Shabbat Shalom June 29, 2012

Shabbat Shalom June 29, 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

Full discloser… I love Aaron Sorkin.  His new HBO show,Newsroom, brings me back to the good old days of West Wing. He, again, has a Soap Box to (rapidly) verbalize the woes (of both the Right and Left) of our country… and there are many.   Speaking of television, I’m also looking forward to the return of Showtime’s 2nd season of Episodes this weekend.  It is one of the funniest and most irreverent shows on TV and does a hilarious job of poking fun at the Hollywood community.

Speaking of entertainment, condolences to the family of Nora Ephron on her passing at the young age of 71.  She is famous for so many wonderful movies like, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally.  Also, she wrote the movie Heartburn (string Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep) about her life with ex-husband Carl Burnstein.  Her talents will be greatly missed.

Too bad the flood waters from Tropical Storm Debby on the Florida panhandle couldn’t be diverted to the drought stricken West. Our son is on a Western bound camping trip which will need to stay clear of the wildfires in the area and avoid all campfires.

Has anyone read any articles in any newspapers about Hamas’ rocket attacks into Israel every day this week.  As always, I seem to miss the front page (or any page) news of this. During our last visit to Israel, we saw an amazing presentation of the (Israeli invented) Iron Dome protection system which thankfully is nearly 100% accurate in destroying incoming missiles. Thank you, U.S. Government, for your life-saving financial assistance with this system. Israel, in turn, is sharing this amazing technology with our US military.

I couldn’t end this week’s message without applauding our Supreme Courts decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act. Speaking of life-saving, this will literally save the lives of millions of Americans who currently do not have access to medical care (aside from a few underfunded free clinics or emergency rooms). Our country is in grave (pun intended) need of affordable health care for all citizens and I hope we are on that healthy track.

Please enjoy this wonderful poster I received my our dear friend, Neal. It says it all and I whole hardily agree with its message.

Happiness:

Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom and a wonderful Independence Day celebration.

Lisa

SOAP BOX

Mazel Tov, Jim and Carolyn, on opening their new Birmingham restaurant, Social. Can’t wait to sample the flavors.  Thanks for investing in our community (in SO many ways). Also looking forward to the opening of Ferndale’s hotspot, Local (Thanks Brian and Geoff for your energy and creativity).

Mazel Tov to Kirk Douglas on his 3rd (YES 3rd) time becoming a Bar Mitzvah.  His first was at age 13 (like others), his 2nd was at age 83 (as tradition after 70 years) and his 3rd at 96 (after another 13 years).  Ken Ahora, as our bubbie’s have trained us to say (without the evil eye).

OK, gotta start the warning.  Our elections are approaching and these Soap Boxes might get a bit preachy.  I promise to be respectful and responsible.

Our Michigan Primary is Aug. 7th (less than 6 weeks away).  Get involved.  Help support your candidate. Educate yourself about the ballot proposals.  Please do what you can.

Congressman Gary Peters needs your primary vote since his new district is mostly Democratic so his important race is Aug. 7th.

Check out this article about Israel and our two presidential candidates (Thanks Randie):
http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/103532/on-doing-the-opposite-of-obama-on-israel-2

and if this doesn’t help, check out this repeat Shabbat Shalom greeting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-R780sk1Sc

During the primary election you must select a party ballot (in other-words, you can only vote on a Republican ballot or a Democrat ballot) so, if you are in Gary’s (14th) US Congressional district, please select a Democrat Ballot and vote for Gary, but if you are NOT in Gary’s but still in Bubba’s (39th) State district, please vote for Bubba.  If your are confused, please email me.

Oakland County portion of Gary Peter’s 14th District:
http://www.petersforcongress.com/system/storage/142/5b/2/434/CD14Oakland.pdf

Shabbat Shalom June 29, 2012

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