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Old Cherokee Story

Tuesday, 21st August 2012

The one you feed



Dr Felix Zandman - 1928-2011

Monday, 13th August 2012




The story of Felix Zandman is an incredible tale of how a small Jewish boy who survived the Holocaust in a grave-like shelter pulled himself together and achieved a life of fame and success in business and scientific achievements. Dr. Felix Zandman, who died in June 2011, was a world renowned scientist whose inventions in the fields of stress measurements and electronics have greatly contributed to science and industry.

Click the image below to view the inspirational and moving documentary, it is an hour long, but well worth the time spent.


Click here to watch the video

The princess and the pears

Tuesday, 7th August 2012


There was a king who had a daughter who was very ill. The doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with her. She just seemed miserable and cried often.

One night the princess dreamed that if she ate a pair of very special pears she would get well. In order to learn what would make the pears so special, she would have to meet with each person who brought pears to her.  Her mother the queen, decreed that whoever brought in the very special pears that healed the princess, would have the opportunity to marry the princess, if she wanted to marry him.

Hundreds of young men brought baskets of pears to the princess.  She talked for a long time to each of the young men, and ate their pears, but none of them made her feel better.

One farmer who had very sweet and juicy pears as well as three sons told his eldest son, the most handsome of the three, to take a basket of pears to the princess. On the way to the princess the handsome son met a dwarf who related how hungry he was. The dwarf saw the basket and said, “You must be taking pears to heal the princess. Please give me a few pears so I will not starve.”

The handsome son didn’t want to give away even one pear, especially to a dwarf.  He was afraid that any pear given away might turn out to be the special one of the pair that would heal the princess.  Then he would lose the chance to marry her.

So he said to the hungry man, “The only pears I have in this basket are pairs of pig’s feet.” The hungry man, who was really the prophet Elijah in disguise, replied, “Amen! So shall it be.”   Then he walked away.
When the handsome son was brought to the princess, he opened his basket to show her his pears, and it was filled with pairs of pig’s feet.  The princess fainted.  The king ordered the eldest son to be thrown out into the street.
When the handsome son returned home he didn’t want to tell anybody what had happened so he just said that the pears didn’t work.  The farmer then decided to send his middle son, the one who was tall, strong and had lovely blond hair, to bring the farmer’s best pears to the princess.

On the road to the castle the tall blond son also met Elijah, who was disguised this time as a poor beggar who was deaf in one ear.  The blond son also didn’t want to help the beggar, even though he seemed very hungry.
The tall blond son said, “I can’t help you.  The only pears I have in this basket are pairs of pig’s ears.”  “Amen!” said Elijah, “so shall it be.”

When the tall blond son was brought to the princess he opened his basket and it was filled to the top with pairs of pig’s ears.  The princess became nauseous and threw up.  The king had the blond son thrown out the window into the street.  When the middle son returned home he also didn’t tell anybody what happened.

The youngest son wasn’t very handsome, and he wasn’t tall or blond, but he was very kind and considerate.  He begged his father to let him go because he wanted to help the princess, although he didn’t think she would want to marry him.  On the road to the princess he also met Elijah disguised as a beggar with ugly sores and scabs all over his face and arms.

He felt sorry for the ugly beggar, and even before the beggar asked, he offered half of the pears in the basket to the man saying, “I pray these pears are good for you.”  Elijah took them and replied, “Amen!  So shall it be good for you.”

When the youngest son opened his basket before the princess she asked why it was only half filled with pears. He told her about offering half the basket of pears to the beggar who was covered with sores and scabs. The princess began to cry. The youngest son apologized for making her cry, but to his surprise she suddenly hugged him. They spent the whole day talking and the princess felt better and better.  By the next day she was feeling great.  A month later she told the youngest son she wanted to marry him, and that is what she did.

The boy’s father could never figure out what was special about the pears that the youngest son brought to the princess.

The meaning of Kaddish

Thursday, 2nd August 2012


Click the image below to watch an inspirational video
featuring Charlie Harari on
The Meaning of Kaddish

Click here to watch inspirational Aish video on The Meaning of Kaddish

Remember the forest - do not get too caught up in the trees.

Al Eileh - Acapella

Wednesday, 25th July 2012


Eli Beer sings Al Eileh Acapella - Click the image below to watch the inspiring video.

Click here to watch the video


How My Parents Met in Dachau by Rabbi Yosef Wallis

Tuesday, 17th July 2012


How My Parents Met in Dachau by Rabbi Yosef Wallis

Rabbi Yosef Wallis is the director of Arachim. He told Project Witness the following story about his father, Judah Wallis, who was born and raised in Pavenitz, Poland.

While he was in Dachau, a Jew who was being taken to his death suddenly flung a small bag at my father, Judah Wallis. My father caught it, thinking it might contain a piece of bread.
Upon opening it, however, he was disturbed to discover a pair of Tefillin.

My father was very frightened because he knew that if caught carrying Tefillin, he would be put to death instantly. So he hid the Tefillin under his shirt and headed for his bunkhouse.

In the morning, just before the roll call, while still in his bunkhouse, he put on the Tefillin. Unexpectedly, a German officer appeared. He ordered my father to remove the Tefillin, noted the number on Judah’s arm, and ordered him to go straight to the roll call.

At the roll call, in front of thousands of silent Jews, the officer called out Judah’s number and he had no choice but to step forward. The German officer waved the Tefillin in the air and screeched, “Jewish dog! I sentence you to death by public hanging for wearing these.” Judah was placed on a stool and a noose was placed around his neck.
Before he was hanged, the officer said in a mocking tone, ‘Dog, what is your last wish?’
“To wear my Tefillin one last time,” Judah replied.

The officer was dumbfounded. He handed Judah the Tefillin. As Judah put them on, he recited the verse that is said while the Tefillin are being wound around the fingers: ‘Ve’eirastich li le’olam, ve’eirastich li b’tzedek uvemishpat, ub’chessed, uv’rachamim, ve’eirastich li b’emunah, v’yodaat es Hashem - I will betroth you to me forever and I will betroth you to me with righteousness and with justice and with kindness and with mercy and I will betroth you to me with fidelity, and you shall know Hashem.”

It is hard for us to picture this Jew with a noose around his neck, wearing Tefillin on his head and arm, but that was the scene that the entire camp was forced to watch, as they awaited the impending hanging of the Jew who had dared to break the rule against wearing Tefillin. Even women from the adjoining camp were lined up at the barbed wire fence that separated them from the men’s camp, forced to watch this horrible sight.

As Judah turned to watch the silent crowd, he saw tears in many people’s eyes. Even at that moment, as he was about to be hanged, he was shocked. Jews were crying! How was it possible that they still had tears left to shed? And for a stranger? Where were those tears coming from?

Impulsively, in Yiddish, he called out, “Yidden, don’t cry. With Tefillin on, I am the victor. Don’t you understand, I am the winner!”

The German officer understood the Yiddish and was infuriated. He said to Judah, “You dog, you think you are the winner? Hanging is too good for you. You are going to get a far worse kind of death.”

Judah, my father, was taken from the stool and the noose was removed from his neck. He was forced into a squatting position and two huge rocks were placed under his arms. Then he was told that he would be receiving 25 lashes to his head - the head on which he had dared to position his Tefillin.

The officer told him that if he dropped even one of the rocks, he would be shot immediately. In fact, because this was such an extremely painful form of death, the officer advised him, “Drop the rocks now. You will never survive the 25 lashes to the head. Nobody ever does.”

Judah’s response was, “No, I won’t give you the pleasure.”

At the 25th lash, Judah lost consciousness and was left for dead. He was about to be dragged to a pile of corpses, after which he would have been burned in a ditch, when another Jew saw him, shoved him to the side, and covered his head with a rag, so people didn’t realize he was alive. Eventually, after he recovered consciousness fully, he crawled to the nearest bunkhouse that was on raised piles, and hid under it until he was strong enough to come out again. Two months later he was liberated.

During the hanging and beating episode, a 17-year-old girl had been watching the events from the women’s side of the fence. After liberation, she made her way to the men’s camp and found Judah. She walked over to him and said, “I’ve lost everyone. I don’t want to be alone anymore. I saw what you did that day when the officer wanted to hang you. Will you marry me?”

The rest is history. Rabbi Yosef Wallis’ parents (for this couple became his parents) walked over to the Klausenberger Rebbe (Rabbi) and requested that he perform the marriage ceremony. The Klausenberger Rebbe, whose kiddush Hashem (sanctification of G-d's name) is legendary, wrote out a Kesubah (Jewish prenuptial agreement) by hand from memory and married the couple.
Rabbi Wallis has that handwritten Kesubah in his possession to this day.

The Fork

Wednesday, 11th July 2012


A Holocaust survivor encourages her soon to be wed granddaughter.
Click the image below to watch the very moving inspirational video.
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Life is like a camera ...

Tuesday, 3rd July 2012


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Wednesday, 27th June 2012



The lesson of time ...

Wednesday, 20th June 2012



The Lesson of Time