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Postby jarkko » Mon May 07, 2007 11:24 pm


Seal of The Blessing To End Disunity


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Postby Alan Alda » Mon May 07, 2007 11:31 pm

Please tell him Thank You for the thought and adjoining artwork.

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Postby Partisan » Mon May 07, 2007 11:43 pm

He really does have that knack of humbling one, not just with the music.

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Postby lizzytysh » Tue May 08, 2007 1:23 am

Dear Leonard ~

This is beautiful and moving. Thank you for your gift.


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Postby Manna » Tue May 08, 2007 1:30 am

This was much too timely for me to continue in my estimation that he doesn't spend much time here. What a guy. Always a surprise, always impressively gracious. I could take a lesson.
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Postby DBCohen » Tue May 08, 2007 2:36 am

Is everyone familiar with the symbols on the seal? In case not, here is a brief explanation.

The two hands are drawn in the shape used during the Jewish “Priestly Benediction”. The priests (nowadays, members of the Cohen family), while covering their face and hands with the prayer shawl, hold up their hands in the form shown on the seal, each hand forming the likeness of the Hebrew letter Shin, and recite the blessing (Numbers 6:24-26) for the rest of the congregation.

The above-mentioned letter Shin also appears in the middle of the seal, drawn in the way it is written on the Torah scrolls used at the synagogue. It is the first letter of Shadai, one of the holy names of God (usually translated “Almighty God”, for example, Genesis 17:1). It also appears on the Mezuzah, which Jews affix to the doorpost of their houses.

The seal also contains the familiar Star of David (in Hebrew Magen David, actually meaning “Shield of David”), drawn with combined hearts rather than simple triangles, familiar since the cover of Book of Mercy (1984).

And may disunity indeed end, at least the more violent, acrimonious kind.
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Postby Tchocolatl » Tue May 08, 2007 2:42 am

Another beautiful oxymoron. Some provide occasions of disunity he provides occasions of unity.

Also, we can see the Vulcan salute. :wink:

I heard a poem of Book of Longing today at the radio. Very beautiful. And then this. I feel really blessed.
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Postby lizzytysh » Tue May 08, 2007 3:03 am

Thank you very much for your explanation of the Jewish symbolism, Doron. I'm so glad you're here to bring the seal's beauty to life with deeper understanding.


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Postby Manna » Tue May 08, 2007 3:08 am

Hey, I just thought of something.
He is our most important spy!
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Postby sandman » Tue May 08, 2007 4:18 am

l first came onto this forum to find out about news of leonard and l was amazed to find out that not only does he actually visits but also has an active role in the forum such as contributing rare poems and in the chatroom. many other so called stars/celebs/icons would not have bothered. which goes to show, he does care about his fans and maybe do see us as " friends " and rightly deserves our undying loyalty....no disunity here!
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Postby DBCohen » Tue May 08, 2007 7:01 am

Welcome back, Tchoc. Long time no see.
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Postby Sherry » Tue May 08, 2007 12:39 pm

This was very beautiful and so moving. Thank you to
Leonard for his thoughts, to Jarkko for posting it and to
DBCohen for explaining the symbols.

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Postby Young dr. Freud » Tue May 08, 2007 2:30 pm

"No doubt unity is something to be desired, to be striven for, but it cannot be willed into being by mere declarations."

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Re: From Leonard to the Forum members

Postby Hal E. Lujah » Tue May 08, 2007 3:00 pm

jarkko wrote:

Seal of The Blessing To End Disunity


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For Mr. Cohen:



Scientists film pairs of molecules during recognition process

Medical Science News
Published: Sunday, 6-May-2007

The body is an almost perfect machine. For it to function properly, each individual component, that is each molecule, must reliably fulfill its specific function. Each molecule must thus "recognize" other molecules and work with them.

A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, the Fraunhofer Institute in Freiburg, and King's College in London, has now successfully filmed pairs of molecules during the recognition process. As reported to the journal Angewandte Chemie, the shapes of the molecules change to accommodate each other.

Like humans, molecules also "greet" each other with a kind of "handshake." Anyone who has tried to shake someone's right hand with his or her own left will have had a little trouble: the right and left hands do not fit together. In the same way, some molecules that exist in both a right-handed (D) and left-handed (L) configuration can tell if others they encounter are the D or L form.

Magali Lingenfelder and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research have now been able to use scanning tunneling microscopy to take a series of pictures that follow in detail the "encounters" of diphenylalanine molecules adsorbed onto a substrate. (Diphenylalanine is the central structural unit within polypeptide fibers found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients). The "film sequences" reveal that only molecules with the same chirality (handedness) readily aggregate into pairs and chains.

Just as in a handshake, it is not enough that the right hands hold each other. To grip each other firmly, the two hands must adapt to fit their shapes together. Molecules do the same: close examination of the "film," in conjunction with theoretical calculations by researchers from King's College, prove that this type of dynamic accommodation of shape also occurs when two molecules "shake hands."

"Our work finally demonstrates that Linus Pauling was right with this theory of intermolecular conformation of over 50 years ago," says Lingenfelder. "In molecular recognition, it is not so much the static forms that are important, but rather how well the molecules can conform to each other."

http://www.interscience.wiley.com

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Postby Paula » Tue May 08, 2007 3:34 pm

Thanks for the info DBCohen. OK who is gonna change their tattoo?

Tchol wish you hadn't said the Vulcan salute was there but you are so right :lol:

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