As we approach our holiday of
Passover with our Seder ceremony which celebrates Freedom, we must acknowledge the atrocities of the week. 14 people died and 50 were injured from the suicide bombing in the
St. Petersburg, Russia. Plus the horrific gassing of
Syrian* civilians caused 86 to suffer a suffocating death including 20 children. In addition the devastating mudslides in
Columbia took the lives of over 250 people and again children were among the victims. Prayers, thoughts and help is needed for this week's world victims as well as the many other
invisibles who suffer, though without the glaring headlines or Facebook posts to expose their lack of freedom.
If all mankind would just lay down their weapons... Dayenu
If all nations took climate change seriously...Dayenu
If all minorities were treated equally and justly...Dayenu
If all women of the world were treated with respect...Dayenu
If all people of the world could afford clean water, healthy food, access to medical care..Dayenu
If all the raindrops were lemondrops and gumdrops...Dayenu
Dayenu...it would be enough. We need to constantly work toward a day when we can comfortably sing "Dayenu"
Change is Possible
Can things really change? Well certainly people can. And if people can come OUT from the extreme and INTO reality, then maybe there is hope. Have you ever heard of
Megan Phelps Roper? Maybe not her name but certainly her family, as in the
Westboro Baptist Church. Megan, through an odd friendship with a twitter follower, was able to open her eyes to the real world of the imperfections of us all, including herself. She details this in her powerful Ted Talk of how her family's protest parallels today's political polarization. During her "coming out" journey, she spent time at the home of an LA Rabbi and this week she is gave two talks in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on overcoming hatred. She has 4 steps to help us strengthen connections... from political rivals to romantic partners. 1. Don't Assume Bad Intent. 2. Ask Questions. 3. Stay Calm. 4. Make the Argument/Explain Your Case. To learn more about this fascinating story, please check out this article and her Ted Talk.
Nukes are a bad idea. Nuclear proliferation is a good idea but North Korea, Russian and others don't seem to think so. Thank you Israel for proliferating the Nukes in Syria and Iraq. Nuclear options should only be a deterrent and a VERY last option. Yet, the wisdom of our Republican Senatorial leaders is to impose a political
to fight the filibuster against the confirmation of the current SCOTUS nominee. This will only continue to deteriorate the lack of consensus and compromise needed to effectively run our country.
Senator Chuck Schumer
summed it up neatly:
"When a nominee doesn't get 60 votes, you shouldn't change the rules, you should change the nominee,"
Republicans are crying wolf that a vote on a qualified nominee is being blocked. How about a hearing and vote on the (highly qualified) previous nominee,
? In addition, big money was involved in this SCOTUS fight by an organization called
Judicial Crisis Network
but where did JCN get its big bucks. They won't tell even after several legislators sent a request for info letter. JCN spent $10 in support of Gorsuch and $7 million against Garland.
*More on Syria
50-60 American Tomahawk missiles destroyed the Syrian airbase and warplanes which dropped the deadly gas on civilian. The redline has finally been retaliated as we continue to watch for the reaction from Asad and his peers (Russia and Iran). This attack was warranted as
Syria is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. To compare any disaster to the Holocaust is a serious accusation, but this one is coming from Holocaust survivor,
Yisrael Meir Lau
(former chief Rabbi of Israel). Lau suggests that the Knesset intervene for an emergency session to help deal with the devastating situation occurring on Israel's border. The rabbi is very concerned about the world's response to this genocide and states: "the only thing we've learned from history is that we haven't learned anything from it."
Yes, Trump's approval rating will rise because of this hawkish attack on Syria. Yes, he removed Bannon from the National Security Council. However, according to former Labor Secretary,
, there are 4 (for sure) and 1(soon to be proven) reasons why Trump should be impeached, but there are 237 (republican) reason that the House of Congress won't take that step. Which is why we need to flip the House in 2018. Robert Reich, in this video, can explain it much better than me.
Boston today at 1:10pm in Comerica park for the Tiger's opening day. Mother Nature isn't much of a baseball fan as she'll be blowing some cold winds and only warming up to the mid 40s. Last year's stadium delight, deep fried oreos, have replaced with deep-fried Snickers and these other new food items:
Little Caesars Coney Deep Dish Pizza, Cuban Sandwich, Jalapeno and cheddar-stuffed bratwurst poppers
Shawarma sandwiches. Cheers to the Tigers and Tums.
Hag Pesach Sameach
Hope you enjoy
La La Land as it meets the
Passover story by A Capella group Y-Studs.
And here's another new Passover video (by Aish and friend Michael HarPaz) using
Ed Sheeran's tune and adds our history's meaningful message of Freedom with past and present freedom fighters in the mix.
Part of Being Jewish Is a Choice
Part of being Jewish is a choice
As one becomes an act of preservation.
Seders start the stream of admonition,
Stories meant to bind one to the past.
On words alone the exiles had to last,
Verses reified by repetition,
Each an heirloom of a generation
Reared to give those ancient words a voice.