This timeless call to every Jew to be committed to a life of inner growth and inner journeying at times obscures yet another timeless call pertaining to the Jewish condition, which appears in the following verse as the Almighty says to Abraham, And [you] shall be a blessing. We know that in Judaism a blessing is a linguistic formula by which we express gratitude to the Almighty for all the abundance and plentitude which He has bestowed on us, and that a Jewish blessing usually commences with the generic formula of Baruch atah Adonai … But how can a person actually become an articulation, a set of words, an ideational awareness, a blessing? Rashi states laconically that the Almightys statement to Abraham to be a blessing is more of a Divine gesture to Abraham than an imperative. According to Rashi, what the Almighty conveys to Abraham is that he, Abraham, will be mentioned at the conclusion of the first paragraph of the Amidah service, which we always conclude with the words Magen Avraham (referring to God as the protector/shield of Abraham). And yet, I would like to suggest that the commandment to be a blessing is much larger than that. To be a blessing is the threefold life vocation of every Jew. The first facet of this calling has to do with our national and collective obligation to serve God by being a light unto the nations (Isaiah 49:6). http://parkerwardspace.denaliinstitute.org/2016/10/10/top-tips-for-realistic-products-in-interviewTo be a universal blessing means to enrich and inspire the rest of humankind spiritually, morally, culturally and scientifically. I think we have done quite well in this regard. From Abraham himself, who smashed the false religious idols of his time; to Moses, who led a rebellion against the political despotism of Pharaoh; to the Jews who conceptualized and propagated socialism; to Sigmund Freud and his Jewish entourage, who revolutionized the way humanity understands its soul and psyche; leading the way to 20th-century physicists such as Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller; and followed by the leading postmodern thinkers of our time, no human group has contributed so vastly and so disproportionately to the advancement and refinement of human spirituality, culture, science and economy. Even though our people constitute solely 0.2 percent of the worlds population, no other group of people has demonstrated so consistently and over so long a span that history has meaning, and that humanity has a destiny. In addition to being a light unto the nations, the call to be a blessing also entails a much more daily and concrete moral and empathic commitment to be there for other people, to help them, to be a source of empowerment to them materially, socially, emotionally or spiritually.http://camdencrawfordfocus.redcarolinaparaguay.org/2016/09/03/simple-insights-into-quick-programs-of-career
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And the price of ethanol, given the limited supply of ethanol because the crop year is coming to an end. So we believe that the price will still remain at a very good level in spite of the price reduction of gasoline in the last 30 days that dropped 6% at the refinery. On page six, we talk about our results for the quarter. Net revenue increasing by 14%, BRL683 million to BRL779 million basically due to a combination of better ethanol and sugar prices at a higher volume shows the shift of sugar. EBITDA growing by 15%, EBITDA margin 47% and EBIT 25% increase, going from 22.4% [EBIT margin] in the last quarter last year to 24% in this quarter. Net income before income tax BRL18 million to BRL83 million, a 357% growth and net income after income tax BRL69 million. Energy, we saw a drop of 20% in prices basically because of the spot price, but we believe that in the third quarter, the average prices of energy will rebound as the spot price has already gone back to about BRL200 per megawatt hour. On the next page, page seven, we see the cost dynamics of the Company separating the effect of Consecana. If you look at the COGS per ATR in the quarter and year-to-date, our COGS are totally under control. COGS per quarter growing by 0% and year-to-date dropping by 2%. When we exclude Consecana and other costs that are not inherent to the sugar and ethanol business.
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