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    Watching and waiting

    There is a strange 'quiet' here in Jerusalem at the moment. People are still going about their (pretend) normal lives, still shopping, still working, still doing most of the things (pretend) normal people do. But underneath, you can feel that…
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    Meir Lansky and Eliya Hawila

    "Eliya" Hawila has a very interesting family tree. If you don't know who that is - and you want to know - go read THIS. And also, go read the comments, where you'll see the YWN caught red-handed by readers re-writing the story, to deflect blame…
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    Connections in high places

    The Rebbe Rayatz, and a bunch of 'open miracles'. Yesterday evening, I got an email from a good friend of mine, who likes to research things properly, before coming to a conclusion. That is the way it should be for all of us, of course,…

    Crypto-Jews and Royal Families

    How's that for a title? ***Updates*** I'm  half-way through the memoirs of the Rebbe Rayatz, the sixth Rebbe of Lubavitch, and it's turning up more interesting info. In a previous post that's now scrubbed, we learned from those memoirs…

    Interesting, interesting and even more interesting

    Here are three things that I found really interesting. ***Update of the Rav fainting in court, below*** Interesting thing 1: How human health really works. We aren't 'bodies', we are souls with a 'garment of skin'. I plan to come back…
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    Set the intention

    Did you know that praying with intention is our secret weapon? Rabbenu's whole thing was prayer - hitbodedut, praying your heart out to God in your own words, reciting the Tikkun Haklali, to rectify spiritual problems at their root. That's…