Dear Friends and Family,
Tamarack’s Alaska Summer of 2013
46 days by bus from Detroit to the Wilds of Alaska
(with travel stops in Western Canada and Northern US)
Ice Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Salmon Fishing, Backcountry hiking and much more.
Congrats to Mike Duggan for his success in this week’s Detroit Mayoral primary race. Though he was a write-in candidate with complications of a last minute write-in stooge, (Barber) Mike Dugeon, (the legit) Mr. Duggan won an overwhelmingly percentage (53%) of the votes with Benny Napoleon at a distant second. The (runoff) November election will determine the Mayoral winner but the current Bankruptcy and Emergency Manager (Kevin Orr) might have more influence on Detroit’s future.
I just love this website of the top 10 Musical Moments on Sesame Street including Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and my favorite (no. 9) Jason Mraz. I hope some of your favorites are included too: http://tinyurl.com/top10-SesameStreetMusicMoments
With all of the negative PR Israel gets from the media, an emphasis on something positive is due. Each day, Israel’s hospitals heal Arab patients from all across the region including many Syrians who have been wounded in their current civil war.
Last October, 60 Minutes did a heart-wrenching/eye-opening story about the newly re-discovered massive amounts of Nazi documentation housed in Bad Arolsen, Germany. They brought 3 survivors to the warehouse and showed them material about their past that they, themselves, weren’t even aware of. All Holocaust deniers should be forced to view the 50 million pages (shelving 16 miles long!) of historical evidence that was meticulously kept for the purpose of proving success of their extermination plan. Thank God they failed yet, devastatingly, not before 6 million Jews (plus several million Soviets, Polish Citizens, Yugoslavians, Gipsies, Homosexuals and mentally/physically disabled men, women and children) perished. Here is the (13 minute) clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoNdL3nFKWw
Have you even wondered how the State of Israel succeeded in 1948 against ALL odds to fend off 13 warring armies, which included 6 Arab Countries (ie. Egypt), 5 Arab volunteer entities (ie. Muslim Brotherhood) and 2 unconventional armies (ie. The Holy War Army). Miraculously, diaspora volunteer fighter pilots halted the Egyptian forces with antiquated Soviet airplanes. This set a much needed (though unexpected) victory for the rest of the battle. For more details, I know you’ll find this (8 minute) Documentary Trailer very interesting: http://vimeo.com/54400569
Some dispute the Shark part, insisting Bull Sharks do inhibit ourGreat Lakes, but either way, I feel its a mitzvah to add
some Michigan-lovin to these messages.
Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,
P.S. Bonus video of the week: http://www.aish.com/sp/pg/Maccabeats-Brave.html
I hope you enjoy this very creative new musical message from those talented Yeshiva U. a cappella singers, the Maccabeats. Though it looks like they are playing instruments in this youtube, in fact they are not. Also, part is filmed in Central Park (I think) but can you identify the other beautiful location…I can’t.