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Whats News

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011 - 5:04 pm

 

Here are a few news items that are interesting

Current Event 1

U.S. government sensors are detecting traces of radiation believed to be from Japan's stricken nuclear plant. Last week the EPA said that "minuscule" amounts of radiation consistent with a release from the damaged Fukushima plant were detected in Sacramento, California.-Reuters

The distance between Sacramento and the Fukushima Reactor is 7,555 mi (according to google maps click here  and check out step 12 for a laugh.) 7,555 miles and the movement of air is making a difference. There is no reason for concern because the amount of radiation is miniscule. We can see that what happens in one part of the world makes a tangible difference in the air quality thousands of miles away.

Current Event 2

At least one terrorist infiltrated the West Bank village of Itamar, southeast of Nablus, late Friday night (11 March 2011) and stabbed to death Udi (36) and Ruth (35) Fogel, and their children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and 3-month-old Hadas. AP

 In response to the tragedy, Esther Cohen, from Birmingham, England,  2260 miles away, made a difference by creating a facebook group and inspired 23,651 people to light Shabbat candles, thereby adding light to the world in their memory.

Current Event 3

The 29th Cycle of learning three chapters of Mishneh Torah by Maimonides every day was completed yesterday on 29 March 2011.

Every time we learn from the Rambam, we make a physical difference in the world. The Talmud states that R. Yochanan said in the name of R. Shimon Bar Yochai: When the Torah teaching of a scholar is said in this world, quoting his name, then his lips move (saying the same words) gently in the grave. Thus we have the privilege of learning together with the scholar, who is even more connected to his teaching when we learn his words.

The Rebbe teaches that this means that by our learning we cause physical air to move in the Rambam’s grave in Tiberius, teaching us the lesson that wherever we are in the world, our actions can make a difference. (See the Rebbe’s talk with english subtitles by clicking here)

You can also start learning the Rambam’s works for the first time. They are available online in English on our website click here.

The Baal Shem Tov taught that whatever a person hears or sees,  should be taken as a lesson to add to their service of G-d. We all have different experiences. The question we need to ask ourselves is what can I do, whether something big or small, to change the world?

We change the world by doing good deeds. here are some exapmles; being nice to a neighbor, calling an elderly parent, lighting Shabbos candles or joining the campaign to learn the Rambam. 

Together we can continue to change the world one good deed at a time.

Wishing you a Wonderful Shabbos.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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