Shabbat Shalom April 19, 2013

Shabbat Shalom April 19, 2013
Dear Friends and Family,

It was a deadly, devastating and disappointing week beginning with the deadly Boston Marathon bombing, followed by the devastating West, Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion on the same day as the disappointing Senate vote on gun control.

Shock and disbelief are still of the mindset for most Americans who can’t fathom the reality (that Israelis endured for decades) of local terrorist attacks.  Free-Will allows humans to choose there actions.  We wouldn’t want to be non-thinking robots, but when Free-Will intersects with Evil and Brainwashing, the results are Hateful, Selfish and Deadly. The twisted minds who target innocent lives (often children) to further their “cause” are barbaric and backward.  One way or another, in this lifetime or their next “Journey”, they will pay their price and learn the simple choice of Right and Wrong.

As I write this message, the casualty toll from the Earth Shattering (2.1 magnitude) Fertilizer Plant explosion is still unknown, but bound to be devastatingly high.  The search, the prayers and the vigils are just underway but most likely will continue for weeks to come.

Why does the RIGHT to barrier-free Gun Ownership trump the RIGHT to a bullet (in your body) -free Life. 90% of Americans (including 88% of gun owners) support background checks yet 46 Senators (including 4 Democrats) sided with the NRA, which clearly represents the Gun Manufacturer, not necessarily the Gun Owners. Let’s work hard (with the help of Mayor Bloomberg, Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly) to democratically rescind their Senatorial jobs (or sway their opinions) during the 2014 elections.  Thank you Michigan Senators Levin and Stabenow for voting in favor of the amendment.

Between this week of sadness were some sparks of delight. Sunday began a 3-day 60th birthday Vegas exertion with Tennis buddies plus one (Betsy A, Diane O, Liz G and Hillary I). Needly to say, we has a fantastic time however only a few photos are available, since what happens in Vegas…
Vegas Betsy 60                 Red Rock

(on May 22nd) Betsy will be Sixty and Sexy               Hiking in Red Rock Canyon

Also this week, we celebrated Israel’s 65th birthday at the Ann Arbor Noa Concert.  If you have never seen or heard Noa (Achinoam Nini), you are missing the majestic voice, movement and inspiration of a gifted Israeli (Bronx raised) gem.  Here is a sample of her beauty. Sorry the visual is so small.  I’ve also included a more professional video of her:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgXVWx0HR8U&feature=youtube_gdata_player
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7umbGoQODc

Unfortunately, at this concert (and at most Ann Arbor Jewish events), were the Anti-Israel protesters spewing hateful rhetoric meant to insight anger and mispresent facts. Ann Arborites endure these uneducated bias bigots every time they attend a Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, Shabbat or High Holiday service, Israel celebration or Jewish event.  Now, Israel is not perfect by any means and yes she has made mistakes in her history, but if those protester read (with an open mind) all of the actual (not falsified) historical facts from the last 65 years, they would not be so vigilant against Israel (unless they were flat-out anti-semites). Sadly, we (as Jews) have endured this hatred for all of our 4,000 year history with no relief in sight.

Monday is the 43rd celebration of Earth Day.  Over 1 Billion people all over our Earth/Home will participate in Earth Day activities next week.  We are headed in the right direction to help preserve our (only) home however many countries and industries need to hop on the bandwagon sooner rather than later. A few of my pet peeves regarding our Earth are excessively idling cars and lights burning when not needed. Please turn your cars and lights OFF when not in use.  Thank you.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,

Lisa

P.S.  Two rockets were fired (from the Sinai) this week and landed in Eilat (Israel’s southern resort town). http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Rockets-slam-into-Eilat-following-Code-Red-siren-310043

SOAP BOX

Condolences to Brenda Steuer (and her family) on the passing of her father, Herbert Rechter.  May his memory bring confort to his family during their time of mourning.

Rest in Peace, Brewster Broder, and condolences to his family, wife, Ruth and Son and Daughter-in-law, Richard and Lisa.  May his long and dedicated life (to his family and our community) bring comfort to his family during their time of mourning.

Please join me and my mother for the Mothers, Daughters, Sisters & Friends Patron Event in support of Henry Ford Health System.  The event is being held at Saks Fifth Avenue at Somerset Collections on Thursday May 2nd at 9:30am.  For more info: henryford.com/MDSF or 313-874-6139 or aabaloz1@hfhs.org

Please help our son, Mataan Lis, raise funds for Relay for Life (American Cancer Society).  He is the sole representative from his Frat (Theta Chi) and any small donation will be greatly appreciated. Even $10 would be generous if you are interested in supporting the cause.  http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY13GL?team_id=1336294&pg=team&fr_id=48420 (Thanks)

If you are interested in Nutrion and Wellness, please check out my friend, Kelly Victor’s blog call KALEandKANT.  It is chock-filled of interesting and useful information. Once in the site, you can sign up with your email address to receive notices about the blog. http://kaleandkant.com/

helping hand

 

Shabbat Shalom April 19, 2013

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