The Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis introduced hand washing in 1845, a mere 174 years ago. At Vienna General Hospital, women were much more likely to die after childbirth if a male doctor attended, compared to a midwife. Dr. Semmelweis ordered his medical staff to start cleaning their hands and instruments not just with soap but with a chlorine solution. The mortality rate drastically dropped
An observant Jew begins his morning with a series of blessings shape his day. These are meant to enhance our awareness of God.
One essential blessing is the Netilas Yadaim (Washing of the Hands). You must do so immediately upon awakening before walking maximum 8 feet away. Do not touch your mouth. nose, eyes and ears before washing hands.
The mystical explanation is about the seven apertures we have in our head - two eyes, two nostrils, two ears and one mouth -. These are the channels through which we communicate with to the world around us. This where we receive the Godly influx of wisdom for a new day.
We should be careful not to touch these apertures before washing of the hands, so that we receive the wisdom with sanctity rather than impurity.
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Besides Judaism, other religions recommend the hand washing. Maybe others can make contributions
It is humanly impossible to be completely objective.
The Rabbis know that "Every person has a bias of some kind"
We may live without an agenda, but we can not live without bias. "Through a mix of nature, nurture and free will, we all possess a certain lens that frames and forms the way we see ourselves, others, and the world around us.
It is simply not possible to erase all traces of our personality, past experiences and deeply held beliefs, no matter how hard we may try.
The adopted frame either consciously or unconsciously, deeply impacts the way we perceive reality. This is a personal matrix of understanding is like a personal operating system, through which we construe and contextualize , react and reinforce, interpret and identify every intersection may experience.
Based on this unavoidable subjectivity, we conclude
living positively is a matter of choice, not circumstance
It is not the events of out life that shape us, but the meaning we assign to these events
How Harvey feels today? He has the same walker I use. No friends.
So How I, Miha Ahronovitz can function from now on in a positive way? Is this the end?
The redemptive is the testing Ground solutions in a book by Mendel Kalmenson called The Laboratory of life, a philosophy teaching through examples.
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