Monday, July 28, 2008

Baruch? Obama

I found this pretty funny. Jewish seniors discussing Barack Obama.




(H/t: Life in Israel)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Come On, People!

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The last standing outer wall of the Holy Temple is one of the holiest places to visit. It is said that whoever prays there, their prayers will be fulfilled, just as King Solomon requested to God that it should be this way.

Many people come with little notes and leave them in the cracks of the wall, as a message to God and a prayer request. These items should never be taken and read and used for profit!

I am so ashamed to learn that Obama's prayer paper was taken and sent to various media outlets for publication. Thank God, many did not publish it.

How sick is that?

It is very reflective of the growing problems that I am seeing here. Lack of Derekh Eretz. A lack of knowing the right path of behavior. Sometimes I worry that we are so concerned to make sure there are no bugs on a piece of lettuce, that we forget the laws regarding man towards man. *sigh*

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Angry Black Woman Looking for Writers

Looking for Editors & Writers
Posted on July 10, 2008 by the angry black woman

Excerpt from her blog, The Angry Black Woman:
Please note, this is not for the ABW blog but for a different project I’m involved in. Please pass it around, link, and repost it as appropriate.

Mommy Advice -What Do You Say?

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Is it okay to call a child who loves to talk and ask questions, a chatterbox? Could that become a stigma? Is that a stretch?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

News in Israel

Yet Another Bulldozer Attack in Israel
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This is NOT a trend I want to continue.

Arutz Sheva has the news.

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Political Quote of the Day:

"today, Iran is friends with the American and Israeli people. No nation in the world is our enemy, this is an honor."


--this from Iranian Vice President, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie
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Barack Obama is here visiting Israel. Let's see what he has to say.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Quantum Physics Anyone?

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I really would like to understand Quantum Physics. In particular the idea that photons can turn either into waves or particles -but only when no one is looking!!! Even if a scientist is trying to track it. It seems to know how to "wait" and switch. You can read more about it here.

sigh. So much to learn. Is there a chip one can put into my head and I can download this information? lol

Monday, July 21, 2008

Just Musing

Why Do Blacks Flock to Islam?
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After the Christian Black Churches, the other place of worship where I see an overwhelming amount of African Americans are in Islam. Why not New Age? Why not Judaism? Why Islam? And why does Islam carry the cresent moon as its symbol? Why have African Americans begun to talk harshly to one another, almost crass? Where does black hatred comes from and what can be done about it.

I believe all these questions can be answered via Torah, Talmud, and the Holy Zohar. But rather than write a book as some suggested and also rather than leaving tidbits info on peoples comment section when such topic come up, I will first create a blog whereas I can brainstorm on the issue. I'll leave it open for comments but its not really meant to be a public blog, just NOTES.



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In other news...

In the recent Economist magazine, I read that last year Abu Yahye Al-Libi, a prominent al -Qaeda leader, gave six tips to wage ideological warfare. But I can't seem to find that video. Does anyone know of this?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Israel

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Please check out Ehav's blog for more on Israel.

Excerpt:

The Arab looked at my friend with a bit of anger and angst and said, "Well, what do we get out of it? What will give us?"

My friend responded. "We Israelis i.e. Jews will cut ties with America and help you fight Western imperialism." My friend said the Arab without pause grabbed his hand and said "DEAL!"


Ehav's Hochmah and Musar

The Two Notes

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The sages say we should carry two notes in our pockets. One that says "the whole world was created just for me!" and another one that says, " I am nothing. "

I have witnessed those who carry only one of those notes. The ones who carry only the first note, are very energetic. They love to take charge and that's great to see. Just sometimes they can railroad others as well as styfle and suffocate them.

An example could a lady who loves to talk. Unfortunately she dominates the conversation time and time again. It makes her feel brilliant, but she doesn't learn from anyone because she doesn't hear anyone. Finally, folks just "entertain" her by sitting quietly and not offering anything.

Say that same person realizes her fault and feels really crummy about it. She has now gained the other note: " I am nothing. ". However ,she must not discard the first note. Otherwise, she will end up quiet and demure. Feeling that she's just not worth anyone's time and she just can't do things right anyway.

The proper balance is to have both notes in one's pocket.

Hot Days in Israel

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It is really hot here. And we don't have air conditioning. Just some good working fans that I pray will not give up on us.

Its times like these that its really really hard to dress modestly in the home. I imagine the times of Abraham and Sarah. Abraham had his tent....over there; and Sarah had her own. It must have been nice to have her own space were if she had to she didn't always have to be so modestly dressed.

At any rate, it is what it is.

An Ode to the "Savage"

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One book that I have been reading and really enjoying is Ina May Gaskin's book: Guide to Childbirth. It talks about the natural childbirth process and what's been lost in modern days as things shift to hospitals and doctors and forceps and vacuums, etc. vs what has been gained.

One annoying thing about that book is nothing that Ina May herself says, but alot of the quotes that I find from various doctors. For instance, one doctor is quoted as saying:

"We are, indeed, fully prepared to believe that the bearing of children may and ought to become as free from danger and long debility to the civilized woman as it is to the savage."


--Thomas Huxley

Savage?! Why call people savage? Because they don't have running water in their homes? Because they did not fall prey to the greed of expanding forever more a business into a corporation with shares and stockholders and hostile takeovers and whatnots? We all know who they are referring to. Either Native American Indian (even in modern times, I bet), Africans, or possibly some Asian in a non-highly industrialized society.

Another time, my sister who's very much into healthy eating told me she read a book about diets and eating right. In that book, the author reported that a certain tribe in Africa had absolutely NO CAVITY as opposed to America with its 70% rate.

And finally, in alternative medicine, I sat in a class which taught metamorphosis. The teacher explained how if someone wanted a business, a well balanced person would open their business and sell what they want to sell and that would be that. Someone suffering from various mental blocks, however, would zone in on the need to make a "big" business. Thus they forget the reason for having the business in the first place and really concentrate on expanding and expanding and forever expanding. Greed takes over basically.

It all made me think. Is this world coming around full circle? I have heard so many people make fun of others who didn't seem to have great, gigantic ambitions. The simplicity of their lives was the scorn of those considered "very civilized". However, I do notice that as things take a turn back to its natural roots; as alternative medicine gain popularity, natural childbirth with a midwife is fighting for a comeback, healthy eating is being promoted -everyone is looking back. Not to the "very civilized" for a role model, but to the "savages" and "small people".

Kudos to them for not losing their own value system in the face of modernity. While I am not knocking modernity -I think a good balance can and ought to be had, I don't appreciate the type of reference being made towards others.

Also, I don't want that we go over board. Example of overboard:

Meet Joe!

beep beep!




He's our success story. First his heart failed. But we quickly replaced it with our high tech pace maker machine. Then his teeth became a problem, they were all replaced. Then he started having trouble with his back and instead of waiting for more trouble, we simple transplanted his whole brain onto this vehicle. Now all he needs is a tune up every two years!!!

Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating. And again, I'm not knocking modern technology. But I do think that (1) when it gets tainted by greed -as alot of the food industry, medical industry have become, it becomes a tricky line between what's really beneficial vs what will hurt us in the long run. And (2), Somehow a compromise needs to be made, with the natural way of doing things vs stripping away nature so completely out of a process.


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Thursday, July 17, 2008

News Update

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Once again the Israeli government has made me proud. NOT!

In a great act of chivalry (I guess?) they thought it wise to give up five live thriving terrorist back to Nazralla, in Lebanon, in exchange for two dead Israeli soldiers.

Let's just think about the precedence its setting....

SMH

More quotes for the day:

Olmert told the Israel Policy Forum, 'We are tired of fighting; we are tired of being courageous; we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies.'


Excuse me; Tired of winning?! Is this a self respecting Jew???

(h/t: Arutz Sheva)

Quote of the Day:

ronniedobbs at 08:59 PM on 07/15/08


I suspect this is a nefarious plot by Fox to get people playing a "guessing game," which basically amounts to everyone calling Obama/black people all manner of slurs under the guise of trying to figure out what the tape actually says.


gotten from: Gawkers

Monday, July 14, 2008

Free Will

"If he wants to, he does. And if he doesn't want to, he does not do."

"A person must know that he has free will--the choice is his. He can achieve great things, despite the obstacles which weigh him down..."

"Of all the wonders of creation, the most amazing is man's free will."



Rebbi Nachman

July 14. 2008

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What a difficult, interesting, day it was. Today I had to head out to an Arab village near Ramallah (which is also another Arab village). A friend of mine from Congo lived there and was going to do my braids.

I hadn't realized until later that this was the birthday of my brother. The one who passed away. The one who committed suicide on an L (elevated train).

Unsure of how to feel about all these things I didn't feel anything. However, my feelings for everything else was enhanced! The fresh smell of FaBreeze in my friend's bathroom (with added order killers too!), the taste of the coca cola I drank. Even in just speaking to her about things that mattered to me, I had a certain zeal in my words.

The Arab Village

While getting the braids done, we heard the call to prayer on the loud speaker. This caused us to start talking about the relationship between the Jews and the Arabs. We both agreed it was sad. I was very happy to hear what a balanced view she had -quite
different from all the TV heads who borrow the hateful sentiments without further thought simply because -as I can see clearly- they just needed some kind of justification to hate the Jews.

It is very sad, this divide. Strewn about in the Heb. Bible are interactions between the Jews (Hebrews) and the Arabs and it was not a constant clash. Abraham would still visit Hagar, to see how Ishamel was coming along in his growth; When Sarah passed away, it was Isaac who suggested Abraham go back to Hagar -then renamed Keturah; Ishmael and Isaac came together to bury their father.

Even in the Talmud, to give a story there is sometimes an Arab merchant -and its not always a bad guy!

But somehow things got twisted, and the haters -who have no business in it- come meddling in with their own hate. Okay. Let me calm down. Not to say that there is no real problem. There are some real problems that need to be solved.

Anyway, I figured as long as I didn't show any outward "Jewish" signs, I was safe. But it was interesting. Sometimes I laugh at the thought that: could blacks be ambassadors? I mean, they can be Jewish, Muslim, Christian just by putting on or taking off a head covering. I suppose also a white person, but I suspect the features may 'give them away' somehow. Is that strange?

My Brother

While there, we were watching news, the Tour de France, and other french channel programs. It was like a french refresher course.

Somewhere along our chattering, I realized and blurted out, "Oh my! Today is my brothers birthday!" Then quickly regreted it. The inevitable question ensued. "oh is he?"

Um, he passed away.

Was he sick?

No. He.... he killed himself.

* Awkward Silence *

The Good News

While talking I mentioned all the wonderful things that I had learned about from Torah, Talmud, some kabbalah about curly hair, black, blackness, etc. I wish the whole world knew. Well, for sure the black communnity. And she gave me a great suggestion. She suggested I write down all the notes as to where I found all the information.

That is a great idea -especially for whoever who may take this on and forward, or at least to make sure my kids know where to read in order to maintain a good, healthy self esteem.

Conclusion

So, to conclude, I am going to get a notebook to be a legacy and I hope to buy some Febreeze spray for my bathroom. Ha haha.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Public Service Announcement

hat tip to Casper for putting this on his blog, Flash Point.

This is important -especially if you're innocent!



For the part two w/the police office, you can see it at Flash Point blog.

What's Your Aura?

this gotten from esolibris website.

I only started noticing auras so I'm not so good at it. But I can certainly quickly spot a brooding or negative aura!

Also, I know it says to look at the forehead, but I think every individual is different. For instance, I see the auras better around the nose. Am I revealing too much craziness by revealing this? lol. Enjoy:


Meaning of colors

Purple: indicates spiritual thoughts.

Indigo: The color of the seeker who has inborn psychic and intuitive abilities. It represents an astounding ability in the handling of practical matters.

Blue: Balanced existence, sustaining life, eased nerve system, transmitting forces and energy. People with blue strong point in their Aura are relaxed, balanced and feel ready to live in a cave and survive.

Green: restful, modifying energy, natural healing ability. All natural healers should have it. People with a green strong point in their Auras are natural healers.

Yellow: joy, freedom, non-attachment, freeing or releasing vital forces. People who glow yellow are full of inner joy, very generous and not attached to anything.

Orange: uplifting and absorbing. Inspiring. A sign of power. Ability and/or desire to control people.

Red: materialistic thoughts, thoughts about the physical body. Predominantly red Aura indicates materialistically oriented person.

Brown: unsettling, distracting, materialistic, negating spirituality.

Gray: dark thoughts, depressing thoughts, unclear intentions, presence of a dark side of personality.
How to see Auras

Now do you want to see the Aura? If yes take this exercise:

1. Situate the person in front of a very softly illuminated PLAIN WHITE background. A color background will change Aura colors, so you need additional knowledge about combining colors. Some combinations of background and Aura colors may cause misinterpretation problems.

2. Choose ONE SPOT to look at. The middle of the forehead is VERY GOOD. This is a location of so called Brow Chakra or the Third Eye.

3. Look at this spot for 30 to 60 seconds or longer.

4. Resist temptation to look around. You should see that the background nearby the person is brighter and has a DIFFERENT color than the background further away. This is your own perception of the Aura. The longer you concentrate, the better you will see it. Remember, concentration on one spot increases your sensitivity by accumulating the effect of the Aura vibration reaching your eyes.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A Day in Bnei Brak

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Hi all,

I have been away. I had to go into a neighborhood called Bnei Brak for a wedding. Its one hour away from Jerusalem, where I live.

Though I tried to plan and pack as best I can, with children life is just soooo sooo different. There is no choice but to stop and smell the roses or ......suffocate! lol.

What I had hoped to be a rush to get to the wedding on time, turned into a wonderful scenic trip across Israel. In order for me not to lose my temper on them, we packed slowly, they would get to the bags and somehow find a way to lose them. Or open them up and grab and run with something. I'd repack. Dress the kids up. Convince little Abraham that he doesn't need a dress even though his sisters have one. Haul them all to the bus station. Thank God my sister came with us. Try to find the hotel (cause there was no way I was going to haul them all back on the same day- too tiring!).

*whew!* It was a job.

But the fun part began once we were at the hotel. Everyone took showers, smelled great, decked ourselves out for the wedding and went out and put our best foot forward. Fun times!

Anyway, that's why I had been away for a day.

A Parable: The Conclusion

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After generations of searching, the Old Man at last found his gem!!!

It was hard work. So many jeered him as he was knee deep in the mud pit arms and face dirty with mud. They had even attempted to attack his daughter. But that Old Man used all his resilience to sustain the family and find his gem.

Now, he returned to the council of men. He was much more humble than he had started out, because now he understood that he could not trust himself against arrogance until the day he died. He also became humbled when the thought of his appreciation for those who welcomed him back. Those who were envious of his gem; their own fires of jealousy consumed them and they were no more.

Once again the council of men was at peace again.

THE END

Monday, July 7, 2008

Why Must this ALWAYS Happen to Me?!

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Never fails. I surf the blogosphere, find interesting blogs I want to read more of, surf some more then totally forget where the blogs I want to read are!

Now I'm trying to remember who was the blogger who was talking about how she loved Michelle Obama's clothing, etc. I 'd like to go back to that...

I think it was Roslyn's blog?

A Parable

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There was once an old man who despite his old age was handsome with dark curly hair. This old man had a piece of gem. He loved this gem and was honored greatly because of it. Every time he sat in the council of men, he was given a prestigious seat, for they all knew the of the precious gem that he possessed.

One day, as was inevitable, he allowed the pride to get to his head and heart. He began to be arrogant in his behavior. He began to expect the best seat at every occasion. Soon some of the men from the council became angry --worse, they began to reveal their own bad trait and was envious!

Now it wasn't so pleasant to sit at the council of men. Angry words abound, distrust was rampant, things were not good.

At last, the old man knowing the cause of it all went to his backyard and threw his precious gem into the mud. It sank deeply and was gone.

Afterwards, people found out what had happened to his gem. They began to chide the poor old man and derided him.

Now he was given the worse seat when he sat at the council. Sometimes they would not even invite him to the council! When there, he received scorn after scorn and ridicule after ridicule. The men made fun of his home because he did not have all the convenience that some had. They derided him because he did not have the same pursuits and goals as they did.

In his forlorn, desparate, and confused state, he tried to please them all. But it only made things worse!

Finally, his young daughter could not stand it any longer. She approached her father and demanded that he fetch back the gem he had thrown out. The problem was not the gem, but his ensuing arrogance! Accepting his daughter's wisdom he attempted to retrieve the gem.

Full of dirt and mud, he pursued his goal. Many men would stop by and see him in that sorry state. Despite all the laughter directed at him, he doggedly pursued his gem. Those who had been angered by his arrogance, were glad to see him finally straightening out. Those who had been envious, became afraid that he may regain his glorious stature again. Those were the ones who laughed at him and tried to dissuade him from his travails.

Let's stop there for now....

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Other News

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As much as I love reading blogs. I've come to the conclusion that some are just too much bad news.

For now, I have to HAVE TO SEEK OUT good news to spread before we all (read: I) collapse on just hearing about the bad news.

Folks, let's seek out the good news, let's promote the good in us, eh?

A Word on Psalms

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I wish that I could say the Psalms with true and proper devotion. At times I feel as though, as I say them, King David's lips are moving along with mine adding more intensity to the Psalms and breaking barriers.

Then I get to the changing parts. At first the Psalmist begins with "Oh God, you....." or even a more distant "Oh God, He who...." but then, at some point deep into the Psalm we get to " I, God, ......" How connected that is!!! That we should read the psalms and come so close to the Holy One that at some point we are allowed to even say the words, "I". Its as if, if done with proper devotion, we have meditated and elevated and become one so to speak.

An example: In psalm 46:

He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariots in the fire.
11 'Let be, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'
12 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our high tower. Selah {P}

At what level should we be, to be saying "I am..."???!!! What type of music would fit this crescendo?

*sigh*

Friday, July 4, 2008

Some Positive Words for the Weekend!

Psalms Chapter 100

1 A Psalm of thanksgiving. Shout unto the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD He is God;
it is He that hath made us, and we are His, His people, and the flock of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; give thanks unto Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His mercy endureth for ever; and His faithfulness unto all generations.


Psalms Chapter 121

1 A Song of Ascents.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: from whence shall my help come?
2 My help cometh from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, He that keepeth Israel doth neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is thy keeper; the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall keep thee from all evil; He shall keep thy soul.
8 The LORD shall guard thy going out and thy coming in, from this time forth and for ever.

Incoherent Thoughts...2

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I once posted about Holy Boldness. At Pioneer Valley Women's blog, A commentor mentioned how the Taliban and Maoist Shining Path Guerrillas of Peru took it upon themselves to just "take down" all those who were violent to the women. As she put it...

"It seems that when the Shining Path took over a village, the abusive men in the village suddenly learned how to be non-violent with their wives. All of this without the benefit of counseling and anger management classes."


This also reminded me of an old custom.

Some sages said that when someone sinned, they needed to be flogged. This was especially in the case of when a man refused to give his wife the divorce papers, so that she could go on with her life, marry another, etc.

For men like that, it was once a custom to beat them with the idea of bringing out the "good" in them. Delving into this deep, the real meaning is this:

There are two types of sinner:

(1) One who confuses wrong from right; right from wrong.

(2) One who's grown accustom to doing a wrong and not wanting to stop.


In the first case, the remedy is amulets, study of scripture, etc.

In the second case, the remedy is flogging! That is to mean, hurting the person physically or financially to the point that they realize that its not to their advantage to continue on the "wrong" path.

I still haven't had a chance to open up the Book of Proverbs, but I want to leave for the weekend on a positive note....

Incoherent Thoughts...

My, my, my, do I like to give myself pain or what? lol

I've been reading WAOD's post about the 11 year old black girl who got gang raped by as much as 20 men and boys. And once again appalled not only at what happened, but also at the reaction by the other women in the courtroom. They couldn't see what was wrong with what happened to the young child! They even blamed her!

Then I went over to DJ Black Adam for more of the same.

Then I stopped over at Pioneer Valley Woman yet more.

(They all had different angles and was worth the read!)

Nevertheless, these things are just way too hard to read. Particularly because I don't have a solution. Yet.

At times (like now, in my devastation) I see the BC like a sunny side down egg! It still contains all the ingredients for high kedusha /holiness... but alot of things seem flipped upside down! Thus, a lot of potential holiness is just missing.

I believe that everything in the physical plane has its corresponding counterpart in the spiritual plane. Sometimes I amuse myself trying to map these things out or just reading from others who have done so already. The Divine Presence -God showing that yes, He does exist- in the world is very diminished, it seems. This is why so many can simply not believe in God -my opinion totally. However, it does exist and what is its physical counterpart?

WOMEN!!!

Women are the physical counterpart of the worldly manifestation of God. So why are they being so oppressed? Why are young girls gang raped even in the good ole U S of A?! Why do some communities care for their women, while others are ready to subject them to all kinds of atrocities --- more specifically the very sexual kinds of assaults?

For example (in a Jewish context), there are two holidays that involves empowering malchut -the Divine Presence of Godliness in the world. Passover and Succot. Passover involves restoring the D. Presence within us. By virtually eating the matzah, we are like taking a "pill" to cleanse, empower the D. Presence inside of us. (To break it down even more, Passover is like a time for faith renewal; for taking the "red pill" like in the Matrix, and recognizing that the world has purpose and a purposeful God. This, Rather than staying with the "green pill" and be in slumber or chasing only after material gains.)

Likewise Succot is also about empowering the D. Presence but around us. In this holiday, we ENTER into a built hut that we made just for the occasion. The purpose is to immerse the whole body into holiness. Also on Succot, we hold various species (lulav, etrog, willow branch, myrtle) and shake it in six directions -left, right, up, down, etc. The purpose of this is to draw empowerment into the D. Presence within us. Keep in mind that the D. Presence is considered female and the powers drawn are considered masculine!

(To break that down even more, its like drawing Godly presence around us so that He -er, in this case She and we are like one. Her Will is our will. Kinda like re-enforcing the teachings of the movie "The Secret" by binding our will with that of the D. Presence's Will).

However, in the black community -a community that I consider instinctually spiritual-
somehow this is translating into gang rape! All the masculines -not empowering, but violently imposing- themselves onto a woman. Where's the holiness there? This is warped!

At times it feels like the very same holiness and godliness that I read about and love, is so hated by some in the world particularly in the BC that they subconsciously try to find the best physical counterpart and bash it as best they can!

Women were not made like man. They were blessed to become living beings made from another living source (Adam's live rib; as opposed to dust). They are very much alive people! Like a portal from heaven, they give forth life, they -for the most part- promote life by nurturing, and many are very self sacrificing. What's not to like???!!!

However, because they represent life ...and for some who can't see another way, life sucks.. so, who else can they get at? They can't shoot an arrow to the Creator (God forbid). Creating another tower of Bavel to get to the Holy One seems not in the picture. They only have women to retaliate against. The one representation of God's Divine Presence in the world.

His Divine Presence ...the manifestation of godliness in the world, is also associated with women, the moon, emotion, the heart, kingship (malchut), the color black, King David, and understanding (not to be confused with wisdom). It is referred to in the feminine (she, her, etc).

So, I asked a rabbi, "Can the Divine Presence defend herself?"

His response: "No. she can only flee. She goes away when there is no harmony, when there is strife, etc"

Me: "But what about King David? He's connected to the D. Presence and he was pretty fierce!"

Rabbi: "Yes, but remember, when he was pursued..as when Shaul pursued him.. he fled. That was all he could do. But when he regrouped and had a group of harmonious men, God fearing, together. King David could attack..and WIN." The strong point was attacking, the weak point was defending. Even when dealing with Goliath, it was in attack form.


Well, that was an interesting conversation. Again, I don't have an answer. I"m leaning more towards saying that women need to come together respectfully despite our differences and be on the attack, but what does that mean? And what to do with the traitors from proverbs, those sad women who side with melancholy and evil?

What do I think it means? I'm not sure yet. I know that in the story of Abraham and Sarah, Sarah decided that Ishmael -who was kind of a wild guy- just could not be raised properly with Abraham who is almost 100% kindness. Abraham needed some sternness in order to deal with Ishmael properly. So, she took the initiative and made the hard stance of asking Hagar and Ishmael to leave.

Another example, Devorah the prophetess realized that her people could not constantly put up with the constant attacks by Sisera and his legions. So, instead of waiting to be on the defense, they headed a frontal attack and defeated them.

King David, his example is above.

Yael, who saw the fleeing Sisera near her neighborhood, did not defend herself. Instead she subdued him and when the opportunity was right, she knocked him upside his head w/a hammer and nail. An attack.

But what of the traitorous women who promote the values that encourage the men to violate women? For this I would need to go to the Book of Proverbs.

Just thinking out loud....

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Terrorist Bulldozer

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A terrorist went on a rampage with a bulldozer, climbing and crushing cars and knocking down populated bus. This happened very close to the central bus station. This is a heavily populated area. I'm still in shock.





You can get the whole story Here. Picture and story from Arutz Sheva (Channel 7).

Quotable Quotes

"As soon as we say we want something, the universe says O.K., and it's like an obstacle course gets set up for you,'' Some people get part way through it and say, 'Never mind,' but if you really want it, you've got to be willing to dig in and go through the whole course, no matter what. You have to have blind faith that you'll come out on the other side. It's especially difficult in a world where everything is fast and in your face. Kids aren't taught that if you want something, you have to work for it. If you want it to last, you're not going to get it fast. Anything you get fast is not yours to keep." - Regina Carter


(hat tip= Professor Tracey at Aunt Jemima's Revenge)