Shabbat Shalom May 9, 2014
Dear Friends and Family,
Mother Theresa, Marge Simpson, Mommy Dearest...whomever is your role model, it is time to express gratitude to the mother figures in your life. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, especially my own mother, Florine, who has helped heal the world with her passion for health and well-being and to our daughter, Ariella, who will be celebrating her first Mother’s Day.
Prayers and well wishes go out the mothers of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls with, sadly, more kidnappings this week. May the near future allow them to embrace their daughters with their safe return from the grips of their evil terrorist captors. The leader of this horrific Boko Haram gang is a severely twisted being ( I can’t even call him human). He continues to reek havoc and must be stopped.
Prayers also go out the the Afghanistan village that lost 2,000 people in the worst mudslides in their nation.
Did you know that Metro Detroit is the most affordable place to raised a Jewish Family. Here is the full list with Detroit winning the top honor and Palo Alto, CA as the most expensive:
Brunei is definitely NOT on the list of good places to raise a Jewish Family as Brunei’s Sultan (also known as the richest man in the world) declared that Sharia Law will be the country’s ruling edict. Violators of these rules against theft, adultery, abortions, homosexuality and much more could be condemned to Lashings, Amputations, Honor Killing, Stoning and Death. Pure barbaric behavior for the 21st Century.
Start small, like pocketing it during dinner. Certainly, never look at it while driving. It could be dangerous to use it in a Movie. If we can wean ourselves off our smart phone dependencies, we will most likely increase our enjoyment of life’s experiences. I know this youtube has gone viral (30 million views so far) and for good reason since it is truly worth the watch. Look up…Smell the Roses…Meet new people…It could change your life. Thanks Sam Orley for helping to spread this message:
I love reading the magazine Mental Floss and this month’s editions has some great advice (scientifically proven) about how to be lucky in life (and it goes along the lines of Looking Up). Mainly the article says the most “lucky” people are the ones who are LESS laser focused and leave MORE room in their lives to random acts of encounters. Stroll a bookstore, speak to strangers at the coffee shop, attend new events, expand your social network. This has been the secret “lucky” tool for highly successful people.
Hamas executed two Palestinians this week. Their crime… collaborating with Israelis.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/world/middleeast/hamas-executes-2-men-accused-of-aiding-israel.html?_r=0
How can the PA continue its partnership with Hamas? Besides there blatant disregard of Human Life, the Hamas Charter states its main goal as “striving to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine”. Not sure how there can be a Two-State Solution with their definitive interest in the elimination of our Jewish Homeland. Yet we still have Hatikva (The Hope). In the meantime, the rest of the world still has a double standard for Israel as this cartoon reflects:
Justin Timberlake and Boy George (to name a few) didn’t bow to Israel’s critics as both have concerts scheduled there this month. Plus, here is a great quote from Mick Jagger: “We’ve beenslammed and smacked and twittered a lot by the anti-Israeli side; all I can say is: anything worth doing is worth overdoing. So we decided to add a concert.” Happy 66th Birthday to our Jewish Homeland. May she enjoy some Peace and Quiet in her aging years.
Wishing you and your family a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,
If you are a fan of the TV show House and the British actor, Huge Laurie (who played an American doctor), you may also enjoy his musical talents as he tickles the Ivories with this wonderful rendition of St. James Infirmary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUz-WqUw4Ic The first half of this 5 minute video is instrumental and the 2nd half has his vocals.
I have a window in my office I often gaze out of while writing these emails. If I’m at my desk at 8:00am or 4:00pm, I would often see our wonderful neighbor Sol Panush (z’l) take his daily walks. I could set my watch to his regularity. Also, each Friday afternoon, my husband and his friend Brian Kepes would see him dine with his family at Leeza’s. Sadly, Sol passed away this week at the age of 94 after filling a lifetime with his passion for Automotive Color, History, Travel, Books, Hebrew, The Flying Tigers and especially his (large loving) family. He was an author, scholar and inventor. Here is a beautiful quote from one of his books dedicated to his wife Sylvia Panush (z’l), “The fullness of my soul in all these years and future years vibrates with a love that endures, that cannot disappear”. His spirit too will not disappear. May his love and memories bring comfort to his daughter Illana (Greenberg) and son-in-law, Danny, their children and his entire family. The neighborhood won’t be the same without this sweet soul.
Michigan Primary is Aug. 5th
National Election is Nov. 4th
All US Citizens who are or will be 18 by Nov. 4th are eligible to vote.
You can register to vote by mail; at your county, city, or township clerk’s office; or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office.
This site can also answer all your Election questions including info on a sample ballot so you can prepare for your vote.
(Get Out The Vote)
Please help support the campaign of Mark Schauer
to become our next Michigan Governor by attending a fundraiser on Sunday May 18th (3:00-4:00pm) at the home of dear friends Neal and Bunky Elyakin
(1300 Red Oak) in Ann Arbor. For more info and to RSVP please contact Neal at 734-417-6094 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visithttp://tinyurl.com/MarkSchauerElyakin
Please help elect our next Michigan Senator, Gary Peters,
who voted for, supports and promises to protect the Affordable (Health) Care Act (ACA). This week the US House (Republicans) called upon Health Insurance Executives to testify about ACA and to the disappointment of the GOP, these executives praised our ObamaCare. Of course, there was discussion of areas where the ACA can be improved but trying to repeal it FIFTY times is a waste of our limited legislative time. Here is the article from this week’s NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/us/politics/called-by-republicans-health-insurers-deliver-unexpected-testimony.html
Health Insurance Executive in DC this week
Maccabi Athlete Housing
Our community needs about 800 host families to house approximately 1,500 visiting athletes and artists the week ofAugust 17-22. Its a fun commitment that helps connect our community and gives us the opportunity to meet wonderful young people from all over the world.
Mazel Tov to Fern Kepes and Nancy Goldman on receiving their well deserved Leadership Awards at the Planned Parenthood luncheon.
Mazel Tov to Andi Wolfe on receiving the (inaugural)
DOVE AWARD from the Grand Circle of Women at The Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network.
Congrats to all College Grads!
May you continue to grow and prosper.
Bravo to all Teachers during this National Teacher Appreciation Week though, quite frankly, they deserve Appreciation ALL Year.
Missed from last week…
Hadassa Raviv (Our granddaughter’s 1/2 birthday)
This week’s celebrants are…
Elanah Nachman Hunger
May 11th (Mother’s Day)
Brianna Mark (Happy 21st)
Shira Elyakin (Happy 21st)
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