Shabbat Shalom Jan. 24, 2014

Shabbat Shalom January 24, 2014

Dear Friends and Family,

In recognition of Martin Luther King day, I too have a dream…
…that Israel will live in peace and prosperity
…that Detroit will be revitalized as a vibrant innovative City
…that Women’s rights and health will be protected and respected
…that Marriage Equality will be accepted Nationally and Globally
…that our Land, Oceans and Wildlife are kept safe from destruction
…that Hatred, Racism and Anti-Semetism disappear from our Earth

Repeated message
Where would our world be if MLK, Anne Frank, Yitzhak Rabin and Daniel Pearl had not been murdered?   I included this video last year when it debuted (by ADL).  It is worth another viewing since the message is powerful, meaningful and elegant.

Lessons Learned
In honor of this Monday’s commemoration of International Holocaust Memorial Day, UN Sec.Gen. Ban Ki-moon, attended Shabbat services last Saturday in NYC.  In addition, he experienced a moving and memorable visit to Auschwitz last November.  It should be required for ALL representatives of UN member countries to visit Auschwitz as sadly many UN voices chose to ignore the world lesson of the 30s and 40s.  And even the UN Sec.Gen can make mistakes but rectifying them sends an important message as Ban Ki-moon wisely UNINVITED Iran to the Syrian Peace Talks in Switzerland.

UN Gen./Sec. Ban Ki-Moon
Auschwitz Nov. 2013
Papal Progress
Along with my “Soap Box” and “Shout Out” sections, I should include an “I love the Pope” update. This week he announced his plans to unseal the Papal archives during the Holocaust era to reveal any neglect regarding the Jewish plight and then he kosherized his kitchen and hosted a meal with 15 Argentinean Rabbis to increase the Jewish-Catholic dialog.
The Pope and his Friends
Supposedly, the Iranians are complying with the (6 Country) agreement (commenced this week) to allow inspections (among other requirements) of their nuclear facilities.  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed the limiting of uranium enrichment although the Iranian President has stated that they will not “under any circumstances” destroy centrifuges even as plans for a more permanent agreement are scheduled for the near future.  For now limited funds will slowly flow back into Iran according to the IAEA, though close monitoring of this situation will continue as many in our US Congress have suggested back up sanctions if any “fishy” behavior creeps up.
Ironically the Iranian and Israeli planes were
neighbors at the Swiss airport this week

Father’s Blessing
With the Iranians as our “Enemy”, here is an Iranian/Michigan story that ends by saving the lives of 7 strangers.  An Iranian student studying in Northern Michigan was beaten to (brain) death by her husband.  She arrived at Marquette Hospital completely alone.  The internet communication between the nurses and her father and sister (in Iran) formed a long distance family. When organ donation was discussed, her father sent this prayer to be recited by the surgeons, God I give you my child, so that she may save many great lives, for we are all your children.”  As cost prevented her remains returned to Iran, she is buried in Marquette where her nurse/family will continue to visit her.

Actress Activism
She is bright, beautiful and bold.  Scarlett Johansson (a tribe member) is the new face of Soda Stream, an Israeli company who’s product sales are soaring.  Their new commercial will showcase at the Superbowl yet many groupies from the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) team will be bull-horning their complaints. If they did any research, they’d realize Soda Stream employs nearly 1,000 Palestinians (in 1 of their 4 factories) with competitive Israeli wages in addition to being environmental by eliminating the excessive use of bottles.  Here’s a glimpse of the commercial shoot and a longer article about the story:

Cool Runnngs
Good luck to the Jamaican Bobsled team for qualifying for Sochi and raising the needed fund (via the internet) to travel there. Stay safe and keep a close watch for any suspicious looking people.  The terrorist threat is on HIGH alert.

Wishing you and your loved ones a

Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,


“We must learn to live together as brothers (and sisters) or perish together as fools.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Bonus video:
In honor of my Aunt Chilly (102) who lives in Fleischman Residence on our JCC campus and for Carole Lasser, who introduced me to these wonderful musicians, please enjoy this uplifting video by the Piano Guys and their performance at a lucky Senior Living Facility in Utah. and if you want more of this musical frenzy.  Take a look at the Cellist sharing crazy activities (including skydiving) with his cello while performing the great Turtle’s tune “Happy Together”


Less Funds, More Votes
Four years ago this week (Jan. 21st), our “wise” Supreme Court christens Citizens United giving corporations the status of peoplehood so they can unlimitedly shower super PACs with mucho dinero.  Just as you can’t BUY Love… you can’t BUY Votes but oh do people try and oh do people fall for those $$ signs.  Fancy cars, expensive jewelry and lavish homes won’t anoint you with a stellar and respected reputation.  Only your humanitarian, philanthropic and civic actions will stand the test of time.  Billions of $$ of media ads will bombard us with lies and distortions but it is our job to sift through and search for the truth when selecting our candidates to support.  On the opposite side of the equation is that voting should be easier not harder.  Let’s vote online, lets vote for a full 24 hours,  lets increase absentee voting…  Opponents to easier voting say we must prevent voter fraud but in actuality, research proves there is a fraction of a 1% of voter fraud.  The voter fraud boggy-man does NOT exist.
Please resign
With reputation in mind and our City of Detroit at stake, Councilman Cushingberry should resign based on the allegations of his unseemly actions of driving under the influence and swindling a widowed client.
Logical Representation
There are 100 US Senators and only 20 are Women (20%)
There are 435 US Representatives and only 78 are Women (18%)
Women are 50.8% of our US population.
Men’s life experiences and some priorities are different than women’s so shouldn’t legislation affecting all Americans be determined by broader viewpoints.  Same holds true for minorities. There are only 2 African American Senators and only 43 African American Reps. and its worse for other minorities (Senators: 1 Asian American, 2 Hispanic Americans and 0 Native Americans) Aren’t we suppose to be “…a Government of the people, by the people, for the people…”
Sadly, the Texas hospital I wrote about a few weeks ago still refuses to take a brain dead pregnant woman off life support even though she (prior to her death spoke about never wanting to be “hooked up”), her husband and father all want her removed from the tubes.  Since she is pregnant, the fetus has more rights than her and her husband.  Also, it has been determined the fetus has brain damage and is deformed.  In addition, the hospital has indicated that the medical fees to keep her hooked up will be requested from the appropriate source (her family and insurance company).  This is a tragic nightmare for the family and a travesty of our legal system.
Yoga Rocks Ford Field
Please join us on Saturday Feb. 22nd (8:30am) for a huge community wide Yoga Class at Ford Field with partners Detroit Lions, Yoga Shelter, Lululemon, Quicken Loans, Michelob Ultra.  Your attendance is needed to help break the record of the largest Yoga Class.  Please join us!
Young Artist
If you are looking for an interesting afternoon, please mosey on down toShaarey Zedek Synagogue this Sunday Jan. 26th from 10am-4pm for a browse and shopping opportunity of the creative works of young local artist.
As we freeze our fingers and toes during yet another Michigan cold snap, many in our community have no mittens or gloves for warmth.  Please support Mittens for Detroit with their comedy night this Saturday evening 1/25.  Also, Weight Watchers meetings are collecting mittens for this worthy organization.
Sad News
Condolences to my cousin’s family on the abrupt passing of Marty Fingeroot(age 57), son to Annette and bother to Howard.  May his memory bring comfort to those morning his passing.

Sad News
Condolences to Heidi and Jeffrey Budaj on the passing of Magda Budaj (age 95), grandmother to Mark Fischgrund among many other grandchildren.  May her long life and spirit be a blessing to those who loved her.

Bravo to niece, Renee Ruiz, for her wonderful philosophy and expression of parenthood captured in this poiyant film about time priorities by local filmmaker,Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

41 years
Happy 41st birthday to Roe v. Wade this week.  May we continue to celebrate this milestone for…EVER!

This week…

Jan. 24th
Rabbi Aaron Star
Ellen Maizeloff
Gail Mayer
Birthdate of John Belushi (1949)

Jan. 25th
(Cousin) Sid Grossberg
King Henry VIII marries Ann Boleyn in1533
(pre-nup might have helped this marriage)

Jan. 26th
Brenda Naomi Rosenberg
Birthdate of Paul Newman (1925)

Jan. 27th
Dana Loewenstein
Diane Kaplan Orley
Jeff Schlussel
Max Klar
J.D. Salinger dies (2010)

Jan. 28th
Challenger Shuttle explodes in 1986
Alan Alda born (1936)

Jan. 29th
Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward wed (lasted 50 years)
Tom Selleck born 1945 in Detroit

Jan. 30th
Danielle Winterberger
Deborah Rubyan
Ken Gold
Mahatma Gandhi assassinated (1948)
Coretta Scott King dies (2006)

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Please excuse my typos, misspellings and human errors.  Thanks.

Shabbat Shalom Jan. 24, 2014

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