Guard Your Menorah

Zebra Menorah
This was a funny picture I took of a zebra with the stripes that are in the shape of a Jewish menorah. 



The menorah has a center stem from which to light the branches extending upward to the left and right on the menorah. 



Last night at a Shabbat dinner, someone said something very interesting about keeping G-d commandments and staying innocent and holy.



He said a person face, which has 4 of our senses (mouth, eyes, nose, and ears) is actually like a menorah.



These start at the center of the face and then are emanating upwards and outwards:



– First, the mouth (speech)  is sort of the center stem–and our words needs to be carefully spoken so that we speak nicely to others and not to hurt them with what we say. 



– Second, our nose with 2 nostrils (smell)–we should smell holy things like the sacrifices and incenses to G-d, and not things that make us improperly attracted to worldly impurities, like inappropriate sexual partners, drug, smoking, and alcohol. 



– Third, our 2 eyes (sight)–we need to see the good in others and the world around us, but guard ourselves so that we do not see things that make us want, desire, and lead us astray after falsity. 



– Fourth, our 2 ears (hearing) –we work to avoid hearing “evil speech” about others and instead seek to perceive words of insight, spiritually and growth. 



I would add the following to complete our 5 senses:



– Fifth, our 2 hands (touch)—because if we but lift our hands up to heaven in prayer and servitude to G-d, then we use our sense of touch for helping rather than hurting people. 



So while this zebra has a menorah on his side, we have it built into our very faces and bodies. 



And with a little effort, we can use all our senses for doing good, and guard ourselves from the otherwise seemingly natural impulses to do otherwise.  😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Robot Guard Thyself

The Asian Forum of Corrections in South Korea has developed this 5′ tall robot for patrolling prisons.But rather than restraints and weapons, this prison guard carries a suite of technology:- 3-D Cameras for monitoring safety and security

– Recording devices for capturing activity

– 2-way wireless communications between corrections officials and prisoners

– Pattern recognition and anomaly detection software for differentiating normal behavior from problems

While this sparks the imagination for where this might go in the future, I’m not quite sold on this.

Firstly, how well can these robots really recognize and interpret human behavior, especially from those who may be fairly adroit at hiding or masking their activities, day-in and day-out.

And maybe more importantly, without some serious defensive and offensive tricks up its robot sleeve, I have a feeling that many a prisoner with a two by four, would put this million dollar robot in the junk yard pretty fast, indeed.

I’d rate this as not there yet! 😉