Reaching the Playoffs

  • The time is drawing close to a direct confrontation between Iran and America if they are not willing to make a new nuclear agreement.
  • Khomeini says he doesn’t want war with America. He is already at war with Saudi and Israel.
  • Many miracles have occurred when people gave thanks to God and accepted their sufferings.

The east and west conferences of the NBA have reached the playoffs.  The NBA finals will begin May 30.  In the meantime from the West conference will be decided who will reach the finals between Golden State and Portland. From the East conference the conference finals are between Milwaukee and Toronto.

There is glory, fame and money at stake.  Each team in both conferences has invested in their success. There is one winner in each conference and one winner in the NBA Finals.  Then will be chosen the MVP of the year.

Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry. (Photo: File)

It is coming close to the showdown between America and Iran.  America has cancelled the nuclear treaty which was made by President Obama and has completed initiating sanctions on Iran.  Already Yemen rebels have damaged Cargo ships of Saudi.  Iran at this stage is not interested in patrolling its waters for the sake of export of oil from its surrounding nations.  Iran is still looking for support from China, European nations, India, Russia to get around the sanctions which America is enforcing. The time is drawing close to a direct confrontation between Iran and America if they are not willing to make a new nuclear agreement. Most of the nations of the world still hold by the old nuclear agreement and are willing to continue to have relations with Iran.

Iran’s Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (1902-1989). (Photo: File)

Iran is building up its forces in Syria and continues to supply Hezbollah with weapons for a possible new confrontation with Israel.  Israel has already detected several tunnels which Hezbollah had dug in which their forces would be able to enter Israel by surprise in case of a war.  Israel has on several occasions bombed locations in Syria containing Iranian missiles. Iran several times shot missiles into Israel which were intercepted by Israel defense system.  On the day that President Trump cancelled the Nuclear weapon treaty they tried an attack of several missiles at one time aimed at Israel.  Khomeini says he doesn’t want war with America. He is already at war with Saudi and Israel.

In a war there are losses and gains. Today no one wins the war.  It is not like NBA Basketball where now is starting the conference finals and eventually the finals on April 29.  There is a war which started once upon a time and has continued for as long as history remembers. This is not the case of the game which the stars play in the NBA.  After the game they have a lot to say and a lot of reasons to give thanks.

There is always a reason to give thanks to God not only after a victory but also in the end of the game for good and for bad. Prayer is part of the game whether it is Basketball, football, soccer, or any sport game.  Prayer is important before the game and after the game which means to give Thanks. Many miracles have occurred when people gave thanks to God and accepted their sufferings.

A Prayer of Thanks

Bless God the king of kings, the blessed and Holy God the master of the Universe, Thank you.

Thank you for the many times that you helped me, stood behind me, saved me, watched over me, healed me.

 Thank you that you are always with me.

Thank you for all the times that you helped me and I wasn’t aware of it to give you thanks. Thank you for all the kindnesses that you did for me each and every moment. Thank you for the breath of life which I breathe at all times.

Thank you for those things which are hard for me to give you thanks, when I may be depressed with life and do not realize that everything is for good.

From the depths of my heart I know that all that happens to me is for good, the best that can be for me. I realize that everything comes from divine providence whether I win or lose. Only you God know the deep reasons for tragedy.  Only you God know the rewards which come in the afterlife.

Thank you for everything great and small that I have, and for everything that you have given me in my life.

Thank you that I know that you hear my prayers.

Creator of the world, I request forgiveness from you for my unkindness.  Let me not hate any good human being.  Let all nations live and survive in peace.  Please bring an end to war.

Thank you for everything.  Thank you for my family.  Thank you for my friends. Thank you for my enemies.

 

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.
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