Tragedy of the times needs inspiration to heal, somehow!

Meir Weiss:

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Originally posted on midnightrabbi inspires!:

This is all beyond my understanding, but we do need to grow and change always ~~~ midnightrabbi.com .

Only good news and comfort to us all. #Inspired to improve in their merit! Grandmother daughter and her 8 children
Now 7 of them are being buried in Israel so hard to understand just pray for all our children.

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Send Money to Friends in Messenger

Originally posted on Facebook Newsroom:

Today we’re adding a new feature in Messenger that gives people a more convenient and secure way to send or receive money between friends. This feature will be rolling out over the coming months in the US.

It’s easy and free.

Messenger Payments

To send money:

  1. Start a message with a friend
  2. Tap the $ icon and enter the amount you want to send
  3. Tap Pay in the top right and add your debit card to send money

To receive money:

  1. Open the conversation from your friend
  2. Tap Add Card in the message and add your debit card to accept money for the first time

The money you send is transferred right away. It may take one to three business days to make the money available to you depending on your bank, just as it does with other deposits.

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Stephen Harper to Benjamin Netanyahu in phone call: Canada supports a two-state solution for Israelis and Paletinians

Meir Weiss:

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Originally posted on National Post:

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has reiterated Canada’s support for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians during a phone call to newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The statement from Harper’s office on Sunday was more muted than statements made recently by U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

It was the first time Harper and Netanyahu had spoken since Netanyahu secured a victory on Tuesday. Harper congratulated his counterpart for the re-election, his office said.

In the final days of the hotly contested campaign, Netanyahu said he would not support the creation of an independent Palestinian state. That position flew in the face of that traditionally taken by the U.S., Europe and Canada.

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A statement from the prime minister’s office said that Harper had reiterated the government’s “resolute commitment” to Israel’s security.

“The Prime Minister…

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Editorial: The kindness of strangers

Originally posted on Montreal Gazette:

Montrealers’ faith in the humanity of their fellow citizens should be much restored after a pair of heartening events.

Three métro passengers risked their necks to save an unconscious woman on the tracks at Jarry Station. The Good Samaritans lifted her to safety in a deed captured on video.

Also, a coroner who released a report a month ago that condemned the Société de transport de Montréal and transit riders for their apparent lack of concern for a man lying motionless on the Radisson métro platform after his head had been struck by a passing train, revised his damning conclusion. “The indifference of the passengers says a lot about the apathy of citizens,” Jacques Ramsey noted in this first report.

It turns out “new information” — a video belatedly provided by the STM — showed transit staff bystanders did quickly try to help the homeless man who later died of his injuries. 

Many questions can be raised…

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Profile: Cushioning the blow for heart-surgery patients

Originally posted on Montreal Gazette:

You could call Barbara Brock someone with a lot of heart.

The longtime Royal Victoria Hospital volunteer and auxiliary member was working on the wards at the Pine Ave. hospital 15 years back when she noticed that patients who had undergone open-heart surgery were using bunched-up towels against their chests as they did physiotherapy exercises to help with their recovery.

Volunteers would sometimes bring in stuffed animals for them, but the patients, mainly men, did not warm to the furry creatures. “I went home and thought about it,” Brock recalled, “and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if each of them got a red heart-shaped pillow?’ ”

And so the Helping Heart Pillow Project was born.

“I called someone I knew and said I wanted to start a heart pillow project — and needed somebody who makes pillows.”

The friend put her in touch with a manufacturer of dog beds, who…

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Meals on Wheels volunteers provide a crucial service — and more of them are needed

Originally posted on Montreal Gazette:

One million meals each year are prepared and delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers to more than 30,000 people whose autonomy is diminished: Most are elderly. Meals on Wheels Week in Quebec, which runs to March 21, highlights the work done by these volunteers, without whom the program would not exist.

Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-driven organization and meals are provided at relatively low cost. As the population ages, demands for Meals on Wheels service increases and, along with it, the need for volunteers. Claudette Coulombe, director of the Regroupement des popotes roulantes, which brings together meals-on-wheels organizations, has urged Quebecers to contact the Meals on Wheels group in their neighbourhood about volunteering: A commitment of no more than a few hours a month is needed.

Élyse Marquis, an actor, television and radio host, and Regroupment spokesperson for this year’s Meals on Wheels Week, said that volunteers “make a big difference…

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Missing toddler may have been abducted by mother

Originally posted on Montreal Gazette:

Provincial police are seeking the public’s help as they attempt to track a two-year-old girl who may have been taken by her mother, a native of the Czech Republic.

Maria Zabranska. Maria Zabranska.

Maria Zabranska was last seen on Sunday when her mother, Marcela Zabranska, picked her up from her home in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu for a scheduled visit. When the mother did not return, the child’s father called police. Investigators believe that Marcela Zabranska may try to remove her daughter from Canada.

When last seen, the toddler was wearing a mauve sweater with a picture of a dog on it, a dark brown jacket, a winter hat, a pink scarf and blue boots with pink stripes. She speaks mainly French, but can say a few words in English or in Czech. Her mother is described as 5-foot-6 and 190 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a sleeveless black shirt, a Canada Goose jacket and was…

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At long last, Mordecai Richler gets the tribute he deserves

Originally posted on Montreal Gazette:

Mordecai Richler will finally get his proper due. And it couldn’t be a more fitting tribute for, inarguably, one of the greatest writers to have ever emerged from this dominion.

The Montreal Gazette has learned that Mayor Denis Coderre will announce at a city hall reception on March 12 that the Mile-End Library on Parc Ave. will be renamed for Mordecai Richler. With his family and friends in attendance, Richler, who passed away nearly 14 years ago, will also be named a “Montreal citizen of honour” by Coderre.

“It’s about time,” Coderre said. “Something had to be done to honour this great Montreal writer. His family and the city have waited long enough.”

The mayor’s got that right. Florence Richler, the widow of the author now living in Toronto, was overjoyed with the news about the renaming of the library.

“I’m over the moon with delight and feel that it is so…

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Birth in Chabad: Magical Amulets and Other Customs

Originally posted on The Chabad Sociologist:

Birth in Chabad: Magical Amulets and Other Customs

By Dovi Seldowitz

Chabad customs concerning childbirth are part of an eclectic source of material. When taking into account customs relating to pregnancy, childbirth, circumcision and other birth-related rituals, Chabad birth customs include dozens of individual practices. These customs range from commonsensical ideas, to mystical rites, from individual family traditions, to standardized legalistic guidelines. A good deal of Chabad customs surrounding birth overlap the customs of other Orthodox and Chasidic communities, however, the custom particular to Chabad is the use of a Kabbalistic mandala popularly known as a “‘shir hamaalot‘ card” after its inscription of a Psalm beginning with those words. The Chabad is known for promoting this particular birth custom, after it being heavily encouraged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.[1]

This Chabad practice of the “‘shir hamaalot‘ card” is not entirely original; both Ashkenazic…

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