Shabbat Shalom
December 1, 2017
(For the perceptive few, you'll notice the Aroma chocolate on the plate)
Still Here
We are still in Israel which means this message was written "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far way".  News and commentary will return next week upon my arrival back home, but in the meantime, here is a tribute to a Michigan Icon being demolished this week.  It opened in 1975 as the largest football arena in the country.  It witnessed competitions of the Lions, Pistons, Detroit Express Soccer team and Detroit Mechanix Disc (Frisbee) team. The biggest rock concerts (Elvis Presley, The Who and Led Zeppelin) rocked the arena as well as other popular events like Wrestlemania, Pope Paul II and Monster Trucks.  On Dec. 3rd, this regional icon will be a ghost as it is scheduled for implosion.   

Silverdome in its heyday 

Shopping Spree
Now that we are knee deep in the shopping season, it's time to check out the Downtown Detroit Market Pop-ups.  There are plenty of indoor and outdoor spots to enjoy the holiday season.  From fire pits to igloos to an indoor lodge tent to much more.  Check out this website for all the details and locations:

Indoor lodge tent in  Cadillac  Square

Word of wisdom from Rabbi Wolpe
"Ultimately, our lives are shaped by our choices. Yes there are differences in families and circumstances; some people undoubtedly have a much more difficult road than others. Yet the Torah teaches that even when people grow up in the same family and have similar experiences and opportunities, who they become is who they choose to be. Everything, says the Talmud, is in the hands of heaven except the fear of heaven. In other words, your moral character and decisions are not a product of your environment but of your will. This is a message of empowerment. You can overcome the most difficult challenges if you believe in your own ability to forge your destiny. Every human being is made in the image of God. Whether we honor that image or sully it, however, is not God's choice. It is ours. We do not choose the blessings we inherit, but we do choose the blessings we become." 

Wishing you and your family a 
Peaceful and Sweet Shabbat Shalom. 


And Kings, Happy Birthday!

Dec. 1
Senator Gary Peters
Jennifer Berg 
Sherri Kay Ketai

Dec. 2
Liza the Dog
Sandi Gerber Reitelman

Dec. 3
David Altman
Jack Rubinfeld
Jacob Rosberg
Fran Martin

Dec. 4 
Forest Levy Wolfe
Joan Solomon Frank
Denise Kalt
Scott Cantor

Dec. 5
Julie Weisberg Schlafer

Dec. 6
Wendy Kirsch
Nick Lalla
Dr. Jeff Forman
Carol Fisher Vieder
Gideon Herscher

Dec. 7
Fran Victor
I'm prone to mistakes, so if I missed your birthday 
or got the wrong date, please let me know.

December 5   (Tuesday)
Fundraiser for Elissa Slotkin for Congress
Home of Anessa and David Kramer
For questions and address to home:
FYI, we are very impressed with Elissa's experience, skills and intellect and she will be an excellent Michigan Representative.  We hope you are willing to support her efforts.

December 10 (Sunday)
Birthday Brunch Fundraiser for Senator Gary Peters
Home of Roz and Stanford Blanck
For questions, please contact  Elisa Malile
Gary is a good friend and an excellent Senator who deserves to continue his efforts at advocating for Michiganders and our nation.

Parting Thoughts...Then and Now