Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Better Eyes Without Surgery


Reshaping Your Eyes With Contact Lenses

This certainly surprised me, probably because I had decided years ago that I wanted to wait to find out about the long-term effects (if there are any) of Lasik Surgery. I stopped looking for the magic method of reshaping the eyeball that might make the image correctly focus on the retina.

Now, as part of my work, I speak with Contact Lens Technicians. Today, I was waiting for a call, and listening to the advert series while on hold: I became very interested when the speaker began telling about non-surgical lens correction refractive therapy.

I "googled" refractive therapy, and chose a website to visit.

The results are temporary, so you must continue the treatment with these lenses, but the results are phenomenal.

This seemed like something other people might also be interested in learning about, so I have posted the link to the article I read. For anyone interested in better eyesight, but disinclined to undergo permanent surgical procedures to enhance their eyesight, this might be a desirable alternative approach. Talk to your eye doctor.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Personal Perspective on the Current Situation in Israel

Do you remember there was a time when Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spoke about carving another country from part of the US as a home for Black Muslims?

Here is a quote supporting that statement. It is from an article listed on answering-islam.org.

 "Over the past twenty years, Louis Farrakhan has generally remained true to older teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Farrakhan's newspaper, The Final Call, still reprints "What the Muslims Want" and "What the Muslims Believe" on the back pages of each issue, textually identical to what Elijah Muhammad printed in the 1960s. Reading these statements evokes memories of newspapers printed by the Black Panther Party or by other "Black Power" groups."

 "According to these statements, the Muslims (i.e., members of the Nation of Islam) want freedom, justice, and equal opportunity for people of all color ("Want," items 1-3). They want reparations, preferably a large tract of land set apart from the United States and given to black people, plus "our former slave masters are obligated to maintain and supply our needs in this separate territory for the next 20 to 25 years" ("Want," item 4). They want the release of all black Muslims convicted of any federal crimes, and the release of all black people convicted of any capital crime requiring the death sentence ("Want," item 5). The Muslims are against racial integration ("Believe," item 9) and against interracial marriage or race mixing ("Want," item 10)."

(Sidebar) "We want freedom for all Believers of Islam now held in federal prisons. We want freedom for all Black men and women now under death sentence in innumerable prisons in the North as well as the South."

"We want every Black man and woman to have the freedom to accept or reject being separated from the slave master's children and establish a land of their own."

 —Elijah Muhammad "What the Muslims Want," item 5

The quotation ends.

 The partitioning mentioned is like what we find the EU and the US expecting Israel to do for people who are welcome to live in Israel already.

I want to try to make a point here that is important to me to clarify. In 1948, the Jews who left Europe, and the devastation that occurred to Jewish culture, came to the land known as Palestine to re-establish the Land of Israel. The Biblical Israel was to have been a Nation of Priests, and a Holy Nation. The Israel that was to be made in the Land of Canaan was to have been a land with God and God's Torah at the center of the life of the land.

In less than a thousand years, the people had determined they needed a flesh-and-blood leader to interface with the other nations of the world. They asked Samuel to make a King for Israel. God told Samuel, and then Samuel told the people that this move would be a bad thing. A king will require things that God does not require, and will put his authority above the authority of the prophets. Still, they ended with a King.

The Kingdom was strong for a few kings. Soon, however, divisions in the people and the power structure caused deterioration of the Kingdom. This deterioration paved the way for a weakened nation to be overcome by other Kingdoms, resulting in the people being led into exile to other lands. Finally the Romans destroyed the Temple which existed on the Temple Mount and dispersed the Jews to many lands within the Roman Empire.

Almost two thousand years later, the Jews surviving the Holocaust in Europe came back to the land of their ancestors, not to create a Nation of Priests, and a Holy People, but to make another nation like the rest of the nations of the world. God, and the Torah are not at the head of the nation. The new nation's "kings" are Ministers of the Knesset, other Knesset members, and Prime Ministers and Presidents. This new nation will face similar difficulties interfacing with the nations of the world that their forebears faced three thousand years ago.

The thing is, we were told that if we did what God wanted, we would be protected by his power and authority. If we follow the dictates of our own hearts, eyes, and minds, we will be led astray. We will face difficulties for which we might not find solutions.

Here we are, modern day Jews living in Israel, expecting to be treated by the world as Israelis, much like Frenchmen, Americans, or Swedes, etc. The Israel that has Israelis as citizens is a nation like the other nations. We are supposed to be Jews, a Holy People, set apart to be God's people, living in the Holy Land, a Nation of Priests, a Holy Nation.

I believe that when that happens, we will be safe, under God's protection. When we begin to shine a light unto the nations, we will be that people we are supposed to be. At that time we will truly live in a Holy Land. At that time we will be a Holy People. At that time we will be able to look for Moshiach to be close at hand.

Before that time, we will face many difficulties. Most of these issues begin with an identity crisis. Are we Jews, Israelis, or a Holy People? Is this a worldly nation, Medinat Israel, or a Nation of Priests? Until we decide who we are, no others will know how to react to us. They will continue to see us as the people they ejected from Europe.

 As we elect our governments, we define our identity as a nation.

It is my opinion that we need to become what we were always supposed to be. The people God selected for His purposes, to do His will, and live according to His guiding principles. I fail to do this well, and I suspect you probably also fail to do this well. For my part, I will strive, beginning today, to help elevate the world and its people to become all that God wants us to be.

I hope I have not stepped on your toes...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Gasoline Prices

It just doesn't seem we give much credit to these things.

What I mean is – I see the difficulties I face each day, but I may not notice with clarity what difficulties other people are facing.

Its a common enough problem. It's almost a form of myopia. I can only clearly see what is right in front of me. I can only truly focus on the events of my life.

Gasoline Prices

$7.55 per gallon in Israel – we pay 7.75 Shekel for a Liter of 95 octane gas. Since the exchange rate now has the Shekel worth a little more than a Quarter ($0.257307), that means the Liter of gas costs $1.99 (+ another half penny in decimals). Since a Liter is a little bigger than a Quart (exactly 0.26417205236 Gallon), the US equivalent of what we pay for gasoline is $7.55 per gallon. We have been paying nearly $8 a gallon since we came here 4.5 years ago. We're pretty jealous of the price you pay.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Israel's Peculiar Position by Eric Hoffer

NOT Republican or Democrat

THIS WAS WRITTEN IN 1968 - 42 years ago

You probably don't remember the name Eric Hoffer.

He was a longshoreman who became a philosopher, wrote columns for newspapers, and authored several books. He was a non-Jewish American social philosopher. He was born in 1902 and died in 1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic.

[] Eric Hoffer was one of the most influential American philosophers and free thinkers of the 20th Century. His books are still widely read and quoted today. Acclaimed for his thoughts on mass movements and fanaticism, Hoffer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.

Hopewell Publications awards the best in independent publishing across a wide range of categories, singling out the most thought-provoking titles in books and short prose, on a yearly basis – in honor of Eric Hoffer.

Here is one of his columns from 1968 — 42 years ago! Some things never change!

Please forgive me if you have seen this article before. I received it by email, and found its formatting dismal. I have chosen to make the paragraphs according to my preferences. The article otherwise is exactly as it came to me.

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by Eric Hoffer
Los Angeles Times
May 26, 1968

The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it.

Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees.

Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single one. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.

Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.

Other nations, when they are defeated, survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June [1967], he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on.

There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Blacks are executed in Rhodesia. But, when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one demonstrated against him. The Swedes, who were ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we did in Vietnam , did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troops in Norway.

The Jews are alone in the world.

If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources.

Yet at this moment, Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer [1967] had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war, to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us.

Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us all.