Kabbalah and the Expansion of its Study

Kabbalah is regarded as one of the oldest collections of spiritual wisdom in the world. Emerging from Abraham’s teachings, it is part of Jewish tradition. Originally, Kabbalah was passed from student to teacher orally. Over time, it came to be written down.

In addition to its importance in Judaism, Kabbalah has been studied by Christians, New Age practitioners, and people interested in the occult. Kabbalah examines the relationship between the finite and the infinite. It is a highly obscure and esoteric discipline.

Historically, the study of Kabbalah was very restricted. Only very studious people, mostly men over 40, were encouraged to pursue it. However, in recent years the Kabbalah Centre has worked to expand the number of people who study it.

Founded in 1922 by Rav Yehuda Ashlag, the Kabbalah Centre currently operates in 50 cities around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Kabbalah Centre International is a highly respected and well known non-profit organization. Kabbalah Centre International is known for its focus on education. The organization leads study groups worldwide.

The method of teaching currently used by Kabbalah Centre International was devised by Philip and Karen Berg. They are a married couple. The Los Angeles headquarters were opened in 1984. There are also branches in New York, Toronto, and London. In recent years, several celebrities have become involved with Kabbalah Centre, including Slash of Guns ‘N Roses and Madonna.

Kabbalah Centre International is very accessible. With a thorough website, and a presence on social media, the organization is easy for people to find. The basics of Kabbalah, including teachers from the past and present, are listed there. For a tradition once defined by extreme secrecy, this level of transparency represents a big change.

Although the focus is on religious education, this organization is not limited to study groups. Kabbalah Centre Charitable Causes, or KCCC, works to provide aid to people in need. This can be in the form of goods, services, or spiritual support. In the past, KCCC has worked in partnership with organizations such as the Red Cross to provide relief after disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti Earthquake, and Superstorm Sandy.

These organizations seek to help children make better decisions, resolve conflicts peacefully, and to develop feelings of self esteem. Visit the Kabbalah Centre on their website to learn more.

Whistleblower Programs Offer A Save Haven For Reporting

Whistleblowers are coming out in droves after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act — one of the most extensive and sweeping legislative tools to root out corruption in the banking industry.

The 2008 banking crisis exposed widespread corruption that nearly brought down an entire industry. Those who dared to speak out, did so at their own peril. There were no protections in place to help those who felt the need to report wrongdoings to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

The office of Lubantan and Sucharow is a firm that offers whistleblower protection. In fact, it was one of the first firms in history to work primarily on whistleblower cases. Lubatan and Sucharow has a crack team of some of the most seasoned and professional attorneys in the state. Many of the team members formerly worked for the SEC to help prosecute corporations and individuals found guilty of securities violations.

Lead attorney Jordan C. Roberts, a former chief litigation counsel for the SEC, leads more than 100 attorneys, investigators, financial analysts and accountants. He is also responsible for drafting legislation and implementing rules and regulations.

A bonus of the Dodd-Frank Act is a financial incentive that compensates very well. Whistleblowers are entitled to receive anywhere from 10-30% payment on successful prosecutions that net at least $1 million in fines. Whistleblowers are also entitled to receive additional monies from other law enforcement entities under the same rules. Learn more: http://www.secwhistlebloweradvocate.com/program/program-overview

“The financial payout has emboldened several individuals to report wrongdoings,” said Roberts. To those who criticize Roberts stance on financial incentives, he responded that many of the individuals who come forth put their own livelihood on the line. And it is only right that they receive something in return.

The Dodd-Frank Act also specifically supplies protection for those who choose to report. This means that whistleblowers cannot be subjected to harassment or termination.

The Lubatan Sucharow firm website has a wealth of information. The “Whistleblowing In Corporate World” provides information and lays out the pros and cons. To find out more information, potential clients are encouraged to contact the Whistleblower Team by email or phone. Initial consultations are free and protected by attorney-client protection.

George Soros: Ukraine is Europe’s Responsibility

In a recent op-ed for The New York Review of Books, billionaire philanthropist George Soros once again waded into European politics to share some insights on the state of Ukraine since the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the continued violence that intermittently visits that country.

Political pressure has been constant for the European Union in recent years, which has strained their currency’s buying power and questioned the political power of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This has a lot to due with the frequency of crises in member nations that seem to put the future of the union in jeopardy.

According to Soros, of the many problems the EU faces, Ukraine is the one that deserves the most attention because it is two-fold, placing the EU’s economy under strain and incentivizing antagonism from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Following the Maidan Revolution in February of 2014 and the annexation of Crimea the following March, Ukraine has rejected the rule of political oligarchies in favor of supporting their working class. There is a vacuum of partnership the EU can take advantage of that would benefit them greatly in terms of restoring political faith and establishing new trade deals.

Soros has had extensive dealings in Ukraine through personal investment in the country and his own Ukrainian foundation. Both were precedents in a way for developing strategies he shared with political leaders throughout Europe.

While Putin is using current sanctions levied against Russia in order to boot patriotism by igniting poor opinion of western countries, the EU could similarly combat these perceptions by showing a friendly face to Ukraine. Budgeting effective financial support, including incentives to help their private sector grow and the institution of reforms could make the country an attractive place for investment.

This would also have to include Naftogaz, the Ukrainian gas monopoly. Regulating their current price fixing could help with energy shortages in needy households. This is of particular interest considering the annexation of Crimea had much to do with Russia’s interest in energy control.

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George Soros | Open Society Foundations (OSF)

Sustaining Ukraine’s Breakthrough

Such moves would make the Ukrainian and economic landscapes more fair, which could sway opinion within Russia among dissidents who’ve demanded similar reforms from their government for years. It would act as an effective countermeasure to Russia’s continued disinformation campaign that seeks to discredit all external political messages.

According to Soros, the biggest impediment to institution these reforms that would change the European political landscape and keep Russia in check in the US and EU’s reluctance to back another losing horse. Much like with the Greek crisis, the EU is afraid of placing their currency at greater risk. Then there’s the Minsk agreement following the revolution which has placed many economic restrictions on Ukraine which limit’s the EU’s options.

The bearer of responsibility in the failure to mitigate these circumstances rests with Chancellor Merkel. George Soros has criticized her handling of Greece’s emergency situation by providing meager loans at punishing rates, and rather than institute effective reforms they’ve micromanaged nearly every step of their recovery. So far, Merkel’s administration has continued to treat Ukraine like Greece despite this not being the same situation.

According to Soros, Ukraine, though not an EU member, is standing as a political and economic barrier against Russian aggression. That makes it an invaluable asset that could help the EU shoulder their current needs in housing refugees from the Middle East and contribute to their economy.

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Handling Doxxing And Other Problems

The online world is very cutthroat. For one thing, there is a lot of predators at work. People that are online are vulnerable to a lot of potential issues which include doxxing. There is one person that got doxxed, which basically means she has had her personal information leaked online by trolls. She doesn’t understand why someone would do that to her. Either way, she has found help from Darius Fisher, who is the founder of Status Labs. Darius has taken time to work with her on what she could do in order to further protect herself from the issue.

Darius Fisher is involved with online reputation management. His firm, Status Labs is one of the most prominent online reputation management firms in the industry. One of the reasons that he is so successful is that he actually takes the time to form a plan that involves all kinds of PR. He does work with search engines. However, he goes well beyond the work of providing optimized content. He also handles social media. He makes sure to go over a thorough plan for reputation management which includes a change in behavior and ways of doing business.

One thing that he recommends is that people take a proactive approach to managing their reputation as opposed to waiting until they get an attack on their reputation.  Also, as people realize that reputation is one of the most important aspects of business success, they will look for firms that will provide a thorough overhaul on reputation. People will be more prepared for the inevitable attack on their reputation when they are more eager to be active towards maintaining their online image as opposed to having to rebuild.

Twitter: @fisherdarius

Brian Bonar Extends His Entrepreneurial Spirit to the Hotel Industry

Brian Bonar owns several businesses, and Bellamy’s, which is located in Escondido, San Diego, is among his successful ventures. Bellamy’s is a venue for different occasions; the restaurant is designed to offer space for holiday visits, parties as well as corporate events like meetings.

The environment bordering the hotel is serene and ideal for relaxation and family outings. Bellamy’s is among top hotels in the region due to its high-quality selection of recipes. The hotel employs top professionals in the restaurant business, among them Patrick Ponsaty, a French native who has won international acclaim for his prowess in the kitchen.

The catering experience
Bellamy’s offers a unique catering experience due to the fact it is a destination designed to host a wide variety of events. The impeccable service and top-quality cuisine is meant to create a memorable event. These meals are prepared by award winning master chefs and can be made depending on the preferences of the customer.

Some of the events that one can hold at Bellamy’s include birthdays and baby showers. There is plenty of room and an ideal environment that can comfortably host social events like birthdays and baby showers. You can also book some space for corporate events or bachelor parties. During all these events, catering services are offered and you can choose specific cuisine depending on your kind of event.  Learn more about Brian Bonar: https://about.me/brianbonar

The Restaurant
Bellamy’s cuisine is French inspired and is merged with modern California culinary ideas to offer unique results. The hotel is progressing and becoming one of the top hotels in the region by serving robust flavors that are not common within the region. The atmosphere is relaxed and ideal for family and guests.

The team
The creative team is led by Patrick Ponsaty, a French corporate chef with 31 years of experience to his role. He has worked at several highly rated restaurants and he recently received an honor as the “Master French Chef”, which was issued by a Paris-based Association.

Patrick continues to extend his culinary skills to Bellamy’s by introducing robust and intense flavors sourced from the Mediterranean coast. He incorporates his training with humble roots, thereby bringing together a celebration of skilled farmers from the local areas. Patrick Pontasy works together with Derry Van Nortwick, the VP of operations at the Grand Restaurant. This combination has brought the best of Bellamy’s.

Brian Bonar and business
Brian Bonar has for the most part of his life admired the culinary skills of Ponsaty. He is a renowned business executive and entrepreneur who has ventured in different industries.

Brian Bonar achieved his dream by ensuring the chef he has admired for many years joins his team of professional chefs who man Bellamy’s. He plans to spread to more regions once the hotel is established successfully.

A new clothing line for the Steelers has fans buzzing

One of the most recognizable teams in the NFL has made a huge hit with its fans. The team of Susan McGalla recently unveiled a new clothing line that has excited its fan base before the season even began. It’s a great move by the team to get the team excited and ready to go for the 2016 NFL campaign.

The organization surely listened to its fans, bringing in focus groups and trying to understand what they wanted in their team apparel. Well, the Steelers listened to what the fans wanted, and they delivered in a big way.

Men wanted Steeler clothing they could wear to the office that was appropriate, and women wanted clothing that made them look and feel more feminine. Girls wanted pretty clothing with more pink, and boys wanted team clothing that was cool.

The Steelers did just that. Brand names were incorporated into the clothing line like Nike Golf, Victoria’s Secret, and Tommy Bahama.

The Steelers wanted a change in what they offered their fans so they brought in a clothing guru in Susan McGalla, to make a change. McGalla is not a stranger to the fashion world. She listened to those focus groups, and modernized the Steeler brand.

McGalla wanted to bring the Steeler brand “into the streets”, where clothing could be dressed up or down in a way the fan wanted. Susan McGalla is a powerhouse in the clothing world where she served as the CEO of Wet Seal and president of American Eagle Outfitters.

Susan McGalla is bringing in the fans and making them a part of the organization by sharing their ideas how the Steelers can innovate and improve.



Entrepreneur, Businessman, And Philanthropist Mark Sparks And The Spark Tank Program

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur, businessman, venture capitalist, and philanthropist. Currently living in Dallas, Texas, Sparks controls Timber Creek Capital and several other companies. He has made his mark in real estate, business solutions, and telecommunications.

Some of the telecommunications company he has worked with include Cardinal Telecom, Blue Jay Wireless, and Splash Media. Sparks is currently working on the book ‘They Can’t Eat You’. It is designed to encourage people to start their own businesses by showing how he, a C student, was able to become a successful businessman.

But Marc Sparks is interested in doing much more than just starting business and making money. He is also a caring individual that gives generously of his time, talent, and resources and is involved with a number of philanthropic activities in and around the Dallas area.

Sparks supports Dallas area high school magnet programs through participation in the American Can! Academy. For almost two decades he has derived great pleasure in helping the homeless by his involvement with a local homeless shelter called the Samaritan Inn. He has also helped to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

These days Marc Sparks is deeply involved in a new project. It is called Spark Tank and its goal is to help make the world a better place by empowering social entrepreneurs.

So far 14 non-profit organizations in Denton, Grayson, and Collin counties as well as the Dallas Metroplex have submitted applications for the Spark Tank Social Innovation Challenge. The winning organization is chosen based on the meaningful work it does in the community.

On April 27, three organizations were given an opportunity to make a presentation to the Spark Tank panel. They were the House of Eli, Dogs Matter, and Metro Relief. House of Eli provides transitional housing, job skills training, and educational support for 17-21 year old boys that were in foster care.

Dogs Matter offers the pets of alcoholics and addicts care services until their masters complete their therapy. Metro Relief operates a mobile soup kitchen for the homeless and connects them with the services they need to get back on their feet.  Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://whoismarcsparks.com/ and http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1132595
A great thing happened during the time the finalist waited together to see which organization would be declared the winner. The three organizations decided they would collaborate and share their resources. In the end, the panel declared Dogs Matter the winner and given them a $5,000 check. But all three organizations benefited from the experience.

The deadline for the next round of applications is July 15. To qualify the organization must have 501c3 status and have been involved in providing social services for the Greater Dallas area for two years. Nationals organizations are not eligible to participate.

Click the links below to read more:

They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path To Outrageous Success
Marc Sparks’s Books and Publications Spotlight

Hedge Fund Transactions Were Up In 2015 According To Madison Street Capital’s CEO

The fascinating and financial rewarding hedge fund industry is going through a transition period according to some of the top hedge fund managers in the business. Hedge funds have been selling oil and other big name stocks and turning around and buying gold in the first quarter of 2016. Madison Street Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm, released the hedge fund transactions report in the merger and acquisition sector of the industry recently, and those figures look promising. In a PRNewswire press release, Charles Botchway, the CEO of Madison Street Capital, said there were 42 completed hedge fund deals in 2015, and that was ten more than the 2014 results. The volume of those transactions was 27 percent higher than the 2014 figures. Botchway also said 2016 could be another record breaking year for hedge fund mergers and acquisition.

Madison Street Capital specializes in portfolio valuations, Merger and acquisition financial advice, capital introduction, and financial restructuring. CEO Botchway and COO Anthony Marsala are considered experts that provide a full-service approach to the hedge fund merger and acquisition industry. The hedge fund industry needs all the help it can get in 2016, according to COO, Tony Marsala. More hedge fund will consolidate in 2016 and some funds like Visium Asset Management, a $8 billion fund, will shut down completely. Visium like other funds has been under the government’s microscope for some time, and the manager of that fund decided to shut down rather than face the constant scrutiny that some hedge funds are experiencing this year.

Charles Botchway has more than 20 years of experience in the merger and acquisition industry. He and Chief Operating Officer Tony Marsala have won numerous industry awards for their ability to put companies together that needed help. Madison Street Capital is considered one of best investment companies in the country when it comes to getting retail and wholesale companies together. Madison Street Capital also has an extended merger and acquisition program that matches foreign companies with companies in the United States.

The biggest challenge in the merger and acquisition market in 2016 is the oil market. Botchway thinks more small oil companies will merge because of the crude prices. Many of the small oil companies don’t have a choice, according to Botchway because the price of crude isn’t going to improve in 2016. But even though the oil market is down, other segments of the U.S. economy are strong. Tech companies and online companies have been driving the merger and acquisition sector, and that should continue, according to Mr. Botchway. http://madisonstreetcapital.org/

Donald Trump Needs Some Reputation Help

While Hilary Clinton calls Donald Trump’s foreign policies approach “dangerously incoherent”, many Americans support his stance. From the mouth of his opponent and greatest competition (Hilary Clinton), Donald Trump would engage in risky decisions in regards to foreign policy, which she thinks could create conflict with allies of the United States. From the Democratic view, Donald Trump does not have a good reputation and is thought to be a “liar” and not a man of integrity.


Quite simply, she represents all that our agenda aims to fix.” As a Republican representative, he is essentially making the point that Donald Trump’s reputation is conservative and one that seeks the best interest of “We the People” (the Republic).


According to another article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-cnn_us_57505d41e4b0eb20fa0d07d8, Trump has the reputation of changing his viewpoint on many issues. The article states that he has the “tendency to radically switch positions and deny previous statements”. This would lead many readers to believe that he has a reputation of being fickle. According to this review from ReputationDefender, he’s going to have a hard time fixing that reputation.

As a pacifist and fellow American citizen, I seek to support and be an advocate for the person that I feel will help lead Americans into greater Security (both nationally and internationally) and eliminate war across the globe.

Stephen Murray: The Person and the Businessman

Stephen P. Murray’s death is, of course, incredibly sad and one that really shook his close personal friends, family, and colleagues to the core. It’s not every day that a man like Stephen P. Murray comes along. They are what we call a rare-breed.

He leaves behind an incredible legacy as former president and CEO of private equity firm CCMP Capital. Our legacy and reputation is what we leave behind when we pass. This is a tough one because he was so young and had so much more ahead of him. However, because of his reputation and the kind of person he was, he might be gone but he will surely never be forgotten. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://nypost.com/2015/03/13/ccmps-murray-dead-at-52/

There is an old expression that I’m quite fond of and that is “People will forget what you did to them, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” When it comes to Stephen Murray, he made a whole lot of people feel very, very good. He went out of his way to do so with his philanthropy work. Read more: 5 Questions with Stephen Murray, CEO of CCMP Capital and The Exponential Growth of CCMP Capital Under Stephen Murray’s Leadership

He felt it was a responsibility when you come into good fortune. There is no need for fancy cars or big equipment. It is about using that money for good and helping out others. That is why his reputation is so profound and so rock solid.

As far as a person, he had four sons and a lovely wife in Tami A. Murray. They were proud residents of Stamford, Connecticut – Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://rcactrack.com/2016/01/01/ccmp-capital-resumes-business-after-death-of-stephen-murray/. As far as the company he worked for CCMP Capital, many believe he was a big part of their success. There is another expression that some things you have to work really hard at and some things come naturally to you.

With Stephen Murray, this type of business just seemed to be natural for him. That is not to say he didn’t work, because he worked incredibly hard. However, the actual business side and the working came natural.

That was an invaluable trait and something that simply can’t be taught or learned. It’s either within you or it is not. With Stephen Murray, he had that “it” factor. When you think of Stephen, please remember all the good he did as both a person and as a businessman.