We had an amazing time in New York last weekend thanks to many of your suggestions. The highlights included drinks at the Blue Bar (Algonquin Hotel)
with friends (Diane, Randy, Carol, Steve, Ari, Rob, Marcie and surprise guests: Orna and Keenan). Dinner at Jojo’s
(upper east side), Birch Coffee
(upper east side), “Beautiful”
on Broadway, walking the newly completed High Line
(34th st. to 12th st.), lunch at Lulu and Me
(28th and 5th), Toloache
for the best Mexican dinner…ever (near Washington Square) and seeing Tziporela
(Odd Birds) Tel Aviv Comedy Troop in The Village
Israel is not the only one plagued by Hamas. 31 Egyptian soldiers were killed this week by Terrorist in a Northern Sinai town, which pissed off the Egyptians. This prompted a border closure between Gaza and Egypt, the distruction of 800 homes in the boarder town of Rafa, the displacement of 10,000 Egyptian and the halt of Egypt’s mediation talks between Israel and Hamas (not that there was much hope for success on that front).
Though Rio De Janeiro came in first place, it’s nothing to sneeze over that Tel Aviv is the 2nd Sexiest City on planet Earth. I could have told you that without the survey results just from walking the beachfront and viewing all the Israeli eye candy. In addition, Tel Aviv’s Imperial Craft was named the best Bar in the Middle East. This info deserved a rapid dash to your nearest travel agent to schedule your next visit.http://www.jspacenews.com/tel-aviv-named-2nd-sexiest-city-earth/
20 years ago this week, Yitzhak Rabin
(z”l) and King Hussein
signed the Israel/Jordan Peace Treaty
. This collaborative effort was based on a true friendship between these elder statesmen. Sadly both of these peace-makers are long gone though we could truly benefit from more like-minded world leaders today. Here is the actual (and interesting) Peace Treaty from Oct. 26, 1994 signed at the border crossing of Wadi “Araba: http://www.kinghussein.gov.jo/peacetreaty.html
From Peace Treaty to Peace Train. I might be bias by my lifelong love of Cat Steven‘s music, but I’ve also kept vigil for accurate information of his beliefs regarding Israel and the Jewish people. To my knowledge, there is no evidence of animosity. In fact, lately he has re-entered the mainstream stage after his Rock and Roll induction plus his new album (“Tell ’em I’m Gone”) and concert tour which we are excited to see in Boston next month. Click on this video for his perceptive on life and his latest musical creation.
The Toronto Ford brothers keep our late night comedians flush with material. Good old, Rob Ford cruised back into politics this week winning a seat on the City Council while simultaneously battling an aggressive form of cancer. Though brother, Doug, lost his bid to replace Rob in the Mayor’s office but did manage to offend the Toronto Jewish Community when asked about a past anti-semitic comment made by his brother. He responded (and was booed) in the stereotypically way by mentioning his Jewish Doctor, Jewish Accountant and threw in that his Wife was Jewish…though she really isn’t.
Brothers Doug and Rob
After 16 longs months (and years of agony) our Detroit bankruptcy debacle is coming to an end as Judge Rhodesplans to give his verdict next Friday, Nov. 7th. This week the Detroit schools made a mutually beneficial swap with the City to exchange an $11.6 million debt for 57 empty schools and 20 vacant lots. All good signs for our beloved City.
Last week I mentioned the passing of Ethel Rosenberg’s brother who lied in court and contributed to his sister execution. So as an addendum to that story (Thanks, Josh F.), here is information on the only known memorial to the Rosenbergs, which is, not surprisingly, in Cuba.
C. Everett Koop, where are your descendants? Surely, our medical advancements are admirable but they don’t warrant the absence of a National Surgeon General
which we’ve done WITHOUT for 15 months. Our current Senate won’t confirm the nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy
, since he suggests an assault weapons ban, gun safety training and limits on ammunition. The NRA doesn’t like these (lifesaving) ideas, so NRA supported Senators won’t confirm him during these medically tenuous times. This current articles in Good Magazine gives in interesting picture of our Surgeon General situation: http://tinyurl.com/LackofaSG
. Maybe if we had a Surgeon General, we would have a realistic policy on how to handle (brave) Ebola Health Care Workers
on their return to the U.S.
We need a plan
And speaking of gun violence, this celeb-packed video might be nearly two years old but it is still relevant. Step forward with Gabby Giffords, who is brave and determined to Demand a Plan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64G5FfG2Xpg
Hail to the “Victors”
As Pink October fades into the past, our concern for Breast Cancer continues as a year-round vigil. The NYTimes compiled an extensive interactive portrayal of the many lives touched by this dreaded disease. For inspiration on truly remarkable “Victors”, check out his incredible website:
All Hallows Eve, the night before All Saints Day (Nov. 1st) originated in 1745 and is a Christian holiday that has crossed over into the secular world opening the doors for all to indulge in the gluttony of sugary and chocolate treats. Snickers, Kit Kats and Reese’s peanut butter cups were my favorite. I hope your Trick or Treating results in a pillowcase full of your favorite treats. And remember if your eat 7 bars of dark chocolate everyday, you’ll increase your memory and your waistline.
Why should we vote on Tuesday? During our last midterm election in 2010, there was only 47% voter turnout. Though, did you know that 99% of our riches Americans VOTE and the opposite holds true among poorest citizens, meaning they’re voter turn out is VERY low. How does this reflect on our society. These five prominent issues resonate with our lower-income non-voters who’s voices aren’t being heard at the polls.http://tinyurl.com/5IssuesForVoters