|Dear Friends and Family,
Nature’s Deadly Attack
In under 30 seconds, the residents of Moore, OK felt winds reaching 200 miles per hour. To give you perspective, Superstrom Sandy’s deadly winds were a “mere” 89 mph. Two elementary schools, plus neighborhoods and shops were stuck in the tornado’s (2 mile wide, 17 mile long) path. Sadly, 24 people, including 10 children, lost their lives in this disaster. Our National Jewish Community has set up a fund to help the victims. Donations can be made at http://miniurl.com/4Q68 The people of Moore can take solace from the people of Joplin, MO as two years ago this week, they also experienced Natures deadly wrath, yet their lives have returned to their new normal.
Human’s Deadly Attack
Some London residents witnessed the brutal and brazen hacket attack (by two CRAZED lunatics) of an innocent British soldier, Lee Rigby, who was a father of a 2 year old son. What is wrong with these brainwashed killers who believe a Cause is more important than a Life. When will the twisted minds of our global society stop preaching terrorist methods in search of their utopia?
Often, the root of all evil is pointed toward the Jews. That message was verbalized again this week in Detroit by “our friend” Louis Farrakkan when he said “major US institutions are controlled by Satanic Jews and the Synagogue of Satan” with NO outcry from audience members like Rep. John Conyers or NAACP Detroit branch head, Rev. Wendell Anthony. Silence to the witnesses of bigotry and racism is just as wicked.
These anti-semites have more fuel for their fodder as now our two largest US cities (NYC and LA) both have Jewish Majors. This week, Eric Garcetti, was elected Mayor of Los Angeles. Mayor Garcetti discribes himself as half-Mexican, half-Jewish with an Italian last name. He also happens to be the youngest LA Mayor (age 42) in over a century.
Bravo to the Gang of 8 for their stedfast efforts to bring the Immigration Reform Bill to the Senate floor for June debates. 11 Million immigrants could potential benefit from it’s passage. Hopefully, I’ll post good news once it has cleared future obstacles.
Enjoy this classic Ed Sulivan version of “Light My Fire” with a great view of the talented Keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, who died this week.
Speaking of Music, Happy 55th birthday to Keenan Woolens as he celebrates this weekend in harmonious form. We are sorry to miss the festivities but know those who do attend will be “Happy Together”.
The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Your Show of Shows, 12 Chairs… Yes, all you Mel Brooks fans, these comedies are all credited to the brilliant (originally named) Melvin James Kaminsky. Mel is one of the few EGOTs* in the entertainment business. Both NPR and PBS spotlighted his long and comical career this week and you can find the Terri Gross NPR interview here http://www.npr.org/2013/05/20/182609040/mel-brooks-i-m-an-egot-so-i-don-t-need-any-more and the PBS documentary here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/
A little overdue but better late than never, 80 year old Carol Burnett will receive this year’s Mark Twain prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.
To Sir Paul McCartney for handwriting letters of support to the Russian Government requesting parole for jailed Pussy Riot band members, one of which has started a hunger strike. If you remember, they were incarcerated for hooliganism due to their public protest against President Putin.
The Votes are in
As of January 1st, male youth (under age 18) will now be allow to join the Boy Scouts. However, gay adults are still barred from leading troops. This week’s vote to end the 103 year old policy is welcomed by most Americans as our country is moving in a positive directions toward Equal Rights.
Our son, Mataan is now a Tough Mudder!
Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalomand a pleasant and meaningful Memorial Day Weekend,
* EGOT = Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner