The Blitz month opens this week. The Jerusalem groups spar on Sundays and Wednesdays, the Tel Aviv and Ramat hasharon groups spar at Tuesdays and Thursdays. All groups can come to sessions on different dojos.
The randori is videoed, edited into slow-motion and sent, accompanied by a Debriefing form, to your personal whatsapp or mailbox.
“What this study tells us is that doing good and feeling good have very different effects on the human genome, even though they generate similar levels of positive emotion,” he said. “Apparently,
the human genome is much more sensitive to different ways of achieving happiness than are conscious minds.” (1)
“In effect, according to Cole, the stress reaction requires “mortgaging our long-term health in favor of our short-term survival.” Our bodies, he concluded, are “programmed to turn misery into death.” (2)
“The IL6 gene controls immune responses but can also serve as ‘fertilizer’ for cardiovascular disease and certain kinds of cancer,” said Cole, who is also a member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA’s Molecular Biology Institute. “Our studies were able to trace a biochemical pathway through which adverse life circumstances — fight-or-flight stress responses — can activate the IL6 gene. (3)
“Adverse social conditions can become embedded within the basal transcriptome of primate immune cells within the first 4 mo of life, and they implicate sympathetic nervous system-linked transcription control pathways as candidate mediators of those effects and potential targets for health-protective intervention. ” (4)
“Gating of depression-related mortality risk by IL6 genotype pertained only to inflammation-related causes of death and was associated with increased chronic inflammation as indexed by plasma C-reactive protein. Computational modeling of molecular interactions, in vitro biochemical analyses, in vivo animal modeling, and human molecular epidemiologic analyses thus converge in identifying β-adrenergic activation of GATA1 as a molecular pathway by which social adversity can alter human health risk selectively depending on individual genetic status at the IL6 locus. ” (5)
…As night fell, our membership harbored no secret feelings of rage or, if they did, meditated, or discussed these feelings with a friend until such time as the feelings abated, or were understood to be symptomatic of some deeper sadness.
Commentary on, ״Even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood״
‘Inclination, impulse, instinct’ – It is regrettable that, they translated ‘יֵצֶר’ as a passive force “- as if there is power that spurs men to do evil.
From this evolved the same desperate opinion, that is the foundation of great “religion”: The view of the power of evil that man is enslaved to and from it he will not be saved unless he holds a particular belief.
This way the mantle ׳יֵצֶר׳ or evil instinct became the rope that binds mankind.
This view is incorrect – the verb ׳יצר׳ stems from an active and creative process, not a passive one. It speaks not of the creator but of the created. And if we identify the root “create” with “energise” we reveal the meaning, not a passive force, but man’s vigorous active volition.
מתוך פירושו לתורה, ספר בראשית, תירגם לעברית: הרב מרדכי ברויאר, ירושלים, תשכ”ז, עמ’ פא. תרגום לאנגלית, המלרה״א
The modern idea of citizenship goes some way to accommodating the tension between solidarity and diversity. Citizenship is not an ethnic, blood and soil concept but a more abstract political idea – implying equal legal, political and social rights (and duties) for people inhabiting a given national space. But citizenship is not just an abstract idea about rights and duties; for most of us it is something we do not choose but are born into – it arises out of a shared history, shared experiences, and, often, shared suffering;