LinkedIn doesn’t play – by Michael Kogan

It’s time for marketers to climb aboard and start building a following on LinkedIn, says Michael Kogan. The company argues that each user will follow a finite number of brands, so first-movers could gain a substantial advantage, Kogan says. “We believe there’s an incredibly important moment right now in the world of online advertising. Right now is the moment of acquisition of a follower base,” he says.

On Rosh Hashanah – by Michael Kogan

From tomorrow (Wednesday) night until Friday night, the Jewish world is going to celebrate its Rosh Hashana (New Year according to the Jewish calendar). The days of Rosh Hashana won’t be celebrated with fireworks but are actually days of repentance (Teshuva). G – d is “sitting on His thrown” in order to judge the world for the new year 5772. Although Rosh Hashana is supposed to be a joyful holiday, we still have repentance (Teshuva) in our mind. Repentance and maybe a few promises trying to bring a positive change into our lives in order to cause G – d having mercy upon us and thus judging us favourably. 

However, Rosh Hashana is not only a Jewish holiday but a holiday for the whole world. Jews and Gentiles alike. On Rosh Hashana itself, G – d is judging the future of our entire universe for another year. Until the next Rosh Hashana. He is also judging the Gentile world and this is why non – Jews should think about repentance as well. Jews may have the advantage that G – d is going to seal His verdict only on Yom Kippur or the end of Sukkot. Gentiles, however, are only being judged on Rosh Hashana. 

How can a Gentile be judged favourably when he is worshipping idols ? A Buddhist, Hare Krishna, a Voodoo follower or a Christian. According to Judaism, Muslims are not idol – worshippers ! 

Gentiles do have the opportunity of becoming a Noachide (Ben Noach); meaning, keeping the Seven Noachide Laws. If they do so, they don’t worship idols and thus is going to judge them favourably on Rosh Hashana. What a Ben Noach not does is still believing in the false Meshiach J. In case you do so and, at the same time, consider yourself as being a Noachide, you are wrong and make a false claim. You may cheat your environment and yourself but you won’t cheat G – d.   

It is extremely improtant for the upcoming Rosh Hashana that Gentiles know about the Noachide Laws and think about keeping them. There are huge movements in the U.S., but it may be hard finding an honest Bnei Noach movement. Unfortunately, many of those movements have become a place for Christian missionaries or are even run by Christian organizations in order to bring their sheep back to worship the dead Jew J. 

Instead of wasting your time with a false belief and waiting for a dead Jew who died on a cross to come back, you should become aware of the ONE G – d and creator of every existence. If you do so, you will get judged favorably.  Provided by Michael Kogan.

More on Rosh Hashanah – by Michael Kogan

Just as before Rosh Hashanah we are given a minimum of four days of selichos in order to prepare ourselves to enter Rosh Hashanah as blemishless sacrifice, so we are given four days after Yom Kippur to settle back to our real level. The accounting of our sins during these four days is then retroactively calculated according to the level we reach on the first day of Succos. These four days are like a decompression chamber given to a deep sea diver 

Another aspect of these euphoric four days is the fact that we are so charged emotionally and so busy preparing the materials for Succos that even when we sin, those sins are rarely premeditated or calculated. Similarly, the preparations are also executed in a frenzied mood of elation that leaves little time or place for calculation and meditation. To a certain degree, this elation is positive. It corresponds to the days after that first Yom Kippur in the desert in which the materials for the Mishkan were donated and the people gave with unbridled emotion, without any calculation of necessity. Finally Moshe had to call a halt to this unbridled giving and announce, “Enough.” 

This powerful emotion is the raw material to be shaped with reflection into a MisEkan. The Torah relates in this week’s parashah that Hashem bid Moshe to ascend Har Nevo to expire “in the midst of the day.” The entire people had said they would try to prevent Moshe’s death. The obvious question is: What could they have done to prevent Moshe from dying? The answer is nothing. But the people were so emotionally charged with love for Moshe despite the month-long rebuke to which they had been subjected, that rational calculation did not exist. By commanding Moshe to go up at midday to show their helplessness to prevent his passing, Hashem, at the same time, publicized this commendable desire of the Jewish People. Later the unbounded love for Moshe was refined and shaped into the loyalty which the people transferred to Yehoshua. 

The four days between Yom Kippur and Succos correspond to the four letters of Hashem’s Ineffable Name. Our feelings during these four days are raw material to be shaped in calm reflection and transformed into our calculated service of Hashem on the first days of Succos. 

May we utilize the segulah of these four days to prepare for Succos and the mitzvah of lulav, symbolic of our victory on Yom Kippur, and by channeling the intense emotion with which we emerge from Yom Kippur so that it extends its influence into the entire year. 

Found by Michael Kogan.

Love your wife – by Michael Kogan

The union of a man and his wife is not an animal act. Animals know only bodily pleasures and have no idea of spirituality. But the Torah teaches us that this act, if done with the right intentions, is a holy act of union. Hence, the figures of the keruvim rightfully belong in the Holy of Holies. The Torah is proclaiming to the world that the sexual relationship between a man and his wife can be the holiest possible, and there is no more fitting place to make such a proclamation than in the Holy of Holies. 

To attain holy feelings during intimate relations, a person must feel deep love and affection for his wife. He must have in mind that she constantly does chesed for him. He must feel that he owes her the world. He wants to repay her by being close with her in the most profound way possible, which is through intimate relations. He should not be interested in using his wife as a “sex object,” but rather his whole orientation should be that of bestowing kindness. 

Actually, our Sages say that it is forbidden for a man to have relations with his wife if he feels hatred towards her.3 The minimum requirement is that he is not allowed to hate her at the precise time of relations. This teaches us that a person needs to feel love towards his wife if he wishes to engage in relations. If he feels any resentment towards her, then the relations will not be a union, but rather an animal act, and that is not the behavior that Hashem requires of us. 

It is also forbidden to have relations when one’s wife is not entirely willing. Here, too, we find the idea that a unity is supposed to come about through relations. There must be complete good feeling on the wife’s part, and any reluctance prohibits us from having relations. 

Successful relations occur only after a day was filled with agreement, cooperation and chesed. If throughout the day your wife felt that you care about her, then there will be successful relations, the kind that the Torah intended. But if she felt throughout the day that you are not interested in her, then how can she be willing to be close to you? Only when a person is willing to give to his wife will he able to have successful relations. 

We find that some of our Sages were very brief during their intimate relations with their wives.  They were afraid that they would succumb to pleasure and would lose the proper intentions. But we are not on such a level, and our intentions should be concentrated on trying to give pleasure to our spouse and to do chesed for her. If that is our goal, then the relations are a continuation of the chesed that we do during the day, and serve to strengthen our bonds. 

When we take this approach we will also experience how holy this seemingly base act can be.  Found by Michael Kogan.

Facebook get complex – by Michael Kogan

Facebook has acknowledged collecting data from “like” buttons even after users log out from its services, but says it deletes the information it gathers and doesn’t use it to target advertising. An Australian technologist Michael Kogan found that unique identifiers are sent each time that users view a “like” button online, even if they’re logged out of Facebook and don’t click on the button; Facebook admitted that the data are sent, but said it makes no use of the information and deletes it quickly. 

Big catch – by Michael Kogan

A former Navy helicopter pilot reeled in a 455-pound swordfish during a weekend fishing excursion off the Florida Keys.
Capt. Nick Stanczyk says 33-year-old Michael Kogan, of Miami, FL, caught what was likely one of the largest swordfish ever caught in the Keys Saturday using non-electric, conventional fishing tackle.
Stanczyk says it took five hours to get the fish to his charter boat, named also Michael Kogan.
Kogan said he and his wife, Pamela, came to the Keys for a vacation to mark the end of his nine-year naval career. He said he had dreamed about daytime swordfishing off the Keys and wanted to give it a try.
Michael Kogan retired from the military three weeks ago after flying surveillance missions over Afghanistan for a year.

Some facts about Einstein – by Michael Kogan

At the start of his scientific work, Einstein realized the inadequacies of Newtonian mechanics and his special theory of relativity stemmed from an attempt to reconcile the laws of mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. He dealt with classical problems of statistical mechanics and problems in which they were merged with quantum theory: this led to an explanation of the Brownian movement of molecules. He investigated the thermal properties of light with a low radiation density and his observations laid the foundation of the photon theory of light.

In his early days in Berlin, Einstein postulated that the correct interpretation of the special theory of relativity must also furnish a theory of gravitation and in 1916 he published his paper on the general theory of relativity. During this time he also contributed to the problems of the theory of radiation and statistical mechanics.

In the 1920’s, Einstein embarked on the construction of unified field theories, although he continued to work on the probabilistic interpretation of quantum theory, and he persevered with this work in America. He contributed to statistical mechanics by his development of the quantum theory of a monatomic gas and he has also accomplished valuable work in connection with atomic transition probabilities and relativistic cosmology.

After his retirement he continued to work towards the unification of the basic concepts of physics, taking the opposite approach, geometrisation, to the majority of physicists.
Provided by Michael Kogan.

Feedback well received – by Michael Kogan

DirectApproachSolutions.com, a website looking to draw on the principles of online dating to help match job candidates with companies, got some critical feedback from people who tried it. Michael Kogan writes that the company’s founder should take criticisms to heart and work to address them by taking steps such reducing the amount of text on the home page. In response to Kogan, the founder said she will consider changes but that she thinks some of the suggestions are merely personal preferences.

Target is on – by Michael Kogan

Target has launched a Facebook application that lets users poll their friends about which Halloween costume they should wear. All the costumes listed on the app — such as superheroes and “Sassy Cleopatra” — are available for purchase from Target. “It’s a fun little app, built on the fundamental utility of social commerce — helping people shop smarter with social intelligence,” Michael Kogan writes.

Facebook is awesome – by Michael Kogan

Facebook’s Ticker widget is no Twitter-killer, pundits say, but it could change the way brands reach the social network’s users. Previously, brands risked overwhelming users or getting sidelined if they posted too much information, Michael Kogan writes. The Ticker helps to counter that by offering a contained and hopefully addictive space in which brands can update users about their friends’ media consumption, surfing habits and purchases, Kogan writes.