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Post 454: Life and then some-Good neighbors Project, Yiddish Classes, Yiboneh hosts Rabbi Breitowitz, Tuesday Evenings,Dr. Zornberg at Beit Avi Chai Tonight

Dear Readers,

If only I posted in a timely manner! My time has been spent moving plants off of my roof to an area behind the building. The volunteer manager was asked about permission, and she didn’t object. We’ll see if there are objections from other owners.

The Good Neighbors Project is a joint initiative of the Jewish and Palestinian

residents of Abu Tor under the auspices of the Greater Baka Community Council.

The project includes joint soccer teams for youth, the teaching of Hebrew and Arabic, a Women’s Forum, and plans for a local economic project  an organic garden and a planned cultural festival.

The leadership of the Minhal Kehilati is asking members of our community to join us in this crowdfunding effort to raise the funds necessary to support and expand the soccer teams to include 14-16 year olds.

Please click this link below to learn about the project, to make  contribution of whatever amount you feel is appropriate and consider becoming an Ambassador and passing the campaign on to your friends by pressing on the orange button.

If you have children between the ages of 9 and 16 who would be interested in joining this unique team, please contact the coach Taha Bazlamit at 052-2226534 or the volunteer chairman Shimon Dolan at 0548122421

For the English US$ campaign page:

    or the Hebrew Sheckels campaign page

Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:59 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

“Vera Szabo” veraszabo

Beth Shalom Aleichem, a major center for Yiddish studies in Tel Aviv
is now opening courses in Jerusalem as well!

Classes are held at the Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem (Bustanai 33),
and at Beth Shalom Aleichem in Tel Aviv (Berkovitsh 2),
starting October 22nd.

Full schedule (Tel Aviv & Jerusalem), more information and registration:

Jerusalem classes only:

Miriam Trinh <>
Vera Szabó <>

Vera Szabó
Ann Arbor – Jerusalem 2010

Yiboneh hosts Rabbi Breitowitz, Tuesday Evenings

​Suggested donation for class 20 nis
More info? contact

Classes can be dedicated in memory or honor of loved ones or special occasions. Please contact Rabbi Poston at

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Tonight Dr Aviva Zornberg is speaking on the parsha


You watch it online.  I believe the address to watch it is


Thursday November will be the next monthly English shiur.  To celebrate 10 years of monthly shiurim we will have both Rabbi Mayer Lichtenstein  and Rabbi Chayim Soloveichik stay tune for further details.



Please find attached divrei torah from list members Rabbi Etengoff Rabbi Hoffman and Rabbi Ziegler and the weekly halacha of Rabbi Kaganoff.


Shabbat Shalom


Post 455: Trove of Yiddish Writings preserved in Lithuania on display at YIVO NYC, Healthy Coffee cake without sugar, Tour – Bird Migration & the Dead Sea Scrolls with Shalom, Trove of Yiddish Writings preserved in Lithuania on display at YIVO NYC, Pollack, Jonathan Gruber looking for Brooklyn Dodger Fans

Bird Migration & the Dead Sea Scrolls
Sunday, October 29,
Depart:  8:30 am from the Inbal hotel
Return:  5:30 pm
Cost:160 shekels
Travel through the Judean desert to the Jordan Valley where we will be met by  Dr. Shuki Cheled, renown birdwatcher who will accompany us to choice migration stations in the Jordan and Bet Shean valleys.
This is the height of the migration seasonWe will be invited by the Hesder yeshiva in Shedmot Mechola in the Jordan valley for lunch where we will learn about their unique contribution to Jewish life in this frontier area.We will visit Qumran and visit the impressive ruins of the Essenes, authors of the Dead Sea scrolls. We shall see the caves where the scrolls were discovered and see an impressive presentation.Please be prepared to donate 100 shekels to our hosts at the yeshiva who will be sharing lunch with us and subsidizing the tour.
No shows or cancellations later than seventy-two hours before departure will be charged in full.
To reserve:
052 2352 724

Coffee Cake with Winter Squash

This recipe will require some extra dishwashing and could use some
kitchen help with the prep work and clean up, but maybe after one try, you
might find it is worth the forethought starting prep the day or morning
The delight it brings to the eyes looking back at you is rewarding!…

1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c. sweet brown rice flour
1/4 c. oil ( I use sunflower or walnut oil, Spectrum label).
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c sesame seeds
1/2 c walnuts, roasted and chopped
1/4 c. raisins chopped, or currants
2 apples, diced fine
1 c. winter squash, diced fine
1-2 fertile eggs ( I used 2)
1 1/8 c. water
Dash of cinnamon, opt. (Depending on health condition).
Can substitute with cardamom.

Grind flours just before mixing, sift and cover. (If you have the luxury of
a mill). All the flours mentioned can be purchased.
Yolks and water beaten together.
Whites of eggs beaten stiff.
Oven heated to 375o.
9 inch round cake pan, oiled and floured lightly.

With your hand, mix oil and salt with flour. Add sesame seeds, chopped
walnuts and raisins/currants.
Mix egg yolks with water and add.
Mix all ingredients together well with your hands. Add beaten
whites…don’t over mix.
Spoon into floured cake pan and smooth top with a wet spatula.
Press in a few whole walnuts into the dough in a desire, or sprinkle a
little chestnut flour on top.
Bake 45-60 mins. until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out
If you find the cake too sweet, use one apple and 1 1/4c. of water.

Source: From Freedom Through Cooking, Teeguarden.

The Ohsawa bread recipe in Macrobiotic Cuisine, Ohsawa, uses the millet
flour and no egg. It is more crumbly and sweet and has suggestions to
add apple or squash.

From: Jonathan Gruber []
Subject: Looking for Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants fans


We are casting for a documentary portion of a feature film about the Dodgers and Giants leaving New York and the birth of the Mets. If you—or anyone you know—are in the NYC area and were heartbroken by any of these teams moving west then here is your chance to vent. We are looking for a few passionate characters to do interviews in Brooklyn with us on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1—Yankee fans need not apply! We would need you to submit a short iPhone video (2 minutes max.) so we can hear your story. Bonus points if you know who Joan Payson is…


Feel free to contact me directly. Thanks!


Jonathan Gruber
Black Eye Productions, Inc.

301.587.1137     |     mobile: 415-902-9336

Commercial Representation: MUGSY

Post 453: Two days trip to the upper Galilee and Golan, mostly visiting Biblical, second Temple, medieval and modern sites open to tourists

 Tour with Ezra Rosenfeld:

We will spend two days in the upper Galilee and Golan, mostly visiting Biblical, second Temple, medieval and modern sites which we haven’t yet visited. Dates are Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct 24th and 25th leaving from Jerusalem.
We will stay at the beautiful Amirei HaGalil Hotel – a magnificent, boutique spa-hotel with a chef-restaurant (see their website at which will add a degree of comfort to our overnight stay.
The cost is 1,075 shekels per person (double occupancy) which includes transportation, guide, lodging, entrance fees, dinner on the first night, breakfast and a box lunch on the second day.

**Early bird price of 975 shekels for reservations made and paid for by end of this week. Check with Ezra if early bird still applies.

****Please note that the price will drop by 100 shekels per person if more than 25 people attend.

Be in touch with Ezra about joining this tiyul ezrarosenfeld

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Post 448: Egged bus from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks influences prestigious private school Headmaster, John Allman

It is very interesting fact that information in print is often incorrect and at the least incomplete.

Hope that the following is helpful” Yellow bus to and from Ben Gurion Airport from Jerusalem

For the country:

I met a gentleman who has traveled to every medium to large city in Israel. Seniors pay half fare. Perhaps, he’ll give me an interview.

The above is a link to an August 30, 2017th letter send to parents of the prestigious Trinity School on 91st Street, by Headmaster John Allman. It is a remarkable statement of lay Christian leadership drawing inspiration from an Orthodox Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, for guidance in turning the culture of his school around, one that is often in the press as many high profile families send their children to Trinity, the Kennedy’s for one.

The headmaster, John Allman’s goal is for all to work “Building a Home Together” based on shared values. 

He only touches briefly on the pervasive consumer  of a private school. He states, “Ought we to educate our students so that they leave us with a commitment not just to advance their own educational interests, but also serve the common good and to give generously to others for the rest of their lives?”

Here’s where he embraces Rabbi Sacks. “Let me offer an idea that seems promising to advance this work, from Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Congregations of Britain and the Commonwealth.

“In his book The Home We Build Together, Sacks argues that we need to reimagine how we envision our understanding of the place of the individual in relation to the community in which we are embedded, to be able to address the challenge of building social cohesion while honoring the dignity of individual differences. He suggests that we abandon the notion of social contract to guide our understanding of community and instead use the notion of covenant to imagine how we imagine our role within our community:

  • In a contract, what matters is that both gain. In a covenant, what matters is that both give. Contracts are agreements for mutual advantage. They are undertaken by individuals or groups on the basis of self-interest. They have specific purposes and can be terminated by mutual consent. By contrast, covenants are moral commitments, and they are open-ended. They are sustained not by letter of law or by self-interest, but by loyalty, fidelity, faithfulness.

Contract is about entitlement; covenant is about fulfillment.

The contractual view of school is that families pay fees in exchange for the educational skills and credentials their children seek; the covenantal view of school is that families enter into a partnership with the school to build a learning community in which their children will develop their potential to serve others.

Rabbi Sacks further argues that community is created and sustained when we are joined, in covenant, to build a home together:

  • What matters is that we build something none of us could make alone. And this bringing of distinctive gifts from different individuals to build something larger and better than we could build alone, this commitment to a shared destiny and an acceptance of responsibility to and for one another – the beautiful consequence of this collaboration for a common good is that it brings with it a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, and a sense of worthy identity.

 Bravo Rabbi Sacks and Headmaster John Allman

Post 452: How devastating was the force of raging IRMA, Yad Sarah now offers emergency services, Szechuan noodle recipe, Source for Large Print Tefillah

How devastating was the force of this raging storm over Florida!  Remember your social studies, Spanish explorer Ponce de León, named it for the day he arrived, “Flowering Easter”. Some flower.


Yad Sarah Now Offers Emergency Medical Services – Yeshiva World News<>
Yad Sarah launches the Israel’s most advanced emergency medicine center, with its first permanent team of specialists in women, children and internal medicine:

Szechuan Tofu, Pepper, Cabbage, Konjak and mung bean thread boodles

Bean Thread Noodles

Bean thread noodles, also named as mung bean noodles, cellophane noodles or bean vermicelli is a popular non-flour noodle in Chinese cuisine. It is healthy, easy to prepare and always taste great in stir-fry dishes, soups, stews and salad.

Bean thread noodles (中(zhōng)文(wén):绿(lǜ)豆(dòu)粉(fěn)丝(sī)) belongs to glass noodle group. There are also sweet potato thread noodles (红(hóng)薯(shǔ)粉(fěn)), konjak thread noodles(魔(mó)芋(yù)粉(fěn)), pea thread noodles (豌(wān)豆(dòu)粉(fěn)丝(sī)) and etc. Among them, mung bean thread noodle is the most famous and popular one. We Chinese call it thread baby noodles (丝宝宝). What a cute name, right?


Bean thread noodles salad


  • 12 ounces firm tofu-
  • Konjak wide noodles
  • Sweet Chili Sauce about 1/3 cup for 2 lbs tofu
  • 1 package dried angel hair green bean noodles
  • ½ cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or more or softened miso
  • ½ teaspoon sugar or omit
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, rice bran oil or grape seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 or lore large garlic cloves, minced
  • sweet chili sauce- to your taste to addd last few minutes of stir fry, before vegetables.
  • ½ medium cabbage, chopped (about 1/2 pound, 5 cups chopped)
  • 1 red pepper, cut in 2-inch long julienne
  •  Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup broken walnuts or omit
  •  Cooked rice or quinoa for serving


  1. Cut the tofu into dominoes or cubes and drain between paper towels. In a flat glass tray or measuring cup combine the stock, 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce, the sugar, rice wine or sherry, and the sesame oil. Place tofu in this mixture. Remove 1 tablespoon to a small bowl and stir in the cornstarch.  (I omit the cornstarch). Stir until it has dissolved. Let sit at least half day and turn so all sides are covered. Have all the ingredients within arm’s length of your pan.

  2. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or 12-inch steel skillet over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a second or two when added to the pan. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of the oil by adding it to the sides of the pan and swirling the pan, then add the tofu and stir-fry until golden, about 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or to taste), toss together for a few seconds, add chili sauce, and transfer to a plate. Alternatively, if you are making enough for a crowd or to have leftovers, place tofu in a paper lined tray and bake in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.

    • Remove and stir fry in batches.

    The sauce is used to marinate the noodles.

  3. Open package of conjak and rinse. the green bean noodles are brittle. Have a large bowl filled with boiled water available and place the green bean noodles in the water for 2 minutes  to soften.

  4. Swirl in the remaining oil, add the garlic and ginger to the wok and stir-fry for no more than 10 seconds. Add the red pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute, or until it begins to soften, and add the cabbage and walnuts. Stir-fry for 1 minute, add salt and pepper to taste, and stir-fry for another 1 to 2 minutes, until crisp-tender. Return the tofu to the wok, stir in the walnuts and the stock/soy sauce mixture and stir-fry for another minute, until it has just about evaporated. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and stir-fry until the ingredients are lightly glazed. Stir in the noodles and keep stirring. Remove from the heat and serve with quinoa or rice.

    The above is a good contact for womens’ trips.

    For information and registration at the Minhal 02-6519026

    Please forward this massage to your friends

    רבקה כהן
    מנהלת מוקד קליטה הר נוף
    Rivka Cohen
    Director of the absorption office Har Nof



    ניתן להוריד קבצים של תפילות הימים הנוראים לכבדי ראייה באותיות גדולות מ:



    Files of the prayers for the Yamim Hanoraim in large letters for the visually impaired can be downloaded from the above link.

    It works best using Internet Explorer.
    כתיבה וחתימה טובה

    מנהלת מוקד קליטה הר נוף
    Rivka Cohen
    Director of the absorption office Har Nof


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Post 451: Punctuation in Hebrew or lack of it, ATIME Israel and Meals with Heart

A Matter of Punctuation from Orly and Yoal/Ulpan Or

​Shalom, (From Orly)

Being so busy with moving to our new office did not leave much time to put together our usual newsletter.

But, many of our students told us how much they expect to get it, so we are posting a short one.

As we previously mentioned, this was not a planned move, we were forced to leave our previous location because of the construction which is starting soon right under the windows of the previous office.

So, this unexpected move reminded us of the verse in Proverbs 19, 21:

רַבּוֹת מַחֲשָׁבוֹת בְּלֶב-אִישׁ וַעֲצַת ה’ הִיא תָקוּם

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. A literal translation of this verse:

Many are the thoughts in man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s advice “it/she” that will stand up. (Notice no commas in Hebrew).

A story is told about a young couple with a baby crying all night long. Both husband and wife are exhausted and here the baby cries again.



The husband says to his wife: You get up now.

She says to him: No, you get up.

He: You get up.

She: You get up.


The baby is still crying and the couple continues to argue.


Then the husband tries to manipulate the wife using his knowledge of the bible. He recalls the above verse and says – it clearly states:

רַבּוֹת מַחֲשָׁבוֹת בְּלֶב-אִישׁ וַעֲצַת ה’ –   הִיאתָקוּם

Many are the thoughts in man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s advice – “ she” should get up.

But, the young wife knew better. She said –  you should read the verse with the following punctuation:

רַבּוֹת מַחֲשָׁבוֹת בְּלֶב-אִישׁ וַעֲצַת ה’ הִיא –  תָקוּם

Many are the thoughts in man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s advice – “ you” should get up.

(In Hebrew verbs in future tense for second person masculine and third person feminine are the same)




Wishing you:


Shabbat Shalom,


Orly & Yoel 

 ATIME Israel and Meals with Heart provide support for couples undergoing fertility treatments, including a meal(s) on the day(s) of intensive fertility treatments.   Our phone number at ATIME is 07-32-800-800 and our email is

ATIME Israel-Just thought you might know a couple who are going through this treatment.

INGREDIENTS Plum Torte – below-

Plum Torte


  • ¾ to 1 cup sugar-even less

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup unbleached flour, sifted

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  •  Pinch of salt (optional)

  • 2 eggs

  • 24 halves pitted purple plums

  •  Sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon, for topping


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter in a bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and eggs and beat well.
  3. Spoon the batter into a springform pan of 8, 9 or 10 inches. Place the plum halves skin side up on top of the batter. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and lemon juice, depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, depending on how much you like cinnamon.
  4. Bake 1 hour, approximately. Remove and cool; refrigerate or freeze if desired. Or cool to lukewarm and serve plain or with whipped cream. (To serve a torte that was frozen, defrost and reheat it briefly at 300 degrees.)

Post 450: Chesed Fair in Har Nof: Monday Evening September 4th: Sometimes one has to bite the bullet and attend a Hebrew speakers only event. Beit Natan honored Breast Cancer survivors, volunteers and caregivers last Sunday at the Bayit Vegan Guest House.


Shalom u’verachah,

A 4-week series to walk through the Yomim Noraim period, sponsored by Emek Learning Center in the German Colony will begin tonight, Wednesday, August 30th, and it will be held at the Prince family, Rechov Dan #18, from 8-9PM.

I hope to see you there! We will be learning about the avodah of Elul, and the rest of the series will involve two lessons ahead of Rosh Hashanah, and one before Yom Kippur.

Wishing you every good,

Yehudis Golshevsky

Beit Natan is the Jerusalem outstanding volunteer organization helping women recover from Breast Cancer.


Phone: 972.2.644.6052


Contact: BEIT NATAN Cancer Support & Resource Center 50 Bayit Vegan St. POB 16452 Jerusalem Israel 91163


The Beit Natan Cancer Support and Resource Center provides comprehensive emotional, psychological and social support through every stage of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Beit Natan clientele includes women and men coping with cancer from diverse backgrounds throughout Israel. Working alongside Israel’s professional medical establishment, our professional, dedicated staff offers extensive knowledge and expertise. Their volunteers, many cancer survivors themselves, bring a wealth of valuable personal experience.


  • Lev Rachel Help-line manned by recovered cancer patients (200 clients)

  • Therapeutic Retreats for Recovery (twice a year, 80 participants each)

  • Tomchim – Home Hospice Volunteer Visitation (50 monthly cases)

  • Support groups and workshops (60 active participants)

  • Couples Retreat for Recovery (twice a year, 40 couples each)

  • R&R for cancer patients and their spouses

  • Mother- Daughter Programs

  • Simchat Chaya Programs (for teens and young adults who have lost a parent to cancer)

  • Outpatient Companions (volunteers who accompany clients to the outpatient oncology ward)

  • Careers After Cancer (workshops to assist clients dealing with career change due to cancer)

    Their annual “party” was attended by several hundred women who came from other cities such as, Natanya, Beitar, Beit Shemesh,  and Tel Aviv. I particularly enjoyed listening to Odelia Berlin. The link is to Bat 31. About work, the army. I even understood the lyrics.

    Great end of summer activity!

    Today – Wednesday, 8 Elul – August 30, the Ezra youth group is holding its annual bazaar,
    all proceeds to tzedaka.
    This year: programming and support for families of children with Down Syndrome.

    Many booths, inflatables (mitnapchim), snacks, lottery & more!

    Come one and all – Gr-8 fun for all ages for an important cause!

    Where: Beit Yehudit-Mirkaz Tarbut Ha’amim
    12 Emek Refaim Street
    When: 5:00 pm
    TODAY – Wednesday, 8 Elul-August 30
    For more information: Ayelet: 058-784 5043

Post 449:Your Invitation to a Gallery Talk by Artist Sarah Eiger: Love Your Lymph Brochure front illustration -Tagine Recipe for Rosh Ha Shanah

From: sarah Eiger <>

Your Invitation to a Gallery Talk by Artist Sarah Eiger:

The gallery talk                  will take place o the 27/8 between 16::00-18:00

in the terminal  building in the old train station Jerusalem.(next to the

bicycle rental) Free of charge

Making up a Brochure for Love Your Lymph Exercise class – more information latter this week

Vegetarian Moroccan : From Vegetable Tagine

What You’ll Need

  • 1/4
  • cup olive oil or argan oil
  • 1
  • onion, sliced into rings
  • carrots, peeled and cut in half lengthwise (or sliced)
  • 2 tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • 2 or 3 small zucchini. cut in half lengthwise or thickly sliced
  • 1 or 2 large potatoes, peeled and quartered (or cut into 1/4″ thick slices)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • pinch of saffron threads, crumbled (optional)
  • a handful of red or green olives (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley or cilantro, for garnish

How to Make It

  I just returned from the shuk with a load of yellow and orange vegetables  It’s always nice to combine some frozen vegetables with squash, zucchini and  pumpkin gourds

  1. Wash and prep the vegetables

  2. Place the potatoes, carrots, and zucchini in a bowl; add the spices and toss to coat the vegetables evenly

  3. Pour half of the oil into the base of a tagine or in a skillet. Add the onion slices and top with the tomato slices

  4. Arrange the vegetables in conical fashion on top the tomatoes; or, if they were sliced, layer the vegetables over the tomatoes: first the carrots, then the potatoes, then the zucchini

  5. Add the olives. Drizzle the remaining oil

Rinse the spices from       the bowl which held the potatoes by swirling one cup of water in the bowl. Add this water to the tagine or skillet and cover

  1. Place over medium-low to medium heat (use a diffuser between a tagine and the burner) and bring to a simmer. It’s normal for this to take 15 or 20 minutes if cooking in clay, so stay patient.

  2. Once you hear the tagine simmering, adjust the heat to the lowest temperature necessary for maintaining a simmer. Allow the tagine to cook undisturbed for about one to one-and-a-half hours. Check to see that the vegetables are tender and reduce any excess liquid

  3. Garnish the tagine with the chopped parsley or cilantro and serve warm


Post 447: Trip to Shilo and several other soaring places tomorrow, Listening to Lisa Aiken, PHD, Dinner on the Hudson, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Contra Dance in Ramot Bet, Vertigo Dance Performance

If you have never been to Shilo or its rich environs and a few years have  passed since your last trip nearby, you have an opportunity for a free trip tomorrow: I found out about this a few hours ago: All the details are provided on the link:

A simple thing like joining a Webinar is a challenge with it’s frustrations. In fact, Lisa Aiken’s talk could have been entitled, “How to meet the Challenge of Joining a Webinar”. Yes  to get it started is a challenge . For on old hand, it can be a trifle. I felt it  empowered by getting and staying connected. a seminar conducted over the Internet.

What is a webinar? A webinar is a seminar conducted over the Internet.

I’m sorry to say that my idea of a seminar is a class at a college or university in which a topic is discussed by a teacher and a small group of students, and the burden of the class falls increasingly on the students.

At the beginning of the webinar the manager announced that 40+ students enrolled. During the hour she listed some of the single word answers of listeners. No feedback.

Notwithstanding the fact that Dr. Aiken’s message was well developed, it wasn’t so  important what she said, because, there was a sense of familiarity to it.

But getting on to a webinar, that was new, for me anyhow.

Some may say the purpose of a webinar is for arousing interest, where little or none exists. That person would not join a webinar; he uses his time to follow his range of interests and none other. Touchy-feely talks are seen as a waste of time. Dr. Aiken wore her therapist’s cap throughout, and had you think for a brief moment that a therapy session was in progress.

When one joins a Webinar you have a general idea of the contents. After a single listening experience,  I know that a webinar is really another type of Info-mercial, a television program that promotes a product in an informative and supposedly objective way, in this case promoting a series of Lisa Aiken webinars.

Heaven is wonderful, but getting there is most of the fun. This statement has been attributed to the Chofetz Chiam. I imagine the “fun” that the great Chofetz Chiam is referring to is the trial of living a life  seeking a connection to his creator. On the outside he lived a life of great difficulty and what we would call poverty. It was “Life”. He saw life with a capital “L”. Nothing was trivial.

His spiritual life was rich beyond imagination.

The speaker is Dr. Lisa Aiken.  Her topic, Overcoming Challenges with Resilience, was about “Life”. She urged us to make our stresses into small trivialities.

Firstly, what is a challenge? As a typical therapist, she threw the question out to her listeners. You’ve undoubtedly been in a room where the psychologist asks the audience members to utter their personal challenges.

Then after hearing complaints of the mundane variety from a somewhat embarrassed audience of listeners, the speaker comes up with some heavy complaints and then some and guess what, Dr. Aiken continued, “those folks are sunny and bright and not down on the world.”

I suspected she would supply many stories and examples from her hospital patients. One  a woman, suffered a stroke in her ninth month of pregnancy

Dr. Aiken was summoned to tell the woman that after delivery, she would never be able to walk or hold her baby. The lady burst out, “I’ve always been told that I was a good for nothing. You’ll see, I’ll be back in three months walking and holding my baby”. Three months later she proved Dr. Aiken wrong. More to the point, the woman didn’t know how resilient she was. But she learned and taught Dr.Aiken a thing or two.

Other stories were told describing near fatal accidents, that in the end helped wake up folks to the dangers of living in the fast lane of drugs and alcohol.

Making the necessary changes in their lives didn’t happen UNTIL they felt isolated, with  their backs up against the wall, without family, friends, job etc.

Continue reading Post 447: Trip to Shilo and several other soaring places tomorrow, Listening to Lisa Aiken, PHD, Dinner on the Hudson, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Contra Dance in Ramot Bet, Vertigo Dance Performance