Shabbat Shalom
October 14, 2016  
Happy Sukkot
"Dear narcissus boy I know you've never really apologized for anything" - Alanis Morissette 
We are at the home stretch of this horrendous phenomenon of an election that will be recorded in infamy.  Yes, both candidates are disliked but one continues to spew lies upon the other which amplifies the hatred against Her.  We desperately need a truth detector to sift through his words of vomit. Early and absentee voting has already begun as many have cast their ballots even before he exposed his apparent routine uninvited encounters with beautiful women.  By the way, even pro-athletes say they don't talk like Trump in the locker room. It's mind-boggling how any right-minded American can still support this nasty mess. Even if he were the most brilliant man on the face of the Earth (which he espouses), he has proven repeatedly that his personality is incompetent to be Commander in Chief.  Many like John Boehner believe we should sacrifice our county in exchange for someone who will name extreme conservatives to our Supreme Court and Federal Courts. In 24 days we must elect a new president who will appoint fair-minded justices and we must defeat this brute who would attempt to jail his opponent just like the many foreign dictators he admires. 

"There's one for you, nineteen for me" -Taxman
One of his biggest lies is regarding his taxes and one of his biggest mistakes during last week's debate was to bring Warren Buffett into his smoke and mirrors game.  Warren Buffett has paid taxes since 1944 when he was just 13-years-old and paid $2 million in federal taxes last year.  He also is being audited but states there is no legal reason not to release returns during an audit.  Here is Warren's full statement:

"You had one eye on the mirror" 
More on this exasperating subject, Carly Simon has jumped into the eye-opening attempt to show the absurdity of this candidate.  For the first time ever, she has allowed her song, "You're So Vain" to be used in an ad. Kudos to the creative geniuses who found just the right photos and videos to match these lyrics.

"Come gather 'round people where ever you roam"
Words of wisdom from this year's ( meritorious) winner of the  Nobel Prize for Literature, Robert Zimmerman, most famously known as Bob Dylan. He is the consummate poet who, through decades, has written the anthems of our struggling Nation. His legendary song, Times They Are a-Changin, written in 1964 during a different era, seem quite appropriate for today's election. 
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin

"East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem Shalom, Salam" - David Broza
The UN is a-changin, with surprising good news and typical bad news.  For the first time ever, Yom Kippur is an official UN holiday. However a day after it was observed, 24 nations voted to approve a UNESCO resolution which deletes any Jewish historical presence to the Temple Mount. 
Here is a brief History reminder: 
Our 1st Temple was destroyed in 587 BCE 
Our 2nd Temple was destroyed in 70 CE
700 years later, The Al-Aqsa Mosque was built on top of the ruins of our destroyed Temple in 705 CE.  Throughout history, when we had no control of our homeland, our biblical sites, historical artifacts and heritage was damaged and demolished.   If it wasn't bad enough that our sacred Temple Mount was disrespected with the building of a Mosque on top of it, now UNESCO wants to officially erase our Jewish historical presence to our holiest site.   I call BS on the mission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  They do not promote  "Building peace in the minds of men and women" 

Rendering of our 1st Temple 

"Lest we forget how fragile we are" - Sting
In memory of our ancestors, the Israelites and their 40 year journey from Slavery to Freedom, from Egypt to Israel, we celebrate our holiday of Sukkot to commemorate the temporary housing used during that trek. We build and for 7 days dwell (eat meals from the local harvest and some people sleep) in 3 sided, opened roof "booths" called Sukkot in Hebrew. One symbolic component of this holiday is that these fragile structures represent our vulnerable lives, homes and bodies which need protection and attention.  Hag Sameach (Joyous Holiday) to those celebrating this ancient ritual holiday. 

"Gimmi, gimmi shelter or I'm gonna fade away - Rolling Stones
Another shelter worth spotlighting is the first Detroit home of Rosa Parks which is now being, piece by piece, reconstructed in Berlin by an artist to pay tribute to the civil rights hero.  After Rosa Parks' arrest in Montgomery, AL in 1955, she received threats and was pressured to move to the "Northern Promised Land" which wasn't too promising for her at the time.  She lived with her brother and struggled to find work till she moved to another home where she lived till her death.  This first home was nearly demolished till artist, Ryan Mendoza, took up the restoration project which should take about 3 months to complete.  For more on this story, please check out this article:

"And we'll never be royals, It don't run in our blood" - Lorde
Condolences to the people of Thailand on the passing of their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej (age 88) who was the longest reigning monarch with an impressive 70 year span.  A full year of mourning has been declared as all civil servants are instructed to wear black.  Also, his son the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was announced as his replacement though only after an appropriate mourning period will he be crowned the new (and 10th) King of their dynasty. Queen Elizabeth has now ascended to the longest reigning royal.  
The Queen of Great Britain   The King of Thailand

 "I search for a truth, all I found was a lie," - Paul Simon
Enjoy this rare and vintage Paul Simon original (written in 1963) with a beautiful Spanish melody and haunting lyrics of a man, "Carol Dominguez" searching for the truth, but coming up empty handed. 
This song was the B side to his more famous tune "He was my brother" about the murder of civil rights activist Andy Goodman  (a college friend of Paul's) who was killed in Mississippi with 2 others while trying to help the Black Community register to vote.  Andy Goodman was posthumously given the Medal of Freedom by President Obama. For Andy and all the Freedom Riders of then and today, we must continue the Humane Progression of our Country by electing Hillary Clinton as our next President.

Wishing you and your family a 
 Peaceful Shabbat Shalom, 
a Hag Sukkot Sameach
Each week's message is now posted and backlogged here:

Our full house at last week's Shabbat dinner

Condolences to Wendy and Jeff Danzig and dear friends  Jimmy and Sherri Ketai and their families on the passing of Jimmy and Wendy's step-mother,  Dorathy L. Ketai who was the wife of Dr. Donald Ketai. May her spirit and memories bring comfort to those who mourn her passing and may she be a blessing unto her family. 
 Happy Birthday

Oct. 14th
Beth Zeman

Oct. 15th
Lisa Beckwith Weisman 
Randy Orley
Terri Orbuch

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 (nearly newlywed)
Terran Leemis

Pat Miles

Oct. 20th
Doron Levin
Megan Wilbur Massaron
Erica Gerson
Ron Kaplovitz
Billy Birndorf

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

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tim Kaine
Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence

3 debates down, 1 to go...

Third Presidential debate
Wednesday October 19th 
University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV.

Presidential General Election
November 8, 2016
(24 days and counting)

Important Voting Information
You can vote absentee by requesting your ballot now and returning it (in most States) in person or postmarked by Nov. 7th.  Or you can vote early in many States.  For example, in Michigan you can vote early at your local Clerk's office from Sat. Sept. 24th - Nov. 7th. Here are early/absentee dates and deadlines for each State: 

Please join me in supporting...

Christine Greig - State Representative (my district)
Robert Wittenberg - State Representative
Tim Greimel - State Representative
Nicole Bedi - State Representative 
Jeremy Moss - State Representative
Andy Schor - State Representative

Vicki Barnett - Oakland County Executive
Andy Meisner - Oakland County Treasurer
Lisa Brown - Oakland County Clerk
Jim Nash - Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner
Jessica Cooper - Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney 
Marcia Gershenson - Oakland County Commissioner
Helaine Zack - Oakland County Commissioner
Charles Gaba - Oakland County Commissioner

Randi Berman Sakwa - W. Bloomfield s chool board member

Laurence B. Deitch - U of M Regent
Denise Ilitch - U o M Regent

Debbie Dingell - US Congress
Sandy Levin - US Congress
Brenda Lawrence - US Congress (my district)
Gretchen Driskell - US Congress
Suzanna Shkreli - US Congress
Lon Johnson - US Congress
Dan Kildee - US Congress

Yes - Proposal for Regional Transit Authority for SE MI

Hillary Clinton  - POTUS  

To review all of the candidates and proposals, please check out this site:

October 14  (Friday)
Detroit PBS
Detroit Performs Live
The Fillmore Detroit
For more info:
Michelle Gaisser

October 17 (Monday)
Please join dear friends Liz Guz and Diane Orley to
Shop for a Cause
Ella Designs Jewelry 
Home of Diane Orley
50% of profits are donated to 
Heinz Prechter Bipolar Research Fund
For more info on all events (and address to this one)

October 27 (Thursday)
Open Forum for Vicki Barnett who is running for 
Oakland County Executive
Birmingham Temple
28611 Twelve Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
For more info:
Carolyn Lowe

October 27  (Thursday)
Jewish Historical Society
Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Baseball History with 
Mike "Stoney" Stone and Alan "Big Al" Muskovitz
Detroit Historical Museum
Tickets $40
For more info: 248-432-5517

October 30 (Sunday)
Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
32nd Anniversary Dinner
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Honoring: Rozie and Bernie Friedman
Guest Speaker: Dr. Deborah Lipstadt
For more info:
Ruth Stern

October 30 (Sunday)
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)
Human Trafficking Awareness Symposium
West Bloomfield High School Auditorium
4925 Orchard Lake Rd. 

November 3 (Thursday)
The Pickle Recipe
A film written and produced by  Sheldon Cohn
Opens at the  Maple Theater 
Bloomfield Hill, MI
Opens around the country on Oct. 21  

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