As we commemorate the 13th anniversary of the horrific 9/11 terrorist attack that (within a few minutes) killed nearly 3,000 innocent people, we must keep vigilant and prepared to continue our global fight against those warped fundamentalist who’s main goal is to establish a homogeneous restrictive community where freedoms are deprived and life is limited. Though we might have an ocean as our buffer, Israel lives with these evil terrorist as her neighbors. Yet lately their extreme ideals are spreading to both Americans and Europeans as hundreds are known to be fighting on their behalf in Syria and Iraq. And now, (130) Canadians have joined this ruthless bandwagon.
May the souls of those who perished on 9/11 and all those who’ve lost their lives to terrorism be the spirit and strength to help combat the evil forces of Islamic Radicalization.
World Trade Center
Domestic abuse was brought to the forefront of our country’s consciousness this week, though (sadly) it is always present in the back bedrooms, hall closets or elevator cars of our country’s hidden spaces. Many of these abuse victims stay with and defend their abusers, like this week’s famous case. The CDC reports that 1 in 4 women are abused in our society. This US statistic is startling and outrageous. We need to do a better job educating and protecting those susceptible to this horrible cycle of violence. Not surprisingly, there are 20 countries that don’t even have laws preventing domestic violence, including many you would expect, like Yemen, Iran, Syria…and these:
While at this week’s Lion of Judah conference, we saw a presentation about an incredible documentary which shines light on the “honor” abuse of Muslim women. This film was written and produced by a young Jewish Human Rights attorney, Paula Kweskin,
who bravely sought to spotlight the extreme abuse through the lens and stories of (only a few) of the millions of victims of this religious sponsored violence. http://www.honordiaries.com/
The world needs to see this film. Many in our community have brought awareness to its importance. Bravo to Leora Bar-Levav
for spearheading this effort.
The IS Fight is on
President Obama, this week, unveiled his plan (with a wide coalition) to help eradicate the radical extremist of the Islamic State
. This fight will (unfortunately) continue well beyond his presidency as he was hoping his foreign policy legacy would have been the killing of Bin Laden and ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars though more fighting seems to have been thrusted upon him. This wide coalition consists of the Big 10
major countries including U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Canada, Australia
and the strategically located Turkey
as well as 40 others (including 10 Arab nations) who are willing to help. Globally, there is a strong interest to suppress these evil forces and for the sake of our future this coalition must succeed.
Internationally speaking, the inter-connected Quad-Countries of the UK (England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland) COULD become less connected next week when Scotlandvotes to secede from their Union. The polls indicate the race is neck and neck with the outcome up in the air, though I assume it won’t pass. But, now, other countries have been emboldened to attempt the same fate. For example, Catalonia has longed to disconnect from Spain and will this inspire Quebec to try again to separate from Canada? Even the Yuppers in our ownUpper Peninsula wanted to become the 51st State and separate from Michigan which would have sadly relinquished some beautiful territory from our State.
Scotland, part of the UK since 1707
I am truly in AWE of Ari Lesser who is one of the finest educators of the Middle East situation through his poetic songs which illuminate the TRUTH in articulate and balanced terms. Check out his newest song regarding Hamas.
Another VERY creative and talented soul is David Broza who has just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund his film documenting the production of his latest album: East Jerusalem-West Jerusalem. By being part of this project you too can help build the bridges to create a lasting Peace. You can read more about this initiative and contribute at:
There is light at the end of our Detroit Bankruptcy tunnel as a settlement is in the works between (creditor) Syncora and our City. The trial is on hold till next week so the parties can get their ducks in order. This is good news and one step closer as our Phoenix shakes off the debt-fill dust and starts to rise.
Love – Love
Congrats to Marin Cilic (Croatia) winning (6/3,6/3,6/3) in the men’s finals and Serena Williams (who didn’t drop a set in the whole tournament) and won her 18th (chai) Grand Slam Singles Title at this year’s US Open (which I joyfully attended for the first time).
Serena joined by other 18-time winners Martina and Chrissy, though Steffi takes the cake with 22 Grand Slams.
Bigger is better
Apple introduced it new iPhone 6 and 6+ but if you plan to buy one yourself, you might jump in line now as Apple expects to sell out within days of their Sept. 19th availability date. Personally, we converted to Samsung a year ago and love the larger size so I can see the appeal.
Yale Chaplain Rev. Bruce Shipman wrote a response in the NY Times to Deborah Lipstadt‘s op-ed about the rise of Anti-semitism, where he blames the cause of anti-semitism on the diaspora Jews for not urging Israel to restrain from their defensive actions in Gaza and find a solution to the Palestinian situation. Anti-semitism and all racism warrant absolutely NO excuse as his bigoted remarks resulted in his self resignation and apology.
Hallowed Halls of Yale University
Our Right and Responsibility
Election day is only 7 1/2 weeks away. Please educate yourselves on your choices. In my opinion, Gary Peters is, hands down, the wisest choice to represent us in our United States Senate. And to confirm my opinion, here is more evidence from US World and News Reports:
Women who support Gary are encouraged to join the Team at this website.
I joined; I hope you will too.
For other States, you can contact the county clerks office in your city.
The Mighty $
There is just TOO much money being spent on candidates during our election cycle. The field should be level and unburdened of excessive financial contribution. An amendment to overturn Citizens United was filibustered this week preventing campaign finance reform. Efforts need to continue to rightsize our wasteful campaign structure.
“Run, Forrest, Run”
My two all-time top favorite films are The Big Chill
and Forrest Gump
, both with incredible music. For the 20th anniversary of Forrest Gump, the soundtrack of 32 songs will be released on a 3 (vinyl) LP album (stands for Long Playing, for those of you born post-album era). And the film was re-released for IMAX theaters this past week. http://tinyurl.com/ForrestGump20th
Palindrome Year 5775
As our Jewish New Year of 5775 is quickly approaching (just 12 days away), I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you aSweet, Healthy and Peaceful Rosh Hashana. May the new year bring healing to the ill, relief from the suffering and comfort to the downtrodden. As I was searching for an upbeat Rosh Hashana music video to include in this week’s message, I stumbled upon comedian Elon Gold‘s “rant” of our Jewish New Year. If you remember, I mentioned Elon a few week’s ago after he and his family were harassed and threatened while walking home from Shabbat dinner. Anyway, I find Elon hilarious and hope you do too. Beware as it is slightly racey: