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      Adar 27, 5774, 2/27/2014

      Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah isn’t a Kids Game Anymore


      Do you have a son or a daughter who will be celebrating their Bar or Bat Mitzvah soon? Then, you really should start getting ready, and the sooner the better…

      It wasn’t so long ago that, at the most, the Bar Mitzvah started in the Temple and ended with a celebration in the Temple. If not at the Temple, then after the ceremony families would make do with a party in the back yard and a table loaded with soft drinks and plates full of food and pastries.

      Over time, slowly but surely, a new trend developed; celebrating the Bar or Bat Mitzvah in a modest hall with a simple event held in the afternoon with a menu that consisted mainly of light snacks, a reception and glasses of colored jello served for dessert. Hardly any time has passed and now, the Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration has become a huge event, one that you’d usually expect to find at a wedding!

      That’s why we decided to put together some helpful and important tips to help you prepare for the big event.

      First, we suggest that you decide who you want to invite to the event, who your “target audience” is.

      Some want to invite people close to the bar or bat mitzvah boy or girl like their friends from school. Others want to invite the family and there are those who want to invite both family and friends.

      It’s important to realize that the more guests you have – so the event becomes more expensive and, unlike a wedding, there’s no guarantee that the presents from lots of guests will cover the expense.

      There is another option, you could split the event into the actual Aliyah L’Torah, the Bar Mitzvah ceremony and a separate gathering for the immediate family or an event for the family and another event for class mates.

      An event that is, in essence, a single party can save you money. But, splitting the celebrations could make the party even more enjoyable for your guests since, as you most probably realize, a party just for kids doesn’t resemble a party for a mixed audience of children and the extended family.

      In any event, in any of these parties, whether for the extended family or just for class mates or even both, in order to make it special, families spend a lot of time and thought to make it as memorable, exiting and emotional as possible.

      Here are some things that will help you plan the event:

      Choosing the location

      After you’ve decided who you’re going to invite and how many are expected to attend, you have to decide where to hold the celebration and then book the location. If this is a events hall, whether indoors or outdoors, the earlier you book the more chance that your chosen date will be available and, obviously, you’ll have more time to plan and prepare.

      If the party is just for the class mates of the ben or bat mitzvah, then you might consider one of the special clubs and locations that cater specifically for this age group and which offer a range of packages at varying prices.

      Of course, you should do some “market research” into prices and also check out the location when there’s an event taking place and exploit the power of the internet to see what others have to say about the different places.

      One way to check out how well maintained the place is, is by checking the bathrooms; if they’re clean, then the place is most probably well maintained.

      Most business demand either full payment in advance or a deposit – try to give as small a deposit as possible using a deferred check (crossed and made payable to the payee only) dated as close as possible to the actual celebration (again, if possible…). The balance should be paid within three days after the event.

      When you sign a contract, make sure that there is a clause that, if a close relative passes away (God forbid) or because of Force majeure, you can postpone the celebration up to 24 hours before it’s due to take place.

      Here’s an important tip – Make sure that the location is properly managed, that it has all the required licenses and permits, is insured and, if your guests keep kashrut, is certified as being kosher.

      Choosing the Menu

      When your guests are adults, one of the main and more important considerations regarding your event is the menu. If the celebration is being held in a hall, a ballroom or at an outside venue then it’s a good idea to decide as soon as possible, along with the chef, your menu for the event. It’s also a really good idea to have a “tasting” session and make sure that the menu meets your expectations.

      It’s very important to make sure that the chef understands that the food at the “tasting” session must be exactly the same as the food to be served to your guests at your celebration.

      After you’ve chosen the food (reception, main course, salads and desserts) we recommend that you don’t ignore the drinks menu which should be as varied as possible.

      Another small and important tip – if your guests are old enough to drink alcohol, then the choice of drinks should be as wide as possible and the best your budget can afford. The general rule is that alcohol can be the “major” player in keeping the guests happy.

      Seating the guests

      Yes it’s true, for some organizing an event is an exact and meticulous task worthy of a military commander. Such families will organize precise guest lists and prepare, in advance, a rock solid seating plan so that everybody knows whose sitting next to who.

      It important to note that this has a real advantage because it lets you get a good idea, close to the actual event, as to how many guests out of all those you invited intend coming and you can order, in advance, the amount of food needed and safe a lot of money. Of course, you need to take the time to call all those invited to ask if they’ll be attending or not.

      On the other hand, there are those who prefer letting people sit wherever and with whoever they want to. This means that they won’t have to consider all the pros and cons of who sits with whom and juggling names trying to get the perfect match – like a crossword puzzle. On the other hand, you should also consider the problems you’ll face trying to find a place for all your guests – and this is sure to happen right after the reception.

      In any event, you should ask a close friend or somebody from the family to help you seat the guests. They’ll be the only person responsible for asking the event manager to set up extra tables because extra tables = extra costs!

      Dancing the night away with your DJ

      The atmosphere as your guests arrive, on the dance floor and even during the meal will be influenced by the music being played by your DJ.

      And if your event is continuing into the night, then the music has an even greater impact and influence on the dancing than is usual in an afternoon event.

      So, if your celebration is being held at night you need to choose a really good DJ one who’ll get guidelines, in advance, about the type of guests he’ll be playing for.

      If the occasion is an afternoon event, depending obviously on the type of guests, the dance floor is often, for some unknown reason, usually empty or has just a few couples dancing. Even so, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of the music throughout your party.

      Another small tip – don’t seat elderly guests close to the dance floor and definitely not next to the loud speakers!

      A photographer to immortalize those magical moments

      There are lots of photographers out there, especially in an era when every mobile phone lets you take high quality pictures. So, every guest is a potential photographer.

      But if you want the very best professional photographs possible to remind you of this joyful occasion and your guests, then you should hire a professional event photographer.

      In order to choose a good photographer, look at examples of previous events that they’ve photographed and look for recommendations on the Internet.

      The Bar or Bat Mitzvah’s Speech

      Despite the reticence of the young person in who’s honor the celebration is being held, it’s customary for the bar or bat mitzvah to give a speech during the event.

      Writing the speech isn’t an easy thing to do and they should get the help of a family member with a talent for writing to make the process easier.

      Tip – Try to make sure that the speech isn’t longer than 5 minutes because the guests’ attention will wander and they’ll become impatient.

      “Book”

      Don’t be surprised, but having a photo album with professionally photographed pictures of the bar or bat mitzvah on display as the guests arrive can be really impressive – especially if you use it as a “guest book” so that the guests can write their own greetings and wishes for the lucky young person which will later become a unique reminder of the special day.

      All you need to do is contact a professional photo studio (and there are plenty of them…), spend a few hours posing in front of the camera and you’ll have an exciting and pleasurable experience by itself, even without the photographs.

      As an alternative, you can also get a large poster printed with just one picture surround by white space so that guests can write their dedications.

      Producing an original, funny and moving video clip

      Today you can find many companies specializing in the production of short films and video clips for private events. Showing the clip during the event is a very moving moment, especially for the family and the bar or bat mitzvah.

      You can make a clip with a story, a unique script written specially with professionals and the event’s organizers and then filmed so that the end result is a short film that tells a story, a story that involves the guests of honor and their families and friends and that, needless to say, has a happy ending just like any good story!

      You can also create a clip in the form of a presentation – a script that combines pictures and short video segments of the bar or bat mitzvah from their birth until the present day accompanied by their favorite music to make the whole package even more entertaining and interesting.

      Another alternative is to record, in a professional recording studio, a song sung by all the family or someone special to them.The clip is shown during the celebration on a large screen set up in a central spot so that everybody can see. There’s no doubt that this will be a moment of joy that will remind the family and guests that the occasion isn’t just for food & drink or a casual meeting between friends and family but a celebration of a significant milestone in the life of the bar or bat mitzvah, a milestone that will be remembered for years to come thanks, amongst other things, the video clip or presentation.

      It’s important to make sure with the event location that you can show the video clip or presentation on a large screen with the right lighting and a good sound system so that the soundtrack and music will be heard clearly by all the guests.

      Special attractions for the celebration

      At a Bar or Bat Mitzvah the older guests usually prefer to pass the time talking without the kids bothering them. So, if you have a special attraction at your celebrations especially for the children and the youngsters – it will help make the entire event even more enjoyable for everybody.

      There are a lot of different attractions to choose from that are perfect for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and the choice gets bigger and better day by day. For example:

      • Designer Balloons: There are many companies that specialize in designing chairs or tables using designer balloons adapted to the event’s theme or character.
      • Inflatable attractions: There are a huge number of inflatable attractions suitable from the very young and even for adults to choose from, attractions that will keep the guests happy and busy. Just make sure that there’s nothing to prevent you using them at your event location.
      • Table games: Air hockey, table football, snooker and more.

      Apart from these and also because there just isn’t time to describe everything, there are attractions not only provide a great experience during the event, but also give the guests a great souvenir to take home with them:

      • A photographer who photographs the guests during the event and then, when they go home, they take with them a magnet with their picture to remind them of the occasion.
      • A photo-booth where the guests are photographed and take the photographs home with them.
      • Video Flip - a mobile studio where the guests are filmed for a short, 7 second clip which is then transferred to a flip-book where, when the pages are flipped through quickly, they see the clip they took part in.
      • Virtual Hero - The guest is photographed and their head is superimposed onto a character in an interactive game that they can play on their smartphone or tablet.
      • Digital Graffiti Wall – the guests are filmed during the event and their pictures are immediately uploaded and displayed on a large screen. The guests can then paint and draw on their pictures just as if they were drawing on a real graffiti wall – but using digital spray paints – and at the end of the process, they take away with them a high resolution print out of their creation.

      Attraction ideas were inspired by Thrill-Production's catalog.

      And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, there’s lots, and lots, and lots more……



      Cheshvan 11, 5774, 10/15/2013

      Where do our thoughts originate?


      Until now, we always assumed that our thoughts originated in our brain. However, it is now clear that this assumption is not correct. In fact, our thoughts originate from outside of our bodies! The brain does not create our thoughts, but rather processes them and tries to adapt them to our ability to understand and function.

      Until now, we understood that our desires or plans are the result of electro-chemical processes taking place in our brain - but what triggers these activities? Is it the brain itself? The answer is no! Thoughts enter our brain from a source that is outside of our physical body and, only when they reach the brain, does it begin to act and decipher them.

      The Three Stages of Thought

      From the moment of their inception and until the moment they become an action, however small, our thoughts pass through three stages.

      The first stage is an inborn trait - Potential. The individual born to be a motor mechanic will never entertain thoughts of being a fashion designer since this choice is not included in their inborn potentials.

      The second stage is Understanding. This is the stage where we analyze the thoughts we have received and attempt to adapt them to our own unique and individual world of concepts. For example, if I wake up and think that I need to find a new job, I'll immediately start looking for a job in familiar areas. If I work at a bar or coffee shop, I'll look for a new job in the service sector, in customer service but I won't look for work in another profession, such as a cosmetician, since this requires knowledge that I don't have.

      The third stage is Realization. This stage acts on the original though and directs me to ways of finding a new job: the internet, by asking at restaurants if they need new staff, what to wear and what to take with me, how to get there (by car or public transport), how to introduce myself etc. This stage also leads on to the actual implementation of the thought - looking for a job.

      It is important to remember that our ability to think and the types of thoughts we have, are inborn potentials. Thus, changing a though is not an easy task and can only be achieved if we have access to our inborn reservoir of potentials . We'll look at this later on in the article.

      Thought Differences amongst Human Beings

      Each individual has a genetic "fingerprint" that is unique to them. This "fingerprint" is our DNA which is responsible for the characteristics and the physical abilities that distinguish us as individuals. But there is more to our DNA than just this. Each individual has a unique way of thinking. That's the reason why, throughout our lives, we try to achieve harmony with those around us because no two people think alike and there will always be differences in the way we, as individuals, view things. Each one of us has their own, specific interests results from the types of thoughts enter our mind.

      Where's the Proof?

      By now, you're not probably asking yourselves how we can prove that our initial thoughts enter our mind from outside of our bodies rather than originating in the brain? We don't need to resort to expensive research projects to convince you. You can test this on yourselves. Did you ever create a new thought or did it just, suddenly, "pop into your head"?

      Even a simple decision to drink a cup of coffee or change an item of clothing are the result of a thought that suddenly appeared in our minds whilst on the computer, at work, in the shower, whilst driving, in fact, in every situation of our daily lives. Let's say that, at a specific moment in time, our brain was concentrating on driving. During this activity the brain is aware of our surroundings, it is examining the state of the road and traffic, it's checking our speed and also listening to the radio. Suddenly a new though "pops" into our head: perhaps I should call John, I haven't spoken with him for ages. This wasn't a planned thought, it's not related to our journey , it just suddenly appeared. If you take a few minutes to sit quietly and contemplate you'll discover and perhaps even feel how this new thought entered your mind from outside of your body and then the brain took over.

      What is the Brain's Function?

      The brain is the Central Processing Unit and receives thoughts in the form of a code (similar to computer "Machine Language") from an external source and them processes the code in using two, main procedures. First, the brain sends the thought to the memory to see if, within our memory bank there exists the information and knowledge needed to understand and use the thought. For example, a thought that has suddenly occurred to us - the desire or urge to have a cup of coffee. Once received, the memory immediately transmits information: what coffee is, what coffee we know and prefer. The processor takes the next step and decides how much coffee, when and where... All these are actions that it already recognizes.

      The second procedure is the brain's reaction to a new thought, one for which it has no previous information in its memory banks. For example, the desire to purchase a new product or service, to try a food that we've never tried before and so on. In this type of situation, the brain goes into a analytical and experimental state using the five senses as its assistants.

      In other words, the brain is a mechanism that helps us to understand. It doesn't manage our thoughts but rather the work needed to understand and execute our thoughts. It understands the thought and distributes the appropriate orders.

      Why aren't thoughts created within our physical body?

      So, why aren't our thoughts created from within our physical brains? Effectively, this acts as a protective system for us, as human beings. If our thoughts did indeed originate from within our physical brain and dysfunction or injury to our head would damage our conceptual abilities and cause our development to stop.

      Those who wished to control others and make them into their servants or slaves would only need to give them a strong blow to the head that would cause a damage the brain and result in the loss of their ability to think. But, when the thought originated from outside of the brain , from outside of the human body, then our own, personal "thought reservoir" is inaccessible to others. Our thoughts cannot be taken over and controlled by another individual without our agreement or choice.

      There are people who influence others, but not because they have control on the thoughts of others. Rather, they have succeeded in persuading the individual and caused them to "understand" using the brain in a different manner and not by causing it to think in a different way.

      Where do thoughts come from?

      Thoughts originate from a reservoir, a personal energetic field within which our own, unique system of inherent potentials is stored in the form of a code. The code is available to us in the same fashion as cloud computing services which store information externally. We are born with this code which is, in effect, a programming language that we call DNA.

      Our DNA is also the "hardware" that reacts to electromagnetic codes received from our external reservoir of potentials. This reservoir is protected and secured and sends us the thoughts (codes) according to our needs and the tasks we have to perform or intend to perform at any specific time or period.

      Without the brain, these potentials cannot be realized. Thus, when the code (thought) reached the brain, that organ then decodes and translates it into a form that we know and can understand and then sends orders to our "hardware", those parts of our body that are required to act in order to realize the thought. Sometimes, the brain's interpretation of the code results in the correct actions being taken. Other times the processing may have been incomplete or faulty, and thus the desire result is nor achieved.

      The sub-conscious and life conflicts:

      The sub-conscious is, in fact, the individual's potential reservoir. This is the place, where each person's unique set of potentials is stored (whilst the sub-conscious does have other functions, we shall not discuss them in this article).

      How are mistakes or problems caused and created in our life? The answer lays in the processor - the brain - not functioning properly. Sometimes, the result of the brain's processing is incorrect and the wrong conclusions are reached. The brain then sends these erroneous conclusions to our memory banks with the result that, every time that a thought regarding the same issue reaches our brain, it will react in a similar, erroneous fashion.

      For example, if, in the past, I had an argument with somebody who got violent and severely beat me, the brain might reach the conclusion that some people, when they reach a certain anger level, are potentially dangerous to me. As a result, whenever I'm in a similar situation I will be afraid and look for ways to escape from that situation even though my brain's conclusion isn't correct regarding all people. Another example; let's say I applied for a job but was rejected because of my nationality or ethnicity. My brain may conclude that my ethnicity is a problem, one that is holding me back. From then on, I will be less able to function and perform as my brain will be telling me that I "lack" something.

      In other words, the brain has draws conclusions, programs if you like, that we create and which slow down the brain or cause it to inefficiently process our incoming thoughts. For example: "fear" - even if we receive a thought that encourages us to cope with a certain situation but are afraid of what this might entail or result in, the "processor" allows this fear to become involved in its work with the result that the final action relating to that thought is not executed to the full or not executed at all.

      An additional failure could result from not knowing how to understand a thought if the processor lacks the components that help it to decode and realize the thought.

      In order to improve the processor's functioning, we need to remove those characteristics which impede its operation or which divert it in the wrong direction. Just as with a computer, we can use an "anti-virus" or other programs to "clean out the system" so that it operates faster and more efficiently. These programs can be found in the sub-conscious.

      The sub-conscious

      Many of us are aware that the sub-conscious precedes the conscious mind in understanding problems and finding solutions. Often, it will provide with clues for a solution with "feelings" or "hunches" , by intuition or through our dreams. However, the conscious, operating hindering factors such as fear or lack of experience, will reject these solutions as they do not, in most cases, match our logic or expectations. How much more beneficial would it be if we were able to read the sub-conscious and discover its hidden solutions?

      The energetic signature which we generate is comprised of the conscious and the sub-conscious. We can think of our sub-conscious and its reservoir of potentials as a small, yet wise child who, in its quite voice is always trying to tell us that: "the problem would be solved if you would only see and understand that...". However, unfortunately, we don't listen to this small, quiet voice

      The energetic signature of brain waves

      When we think of a certain matter, the brain produces and broadcasts to the surroundings a specific energy signature. Galamind.com applications are capable of receiving these conscious thought signals. At the same time, the sub-conscious which is encoded into our DNA also broadcasts an energetic signature of our inborn potentials and abilities. The Galamind applications compare the energetic signatures broadcast by the conscious mind and the DNA and reacts according to the differences between them (the complementary principal of physics). Now, the only barrier before us is how to insert into the consciousness its missing energetic signal?

      Galamind applications and their relationship to the sub-conscious

      Today, there are many different types of experts, consultants and coachers using many varied and diverse methods to help people suffering from problems resulting from lack of understanding or a misunderstanding, that cause them difficulties in life. However, all of these experts and methods lacked one crucial component, the ability to identify thoughts. All dealt with understanding the individual human being but, as they were unable to access the personal potential reservoir, they were unable to understand why a particular individual thought in one way rather than another. The reason is simple, this reservoir is protected and will allow entry only to that specific individual (this does not hold true for those who have lost their sanity and whose reservoir has been breached).

      In simple terms, none of the experts in the field of personal or mental help could read their patient's sub-conscious, the place from where it is possible to connect with each individuals potential reservoir or thought reservoir.

      But there is another problem: most people find it difficult, if not impossible, to connect to their own sub-conscious. The answer to problem this was found by the experts who established the Galamind.com site. Through innovative knowledge known as "kinetic intelligence", they developed two applications that bridge this gap.

      The brain and the importance of cellular information

      Recent discoveries in the field of cellular information has proven that at the sub-cellular level our bodies, in effect, contain infinite information regarding all the possibilities required by of it (DNA). Innovative medical approaches even use this sub-cellular level information in order to repair defects and cure diseases by inserting information into the body through ingested food additives and minerals or by the transplantation of nano-technological devices into the body.

      In the case of kinetic intelligence, the method for inserting information into the processor (the brain) uses our visual sense which is the strongest of the five senses that affect our brain. The new information "teaches" the brain cell how to repair itself - in other words, generates the missing energetic signature that differentiates between the actual state of affairs and the desired state of affairs.

      External support as opposed to internal support

      A person seeking solutions to problems that constitute a barrier or blockage in his life, will usually turn to an external source such as medication for support and help. Some may turn to drugs, other hypnosis perhaps whist others will seek help from other experts. All of these methods represent external resources and methods that attempt to change the individuals inherent characteristics. In some cases, a particular form of medication may, perhaps, reduce the problem by causing the processor's (the brain) functioning to run at a slower rate thus repressing the problem. In other cases, there are medications designed to force the brain to work faster. In most cases, the use of these drugs causes the patient to become dependent, to a greater or lesser degree, on the medication. This can also have side effects the consequences of which cannot be foreseen.

      However, there is another possibility, a natural solution that isn't dependent on any external factors, a solution that is appropriate for each person in any situation and which allows each individual to find the solution and the path that is most suited to themselves and that can be found in each person's individual potential reservoir.

      When the individual repairs and fixes those things that are disturbing them, they don't need to use external substances because nature has already created us in a manner that allows us to cope with and deal with those things that are disturbing us. We are born with an immune system whose role is to preserve our bodies physical health as well as with a consciousness that can repair potentials that we are given but which cause us problems.

      Why do we have thoughts that create problems?

      The difference between human beings and animals is our ability for developed though processes. Animals react by instinct, the act automatically to specific situations. Human beings are born with the ability to constantly develop and to find better solutions. If human beings lived as animals, purely by their instincts, we would still be in the Stone Age. But, we have developed our potentials and our ability to think to a level that today will allow us to explore the planets and land on Mars, to invent computers, mobile phones and numerous other technologies.

      In order for the individual to develop, they must overcome barriers. Thus, when the individual has weak traits, his potential system sees them as a challenge (which is programmed into their DNA). When the challenge arises in the person's life and they are unable to overcome it, this lack is felt more and more and the person, slowly, finds themselves facing more and more problems. However, if the person has understood that the problem is a type of challenge and is aware that the solution to the problem lays in completing his potential with the missing part, then he is able to fix the problem.

      For example, a person who is afraid of something, if he completes this deficiency through the use of courage, then he will have solved problem. A person who has thoughts that constantly make him angry - if he completes the deficiency with peacefulness, the problem will disappear. How do we know what type of courage or peacefulness completes the deficiency? This information is encoded into our sub-conscious.

      Try to repair those thoughts which distress you, which hurt you by learning how to listen to your sub-conscious. The Galamind.com applications will also help you to achieve this.

      This article was inspired by Galamind's article directory and applications.