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Love Your Fellow Jew

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On Wednesday, a young Israeli couple was driving from San Diego to Las Vegas and got in a terrible car crash in Wildomar (15 @ Clinton Keith). I was called shortly after and arrived at the hospital while the girl was still in surgery. She broke her neck and spine and the doctors were rebuilding it. Please say a  prayer  for Nava bat Simcha Mimi. Our  JLI  class that night was also in the merit of her recovery. I’m not telling you this story to gossip about someone else’s misfortune. It’s to tell you how wonderful our community is. And what it means to love a fellow Jew. After a long day and just finishing cleaning up dinner, Natanya made a second dinner for the family. That’s love for a fellow Jew. I then called a doctor friend who is the head at a nearby hospital and asked if she has any connections that might help Nava get the best care. She visited herself!! Even though it’s not her hospital! Even though she never met her! This is loving a fellow Jew. Yesterday, I started getting ca

What Got Into Putin?

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  Putin, what got into him? Some people are saying that he’s gone mad. Others say he’s just in the next phase of his plan from decades ago. I always thought he was the ultimate pragmatist. Maybe he still is. But his tactics have definitely changed drastically. There are two kinds of wars. Putin used to engage in type A wars. I think this one is a type B war. So, what are these two kinds of war? “Type A” is a war of cost-benefit analysis. A neighboring country has resources that the king wants. So the king “runs the calcs” to see how much the war will cost and how much the prize of resources is worth. If the numbers make sense, he goes for it. If not, he leaves it for another time. “Type B” war gets to the essence of the king. The king has his way of life. His principles. And he wants other countries and peoples to accept his system. And operate how he wants them to. If the neighbors don’t accept it, he goes to war. This “type B” war gets to the essence of the king. So he’ll give anythi

Walt Disney & the Rebbe

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  I stopped by my uncles office yesterday. We had a good schmooze. I showed him the building presentation. It reminded him of Disney. So he told me a story. Walt Disney (who was a virulent anti-Semite) purchased 100 acres in the 1950’s to build Disneyland. He didn’t have the buying power. But he had a vision. So he reluctantly took on partners to make it happen. He got enough “no’s” in the process to make anyone depressed. But in 1955, he opened Disneyland. But from the get go, he wasn’t satisfied with it. His vision was much bigger. His next move was to purchase 42 square MILES in Florida to become Disney World. And Disney World opened its doors in 1971. But Walt Disney died before Disney World was finished. In an interview with his brother, a reporter remarked, “It’s so sad that your brother, Walt, never lived to see the finished product.” To which he replied, “You don’t understand. The reason why this was built is because Walt saw the finished product 20 years ago!” Vision is a big

Little Purim

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  This coming Tuesday is the “Small Purim”. Purim (the big one) is in a month. The Gregorian calendar’s leap year adds one day every four years. The Jewish calendar’s leap year adds an entire month 7 out of every 19 years! Sounds like classic Jewish complication? Yup. It’s actually quite fascinating. The reason is to keep the lunar month and solar year in sync. The cycle of the sun (four seasons and stuff) is 365 days. That’s why a year is 365 days. The moon’s cycle (from new, to full, back to nothing) is 29.5 days. Twelve months of 29.5 days is 354 days. Which is 11 days short of the “solar year”. So the Gregorian calendar has 365 days and seasons that are consistent. January is always cooler and August is always hotter (In the northern hemisphere. Southern hemisphere is reversed but still predictable). But the months have nothing to do with the moon. The first of the month usually is not a new moon, and the middle of the month is not necessarily full. The Muslim calendar is the oppos

My First Wrestling Match

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I recently had my first wrestling match. I didn’t actually wrestle. Matthew, a proud graduate of Hebrew School has been taking up wrestling in High School. He’s #16 in the state. I’m lucky that he’s my friend, cuz he’s a tough cookie. I found out that he was wrestling #2 in the state and could take the title for himself. I dropped everything and zoomed over to put on tefillin with him. “The nations of the world will see that the name of G-d is upon you, and they will fear you. These are the head tefillin”- Talmud. That’s what I told him. “May your opponent melt in front of you!” Later that evening, I figured he could use some moral support, so I took Moussia with me to the match. It was a packed house, and lots of energy in the room. It’s been almost 25 years since I’ve been to a sporting event, and my first wrestling match. I forgot how “crazy” it gets at these events. The Rebbe taught us to channel that “craziness” in to holiness. That’s why Natanya & I moved to Temecula (pretty