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Former Astronaut U.S. Senator John Glenn Dies at 95

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn has passed away at age 95, the last of an era in which children sat with their parents before a TV set and watched as national heroes came to life performing real-time acts of wonder for the greater good of humanity, simply “because.”

Glenn had heart valve replacement surgery in 2014. He was hospitalized “more than a week ago” at James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University, it was announced Wednesday, although his diagnosis was not shared by OSU spokesman Hank Wilson.

The first U.S. astronaut ever to orbit the earth, Glenn was born in 1921. He was the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven, a group of military test pilots who were selected in 1959 to become America’s first astronauts and fly the Project Mercury spacecraft, known as the Friendship 7 mission.

Glenn resigned from NASA in 1964, and became a Democratic U.S. Senator from his home state of Ohio in 1974, serving the state in that capacity until January 1999. He received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

NASA bade him a fond but sad farewell Thursday on the Twitter social networking site.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump also paid tribute to the NASA pioneer, calling Glenn a “hero” in a concise tweet.

President Barack Obama released this statement paying tribute to the late astronaut:

“When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation. And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there’s no limit to the heights we can reach together.

“With John’s passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend. John spent his life breaking barriers, from defending our freedom as a decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, to setting a transcontinental speed record, to becoming, at age 77, the oldest human to touch the stars. John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond–not just to visit, but to stay.

“Today, the people of Ohio remember a devoted public servant who represented his fellow Buckeyes in the U.S. Senate for a quarter century and who fought to keep America a leader in science and technology. Our thoughts are with his beloved wife Annie, their children John and Carolyn and the entire Glenn family. The last of America’s first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens. On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn.”

Hana Levi Julian

Heaven & Earth Salon Dedicates Services To JAFCO

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Heaven & Earth Salon at 10055 Sunset Strip in Sunrise, held its 8th annual Cut-A-Thon on Sunday, October 23. All proceeds went to benefit JAFCO, Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options, which provides family preservation, foster care, adoption, mentoring, independent living, emergency shelter, group home and developmental disabilities programs to children and families in the South Florida community.

The staff of the salon donated their services – manicures, pedicures, haircuts, wash and blow-dries, eyebrow waxing, neck and shoulder massages, and more. Raffle drawings were held every hour. Auction prizes included Invite watches, SeaWorld parks, and resort tickets and a three-night South Beach vacation.

For more information about JAFCO or to contribute, call Shelli Gold at 954-315-8671 or e-mail shelli@JAFCO.org.

Shelley Benveniste

Tamar Yonah Show – Nibiru: Will this Dwarf Star Wreak Havoc on Earth? [audio]

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

What is Nibiru? What is planet X? When do people think it will hit or affect earth? What is the best thing to do to prepare and be ready IF this should happen? …and are we in the End-Times written about in the Bible?

Join Tamar Yonah as she speaks with Rabbi Alon Anava from AlonAnava.com and Atzmut.com as he talks about Armageddon and Redemption. Which will it be, and how might it happen? This is a DON’T MISS show! PLUS: Read an article entitled: Nibiru: How to Survive the Coming World Disaster Now

Tamar Yonah Show 20Sept2016

Israel News Talk Radio

The Mandela Effect and a Flat Earth [audio]

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Ira and Rod discuss the latest in Christian doctrines to explain away what some see as inconsistencies in biblical text that they cannot explain.

Israel News Talk Radio

It’s My Opinion: The Happiest Place On Earth

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Disney World in Orlando calls itself “the happiest place on earth.” Great effort has gone into creating the perfect environment to go along with the catchy tagline. The brand is a revered icon, known around the world. The theme parks, water parks, and Disney hotels combine to bring magical moments to all who enter their gates.

Guests want to be immersed in enchantment and are more than willing to pay for the experience. After all, a positive Disney experience has always been something that could be counted on in a world often fraught with worry and negativity.

There is never a frown on any of the faces of the thousands of workers who greet, meet, and seat in Disney’s many properties. There is never as much as a gum wrapper or speck of dirt in the streets. The sights and sounds and pumped-in smells combine to create a place where fantasy becomes fact and dreams come true.

However, decades of Disney nirvana were recently turned upside down when something truly horrific occurred. A two-year-old boy wading in a lake at a Disney resort was dragged away by an alligator. The toddler’s father fought to pull his child from the grip of the beast. He did not succeed. Sadly, divers found the boy’s body the next day.

The Orlando community and the entire country are reeling from the tragedy. It doesn’t seem possible that a calamity of this caliber could have happened in a place that promised such safety and fun.

Enjoying a vacation is often a positive way to counteract the stress of daily life. Disney-style vacation resorts present an illusion of perfection. But the happiness they offer is a figment of imagination. It’s not real.

As Jews, we are instructed “Ivdu et Hashem b’simcha,” to serve G-d with happiness. Having a cheerful countenance and positive attitude are important components of our faith. It is difficult to accomplish anything when a person is sad and depressed.

True happiness, however, should not depend on a location. Neither Shangri-La nor Never-never Land nor even Disney World can create a reality of non-stop paradise. The happiest place on earth should come from within.

 

Editor’s Note: B’ezrat Hashem, as you read this I will be in Israel touring with the Eretz Israel Movement. This amazing organization offers the very best Israel experience. Eretz Israel Movement tours are always special. They combine top-notch tour guides and interesting and informative places to visit with a real and abiding love of the land. I hope to share my experiences when I get back. Shalom and l’hitraot.

Shelley Benveniste

R’ Eliezer Knew More Science than R’ Yehoshua

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

This is an interesting interpretation by the Torah Temimah where he uses scientific knowledge to explain a dispute in the Talmud.

The verse in Parshas Breishis states “There went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” The Torah Temimah quotes the Babylonian Talmud in Mesechta Taanis 9B that records a dispute between R’ Eliezer and R’ Yehoshua regarding the source of rain.

[Copied from Soncino] “R. Eliezer said: The whole world draws its water supply from the waters of the ocean, as it is said, but there went up a mist from the earth and watered the whole of the ground. Thereupon R. Joshua said to him: But are not the waters of the ocean salty? He replied: They are sweetened by the clouds. R. Joshua said: The whole world drinks from the upper waters, as it is said, And drinketh water as the rain of heaven cometh down. If so, what is the force of the verse, ‘But there went up a mist from the earth’? This teaches that the clouds grow in strength as they rise towards the firmament and then open their mouth as a flask and catch the rain water, as it is said, Which distill rain from His vapor, they are perforated like a sieve and they slowly distill waters on the ground.”

The Torah Temimah explains what R’ Eliezer means using (then) modern science. R’ Yehoshua is correct. The waters of the oceans are salty and unfit for drinking. Therefore R’ Yeshoshua concludes that rain water cannot come from the oceans. R’ Eliezer understood that the reason the waters of the ocean must rise to the clouds and then return to the earth is to desalinize the ocean water. Only the water evaporates while the impurities like salt are left behind.

This can be demonstrated by boiling dirty water says the Torah Temimah. The droplets that form on the lip of the boiling pot are pure water no matter what the water in the pot looks like. Similarly, the salt and minerals in water on earth are removed when the water evaporates and are returned to earth via the clouds in the sky. That’s why R’ Eliezer says the whole world draws water from the oceans. R’ Yehoshua is confused because the ocean waters are salty. To which R’ Eliezer replies that the waters are sweetened during the evaporation and cloud process just like the droplets on the lid of the pot boiling dirty water.

I read this and thought this was a pretty good explanation of R’ Eliezer’s position. Unfortunately it leaves R’ Yehoshua in a very vulnerable position. What are we to think happened after R’ Eliezer explained evaporation to R’ Yehoshua? Perhaps when presented with the scientific explanation he acquiesced to R’ Eliezer. The Talmud assumes he did not because the subsequent discussion deals with R’ Yehoshua’s position as equally viable to R’ Eliezer’s.

More importantly, could R’ Eliezer have known this scientific information? According to my brief Internet research, it seems that the basic principles of natural desalination were known to the Greeks. It’s possible that R’ Eliezer adopted something he heard from them. Although I am unsure if they understood that evaporated seawater turned into clouds in the manner the Torah Temimah understands it. Of course, it is possible that R’ Eliezer received this scientific information from God or some Divine Tradition. Personally, I do not subscribe to this view, but many others do.

Perhaps this is the correct explanation R’ Eliezer’s position. It is elegant in its explanation and pretty clever but it leaves us with other unanswered questions. Either way, kudos to the Torah Temimah for using his secular knowledge in his commentary on the Torah.

Read the Torah Temimah here: PDF

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Rabbi Eliyahu Fink

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