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The Chabad House in Dharamsala

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The Chabad House in Dharamsala, initiated by the Droro Shaul, and was established in 2000. Before becoming a Rabbi, Shaul now 38, was simply an explorer searching for meaning. Through his journey he encountered many things he learned yet he felt he lacked one thing, the one thing that many of us seem to search for: spirituality. Being that he was in India he headed to the monastery, here he began his studies to becoming a monk. After giving it a fair chance he did not feel the emptiness in his soul fill with what he hoped would be great faith and so he turned to Judaism. Here he started to feel more absolute, the many questions he had seemed to be answered. He found purpose and meaning in his life.

This is when he opened the Chabad House in Daramsalla. The emissaries are working all over the area of Dharamsala, including the town of Meclod Ganje and the village of Bagsu; it became a designated place that offered travelers including the Jewish community in the area an array of services and activities. The purpose for the Chabad House is to assist the Jewish community physically and spirituality. It has made significant changes within the community; yet they are not solely for the Jewish demographic they are open to anyone who is need of assistance and in search of spiritual healing. If you happen to be lost and in need of food, you can count on the Chabad house to take you in; there have been numerous touching stories on how they have helped individuals coming from different background and different beliefs just because they find it their duty to give and help anyone who asks for it.

They offer course which they call “College Hbibota” which is described as a course that is a “journey of love in the depths of the soul” it is a six week program which explores topics such as; Tree of life, psychtheraphy according to the method of Baal Sheim Tiv, workshop testimony from Jewish cooking, relaxation and meditation according to the Kabbalah and many more. The Chabad House is not limited to just the school it offers many more courses and workshops and it also invites the community to help.

The Chabad House is now open year round and their arms are always opened to welcome anyone and everyone. Learn more on their site here

 You can donate here:

England: Wellspring Chabad
Barclays Bank, Account no: 40510947
Charity no 267217, sort code 20-82.94
IBAN: GB82 BARC 2082 944905109 47
Swift: BARCG22
Address: 2 Erskine House, Homesfild NW11 6HN London, UK

America Contact: The Inner Wellspring
Account no: 000192500627365
Swift: CHASES33
Address: 1376 Carrol St. Brooklyn, N.Y 11213, USA

Israel Contact: Yichuda Illah
Account no: 000000 296795
IBAN: IL750126150000000296-795
Swift: POALILIT
Address: P.O Box 15028, 76150 Rehovolt, Isreal

Australia: Dror Moshe Shaul
ANZ Bank
Account no: 183391648
BSB: 013214

India: Dror Moshe Shaul
Bank of India, Account no. 793110100005437
Swift: BKIDINBBCHD
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Auguste Rodin “Pioneer of Modern Sculpture”

French sculptor Auguste Rodin is known for creating several iconic works, he surpassed a turbulent and discouraging beginning and is now considered one of the “Pioneers” of modern sculpture .

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Because of poor vision, Rodin had trouble seeing figures drawn on the blackboard in school and struggled to follow lesson especially in the more academic courses, this excluded him greatly. Being that he was nearsighted, Rodin developed an evident talent as an artist after finding comfort in drawing. Discouraged and doubtful after receiving little validation and encouragement from instructors and classmates, his disappointed continued after being denied twice at the prestigious art school in Paris; Ecole Des Beaux-Arts. Feeling rejected and having to earn a living, Rodin began working as a decorative bricklayer.

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Gates of Hell by Auguste Rodin

Two decades later, Rodin made the bold decision to embark in an artistic career. Soon after “The Vanquished”, which was later named “The Age of Bronze”, was completed. Although this piece earned Rodin some recognition, it was not until he was in his early 40’s that he was established for his distinctive style as a sculptor. A Bronze sculpture “The Brurghers of Calais,” depicting the war during the Hundred Years war between France and England was made a public monument. This was one of many commissioned pieces that Rodin made. Sadly, Rodin did not live to finish “The Gates of Hell”, an intricate monument which consisted of various figures, including “The Thinker” (1880) and “the Kiss” (1886) but he did live to see that his talents were greatly appreciated. Considered a pioneer of modern sculpture, Rodin’s work continues to be studied and admired by scholars, artist, students and the “average joe.”

Here at The Dina Collection we are fortunate to have one of his timeless pieces “The Eternal Spring”. Rodin Strongly believed in being one with nature, this philosophy can be seen through many of his works.

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“Eternal Spring”

“There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.”

Celebrating Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

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On November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the most influential American Novelist of the twentieth century and one of the great Humanist of his time was born. “Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishments after you are dead.” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr exerted this energy and you can see this sort of selflessness and light attitude throughout his works and his life.

Vonnegut enlisted in the United States Army while attending Cornell University, majoring in Chemistry, the army transferred him to Carnegie Institute of Technology and later to the University of Tennessee. During this time his mother, whom many claim, is to be the only women he truly ever loved, committed suicide the night before Mother’s Day. This is only the beginning of his compelling life.  Once World War II came around he was reassigned to a combat because of lack of man power. Vonnegut was imprisoned in Dresden where he was captured. Fortunately, he was part of a group of American prisoners whom survived the bombing in an underground slaughterhouse where he was being sheltered which the Germans called Schlachthof Fünf (Slaughterhouse Five). Having to witness the allied firebombing of the city and complete devastation of its outcome, these experiences inspired his famous novel Slaughterhouse-Five. He would not write this novel for another 20 years or so. He notes “I thought it would be easy for me to write about the destruction of Dresden, since all I would have to do would be to report what I had seen,” He claimed this work to be a “failure” but it is clear that the audience disagrees, it quickly became a bestseller and helped recognize Vonnegut as an exceptional writer.

Report on the Barnhouse Effect was Vonneguts first published short story, around the same time he moved to Cape Cod to fully dedicate his time to writing. His first Novel Player Piano (1952) depicting a dystopian era in which human workers are replaced by machines, an ironically relevant theme in our current society, is also theme that has makes a constant appearance in all his works. The Sirens of Titans(1959), Cat’s Cradle(1963) as well as various other short stories shortly followed. When the 1960’s came around his style of writing started to morph and had more autobiographical approach. This is when Slaughterhouse-Five came along as well as other renowned works like Breakfast for Champions (1973) which also became a best-selling novel.

Vonnegut distinct and persuasive writing style combined satire, humor and science fiction to create some of his best works. His novels were celebrated and even closely studied; various universities had courses that analyzed Vonnegut’s writing in depth. Little do his fans know but he too had a career as a graphic artist beginning this career with the illustrations for Slaughterhouse-five and continued to develop with Breakfast for champions.  Some of his other works were exhibited at the Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd in New York. Nanette Vonnegut, Vonnegut’s daughter, published a book of her father’s drawings in May of 2014 entitled Kurt Vonnegut’s Drawings.

Also recognized for his political views, Kurt Vonnegut was a lifetime member of the American Civil Liberties Union and was known to frequently address many moral issues. In 1968 he signed the “Writers and Editors war Tax Protest” pledge which vowed to refuse tax payment in protest against the Vietnam War. He was also not shy in voicing his opinion which did cause controversy at times. Isn’t this what we love about Vonnegut though, his true to self comments.

Vonnegut’s influence extends beyond literature, his wit and artistic bohemianism accompanied by his political point of view have made the audience recognize him as a strong intellectual character that abandons social conventions and although has gone through hardships he has been able to stay optimistic and true to his beliefs and craft.

Happy Birthday Kurt Vonnegut and thank you for your influences

Happy Birthday Kurt Vonnegut and thank you for your influences

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning to do afterward.” — Kurt Vonnegut

And in Celebration of Veterans day or in his case Armistice day, here is a quote from Breakfast of Champions.

“So this book is a sidewalk strewn with junk, trash which I throw over my shoulders as I travel in time back to November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.

So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.

What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance.

And all music is.”

– Breakfast of Champions (1973)

Richard Burton for today’s Man Crush Monday

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Today’s #ManCrushMonday will go to Birthday boy Richard Burton. Although he is recognized for his turbulent lifestyle alongside the numerous marriages he has had, Richard Burton is still one of the more celebrated actors from the post-World War II era. Well known for his infamous marriage, divorce and then remarriage to Elizabeth Taylor, Burton was definitely a ladies man back in his day. Nevertheless, Richard Burton established himself as a Shakespearean actor in the 1950’s especially in his role in Hamlet. He practiced his talents in many mediums like film, TV, Radio, stage and Commercial and was nominated seven times for an Academy Award! Check out this short Documentary on our Man Crush today and celebrate his birthday and accomplishments!

Forget Me Not Day

To celebrate today’s fun holiday “Forget me not day” we want to Motivate you all to go out of your way to send a family, friend or a loved one a little something special!

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We all love a bouquet a flowers!

Here are some Suggestions on how you can make that special person know that they are being thought of!

  • Take them out to a memorable dinner where you can reminisce
  • Or forget that and cook them up a special meal
  • Get them a “Favorite” something of theirs
  • Write a card
  • Let them know their potential and congratulate them on their success thus far
  • Send them a funny video
  • Tell them what qualities about them you admire
  • Introduce them to something new
  • Frame a photo of the two of you
  • Simply tell them you care about them!
  • Get a gift from The Dina Collection of course!

 

Here is a great gift idea if you really want to show someone that they will never be forgotten! You can find this here at The Dina Collection eBay account. We assure you, you too will not be forgotten if you are giving this as a gift!

14K WHITE GOLD & DIAMONDS “LARIAT” NECKLACE

 

Happy Birthday Gottlieb Daimler Motorcycle!

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It may not be the birthday of the first ever Motorcycle but today marks the day when the first Daimler’s motorcycle was unveiled. After working rigorous hours in a converted green house, German automotive pioneer; Gottlieb Daimler, along with lifelong friend and Design assistant Wilhelm Maybach, unveiled what they had been working on in secrecy for years.

Taking Nicolaus Otto`s internal combustion engine idea and boosting it into a high speed, horizontal test engine both Daimler and Maybach revised and remodeled and in 1885, what is generally recognized as the prototype for the gas engine was patented. Shortly after, on November 10 1885 Paul, Daimler’s son took this baby on its first run from Cannstatt to Unterturkheim and back which is around 8 miles. There were no serious problems that were encountered except that the engine set fire to the saddle!

Happy first steps or rather first ride for the Gottlieb Motorcycle, an important mark in Motorcycle history.

Happy first steps or rather first ride for the Gottlieb Motorcycle, an important mark in Motorcycle history.