14 August 2017

Israel: Pipeline For American Culture to the ME

22 Menachem Av 5777
NBA HEADS TO THE HOLY LAND TO DEVELOP TALENT, PROMOTE VALUES
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The NBA is heading to the Holy Land this week, bringing together some of the top emerging talent from across Europe as part of the league's push to attract more foreign players and expand its global reach.
...An NBA delegation, led by Commissioner Adam Silver, is in Israel as part of "Basketball Without Borders," a program that hosts training camps for top teenage players throughout the world.
...In an interview, Silver said the program aims to give players who have a legitimate chance of reaching the professional ranks a cultural and athletic experience that would be hard to match.
"It's a realization that in order to develop as an elite player at a relatively young age, you need to begin competing against other elite players. And also you need the benefit of top notch coaching," he said.
...Off the court, the program also promotes cultural awareness.
"Whatever region we're in, we educate the young folks about what's happening socially, politically, economically in the area they are in," Silver said. "It's life skills in addition to basketball. It's about the values of the game, like leadership and discipline and hard work and respect for each other."
Toward that goal, the program will sponsor a series of clinics and workshops for local youngsters that will include Israeli Jews as well as members of the Muslim, Christian and Druze minorities. Palestinian children from the West Bank will also be participating, Silver said. On Sunday, for instance, the program will dedicate a new "learn and play" center at Jerusalem's YMCA.
"We look for regions where we can have a bigger impact than just the game of basketball," Silver said.

..."What we'd like to see is using basketball to build bridges between cultures," he said. "I think it really is true that people, whether on a basketball court, or it's on a soccer pitch, when they compete together they see how much they really do have in common. In this case, it's a shared passion for basketball."
Also, the Israeli government, ever eager to mix Jews and non-Jews (especially among those of marriageable age) in the Holy Land, strikes again.
Dangling cash, Israel pushes universities to woo foreign students
The Council for Higher Education in Israel is seeking to attract international, Jewish and non-Jewish students to its universities to promote diversity and a more fertile exchange of ideas on its campuses.
...The council has allocated some NIS 300 million ($83 million) over six years to boost the number of foreign students in its universities and colleges. The idea is to make local academia more competitive with universities abroad and strengthen Israel’s branding as a country of international academic excellence. This will also help fight boycotts and increase diplomatic, social and economic ties with foreign countries, the council said.
“When you have people from different backgrounds you open yourself up to a variety of cultures and ways of thinking, and that enriches you,” Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, the chairman of the council, said in an interview. “This openness will enrich those who come from abroad, but also those who are here.”

13 August 2017

The "Post-Truth Era": Prelude to Mashiach

21 Menachem Av 5777

I only heard this phrase for the first time today. Since we know well that truth is the only basis for reality and that every lie must be wrapped around a bit of truth in order to exist due to this fact, it stands to reason that a complete detachment from truth will cause this entire "post-truth" world to collapse and disappear from reality. This is the necessary prelude to the revelation of Mashiach and a world of total truth. 

The stage is set.
Are we living in a post-truth era?
"Post-truth" was the Oxford Dictionaries’ international word of 2016.... It describes a situation “in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.
...The Guardian's head of media Jane Martinson will be discussing the new era of post-truth and alternative facts with economist and BBC presenter Evan Davis and journalist and former Spectator editor Matthew d'Ancona, both of whom have recently published their accounts of the post-truth age. (Source)

The Post-Truth Era: Dishonesty and Deception in Contemporary Life

At one time we had truth and lies. Now we have truth, lies, and statements that may not be true but we consider too benign to call false. Euphemisms abound. We’re “economical with the truth,” we “sweeten it,” or tell “the truth improved.” The term deceive gives way to spin. At worst we admit to “misspeaking,” or “exercising poor judgment.” Nor do we want to accuse others of lying. We say they’re in denial. A liar is “ethically challenged,” someone for whom “the truth is temporarily unavailable.”

This is post-truth. In the post-truth era, borders blur between truth and lies, honesty and dishonesty, fiction and nonfiction. Deceiving others becomes a challenge, a game, and ultimately a habit. Research suggests that the average American tells lies on a daily basis. These fibs run the gamut from “I like sushi,” to “I love you.”

As the volume of strangers and acquaintances in our lives rises, so do opportunities to improve on the truth. The result is a widespread sense that much of what we’re told can’t be trusted. From potential mates to prospective employees, we’re no longer sure whom exactly we’re dealing with. Deception has become a routine part of the mating dance. Personnel officers take for granted that the resumes they read are padded. No wonder private investigation is a growth sector of the economy.

What motivates the casual dishonesty that’s become pandemic? Why do so many, even those with no apparent need to do so, feel a need to embellish their personal history? This question arises every time prominent figures are unmasked as fabulists: businesspeople, politicians, journalists, judges, military officers, police chiefs, beauty queens, newspaper reporters, South Carolina’s governor, the head of the United States Olympic Committee, and the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. Branches are grafted onto their family trees. Unearned degrees show up on their resumes. Purchased medals appear in their display cases. Thousands of non-veterans say they fought in Vietnam. Scores more passed themselves off as Ground Zero rescue workers.

We can only understand the motives of such dissemblers by examining the sea in which they swim. Trends ranging from the postmodern disdain for “truth” to therapeutic non-judgment encourage deception. There is much incentive and little penalty for improving the “narrative” of one’s life. The increasing influence of therapists, entertainers, politicians, academics, and lawyers, with their flexible code of ethics, contribute to the post-truth era. So do ethical relativism, Boomer narcissism, the decline of community, and rise of the Internet.

Post-truthfulness builds a fragile social edifice based on wariness. It erodes the foundation of trust that underlies any healthy civilization. When enough of us peddle fantasy as fact, society loses its grounding in reality. Society would crumble altogether if we assumed others were as likely to dissemble as tell the truth. We are perilously close to that point. (Source)

11 August 2017

Watch Out for Falling Stars Tonight!


19 Menachem Av 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Eikav

Don't forget about the Perseid meteor shower!

The Perseid meteor shower will be visible from July 17 to August 24, with its peak on August 12 or 13. There will be good view from anywhere in the northern hemisphere; viewers close to the equator in the southern hemisphere may also see a few meteors low on the horizon.

The best time to look for meteors is between midnight and dawn, when the sky is dark and the radiant of the meteors is reasonably high.  (Source)

Spaceweather.com says: We recommend looking on the nights of Aug. 11th - 13th between the hours of 10:30 PM to 4:30 AM local time. Before midnight the meteor rate will start out low, then increase as the night wears on, peaking before sunrise when the constellation Perseus is high in the sky. Sky maps: Aug. 11, 12, 13.

"Whatever You Do It's Only For Your Own Good"

19 Menachem Av 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parashat Eikev



~ Shabbat shalom ~

10 August 2017

An Unwanted Truth

18 Menachem Av 5777

None of these burning buildings collapsed because of fire...

And despite the fact that no fire in history has ever brought a hi-rise building down, we are supposed to believe that fire - not remotely on the scale of what you see above - brought down the Twin Towers and Building #7 at the World Trade Center.


Former NIST Employee Speaks Out On World Trade Centre Towers Collapse Investigation




If they can get away with this, what other nefarious machinations are they capable of?

09 August 2017

IS THIS IT?!

17 Menachem Av 5777

When I saw this headline BLOOD MOON LIGHTS SKY IN ECLIPSE PREQUEL (Aug 7), and put it together with BRIGHTEST METEOR SHOWER IN RECORDED HUMAN HISTORY (Aug 12), as well as THE 2017 SOLAR ECLIPSE WILL BE 'ONE OF THE EVENTS OF THE CENTURY (Aug 21), all following immediately after TU b'Av, I couldn't help wondering if it connects at all to this...
Sound a shofar in Zion and sound an alarm in My holy mountain; all the inhabitants of the land shall quake, for the day of the Lord has come, for it is near.
And I will perform signs in the heavens and on the earth: Blood, fire, and pillars of smoke.
...The sun shall turn to darkness, and the moon to blood, prior to the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
...The sun and the moon have darkened, and the stars have withdrawn their shining.
(Yoel 1:1, 2:3-4, 3:4, 4:15)
We are exactly two weeks before the beginning of Elul and five weeks from Rosh Hashanah:
...even now, says the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting and with weeping and with lamentation. And rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He repents of the evil. (Yoel 2:12-13)
Ten days after that is Yom Kippur and another twelve days beyond that brings us to Shemini Atzeret, the Day of Assembly following Hoshanah Rabbah. Is this verse an allusion to these three holidays?
Sound a shofar in Zion; proclaim a fast, call an assembly. (Yoel 2:15)
And who can ignore this call to a world war...
Announce this among the nations, prepare war, arouse the mighty men; all the men of war shall approach and ascend. (Yoel 4:9)

And the Lord shall roar from Zion, and from Jerusalem He shall give forth His voice, and the heavens and earth shall quake, and the Lord is a shelter to His people and a stronghold for the children of Israel. (Yoel 4:16)

"...even now, says the Lord, return to Me with all your heart,...."

08 August 2017

This Is a Story That You Have to Hear

17 Menachem Av 5777

With gratitude to Devorah Esther for sharing this story, may she go from strength to strength and with blessings poured out!

Adorned With Dignity - Day 50 Special Edition

 "My" Personal Testimony




You can find the whole series HERE.