19 August 2018

"Apocalyptic Events are Happening in America!” … and Elsewhere

"Apocalyptic Events are Happening in America!"
WHY is this Happening?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston Shlit”a has written a new book, “See Ya: Regarding the Downfall of American Society.” The paperback is now available through Amazon: “See Ya”.

NJ Gov Declares States of Emergency for 5 Flood-Impacted Counties; More Merciless Weather on the Way
Gov. Murphy signed an executive order Tuesday declaring states of emergency for Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean and Passaic counties, where hundreds of homes were damaged and dozens of people and pets had to be rescued. Some communities got enough rainfall for an entire month over the last few days, he said — and more storms are expected later in the afternoon. YWN

Flash Flooding Continues New York, Delaware, 
Pennsylvania Hit Hard

Two cities, two very different responses to rising sea levels

While New York City is taking aggressive action to prevent future catastrophes like Hurricane Sandy, other vulnerable cities, such as Charleston, South Carolina, are not tackling the threat of rising sea level and climate change with the same urgency. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports.

In Maryland Sea Level Rise Is Happening Now

In Maryland's Dorchester County sea level rise has already profoundly altered the landscape, and how people go about their daily lives. The similarities of their landscape with the low lying "reclaimed" marshlands in South Dunedin and in Thames are striking. Watch this video and take a glimpse into how the future, and see how our communities will look in a few short years

Sea level rise: Miami and Atlantic city fight to stay above water

South Florida's Rising Seas - Sea Level Rise Documentary
Two SJMC faculty, Kate MacMillin and Juliet Pinto, explore the narrative of a South Florida community under threat from sea level rise in this half-hour documentary

Going UP: Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay - KQED QUEST (2010)
[If this was happening in 2010, what is it like 2018? They call it “Climate Change” but we know better.] Scientists say it's no secret San Francisco Bay is rising, along with all of the earth's oceans. The reason --- global warming. This rise in sea level will affect everyone who lives, works, or plays near the bay. QUEST asks how high will the Bay rise and when? And what steps can communities take to plan for it?

The Sinkhole That's Swallowing Louisiana

Documentary 2017 | Sinkholes

In a leafy suburb near Tampa, Florida, on February 28, 2013, a giant hole opened up under the bedroom floor of Jeffrey Bush, swallowing him as he slept. His body was never found. Bush was a victim of a #sinkhole—a worldwide hazard that lurks wherever limestone and other water-soluble rocks underpin the soil. When carbon dioxide from the air dissolves in rainwater, it forms a weak acid that attacks soft rocks, riddling them with holes like Swiss cheese. Sinkholes can occur gradually when the surface subsides into bowl shaped depressions or suddenly when the ground gives way. These geological hazards have swallowed highways, apartment buildings, horses, camels, even golfers, with monster-size holes cracking the earth from Siberia to Louisiana.


8.2 earthquake rocks the Fiji Region! | New Zealand is getting constant 5.9 to 6 mags

Lessons from Holland on fighting rising sea levels

Windmills are more than just a traditional part of the Dutch landscape; they have played a key role in the war Holland has waged against the sea for centuries. Today the Dutch are using ever-more innovative methods to combat rising sea levels, strategies that may also benefit other nations confronting the effects of climate change. Martha Teichner reports. Originally broadcast on May 21, 2017.

Police Brutality! OR Middah Kneged Middah?

In Israel it is Jew Against Jew.
Hilltop youth's parents sue police for alleged assault
"Despite all the complaints, the police didn't do enough to curb the officer's aggression and anger towards young people," the lawsuit says.


In Bucharest it is Goy against Israeli

Israeli tourists beaten by police in Bucharest
The Israeli embassy in Bucharest is protesting after Romanian riot police allegedly removed two Israeli tourists from a taxi and beat them


18 August 2018

Mystery Russian Satellite – Trouble in Alaska

Russian Strategic Bombers Deploy near Alaska

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says that two nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown to the easternmost Chukotka Peninsula, near Alaska, as part of an air force exercise.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Tu-160 bombers flew about 7,000 kilometers (4,350 Miles) from their home base near Saratov in southwestern Russia to Anadyr, on Chukotka, before returning to their home base. The ministry said the mission was the first time the bombers had flown to Chukotka, which faces Alaska across the Bering Strait.

The ministry said the air force exercise also involved the Tu-95 strategic bombers and tanker planes.
The Russian military has increased the intensity and scope of its drills amid strain in relations with the U.S. and its allies. The flight demonstrated that Russian bombers could be deployed close to the U.S. the Intelligencer

Navy Guided-Missile Destroyer Visits Anchorage

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer Momsen docked at the Port of Alaska on Wednesday. The ship's visit to Alaska coincided with the Arctic Maritime Symposium, a multi-agency discussion of the challenges and opportunities presented by Arctic maritime operations.

The USS Momsen will be docked at the port until Saturday and will host small community groups. There will not be any public tours.

The Momsen's crew of roughly 320 will be visiting Anchorage throughout the week, enjoying a few days of shore leave before the ship departs Saturday. ADN

Mystery Russian Satellite's Behavior Alarms US Officials

A mysterious Russian satellite displaying "very abnormal behaviour" has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official.

17 August 2018


By Roy S. Neuberger

Recently, my wife and I were privileged to travel to Russia for a brief but fascinating trip under the leadership of Rabbi Aryeh Katzin, a principal force behind Russian kiruv in the U. S. Rabbi Katzin heads RAJE (Russian-American Jewish Experience) and founded Sinai Academy. He grew up under Communism in Russia, learned Torah in Yerushalayim, and was recruited some thirty years ago by American godolim, principal among them Rabbi Elya Svei zt”l

Our trip was fascinating for many reasons, but what came across intensely was the amazing fact that Jews in Russia, for the first time in centuries – perhaps since the Churban! – are unafraid. This impression comes not from propaganda, but from personal conversations with many people. 

Despite intense controversy over Vladimir Putin in the Western World, there is no doubt that he is beloved by observant Jews in Russia. They walk in the street with yarmulkas and, by their own testimony, there is no evidence of anti-Semitism in Russia today. I am not saying that “esev sonai l’Yaakov …Esav hates Yaakov”has been repealed. What I do say is that government policy, from the top down, is strongly sympathetic to Torah life and Torah institutions. 

I first heard the following story several years ago from a distinguished rosh yeshiva at a large yeshiva outside Moscow: Mr. Putin was a mediocre student in high school, but he had a teacher named Mina Yuditskaya Berliner who saw in him tremendous potential. She taught him to identify and strengthen his koach, and from this moment began his spectacular rise. 

This teacher was a Jewish lady.

To Mr. Putin’s everlasting credit, he never forgot what he owed to her. 

Because of this and other childhood experiences with kindly Jewish neighbors, Mr. Putin’s attitude toward Jews in general became extremely benevolent. When he achieved power, he remembered his beloved teacher, to the extent that he bought her an apartment in Israel and visited her there on official state trips as president. One Jewish lady changed the world!

Can you imagine: because of her, millions of Russian Jews benefited! Jewish communities in Russia have no problems with the government. Many large buildings and facilities housing Jewish institutions have been given to them gratis by the government. Amazingly, Mr. Putin himself contributed one month of his salary toward building the enormous and sophisticated Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow! 

No matter what the Western media say, Vladimir Putin’s record toward Russian Jews and Jewish institutions cannot be equaled by most statesman around the world. From whom did I learn this? Among others, a rosh yeshiva; two observant businessmen who emigrated from New York to Moscow; a dayan, a businessman who runs a large Jewish publishing house, a law professor and distinguished rabbonim in St. Petersburg and Moscow. We met with Rabbi Alexander Boroda, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia. Articulate even in English, Rabbi Boroda operates kiruv centers throughout Russia and is one of Mr. Putin’s close advisors. 

At this season of teshuva, it is instructive to contemplate how one person can affect the lives of millions of our brethren. Mrs. Berliner’s innate goodness and desire for tikkun olam was part of her Yiddishe neshoma. She changed the world. We can all change the world by cultivating chessed and acting with dignity, living up to the example inherited from Avraham Avinu, who changed the entire world by demonstrating the nobility of the service of the Ribono shel Olam

In our era, “politics,” which really should be the service of mankind, has become a term signifying corruption and obsession with power. Monarchy is archaic; there are very few, if any, real kings. The celebrated Queen of England, for example, is a powerless figurehead. 

This week’s Parsha, lehavdil, reveals the Torah view regarding the head of government, a subject which I think it is vital to contemplate. “When you come to the Land that Hashem, your G-d, gives you, and possess it, and settle in it … you shall surely set over yourself a king whom Hashem, your G-d, shall choose. From among your brethren shall you set a king over yourself; you cannot place over yourself a foreign man, who is not your brother.” (Dvarim 17:14-15)
It is fascinating to examine the view of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the role of the Jewish king: “The king, who is at the head of the nation, holds all its powers, and – with none above him but Hashem his G-d – directs his people in the way of G-d’s service.” (Hirsch Chumash Vayikra 4:22) Rabbi Hirsch indicates that the king is the prime teacher of the nation in the ways of serving Hashem, like a powerful mussar rebbe

Rabbi Hirsch continues, quoting Chazal: “Fortunate is the generation whose ruler seeks atonement by making an offering for the wrong he has committed in error. How must the conscience of the ordinary citizen be stirred by the conscientious conduct of the king! And if he is so deeply affected by a transgression he has committed in error, how much more deeply will he be affected if he has been guilty of an intentional sin!” (Horayos 10b)

We live in a cynical world, but the Torah is not cynical; we believe in the perfect goodness of a world governed by Torah and we are awaiting ben Dovid, the Moshiach

“The Chachamim and Noviim did not yearn for the Messianic Era in order to have dominion over the entire world, to rule over the gentiles … or to eat, drink and celebrate, but rather … to be free [to involve themselves] in Torah and wisdom without pressure or disturbance, so that they would merit the World to Come….” (Rambam, Hilchos Melachim)

May we see it soon in our days!   

Left to right: the author, Rabbi Alexander Boroda, 
Rabbi Aryeh Katzin

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Roy Neuberger, author and public speaker, can be reached at roy@2020vision.co.il.

© Copyright 2018 by Roy S. Neuberger

Parshas Shoftim – "Judges You Must Establish . . ."

Parshas Shoftim PERCEPTIONS
by Rabbi Pinchas Winston Shlit”a

This week’s PERCEPTIONS and 
is dedicated in memory of 
Sara Chana bat Sarah Imeinu, z”l, 
a friend, supporter, and someone who 
was clearly devoted to Hashem and His Torah.

Judges and law enforcers you must 
establish in all your communities . . .(Devarim 16:18)

EVERY YEAR WHEN I get to Parashas Shoftim, I am reminded of the world in which we live. The truth is, I do not need this week’s parsha to do that. All I have to do is read a newspaper. I mean something else.

The Torah is God’s program for history. It is built upon ideal concepts that are supposed to help a person achieve personal perfection, and the world, ultimate fulfillment. It pre-dated Creation by thousands of years and will outlive history as we know it. It is the word of God, eternal, and FAR above our everyday mundane reality. 

So how is it that the Torah talks about such mundane matters as court systems and police forces? These sound like issues for societies that do not have Torah, and which have a difficult time getting their members to rise above crime and strive for loftier goals. It’s as if the Torah is giving up on the Jewish people before they even have a chance to try and set themselves up as a Torah nation. It’s as if the Torah is saying, “You’re going to be just like everyone else.” How disappointing.

We’ve discussed this idea in the past, how the version of Torah we currently learn is not the ideal version we were supposed to have received, prior to the sin of the golden calf. When Moshe Rabbeinu broke the first set of tablets, we lost our opportunity to receive that Messianic level of Torah. That one is based upon the same eternal concepts as our rendition of Torah, but expressed in a far loftier manner. 

The sin of the calf greatly lessened our spiritual capacity. After that we were no longer capable or worthy of receiving the Torah of the Messianic Era. The Torah we have now is meant to try and lead us in that direction, and to allow us to rectify the world to whatever level we can. How’s it working out so far?

In the incredible work, “Yesod v’Shoresh HaAvodah,” by Rav Alexander Ziskind, in the section about the “Ten Days of Repentance,” he mentions the real damage of a sin. By doing a sin, the person has lowered himself spiritually and become worthy of punishment in the process. But the ultimate damage is the profanation of God’s Name that the sin caused. 

Any time a person sins, less Divine light enters the world. The sin blocks the spiritual pipe, and prevents God’s light from positively impacting Creation. Just as a child who misbehaves denies his parents’ the pleasure of giving him nice things, likewise a sinning person denies the Divine Presence an opportunity to do what it likes most: bless mankind. 
The prophet Yechezkel says that this situation will be so bad at the End-of-Days that God will be forced to bring the Final Redemption just to end the “Chillul Hashem,” the profanation of God’s Name constantly committed amongst the nations of the world. The amount of light entering the world will be so minimal that if God doesn’t change the situation Himself, the world will fall apart on its own.

A person might ask, “What difference can it possibly make to Creation if I personally improve myself and work on sanctifying the Name of God? I’m only ONE person against millions of others who are profaning His Name!” 

As the Nefesh HaChaim points out, a person never knows how much their effort is worth in the eyes of God. It can be capable of a far greater impact than they might have otherwise thought. And does it matter anyhow? The main thing is that a person does whatever they personally can to make the world better, and it starts by being more concerned about God’s Name than their own.  


Reincarnation is a hot topic, as I have written about already. This has caught the attention of my distributor of Sha’ar HaGilgulim (Hardcopy), who would like me to package up “Reincarnation Clarified” and “What Goes Around,” into a single hardcopy book for worldwide distribution. To cover the cost of the printing, I need to raise the money through dedications. If you are interested in dedicating the entire sefer, or contributing to its publication, please let me know at pinchasw@thirtysix.org at your earliest convenience.

Also, attached is a sample of my latest book, “See Ya: Regarding the Downfall of American Society.” This is a book in need of dedication as well. If anyone is interested, please let me know. The paperback is now available through Amazon. Click here.

AUGUST 12-18, 2018, ISSUE #1

I stopped writing CTD for two reasons. The last American election brought out the worst in the media and, between the new levels of deceit and childishness, I had a difficult time stomaching it. I began to greatly limit my exposure. The second reason I stopped CTD is that Amazon made it much easier for me to constantly publish new books. The books themselves are where I do most of my “dot” connecting. 

Though I am REALLY enjoying the book writing, b”H, and do a fair bit of dot-connecting in Perceptions, I felt that some element of what I do best was still missing. This has been confirmed to me on several occasions by readers who have urged me to return to at least a bi-weekly CTD. This week’s mailing represents a compromise: a tag along CTD at the end of the parsha sheet, with a twist.

I’m asking YOU, the READER, to supply me with an issue to be addressed. I would like to receive questions from YOU for me to deal with. This will save me the time of scanning the news, which I have little patience for these days, and allow me to focus on what people are thinking about. No names need to be attached to the question.
I was actually asked this last week:

I am aware that there are many who condemn the recent passage of the Basic Law declaring Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish people. I'm not interested in the political implications of the law and all the people who think it means the end of a democratic Israel. I'm intrigued by the fact that it happened at all—that the government of Medinat Yisrael openly declared that Israel is a Jewish state just eight months after the US recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. These are Biblical realities that secular governments are openly validating . . . I’m looking for your thoughts about how these two validations happening less than a year apart, are connected to geulah.

Redemption, explained the Vilna Gaon, is kind of two-steps forward, one-step back process. But, even the step backwards, he added, is really a step forwards as well, when everything is taken into account. It just looks to US as if it is backwards. What this means is that history can be difficult to read, from a redemption point of view. It can be hard, even impossible to properly interpret everyday events, and what they ultimately mean to the redemption process. 

Therefore, it cannot be downplayed when at such a late stage of history, and especially while Liberalism is so strong around the world, that America has acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, or that a secular Israeli government is bold enough to declare Israel first and foremost a Jewish state. It is easy to let these happenings to get buried among the many issues impacting world history today. But the person with an eye to redemption knows that they are signs of the geulah times, not just something else randomly catching the attention of the public.

16 August 2018

Parshat Shoftim – Meshuach Milchama & Today's IDF

Parashat Shoftim 5778
Rabbi Nachman Kahana

The Parsha and Current Events: Meshuach Milchama and Today’s IDF

The mitzva of Meshuach Milchama (the kohen anointed for war) relives the long history of warfare that was our lot since the earliest dawn of our nation.
Avraham formed an army of 318 soldiers when he attacked the four kings to save his nephew Lot.
Yaakov was prepared to fight, if need be, the 400 soldiers of his brother Aisav.
In our desert experience Moshe established an army under the command of Yehoshua who fought Amalek and others.
The 400-year Shoftim period saw many wars when the nation fought with armies on the tribal level.
Beginning with King Shaul, and during the following 400 plus years, the Jewish nation had a standing army when the Babylonians destroyed the first Temple and exiled our nation at the time of King Tzidkiyahu.
When Ezra and Nechemia established the Second Jewish Commonwealth 70 years later, it is recorded that as the workers labored to rebuild the walls of Yerushalayim and the Bet Hamikdash, they were protected by the naissant Jewish army.
The army functioned for the next 420 years when the Romans destroyed our second Temple and exiled our people at the time of King Agrippa II.
Countries the world over have armies. However, in Israel the army has a country, because every important decision takes into account its security implications.
We love our soldiers. The young people begin their private physical training while still in high school in preparation for army service. How great the disappointment when a youngster does not make the highly dangerous special units of Tzahal.  Even more astounding, adults willingly report for reserve duty in great loyalty.
Notwithstanding the special place Israel’s army holds among its citizens, things could be better. Today our military is composed of an army of Jews, but it cannot be said that it is a Jewish army. Although among the basic bylaws of Tzahal, training is suspended on Shabbat and holidays, and a command to violate them is legally binding only under life-threatening conditions. In addition, kashrut is compulsory at all military installations, Yet, despite the army’s efforts to adhere to religious practices, there are halachic-based factors that warrant the statement that it is not yet a “Jewish” army.
The following is a depiction of how a Jewish army would look today.
1. In all Jewish wars, the Meshuach Milchamah dresses in the 8 garments of a Kohen Gadol and goes to the front lines to address the troops.
Among other statements he declares: “Listen Israel, today you are about to wage war against your enemies. Do not be faint-hearted. Do not be afraid. Do not panic and do not break ranks before them. HaShem is the One accompanying you to do battle against your enemies to deliver you” (Devarim 20,3-4).
By his very appearance, the Meshuah Milchamah is sending a powerful message to the troops. Other armies fight for home and nation, but the Jewish army fights for the sanctification of the Holy Name. Despite their rhetoric, our enemies will  continue to come against us because of our spiritual connection to the Creator. In their minds, vanquishing the Jewish army would prove that there is no Jewish god.
So, in a Jewish army every soldier would be aware that he represents all Jewish history and the Creator himself. The order of the day when going into battle is total victory with no mercy for the enemies of HaShem and his chosen people.
As Rashi states in our parasha (20,1) “Have no mercy on them for they would not have mercy on you”.
Let a thousand mothers of our enemies weep for their dead sons, but no one Jewish mother even have to worry over her son.

2. The army is no place for women, period.  The army is a killing machine, whereas women are associated with the giving of life.
Not only is there no place for women in frontline units like Caracal or the newly established tank crews, but not even in benign office work as a soldier.
With that said, it is known that functions requiring multitasking and lengthy concentration are much more suitable for women. Women soldiers serve as the eyes and ears of the Medina as they use high-tech methods to search the land, sea and air for enemy infiltration. So how do we incorporate the unique skills of our women soldiers with the halacha?
Indeed, not one need be sent home. They can fulfill these exact functions, not as soldiers but as civilians on a contractual basis. They would dress in civilian clothing and not undergo basic weapons training.
3. Kashrut would be under the supervision of the army rabbinate and overseen by civilians or military supervisors. The standard would be high-end Mehadrin so that everyone could eat without question.
Any breach of conformity with the halacha would be severely punished.
4. The army rabbinate would be upgraded to include an ordained rabbi in every fighting unit – serving as one of the fighting troops and utilizing his rabbinic specialty only at times of need.
5. The army would consist of only observant men – the more erudite the better. The Gemara (Kedushim 76b) relates that the fighting troops of King David were the nation’s most outstanding young men – without physical or spiritual blemish, because victory is dependent on the spiritual merits of the fighters.
Of course, there are many more areas which would testify to the Torah’s presence in our army.
When the Mashiach reveals himself, the present yeshiva students will don the uniforms of our special forces and their seats in the bet midrash will be occupied by those who are presently uninformed of Torah and Halacha.

Shabbat Shalom,
Nachman Kahana
Copyright © 5778/2018 Nachman Kahana


In The Aftermath Of The Greek Fires

In The Aftermath Of The Greek Fires
With a Reminder that the California Arson Fires are STILL BURNING!

New drone footage shows the devastating damage Greek wildfires inflicted - Daily Mail
Some who remained in their homes emerged 'looking like lifeless zombies' with terrible burns after the rampaging forest fire swept through Mati, 25 miles from Athens in Greece. Others spent hours swimming in the darkness after plunging into the sea as flames raged towards the shoreline devouring houses and cars at an 'unbelievable pace'. The flames were so intense, pine cones exploded 'like grenades' while even mice were seen leaping into the sea from cliff edges. New witness accounts of the tragedy, in which at least 82 were killed, emerged as coffins were transported to morgues in Athens and relatives of the dozens still missing gathered to have their DNA tested hoping to locate their loved-ones.

HuffPost Greece witnesses the devastating aftermath of the Greek wildfires, speaking to locals and hearing heartbreaking and terrifying accounts of the blaze alongside powerful acts of courage

More than 80 dead in Greece wildfires | ITV News
Rescue workers are continuing to search on land and sea for survivors of Greek wildfires that raged through seaside resorts near Athens. The fire service said that a further 164 adults and 23 children were being treated in hospitals for injuries.

Greece wildfires: 'I jumped from the flames' - BBC News
Greece wildfires: Katerina Pantelidis tells the BBC's Gavin Lee how she survived the devastating wildfires in Greece. High winds spread the fire, trapping many in homes and vehicles and forcing others into the sea as they tried to escape the flames.

World on Fire ~ Greece Attacked With Directed Energy Weapons (DEW)

Why New Normal "Superfires" Burn Trees Only From the Inside
(starts with a situation ‘movie’ )

Dramatic escape for man who filmed deadly Greece blaze
"Not even in a war would there be such devastation". A man who filmed the deadly Greece wildfire approaching his house in Neos Voutzas relives his escape and reminisces the loss of his property.

Destructive California wildfire "creates its own weather system"
The destructive Carr wildfire in California is so big, it has created its own micro weather system, making it harder to predict what it will do next. It's one of many fires burning in the state, none of which is contained.

We are NOT Fighting Gazans. We are Fighting Ourselves

We are not fighting Gazans. We are fighting ourselves.
by Tzvi Feiglin

In other words, the battlefield is not the Gaza border, but rather the plane of our moral foundation.

When Gazans say the land belongs to them, they’re talking about historical justice. When we talk about economic rehabilitation, opening or closing checkpoints, security, etc., we’re talk about everything in the world except what they’re talk about. We talk pragmatism.

But justice will beat pragmatism every time.

So how do we defeat someone who says Jaffa is his? By answering that Gaza is ours.

Historically, ethically, and according to our faith – it is ours alone. But as long as we are incapable of uttering this truth – as long as we remain pragmatic – their kites will continue to defeat our F-35s.

Source:  Nobody is Talking About Justice

15 August 2018

Solar Minimum and Earth Anomalies

Many bizarre events occurring all over the world.
Could the Solar Minimum be removal of the sheath to the Sun?

"His body temp reached 109 degrees just walking to the park" - Solar Minimum

Massive Dust Storms ROAMING the Earth 
- Very Similar to Mars

This is Huge! Sun goes Blank-Earth Roasted by Cosmic Radiation-Temperatures Skyrocket Worldwide

Over 100,000 global lightning strikes! - Tokyo Typhoon

Huge Anomalies On MIMIC: Wave Patterns Coming from Mystery Base In Antarctica
[aimed at Japan and Greece area]  DAHBOO77

Toxic Red tides in the Gulf of Mexico and toxic blue-green algae in inland waters are killing animals and stoking outrage in South Florida

Image: Toxic Red TideFish are washed ashore on the Sanibel causeway after dying in a red tide on Aug. 1 in Sanibel, Florida / Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Massive Flotillas of Putrid Seaweed Wash Up in Caribbean and S. Florida, Threatening Beaches
(https://pjmedia.com – pic not tsnius)

Beaches from Florida to French Guiana in S. America have been plagued in recent years by massive influxes of Sargassum blooms, threatening not only the ecosystem but also tourism as resorts battle tons of the seaweed-like grass washing up on beaches on a daily basis. This year is gearing up to be one of the worst Sargassum invasions in recent memory.

Sargassum is abundant in the ocean, originating in the Sargasso Sea, a region of the North Atlantic. The seaweed forms floating rafts that can stretch for miles. The leaves and branches contain gas-filled berry-like structures called pneumatocysts that make the plants buoyant and able to float on the surface of the water. The floating masses of Sargassum provide an essential habitat for fish, sea turtles, birds, and hundreds of other sea creatures.

What is at the center of the Milky Way?

Our Galaxy is shaped like the figure eight, so the farther we fly we never reach an end.

The complex astronomical radio source Sagittarius A appears to be located almost exactly at the Galactic Center (approx. 18 hrs, −29 deg), and contains an intense compact radio source, Sagittarius A*, which coincides with a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

What is at the center of the Milky Way? 

At its center, surrounded by 200-400 billion stars and undetectable to the human eye and by direct measurements, lies a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A*, or Sgr A* for short.

The Milky Way has the shape of a spiral and rotates around its center, with long curling arms surrounding a slightly bulging disk. It's on one of these arms close to the center that the sun and Earth are located. Scientists estimate that the galactic center and Sgr A* are around 25,000 to 28,000 light-years away from us. The entire galaxy is around 100,000 light-years across.

Minutes before clouds gathered over the night sky, 
astrophotographer Matt Pollock took this image 
of the Milky Way on March 3, 2016, from Cherry Plain 
State Park in Petersburg, New York. Credit: Matt Pollock

Source: LiveScience

Wikipedia diagram of Outer Space

Outer Space

The interface between the Earth's surface and outer space. The Kármán line at an altitude of 100 km (62 mi) is shown. The layers of the atmosphere are drawn to scale, whereas objects within them, such as the International Space Station, are not.

What Did The Lubavitcher Rebbe Write?

Israel: Chareidi Journalist Censured for Reading a Letter from Lubavitcher Rebbe Against the Toeiva Community
August 8, 2018

Chareidi journalist Uri Revach read a letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe ZT”L on the subject of the toeiva parade and was invited to a discussion during which he was reprimanded on Wednesday.

During his “KAN Moreshet,” he read a letter from the Rebbe who wrote about the subject and wrote: “Although all the blessings derive from G-d, the person must do what is necessary in the natural order. With regard to this problem, you certainly know about doctors and psychiatrists who take care of it, and who have succeeded in many cases. In many cases, I know of a number of cases of people who had this problem, but in the end, they overcame it, married and established families.”

A day after the broadcast, KAN received a request from a journalist to receive a response regarding Revach’s remarks made on the air on Public Broadcasting Corporation airwaves. Revach was invited to a reprimand hearing Tuesday night, journalist Yehuda Schlesinger reported.

However, according to a Kikar Shabbos News report, Revach received another message Wednesday morning, in which he was told that he was called for an urgent call by the corporation’s vice president, but it is not yet clear whether this is indeed the case.

“It’s a matter of shutting mouths,” says Revach, who has been involved in radio broadcasts for years, explained, “If only this was the response each time chareidi Jewry is ridiculed on KAN on radio and television. Suddenly, when speaking about a chareidi journalist, who when all said and done read a letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the air, see how they respond towards him”. First a conversation to scold him, and now, another conversation with the deputy director-general.”

The Kikar News report add that another chareidi journalist who responded saying, “It’s so natural that in a week like this a chareidi journalist will read a letter from his Rebbe on this subject, as there is a bunch of people in the corporation who feel anyone who does not broadcast to the spirit of their views is simply going to be targeted. What a shame!”

KAN’s response: In each of the eight radio networks of the public broadcasting corporation, different voices, views and faces are presented that do not necessarily correspond to those of the various sectors that are the fiber of Israeli society. There is no opinion that is not legitimate, and no position will be silenced, as long as it is played in the correct context, does not incite and complies with the rules of the corporation’s ethical code.

“Here is Moreshet, the chareidi public’s religious station, whose broadcasts deal with a variety of issues that are at the center of the public agenda, among them issues that the other chareidi media ostensibly refrains from addressing. The subject of the protest of equality.

“In the series of programs that covered the subject, opposing positions were voiced and various aspects of the protest were presented. In the Melave Malka program, the position of the Lubavitcher Rebbe was heard in the matter, by means of the presenter of the program who read the rabbi’s letters. ‘Melave Malka’ is an old program that has been broadcasting for decades, and its essence is to provide the listeners with a pleasant experience – not offensive and inclusive – from Shabbos to Weekday. Here, Moreshet uses the tools at its disposal to ensure that the program will maintain its ethical character and public broadcasting rules. ”



another case of bullying by an immoral (Greek) philosophy that wants and proceeds to demand equal legal recognition and inclusion. Anyone with a different or opposing opinion is immediately silenced, because this portion of Israeli society is shamefully larger than one thinks.