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Apr. 27th, 2017

Florida - rain

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Just been scrolling through LJ and figured I stopped by to say hey. I hope all of you are doing well and I'm doing fine. I've been taking courses in programming and working on that whole career change thing. What's new? Is it true LJ has been taken over by Russia and we can no longer talk about gay things anymore? I don't know, but all of the fanfic and shipping would probably be too much for anyone to take down!

It's always kind of cringeworthy reading my entries from a decade ago. I can't believe how much time has passed. I don't get hung up on the age thing too much but every now and then I have, "Oh my god I'm 3(?)!" attacks.

Until next time!

Feb. 25th, 2016

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Miss You

Even though I'm not on here almost at all, I do miss LiveJournal. I'm almost 32 and have used LJ since I was a teenager (starting with carveltc). It's crazy to think about! LJ gave me a space to clear my mind and articulate my thoughts on whatever was on my mind. In a weird way I feel I'm lacking that since I don't really journal anymore. I try to journal normally but I never keep up with it like I did with LJ.

Anyway, I hope everyone is well. <3

Oct. 10th, 2013

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A dream come true!

I'm going to England!!! :)
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Jul. 3rd, 2013

i love new york

My affinity with NYC remains strong.

A tad update...

I went to NYC a couple weeks ago and met Kylie Minogue. Dream come true!

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It was so good be back in NYC! I love the smell of the dirty city air and the sound of the traffic noise. I also got to meet up with a couple friends and had an overall good time. The trip was too short though!

One of my friends from the UK came to visit shortly after and we had a great time. Which reminds me, I'm planning on a trip to the UK finally! My goal so far is fly into Manchester, spend a few days there, take a trip up to Edinburgh, and then go to London. :)

To be continued!

Nov. 1st, 2012

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Meeting Bill

I got to shake hands with Bill Clinton. It was awesome.

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Dec. 9th, 2009

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It's been a while

Boo! Anyone out there?

May. 3rd, 2009

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Pool weather

If you're not relaxing by, enjoying a cocktail and swimming in a pool with warm sunny weather...

I'm sorry.
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My Sunday gospel for you

He is coming with the clouds And every eye will see him Everyone who pierced him And all the tribes of the earth will wail on account of himCollapse )
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Apr. 28th, 2009

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Why I sometimes think I have a Jewish soul

With Rabbi Simmons

Question

What do Jews believe about the afterlife? Do we have spirits? How will we be resurrected when the messiah comes? Is there a heaven and hell? What is hell like?

Answer

The creation of man testifies to the eternal life of the soul. The Torah says, "And the Almighty formed the man of dust from the ground, and He blew into his nostrils the SOUL of life" (Genesis 2:7). On this verse, the Zohar states that "one who blows, blows from within himself," indicating that the soul is actually part of God's essence. Since God's essence is completely spiritual and non-physical, it is impossible that the soul should die. (The commentator Chizkuni says this why the verse calls it "soul of LIFE.")

That's what King Solomon meant when he wrote, "The dust will return to the ground as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it." (Ecclesiastes 12:17)

For anyone who believes in a just and caring God, the existence of an afterlife makes logical sense. Could it be this world is just a playground without consequences? Did Hitler get away with killing 6,000,000 Jews? No. There is obviously a place where good people receive reward and bad people get punished. (see Maimonides' 13 Principles of Faith)

The question of "why do bad things happen to good people" has a lot to do with how we look at existence. The way we usually perceive things is like this: A "good life" means that I make a comfortable living, I enjoy good health, and then I die peacefully at age 80. That's a good life. Anything else is "bad."

In a limited sense, that's true. But if we have a soul and there is such a thing as eternity, then that changes the picture entirely. Eighty years in the face of eternity is not such a big deal.

From Judaism's perspective, our eternal soul is as real as our thumb. This is the world of doing, and the "world to come" is where we experience the eternal reality of whatever we've become. Do you think after being responsible for the torture and deaths of millions of people, that Hitler could really "end it all" by just swallowing some poison? No. Ultimate justice is found in another dimension.

But the concept goes much deeper. From an eternal view, if the ultimate pleasure we're going after is transcendence - the eternal relationship with the Almighty Himself, then who would be luckier: Someone who lives an easy life with little connection to God, or someone who is born handicapped, and despite the challenges, develops a connection with God. Who would be "luckier" in terms of eternal existence? All I'm trying to point out is that the rules of life start to look different from the point of view of eternity, as opposed to just the 70 or 80 years we have on earth.

So what is the afterlife exactly?

When a person dies and goes to heaven, the judgment is not arbitrary and externally imposed. Rather, the soul is shown two videotapes. The first video is called "This is Your Life!" Every decision and every thought, all the good deeds, and the embarrassing things a person did in private is all replayed without any embellishments. It's fully bared for all to see. That's why the next world is called Olam HaEmet - "the World of Truth," because there we clearly recognize our personal strengths and shortcomings, and the true purpose of life. In short, Hell is not the Devil with a pitchfork stoking the fires.

The second video depicts how a person's life "could have been..." if the right choices had been made, if the opportunities were seized, if the potential was actualized. This video - the pain of squandered potential - is much more difficult to bear. But at the same time it purifies the soul as well. The pain creates regret which removes the barriers and enables the soul to completely connect to God.

Not all souls merit Gehenom. It is for people who have done good but need to be purified. A handful of people are too evil for Gehenom, and they are punished eternally. Pharaoh is one example.

So what about "heaven?"

Heaven is where the soul experiences the greatest possible pleasure - the feeling of closeness to God. Of course not all souls experience that to the same degree. It's like going to a symphony concert. Some tickets are front-row center; others are back in the bleachers. Where your seat is located is based on the merit of your good deeds - e.g. giving charity, caring for others, prayer.

A second factor in heaven is your understanding of the environment. Just like at the concert, a person can have great seats but no appreciation of what's going on. If a person spends their lifetime elevating the soul and becoming sensitive to spiritual realities (through Torah study), then that will translate into unimaginable pleasure in heaven. On the other hand, if life was all about pizza and football, well, that can get pretty boring for eternity.

The existence of the afterlife is not stated explicitly in the Torah itself, because as human beings we have to focus on our task in this world. Though awareness of an eternal reward can also be an effective motivator.

For further study, see Maimonides' Foundations of the Torah, "The Way of God" by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzatto, and the commentary of Nachmanides to Leviticus 18:29.

May the Almighty grant you blessings, success - and eternal life!

Sources:
* Zohar, Mishpatim, Exodus 1:1
* AriZal - Sha'ar Hagilgulim

With blessings from Jerusalem,

Rabbi Shraga Simmons

Apr. 26th, 2009

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The Witch Hunt for Oprah



Have you heard about the largest church in the world?

Yes, the brainwashing that is the crusading religious right (Christians are famous for that. They even murdered billions to get as popular as they are now)

Heaven is not a location but refers to the inner realm of consciousness

Ummm have you ever tasted the twisted cheetos? They put me in a state of heaven!

My mind is part of God's. I am very Holy

God is in one, God is in all.

Christians are confused

Or maybe they have true battles to fight... like poverty

The "new age" teacher giving lessons on her website.... has started The Peace Alliance... to establish a U.S. Department of Peace. What can we do?

Establish peace?

It's interesting that Oprah is spending a lot of her time providing for the poor and feeding the hungry, while this ministry is spending energy into a witch hunt. Sexist I say, sexist!

Now for some more rediculous Kool-Aid. *gulp gulp*


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