Friday, December 30, 2011

I can't believe it's finally here.

I've been dreaming of this day for ages. Well, this has been the first stage of my dream. The final stage is of holding Esther's CD in my hands. AHHHHHHHHH I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Esther, I wish you bucketloads of luck and only good easy fun incredible times!

Girls (only!), check out this phenomenal webpage where you can experience all your worlds, emotions, deeds and thoughts bridged into one encouraging uplifting journey of a song. And then another one. And another one. And another one.

With love, I present

The Mekong (Wikipedia)

The Mekong is a river that runs through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, from the Tibetan Plateau. It is the world's 10th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia.

Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam established the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in 1995 to assist in the management and coordinated use of the Mekong's resources. In 1996 China and Burma became "dialogue partners" of the MRC and the six countries now work together within a cooperative framework.
The extreme seasonal variations in flow and the presence of rapids and waterfalls in this river have made navigation difficult.

In English the river is called "the Mekong River", derived from "Mae Nam Khong", a term of both Thai and Lao origin. In the Lao-Thai toponymy, all great rivers are considered "mother rivers" signalled by the prefix "mae", meaning "mother", and "nam" for water. In the Mekong's case, Mae Nam Khong means Khong, Mother of Water. "Khong" is derived from the Sanskrit "ganga", meaning the Ganges.

The Mekong basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. Only the Amazon boasts a higher level of biodiversity. Biota estimates for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) include 20,000 plant species, 430 mammals, 1,200 birds, 800 reptiles and amphibians and an estimated 850 fish species. In 2009, 145 new species were described from the Mekong Region, comprising 29 fish species previously unknown to science, two new bird species, ten reptiles, five mammals, 96 plants and six new amphibians. The Mekong Region contains 16 WWF Global 200 ecoregions, the greatest concentration of ecoregions in mainland Asia.

No other river is home to so many species of very large fish. The biggest include the giant river carp (Probarbus jullieni), which can grow up to 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) and weigh 70 kilograms (150 lb), the Mekong Freshwater Stingray (Himantura chaophraya), which can have a wingspan of up to 4.3 metres (14 ft), the giant pangasius (Pangasius sanitwongsei), Siamese giant carp (Catlocarpio siamensis) and the endemic Mekong giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas), all three of which can grow up to about 3 metres (9 ft 10 in) in length and weigh 300 kilograms (660 lb). All of these are in serious decline, both because of dams and flood control and overfishing

Balls of light are observable from time to time rising from the water's surface in the stretch of the river near Vientiane or Nong Khai. These are sometimes referred to as Naga fireballs.

My Apologies, Blog

I keep landing up at Facebook. Hey, sometimes I need more immediate expression. But quick fixes don't always work. And now I just deleted my status when I realized that every Tom, Dick and Harry can read my soul. I don't always know when it's my soul.
Travel is.

B"H, I've traveled through approximately 14% of the world's undisputed countries. Not bad.

My Journeys in Life

Many journeys have I taken in my young life.

New York to Toronto was a 12 hour bus ride and the train from Mumbai to Varanasi was 30 hours long, yet my longest journeys have been in my heart and taken me across incredibly challenging borders in only 60 seconds.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Meet Darkness:

Ultimately, Darkness will meet her end. Our choice lies only in the form of her demise:

If we meet nothing but success at every stage of our mission, Darkness will helplessly surrender, delivering to our hand all the sparks of G‑dliness that she has so jealously held.

When we fail, however, we have taken upon ourselves to wrestle Darkness face-to-face to her utter annihilation. She will not surrender, but no trace will be left of her. She herself will be transformed to light.

And there is no greater light than Darkness herself transformed to light.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Packing Up My Life Here..

I won't lie; it is a bit emotional to be packing up my life from here.
The place I thought I'd spend a year; and now I'm leaving less than 4 months later.
True, I am planning on returning in a month; but it's only for 2 weeks, and it might not even happen in the end.
Also, I don't know what I'm doing afterward; packing up my life from this place also symbolizes stepping into the very unknown.
The thought normally thrills, not scares, me; I wonder why it's different now.
Perhaps because I thought I was finally finally settling down; and now I'm packing up again.

I'm not sad or regretful or upset. It's just emotional. It's life.

Friday, December 23, 2011

At Macy's.

Employee: "Hi, I'm Philip if you need any assistance."
Chava'le: "And who are you if I don't need any assistance?"

Thursday, December 22, 2011

If Joseph Could Forgive

If Joseph, Yosef Hatzadik, could forgive his brothers that wanted to kill him (after openly hating him) and then ended up selling him to passing Arabs, I could forgive the people in my life, as well. Small small things we're talking about. No comparison. Yet, he did it so graciously. Learn, I must. 

Also, that is mad cool, picture the scene of Yosef second in command, sitting on this throne, falsely swearing on Pharoah's life, prophesying with his magical goblet, his brothers completely clueless..

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's All Good. It's All G-d.

Shalom and Shavuah Tov! 

When man says, “I CAN’T” or “WE CAN’T” God says, “I AM” meaning that He is able to do ANYTHING! Nothing is impossible with God! Remember this as you face the week ahead.

In the service of the G-d of Israel,
Naomi  family

Friday, December 09, 2011

Don't have faith, but...

Trust, Not Faith

People ask, “How can I have confidence in G‑d? Confidence that He will take care of me, that everything will work out for the best? Perhaps I don’t deserve the best. Perhaps I’ve already messed up so bad He no longer cares about me?”
These people have trust in G‑d all mixed up.
Trust is not faith. Faith is something you may or may not have. But trust is something you do. Hard.
Trust is when you are dragged by the currents of a mighty river and you cling with all your might to a rock you trust will not move. Trust is when, in times of trouble, you cleave so unshakably to the heavens that you pull them down to earth.
Trust is a mighty and heroic bonding of love. And, as with all love, it is reflected in the heart of the beloved. You bond with the Eternal Rock above, and the Above bonds with you. Then you are a fit vessel for all kinds of good.
Trust changes who you are. It changes your whole world. And it is available to anybody, at any moment, no matter who they were the moment before.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Snowboarding in Morocco

Better do it quickly before it's too late..!!

"Duchsin" (New Song)

Lipa's new song, "Duchsin", is thought to be phenomenal. It's really short but it's so scholarly that you don't even realize. It's a bit awkward in the beginning but then it gets really catchy. People are considering flying across the country just to hear it live. Seems a bit extreme to me. I'd say go online a bit, check it out, and then see if it's worth it. But nu, who am I? Not a Duchsin connoisseur, apparently.

Yalla, "Duchsin, duchsin..."...

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Deep Love
Kislev 2, 5772 · November 28, 2011

You cannot reach deeper within another than you reach in your own self.
If you love yourself for your achievements, your current assets, the way you do things and handle the world -- and despise yourself for failure in the same -- it follows that your relationship with another will also be transient and superficial.
To achieve deep and lasting love of another person, you need to first experience the depth within yourself -- an inner core that doesn't change with time or events. If it is the true essence, it is an essence shared by the other person as well, and deep love becomes unavoidable.

Friday, December 02, 2011

תמונה מהודו שלא תצא לכם מהראש...

שלום חוה 

באמת אין צורך להגדיר את האבסורד. עולם הפוך
לאחר השניות הראשונות בהן לא הפסקתי לצחוק...

(באם אינך רואה התמונה לחץ למעלה: הצג תמונות)

ראיתי לנגד עיני את פתגם הבעל שם טוב:
מכל דבר שיהודי רואה ושומע עליו ללמוד דרך בעבודת ה'".

המצב הנכון והבריא הוא: שהחלק הגשמי-הבהמי שבתוכנו ישרת את החלק האלוקי - הרוחני
נאכל, נשתה, נרוויח כסף אפילו נטייל מידי פעם על מנת שנהיה בריאים ופנויים למלא את תפקידנו הרוחני בעולם
למרבה הצער, רובנו מוצאים את עצמנו לעיתים במצב האבסורדי
בו החלק הרוחני-האלוקי משועבד לחלק הבהמי והגשמי
אנחנו יכולים לעבור ימים שלמים ואפילו חיים שלמים במרדף אחר
עוד טיול עוד כסף עוד בית עוד רכב עוד ריהוט חדש, עוד מסעדה עוד ועוד ועוד
אז איך יוצאים מזה

בפרשה, יעקב אבינו - בחיר האבות יורד לחרן -"חרון אף של מקום" -
מרכז של עבודת אלילים, מידות רעות ושאר דברים שליליים.
זה לא היה רק אילוץ בעקבות בריחתו מעשו שאיים להורגו,
הייתה בירידה הזו כוונה ותכלית. לרדת הכי נמוך שאפשר
ודווקא לשם להביא קדושה ואלוקות
בדרך, נעצר יעקב בבית אל וזוכה להתגלות אלוקית
שהיא בעצם נתינת כח למשימה שהוטלה עליו

ושם : "ויקח מאבני המקום וישם מראשותיו וישכב במקום ההוא"
הוא מקיף את ראשו בחומה של אבנים. (ומה לגבי שאר אברי הגוף? הם אינם זקוקים להגנה?(
בשיחה לפרשה  מסביר הרבי כי יעקב לא חשש מחיות של ממש.
הוא חשש מאיומים רוחניים בהמיים ואפילו חייתים שיכולים
להסית אותו מהמטרה לשמה הוא יורד לחרן

ולכן יעקב מקיף רק את ראשו ובכך מסמל את נחישות-דעתו להשאיר את הראש לעצמו.
ורק מעמדה כזו הוא יכול לרדת נמוך ובו בזמן לשמור על הררכיה ברורה.
המקום הנמוך הזה ישרת את האינטרס האלוקי  ולא הפוך.

נכון, צריך להתפרנס, צריך להכין אוכל טוב, צריך לרהט בית נעים ומסודר, צריך להשתדרג בציוד טכנולגי חדש,
אך חייבים לשמור על הראש למעלה. לדעת שכל זה הוא רק כדי לשרת את הראש  - את התכלית והמטרה האלוקית בעולם.
התמונה ההזויה הזו לא יכולה בשום אופן לשקף אותנו.
וצריך להכניס את זה טוב טוב לראש!

אבל בסוף בסוף... שזה עכשיו ממש
יעקב רואה בחלומו, מלאכים של מעלה יורדים ומלאכים של מטה עולים -חיבור גשמיות ורוחניות...
הוא גם שוכב לישון - ובכך משווה את הרגל והראש.

סיומה של עבודה זו יהיה בגאולה האמיתית והשלמה, כבר כתבנו את זה פעם.
אז יתגלה כבוד ה' בעולם הגשמי - "וראו כל בשר יחדיו" - הבשר הגשמי יראה - "כי פי ה' דיבר".

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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Lonely Planet's "The Travel Book"

‘This is a stunning book. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, it’s a classic coffee table book, best perused on a rainy afternoon with a cup of coffee in one hand and your passport in the other, just in case you get the urge to flee the country.’   Digital Camera Magazine

Buy it here :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Moshe Holtzberg!

Moshe Holtzberg, the only member of the Holtzberg family in Mumbai to have survived the murderous terror attack on the city’s Chabad House three years ago, celebrated his fifth - until 120 in good health -birthday on Monday.

Today, Moshe is a happy and relaxed child. However, he still says “good morning” and “goodnight” to the pictures of his parents, the late shluchim Rabbi Gavriel Noach and Rivka Holtzberg, every day.
“He’s a clever, contented child, who goes to school happily,” said his nanny Sandra Samuel, who rescued him from the Chabad House in Mumbai and still lives with him in his grandparents’ home. “Every night, before he goes to sleep, he kisses the picture of his parents.”

Happy Birthday  Moshe Holtzberg!
I walk in and notice two Egged drivers sitting and chatting over coffee and then I remember that blue button-down shirts and sunglasses doesn't mean Egged in America.

Mr Vietnam

Hi, Mr Vietnam. 
Quite pleased we met tonight
Not just I, but you, as well
If I can read a map alright

Your emotional generosity
underhanded, gratefully pocketed
Torn, I think you noticed
My endeavors at un-hearted

Your cute honesty, refreshing
soaked by my spongy soul
fresh humour and simplicity
a delight 
money slash drama slash dancing hole.

Oh! Your flickering light
grew brighter with each stroke
and self and peace and unity
in places often broke

To wait six months or eight
or maybe just days, few
there's no dot in your name
because I'm not done with you

Mr Vietnam 


Monday, November 28, 2011

The 6th Level of Creation

1) דומם
2) צומח
3) חי
4) מדבר
5) יהודי
6) יהודי שאיבד 5 מתוך 8 ילדים

;(      ;(

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Sung Unhero

This is one of my favourite Daily Doses. I just love it. It's so encouraging, so wonderful, so real and true.

The Sung Unhero

Your most heroic acts are those of which you may not even be aware.
Like the time you could have gotten even with the guy in the next cubicle, and nobody would have known. And you really wanted to. But you didn’t, just because it’s not right.
You may not have been impressed—you may even have been disappointed with yourself. But the angels burst into song, as all your world rose up a niche. It may have been the most elevating act of a lifetime.
Heroic acts are wonderful, but that could be just your nature. When you break out of your nature, you enter the realm of the G‑dly.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rabbi Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag ("RABASH")

You can read about him here.

(Mum, take a deep breath. Or as CE would say, "calm down. don't get stressed." x10)

IDF to 'Kidnap' Soldiers Once a Month

Amid fears that terrorists are planning to kidnap soldiers, the IDF will stage soldiers' kidnappings once a month.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/23/2011, 9:11 AM

IDF Soldiers
IDF Soldiers
Flash 90
A month after abducted soldier Gilad Shalit was released and amid fears that terrorists are planning further kidnappings, the IDF is planning to increase the frequency of itsexercises and stage the kidnapping of a soldier once a month.
According to a report on the IDF website on Tuesday, the monthly “kidnapping exercises” will begin next month, and the military is also considering distributing tear gas to male soldiers so they can resist a kidnapping attempt. Presently, only female soldiers are given tear gas.
The decision was made in a recent special session chaired by the Deputy Chief of Staff. It was made in light of increased warnings about terrorists’ intentions to kidnap soldiers and due to explicit threats to that effect by terrorist organizations.
“There are quite a few warnings about it, and after the release of Gilad Shalit, the various terrorist organizations announced that they will increase their attempts to kidnap a soldier,” Brigadier-General Meir Ohana, Commander of the Military Police Corps, told the IDF website.
In addition, the report said, the IDF is also planning to increase the punishment for soldiers caught hitchhiking, which is prohibited.
Last week, the Israeli army held a wide-scale exercise which included a mock reportof kidnapping at an army checkpoint in the Jordan Valley. The “victim” was kidnapped and taken to Shechem, in northern Samaria.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas joined Hamas last month in stating that kidnapping and holding Shalit as hostage for more than five years was “successful" because it brought about the release of the first batch of 1,027 terrorists to be freed by Israel. Nearly 500 were released in the first stage of the agreement, and the others are to be set freed next month.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Flight Distances From England

From Manchester, England to: 
England (UK)
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to London Heathrow, England (UK): 1 hours
Best time to travel: May - October
USA (New York)
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to New York, USA (New York): 8 hours
Best time to travel: All year round (but hot in July & August)
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Buenos Aires, Argentina: 16 hours
Best time to travel: September - November, March - May
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Sydney, Australia: 24 hours
Best time to travel: July - December
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Vienna, Austria: 2 hours
Best time to travel: November – April
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Nassau, Bahamas: 11 hours
Best time to travel: November – April
Barbados (Caribbean)
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Christ Church, Barbados (Caribbean): 11 hours
Best time to travel: November – April
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Brussels, Belgium: 1.5 hours
Best time to travel: May - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Sao Paulo, Brasil: 14 hours
Best time to travel: May - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Toronto, Canada: 8 hours
Best time to travel: May - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Beijing, China: 12 hours
Best time to travel: April - October (but wet in July & August)
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Paphos, Cyprus: 5 hours
Best time to travel: All year round
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Cairo, Egypt: 6 hours
Best time to travel: October - May
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Nadi, Fiji: 24 hours
Best time to travel: May - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Lapland, Finland: 6 hours
Best time to travel: May - November
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Paris, France: 1.5 hours
Best time to travel: May - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Berlin, Germany: 3 hours
Best time to travel: May - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Athens, Greece: 4 hours
Best time to travel: April - October
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Budapest, Hungary: 3.5 hours
Best time to travel: May - October
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Delhi, India: 11 hours
Best time to travel: November - March
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Jakarta, Indonesia: 17 hours
Best time to travel: June - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Dublin, Ireland: 1 hours
Best time to travel: June - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Rome, Italy: 4 hours
Best time to travel: April - October
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Tokyo, Japan: 14 hours
Best time to travel: April - May, October - November
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Nairobi, Kenya: 11 hours
Best time to travel: August - March
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Luqa, Malta: 4 hours
Best time to travel: All year round
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Plaisance, Mauritius: 15 hours
Best time to travel: May - November
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Cancun, Mexico: 11 hours
Best time to travel: November - June
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Amsterdam, Netherlands: 1.5 hours
Best time to travel: May - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Warsaw, Poland: 4 hours
Best time to travel: May - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Lisbon, Portugal: 4 hours
Best time to travel: March - October
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Moscow, Russia: 6 hours
Best time to travel: May - August
Scotland (UK)
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Edinburgh, Scotland (UK): 1 hours
Best time to travel: June - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Mahé, Seychelles: 13 hours
Best time to travel: May - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Singapore, Singapore: 14 hours
Best time to travel: All year round (but wet in November & December)
South Africa
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Johannesburg, South Africa: 13 hours
Best time to travel: September - May
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Madrid, Spain: 3 hours
Best time to travel: April - October
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Stockholm, Sweden: 2 hours
Best time to travel: June - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Zurich, Switzerland: 2 hours
Best time to travel: May - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Bangkok, Thailand: 13 hours
Best time to travel: November - April
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Istanbul, Turkey: 4 hours
Best time to travel: April - September
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Dubai, UAE: 7 hours
Best time to travel: December - March
USA (Hawaii)
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Honolulu, USA (Hawaii): 19 hours
Best time to travel: February - November
USA (Nevada)
Flight time from Manchester, England (UK) to Las Vegas, USA (Nevada): 13 hours
Best time to travel: All year round

Monday, November 21, 2011

!התמונה שהכי תזכיר לכם את הודו! ובחיוך גדול

שלום חוה
חיפשת תמונה שמאפיינת את הודו...
כן, כן, אין ספק שהם מדהימים אותנו - בני המערב.
היכולת הכימעט  טבעית של ההודים, 
להסתפק במרחב אישי מינמלי ולהכיל בעליצות עוד כמה...
והתמונה הזו לוקחת אותי היישר לסיפור הפתיחה בפרשת השבוע:
אברהם אבינו, מכניס האורחים האגדי, 
מציע גסטהאוז באמצע המדבר, ארבע פתחים שיהיה קל לחברה להיכנס,
אוכל טוב ממש: בקר, יין, חמאה קינוחים ומה לא? וכשהציעו לו תשלום, הוא אפילו לא אמר : 'as you like'
זה היה חינם! לגמרי!
המדרש מספר שכל אורח בתום הסעודה נתבקש על ידי אברהם לברך על המזון ולהודות לה'. 
מסתבר, שחלק מהאורחים לא אהבו את ה'כפיה דתית' הזו.והתעקשו שתודתם נתונה לאברהם.
או אז שלף אברהם חשבונית מכובדת ואמר:
אם כך אני דורש תשלום מלא. בתוספת מס עבור מסעדה שפועלת הרחק ממקום יישוב .
האמת שאת רוב האורחים החשבונית הרתיעה והם העדיפו להודות בחצי פה ובלבד שיתפטרו מהמקום.
אבל באמת לא מובן?
למה אברהם אבינו צריך לכפות את אמונה בבורא עולם על ציבור שלא מעוניין?
למה בכלל להניח תפילין ליהודי על שפת האגם בפושקר, כשהוא שעושה זאת רק 'כטובה בשבילך'?
למה לסחוב יהודי מ'אואזיס' להשלים מנין בזמן שהוא בכלל לא בקטע ?
התשובה הפשוטה היא :כולנו בקטע!
זה לא מקרה שעשרות אלפי ישראלים מסתובבים בתקווה שהודו תציע בפניהם חוויה מיסטית.
לכל יהודי נשמה אלוקית שרוצה להתחבר לבורא ולעשות את רצונו.
וכשעושים פעולה אפילו לא מתוך הזדהות מלאה, זה כבר גורם
לניצוץ האלוקי שבנו להתקדם שלב אחד קדימה בדרכו לחיבור עם הבורא. 
ההפתעה הגדולה תתרחש ממש בקרוב, 
כשמשיח יגיע ואז לא רק הנשמה תאותת על כמיהתה לבורא 
אלא אפילו הגוף הגשמי החומרי ירצה בו. 
"וראו כל בשר כי פי ה' דיבר"
לי, אין כבר סבלנות לחכות
בטח גם לכם..
ובנתיים, שבת שלום שמחה וגאולה
משפחת בית חב"ד פושקר
בית חב"ד פושקר - הבית שלך מחוץ לבית...
יחי אדוננו מורנו ורבינו מלך המשיח לעולם ועד

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Rabbi Shimshon Goldshtein
Chabad House
Bagwati Guesthouse
Near Ajmer Bus Stand
Pushkar 305022

"" back on the radar

how utterly phenomenal
i am alive
i can move
i can go
i can leave
i've missed my home, the sky.
"A person who is not astute at deceiving is called תָּם, innocent."

-from today's chitas

Friday, November 18, 2011

4:30am is still not 6am...

So, off to bed I go... responsibly :D

Ahhh, Caracas...!

Whatever You Do, Goes Back To You

How you treat others is how G-d treats you. 
How you forgive them is how He forgives you. 
How you see them is how He sees you.

When you show empathy for the plight of another human being, G-d takes empathy in your plight.

When others slight you and you ignore the call to vengeance that burns inside, G-d erases all memory of your failures toward Him. 

When you see the image of G-d in another human being, then the image of G-d becomes revealed within you.

-----Daily Dose of Wisdom by Tzvi Freeman, based on the Rebbe's teachings

"Ella dijo 'Rebbe'!!!"

Off topic, but I think of this sometimes.

I used to put on Morah Chana Brod's cds in Yiddish for my class who spoke only Spanish, just so their neshamas can hear niggunim..and Samuel would call out excitedly "Ella dijo 'Rebbe'!!!" ("She said 'Rebbe'!!!).
It was such nachas. Such such nachas.
B"H! :)

I'm Gulping!

I'm a thirsty man, gulping.
Gulping, gulping, gulping.
I'm writing.

I'm Back To My Blog :)

So instead of writing, I'm spending my time reading travel blogs n stuff. Dunked a buncha coffee down my throat to have energy to revisit emotions n times long gone in order to give birth to the ideas and thoughts hanging out in my brain for months or years, but instead I'm clicking link after link on NomadicMatt's pages, and making buddies with the sky scanner sites of the web.
But it's okay that I'm not writing.
Because I am reading the magic of my soul.
I am back in my little corner of the world, away from Facebook (which has stolen my writing), texting (which steals my attention) and everything else.
I am back to my blog, my interests, my privacy, my connection with the nomads and with the people who don't "know" me.

I'm alive, blessed be He.


"The old aphorism that one does not marry for money, but rather mingles with the rich and marries for love has useful applications when it comes to cadging rides on private jets."   (full article)
"The thumb has been created for travel."  (Mion D. Liyte)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Imagine being able to say "עֶבֶד אַבְרָהָם אָנֹכִי"...!

Then again, I can say I'm a shlucha of the Rebbe. And shlucho shel odom, k'moso. So, hmmm..

Rule in Dikduk

"...every “beth,” “lammed,” and “hey,” that serve as a prefix and are vowelized with a “pattach” refer to something specific, already mentioned elsewhere, or of [some object] where it is clear and obvious about what one is speaking."

-From today's chitas. 

The Fallen Sword of the Sultan ( a story )

chayei sarah..chevron...bittersweet...home...israel...yalla, a story. 

In the early 1640s, the sultan of the Ottoman Empire made a journey from his seat of government in far-off Turkey to places of importance in his domains.
He made his way to the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron. He entered, adorned in his traditional ruling garb, including the golden sword, studded with diamonds and precious stones, which hung at his side. The Sultan wandered from room to room, finally entering the huge hall named after the Patriarch Yitzchak.
The center of attraction in the Yitzchak Hall is a small circular hole in the floor, near the wall shared with the smaller Avraham Hall. The hole is perhaps the most sacred spot in the entire illustrious structure above the burial caves of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, for it leads down into the caves themselves. Pilgrims from all over the world journey for weeks and months just to have the opportunity to stand by this small, dark, circular opening, leading into the cave, which according to tradition was excavated by Adam, the first man.
The Sultan leaned over the revered aperture, peering down into it. As he bent over, his precious sword fell from his side, down into the cavity in the ground. Hearing the clang of metal hitting the ground, the sultan realized that his sword lay in the caves underneath. The sultan called the officer of the guard and ordered him to lower a soldier through the hole into the caves below, to retrieve his sword.
Quick to respond to the sultan’s order, the officer selected a soldier nearby. Another soldier wrapped a rope around his waist and lowered the soldier into the underground cavern. No sooner had they done so when, without warning, piercing screams penetrated from inside the hole below. Quickly they pulled up the soldier, but he was dead. The sultan ordered that another soldier be lowered into the caves. So it was, and his fate was precisely as his predecessor’s.
The sultan continued to send soldiers into the caves, until it became apparent that all who enter the caves do not exit alive. The sultan turned to his hosts and exclaimed, “Who will return to me my sword?” The Arabs, looking at one another, answered without hesitating. “Why not send down a Jew? If he dies, none of us would care, and if not, you will have your precious saber back.” So the Jews were ordered, on pain of death, to supply a volunteer to be lowered into the caves to return the sultan’s sword to him.
The Jews of Hebron had heard what happened to the sultan’s soldiers. How could they send one of their own to his death? They prayed and fasted, hoping to avert the decree. Realizing that they had no choice, they looked at one another. Who would dare to enter the sacred caves of the Patriarchs?
The elderly rabbi of the community, the Kabbalist and sage Rabbi Avraham Azulai, author of Chesed L’Avraham, solved the dilemma. “I will enter the holy caves. Have no fear.” And so it was. After praying and pleading before the G‑d of Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, Rabbi Avraham Azulai immersed himself in the mikvah and dressed in white garments, the traditional dress of the dead. He set forth to the Cave of Machpelah.
With a rope tied around his waist, Rabbi Azulai was lowered into the cave. When his feet hit the ground, Rabbi Azulai looked around him and found, standing by his side, three bearded men. “We are your forefathers,” they told him, “Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov.” Rabbi Azulai was dumbfounded. Finally he said to them, “Why should I leave here and go back above? I am elderly, and here I have found my forefathers. I desire only to stay here with you.”
The Patriarchs insisted, “You must return the sword to the sultan. If not, the entire Jewish community of Hebron is liable to be wiped out. But have no fear. In another seven days you will return here, to be with us.”
So the saintly rabbi returned to the Yitzchak Hall, above the cave of the Patriarchs, and with him was the sultan’s sword. The sultan was pleased. Upon seeing their beloved rabbi return alive, the Jews of Hebron declared the day a holiday. Rabbi Avraham Azulai spent the next week with his students, teaching them all the esoteric teachings ofTorah. Day and night he learned with them, instructing them, imparting to them all that he knew.
Seven days after being lowered into the Cave of Machpelah, Rabbi Avraham Azulai returned his soul to his Maker, dying peacefully in his home. He was brought to rest in the ancient Jewish cemetery in Hebron, overlooking the final resting place of his beloved forefathers, Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov.

Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from
Rabbi Avraham Azulai (1570–1643) authored the well-known Kabbalistic work Chesed L’Avraham. He is the ancestor of one of the most famous Sephardic sages, Chida (Rabbi Chaim Yosef DavidAzulai, 1724–1806)..