Where Heavan and earth meet

sp mistakes never the less

L'AcademyOfLife.Org & KabbalahWisdom.org

 Do you now about heaven


It’s not like earth


In fact God has nothing to do with us


Not to say he doesn’t love us, but us he isn’t


You see in heaven, like the world of dreams, opposite realities coexist


On earth, subdivided by time and space, individuals, identities, separate, distinct thrive


How to merge these disparate mutually exclusive realms


The realm of the unlimited into the realm of the limited

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Netanyahu’s UN speech: no new points, disagreement from the US

Anne's Opinions

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered his speech to the UN General Assembly yesterday evening, and the verdicts are varied.  You can read the full transcript here.

He covered all the main points that we Israelis would wish him to make: he compared Hamas to ISIS, he stressed that the IDF is the most moral army in the world, and even brought out a photo of Hamas rocket launchers surrounded by children to illustrate his point; he condemned the UN Human Rights Council for their obsessive focus on Israel and its non-existent crimes when so many real war crimes were being committed by Islamic extremists and others around the world.

Watch the video and enjoy Netanyahu’s eloquent oratory which received loud applause in several places:

The speech was “vintage Netanyahu” according to the Jerusalem Post:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stood on the world’s grandest stage on Monday and delivered…

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Autistic 5-Year-Old Expresses Herself Through Her Extraordinary Art


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In December of 2011, Iris Grace Halmshaw was diagnosed with Autism. Iris’ parents say she rarely speaks and that interacting with others can be challenging, but is able to expresses herself through movement and art. Iris lives with her parents and cat, Thula, in Leicestershire, England.

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Artwork by IRIS GRACE
Website | Facebook | Original paintings | Gift store

Her parents say painting is one of Iris’ favourite activities and that it relaxes her. She is able to spend hours at a time on her extraordinary watercolour paintings and Thula, her Maine Coon cat, can be found right alongside her. Iris’ parents say Thula has helper her in ways they could have never imagined.

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Artwork by IRIS GRACE
Website | Facebook | Original paintings | Gift store

Autistic 5-Year-Old Expresses Herself Through Art (9)

Artwork by IRIS GRACE
Website | Facebook | Original paintings | Gift store

In an interview with Live Action News, Iris’ mother…

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BBC News website continues to promote inaccurate feature on casualties

BBC Watch

The BBC News website’s presentation of its recent report on Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the UNGA (discussed here) included several ‘related articles’ offered to readers both on the Middle East homepage and in the article itself as complimentary information on the topic. Among those articles was one originally published on August 8th under the title “Gaza conflict: The hundreds who lost their lives“.

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Not only is that feature long out of date but – as we pointed out here when it originally appeared – it is also inaccurate on the topic of Israeli casualties with both its text and a graphic claiming to inform readers “where people were killed” presenting incorrect information.

“The article also includes some glaring inaccuracies with regard to Israeli casualties.

“Meanwhile, two Israeli civilians died in Haifa and near the Erez border crossing into northern Gaza; and a Thai farm worker was…

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I Love You Menachem Mendel ben Eta Leah Cotlar


the-rebbeMendel my Beautiful Mendel the little boy I have known since you were born. I have loved you and your two brothers and sister as much as I love the Goldstein kids my nieces and nephews. I came over everyday to play with you I remember when you got Winston the Parrot and how Happy you were. I love your devar torah for a kid that is only 13 you sound like a grown up adult. You have a heart of gold you always love giving my hugs. Mendel I am so numb but I have to write this I have to tell your story I have to let everyone know what a beautiful neshoma you really are how caring loving chassidish and how much you truly love Hashem and the Rebbe. You are an Inspiration to us all your an inspiration to me and to all Mendel I am…

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Couldn’t happen to nicer people edition

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Two recent incidents gave me a serious attack of schadenfreude, which I thought to share with you in order to lighten the beginning of the New Year.

Mavi Marmara failed flotilla fiasco

An “activist” (read: terrorist) who took part on the Mavi Marmara flotilla fiasco has reportedly been killed in a US air-strike in Syria:

40-year-old Bulent Alniak was killed in a US airstrike in Idlib, northwestern Syria, on a target identified as belonging to the “Islamic State” terrorist group (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL), according to the Turkish World Bulletin website.

According to that report, Alniak was carrying out “aid work” ahead of the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

But other sources have suggested a somewhat less peaceful motive. Another Turkish outlet, T24, claimed Alniak was in Syria fighting alongside the Nusra Front – Al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria. It said he had…

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Self Esteem and Teshuva

Thoughts from the Shteiblech.


Last night Rabbi Twersky gave a shiur on the psychological aspects to Teshuva. His main point was that in order to do real Teshuva we need to have a positive self-esteem.


Because in order to have meaningful relationships with anyone, including Hashem, you need to have a healthy and positive self-esteem and self-image. The problem is that many do not have a positive self-esteem – this damages and limits our ability to do Teshuva.

Why don’t we have a positive self-esteem and what do we need to work on?

He suggested a number of factors.
1) We are too dependent on the approval of others.
2) We try to please too much.
3) We have been damaged by our childhood experiences.
4) The Ýetzer Harah’ also creates negative, destructive feelings.
5) We aim too high. Often highly accomplished people, suffer from self-esteem problems, as they are never satisfied with…

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A Tour and Census of Palestine Year 1695: No sign of Arabian names or Palestinians

Palestine-Israel Conflict

by Avi Goldreich, used by courtesy of Think-Israel.org

Translated from the Hebrew by Nurit Greenger.
Original Hebrew version can be read here.

The time machine is a sensation that nests in me when I am visiting Mr. Hobber old books store in Budapest, Hungary. Hobber learned to know my quirks and after the initial greeting and the glass of mineral water (Mr. Hobber is a vegan) he leads me down the stairs to the huge basement, to the Jewish “section.”

The Jewish section is a room full of antiquity books on subjects that Mr. Hobber sees to be Jewish. Among the books there are some that are not even worthy their leather binding. However, sometime, one can find there real culture treasure. Many of the books are Holy Books that may have been stolen from synagogues’ archives: Talmud, Bible, Mishnah, old Ashkenazi style Siddur, and others. Customarily, I open them…

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In which BBC R4 misrepresents an Israeli law and its roots

BBC Watch

The September 6th edition of BBC Radio 4’s ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ was titled “Matters of Life and Death” and included an item by Claudia Hammond, described in the synopsis as follows:FOOC Hammond

“Claudia Hammond discovers that many patients in Israel remain on life support for years”.

 The programme is available here, with the relevant segment beginning at 18:10, or here as a podcast under the different title “The Silent Wards”.  

The item is introduced by programme presenter Kate Adie thus:

“The news from Israel has been dominated recently by events in and around Gaza. On this programme though, we like to give ourselves the space to examine other aspects of life and death. In January this year a former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died after eight years in a coma following a massive stroke. In many other countries the machines keeping him alive would have…

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Sunday morning videos: Israel advocacy

Anne's Opinions

Here are three great videos about Israel advocacy which you should watch:

I wrote about Matti Friedman’s searing essay slamming the international media for their anti-Israel bias and one-eyed view of the Middle East conflict. It was a long essay, excellently written and very well-worth the read.  But if you didn’t have the time to read it through you can now watch (via Israellycool) a 5 minute clip of Friedman explaining his thesis on CNN, a prime culprit:

Another indefatigable defender of Israel is Melanie Phillips who spoke last week at an Honest Reporting conference in Jerusalem. Here she is in a (1 hour long!) video on how Western Jewry is paying the price for Gaza:

And in case all of that was not enough, here is American commentator Bill Whittle (whom I got to hear about via the Conservative Kitchen Table blog) making the case for Israel…

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