Dear Friends and Family,
War and Peace
As Egypt broke out in violence this week (with over 500 deaths and thousands injured), more peaceful activities were occurring just to the north with the first (of a 9-month)Israeli/Palestinian Peace Powwow. Though most analysts are guardedly pessimistic due to past failed attempts, this time might prove more successful with its code of silence instilled by Sec. of State John Kerry. Let’s hope the gestational period gives birth to a new era for the region. It is just exasperating to continuously release Palestinian prisoners who’ve murdered Israelis with no Peaceful outcome for the concession.
Putin just keeps digging himself deeper into a ditch of discontent. IF
only Snowden hadn’t shown up on his doorstep…IF
only homophobia wasn’t a staple in his diet… IF
only he would take Syria’s Bashar al-Assad off his friendly rolodex… IF
only he hadn’t abruptly slammed the door on US adoptions… Maybe
Obama would be slurping some Borscht
with him right about now, though it probably would have been the COLD version. And speaking of Borscht, please enjoy this (8 min.) video about the Borscht Belt and Wilt Chamberlain. It give you wonderful insight to Wilt’s relationship with the Jews of the Catskills.http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9532912
Her parents were Sephardic Jews. His father was a Cantor. For more than 55 years, they made beautiful music together until her passing this week at age 84. I’m talking about Edith Gormezano, better known as Eydie Gorme
. Eydie and Steve were a staple in the American music scene through much of the 20th century. Please enjoy this vintage 1970s TV appearance:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9qu_o0laLs
Can you see yourself strapped into a human size capsule traveling for a 1/2 hour at bullet speeds of 800 miles per hour between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This is the brain child of Elon Musk who also wants to make space travel available for the privileged private citizen. These Science Fiction sounding ideas are his reality and may soon become the norm. http://www.forbes.com/sites/hannahelliott/2013/08/12/latest-update-elon-musk-will-start-the-hyperloop-himself/
Boston Mob Boss, James “Whitey” Bulger was convicted this week of 11 murders (though he is probably guilty of many more) and all under the watchful eye of the local Boston authorities. I hope I’m not naive to think that this Mob mentality is a thing of the past. At least the FBI isn’t condoning it any longer… I hope.
Check out and “Like” (if you chose) this cool Facebook page of interesting photos of “Humans of Tel Aviv”, inspired by the original “Humans of New York” which is also fascinating. https://www.facebook.com/HumansOfTelAviv
Pure evil and demented mentality resulted in the acid dousing of two young (Jewish) British volunteer teachers (wearing pants and t-shirts) this week as they were heading to a restaurant in (Muslim) Zanzibar (East Africa) during Ramadan. The goal of the perpetrators was to force a strict dress code on foreign visitors and to ban alcoholic consumption. Sadly, acid is a common weapon throughout certain parts of this world and not surprisingly, most often women are the target.
To end this message on a “High” note, this week Dr. Sanjay Gupta spotlighted the advance study of Israeli Cannabisresearch and the successful treatments of many diseases. Since the early 60s, Israel has been on the forefront of Marijuana research and is now the “Go-To” country for state-of-the-art research.
Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Euphoric Shabbat Shalom,
P.S. The tiny town of Vicco, KY is leading the way on Gay Rightsand Steven Colbert brings light to this important issue with his perfect sense of sarcasm. This video is hilarious and poiyant (especially the last voice heard on the tape).