The Mysteries of Kabbalah

Kabbalah is Jewish mysticism, based upon a bundle of writings known as the Zohar. According to Chabad, “[T]he Zohar is indeed an authentic document of the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (Rashbi), generally agree that part…of the Zohar was written by Rashbi [called] “the First Mishna”…[whilst] [t]he remainder of the Zohar, like the Talmud, was the product of generations of masters and their disciples.”
The beliefs of Kabbalah have been making a resurgence with the advent of the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles and its focus on its relation to religion in general and the Bible, while the Bible itself remains a fascinating source inquiry and inspiration.

The Kabbalah Centre of L.A. stresses that Kabbalah is not a religion itself. Rather, it can be seen as a supplement to other religious traditional practices. Believers of Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam can all benefit from learning about Kabbalistic philosophy.

The Kabbalah Centre also puts emphasis on Biblical facts and artifacts. These elements contribute to the importance of Kabbalistic teachings. Kabbalists mainly focus on the Biblical codes that they feel are explained in the Zohar. However, these codes have basis in Biblical fact. Kabbalists at the Kabbalah Centre in L.A. feel that they have a significant amount of knowledge to dispense to the general public, or anyone who wants to learn, regarding what they have to offer in terms of teachings.

The Bible continues to be a great source of knowledge and inspirational motivation for people even today. Many people revere the Bible for its wisdom in books like Proverbs. Other people enjoy learning about Noah and the flood in Genesis, or about Moses and the Pharaoh in Exodus. Whatever the reason, knowing more about Kabbalah and the Bible can be incredibly helpful in navigating life’s challenges. Visit the Kabbalah Centre’s website to learn more about locations and events.

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Bridging the Digital Divide with FreedomPop

With cell phone cost rising and personal income stagnant since the 2008 Great Recession, many Americans are searching for a cheaper cell phone service. FreedomPop is a promising option for cash-strapped consumers.

Founded in 2011 by Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar, the Los Angeles-based company began slowly by selling 4G hotspots the following year. Through a series of partnerships, the company expanded. Today it is a leading low-cost service provider. In fact, it even offers free phone service, by using a novel approach that avoids cell tower use. While a normal smart phone sends and receives data over the nationwide network of cellular towers, FreedomPop provides a free service that works only off of the “voice-over-Internet-Protocol” networks (VoIP). By routing service this way, FreedomPop only purchases data services from Sprint, its partnering network. The provider is then able to offer a free phone, data, and text plan that offers 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages, and 500 MB of data each month for free.

Beyond this free service, Freedom Pop also offers low-cost plans. The first is a WiFi plan that provides unlimited voice, text, and data for $5 a month. This plan uses the 10 million WiFi hotspots available nationwide for service. Industry experts recommend this plan for city dwellers surrounded by a multitude of hot spots. They also point out that parents might want this limited service for their teenage children because there is no service while driving. The most popular Freedom Pop plan is the 19.99 a month unlimited text, talk, and data package that uses the Sprint network.

Another attractive feature is Freedom Pop’s BYOD policy. Though the company offers many new phones, tablets, and hotspots that range from economical to expensive, Freedom Pop often allows users to bring in their own Sprint smart devices. Thus, a customer can buy a used Sprint device online and enjoy free service without the cost of a new phone.

Finally, Freedom Pop also provides home internet service. It markets its Hub Burst hotspot that provides home internet service of 12 MBps. While not suitable for all customers, it compares favorably to DSL service. Once a customer purchases the hotspot he/she can have 1GB free per month, or can upgrade to 5 GB for 17.99 monthly or 10 GB for $33 monthly.

“Unless the digital divide is narrowed soon, the United States may be headed to the class warfare of a century ago,” warned journalist and best-selling author Johnathan Alter. With such low-cost service, Freedom Pop is a great bridge to help many consumers cross the digital divide.

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FreedomPop Turns On Unlimited Wi-Fi Across The US For $5/Month


Thor Halvorssen Fights For Freedom

The Weekly Standard recently presented an article about Thor Halvorssen and his fight to end oppression. Extolling his dedication, it described at length the efforts Halvorssen makes with his Human Rights Foundation to end despotism, wherever it may be. Half Norwegian and half Venezuelan he traces his ancestry back to heads of state in part, but this does nothing to stop him from targeting such heads of state when they impose dictatorship and oppress their people. The full article is at

His father was tortured in a Venezuelan prison and his mother shot during an anti-Hugo Chavez demonstration. It was the incentive that started his foundation, although it did not begin his activism. He has himself suffered for the cause. In the process of producing video of the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, he was beaten black and blue by Vietnamese authorities. The video chip got out of the scene in the cameraman’s rectum, but Thor declined to be the one to re-record it, or so he says. 39 year old Thor Halvorssen is also founder and CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum. This annual event is a must-see for anyone who has a passion for freedom and human rights.

Thor is not only an activist, but he is also a film maker. His works all have to do with the nature of oppression and the struggles of the downtrodden, as his heart and soul are fully absorbed by his cause. He often says “I love people” and attributes that to be the foundation of his energy. He rejects a right-wing label he is sometimes given, claiming to be a “classical liberal” in the John Stuart Mill tradition.

He speaks accent less American English and has no trouble navigating through the shoals and eddies of politics, media and the networking required to truly make a difference. By style he is a night owl, and he works tirelessly on his mission without regard for his collaborators’ ideologies. All that matters to him is that they be equally dedicated to ending dictatorship and despotism wherever it is found.

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JustFab Is Positioned For Major Growth

As reported in the LA Times, JustFab Incorporated has more than four million members that are counting on them for their yoga pants and handbags. The company is based in El Segundo and is similar to that of Fabletics Kate Hudson’s product line. Each member must join and receive a monthly box of goodies. The model is similar to that of companies that give cable subscriptions for service. The box of products is varied and shipped like clockwork every 30 days.

Read more: JustFab heads toward IPO even as other subscription start-ups struggle

While other subscription companies seem to be losing steam, JustFab seems to be trucking right along. Though they have had their share of bad publicity from customer complaints, the company has been able to rise above any new company criticisms. During a fundraising round two years ago, the company was able to earn the “unicorn” status. This was due to the fact that they raised more than $1 billion in their fundraising. It is projected that they will make around $650 million in revenues this year. This is a major increase from last year’s earnings of $505 million.

The co-founder Adam Goldenberg says that JustFab is on-track and headed for growth. Things that they plan on doing include a name change, which will be released in August, and laying the groundwork for going public. According to Goldberg, he stated that the company was heading towards being an IPO, but he will not comment on the timing of this event.

They are expanding beyond handbags and footwear. Those who have a VIP status at JustFab can shop from any of their offerings. The program is simple. It costs $39.95 to be a member. Each month, the customer has five days at the beginning of the month to ask for this month’s selection to be skipped. If they call in their “skip” within those five days, they will not have to pay for that month, and they will not receive any products.

With no plans of going anywhere anytime soon, it looks like JustFab may be one of the few companies of this type that actually make it. See: