Cold and Bright

Dale offers the theme “cold and bright” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I took these photos in 2019 in the fall. This was the first snowfall, cold, but still warm enough for the snow to stick to the trees.

I imagine it is far colder now in northeastern Illinois where these were taken. Where I am now in southern Florida it is bright, but toasty warm.

Cold and Bright
Cold and Bright
Cold and Bright Trail
Cold and Bright Trail

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

35 thoughts on “Cold and Bright”

      1. Why has Israel enshrined the Right of Return for all g’lut Jewry. Most simple answer: the nations of the world shut and bolted their doors, when Hitler together with his diabolical criminal fiends, initiated the Shoah of European Jewry.

        The sages, both rabbi Akiva and Hillel, learned the mitzvah of kre’a shma through its נמשל דיוק, that which you hate, do not project this hate unto others. Judea after some 100 years of Civil War, culminated when Roman troops – our leaders actually invited the Roman Army into the walls of Jerusalem; this absolute disgrace, Judea surrendered her hard fought-for national Independence! Our own divided kingdom, those warring brothers who argued between them, who would wear the crown, both brothers had invited a Roman general, together with his Army, to resolve their dynastic dispute! Nothing could express the exhaustion, the absolute weariness of soul, that hatred without cause had obliterated the dignity of the nation of Judea.

        Jews we won our Independence War, and then immediately thereafter – we made war against ourselves. This absolute disgrace has haunted Jewry for 2000+ years of horrid g’lut. Then pop up Hitler, and the world, it too abandoned all its enlightenment ideals – overnight. Scratch a European and behold an uncivilized barbarian. Two European Civil Wars have distorted and scared not only the Jewish survivors.

        Europe obliterated its ‘good name’, its Moral mandate to rule the inferior dark skinned sub-humans of Africa and the Pacific. Just as my people bore the burden of our guilt throughout 2000+ years of oppression and injustice, this disgrace directly compares to China’s Century of Shame. Post Shoah, the mark of Cain, it now burns within the souls of all Europeans, all nations who – when the lives of European Jewry hung in the scales of balance – foreign leaders across the world, made the decision to close their borders to Jewish refugees who sought to flee from the Nazis death trap. This judgment effectively condemned European Jewry to the Nazi damnation of Hell.

        The refusal of the Allied ‘Big Three’ to bomb the Nazi rail lines unto the death camps, that decision goes hand in glove with the pre-war passage of the 2nd British White Paper. That decree completely betrayed the tenets upon which the League of Nations originally awarded the “Palestine Mandate”. Following the successful destruction of the 2nd German empire, to the British empire. Consequently, David Ben-Gurion and other Zionist leaders understood the t’shuvah payment which Israel must pay. “Never Again ” commands: the Jewish State forever has an open door policy which extends to all Jewish refugee g’lut populations, scattered across the 4 corners of the Earth. The State of Israel must forever bear the burden of Jewish regret for the sin of Hatred without Cause among our people – our golden calf.

        Children do not grasp the pain of disgrace and failure. Adults, we all possess the potential to cook our emotional mind, through the heat generated by disgrace and humiliation. The mitzvah of tefillah remembers, the memories of social behaviors among our own people – which produce the consequences of life or death, blessing or curse. Tefillah which lacks k’vanna, remembering tohor and tumah middot; the success or failure of our people to honor the brit, to breath tohor middot ideals – which both our forefathers and ourselves have dedicated them as a holy korban, most holy to HaShem. A man can not dedicate tohor middot without remembering the disgrace and humiliation of tumah social behaviors, made throughout life. Who ultimately bears responsibility for the crimes of the Shoah? We, the chosen Cohen nation alone, we bear responsibility for this horror, this disgrace. Our leaders chose, and kissed the calf of assimilation. Our leaders lead Israel back unto Egyptian slavery and bondage. We see the cause of the Shoah, every time we honestly look at ourselves in the mirror.

        Amos 5:4: “Seek Me, and live” succinctly defines the revelation of the Torah @ Sinai as expressed in the First Commandment. Hab. 2:4: The righteous shall live by his faith” confirms this prophetic mussar which Amose commands. Specifically all generations of the bnai brit Cohen nation, either we do or we fail to obey the First Commandment לשמה. Hillel’s mussar “go and learn” directly applies to all generations of Israel living. The lame excuse of doing mitzvot לא לשמה leads to doing mitzvot לשמה – it fails to teach prophetic mussar. The 2000+ years of g’lut serves as the prosecutor’s main witness which condemns my People. The purpose of the תרי”ג commandments, Moshe the prophet stood the Sanhedrin courts upon the principles of Common Law. Mitzvot learn from other mitzvot like halachot function as precedents to understand the k’vanna of a specific Case\Rule Mishna. Avot teaches that Am haʼaretzim can not live modest lives. The freed slave, who bears the scares of slavery, only such a man as this, can truly walk in modesty before his fellow citizens.

        The Yigdal hymn shares no portion with modesty, because Ben Maimon did not keep the Torah לשמה. The Creed of the 13 principles, that death creed, it follows the cultures and customs of religions whose people never accepted the revelation of the Torah @ Sinai\Horev. It fails to validate Rabbi Akiva’s פרדס understanding of how to correctly learn the k’vanna of the Oral Torah revelation @ Horev, commonly known as מלכות. To swear an ברכה requires שם ומלכות. This profound interpretation, which separates blessings from tehillem, defines the meaning of faith, the sanctification of Will to do mitzvot לשמה. The supporters of Ben Maimon refer to the Yigdal creed as a “prayer”. But Rabbi Yochanon objects. Tefillah requires שם ומלכות, this pre-condition, it defines the k’vanna of “prayer”. The alien notion – prayer – does not define the k’vanna of tefillah anymore than Covenant defines ברית. The latter, an oath alliance, requires making an oath לשמה. Sinai & Horev serve as the יסוד of שם ומלכות. Ben Maimon organized his code of halachah based upon Aristotelian principles of logic. He did not understand Rabbi Akiva’s פרדס explanation of Oral Torah logic. He did not understand that Moshe the prophet organized the תרי”ג mitzvot as Common Law by which he intended Israel to set up, and establish the Federal Sanhedrin Court system, within the Republic of the Written Torah Constitutional State. This mitzvah, commonly known as – to built the Beit Hamikdash.

        Ben Maimon failed to understand the Moshiach dedication of the House of Aaron as the יסוד of the Moshiach anointing of the House of David. Obedience takes priority over sacrifices. Obedience applies to all generations of the brit Cohen nation. No one man can ever encapsulate the k’vanna of the mitzvah of Moshiach. Therefore the Moshiach “tarries” only because we, all generations of our people, fail to take responsibility for our lives, in our walk before HaShem to obey our King לשמה. King does not refer to some glorified monarch. King directly connects with the 13 tohor middot Oral Torah revelation, which Moshe the prophet heard @ Horev. Torah logic not dependent upon Eras or times. All generations of the bnai brit Cohen nation require Oral Torah logic to correctly interpret the Written Torah Constitution of the Republic. Israel does not require the 3rd rule of the Rambam, we have the mitzva דאורייתא known as chanukah.

        The sealed masoret tradition serves as witness that Israel accepts the revelation of the Torah @ Sinai. The counterfeit claimants — never once do their holy books include the Name revealed in the First Commandment @ Sinai. Never once do their holy books recognize the moral priority, to rule the land with justice, through the establishment of Federal common law courts. Neither the new testament nor the koran understood that the T’NaCH exists as the first Common Law codification based upon the תרי”ג commandments.

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        1. Good point: “Obedience takes priority over sacrifices.” Good warning about “the sin of Hatred without Cause”.

          Although I don’t take the Oral Torah seriously unless it makes sense and seems beneficial, thank you for your response, mosckerr!

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          1. You don’t take Oral Torah Exodus 34:6 seriously. Moshe has a direct encounter with HaShem … One on One, and you do not take that seriously?! Your words prove that all non Jews never accepted the Torah @ Sinai\Horev. The Talmud teaches that if a Goy says “I want to convert, but I only accept this and that portions of the Torah” … the halachah commands that that Goy can never become Jewish.


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