The following explains how Google and Facebook tracks you every move on the computer and gathers all sorts of information about you. They then supply you only with what you want to do, hear, watch, etc. Now what happens if you want both sides of an argument to make up your own mind without them? Advertisers are supplied information about you. Did you know that RP of Hollywood, FL likes this or RP in the Modiin area likes Gefilte Fish or Parve or Kosher and is not a big fan of devil worship or witchcraft? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOE1HFEL8XA
After I learned about all the tracking from Google Chrome and search, I reinstated Firefox and they have this site that prevents tracking cookies. What is not there business is not their business and I don’t like monkey business. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/trackmenot/
THE GIFT OF YOM KIPPUR by Rabbi Weisz condensed from http://www.aish.com/print/?contentID=48971056§ion=/tp/i/ky
That is why God gave us Yom Kippur. On this one special day, God allowed us to step out of our ordinary selves and gave us a glimpse of our true connection to Him, and allowed our representative, the High Priest, to become self-aware on the level of Neshama. This allowed us to return to our origins, to temporarily resolve our conflicts, and to be able to push out the things separating us from God.
Now we can easily comprehend the difference between the confession of the penitent, and the confession we utter on Yom Kippur. In the confusion of ordinary life, when we are not self-aware on the level of Neshama, changing of character and self-definition is an extremely difficult process. To attain the levels of sincere regret and firm resolution never to return to past misdeeds - the necessary concomitants of all character change - are extremely arduous tasks. Therefore, Teshuva is extremely difficult to attain, and the penitent must reach very lofty spiritual levels on the basis of his own efforts.
On Yom Kippur - when we are offered a glimpse of our origins and the confusion of self-definition is largely eliminated - the rejection of all our negatives becomes a matter of course. We are able to push out all our sinful activities as being truly unreflective of our true selves, because we are provided a glimpse of who we really are. Thus the confession of Yom Kippur is simply that we have sinned. We regret our inequities and can truly resolve never to return to them not through our own efforts, but through the clear vision of ourselves that the holiness of the day provides.
Isaac's twins, Jacob and Esau, attained this total clarity of self-definition on their own, through freedom of choice. Jacob defined himself as a Neshama - a wholesome man, totally consistent and whole and free of contradictions. Esau declared, "Look I am going to die," thus openly defining himself as a creature of this world only, a man of the field.
During the rest of the year we lose the clarity of vision that allows such sharp definition, but on Yom Kippur, this original distinction between Jacob and Esau reestablishes itself. This then is the secret behind the idea of the "scapegoat."
The loss of the Temple and the sacrifice of the "scapegoat" does not mean that we have entirely lost Yom Kippur. But as we inhabit a world of action rather than spirit, we are always hampered by an inability to translate our thoughts into deeds. Today, Yom Kippur still helps us to attain the spiritual level of true teshuva.
MEN: Asher ben Malka, Avraham ben Devorah, Zvi Yechezkel ben Leah, Shalom Charles ben Gracia, Naphtali Moshe ben Tziporah, Yoel ben Esther, Zev ben Rachel, Adin Yisrael ben Sarah, Yehonatan ben Malka, Aharon ben Rishol, Yacov David ben Gittel Chaya, David Zvi ben Sara Leah
Baruch Dayan Emmes Chanan ben Shlomit: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4131068,00.html I knew him personally from 38 years ago and on a number of occasions he was an inspiring leader and dedicated for the sake of Heaven.
Women: Karen Neshama bas Esther Ruth, Chaya Melacha Rachel bas Baila Alta, Zvia Simcha bas Devora Yached, Bryna bas Gina Sara, Rachel bas Chana, Feige Rachel bas Taube, Hodaya Nirit bas Mazel, Pearl bas Feige Rivka, Leah Nikia bas Bertha Sarah, Dora bas Dorit, Rivka bas Idit.
Please add Moria Ester bat Hadas to your Tehillim prayers. She is a 3 year old who just started chemo for liver cancer.
27 And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. 28 And God blessed them; and God said unto them: 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that creeps upon the earth.' How the non-Jews confused the sin of disobedience with the Mitzvah of being fruitful and multiply is beyond me.
5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begot Methuselah. 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begot Methuselah three hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years. 24 And Enoch walked with God, and he was not; for God took him.
First of all Chanoch is a father in the scheme of things. He was righteous and now the Agadda has a little about him except that he was righteous one of the commentaries has him going up to haven like Eliyahu HaNovi. Another has him turning into an Arch Angel named Metalon.
6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives, whomsoever they chose. 3 And the LORD said: 'My spirit shall not abide in man forever, for that he also is flesh; therefore shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.' 4 The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.
Nephilim have the root in Hebrew for falling.
There is a small Medrash on this with the names of two Angels and a dispute if we are talking about humans such as Pharaoh was considered a god and up until 1945 even the Emperor of Japan. So even among the Sages there was a dispute in tradition if it was two fallen Angels or human ruler’s children. They supposedly produced giant men. But we have to take things in proportion for the bed of Og who was a Giant was: Devarim 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the Rephaim; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbah of the children of Ammon? Nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man. The bed’s length was 13.5 feet to 9 meters length depending if you go according to the Standard for Generations or that of the Chazon Ish. Now my own bed is 7 feet or 2.1 meters in length and 5 feet 2.5 inches aka 1.6 meters wide and a king size bed is even larger for the average man in width 6 feet or 1.8 meters and Og had 6 feet also or according to the Chazon Ish instead of 1.8 meters 2.0 meters or less than 7 feet. Now Golyad was about 9 feet tall who was slain by the 5 foot 2 inch David so this is not far from the real world we live in. Would it be too far-fetched to think that with the fruits and vegetables before the flood occurred the ground was more fertile. Having more minerals and perhaps a better genetic make-up it was possible for the combination of food and internal genetics that such people grew to be taller than Golyad by perhaps a foot or so. If one looks at the tallest man in the world in the Guinness Book of Records one sees that he needs supports to help him around as the human skeleton has its limits. Discounting this and assuming that their muscles were terrifically fit, it would place these Giants as slow but fearsome warriors. Who has the guts to go against a person 3 to 4 feet or a 1 meter and more higher than you in hand to hand battle?
While the Goyim make a big deal out of this story between Rashi, the Medrash and Kabbala there are perhaps 10 sentences or less on the subject so worrying about this or going into this deep is strange worship aka Avoda Zara. This has no real future reflection on the redemption and the spiritual ascension of mankind.
"Three Wise Men" appear nowhere in the non-Jewish Bible, and none are ever mentioned visiting baby Yeshu in a Bethlehem manger”! Or the one that even the Church suppressed that young child Yeshu made clay pigeons and they flew away. There are hundreds of these little non-Jewish tales that are not canonized.
And HE created something from nothing. Professor Stephen Hawkins and colleagues need a Universe condensed into the size of a pea for the Big Bang and from the Kabbala and ordinary Torah and Talmud we only need nothing. The Sages only told Alexander the Great so and so much about creation (Tractate Archin) and afterwards stopped as they were afraid that there would be too many questions such as what was before and what will be after. The fact of the matter is that the LRD reigned alone for an unspecified period. He then created the Angels and consulted within HIS INTELLIGENCE, the attributes (Sefiros).
HE created the Torah as his blueprint for the four words mentioned in Kabbala – Beira, Yetzira, Asiah and Atzilus. The first one was the creation state and the second one the practical state that we are in today. The next world occurs when man evolves to a higher level and finally the last state when in reality heaven and earth are one and the purpose of creation fulfilled. For from my humble understanding the creation of the physical world was made to be raised up to the spiritual world. Not everything we do or want is easy to give up to rise higher and higher. As we say in the blessing Asher Yatza that a human being is created with many openings and interior vessels which are hollow and opened from the interior out. If one of them would be blocked or remain open we could not exist even an hour. The process of breathing, sneezing, eating and other bodily functions are necessary to exist at this stage in the physical world. Let me have the pleasure of a runaway spiritual imagine and speculate on the theme but not without Talmudic backing. In a higher world the processes might occur by osmosis and less waste elimination and breathing too by osmosis and procreation like two amoebas coming together to merge and separate with an offspring almost instantly – this is based upon a Gemara with Rabban Gamliel who said that within a day one could procreate in the future like a Caper Bush. In truth I do not know how the future spiritually humans will be and if there will be physical changes or that we will return to the Zohar description of Adam and Chava with the ability to see from one end of the world to the other and talk directly to HASHEM perhaps not face to face but similar to Moshe and the Burning Bush.
So mankind and creation have a forward direction in the world of Kabbala. The question is how we improve enough to bring about the Moshiach. Then after that to improve enough to resurrect the dead and finally improve enough to turn the world into Gan Eden but our main worry now is to repent for Yom Kippur and to prepare for the holidays so all the best for a healthy, happy and financially secure sealing in the book of life.