SparkPeople SparkJews Team Messageboard Jewish? Whatever kind of Jew you are, cultural or religious, whether you keep kosher or not, this group is for you. SparkPeople SparkJews Team Messageboard Funny story re our visit to a Sri Lanka hospital DH is having some medical issues, so we're consulting with a dr and getting some testing done for him. Which means visits to the hospital here in Sri Lanka. <BR> <BR> Funny part - when the clinic staff was explaining how to find the imaging area and then the blood work lab, the young woman said "you go out to the atrium and there is a big Buddha. The blood lab is next to the Buddha." Made it easy to remember, but I just thought that was so funny. And I guess very Sri Lankan! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:22:01 EST A Simple Anagram " S***hole", once you rearrange the letters, spells "His Hotel." Now you know and my work is done here. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:54:13 EST How Low Can A Party Go? The Republicans have four convicted criminals running for the Senate. <BR> <BR> There truly are no words: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/01/10/republicans-have-four-convicted<BR>-criminals-running-for-congress-in-201<BR>8/23330070/ </link> Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:07:26 EST new mop Not earthshaking or particularly controversial ... I'm looking for suggestions. I'm planning on upgrading and getting a new mop and getting rid of the old-fashioned mop &amp; pail method. We have (sealed) hardwood, and there's tile in bathrooms and basement. I'm looking at electric steam mops. Never tried a Swiffer but I'm thinking steam will be better than the chemical cleaners. So many choices! Do you have one that you like? <BR> <em>542</em> Tue, 9 Jan 2018 13:52:28 EST President Trump Unraveling? Noted Yale psychiatrist weighs in, meeting privately with members of Congress (this is unprecedented, as far as I know): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/01/04/yale-psychiatry-professor-warns<BR>-trumps-mental-health-is-unraveling/23323659/ </link> Thu, 4 Jan 2018 11:09:28 EST Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee Who watched Jeopardy. Our new champ, Sara Lee, simply has to be one of us. MOT, dontcha think? Tue, 2 Jan 2018 19:32:12 EST Lies By the Lying Liar Now on a pace for 2,000ish a year. It's simply breathtaking. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tics/trump-claims-database/?tid=a_inl&<BR>amp;utm_term=.07977f3c6cae </link> <BR> <BR> Imagine how intoxicatingly empowering the truth would be. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 09:04:38 EST 2,700-Year Old JEWISH Artifact Found In Jerusalem An ancient seal of the governor of Jerusalem was just uncovered. This is starting to sound like the M&amp;M commercial that is shown this time of year, with the two M&amp;Ms debating the existence of Santa Claus. And then Santa Claus comes down the chimney and faints dead away noting, "They DO exist!" The commercial was created for the 2006 holiday season and still holds up quite well. <BR> <BR> My point being if Jews did not have a presence dating back to antiquity, how to explain all the... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 16:44:23 EST "Deal With Them The Hitler Way" The quote is from a Florida police officer (I have no words to add): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/12/30/gainesville-hot-cop-resigns-ami<BR>d-investigation-over-alleged-anti-semi<BR>tic-comments/23320319/ </link> <BR> <BR> Remember how we were raised to believe, that if we were ever in trouble to get help from our neighborhood police officer? And if that police officer, nowadays, was this man? Sun, 31 Dec 2017 13:32:12 EST Hillary Clinton Should Take Up Knitting? Seriously? Even tongue-in-cheek, Vanity Fair totally missed the mark: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uggests-hillary-clinton-take-knitting-<BR>slammed-for-sexism/GBFaOFkE4tKhFWlcUCyYsL/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>llary-clinton-should-take-up-knitting-<BR>in-2018-people-are-riled-up-7698124 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>suggests-hillary-clinton-knitting/311752/ ... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:09:10 EST Rosie O'Donnell vs. Paul Ryan Ding-ding-ding! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I couldn't resist sharing this link leading to tweets true to her sullen accuracy and his lunacy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>17/12/26/rosie-odonnell-warns-faker-al<BR>tar-boy-paul-ryan-that-he-will-go-stra<BR>ight-to-hell/23317399/ </link> <BR> <BR> If only Christmas or Hanukkah or any other occasion could make everything all rig... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 23:16:51 EST "Jeopardy" Tonight - What Happened? I thought about what Sylph noted the other day, that this new champion, the customer service rep, with a delightful personality, would return after Christmas. I even made sure to check the listings last night so as not to miss it. <BR> <BR> Then tonight happened. She was gone! Sooooo, somewhere on the planet they showed her second appearance on Christmas and she apparently lost. So disappointed! She bet up a storm during her first appearance last Friday, and did not flinch making incred... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:49:28 EST Audrey Hepburn quotation Just having tripped over what may be a well-known statement, I was struck by its appropriateness to the current domestic political scene, the widespread, sexual misconduct and the way people speak of each other. I'm giving it a new topic because of the many threads we have. <BR> <BR> 'You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.' <BR> <BR> And speaking of individuals whose backs we'd like to see as they go away, my state senator w... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:58:02 EST "Donna, Donna, the Prima Donna" What a treat to watch Jeopardy tonight. One of today's new challengers, Donna, was one of the rare wonders to behold. Between her knowledge of wide-ranging subjects and her personality -- giggling, gasping with near-surprise or full surprise when she got one right, especially when it was one of the more difficult and her bold wagers -- wow! She won the game with just over $45,600; having bet about $11,301 on Final Jeopardy. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 20:14:17 EST Stress burns FEWER calories This is from another post - I wondered if anger helped me burn more calories. <BR> <BR> So I looked online for some research. <BR> <BR> Turns out no, emotional stress does not burn more calories. There was a research study asking women about emotional stressors the previous day - women were grouped either as stressed, or no stress. They then ALL ate a huge breakfast (960 calories!), and rested for 7 hours while their metabolism was measured throughout that time. The women who reported ... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 02:02:09 EST Orthodox, preteen, female champion weight-lifter We need something slightly less burdensome than the topics of recent days. How could I not share this clip from "Supergirl," tonight's (or whenever it's shown in your area) edition of the public TV series, Independent Lens? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-lens/supergirl-larz </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:54:40 EST Not Even The President "The times they are a-changin'", to put it mildly. Great op/ed piece in The Washington Post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ps-newest-enemy-gravity/2017/12/15/030<BR>078ec-e1d1-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_stor<BR>y.html?tid=hybrid_popularity_challenge<BR>r_3_na&amp;utm_term=.65bc0050a7e7 </link> <BR> <BR> As an aside: The women are demanding a Congressional investigation into the president's actions. I do not believe anything would come of it, but it sure is inner... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:43:36 EST Banned Words Doubtlessly everyone has seen the new list of banned words, that the CDC and Health and Human Services (so far) may not use in budget-related documents (that justify budget requests, presumably). Getting past my sheer outrage on the banning of words on many fronts (Thought Police, anyone?), I did want to share that I have some wondrously gifted and liberal Facebook friends. From the electronic pen of one comes the following: <BR> <BR> <BR> "History has proven when teens come home from co... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:33:50 EST His Orange Majesty's Tax Plan Well I read about it. You can too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2017/12/15/the-final-gop-tax-bill-is-c<BR>omplete-heres-what-is-in-it/?undefined<BR>=&amp;utm_term=.7956c42ecd34&amp;wpisr<BR>c=nl_headlines&amp;wpmm=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Too icy to go to the gym, instead found me reading about His Orange Majesty's tax plan. It helps us, pretty sure. Ideally it would help people who need the help more than we, but it does not seem to so much. But ... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 06:35:46 EST Brandenburg Gate - Then And Now Not so "judenrein": <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:26:05 EST It Was Bound To Happen Were you waiting for the shoe to drop? Well, here it is. The first female accused of sexual harassment. She has withdrawn from her race for a congressional seat from Kansas: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>first-female-politician-brought-down-b<BR>y-harassment-allegation/23308893/ </link> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:35:43 EST A survivor of the Gabersdorf women's camp Last week a good acquaintance told me of having attended a discussion and screening of a film-in-progress, "By a Thread." It's the work of one of her distant cousins, a journalist whose mother's history had always been unknown to all by her mother's design. Nothing had added up, including her name, age, home town and other basics. Another relative in recent years let some detail slip" 'though it's not known whether it was unintentional or a deliberate clue so that Marisa Fox (a.k.a. Marisa... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:25:52 EST Displaying A Menorah For All To See We started this thread elsewhere, and this is the point of the menorah, to place it in the window prominently for all to see. <BR> <BR> Now, look at this photo from Yad Vashem of a menorah in Kiel, Germany, 1933: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hanukkah/menorah-kiel.asp </link> <BR> <BR> This family was smart, and left Germany immediately once Hitler came to power. <BR> <BR> I know we've seen this photo in the past, but I thought it bears repeating considerin... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:18:43 EST Sparky Challah In case you missed it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=952756&amp;utm_campaign=r<BR>ecipe-of-the-day&amp;utm_medium=email&<BR>amp;utm_source=sparkpeople </link> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:10:11 EST Happy Chanukah for cat lovers This is the email my brother sent, the Chanukitty. (And it's a little sacreligious, so please don't be offended.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:58:55 EST Alexander Hamilton, A Jew? Something a little lighter: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lton-Jewish.html </link> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:57:43 EST 42 So Far This really needed to be a separate thread. Forty-two men, thus far, have been accused of sexual misconduct and have either been fired or allowed "the grace" to resign. In such a short span of time, these numbers are breathtaking. I still want to know what caused the tipping point so suddenly that effectuated such a dramatic reversal in seemingly acceptable cultural norms. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>10/us/men-accused-sexual-misconduct-we<BR>instein.html </link>... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:13:49 EST Happy Holidays vs Merry Christmas Say the utterer knows full well your faith. Offended or not? Discuss... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:21:54 EST Perfect Latkes Recipe But for two things: <BR> <BR> 1. apple sauce, not sour cream - and <BR> <BR> 2. How in the world do you "Spark" these up? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>recipes/a50756/best-latkes-recipe/ </link> Sat, 9 Dec 2017 16:48:27 EST "Oh, What A Tangled Web We Weave" With apologies to Willie Shakespeare, I am certain when he created the above quote, he never had in mind someone of Trump's "nature" [and that is being awfully polite]. <BR> <BR> The following article on the nature of Trump's lies might be of interest to you. The author studies the nature of lying. But she's never seen anything like Trump's. She noted some interesting patterns: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dy-liars-ive-never-seen-one-like-presi<BR>dent... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 11:14:05 EST Sad week for Minnesota Senator Al Franken While What Al Franken did may or may not have been appropriate, what he did was not as serious as what other people have done who have made the news. And the one photo that has made the rounds is kind of rude, it is obviously a joke. Yet, it is he that has to resign and not our President Mr. Orange Hair. I am so sad about this Sat, 9 Dec 2017 09:06:56 EST Did Trump Have A Mini Stroke........? ........................or just start to lose his dentures at the end of his historic speech recognizing Jerusalem as the sovereign and eternal capital of the State of Israel? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>president-donald-trumps-newfound-lisp-<BR>sets-internet-aflame/23299371/ </link> Wed, 6 Dec 2017 21:52:57 EST All Together Now, In Three Part Harmony I would not lead you astray. Speakers up. Listen and sing along. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>amp;ab_channel=TheTonightShowStarringJ<BR>immyFallon </link> Tue, 5 Dec 2017 09:44:07 EST Tom one Les... <img src=""> Sat, 25 Nov 2017 19:36:28 EST Black Friday Gift Ideas I'm still XXL, but either of these would work quite well in my gym/pool wardrobe. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:56:35 EST Thanksgiving and Whatnot First, the humor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next, wondering what traditional ethnic foods make it onto your T-Day menu. Usually Matzo Ball Soup hereabouts. <BR> <BR> Next and my claim to fame, one of my high school graduating class and quite the fellow MOT achieves some modicum of fortune and fame, annually on T-Day. See, he is a Macy's employee. Giant floats, logistics, 40-foot tall aerial balloons, all are hi... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:36:56 EST Trump's physicality: Newsweek article It's not only his mentality and emotional life: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ler-no-center-182617354 </link> <BR> <BR> I hope the link works. Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:09:05 EST If only <BR> Whoops! <BR> An airplane was about to crash, there were 4 famous passengers on board but only 3 parachutes left. <BR> The first passenger said, "I'm LeBron James, the best NBA basketball player there is. My fans need me. I can't afford to die." <BR> So he took the first pack and left the plane. <BR> The second passenger, Donald Trump said "Out of my way. I'm the new President of the USA and I'm going to be the greatest and cleverest President in American history." <BR> So he quickly g... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:04:22 EST Will You March? First indictment in: Manafort on the chopping block. Rumors swirl that Trump wants Mueller, the Special Prosecutor, fired. If Trump files Mueller, 48 states threaten to march. Will you? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>h-streets-if-trump-fires-robert-muelle<BR>r-695929 </link> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Watergate II for the 21st century. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:58:28 EST B-I-NGO, Bingo Was His Name-O! <img src=""> Sat, 28 Oct 2017 20:39:34 EST Jewish Athiests and Agnostics So I was having a conversation with a co-worker today -- she's from Ghana and a naturalized US citizen. chatting away when I said I was athiest/agnostic. She asked how I could be Jewish and athiest/agnostic and no matter how I tried to explain about Judaism and how it is a culture and a relgion, she did not get it. at the end of the conversation she said she hoped I started to believe in God. any thoughts Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:26:25 EST President Pence? I sometimes wonder if Pence is not simply biding his time: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/the-danger-of-president-pence </link> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:10:36 EST Succos According To Dr. Seuss As those of you who know me, I tend to post seasonally. This is a modified version (giving credit where credit is due) originally created by a Rabbi Arthur Gould (no idea) and sent to the community of Sharon, MA by their rabbi, Rabbi Noah Cheses posting the following on the shul's listserv (with a touch of Bobby McFerrin): <BR> <BR> Sukkot 5778 <BR> <BR> Rabbi Noah Cheses <BR> <BR> <BR> The Laws of Sukkah According to Dr. Seuss <BR> You can build it very small <BR> You can build it very... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:44:05 EST Federal Budget - Monopoly metaphor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>poly-approach-to-the-federal-budget/ </link> Sun, 8 Oct 2017 09:48:41 EST Grandma @ 90 paints flowers on houses - Love it! Okay this is obviously what I'm going to do once I turn 90 or so. Really. She is the future me! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-year-old-grandma-agnes-kasparkova/?ut<BR>m_source=facebook&amp;utm_medium=link&<BR>amp;utm_campaign=naturalcures </link> Thu, 5 Oct 2017 22:27:52 EST Katy Tur I'm reading Katy's book. It is both insightful and uproarious. I can't put it down. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A must read for anyone both bewildered and disgusted with Trump, his sycophants and their political bed-fellows. Katy M'Lady pulls no punches at all. More than enough to be a fan of NBC News. <BR> <BR> Read the book! <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:26:31 EST He Tossed Paper Towels In Puerto Rico Granted, it's a photo op, but watching the images of Trump tossing paper towels in a Puerto Rican church, speaks volumes of the kind of help he has signed up for. He blames the ineptitude on the governor of Puerto Rico for the failures seen there. It's beyond incomprehensible how little he understands. Nice that the IDF sent their own rescue operation from Israel, for which the Puerto Ricans were grateful. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-rico-trump-hurricane.htm... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 21:39:46 EST Advice Please so I have a side to me that pops out once in a while and that is I tend to get an attitude at times. It just surfaces and there is really nothing in particular that sets it off--just anything that I find silly at the time. The JCC I go to has given all of us new membership cards because they have installed a new security system to all the doors of the facility. There is a main entrance for the office/auditoriam/general purpose area, the Talmud Torah area at the back of the builidng and t... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:36:07 EST Austin on Jeopardy My hair doppelganger. Obnoxious, but highly skilled and knowledgeable. Does not take himself seriously. A formidable opponent for anyone. Mon, 2 Oct 2017 19:24:58 EST Trump's Destiny (Oct 17 poll) We'll repeat this every quarter. It will be interesting to see how what we feel, changes through time. <BR> <BR> A - First term impeachment and involuntary removal. <BR> <BR> B - First term impeachment; no removal by Senate (like Bill Clinton) <BR> <BR> C - Congressional censure <BR> <BR> D - Resignation <BR> <BR> E - Assassination <BR> <BR> F - Medical resignation or removal <BR> <BR> G - Serves one term; does not run for reelection. <BR> <BR> H - Runs for reelection, is no... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 14:54:36 EST Arnold Eisen on Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel A most worthwhile discussion, Christa Tippett interviewed Dr. Eisen, chancellor of Jewish Theological Seminary, for this week's edition of "On Being," the public radio program. I knew so little about Rabbi Heschel, only that quite a few Jewish day schools bear his name and that he marched with MLK, Jr., and now want to learn more. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-opposite-of-good-is-indifference </link> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:52:59 EST Hard Evidence of an Impeachable Offense - Finally Ladies plus one or two, this simply is huge. Finally. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now how does he weasel and wangle out of that one? Will Congress have the guts to introduce articles of impeachment? Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:37:44 EST NFL, pro basketball and Trump Like so many others, I can't avert my eyes or ears. That team owners and the NFL commissioner are speaking up along with and in support of the players is a new day. That Trump is having several tantrums is old news. <BR> <BR> How and when will MLB step in? Will it? <BR> <BR> - - - - - - - <BR> <BR> Today is the 60th anniversary of nine black students' entering Central High School, Little Rock. The news footage of that day outside the school is still chilling, probably moreso than it w... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:56:01 EST Article - are Jews safe in Trump's America? Well, the actual title of the article is "Are Jews White?" <BR> <BR> This was interesting, thought-provoking, and the only conclusion is "it's complicated." <BR> <BR> Would like to hear people's thoughts on this article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>archive/2016/12/are-jews-white/509453/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry about that - I hate when the link doesn't work right! I took the "s" out, should work now. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:00:10 EST L'Shana Tova U Metukah [Happy And Sweet New Year] May you all be inscribed in the Book of Life for a New Year both sweet and meaningful. <BR> <BR> To get you on your way, here's The Maccabeats' latest entry for the Yom Tov: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gBNgl1w </link> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:04:13 EST Hope You Enjoy Brisket is not the same as Corned Beef! <BR> <BR> If you are not Jewish, I cannot even begin to explain it to you. <BR> <BR> This goes back 2 generations, 3 if you are over 50. It also explains why many Jewish men died in their early 60&amp;#8242;s with a non-functional cardiovascular system and looked like today’s men at 89. <BR> <BR> Before we start, there are some variations in ingredients because of the various types of Jewish taste (Polack, Litvack, Deutch and Gallicianer). Sephardic... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 15:49:31 EST Allyot So darling husband signed us up to do an Allyot on Rosh Hasshanna - opening the Arc doors 7:30 in the morning. so what's the issue? I do not want an Allyot. I don't like them -- I feel that the whole congregation is staring at me. I just do not want to do any type of Allyot any time at all. I find it emmbarrassing and humiliating. am I the only one who feels this way???? Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:01:45 EST Do you attend? Do you pay? - Spark poll Here is what I was wondering, with the holidays again approaching. Please respond or explain; i think this will be interesting. <BR> <BR> A - I belong to a bricks-and-mortal synagogue, I attend/participate regularly ; i pay dues; it's a big part of my life. <BR> <BR> B - I belong and pay dues, but pretty much only attend for the High Holidays. It's a sense of community but not really central in my life. <BR> <BR> C - I belong and pay dues, but really only out of a sense of obligation ... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:49:00 EST Feliz Navidad 5778 No. 13 qualifies for a posting here. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:52:05 EST How to feel clean in a cesspool country? SInce Saturday I've learned that there is no end to debasement and degradation. I'm horrified and enraged and I've discovered that I'm capable of wishes and emotions that I can't speak because they scare me so. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday I wanted a button with a picture of the Lincoln Memorial, but doubt there's a walk-in source in this tow. Somehow I'd kept all the button of my life, back to one for my Junior High. I found one that I don't recall, "Fight Poverty of the Mind," and have been wea... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:49:29 EST I'm having a party and you're invited! I've set up a birthday party blog, so please click on my blog and join in! Let's make this a giant birthday party in SparkLand!!!!!! Thu, 3 Aug 2017 01:44:53 EST Spark Team Sing-A-Long <img src=""> Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:48:59 EST New level of utter outrage I'm distracted by tweets this morning. Yes, those tweets. <BR> <BR> I think I'm known as a benevolent employer, but I would immediately fire an employee who would make misogynistic statements online or in public. It's never excusable and never acceptable, no matter the precipitating facts. Never ever. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mix/wp/2017/06/30/flat-out-gross-and-d<BR>isgusting-cable-tv-erupts-at-trumps-mi<BR>ka-brzezinski-tweets/ </link> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:26:45 EST Another Reason to Skip Dunkin Donuts Thing One, in her daily commute to her DC summer internship, saw a man walk into a Montgomery County MD Dunkin' Donuts this morning: "Alright. Who's little kids are in the closed and locked car outside, windows up and in their car-seats?" Silence. <BR> <BR> "They are someone's kids. One of you brought them here. If none of you fesses up, I'm going to break its window so they get air and then I'm going to call the cops!" <BR> <BR> He had to repeat himself. Then one chagrined woman ultimate... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:28:04 EST Jeopardy got one wrong My fellow Tri-state peeps will appreciate this one. If any of you caught Tuesday's episode, there was a question about Bergen County blue laws. Nobody got it right, including the second contestant who was credited with a correct answer (meaning Alex blew it too). This article explains it all. <BR> <BR><BR>inment/2017/06/21/even-jeopardy-has-to<BR>ugh-time-explaining-bergen-countys-blu<BR>e-laws/417780001/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:57:14 EST Opera (Speakers up!) My oh my oh my oh my <BR> <BR> Enjoy one and all. You need to watch as well as listen. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>amp; </link> Fri, 2 Jun 2017 17:01:58 EST Jeopardy test tonight Tonight is the only time I can take the test this time around. It occurs to me that the other time, it took a while to figure out in the website where to click in for it. I;m glad to have discovered upon returning home a little while ago, thinking that the test is 6pm in the east, that it's not until 9. The chance to unwind from the day is nice. <BR> <BR> Anyone else taking it these three days? Wed, 31 May 2017 18:01:07 EST So was it a Presidential butt-tweet? Perhaps you missed the President's tweet late last night. Well, despite deleting what appears possibly to have been butt-tweeting, the humorists and haters took note. Among the funnier: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 31 May 2017 10:30:41 EST bnai mitzah well I have started the ball in motion. at the tender age of 63, I have decided to start to study for my Bnai Mitzvah. contacted our humanistic Jewish congregation and will start studying for it. I will be studying with people my own age -- in the 10-12 year old range :) Sun, 28 May 2017 07:22:13 EST Gratuitous Parental Brag Thing One has news. Her mother's genes get all the credit. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sat, 27 May 2017 13:27:24 EST Something the Trump thing said last week? It was early last week, probably Monday or Tuesday, that I heard, likely on "Morning Edition," a fragment of a quotation. I wasn't quite paying attention and think it was about a new education program to help kids who need extra help. What caught my ear was a phrase mixed in in which he proudly proclaimed that black children and Latino children will be included in the program. <BR> <BR> Irate, yet unable to research for the full speech or statement, I hope someone else can provide a link t... Tue, 23 May 2017 15:18:25 EST So you call yourself a card-carrying MOT? <link><BR>yiddish-handbook-40-words-you-should-k<BR>now/ </link> <BR> <BR> How many did you know? I mean really know, not just recall hearing sometime, someplace? Be honest. <BR> <BR> Here is how the scoring works: <BR> <BR> New Yorkers (you live or work in any of the 5 Boroughs): You have a minus 30 handicap. This is too easy. <BR> <BR> You are outside New York, but you can reach I-95 within 45 minutes of where you live or work. Minus 20 h... Sat, 20 May 2017 13:32:46 EST What are you making for Shavuot dairy meal? I'm thinking ahead because we will have company, and right now I'm thinking the easiest crowd pleasers will be lasagna and pizza. What about you? Wed, 17 May 2017 09:21:47 EST Israeli salad recipes? My friends in Israel always seem to effortlessly make many different and delicious salads. Besides a regular green salad, kale salad, or the classic chopped Israeli salad, do you have any great salads that you make and can share? <BR> <BR> I've looked online and always seem to find the usual chopped salad, Moroccan carrot salad or a sort of "turkish" salad type of thing, but I'm looking for other things. Eggplant salads (not babaganoush), cabbage salads, anything really. Anyone want to sha... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:19:57 EST Vandals hit the Anne Frank memorial in Idaho Didn't even know that this existed. <BR> <BR> But sad that even a memorial for world peace has to be attacked by others. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>10/anne-frank-memorial-idaho-vandalized </link> Fri, 12 May 2017 23:49:11 EST What do you do when you win goodie points? Do you buy something fun for yourself? Goodies for friends? Buy something huge (like a hot tub, or a party) and invite friends? <BR> <BR> Just curious. I've done all the above. Bought a mini trampoline today. I always wanted one, and I never know what to do with the points. Thu, 11 May 2017 10:21:09 EST Ben Ferencz, the surviving Nuremberg prosecutor Last night's "60 Minutes" ran an interview with/feature on Mr. Ferencz, well worth watching if you missed the program. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uremberg-prosecutor-alive-wants-the-wo<BR>rld-to-know/ </link> <BR> <BR> "60 Minutes Overtime" adds this plus (see options down right side of screen) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-from-a-man-who-made-it/ </link> Mon, 8 May 2017 11:29:52 EST "Jew" or "Jewish?" We've talked about this other times. This week's "On the Media" segment on the meanings the two words have taken on over time is lively and worth a listen. It starts at 38:08. I don't know Mark Oppenheimer, the guest and podcaster of the also-unknown to me "Reclaiming 'Jew.'" I've also been in favor of taking back "Jew." <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If the link doesn't work, go to to find the program dated 4/28/17. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:14:32 EST Jeopardy's Galapagos Sweepstakes Again with Lindblad, each program this and next week will include a secret word so that people can enter the Galapagos trip giveaway. I'm no longer home more than an evening or two and will miss most of the episodes. A friend who also watches missed the word today, so I don't think I can count on her to enter and provide me with it so that I can enter. <BR> <BR> All my beautiful wickedness melting, melting. Will someone help? Entries can be made for each day until sometime the following ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:44:02 EST Food for Thought <img src=""> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:10:48 EST He said THAT!!! Was anyone else concerned by the wording of this paragraph in the message from SparkGuy to all the members? (It's also in his blog of April 22.) I would be less disturbed if it was written by any old member but I expect more from someone who is using words to motivate others as a self-appointed role model. <BR> <BR> He wrote: "... I wrote a blog talking about the great Viktor Frankl's lesson that no matter what happens to you, YOU have the POWER to CHOOSE your RESPONSE (Frankl learned thi... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:13:44 EST NOVA: HOLOCAUST ESCAPE TUNNEL, Wednesday, April 19 NOVA: HOLOCAUST ESCAPE TUNNEL premieres Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9PM ET/8C on PBS <BR> <BR> The documentary takes viewers on a scientific quest to unveil the secret history of Vilna and shed light on a nearly forgotten chapter of the Holocaust. <BR> <BR> For a summary of the film: <BR> <link><BR>Holocaust-Secrets-Revealed-in-Powerful<BR>-NOVA-PBS-Film-Airing-419-20170117 </link> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:24:14 EST Through The Eyes Of A Student - Trump's Presidency I found this just now on Quora, and I thought, albeit fiction, it was a brilliant piece written by someone who goes by the title "Student". Because of her spelling, I think she's either Canadian, British, or Aussie. But that shouldn't change the content. Very well written for a non-American: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>go-down-in-history </link> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:27:35 EST Oodles of Geospatial Fun Put yourself on the map. Have fun. Post how dead-on accurate yours was, compared with your expectations. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/20/sunday-review/dialect-quiz-map.htm<BR>l?_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> I found it to be highly accurate for me. Within a frisbee throw or two. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:05:20 EST Passover Goodie? Someone just now sent me, almost apologetically, an Easter basket goodie, because none representing Passover could be found. <BR> <BR> Is it that hard for SP to find a seder plate to create a goodie for our holiday? <BR> <BR> I delegate Mark, our own Chief Rabblerouser, to look into the matter. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Mark! <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:12:14 EST Passover Mashup: Freedom Through The Ages It should read "Celebrating Freedom Throughout The Ages". SP limits the characters. Sorry. <BR> <BR> Enjoy: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-Love-with-the-Taste-of-You.html?s=show </link> <BR> <BR> Zissen Pesach to all the yidden. May you all celebrate with those you love the most. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 16:40:38 EST The 4 Questions in ASL (American Sign Language) To share with deaf and hard-of-hearing American Jews. You do not have to be a child to enjoy the four questions. My sign language is not quite up to this without the text, but I do catch individual signs. I will be looking it over more this weekend. NOTE: ASL is NOT Hebrew Sign Language. ASL evolved from French signing while Hebrew signing has German roots. It is American Sign Language! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:55:49 EST Passover 2017 Cute video from the Y-Studs - "La La Passover". I don't think it's captioned. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 6 Apr 2017 23:54:51 EST Democracy Dies in Darkness A new current events thread seemed appropriate. Some miscellaneous observations of recent goings-on. Feel free to ignore me, quibble, or hijack this thread as the spirit moves you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Democracy Dies in Darkness - I love the new masthead of the Washington Post; seems so fitting for our times. I recent days with the exposure of the wiretapping charge as a baldfaced lie, and then th... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:24:10 EST Roman Jewish Food (radio segment) This weekend's "The Splendid Table" of public radio includes a discussion about Roman cuisine, including Jewish food, with Katie Parla. She covers the city's Jewish population, which dates to ancient times, and Jewish arrivals from North Africa since the 1960's. The bit of history and the dishes she described are tempting. (Naturally, she's promoting her new book, "Tasting Rome.") <BR> <BR> There seems no way to get to the segment without listening to what precedes it, but, if you're game... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:09:22 EST Trump's 2005 tax return! Not four minutes ago a promo for the 11 p.m. news (NY channel 7) just announced that someone gave it to a reporter. Things and creatures in the White House are a-tizzy. Maybe there is justice after all. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:50:56 EST Latest Jeopardy Champion Watching this woman play tonight (she won for the first time yesterday, I believe), makes Jeopardy something to behold: She looked about to lose it all, getting down to zero on a gambled daily double that she lost. Then she bet the farm AGAIN and this time came up a winner. To top it all off, she bet it ALL on Final Jeopardy, and WON!! Beautiful to watch. And so atypical for a woman. Love it! <BR> <BR> That money sure will come in handy. She is known as an "unemployed bartender". Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:02:41 EST Introduction Hi <BR> <BR> I'm Ido Dubrawsky and I've been a member of SP since February of 2012. I was born in Israel in Petah Tikvah but my parents moved to the US back in 1973. I grew up mostly in Texas where I went to school and where I was married. My wife and I along with our 2 out of 3 of our children and our dog now live in Silver Spring, MD since 2002. Our son is currently serving in the paratroopers in the IDF as a Lone Soldier. <BR> <BR> When I started with SP I was about 212 lbs and felt... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:05:01 EST This is getting very scary “So there’s the truth as we believe it to be and the truth as it actually is. In the age of social media, will it soon become impossible to tell the difference” <BR> <BR> <link><BR>laren-news-thats-neither-true-or-fake-<BR>until-you-click/article34175922/ </link> <BR> Fri, 3 Mar 2017 09:02:31 EST The Holocaust Never Happened. Amazon Knows This. Interesting article. Amazon, thus far, refuses to stop selling Holocaust deniers their screed: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st-memorial-to-amazon-stop-selling-hol<BR>ocaust-denying-literature/?utm_source=<BR>MadMimi&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_c<BR>ontent=Israel+Strikes+Hamas%3B+Women%2<BR>7s+March+Leader+is+Convicted+Killer+of<BR>+Israelis%3B+Amazon+Refuses+to+Remove+<BR>Holocaust-Denying+Books&amp;utm_campai<BR>gn=20170227_m137817608_Israel+Strikes+<BR>Hamas%... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:15:51 EST The Enemy Within - A Topical Metaphor In the 5th episode of the 1st season, entitled "The Enemy Within", a transporter malfunction splits Captain Kirk into two people – one good and one evil, and neither capable of functioning well separately. Because of a transporter malfunction, two Kirks materialize, minutes apart, unbeknownst to one another or to the crew. For TV viewers, they differ in hairstyle and uniform color, before long. <BR> <BR> The first that materialized embodies all of Kirk's positive qualities - kindness, pati... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:04:08 EST Survey Says! Ok Sisterhood - Call to Action. Cook His Orange Majesty's Books by your thoughtful and considered answers on his media survey. You know what to do... <BR> <BR><BR>m-media-accountability-survey/ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>edia-accountability-survey/ </link> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:18:15 EST ... You Bought It... He called Hillary Clinton a crook. <BR> You bought it. <BR> Then he paid $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit. <BR> <BR> He said he'd release his tax returns, eventually. <BR> You bought it. <BR> He hasn't, and says he never will. <BR> <BR> He said he'd divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest. <BR> You bought it. <BR> He is still heavily involved in his businesses, manipulates the Stock Market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than ca... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:07:07 EST So You Suffered Under Obama? Dear Trump Voter: <BR> <BR> You say you voted for His Orange Majesty because you, and others like you, suffered so greatly when Obama was President. You say it now is my turn to suffer, and that by voting for Trump you decided that it is my turn, as an Obama supporter and Hillary voter, to suffer. <BR> <BR> I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me. That of course is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone. Your statement seems to continue the ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The ... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:14:42 EST Surprising Coalition of Trumpees A late middle-aged Asian woman was "repping" a brand of vegan frozen food at the local health store. In conversation she mentioned how much she supports Trump. I looked at her and asked why, because I seriously did not understand how an immigrant could be supportive of His Orange Majesty. <BR> <BR> She explained that she worked hard to come here and has worked hard once being here to be a "good American" which to her meant self-starting, self-reliant and not a burden to the taxpayer. She... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:02:29 EST Dreamers Or Rapists? Thought-provoking essay eloquently written by a young man who came to the US from Colombia as an undocumented four year old. He is currently attending Columbia University as a freshman by the grace of having won several scholarships due to his stellar grades earned prior to receiving college admission. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p-dont-deport-daca-recipients-potes-op<BR>inion/ </link> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 01:52:40 EST 650,000 Sign Petition To Impeach "The Donald" And growing: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>esident-donald-trump/ </link> <BR> <BR> His "Imperial Majesty" is out -- in his spare time -- hell-bent on destroying careers: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-offers-to-destroy-career-texas-state-<BR>senator </link> Tue, 7 Feb 2017 16:03:22 EST 5 "Myths" of Antisemitism Much food for thought here, in this morning's Washington Post. Don't gag on your coffee, but some scary stuff. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-myths-about-anti-semitism/2017/02/03/<BR>a8de59e2-e884-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_s<BR>tory.html?utm_term=.1e96d61fab42&amp;w<BR>pisrc=nl_headlines&amp;wpmm=1 </link> Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:21:44 EST King Donald The First? Every day I find more things being written, and am still astonished we haven't hit the lowest point yet. Follow closely this CNN opinion piece's logic. It is truly very frightening: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ld-trumps-most-bone-chilling-tweet-obe<BR>idallah-opinion/ </link> Sat, 4 Feb 2017 20:01:39 EST The Lght At The End Of The Tunnel? Republicans begin to break with Trump: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-ban-executive-order-republicans/ </link> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:51:43 EST Promises, Promises "... Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division... I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans... For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, ... I'm reaching out to you... so that we can work together and unify our great country...." <BR> <BR> That was Donald Trump on Election Night, less than 90 days ago. <BR> <BR> Um, what the hell happened to THAT promise? Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:15:22 EST A Healthy Food Thread (OMG, right?) Here is a great way to make hard boiled eggs. No muss, no fuss, and apparently, no uncertainty. <BR> <BR> 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (I've also heard 325). <BR> <BR> 2. Put 1 raw egg, still in the shell, in each of 12 muffin cups. <BR> <BR> 3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> 4. Plunge baked eggs in a large bowl filled with ice water until cooled completely, about 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> 5. Peel, refrigerate, dunk them in saltwater for Passover, whatever! Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:48:29 EST In Remembrance Of Elie Wiesel The Museum Of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan, will have a full reading of his work, "Night" that will take place this Sunday, January 29th from 3 PM to 8 PM EST, in the presence of luminaries and international guests. <BR> <BR> I don't think he wrote a more powerful work than this one. It is a short work. I read it in one sitting, while we were waiting out a tornado in Massachusetts some years back. <BR> <BR> It will also be live streamed worldwide, if you are interested: <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:33:44 EST The Netherlands seeks Trump's favor If you haven't already, carve out four minutes to watch this. If you have, you'll want to watch again. Life without satire is... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>amp; </link> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:04:23 EST Sing-A-Long With Randy I wonder if you are tired of all the political contention. Here is a nice, happy sing-along song. Speakers up! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> (You do know me, right?) Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:21:02 EST Interesting Twist On The Women's March As is typical of large political gatherings, there seem to always be elements that attempt to hijack it from its designated purpose: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ti-trump-womens-march-attacks-israel-s<BR>ilent-on-saudi-arabia/?utm_source=MadM<BR>imi&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_conte<BR>nt=Obama%27s+Secret+%27Last+Minute%27+<BR>Gift+to+Palestinians%3B+Israel+Approve<BR>s+2500+New+Homes+in+Judea+and+Samaria&<BR>amp;utm_campaign=20170124_m137195483_O<BR>bama%27s+Se... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:40:36 EST Obama Gives Palestinians 221M In Last Minute "Gift I would like to know under what authority he was allowed to do this "quietly"? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mped-221-m-on-palestinians-hours-befor<BR>e-leaving-office/?utm_source=MadMimi&a<BR>mp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=Ob<BR>ama%27s+Secret+%27Last+Minute%27+Gift+<BR>to+Palestinians%3B+Israel+Approves+250<BR>0+New+Homes+in+Judea+and+Samaria&amp;u<BR>tm_campaign=20170124_m137195483_Obama%<BR>27s+Secret+%27Last+Minute%27+Gift+to+P<BR>alestinians%3B+Israel+A... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:36:26 EST Women Who Rock Israeli rock band, that is. If you are in the NYC area, this sounds like a blast. Now where the heck is The City Winery, and why have I not heard about it? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>der?m=1101152784118&amp;ca=a7be014e-4e<BR>b4-4491-b3ca-e833190de777 </link> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:31:49 EST Introduction Hi! I am new to this group. I am a working mother of one. Ready to finally take control of my life. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:16:55 EST 65-Year Old Has Been Jogging Around Her Block... ...Four Miles For 25 Years (hate that we cannot put the whole title in the subject line): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>jogging-running-new-york-city.html?_r=<BR>1&amp; </link> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:20:16 EST And So It Begins Ethics lawyers are planning a lawsuit against Trump for violation of the Constitution for accepting foreign payments to his companies. Trump is no stranger to lawsuits, and I believe this one will go in his favor, for as a sitting president, it probably will be found that it does not apply to him. I am not a lawyer and I could be wrong, but it appears that the dam is about to break, and a slew of legal actions will now be taken against him. <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:10:23 EST The Women's March goes WORLDWIDE! This is incredible - you really need to see that on all seven continents, women and the men who support us were out there marching! Pink pussy hats and all! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>21/world/ </link> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:21:26 EST Some of the Better & Funnier Women's March Signs Here you go, as published in a WaPo column this morning: <BR> <BR> #FreeMelania <BR> No Country for Dirty Old Men <BR> Sad! <BR> Resistance is Fertile <BR> Too Worried to be Funny <BR> If Mom’s Not Happy, Nobody’s Happy <BR> I Have a Vagenda <BR> Manchurine Candidate <BR> Orange Is the New Fascism <BR> There Is So Much Wrong It Cannot Fit on This Sign <BR> Super Callous Fragile Ego, Trump You Are Atrocious <BR> Super Callous Fascist Racist Extra Braggadocious <BR> Actuaries Against Repeal a... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:20:22 EST Kosher sports bar in NYC Promenade Bar and Grill was mentioned this morning on one of the public radio programs. I pass that way often and don't think I'd noticed the place, let alone heard that it's kosher. It's great that observant sports fiends can congregate to watch games, holler and chow down. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:46:29 EST Tweeting Ban, Seriously? The Department of the Interior was ordered to shut down all Twitter accounts until further notice by the (then) incoming administration. One embarrassing picture, later retweeted, showed the massive crowds at Obama's first inaugural, compared to the sparse crowds for Trump's: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>powerpost/wp/2017/01/20/interior-depar<BR>tment-banned-from-twitter-after-retwee<BR>t-of-smaller-than-usual-trump-inaugura<BR>tion-crowd/?utm_term=.fa3ee6b3ebe4 ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:31:20 EST 65 Congressmen To Boycott The Inauguration So, is this the correct message that we want to send out into the world? Are we honoring the office or the man? What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>crats-boycotting-donald-trump-inaugura<BR>tion/ </link> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:32:21 EST Bernard-Henry Lévy on being Jewish Today This is a segment of today's Leonard Lopate program (public radio). The audio is unavailable as I type this, but should be up later on to tomorrow at the latest.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ects-being-jewish-today/ </link> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:15:43 EST Simply fun, no politics Four minutes of happy. I'd love to know where this is. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ailroad-is-the-most-epic-thing-weve-ev<BR>er-seen-59354 </link> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:11:05 EST Some New Words for the English Language <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:26:25 EST Michelle more than merits equal time here NPR's "The Takeaway" has a segment today, "The Meaning of Michelle." A promo early this morning was admiring, referring to her as "a First Lady like no other." It's the truth. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:03:55 EST Stephen Colbert on Trump Last night's monologue was another of Colbert's gems. If you don't have time for the full video, stay through 3:15 which will include a faux tweet that deliciously weaves together a few different topics that arose since the start of the campaign. Really, though, watch the whole thing. Really. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fq2Dw0I </link> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:01:16 EST "How Putin won over Republicans" This will be your first gag of the day. Trump's comment is truly, deeply horrifying and counter to the intent and spirit of the Constitution. He's talking tyranny and dictatorship. Pence made a U-turn. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:35:45 EST Classic Opening One-Liner Those of you who eschew Facebook are missing non-stop, 24/7 hilarity. If only it were a lauging matter. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:43:31 EST Zero Calorie Ice Cream Just in Time <img src=""> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:52:20 EST The Gutting Of Donald Trump I stumbled across this article the other day, and I wonder if it is true: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d-trump/ </link> <BR> <BR> Be funny if it were. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:42:09 EST Are You Left-Leaning Or Right-Leaning? Take the quiz (real short - ten questions only) that supposedly is reliable and true. Give it a whirl: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>z.php </link> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:34:41 EST One More Time The Inventive Genius Of The Israelis They have now created a new app to detect skin cancer: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>li-app-that-diagnoses-skin-cancer/?utm<BR>_source=MadMimi&amp;utm_medium=email&a<BR>mp;utm_content=Israeli+App+Diagnoses+S<BR>kin+Cancer%3B+Netanyahu+Says+Paris+Con<BR>ference+%27Rigged%27+Against+Israel&am<BR>p;utm_campaign=20170113_m136998506_Isr<BR>aeli+App+Diagnoses+Skin+Cancer%3B+Neta<BR>nyahu+Says+Paris+Conference+%27Rigged%<BR>27+Against+Israel&amp;utm_term=Capture-1-249x16... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:02:40 EST Well, It's About DAMNED Time! The world stands with Israel (how odd to say that after decades of indifference) after the horrific attack (the latest one of countless many) in Jerusalem. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>aders-condemn-terror-attack-in-jerusal<BR>em/?utm_source=MadMimi&amp;utm_medium=<BR>email&amp;utm_content=Obama+Denies+Sta<BR>bbing+Netanyahu+in+the+Back%3B+US+Allo<BR>ws+Iran+Enough+Uranium+for+10+Nuclear+<BR>Bombs&amp;utm_campaign=20170110_m13694<BR>7218_Obama+Denies+Stabbing+Net... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:32:00 EST Yiddish in our common language Numd97 posted about the word "sechel" and how Marlon Brando used it as a quality that has sustained the Jewish people. <BR> <BR> Made me wonder about how Yiddish has become part of the American language. The link that Numd97 included said this: "Why hasn’t sechel entered the English lexicon, like many other commonly used Yiddish words, such as mensch or chutzpah? “ <BR> <BR> Something I noticed last night, watching Bernie Sanders (a mensch) in sort of a town hall meeting on CNN last night... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:16:33 EST Marlon Brando And The Jews We were talking about "sechel" in the clinic today, and it caused me to go in search of a more concrete definition. As it turned out, I was correct. But the article was fascinating because it noted that Brando had a strong affinity to the Jews and their (here's the word again, in Brando's words) "seychel" [Spelling is Brando's.] <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ </link> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:28:45 EST Who Says You're Too Old? Check out this 105-year old cyclist: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>92c996de413/ </link> Mon, 9 Jan 2017 07:19:49 EST Don't ambush Sandy While doing errands in different parts of Manhattan today, I walked by Sandy's place of business. The location is one I've passed in taxis many times, but have rarely walked by. While outside the front doors, I had the notion for a scant flash of a moment to go in to say "hello." I didn't because to show up uninvited to greet a person one has never met is rude and a form of stalking. On I went to my destination around the corner. <BR> <BR> You heard it here: Sandy had a good day. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:19:52 EST Kitten Teaches The Dreidel Game Finally found the link without sending y'all to Facebook. A little late, but it is very cute: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>48bac87ca5765f563ea90a/ </link> <BR> <BR> And couldn't we all use a little something on the lighter side to begin the new year? I think so. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 13:15:10 EST Tzedakkah Thread 2017 - click a button, donate a meal, a book, a mammogram, health care for someone, or for an animal...... <BR> <BR> <BR> A new year, a new thread (because it gets way too long in a year!): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You donate for free! Really!!! <BR> <BR> Click on that, click the button to donate a cup of food (free for you, paid for by the sponsors). Then, after you get the "thank you" page, click the tabs at the top -, literacy, animal rescue, etc. You can ... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 18:52:57 EST HIPAA violation: What would you do? Punchline: I requested a CD of radiology images with the written report. I received a written report about another person; I was unable to access the CD that came with it to find out whose name is on the images. <BR> <BR> Details: <BR> - I made the request by phone two days ago for the materials from 2014. I was told it would take three days to process the request [and then however long once in the Post Office's hands]. <BR> - The materials arrived today; postmark is two days ago. I sa... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:38:04 EST Chrismukkah? Oy! Again? Here we go again. Because the 25th of Kislev falls out on a little known holiday occcurence called Christmas on the 25th of December, they are once again smushing the two events together as Chrismukkah (a la "Thanksgivukkah" a few years back). <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The upside is we won't see the likes of this again until 2073. I, for one, am greatly relieved. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 17:04:08 EST WebMD: "10 Ways to Control Your Eating" In case any of these tips are new to someone. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ays-to-control-eating </link> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:33:08 EST The Night Before Chanukah <BR> T'was the night before Chanukah, boychicks and maidels <BR> <BR> <BR> Not a sound could be heard, not even the draidels. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Menorah was set on the chimney, alight <BR> <BR> <BR> In the kitchen the Bubba hut gechapt a bite. <BR> <BR> <BR> Salami, pastrami, a glassala tay <BR> <BR> <BR> And zayerah pickles with bagels, oh vay! <BR> <BR> <BR> Gezunt and geschmack, the kinderlach felt <BR> <BR> <BR> While dreaming of tagelach and Chanukah gelt. <BR> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 06:26:01 EST 101-Year Old Woman Frolicks In The Snow And with a childlike wonder, reminds us, once again, what is really important: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:05:22 EST A Canadian aids 58 Syrian refugee families I post this for two reasons, one that it illustrates a fine spirit and the other that it came from a former Spark user whom some of you may have known, Merrikate. She wasn't a member of out team, but was active in others. We've been in constant contact since she moved on from SP a few years ago. The man written about in this followup article is the son of a close friend of Kit's. His mother doesn't understand the publicity because, to her, one just does what one is able and to the financi... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:54:08 EST In The Event Of Trump's Demise.... I had thought Phebe asked this question, about who would become president if the president-elect died before taking the oath of office in January. It piqued my curiosity as we have been seeing so many unprecedented events lately. <BR> <BR> As it turns out, the VP-elect then becomes president, as per the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. <BR> <BR> Here's the context: <BR> <BR> "If a winning Presidential candidate dies or becomes incapacitated between the counting of electoral votes in ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 23:47:17 EST rent a jew? Germany is starting this as a thing. When you read the article you get a sense they are trying to do the right thing, but for some reason, the name of it and the country...well, why does it bother me so much?? <BR> <BR><BR>y-s-rent-jew-project-aims-fight-anti-s<BR>emitism-n695306 Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:15:53 EST What the well-dressed Passover cook will wear This certainly is unseasonal, but there they were in all their cuteness. I was ordering a few things from the Bed Bath and Beyond website and spotted these in the process. Use your arrow to see the images in large size. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ct/the-kosher-cook-mah-nishtana-apron-<BR>and-mitt-collection/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ct/the-kosher-cook-frog-print-oven-mit<BR>t-and-apron-collection/ </link> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:00:10 EST If Dr. Seuss Were Still Alive Today... I believe this is my all-time finest contribution to this team. See if you agree. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:05:47 EST Give It A Wiggle New one on me: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hould-always-wiggle-the-card-reader-on<BR>-an-atm-to-avoid-getting-scammed?utm_s<BR>ource=aol&amp;utm_medium=content&amp;u<BR>tm_campaign=partner#.mtofU817x </link> <BR> <BR> To avoid your credit card from being fraudulently read by a fake credit card reader. <BR> <BR> We gotta be ever so vigilant! Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:54:24 EST "The Sociopath's Diary" This, from The New York Times' summer (read: before the election) edition: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>he-sociopaths-diary.html?WT.mc_id=2016<BR>-KWP-AUD_DEV&amp;WT.mc_ev=click&amp;ad<BR>-keywords=AUDDEVREMARK&amp;kwp_0=19824<BR>5&amp;kwp_4=773630&amp;kwp_1=388657&amp;_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> I read it back then. It bears repeating now. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:34:09 EST Walmart Third-Party Vendor Mug: "Got Hitler?" Walmart goofed big time, lining its shelves with mugs with the aforementioned logo. Not to worry: "Got retard?" got equal play. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>13/walmart-s-site-was-selling-got-hitl<BR>er-mugs/21627119/ </link> <BR> <BR> Has the world gone totally mad, or is it just me? Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:53:27 EST I've Been Bageled So our company sent out non-denominational e-cards for the holidays. We do so every year. This year we sent almost 2,000 of them. They go out under my email address, so i get the responses (if any). <BR> <BR> Recently I had met an engineer at a meeting with a mutual client. He wore a yarmulke. I did not think much of it. Here in the Balt-Wash Corridor, MOTs exist in many professions. I added him to our always-growing list. <BR> <BR> He responded to the e-blast with "Hag Samaech?"... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:03:31 EST On The Lighter Side (Because We Sure Could Use It) Betty White, at 94 is "ready to mingle [bless her!]": <BR> <BR> <link><BR>f39def5c834/ </link> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:27:17 EST "Hugs and Knishes" celebrates Jewish food traditio Public TV has been showing this older documentary on food of Ashkenazy and Sephardic. It's fun, witty, nostalgic and amazing in segments such as elderly people sharing food and love with young children. Here's a blog entry about the program. I'll be back once I find a link to the full film. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hes-celebration-jewish-food-traditions/ </link> <BR> <BR> -------------------- <BR> <BR> I'm back after not having been able to find a link ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:19:27 EST Trump: "I'm, like, a smart person" Now Trump does not feel the need for daily intelligence briefings. He feels he does not need to hear the "same thing daily for the next eight years [ever the optimist]. Only if things change." He did note that VP-elect Pence attends the daily briefings. So much for the de facto president. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>trump-im-a-smart-person-dont-need-inte<BR>lligence-briefings-e/21625229/ </link> <BR> <BR> And you wonder why I have the renewal of my passpor... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:58:22 EST Chanukah Mashup A little early, but before I forget where the link is, I thought I'd post it now: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kah-video-you-will-not-be-able-to-stop<BR>-watching/ </link> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:46:03 EST Astonishing Portraits Now, for something lighter: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/astonishing-portraits-you-wont-believ<BR>e-arent-photos/ </link> <BR> <BR> Seen portraits like this before, but they are still stunning to see. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:27:03 EST Upcoming Jeopardy Contestant Gets Final Wish One for the books: Jeopardy contestant dies before the show airs (this week, December 13th): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/jeopardy-contest-dies-trnd/ </link> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:23:20 EST Jewish roots of the Vulcan greeting Last night I watched "For Love of Spock" a film by Leonard Nimoy's son for the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek. The origin of the greeting "Live Long and Prosper"was included. I did not know this story. Perhaps it is news to others? <BR> <BR> In this link Nimoy describes how a childhood memory of an Orthodox service influenced his creation of this now famous greeting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-entertainment/wp/2015/02/27/the-jewis<BR>h-roots-o... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:25:28 EST The Maccabeats to perform in NJ on Dec. 14 For anyone interested in seeing them (despite the Irishized spelling of the group's name -- who did that?), tickets, not surprising, are available from Groupon. The theater is in Englewood, northern NJ. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:52:30 EST We Need a Man Like Dr. Seuss Again I did not know that Dr. Seuss was a poingant political cartoonist, and one in our corner, circa World War 2. Check this out. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:03:05 EST Fact Check: Trump's First 100 Days NPR wrote a beautiful outline of Trump's promises to come: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-check-donald-trumps-first-100-days-a<BR>ction-plan </link> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:52:20 EST No Words <link><BR>ws-tyrannical-yoke-moderate-respect-wo<BR>m-54664 </link> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:45:27 EST The Jewish Frat Alright Sisterhood Plus One, I offer the distraction of a new topic to consider. This may be of special interest to the parents among you. <BR> <BR> Thing Two is a freshman at a large Mid-western University. In a dramatic departure from the shy, geeky introversion of his high school years (my kid, remember?) when he came to eschew all things religion after his Bar Mitzvah (strident agnosticism), he is pledging a Jewish fraternity. Who is this kid? <BR> <BR> Accordingly, his friends the... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 16:44:38 EST If Trump Were President This article was written back in March. Now we have something to tick off, if and when they become true: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ngs-that-could-happen-if-donald-trump-<BR>becomes-president#.4SiXiuFt5 </link> Wed, 9 Nov 2016 06:03:26 EST Dear Hillary Well I posted this on her FB page. It's a serious question. I wonder what I will hear. <BR> <BR> Hello. I'm a lifelong Democrat (since Jerry Brown's primary campaign in '76), supported Bill both times and supported Hillary in 2008 as now. I consider myself politically knowledgeable, astute and a little bit influential. This brings me to my question. <BR> <BR> I need a good 30-second "elevator speech" sort of a response to the potential Hillary voter who is stuck with "Just don't lik... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 21:43:08 EST Healine: "Trump Rigs Election" After the weeks of Trump's squawking that the election was rigged by Hillary and her people, desperation has driven him to do some rigging of his own. <BR> <BR> Watch FBI Director James Comey's life turn extravagant. Desperation in the last days before the election has driven Trump to bribe Comey to the tune of millions to resurrect the email scandals. <BR> <BR> That's my story and I'm sticking to it. <BR> <BR> (Can I be charged for this? If so, I made the whole thing up...I think.) <B... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:42:35 EST Grandpa of the bride Just came across this and it is so dear. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>onal-stories/a40288/flower-grandpa-atl<BR>anta-wedding/ </link> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:15:12 EST feeling slighted by no slight I need help with a member of my actual Sisterhood. We have a member who is very difficult, alsways has been. she also maybe 5-10 years ago had a reaction to something and has mde it worse. so we had a speaker in the sukkah - a police officer who's job it is to come talk about safety etc. (to give you an idea, all yesterday she wanted me to take down the pictures cause you can almost see the police officers face and we would blow her "cover"). Officer says in speech about having key out befor... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:04:17 EST Mixing Religion and Politics Some of you may have seen my occasional musings about how we live in a Red county in an otherwise Blue state. That we are fish out of water here achieved a new level of discomfort today, with this Facebook post by the elected County Commissioner from our very district. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Disconcerting beyond words. Thoughts anyone? (other than moving, whereupon this repugnance wins). Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:12:49 EST Not Your Papa's Sukkah In honor of the Feast of Tabernacles, I give you the following: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>israel-middle-east/these-jerusalem-suk<BR>kahs-are-nicer-than-yours </link> <BR> <BR> Talk about upscale! Leave it to the Israelis. <BR> <BR> Happy Succos, Yidden! Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:32:57 EST Bob Dylan: Why not? The Nobel folks have made a most unusual choice and, after a few seconds reflection upon hearing the announcement the other day, I concur. There have been surprises surrounding other Nobel categories. Only the title "Nobel laureate" applied to Dylan doesn't quite sit yet. <BR> <BR> A couple of fun items sent by an approving friend in Canada, the list of 75 had my silent cheeks aching one-third of the way through. <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> He braved a blizzard to perform at the White ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:43:53 EST Susan the Nerd on Jeopardy The nerd from Bowie MD (how dare Alex call her a loser) sure seems like a card-carrying MOT. I'd wager even money or better she had a Bat Mitzvah 15 or so years ago. Anyone see her last night and concur? Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:52:57 EST Anti-Semetic Graffitti This past Sunday, right before Yom Kippur, the wall at the cemetery of the temple I go to, was spray painted with swastikas, big letters saying Heil Hitler and SS. To say this was upsetting is quite the understatement. <BR> <BR> Christian clergy in the town and nearby towns came to Kol Nidre in support. The rabbi, cantor, temple dignitaries walked in carrying the Torahs and the clergy walked in with them. it was very moving. <BR> <BR> Of course, that was the big topic of conversation. Th... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:33:35 EST Saturday Night Live Nailed It Last Night SNL, which I have not followed for years, sadly was spot on last night, as reported by CNN this morning: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/snl-takes-on-trump-tape.cnnmoney?iid=EL </link> <BR> <BR> I just heard from a Canadian Sparker saying we all should just pack up and head north. I do not recall the last time I have been so embarrassed trying to explain our political process to a foreigner. Watergate comes close. <BR> <BR> After Trump's latest, Clinton, witho... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 11:29:26 EST Happy New Year! Wouldn't be me if I didn't share a YouTube video to celebrate the season. Here are The Fountainheads (Hebrew version): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy and a sweet year for all. May all that you are wishing for the New Year come to fruition for all. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 22:09:23 EST A Happy New Year Sing-A-Long All together now, in the original Aramaic... (speakers up!) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 3 Oct 2016 06:50:44 EST ? on beef cut for recipe nutr calculation purposes I'm going to braise bone-in short ribs. Spark and the USDA and Calorie King databases seem to give only boneless data. Does anyone know of another source of info? Or another bone-in cut that's close enough in fat, etc., that I can use to calculate my recipe? When it comes to a dish of many ingredients, it's difficult to get an especially accurate result, so I just go ahead with calculating based on raw meat. <BR> <BR> I entered flanken, but found nothing at all; I don't know another na... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:53:36 EST Carnegie Deli -- with Condolence to Phebe <link><BR>us/ap-us-carnegie-deli-closing </link> <BR> <BR> For the photo: <link><BR>-carnegie-deli-close-dec-31 </link> <BR> <BR> An incentive to get here, Phebs? Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:29:17 EST Jeopardy! online test, anyone? Have you registered? I have. More heartbreak. I'll take it either Oct. 4 or 6. <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:30:18 EST Sweet, charming and haunting... ...all in one child. <BR> <BR> [[ Sorry, try the link two boxes away from this. ]] <BR> <BR> She's making it hard for me to live with myself. Wed, 7 Sep 2016 10:17:09 EST Jeopardy "Power Players" Did anyone see that? The woman SE Cupp, a political journalist of whom I've never heard, referred during the contestant interview to religion's being in good shape; that G-d has kept things running well about 2,000 years. She blitzed several religions with a few words. <BR> <BR> I'd like to post a comment about it on the Jeopardy website, but found no option. Does someone know where I can post my comment? Some sort of a quasi-official Jeopardy site? <BR> <BR> On the lighter side, I got m... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 19:33:06 EST Cooking question for the cooks I bought a gorgeous-looking bunch of red mustard greens. There are loads of recipes that cover southern tastes as well as Indian and Asian. Because the leaves are fairly broad, it occurred to me that they may be stuffable. I've never made stuffed cabbage, but I was thinking something like that, either with ground turkey or ground beef. If you're familiar with mustard greens, any color, what do you think? I'm more comfortable using Indian spices than Asian, but can't think of what sort of sauc... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:12:21 EST The Jews of Zakynthos, Greece!!! A friend sent me this article - amazing story!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ulous-story-of-the-Jews-of-Zakynthos </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:32:59 EST Good: Trump's mental health under fire Much as I dislike Yahoo as a source of news, this one bears a link. I see these things because I use Yahoo Mail for a few things. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ty-mental-health-000000384 </link> <BR> <BR> Silly me, I've always thought he was no more than a coarse, common, crude, egomaniacal toddler. Also stupid and ignorant, yet shrewd. It may be that I can drop "shrewd." <BR> <BR> -------------------------------- <BR> <BR> P.S. "The Takeaway" is on my p... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 15:20:16 EST One of Us on Jeopardy (again) Barbara Resnick, two day winner. Looking every bit like everyone I grew up with, in the "ghetto" y'all know as Northwest Baltimore. <BR> <BR> We're rooting for her. Seems very down to earth. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:29:23 EST "The Golden Bride" -- Yiddish operetta The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is currently performing a revival of the 1920's opera. The company, 100 years old and, was in danger of folding several years back. I'd never heard of "The Golden Bride," but the reviews are so appealing that I'll be seeing it next week. Not that I understand Yiddish, but neither do I understand Italian, German, etc.. As long as the synopsis is available, you can follow. I'm excited. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>iddish... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:03:47 EST Care to Author My Response I am somewhat at a loss for the snappy retort to this Facebook post: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:08:26 EST Trumped Again (He Seemingly Hates Us) I struggled for a title for this topic and found my self dumbfounded and speechless as for commentary. Just read? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ps-vigorous-defense-of-anti-semitic-im<BR>age-a-turning-point-for-many-jews/2016<BR>/07/08/720858e2-4450-11e6-bc99-7d269f8<BR>719b1_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop_b </link> Sat, 9 Jul 2016 06:46:20 EST British insults thanks to that Trump The link is not for the faint of heart, the squeamish or those who are otherways delicare. It includes some stiff language. My purpose in posting it is not to turn any faces red, but to share insults from a land that make many U.S. insults sound milky. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-trump-was-the-victim-of-some-vicious-<BR>british-insults-which-are-incredible-a<BR>nd-my-new-favorite-thing/ </link> <BR> <BR> The link was sent to me by a refined lady of Canada. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:54:35 EST Bibliophiles, we have a hotel! I thought of Sylph with this one - The Library Hotel in New York City!!!! <BR> <BR> I think I need to stay in this place! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hotel-ny/?gg_source=lit&amp;gg_campaig<BR>n=Ad%20-%20468x250newslibrary-hotellit<BR>eracy&amp;gg_medium=house&amp;gg_conte<BR>nt=2016-06/468x250newslibr_160614064144.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ws/article-3026248/New-York-s-Library-<BR>Hotel-inspired-Dewe... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:57:09 EST Seeking advice: Stuffed animal safety A friend's daughter gave birth a month ago. I'd like to get a stuffed animal and wonder if any particular brands are best or worst for babies. It's small buttons and such that a baby might chew off that I want to avoid. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:44:21 EST A Team Shidduch I'm excited about this. Thanks to SP and SparkJews, Brooklyn Born, aka Eileen, and I will be getting together for dinner on Sunday. She'll be in NY to sing at Carnegie Hall with her chorale group, exciting in its own right, but old hat to her. Not only will I meet Eileen, but her husband, too. They ran away from home long ago. Maybe I'll persuade them to return. Maybe not. <BR> <BR> Tee-hee. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:54:05 EST Transgender Jews So reading this, one supposes that in the future, sensitive synagogue architectural designs will have triplets of bathrooms instead of pairs? So it would seem. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>faith/wp/2016/06/01/the-rabbis-of-cons<BR>ervative-judaism-pass-a-resolution-sup<BR>porting-transgender-rights/ </link> <BR> <BR> If it's not Bar Mitsvah or Bat Mitzvah its called _______? Wed, 1 Jun 2016 07:01:45 EST Are you a teacher? An NJ parent? A person? The NJEA, the statewide organization/union of public school teachers, has been running this PSA on TV for just over two weeks as far as I know. I don't know whether it's funnier than it is appalling or the other way around, but I believe NJEA makes the strongest argument for enrolling children in private schools. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> (I expect to hear from Phebe, a teacher and enthusiast of southern-hemisphere birds.) Sun, 29 May 2016 14:34:18 EST Jeopardy shines the light: Maryland? Yuck. <em>339</em> "....patriotic gore....?" <BR> <BR> The despot's heel is on thy shore, <BR> Maryland! <BR> His torch is at thy temple door, <BR> Maryland! <BR> Avenge the patriotic gore <BR> That flecked the streets of Baltimore, <BR> And be the battle queen of yore, <BR> Maryland! My Maryland! <BR> <BR> What kind of lyric is that for a state song? Who is your state hero? The Grim Reaper? <BR> <BR> A bunch of sickos. <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> Feh. Wed, 11 May 2016 19:31:37 EST Turn up those little corners This is really nice. Too bad it's only a minute's worth of nice. <BR> Suitable for grandchildren. In fact, perfect for grandchildren <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fXohxc?rel=0&amp;%3bshowinfo=0 </link> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:22:40 EST The Science Behind Passover So you think you can avoid bread for a week? Entirely? Really? <BR> <BR> The Washington Post seems to think otherwise. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>peaking-of-science/wp/2016/04/15/the-s<BR>cience-behind-passovers-broad-bread-ba<BR>n/?postshare=3231460990908472&amp;tid=ss_tw </link> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:54:52 EST Getting a YouTube link to work By coincidence, SP members outside the team discovered the solution to making a link to YouTube work. Coincidence because it came up in the matzo-house topic. <BR> <BR> Delete the "s" from "https" and, supposedly, the link will work. However, I usually delete that whole thing and yet couldn't get a YouTube link with only the "www." The "www" isn't needed either, so, save time and simply copy the url after "www." into the "Add a Link" option. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:55:56 EST The Matzah House - a new take on Passover Apparently building a matzah house is a new thing. (Just in case you didn't have enough to do before the seder.) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tzoh-house-is-the-new-gingerbread-hous<BR>e#.iw8RrZQRx </link> <BR> <BR> There are all kinds of videos and directions online, but basically it's built around a box with slices of matzah, and stuck together with Nutella spread. Then decorated with nuts, or dried fruits, and such. <BR> <BR> I'm rather intrigued by the c... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:15:40 EST The Librarian (Jeopardy) Who saw Jeopardy tonight? The Knitting Librarian - a force to be reckoned with. Watch. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:04:35 EST 8 Knights of Passover A British Jew is waiting in line to be knighted by the Queen. He is to kneel in front of her and recite a sentence in Latin when she taps him on the shoulders with her sword. <BR> <BR> However, when his turn comes, he panics in the excitement of the moment and forgets the Latin. Then, thinking fast, he recites the only other sentence he knows in a foreign language: <BR> <BR> "Ma nishtana halayla hazeh, mikol halaylot." <BR> <BR> Puzzled, Her Majesty turns to her advisor and whispers, "Wh... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:21:47 EST Passover Memes on the Net For your viewing pleasure, here are two to set the tone and get you going. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The former 7-year-old-boy in you will understand and appreciate. Here is another one: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a slightly exaggerated take on what was our Seder style for many years. Our problem really was ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 07:20:52 EST The Maccabeats Bring You Passover Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 18:25:40 EST Pre-Passover Cleaning - I Will Survive, Oy! This video has nothing on Gloria Gaynor, but it is hysterical: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:56:09 EST In Time For Passover - A Jewish Rock Opera Passover Rhapsody: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:52:03 EST Passover Recipes FYI, for those who observe and might look for new things to try. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:22:44 EST The Maccabeats Bring You Purim! Chag Prim sameach, y'all and enjoy: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:49:00 EST A Haredi (Ultra Orthodox) Wedding In Israel We knew all this, right? What struck me is the secular world's fascination with this event: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>side-look-at-an-ultra-orthodox-wedding<BR>-in-israel/21329077/?cps=gravity_4755_<BR>-4937420395973281345 </link> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:51:53 EST Computer tech/safety question Is there a good reason to leave bad things in "quarantine?" I don't know enough to know why anyone would want to do so. <BR> <BR> Specifically, I ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and it found and quarantined 40 items from a bad program (Conduit) that's been in my computer for some time. Rather than leave them there, I deleted them from my computer with a "Ptooey, good riddance" snarl. Should I have left everything in quarantine? Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:08:07 EST Jeopardy's Philip Tiu! Did you see that? First having confidence to wager $19,000 on a double jeopardy, then looking lost, but pulling the answer out with seconds to spare. The category was cities. The question asked for the name of a major, southwestern Canadian city, 15 miles from the U.S. border, with an important harbor -- Vancouver. You can go to minute 5:55. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> His score after Final Jeopardy makes watching worthwhile. It happens ra... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:21:45 EST Spelling Bee from New York Public Library How's your spelling prowess? The quiz from NYPL will test your ease with some common words. Results are given for each word immediately or you can enter your email address at the end to have results sent. Here are two versions of the link in case the first doesn't work. <BR> <BR> <link> 20 16 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2016?utm_source=eNewsletter&amp;utm_me<BR>dium=email&amp;utm_content=Engmt201603<BR>SpellingBee... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 14:53:07 EST Trumped Maybe even Trump supporters see the humor in this. Must see, unless you really were going to spend the 5 minutes more constructively on something that cannot wait. Speakers Up! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:04:57 EST Team Bonus Points - Red Banner How many points did you find on today's red banner? Click a pennant on your Start page. Post for the team! You earn Points and you reward your favorite Team(s) with Points to help us rise on the leaderboards! Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:20:15 EST Cameron Diaz' Jewish Wedding (No One Is Jewish) Now here is one for the books: Cameron Diaz, the actress, married Benji Madden, the guitarist for the group Good Charlotte, in a Jewish ceremony last year, where neither the bride nor the groom was Jewish (say what?). It's not about conversion, it's about adopting another religion's customs for the sake of what exactly? The wedding had a traditional chuppah, breaking of the glass, all the way to including the "yichud" (private room where the bride and groom retire after the ceremony and be... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:11:38 EST How Honest Are Israelis? An interesting social experiment: <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 18:36:52 EST Why do people put on a differing amount of weight? A study in Israel reports some interesting results. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>93414 </link> <BR> <BR> This may explain my oddball status food-wise, but I don't think I'll be mailing any "packages" to the Weizmann Institute of Science. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:56:24 EST Jeopardy! online test I remember that Mark signed up. Anyone else? I took it on Tuesday and know that I missed more than I like to say. It would be so nice if they were to send results, but they don't. At least this time I registered 'for real, not just for fun. Something tells me that I missed that click-upon the other times I took the test, in which case, even had I done well enough, I had no chance of advancing to the next stage. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:36:59 EST Got this invite to join another team? Hmm Someone whose screen name, 4He Is the Answer, is completely unknown to me, sent an invitation to join a team called "Seeking the Right Path to Succeed." I browsed the team a bit and have a feeling that the invitation may have been sent to all SparkJews members. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l_message.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Please let me know if you received it. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:34:21 EST Two New Features in SparkPeople Spark introduced two new features today with the following notice: <BR> <BR> "1. On the Nutrition Tracker, you can now make a 'Quick Entry.' This basically lets you add a calorie/carb/fat/protein value to a meal, without searching for a food, nor adding a manual food." <BR> <BR> The "Add Quick Entry" click-upon appears below the green "Search" button to the right of the "What did you eat?" bar. <BR> <BR> "2. We used to let people share 1 piece of content for 3 points a day. We now let you... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:08:03 EST In Honor Of MLK Day:The Maccabeats and Naturally 7 Two a capella groups, one Jewish, one black, perform a James Taylor cover, "Shed A Little Light": <BR> <BR> <link><BR>D_os </link> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:13:08 EST Adele, the Everywoman For those like me who usually miss the viral stuff, her selfie. It helps. <BR> <BR> . <BR> <link><BR>wAAeKBs.jpg:large </link> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 16:02:32 EST Thanking someone several years later In 2007 I saw a doctor once for a specific purpose. After an extensive discussion and exam, he recommended some action. I took his advice and over the next two or three years, made great strides because of his ideas. It occurred to me then that people in his and similar positions, such as teachers, who have limited contact with those who may pass through what seems to be a revolving door never know what effect they may have had. Because of volunteer work I'd done, I'd wonder how some peop... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 16:05:56 EST Tzedakkah Thread 2016 - All you do is click! A new year, a new thread (because it gets way too long in a year!): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You donate for free! Really!!! <BR> <BR> Click on that, click the button to donate a cup of food (free for you, paid for by the sponsors). Then, after you get the "thank you" page, click the tabs at the top -, literacy, animal rescue, etc. You can navigate around the sites to see what they donate to where, based on clicks. You can also do... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 20:49:05 EST This is a mistake - just ignore. Our hotel's wifi is being weird. Please do NOT post here. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 20:46:03 EST A double-edged cliche came true the happy way I don't mind when a cliche bears truth and when its truth bears out. What I mind is the dumbness of the cliche: "What goes around comes around." That aside, it proved itself this morning and made a happy difference in my mood. If the following seems a bit "written" for a forum, it is. It's in progress for another location, but I thought of SpJ as I was writing. <BR> ----------------------------------- <BR> <BR> "Today is December 30, 2015. Knowing that I would be buying more than I could ca... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:35:20 EST Research a charity prior to donating?? I want to make a donation to a lung cancer organization and did a little googling. <BR> <BR> Lung Cancer Research Foundation, an unfamiliar name, isn't listed in Charity Navigator. Anyone know this group? <BR> <BR> Cancer Care got a low rating from Charity Navigator <BR> <BR> Lung Cancer Alliance, also unfamiliar to me, has a high rating from Charity Navigator. Does anyone know this organization? I've tried a few times to get to its website, but get a Firefox notice, "Unable to connect,... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:36:07 EST Judiasm - A Conscious Choice Made (&/or Unmade?) Picking up with something interesting and for me anyway, a little extraordinary... <BR> <BR> Most of us were born and/or raised Jewish, and a few of us converted consciously or willingly to become Jewish (welcome btw!). One or two of us seem to know family members of friends who have consciously and/or willingly elected to leave the faith. When I read this, I found it quite surprising and certainly something to which I could not relate. <BR> <BR> We are not like-minded with one another,... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:00:04 EST Marcel Marceau (Mangel) Saw this on Facebook today, had to share: <BR> <BR> From "The Accidental Talmudist" <BR> December 24 at 11:13am · <BR> <BR> Marcel Marceau’s extraordinary talent for pantomime entertained audiences around the world for over sixty years. It also saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust. <BR> <BR> Born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg, France in 1923, young Marcel Mangel discovered Charlie Chaplin at age five and became an avid fan. He entertained his friends with Chaplin imita... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:21:47 EST Making left turns while driving is dangerous? "Morning Edition" had a feature today on the fairly high rate or at least likelihood of accidents when vehicles turn left on city streets. They described a driver running down a pedestrian, not having seen her; both had obeyed the relevant laws. It also described the way truckers driving on streets choose routes that eliminate left turns, even saying that doing so saves time. <BR> <BR> I didn't quite get it although I think I was paying enough attention. Will someone who is familiar with ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:46:56 EST High Holiday School Closures (or Not) The latest, locally here, on this oft-divisive and controversial topic. It's an easy call in NYC and the other big metros with substantial MOT populations. Its tougher out here in the hinterlands. What's the right answer? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndar-conundrum/news/ </link> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 18:49:12 EST Oy to the World Enjoy. Merry Festivus, MOTs. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>om-im-not-going-to-the-matzahball#.ya3<BR>yoGmPz2 </link> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:51:49 EST Coming Aboard Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Kate, I'm 65 and live in western Maryland. I've been on Spark for five years and have maintained a 25 pound weight loss, still have about 10-15 to go. I have some good long-term SparkFriends but have never gotten involved with teams. Decided to join an "over 60 with 10-15 pounds to lose" team this morning and the first message was this: <BR> <BR> "The Son of Man has come to seek &amp; to save that which was lost" <BR> <BR> So here I am, enough said. I changed my... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:40:47 EST Favorite souvenir EVER DH bought me a new wedding band here in Cuzco - best souvenir ever, really! <BR> <BR> The background - when we got married, DH gave me his uncle's wedding band. (This uncle and aunt never had kids, and they spoiled DH, who was the baby of all the cousins.) DH wore his father's wedding band, that's what we used for his ring at the wedding. <BR> <BR> Well, when diving in Indonesia, somehow DH lost his wedding ring. We were both upset, it was sentimental, but, well, things happen. So a few... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 23:16:15 EST Flash Mob - Hora Jerusalem And on a lighter note: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:23:29 EST The Origins Of Current-Day "Palestine" As mentioned in the other thread, it was time to devote an independent thread to this very important topic. Herewith is the link posted by CAMERA: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>&amp;x_outlet=16&amp;x_article=3147 </link> <BR> <BR> CAMERA is a Jewish organization, dedicated to disseminating the truth about a lot of misconceptions about the Middle East, especially as it is dispelled in the US. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:34:08 EST Are you tired of Trump? I don't know if people have seen this - it's a letter and registry of American Jews who believe Trump needs to apologize and shut up about "registering Muslims" and banning any Muslim immigrants for who knows how long. <BR> <BR> Might not help, but I think it's absolutely worth signing. I don't think any minority group can afford to sit by and be silent in the face of the current hatred and bigotry in the USA. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>istry/ </link> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:32:33 EST Donald Trump puts his foot in the latke batter <link><BR>e_mistake_donald_trump_just_delivered_<BR>an_anti_semitic_speech_to_the_republic<BR>an_jewish_coalition/ </link> <BR> <BR> First link from Salon includes the full speech to the Republic Jewish Coalition, bragging and all. The highlight is his reference to being a good negotiator as are the members of the audience. <BR> <BR> For good measure, NPR and the Times: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mp-to-jewish-republica... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 21:40:25 EST Jewish American soldier honored Wow, did you hear about this? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>us-gi-who-told-the-nazis-we-are-all-jews/ </link> <BR> <BR> During WWII, American POWs were to be separated, with Jewish soldiers going to who knows where. This high ranking American officer told the Nazis "we're all Jews here" and refused to back down! <BR> <BR> WOW! Wed, 2 Dec 2015 22:55:10 EST Syrian refugees compared w/yesterday's Jewish Refu "Comparing Today's Syrians With Yesterday's Jewish Refugees" is the full title of the segment on today's Brian Lehrer Show (public radio). The dark history of the U.S. position in the 30's is the period discussed, with particular attention German Jewish refugees. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>show-2015-11-23/ </link> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:29:35 EST Paris, last Friday <link> </link> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:59:44 EST Groucho, Robinson and Reynolds got Uptown Funk You may have seen this, but it's worth a second viewing. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ce-oldies-classic-vintage-nostalgia-v2/ </link> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:56:50 EST Lubavichers on Vacation (seriously!) So, we're in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. We go to a restaurant for dinner. There's a group of maybe 8 or 10 men sitting around a table, all with kippot. After they finish eating, my husband heads to the restroom and says hi to the group, says something to one guy who has a NY Yankees kippah. <BR> <BR> Turns out the group is a bunch of Lubavich men on vacation - which is why they weren't wearing the black hats and suits and all. Left their wives and small children at home and were vac... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:12:14 EST "Amy Poehler's Smart Girls" The recap of an interview between Poehler and Seth Meyers came in today's email from, a career-oriented website. It introduced me to her own (with partners) site, designed for girls as an alternative to all the dumb things on the internet. The recap is fun and is so good. (The link in the levo item doesn't work, hence, the second one below.) <BR> <BR> <link> e- amy-poehler </link> <BR> <BR> <link> <... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 18:01:36 EST He's One of Us - But So What? Bernie probably is not electable, but not b/c of his Jewishness. It is heartening, though, that one of us has gotten this far though. Interesting article on this in today's Post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cts-of-faith/wp/2015/10/13/bernie-sand<BR>ers-who-could-get-farther-than-any-jew<BR>ish-candidate-for-president-has-just-o<BR>pened-up-about-his-jewishness/ </link> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:09:18 EST The Tasty Bait of Curiosity - Is it Traef? Yesterday I was in a meeting with a prospective new client. He is a prominent land use attorney and his client - a Baptist Church - needs our professional expertise. He is explaining the background of this client and project and their need - "they are traditional Southern Baptists...." <BR> <BR> He proceeds to explain how their religion has provided them the "vision" for the success of their project, although it will require considerable funding through donations, he casually interjects so... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:54:38 EST Jeopardy Tournament I was going to take the other topic back to its starting place, but it's way off in another arena. <BR> <BR> The first two games of the championship are most humiliating Jeopardy in history, I'm sure. I won't even tell you how many I got out of 30 each round. Tonight was worse than last night. My one highlight yesterday was "Guthrie," as I'd never heard of such a city in Oklahoma. <BR> <BR> Today's Final Jeopardy, beside the fact that none of the players nor I got it, was phrased inaccur... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:38:00 EST Jewish anxiety? Would a minor change in the shirt's emblem reveal a cultural characteristic? Jewish guilt is old, old news. Is anxiety another that I've never heard of? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 15:51:52 EST Jeopardy, Joan Didion and Mexico Was it my imagination or did the show yesterday or the day before include these two questions (not verbatm): <BR> <BR> 1) Who is author of "The Year of Magical Thinking," about the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne? (Answer: Joan Didion, which I knew), and <BR> <BR> 2) In which country is the state of Quintana Roo? (Answer: Mexico, also knew) <BR> <BR> If so, it's interesting because the show rarely runs two separate but related questions in a single game. Didion and Gregory had... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 18:34:25 EST Relics from the Past - Animate & Inanimate My Mom moved in with us three weeks ago. It's been weirder than weird - the never-ending three bears circumstance. Someone is in our house and messing with our well-ordered routine, 24x7. <BR> <BR> She things she is on a cruise. Outstanding food three times a day, and scintillating entertainment every evening. She loves it with us. We are less sure. <BR> <BR> She traveled very heavily. She never disposed of anything. Now we have - well - all this stuff. As she very slowly goes thr... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:44:26 EST "Survey Says!"... Family Feud, anyone? <BR> <BR> Just oodles of interesting, topical and mildly controversial stuff here. <BR> <BR> (And no; I was not surveyed) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/pew-survey-57-of-u-s-jews-eat-pork-an<BR>d-torah-study-more-popular </link> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:30:28 EST More Interesting & Topical Stuff Found Online The latest on intermarriage and acceptance by our faith of the intermarried. And interesting read, to say the least. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ter-to-judaism-from-an-interfaith-fami<BR>ly-77903604514a#.j6qkjm8fy </link> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:56:55 EST Digital Future of Organized Judiasism Here is a fresh take on an oft-visited topic for y'all in the Sisterhood. What is the future of the organized practice of our religion, given all of its challenges from assimilation on down. I found this Forbes article nothing short of a fascinating take on the topic: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>015/10/13/this-synagogue-is-breaking-a<BR>way-from-a-2000-year-old-model-and-sol<BR>ving-judaisms-biggest-problem/ </link> <BR> <BR> To me this approach only works ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:37:02 EST Matt Jackson - Jeopardy Redux 10/12/15 He did it again and this was the second time I've noticed him have a slow start. If he had other slow starts, but I missed them. <BR> <BR> I'm irritated with myself over Final Jeopardy. The correct response, Bayeux Tapestry, just eluded the tip of my tongue. Bayreuth was all that came to mind and, when it did, I knew I was wrong. It was the curse of Wagner. <BR> <BR> Who else is going to win a European cruise? Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:00:29 EST Penalize the "Jeopardy!" host Matt Jackson, age 23, the current champion, just won his eighth (seventh?) for a total $230,000+. I've seen most of his games and will say that he's a pleasure to watch. He was careless with one of tonight's categories, "I.T," the letters standing for the initials of well-known individuals. The quotation marks signify that a correct answer must be the full name. <BR> <BR> Ivan Turgenev was one of the answers, but Matt gave only the last name, for which Alex gave him credit. During a brea... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 19:47:10 EST 18 Year Old Haredi Girl Takes Israel By Storm Developed a talent for chic fashion design, she gets to have her cake and sew it too? <BR> <BR> <link>,7340,L-4<BR>706052,00.html </link> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 19:26:16 EST Who Are The Orthodox? Tangential to the thread that Mark began, I got involved in a discussion just now about the rising Orthodox population, and what it means. Some interesting data extrapolated from the Pew study, which conducted a larger analysis of present-day Jews in America: <BR> <BR><BR>ws <BR> <BR> Reading the original white paper, which is rather lengthy, I am still trying to wrap my brain around the four percent of "Orthodox" [ it had to take the quote marks, b... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 14:32:03 EST The Steamy Kibbutz When this sign appeared on a previously unoccupied building few people noticed. The sign is lit at night, but otherwise the building is dark because of shades on the windows. You can’t see inside. Last night there were cars in the parking lot and I wondered what was going on in there. So I googled it. <BR> <BR> An interesting concept and a curious choice of name in an area with a very small Jewish population. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:32:56 EST Future of Organized Judiasism in the Hinterlands? Today for YK, Susan and I perhaps glimpsed the future of the organized practice of Judaism (other than orthodox). While I absolutely could write all day on this topic, basically it boils down to this: <BR> <BR> Problems: <BR> <BR> 1. Too many synagogues, with operating expenses too high for their dwindling number of families willing to pay four figures year after year. <BR> 2. Thirteen years old and out (see #1). <BR> 3. Intermarriage and assimilation, lessening the priority people pl... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 20:49:02 EST Negativism in the National Press The latest in case you missed it, from Ann Coulter is in the supplied hyperlink. <BR> <BR> Warning: if you are easily upset by the use of "colorful metaphors" when describing us collectively as a people, don't click. Move along. There is nothing for your genteel sensibilities here. <BR> <BR> The rest of you steely-eyed folk, well, there is something new from Ms. Coulter to make your blood boil. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-coulter-sparks-outrage-anti-... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:50:30 EST Auschwitz Installs Showers To "Comfort" Visitors That was the gist of the article headline, to provide relief from the brutal August heat in Poland. They are actually "misters", but did it ever occur to the "powers that be" to keep elderly visitors hydrated? Cold water bottles or water fountains might have been a better choice. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ors-horrified-by-showers-at-auschwitz-<BR>concentration-camp/21229972/?icid=main<BR>g-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl17%7Csec1_lnk3%26p<BR>Lid%3D-168480126 </link> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:03:52 EST Seeking some background about "Mountain Jews" My son’s new tenants are members of this group. The husband speaks only a few words of English. The wife and children are enroute from Moscow. DS & I were interested to learn more about their heritage and customs since we had never met anyone with this background or even heard the term before. Is there a sizable community here in the US? Googling gives some conflicting or ambiguous information. So I thought I would ask here. <BR> <BR> In spite of the language barrier things have star... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:02:55 EST Movies, Movies, And More Movies! FriedaZipora suggested we start a movie thread as well, so here goes: <BR> <BR> I saw "Phoenix" the other night, a movie I had not heard of, as my friend wanted to see it, so off we went. Yes, it did get very high marks, but I have learned over the years that I will not read reviews as they tend to be killjoys revealing all kinds of plot twists (I mean, what's the point then to go and see it?), especially if it's a movie that has piqued the curiosity of the reviewers and the public that eve... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:03:17 EST "Go Set a Watchman" Book Discussion This thread is limited to discussion of the book. We have plenty of other threads for everything else and new ones are always an option. It'll hurt and we'll squirm, but we can do it. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:17:38 EST Chocolate: Is It Truly THAT Decadent? Phebe said it and I wholeheartedly agree: A world without chocolate is a world devoid of a rich landscape. <BR> <BR> Coincidentally, I found this in my email box just now: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-diseases/12-bits-chocolate-and-healt<BR>h?GUID=E5DD1609-36A5-4800-957D-5FC9A8E<BR>3B97D&XGUID=&rememberme=1&ts=15082015 </link> <BR> <BR> Now seriously, how can something THAT good be all bad? Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:31:53 EST Cyberbook Club As Phebe suggested, I am starting a new thread here. <BR> <BR> I respectfully submit "Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee. I think in view of the controversy, there's a lot to discuss there. <BR> <BR> All suggestions, of course, are welcome. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:35:26 EST I am happy to report that Richard (my DH, for those who have not been introduced) made it through his first cataract surgery just fine. <BR> <BR> He actually says he can see better with that eye - the surgery was this morning, he's wearing a perforated metal eye guard, and he claims he can see better than with the other eye. Possibly true. <BR> <BR> So his hours of worrying are over, he's a happy camper, and he just woke from a 4 hour nap. Yeah, he's fine. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:58:23 EST What Are You Reading Or Listening To This Summer? Revisiting my childhood, I just took out "Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee. Really wanted to see what all the hoopla was about. Because of time constraints and a lot of driving, I have resigned myself to the talking book mode of reading. Hopefully, that will change in the near future. <BR> <BR> After "Watchman", I'm going to have to reread "To Kill A Mockingbird". I wonder if 50 years after the first read, I'll see it differently. I would imagine so. <BR> <BR> I pray that the avariciou... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 17:27:19 EST Hurdles, bumps, plateaus, diet fatigue Can we talk about how to get through the rough spots? The hurdles, bumps, gains, plateaus, <BR> diet fatigue we've experienced. <BR> <BR> I just had a month long plateau that seemed like forever. <BR> <BR> About plateaus, Boss61 (Mark) gave me some very good advice and it really worked. He said, 1. Decrease sodium 2. Increase water 3. Eat your calories early, not late. 4. Track diligently and be wary of old habits creeping in. <BR> <BR> I got an interesting response came from NUMD9... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 01:11:48 EST A Fresh Face Mazel Tov! Our 7th grandchild, a boy, arrived on July 28, 8 lb. 1 oz. and he was named Bennett. His mother has strictly forbidden the use of any nickname such as Ben or Benny. He was circumcised yesterday in the pediatrician's office. A Bris would have been nice, a Hebrew name would have been nice, a middle name in memory of a great -grandfather would have been nice, but we have to take what we can get and be happy. At least there wasn't a Baptism either. Oh, did I mention that the mat... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 01:41:05 EST David Bowie is visiting us (metapho rically) Remember the song Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes! <BR> <BR> Contractor starts work here in a week; converting our main bathroom to handicap accessibility, low threshold shower stall and the works. Bought one of those units you can sit in, access rails and whatnot. <BR> <BR> By October my mother will be living with us. This is what happens when you are 86 and outlive your money. (And think of all of the seniors who flat-out do not have this as an option). <BR> <BR> She is reasonably healthy ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 06:04:51 EST A Great Miracle Happened Here The things we take for granted with respect to our health... today's example is vision. <BR> <BR> So my Mom goes and finally has long-awaited and long-postponed cataract surgery. <BR> <BR> Mind you her vision has always been awful; she has worn glasses since the age of two. <BR> <BR> It turns out the cataract surgery also corrected lifelong deformities of her corneal lenses - she now can see without glasses - distance and reading both - for the first time in 84 years. <BR> <BR> She i... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:51:31 EST Leica and the Jews. <BR> Have you seen this before? <BR> <BR> <BR> The Leica is the pioneer 35mm camera. It is a German product - precise,minimalist, and utterly efficient. <BR> <BR> <BR> Behind its worldwide acceptance as a creative tool was a family-owned, socially oriented firm that, during the Nazi era,m acted with uncommon grace, generosity and modesty. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> E. Leitz Inc., designer and manufacturer of Germany's most famous photographic product, saved its Jews. <BR> <BR> <BR> And Ern... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:48:25 EST Muslim Wins Israel's Version Of "Master Chef" Sylph had started a thread about the worst cooks in America. I recently got a link to the winner of Israel's version of "Master Chef". What is interesting is she is a "proud Muslim, Israeli, and Zionist". <BR> <BR> I think you will find the following link to her performance on the show interesting: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> atch-sarah-zoabi-mother-of-muhammad-on -master-chef-i-am-a-proud-zionist/ </link> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 06:25:43 EST Long summer weekends Long summer Saturday today. How was yours? <BR> <BR> In the morning, I went to a water aerobics class with my youngest son (34). I feel good about that because I have to push myself to exercise. It's not my strong suit. Then we picked up my husband and went to see the movie Southpaw with Jake Gylenhall which was excellent. After the movie, we went to Chipotle (not my favorite) to split a vegetarian burrito. I was dismayed when I saw that a half is 578 calories on the tracker. That's ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:42:45 EST Food Network "Worst Cooks in America" Full disclosure: I don't watch the show and it's likely that I will never see it. Further and as usual, I've barely skimmed the linked article, so missed the big punchline and some of the sub-punchlines. I'm not even sure what I was googling that brought the article to my attention. <BR> <BR> Brief intro: Joshie Berger is or was a contestant on the "Worst Cooks..." show. He is a former Chasidic member of the Borough Park, Brooklyn, community. I gather that he held up cholent -- which s... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:24:07 EST Dieting and Shabbat How do you handle dieting on Shabbat? I've been reducing weight for years (120 pounds down), and consistently have had Shabbat as a day off. I don't log, and eat better and more than normal. I try to just relax and be in the spirit of the day. My caloric intake and eating practices have been naturally reducing on Shabbat as I adjust to eating less. <BR> <BR> Now I'm much closer to my goal and need to restrict calories even more, and this approach seems to be sabatoging my weight loss. ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:20:18 EST The Pace of Shabbat Services (For the 20% of you who do not cringe when I launch a thread) <BR> <BR> Do you attend Shabbat services on Saturday mornings? Are they too long, too short, or just right? Do you attend the whole thing, or arrive fashionably late (and maybe even leave early)? Have you been at another shul, not your own, and found the service different enough in style, cadence or pace to be off-putting? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tod... Sat, 30 May 2015 19:49:11 EST Would/Could Israel Survive Without American Jewry? Earlier today, I started to rebuttal Mark's belief that "Jewish Americans" only support Israel if "guilted" by their rabbi, etc. etc. Perhaps "Jewish Americans", but I don't think "American Jews" do. <BR> <BR> I was at work, and couldn't get into a heated debate at that time. Taking off the table if one cannot afford to donate to worthy Israel causes for the moment, I promised to get back to this topic. Since I don't feel it's a topic as a "kibbitzer", I thought it worthy enough to start ... Wed, 20 May 2015 19:36:28 EST The price of a Picasso Last night Christie's New York sold "Women of Algiers" for $179 million, the highest price ever or a painting at auction. To say $179 million is an exaggeration, as the sale price is only $160 million; the other $19 mil represents commission. An anonymous bidder, no surprise, but there are speculations in the art world. <BR> <BR> The numbers heard at art auctions border on comical. More than the numbers, I'm always boggled by the auctioneers. Never a smile or any reaction registers on th... Tue, 12 May 2015 20:16:56 EST Jerusalem Flash Mob Sings Hatikva On Light Rail Real sweet: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>os/10152847808133717/?pnref=story </link> <BR> <BR> Notice all the different kinds of Jews on the train appreciating TOGETHER this moment. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's nice to be Joos. Sat, 9 May 2015 21:58:19 EST If you missed it, a super blog (a short one!) <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896722&u<BR>tm_source=sparkpeople&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=sp-community-highlight </link> <BR> <BR> The woman who wrote this, "Mrs. Groucho," is so elated about her first experience at the gym that she is a bright light. Haven't we all experienced this, even in some arena separate from gymtimidation? <BR> <BR> I feel like dancing with her. Thu, 7 May 2015 15:22:39 EST On The Lighter Side Forget for a moment the location (Chernobyl), but take a look at this fox gathering up the offered food and making itself a sandwich. I love how it decided it didn't need all those carbs, and left off a slice of bread! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-of-fox-making-sandwich-near-chernobyl<BR>-goes-viral/21177931/?cps=gravity_2722<BR>_7710645465857868855 </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:53:47 EST When The First Amendment is an Intolerable Act <link><BR>mix/wp/2015/04/22/killing-jews-is-wors<BR>hip-posters-will-soon-appear-on-nyc-su<BR>bways-and-buses/?tid=pm_national_pop_b </link> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:36:22 EST The Holocaust And One Arab Law Student's View I stumbled on the following quite by accident. I thought that perhaps you would find it of interest: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Palestinians-learn-about-the-Holocaust<BR>-399168 </link> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:47:09 EST Nepal help Several of the organizations providing relief in Nepal following the earthquake were listed by "The Takeaway," the public radio program. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you-can-help/ </link> <BR> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:02:39 EST Misc Kibbitz Thread Good morning Sandy and the Sisterhood (yes, sounds like a pop group, no?). Better than to have wayward threads transgress on topic-specific posts, perhaps this is a better place and way wherein we may merely catch up with one another. <BR> <BR> Laurie, Queen of the Universe, if you agree, you may bestow it with Stickiness. I could pretend to be Susan again for the purpose, but that is so yesteryear. <BR> <BR> So to kick things off, Thing One approached us about permission to travel to Pro... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:24:55 EST The Rising Wave Of Antisemitism Across Europe History, sadly, has a tendency to repeat itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>waves-Israeli-flags-in-Amsterdam-as-pa<BR>rt-of-solidarity-campaign-398787 </link> <BR> <BR> Knowing what we now know, just a generation removed, would you leave Europe? Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:15:03 EST The "Accountant Of Auschwitz" Probably one of the last Nazi trials that we will ever see, almost 70 years after the end of WWII, is currently unfolding in Germany. Oskar Groening readily admits that he was "morally complicit" in the Nazi machinery. The question remains if he was "legally complicit" and for that, choice or not in the present legal process, he will "allow" the German court to decide his fate. He is to be tried as "an accessory to murder." <BR> <BR> He was at the train station, on the arrival of the Hung... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:55:57 EST Fun music video, "Ya'alili" The visual says it's fun even if I understand only a few words of the lyrics. If you start, stay to the last bits to complete the circle. Let's shop at the store. I'm already accustomed to doing some contained dance moves down the aisles at Trader Joe. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MUyrw7s </link> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:31:14 EST Goebbels Estate v. Random House On the heels of Yom Hashoah, news of the Goebbels estate's suit against Random House breaks. If you haven't already read or heard about it, do a search. I heard a headline in the wee hours from BBC News. You can search endless options for coverage. For starters, here's The Guardian. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8/random-house-told-it-should-pay-to-q<BR>uote-joseph-goebbels-in-biography </link> <BR> <BR> This is going to be an ugly, painful, infuriating, p... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:55:11 EST Holocaust Remembrance Day This powerful video taken in Israel speaks for itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-yom-hashoah-holocaust </link> <BR> <BR> Sadly, had there not been a Holocaust, the State of Israel would not have been created as a haven for all Jews. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:12:44 EST Need a water-drinking "buddy?" It's been a long time since I've drunk eight glasses daily. It's been a long time since I've drunk more than the sips needed to get vitamins and a couple of prescriptions down. <BR> <BR> I signed up the other day for SP's new 30-day challenge to develop a new habit and made eight glasses of water my chief goal for now. Today's challenge installment is to find a buddy with the same goal to check in for mutual, weekly accountability? <BR> <BR> Got the same need and want a support system? ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:27:37 EST Jeopardy on-line test Was it Mark who wrote that he's registered for the test? Anyone else? Please fill me in, someone. <BR> <BR> I just signed up, but clicked back to look at something a second time and was prevented from moving ahead again. My registration was confirmed, I'm wondering if I missed anything else that would be useful to know in advance? I did watch the three videos of tips. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:20:53 EST A good game for a Sunday drive Just for fun and only 40 seconds. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:49:57 EST Leavening the Leftovers So Pesach is in the rear-view mirror. Let My People Go. Hopefully, you people of the Sisterhood have Gone. <BR> <BR> Which brings me to this: do/will your Passover leftovers also go (in the garbage) or having prepared and paid for them, will you work your way through them as any other fridge, freezer or pantry item? Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:20:23 EST Be on TV You can waive a magic wand and enter the storyline / set of any television show as a character, and live there / be there for a month. Then its over and you come back to reality. <BR> <BR> Which show, and why? My preliminary answer is Hawaii Five-O, for reasons that will make the Sisterhood hit me over the head. <BR> <BR> How about you? Go! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:53:45 EST