24 May 2016

Study Proves the Mind Does Not Die With the Body

"Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to reproaches and everlasting abhorrence" 
(Daniel 12:2)

Therefore, prophesy and say to them, So says the Lord God: Lo! I open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves as My people, and bring you home to the land of Israel. 

Study Proves the Mind Does Not Die With the Body
Consciousness survives after physical organs stop functioning

What happens to us after we die remains largely unknown; however, a growing body of research suggests that awareness may continue beyond clinical death, a medical term that no longer carries a black and white definition.

Prior to the 1950s, "clinical death" meant vital organs, such as the lungs, heart and brain, had stopped working. However, due to technological advancements, humans can now be kept alive via mechanical ventilators, leading to a new definition called "brain dead." People declared brain dead and kept alive by a ventilator have blood circulation and the ability to fight off infections, as well as birth a child.

"The themes relating to the experience of death appear far broader than what has been understood so far, or what has been described as so called near-death experiences," said Dr. Jerry Nolan, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Resuscitation, which published a study examining "the broad range of mental experiences in relation to death."

Mental activity may persist beyond death

Sponsored by the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, the study suggests that mental activity persists beyond death, but memories of the experience may disappear due to medical drugs or brain injury.

The study titled AWARE (Awareness during Resuscitation), interviewed 2,060 patients from 15 hospitals in the UK, US and Austria. Researchers say that 39 percent of the patients they interviewed who had survived cardiac arrest, "described a perception of awareness, but interestingly did not have any explicit recall of events."

"This suggests more people may have mental activity initially but then lose their memories after recovery, either due to the effects of brain injury or sedative drugs on memory recall," said lead study author Dr. Sam Parnia, Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Director of Resuscitation Research at The State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Of those who reported having a sense of awareness following death, 46 percent said that they experienced "a broad range of mental recollections" incompatible with near death experiences (NDE's), including "fearful and persecutory experiences."

Just 9 percent reported experiences that were compatible with NDE's, while 2 percent said they had awareness compatible with out-of-body experiences (OBEs) "with explicit recall of 'seeing' and 'hearing' events."

One individual reported consciousness and awareness three minutes after their heart had stopped

"This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions, occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with 'real' events when the heart isn't beating," said Dr. Parnia.
One case was validated and timed using auditory stimuli during cardiac arrest. Dr Parnia concluded: “This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions, occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating. In this case, consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat. This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted. Furthermore, the detailed recollections of visual awareness in this case were consistent with verified events.
"Thus, while it was not possible to absolutely prove the reality or meaning of patients' experiences and claims of awareness, (due to the very low incidence (2 per cent) of explicit recall of visual awareness or so called OBE's), it was impossible to disclaim them either and more work is needed in this area. Clearly, the recalled experience surrounding death now merits further genuine investigation without prejudice," she added.

Scientists hope the results of the study will spur further research into this life or death matter.


This article was initially on Natural News

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23 May 2016


Ever Herd of a New Crash Diet of Weeds and 
Poison Ivy?

Meet Mozart

Mozart, Zoya, Olivia, Max, Charlie Brown, Diego, Raptor, Skittles and Reese—will be working in Brooklyn this summer in Prospect Park.

Olivia, a pushy young blonde; Diego, a good-natured loner; and six others were deemed perfect for the task: fit, eager and hungry for the job. Zoya and crew will leave their home in Rhinebeck, New York, and take up residency in Prospect Park, working on fenced-off sections (**most damaged by a tornado and hurricanes Irene and Katrina). Larry and Ann Cihanek, the goats’ owners and owners of *Green Goats, will check on the herd twice a week. Ann told The Guardian that goats love weeds such as poison ivy and will eat those plants first.

“They’re a bit like children, ... They will eat their favorite foods first, and one of their top foods is poison ivy. They love it.”

A single goat can eat up to 25 pounds in one day.

The 'Gang' at work, “Weapons of grass destruction”.

The Prospect Park project isn’t unusual for the Cihaneks and their goats. Green Goats, which houses 170 goats, has been sending goat herds out on assignment for nine years. The four-legged weed-eaters have worked with the National Park Service, cemeteries, colleges and more, according to Green Goats’ website.

“Goats have been used to control undesirable vegetation throughout history,” states the website. “They’ve eaten grass, and cleared brush on slopes, woodlots and hedge rows long before brush cutters and herbicides were invented.”

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The above is a compilation from these sources:

*Green Goats Website . Pictures of Goats from Green Goats.
**NYT Article

22 May 2016

Our Moon: A Large Crystal-Like Ball Covered in Sand

Shabbos evening I was looking at the Moon in the South East Sky and to me it look Full. Each month our Moon is visual 28 or 29 days (more approximately 27.3 days). Each month we go from a Full Moon to a Sliver of a Moon and then to a Full Moon once again, repeating this process throughout the year. The Moon's orbit is for 354 days. The Sun's reflection on the Moon is what gives us this visual. However Earth's orbit around the Sun is 365.256 days. How does one correlate this?

Full Flower Blue Moon from Shabbat
(the third of four full moons in one year)
Most years can have four full moons, but this year there is five)

Slooh* on Video of the Blue Moon 
What color do you think the moon is?
Why is the moon sometimes red or yellow?
What is the moon "libration"?
But Blue, what is a Blue Moon?
An interesting story of Abraham Lincoln and the Low Moon 1857 August 29

Welcome to Slooh (Video): 
The Community Observatory and some of their amazing highlights:

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What's Next on Slooh:
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Interesting Facts About the Moon:

Moonrise and Moonset

Moon's Orbit

Fascinating, the Moon is the epitome of circular, in a circumference of 360 degrees the Moon moves (on the average) 360 / 27.3 or 13.2 degrees per day relative to the stars Moon's Motion

Earth Orbit

20 May 2016

The Omer, Rabbi Akiva, and More ... Plus Parshas Emor for Chu"l

Omer, Rabbi Akiva's Story, And More
I have not been able to hear this fully, but I would expect some very eye-opening facts about Rabbi Akiva and his students; and the "More" should also be exciting.

Parashat Emor - Animals Suffering, Women Right, Isis, Women In The Army, Assimilation, Intermarriage

19 May 2016

Rav Steinman’s Eye-Opening Advice to a Father

Rav Steinman’s Eye-Opening Advice to a Father
By Rabbi Chaim Morgenstern

The Chafetz Chaim states that the mitzvah of educating one’s children is equal to every other mitzvah, including learning Torah. The following story told by Rabbi Yechiel Yakovson, a prominent educator in Eretz Yisrael, illustrates this point:

A mother was having extreme difficulty managing her children during the morning and evening hours. Her husband was a big masmid, and claimed that he couldn’t spare any more time to help her without disrupting his learning schedule.

When the matter was brought to my attention, I told the father the following: my experience has taught me that you are on the verge of creating a dangerous situation in your home. Unless you devote more time to your wife and children, they will feel neglected, and you are in danger of ruining your children. Moreover, if you don’t invest time in your children now, you will have to invest ten times as much time in the future, with only a tenth of the success.

If you don’t invest time in your children now, you will have to invest ten times as much time in the future, with only a tenth of the success.​

I suggested, however, that we discuss this issue with Rav Aharon Leib Steinman in Bnei Brak. When we presented the matter to Rav Steinman, his first reaction was to try and find a solution by altering the father’s learning schedule. When this wasn’t successful, Rav Steinman told the father, “What I’m going to say may cause you to laugh, but it is no laughing matter. It pains me to have to say this to you, but you should not daven Shacharis in order to help your wife.

The father stared stupefied at the rav, uncertain if he had heard him correctly. Rav Steinman continued, “If you’re worried about the mitzvah of tefillin, then you may put on tefillin and say krias shma, no more. You may be wondering why this is so painful for me. What pains me is that you don’t understand such a simple concept. Your avodas Hashem in life is not just to have children; you have a personal obligation to take care of them. That is no less important in Hashem’s eyes than Torah study.”

Rav Steinman was brought to tears by the fact that he had to tell a talmid chacham such a simple concept. After the bewildered father left Rav Steinman’s apartment, Rav Steinman remarked to Rabbi Yaakovson that he is brought to tears by the fact that he had to tell a talmid chacham such a simple concept.

On another occasion, a father claimed that he could not help his wife take care of their children during the days between Yom Kippur and Sukkos because he needed to shop for a lulav and esrog.

Rav Steinman reprimanded him by telling him that it was not necessary for him to have his own lulav and esrog. He could fulfil his obligation just as well by borrowing someone elses’s lulav and esrog. However, no one else can fulfil your obligation of chinuch habanim

Living With HaShem is from the library of writings of Rabbi Avigdor Miller zt"l

A Poem by Meir Ettinger

This is a follow-up to my previous post, In the Era of Redemption the Beis HaMikdash .....

This scene of a replica of a soon to be historical/Biblical event, the Third Beis HaMikdash, appears as the Masthead on Meir Ettinger's Blog

The Hilltop Youth
Posted on May 18, 2016
by dvorahrw

This poem was penned by Meir Ettinger in Hebrew, translated and posted to Arutz7 on 17 May, 2016. For a true appreciation of the ikar, if one can, one should try to read it in Ivrit. [The Voice of the Jewish Heart]

You know it’s not easy for us to be heard
The media hardly allows us a word
And he who dares say the media is wrong,
is ground into bits by their teeth and their tongue.

They have a system that is oiled to perfection
One schemes, one directs, then they pen a confession
And he who dares question their machinations
Will find out that his past needs “investigations.”

Still we try to explain a thing or two,
In the hope that you’ll realize it all rings true–
No I don’t mind repeating our story to you,
I’m in prison for months, there’s nothing to do.

If you’ve listened to all the distortions of truth,
Then you shudder at hearing the words, “Hilltop youth”
Someday we will tell you about the machine,
That processes facts and decides what they mean.

But for now, here is a message that we hope will hit home,
(We’re writing our story in rhyme, like a poem).
The hilltop youth–you won’t hear in the news
Have hearts filled with love for their fellow Jews
And when they noticed the emperor’s clothes were awry,
They couldn’t, like others, just let him pass by.

In their young minds, many questions arose,
When they saw that the emperor lacked more than his clothes.
True, they had no proper contacts, methods and means
But were willing to try–after all they are teens.

The truth they were missing, that is what they sought,
To fill the lacunae in what they’d been taught
To them, life was simple, they needed no frills
They went out to find truth, on the bare rocky hills.

Down below was erudition, with all degrees listed
Could that be the reason so much had been twisted?
Only when young can this search be undertaken
We could step back from the crowd and try to awaken.

Families murdered on roads, in our land? We asked why
We know it’s preventable if you really try
Perhaps someone up there has a head that is hollow
That doesn’t keep him from leading–but why do you follow?

And when no one could give us a good explanation
It deepened the fear for the state of our nation
And led us to feeling of isolation
If matters so crucial are covered in plaster,
It’s no wonder foundations crack all the faster.

Then many fine youth came to join and do good
Feel the pain of the nation–as all of us should
The establishment shunned them and on them heaped blame
And everyone else joined to rush in the game.

The youth on the hilltops were stunned by this ploy
Why the unleashed aggression, the need to destroy?
How could adults abrogate their own rules
And behave toward their children in ways that were cruel?

At first they had gazed on the children in wonder
But when truth posed a threat, they tore them asunder
For they know by themselves what we know very well
That power and honor is what makes their hearts swell.

We must have stumbled on some great mystery
Maybe someone is trying to rewrite history
Otherwise there is no way to fathom
What led them down to this moral chasm.

How turn evil into good and good into evil?
They gathered against us as if we’re the devil
Why create a new story every few days?
When we’d watch the news, we’d be simply amazed.

True, we do dream of ending our people’s disgrace
Hoping one day to see the Temple in its rightful place
We believe that all of Israel is our eternal possession
And want our leaders to say no to secession.

This is what Jews prayed for throughout the years
Through gas and fire and blood and tears.
So why do they treat us as if we’re deranged?
What Jewish aspiration has changed?

Why did they arrest us with such needless violence?
And leave us to vanquish in cells of silence?
Police made a mockery of the law
And when they caused us pain, broad smiles we saw.
Why does terror continue despite Tzahal forces
While the world keeps silent and its media endorses?

Our leaders with stopping the terror just toy
But command the army, “Hilltop settlements destroy!”
The police did not emerge out of the blue
With every new government, it’s resurrected anew

Once again the British White Paper comes to pass
As each new government hopes that their power will last.
If someone notices that the emperor is sans his attire
He becomes a threat to be extinguished like fire

All the media join to burn the witch at the stake
With all of the threats and wild claims they can make.
You may feel that I am too rash in penning these words
But what we have here is a theater of the absurd.

Just one last question allow me to bring:
If my being free is the threatening thing
Maybe something very fundamental is the matter
If I, a singer at heart, am deemed the Mad Hatter.
Alright, enough, I will silence my breath
Lest jailers administratively detain this bad poet to death.