Monday, May 30, 2011

Snohomish County

Hehe you gotta love it.
Totally takes first place alongside Azerbaijan.

Aaaaaaaaaaaand things are a lookin good!!! BH!

Smile :) vs Smirk ;)

So these days I started allowing myself a full proper smile instead of my usual half-smirk when, alone, I come across something that strikes me as humorous.

Though it feels slightly strange, I love the feeling it brings :)
I've come to the realization that if G-d would've wanted us to constantly be looking back and examining our (individual) pasts, He would've placed a set of eyes on the back of our heads.

Notice, He didn't.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Austrian Town Revokes Hitler's Honorary Citizenship

The Austrian town of Amstetten has revoked an honorary citizenship conferred in 1939 on Adolf Hitler. The citizenship was given to Hitler in 1939, after the Nazi leader visited the town in the wake of the Anschluss, the Austrian populace's willing incorporation of Austria into Nazi Germany. (read more)

New England

New England is a region in the northeastern corner of the United States consisting of the six states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

New England is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Canada (the Canadian Maritimes and Quebec) and the State of New York.


תנט'ים, (בערבית: تنظيم "ארגון"), הוא פלג צבאי של ארגון הפת"ח
Tanzim (Arabic: تنظيم, Organization in Arabic) is a militant faction of the Palestinian Fatah movement

MY NEW BLOG: A Shout-Out To You

Been wanting to do it for a while now, and tonight I finally did.

Started a blog of shout-outs to my fellow world-inhabiters.

As is the case with all my writing, I hope its result is an increase in positive energy.

Chava & Chaya & Chevron

So many times when I'm with Chaya, whether it's during a deep convo or stam when we're hanging out together, I suddenly feel like we're in a movie. Our backgrounds strikingly different yet essentially identical; our sentiments so poignant expressed with as much frequency as our deep shallowness; and mainly, we're both so small fighting something so large.

I often feel like we SHOULD make a movie.

When we were by shoter, and she was calling back to the Arab on the top floor, it was definitely surreal, but the focus was more on her. And when I called back to him, it was equally surreal, but again, the focus was only on me.

Walking back home, we discussed it, and the movie feeling came once again.

So many of those moments...

The Legendary Patience of Hillel

Chazal taught, "A person should always be humble and patient like Hillel...."

Two people once made a bet that whoever managed to anger Hillel would receive four hundred zuz. Friday afternoon, while Hillel was washing himself in preparation for Shabbos, one of the men tried to irritate him.

He passed by the door of Hillel's house, calling out with chutzpah, "Is Hillel here? Is Hillel here?" Hearing him, Hillel dressed, went outside, and asked how he could help.

"I have a question to ask," said the man. "Ask, my son," Hillel prompted. "Why are the heads of the Babylonians round?" To which Hillel answered, "My son, you have asked a great question. It is because the Babylonians do not have skillful midwives."

The man left, waited a while, then returned, calling out once again, "Is Hillel here? Is Hillel here?" Hillel once more dressed and went outside asking how he could help the man.

"I have a question to ask," the man said. "Why are the eyes of the Tarmodiyim people bleared?" Hillel listened patiently and replied, "My son, you have asked a great question. It is because they live in sandy places."

The man left for a while, and returned a third time. "Is Hillel here? Is Hillel here?" Hillel put on his robe, went outside and asked, "My son, what do you require?" To which the man responded with another question, "Why are the feet of the Africans wide?" "My son, you have asked another good question," Hillel tolerantly replied. "It is because they live in watery marshes." The man continued roughly, "I have many questions to ask but I am afraid that you may become angry."

Thereupon Hillel sat himself down before him, saying, "Ask all the questions you have." As if he was unaware, the man asked, "Are you the Hillel who is called the Nasi of the Yidden?" "Yes," Hillel replied. The man retorted, "If that is you, may there not be many like you!" "Why, my son?" "Because I have lost four hundred zuz because of you," he replied. "Always be careful of your moods," Hillel answered. "You can lose four hundred zuz, and yet pay another four hundred zuz, but Hillel will never take offense."

(מסכת שבת ל"א ע"א)

Six Seconds

Won't take more than that to offer a quick prayer for the full and speedy recovery of Andrés Gordan Ben Regina.

Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

In quantum mechanics, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle states precise inequalities that constrain certain pairs of physical properties, such as measuring the present position while determining future momentum; both cannot be simultaneously done to arbitrarily high precision. That is, the more precisely one property is measured, the less precisely the other can be controlled or determined. On the other hand, it is possible to imagine a hypothetical apparatus that measures the history of a particular particle's successive positions and momentums while also measuring times and energies to arbitrary accuracies.

The Uncertainty Principle is often misstated so as to imply that simultaneous measurements of both the position and momentum cannot be made. There is a simple Gedanken experiment that illustrates what physics does allow. Imagine a hollow evacuated sphere where the internal surface is covered by microscopic detectors that measure the position and time of contact of a He atom. Inside the sphere is one single He atom that bounces randomly from one point to another. Each time it contacts the wall, its position is measured to arbitrary accuracy, therefore its future momentum is uncertain. The time of the contact can be measured with arbitrary accuracy, therefore the future energy is uncertain. However, at the next contact with the inner surface of the sphere another accurate measurement of position and time can be made. Knowledge of those accurate times and positions allows us to compute a history of arbitrarily accurate simultaneous positions and momentums along with times and energies.

Published by Werner Heisenberg in 1927, the principle correctly implies that it is impossible to simultaneously both measure the present position while "determining" the future momentum of an electron or any other particle with an arbitrary degree of accuracy and certainty. This is not a statement about researchers' ability to measure one quantity while determining the other quantity. Rather, it is a statement about the laws of physics. That is, a system cannot be defined to simultaneously measure one value while determining the future value of these pairs of quantities. The principle states that a minimum exists for the product of the uncertainties in these properties that is equal to or greater than one half of ħ the reduced Planck constant (ħ = h/2π).


Albert Einstein is perhaps the most famous scientist of this century. One of his most well-known discoveries is the formula E=MC2.

Despite its familiarity, many people don't really understand what it means.

In short? The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content. Meaning, matter and energy are really different forms of the same thing. Matter can be turned into energy, and energy into matter.

There you go. Now all you gotta do is frizz your hair, and you're set :)

Ha! Check out #2 of "Travel Advice"--

Travel Advisories from the US Customs and Border Protection

box of cuban cigars, medication/drugs

- Know Before You Go: Bringing in Agriculture Items When Returning From the Hajj
- 10/28/2010
- Know Before You Go: Guidance to Travelers During Sukkot Holiday
- 09/22/2010
- CBP Reminds: Don’t Bring Hardwood Firewood into U.S. Without Proof of Treatmentfeatured see also
- 11/20/2008
- Bringing Food into the U.S. - Printable Versionfeatured see also
- 10/02/2007

For Accessibility Information:
Bringing Food into the U.S. - Printable Version - pdf versionpdf - 58 KB.



Posted on, in memory of Rabbi Gavriel & Rebbetzin Rivkah Holtzberg HYD - Shluchim to Mumbai, India

The Rebbe's Response:

I received with great joy your wonderful drawings together with your teacher’s letter. You drew pictures of trees, people and flowers.

The lesson you can take from your drawings is that each child is like a tree. When a seed is planted or in its infant stage, one must guard that it not come in contact with bad grasses and other damaging items. In addition, the tree needs enough water, until it grows to be a big beautiful tree giving ripe, good fruit.

So, too, you dear children have a wonderful seed, the Neshomo which needs to be guarded from damaging things, this being bad friends with no good influences. Just as the tree needs enough water so, too, you children need enough Torah and mitzvahs. When you learn lots of Torah and do many mitzvahs, G-d will give back to you much good, ripe fruit, causing your parents, teachers and the nation of Israel much yiddishe nachas and pride.

Igros Kodesh volume 23, p.325

Friday, May 27, 2011

Once, I thought making a new friend is the best feeling in the world.
Now, I see that unfriending one is just as incredible.
Ungrammatically Correct

G-d spoke to Moses in the Sinai Desert (1:1)

The Torah was given to us in the barren, ownerless desert to emphasize that no man may claim any superior right to the word of G-d. It is equally the heritage of every Jew, man, woman, and child, equally accessible to the accomplished scholar and the most simple of Jews.

- Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory

The Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, wife of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, was forever reciting Psalms, but with many mispronunciations.

Once, she commented to her son, Rabbi Yehudah Leib: "You know, it's strange. By now, I should know the book of Psalms by heart. I've been reciting the Psalms every day for many years now." "True," said Rabbi Yehudah Leib, "but each time you recite them with new mistakes."

The Rebbetzin related this exchange to her husband, adding that perhaps she had better stop her custom rather than distort the holy words. "No," insisted Rabbi Menachem Mendel, "continue to recite as before."

Later, Rabbi Menachem Mendel admonished his son and instructed him to ask his mother for forgiveness. "What do you know?" he told him. "My success in Petersburg1was in the merit of your mother's Psalms."

1. In 1843, the Russian interior ministry called a 'rabbinical conference' in the czarist capitol of Petersburg. At the conference, the leaders of the 'Enlightenment' movement joined forces with the czarist government to use the forum in their program of forced assimilation for the Jews of Russia. In the course of the conference, Rabbi Menachem Mendel was arrested no less than twenty two (!) times for his defiant and unwavering stand in defence of traditional Jewish life, but in the end his efforts met with complete success.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Itchy mosquito bites can be soothed with a bit of toothpaste. No, not in your mouth, on the bite.

Letter From a Friend to a Fallen Hero

Noam Apter, 23, a student in Yeshivat Otniel on leave from the army, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists on a winter Sabbath night in late 2002, together with three of his friends. The four were caught in the kitchen of the yeshiva’s dining room on kitchen duty, and Noam heroically locked the dining room door in order to save his dozens of friends eating the Sabbath meal. The terrorists were unable to open the door separating them from the other students, though they kicked, banged, and shot at it. "I do not know how to explain that a person closes himself up inside [to save his friends], knowing that he will die," said one of the yeshiva staff afterwards.

In honor of Memorial Day, his friend Avishai Mizrachi wrote the following letter, published in Hebrew on the Judaism site.


You would certainly be amused if you knew that I was writing about you. Your smile still appears to me from every direction; you had good-natured eyes, with a spark of mischievousness playing about them. If those accursed terrorists only knew how much innocence and softness they were taking
… And the bullets that perforated your body and mercilessly splashed your blood to the ground – if they would have received a soul for just a moment, they would likely have turned themselves away from the range of your death.

…What did you think to yourself there? Tell me, what were you thinking when you locked the doors of the kitchen and closed yourself and your life up and exposed your body to the terrorist fire, and saved tens, tens of your friends? From where did you get the strength, the daring?

For we were together in the same room in Kfar HaRoeh [yeshiva high school], six of us, on three bunk-beds in a crowded room. We laughed so much together, and hiked, and talked about profound things deep into the night. You would always return from Shabbat in your parents’ home with new insights, with interesting thoughts. How did you suddenly turn into a hero? Into a photo in the newspaper? Into words engraved on a tombstone?
Friend's Letter to a Fallen Hero
And that dark, stark night, the end of the holy Sabbath. Whispers of rumors were heard that there had been an attack in Otniel. I prayed so much that you were not there – but my prayers went unanswered. I traveled from Kiryat Shmonah [in the north] down to the cemetery in Shilo for your funeral, a long night with tears flooding my eyes. To see your friends in the army, with red berets, paratroopers’ wings, carrying your coffin in silence. I searched all around for your smile, I so much wanted to hear your rolling laughter. And your father humming next to you a last Sabbath song with tearing eyes, “He who keeps the Sabbath, the son and the daughter, will be pleasing to G-d like a [Holy Temple] skillet offering.”

…Noam, the world did not stop, even after your death. Its heart is still beating wildly, and did not stop even upon hearing your last dying gasps. People here, in this world, love life and repress the finality that awaits us, the death that is waiting to come upon us. And you, you are most certainly enjoying yourself there among the angels and seraphim in that other world, the eternal world, the one that is hidden from the eyes of all thinkers.



Daniel Mandell's Words to Koby

And then I read things like this...
Ten years have passed since the shocking and brutal murder of Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran, aged 13 and 14, who were killed by Arab terrorists in Wadi Tekoa in May of 2001. This past Thursday, a memorial service for Mandell was held at his gravesite, during which his brother, 22-year-old Daniel Mandell read the following:

Who wants to write a brother who was murdered?

It’s difficult to write to you,

It’s been years since we spoke.

I want to tell you about our recent thoughts.

On Friday night we stood, Eliana and I, over the magnificent wadi, lit by a moon and some hanging stars. We mainly asked questions.

Your physical absence has been replaced with an empty space in our lives. In another month you could have been 24.

You could have been married with a child or two, you could have been religious or secular, you could be traveling in South America, you could have been studying at university, you could have been a computer expert, you could have been a stand-up comedian, you could have been so many things.

I grew into a family where the parents are amazing people, who managed to continue to live, with laughter and joy, and even with healthy and pure sadness.

It took me years to understand what mom and dad gave up. What was taken from them, what a huge sacrifice they made, although they did not have to be here in Israel. How they gave up a life of comfort, of wealth, for a life of Jewish power for which they paid dearly.

How did they not give up? How did they not close the doors on the country and say: “No thanks, we had enough”?

I remember how I would whisper to you at night, asking you where you are, asking you to look out over us, to find a way to make mom and dad happy. I begged you to come back, to make everything the same as it was before.

I remember how I used to think that it’s all just a big joke, or a nightmare from which I will wake up, that I’ll just get up in the morning and you’ll be there...and everything would continue as it was.

But today I know it won’t be that way. I do not whisper to you any longer. I’m not asking you to come back. Not even asking you to make mom and dad happy.

Today I remember you differently. The pain is not only the pain of death, but also the pain of loss. Not a burning pain, but like a hand that grabs the inside of your stomach and turns it.

Today I realize how small you were, how really cruel they were.

Koby, son of Seth and Sherri Mandell was born in Jerusalem on the 17th of Sivan 5747. When he was a child his family moved to the United States, and in August of 1996 they returned to Israel and settled in the Jewish community of Tekoa in Judea.

Koby loved taking hikes and playing sports, was a very popular boy and was always surrounded by friends. An intelligent boy, he loved to help others and was loved by anyone who knew him.

On the 15th of Iyar 5761, Koby, along with his friend Yosef Ishran, went for a walk in Wadi Tekoa. Terrorists bound the boys and beat them to death with stones.

When the two did not return home until evening, an all-night search began for them, but the two bodies were only found the next day, hidden under a pile of stones three feet high. Koby was murdered at the age of 13. He is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Males? Please do not grow your hair out if you are as white as can be. It creeps me out. Get a tan and then come back. Thanks.
Lolllll I just washed for hamotzi so I can be mamshich the day and have time to do all my Lag Baomer stuff I didn't finish :D

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Quantam Physics

Quantum mechanics (according to wiki) is the body of scientific principles which attempts to explain the behavior of matter and its interactions with energy on the scale of atoms and atomic particles.

Just before 1900, it became clear that classical physics was unable to model certain phenomena. Coming to terms with these limitations led to the development of quantum mechanics, a major revolution in physics. This article describes how the limitations of classical physics were discovered, and the main concepts of the quantum theories which replaced them in the early decades of the 20th Century.[note 1] These concepts are described in roughly the order they were first discovered; for a more complete history of the subject, see History of quantum mechanics.

Some aspects of quantum mechanics can seem counter-intuitive, because they describe behavior quite different than that seen at larger length scales, where classical physics is an excellent approximation. In the words of Richard Feynman, quantum mechanics deals with "nature as she is — absurd."[1]

Many types of energy, such as photons (discrete units of light), behave in some respects like particles and in other respects like waves. Radiators of photons (such as neon lights) have emission spectra which are discontinuous, in that only certain frequencies of light are present. Quantum mechanics predicts the energies, the colors, and the spectral intensities of all forms of electromagnetic radiation.

But quantum mechanics theory ordains that the more closely one pins down one measure (such as the position of a particle), the less precise another measurement pertaining to the same particle (such as its momentum) must become. Put another way, measuring position first and then measuring momentum does not have the same outcome as measuring momentum first and then measuring position; the act of measuring the first property necessarily introduces additional energy into the micro-system being studied, thereby perturbing that system.

Even more disconcerting, pairs of particles can be created as entangled twins — which means that a measurement which pins down one property of one of the particles will instantaneously pin down the same or another property of its entangled twin, regardless of the distance separating them — though this may be regarded as merely a mathematical, rather than a real, anomaly.
My yetzer hora is crazy!! That's number one. Number two? I'm crazy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ok. I got it.
Life, or at least mine, is all about עיקר vs טפל.
Big stuff here.
Big big stuff...

And let the change begin!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Barred Beauty

Based on the Beauty Barred theory.
"When beauty obstructed emerges as beauty exceeded." (Mion R. Tystrea)

Nakba, nakba, nakba!

The only Nakba around here is that we are still in exile.
We, the Jews, but also "we" that includes all of G-d's creations.
And even the holy Shechina.
Nakba, indeed!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I Have Found

In my work
I have found
liberating as writing
humbling as listening
regenerating as kidding
exhilarating as teaching
satisfying as photography
gratifying as massage-therapy
disappointing as an inadequate punch line

From India and Back

She said:

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,

I said:

THank you for your inspirational words, Naomi. Many times it really helps me with something I am going through at the time.

She said:

shalom dear young child.
Nothing will happen to us outside the frame work of torah. so why worry.?
The creator is always there to help us / bail us out.
He made us to live happy . and we should . and from now
smile and be happy , enjoy every moments of the given life.
HaShem will love that - see you in happiest mood and always forever.
like a young child.

And Still My Most Precious Birthday Wish...

Dear Chava,

On behalf of everyone at Gift of Life, please accept our very best wishes for a happy, healthy birthday! As you will recall, you became a member of our registry on Jun 15, 2010 at Ohel Chabad-Lubavitch Center.

Keeping your address and other contact information up to date is very important....

Once again, best wishes for a happy birthday, and thank you for being a member of the Gift of Life family!


Your friends at Gift of Life

On Example

It's tough being a teacher, a role model, an educator.

Oh, are the guilt feelings strong when I throw out the brown mushy parts of my banana.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

ו' אייר תשע"א

Chumash with Rashi for Behar (3rd Portion)

19. And the land will then yield its fruit and you will eat to satiety, and live upon it securely.
יט. וְנָתְנָה הָאָרֶץ פִּרְיָהּ וַאֲכַלְתֶּם לָשֹׂבַע וִישַׁבְתֶּם לָבֶטַח עָלֶיהָ:

20. And if you should say, "What will we eat in the seventh year? We will not sow, and we will not gather in our produce!"
כ. וְכִי תֹאמְרוּ מַה נֹּאכַל בַּשָּׁנָה הַשְּׁבִיעִת הֵן לֹא נִזְרָע וְלֹא נֶאֱסֹף אֶת תְּבוּאָתֵנוּ:

21. [Know then, that] I will command My blessing for you in the sixth year, and it will yield produce for three years.
כא. וְצִוִּיתִי אֶת בִּרְכָתִי לָכֶם בַּשָּׁנָה הַשִּׁשִּׁית וְעָשָׂת אֶת הַתְּבוּאָה לִשְׁלֹשׁ הַשָּׁנִים:

22. And you will sow in the eighth year, while [still] eating from the old crops until the ninth year; until the arrival of its crop, you will eat the old [crop].
כב. וּזְרַעְתֶּם אֵת הַשָּׁנָה הַשְּׁמִינִת וַאֲכַלְתֶּם מִן הַתְּבוּאָה יָשָׁן עַד הַשָּׁנָה הַתְּשִׁיעִת עַד בּוֹא תְּבוּאָתָהּ תֹּאכְלוּ יָשָׁן:

23. The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land belongs to Me, for you are strangers and [temporary] residents with Me.
כג. וְהָאָרֶץ לֹא תִמָּכֵר לִצְמִתֻת כִּי לִי הָאָרֶץ כִּי גֵרִים וְתוֹשָׁבִים אַתֶּם עִמָּדִי:

24. Therefore, throughout the land of your possession, you shall give redemption for the land.
כד. וּבְכֹל אֶרֶץ אֲחֻזַּתְכֶם גְּאֻלָּה תִּתְּנוּ לָאָרֶץ:

What a perfect birthday message :)

מזל טוב חוה'לע

Thanx Mom and Dad.
Nothing like a tin container full of Caramel Crunch Milk Chocolate & Pear Cookies :)

Monday, May 09, 2011

Who Is Your G-d?

Many people, without realizing, end up with two gods:
One god is an impersonal, all-encompassing, transcendent force.
But then, at times of trouble, they cry out to another, personal god, with whom they have an intimate relationship.
Our faith is all about knowing that these two are one. The same G-d who is beyond all things, He is the same one who hears your cries and counts your tears. The same G-d who is the force behind all existence and transcends even that, He is the same G-d who cares about what is cooking in your kitchen and how you treat your fellow human being.
G-d cannot be defined, even as transcendent. He is beyond all things and within them at once.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman's book, "Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here. Rabbi Freeman is available for public speaking and workshops. Read more on his bio page.

Friday, May 06, 2011

מהצד השני של הגדר

אהה, זה היה כיף.
(או "מטורף" כפי שנהוג לומר ב 'שוטר')

Inspired by (cousin) Baruch A

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Jewish Identity etc (Letter of the Rebbe)

October 1973. On Yom Kippur Egypt launched a sudden attack on Israel, which by the skin of its teeth pushed back the enemy force and potential destruction. In the aftermath a doctor from Long Beach, California, asks: Why did this have to happen? Had Israel given back the lands, as promised after the Six Day War, could the Yom Kippur War have been averted?

The Avner Institute presents the answer from the Rebbe, who comments that appeasement only leads to surrender, and that the Jews, whose very survival has been based on Divine intervention, and not on Western governments or lifestyles, can only find strength in the Torah.

By the Grace of G-d
Rosh Chodesh Teves, 5734
Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Yitzchok Isaac Moskowitz
4201 Long Beach Blvd.
Suite 208
Long Beach, CA 90807

Greeting and Blessing:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of December 24th.

It surprises me that, apparently, you are misinformed about the present state of affairs in the matter about which you write.

In the natural order of things, it is now well-nigh impossible to do anything to reverse the tide, inasmuch as those who determine the policy have brought it to a situation where it is impossible to retract all that has been promised in regard to the returning of territories, etc. This is not the place to dwell at length on such a painful and appalling matter.

Perhaps you know that there is a judicial formula, which originates in the Torah (Talmud), to the effect: techilaso beratzon vesofo be’ones (“He began voluntarily and ended up under compulsion”). The time to have averted it was when I began to storm (naturally not through the press) immediately after the Six Day War, when those policy-makers hastily dispatched emissaries to Washington with assurances that they were prepared to return such-and-such territories, and that most of them were negotiable, etc. This was the “voluntary beginning” which has resulted in the present situation.

What will happen in the future—no one can say. But we are a people who depend on miracles, and, indeed, our whole existence as a small nation in a hostile world is also nothing short of a miracle. And so when the offer of territorial concessions was made immediately after and since the Six Day War, there was the miracle that the other party, the Arabs, rejected the offer. And during the Yom Kippur war there was even a greater miracle when the Egyptians, after crossing the Suez Canal with a huge army, known to be at least 100,000 strong, and most likely much stronger, yet for no reason stepped in their tracks only a number of kilometers east of the Canal, facing no military resistance, and with the road ahead of them wide open. Unfortunately, extraordinary opportunities on both fronts which the miracles had provided were missed, and, again, I do not wish to dwell on matters which do not reflect favorably on our fellow Jews.

As for the practical thing which Jews everywhere can do to help the present situation—something which is most regrettably ignored, in line with playing down the obvious Divine intervention in the most critical days of the war—is that every Jew must strength his bonds with the Torah from Sinai, when G-d made us the “chosen people.” This is also something of which we need not be ashamed, for contrary to those who misunderstand or misrepresent this in terms of privilege which smacks of chauvinism, this chosenness is primarily a matter of duty and obligation to be a model people for the whole world to emulate, a people where form takes precedence over matter, the spiritual over the material, and the soul over the body, a people which was destined to be “a light unto the nations” (Isaiah 42:6, etc.). It is this kind of life and conduct which the Torah describes that also stimulates right thinking and the proper outlook on life. It is this kind of life that also strengthens the self-confidence of every Jew wherever he may be, and enables him to shed any inferiority complex and the readiness to be impressed by a goy, or by an idea which comes from a goy, or actually non-Jewish ideology. It is sad indeed when, instead of being a model and a living example for non-Jews to emulate, some Jews fall over themselves to emulate non-Jews, rejecting the “spring of living waters,” the Jewish Torah and Jewish tradition, etc.

It is surely unnecessary to point out to you, an M.D., the psychological factor which has such an important role when two adversaries confront each other. When the adversary sees that his opponent is spiritually and psychologically strong and self-confident and certain of his just cause and not prone to be impressed by the adversary or any non-Jew due to the inferiority complex mentioned above—this is the best way of preventing wars, not only major wars, but even wars of attrition. It is hardly to be expected that a Jew, who in his personal life is afraid to show that he is a proud Jew, whether at home or outside, who prefers to stack his library with non-Jewish volumes and authors, etc., and who makes sure to bring up his children in a way that when they walk in the street they should show no signs of being Jewish, yet this same Jew should draw the line and take a different posture when he meets a political adversary and engages in political negotiations with representatives of other countries.

Could such a Jewish representative truly consider himself at least equal to the gentile adversary in such a confrontation, having tried all his life to emulate and follow slavishly the gentile world and way of life? And whatever pretense and façade he might make will surely not convince the adversary.

The same is true, of course, in regard to the education of the Jewish children, who are brought up on the culture of the various nations of the world, and where Jewish tradition and culture take second place at best or are non-existent. Could such children grow up into proud Jews, dedicated to their heritage, and defend it? Parenthetically, here we find perhaps the greatest miracle, namely that despite the face that a substantial segment of our Jewish youth in Eretz Yisroel has been, unfortunately, brought up in such a non-Jewish atmosphere, implanting in them the idea that the non-Jewish culture is something superior to their own Jewish heritage, yet they had the strength at the critical moment to realize that they will not be intimidated by superior physical forces confronting them, and acquitted themselves in with such extraordinary valor. They were quick to realize, much more so than some of their elders, that G-d has clearly intervened in their behalf, and with characteristic honesty and sincerity of youth drew their conclusions, as is evident in the great religious revival among the rank and file of the defenders of our Holy Land. One could only wish that this inspiration and revival would be further stimulated and not allowed to evaporate.

Were the theme at hand one that is gratifying both to the writer and reader, it would have been worthwhile to expand on it. But since it is one that has the opposite effect, I must reduce it to a minimum. I trust, nevertheless, that it will suffice for a person of your background, and will stimulate you to use all the influence and energy which Divine Providence has given you to do everything possible to strengthen Torah-true Jewish education, both in your immediate surroundings and wherever your influence can be felt, instead of the schizophrenic education to which so many Jewish children are exposed and the polarity with which they are brought up, which reduces their Jewish identity to a miniscule part of their daily life, or to three days in the year when the parent feels impelled to go to the synagogue and pray and identify himself with his fellow Jews.

This is an area where every Jew, man or woman, young or old, both in the Holy Land and in the Diaposra, can and is duty bound to do something. And if one should think, what can a single person, or even a single act, accomplish—we live in a day and age where it is repeatedly demonstrated that even a small thing or a small act can have tremendous effects, and in this case tremendous effects for the benefit of all our Jewish people everywhere, including the Holy Land, which is the subject of your letter.

I cannot, of course, miss this opportunity of expressing to you my great pleasure and gratification for your cooperation and assistance in our Chabad work in your region. I do not mean it simply as “help,” which would imply the assistance given of one to another, for I consider it as a partnership in which your interest is truly your own as well as of those benefiting from it. May G-d grant that here too your cooperation should proceed in a growing measure, in the spirit of the Chanukah lights mentioned above.

With blessing,