Shabbat Shalom October 16, 2015

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Shabbat Shalom
October 16, 2015
Dear family and friends,
Lies vs. Truth
What should we do when we are repeatedly and repeatedly attacked, defamed and terrorized…?  Sadly it is been our history and seems our destiny.  It’s cyclical and currently on the rise in Israel with the killings (3 this week), the knifings, suicide bombings, car rammings, fire bombings and rocket attacks due to the incitement of lies and rhetoric spewed via social media (and leadership) who are hateful, closed-minded, selfish, have zero value for Life and no interest in living in Peace.  Lies about Israel trying to destroy Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque is preposterous but it doesn’t stop an Arab member of Knesset from voicing this libel.  And Jordan’s King Abdullah (our “friend”) states that the Temple Mount should only be for Muslim prayer, ignoring and flagrantly disputing that our ancient Temple even stood there. And where is the world/media/UN condemnation of this violent incitement? Even our US administration (Israel’s “Best Friend”) blames both sides. Not true… If Arabs laid down their weapons, the violence would stop.  If Israelis laid down their weapons, Jews would die in mass quantities.  There are a few moderate Arabs who are speaking out against this violence, but their message needs more volume and more voices.  Joseph Goebbels’ famous statement during the Holocaust haunt us, If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” He continues with…“truth is the mortal enemy of the lie”.  The truth about this situation is muddled in the press but here is the historical truth about our ancient Jerusalem Temple from Brown University that was published after a NYTimes article suggested the Temple’s existence might be debatable.
You are my brother in history,
My sister in fortune,
The mother of my courage,
The father of my heart,
The child of my longing,
And the light of generations.
To you I pledge my right arm
And my voice in song.
To you I pledge my soul.
To you I pledge my spirit.
Chicken vs. the Egg
Israel has an incredible sense of resilience, no matter what the adversity…life, as usual, always moves on.  Is it the chicken or the egg? What causes us to pick up the pieces and never give up? Has the constant attacks on our peoplehood given us the strength or we are innately strong to bear the constant attacks we must endure. Meanwhile, Concerts, music, culture, school, shopping, coffee shop visits…everyday life continues.  Even our quintessential American Jewish Comic, Jerry Seinfeld,  knows the importance of supporting Israel and will be gracing his humor upon Israelis in December with two shows (after the first one rapidly sold out). Kol Hakavod (All of the Respect) to Jerry for bringing his stand up act to Israel (for the first time).,7340,L-4708497,00.html  There should be a request to all entertainers, celebrities and world leaders to come vistit Israel to show their support, solidarity and insistance the Israel has the right to exist (which is constantly being questioned).
Jerry and Shimon
Kurds vs. Turks
The Republic of Turkey started their week with a three day mourning period for the innocent souls lost to the double suicide bombing during a Peace Rally. 95 people perished and 250 were wounded at Turkey’s deadliest terrorist attack in history.  Turks are picking up the pieces as they investigate the perpetrators with blame ranging from Kurd rebels to Daesh to some who think it was the government to garner sympathy prior to the Nov. 1st elections.
Turkey’s neighborhood

Gloom vs. Glam
I cannot be all doom and gloom and what better way than a paragraph about music and the arts.  Happy 50th annivesary to the National Endowments for the Arts with gratitude to President Johnson who signed the Arts and Humanity Act which planted the seed for the Endowment. Dance, Theatre, Music, Art…have all benefited from this agency but Americans are the true beneficiaries. Here is an interactive website spotlighting the NEA history:  And in honor of the NEA’s Golden Jubilee, PBS hosted a jammed packed talent fest presentation preformed at the White House Wednesday (to air on PBS Jan. 8th) with the likes of Buddy GuyQueen LatifahAudra McDonaldSmokey Robinson, Trombone Shorty, Esperanza SpaldingBrian Stokes MitchellJames Taylor and several more.

Happy 50th Birthday
Bernie vs. Hillary
The Dem’s Debate this week was filled with important issues like…
immigration, income and wealth inequality, cost of education, climate and environment, the banks, gun control and Health Care. But one of the most memorable lines of the night came from Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton, who said, “…the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails”. Yes, let’s put that issue to bed and discuss what is most concerning for most Americans. Hillary and Bernie dominated the debate with help from the Silver Fox, Anderson Cooper.  The big question still remains about Joe Biden.  Did the frontrunners’ debate success diminish his odds? His stalled decision is slowly converting from intrigue to fatigue. He needs to make up his mind…like yesterday.
Bravo to NYC restaurant owner, Danny Meyer, for eliminating tipping to help equalize the wage gap of his staff while the minimum wage increase is debated in the State.
Bravo to Lizzie Velasquez on her bravery after being bullied as she brings encouragement to many with a TedX talk that changed her life.  Here is the trailer to her new documentary.
Bravo to Hugh Hefner (89 year old editor in chief) and Playboy as they have come to the conclusion to eliminate nudes from the magazine since the internet makes their female photos obsolete. Now, you’ll really only be reading the magazine just for the article.
Bravo to California Governor Jerry Brown for signing the New Motor Voter Act which automatically registers (to vote) all new driver when receiving their licenses. They join Oregon in this opt-out policy (meaning you’ll need to opt-out of voter registration rather than asking to opt-in).
Bravo to James Franco on becoming a (37 year old) Bar Mitzvah.
Bravo to Julie Hermelin for bringing her Momstamp website to Metro Detroit. Check out this ingenious online tool to get trusted and reliable advice on “all things” family related from connected friends.
Bravo to Pink Breast Cancer Awareness month. Though we should be aware all year long… Know the signs, self-examine and get your mammograms.
BS to West Africa’s treatment of Mental Illness as they chain those who suffer from this devastating disease to a tree.
BS to the Million Man March 20th reunion.  Though it was billed as “justice or else” one speaker, Rev. Wright, preferred to offer up anti-Israel rhetoric instead. And of course the organizer, Louis Farrakhan didn’t object as he too is often labeled anti-semitic.
BS to the growing proxy war in Syria and not just between Russia and the United States.
BS to Columbus Day as the real Chris Columbus was a scoundrel who kidnapped and enslaved thousands of people during his voyage, abused the natives he encountered and was brutal to his own people.  As history of his atrocities come to light, many states abandoned the holiday and in our city of Detroit, a century old statue was vandalized by taping a hatchet to the head. Alaska just renamed the 2nd monday in Oct. “Indigenous People’s Day”
1910 Detroit statue of Christopher Columbus

Dassi in Ashkelon, Israel

With our granddaughter, Dassi (and her parents Ariella and Tzvi) and our son, Mataan all in Israel, I too would like to be “Homeward Bound” as Israel is the Jewish Homeland and those living there deserve to live in peace. I know, it’s a quirky segway, but please enjoy this beautiful and vintage rendition (from 1976 SNL) of George Harrison and the other Paul singing Homeward Bound.

Wishing you and your family a Peaceful Shabbat Shalom
Our thoughts and prayers are with dear friends, Mike and Sue Curhan and their family on the passing of Michael’s beloved father, Dr. Robert Curhan z”l(age 83) who was married to his wife, Adele, for 60 years.  After delivering numerous babies here in Detroit, the Curhans moved to Rhode Island where he continued his OB/GYN career for nearly 40 more years to many devoted patients. May his spirit and memories bring comfort to those who knew and love him and may his life be a blessing to all those he touched.
It’s tragic and against nature’s way when a parent must bury a child. Condolences to Jimmy and Stephanie Zack on the loss of their beloved daughter, Katherine “Katie” Hilary Zack z”l (age 41).  May her love, spirit and memories help ease the pain of those mourning her loss and may her life be a blessing to her family and community.
Gertrude Woodard Taylor (1921-2015) was the daughter of a Massachusetts fisherman and the wife of a North Carolina doctor. She devoted her life to her marriage and her five children, four boys and a girl including legendary musician James Taylor. Condolences to James and his family on the loss of his mother and the life she created with her philosophy of…
“Life is finite, but love lasts forever…”
October 22nd (Thursday)
The Great Big Challah Bake-Shabbos Project Detroit
7:00 PM
Royal Oak Farmers Market
316 East 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067

October 25th (Sunday)
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Annual Dinner
Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center
Honoring: Ronnie Klein (well deserved)
October 27th (Tuesday)
Greater Detroit Hadassah Opening Meeting/Luncheon
Guest Speaker: Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue
November 1st (Sunday)
The Holocaust Memorial Center
Annual Dinner
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Honoring Jackie and Larry Kraft
Guest Speaker Rudy Giuliani
November 11th (Wednesday)
AJC Community Leadership Award Dinner
Honoring Brenda Naomi Rosenberg
November 15th (Sunday)
David Broza Concert
Ark in Ann Arbor
Presented by:
Eastern Michigan University Jewish Studies
Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor
Only a few tickets left.
Michigan Union Ticket Office
By phone at 734-763-8587
Online at the Ark
Iowa Caucus is Monday February 1, 2016
Our Michigan Primary is Tuesday March 8, 2016.
Presidential Election is Tuesday November 8, 2016
5 Democrats
1. Hillary Rodham Clinton
2, Bernie Sanders
3. Jim Webb
4. Martin O’Malley
5. Lincoln Chafee
14 Republicans alphabetized (polls are too erratic)
Oct. 16th
Idan Percy 
Ron Oberstein 
Hilary Wolf Borman 
Oct. 17th
Alisha Siegel
Sophie Wolens
Alan Schram
Kim Rivkin Novak
Jennifer Lerner Friedman
Oct. 18th
Mathew Berg
Julie Zuckerman (NYC, not ONT)
Terran Leemis
Pat Miles
Oct. 20th
Doron Levin
Megan Wilbur Massaron
Erica Gerson
Oct. 21st
Alison Schwartz 
Karen Kahn
Yoav Raban
Kerry Duggan
Ethan Davidson
Mary Keane
Oct. 22nd
Billy Newman
Jocelyn Benson
Marcia Gershenson

Blue Stripes


Shabbat Shalom October 16, 2015

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