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Shabbat Bulletin - June 4, 2016

Game On!  -- Cody Matthew Badner, 5.28.16


Congratulations to Cody on his Bar Mitzvah!

It was a pleasure to see Cody take on the responsibilities
and of being a Bar-Mitzvah. It was special for Cody, his family and the shul membership.

And thanks to the assist by No. 18, Cantor Marcel Cohen, (who also read very well,)  the Bar Mitzvah was a Slam-Dunk.

Looking forward to next Season.

Istanbul - Ahrida Synagogue

I still know some nice kosher restaurants in Istanbul, although they have sadly closed the best one.

So instead of food, I have a Schule for you today.
Ahrida Synagogue is the oldest in the Balat neighbourhood and one of the oldest in all of Turkey, founded in 1490, two years before the Spanish expulsion.
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In these days, nowhere were Jews welcomed as warmly as in the Ottoman empire. Sultan Bayezid II wrote a bitingly sarcastic letter to King Ferdinand, thanking him for enriching the sultan's lands by fixing the influx of Jews, at the expense of impoverishing his own kingdom.

(Alas, that is not the case any more; the recent wave of strengthening Islamic and nationalist self-identification led to significant cooling on relationship with the Jews.)

The Schule before you has been subject to all kinds of treatment. It was frequented by Sabbatai Tzvi (not its only claim to fame but definitely a notable one). It hosts a memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks in the Neve Shalom synagogue of Istanbul 30 years ago.

Normally, in order to visit Ahrida synagogue, you'll need to book your visit 4 business days ahead. The Rabbi's office will extend certain special dispensations for a colleague but even I can't get a permission to take pictures once inside. So for getting past the gate, here's a borrowed picture of the gorgeous Bimah, shaped like a ship's prow and symbolizing Noah's Ark.
Seriously damaged in a fire in 1600, the building was rebuilt by the Sultan's decree in 1694 in the typical Ottoman "Tulip Baroque" style. This Schule is considered to be not only one of the oldest synagogues in Turkey but also the most beautiful ones. Definitely worth a visit.

Looking forward to seeing you this Shabbat,

Rabbi Eli

Mazel Tov to Michael & Debbie Spigelman

on the engagement of their daughter Shelby to Shane Altman

Quotes of the Day

“Everyone can look inside his or her soul and decide what he or she can do to make a world at peace, to end this fighting that goes on every day around the world.” —Ruth Gruber

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ―Elie Wiesel

“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” ―Hannah Arendt



June 5  Talia Baldor
June 5  David Bottner
June 5  Matthew Grossman
June 5  Susan Hoffer
June 5  Sydney Markowitz
June 5  Alan Shievitz
June 6  Sarah Moshe
June 7  Mark Johnson
June 7  Warren Zweig


June 7  Michael & Debbie Spigelman


June 4  Rose Gould Lefko Cohen,

            mother-in-law of Helen Gould
June 7  Milton Gould, father of Arnold
June 8  Zenek Wajgensberg,

            father of Dorothy Tessis

Humour - That’s Life

FAITH: Once all villagers decided to pray for rain, on the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.

TRUST: When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs because she knows you will catch her.

HOPE: Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning but still we set the alarms to wake up.

CONFIDENCE: We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.

LOVE: We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.

ATTITUDE: On an old man's shirt was written a sentence 'I am not 90 years old,
I am sweet 16 with 74 years of experience'



7:30-8:30 pm

Parsha of The Week


with Judy Hazan


Join this lively group every Wednesday night at 7:30 PM at The Lodzer where we study the week’s sedra together. Classes are informal and no prior knowledge or preparation is required. The purpose of the class is to learn the story of the parsha, determine its most important elements and tie its morals and lessons into our daily lives. This is open to the public and there is no cost.

For more information contact:

Judy Hazan 416-704-1693


after the kiddush

Pirke Avoth

Discussion Group

with Jonathan Usher

Life has been aptly described as a symphony that must be played by ear; there is no printed score to go by.

Let your words be soft and sweet, because some day you may have to eat them.

Every shabbat, after the kiddush there is a vibrant discussion of one Mishnah of Pirke Avoth.

Read Jonathan’s Pirke Avoth Discussion Points for the week at the end of this

Shabbat Bulletin.


June 1 to 3






The Anne Frank exhibit from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam will be on display in our Library from Mon. May 16th to Fri. Jun. 3rd.

Glenforest Secondary school in Mississauga is going to perform the Anne Frank play on Wednesday June 1st (9:30 - 11:00), on Thursday June 2nd (11:45 - 1:15) and in the evening of Friday, June 3rd, with perhaps a Friday June 3rd afternoon show.

If you wish to attend or have a wooden menorah that you would lend the school for the duration of the play, please call Sarah for more information and a call-back.


June 4

27 Iyar

9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch


This week’s kiddush is

co-sponsored by:

Helen Gould in memory of

David Gould


Rose Gould Lefko Cohen


Solomon Ronski in memory

of his wife Mania


Arnold Yudell for the

yahrzeit of his father Milton


Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3


Parashat Bechukosi

1: 27:1-4 (pg. 547)

2: 27:5-8

3: 27:9-15

4: 27:16-21

5: 27:22-25

6: 27:26-28

7: 27:29-34

maftir: 27:32-34


Jeremiah 16:19 - 17:14 (pgs. 551- 553)

Candle Lighting: 8:36 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:45 p.m. – Saturday


June 5

9:45 AM



This is an excellent opportunity for you to bring your ideas, suggestions and opinions to an open forum to guide the Lodzer Centre Congregation in its future direction.

The annual general meeting will be held at 9:45 AM at the shule.

As the subjects to be discussed are extremely important to the direction of our shule, it is important that your voice is heard.

Your Board has been busy, not only tending to the ordinary workings of the Lodzer but also considering our future direction. Your approval and input are crucial to the future nature and existence of the Lodzer.


June 5

1:30 PM

Bathurst Lawn

Lodzer Section

unveiling  for

David Rybowski

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David Rybowski is a survivor from Lodz, Poland. He experienced the full weight of the Holocaust, living in the ghetto before being deported to a series of camps and subjected to slave labour before surviving death marches at the war’s end.

21 - MustSeeVideos (crestwood)

Yadvashem - rememberingThePast

RYBOWSKI, David - On August 29, 2015, David beloved husband of Jenny. Loving father of Betty Zulauf, Cheryl (David Jenah). Cherished grandfather of Michelle, Mark, Shawn, Ryan and Leah. Adored great-grandfather of Jason, Rachel and Georgia. David will be missed by his sisters Irene Beder and Mary Nathan.


June 7

1 Sivan




June 10

Oneg Shabbat


Services 6:30PM

Dinner Following

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Cantor Marcel Cohen,

Cantor David Edwards,

Reuben Granger,

Rabbi Eli too shall return!

We are preparing for a great Lodzer Oneg Shabbat.

A one hour musical-service with Rueben on the piano along with your favourite cantors preceding dinner.




Join the Lodzer family

for a hamishe

Kosher Shabbat Dinner

Members $25

Children aged 5 - 12 $15



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June 11

5 Sivan

Morning Service

9:30 AM



7:30 PM

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To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office


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Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3


Parashat Bamidbar

1: 3:14-20 (pg. 576)
2: 3:21-26
3: 3:27-39
4: 3:40-43
5: 3:44-51
6: 4:1-10
7: 4:11-20
maf: 4:17-20


Hosea 2:1 - 2:22 (pg.582)

Candle Lighting: 8:41 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:45 p.m. – Saturday


Click on the picture,

Kids in the Hood.


June 12



9 AM


Dairy Kiddush


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1st day of  Shavuous

1: 19: 1-6 (pg.  290)
2: 19: 7-13
3: 19: 14-19
4: 19:20 - 20:14
5: 20:15 - 23
maf: Numbers ch 28 v. 26-31 (pg. 696)


Ezekiel ch. 1 and Ezekiel ch. 3  v. 12
  (pgs. 1027 - 1031)


June 13

9 AM

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2nd day of  Shavuous

1: 15: 19 - 23 (pg.  814)
2: 16: 1 - 3
3: 16: 4-8
4: 16: 9 - 12
5: 16:13 - 17
maf: Numbers ch 28 v. 26-31 (pg. 696)


Habakkuk ch 2 v. 20 and ch 3 v. 19

(pgs. 1032 - 1035)


June 18

12 Sivan

9:30 AM

Kiddush Lunch

To sponsor a Kiddush

please call the office


Torah Times

Torah Reading: Triennial Year 3


Parashat Naso

1: 7:1-11 (pg. 596)
2: 7:12-23
3: 7:24-35
4: 7:36-47
5: 7:48-59
6: 7:60-71
7: 7:72-89
maftir: 7:87-89


Judges 13:2 - 13:25 (pg. 602)

Candle Lighting: 8:44 p.m. – Friday

Havdalah: 9:52 p.m. – Saturday


June 20

7:30 pm


Book Chat

with Cathy Zeldin



"The Illegal" is a timely, relevant story given the refugee situation in the world today.

BTW, did you know Lawrence is the brother of musician Dan Hill?

On May 16 we had eleven people discussing "The Marriage of Opposites" and we almost came to a consensus, rating it as 9 or 10 out of 10.  A truly beautiful book, it addresses multiple themes; history, Judaism, interracial relationships, racism, slavery, tragedy, women's solidarity, art and folklore.  Of course we had comments on all of these.  For example, did you know several of the Impressionist painters were anti-Semitic?

Moving on, our next book is "The Illegal", winner of this year's Canada Reads, by Lawrence Hill, who also won the same prize several years ago for his "The Book of Negroes".   


You look at the Pew Hispanic Center study on the number of illegal aliens in America and the number of jobs they have, that's 7.4 million, illegal aliens in America. A quick way to create jobs in America is to remove those illegal aliens from our community. That frees up 7.4 million jobs that Americans can seek. (Mo Brooks)

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We'll meet on Monday June 20 at 7:30 PM at the shul.

Thanks to everyone who supports our Book Chat group.  It's lots of fun.

For more information contact


June 26

Earl Bales Park

12 PM to 6 PM

Earl Bales Park

Arts and Music Festival

Everyone is invited for an afternoon of great free live music outdoors in the park along with food booths, art vendors, kid zones, games, prizes and more.



יידיש ווינקל

איר וויסן וואָס מיין פֿילאָסאָפֿיע פון לעבן איז? אַז עס ס וויכטיק צו האָבן עטלעכע לאַוגהס, אָבער איר גאַטאַ לייַדן אַ ביסל אויך, ווייַל אַנדערש איר פאַרפירן די גאנצע פונט צו לעבן.

ir visn vos meyn filosofye fun lebn iz? az es s vikhtik tsu hobn etlekhe laughs , ober ir gata laydn a bisl aoykh , vayl andersh ir farfirn di gantse funt tsu lebn.

דזשאַקלין, מיר האָפֿן אַלע איז געזונט. טשאַרלעס.


Study to Learn; Learn to Do

In Torah the distinctions between physical and spiritual are not so clear. The whole physical world is spiritual because God created it. The physical world was created out of the spiritual, and the spiritual is inherently present in all physical form and action. Therefore, in Torah thought, it is a false dichotomy to separate the physical from the spiritual.

This week's Torah portion begins by saying, "If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out ... " (Leviticus 26:3). Isn't that a bit redundant?

What is the difference between (1) walking in the statutes, (2) keeping the commandments and (3) carrying them out? In his classic commentaries on the Torah, Rashi wondered about this too and proposed a solution. He suggested that "walking in the statutes" refers to intensive study of the Torah. "Keeping the commandments" refers to learning how the commandments of Torah are properly kept. "Carrying them out" refers to actually doing what the commandments say to do. In other words, we should study Torah for the purpose of learning it, and we should learn it for the purpose of doing it.

This approach to Torah may seem obvious. It isn't. Sometimes we study the Bible simply for the sake of learning the Scriptures, but we never get around to doing what the Bible tells us to do. We often hear the Word of God and learn its message but fail to put it into practice.

This is especially true in regard to the laws of Torah.

In some Christian schools of thought, the laws of Torah are believed to have spiritual meanings instead of literal meanings. That suggests that the laws of Torah were never meant to be kept; they were only meant to be understood as spiritual lessons. Early church writings spoke about the spiritual meanings of the Torah's commandments while discouraging people from actually practicing the Torah.

That kind of thinking resulted from the influence of philosophical thought in the early church. In the philosophical worldview, the acquisition of knowledge is a worthy goal in and of itself.

In Jewish thought, the purpose for studying is more than simply the acquisition of knowledge. Knowledge and learning are regarded only as means for better serving God. Therefore, in Jewish thought, we study to learn and we learn to do.

(If you question the source, the title links to the story/site.)



Pirke Avoth Perek 2 Mishnah 6

Note: This commentary is taken from Ethics from Sinai by Irving M. Bunim and Visions of the Fathers by Abraham Twerski, and Sage Advice, by Yitz Greenberg. Some sentences of the commentaries have been taken verbatim (in quotes) and others have been summarized. All relate to Mishnah 6. The Questions are my own.

He used to say: An empty-headed man (bur) cannot be sin-fearing, nor can an ignorant person (am haaretz) be pious; the bashful one cannot learn, nor can the quick-tempered one teach; neither will anyone who devotes himself greatly to trade, become wise; and in a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.

Note: buris spelled boorin Visions of the Fathers

Sage Advice

A cycle of violence feeds on itself.”  A criminal that murdered another murderer, even while unknowingly doing it under Gods direction, would be murdered in turn. Those that live by the sword shall perish by the sword.

Question:  Does this idea of direct retribution playing itself out till the  end of time does not seem right?

Ethics from Sinai

The word bur also means an empty field on which nothing  has been planted. Similarly, in the human being whom we call a bur, no knowledge or wisdom has been implanted to take root and flower. The bur is inferior to the am haaretz, for he is utterly uncultivated: the bur not only knows no Torah; he also lacks any secular knowledge or breeding. He cannot be fearful of sin because he does not even know what sin is.

The am haaretzis a man immersed in the affairs of the world but quite ignorant of the ways of the Torah. He cannot be truly pious in the sense of seeing beyond the letter of the law to fathom its spirit. He simply does not know enough of the Torah to deepen his grasp of what the  Almighty requires of him.

Question: Do Conservative Jews look to going beyond the letter of the law for understanding Torah better than Orthodox or ultra-Orthodox Jews? Is Modern Orthodoxy the solution?

The bashful person …”will not get up and ask the questions that perplexhim. If you do not ask, you will not learn.

A quick tempered person will shout at a student and so intimidate the other students from asking questions and learning.

The “‘school of hard knocks’ … experience will not necessarily bring wisdom.” “A man may accumulate riches, yet if he lives without attention to the values of the spirit, he will have lived foolishly.

There are exceptions to the above rules, nevertheless, the rules generally apply.

Having seen what the material world has to offer, Issachar chose to forego its ephemeral pleasures and dedicate his life energy to something of eternal value: the Torah. This is true wisdom: it is mahkim; it seeks to make others wise; it seeks to spread the word of God.

If the community is organized on the principles of Torah and recognizes its supreme authority, by all means , do not separate.However, there are times when you must resist, go against the tide, be a non-conformist.” “Bear this in mind: If the Jewish people had always gone along with the majority, there would be no Jewry and no Israel today. Yes, says Hillel, do not separate yourself from the group. But when that group has forfeited the right to be called men, when righteousness and justice and Torah have departed - in the place where there is  no man, you must stand up and fight the majority; you must become the man.

The humble person is not one who disparages his abilities and deceives himself and others about his true talents. He is rather someone who accepts his talents and abilities, faces his historic opportunities, accepts his responsibilities. But he adds in utter honesty, All this has been given  me by the Almighty to serve Him and fulfill some small part of His plans for the universe.

Question 1: In our present world of conflict, when it appears to me that

                    anti-Semitism and anti-israel sentiment is rising, what are  

                    our responsibilities?

Question 2: What are our responsibilities if we feel, like me, that our

                    Jewish representatives are not representing us properly or

                    strongly enough?

Visions of the Fathers

The use of food or money for security betrays a persons profound sense of insecurity, whites generally a consequence of lw self-esteem. Since this low self-esteem is not warranted and not reality bound, there is an endless pursuit of more and more food or more anymore money. True, society does not see the desire for excess money as similar to compulsive overeating, but the Talmud sees them a equivalent.

Note: I found this irrelevant but interesting.

Digging up the dirt...


...Any pragmatic impulse that might otherwise have emerged in Palestinian politics is consistently countered by Hamas, whose growing influence reflects the Islamist tide that is surging across the wider region.

...Israel essentially, if not formally, has given up on conflict resolution in the short run, and instead effectively has adopted a strategy of patient conflict management.

...In the absence of meaningful negotiations, Israel, particularly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has advocated the promotion of "economic peace" as a part of conflict management, on the assumption that Israel has nothing to gain from hungry neighbors.

...the Palestinian Authority propagates vicious hatred toward Israel in its educational system, conducts an ongoing campaign of international delegitimization against Israel, and denies Jewish links to the Land of Israel and to Jerusalem in particular. It glorifies terrorists and allows them to be role models in its schools. It deliberately reinforces the hostility that fuels the conflict, preventing the emergence of a more pragmatic Palestinian leadership.

Burning Israel: Sanders’ vision for the Democratic Party

...What a hoopla has arisen over the fact that the first Jewish candidate to get to the homestretch of a Democratic presidential primary is making it his business to move the party formally away from its support of Israel.
...This story comes into focus with the announcement of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ nominees to the Democratic Party’s platform committee. The five — out of a total of 11 on the committee — are a parody of leftist politics.
...Sanders’ surrogates include the pro-Palestinian activist James Zogby and the leftist professor Cornel West. They are two of the harshest critics of Israel on the national scene.
...“The first Jewish candidate to win state primaries and amass millions of votes,” writes the editor of the liberal Jewish Forward, “is also the one trying to steer the Democratic Party platform away from its full-throated support of Israel.”
...Finally a Jew makes it into the homestretch for presidential nomination. And his agenda is to turn his party away from the Jewish state.

(So sad -- say it isn’t so)

BDS equals economic warfare

...At the core of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS ) is economic warfare meant to delegitimize and marginalize Israel. But the fatal fallacy of the movement is rooted in the fact that its proponents are hurting the very constituency they claim to represent.
...Daniel Birnbaum is the CEO of SodaStream, one of Israel’s greatest commercial start-up successes.
...As Birnbaum underscored in a press release, “As the son of a Holocaust survivor, I refuse to stand by and observe this human tragedy unfold right across the border in Syria... just as we have always done our best to help our Palestinian brothers and sisters in the West Bank, the time has come for local business and municipal leaders to address the Syrian humanitarian crisis and take the initiative to help those in need. We cannot expect our politicians to bear the entire burden of providing aid for the refugees.”
...The BDS movement uses economic pressure to attempt to strong-arm the Israeli government into complying with its agenda. Its effects are wide-ranging, from political activism on college campuses to commercial guerrilla tactics like covertly placing stickers on grocery products to draw attention to their Israeli origins.
...Much of the time, its claims are laden with anti-Semitic overtones and rely on emotional appeal rather than hard data. Such tactics have far-reaching – and very counterproductive – consequences,
...According to Forbes, “The impact of BDS is more psychological than real so far and has had no discernible impact on Israeli trade or the broader economy... that said, the sanctions do run the risk of hurting the Palestinian economy, which is much smaller and poorer than that of Israel.”
...The extremism that the BDS movement advocates highlights the group’s refusal to come to terms with the State of Israel, its recidivism and its ignorance in evaluating the landscape of greater Middle East politics.
...When Syrian refugees are being offered jobs in Israel at an Israeli company it is clear how removed the BDS reality is from that of the Middle East.


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Israeli pavilion at human rights summit.  For the first time in five years, an Israeli delegation is in Turkey. It is exhibiting at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, reflecting the Jewish tradition of ‘Tikun Olam’ (repair the world) in responding to international disasters and assisting developing countries.

Preventing AIDS in 14 African countries. The World Health Organization will approve the PrePex device by Israel-based Circ MedTech. It allows medical workers in Africa to perform painless circumcisions to help stop the spread of AIDS. WHO’s prequalification will allow PrePex it to be offered to adult males in 14 countries.

(never knew foreskins were related to AIDS transmission)

Recharge your hearing aid wirelessly. Israel’s Humavox uses proprietary radio frequency (RF) to recharge hearing aids.  Humavox’s flexible hardware platform, ETERNA, includes the smallest power receiver available in the market, making it able to fit into the tiniest of hearing aids.

Elementary kids take photos from edge of space.  Israeli students and parents from Yigal Alon elementary school sent a meteorological balloon up 15 miles and collected images and complete flight data.  The 42.3 ounce Styrofoam box contained two GoPro type cameras, flight data recorder, locator and radio transmitter.

Elton John is Captain Fantastic.  Superstar Elton John rocked 40,000 ecstatic fans at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.  He semi-dedicated his first hit, “Your Song,” to Israel and told the crowd there could have been “no nicer place” for him to open his eight-week European tour.  He took no breaks during the two-hour-plus show.

Israel’s desert nature reserve.  Spread over 3000 acres in the southern Israel's Arava desert, the unique Hai Bar wildlife nature reserve is home to endangered animal species, some of them already mentioned in the Bible.  Enjoy the beautiful photography.

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Feature Story: Women Hold the Key to Inspiring Change

My task is to turn this “William Golding” quote, (that was sent to me by e-mail,) into something I can use in the bulletin. Here we go.

(making a mountain out of a molehill)


My first inclination was to contrast the (favoured) superiority of women with how women are treated in extremist islamic ideology. That imagery is however beyond “not nice”.

I chose the safe route, and the face, (somewhat overrated,) to go with it.

Nations that invest in women’s employment, health, and education are just more likely to have better outcomes. Their children will be healthier and better educated. And all over the world, we’ve seen what women do when they get involved in helping to bring peace. So this is not just the right thing to do for us to hold up these women, to support them, to encourage their involvement; this is a strategic imperative.  (Hillary Clinton, 2012)

(I still like Bernie)

It’s time for muslim women to rise up and take control… or at least run for office. We’ll vote for you.

So far a positive message.

(too bad she’s not looking into the camera)

I had to google “William Golding” -- of course, Lord of the Flies. Survival at all costs.

Human nature and individual welfare pitted against the common good.

William Golding, (of I sank your battleship fame,) should know.

Relevant today? You bet.


Sorry, green frog. You’re not king, but you are green and you are a frog. That can only mean one thing: It’s time to pay homage to Al Gore.

(I didn’t realize, (or forgot,) that Al stood for Albert - my dad’s name.)

Yes, a short detour through memory lane. We’ll be on track shortly.

Climate Change. Say it again. Climate Change! What’s it good for? Absolutely nothing.

It’s pointless debating climate change. Stop distracting us and please fix the problem.

(I personally like LED light bulbs.)


With thanks to Al Gore, I’ve used that story/metaphor a number of times.

We are those frogs!

The air we breath; the water we drink; the food we eat; the land we walk on -- slowly being poisoned.
Once beautiful, our world now a garbage can.

Our rights are slowly being eroded by some group’s notion of the common good.
Where antisemitism festers, it escalates to full blown fascism.

We are past the tipping point on so many fronts.

There’s no lack of crazy people in this world. Entitled, cold blooded murderers.
(And I'm the most optimistic person I know -- everyone else is delusional)



Back to the present and our future. Who will write it?

Hopefully not this guy!  (think green frog)


Oh Donald,

There is a crackup taking place in the Arab/Muslim world. How can we help?

Moderate Arab countries are trying to keep religion far from their political struggles -- they realize that there is no future in political Islam.

European countries on the other hand haven’t had much success finding compromise.

A world at war or a world succumbed?



“A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.” - War Games

(How did I do?  CharlySays)