Shabbat Shalom August 1, 2014

Shabbat Shalom
August 1, 2014
Dear Friends and Family,

Tikvah Tuesday
The Jewish observance of Tisha B’Av is this Tuesday Aug. 5th*. It is a Fast Day (no food or drink) that commemorates the destruction of our 1st and 2nd Temples which occurred about 656 years apart but coincidentally on the same Hebrew calendar date of Tisha (9th) day of the month of Av.  At this moment it feels like our enemies want the history books to include another destruction of our “Temple” Israel but just as we’ve survived all past attempts we, too, will survive this one with continued hope (Tikvah) for Peace.

Tunnel of Terror
While we try to stop THEM from killing US, the UN Human Rights Council (this week) approved an investigation of Israel’s “war crimes” in Gaza and not surprising blames EVERYTHING on Israel (again and again…).  United States was the only country on the Council to vote against the inquisition with European counties abstaining.–20140729-story.html   If they insist on an investigation, maybe they should check out the cause of death of 160 children who died while building those Terror Tunnels. Where is the UN Human Rights Council’s or UNICEF’s or the world outrage of that atrocity.

                                                   Gazan child digging tunnel

Threatened Freedoms
Palestinians do deserve a State but it should be peacefully NEXT to ours, not IN PLACE of ours. But, for those who think this war is just a Middle East conflict involving Jews… it is not.  It is basically a conflict by those who abhor the Democratic Freedoms we hold near and dear.  this conflict has also emboldened Anti-Semitism to bubbling up in Europe.  This war is being waged all over the world. As an example, millions of dollars are being (quietly) paid to Al Qaeda and its affiliates to free kidnapped European hostages.

Groups like Al Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, Boka Harem and their friends would like to eliminate democracy EVERYWHERE. Extremist on all sides are dangerous to our freedoms. Here is an extremist mother who’s son was treated in an Israeli hospital for a heart condition.

 Proper Parenting
We want our kids happy and healthy, but are we raising our kids to be Good Caring people. More parents (worldwide) need to read this article.

Remember the book…

But this is true too…

Shame on the NRA spokesperson who criticized a Jewish businessman for supporting Gun Control by suggesting that gun policies were used by the Nazis against the Jews.

Shame on our Congress for wasting money and time on an absurd political stunt to sue our President for doing the job we democratically voted him in to do.

Amid the tragic world events occurring this Summer, it is time to take a breather and reflect on our own daily lives.  We are here on Earth to Enjoy (ourselves) and Improve (our surroundings). Enjoyments like the warmth of Summer, hugs of grandchildren, health and well-being of family and friends, outdoor (James Taylor) concert, ice cream…deserve appreciation.  It’s also important to remember the other half of the “Enjoy and Improve” equation by helping those around us. Sometimes “doing good” is more enjoyable than even Ice Cream.

James in his “Detroit vs Everybody” shirt this week at
Pine Knob

Music Makes Everything Better
To end this week on a beautiful note, here is the music of Sonna Rele and a messy haired Matisyahu singing a great new song called “Get Up”.  There’s a cute kid at the end. Is it Matisyahu’s son?

Wishing you a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom.

“Shalom alechem malache ha-sharet malache elyon…”


*In addition to being Tisha B’Av, Tuesday is also Michigan Primary Voting day. Please take a quick moment to vote.  My endorsements are below but my most sincere request is a vote for Rudy Hobbs as he is our best choice to represent us in Congress (if you live in the 14th District).

Parting shot of a true mentch!

Pope Francis‘ surprise visit this week to join fellow Vatican staff in the cafeteria lunchroom.

Condolences to the family of Dr. Sheik Umar Khan (age 39) who died this week in Sierra Leone from Ebola as he was trying to combat the worst out break of the deadly virus.
Please Vote

Congrats to Richard Bernstein for announcing his candidacy this week for Michigan Supreme Court.  With his experience, skills and intellect, he is an excellent choice for our Supreme Court.

Michigan Primary is this Tuesday August 5th

Mark Schauer and Lisa Brown 
US Senate
Gary Peters
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 – Sander 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 – 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
Detroit Public TV will present Hannan and I with the Dolores & George Riley Stewardship Award at their annual Premiere Night at the Westin Book Cadilac.  We hope you can join us.
Thursday September 18th
Please join us at the Michigan Israel Business BridgeAmbassador’s Award Dinner at the Detroit Athletic Club honoring Chuck Newman.
Thursday October 2nd
Michigan League of Conservation Voters will be honoringCongressman John Dingell and Senator Carl Levin for their decades of service to our nation and their efforts to help protect our environment at their Innovation in Conservation dinner at the Westin Book Cadilac.
Monday October 6th
Yad Ezra will be honoring (worthy recipients) Anita and Bob Naftaly at their annual event held at Congregation Shaarey Zedek.
Tuesday October 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.  For additional information please contact Ashley Abaloz at (313) 874-6139 or
Happy Birthday!

July 23rd
Happy 90th to Judge Avern Cohn
 July 30th
Elana (and twin brother who I forgot last week) Aaron Folbe Happy 21st

Aug. 1st
Miriam Liebman
Carol Ziecik

Aug. 2nd
Adi Kaye

Aug. 3rd
Orna Wolens
Steve Tarnowsky
Tony Levin
Dany Saar

Aug. 4th
Jandy Spiegelman
Lesley Kutinsky
President Barak Obama

Aug. 5th
Dan Chicorel
Jeremy Berg
Tisha B’Av

Aug. 6th
Alan Pinter

Aug. 7th
Norma Dorman

Blue Stripes

Shabbat Shalom August 1, 2014

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