Ivan’s Zit Free Tip Sheet 14 April 2003

I’ve been running a good track record in this area the past few months, so I figured I’d share the wealth and post what works for me on Global Thoughts. This, along with Ivan’s Packing List, could become the most popular page on the site!… Continue Reading →

Animal Quiz Brain Teaser by Anderson Consulting Worldwide April 2003

My cousin sent me this. It is of better than usual quality for these items.

Scroll down for each answer. The questions are NOT that difficult.

1. How do you put a giraffe into a  refrigerator?

The correct answer  is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close  the door.… Continue Reading →

Vignettes from Dr. Shalom Paul’s Lecture on Biblical History April 2003 Things that didn’t make the Passover Sermonette but are interesting: Insights as to Mespotamian Law, Hammurabi’s Code and the Bible; the Garden of Eden, Moses.

Dr. Shalom Paul: Head of Bible Studies, Hebrew University and Head of Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation. Speaking at the Everett Institute, 92nd Street Y in New York City, 23 March 2003.

According to Mesopotamian law, if a man takes a new wife but then the first wife has a son, that first son is the inheritor, even if the second wife has a son first.… Continue Reading →

Ivan’s Suggested 5-Day Mission to Israel 13 January 2003

I keep looking at the programs people are asked to go on and they look rather meaningless. A few days of sightseeing and walking tours and bringing packages of toothbrushes and toothpaste to soldiers. Somehow I think we could do better.Continue Reading →

Limmud 2002 Speech: What Young Arab Leadership is Thinking Followed by Questions and Answers Nottingham, England — 23 December 2002

Thank you for coming today; I hope to make this hour fascinating for you while we explore what the next generation of leadership in the Middle East, specifically in the Arab World, is thinking about these days. Last year I spoke about Arab attitudes with regard to Israel and the text of that address is available on my website,… Continue Reading →

An Insight into Saudi Consumer Society in 2002 1 December 2002

I had a late night 2 hour telephone conversation this week with a British fellow who has lived in Saudi Arabia for about 20 years, married a local, converted to Islam, and now works in the region in the area of consumer marketing for a company which represents one of the world’s top advertising agencies.… Continue Reading →

Ivan’s Passover Sermonette 2002 The theme this year: Finding Relevancy in 2002 in the Passover Story.

I. Can we learn some lessons from our experiences in Ancient Egypt?

Why did the Egyptians hate the Jews so much? Take a look at Genesis, Chapter 47. Was it because Joseph enslaved the Egyptians and kicked them out of their homes when they had no food to eat (sentences 20 & 21) though he did so on behalf of Pharaoh?… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts – 23 June 2002 Markets, Post 9/11 America and Foreign Policy Shifts, Iran and Saudi Arabia, Israel/Palestine; Child Sacrifice: Biblical Perspective.

This week we read that Mexico is in mourning after having lost to the US in World Cup Soccer. They shouldn’t compare this with the loss of Texas – nobody here could care less that we won. The games weren’t even broadcast here by one of the major TV networks.… Continue Reading →

The Yom Kippur Take-Away Project

If one were to promote a year-long commitment to providing some daily Jewish educational and spiritual content to people’s lives, an opportune time to take upon one’s self this resolution is at the conclusion of the Yom Kippur service. This project would create a home-study book with a designated 5-minute-a-day reading for each day of the following year.… Continue Reading →

Tisha B’Av Message 2002

Tisha B’Av is a day of fasting on the Jewish calendar. It is the year’s low point; almost every major tragedy in Jewish history is somehow tied in mythology to Tisha B’Av. The two ancient temples in Jerusalem were said to have been destroyed on this day.… Continue Reading →

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