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Grooming – Look Good To Feel Good

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Stress Free SkinAfter 8 or more hours of work, mostly we feel tired and stressed out and get angry so easily that causes unnecessary arguments especially to people who are close to us. So men mostly need to look good and feel and even tired, still have a peaceful mind. By taking a shower after work, it relieves us from stress even we still feel tired and sleepy, but not as tired and sleepy as before. We feel fresh and we feel good about it, so it could prevent those unnecessary arguments. After a warm shower, the hairs are soften and the pores are bit opened. That could be the best we shave and if you want a quick no hassle shave, then using an electric shaver would be a good choice. We just have to choose which best electric shaver to get. Getting the best electric shaver could even save you some money in future since the cost doesn’t builds up so fast compared to using manual razors. So we won’t likely feel upset whenever the blades are dull, because normally we need to change blades once a year so it also kind of relief. A nice and healthy diet would also help a lot. Eating healthy foods gives us more strength for our body and mind. So keep those veges, fruits and meat on your list of grocery. Before sleeping, a nice good massage can be our ultimate relaxation too. Some massage uses hot stones which have profound effects in mind, spirit and body. Or just a simple head massage that drifts you off to another time or place while someone works out your tensions and stress so to leave you feeling calmed and relaxed.

Avoiding beer, smoke and drugs are very helpful. Just like a smoker who craves to smoke and doesn’t have one. He or she cannot concentrate on what he/she is doing and if someone bothers, unnecessary argument can happen. And by avoiding those, you won’t look old easily. So, look good to feel good.

The Song That Transformed Amalek

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The Song of Amalek is about a boy named Shaul who during the Purim in Mezhibuzh was asked by the Baal Shem Tov to sing for the audience.

Baal Shem Tov just finished his teaching of Amalek in which he warned his followers that Amalek still lives.  Baal Shem Tov taught the gathering that whenever doubt or despair enters their heart, then that is Amalek trying to destroy your relation and faith in God.  They must fight back and destroy Amalek so that you can serve God completely and with joy.

He then called for Shaul, who was a little boy to show how he best served God.  Shaul sang the Shoshanat Yaakov which celebrates Gods salvation and joy. Shaul sang in such a beautiful voice that afterwards he was invited by Baal Shem Tov to study the Torah with him.

After the Shabbat, Baal Shem Tov, along with two other students, offered to personally escort Shaul to his home town. On the way they came across an inn full of noisy, singing drunk patrons.  While being accompanied and asked by the Baal Shem Tov sang the Shoshanat Yaakov in front of the crowd of drunks at the wayside inn. Among those at the inn who heard Shaul sing were three little boys around the same age as Shaul.

Years later Shaul would once again encounter those three little boys. By this time Shaul was a young businessman rushing to get home to his family to join them in celebration but was waylaid by 3 bandits who were going to kill him and take his money.  Knowing that he was going to die soon he begged the bandits to allow him to let him say the Vidui prayer, or final confession, so that he could return his soul to his Maker in peace.  With his imminent death fast approaching, Shaul decided to sing the Shoshanat Yaakov one more time. Once again he sang with the same joy and happiness he recalled when he sang for Baal Shem Tov and the multitude of followers when he was a little boy.

After singing the three bandits were awed into silence and surprise. They had heard that song before. Shaul also at that moment realized that he had met the three bandits before. They were the three young boys at the inn way back when he sang for them at the request of Baal Shem Tov. After realizing who Shaul was the three bandits asked for forgiveness and returned the money. They also agreed to turn away from banditry and live honest lives.

Explaining the Torah

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TorahThe word Torah is an ambiguous Hebrew word that when directly translated could mean “instructions”. However it can also refer to the Five Books of Moses.  Also, it has also been used to refer to the entire Jewish Bible or the Tanakh. In a holistic sense, the Torah defines the whole Body of Jewish law and teachings.

The five books that the Tanakh can be referred to are the first five books of both the Jewish and Christian holy writings.  These are:

1.  Bereishit or Genesis

2.  Shemot or Exodus

3.  Vayikra or Leviticus

4.  Bemidbar or Numbers

5.  Devarim or Deuteronomy

When grouped together these books are also referred to as “The Five Books of Moses” or “Pentateuch” which is an original Greek word.

Each of the books within the Torah is separated into parts called “Parshivot” or “Parsha.” This is a Hebrew word meaning “portion.”  During the Shabbat, one parsha and sometime two are read in the Synagogue.  It is the common practice that the parshiyot are finished every year, ending on the holy day of Simchat Torah.

Written Torah

In Jewish culture, there is no “Old Testament” unlike the Christian version. Furthermore, what the Christians refer to as the New Testament is not part of Jewish teachings. The Old Testament is known among the Jews as the Written Torah or Tanakh.

Compiled and in the order in which they appear are books which form the Written Torah. This includes the name of the book in Hebrew, a translation to the English name if it is not similar in Hebrew.  Generally, the writings of each book are similar whether they are in the Jewish translations or as in many Christian bibles, although there are some slight, occasional, differences in the numbering of verses and other noteworthy differences in translations.

TORAH (The Law):

 

Hebrew Name

Hebrew Meaning

English Meaning

Devarim

“The words…”

Deuteronomy

Shemot

“The names”

Exodus

Bereishit

“In the beginning…”

Genesis

Bamidbar

“In the wilderness…”

Numbers

Vayiqra

“And He called”

Leviticus

NEVI’IM (The Prophets):

 

Hebrew Name

English Meaning

Yeshayah

Isaiah

Shoftim

Judges

Yirmyah

Jeremiah

Shmuel

I &II Samuel

Yechezqel

Ezekiel

Melakhim

I & II Kings

 

The Twelve listed below are applied as one book:

 

Hebrew Name

English Meaning

Malakhi

Malakhi

Hoshea

Hosea

Zekharyah

Zechariah

Yonah

Jonah

Mikhah

Micah

Nachum

Nachum

Chavaqquq

Habbakkuk

Amos

Amos

Yoel

Joel

Ovadyah

Obadiah

Tzefanyah

Zephaniah

Chaggai

Chaggai

 

KETHUVIM or also known in the English context “The Writings”

 

Hebrew Name

English Meaning

Esther

Esther

Tehillim

Psalms

Mishlei

Proverbs

Ruth

Ruth

Eikhah

Lamentations

Qoheleth

Ecclesiastes

Daniel

Daniel

Shir Ha-Shirim

Song of Songs

Ezra & Nechemyah are treated as one book

Nehemiah

Iyov

Job

Divrei Ha-Yamim

Chronicles

 

Other versions of the Torah are the Oral Torah or The Talmud.  The Oral Torah was the traditional way of elucidating the scriptures, its meanings and how it should be interpret and applied to Jewish Law.  Orthodox Jews believe God taught Moses the Oral Torah and then on Moses taught it to others and thus it was passed down until present day.  This tradition was maintained in oral form until about 2nd century C.E. After that, the oral law was gathered and written down in a document called the Mishnah.