Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."



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Objectivist

Superb!
May I recommend Adin Steinsaltz, and Aryeh Kaplan as excellent alternatives to Berg.

Margaret Pearson

Annie dearest:

I so loved this entry on your blog site. Now I am not Jewish as you know, and I only know about Judaism through college courses and in the course of hearing the Old Testament read in my church, Sunday School lessons, etc. You know, the miracle stories, and all that. But you have hit the nail on the head when you said creepy feelings means creeps might be involved.

The Old and New testaments talk about the tithe. Most especially, they talk about PROMISES and COVENANTS between GOD and the Human race. ( I refuse to limit it to "man", even knowing that women were chattel back then). They talk about the Kingdom of God. And they talk about it here and now. The early Jews knew how to speak to God and more importantly, listen for his wisdom and advice. Their hearts weren't cluttered with earthly possessions. Hell, they were enslaved for thousands of years and had nothing but their Faith.

So I too, have trouble with this Kabballah stuff. I have known people who are on the search for their spirituality who have studied this, and they are reluctant to share what it is about with me. If God were really just about acquiring money and things, for the blink of the universe that we are here on earth, what would that serve? How would that glorify God? How would that Praise God? What legacy would that leave for the humans who have not yet come into their earthly bodies? Where does it place the SOUL? If God is Love, and Light and Peace, he certainly doesn't care if we have a sou between us, he just wants to be with us and have us share our being (in our temporary bodies) with Him. He wants us to have the light, the love and peace in our lives. He doesn't want us to have anxiety, debts, be aggressive and nasty with others, He wants us to devote our minds, bodies and souls to loving ourselves and our neighbors as ourselves. I just don't think possessions matter.

One of the most cathartic things I have ever done was throw out over half of my stuff when we moved . . . . I still have more than I need. I am trying to really ask myself when I want something if its want or need. I need God, God's light, God's love, God's peace. I also need God's Joy, sense of humor, and a few other things that can only exist in the realm of the spirit. How silly to think I can obtain those things of the spiritual realm through objects in the physical realm. Of course they are incapable of loving, providing me with real happiness and the contentment that a relationship of my soul with God can do. And if all that is available for the asking and for the work of keeping in touch, free, of course, isn't that the completion of the circle that excludes the treasury building that Kabballah Bergs are trying to propagate????? It seems to me to invalidate their logic. . . .

Love, Margie


Yosi

We live in an Artscroll world. You can learn a page of SHAS a day with an artscroll, learn a lot of nifty things, and never learn how to learn or master the ocean of ideas and concepts that the Gamara presents. The Kabbalah Centre is Kabbalah "Artscroll". You can read their English Zohar and hear their trite wisdom easily, without working towards it in a meaningful way. I imagine Kabbalahniks would fold pretty fast if they had to learn Hebrew or Aramaic and chew through the Tomer Devorah, Sfas Emes, or Sefer Charedim. For the slackers out there, I'd reccomend reading through the Artscroll SHAS 101 times (at least) before opening the English Zohar.

Seth Chalmer

Thank you for this post! The faux-Kabbalah peddled by these blatantly greedy phonies is an embarassment to Judaism.

Yoav David

You seem upset about the kabbalah center and money- thats ridiculous some rightous people are wealthy others not.Modern orthodox judaism, conservative and reform judaism to a lesser extent places great virtues honor and covet on the wealthy- while ignoring the poor impovreshed or less family adjusted structured of jews in golut.This has always been this way jews america give great covet to wealth.As for the point they want kabbalah for financial purposes-this is true but thats american culture western civilization with all races and creads. You cant marry a jewish woman today unless you have money its not like idealistic love of different epochs in history..One thing i give the kabbalah center great respect to is their kindness that ive experienced personally and their unity. The rest of us could learn tremendous things from that.As far as who has divine rights to learn the zohar- who are any of we to judge that?Are you a prophet? are any of your sources truly prophetic not mumbo jumbo ruach hakodesh we here every day coming out of Israel?The rabbi of the kabbalah center in boston rav daniel and his father outshone and surpassed by leaps and bounds any rabbi or roshyeshiva i met in boston with 2 exceptions. Due to lashon harah i dont want to name those 2 rabbis.The other rabbis i met in boston were bad and thats a complement- i dont judge on 1 visit - now i do but i gave many of those pranksters an ironic twist you call the kabbalah center- many many many many strikes.Very few modern orthodox seek to break their materialistic desires for inner breslov contemplation. So money meditation quest/success goes to berg- meditation inner quest goes to buddhism/ yoga and regretably christianity at a very increasing rate.The secular middle the majority have nothing their just alive im not sure if they realize it though many of them.The saddest thing i ve seen about american judaism is spiritualty seekers cant find it in Torah at least yet- and frum from birth jews are anti spiritual.Spiritualty to them is a defect a danger a jolt a fear.I think this has been set up deliberately where every jew before geulah has a chance to express to Hashem his/her personal expression. Thats the way it is for better or for worse. Finally i realy realy think because the religious roshei yeshivas, kollels- exception chassidic kollels breslov / chabad have ignored sod/zohar and even distain it yet still call themselves roshei yeshivas kollels- this not rav berg gets us in a lot of trouble. Woe to those rabbis who ignore the zohar chasfer shalom distain it they cause poverty suffering and destruction to the world- fromyaakov abuchatzeira.This is where heavens anger truly resides- like a gentile hiding behind an image with nospiritual contentbehind it this is what many of these talmidim have been poisened by in kollels and roshei yesshivot everywhere- except chassidik kollels.Ive witnessed destruction of of pictures of the lubavitcher rebbe in one yeshivah at the roshei yeshivas request/ witnessed a student kicked out of a yeshivafor praising the lubavitcher rebbe by the roshei yeshiva who was one of the main students of rav shach- Hashem yerachamim you bring such people to rule us/ and rule you. One russian yeshivah student told me had to sneakbreslov into the yeshivah for it was banned- a main student of yaakov kamenetzky.These are all true words i was there in all episodes. I dont want to mention where because even though i hate them i dont want to cause them harm.Hate is strong but when someone tries to take your soul you hate......

yoav david

A follow up to what i said earlier- ive visited the kevrim of besht, nachman, berdicev, rabbi akiva, meron, safed etc... ive met true tzaddikim who are known to many in israel but i feel its ayin hareah to mention them on the internet.Where i live in boston the 4 reform shuls were the leaders in supporting gay/ lesbian marriage in boston they wore kippot and sung with the gays for it- marriages and gay/ lesbian dating are performed in these 4 shuls 2 others a few miles away with female kippad rabbis- have open arms to gay/ lesbian. For spiritualty in jewish circles is very confused with gay/ lesbian auras Of the 5 orthodox shuls inm my community only one the sephardic shul of course God bless them- they also recite the whole of tehillim together every shabbat before mincha.Personally i think the other shuls are just the final echoes of a dying breed of orthodoxy in america they dress the partbut they dont have it- whats to have unity and acceptance of other jews besides that fat ego.As berg rightly says ego can only be broken through deeper understanding of Torah- these 4 other ashkenazy shuls i mentioned are devoid of spirituality.Jews gentiles who seek answers through judaism for chaos have no i repeat no i repeat no answers in these places-theyd be more confused from them in reality then before they entersed them in most cases.Im shomer shabbat/ tefillah/ shleimut haaretz/ eat kosher- but unless you fit a certain mold you cant fit into thes 4 shuls mentioned above.the 2 chabad shuls outside my radius have much chassidus/ and a copy of zohar here and there. My final analysis is ironically this if we could get out of the klippah of Torah without chassidus wed leave exile in mercy. Regrettably the mittnagim from the gra there are individual examples i know throughout the world to the contrary- dont find a purpose for breslov/chabad/ kahane/or zohar.This is to me the antithesis to Torah for i cant think of 4 more important schools for todays neshamah then those 4 both for individual development/and love of israel/ etc.I honestly now reflecting feel badly for these neshamos they are so stuck judaism dry tasteless see the previous quote from yaakov abuchatzeira on this is the exact aspect lack of sod does-drying of waters chasfer shalom.Whether we like to admit the zohar says we will taste from zohar in end of days and be redeemed- do these shuls/institutions/kollels/roshei yeshivot/ baal habaatim/ etc etc etc etc believe it- No.in an ironic analogy that just came to me before the shoa religious jews didnt think the nazis would actually do whatthey ended up doing- jabotinsky spoke rav kooke etc no one wanted to listen . Who led the return to tzio irreligious tough strong determined young jews with an intention of settling the land of israel.Till the last 17 years they were quite sucessful/ begining intifada alot of their physical prowess started to evaporate.Similarly today in america rav shimon says well be redeemed in mercy through zohar. The yeshivas take the opposite approach we will stay forever in golut with pshat- a strange metaphor for what happened to religious jewry in its overall lack of understanding before the shoa.Baruch Hashem for rav berg that at least he has the strength and perseverence to dissemenate the torah like jabotinsky rallying us to israel before the shoa. As for degrading the man as a sharlitan as not big in some big mans eyes- i laugh- does this big man no souls- does he no the tachlite for every individual .Ive only met one person in person who did-where i knew it was true- .Gazunt to berg if hes the vessel chosen to spread zohar.Slandering a man as you have in public is a serious prohibition- where if you dont ask for forgivness publicly there is punishment.You have no right to try to take another jews dignity away that is more sacred then his life.I suggest you take your aim at heavier cult much more of a concern to heaven. the secular universities/highschools in israel that brainwash them into no faith in a God.The reform movements complete amalak like violation of supporting and endorsing homosexual/lesbian leanings in young jews throughout america.The disturbing hebrew/christian cults.The fourth cult i already mentioned the cult of Torah without sod- for thats the root of the above 3 cults. Shalom good shabbat- next year in jerusalem

yoav david

A follow up to what i said earlier- ive visited the kevrim of besht, nachman, berdicev, rabbi akiva, meron, safed etc... ive met true tzaddikim who are known to many in israel but i feel its ayin hareah to mention them on the internet.Where i live in boston the 4 reform shuls were the leaders in supporting gay/ lesbian marriage in boston they wore kippot and sung with the gays for it- marriages and gay/ lesbian dating are performed in these 4 shuls 2 others a few miles away with female kippad rabbis- have open arms to gay/ lesbian. For spiritualty in jewish circles is very confused with gay/ lesbian auras Of the 5 orthodox shuls inm my community only one the sephardic shul of course God bless them- they also recite the whole of tehillim together every shabbat before mincha.Personally i think the other shuls are just the final echoes of a dying breed of orthodoxy in america they dress the partbut they dont have it- whats to have unity and acceptance of other jews besides that fat ego.As berg rightly says ego can only be broken through deeper understanding of Torah- these 4 other ashkenazy shuls i mentioned are devoid of spirituality.Jews gentiles who seek answers through judaism for chaos have no i repeat no i repeat no answers in these places-theyd be more confused from them in reality then before they entersed them in most cases.Im shomer shabbat/ tefillah/ shleimut haaretz/ eat kosher- but unless you fit a certain mold you cant fit into thes 4 shuls mentioned above.the 2 chabad shuls outside my radius have much chassidus/ and a copy of zohar here and there. My final analysis is ironically this if we could get out of the klippah of Torah without chassidus wed leave exile in mercy. Regrettably the mittnagim from the gra there are individual examples i know throughout the world to the contrary- dont find a purpose for breslov/chabad/ kahane/or zohar.This is to me the antithesis to Torah for i cant think of 4 more important schools for todays neshamah then those 4 both for individual development/and love of israel/ etc.I honestly now reflecting feel badly for these neshamos they are so stuck judaism dry tasteless see the previous quote from yaakov abuchatzeira on this is the exact aspect lack of sod does-drying of waters chasfer shalom.Whether we like to admit the zohar says we will taste from zohar in end of days and be redeemed- do these shuls/institutions/kollels/roshei yeshivot/ baal habaatim/ etc etc etc etc believe it- No.in an ironic analogy that just came to me before the shoa religious jews didnt think the nazis would actually do whatthey ended up doing- jabotinsky spoke rav kooke etc no one wanted to listen . Who led the return to tzio irreligious tough strong determined young jews with an intention of settling the land of israel.Till the last 17 years they were quite sucessful/ begining intifada alot of their physical prowess started to evaporate.Similarly today in america rav shimon says well be redeemed in mercy through zohar. The yeshivas take the opposite approach we will stay forever in golut with pshat- a strange metaphor for what happened to religious jewry in its overall lack of understanding before the shoa.Baruch Hashem for rav berg that at least he has the strength and perseverence to dissemenate the torah like jabotinsky rallying us to israel before the shoa. As for degrading the man as a sharlitan as not big in some big mans eyes- i laugh- does this big man no souls- does he no the tachlite for every individual .Ive only met one person in person who did-where i knew it was true- .Gazunt to berg if hes the vessel chosen to spread zohar.Slandering a man as you have in public is a serious prohibition- where if you dont ask for forgivness publicly there is punishment.You have no right to try to take another jews dignity away that is more sacred then his life.I suggest you take your aim at heavier cult much more of a concern to heaven. the secular universities/highschools in israel that brainwash them into no faith in a God.The reform movements complete amalak like violation of supporting and endorsing homosexual/lesbian leanings in young jews throughout america.The disturbing hebrew/christian cults.The fourth cult i already mentioned the cult of Torah without sod- for thats the root of the above 3 cults. Shalom good shabbat- next year in jerusalem

yoav david

I wrote the last 2 comnenteries to this blog . In hindsight id like to parenthetically add-im not chasfer shalom downgrading gemmarra learning or compliance with the shulchan aruch, im simply saying if one is zoche to have a calah and learns Torah as an occupation its a shunder to have no chassidus-or zohar learning whatsover- repeat repeat im not downplaying gemarra or shulchan aruch.Most things in life in history are neged keneged neged maybe it could be people are spouting divine names meditating on mandelas of names who dont keep halacha is because those that do dont.May the lubavithcher rebbe the king mashiach for sure..... redeem us speedily .....

ashamed

Im ashamed its slichot -tshuvah- i wrote last 3 blogs- basically when I was religiously starving bergs kabbalah center was the only people who even bothered too give answers- I realize how low our generation is- may Hashem bring geulah Now.

law of attraction

“Wow,” it is really nice to read a post from someone that knows a subject well and is able to get their point across. I am really looking forward to your next post.

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