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Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder is a ladder leading to heaven, featured in a dream the biblical Patriarch Jacob had during his flight from his brother Esau in the Book of Genesis. The significance of the dream has been debated, but most interpretations agree that it identified Jacob with the obligations and inheritance of the people chosen by God, as understood in Abrahamic religions; the description of Jacob's ladder appears in Genesis 28:10–19: And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, went toward Haran. And he lighted upon the place, tarried there all night, because the sun was set, and he dreamed, behold a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reached to heaven. And, the LORD stood beside him, said: "I am the LORD, the God of Abraham thy father, the God of Isaac; the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, to thy seed. And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, thou shalt spread abroad to the west, to the east, to the north, to the south, and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

And, behold, I am with thee, will keep thee whithersoever thou goest, will bring thee back into this land. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, he said: "Surely the LORD is in this place, and he was afraid, said: "How full of awe is this place! this is none other than the house of God, this is the gate of heaven." Afterwards, Jacob names the place "Bethel". The classic Torah commentaries offer several interpretations of Jacob's ladder. According to the Midrash Genesis Rabbah, the ladder signified the exiles which the Jewish people would suffer before the coming of the Jewish messiah. First the angel representing the 70-year exile of Babylonia climbed "up" 70 rungs, fell "down"; the angel representing the exile of Persia went up a number of steps, fell, as did the angel representing the exile of Greece. Only the fourth angel, which represented the final exile of Rome/Edom, kept climbing higher and higher into the clouds. Jacob feared that his children would never be free of Esau's domination, but God assured him that at the End of Days, Edom too would come falling down.

Another interpretation of the ladder keys into the fact that the angels first "ascended" and "descended". The Midrash explains; when he reached the border of the land of Canaan, the angels who were assigned to the Holy Land went back up to Heaven and the angels assigned to other lands came down to meet Jacob. When Jacob returned to Canaan he was greeted by the angels, yet another interpretation is this: The place at which Jacob stopped for the night was in reality Mount Moriah, the future home of the Temple in Jerusalem. The ladder therefore signifies the "bridge" between Heaven and earth, as prayers and sacrifices offered in the Holy Temple soldered a connection between God and the Jewish people. Moreover, the ladder alludes to the giving of the Torah as another connection between heaven and earth. In this interpretation, it is significant that the Hebrew word for ladder and the name for the mountain on which the Torah was given, Sinai have the same gematria; the Hellenistic Jewish philosopher Philo, born in Alexandria, presents his allegorical interpretation of the ladder in the first book of his De somniis.

There he gives four interpretations, which are not mutually exclusive: The angels represent souls descending to and ascending from bodies. In the second interpretation the ladder is the human soul and the angels are God's logoi, pulling the soul up in distress and descending in compassion. In the third view the dream depicts the ups and downs of the life of the "practiser"; the angels represent the continually changing affairs of men. A hilltop overlooking the Israeli settlement of Beit El north of Jerusalem, believed by some to be the site of Jacob's dream is a tourist destination during the holiday of Sukkot. Jesus said in John 1:51 "And he saith unto him, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man." This statement has been interpreted as associating or implicating Jesus with the mythical ladder, in that Christ bridges the gap between Heaven and Earth. Jesus presents himself as the reality. Adam Clarke, an early 19th-century Methodist theologian and Bible scholar, elaborates: That by the angels of God ascending and descending, is to be understood, that a perpetual intercourse should now be opened between heaven and earth, through the medium of Christ, God manifested in the flesh.

Our blessed Lord is represented in his mediatorial capacity as the ambassador of God to men. The theme of a ladder to heaven is used by the Church Fathers. Irenaeus in the second century describes the Christian Church as the "ladder of ascent to God". In the third century, O

Phil Klein

Phil William Klein is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies. Klein played college baseball at Youngstown State University from 2008 to 2011, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 30th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. Klein was called up to the major leagues for the first time on August 1, 2014, he made his first career start on May 2015 against Boston. He pitched 5 1⁄3 innings while striking out 4 batters with a win. Klein was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies on June 19, 2016, he was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was the starting pitcher the same night. Klein was released by the Phillies on December 14, 2016, to pursue an opportunity to play baseball in Asia. Klein signed with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball for the 2017 season, he became a free agent after the 2017 season. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet Youngstown State Penguins bio Phil Klein on Twitter

Mischa Elman

Mischa Elman was a Ukrainian-born Jewish-American violinist, famed for his passionate style, beautiful tone, impeccable artistry and musicality. Moses or Moishe Elman was born in the small town of Talnoye in the Kiev Governorate, Ukraine in the Russian Empire, his grandfather was a klezmer, or Jewish folk, musician who played the violin. It became apparent when Mischa was young that he had perfect pitch, but his father hesitated about a career as a musician, since musicians were not high on the social scale, he gave in, gave Mischa a miniature violin, on which he soon learned several tunes by himself. Soon thereafter, he was taken to Odessa. Pablo de Sarasate gave him a recommendation, stating that he could become one of the great talents of Europe, he auditioned for Leopold Auer at the age of 11, playing the Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 and 24th Caprice by Paganini. Auer was so impressed. Elman was still only a boy when Auer arranged for him to play with the famous Colonne Orchestra during their visit to Pavlovsk.

Knowing Édouard Colonne's hatred of child prodigies, Auer did not tell him Elman's age when making the arrangements, not until the famous conductor saw young Mischa waiting to go on the platform did he realize that he had engaged a child. He was furious, flatly refused to continue with the programme. Frantic attempts were made to assure him that Elman had the recommendation of Auer himself and was well capable of doing justice to the music, but Colonne was adamant, "I have never yet played with a child, I refuse to start now," he retorted. So Elman had to play with piano accompaniment while conductor and orchestra sat listening." According to Elman."I was eleven at the time. When Colonne saw me, violin in hand, ready to step on the stage, he drew himself up and said with emphasis:'I play with a prodigy! Never!' Nothing could move him, I had to play to a piano accompaniment. After he had heard me play, though, he came over to me and said:'The best apology I can make for what I said is to ask you to do me the honor of playing with the Orchestre Colonne in Paris.'

He was as good as his word. Four months I went to Paris and played the Mendelssohn concerto for him with great success." In 1903, Elman began to play concerts in the homes of wealthy patrons of the arts, he made his Berlin debut in 1904, creating a great sensation. His London debut in 1905 included the British premiere of Alexander Glazunov's Violin Concerto in A minor, he played in Carnegie Hall in 1908. He toured Australia in 1914. In 1917, he was elected to honorary membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, he sometimes performed in as many as 107 concerts in a 29-week season. The Elman family moved to the United States, Mischa became a citizen in 1923. In 1943, he gave the premiere of Bohuslav Martinů's second concerto, written for him. Sales of his records exceeded two million. A frequent accompanist in chamber works during Elman's early American career was Emmanuel Bay, born on the same day as Elman, January 20, 1891, but Elman performed and recorded with Josef Bonime, Carroll Hollister, Wolfgang Rosé and others, from 1950, his steady accompanist and recital partner was Joseph Seiger.

He briefly performed and made recordings with the Mischa Elman String Quartet. Elman died in his apartment on April 5, 1967 in Manhattan, New York City, a few hours after completing a rehearsal with Seiger, he is buried in the Westchester Hills Cemetery in New York. Elman's recorded legacy spanned more than six decades, his first 78 rpm discs were made for Pathe, in Paris, in 1906. The greater part of his discography was recorded for the Victor Talking Machine Company/RCA Victor, with whom he had an exclusive relationship through 1950. Thereafter, he recorded for Decca/London and the Vanguard label. Regrettably, Elman's discs have never been reissued on CD in a systematic manner. Bach - Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042 - with John Barbirolli Bach - Prelude from the Partita for Solo Violin, BWV 1006 Beethoven - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - with Georg Solti and the London Philharmonic Orchestra Beethoven - Romance in F major for violin and Orchestra Massenet - Élégie Mélodie, with Enrico Caruso Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 - with Désiré Defauw and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Raff - Cavatina, with Josef Bonime Sarasate - Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20, No. 1.

Schubert - Valse Sentimentale, with Carroll Hollister Schumann - Träumerei from Kinderszenen, Op. 15, with Marcel Van Gool Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - with John Barbirolli and the London Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - with Sir Adrian Boult and the London Philharmonic Orchestra Vivaldi - Concerto in G minor, RV 317 - with Lawrance Collingwood and the New Philharmonia Orchestra Wieniawski - Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 22 - with the "Robin Hood Dell" Orchestra Wieniawski - Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 22 - with Adrian Boult and the London Philharmonic Orchestra Wieniawski - Legend, Op. 17 Bach - Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042 - with Vladimir Golschman

Berwick, Louisiana

Berwick is a town in St. Mary Parish, United States; the population was 4,946 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Morgan City Micropolitan Statistical Area; the most prominent person from Berwick is Jenny Craig, weight loss guru and founder of Jenny Craig, Inc. The first white settler to trek through the wilderness in this area was Thomas Berwick, he settled along the banks of the Atchafalaya River in the late 18th century. Today the town of Berwick is home to several seafood processing numerous boat companies. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.1 square miles, of which 5.9 square miles is land and 0.15 square miles, or 2.84%, is water. The Berwick area is known for high performing bands. Berwick High School ranked as the seventh best public high school in Louisiana for the 2006-2007 school year; as of the census of 2000, there were 4,418 people, 1,655 households, 1,193 families residing in the town. The population density was 741.3 people per square mile.

There were 1,825 housing units at an average density of 306.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 86.65% White, 8.26% African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.54% from other races, 3.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.45% of the population. There were 1,655 households out of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.9% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.15. In the town, the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,208, the median income for a family was $40,297. Males had a median income of $33,413 versus $21,620 for females; the per capita income for the town was $15,099. About 12.1% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 18.6% of those age 65 or over. St. Mary Parish School Board operates public schools: Berwick High School Berwick Junior High School Berwick Elementary School Town of Berwick official website

An Enemy of Fate

"An Enemy of Fate" is the series finale of the American Fox science fiction/drama television series Fringe. It is episode 13 of the 100th episode overall, it aired, along with the penultimate episode, "Liberty", in the United States on January 18, 2013. The final two episodes were simulcast in the UK and Ireland on Sky1 and in Spain in Canal+, it received positive reviews from both critics and fans. September, talking to December, implores him to help fix a key component of the device, an initiating reactor, to send Michael to the future, despite knowing this will erase September from time. September pleads for the same compassion that December, like the others of the original Observer team, developed for the humans. September regroups with Fringe to explain the failing reactor and describe the function of the device: to create a wormhole, using the two Observer cylinders as stabilization points on either end, the large electromagnet needed to launch the second cylinder into the future of 2167.

Once the wormhole is stabilized by the red rocks from the mine, Michael would be sent through, to meet an agent to take him to the Norwegian scientist as to stop the experiment that would be responsible for creating the Observers. As they discuss this, Olivia is still concerned as to why Michael willingly let himself be captured and believes him to have expected to be rescued. One additional part is revealed to be necessary to assure the magnet's operation: a synchroscope. Peter begins to dig through the amber in the lab to look for it. Captain Windmark, having discovered Broyles' alliance with the Fringe team, interrogates him about the recovery of Michael from a secured facility, believing him to be "The Dove", a mole for the underground. Windmark leaves, Broyles sets off to meet Fringe until he realizes that Windmark intended to follow him to the Fringe team, keeps his pursuers distracted. Though he tries to elude them, Broyles ends up captured. In looking through the amber, Peter finds a tape, addressed to him in Walter's handwriting.

The tape is a goodbye message from Walter to Peter recorded before they were frozen in amber, alludes to an envelope that he will receive at some point. Walter and Peter share an emotional moment, Walter saying he appreciated every minute of the "stolen" time they have had, calling Peter his "very favorite thing". Olivia and Astrid go to get a new initiating reactor from December, but find him hanged and the reactor stolen by other Observer and Loyalist forces. September asserts. Olivia looks to Michael to gain insight, they begin to make plans to take over one of these the next day, when they learn of Broyles' capture from Anil. They set to use many of the past Fringe biological materials to kill many of the Observers and Loyalist forces, they obtain the control cube needed to operate the shipping rescue Broyles along the way. Meanwhile, Astrid takes Walter to show the cow, ambered in motionless peace in the lab. Walter and Astrid share an emotional moment with the hope to wake up back in the lab drinking strawberry milkshakes, after all this ends.

Walter shows his appreciation to Astrid in words, saying she always knew how to soothe him and adds that her name is beautiful. After this, September reveals to Walter that he has taken the only spare dose of inoculation to take Michael into the future instead of Walter, having come to have feelings for Michael; the Fringe team races ahead of the Observers to hijack the wormhole and launch one of the Observer Beacons through it. As they get ready for Michael, Windmark attempts to grab him. September and Olivia fight Windmark. Windmark gains the upper hand, but Olivia, under emotional duress of fighting for her daughter Etta, activates her latent Cortexiphan powers, she draws power from the surrounding city, Olivia psychokinetically smashes Windmark between two cars. September races to take Michael to the wormhole but killed by a stray bullet. Walter realizes his fate, decides to take Michael through the wormhole as Peter and Astrid look on. Before entering the wormhole, Walter looks back at Peter and Peter mouths "I love you, Dad" to Walter.

Time flashes back to 2015, where Peter and their young daughter Etta are enjoying a day in the park. The Observer invasion does not occur, the family returns home; when Peter checks the mail, he finds an envelope addressed to him from W. Bishop, containing only a piece of paper with a drawn white tulip on it. Of the past Fringe cases that the team uses against the Observers, these include the nematode worms, the radioactive isotopes, the parasitic cold slug, anti-gravity osmium bullets, the hallucinogenic drug that simulates deadly butterflies and the skin-growth toxin; these cases all occurred within the show's first three seasons, showing that they still occurred in some way in the timeline created by Peter being erased. "An Enem