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Wat tot aanwinst en verlies

”Voorwaar, de vermindering wordt vaak tot aanwinst, de vermeerdering vaak tot verlies.”

Lao Tse


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2017 Solstice and heatwave

On 26 Mar 2017 ‘Daylight Saving Time‘ started, making it possible for us to enjoy the sun longer; people coming home from work able to sit in the garden or on a patio enjoying the evening.

The previous days we could not complain having not enough warmth and sun. This year we are really blessed with a marvellous sunshine and incredible temperatures.

While west London swelters in possibly the hottest June day for 176 years, the weather picture is looking far more unsettled for the north.

In Belgium, France, Great-Britain and the Netherlands there have been given ‘be aware’ weather warnings, and are the population required to be sparingly with water.

Today is the longest day of the year; nature’s gift of extra light. but it is also the turning point that we do have to face that the days will shorten again. Soon we shall have to face the dampness and the thunderstorms again.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning, with heavy rain expected in parts of northern England, southern Scotland and Wales until late afternoon on Thursday (June 22).

Bouts of rain, heavy and thundery at times, are expected to move in from the west to initially affect parts of northern England, with potentially 20mm or 30mm of rain falling in one or two hours.

More extensive thunderstorms may then spread South over a larger part of England and Wales overnight, leading to torrential downpours, frequent lightning and a chance of hail.

Some houses, businesses and transport routes may be affected by localised flooding, while power supplies in some areas could be temporarily disrupted due to a combination of heavy rain and frequent lightning strikes.

{UK weather: When will the heatwave end?}

UK heatwave: when will it end 

UK heatwave: Temperatures have topped 30C (86F) in the UK for a fifth consecutive day Credit: PA

Several countries of West Europe could enjoy one of the longest spells of high June temperatures for two or more decades. Though those high temperatures where also responsible for lots of transpiration, hydration and breathing problems as well as air pollution alerts in London, Brussels and other cities. Toxic air was brought to large parts of Belgium, England and Wales.

Belgium has known long periods of very warm days in 1911 (17), 1921 (15), 1938 (11), 1947 (14 + 16), 1957 (10), 1976 (17), 1997 (14), 2003 (12), 2006 (16).

Even when we now facing the days becoming shorter and some thunderstorm on Thursday it might well be that we can have more than five days over the 25° Celsius and shall be able to speak about a heatwave also for 2017.

Experts warn that anyone with lung or heart problems should avoid or reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors. Older people or those with asthma should take particular care.

All others should be careful, protecting their skin and drinking enough (water) avoiding to much direct sunshine at the high-time of the day, remembering they can have their suntan also by sitting in the shade.

We can only hope with the solstice shall not come an end to the Summer, because now is the time most people are going to have enough time to enjoy Summer, going on Summer holiday.

Therefore we wish all our readers

a happy Summer holiday.


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Scattering of peoples who delight in wars

Rabbi David Krishef understands the need for military action or war and might

“even cheer when a really bad guy is taken down.”

Lovers of God should hate war and should do everything to avoid such horrible thing. Often it are arrogance and greed that lead up to conflicts which even can result in war.

We may never forget that war inevitably leads to the death of innocent people. All over the world we can see how people not only die from the violence itself that war brings, but we also see how many die from war related problems, like famine and diseases.

Rabbi David Krishef  writes

Soldiers sent to do a job suffer death and injury. Civilian casualties are virtually certain, no matter how carefully the rules of war try to minimize them. The destruction of the infrastructure, such as rail lines, roads, water treatment facilities, and businesses, destroys the economy and takes years, even decades, to rebuild. In the meantime, people suffer and die, not because they are supporters of the evil regime but because they happened to be born in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want my elected representatives to abhor war.

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Syrian and Iraqi refugees arrive from Turkey to Skala Sykamias, Lesbos island, Greece. Spanish volunteers (life rescue team – with yellow-red clothes) from “Proactiva open arms” help the refugees

When we can live in area’s where there is no war we should be happy to be blessed in that way. But we also should feel with those in pain and in affliction of political unrest and civil war. We also should do our utmost best to avoid any serious trouble and fighting.
We ourselves should also not only recognize transgressions from others but also from ourself. To do so one has to be willing to take responsibility for the mistakes which happen every day.

Admitting one’s errors is the first step towards teshuvah (repentance) and atonement. {Psalm 51}

No matter how materially blessed we may (or may not) be, we should remember and identify with those less fortunate than ourselves. No matter what happens in the world of politics and military action the righteous person shall always see the downfall of the wicked and the world shall be struck with awe.

Let us also watch out for three things, so we will not come into the clutches of transgression

– know what is above you: (1) An eye which sees, and (2) an ear which hears, and (3) a book, in which all your actions are written down.” Pirke Avot 2:1 {Divre Harav – April, 2017}

and take at heart Psalm 37

“The humble shall inherit the earth.” (37:11)

The rabbi writes

In the short run, the kind of assertiveness that edges towards arrogance gets results, but one can get the same results from being confidently humble. An example: An arrogant person will push his way to the front of a group of people to get what he wants before someone else who has been waiting longer. A confidently humble person will recognize those who have been waiting and let them go first and insert himself into the queue in the proper order. The arrogant person cultivates resentment and fear; the humble person cultivates love and respect.


Read the rabbi his notes:

on  Psalm 37 + Psalm 51 + Psalm 52 + Psalm 68Psalm 70


Additional reading

  1. Facing daily events and exclaiming “Good grief!”
  2. Love will cure more sins than condemnation


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When love to God grows weak remember His son

Ben Topham visited Mississauga West last Sunday and one of his favourite hymns was played. He writes

Considering what has happened on the earth over the past six months – God gently nudged me. The words, the power, the humility, the suffering, the music… it is always moving.

Hymn 222

When my love to God grows weak,
When for larger faith I seek,
Then in thought I go to thee,
Garden of Gethsemane.

There I walk amid the shades
While the lingering twilight fades;
See that suffering, friendless One
Weeping, praying, there alone.

When my love for man grows weak,
When for stronger faith I seek,
Hill of Calvary! I go
To thy scenes of pain and woe.

There behold his agony
Suffered on the bitter tree;
See his anguish, see his faith,
Love triumphant still in death!

Then to life I turn again,
Learning all the worth of pain,
Learning all the might that lies
In a full self-sacrifice.





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A Vow Unto The Lord

In remembrance of the Word of God and the Law given to the world we make a vow



Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
May Thy rule come into my heart more and more, and Thy will be done in my mortal body.
Relying on the assistance of Thy promised grace to help in every time of need,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, I register this Vow.
 Daily will I remember at the Throne of Heavenly Grace the general interests of the harvest work,
and particularly the share which I myself am privileged to enjoy in that work,
and the dear co-laborers everywhere.
I vow to still more carefully, if possible, scrutinize my thoughts and words and doings,
to the intent that I may be the better enabled to serve Thee, and Thy dear flock.
I vow to Thee that I will be on the alert to resist everything akin to Spiritism and Occultism, and, remembering that there are but the two masters, I shall resist these snares in all reasonable ways as being of the adversary.

I further vow, that with the exceptions below, I will at all times and in all places, conduct myself toward those of the opposite sex in private exactly as I would do with them in public — in the presence of a congregation of the Lord’s people.

And, so far as reasonably possible, I will avoid being in the same room with any of the opposite sex alone, unless the door to the room stand wide open.

Exceptions in the case of Brethren — wife, children, mother and natural sisters:
in the case of Sisters — husband, children, father and natural brothers.

From old prayers


Preceding articles

Looking at the time when the Torah was given

To turn the world into a “vessel” receptive of God


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Seven lights or basic emotions 

Next the artisans fashioned the Table of 12 loaves. After this, Moses threw gold for the Candelabrum into the furnace, and G-d fashioned the Candelabrum.Seven Ways to Light up the World

וַיַּעַשׂ אֶת הַמְּנֹרָה זָהָב טָהוֹר וגו’: (שמות לז:יז)

[G-d] made the Candelabrum out of pure gold. Exodus 37:17

The Candelabrum, the source of light in the Tabernacle, signified insight and enlightenment. The sudden and elusive flash of insight and illumination in the mind is similar to a bolt of lightning flashing across a dark sky.

Every Divine soul is a source of Divine illumination. It is in this sense that the soul is metaphorically termed “the lamp of God.” The seven lamps of the Candelabrum signify the seven basic types of Jewish souls. Each type has its particular path in revealing Divinity, based on the seven basic emotions:

(1) the love of God, (2) the awe of God, (3) connecting to God through studying the Torah, (4) overcoming obstacles opposing Godliness in the world, (5) appreciating God’s goodness, (6) the pride in being God’s emissary in the world, and (7) humility.1


1. Likutei Torah 3:29b.

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Glimlach raam naar je ziel

In ons leven moeten wij regelmatig eens de tijd nemen om te reflecteren. Na te denken over verleden, heden en toekomst. Per dag zouden wij even tijd moeten nemen om tot ons zelf te keren. Daarbij moeten wij diep tot in onze ziel durven gaan. Hierbij is een glimlach een raam naar je ziel, maar weet dat lachen de deur is.

Voor velen in onze contreien is de vastenperiode begonnen. Katholieken konden op As Woensdag een kruisje op hun voorhoofd laten plaatsen als teken dat zij beseffen dat zij tot stof zullen wederkeren. Nochtans is dat juist iets dat velen vergeten, dat wij naakt geboren zijn en weer naakt zullen sterven, om te vergaan tot stof. Eens dat wij dood gaan zijn is het te laat om nog van mening te veranderen of om een andere weg in te slaan. Alles moet voor het moment van dood gaan gebeuren.

English: Last Judgement. 12th-century Byzantin...

Laatste oordeel – English: Last Judgement. 12th-century Byzantine mosaic from Torcello cathedral (after 19th-century restoration). Source: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Het kruisje op het voorhoofd bij de Katholieken zou ook moeten staan voor het symbool van treuren om de zonde. Het verwijst naar Jezus die gestorven is aan de doodspaal (vele Christenen nemen aan dat dat aan een kruis was).
De mens moet beseffen dat er niets in ons is – absoluut niets – dat in staat is om weerstand te bieden aan de dood of deze te verslaan. De gehele wereld zal tot het besef moeten komen dat het alleen door Jezus is dat wij de genade mogen ontvangen om de slag van de dood te overwinnen. Door hem zal het mogelijk zijn indien wij sterven om in de toekomst, wanneer hij weder gekomen zal zijn, om toe te kijken hoe hij door zich volledig aan God te onderwerpen en zich als een Lam van God aan te bieden, als geautoriseerde van God zal mogen oordelen over de levenden en doden. Hij zal dan mensen mogen verwijzen naar de tweede dood ofwel naar een nieuw en eindeloos leven in het Koninkrijk van God. Jezus is de enige die krachtig genoeg is om steek der dood weg te nemen! In hem geloven is van levensbelang.

Niet enkel Katholieken houden een periode van 40 dagen in acht. Moslims zullen spoedig ook weer dagen in acht nemen waar zij vasten als een belangrijk onderdeel van de dag tegemoet zien. Voor Joden, christenen en Moslims moeten hun 40 dagen een tijd van bezinning vormen, waarin zij de nodige aandacht schenken aan hun innerlijke ziel. Zij zullen moeten inzien dat zij zich zelf zodanig moeten voorbereiden dat zij wezenlijk bekwaam zullen zijn om echt te glimlachen naar hun eigen ziel.

Vroeger werd er heel wat meer gevast dan één keer of twee maal per jaar (zie volgend artikel).

40 dagen is eigenlijk nog niet zo veel om eens werkelijk tijd te nemen om na te denken over het leven, het verleden, heden en toekomst en na te gaan waar men zichzelf kan plaatsen in het groter geheel en welke rol men daarbij wil geven aan de Schepper van hemel en aarde.

Ware Christenen zouden deze periode moeten aangrijpen om anderen te laten inzien hoe belangrijk het is om een goede relatie met de Schepper op te bouwen en hoe belangrijk het is om Jezus te erkennen als de gezondene van God, de mensenzoon en de zoon van God en niet dé God.



Alleen ogen die geweend hebben kunnen helder zien

Adar 6, Matan Torah remembering the giving of Torah

Adar 7 Moshe’s review of the Torah contained in the Book of Deuteronomy


Vindt ook om te lezen

  1. Advent een tijd voor reflectie
  2. Op zoek naar spiritualiteit 2 Hoe te vinden
  3. Exhortatie of Uiteenzetting – Exhortation
  4. Paus roept op tot herontdekking van de vasten
  5. Kapitalistisch vooruitgangsgeloof
  6. Materialisme, “would be” leven en aspiraties #3
  7. Christenen die het juiste hart hebben om anderen te roepen om naar God te komen
  8. 16° Eeuwse Broeders in Christus
  9. Ramadan en werkgever
  10. De Afstraling van Gods Heerlijkheid
  11. Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #16 Voordelen van het bidden
  12. Reflectie van God
  13. Lent, 40 days, meditation and repentance
  14. Lenten Season and our minds and hearts the spiritual temple in which God seeks to live


Aanvullend om te lezen

  1. Haal de buikriem aan en vier de Keltische advent
  2. Vlog Nature Quest: 24 uur alleen zonder eten in het bos
  3. Vasten
  4. Tournée Minérale –  En Route
  5. Lent, and Advent, in Japan (midweek musings)
  6. Lenten Season
  7. Lent
  8. What Is Lent?
  9. Ash Wednesday
  10. Prayer, almsgiving and fasting
  11. 40 days & then some
  12. To Quietly Dismiss, or Not?
  13. Wake up and Watch!
  14. Why we fast: understanding the Eucharistic Fast in the context of the Sacrament of the Eucharist
  15. Sacred Struggle – Journeying through the Desert
  16. Lent is Here and I’m Late Posting This!
  17. Seeking His Kingdom
  18. Tips For Making Your Lent More Fruitful
  19. The Fidelity of Jesus ~ May we be faithful too!
  20. A humbling experience
  21. Palms to ashes




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By all these lovely tokens September days are here.

Helen Hunt Jackson portrait

Helen Hunt Jackson portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the American poet and writer Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, born Helen Fiske (October 15, 1830 – August 12, 1885), best known for her novel Ramona, a musing on this time of year. She expressed her grief for the loss of her son, Warren (“Rennie”) in poems that she sent to the New York Evening Post over the signatures “Marah” and later “H.H.”



“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”

~ Helen Hunt Jackson

~ Image “Autumn Ballet” by Jacky Parker
Text & image source: The Garden Of Pensiveness

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Cruelty of men seeking to render women weak

Ahlam Saed writes:

“Women were created weak and emotional and irrational and that is why they cannot do XYZ…”

Aasiyah (‘alayhassalaam) endured the worst torture that Pharoah could dream up, and the last words to leave her lips were a supplication to Allah that was eternally recorded and recited in the Qur’an.

Khadijah (radhiAllahu ‘anha) lost her societal standing, her wealth, was exiled into a barren desert and starved to death for the sake of Islam.

Haajar (‘alayhassalaam) was left in an empty desert devoid of water and all sustenance, with an infant in her arms, and did not utter a word of complaint because of her belief in Allah.

Sumayyah bint Khayyat was raped with a foreign object until she died from it, maintaining her testimony of faith while her husband and son, who suffered torture that was nowhere near as fatal, wept because their tongues renounced Islam.

Al-Ghaamidiyyah returned to RasulAllah, her child in her arms, begging over and over that he purify her of the sin of zina by establishing the Hadd punishment, while Maa’ez ran away in fear.

Umm Habibah left her homeland, impoverished and a stranger to the language and customs and environment of Abyssinia, a political and spiritual refugee and member of a tiny minority – and then watched in horror as her husband, also a Muslim, became an alcoholic and then left Islam entirely before dying an ignominous death. Entirely alone, Umm Habibah refused to compromise on her faith.

Thousands of Muslim women today face abuse, rape, isolation, domestic violence, crippling poverty, are ostracized from their communities, are slandered and defamed… and yet hold to Islam with every fibre of their being, their hearts raw and yet fused with Tawheed, firm in their belief even when they find themselves faltering in every other way.

The strength of women from the dawn of time is more than any man can imagine, more powerful than they can fathom, and in their fear and their ignorance, they call us weak.

"Allah" in Arabic calligraphy

Allah Jalla Jalālah in Arabic calligraphy

Allah, the Witness over all things, is a Witness to the strength of women, and it is His Strength we call upon when the cruelty of men seeks to render us weak.

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Love is free share it

Love is free
Why are we not spreading it around?
Love is what our world needs most;
Why are we not letting it go round?
Love is what we need to heal the world;
Why are we not healing the world with it?
Let love flow;
Let love go round;
That is what the world needs;
And it’s all free to give;
It costs nothing to share it;
You lose nothing sharing it to all we meet.
Let’s let love go round.


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