Shabbat Shalom
November 25, 2016
We strive for Peace and Serenity, but, Serenity, as Rabbi David Wolpe preaches, is not meant to be a Jewish state of mind. Our responsibilities are to fix the world with little time to bath in our successes.  When we see the imperfect world, we should feel angry and then inspired to help Right the Wrongs and encourage others to join the mission. There is plenty of work to do and our deeds seems to grow as time goes on. Yet, even though serenity isn't our destiny, helping to repair injustice does feel good and bring joy to our lives.  
You might feel serene with Turkey tryptophan in your bloodstream but don't go blaming the turkey for your drowsiness. 
Turkey is not the only culprit of tryptophan but the combination of turkey, carbs and alcohol  creates a somniferous cocktail that knocks you out.    A good nap after a Thanksgiving feast is appropriate.  What's not appropriate is a Black Friday shopping spree on Thanksgiving Thursday . Corporations should respect their workers and allow them to enjoy holiday togetherness rather than clocking in for extra corporate revenues.  But after you do your legitimate (after Turkey Day) Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday shopping, it will then be time for Giving Tuesday...a day dedicated to giving your time, money, things, energy and generosity.  Choose your giving destination and Give till it feels Good.
Dec. 19th is the actual day our (outdated) Electoral College meets to select our next president.  Most Americans think POTUS is picked on election day, but in actuality, Electors select our President.  But don't get your hopes up too high that the Electors will go rogue.  These people are loyal Party patriots who will follow the population votes of their State. Even though gathered nearly 4.5 million signatures to encourage them to vote for Clinton (which they technically can do), most likely Trump will receive his alloted votes. Yet, many feel this election was "stolen".  And there is some evidence that voter turnout was suppressed. In 2013 our Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Because of this, several states made it more difficult to vote. 300,000 people in Wisconsin were unqualified to cast their ballots since they didn't have photo IDs and Trump won that state by only 27,000 votes. North Carolina closed 158 voting locations mostly in African American communities. Other states with conservative governors instituted confusing and repressive voting laws that did have an effect on our outcome.  As mentioned in the first paragraph, we should get angry and then inspired to correct this inequity.  We need to work hard to elect fair minded leaders in our State Government positions. Right now, Michigan is controlled in all State jobs by conservatives and we used to be a firewall safe Blue State. We need to change our leaders and return to Blue.

There is some huge news this week regarding another unfair political ploy called Gerrymandering which keeps congressional seats stagnant since voting districts are arranged with like minded voters.  3 Federal judges ruled that Wisconsin redistricting unfairly favors republicans. This is the first time (in 30 years) the ruling was based on a partisan reason rather than a racial one.  The next step for this very significant decision will be the Supreme Court which if found unconstitutional could drastically change our future elections by requiring states to fairly redraw districts to encompass an equal swath of voters.

This contentious election seemed to have brought a megaphone to the fringe.  Alt-right founder, Richard Spencer held his conference this week with plenty of Hails to Trump with the Nazi Salute among his Hate speech against anyone who wasn't White.  There is only 1 degree of separation between Richard Spencer, Breitbart and Stephen Bannon. Trump's appointment of Bannon needs to be closely watched.    Just 7 years ago last month, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was established.  Let's hope this Hate Speech doesn't convert to even more Hate Crimes.  

Most likely arson is the cause of major fires in Hannan's hometown of Haifa. Nearly 100 thousand people were evacuated. The area is a tinder box after the long dry summer and the current warm windy weather. Other areas of Israel (near Jerusalem and Tel Aviv) are also experiencing some fires, but the major concerns are in the higher elevations of Haifa. Investigators have determined that not all the fires were arson but several people are in custody. Gratitude goes to Greece, Turkey, Italy, Cyprus and Russia for sending help to fight the fires.  Even the Palestinian Authority (PA) has offered to help with this disaster. Prayers and thoughts are with those in harm's way. 

Sadly this week, handgun violence ended the young life of Wayne State University police officer, Colin Rose at the age of 29.  His life was cut short just as he was completing his masters degree and was to be married next year. Condolences to his family, friends and Detroit community. May his short life be a blessing unto those he touched.

Bravo to the new movie "Loving" which brings to light the historic love story of a Richard (a white man) and Mildred (a black woman) Loving (their real name) and their journey to the Supreme Court to affirm and legalize their marriage in 1967.
And while on the topic of "first come love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage", our United States Maternity leave benifits are abismal.  If you don't believe me, take it from Nev and Laura

Bravo to the POTUS, the  Pope and the Pistons.  POTUS for pardoning Turkeys, Tater and Tot.  The Pope for offering permanent Sin Forgiveness for Abortions and for the Detroit Pistons for their decision to move back downtown after 4 decades in the suburbs. 

Public Domain might be the new home for the civil rights ballad "We Shall Overcome" just as "Happy Birthday" won its right to reside among the public back in June. Though the original song could date back to 1792, Pete Seeger took out a copyright on the song in 1960 when he changed the words from "We Will Overcome" to "We Shall Overcome".  Hopefully, the lawsuit will overcome so all may use this civil rights song freely.

Wishing you and your family 
a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom

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Condolences to Betsy and Jeff Heuer and their family on the unexpected passing of Jeff's peace loving brother, John Heuer.  John was beloved by many as the National Chair of Veterans for Peace and devoted his life to this passion.  May his memories and love bring comfort to those he left behind and may his life be a blessing unto his family and community.
Happy Birthday

Nov. 25th
Barbara Madgy Cohn

Nov. 26
Stuart Sklar
Norm Pappas (Happy 70th!!)

Nov. 27
Dorothy Benyas
Howard Tapper
Laura Champagne
Stacy Kay Doctoroff

Nov. 28
Todd Wyett
Pamela Bluestone Dangovian

Nov. 29
Jerry Acker
Sophie Levy

Nov. 30
Andi Wolfe
Harris Van Cleef

Dec. 1
Senator Gary Peters
Jennifer Berg 
Sherri Kay Ketai

I am prone to mistakes so if I missed your birthday or got the wrong date, please let me know.


November 26 (Saturday)
Cabaret 313
Featuring Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty
The Cube
Marjorie S. and Max M. Fisher Music Center

November 28 (Monday)
Carole King Intimate Home Concert
Fundraiser for Senator Debbie Stabenow
At the home of my mother
For more info:
Annette Rodgers

December 1 (Thursday)
Orchards Children's Services
Sip and Shop for a cause at the Franklin Village Boutique
Noon - 6:00pm

December 8 (Thursday)
Thread presents 
Anat Hoffman - Co-Founder, Women of the Wall
The Berman Center for the Performing Art at the JCC
West Bloomfield
Free and open to the community
Registration is required at this website

January 7  (Saturday) and January 8 (Sunday)
University of Michigan
UMS (University Musical Society)
(Israeli) Batsheva Dance Company

January 21 (Saturday)
Women's March on Washington
Lincoln Memorial