Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Parshat Shelah: The Power of Words

Is the adage that “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me” really true?  In the Hebrew language, the verb “to speak”(ledaber), has the same root as the noun “thing” (davar). As this week’s parsha illustrates, this connotes the fundamental Jewish belief that words have power.  Words can change the material world.  They can lead a people to found a State, or to go back to slavery.  And they can lead a person to accomplish his or her potential, or to wither away.

This week’s parsha, Shelah, recounts the story of the twelve princes of Israel on a reconnaissance spying mission to the Land of Israel.  Ten of the twelve Spies returned with frightening stories of giants, superior armies, fortified cities, and descendants of super-natural beings who fell off of the sky in the early days of humankind.  Their negative reports so frightened the Israelites that they decided to rebel (one more time) against G-d and Moshe, and to appoint a new leader to take them back to Egypt. 

The parsha teaches that words can be the link between negative inner emotions and self-destructive action.  “We were like grasshoppers in our own eyes and thus also in their eyes,” recount the spies when describing some inhabitants of the Land.  Their lack of self-confidence and security diminished the princes of Israel in the eyes of their beholders.  Their words conveyed fear and powerlessness.  And they paralyzed the people and led them to regress into the false security of slave life.

But the Torah also teaches us that words can transcend fear and other emotions and lead to positive action, which itself can lead to a transformation of the emotional make-up of the speaker.  Back in parshat Beshalah’, a newly appointed Moshe already had to deal with a rebelling people so paralyzed by fear that they longed to return to Egyptian slavery. That time, they were landlocked between the Red Sea and the attacking Egyptian army, and they blamed Moshe for taking them out of Egypt only to die in the desert.

When Moshe cried out to G-d, the answer was:  “Why are you crying to me?  Speak (daber) to the people, and they will go forth.”  There ensued the speech that I believe launched Moshe as a leader and resonated deeply with the fearful, newly-freed slaves:  “Do not fear, stand up and witness G-d’s salvation that He will do for you today, for you will never again see the Egyptians the way you saw them today.  G-d will fight on your behalf, and you will stay quiet.”

This was exactly what the Israelites needed to hear.  Just freed from slavery, it was unthinkable for them to take on their masters and their military machine.  Conditioned to be dominated, they forgot the Ten Plagues and the miracles that G-d had just brought upon Egypt to crush it.  As Rashi wrote, G-d asked Moshe not only to speak to the people but “to speak to their hearts.”  With a few powerful, simple words, Moshe reminded the Israelites that they were on G-d’s journey and they would not be asked to take on more than they could handle.

The rest is history. The Red Sea swallowed the Egyptians and allowed the Israelites to traverse. And no sooner were the Israelites on the other bank that they “acquired faith in G-d and his servant Moshe” and broke into the Shira, a confident song of gratitude.  Moshe’s words transcended his own self-doubt and the Israelites’ fear. They grounded his leadership and propelled his people towards Sinai and freedom, away from slavery.

Joshua and Caleb, the two lone princes of Israel who stood for Moshe, followed his example and reignited the people’s faith. “Have no fear of the people of the Land,” they dissented. “They will be our bread [as in, we will eat them for breakfast], their protection has left them, and G-d is with us, fear not!”  Both Joshua and Caleb went on to enter the Promised Land, the former as Moshe’s successor.  The ten princes’ disempowering words, on the other hand,  led to their untimely death in the desert.
Today the news are flooded with words of verbal abuse, divisiveness, and even incitement.  Words have power.  Let us be mindful of how we use them, in both our public and private lives.

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Monday, 10 July 2017

Get To Know About The Important Facts About Latino Jews

Ari Afilalo is a professional who has every minute detail about the Sephardic community. Once you go through the writing of Afilalo, you will come to know about the cultural values of the Sephardic people. Latino Jews used to call with different names such as:

  • Sephardic Jews
  • Spanish Jews
  • Arab Jews

A Glimpse Of Light On The Identity Of Latino Jews
When we discuss about the Latino Jews, they were basically the descendants of those people who practiced Jewish religion in Iberia for a very long time and now the below mentioned regions:

  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • North Africa

All About The Religious Practice Of Hispanics
They were blindly following Jewish traditions without knowing even the ABC of it. There was a Jewish association in New Mexico that pointed out the following practices majorly disconnected from consciousness of a Jewish past:

  • Candle Lightening on Friday night
  • Observing the Sabbath on Saturday
  • No To Eat Pork

There is a lot to know about this enriching heritage of Sephardic people. Once you start learning about Sephardic culture, you will be anxious to know more and more.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

A Brief Introduction To Sephardic Community- Ari Afilalo

Know More About Sephardic Community
The Sephardim are those who left Spain or Portugal after the 1492 expulsion. There are said to be the descendants of Jews. The term Sephardim comes from the Hebrew word Sepharad.

Use Of The Word Sephardim In Different Countries

  • North Africa
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Greece
  • Turkey

Cultural Impact Of Language
The language of a country exhibits the cultural value of the people living there. Sephardi Jews are known for preserving their special language, spoken by many Sephardic communities in various countries such as:

  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Bulgaria
  • Rumania
  • France
  • Latin America

About The Author
Ari Afilalo is the one who has expresses his views about Sephardic Community in a very effective way. His excellent work is really appreciable. He has kept his close eyes on every minute detail about sephardic community.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Get To Know The Hot Trends Of International Business 2017

2017 - A new year signifies three usual things:

  • A couple of people are going to sign up for gym memberships they won’t use in three months
  • No doubt, there are a plenty of new trends and predictions to look out for in the year ahead
  • And others will continue addressing the wrong year on all their correspondence

But what are the imperative factors you should search in the international business world of 2017? Have a look and let's understand the major things:

  • Scope Of The European Union
The viewpoint for the EU is dismal for 2017. The Prime Minister of United Kingdom Mr. Theresa May is relied upon to trigger Article 50 to start the formal procedure to leave the European union.  and Italy's current choice has brought the nation's support for the union into an enigma.

  • Technical variations in agile manufacturing and last-mile commitment
The ability to make fabrication parts or complete products with nothing more than a computer and a 3D printer offers companies far more prominent dexterity in their assembling endeavors and proposes possibilities for fast development.

  • Blockchain in trade finance
Blockchain could be an actual game changer you can say a distinct advantage of the international business. It permits purchaser and suppliers to make online activities correctly and securely without including middlemen. In the event that organizations start to utilize the innovation all the more every now and again all through 2017, it could be the start of another period of worldwide business exchanges.

  • Considering The Minor Things
Micro-targeting in marketing endeavors, item adjustment, and market entry has been an undeniably hot pattern over the recent years, enabled by the collection, interpretation and optimization of lots of data.

Considering the small scale originates from a customer-centric way to deal, concentrating on building encounters for the customers that are as personalized and active as possible.

Ari Afilalo is one of the creative writers who has written an intriguing book which gives a clear idea of all the international trade practices whilst highlighting the problems in the system and evaluating what advanced trends of 2017 can boost international business among nations.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Ari Afilalo Gallery

A well renowned personality of the New York city Ari Afilalo who teaches courses on international business. Ari Afilalo is an expert on international law.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Get Clear Idea of Different Kinds of International Businesses- Ari Afilalo

Do you have an idea of some international business? Do you know the various types and trends it has? If you are not quite clear about these things but, are curious to comprehensively understand international businesses, read this blog carefully and you will sure learn the ropes. 

Different Types of Trends Associated With International Businesses


Exporting is frequently the very first option when manufacturers determine to expand overseas. In simple words, exporting stands for selling abroad, either directly to target customers or indirectly by retaining foreign sales agents or/and distributors.

Either case, going abroad through exporting has minimum influence on the firm’s human resource management because only a few, if at all, of its employees are supposed to be posted abroad.

Licensing is the second and one of the important factors in order to develop the operations internationally. In case of international licensing, there is an agreement whereby a company, called licensor, allows a foreign firm the right to use the intangible assets adequately for a definite period of time, normally in return of a royalty.

Almost linked to licensing is franchising. Franchising is an alternative in which a parent company allows another company/firm the freedom to do business in a prescribed manner.

Franchising deviates from licensing in the sense that it usually needs the franchisee to ensure many stringent guidelines in managing the business than in licensing.

Further, licensing permits are generally restricted to manufacturers whereas franchising is more familiar with service firms; for example, rental services, restaurants and hotels.

Different firms looking to take the full benefit of chances provided by foreign markets determine to make a substantial direct investment of their own funds in another country. This is most commonly identified as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Foreign Direct Investment or FDI:

Foreign direct investment relates to operations in one country that are managed by entities in a foreign country.

Basically, the FDI implies building new facilities in another country. For example in India, a foreign direct investment or FDI means getting control by more than 74% of the operations. 

Ari Afilalo is one of the rising writers who has written many books of “international business and trading”. So, in order to update yourself more about this term, you may read his books.

Friday, 20 January 2017

The Biblical transition of power from Moses to Joshua

 The Biblical transition of power from Moses to Joshua provides a blueprint for how much involvement outgoing President Obama should have in national policy after the election. Moses famously was denied entry to the Promised Land. A close reading of the text, however, shows that Moses was only denied entry as the leader of the Israelites. But he could have passed the baton to Joshua and tagged along as a citizen.

The reason Moses refused to do that is a testament to his great leadership. Moses did not want the people, in the inevitable dissensions over major decisions, to challenge Joshua’s leadership before him. The aura of leadership that Moses had accrued over decades of power and unique encounters with the Divine, would be too much for Joshua to overcome. When it was time to go, Moses disappeared from the national scene entirely.

This is what all former Presidents have done in recent history, as we witnessed most recently with President Bush’s retreat to Texas. A “shadow president” is not good for the country or for the loyal opposition. His presidential aura should not be put to work to challenge his successor, regardless of any misgivings about his positions. Few men have occupied the Oval Office; respect for that office demands that they leave it to other loyal opposition to challenge the current occupant.