London Monopoly (13): The Strand

Continuing my tour around the London Monopoly board with the first property in the red set.

Somerset House, The Strand

The next place on the London Monopoly board after Vine Street (the previous post in this series) is 'Free Parking' but as there is very little free parking anywhere in London I will move straight on to The Strand. Properly, this street is simply named 'Strand' but it is always called The Strand.

Remarkably it's name was first recorded in the year 1002 as Strondway and there were also references to the street from the seventh century. It was part of a route used by the Romans to join what is now the City of London (Roman Londinium) to the Palace of Westminster. So, a major London route for at least two thousand years.

It runs from Trafalgar Square to Fleet Street and one of it's most interesting buildings is Somerset House, an important eighteenth century piece of British archaeological heritage. The forecourt of Somerset House, shown above, is turned into a public ice-rink most winters. The Courtauld Institute one of Britain's many world-class free art galleries is located there.

There is currently a free photographic exhibition of the first 50 years of the Rolling Stones on display at Somerset House


Friday on my mind

Shem, Yibum, and Moshiach

Parashat Ki Teitzei: The Levirate Marriage and Shem
Rabbi David Katz
In the Torah Portion of the week “Ki Teitzei” one of Torah’s most ancient practices becomes engraved into Torah Law: The Levirate Marriage. [Devarim 25:5 - 25:10] Shrouded in unparalleled mystique, the “Yibum” [Hebrew for Levirate Marriage] will become synonymous with uniting Ancient Torah into our present, but yet there is something even far greater in implication that is a direct offspring of the Yibum: The Davidic Dynasty, i.e. Kingship, and more importantly the secret of the Messiah and the correction of the blemished Firstborn.
To understand the significance of the Yibum, and its association with Shem [ben Noah] is to first simply explain with a working definition as to what is the Levirite Marriage. To put the Commandment within an easy to understand framework, the Yibum Marriage is a marriage of a man and woman, of whom the man is the woman’s deceased husband’s brother [or closest kin], while the prerequisite for this marriage is that the original couple went childless for the duration of the deceased man’s life. The goal of the new marriage between her and her deceased husband’s brother, is to have a child, preferably a boy, a Firstborn with hopes of re-establishing the soul of the deceased in a type of reincarnation, manifesting in the new child of the new marriage. The custom is then to name the child after the deceased, and the soul then finds a type of salvation, through the Yibum Marriage. Thus one can clearly see that through the Yibum Marriage many Mystical Truths appear to be an integral part of Kabalah, such as the importance contained within names and the hot debated concept of reincarnations of Torah ideology. Yibum, in its simplest context seems to ratify both concepts in a clear and concise fashion through the adherence to the Commandment.
As mentioned above, Shem is the direct source of Yibum, with a tradition of Ancient proportion, one that that began with Shem and his daughter Tamar, extending all the way through Boaz and Ruth, the forefathers to King David and the Messianic Lineage.
Shem came onto the New World with a mission of Kindness and Righteousness, and sought to implement a foundation of Torah that would flourish to the extent of fostering a Complete Redemption and be the basis of the World to Come. Shem had one fundamental limitation to his elected service of God: Shem lacked the Merit to produce the sacred Firstborn. Due to this predicament, Shem then gave over to his Righteous daughter Tamar the keys of Yibum and the entirety of the Ancient Torah, while choosing her as a successor over his five sons. Tamar would then go on to be the Matriarch of the Davidic Kingdom that would produce the Messiah; Tamar was a success due in part to her knowledge of Ancient Torah, more specifically, the art of Yibum – the same Yibum that would be commanded in the Torah of Moses in this week’s Parsha.
The Torah in Genesis gives details of Judah’s sons, their death’s, Judah’s falling from grace, and his rejuvenation – all of which involved either directly or indirectly with Tamar the daughter of Shem son of Noah. Tamar would be the unsung hero of the entire family of Judah, and her influence was imitated [on a spiritual level ordained by Hashem] with the episode of Ruth and Boaz [Boaz being the Patriarch to David and onwards to Messiah] as Ruth’s husband died childless, and Ruth suddenly found herself with the Jewish People [much like Tamar found herself with Judah after not having been with the Jewish People, despite her Bloodlines going back to Shem] where upon she encountered Boaz, and he saw her as a woman of tremendous Grace. Boaz ended up becoming intimate with Ruth, and her deceased husband [Machlon] would live on in  memory and soul through Ruth’s son, that Naomi would raise named Oved, the ancestral father of David, going back to Peretz, the son of Tamar, daughter of Shem. Thus the Yibum Marriage of the Davidic Kingdom went full circle, as it began with Shem and his election of Tamar; this being proof that Shem’s Holy Inspiration yielded him Truthful results, as he had prepared for this by knowing the power of Yibum in conjunction to his lack of a Firstborn. Ironically, through Yibum, Shem still provided the Firstborn; as the procedure that Tamar and Judah took [of being unique even according to Torah due to the fact that Tamar had not been with the Jewish People], Shem became the “Father” of Peretz the Firstborn, as seen that the child was not named after the deceased directly [the Firstborn was named Peretz and not Er, Tamar’s first husband that died. It should be noted that the new children were twins and this reflects that Tamar had married not one, but two of Judah’s sons, thus making Judah the third and final partner for Tamar], similarly to as we saw that Oved [Ruth’s new son] was not called Machlon [after Ruth’s first husband], but rather Oved after Naomi, Machlon’s mother, of whom raised the child. Again, with peculiar circumstances between Ruth and Boaz, Naomi became a type of parent to the child Oved, as seen by the choice of name, and as the Torah says that he was named after Naomi [for this reason]. Thus Shem and Naomi became a type of spiritual parent to the children that they inspired from Tamar and Judah and Ruth and Boaz.
Now that the basis of the Yibum has been established between Tamar and Ruth and Judah and Boaz, the Torah’s Midrashim [books of exegesis] tell the reader just how similar Tamar and Ruth really were! It comes out that as Shem inspired Tamar in this endeavor, it actually spawned the Messianic seed to sprout in Judah [as Judah was promised to produce the King, which it did in David] and was reiterated to finish the effort through Ruth and Boaz. The Torah proclaims that Ruth’s actions merited her to fulfill the entire Torah through her sacred deeds, and this should not be of surprise, as the concept dates back to Shem and his Ancient Torah, as we see directly with Tamar and Judah.
The famed rabbi the “Ramchal” states that this Yibum is of particular importance in that the evil of the World that seeks to halt the advent of the Redemption, simply can’t follow the path of Holiness when  it acts within sacred schemes that are aligned with God’s Will on High. Shem, who was a Priest to God Above, knew of the bloodlines and seed on High and how to implement change and to manifest Divine Favor on Earth – as Peretz the Firstborn of Tamar was a first in the World: he was a Firstborn not only to Judah and Tamar, but to Hashem Himself! Shem had now achieved the redemption of the Firstborn [a repair of the sin of Adam, who caused the Firstborn to become tainted, as Kain was born before Hevel in error] through a Holy Scheme and his knowledge on High, implemented through Tamar.
In the end, Shem has given us a fantastic Commandment in this week’s Parsha of Yibum. But let us not stop there, Shem has given us Messiah, King David, Firstborn Rights, Reincarnation Proof, Kabalah, Name [spiritual] Technology [after all Shem means Name!], a path to redemption, Torah, etc – all from Yibum! Shem founded the World not just on kindness, but he established also on the promise of Righteousness. It should come as no surprise that Shem is one of the Four Craftsmen of the Redemption as he is depicted as the Righteous Priest that will join with the Messiah in the End of Days along with Elijah the Prophet. As we know it was Shem that delivered the Torah to the World and is included in the Torah of Moses. Now we can thank Shem for yet another gift of Pilpul [spice] that he embedded into the Torah on Sinai: Mysticism – that we can easily identify in the Torah, and in this parsha in particular, where we are delivered the rites of Shem: in the command of the Yibum. Being a product of Shem, should it be a surprise that the World endures in the merit of Yibum? As it is the Messiah that is a product of Yibum, and the Yibum was indoctrinated by none other than Shem ben Noah.
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Galus China: Look Closer

Galus China Update: Coming Into Fruition.

Some 150 Chinese businessmen and politicians are expected to visit Israel in September to explore potential investments in the local high-tech industry.

The delegation will meet with some 50 companies participating in the Haifa Investment Conference, set for September 10-11. The conference is sponsored by the Foreign Ministry and the ICE Group.

The Chinese are said to be particularly interested in greentech, communications and software technology, biotech and medical technology.

"This conference aims to be a platform for Israeli high-tech companies, and to assist them in location potential Chinese partners," Amos Talmor, Founder & Managing Partner of ICE Group said.

"China is the gate to Asia and the whole world," he added.
[enter Erev Rav Intent Here]

The conference also means to celebrate Haifa's new "twin city" status vis-à-vis Shanghai, and its close ties with Chengdu and Shenzhen.

"China represents one of the best opportunities for Israeli companies today and the City of Haifa is invested in realizing that promise," Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav said.

The Chinese delegation will officially be the guest of the Foreign Ministry and the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry.
Gateway of Tumah: Wealth and Exploitation: Galus China / Erev Rav


Adoring these images I came across on the fantastic Ben Trovato Blog the other day.
If beautiful fashion photography tickles your fancy then you should really give this blog a visit.

On this particular shoot named Walden London based Jessica Klingelfuss is the talented lady behind the camera but there is so much more beautiful work being showcased here.
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A great source for the most promising talents within fashion photography.

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Viva Las Bibi! Upping The Ante

Bibi is rolling the dice - in some way.

There seems to be two main issues with this Iran Threat:
A) Zionism has Messianism built - in to it; Bibi feels he is meritorious to be the deliverer
B) Bibi is playing some game of pseudo-poker

Something is going on with Bibi, even if you say the War is bogus - as there is just way too much gambling, speculating, propaganda, etc.

Zionism is a modern day Jewish religion, and every religion has an ultimate goal. Let us not forget that Bibi learned the ropes from his father [and that Peres is no slouch either when it comes to Zionism - as he was there from the start.]
The real objective question is, 'what is Zionism doing?' as this type of saber rattling is unprecedented in Zionist history, thus difficult to pin down. Remember that in Zionism, actions are not the whims of Man, but for the sake of Zion[ism] - therefore esoteric Zionism is speaking loud and clear through the puppeteer name Netanyahu.
Whatever comes of it, we will at least learn more about what [was] at stake, for the good of Israel [in Klippah].
In the meantime, as Kedusha waits her turn - the Messianic Las Vegas turnstiles spin.

This reason given for the timing of a possible attack on Iran is one big act of deception.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak says that if Israel were to act now against U.S. wishes, the U.S. Congress would still favor Israel over Iran. Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington who was appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, says the American people and Congress would support Israel right now if it were engaged in a war with Iran.

This is deception. During Israel's 1981 pinpoint attack on the Iraqi nuclear reactor and during the first Lebanon war in 1982 - both of which took place under a right-wing Israeli government, though the leadership benefited from the perception that its leadership was moderate because of its peace treaty with Egypt - all Israel needed was for the right-wing American administrations not to oppose its actions too strongly. The difference is that unlike now, this country did not have an existential need for America to continue the mission that Israel began.

Whether deliberately or not, Netanyahu's settlement government is misleading people and making them think that Washington's decision to refrain from intervening, to Israel's detriment, in the 1980s, or against the settlements today, is somehow similar to dragging the United States and other Western countries into taking proactive steps for the sake of an otherwise isolated Israel. Just because Syrian President Bashar Assad is, for the meantime, preventing the West from mobilizing armies against him doesn't mean the West will go in to help him. Netanyahu's Israel is not as much of a pariah as Assad's Syria, but its dependence on America's taking up the Iran mission itself is so great as to be almost necessary for its survival.

This is a failure that undermines the foundations of Israeli security. Precisely when Israel most needs a close alliance with the U.S. government, Netanyahu is doing his utmost to undercut it.

The root of the problem is twofold: policy that is seen in the West as extremist, and an unprecedented attempt to interfere in domestic U.S. politics. If someone had told us about a country whose leader allows himself to be seen as explicitly attempting to oust the president of a world power, we wouldn't believe it. When the leader of that small country is the head of a quasi-protectorate that is sustained by that world power - financially, militarily and politically - that initial astonishment morphs into shock. The fact that this is taking place just as the small country is dependent on the help of the world power for a military project it cannot fully carry out alone makes this one of the most unrealistic scenarios in history.

Israel has an existential interest in waiting until the spring before deciding whether to attack Iran, as indicated by the opposition of leaders of the security establishment to an attack now. Israel would achieve no more than a delay of up to a year in the Iranian nuclear project, and that's why it depends on the United States to take the reins. By spring, international sanctions may have had an impact on Iran and, if not, the United States may act in any case. By the spring, Assad may have been ousted and the map of strategic threats dramatically changed for the better, from Israel's perspective.

Of particular relevance to those who aren't enthusiastic about U.S. President Barack Obama, the spring may bring his Republican rival Mitt Romney to power. And most important of all: By the spring, Israel will have been granted legitimacy for taking action, legitimacy that is crucial for the country's survival.

But Netanyahu's personal interests are diametrically opposed to those of the country he leads.

In the United States, his expressed interest in attacking Iran is seen as part of his effort to bring about Obama's defeat. Americans fear Netanyahu's effort to drag the United States into war against its will, as well as attempts to raise gas prices as a means of kicking Obama out of the White House in November because of the economy. Even the attempt to extort another public statement from Obama - he intends to pledge once again to stop Iran - is seen as an effort to publicly humiliate him, which makes it difficult to issue such pledges.

In private conversations, Netanyahu has said there is nothing after Election Day, which falls on November 6. If Obama wins, Netanyahu says, he will take revenge for the overt efforts to defeat him and will prevent Netanyahu from attacking Iran. For this reason, and only this reason, Netanyahu must go on the offensive over Iran now - some reliable sources say he will probably do it during the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina next week - when the timing is the worst for Israel. That's the price of getting portrayed as being a member of the Romney-Netanyahu-Sheldon Adelson threesome.

This is the most reckless of all breaches of trust, and Netanyahu - not Israel - must pay the price of taking the risk. Netanyahu must wait for the U.S. elections. If he loses his bet and Obama wins, Netanyahu should be so kind as to resign. The soldiers and citizens of Israel shall not be sacrificed on the altar of Netanyahu's bets.
Obama is a KNOWN poker player; how ironic would it be, if this whole scenario is an episode of ego, two leaders of the World, having it out in a game of Gladiator poker - leaving the two host countries as captive and holding ransom the World at large.
Narcissism knows no boundaries - and this may be a whole new level.
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Master Bibi: A Unique Americanologist In Power

The Iranian War Theories amongst Man are like belly buttons - we all have one.
This article seems to suggest that Bibi wants Obama in power.

But Obama and Bibi seem to have different Messianic Dreams/Visions/Desires, I mean one thinks he is Moshiach and the other thinks he is a combination of the Mahdi and Issa in some forged warped Islamic innovation called Obama-ism.

It would seem to me that Bibi would work better with Mitt, but either way Bibi is in command, and holds an important hand in this poker game. What everyone wants to know, is just how powerful is the hand of Bibi?

The real question then  becomes not an infatuation with Bibi, but with Israel - just how powerful is Israel?

People range from saying we don't even have nukes, to we can blow up the World millions of times over with warfare the World has never seen or even dreamed of. The Nafka Mina [outcome] is: is Pax Judaica really real and Bibi [and Israel] be the next ruling power - or is it all bluff?

Thus: opinions are roaring, elections are coming, and doomsday is either a blast or a firecracker that doesn't even work, more like a whooper snapper.

A day of reckoning is near nonetheless. Bibi has a strong hand and Israel is more than ready and able. Israel already rules the World politically [ty Zionism] and now the Erev Rav are fulfilling their purpose. Now Moshiach can finish them off once and for all.

In many of the conspiracy theories that have been presented in recent weeks in the Israeli press concerning the possibility of an imminent Israeli attack on Iran, one theme has been constant: it would put President Barack Obama in a bind and possibly hurt his chances in the November elections as well.

Both developments, according to press reports, were part and parcel of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu considerations in pressing for an early attack. Republicans, it was said, not only subscribed to this assessment but also were egging Netanyahu on to in order to help Mitt Romney’s chances in November. The Israeli commentators, it sometimes seemed, accepted this conventional wisdom as if it was cast in stone.

It was left to political strategist Karl Rove, grandmaster of Republican tactics and chief advisor to the pro-Republican super-PAC “American Crossroads”, to blow this cockamamie theory out of the water. Appearing on Fox News last week, Rove made clear that any flare up with Iran would only serve Obama’s interests. Americans, he said, would instinctively rally around their Commander in Chief and Obama’s standing in the polls would immediately improve.

Rove went a step further and more or less warned Israel not to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities too early. In a comment that did not receive the media attention it deserved, Rove said that a military strike on Iran needs to wait until what Rove described as “a moment of vulnerability” - and that won’t happen until the Iranians bring all their fissile material “to a central site in order to be machined into a weapon or weapons.”

“They’ve got to wait until it’s brought together”, Rove said, and one can assume that such a moment won’t arrive, according to Rove’s strategic calculated, before November 6.

All four panelists on NBC’s Chris Matthews show this Sunday concurred with the political part of Rove’s analyses. A war with Iran, former ABC broadcaster Sam Donaldson said, would change the dynamics of the election campaign, draw attention away from the troubled economy and allow Obama to showcase his experience while accentuating Mitt Romney’s lack thereof. Foreign affairs and national security, after all, is the one area in which Obama enjoys a clear advantage over Romney in all the public opinion polls, they noted.

Another misplaced piece of the misguided conventional wisdom in Jerusalem is that an Israeli attack that would take place before the elections would force Obama to suppress his supposedly natural inclination to abandon Israel in its time of need. He would have to succumb to overwhelming public pressure and support Israel, both diplomatically and militarily, because of pure electoral considerations, according to this theory.

But this assessment may also be light years away from reality, a by product of the irrationally critical view of Obama’s shared by strident Republican Jewish critics who are close to Netanyahu and to some of his officials and who genuinely believe that Obama is a socialist/pacifist who would like nothing better than to see Israeli cities burn. Only his sense of self-preservation before the elections, they believe, might cause Obama to act against his usual anti-Jewish instincts.

Back on earth, however, it is far from clear that there would be any real pressure by the American public to get the US involved in another Middle East war. Opinion polls on the American public’s attitude towards US military involvement in Iran are all over the place, depending on the wording of the questions, but they consistently show wide support for Obama’s policy of exploring all other options first. They may very well accept the President’s judgment even if he opts against committing the US to a military confrontation.

Secondly, most people who know Obama maintain that if his hand is forced, either by Iran or by Israel, the President would not hesitate to send the American bombers on their way, elections or no elections, not only if Iran attacks American targets directly but also to help Israel, if it turns out that it cannot fend for itself. At the height of an election campaign, such a crisis would doubtlessly entail the fringe benefit of forcing Republican candidates Romney and Paul Ryan to support the President and to put aside their criticism while guns are blazing and American lives are in danger. And any reckoning with Jerusalem over its refusal to accede to the Administration’s demand to give peace another chance my indeed come - but only after the situation has stabilized and the elections are long over.

In fact, the very foundations of a theory that a war before elections would hurt Obama’s chances in the elections are so far fetched that it is actually unreasonable to believe that a seasoned Americanologist such as Netanyahu would subscribe to it. But now that Republicans appear to be actually warning him off – does this mean that war has been postponed? On the other hand, would Netanyahu’s Republican benefactors ever forgive him if it turned out that it was his decision to pull the trigger that actually ensured Obama’s second term?
As Mitt seems to be better for Israel, he is no guarantee and a nasty guy deep down. Obama is worse, but if given to him another 4 years of anti - America and anti - Israel political views, he is more prophetic and should be interesting watching him destroy Mankind.
Whatever it is Bibi, Bibi is in control. Bibi is making his bed, and the hardest part will be to sleep in it. He is causing Zionist Messianism at its highest; I hope he knows how to handle his delusion, Obama as well, as the World is led by madmen.
Its about time the World went back to normal - for when was the World not led by madmen?
[Post WWII was a dream (a part of Gog Magog; 70 years as predicted by Chofetz Chaim) - as it was a strange and unprecedented time in World History.
Baruch Habah Olam Shelanu! איפה משיח?]
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 There is a heaven and it's in The Hamptons!!!

There is so much about this place that is totally awesome that you'll absolutely have to click on the link yourselves to explore all that The Surf Lodge has to offer.

Here are some teasers...

An amazing line up of live music to get your holiday groove on
Wellness Weekends with yoga, kickboxing, hiking...the list goes on
Organic everything
Environmentally conscious amenities
A daily organic cleaning service
White washed relaxed coastal interiors with beautiful linens and Fresco Towels...MY OBSESSION!!!
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And just when I thought it didn't get any better...

Cool events like a three day pop up shop by TOPSHOP!!!
With on hand stylists, dj's and cocktails

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Check out Lana Del Rey bringing some 60's vintage inspired glamour to Swedish brand H&M's Autumn add campaign.
Think Dusty Springfield meets Priscilla Presley!

And it's just been announced that Lana will also be the new face of Jaguar set to launch in September in Paris. Here's a preview from the campaign.

 Busy times for the 26 year old singer!

images via h&m and jaguar