claim that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is also theirs~along with the Holy sites of the very Jews they want to kill. What do Muslims do to synagogues and churches? They turn them into Mosques or destroy them.

As you watch the clip below, remember, this is a culture that will never be satisfied with one piece of land. They want it all, and they want Islam to be the only law in the entire world. Eventually, this will be on your doorstep. All through history this has proven to be true and in these times we are not only facing the violence, but a people who have learned to take advantage of the democracy and "political correctness"

Ignoring the reality will not improve things~this is a primitive culture that only knows force and violence. Those who are kind to the cruel, will end up being cruel to the kind~then in the end they themselves will end up being oppressed.

The following is a collection of MEMRI TV clips showcasing the recent wave of Palestinian incitement against Israelis and Jews as part of the "Knife Intifada." The compilation includes statements from Palestinian officials and religious figures, as well as segments from TV shows and videos posted on social media.

What Would You Do If You Were Fed This All Day~Every Day?


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