Shabbat Shalom July 25, 2014

Shabbat Shalom
July 25, 2014

Dear Friends and Family,

Continued Distress
This week brings a continuation of our prayers and thoughts for Israel’s rapid and safe dismantle of Hamas’ Terror.  With the IDF’s ground incursion, the death toll is raising but when one side uses deceitful and ruthless tactics, no one wins. This message epitomizes the ideology of the region:

“Israel uses Weaponry to Protect civilians while Hamas uses civilians to protect weaponry”.  Israel HATES war while Hamas HATES Israel.  And for a small region, the conflict is getting top billing.  World opinion is either on one side or the other with pockets of violent anti-Israel protests risking lives all over the world (Paris, Nazareth, Germany, Houston, Ireland).  What is Israel to do…? After 66 years of trying to get along with her neighbors, it’s time to just isolate, protect and continue to build our Homeland that was obtained legally and with deep historical roots. I’m an optimist but, sadly, I don’t see Peace in our near future.   I do see hope when I read letters like this one, which is just SPOT ON! And of course stories of the Israeli Field Hospital set up to assist injured Gazans is ignored by most in the world…but not here: And lastly, here are 5 media myths about the situation that will enlighten your view, especially if you’ve been watching CNN, reading the NYTimes or listening to NPR:

You wouldn’t know this is an AXE commercial plus it speaks volumes and refers to John’s quote above:

BRAVO to Michael Bloomberg on his solidarity mission to Israel and his articulate retort to CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer. Our US delegation needs to take a lesson on Loyalty and Support from former Mayor Bloomberg and our neighbors to the north as Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper also unequivocally defends Israel:

Was it hypocritical for the FAA to restrict flights into Israel this week when no restrictions were set for the Ukraine?  These restrictions and travel warnings are a bonus to Hamas as it accomplishes their economic terrorist goals.  Now is the time to travel to Israel (to eat, shop and spend) as Hannan and I will be doing very soon.

Abrupt Continuity
We, in the US, take Freedom of Religion for granted.  This week, in Iraq, ends the millennial long history of Christian in Mosul as Islamist threatened (with death), that all Christians either flee their homes with no possessions or convert.  Thousands fled while 5 families converted.  These persecuted victims are decedents of the earliest Christians from 2,000 years ago who’s history is now wiped clean from Mosul. Pure genocide.

Water Disruption
There are many things we can’t live without but none more important than water.  Sadly, over 7,000 Detroiters, who couldn’t afford to pay their water bills, had their service turned off last month. Nearly half came up with the payments and had their water return but the others were still dry till this week when the Water Department gave those who still had unpaid bills a 15 day reprieve. Most hope those who are still without service can make arrangements for a payment plan so service is not interrupted in the future. Again our friends to the North are coming to our rescue as carloads of Canadians plan to deliver 200 gallons of water to the dry Detroiters:

And speaking of Detroit, Happy 313 Birthday (celebrated yesterday July 24th) which coincides with the Detroit’s 313 Area Code. To celebrate, maybe you’d like to purchase a cool and unique pair of Detroit Flip Flops made from recycled (illegally dumped tires)

Interrupted Sleep
Another necessity for the well-being of our health is Sleep. Recent research indicates that sleep has a direct correlation to your health.  It’s the new “Apple a day”
Here are 37 tips on how to achieve a better nights rest:  Wishing you a Lila Tov (“good night”).

May next week’s Shabbat message be filled with more peaceful news.  Shabbat Shalom to you and your loved ones.


Bonus Music Video
Please enjoy this beautiful rendition of David Broza’s famous song “Yihiyeh Tov / It will be good”.  This English version was first song by a father (heading to fight terrorism) to his son more than 10 years ago and now the father and son are singing it again as the son heads to Gaza to fight that same battle.

The above song is a tribute to all of the people who have lost their lives these last several weeks. Condolences to the Israeli families of the nearly 30 deaths from this Operation Protective Edge as well as these two Americans/Israeli soldiers who were killed.

Max Steinberg z”l

age 24 from California

Sean Carmeli z”l

age 21 from Texas
Condolences also to the family and friends of Malaysia Flight 17 as some of the victims are arriving back to Holland.  After a week of complete disrespect for the crash site with Russian Separatist sabotaging the wreckage and many bodies still missing, this tragedy will take months or even years to sort out.
 Dutch mourners
Michigan Primary is Aug. 5th (quickly approaching)
National Election is Nov. 4th
Get your Absentee Ballot
For those who will be out of town (or out of their district) on Aug. 5th or for those who are older than 60 or for those who are disabled and can’t get to the polls, you can pick up your Absentee Ballots from your County Clerks office this week.

Please help support and spread the word of our
Michigan Candidates:
Mark Schauer (and Lisa Brown)
US Senate
Gary Peters 

The newest fiasco from Gary’s opponent is her lack of financial skills based on her $3 Million personal donation to her campaign yet her financial disclosure of her worth was only $1.5 Million. This math just doesn’t add up:

US Representatives
District 3 – Brian Ellis – Western MI – (Justin Amash must go)
District 5 – Dan Kildee – Central MI –
District 7 – Pam Byrnes – Jackson, parts of Ann Arbor…
District 9 – Sandy Levin – HW, RO, Fern, Frank…
District 11 – Livonia/Novi area – Bentivolio MUST go!
District 12 – Debbie Dingell – Detroit, parts of Ann Arbor…
District 14 – Ruby Hobbs – Detroit to Auburn Hills zigzag

MI Senate
District 13 – Ryan Fishman – Rochester Hills, Rochester, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Birmingham, Clawson, Royal Oak, and Berkley
District 14 – Vicki Barnett and Ellen Cogen Lipton (both are friends of mine and brilliant legislators) – Farm., Farm. Hills, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Hunt. Woods, Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak Twp., Southfield.
MI Representatives
District 27 – Robert Wittenberg – Berkley, Ferndale, Hazel Park,Huntington Woods, Oak Park and Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak Township
District 35 – Jeremy Moss – Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Franklin
District 37 – Barry Brickner, Christine Greig, Theresa Rich – Farmington, Farm. Hills.
District 39 – Sandy Colvin – Commerce Twsp, Wixom, West Bloom. Twsp, Wolverine Lake (FYI, Sandy’s Dem. primary opponent, Michael Saari, is an NRA member and used to be listed as a Republican)
District 40 – Mary Belden Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and the eastern portion of West Bloomfield Township
District 61 – John Fisher – Portage/Kalamazoo area.

Wednesday September 17th
Hannan and I are honored to be presented with the Detroit Public TV Dolores & George Riley Stewardship Award at their annual Premiere Night event at the Westin Book Cadilac.  We hope you can join us.

Thursday Oct. 2nd
Please join us for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Dinner honoring John Dingell and Carl Levin for their decades of service to our nation and their efforts to help protect our environment.  The event will be held at the Westin Book Cadilac.

Tuesday Oct. 7th
We will be celebrating our 10th anniversary of the Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends Luncheon which benefits the West Bloomfield Henry Ford Breast Care and Wellness Center.  We are teaming up with the Detroit Lions this year as the Luncheon will be at Ford Field in Detroit.


  I hope this week’s celebrants have an enjoyable Birthday:
 July 25th
Andee Barenholtz
July 26th
Mary Lou Zieve
July 27th
Barbara Kappy
July 28th
Andrea Levin
Josh Linkler
July 29th
Steven Tapper
July 30th
Jim Labes
Elana Folbe
July 31st
Shaindle Braunstein-Cohen


Shabbat Shalom July 25, 2014

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