Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual
teacher, and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law.
He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their
search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money,
and spiritual engagement.
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have lined up in a rare alignment that won't occur again until 2040, according to AccuWeather.
While it is common to view a couple of planets together at any given time, the alignment of five planets simultaneously is a rare phenomenon which last occurred in 1864 and won't occur again for almost 20 years.
The alignment is best viewed in the early morning around an hour before sunrise and will remain as is until the end of June.
While a telescope is not essential to view the alignment, some of the planets may be hard to spot with the naked eye – like Mercury which is not clearly visible because of its proximity to the sun and may be harder to spot because it is situated lower in the horizon.
According to AccuWeather, the easiest planets to spot will be Mars, Jupiter and Saturn because they were higher in the sky and will therefore not be impeded by trees and buildings.
While Uranus and Neptune will not be visible to the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope and sky charts will reveal the other two planets in the solar system.
According to Space.com, on the mornings of Thursday to Saturday, June 23-25, the waning crescent moon will be located between Mars and Venus, making identifying the planets easier even for people who are not well-versed in astronomy.
Mercury will leave the morning sky when July arrives, but the rest of the planets will remain for the beginning and will spread further apart as the month progresses.
Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)
The 5th DimensionWhen the moon is in the Seventh House And Jupiter aligns with Mars Then peace will guide the planets And love will steer the stars This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius Age of Aquarius Aquarius AquariusHarmony and understanding Sympathy and trust abounding No more falsehoods or derisions Golden living dreams of visions Mystic crystal revelation And the mind's true liberation Aquarius AquariusWhen the moon is in the Seventh House And Jupiter aligns with Mars Then peace will guide the planets And love will steer the stars This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius Age of Aquarius Aquarius Aquarius Aquarius AquariusLet the sunshine, let the sunshine in, the sunshine in Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in, the sunshine in Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in, the sunshine inOh, let it shine, c'mon Now everybody just sing along Let the sun shine in Open up your heart and let it shine on in When you are lonely, let it shine on Got to open up your heart and let it shine on in And when you feel like you've been mistreated And your friends turn away Just open your heart, and shine it on inSource: LyricFind
The Three Musketeers at the Kotel
Three are Rabbi Yehuda Glick, famous temple mount activist, and
former Israel Mk, and then Robert Weinger, the world's greatest shofar
blower and seller of Shofars, and myself after we had gone to the 12
gates of the Temple Mount in 2020 to blow the shofar to ask G-d to heal
the world from the Pandemic. It was a highlight to my experience in
living in Israel and I put it on my blog each day to remember.
The articles that I include each day are those that I find
interesting, so I feel you will find them interesting as well. I don't
always agree with all the points of each article but found them
interesting or important to share with you, my readers, and friends. It
is cathartic for me to share my thoughts and frustrations with you about
life in general and in Israel. As a Rabbi, I try to teach and share the
Torah of the G-d of Israel as a modern Orthodox Rabbi. I never intend
to offend anyone but sometimes people are offended and I apologize in
advance for any mistakes. The most important psychological principle
I have learned is that once someone's mind is made up, they don't want
to be bothered with the facts, so, like Rabbi Akiva, I drip water (Torah
is compared to water) on their made-up minds and hope that some of what
I have share sinks in. Love Rabbi Yehuda Lave.
Bar-Ilan U Researchers Discover Mechanism for Communication bet. Different Brain Regions
photo Credit: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
In the early 20th century scientists began to record brain activity using electrodes attached to the scalp. To their surprise, they saw that brain activity is characterized by slow and rapid ascending and descending signals which were subsequently called “brain waves.”
Since then, brain waves have been studied intensively in the context of their involvement in processing and transmitting information between different regions of the brain. In the healthy brain, a change in wave intensity has been observed in the context of a wide range of cognitive activities such as memory and learning. In addition, many studies have shown that changes in wave intensity and frequency indicate epilepsy, autism, or neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease, for example, is characterized by a sharp decrease in wave intensity at a certain frequency, while epilepsy is characterized by a very sharp and abnormal increase in wave intensity at a different frequency.
It is currently known that brain waves express the synchronized activity of tens of thousands of nerve cells (neurons), so a normal increase in wave intensity expresses the synchronized activity of different groups of neurons to transmit information. But why and how do these waves contribute to the proper transmission of information in the brain?
A new study conducted by doctoral student Tal Dalal in the laboratory of Prof. Rafi Haddad, of the Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University, focuses on this key question. In the study, published in Cell Reports (Upstream g-synchronization enhances odor processing in downstream neurons), the researchers altered the level of synchronization in the area of the brain that transmits information. They then examined how this affected the transfer of information and how the area of the brain that received the information understood it.
The research focused on brain regions that are part of the olfactory system, or sense of smell, which is characterized by strong brain wave intensity. A particular type of neuron in this region is responsible for creating synchronized brain wave activity. To increase or decrease synchronization, the researchers used optogenetics, a method that allows neural activity to be turned on and off, just like a switch, by projecting light flashes over the brain. In this manner, the activity of the synchronizing neurons can be turned on or off to examine how changing the synchronized activity of many neurons in one region affects the transmission of information to the next region, which reads the information.
The primary or “upstream” area manipulated by increasing or decreasing synchronization, is where initial processing in the olfactory system takes place. From there the synchronized or non-synchronized information, depending on the manipulation, is transferred to the secondary or “downstream” area of the olfactory system responsible for higher-level processing.
The researchers found that increasing synchronization of neurons in the upstream brain region that transmits information led to a significant improvement in the transmission and processing of the information in the downstream region. Conversely, when synchronization was decreased, the representation of the information in the downstream region was impaired.
An unexpected discovery also occurred. “We were surprised to find that activating the synchrony-inducing neurons also caused a decrease in the overall activity level in the upstream region, so we would have expected less information to be transferred to the downstream region. But the very fact that the output from the upstream region is synchronized, compensated for the overall reduced activity and even improved the transfer of information,” explains Dalal.
The researchers concluded from this the importance of synchronized brain activity for information transfer and processing. When thousands of neurons are synchronized, the transmission of information in the brain is done more powerfully and reliably, compared to a situation where the activity is asynchronous and each neuron operates independently regardless of the group. Dalal says this can be likened to a demonstration of tens of thousands of people in a public square compared to demonstrators scattered in different places. The power of shared and synchronized activity is immense compared to independent, non-synchronized activity.
This finding may explain why a decrease in synchronized activity, which expresses a decrease in brain wave intensity, may result in cognitive impairment in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. “To date, studies have shown a correlation between decreased synchronicity and neurodegenerative disease, but haven’t shown why and how it happens,” says Dalal. “In our study, we’ve shown how synchronization contributes to the transmission and processing of information in the brain, and this may be the reason why we eventually see cognitive impairment in patients.”
The study by Dalal and Prof. Haddad offers new options for treating neurodegenerative diseases. Abnormal brain activity may be corrected in the future through specific stimulation of certain neurons, such as the flashes of light used for manipulation in this study, to restore synchronization to the level required for normal brain activity.
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Lou Costello demonstrates the training he received at the Bureau of Management and Budget
Some 77 years ago, the Chief Rabbi of the Jews in the Land of Israel Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog – President Isaac Herzog’s grandfather – entered one of Europe’s convents and categorically demanded that the mother superior release Jewish children that were hidden there during the Holocaust. “There are no Jewish children here,” she said innocently, but the rabbi insisted, and the children of the Christian institution were brought into the courtyard and were arranged into rows in front of the rabbi and his entourage.
“Who here is Jewish?” the rabbi asked repeatedly, but he met with total silence. His entourage encouraged him to leave for the next convent in order to search for Jewish children there as well, but then, a moment before they left, Rabbi Herzog suddenly wandered around the rows of children and shouted out loud: “Shema Yisrael, Hashem Eloheinu, Hashem Ehad” (‘Here, O Israel: the Lord our God the Lord is One’). The small hands of seven of the children rose of their own accord in order to cover their eyes, and the rabbi shouted in excitement: “They’re Jews, this is how their mothers taught them” (according to testimony from my grandfather, Shlomo Zalman Shragai, who accompanied Rav Herzog during his trip, as mentioned in Rabbi Haim Sabato’s book Be-Shafrir Chevyon).
There is no phrase more Jewish than the basic declaration of faith in “Shema Yisrael.” There is no prayer more Jewish than the one that accompanies us from the moment we enter the world until the moment we leave it. And there is no more natural place to say it – quietly or demonstratively – than the Temple Mount.
We need to remind ourselves of these simple truths today, when Israeli policemen are dragging Jews who recite “Shema Yisrael” on the Temple Mount away from it; and when court cases are actually presented for the record as “The State of Israel versus ‘Shema Yisrael.'”
There is no greater disgrace than this, apart from perhaps the disgrace of someone who doesn’t understand the problem. One of the judges at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, Zion Saharai, tried on Sunday to remove this stain. And six months ago, another judge from the court, Bilha Yahalom, revoked a restraining order that had been given to a Jewish worshiper there. She even noted, correctly, that “the State does not dispute that many Jews pray on the Temple Mount, and this activity in itself does not violate police instructions.”
But the craziness still reigns. The state plans to appeal the Saharai petition, just as it appealed the Yahalom decision (which was reversed in the district court).
Around seven years ago, Limud MK Gilad Erdan opened the gates of the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors and their quiet prayers. Now Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Prime Minister Bennett have a similar opportunity. They can stop the appeal against the Saharai decision. They can return a little sanity to the conduct of the State of the Jewish People on the Temple Mount. If they will be resolute, there is also a chance that the Muslim side will accept this natural reality, just like, until recently, it accepted quiet Jewish prayer there.