Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Today is...

See http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/rosh-chodesh-elul
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my post on marketing to moms

Willie Sutton is credited with uttering the phrase "because that's where the money is" when asked why he robbed banks  read more in The mom market where the money is

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Can clouds be green?

NY is spending $300,000 to find out. The research project total cost is to be $674,000 and will team up the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Clarkson University, AMD, and HPRead about it in my article at http://www.internetevolution.com/author.asp?section_id=1402&doc_id=232684

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Divrei Chaim: putting the pieces together

Divrei Chaim: putting the pieces together: The Midrash opens Parshas Eikev: הלכה אדם מישראל שיש לו מנורה שעשויה פרקים פרקים מהו לטלטלה בשבת. כך שנו חכמים המרכיב קני מנורה בשבת חייב ...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Easy plum cake recipe from scratch

http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/easy-plum-cake-from-scratch

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Stay away from this place

http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/stay-away-from-this-place-review Get your car serviced elsewhere -- and throw away those coupons!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

No polygamy

Yesterday Yeshiva Darchei Torah hosted its annual Tisha B'Av kinos. Among the illustrious list of speakers was Rabbi Greenberg who spoke very well and covered a number of key points, one of them is mentioned in the post I linked to in the previous post.  Another point he made was a reference to Rabbeinu Gershon, who held the title "meor hagola" [the light of the diaspora]. What did he do to earn such a title? The answer, attributed to R' Leibel Eiger was that his edicts were an assurance to the Jewish people. Of course he is famous for his ban on polygamy. In addition to that point for a monogamous relationship, he declared that no man may divorce his wife against her will. The Jewish people's relationship with G-d is always compared to a marriage. Rabbeinu Gershon's decrees were not just about the marriages between men and women but about the everlasting bond between G-d and His people. Though we were cast out, there is no divorce. The kethuba still stands, and there is no acceptance of a get. We also have the assurance that G-d will not seek out another people with whom to connect as he had with us. There is to always only be one wife who will remain faithful to her husband, and that connection is not to be severed.

related articles: http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2011/01/proponents-of-polygamy.html

:http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/aspects-of-the-jewish-wedding-on-to-the-chuppah
 http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/aspects-of-the-jewish-wedding-the-kethuba



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Divrei Chaim: geirus of yisurim and the missing sin of Yisa(s)ch...

Divrei Chaim: geirus of yisurim and the missing sin of Yisa(s)ch...: "The Rama writes that we eat egg on leil ha'seder because egg is a symbol of mourning, and we know that whatever night of the week seder nigh..."

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Monday, August 08, 2011

Divrei Chaim: shabbos devarim - chazon

Divrei Chaim: shabbos devarim - chazon: "Some random thoughts for the end of the week: 1. Let me start with a little halacha. Hat tip to Havolim for his discussion last week on th..."

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A step forward for science

Developing a Knowledgebase for Scientists: see my post athttp://www.internetevolution.com/author.asp?section_id=1402&doc_id=232129



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Thursday, August 04, 2011

A Shabbos of Vision

There are several Shabbatot within the Jewish calendar that carry a special name.  for example, Shabbos HaGadol  is the name designated for the Sabbath day that falls out just before Passover, Shabbos  Shuva -- for the one before Yom Kippur , Shabbos Shira --- when the Torah portion of Beshalach is read, and there are several other Sabbaths named for the Haftorah [a selection from Books of the Prophets] portion read on them.  This Sabbath is among those, named Shabbos Chazon [The Shabbos of Prophetic Vision] for the Haftorah  portion read from the beginning of the book of Yeshayahu [ Isaiah 1:1-27).  This haftorah is the culmination of the three sections foretelling the tragedy fo destruction designated for reading during the 3 week period .  These prophecies are meant to remind us that the loss of the Temple is not part of ancient history but relevant to our lives now.  Concentrating on the words associated with those events of two thousand years ago is supposed to remind us that they still apply to us in our modern world.


The following is adapted from an essay written by Rabbi Chaim Brown for his blog, the Divreichaim.blogspot.com:
  R’ Tzadok haKohen explains that theese three haftaros correspond to the three attributes of dibbur [speech], shmiya[hearing], and re’iya [sight] , which,  in turn,  correspond to the three higher sefiros of keser [crown], chochma,  [wisdom], andbinah [understanding].  Shabbos Chazon is not just about seeing but understanding the meaning of the vision.  That is an underlying lesson of  the prophecies assoicated with both exile and redemption.  A number of times when G-d speaks to another of the "latter prophets," Yimiyahu [Jeremiah],  He asks him, "Ma ata roeh?" [What do you see?] and then tells the prophet what the vision signifies.
The Ishbitzer teaches (Parshas VaYakhel) that the word “re’u,” [see] when used in the Torah means to look beyond the superficial appearance of things to discern some deeper meaning.  Think about what we mean when we say, "I see what you're saying."  We mean we understand the perspective the other person is trying to convey to us. Seeing in this way is intimately related to the idea ofbinah, understanding because it requires that we dig beyond superficial appearance into the true nature of things. Sight is not just a matter of the what appears in front in of our eyes, but  a cognitive process the our minds.  That is why it is possible for two people to stand in front of the exact same view and each see it differently.
When the Tanaim saw foxes running in ruins of the Temple (Makkos 24), they cried in sorrow at the sight of utter davestation.   Surprisingly, though, R’ Akiva laughed, confident that just as the prophecy of destruction was fulfilled, the prophecy of rebuilding would be as well. It is not possible that the other Tanaim doubted that the prophecy of the eventual geulah [redemption].  What then was the difference between their perspective and Rabbi Akiva’s?
The Midrash teaches, ‘V’chol yekar ra’asa eino’ – that which was not revealed to Moshe Rabeinu was “seen” by R’ Akiva (seeMenachos 29). R’ Tzadok haKohein teaches that others believed in the prophecy of redemption, but their eyes were filled with the desolation which surrounded them. R’ Akiva taught even as one looks at desolation, one who has true understanding and insight sees the essential  goodness. This is true re’iya, seeing reality not with physical eyes alone, but with the cognizance of binah.
Shabbos Chazon calls to us for the tikun of re'iya, to see -- even in the pain that surrounds Am Yisrael in exile --  the seeds of redemption. U're'eh b'tuv yerushalayim v'shalom al yisrael -- and you shall see in the good of Jerusalme and peace on Israel. 

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

debt ceiling answer

Divrei Chaim: debt ceiling psak: "From R' Aviner's website : Question: Our debt continues to grow. Is there a Segula to reverse this trend? Answer: Certainly. You should spen..."

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debt ceiling answer

Divrei Chaim: debt ceiling psak: "From R' Aviner's website : Question: Our debt continues to grow. Is there a Segula to reverse this trend? Answer: Certainly. You should spen..."

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Free admission this Sunday

at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Zoo, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum among other places. See the full list and details at http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/free-admission-to-brooklyn-attractions-this-sunday-august-7th


Another thing that's free this Sunday in Cedarhurst is
MAKING GOOD MARRIAGES GREAT! 8 PM Sunday, August 7, 20118 PM, at YILC, 8 Spruce Street, Cedarhurst. Presenters: Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch, MA, and Esther Friedman, MSW from SHALOM Workshop. Techniques, tools, and tips to improve communication and emotional connection. NO COST.Registration is required. Contact 212-929-1525 x112; jsteinig@youngisrael.org online registration at:www.youngisrael.org/marriage.




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Monday, August 01, 2011

9 days basics and easy recipes

See http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/9-days

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