Shabbot Shalom March 28, 2014

Joyous Shabbat Shalom March 28, 2014

Dear Friends and Family,

Week’s Review
Between Mudslides, Missing Mysteries and Michigan Marriages this week has been a roller-coaster of emotions. As we in Michigan are dodging the mundane but damaging potholes, many others are dealing with more serious life obstacles.

Mountain Mudslide
55 miles Northeast of Seattle, a (50 home) community was destroyed when the side of a mountain collapsed after heavy rain and mudslides.  Nearly 100 people are still missing with a death toll of 25 that bound to increase.  This natural disaster had no forewarning and rescue in the muck is painstakingly slow.

Oso, Washington

 Frustrated Families
The worst emotional roller-coaster is being experienced by the devastated family members of the lost plane as they were told this week that the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean.  With no tangible evidence, the families, understandably, are angry and distrustful of the Malaysian authorities, though it seems only a matter of time before debris will be recovered.

Michigan Marriages
Nearly 300 legal Michigan (same-sex) marriages squeezed into a brief window of opportunity Saturday morning after Judge Friedman wisely overturned our Michigan’s unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriages.  But, expectedly, our conservative Attorney General Bill Schuette (up for re-election) requested a Stay which was granted so these marriage will remain in limbo until the case works it way through the appellate courts most likely reaching it’s final destination with our highest court sometime in mid 2015.

Bravo, Lisa Brown and other County Clerks for opening their offices on Saturday

Six Hour Rant
A parade of alternating messages between admiration and disgust was witnessed Tuesday evening at the University of Michigan Student Union. Last week the request to the Student Government to approve a Boycott of Israel was tabled indefinitely to the anger of protesters who started a Sit-in which brought back Tuesday evening’s 6 hour display and a final vote AGAINST (25-9) the boycott.  This double standard of Israel is SO frustrating and is often based on lies and Anti-Semitism, which sadly will endure but hopefully will continue to keep us strong, reflective and righteous. Yes, there are many problems in Israel and Palestinians deserve a homeland but one that peacefully neighbors our homeland and maintains OUR rights and security.  It should be a Two-Way Street for both Peoples… not a Dead-end.

The U of M student government should take their cues from the Rolling Stones as they have just announce to perform in Israel on June 4th in Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon.

Mick and buddies Israel bound

POTUS Picks Sparty
No one will win the Billion Dollar basketball bracket this year but our wise President Obama did pick my alma-mater, the MSU Spartans to win it all.  As Sweet 16 moves to the Elite 8, we’ll see if the POTUS was on the right track.

Ethical Treatment
Hypocrisy should be Denmark’s county motto as last month they publicly killed a healthy giraffe, sliced it into pieces and fed it to their lions in front of nonchalant zoo visitors including many children. Then this week they killed two adult lions (to make room for a new lion) and 2 young cubs because they said the cubs wouldn’t be able to survive on their own.  But of course, they justify this week’s ban on Kosher and Halal slaughter because Animal Rights must come before Religion.  Where is the protest against Denmark?

Zoo Story:

Kosher Slaughter Ban:

Denmark Zoo (animals beware)

Quarter Century Later
The Herring population as never returned YET there are still pockets of oil found in crevices all over the shores.  22 Orca Whales, 250 Bald Eagles, 300 harbor Seals and close to 1/4 million seabirds all perished that dreadful day March 24, 1989 when the Exxon Valdez hit a reef, ripped open its tank and spilled the equivalent of 17 olympic size pools of oil into Prince Edward Sound in Alaska. These stats are just a fraction of the devastation that occurred 2 and half decades ago.  Today, oil ships must be double-hulled, plus tugs boats and radar are required to assist the maneuvers of the giant tankers while near shore. What’s truly needed (for lots of reasons) is a decrease and eventual elimination of our Oil Dependence.

Best of the Week
The two highlights of this week was: 1. the discovery of our granddaughter, Hadassa‘s first tooth and 2. the amazing satellite music channel of ALL Billy Joel tunes and tales.  It is on XM Channel 4 though June 25th: and for true BJ and Jimmy Fallon fans, check out their Doo Wop Duet
and the rock song, “You May Be Right”:

My favorite album

Wishing you and your family a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,


P.S.  If you would like your (or your loved ones) birthday mentioned or if you have a passion, interesting article or video you’d like spotlighted, please let me know.

Condolences to Ellen Cogen Lipton and her family on the passing of her sister, Hope.  May her spirit and cherished memory bring comfort to those who loved her.


Future Senator Gary Peters
We must do two things before the Nov. 4th vote.
1. Please help spread the word about the merits and expertise of Congressman Gary Peters as he is our best choice to represent Michigan in the Senate.  Ms. Land’s only concern is Anti-Choice plus she refuses to speak to the public purposely to prevent voters from understanding the vast differences in their qualities.  Many republicans support Gary as he is a moderate who has a proven track record for our State.
2. Please encourage EVERYONE you know (Friends and Foes, Family and Strangers) to GET OUT AND VOTE. Embarrassingly, Michigan is the State that has the largest dip in voter turnout for midterm elections.  Less voters means less votes for progressive candidates and there is a scary chance we could loose the Senate if we (all over our nation) don’t vote.  
Third Party
Citizens United needs to be repealed to prevent the emerging THREE party system of Democrats, Republicans and Billions.
Planned Parenthood
Hope you can attend this year’s PP event with guest speaker, Gloria Steinem Monday May 12th @ noon @ The Henry in Dearborn.
Healthy Body Healthy Mind
Please support Kadima’s fundraiser Thursday May 8th @ 7:30pm @ Shaarey Zedek with guest speaker Patty Duke who will discuss her struggle with Bipolar Disorder.
PBS Spotlights our History
Our 3,000 year Jewish history will be showcased from its sorrows to its survival on PBS with the first (2 hour) segments shown this past Tuesday and the remainder (3 hour) segments on April 2nd. Bravo PBS and film creator, Simon Schama on bringing this comprehensive story to the American public.
Jump Start by HFL
Got a business idea or are you interested in our local business environment? Please attend Hebrew Free Loans JUMP STARTprogram on Sunday April 13th at 10am at Lawrence Tech. University in Southfield (plus, Hannan is one of the speakers):
Michigan’s Human Trafficking Trade
Sadly, Human Trafficking is a major concern even here in Michigan.  Please join The Maimonides Society of SE MI for a Federation sponsored community discussion on Tuesday April 1st at 7:30pmat Adat Shalom.
Autism Speaks
April is Autism Awareness Month.  Please support the efforts to learn more about this disorder.
Prayers and Well Wishes
Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda Lee during her current medical challenges.  Wishing her strength and comfort to overcome her disease.
Empowering Homeless Women
Bravo to these 6 incredible Detroit women who are changing the lives our those in our region and securing the future for all of us. Special notice to 24 year old Veronika Scott who created theEmpowerment Plan which is an amazing non-profit organization that creates warm coats that converted into sleeping bags for the homeless. Plus they employ and empower homeless women to work in their factory.  Its a win-win for everyone.
Empowered Brilliant Women
Kudos to the women of the Supreme Court for brilliantly questioning the absurd case of For-Profit entities who want to be exempt from offering Birth Control (mandated in the Affordable Care Act) to their employees based on their religious beliefs. Sadly, the conservative Justices seem to be louder in their support than those against this case. The final decision will be granted in last June.  Stay tuned.
Blooming Beauty

Bravo to this new father for his beautiful tribute to his wife and her blossoming belly as he films each day of the miracle and accompanies it to his lovely song, “Something New

Best of Fest
Congrats to the documentary film “Stealing Home” as it won Best of Fest prize at the First Freep Film Festival and just in time as the Tiger’s open day is Monday. The film is about the volunteer efforts to continue the maintenance of the old Tiger Field.

I missed a birthday last week…
March 24th
Anita Naftaly
This week’s celebrants are…
  March 28th
Marianne Milgrom Bloomberg
Wendy Danzig
March 29th
Marc Morganstern
Dan Horwitz
March 30th
Andy Meisner
March 31st
Charlie Kao
Jennifer Champagne
Lisa Ross
April 1st
Jon Frank
Gilda Jacobs
April 2nd
Laura Freedman
April 3rd
Penny Orley (when’s Russell’s?)
Jeremy Wolfe

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

Shabbot Shalom March 28, 2014

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