Among the most exciting moments in this process of Redemption is watching the pieces come together. Anyone can do this. (You don't have to be a prophet!) Just by being an observer of the human scene,...current events, talk radio, internet news and daily experiences,--all this can be eye-opening about how the Rebbe's prophecy is being fulfilled.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's scientific! Acts of Kindness spread surprisingly easily: just a few people can make a difference

...one person's generosity spreads first to three people and then to the nine people that those three people interact with in the future, and then to still other individuals in subsequent waves of the experiment.
The effect persists, Fowler said: "You don't go back to being your 'old selfish self.''' As a result, the money a person gives in the first round of the experiment is ultimately tripled by others who are subsequently (directly or indirectly) influenced to give more." 

Acts of Kindness Spread Surprisingly Easily: Just a Few People Can Make a Difference

Suggested by B.C.N.

ScienceDaily (Mar. 10, 2010) — For all those dismayed by scenes of looting in disaster-struck zones, whether Haiti or Chile or elsewhere, take heart: Good acts -- acts of kindness, generosity and cooperation -- spread just as easily as bad. And it takes only a handful of individuals to really make a difference.

In a study published in the March 8 early online edition of theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of California, San Diego and Harvard provide the first laboratory evidence that cooperative behavior is contagious and that it spreads from person to person to person. When people benefit from kindness they "pay it forward" by helping others who were not originally involved, and this creates a cascade of cooperation that influences dozens more in a social network.
The research was conducted by James Fowler, associate professor at UC San Diego in the Department of Political Science and Calit2's Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, and Nicholas Christakis of Harvard, who is professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of medicine and medical sociology at Harvard Medical School. Fowler and Christakis are coauthors of the recently published book "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives."
In the current study, Fowler and Christakis show that when one person gives money to help others in a "public-goods game," where people have the opportunity to cooperate with each other, the recipients are more likely to give their own money away to other people in future games. This creates a domino effect in which one person's generosity spreads first to three people and then to the nine people that those three people interact with in the future, and then to still other individuals in subsequent waves of the experiment.
The effect persists, Fowler said: "You don't go back to being your 'old selfish self.''' As a result, the money a person gives in the first round of the experiment is ultimately tripled by others who are subsequently (directly or indirectly) influenced to give more. "The network functions like a matching grant," Christakis said.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ahmadinejad's Speech at the UN Provokes Walkout.

Jean Baptiste Mattei,
 French Ambassador to the UN
In 1992, the Lubavitcher Rebbe said the nations of the world are refined and ready for the Redemption. Today tyrants try to play the anti-semitism card, but most countries will not stand for  it.

When the president of Iran, Ahmadinejad, made comments at the UN denying the Holocaust,  he  emptied the hall. Those who walked out included delegates from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and Israel.  Jean Baptiste Mattei, French ambassador to the UN, told France 24 news: "We had very strict instructions to ensure that the Conference wouldn’t turn into a platform for anti-Israeli feelings...As soon as Ahmadinejad mentioned Israel and the Jewish people under the terms you’re already familiar with, we collectively decided to leave the room to make a point.”   

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's UN speech provokes walkout

United Nations delegates walked out for the seventh consecutive year during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech in New York yesterday, leaving him addressing an almost empty room.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad provoked the usual walkout by delegates when he addressed the 66th UN General Assembly in New York on Sept. 22. Despite his intervention in the release of two American men held in an Iranian prison, convicted of spying, it was the U.S. that led the walkout of delegates from 30 nations. According to the Sacramento Bee, other delegates that walked out during Ahmadinejad’s speech included those from the EU member states, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/311854#ixzz1YvsBMHfO

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A 9/11 Story from Eyewitness Aaron Klein, Investigative Reporter

"I decided I was going to run West toward the Hudson River and looking back, right then, right there, I realized we were at war. Our country was at war."

Mr.Klein's investigative reporting and radio show includes interviews with terrorists and exposure of high-ranking public officials  who refuse to admit that Hamas is a terrorist organization. His 9/11 story includes an account of how his life was miraculously saved through Chabad, the worldwide outreach organization under the direction of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and again that fateful day.
Aaron Klein, Host, "Investigative Radio," WABC AM

For audio from Aaron Klein's radio show on WABC AM, please click on the following link:
CrownHeights.info » An Investigative Journalist Tells How 9/11 Changed His Life, and Chabad Saved It

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"The King is in the Field...waiting for all us. But especially for the Jews."

Perhaps there is no more amazing "Redemption gentile" than Camie Davis, author of 

http://templenow.blogspot.com/. Here is her latest entry on the special month before the Jewish New Year, the month of Elul. How she gets it so right G-d only knows.

"Hashem took the time to meet a non-Jew in the field....If He would do all of that for me, imagine what can happen to a Jewish heart and soul during Elul." --Camie Davis

The Elul Effect

Camie Davis
I'm a poet at heart. So I'm warning you up front that Elul tends to bring out the poet in me. Quite frankly, I'm still in that "romantic stage" with Elul. I love Elul. Why? Simple put, Elul helped save my life.

I had been slowly dying. We all have things that break us. Leaving my childhood and most-of-my-adult religion broke me. I discovered Torah. And obviously the truth of Torah undid a lot of my previous beliefs. That was a very good thing, to say the least! But it was the reaction of Bible-belt-born-and-bred family and friends that broke me. No matter how tough you think you are, being ostracized by family and life-long friends and being told, "You're going to hell and dragging your children with you," doesn't make for the most pleasant of days.

So, as I said, I found Torah. But in the process, I lost a lot of myself. I was born under the sign of Cancer. Any other crabs out there? We crabs tend to have a hard shell even on our good days. And we love being alone. On bad days? Wehave to be alone. I pulled away from the world, but mainly, I pulled away from who I was. But low and behold, I was about to be pulled into the vortex of Elul.

Who knew that Elul is the supremo time to "relocate ourselves." A time, "To get back into the playing field." I certainly didn't know that. But I was about to find out. It all started on Rosh Chodesh Elul.

I'd been skirting a few little issues like relationships, G-d, responsibilities, talents, self. So I decide on a "whim" to celebrate a custom I had recently discovered called Rosh Chodesh. Little did I know at the time that the nail-thin light of the new moon was ushering in Elul. Below is what I journaled regarding what happened to me on that Rosh Chodesh.

"Elul. It was a shock of love. After skirting issues and hardening myself to emotions, it actually felt good the way He jerked my arm and pulled me in. Not just in; all the way in. Sit down, it's time to talk kind of in. The heart-to-heart began gently and ended up with my insides on the table. Spilled guts. Not pretty, but necessary to get on to potential. Which is nice to be reminded you have before you are hugged 'til you can barely breath, kissed on the head, and then told, "Either get in the game and play hard or go home."

"I was awed at the moment. Awed of how something so good could happen in the blink of an eye, yet knowing the blink was the zillionth thread being pulled into place in the tapestry of my life. Awed that there are such pristine places for us to return to. Awed of the gift of being conscious at birth."

Yep. That's why I love Elul.

Shortly after this experience I began to hear teachings on Elul. "Ohhh, no wonder that happened to me," I said to myself. It was the perfect time to be reborn, to be awakened, to be shaken out of my slumber. No wonder Rabbi Richman refers to Elul as "the emergency room of life" and as the time of "anti-somnambulism."

So why did I, a very private person, decide to share such a personal experience? Because if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. Imagine, Hashem took the time to meet a non-Jew in the field. Took the time to resuscitate me. Took the time to save me from myself. Took the time to remind me that I have potential and that it's not meant to be wasted anymore. If He would do all of that for me, imagine what can happen to a Jewish heart and soul during Elul.

It is said of the Jewish soul that all it takes is the smallest of sparks to get a flame burning in him or her that can light the entire world. On the one hand, it is so easy for a Jew to be drawn back to Hashem and to be drawn back to who they were really meant to be. On the other hand, since the Jews are meant to be The Light to the world, there is a bit of a cosmic fight trying to prevent that from happening.

It's a big prayer. A bold prayer. But I pray that more than any other time in history more Jews will be drawn back to Hashem and that this will occur without them having to go through hardship and/or tragedy. Elul is the perfect time for this prayer to be answered. The King is in the field so ready to make contact; so ready to reintroduce all of us to who we are. He is waiting for all of us. But especially for the Jews. The King needs His emissaries to come back to Him. Come back to Him for reinforcements, for an armor of truth and love, for a bold reminder of all of If He would do all of that for me, imagine what can happen to a Jewish heart and soul during Elul. your potential. Then go back out to help save the world.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Absolut Kindness Campaign in the Streets of London (submitted by C. G. Weinstein)

Here's kind of a wild and crazy campaign. Absolut Vodka launched a week-long marketing effort in London that asked people to pay with kindness instead of money. Mark Hamilton, head of marketing, said: ‘The timing of our activity is especially poignant in the recessionary environment. Absolut seeks to stimulate discussion around unconventional views of the world...."

Soho market where you can pay in kindness

Sri Carmichael24 Apr 2009
Customers are being asked to pay with "acts of kindness" rather than cash at a Soho market.
Berwick Street market will be money-free between 1pm and 3pm tomorrow. Customers must tell a funny story, smile or give a hug for their goods.
Ian Keene, 62, who has run a fish stall at Berwick Street for 43 years, said: "With all the gloom about, people need to try to cheer each other up."
Mr Keene said he would give customers a dinner of fish fillets in return for a simple compliment. But to wangle some of his top scallops, he will insist on a good joke or a song and dance.
Fruit and vegetable seller Norman Wilson, 50, said: "I think customers will love it. It's going to be like a little street party, everyone happy and being nice to each other."
Tomorrow's event is the culmination of a week-long campaign by Absolut vodka, Absolut Kindness, aimed at encouraging Londoners to imagine a world where good feelings are more important than money.
Mark Hamilton, head of marketing for Absolut, said: "We want to show our customers an optimistic vision of life."

Absolut ad spot encourages consumers to hug

By Luke Forshaw Thursday, 09 April 2009 05:30PM 1 comment

LONDON - Absolut Vodka has unveiled a new campaign entitled 'Hugs', only a few weeks after the launch of its last ad campaign.

‘Hugs' envisions a world where the only currency is human kindness. Shoppers are seen paying for their groceries with a hug, and bus drivers receive kisses for their services.
The ads are to debut in art-house cinemas across the UK on 10 April, before being shown in mainstream cinemas after the Easter break. From 16 April, the adverts will be on topical news websites.
Mark Hamilton, head of marketing for vodkas at Pernod Ricard UK, said: ‘The timing of our activity is especially poignant in the recessionary environment. Absolut seeks to stimulate discussion around unconventional views of the world that we hope will be influential amongst our target audience.'
‘Hugs' follows Absolut's previous campaign, ‘Protest', which showed rioters harmlessly fighting with pillows.
To see the video, follow the link below:
Absolut Kindness

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Year of Natural Disasters in the U.S. (suggested by E. R.Milchtein)

As noted previously, a 1944 prophecy, based on Psalm 93 and published in a journal of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, foretold of natural disasters in the era of the Redemption. While scientists are baffled,   the Lubavitcher Rebbe said that it will be clear to many that G-d has garbed himself in a "garment of grandeur," showing that it is He who runs the world. On a blog posting this story, responses are mostly concerned with, "And how have we been treating Israel lately?"  They quote the Bible: I will bless them that bless thee, and curse those that curse thee.(http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/scientists-dismayed-by-unending-string-of-disasters-plaguing-u-s/)

May, 2011: floodwaters, downtown Vicksburg, Miss.

Disasters in US: An extreme and exhausting year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nature is pummeling the United States this year with extremes.
Unprecedented triple-digit heat and devastating drought. Deadly tornadoes leveling towns. Massive rivers overflowing. A billion-dollar blizzard. And now, unusual hurricane-caused flooding in Vermont.
If what's falling from the sky isn't enough, the ground shook in places that normally seem stable: Colorado and the entire East Coast. On Friday, a strong quake triggered brief tsunami warnings in Alaska. Arizona and New Mexico have broken records for wildfires.
Total weather losses top $35 billion, and that's not counting Hurricane Irene, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. There have been more than 700 U.S. disaster and weather deaths, most from the tornado outbreaks this spring.
Last year, the world seemed to go wild with natural disasters in the deadliest year in a generation. But 2010 was bad globally, and the United States mostly was spared.
This year, while there have been devastating events elsewhere, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Australia's flooding and a drought in Africa, it's our turn to get smacked. Repeatedly.
"I'm hoping for a break. I'm tired of working this hard. This is ridiculous," said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist who runs Weather Underground, a meteorology service that tracks strange and extreme weather. "I'm not used to seeing all these extremes all at once in one year."
The U.S. has had a record 10 weather catastrophes costing more than a billion dollars: five separate tornado outbreaks, two different major river floods in the Upper Midwest and the Mississippi River, drought in the Southwest and a blizzard that crippled the Midwest and Northeast, and Irene.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

German Churches Celebrate "Israel Sunday"

Just after U.S. churches showed solidarity with Israel by reading from the Torah on Sunday, August 13, German churches held their annual event, "Israel Sunday," in an effort to pay homage to Judaism. The story below reports that a branch of the church takes responsiblity for not speaking up during the Holocaust. A sidebar to the story: After the Second World War, the pastor of St. Mary's Church was Heinrich Gruber, a little-known righteous gentile who opposed Hitler, helped Jews escape, and testified at the Eichmann Trial after the war. He knew intimately the horrors of the Holocaust as he himself was sent to the concentration camps. He died in 1975.

Heinrich Gruber, Righteous Gentile


Berlin’s Protestants celebrate roots in Judaism

On Aug. 28, Marienkirche (St. Mary’s Church) in the heart of Berlin was one of many Protestant churches across Germany to celebrate Israel Sunday, with a service focusing on Christianity’s shared history with Judaism.
Lala Suesskind, chairperson of The Jewish Community of Berlin, an organization with more than 11,000 members, spoke at the service of the importance of forgiveness between Christians and Jews and the need for dialog to overcome prejudices among all faiths.
“Here in Germany, we should consolidate our existing relationships and unite,” said Suesskind. “Despite our differences, we all wish to come together in friendship, respect and recognition.”
Four years ago, Pastor Johannes Krug invited the first Jewish speaker to address the congregation at Marienkirche; it is now a regular annual event.
“Israel Sunday is rooted in the Middle Ages,” said Krug in an interview. It originally commemorated the destruction in A.D. 70 of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. “It has a very long history but the themes that we have focused on have changed over the centuries. After the Second World War and the Holocaust, more and more churches have used Israel Sunday to remember the Jewish roots of Christianity.”
About six million Jews were killed during the Nazi Holocaust in the 1930s and 40s.
Pastor Johanna Friese, who studied the Talmud in Israel, led the service for the first time this year. Friese said that the tradition promoting understanding between the two faiths on Israel Sunday has been gaining popularity in Germany in recent years.
In 1980, the Synod of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland (in West Germany) adopted a policy of working toward renewal and regeneration of the relationship between Christians and Jews. The Synod acknowledged the Evangelical Church in Germany’s share of responsibility for the Holocaust, saying that there had been few instances of the Church speaking out against the persecution of the Jews.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

"A World Without Rules is a Catastrophe." - Mrs. Harpaz, 7 Laws Campaign

Mother of 11, Grandmother of 10, "Talks Up" Seven Laws to Gentiles In Israel

The Lubavitcher Rebbe has charged every Jew with the mission to spread the 7 Laws of Noah, given to Moses at Mt. Sinai for the gentile nations. Keeping these 7 Laws are the way a gentile prepares the world for the final Redemption. Mrs. Harpaz is doing her part to bring true peace to the Middle East. (Those cards she gives out are by Sarit Hadash of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.)

Suggested by http://habayitah.blogspot.com/

1 Woman - 1 Mission - 7 Laws of Noah

Raziela Harpaz of Chabad has taken upon herself the mission of promoting the observance of 7 Laws of Noah by all mankind.
Israel National News, August 31, 2011

According to the Torah, all humankind (the offspring of Noah, or Bnei Noach) is subject to seven Divine commandments. They are: to refrain from idolatry; to refrain from sexual immorality; to refrain from blasphemy; to refrain from murder; to refrain from theft; to refrain from eating the limb of a living animal; and to establish courts of law.
Judaism does not seek converts to Judaism, per se, but rather universal acceptance of the laws of God as they were revealed to Noah in the Bible, and illuminated by Torah scholars. In this way, Noahides are essentially followers of the world's oldest religion.