February 2008

Once again, baruch H-shem, I am reminded that G-d continues to work his miracles in the world. Blessed is the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who gave his children the ability and desire to learn and discover and commands us to be productive, amen.

ABC News: Autism Breakthrough: Girl’s Writings Provide ‘Remarkable Insight’ on Disorder

Carly Fleischman has severe autism and is unable to speak a word. But thanks to years of expensive and intensive therapy, this 13-year-old has made a remarkable breakthrough.

Two years ago, working with pictures and symbols on a computer keyboard, she started typing and spelling out words. The computer became her voice.

Yesterday a person with Autism was something to be pitied, sometimes capable of amazing feats that caused both fear and awe in most people who witnessed them. Most of the time, Autism was a life sentence to a doorless, flesh and bone prison cell with an FM radio receiver and a flash light to communicate with the outside world. To think that we’ve shunned fellow human beings for generations because of our ignorance.

Today we have a chance to actually speak with these people and we now know that they do hear and understand everything that we say and do. Autism is no longer a sentence of life long imprisonment.

Anyway, just another story that reminds me why we are here and what we are supposed to be doing with our lives.


Tomorrow we celebrate a very rare Jewish holiday, Purim Katan. Because this year is a Jewish leap year, we have an extra month. This month, Adar I or the hebrew, “Adar aleph.” Purim is a time that we celebrate and bless H-shem for our victory over our enemies and for the miracles he gives us of using our enemies to help spread Torah to the nations.

Because we get a whole extra month, this year, we celebrate Purim Katan this month and Purim next.  We make little triangle shaped pastries called chumentashen to commemorate the shape of Haman’s hat. We wear costumes and masks and read the Meghillah about one of Judaisms greatest heros, Esther.

Yes, many of the most righteous heroes in Jewish history were women! We were the original feminists.


Of course, according to the Noahide laws, all of the nations are welcome to join in the celebration honoring the one G-d. So, starting tomorrow evening, until sundown on thursday, wish everyone you know a good Purim Katan.

“Investor,” seems to have become a dirty word. Anyone saddled with the moniker, “investor,” is usually attributed qualities like greed, narcissism and coldness.

Every once in a while, we get a glimpse through the fog of stereotypes and find a shining ray of light where we only expected darkness and despair. I came across this amazing story on a discussion group devoted to real estate investing called, Loves winding path.

Beware, after reading this story my brain was paralyzed. The only thought in my mind was, “wow!” I was completely consumed with a flood of light and love and I – a 37 year old, 5’11” bearded, tough-guy, father of four – began to cry. Not just the little tear that gets pulled during a touching movie or a joyful family moment, but uncontrollable sobs that wracked my body beginning deep in my soul culminated with my heart exploding showering my world with love shrapnel and gooey little bits of virtue and kindness.

As I tried to contextualize this amazing story within my own meager existence, my next thought was, “well that certainly beats my lousy box of chocolates.”

So, now I am on a quest to find some way to give more than a box of chocolates next year. H-shem (G-d) willing I will merit to touch the world in some small way similar to the way this tzadik – this righteous person with whom G-d has blessed the world – has. This is the life I aspire to, the life of that most misunderstood breed of man, the Investor.

I am providing the entire text of his inspiring story below for your enjoyment.

Posted by Hope for the future on February 13, 2008 at 22:10:56:

This is absolutely the best thing that ever happened to me…

I just walked up to the door and knocked on the door of a lady whose house was in foreclosure…

We sat dow to talk and I asked her if I could help with the house (aka get the deed) she told me about how it all happened…

She said her and her husband had bought the house together 39 Years ago and that they were very very proud that they would be the first if BOTH their families to Own a home and after they had only been Married 12 years…

Their children went to the school that is at the end of the block she said with pride in her heart.. they both graduated and both went to College but only one graduated.

But then came the “shift” in the life Both Sons passed away in unrelated accidents 1.5 years apart she said “But they are watching over me” Always my Angels….

It took Henry with them He was here until last spring but only in Body… When his boys both were gone he just lost his soul to their bodies in the ground….

Henry was always so good to us I just could not reach to him as much since we lost our boys…She continued… About 3 years ago Henry got sick and he needed surgery… we had no Real insurance so I went to the bank and they said I could get money from my Home … and I did … it was for Henry … he needed the surgery … so I did it… I took out a loan on our home that we had paid off….

When Henry passed this last spring the money quit coming in and so many people kept calling and calling asking for payments that I could not handle it anymore so i had the phone turned off which means I only talk to my family by mail Oh how I miss their voices….

I sat there and watched as this lady who had raised 2 sons that had served their country but died domesticaly and had been married to a Husband that served in Vietnam and the Cuban Missle Crisis I watched her state that she was now going to lose the one thing that tied her to the 3 of them because she had done something to try to save her husband……so she could have more time with home…

I began to cry I cried so hard she asked if I needed a Doctor I could not for the life of me stop crying….I was their for the deed but left their with a NEW DEED in mind One to do….

I did one thing that I swore I would never do I made ths Personal… I walked into the bank (a local one here in Tenn.) where her mortgage was and I asked to see the President not the Yazzzouu that called himself the VP of whatever… But “the” President… I explained the entire situation to him and asked him if I could buy the loan…. he said he would have to ask the committee…. so i thought great now I have to wait a week or 3 to get an answer… but while sitting there he called everyone on the committee and put them on speaker phone in a conference call and I again told the whole story In much more detail than here on this Board….I shared how I have made my living for years helping people save their credit while I got good properties the banks would take back and dispose of anyway… but I started crying as I once again told them that this time I wanted to save ‘This’ house for ‘This’ Lady…

I offered again to buy the Loan and they asked what sort of disount did I want… I said “none” as my intention was to reset the loan to 0% interest at 250 a month until paid in full so I asked the balance which was only 51,000 on a 180,000 Valued house…

As I sat there they asked me to leave the room so they could discuss and when the President motioned me back into the room They said they would not accpet my original offer but that they would assist “a Bit” All 11 members of the Committee Contibuted 3,000 each personally toward the balance of her loan and the bank president offered 10,000.. they paid 43,000 of the 51,000 dollars so only 8,000 dollars left… I then asked them if I could do a substitution of collateral to one of my free and clear Homes that I rent out …. the said YES….

I drove back to the house and gave this wonderful lady a release of lien and took her to the courthouse to file it.. The house is now hers..

To tell you the truth now without disclosing too much…. this nice lady’s Oldest son was engaged to the most wonderful sweetest angel that has ever walked this earth..My wife while they were in college

My wife had been engaged to him at the time he was Killed … This lady who was losing her house had lost a son Her original loss of this son sent my wife down a road that lead her to me and changed my heart forever….

I hope That all who read this Balance their lives to know Money has its place but doing things right is worth all of Solomon’s treasure..

My wife is still crying in the other room This is the best Valentines day gift I have ever given her.. She never ever thought the two worlds would meet especially in such a profound way… There is no other gift I ever want to recieve then the loving smile of my wife..

Success to all! Money just make you more of what you are

Jihad Watch: PA’s Message: In English – Coexist; In Arabic – Destroy Israel

This is a good article, but the most interesting part was a comment that was posted in response. I have copied it from the comment section and pasted it here.

In the early years of the Tawheed (Islamic conquest of the Arabian peninsula) and in the Fatah (Arab-Islamic invasion and conquest of the upper Middle East and the outside world), a Muslim concept was devised to achieve success against the enemy, Al-Taqiya..Al-Taqiya, from the verb Ittaqu, means linguistically dodge the threat. Politically it means simulate whatever status you need in order to win the war against the enemy..
According to Al-Taqiya, Muslims were granted the Shar’iya (legitimacy) to infiltrate the Dar el-Harb (war zone), infiltrate the enemy’s cities and forums and plant the seeds of discord and sedition. These agents were acting on behalf of the Muslim authority at war, and therefore were not considered as lying or denouncing the tenants of Islam. They were “legitimate” mujahedeen, whose mission was to undermine the enemy’s resistance and level of mobilization. One of their major objectives was to cause a split among the enemy’s camp. In many instances, they convinced their targeted audiences that Jihad is not aimed at them, that indigenous people are not targeted, only Bysantium power. They convinced many Jews that they will be protected from Christians, called pagans, and they convinced many Christians that Jews were the mortal enemies, because they killed Issa (Jesus). They convinced the Aramaics, Copts, and Hebrews that the enemy is Greece, and signed peace agreements with the Bysantines Greeks at the expense of Maronite Aramaics, etc.This Jihadic agency of subversion was one of the most fascinating and efficient arms of the conquest. In less them four decades the MIddle East fell to the Arab-Islamic rule, followed by north Africa and Central Asia.

Al-Taqiya was a formidable weapon, used by the first dynasties and strategists. Today, scholars may identify it as deception. But the Jihadic deception was and still is more powerful than the James Bondian methods of Western classical intelligence tactics, for the simple reason that it has a civilizational, global dimension versus the narrow state interest of the regular Western subversive methods.

Al-Taqiya is still in use today but not necessarily state-organized. One can easily detect Taqiya in the two discourses used by Islamist strategists. On the one hand, one comprehensive Islamist theory is attempting to mobilize Middle East, and sometimes Western Christia leaders and intellectuals, against “evil Jews.” We see considerable success on that level. And on the other hand, another Islamist comprehensive theory is attemting -with success also- to mobilize the Jews against “evil and pagan Christians.” One can easily detect the sophisticated work of Taqiya, for the strategic objective of Islamists is to destroy the foundations of the Judeo-Christian civilization, as a prelude to the defeat of an isolated Israel.

Taqiya is not a unique phenomenon in History, many strategists from all backgrounds implemented subversion. But the uniqueness of today’s Taqiya is its success within advanced and sophisticated societies. Taqiya is winning massively because of the immense lack of knowledge among Western elites, both Jewish and Christian.

For interesting examples of Taqiya methods, visit Christian discussion groups and forums and note the discourse of Islamist visitors, aimed at undermining the Christian perception of Jews, and visit Jewish discussion groups and forums and note the subtle anti-Christian discourse of Islamists visitors. It is really informative and fascinating.

Posted by: Jerusalem Posts [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2008 8:12 AM
This fascinates me because I remember meeting a group of young Muslim men a few years ago who took a great interest in me when they found out I was Jewish. After a very long conversation, the gist was that Islam is great and I would really love living life as a Muslim, but it didn’t matter because they didn’t really hate Jews. They claimed that Jews were okay, but that Christians were dirty pigs.
The most interesting part was they insisted that the reason the west didn’t need to worry about attacks from Muslims was that they were too busy killing each other. That seems obvious, by itself, but the reason they are killing each other goes back to an ancient argument about who the true heir to Mohammed’s teachings was. This argument is the origin of the split between the Sunni and Shiite branches of Islam.
These guys were adamant that an apostate Muslim is the worst kind of person in existence. By definition, Sunnis and Shiites both consider the other to be apostate Muslims. So, they are compelled to kill each other before they can turn on the rest of the world.
Anyway, only time will tell what will be and history is only an indicator not a mirror. As long as we keep knowledgeable about our enemy and wise of our history we will all end up together on the same side, the side illuminated by the light of the one true G-d, blessed be He, the G-d of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.