Birthday Of Trees

Today is the holiday of Tu Bishvat.


That is the Birthday for (fruit) Trees!


It’s when Jewish people celebrate and plant trees around the world and especially in the Holy Land. 


Last night, we celebrated with Chabad Israeli Center of Rockville where they had not only of the “7 Fruits” of Israel (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates), but they also had some very nice wine and cheese, delicious bourekas, and pastries. 


We learned about the biblical meaning of the “7 Species of Fruits” and the flourishing of the land of Israel, celebrated with music and song, and played a trivia game with our smartphones using a cool new gaming and learning application, called Kahoot


A special thank you to Chabad Rabbi Shlomo Beitsh and to Samy Ymar for sponsoring the event.


Overall, a beautiful evening to meet new people and celebrate a very happy birthday to the beautiful trees and mother nature that G-d has so benevolently bestowed on us. 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

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Cat Nap

What a great place to take a cat nap!


So many gorgeous cats in Israel. 


They don’t run away either. 


So friendly and happy. 


Sort of got a feeling like they were old souls inhabiting these cats. 


Old souls are very often wise souls.


Cute and wise cats.  


Enjoy!


(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)

Yearning for Redemption

Just an impression from my recent trip to Israel. 


There is such a yearning for people to do good and to merit the coming of Mashiach (Messiah) towards the ultimate redemption for mankind. 


It’s on every street corner and light post.  


Whether it’s eyes gazed on the righteousness of Rabbi Nachman or The Rebbe–as we used to sing as kids in NCSY:

“We want Mashiach now!”


Whether Mashiach is an actual person or a spiritual revelation in the world leading to redemption–it represents an unprecedented enlightenment, holiness and a spiritual healing, and love and peace for mankind. 


While we strive to earn our daily bread, it’s nice to have a part of us that also seeks a greater good and achieving betterment for the world. 


Any small or big things we can do in our lives to contribute to Tikkun Olam (“fixing the world”), it’s purposeful, hopeful, and uplifting to try. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Welcome To Israel Henna Party

So we arrived in Israel for our daughter’s wedding. 


It was amazing to me to see how the Holy Land has so developed from when I was here last over 25-years ago.


It is a thriving nation in every sense of the word. 


Just as G-d has promised, the land and it’s people have blossomed under His blessings.


I am grateful to G-d for helping me to reach this wonderful and happy time. 


Tonight, we had a wonderful dinner with the in-laws and there was a henna ceremony as well–for good luck (Mazel Tov)!

Little did I know, I thought this bowl of henna was chocolate fudge and part of dessert–good thing that I didn’t take a staining bite out of that


How would that have looked in the wedding pictures? 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Between A Liberal Rock and A Conservative Hard Place

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On the alt-liberal left–a “radical Islamist” leaning and violent Antifa. 


On the ultra-conservative right–Neo-Nazi and White Supremacists.


And in the middle (regardless of political beliefs)–good people of faith and integrity with seemingly nowhere to turn.

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{And I don’t know what this is, but this is what I am hearing…}


Behold and fear a great fear.


Evil and violence will soon be upon you.


The forces of crushing hate will collide and spread throughout the face of the earth.


And the people will suffer a very great suffering.


And they will call out to the L-rd, and they will repent from their misguided wayward ways.

And the L-rd will see their judgement and he will cause a great stirring in man.


Great weapons will be released and a very great cleansing of man’s hearts will occur.


I say to you redemption is upon you.


Redemption first by great pain and suffering, and then by great joy and exaltation.

And peace and morality will be restored on Earth.


Here this and hear it well, the time is short and good people must ready.


Gather yourselves together and prepare for the end of days and the beginning of days.


Those that are good and gathered will see peace and survive the onslaught before my mercy while many others will perish.


{Then the streaming tapers off…}

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I don’t understand the call for a gathering–aren’t we safer perhaps spread out?  


Perhaps the gathering refers to G-d’s promise to gather His people from the four corners of the Earth.


– And they will walk the sacred middle ground through the Red Sea to the promised Holy Land. 


The liberal left and conservative right have been overtaken by violent nutty extremists and radicals.


They have “split” from normal thinking and doing the correct thing–they have gone over the top!


A new righteous center–driven by faith and a moral compass –desperately needs to emerge now.


Hopefully, this will bring us to a new peace and prosperity–because the current isn’t working. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Watch A Terrorist In His Evil Action

This is an incredible disturbing video from today’s terror attack in Israel.


A Palestinian terrorist is caught on surveillance camera committing his vile deed. 


The terrorist in the brown t-shirt comes down the grocery store aisle.


But he is not there shopping for groceries. 


Rather, the terrorist is stalking his prey–an innocent Jewish man working in the store stocking shelves for customers. 


The terrorist at first takes a pass by the man checking things out. 


Then he suddenly circles back pulling a deadly knife from his waist and starts viciously stabbing and beating the Jewish worker. 


The mortally wounded victim desperately tries to fend off the terrorist attacker as he comes again and again at him.


Fortunately, others nearby chased the terrorist who was apprehended by police, while the victim remains in critical condition in the hospital fighting for his life. 


Unfortunately, this is daily life in the Holy Land, where bombings, shootings, stabbings, vehicular rammings, Molotov cocktails and rocks are used to kill Jews in their one homeland, Israel.


From Paris and London to New York, Orlando, Jerusalem, and all over the world, terrorists continue to plot and murder innocents. 


Yet, how often do we make excuses for them–it’s not their fault, it’s just a minority, they’re brainwashed, if only we gave in to their demands, etc. etc. etc. 


But does anything really seem to make a difference–more people, more land, more palaces and oil wealth, more respect, more morally corrupt votes at the UN, more, more, more…and still the global radical terrorism and human rights abuses continue.


What happens when one day the terrorist attack becomes one employing true weapons of mass destruction–will anyone really be surprised? 


We pray to G-d for peace and security for your people and for evil to be utterly destroyed. 


Oh L-rd, how long will you let these murderous, vile terrorists attack your children…how long before justice is done. 😉

And It Will Come To Pass

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I was walking today and this is what was in my mind…


And it will be in the days of Putin king of Russia and Xi Jinping king of China that Trump king of the USA will advance peace between Israel and its neighbors. 


So that nation shall not life up sword again nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.


And you will quiet your enemies to the north, and to the southwest, and to the far east. 


None shall stand against you. 


The time is coming when great arrows will pierce the hearts of your enemies, and the eyes of the people shall see and know that G-d, the protector of Israel and the judge of all, doth live and fulfills all his promises to those that honor their commitments to Him. 


The answer is in your words and deeds to bring glory to the Maker of Heaven and Earth. 


Sharpen your swords, gird your tongue in prayer, and cover yourselves in the everlasting deeds of your forefathers and mothers. 


The time arrives for all mankind to witness the long arm of the L-rd and know his reign and mercy endures forever. 


Be of faith and good courage. 


And Israel will dwell in peace and security and the world will prosper in the redemption. 


The ambers and ash of history are still warm, but the times of evil and destruction shall give way to a renewal of the simple, the good, and the peaceful following.


He who sits on the throne that is the foundation of all that lives gazes upon his creation with a sadness and promise. 


Those who commit the worst evils will be found guilty and cleansed, and those of pure heart will be guiltless.


Evil will not stand in the presence of the L-rd of Hosts. 


Redemption is at hand and the glorious saving by the spirit that is the spirit that speaks to all with a voice of thunder and lightening, and the angels will be awakened, and man will know and serve Him once more with a full heart and mindfulness to the Almighty.


Blessed be His name and His deeds are magnificent beyond wonder, generosity, and holiness. 


Amen, Amen, Amen.   


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)