What is the meaning of Life...? Admittedly, a very big question which has limitless answers. Embracing and even combining cultures like the above Green Bagel is one aspect of Life, but for me, Living a meaningful Life on Earth boils down to 3 essential elements.
1. Rejoice in it.
2. Repopulate it.
3. Repair it.
The third (Repair) element fits squarely within our responsibility of Tikkun Olam, our Jewish decree to Repair the World including our family, our community and all those living on this shared globe of ours. Sharing and repairing our Globe could be called Globalism and those doing the work should be called Globalist.  But lately that word has been hijacked by the Alt-Right, Isolationist and Supremacy Thinkers who, rather than looking outward to help others, only look inward (nationally) and act selfishly. Of all the defamations spewed against Jews, Globalist seems complimentary and should be embraced... but those like Ann Coulter, Steve Bannon, Richard Spencer and maybe even our POTUS are using the term with an anti-semitic tone to refer to Jews and their lack of national loyalty. But Brett Stephens hits the nail on the head of the true nature of a Globalist in his NYT article entitled, "In Praise of Globalist".  

Tikkun Olam

Putin, on the other hand, has never had Tikkun intentions.  His efforts focus more on Disrupting the world and this week is no exception. To deflect blame for evidence of his interference in our election process, he is now suggesting that maybe the Jews (and Ukrainians) were responsible for the chaos. In an interview with Megyn Kelly, he arrogantly expressed that he "couldn't care less" about who interfered as his 14 year reign will probably continue after he is re-elected again in 2 days on March 18.  To boost his nationalist agenda, he revealed his invincible nuclear weapon which can reach any spot on our shared globe.  And his worst indiscretion is the public poisoning of a former Russian spy and his 33-year-old daughter in southern England. Both are in very serious condition and all those who were near these two victims could be victims themselves. The highly lethal military grade nerve agent (invented and created by Russia) used in the attack was a blatant UK slap in the face.  In return, Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats as the deadly game of cat and mouse continues.

Revolving Door
The current number is 17. That must be a record for this White House revolving door.  Of course the big name this week was Rex Tillerson who famously called his boss an "F"ing Moron.  He and we all knew his departure was imminent and as usual his pink slip arrived via tweet.  Tillerman's top spokesperson, Steve Goldstein got caught in the sh*tstrom and was fired after expressing to the media the facts of Rex's departure. The 3rd dismissal this week was John (eyecandy) McEntee, the personal assistant to POTUS was rotated after "serious financial crimes" were discovered. Sounds serious to me but not to #45 who just shifted Mr. McEntee to his 2020 Campaign staff which, btw, has been active since inauguration day. Our current Oval Office Occupier applied for re-election the day he was sworn in.  No other president has ever done that and he's been attending fundraisers ever since like this week's LA fancy shindig with it's top admission fee of $250,000 (not kidding) and the lowest price was $90,000. 90 Trumpters attended with big bucks going into his coffers.  Have fun watching this satirical music video with James Corden and Shaggy: 

BS to Hate
2 people were killed and 2 others were injured this month due to exploding packages left at the front door of Austin, TX homes.  It seems 2 of the victims are connected to each other and the 3rd victim may have picked up the packet that was intended for someone else.  This is a deadly mystery that hopefully will be solved before more people are targeted.

BS to Limitless Terms
China's President Xi Jinping offered up a constitutional amendment which his parliament unanimously passed to eliminate presidential term limits essentially opening the door to unlimited years for XI Jinping to rule his country.

BS to Incompetency
The education of our nation's children is the most important resource we have for a secure future and our POTUS has relinquished this responsibility to an unqualified Secretary of Education as Betsy DeVos' incompetency was on display during last Sunday's 60 Minutes broadcast.    

BS toTorture
Apparently, with the musical chairs of #45 Cabinet, he plans to nominate Gina Haspel as the new CIA director to replace Pompeo who is to replace Tillerson.  Only problem with Ms. Haspel is that she was Chief of Base during the torture interrogation at a Black Site prison in Thailand that provided questional info. 

BS then Bravo
BS to the tearful Martin Shkreli for his evil actions as a pharmaceutical pariah when he jacked up the prices for lifesaving meds but bravo to his punishment as he was sentenced to seven years in prison for wire and security fraud.

Bravo to Pennsylvania
A Huge bravo to new Dem. Congressman-elect Connor Lamb on overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to win the election when only 2 years ago in 2016 DJT won with a 20 point lead. This is an important sign and should send a message to other Dems running in the Nov. election. The way to win in down the middle.  Dem candidates need to be moderate to help win over dejected DJT supporters. We need to govern in the Middle, people!  We can't always insist on having it only "Our" way. 

Bravo to Compromise
I consider myself a Progressive but know that compromise and realism is necessary in Congress.  Our Michigan Senators Stabenow and Peters are getting flack for supporting the Bank bill sponsored by Repub Congressman Crapo (yes, unfortunate name) to tweak Dodd Frank for smaller community banks. Check out Free Press' Brian Dickerson on this issue:  

Bravo to Awe
2-year-old Parker Curry lives in DC and frequents (with her parents) the free museums in her city.  When she saw the new Michelle Obama portrait for the first time, she was in shock and awe as her mother couldn't pull her away.  The photo of her awe went viral and her life has changed ever since, even getting the chance to meet and dance with the magnificent Michelle herself.

Bravo to the Right Thing
After the Myanmar Rohingya minority were violently attacked and force to flee with no assistance or prevention from Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, it was the right thing for US Holocaust Memorial Museum to take back the Elie Wiesel Award which was given to her in 2012.

Bravo to Nas and Casey
Two of my favorite vlogger (video blogger) are Nas Daily (Nuseir Yassin) and Casey Neistat who joined cameras recently to post this important message of individuality.
(Not sure if you need to be on Facebook to view this as Nas only uses Facebook to post his messages)

Bravo to Danger?
For years schools have been creating safe spaces for children to play but there seems to be the opposite philosophy in some new British playgrounds as they've brought back risk in play as a means to build character.  Check out this story from the NYT:
Bravo to the Salvation Army
Food insecurity is a major concern for many struggling families so the Salvation Army has now agmented its mission to include grocery stores with less expensive food.  Baltimore got the first location:

Bravo to Smarts
Apparently Jeff Bezo wins the contest as his Alexa is the smartest AI in her class when tested against Google and Siri.

Bravo to Community Mentches
This is the time of year our Jewish Federation announces the Community leadership awards so Mazel Tov Eugene Driker and Florine Mark (aka. Mom) for their Lifetime Achievement awards and to Josh Goldberg, Rachel Opperer and Adam Finkel for their Young Leadership Awards.  See May 22 on the below Community Calendar for more details of the awards ceremony.

Bravo to Willie and Taylor
As the legend turns 85 next month, he is still cranking out hits and messages of importance. He has a new album about being the "Last Man Standing" as he's lost so many friends. His new song entitled "Me and You" is about how the "world has gone out of its mind" and how he needs to stand by those who still believe as he does.  Hope you enjoy a bit of country:
But if you're not into Country music, hope you enjoy this new pop tune by Taylor Swift:

Bravo to Voices
May the school walk-outs this past Wednesday for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 lost souls in Parkland, help bring a conscience to Congress to do the only job they were hired for, which is to protect their constituents. Time and lives are running out each day common sense Gun Control laws are avoided.

7,000 shoes for every child killed by gun violence since Sandy Hook.

Wishing you and your family a 
Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom and for those celebrating, 
Joyous  Saint  Patrick's  Day!

My nieces Ilyse, Alex and Brianna's mother, Marissa Mark z"l passed away this week at the young age of 59. She was also the sister to Wayne and Andrea Miller, Darryl Miller and Toby Miller.  Marissa was a kind and loving mother, sister and friend who will be missed by those in her life. May her sweet memories bring comfort to those who loved her and may her spirit live long in the hearts of those she touched. 

Condolences to the Sheldon Stern and his family on the passing of his wife, Jessie Stern z"l (age 86).  Jessie was an active member of our Jewish community and well loved by all.  May her memories and spirit bring comfort to those who mourn her passing as she was a blessing unto her family and community.  

Condolences to his family, friends and the Scientific community on the passing of Stephen Hawkings who died this week at the age of 76. He was a brilliant  theoretical physicist with excessive expertise in Black Holes. His brain was exceptional yet his body was cursed early on with a slow progressing form of  Lou Gehrig 's disease that had threatened to end his life 5 decades earlier. Though he was brilliant with scientific facts and figures, he didn't seem to be too concerned about the facts of the Middle East. If he had studied both sides of the Israeli Palestinian conflict, he couldn't possibly support the BDS movement as he did. May he rest in peace.

Condolences to all the Moms (like myself) and Dads who clung to the advice of pediatrician and parenting adviser, T. Berry Brazelton who died this week at the age of 99 (2 months shy of his 100th birthday).  His sensible parenting philosophy was embraced for decades by young parents as they struggled through those difficult and unassured years of child raising.  He was a voice of reason.  May his rest in peace. 

There are 264 Days till our  November 6, 2018  election with lots of new positions to fill. I'll try to keep you updated on the candidates and issues of concern.  But before we reach our General election, we have our Michigan Primary on August 7, 2018 

-Michigan  Governor - Gretchen Whitmer

-Michigan Attorney General - My Choice: Pat Miles

-Michigan Secretary of State - No Contest! Jocelyn Benson 

-Re-election of Senator Debbie Stabenow

-All Congressional Seats are up every two years. Here are those I'm supporting:
Dan Kildee - 5th District
Gretchen Driskell - 7th District
Elissa Slotkin - 8th District
Andy Levin - 9th District
Tim Greimel - 11th District
Debbie Dingell - 12th District
Brenda Jones - 13th District
Brenda Lawrence - 14th District

-Various Michigan Senate and House seats (Choice candidates coming soon)

-University Regent and Trustee seats: U of M Regent Jordan Acker

-School Board seats

-County and City seats

Happy Birthday!

March 16th
Rabbi Marla Hornsten
Nathan Elyakin (Happy 18th)
Marc Shindler

March 17th
Michael Berke (Happy 75th)
Patrick Mardney
Josh Schaefer (bonus son)

March 18th
Jeremy Cohn
Patrick Duggan
Jennifer Harmon

March 19th
Kelly Rogers Victor

March 20th
Ali Benyas
Marc Brodsky
Jason Klein
David Moiseev
A.J. Jacobs (Happy 50th)

March 21st
Sarah Krasnick

March 22nd
George Austin Orley z"l (missing you everyday)
Jacquelyn Pierce
Jennifer Chemtob
Lori Penner Feldman (Happy 50th)
Jennifer Noparstak
Sue Turner
I'm prone to mistakes, so if I missed your birthday 
or got the wrong date or spelling, please let me know.

March 9 - 25
Birmingham Village Players
"Act One"
A coming-of-age dramedy based on playwright Moss Hart's best-selling memoir.

March 18 (Sunday)
Fundraiser Brunch for Andy Levin 
Running for Congress in the Michigan's 9th  District
At the home of Doreen Hermelin
For more details, please contact:

March 19 ( Monday)
Jewish Senior Life
Concert of Hope & Unity
Benefiting the Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families
Detroit Film Theater at the DIA
Honoring: Dr. Charles Silow, for 25 years support to the Holocaust Survivor Community
7:00 pm
Free Admission

March 28 (Wednesday)
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan
Cookie Gala
MGM Grand Detroit
6:00pm - 9:00pm 
Tickets are $100 each
Experience one-of-a-kind desserts from local restaurants based on your favorite Girl Scout Cookies along with an exciting silent and live auction.  
Enjoy the yum!

April 22-29
Used Book and Media Sale
Laurel Park Place
Livonia, MI
For dates and locations of donations and more details, 
check out their website:

April 22 (Sunday)
Send A Kid To Tamarack (SK2T 2018) Event
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Comedian: Avi Liberman
Tamarack Alumnus and Entrepreneur: Jessica Alter

April 22   (Sunday)
JHSM Insider's Tour: The Guardian Building
Tour begins 10:30 a.m.
Author Michael G. Smith will share insights into the construction and art of this landmark skyscraper including how Julius Kahn's reinforced concrete made this building possible.
$18 JHSM Members; $25 Non-members
Bus transportation is also available.
Depression Center Michigan Medicine
Understanding Bipolar Disorder
Community Forum
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Free event, open to the public
Registration required

April 27 
Theme: "Standing up to Extinction"

April 29 ( Sunday)
Jewish Senior Life
25th Annual Eight Over Eighty
Adat Shalom Synagogue
2018 Honorees:  Harriet Berg, Barbara Goodman, PhD, Ellen Magar, Edith Maniker, Robert Lask, Alvin Saperstein, PhD, Dr. Manuel Sklar & George Stern
Plus Reunion of Past Honorees
For more information please contact:  
Beth Tryon at  248-592-5026 or

May 2  (Wednesday)
Lois Linden Nelson Women's World
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Pop-Up Boutiques 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
World Woman of Valor: Jeri Fishman
Speaker: Milayna Vayntraub (Uzbekistan-born American actress) 
May 3  (Thursday)
Jewish News 75th Anniversary Gala
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Recognition of the Davidson, Gerson and Wetsman Families
Also Recognized: Those in attending who were born in 1942
Entertainment by: Klezmatics

May 5 (Saturday)
Variety, the Children's Charity
Hearts and Stars Gala
Townsend Hotel
Honoring: Ed and Felicia Shaw
Call  (248)-258-5511  for information

May 5  (Saturday)
Orchards Children's Services
Gerald L. Levin Signature Event
Champions for Children 
MGM Grand
6:00pm VIP Reception
7:00pm Dinner
For more information, please contact Katora Cole at
or visit

May 6 (Sunday)
Hillel Day School
60th Anniversary Gala
Dream Maker Award: Brian Hermelin
Rabbi Jacob E. Siegel z"l awards:  teachers  Clara Gaba, Malka Littman, Adina Levin, Ayala Perlstein, Rivka Schuchman, and Pam Smith
Alumni awards: Mark Schostak and Rachel Lutz
Guest performer: Alum Michael HarPaz

May 10 (Thursday)
Friends of the IDF
Women of Valor Luncheon
Knollwood Country Club
Honoring: Eunice Ring and Brenda Wayne
For more info: 248-926-4110

May 10  (Thursday)
Jewish Historical Society and other sponsors
Albert Kahn in Detroit
Guest speaker: Author Michael Hodges
Jewish Community Center
West Bloomfield
7:00 p.m. Dessert Reception
Janice Charach Gallery
7:30 p.m. Program
The Berman Theater for the Performing Arts
Free and open to the public.
Reservations requested: 

May 14 (Monday)
Planned Parenthood of Michigan
Detroit's Choice Event
The Cube at the Fisher Music Center
Keynote speaker: Pulitzer Prize winner  Sheryl WuDunn

May 17 (Thursday)
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
Spring into Health, Wellness & Style Event
Townsend Hotel
11:00am - 1:30pm

May 17 (Thursday)
City Year Detroit
Red Jacket Gala
Little Caesars Arena
5:30 Cocktails and Reception
6:30 Dinner and Progrm
Honoring: Arn Tellem, Vice Chairman Detroit Pistons 

May 18 (Friday)
Starfish Family Services Great Heart's Gala
Ford Field
Honoring: Beaumont Health
For information contact-Lori Fidler  734-713-9224

Young Leadership Awards:  Adam Finkel, Josh Goldberg and Rachel Opperer.

June 5  (Tuesday)
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan 
59th Annual Meeting and presentation of the Leonard N. Simons History Award to:
Arnold Collens
7:00 p.m.
Featuring a curated presentation by Mr. Collens, How I See Things: The Photography of Arnold Collens.
Also honoring Robert Kaplow, LNS Lifetime Achievement Award 
Temple Israel
$36 per person

June 20 (Wednesday)
Save the Date
Detroit Celebrates Israel@70
River Days on Detroit Riverfront

  Final Thought

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