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New Worm Takes Down Iranian Nuke Plant, Plays Loud AC/DC

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The website NTG reported that an Iranian nuclear scientist told a colleague in Finland about the newest cyber worm which has paralyzed Iran’s nuclear plants.

The Finish scientist, Mikko H. Hypponen, from Helsinki, the chief security research officer at F-Secure, an anti-virus software company, has quoted an email he received from the Iranian scientist, saying “Our nuclear program has once again been attacked by a new worm, which hit the computer systems in Nataz and Fordo.”

According to the scientist, the worm comes with some unusual side effects: the infected computers started to play at high volume the song Thunderstruck by the band AC/DC, in the middle of the night and without any prior warning.

Hypponen said he had no way of confirming the veracity of the story, but he knows for sure that the email has indeed been sent by a real scientist from the Iranian nuclear program.

Food For The Soul

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

“Tell Bnei Yisrael, “These are the creatures you should eat.” – Vayikrah 11:2

Chovos Halevovos (Sha’ar Avodas Elokim 3) explains that Hashem created man out of two very distinct parts – a nefesh haschili (intellectual soul) and a nefesh habahami (animal soul). Each has its desires and inclinations, and each is competing with the other, vying for primacy over man.

The sechel in man is what drives him to do all that is good and proper. It is the part of him that pulls him closer to Hashem. It is the force in him that hungers to help others. Everything that is noble, proper and good in man stems from this side.

The nefesh habahami on the other hand is comprised of the base instincts necessary for survival. This is a part of man just as it is in the rest of the animal kingdom. It is made up of hungers, appetites, and desires.

The sechel and behaima are constantly in competition with each other, and each is in a state of flux. Much like a muscle, each becomes stronger with use and atrophies with disuse. The more a person uses his sechel, the stronger and more dominant it becomes. The more he allows his passions and desires to rule, the stronger a hold they have on him. Man is engaged in a constant battle.

In this conflict, the behaima has an unfair advantage. It is in its element, and everything that we do constantly utilizes it and therefore strengthens it. All of man’s daily activities – from working for a living to eating and sleeping – are constantly nourishing the behaima side. Very little that a person does strengthens his sechel. And so by all rights, the behaima side of man should become ever stronger until it vanquishes the sechel.

For that reason, the Torah gave us strict instructions about which actions to engage in and which to avoid, as those actions give an undue strengthening to the behaima side of man.

Chazal tell us that “treif food deadens the heart.” When a person eats non-kosher food, he ingests that impurity into himself, so his behaima side becomes stronger, and it becomes more difficult for him to relate to anything spiritual. It becomes harder for him to learn, harder for him to daven, harder for him to experience Hashem.

When Chazal call not eating treif food a chok, that refers to how it functions. Why does milk cooked together with meat give an unfair edge to the behaima side? Why does ingesting blood make a person cruel? To understand how these things function, one must be a scientist of the soul – something that very few individuals in history were able to become. But that it works that way is a given. And for that reason, the Torah forbids us from eating various foods, wearing shatnez, engaging in various physical relations, etc.

This seems to be the answer for this Rashi. The mashol is exact. Impure food will deaden the holy part of a Jew; it will damage his soul.

This concept is very applicable to us in the sense that we often overlook our predisposition for greatness. Hashem created us with elevated souls. We were given all of the inclinations and aptitudes to reach true greatness. Additionally, Hashem gave us the greatest guide to spiritual perfection – the Torah. If we learn to follow its ways and appreciate its systems, we journey forward on the greatest mission of man – the road to perfection.

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Iran UPDATE: ‘Arrests have been made’ in Assassination of Nuclear Scientist

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Iran has arrested a number of individuals in the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist, parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Tuesday.

“We have discovered some clues and some arrests have been made,” Larijani was quoted as saying by the Tehran Times daily. He did not provide additional details on the arrests.

 

Iran Passes Letter to US: You Killed Our Scientist

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

In a letter handed to the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, the Iranian foreign ministry relayed to the United States that it believes the CIA was behind the recent assassination of another Iranian nuclear scientist.  Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan’s car exploded after a magnetic bomb was attached to the side of it during rush hour traffic on Wednesday by a speeding motorcyclist.

The United States and Iran have no formal diplomatic relations.  The Swiss embassy represents US interests in the country, and received the letter from the Iranian foreign ministry on behalf of the United States.

“We have reliable documents and evidence that this terrorist act was planned, guided and supported by the CIA,” the letter said, according to a Reuters report.  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denied US responsibility for the attack, the fifth such assassination in 2 years.

Western intelligence sources told Time magazine on Friday that Israel’s Mossad is responsible for the scientist’s death.

The Wall Street Journal on Saturday reported that the U.S. is preparing for the increasing possibility of an Israeli military assault on Iran.

President Peres Denies Israeli Role in Iran Assassination

Friday, January 13th, 2012

President Shimon Peres, speaking in an interview with CNN Thursday, denied reports that Israel was responsible for the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist on Wednesday.

When asked whether Israel was involved in the hit, he responded: “Not to the best of my knowledge.”

His comments were the first by an Israeli official regarding the allegations that Israel was behind the assassination.

“I know that it is fashionable that whatever wrong happens in Iran, it is the United States and Israel. There is nothing new in this approach,” Peres added.

 

Iran Calls on UN to Condemn Assassination of Nuclear Scientist

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Iran’s Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee wrote a letter to the UN secretary general, calling on him to condemn the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist as a “terrorist attack,” and blaming the act on foreign powers.

Iranian PM Says Iran “being punished for no reason”

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking at Havana University in Cuba on Thursday, told students that Iran is “being punished for no reason,” in a veiled reference to the recent assassination of another Iranian nuclear scientist.

According to Ahmadenijad, the West was persecuting Iran: “Have we ever attacked anyone? Have we sought more than we need? Never. We only want to pursue justice.”

Ahmadinejad is currently in the midst of an official tour of Latin America that has included stops in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and will take him to Ecuador next.

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