Shabbat Shalom Aug. 28, 2015

Shabbat Shalom
August 28, 2015
Dear family and friends,
Many of you seem to enjoy my musical references describing each paragraph, so I have included them again this week and added the musical source at the end of the page to test your knowledge.
Hope you enjoy…
1. “If I had a million dollars…”
I might think twice about stock sales or purchases right now, as Black Monday started the week and progressed to Turnaround Tuesday till the vacillation normalized bringing relief to investors worldwide.  China, though (the 2nd largest economy after the U.S.) will take time to stabilized after its Interest Rate Slashing. But the world will continue to monitor the Chinese leadership’s handling of their volatile marketplace.
2. “He’s leaving, leaving on that midnight train…”
Several people sprung to action to prevent disaster and death on a train last week traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. A French/American made the first attempt but was wounded in the neck. Then three Americans and a Brit scrambled to subdue the terrorist who was wielding guns and a knife. Miraculously, no one died and after the terrorist was hogtied, one of the Americans jumped into his medic role to triage the neck wound of the first victim.  The scene must have resembled a Hollywood movie set yet with read blood. Honors and awards are bestoned upon the heros and hopefully the book will be thrown at the terrorist.
Heros with French President Hollande
3. “Helter Skelter” 
Horror and disgust can’t even describe the despicable (on camera) execution that took place in Virginia this week when a crazed gunman (ex-employee of the TV station) shot and killed two young journalists while filming an interview. Violent and erratic behavior coupled with anger ended two innocent lives and revenge could have been a motive as the killer posted a manifesto referring to his outrage of the Charleston Church killings. After a manhunt to capture the crazed fugitive, he crashed his car and shot himself. As the gun violent death toll continues to rise (much more than any other country), should easy access to firearms remain a staple for our American diet?
4. “Did you ever have to make up your mind…”
We are constantly barraged in the press with anti-Israel messages of how the country is evil, racist and unjust, but how about the hidden stories that don’t get published like when Israel-critics take a look for themselves and often shatters their preconceived notions.  I have two such examples of these epiphanies.  One is from the Tel Aviv University valedictorian who happens to be Egyptian and the other is from a pro-Palestinian activist from Sweden.
Viewpoint of an Egyptian:
Viewpoint of a Swede: 
5. “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…”
After trying to ban Jewish reggae artist, Matisyahu from the Spanish music festival last week, he seems to have gotten the last word (message) after receiving an apology and a re-invited to perform, which he did…  His message of Peace included this beautiful rendition of Jerusalem with lyrics from Psalms 137:5 “Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right arm forget what its suppose to do”.  Jerusalem is currently a shared city (under Israel’s juridiction).  Muslims, Jews, Christian all pray peacefully at their respective holy sites yet not too long ago, Jews were forbidden to enter our holiest site (our ancient Temple) when others controlled the Sacred City.
6. “I can see clearly now…”
A glossy view was brought to the Old Michigan Central Train Station as the Moroun family installed sparkling new windows and they might even use part of the building for their trucking transportation business.  The building sure cleans up nicely. Though there is much work and money needed to bring the beauty back to its old glory, current effort in the right direction are very encouraging even if the new windows don’t match the original architecture.
Clean interior of Old Michigan Central Station
7. “I been in the right place, 
but must have been the wrong time…”
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating  Hurricane Katrina that decimated New Orleans and the surrounding area of the Gulf Coast.  Nature and Man are to blame for the destruction.  100,000 people were displaced and $100 Billions of damages were incurred. Even 10 years later the area is still rebuilding and renovating.  Let’s hope many lessons were learned from this catastrophe so the nearly 2,000 lives lost were not lost in vain.
New Orleans
8. “Don’t go chasing waterfalls…”
We all need some advice in our lives and who better to ask than our elders.  But who is an elder?  For a 6-year-old, it is someone who is 7.  For a teenager it is someone in their early 20s…and so on. With this in mind, check out the meaningful advice dished out to those just a bit younger than these “elders”
9. “Anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?”
Even though Jon Stewart is no longer part of our daily dose of consumption, this doesn’t mean Out of Sight Out of Mind”. Over 300,000 people have signed a petition to request he host an upcoming presidential debate, and I wholeheartedly agree. Can you imagine the fireworks between Trump and Stewart.
10. “It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears
It’s a world of hopes, a world of fear”
Anti-Israel sentiment seem to seep into all aspect of our Global community including the provocative new display in the UK by graffiti artist Banksy who commissioned a dismal reflection of society called Dismaland.  Bravo to the organizers as they ousted a Palestinian artist who covered his own art with a bed sheet and scrolled “RIP Gaza: Boycott Israel” to protest Israel’s inclusion at the exhibition.  The Artist is gone but his work still remains.
11. “Find me in my field of grass, Mother Nature’s son”
I love Ice Cream and our Planet and this video by Ben and Jerry describes what happens when they both heat up just 2 degrees.
12. “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time”
If you want an in depth understanding of James Taylor‘s life described through the meanings of 15 favorite songs, check out this site to read about some of the issues and demons he’s lived through while creating classic tune and messages for us to enjoy.
13. “A child arrived just the other day…”
Last week I included the sweet tunes of our daughter, Liat and her new band, Lake Toba and this week’s musical selection is from another local offspring, son of Sandi and Claude Reitelman.  Hope you enjoy the talents of Lee Reit‘s new video:
Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat!
Correction from last week:
Jon Bon Jovi should be applauded for ignoring the BDS pressure to boycott Israel and will be applauded in Tel Aviv in October when he performs there.
Lyric Source:
1. Barenaked Ladies – If I had a Million Dollars
2. Gladys Knight and the Pips – Midnight Train to Georgia
3. Beatles – Helter Skelter
4. Lovin Spoonful – Did You Ever Have to Make up Your Mind?
5. John Newton – Amazing Grace
6. Johnny Nash – I can see clearly now
7. Dr. John – Right Place, Wrong Time
8. TLC – Waterfalls
9. Marvin Gaye (written by Dion) – Abraham , Martin, John
10. Disney (various artist) – It’s A Small World
11. McCartney/Lennon – Mother Nature’s Son
12. James Taylor – Secret o’ Life
13. Harry Chapin – Cats in the Cradle
P.S. No, this does not take me hours to compile.  It is a labor of love.
P.P.S Bonus video to make us proud, provided by Jimmy Kimmel:
September 3rd (Thursday)
NCJW Women of Vision Luncheon
Honoring (dear friend) Liz Guz
Plus Michael Williams, President and CEO of Orchards Children’s Services
And Liz Bank as Jewish Community Champion
Shaarey Zedek
For more info: 248-355-3300
September 19th (Saturday)
Humble Design Gigs For Digs (1st annual event)
Or contact
October 1st (Thursday)
Jewish Women’s Foundation 16th Annual meeting
No charge
Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield
October 9th (Friday)
16th Annual Remarkable Women (Luncheon)
The Henry, Dearborn
Luncheon and Program 12:00-2:15pm
Exhibitor Area opens at 10:45am
Proceeds benefit local Medical facilities
Guest Speaker: Alexander Lebenthal (Queen of Wall Street)
October 10th (Saturday)
Sphinx Virtuosi at The Berman
West Bloomfield
Free Concert 8:00pm
Ticketed event must RSVP
For more info on Sphinx
October 12th (Monday)
Yad Ezra Annual Fundraiser
Honoring Tom and Linda Klein
Adat Shalom Synagogue
October 14th (Wednesday)
Michigan Israel Business Bridge
2015 Ambassador Awards Dinner
The Reserve, Birmingham
Dr. Eva L. Feldman and Delphi Automotive
For more info:
October 15th (Thursday)
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
3rd Annual Innovations in Conservation Awards Dinner
Honoring:Detroit Zoological Society 
and Lana and Henry Pollack
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac
For more info, please contact Kim Easter 734-222-9650 or
November 1st (Sunday)
The Holocaust Memorial Center
Annual Dinner
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Honoring Jackie and Larry Kraft
Guest Speaker Rudy Giuliani
November 15th (Sunday)
David Broza Concert
Ark in Ann Arbor
Presented by:
Eastern Michigan University Jewish Studies
Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor
Small venue so tickets may sell out.
Tickets sold at Michigan Union Ticket Office
By phone at 734-763-8587
Online at the Ark
437 days till the 2106 presidential election.
Democrats (5)
1. Hillary Rodham Clinton
2, Bernie Sanders
3. Jim Webb
4. Martin O’Malley
5. Lincoln Chafee
Republicans (16)
1. Jeb Bush
2. Scott Walker  
3. Marco Rubio
4. Ben Carson
5. Rand Paul
6. Mike Huckabee
7. Ted Cruz
8. Chris Christie
9. Rick Perry
10. Rick Santorum
11. Carly Fiorina
12. Lindsey Graham
13. Bobby Jindal
14. George Pataki 
15. John Kasich
16. Jim Gilmore
Spotlight Grabbing Narcissist (1)
1.  Donald Trump
Aug. 27th
(oops, I missed cousin)
Emily Rosberg (Happy 18th)
Aug. 28th
Jimmy Ketai
Phil Elkus
Ellen Kestenberg
Julie London Holloway
Aug. 29th
Joan Chernoff Epstein (Happy 60th)
Sherri Kukes 
Yisrael Pinson
Janice Stoneman
Aug. 30th
Skip Schrayer
Aug. 31st
Shimon Weitzman 
Sept. 1st
Shelley Wright
Susie Sills
Ben Rosenthal
Sept. 2nd
Michal Lis 
Iair Raviv
Brenda Herman
Sept. 3rd
Ariella Lis Raviv (our first born turns 29)
Diane Klein
Alicia Stillman
Thane Richard

Blue Stripes


Shabbat Shalom Aug. 28, 2015

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