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Some say we are entering very dangerous and perilous times now. Looming in the future seem to be war, financial collapse, new strains of flu, and nations around the world in upheaval.
The following is a message from the "Shema Yisrael Now" committee, based in Chicago, regarding the 12th annual worldwide Shema Yisrael effort for Hoshana Rabba, scheduled for Motzoi Shabbos, October 6th at 9 p.m.
The effort is coordinated by the Shema Yisrael Now committee, which seeks to raise awareness of the importance and protective power of the Shema Yisrael prayer.
The holiday "Hoshana Rabba", which is the seventh and final night of the holiday of Succot, is a final chance to overturn difficult heavenly decrees that might have been written on Rosh Hashana. As such, Hoshana Rabba is marked by intense prayer and repentance. During these most difficult and volatile times we have the opportunity to help avert difficult heavenly decrees, please join with others to remove or soften the blow.
With all that is happening in the world today, Hashem is giving us a wake up call, an opportunity to fix what has been damaged through our sins and repair the world through teshuva [repentance]. Each and everyone of us can make a difference. The Talmud states [Kiddushin 40B] that the whole world as well as the individual , is judged by the majority of deeds. It only takes one person's one good deed to turn the judgment to the positive side for everyone. If each and every one of us would avoid the next sin that presents itself to them and actively seek out and do the next good deed, we could change the world for the better. The power of unity in doing a mitzvah is particularly effective in garnering merits. Let us join together on this significant date to state our firmest belief that He is the One and Only.
This year, Hoshana Rabba falls out on Motzoi Shabbos and Sunday October 6th- 7th. On this day dedicated to prayer, there will be a special unified effort centering on our most basic and powerful prayer, and declaration of faith, the Shema Yisrael prayer.
On Motzoi Shabbos, October 6th at 9 p.m, Jews in many communities will stop what they are doing and say the Shema prayer-- the Jewish basic declaration of faith, in unity with Jews around the globe.
The basic Shema prayer that many will recite on the Hoshana Rabba night is comprised of six words:
*Shema Yis-ra-el A-do-noi E-lo-hei-nu A-d-noi E-chad*
Translation: Hear, Israel, Hashem is (now) our G-d, Hashem is the One and Only.
This is followed by the whispered recital of the following six words:
*Ba-ruch Shem Kev-od Mal-chuso Le-Olam Va'ed*
Translation: Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.
This refers to our silent aspiration that the entire world should soon recognize Hashem's glory.
The Shema prayer is one of the 613 Commandments and our most basic, powerful declaration of our faith in One G-D
When saying the Shema prayer, concentrate intensely upon accepting G-D’s absolute sovereignty
All Jews are encouraged to join this special united effort by saying the Shema prayer at 9 p.m. Motzoi Shabbos, October 6th, with their families or whomever they are with at the time.
We strongly encourage all Jewish people to say the Shema prayer every morning and evening, every single day, as a way to unite the Jewish people and help bring peace to our world.
"Can you Imagine if this was a war?" My husband said to me over his cell phone.
Being Prepared for War or Natural Disaster
by Howard (Hanan) Linett
Be Prepared. No one is going to send a 'John Wayne' or the USMC over the hill to come assist you. Understand that it is most likely that you will be on your own. Help will not arrive for days, perhaps longer depending upon where you live.
Expect public utilities will not function. That means there will be no water flowing from your faucets, no gas flowing to your appliances. Communication networks will be down and not working. No electricity = no power, no light, no refrigeration, no cable no phones, no computer.
Many roads, tunnels and bridges will be impassible. At best travel will be difficult, at worst impossible. The delivery of food and other commodities will be interrupted. Store shelves will not be restocked.
The situation may continue for weeks.
Think of the following as if you are purchasing "Insurance."
Have as much water put away as possible.
Wash out plastic bottles that were filled with drinks and fill them with water. Store out of the sun. The water is for use in washing, cleaning, cooking and flushing. You can never have too much. Also suitable for watering one's dogs and cats.
For drinking you need to purchase a supply of 1.5 or 2 liter six-packs of bottled water. As much as you can afford and have room to store. Figure you need 2 six-packs a week per family member. More if the weather may be Hot. Have enough for 4 weeks. You can find sales as inexpensive as 9 NIS per pack. Refill bottles that came filled with drinking water. Again you can never have too much.
You need a source of light.
Make sure you have a supply of candles - several or more boxes of the 72 per box. Several 7-day memorial candles supply a lot of light at night. The Friday night candles that come in a metal cup are good for cooking as well as light.
Make sure you have lots and lots of matches. Have at least 6 packages of 10 boxes wrapped in clear wrapping.
Have a supply of flashlights each with at least three extra sets of fresh batteries. Make one of the flashlights a super strong one from the SureFire company.
For situations when it is ill-advised to have an open flame, purchase a supply of chemical light-sticks.
Consider the purchase of some type of "tabletop" battery powered florescent light.
Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA and AAA batteries are worth the extra cost and effort to locate.
Have a barbecue - must only be used in an open and area well ventilated! Have extra charcoal or gas balloon(s).
You can buy a inexpensive camping stove or other types of cooking set-up that utilize small propane tanks. Be sure to have a supply of the proper size propane cylinders.
Do not forget cooking over an open wood fire. Just set aside the kindling and wood. Do not forget you need a metal grate to put the food on while it is cooking.
Purchase and put away pasta, beans, legumes, rice, grains, sugar, flour, coffee, tea, oil, cans of vegetables, tuna, Luff (Israeli Spam) and just about everything else you use that does not require refrigeration. Here is a tip - putting grains and rice in the freezer for 36 hours should kill-off all the unseen "protein" that can hatch several months downs the road.
Whenever there is a sale I come home with 2 or 3 kilo bags of whatever is less expensive than normal. Put away lots - you use it, so it isn't like you are going to throw it out. When you need some of it, use it, just be sure to replace it and continue to buy extra when it is on sale. Always use the package closed to its expiration date.
Try not to have more frozen food in your freezer than you can eat in three days. Afterwards what is left will be spoiled.
If you need milk better get a powdered milk substitute.
Honey, chocolate, jams and peanut butter are superior foods.
Alcohol serves multiple purposes besides drinking; for example Google Vodka and you will find out how it can be used.
If you need prescription medications do whatever necessary to always have a 30-day supply on hand.
Have a well stocked First Aid kit. Learn basic First Aid and have a good manual on hand.
Benefit from the experience of others.
Never allow your vehicles' gas tank to drop below 3/4s full. Have a 5 gallon container of gasoline stored safely and securely.
You must have a battery operated portable radio that gets reception where you live.
Do not allow laundry to pile-up. The more clean clothes you have, the less the need to wash clothes when water and electricity are unavailable.
Have a non-electric, hand operated can opener.
You need a pair of heavy-duty work gloves and all your tools immediately accessible.
You need a good sharp folding knife and a quality multi-tool on your belt.
Purchase a survival manual, USMC, Boy Scout Handbook, SAS are excellent.
A large jug of Clorox is a disinfectant and has multiple uses. Google Clorox Bleach for a list.
An extra supply of white squares of cloth for floor washing can be used to seal under doors.
Consider plastic cups, plates and utensils - they can be discarded rather than washed.
Have a supply of heady duty large plastic garbage bags.
A roll of sealing tape and a roll of duck tape.
Several packages of Wet Ones.
Please do not put-off getting your home prepared. Now, not later, is the time to go shopping. Experience dictates that "later" is too late. "Later" is for gathering your family and running into your shelter or protected room.
Q. Do you feel it's appropriate in a democracy to send in 100 policemen to kick people out of their homes
A. We had to do it to reassure the public ... that the police are actually capable of doing something.
Saudi Man Answers Questions on Why He Loves Israel
I know there are deep haters of Facebook, and I do not blame them. There is much to worry about regarding the dangers of uploading information about yourself to the world. But a few months ago, I gave in and opened up a Facebook account for professional reasons. While FACEBOOK definitely has it's minuses, on the plus side, I must admit it has opened up many doors for me to meet people which I would probably never have had a chance to connect with before.
I am very much aware and understand that people can present themselves over the internet in any way they please. People can, and often do, use fake names, lie about their age, gender, location, use false pictures, etc... So enough said about the internet, Facebook, social media, the pros and cons, etc.
One FB friend I made, calls himself.... well, I cannot say. I must be discreet. However, he does let me say that he is from Saudi Arabia and is now residing in some Western country. I asked if I could interview him on the radio. At first he said he would think about it, but afterwards, he said he wouldn't feel safe doing so and asked me instead to send him some questions to answer by text. So here goes, a few questions I jotted down for him to answer, which I thought you might like to read, from a 'cousin' of ours.
|א וַיְהִי, אַחֲרֵי מוֹת מֹשֶׁה--עֶבֶד יְהוָה; וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בִּן-נוּן, מְשָׁרֵת מֹשֶׁה לֵאמֹר.||1 Now it came to pass after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying:|
|ב מֹשֶׁה עַבְדִּי, מֵת; וְעַתָּה קוּם עֲבֹר אֶת-הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה, אַתָּה וְכָל-הָעָם הַזֶּה, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לָהֶם לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.||2 'Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.|
|ג כָּל-מָקוֹם, אֲשֶׁר תִּדְרֹךְ כַּף-רַגְלְכֶם בּוֹ--לָכֶם נְתַתִּיו: כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתִּי, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה.||3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, to you have I given it, as I spoke unto Moses.|
And an email I received which you might also like to be a part of:
As the 9th of Av quickly approaches, as the mourning over the loss of the Temple and the divine service intensifies over the next several days, many hearts are open to act. This is the time to begin breaking the silence that has clouded the ongoing systemic suppression of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount.
We would like to see the petition rise to a minimum of 10,000 signatures by Sunday the 10th of Av. This year the fast is pushed from the 9th to the 10th in honor of the Sabbath. Fasting is prohibited on the Sabbath with Yom Kippur being the exception.
PLEASE URGE EVERYONE TO SIGN AND FORWARD THE DECLARATION!
By using email, facebook, twitter, message boards, news sites and more - we together can break the silence!
The Declaration can be signed at:
Be sure to also join and to invite your friends to the facebook event (already 4,300+ invites and 200+ attending/signers)