Current Events with commentary by Rabbi Avigdor Miller
From AP News:
"Ah, there’s nothing like a blast of fresh, frigid air to welcome you back to the planet after nearly a year cooped up in space. That’s the word from astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA’s space-endurance champ.
Kelly returned to bitterly cold Kazakhstan on Wednesday, along with his roommate for the past year, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko.
In a NASA interview before heading home to Houston, the 52-year-old New Jersey native said it was “amazing” to feel the cold air when the hatch of his Soyuz capsule popped open after touchdown. Both he and Kornienko had longed to experience nature during their mission at the International Space Station. Kornienko called the fresh air “an unforgettable feeling.”
From When We Were Young (#432):
"We see from the Gemara that money is one of the first things that a child learns to love in this world. There are a lot of things to this world. There are Olam Hazeh things. We can teach a child how good it is to breathe air. Isn’t that a funny thing, a silly thing? We can teach a child that it is fun to breath air. We don’t think so? It is because other things entered our mind previously.
There is an experiment how to prove to people how good it is to breathe air. It’s easy. Take a bucket of water and put our head into this bucket for three minutes and then while we are in the bucket, think how good it would be to take a breath of air. And then, when we get out of the bucket, we will understand what is being said.
The Gemara says for every breath we have to praise Hashem. Breathing is fun. It is happiness to breath, just to be on the street. We want a good time? Don’t eat cake. Don’t open the refrigerator. Just open the window and breathe deeply."