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 Business As Usual Interesting article about a workplace seminar given to instruct women in the company how to appropriately dress and interact with men: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oung-how-to-dress-act-around-men_n_5da<BR>721eee4b002e33e78606a </link> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:24:25 EST athiest and agnostic Jews so I have two people -- one a co-worker and one who I see when I exercise at the local Jewish Community Center -- who are totally baffled when I say I am a Jewish Atheist/agnostic. When I told the co-worker one of the reasons was because of the Holocaust her response was "that was just one person. The woman from the gym said "how do you explain how we got here?" then she told me we would have to have a discussion. what do people think? (the discussion I will probably say no to) Sat, 19 Oct 2019 16:52:20 EST Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass. A friend and I will make a day trip tomorrow to the Yiddish Book Center for its Community Open House. I'm posting because the website, charming and interesting, is worth exploring. This is the first time I've looked into it. I've known of the place, but no more than its basic purpose, to preserve Yiddish books and culture. <BR> <BR> My friend has been receiving their emails for some time, as years ago he donated a few books. He has no knowledge of Yiddish beyond the basics that a New Y... Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:47:48 EST Happy Sukkos with scenes from NYC Only several blocks from home, I saw these pavers this morning for the first time. Placed outside a playground, each is about 3' wide. My best guess is that they are all about Peters because Peter Cooper and Peter Stuyvesant were presences in the area. The skies are also this morning's with some from yesterday, early evening. I took the last two photos through a not-immaculate window, hence, they are less blue than the reality. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:51:17 EST And Once Again On Yom Kippur <link><BR>-in-yom-kippur-shooting-at-german-syna<BR>gogue/?utm_source=MadMimi&amp;utm_medi<BR>um=email&amp;utm_content=2+Killed+in+Y<BR>om+Kippur+Shooting+at+German+Synagogue<BR>%3B+Chilling+Footage+of+Shooter%3B+Ale<BR>xander+the+Great+Coins+Seized+at+Israe<BR>l-Gaza+Checkpoint&amp;utm_campaign=201<BR>91009_m154497883_2+Killed+in+Yom+Kippu<BR>r+Shooting+at+German+Synagogue%3B+Chil<BR>ling+Footage+of+Shooter%3B+Alexander+t<BR>he+Great+Coins+Seized+at+Israe... Wed, 9 Oct 2019 18:00:33 EST Yom Kippur questions So these are not quite like the ones asked at Passover... <BR> <BR> but I got email from a group and they had these points on why places we were to afflict our souls: <BR> <BR> On Yom Kippur, for nearly 26 hours, we “afflict our souls” in the following five ways: <BR> We don’t eat or drink; <BR> We don’t wash; <BR> We don’t use lotions or perfumes; <BR> We don’t wear leather footwear; and <BR> We abstain from marital relations. <BR> <BR> <BR> Some is obvious... like lack of energy. <BR> ... Wed, 9 Oct 2019 10:04:52 EST Why Trumpers Stick With Him Here is the best-ever article on this bewildering-to--me concept. From the New York Times, and in front of (rather than behind) the paywall, because, well, you know me. <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> Urban Guy: I hope you read the rough transcript of that Trump phone call with the Ukrainian president. Trump clearly used public power to ask a foreign leader to dig up dirt on his political opponent. This is impeachable. I don’t see how you can deny the facts in front of your face. <BR> <BR> Fl... Fri, 4 Oct 2019 14:12:00 EST Finally There is a Little Official News Look out Federal Government employees. Thing One officially joins your ranks Oct 15th. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Her parents are like Apollo 13 wives: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 3 Oct 2019 16:04:01 EST RH Memes on Social Media Each year it seems there are more and more RH and YK - themed memes. They have taken the place of Jewish New Year cards. They can be religious, trite, family-oriented and above-all, redundant. <BR> <BR> Then, there was this one. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Apples and Honey Day! Mon, 30 Sep 2019 07:25:09 EST Which Republicans Support Trump? USA Today (again, not a great source) polled Republican governors, representatives and senators. It is unclear when the poll was taken and if it is current, but I would imagine googling any name listed here, one would find an update. Interesting nonetheless: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>elections/trump-support/ </link> <BR> <BR> EDIT: Now I see. It is dated, based on his surly remarks about women. So much for reading carefully, yet it is interesting to see all ... Sun, 29 Sep 2019 18:32:27 EST Trump As Don Corleone I usually do not promote The NY Daily News, but this opinion piece is really very well written: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-dam-is-breaking-20190927-zrq5seb7r<BR>bfnpoocekkii2nmba-story.html </link> <BR> <BR> Bottom line: The rule of law has to supercede all else, including the upcoming presidential election. Sun, 29 Sep 2019 10:58:39 EST Can Trump Do It Twice More? You know we just had to comment on a stunning week of developments, right? The question in front of us now is, can Trump survive the impeachment investigation? (As it stands now, most likely.) And then the second question: Can he survive the 2020 election and be reelected? (Still up in the air.) <BR> <BR> I always marvel at how history repeats itself. Here is a great opinion piece from CNN (leave aside the station's strong bias), about the nature of hubris: <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 27 Sep 2019 06:03:45 EST The New “Joy of Cooking” Cookbook Since some of us like discussing cookbooks, I thought I would mention reading in the local paper about the newest edition of “The Joy of Cooking” cookbook coming out (or is already published, I guess.). <BR> <BR> I found the link on Chicago Tribune website but chose to use this link instead, because Chicago Tribune only allows a few online views a month (unless one is already an online subscriber.). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-food/2019/09/24/new-joy-of-cooki... Wed, 25 Sep 2019 12:19:12 EST More Than a Space in the Game of Risk Ukraine. Board-gamers, you remember Ukraine well. Of great strategic importance in the Game of Risk, controlling Ukraine allowed a convenient jumping off-point to exert influence on much of Eurasia. Now Ukraine has gotten bigger. I may even topple HCE (His Cheeto Excellency). This verbatim from The Atlantic, hours ago. (Sat PM). <BR> <BR> ****** <BR> <BR> The president of the United States reportedly sought the help of a foreign government against an American citizen who might challen... Sat, 21 Sep 2019 20:38:30 EST The Art of the Deal Hypothetically you are a 25-year old with a fresh Master's degree. Also hypothetically, you seek to work for the federal government in Washington DC. You have had several interviews with agencies. Some for GS-7 positions (technically you are over-qualified with a Master's) and some for a GS-9 position. You loved your interview and the position at the Library of Congress. <BR> <BR> Now, also hypothetically, you have heard NOT from the LOC but from another agency, offering you a GS-7 posi... Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:34:47 EST NOAA and National Weather Service have fallen Infuriating and heartbreaking that what one would expect to be free of politics, dirty or otherwise, stoops in the gutter. Is it idiocy? Toadying? Ambitions? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>noaa-assailed-for-defending-trumps-hur<BR>ricane-dorian-claim/23808671/ </link> <BR> <BR> [I'm not above it, I suppose, as I am willing to overlook that the response of former agency officials may be tinged by political opinion, but, if you quote me, I'll deny it.] Sun, 8 Sep 2019 08:50:50 EST Battle Hymn of the (New) Republic Um, speakers up. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 29 Aug 2019 20:04:39 EST Gray Lady Op-Ed on Our Topic Du Jour By Michelle Goldberg. Reprinted in the clear with the expressed written permission of no one. <BR> <BR> On Aug. 11, more than 1,000 people marked Tisha B’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, by occupying an Amazon Books store in Manhattan, protesting the technology behemoth’s technical support for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sitting on the floor, they read harrowing accounts of people in immigration detention and recited the Kaddish, the traditional Jewish prayer of mou... Sun, 25 Aug 2019 08:51:53 EST "Shocking" News Stanford is conducting clinical trials with six volunteers who agreed to have an implantable device in the brain to control food cravings. When the person thinks about food, s/he receives a mild shock. <BR> <BR> Reminds me of the learning experiments we did in college with mice. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-would-shock-dieters-thinking-about-fo<BR>od/?utm_content=featuredvideo&amp;posi<BR>tion=&amp;linktype=title&amp;channel=e<BR>mail&amp;campaign_type... Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:38:22 EST Are you disloyal or are you ignorant? Pick one. There are no words. I can't say anything. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>trump-decries-great-disloyalty-of-jews<BR>-who-vote-for-democrats/23798092/ </link> Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:41:00 EST opinion please I work with disabled individuals and our agency recently lost 3 employees. Each one received a gift - - and that gift was a small nicely decorated cake with six cup cakes with same decoration. One of these individuals is extremely obese -- I think she must weigh between 350 - 400 pound (my guesstamate). The person who chose the gifts was our supervisor, a person with a degree in Social Work. I bit my tongue so I would not say anything, but inside I was thinking why would this Social Work... Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:49:44 EST Answer to the Pediatrician Question of 1996 In 1996, in the weeks preceding the birth of Thing One, we interviewed local pediatricians. Our "money question" was always the same: <BR> <BR> "We both have had a lifelong battle with weight. What would you counsel that we do as parents not to pass this predilection along? We don't want to obsess about food, but we want healthy kids..." We listened carefully. The most cogent answer was the advice to limit three types of foods from entering our home: foods with excessive fats, salt an... Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:46:08 EST The Statue of Liberty & Trump Thing With talk of Trump and/or one of his chaps wanting to replace or revise "The New Colossus" on the Statue, it is no surprise that The New Yorker has something to say. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 15 Aug 2019 08:54:49 EST Got "The NY Times Cookbook" by Craig Claiborne? If you do, please let's hear from you. It's really "The New York Times Cookbook," first published in 1961 when Craig C. was food editor. I can't find my copy and am eager for one recipe, Banana Tea Loaf. Googling brings up several listings that claim to have it, but each has been altered by the claimer. <BR> <BR> If you have the book, please take a few minutes to enter the recipe for me. I want to make it for the MFA Writing student who has volunteered to lead a writing group I've been a... Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:53:42 EST Baltimore Sun tilts at Trump I thought Mark may have been here by now. He hasn't and I can't let this wait. Go, Sun! The paper made my heart happy with its editorial. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>al/bs-ed-0728-trump-baltimore-20190727<BR>-k6ac4yvnpvcczlaexdfglifada-story.html </link> Sun, 28 Jul 2019 09:54:16 EST Entered a watercolor contest Blick Art Materials is just closing the entry period for an online contest which I decided to enter. Because it isn't a judged event -- five winners will be picked at random -- I randomly chose a piece to enter 15 minutes ago; entries close at midnight. <BR> <BR> Here it is, as entered, because I don't have the tech capability to improve the image and the painting isn't here for me to rephotograph. It needed a title, which I came up with spontaneously: Pothos Dreaming. <BR> <BR> <im... Sun, 21 Jul 2019 15:49:01 EST 7/12 protests: U.S. inhumane treatment of migrants A friend forwarded info to me about this evenings protests, nationally and internationally. <BR> <BR> "...Thanks to their efforts, there are more than 500 events planned to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants, many of them children. Participants will gather on Friday, July 12 at detention centers, in parks, outside local government offices, and at faith centers — both in the U.S and globally..." <BR> <BR> I wish she had been clearer about the source, but I surmise it's Lights... Fri, 12 Jul 2019 11:08:20 EST Eva Kor dies at 85! Very saddened by this news. A friend on Facebook just posted this and Eva's last tweet was on July 3rd about getting chicken nuggets near Auschwitz. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>olocaust-survivor-eva-kor-dies-at-age-<BR>85?fbclid=IwAR3KnjMRuFGyFHIg-GFYnJxo8r<BR>ItmFA2nMpsdTvinLsMoehhAnuBDbd16UQ </link> Sat, 6 Jul 2019 13:33:15 EST A Jewish Burial This article caught my attention and I thought I'd share. It is sad (about unclaimed dead bodies) but it is also a confirmation about the goodness of humanity. <BR> <BR> 'We Can't Leave Anybody Behind': When The Dead Go Unclaimed <BR> A Worcester funeral home struggles to identify relatives of the dead when no one steps forward. <BR> <link><BR>mp7/we-cant-leave-anybody-behind-when-<BR>the-dead-go-unclaimed?utm_source=alert<BR>-breakingnews&amp;utm_medi... Tue, 2 Jul 2019 21:45:58 EST Found a Candidate Worthy of My 2020 Support Former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. Bear with me. <BR> <BR> The present field of Democratic candidates are as cohesive as my windshield would be after a head-on collision. No two pieces fit together, certainly none centrist enough to drag (well-intentioned but misguided) Trump-supporting Democrats back home to the House of Blue Lights again. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>UknEy8 </link> (Speakers up for this one!) <BR> <BR> Job one is we need someone... Sun, 30 Jun 2019 07:11:37 EST UN-separating church and state??? I accidentally stumbled on this article from "The Times of Israel" online - that something crazy like 19% of Americans think it would be okay for businesses to refuse to serve Jews if the business owner feels it violates their religious beliefs. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-say-small-businesses-should-be-able-<BR>to-refuse-service-to-jews/?fbclid=IwAR<BR>29P3kf48gQrlZhqf_dz2_Et0vytDp0sDIL8zTI<BR>Qt-1ysbiNsM0P9qrWMc </link> <BR> <BR> Do they mean that Muslim b... Fri, 28 Jun 2019 02:01:04 EST 103-Year Old Wins Gold At Senior Games Great story! Woman wins gold in the 50-meter and 100-meter dash: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>llness/story/103-year-nicknamed-hurric<BR>ane-wins-gold-100-meter-63805525 </link> <BR> <BR> Helen Hayes years ago said, "If you rest, you rust." Apparently so. Fri, 21 Jun 2019 08:12:27 EST Three-Term President? Four? Who did not see this coming? I did. Of course it is fantasy, albeit frightening. Trump claims his supporters might want to see him "stay on" beyond two terms. Only issue is, he'd have to change the Constitution, which was changed specifically after FDR was in office for four terms: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/2019/06/16/trump-says-supporters-coul<BR>d-demand-he-not-leave-after-two-terms/<BR>1471915001/ </link> Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:31:03 EST Go Ellen! Ellen Weintraub, the chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, took on Trump, when he said he saw no reason to not accept "oppo" research from foreign governments: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>c-election-foreign-trump-1364598 </link> <BR> <BR> Her wry comment on Twitter said it all: She did not think it was necessary to even explain this. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tweets-illegal-to-accept-anything-of-v<BR>alue-from-foreign-... Fri, 14 Jun 2019 03:16:02 EST Was It Worth It? James Holzauer to pay over $1MM in taxes on his Jeopardy winnings: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/jeopardy-james-holzhauer-taxes-winni<BR>ngs-california-rewards.html </link> Thu, 13 Jun 2019 05:54:21 EST It's A Girl! Sometimes we just need "feel good" news. <BR> <BR> Eight-year old Israeli chess prodigy takes second place in European championship: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d-israeli-chess-prodigy-takes-2nd-in-e<BR>uropean-chess-championship/?utm_source<BR>=MadMimi&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_<BR>content=Palestinians+Declare+Anti-Trum<BR>p+‘Uprising’%3B+Israel%27s+Flying+Elec<BR>tric+Car%3B+Meet+8-Year-Old+Israeli+Ch<BR>ess+Prodigy%3B+Israelis+Duplicate+Huma<BR>n+Brain+S... Mon, 10 Jun 2019 20:26:27 EST "Meet George Jetson" Israelis develop a flying electric car, to cut down on traffic congestion: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tartup-unveils-design-for-flying-elect<BR>ric-car/?utm_source=MadMimi&amp;utm_me<BR>dium=email&amp;utm_content=Palestinian<BR>s+Declare+Anti-Trump+‘Uprising’%3B+Isr<BR>ael%27s+Flying+Electric+Car%3B+Meet+8-<BR>Year-Old+Israeli+Chess+Prodigy%3B+Isra<BR>elis+Duplicate+Human+Brain+Structure%2<BR>1&amp;utm_campaign=20190610_m152133968<BR>_Palestinians+Declare+Anti-... Mon, 10 Jun 2019 20:19:48 EST wear skirs/dresses? any one out there still wear skirts and/or dresses on a regular basis? do any of you wear slips underneath? I have found that none of the stores, at least locally in Minneapolis St. Paul, carry a whole lot of them--just a few in smaller sizes and even then just a few. most of them are carried on line. Amy the only one who still wears a slip? Sun, 9 Jun 2019 19:03:48 EST Place Your Bets - We are a House Divided <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As several of you know, more than a half year ago Thing One's longtime BF asked us for our blessing. He was given my deceased M-I-L's ring to get the diamond reset more modernly. That was something like last October. Since then, Thing One has completed her Master's, the BF lost his Dad to cancer, and perhaps they have been talking and planning. <BR> <BR> With Thing Two now out of the h... Sat, 8 Jun 2019 06:35:56 EST Grits? Cornmeal? Polenta? Grits? Cornmeal? Polenta? Different uses or basically all the same? <BR> <BR> Can I make cheesy grits with cornmeal? I have cornmeal. I make muffins or cornbread. I've made Indian Pudding like they made at Durgin Park. But this Bostonian is new to grits and I want to make cheesy grits for dinners. Southern cheesy grits with mushrooms was served along with appetizers at the wedding in New Orleans. And cheesy grits and your choice of Shrimp Gumbo or Crawfish Etouffee. Lots of great ... Wed, 5 Jun 2019 16:33:19 EST Virginia Beach, Columbine, Parkland, Sandy Hook... Regulate them like cars and drivers. Licenses. Registrations. Training. Renewals. Inspections. Government involvement in transactions. Paper trails. <BR> <BR> Today's gray lady has an opinion piece suggesting just this. <BR> <BR> "... Gun enthusiasts often protest: Cars kill about as many people as guns, and we don’t ban them! No, but automobiles are actually a model for the public health approach I’m suggesting. <BR> <BR> We don’t ban cars, but we work hard to regulate them – and limit ... Sat, 1 Jun 2019 08:37:12 EST The Incredible, Edible... Chicken! And you thought of "egg." Not anymore, thanks to red-team politics run amok. If life begins at conception or a first heartbeat, being a chicken begins earlier than we might have thought? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-reclassified-as-chicken-in-alabama-r<BR>estaurants/ </link> Tue, 28 May 2019 14:11:38 EST Preserving a post when it matters much to you Fyi, I just learned that, when teams are deleted from SP, so go all their message boards and other signs of having existed. <BR> <BR> If you ever post a note that is especially important to you -- and the subject is not likely to come up again or often -- and you think that you may want it in the future, print or copy it into a Word (or whichever program you use) document. <BR> <BR> This comes up now because an old post in a deleted team is gone forever. I can reconstruct it well enough,... Mon, 20 May 2019 09:51:11 EST Looking for a very old post Please help if you have remember a post I'm sure I posted long ago about an ethereal experience while creaming butter and sugar for a banana tea loaf. I felt as though I was taking my place alongside my grandmothers and all my generations as well as all women who had ever baked. <BR> <BR> When I enter phrases that I likely used, the SP system finds things from every team and every search engine. I can't guess whether I started a topic to tell share the experience or entered it in an exi... Sun, 19 May 2019 21:23:51 EST Morehouse College - Make Your Hearts Sing... "... Billionaire investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith was giving the commencement speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta on Sunday, when he deviated from his prepared remarks to make an announcement: “My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans!”... <BR> <BR> It’s hard to estimate the cost of Smith’s gift to the 2019 graduates of the all-male historically black college, but it could be in the range of $5 million to $10 million, according to estimates. There ar... Sun, 19 May 2019 16:26:03 EST On the lighter side: North African Pot Roast Of course I didn't know that I have a slim book, "The Best of Clay Pot Cooking." A recipe for a North African pot roast caught my interest. Never mind that I have no clay pots. The recipe calls for an unglazed, soaked vessel, so I'll give it a try with one of the clear Pyrex bowl-with-very-high-lid cookers that I posted in the "Phebe in Central Park" (was that the one?) topic. Question 1: Any ideas on how the cooking time or temp should be changed? <BR> <BR> Mace is among the ingredi... Fri, 10 May 2019 15:42:22 EST The lovely Neil deG Tyson, kitties & Trumpthing For your breakfast entertainment <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 10 May 2019 08:16:48 EST Descendents Of Nazis Sing Hatikvah In commemoration of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), I came across the following video, quite by accident. Really gave me goosebumps: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 10 May 2019 01:17:04 EST Holocaust-era cattle car at Mus. of Jewish Heritag The Museum of Jewish Heritage presents a great many Holocaust-related materials, much of which is difficult to view. The article about the cattle-car now on view is from Gothamist, a publication bought or merged in the past year with WNYC, the local public-radio station. The Museum is also known for live performances. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ra_cattle_car_nyc.php?utm_source=Newsl<BR>etter%3A+This+Week+On+WNYC&amp;utm_cam<BR>paign=0e18414697-EMAIL_CAMPAIG... Tue, 7 May 2019 22:11:15 EST More on Jeopardy James (behind the online paywall) Two articles this morning. First on "The Athletic", which is the foremost sports journalism, paid web site. And then in the Washington Post. Decoded, because I am the janitor on the rebel moon... <BR> <BR> **** <BR> <BR> In&amp;“Jeopardy!” begins airing right about the same time; as the first pitch is thrown during a typical Major League Baseball game. And if James Holzhauer would have had his way, he might be sitting at a ballpark, high above the playing field in some fancy luxury suit... Thu, 2 May 2019 08:45:51 EST Phebe in Central Park Phebe and I got together yesterday and, while I can't speak for Phebe, I had a grand time. We spent much of our time in the Park oohing and aahing over the emergence of Spring. Here is Phebe, bundled up for quite a chilly day and standing under a huge, old beech. We're pretty sure it's a beech. She blends in perfectly. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 30 Apr 2019 17:15:12 EST Passover has passed for another year! Chametz tastes so good on the first night! Homemade pizzas for dinner followed by a Reese's egg for dessert. <BR> <BR> Leftovers: One unopened container of matzo meal, a little matzo farfel, one unopened box of whole wheat matzo. Sun, 28 Apr 2019 01:05:54 EST Job Appliction Etiquette Question So you apply for a job, on the company's web site. The job is at a branch office near you. You are highly qualified for the open position. Your salary demand is top-dollar, but you are very highly qualified. You apply via the internet as the company web site directed, but then you hear nothing. <BR> <BR> Minutes tick by, then hours. You grow impatient; the job sounds perfect for you. Do you contact corporate HR (who ran the ad) or the local branch office? In either case, do you follow-up v... Fri, 26 Apr 2019 21:25:32 EST Is there any such thing as bad press? We shall see. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>019/04/22/in-the-c-suite-why-mark-eisn<BR>er-decided-to-sell-his.html?b=15559352<BR>39%5E21463603&amp;iana=hpmvp_bal_news_headline </link> Thu, 25 Apr 2019 08:02:00 EST Buzzer Timing Vs. Knowledge Base In Jeopardy Interesting article here, about the determining factor to really come out on top in Jeopardy. Seems James peppered the producer about the nuance of the physical mechanics and timing of the buzzer. <BR> <BR> Not just about what you know. I have seen people on the show frantically ringing in, sometimes two-fisted. Interestingly, if they ring in too soon, they are automatically locked out, giving an opponent then an opportunity to slide in. <BR> <BR> <link> Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:59:41 EST A Passover dessert -- No! Don't make me eat that! This is a dessert using matzo. It's described as a cross between chocolate icebox cake and tiramisu. As soon as I saw "tiramisu," it was clear that the recipe was required reading for laughs. Sorry to say that it's no laugh. It is travesty and high crimes and misdemeanors all in one. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tzo-passover-chocolate-cake-recipe?utm<BR>_medium=email&amp;utm_source=TT&amp;ut<BR>m_campaign=Daily&amp;utm_content=Editorial </link> <BR> ... Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:16:02 EST Mueller report with a few redactions <img src=""> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:51:28 EST J Quiz Questions and Answers <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For Laurie and whomever else played <BR> <BR> <link><BR>be5ve/tuesday_april_9_2019_online_test<BR>_questions/ </link> <BR> <BR> Yours truly clocked in at 41/50. Probably not good enough. <link> </link> Wed, 10 Apr 2019 17:09:46 EST Young Mr. Holzhauer Did you see him two minutes ago? Did you see that? He whizzed through to $50,000+ total for the game. I can hardly wait for his appearance in the Tournament when his turn comes. <BR> <BR> Happy to say that I got Final Jeopardy -- the Munchkins -- so I should ace the online test tomorrow. Of course I will. <BR> <BR> ----------------- <BR> <BR> P.S. I just tried to find his age, but didn't. What I did see is that he's a professional sports gambler; somehow I've been hearing him intro... Mon, 8 Apr 2019 19:35:15 EST Trained to Bite the Goyim? Think you know dogs? Really know dogs? Want to hazard a guess as to the breed of the new puppy. In this pic he is one year old and weighs 62 lbs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some guesses we have heard include Lab-Mastiff mix, Brown Mouth Cur, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Boxer... Sun, 7 Apr 2019 11:27:32 EST Trump and Tuesday's Israeli election - ugh From Associated Press via AOL <BR> <BR> <link><BR>for-american-jews-trump-is-key-figure-<BR>in-israeli-election/23707598/ </link> Sat, 6 Apr 2019 17:57:54 EST Shabbat Shalom Hi to everyone on the team! <BR> I just joined yesterday, wanted to wish everyone a good Shabbos/Shabbat Shalom (choose whichever feels better to you, they're both heartfelt) wherever you all may be. Fri, 5 Apr 2019 09:06:14 EST 88-Year Old Holocaust Survivor, Ski Instructor I always love reading about the resiliency of Holocaust survivors, and how they choose to live life to the fullest. It is always so humbling. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ski-instructor-survived-the-holocaust/<BR>5206183/ </link> Thu, 4 Apr 2019 23:25:20 EST If Moses Were On Facebook.... An "oldie but goodie" to get you in the spirit of the holiday (love the Spanish version!): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_Google_Exodus.html </link> Thu, 4 Apr 2019 18:02:17 EST "I Will Survive" To those of you in "crazy cleaning mode" (when else would you want to do a top-to-bottom cleaning except before Passover, perhaps?), I submit the following to get your spirits up: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 4 Apr 2019 17:50:00 EST Hi Hi all, <BR> I'm joining this team today, been back on SparkPeople (after a looong hiatus) for a week and thank G-d it's going well. <BR> I'm a mother of 10 who lives in Israel and I'm a writer by profession. <BR> Wishing everyone success with their weight loss goals! <BR> Thu, 4 Apr 2019 15:44:24 EST Eggs - A Special K-For-P Food ... with many imaginative ways to prepare them. Many. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>amp;feature=share&amp;fbclid=IwAR1Aa7K<BR>T8dB14UfY9NPWkAHkiKJhPx9M-OFnbOVU6VYO_<BR>BK0bhWhSxmuw8Q </link> Wed, 27 Mar 2019 05:42:53 EST Salmon recipe sounds right for Passover or any tim This came in the day's email from one of those sites from which I keep wanting to unsubscribe, but don't take the time. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sy-roasted-salmon-recipe </link> Tue, 26 Mar 2019 15:11:52 EST Fun - something which we are permitted <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Lots more where these came from. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:37:21 EST Jeopardy online test Will anyone be signing up? I just did and was surprised by the new requirement of a photo. Having pictures taken is not one of my favorite things, but since I do less well in the online test than I do shouting answers at the TV screen, I won't have to think about it. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:11:23 EST Would Trump Declare Martial Law? Interesting op / ed piece in, of all places, Fox News (even they see the possibility). This was my biggest fear 45 years ago with Nixon. Yet Nixon was smart enough to see the handwriting on the wall, and threw in the towel and resigned rather than face the likelihood of a criminal trial, and jail, once he left office. Trump, as the piece points out, makes all his threats in plain sight. A worthwhile read: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>day-of-reckoning-on-trump-is-... Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:48:12 EST New Zealand <link><BR>in-wake-of-mosque-attacks-trump-downpl<BR>ays-threat-from-white-nationalists-i-t<BR>hink-its-a-small-group-of-people/23693509/ </link> <BR> <BR> Reading the swine's filthy comment and consistent, immeasurable ignorance is enough. Commenting (I suppose this is one) will make me feel more sick. Sat, 16 Mar 2019 12:23:37 EST Soothe yourself with Bird Song Opera Only three and one-half minutes including the wonderful closing credits. Not to mention the bonuses automatically provided by YouTube. (oops, be right back; I lost the link) <BR> <BR> ------------------------------- <BR> (got it) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:16:48 EST Too-pee, or not too-pee This is obviously fake. The president of the United States of America has extremely luscious hair. A lot of people have told him so. It’s the most luscious hair. Little known fact the steel ropes on the Brooklyn bridge are actually made from a younger Donald’s hair. So strong. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:13:41 EST Today's NYT Column - Is Anti-Semitism Exceptional? by Ross Douthat. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> Like most places, America has always had potent strains of anti-Semitism — crude and polished, K.K.K. and country club. But unlike many places, we have always had important strains of philo-Semitism as well; there is a long American tradition, with both Protestant and Enlightenment roots, of really liking Judaism and the Jews. <BR> <BR> And so the story of the Jews in post-World War II America is the story, not just of anti-Semitism’s marginalizati... Sun, 10 Mar 2019 15:17:40 EST Time Waits For No One? So being an earth scientist makes me an authority on time? (Sort of like being an authority on the weather?). Here goes nothing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Consider the globe. 360 degrees around. In antquity, people called 12 Noon the time when the sun is highest in the sky. It's highest in the sky where I live 7 minutes later than in NYC, but if we could not agree on time standardization (hence the term, "... Sun, 10 Mar 2019 07:22:35 EST Marc Bolan/T. Rex was a Jew I've just discovered Marc Bolan of T. Rex, the deceased original Glam Rocker from the late 60s-early 70s. Apparently, the song "Bang the Gong (Get it On)" made his band a one hit wonder in the US but he was quite the thing for awhile in the UK. He inspired Glam Rockers like David Bowie. <BR> <BR> I find him quite attractive. And because of my illness I am very hard of hearing and other than his American hit I will never be able to hear what he actually sounds like. I can read though an... Sun, 3 Mar 2019 13:45:41 EST So, My News... (Good morning from Bizarre-land) A few of you know, but about ten days ago now my wife and I signed papers to sell my business (the one I started over 20 years ago out of the basement, with nothing but a laptop) to a substantially larger firm. They acquired the assets, the risks, employed all of our people generously and, well, after 20+ years I'm back to being an Indian rather than a Chief. <BR> <BR> My company and office has become a branch office. I'm its manager. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Sun, 3 Mar 2019 06:40:53 EST New Exercise Plan Getting caught up with the newspapers we have and saw this comic: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 2 Mar 2019 14:20:18 EST Hurry up! I am watching the news and Michael Cohan's testimony on TV--give Jews a bad name, why don't you! Like we don't have enough hate directed at us. Anyways, with that and everything else and our current President's interactions with N.Korea, I wish it would just all hurry up! <BR> How long has it got to go on before we can oust him? <BR> <BR> I have a local vote I have to cast in March and I am just so sick of all this I feel disgruntled about having to do it, but now more than ever voting is i... Thu, 28 Feb 2019 14:59:17 EST Portrait Up Close and Personal - fun Fun pics time. First, here HE is, without the spray-on tan, TV makeup and comb-over. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We also have a scanner and having been saving old photos. Here is one from way back when. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 19:47:04 EST A Spark Team Many of You May Like Too <img src=""> Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:17:02 EST So Why Support Him? Psychologically Speaking? Psychology Today has analayzed the (misguided? misinformed?) members of the Red Team among us. It's more complicated than perhaps you think. Their findings are here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-in-the-machine/201812/complete-psycho<BR>logical-analysis-trumps-support </link> Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:08:04 EST Hey We Have Choices Upon Choices Remember me? Back from Cuba. Tanned, rested and ready. Well, not so very tanned, moderately rested, and no more ready than before, though it sounded good. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A life event seemingly will happen for me soon too, which likely will have the benefit of more time for Sparking. For the two of you who pretty much know already (Laurie and Nu), thanks for keeping mum. Soon enough the cat... Sun, 10 Feb 2019 16:48:52 EST What Is The Problem? Trump's Commerce Secretary (personal worth: $700 MM) cannot understand why furloughed government workers need to use a food bank. Anyone want to sit him down and explain reality to him? Reminds me of when Bush Sr. went to a supermarket and was fascinated by the barcode scanners. <BR> <BR> They really do live in another universe, and it is not parallel to ours. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>etary-whos-worth-700-million-doe-18320<BR>21976 </link> Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:25:57 EST My Annual Visit to the Doc Hey everyone. Since we cannot solve the shutdown, collusion, obstruction, bigotry, narcissism and like issues, I thought I would offer something more mundane, and well, Sparky. My annual physical. <BR> <BR> The good news: I completed another lap around the sun. Susan is not yet a widow. Near as the Doc can tell, nothing cancerous seems brewing afoot, based on the battery of 67 questions, proddings and pokings. "Have you ever experienced pain when..." Have you ever seen blood in..." ... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 17:49:17 EST The Best Six Minutes You Will Spend Today Take a break from the political despair gripping our nation. Sit back and speakers up! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>amp;list=RDCznVWQTf04E&amp;index=46 </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:45:21 EST Are Wall Bonds The Answer? CNN did an opinion piece asking the question, "Can wall bonds be the answer, like war bonds were during World War Two?" The argument is if the public is truly behind the building of the wall on our southern border, they would gladly buy the bonds. If it proves that they are not interested in this, as the experts seem to think, then Trump would finally have to admit that this is not the solution and look for alternative measures. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ions/... Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:51:58 EST "Truculent" - A Judge Called a Rabbi This This story is hot stuff here locally, and the Chabad rabbi at the heart of the controversy seems intent on giving us all a bad name in a very regrettable and public way. When a Judge calls the Rabbi's demeanor "truculent" , no good can come. <BR> <BR> To hear Robin Zoll tell it, the story of the Chabad House next door comes down to one sentence, spoken by Rabbi Menachem “Mendy” Rivkin, which she relayed under oath in court: “I was as honest as I could be to get my permit.” <BR> <BR> Rivk... Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:56:56 EST Looking Towards 2020 The Wall Street Democratic moneymen are already looking at the field of Democratic contenders, vying to replace "The Donald" in the upcoming 2020 election. It cannot happen soon enough: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-street-money-guys-are-already-thinkin<BR>g-about-their-2020-bets </link> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 03:23:13 EST Tonight's Trump Speech - A Sparky Drinking Game This is Sparkpeople. Water of course. Here goes. <BR> <BR> President Trump speaks to the country tonight about the border crisis. And since that crisis doesn’t exist—it’s a fiction invented by Trump and spread by conservative media—the speech is certain to consist solely of overt propaganda and lies. <BR> <BR> Take a Drink if Trump - Uses the following buzzwords: Danger, Threat, Caravan, Gangs <BR> <BR> Uses the following adjectives - Amazing, Tremendous, Incredible, Best, Beautiful, ... Tue, 8 Jan 2019 18:53:21 EST AOC and US Economic Policy Good morning and Happy Sunday, Sisterhood plus one. Predawn Sunday hours find me reading the news online, drinking too much coffee, and exercicing not so terribly much (Sparky stuff now out of the way). <BR> <BR> I even read the "Gray Lady", putting aside my eschew of NYC enough to do so. (I figure if we survive the present political maelstrom, the economic health of the Times and Post will play a role, so I am doing my part. Money spent on the digital subscription does more than if give... Sun, 6 Jan 2019 07:09:50 EST "She Will, She Will Rock You" 97-year old Holocaust survivor, spy, and Heavy Metal singer: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rack/click?u=18499b0dbb9a43e1f1bbf84ce<BR>&amp;id=0cfd7d9162&amp;e=fb107655cb </link> Fri, 4 Jan 2019 09:44:30 EST Fallout from Trump's tariffs So, I've been on a mild soy-based hormone for years. I'm really allergic to horses, so I can't take the usual medications. <BR> <BR> You know all those tariffs against other countries? Soy beans being one of the big commodities that are suddenly highly taxed? <BR> <BR> Yup, my medication is no longer available. The pharmaceutical manufacturers have told my insurance company's pharmacy that they cannot get the products they need to produce this medication - yes, the soybeans. <BR> <BR> M... Wed, 2 Jan 2019 22:45:52 EST Trump: Immoral Or Amoral? Right before I read this article, I was wondering the exact same thing: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-reid-trump/index.html </link> Wed, 2 Jan 2019 20:38:22 EST Cleveland Clinic Fires Anti-Semitic Med Resident She recommended giving Jews the wrong medication: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es-resident-after-her-threat-to-give-j<BR>ews-wrong-meds-surfaced </link> <BR> <BR> WARNING: Do not read the link while eating. You might get sick. Wed, 2 Jan 2019 09:09:54 EST Sticky topics -- if you take part, any thoughts? I'm really soliciting comments only from the very few who participate in the sticky topics -- tzedakkah and Spark points. Let me know what you prefer in the next day or two. After that, let it go. <BR> <BR> Spark allows only three "sticky" topics. In order to make the 2019 Tzedakkah one of them, I had to unstick the 2018 edition plus another. As no new member has introduced him/herself in the main "introduce yourself" topic since June, 2017, I unstuck it. New members since then either h... Wed, 2 Jan 2019 07:05:47 EST NY Congressman Sets His Agenda For 2019 E-Mail came today from NY Congressman Eliot Engel: <BR> <BR> December 30, 2018 <BR> My Legislative Priorities for 2019 <BR> <BR> Dear Friend: <BR> <BR> 2018 is drawing to a close, and 2019 promises a fresh start for us in Congress. As Democrats transition into leadership roles, there are issues we must tackle on behalf of the American people. <BR> <BR> I believe that the Conservative-controlled Congress over the past two years abdicated its duty when it comes to Executive oversight, an... Sun, 30 Dec 2018 14:56:36 EST Spooked? Open question for fellow Boomers who are managing your own retirement savings: Trump and the markets have you spooked? Sidelining investment $ to safer harbors? Discuss... Sun, 30 Dec 2018 06:53:19 EST What has been your best bargain ever? I went browsing at Nordstrom's Rack yesterday, and found a top I had been looking for all summer. Lovely little boho styled top by Free People, in cotton and rayon, perfect for travel. But couldn't find it in WA state, and didn't want to order it not knowing how it might look on me. <BR> <BR> But I found it in Nordy's Rack. <BR> <BR> Tried it on, looked cute despite being a bubble top, figured I could just remove the elastic inside the waist. <BR> <BR> Took it out to the cashier, who ran... Sat, 29 Dec 2018 15:18:23 EST Government Shutdown Don Lemon, of CNN, found an interesting clip of Trump calling for Obama's firing back in 2013, he being the one responsible for the government shutdown. He faulted Obama for "not getting everyone in a room" to avoid this scenario. <BR> <BR> History repeats: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-obama-shutdown-are-coming-back-haunt<BR>-him-786477 </link> Fri, 28 Dec 2018 13:38:54 EST Spurious Spurs Bone spurs in his feet prevented him from serving in Vietnam? Not so much. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-sharpest-revelations-in-the-nyts-trum<BR>p-bone-spur-bombshell </link> Thu, 27 Dec 2018 15:47:18 EST Millionaire Paid Jews To Relocate To Alabama From The Washington Post: <BR> <BR> DOTHAN, Ala. — She was already going to be late to the church, where once again she would try to explain her religion, even though it seems like most people in her town never really get it. <BR> And now the latkes are burning. <BR> <BR> Lisa Priddle wonders why she is trying so hard, why she is prepping and cooking and buying Hanukkah dreidels for people in the small Southern city that she and her husband moved to because a Jewish millionaire paid them to... Thu, 27 Dec 2018 04:47:01 EST Yet Another Brick in the Wall (retrying) Without Further Ado <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion-the-wall-facts-please/ </link> Wed, 26 Dec 2018 11:19:13 EST Chinese Food ON Christmas so last night I went out for Chinese food with friends from one of my shuls. Can someone explain to me how and why the tradition of Jews eating Chinese on Christmas? not that I mind. Just never understood how it started Wed, 26 Dec 2018 06:22:02 EST All and All, It's Just Another Brick in the Wall My latest. Still a draft. Suggestions welcome. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Tue, 25 Dec 2018 19:44:52 EST Withering Review of a Book Review Richard Cohen, a Washington Post columnist, takes the book review editor of the NYT to task on missing blatant antisemitism. In my view, Trump and his cronies continue to give new voice to antisemitic thoughts, words, and in this case, seemingly NYT publications. Here it is, copy-and-pasted for you: <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> Over the centuries, anti-Semitism has been many things — a religious conviction, an ideology, a national ethic, an unadorned expression of hate and, in more recent tim... Tue, 25 Dec 2018 06:37:59 EST have question and need advice So I work for a day program for developmentally disabled adults as program support. every year this program puts up 2 Christmas Trees, decorates them, puts up hand made Christmas decoratoins (things like hand made wreaths made out of construction paper), have snow men around. I have brought in menorahs the two years I have worked there. Any way, on Friday, one of the parents of one of our clients "hired" a Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus, and the three of them came in at 1 pm/ They hande... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:24:09 EST President Pence? Even a conservative columnist thinks we're inching closer to this outcome in view of the latest from Mueller implicating Trump in two federal felonies. The twist is Trump may resign so Pence could pardon him. <BR> <BR> Remember the outrage when Ford pardoned Nixon "so the country could heal"? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mp-pence-indicted-impeached/ </link> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:02:37 EST Latkes From Root Vegetables Seriously? Yes. An interesting take, steeped in European history: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2/5/the-best-latkes-made-from-soup-veg<BR>etables?fbclid=IwAR0yoBJq3QpbAsX3_K5t6<BR>bq0nDAw4xXy1VfyOrkOQ2xG5fSBLl0vinUMit8 </link> <link><BR>2/5/the-best-latkes-made-from-soup-veg<BR>etables?fbclid=IwAR0yoBJq3QpbAsX3_K5t6<BR>bq0nDAw4xXy1VfyOrkOQ2xG5fSBLl0vinUMit8 </link> Sun, 9 Dec 2018 10:21:10 EST Casting - Future Blockbuster "Individual One" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Individual One - Kevin Costner. <BR> Melania - Gabrielle Anwar <BR> Michael Cohen - Steve Correll <BR> Mike Pence - Richard Gere <BR> Bob Mueller - Tom Hanks <BR> Hillary - Meryl Streep <BR> Sarah Huckabee Sanders - Cecily Strong <BR> Sean Spicer - Jason Alexander <BR> Rudy Guliani - (I want Ed Asner for this) - but John Goodman. <BR> Vladimir Putin - Patrick Stewart <BR> Obama - William J... Sat, 8 Dec 2018 21:00:10 EST Jewish "Christmas Wrapping" - New Wave Style I love this one. Speakers up! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hohoho woke up this morning <BR> With a scary feeling <BR> Realized it was november first <BR> Christmas, oh my god it's nearing <BR> <BR> "what am I to do?" I said <BR> Then I covered up my head <BR> Prayed for sleep for two more months <BR> Until this holy mess is over <BR> <BR> Wasn't that lucky turned on the tv <BR> Beanie babies on the news <BR> Biggest selling gift this year <BR... Fri, 7 Dec 2018 14:26:51 EST Random Happy Hannukah funnies and observations... Just got a SomeEcards cartoon in email - <BR> <link><BR>/filestorage/hanukkah-holiday-miracle-<BR>spelling-jewish-funny-ecard-zSd.png </link> <BR> <BR> And yesterday evening as I was driving across town, I passed one of those big LED style "billboards" that had a nice (meaning "non-flashing not annoying") soothing Happy Hannukah wishes from the organization. Fri, 7 Dec 2018 00:09:44 EST "Yiddish New York" six-day event and more -- The "Yiddish New York" program celebrating Yiddish culture has been held before, but this is the first I know of it. It's not about NY, but the city is in the title because this is where it's at. It sounds great. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My small, nearby Y presents quite a few performing arts programs. Coming up in December is "Waiting for Godot" in Yiddish. I love the idea and will go. Even better if there will be supertitles. <BR> <BR> <link>14s... Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:42:38 EST Yet Another 15 Minutes of Fame for Thing One I think this might open in Facebook. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ts/2444238495606253/ </link> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 10:07:49 EST There is no Chanukah Hanukkah without Maccabeats So clever, the original and these folks. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bcYj49k </link> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 08:41:27 EST Baby Picture <img src=""> Fri, 23 Nov 2018 13:55:33 EST Your Opinion Matters Speakers up. Pass the Matzo Ball Soup, the Charoset, and Happy Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:01:39 EST Cooking question -- dried-fruit compote In July I made a compote for the first time. It contained figs, apricots and raisins, to the best of my recollection. I simmered cut-up fruits in flat, non-alcoholic, sparkling cider (Martinelli, as is in every store in my part of the world). A taste during cooking told me it was intolerably sweet, so I added a splash of cider vinegar. The people at the event I made it for ate it all, so it was a success. I liked it, too. <BR> <BR> Another event with a potluck component is coming up nex... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:11:43 EST His Royal Highness' Complexion To me, he looks decidedly more orange these days. Might he be concealing the telltale sign of a medical disorder, or has his vanity run equally amok with his morals and discretion? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-tan-why-is-trump-orange </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:27:51 EST Coming Attractions What a Democratic House could mean in terms of investigating the White House: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ns-trump-white-house-schiff-cummings-0<BR>5507ef4-80f9-4473-a5e4-d90fa3dc4f4d.html </link> <BR> <BR> January should prove to be innerestin'. Mon, 12 Nov 2018 06:30:15 EST Thing One's 15 Minutes... What's the word? Kvelling? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>otlight-national-consumer-voice-qualit<BR>y-long-term-care </link> Thu, 8 Nov 2018 10:22:07 EST VOTE! Don't forget. Tue, 6 Nov 2018 10:22:12 EST What is this odd object? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This thing is about 10" high and 8" in diameter (the top rack). The person who posted it indicated that it is made of stainless steel. <BR> <BR> Guesses so far have included mugs, hats, scarves, necklaces, shoes, fruits &amp; vegetables. One suggestion is that it's a commercial cooking tool for baking a load of potatoes or something-or-other or that it's used to smoke something in a smoker.... Fri, 2 Nov 2018 20:36:50 EST Post A Picture Of Your Synagogue ...or one that has special meaning to you. <BR> <BR> We stand united. <BR> <BR> Since I am working with the iPad, I cannot post an actual picture, but will provide the link. Orthodox shul. Was bat mitzvahed here in the mid-'60s. Who knew we were so far ahead of the times? Fri, 2 Nov 2018 00:10:10 EST Are You Going To Shul This Weekend? I just got a notice that the American Jewish Committee is organizing a #ShowUpForShabbat this weekend asking that all Jews of all denominations as well as other faiths show up in synagogues across the country in solidarity and to show that we will not be intimidated. <BR> <BR> Just an FYI. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gh-showupforshabbat?e=fb107655cb </link> Thu, 1 Nov 2018 20:26:15 EST "1945" This outstanding movie is now available for preorder (coming out November 6th) from Menemsha Films on Blue Ray or DVD for $14.95 or from iTunes for $9.95. It is most worthwhile to see if you have not already: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 1 Nov 2018 10:52:40 EST Bay View, Michigan Heavily debated in this idyllic town, was whether non-Christians should be allowed to own property or vote there. <BR> <BR> Incredibly, even well into the 21st century, a "Gentleman's Agreement" is alive and well in Middle America: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>is-town-is-tearing-itself-apart-over-n<BR>on-christians-owning-houses </link> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 03:40:52 EST Much-needed, "up" things I have two today. So far. <BR> <BR> The videos made yesterday and in this link are best watched full screen. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ite-spirit-moose-captured-on-video-in-<BR>northern-ontario-1.4154361 </link> <BR> <BR> The town council of Huntington, NY, on Long Island, voted to change the town's name for the 24 hours of October 31 to "Hauntington." The council's vote came at the suggestion of a seven-year old resident, Angelica, who wrote with the su... Tue, 30 Oct 2018 09:40:45 EST Solidarity With Pittsburgh Many communities across the US and Canada are already showing solidarity with Pittsburgh by organizing rallies to stand up to hate. Please make every effort to attend one in your area. All eyes are upon us: <BR> <BR> New Orleans: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ea-congregations-stand-solidarity-with<BR>-pittsburgh-mourners/ </link> <BR> <BR> Across Canada as well: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>28/canadians-vigils-pittsburgh-synagog<... Sun, 28 Oct 2018 16:24:45 EST J. Rubin (Wash Post) - on Antisemitism on the Rise Mass murder at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Shabbat appears to be an especially horrific hate crime. Yet we should not think this is an isolated incident, unrelated to other events in the country. The United States is among the least anti-Semitic countries in the Diaspora, a far cry from much of Western Europe and the Middle East. But anti-Semitism is on the rise in the United States, as we know from statistical and anecdotal evidence. <BR> <BR> In February, the Anti-Defamation League released ... Sun, 28 Oct 2018 13:01:34 EST Pittsburgh Massacre Sadly, once again, our people are exposed to the ravages of deranged minds, in the most innocuous of settings. <BR> <BR> The time has come that measures must be taken to create an environment where people can attend synagogue services (churches, too, have been victims similarly) in peace, harmony, and community. <BR> <BR> In Mexico, when the peso fell inexorably, which, of course, was the work of Jews, the community took immediate action. They redesigned the whole synagogue / day school / p... Sat, 27 Oct 2018 19:29:50 EST work attire so many years ago, while I was still heavy but weighed a lot less than what I weigh today, my supervisor critised me for wearing slacks to work because of my "physique". I started wearing skirts and blouses to work. Although I have moved on from that job, I still wear mostly skirts to work, and occasionally wear slacks or jeans to work. On my current job, both my supervisor and a co-worker have commented on the fact I wear skirts and that it is indeed very okay to wear slacks/jeans to w... Sat, 27 Oct 2018 09:07:19 EST My 15 minutes of fame T-Minus 15... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/calling-pen-serious-os-fan-unmatched-<BR>series-streak/ </link> Sat, 27 Oct 2018 08:31:00 EST The Midterms The upcoming midterms has be thinking back on the dawn of my involvement in elective politics. In 1968, when I was 7, Mom was already a Precinct Captain. We had "teas" at our house, which I guess were planning sessions, with national operatives for the Humphrey, Muskie, and mcCarthy campaigns. We even met Edmund Muskie himself. I had to be neat, well-dressed and silent. I hated every second. <BR> <BR> Four years later, My Mom, still a Democratic Party precinct captain, sent me up to s... Wed, 24 Oct 2018 11:45:19 EST Eric Hoffer - ISRAEL'S PECULIAR POSITION. THIS WAS WRITTEN IN 1968 50 years ago - Astonishing! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You probably don't remember the name, Eric Hoffer. <BR> He was a longshoreman who turned into a philosopher, wrote columns for newspapers and some books. <BR> He was a non-Jewish American social philosopher. <BR> He was born in 1902 and died in 1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom. <BR> His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic... Mon, 15 Oct 2018 07:52:19 EST It's (Always) the Economy, Stupid I so love the Washington Post. My love for the paper not only gets me to pay for a digital subscription (I wield my net-is-free-for-me powers, elsewhere), because every now and then, someone authors a column that makes my heart sing. <BR> <BR> This morning we have "... No amount of fact-checker Pinocchios will stop his followers from accepting Trump’s word that Robert S. Mueller III is on a witch hunt, global warming is a hoax, North Korea no longer is a nuclear threat and Democrats are a... Sat, 13 Oct 2018 07:55:00 EST Nikki Haley Nikki Haley has resigned as UN Ambassador. One wonders why. In her press remarks after Trump accepted her resignation, she said "...I'm such a lucky girl..." Jeez, even GOP men know the correct noun is "woman." <BR> <BR> Question: was she the anonymous writer of that op-ed from a few weeks ago? Tue, 9 Oct 2018 11:50:39 EST SCOTUS, Kavanaugh and Ford Few news articles have touched me and inspired such raw emotion in me as this one. I knew guys who behaved like Kavanaugh while I was growing up. Maybe many of us did. I saw and experienced elements, only as an outsider looking in (as much as I dared) of the toxic cocktail of misogyny, peer pressure, entitlement and substance abuse. <BR> <BR> I abhorred that cocktail with every fiber of my being and I despised the people who partook in it in any way. In my life I have hated few things ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:46:20 EST Erudite Kids <img src=""> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:39:31 EST Evacuation in Massachusetts As many of you know, I live in Andover, Mass. We are safe. We had to evacuate. We have Columbia Gas and we are in the area with the explosions and fires. Our street is now on the safe list. No electricity or (obviously) gas to the house for days. The electricity was turned on around 11 this morning. Still no gas and no idea when they will turn it back on. The officials are going house to house to check each one. For us that means no hot water, no stove. I started to sort clothes for ... Sat, 15 Sep 2018 14:36:55 EST Happy Rosh Hashanah! From The Technion Robots! Jewish robots? <BR> <BR> Enjoy: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4mjs </link> Sun, 9 Sep 2018 21:18:59 EST Rosh Hashanah Foods Anyone cooking anything interesting for the new year dinners? <BR> <BR> I'm trying to think of something different for the meat entree that is not related to brisket, which is not my favorite. We already have roast chicken on the menu and my sister is making lamb the first night so I can't do that. And my sister's family doesn't eat fish (how are they even related to me?) so that is out. <BR> <BR> We do things the Sephardic way (my mother was Turkish &amp; Rhodesli) so we do a little mi... Wed, 5 Sep 2018 09:57:28 EST "Defiant Requiem" First, thank you, Julia, for bringing this work to our attention. I just finished watching it, <BR> <BR> It is amazing to me what the human spirit can endure and with a little encouragement even cause it to soar. Verdi's "Requiem" was taught to over 100 inmates at Theresienstadt, wherein they learned this most difficult piece, even under the best of circumstances, by rote. They practiced it after a long and arduous day working for the Nazis. It was performed 16 times in the concentration... Tue, 4 Sep 2018 19:06:52 EST State fare Minnesota state fair starts today -- yuck. 10 great days of eating nothing but cheese curds, pronto pups and Sweet Martha's Cookies. I am glad I do not live close to the fare grounds any more. I am going to the Renaisaance fair this year. Huzzah Huzzah! Thu, 23 Aug 2018 06:52:55 EST Lady Soul's Day in Courl Surely we all now know of Aretha Franklin's passing. What I did not know is that the husband of a close childhood friend (a prominent New York area attorney) knew her personally. Until now. I found this anecdote, he posted on Facebook, entertaining: <BR> <BR> "Thirty-three years ago, soon after being admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, I made my first oral argument in that federal court). On that hot summer Friday afternoon... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:36:53 EST Brain-Tickling Art Puzzlers Try these on for size: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tical-illusions-photos-2017-10 </link> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 05:35:45 EST Stephen Miller, Hypocrite? He is Trump's political advisor on immigration reform. <BR> <BR> Very powerful article written by his uncle, Dr. David Glosser: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hlvtg </link> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:05:47 EST Two from "The New Yorker" A recommendation of a 1942 Holocaust novel, "The Seventh Cross." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-seventh-cross-anna-segherss-wrenchin<BR>g-third-reich-novel </link> <BR> <BR> Current affairs -- anti-Semitism and conflict between the Labour Party and Jewish organizations in the UK <BR> <BR> <link><BR>he-uk/jeremy-corbyns-anti-semitism-cri<BR>sis?mbid=nl_Daily 081218&amp;CNDID=39895693&amp;utm_source=S<BR>ilverpop&amp;utm_me... Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:03:19 EST Dear BDS Activists: Stay True To Your Beliefs Do not use the following, because they were either developed by Israelis or invented by Jews: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>response-to-bds-activists-be-true-to-y<BR>ourself/?utm_source=MadMimi&amp;utm_me<BR>dium=email&amp;utm_content=Netanyahu%3<BR>A+Iran+Sanctions+%27Important+Moment+f<BR>or+Israel%27%3B+Palestinian+Teen+Descr<BR>ibes+Her+‘Parties%2C+Singing%2C+Dancin<BR>g’+in+Israeli+Prison&amp;utm_campaign=<BR>20180807_m146593895_Netanyahu%3A+Iran+<BR>Sanction... Sat, 11 Aug 2018 03:45:55 EST 93 Queen Even in an ultra-Orthodox community, there are rumblings of change: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>umentary_ems.php </link> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 05:16:50 EST Latest watercolor & a compliment from the teacher This is from the weekly, three-hour class I started to attend early last month. It's flawed, but I worked "better" than I had been. I finished it today -- wanted to be finished with it -- and like the two vases. The instructor told me that I should have left the bottle alone sooner than I did and I can see why. It's my intention to paint the same pieces in the future to see how I handle them. <BR> <BR> The vase on the left doesn't have the detailed pattern of the model. I kept losing i... Thu, 9 Aug 2018 22:58:58 EST The Resilience And Ingenuity Of The Human Spirit From the Wall Street Journal, sent to me tonight: <BR> <BR> The Concentration Camp Choir <BR> Its performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ left Nazi officials speechless. <BR> <BR> Victims leaving the concentration camp in Terezin, Czechoslovakia, c. 1939-1945. PHOTO: HERBERT/ARCHIVE PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES <BR> <BR> [Unfortunately, on SP the image does not capture] <BR> <BR> 118 COMMENTS <BR> <BR> By <BR> Bryony Clarke <BR> <BR> Aug. 2, 2018 7:04 p.m. ET <BR> <BR> In the summer of 1944 ... Thu, 9 Aug 2018 01:52:57 EST A Mijnneapolis Rabbi MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A St. Louis Park rabbi is charged with soliciting sex from a minor through a sting operation, according to the Ramsey County District Court. <BR> <BR> Aryeh Leiv Cohen, 44, was charged Tuesday with soliciting a minor for sex and electronically communicating with them about sexual conduct. <BR> <BR> The Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force, along with Ramsey County, posted ads of minors seeking companionship online as part of a sting operation back in January to co... Mon, 6 Aug 2018 06:14:03 EST Need help with chances and probabilities, please I'm good with pure math, but probabilities has always eluded me. <BR> <BR> A friend I see once or twice each summer suggested a date to get together this month - happened to be yesterday, my birthday. He said that was a bit weird, wasn't it? Got me thinking. <BR> <BR> If I'm in the Pacific NW over a 90 or so day period every year (usually about July through September, or something like that) - and if we get together once or twice each year - and if we have been doing this for 31 years or ... Sat, 4 Aug 2018 19:16:47 EST travel advice we are heading to San Fran for a wedding. We thought about driving cross country and decided that would be foolish in the summer and the way hubby drives (i might not live to the end). so we are flying to salt lake city, staying a few days, renting a car at some point while there, driving to tahoe, then to SF <BR> we cant figure how long to stay in the first 2 places. Not doing major hikes. staying in the city in salt lake. i'm thinking the temple stuff in one day, other stuff around in anoth... Sat, 4 Aug 2018 11:47:25 EST Jewish costume, 18th - 20th centuries The Jewish Museum's exhibition, which I did not see, closed a few months ago. Some of us might be interested in the pieces that were on loan by the Israel Museum. <BR> <BR> "...The extraordinary range of textile designs and clothing illuminates the story of how diverse global cultures have thrived, interacted, and inspired each other for centuries." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ed-meanings-fashioning-jewish-dress </link> Sat, 4 Aug 2018 10:17:18 EST Former Yankees Superstar Publicly Supports IDF ....and travels to Israel. Not his first trip either: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.aspx/250005 </link> Sat, 4 Aug 2018 03:55:06 EST Happy Birthday, Rabbi Regina Jonas! Came across this woman's story yesterday, quite by accident. She is noted as the first woman ordained rabbi. Thought her story might be of interest to you folks: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Jonas </link> Fri, 3 Aug 2018 07:16:45 EST A whiff of the werewolf-faced sons? Ready, aim... <link><BR>lawsuit-seeks-to-shut-down-trump-wildl<BR>ife-protection-board/23494112/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's not nice of me to refer to the sons as "werewolf-faced"...again, especially since another AOL piece is about a CNN reporter being called out for having ridiculed Trump supporters as having less than all their teeth. Oh, well. Wed, 1 Aug 2018 22:40:51 EST First things first: Jeopardy? Is this the big tournament? I just watched for the first time in quite a while and saw Austin, cool as ever, Alan, burning up the board, and David, who brings Len Cariou to mind. <BR> <BR> If it is the tournament, I hope it's Week #1. I'll miss most episodes, but hope to watch at last one of the two finals nights. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Aug 2018 19:33:22 EST "Religioners" v. The Constitution The link is the most basic, but enough to warn: Take cover, the New Swamp is at it again. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>jeff-sessions-announces-new-religious-<BR>liberty-task-force/23492856/ </link> Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:43:34 EST Drawing Class This evening was the last of the four-session drawing class at The Creative Center. I thought of myself as a Fauve painter and now I'm told I'm developing into an Impressionist draw-er. I'Ve been called worse at one time and another. Here are the highlights of my work in chronological order. All pencil, as the class was designed. I'll be treating myself to a can of fixative. Pardon, some are difficult to see clearly.. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 26 Jul 2018 22:50:14 EST Tinker, Tailor, Soilder, MOT Spy, Ballplayer When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included. Although he played with five major-league teams from 1923 to 1939, he was a very mediocre ball player. But Moe was regarded as the brainiest ballplayer of all time. In fact Casey Stengel once said: "That is the strangest man ever to play baseball. <BR> <BR> When all the baseball stars went to Japan, Moe Berg went with them and ... Tue, 24 Jul 2018 14:42:46 EST "No Colusion [Sic]" From this week's New York Magazine, a possible roadmap for Mueller (which I am sure he already has): <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:09:31 EST "Is Trump A Danger Or Just 'Incompetent'?" ......"And A 'Buffoon'?" <BR> <BR> CNN speculates. <BR> <BR> I had wondered the same exact thing: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p-critics-arent-paranoid-opinion-zeliz<BR>er/index.html </link> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 17:08:56 EST Every town needs at least one house like this The link is from my local public radio station. Many other outlets are covering the story today. It must have been in the news at an earlier stage of the silly conflict, but I saw nothing. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ttles-legal-battle-to-keep-the-starry-<BR>night-house </link> <BR> <BR> I googled the town and am amused to see that it seems to think itself an arty place, right down to the "Modernism Museum" downtown with its displays of modern furniture. P... Sun, 22 Jul 2018 13:22:29 EST Lordy, There ARE Indeed Tapes After All The "gray lady" offers this: <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON — President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others familiar with the recording. <BR> <BR> The F.B.I. seized the recording this year during a raid on Mr. Cohen’s office. The Justice Department is investigating Mr. C... Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:35:03 EST The Trump thing misspoke ????? I have to head out, but couldn't go without dropping this stupidity in here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>trump-says-he-has-confidence-in-us-age<BR>ncies-on-russia-misspoke-in-helsinki/2<BR>3484049/ </link> <BR> <BR> Right. <BR> <BR> If you missed Stephen Colbert last night: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I struggled to stay awake for Seth Meyers: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And even Ji... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:49:58 EST More "Fake News" It is astonishing to me (but it should not be), that there is yet a new low. Currently, I am referring to Trump's latest tweet prior to his meeting with Putin. <BR> <BR> The majority of Republicans (yes, Republicans) who are privy to the proof, acknowledge that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections. This is not a political bias. These are facts that have been gathered by the intelligent community, not just here in the US, but from our allies abroad. For Trump to attempt to lay the blame fo... Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:24:09 EST Trump baby balloons coming States' side <link><BR>the-trump-baby-blimp-is-coming-to-amer<BR>ica/23483001/ </link> <BR> <BR> You know that Stephen Colbert, who often features an animated version of baby trump, will have fun with this. <BR> <BR> I challenge Macy's to put one in the Thanksgiving parade!!!!!!! (to quote Phebe) Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:07:35 EST If you subscribe to -- -- will you please search a name for me? If you're willing, I'll send you the info by SPmail. I promise that my purpose is honorable -- curious to know the whereabouts of a first-grade classmate who is a prominent figure in something I'm writing. If it weren't for him, there'd be nothing to write. <BR> <BR> (Ancestry offers a short trial period, but I'd rather sign up for it when I start to dig deeply into my own family.) <BR> <BR> Thank you!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:57:54 EST Yaldas <img src=""> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:10:22 EST Got a peculiar "Friend" notification? If any of you have received email notification that another team member has made you an SP friend within the past 24 hours, please let me know by Sparkmail (not here on the board). Be sure to include the name of the member exactly as it appears in the email. Do not correct it if you know it to be off in any way. <BR> <BR> If you haven't received a notification, there's no need to write to me! Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:06:33 EST My Congressman and Fellow MOT Jamie Raskin (D), Maryland (8th Congressional), made my heart soar on the floor of Congress yesterday. He'll always have my vote. Like many of us, he finds the behavior of the President and his supporters beyond appalling. This is well worth the 5-minute investment of your time. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>22&amp;v=tYRVrlmcJqs </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 06:04:42 EST Mary Poppins <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Taken at one of the British anti-Trump rallies. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:10:55 EST How To Engineer Trump's Downfall "....The Midterms And Beyond". Do remember to vote. It can't hurt. The following is from a Pulitzer-prize winning jourrnalist who has followed Trump for 30 years and beyond. This is his roadmap: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nning-reporter-david-cay-johnston-the-<BR>evidence-suggests-trump-is-a-traitor?googfc </link> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 04:41:02 EST invitation to wedding so both me and my husband have family in the San Diego area. One of my husband's cousins, a 22 year old (his 1st cousin once removed as his 60 yearold cousin is his first cousin) is getting married on August 18. I just got hired on by the day program I have been temping at and asked my supervisor about the possibility of taking about 1 week off in August to visit California. Her response was that she didn't know if I would have enough PTO built up to do so. Also, I took 2 days off las... Thu, 12 Jul 2018 18:03:00 EST Taking a watercolor class! Update on taking class at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC <BR> <BR> <BR> Class title: "Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes &amp; Still Lifes." Sept. 23-29, 2018 <BR> Instructor: Ken Hobson <BR> <BR> “Immerse yourself in nature as we focus on painting the elements of a landscape: trees, mountains, dramatic skies, birds and more. References will be provided, or bring your own. Weather permitting, we'll spend a morning painting outdoors. Some studio time will be spent painting ... Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:42:12 EST Delis - NY and otherwise So my family did things Jersey style this weekend and went to Asbury Park (BRRRUUUUUCCCEEE) and finished the day at Harold's New York Deli in Edison, NJ. It was my husband and son's first time there and they loved it. LOVED it. We are a pastrami family and for the past few years try to get into NYC to go to Katz' deli at least once or twice a year to eat at the homeland. But they were very happy with Harold's, too. <BR> <BR> I grew up (in the Bronx) going to delis and when we first moved to... Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:42:02 EST genetic testing Has anyone used one of the spit-in-the-tube DNA tests? I was given a 23 and Me test for my birthday. <BR> <BR> Ancestry? Surprise! I'm Jewish. <BR> <BR> Actually the numbers did surprise me. I thought more "other ancestry" must have contributed to my gene pool. Some traveling salesman visiting the shetl? If there was a traveling salesman, he too would have been Ashkenazi Jewish. I'm 99.8% Ashkenazi Jewish. The rest? Broadly European with 0.1% and the other 0.1% is Broadly Ea... Sun, 8 Jul 2018 15:36:17 EST Not a Watercolor Instead, a baby picture. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 8 Jul 2018 11:50:52 EST ".for the 4th of July..Talk about Something Else?" Just maybe? Do you think? Probably not. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/this-year-for-the-fourth-of-july-can-<BR>we-talk-about-something-else? </link> <BR> <BR> There was a big unhappiness and much media coverage of the destruction of the reliefs. Wed, 4 Jul 2018 07:45:29 EST Latest painting Well, I drew it and put it on canvas (canvas board, actually). The painting itself turned out to be daunting and I did it backward. Half-way through I discussed it with Phebe, who gave me an important tip, but I was too far gone by then. I'm still all in favor of the subject and may revisit it in the future In the meantime, I shall keep this beauty. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Jul 2018 10:52:29 EST "The Duty To Warn" There is a concept in psychiatry, which came about as a result of the Tarasoff case: The question is one of balancing patient confidentiality with the potential that a patient has threatened to kill somebody. As a result of this case, the ruling was created that it was more important ("the duty to warn") to inform a potential victim that they are in imminent danger. <BR> <BR> In the case of Donald Trump, 27 psychiatrists, who normally would not voice an opinion about someone who is not a per... Sun, 1 Jul 2018 01:02:39 EST Madeleine Albright Weighs In Her latest best seller on Fascism: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eine-Albright-ebook/dp/B0725VPJ53/ref=<BR>sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1530385675&amp;<BR>sr=8-1&amp;keywords=fascism+madeleine+albright </link> Sat, 30 Jun 2018 15:10:33 EST Free Online Course On The History Of Antisemitism Perhaps for those who sit in our balcony: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ntisemitism?utm_source=shivuk&amp;utm_<BR>medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=MOOC_Chr<BR>istians_en </link> Thu, 28 Jun 2018 14:07:58 EST SCOTUS vacancy This is bad, people. We knew it would happen sooner or later, but its still bad. <BR> <BR> Is there a cogent strategy out there? (Laurie would make a hell of a Justice, but she has to want the job first and foremost). Anyone else? Trump likes men more than women. Sandy? <BR> <BR> At risk: gay rights, women's rights, right to choose, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, etc. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 06:49:38 EST Carte Blanche This is a direct product of the Trump administration (I will let the video speak for itself): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/06/25/see-it-trump-supporter-berates-<BR>landscapers-because-theyre-mexican-cal<BR>ls-them-rapists-and-animals/23467648/ </link> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 16:30:27 EST switching isp set up GwynAnne1 in Yahoo, switching over to comcast. want to see if this is working. rsvp please Sat, 23 Jun 2018 10:36:38 EST The BILLION DOLLAR Industry To House Illegals Hate the cap SP has on characters for the topic heading, but here goes: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-contractors-cashing-in-on-immigrant-k<BR>ids-detention </link> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:07:08 EST Hair? Seriously? And this is now an issue for a man who has serious issues with his own hair "style": <BR> <BR> <link><BR>50/trump-protester-man-bun-long-hair </link> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:03:43 EST Clueless Melania Trump arrives in McAllen, Texas (this information was posted just an hour ago) wearing an "I really don't care, do u?" jacket. Of all the choices she could have made, this was the best she could come up with from her extensive wardrobe? <BR> <BR> And they wonder why we continue to shake our heads: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rticle213590929.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the jacket (you really have to see it to believe it): <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:30:25 EST My Immigration Solution My solution: <BR> <BR> 1. As much as a part of me merely wants open borders, we cannot afford them economically or from a security perspective. <BR> <BR> 2. Path to citizenship for Dreamers. Logical, expedient and "shall issue." <BR> <BR> 3. End deportation risks for those already here. Immediately and completely. <BR> <BR> 4. Of course, stop family separations immediately. Sessions and Miller have a special hell that awaits them both. I hope they burn in it for eternity. Treat illegal... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:20:09 EST The People Vs. Donald J. Trump - Roadmap? NYS is building a case against Trump which might serve as a roadmap for Mueller: <BR> <link><BR>ticles/2018-06-16/new-york-s-trump-law<BR>suit-may-be-a-map-for-mueller?utm_sour<BR>ce=quora&amp;utm_medium=referral </link> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 01:59:07 EST Danger Will Robinson Like chocolate chip cookie dough? <BR> <BR> Not Sparky. Not even one little bit. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>h-dip-2/ </link> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:31:00 EST mental health issues So this week, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain both committed suicide. So Sad. I have a brain injury--probably received this when I fell off a slide when I was 4 years old and again when I fell off a horse at age 17. I had issues in school starting in 2nd grade. I also suffered from depression. I started with the depression probably at age 10 years old -- my mother helped me by taking me to counseling while in junior high school. it dissapaited and returned when I was in college the... Sun, 10 Jun 2018 13:33:49 EST Keep Kosher??? So I am in the process of receiving my B'nai Mitzvah -- and if all goes according to plan, I will achieve that by my 65th Birthday this coming October. I am doing my studying on the topic of Keeping Kosher and Kosher laws. Do any of you keep kosher? if so why? if not why? do you keep kosher at home but not when you go out to eat? how about if you meet up with non-Jewish friends and you eat at their house? Is keeping Kosher important to any of you? Or do any of you feel it is not... Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:24:35 EST emails from spark people anyone having issues getting emails from spark people Wed, 6 Jun 2018 19:52:36 EST Continuation of art discussion - my fabric collage When I was in St Thomas, a former student and I went to an evening art and wine workshop. It was held at an arts center that has grown up around a silkscreen studio on island - and the son of the former silkscreen artist donated a huge amount of original silkscreened fabric that his father had created over the years, but these were pieces that had been somewhat damaged in the various hurricanes going back some 40 or so years. <BR> <BR> Anyway, people did a variety of techniques. Most cut o... Sun, 3 Jun 2018 23:34:11 EST "The Wit and Wisdom of Ancient Jewish Graffiti" A friend sent this item from Atlas Obscura, with its mission to "...inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-jewish-graffiti </link> Tue, 29 May 2018 23:08:52 EST Another Shiva Etiquette Question The month of May continues to be unkind to us. <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon brought news that a mentally ill second cousin of mine, age 62, committed suicide by jumping from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge the previous night. He had tried this before; third time was a charm (so to speak). His surviving brother phoned with the sad news and faces this challenge... <BR> <BR> Their aging mother, 96 years old, is in hospice with a cornucopia of end of life illnesses and does not have long. Robbi... Sun, 27 May 2018 07:05:00 EST Book Review Good morning ladies (and Sandy...). <BR> <BR> I am reading "The Hope" by Herman Wouk and I find that it is a long-ignored must-read for we MOTs. I'm just young enough not to clearly recall much of the formative period of Israel's creation and establishment as news as much as little-taught history. Intellectually I know Israel remains a young country buffeted by ongoing Arab threats both overt and covert. <BR> <BR> Personally the first Israel exists (somehow) news story I recall is the Y... Sun, 27 May 2018 06:57:41 EST Is Opposing Israeli Policies, Itself Antisemitism? Today's Washington Post contains an interesting Op-Ed by a Rabbi, on this complicated and nuanced issue. Sub-plots include whether there is still room for being pro-Israel while also being a progressive liberal, etc. <BR> <BR> Criticism of Israel can be subterfuge for Antisemitism, except when it is not. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>o-tell-when-criticism-of-israel-is-act<BR>ually-anti-semitism/2018/05/17/cb58bf1<BR>0-59eb-11e8-b656-a5f8c2a9295d_sto... Sun, 20 May 2018 08:18:27 EST Wonder Woman - Truly A Wonder The original. The one and only. Lynda Carter attended the Met gala whose theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion And The Catholic Imagination". <BR> <BR> Keep in mind that this woman is not Jewish: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>arters-very-jewish-met-gala-look/ </link> Sun, 13 May 2018 11:46:17 EST The spirit of Rube Goldberg is forever <link> </link> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 21:24:43 EST Passover in Egypt I have been hearing rumors that the Exodus from Egypt never really Happened. That we were never slaves tehre and that there is no archeoological evidence for this at all. what do people think? Sun, 29 Apr 2018 09:18:33 EST Shiva Etiquette Question Considering two adult siblings, mourning the loss of a elderly parent. The sibs live two hours apart - say one is in Suffolk County and one is near New Brunswick NJ. <BR> <BR> The cordial but not super-close sibs lead separate, active personal and professional lives in their respective communities. A few friends and relatives live in the old hood (Brooklyn) between the two, but the vast majority live and work near one or the other (if not in another city entirely).The deceased parent liv... Sat, 28 Apr 2018 11:47:07 EST Natalie Portman Rejects Israel's Genesis Prize The Genesis Prize is known as Israel's Nobel Prize. Natalie Portman posted on her Instagram account her explanation of why she is rejecting this honor: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>natalie-portman-dont-abandon-israel-en<BR>gage-with-its-peacemakers/ </link> Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:03:20 EST James Comey Redux For those of you still on a fence about what to make of James Comey, this article in Politico, written by a top Clinton aide, gives a well thought-out analysis of the man: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ry/2018/04/21/james-comey-book-review-<BR>clinton-jennifer-palmieri-218061 </link> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:16:56 EST Childhood friends meet 76 yrs after the Holocaust <link><BR>8/04/16/holocaust-survivors-who-were-c<BR>hildhood-friends-meet-again-76-years-l<BR>ater/23412679/ </link> <BR> <BR> Another lovely story that never should have played out as it did. Several other items will play automatically, including a more in-depth interview, worth hearing, with "Little Simon." It's about third in line. The next batch includes statements on their experiences by other survivors. Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:23:11 EST Knights in White Satin? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A British Jew is waiting in line to be knighted by the Queen. <BR> <BR> He is to kneel in front of her and recite a sentence in Latin when she taps him on the shoulders with her sword. However, when his turn comes, he panics in the excitement of the moment and forgets the Latin. <BR> <BR> Then, thinking fast, he recites the only other sentence he knows in a foreign language, which he reme... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:49:03 EST Eva Schloss, Holocaust Survivor, Live Streaming ...tonight she will be live-streamed from the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NY at 7:30 PM Eastern Time. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Get notified! Should be interesting. She has to be one of the last living Survivors. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:52:13 EST Clinton and Bush Coming In The Fall To NYC Temple Emanu-El. Moderated by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Sounds amazing! Any interest? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>residents/ </link> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:31:45 EST The Comey Interview Full transcript of ABC's George Stephanopoulos' interview tonight with James Comey (for those who might be interested): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-comeys-interview-abc-news-chief-ancho<BR>r/story?id=54488723 </link> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:17:50 EST The Shoah Commemorated By Astronaut Drew Feustel From the international space station (pretty cool): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-sends-holocaust-message-from-space-n<BR>ever-forget-those-who-were-lost/?utm_s<BR>ource=MadMimi&amp;utm_medium=email&amp<BR>;utm_content=Netanyahu+‘Fully+Supports<BR>’+US+Strike+in+Syria%3B+4+More+Bases+B<BR>ombed%3B+US+Astronaut+Sends+Holocaust+<BR>Message+from+Space&amp;utm_campaign=20<BR>180415_m144980871_Netanyahu+‘Fully+Sup<BR>ports’+US+Strike+in+Syria%3B+4+More+Ba<BR>ses+Bomb... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:22:04 EST Jesus is a Jew So I was talking to a co-worker, who is from one of the African countries and a Pentacost, and she honestly did not know that Jesus was Jewish. She was actually kind of surprised to hear that. Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:45:57 EST Microplane Vs. Zester Calling all you foodies: Since you did such a great job discerning the finer points of cutting boards, I thought to ask you mavens which is best for zesting a lime? My ancient grater leaves way too much in the crevasses,and from what I have been reading, the zest should not be omitted, nor substituted in the recipe. It is argued that it makes a difference. <BR> <BR> What say you? Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:45:39 EST Outlandishly Boorish Business Behavior I found this piece appalling on many fronts. <BR> <BR> A man in a position of business power - ostensibly an owner or hiring manager, used his business position to perpetrate an unwanted advance on a female applicant (the author). The guy has a mother for sure. Maybe he has a wife, girlfriend, sister or daughter. Maybe female coworkers. <BR> <BR> I've never behaved this way and would immediately fire anyone in my charge, who did. We take the recruitment process very seriously - alwa... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 18:07:38 EST Bubbe Gwyn So the clients have started calling me Grandma Gwyn. Have politely corrected them and said I am Bubbe Gwyn, They love it and now call me Bubbe Gwyn Thu, 5 Apr 2018 05:36:26 EST Peace In Our Time ? So the Royal family of Saudi Arabia does not so overly mind matzo balls in their neighborhood. Better than Iran, apparently. The enemy of my enemy is my friend? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ws/wp/2018/04/03/jewish-people-have-a-<BR>right-to-their-own-land-saudi-crown-pr<BR>ince-says-as-charm-offensive-continues<BR>/?utm_term=.588273b53d48 </link> Tue, 3 Apr 2018 08:50:28 EST French Holocaust Survivor Murdered her own home. The article stated it was an act of antisemitism. <BR> <BR> So, the Germans did not get her, but the French did. <BR> <BR> No words. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rture-murder-of-holocaust-survivor-sho<BR>cks-french-jewish-community/?utm_sourc<BR>e=MadMimi&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm<BR>_content=Netanyahu+Released+from+Hospi<BR>tal%3B+Jews+Shocked+by+Torture+of+Holo<BR>caust+Survivor%3B+%27Jewish+Revolt%27+<BR>Coins+Found+Near+Temple+Mount... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 21:08:39 EST Passover Funnies... Why is this Night Different? <BR> <BR> During one of my many trips to London, I became friends with a very wealthy, yet very modest, Jewish chap named Hyman Goldfarb. <BR> <BR> On one visit, Hy told me that because of his large donations to charities through the years, the queen wanted to knight him, but he was going to turn it down. <BR> <BR> "That's a great honor," I said. "Why would you turn it down?" <BR> <BR> "Because during the ceremony you have to say something in Latin," he said. ... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 22:48:02 EST Jeopardy today Since taking the online test a few weeks ago, I've kept count of my correct answers a couple of time when watching the program. I did poorly this evening -- only 25 out of 60 (both rounds total 60 questions, right?). The questions were more difficult than they often are, but somehow I suspect that, when I keep count, my score drops. It's as though simply ticking off my correct answers is a competition or judgment. Relax, Laurie, it's supposed to be fun. Mon, 26 Mar 2018 20:09:29 EST Mineral oil for bamboo cutting boards? Please let's hear from anyone who knows for sure. <BR> <BR> I bought bamboo cutting boards. The sticker recommended rubbing them with mineral oil to keep them looking good. All I'd known about mineral oil is that it's sold in drugstores, but not why. What a surprise to see that it's a laxative. Before taking time to treat my new cutting boards, I happened to see mineral oil in the hardware store and in Bed Bath and Beyond. These bottles were specific to treating wood; nothing about use ... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 13:11:40 EST March for Our Lives -- March 24, 2018 AOL, not coy about phrasing its political views, set forth two uplifting headlines this evening. <BR> <BR> First, it seems that the crowd that turned out for the main event in Washington exceeded the crowd that attended Trump's inauguration. Attendance is estimated at 800,000, more than was expected ahead of time. <BR> <BR> Second, thousands of people registered to vote at marches around the country. <BR> <BR> With all the stupid comments from Trump's intimates and the great unwashed si... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 20:54:18 EST Cruise We're going on a Caribbean cruise. Winter 2019. In and out of Miami. Stops in Cozumel, Belize, Havana. Who wants to come? Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:59:53 EST "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" From CNN: <BR> <BR> If You Weren't Already Worried About Russia, You Should Be Now <BR> <BR> By Sharon Burke <BR> <BR> 3:33 PM EDT March 21, 2018 <BR> <BR> Editor's Note: Sharon Burke is a senior adviser to the International Security Program and Resource Security Program at New America. Previously, she served in the Obama administration as assistant secretary of defense for operational energy and in the State Department for the George W. Bush administration. The views expressed in this co... Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:23:08 EST World's Best Teacher is an ART teacher!!!! I LOVE the fact that this young woman, who just won $1 million, is an ART teacher!!!!! At a time when many schools are losing funds and eliminating the arts to save money, this ART teacher won one million dollars!!!!! Because the Sheik of Dubai recognizes how beneficial the arts are for our students!!!!! <BR> <BR> Woohooooo!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2018/ </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:32:17 EST spring has sprung! anyone besides me mark and sandy getting this stupid snow? <BR> <BR> at least it'll be gone before seder. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:49:51 EST Recent increase in hate crimes against Jews Trump has suggested that Jews are perpetrating these crimes against themselves just to make HIM look bad. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ricas/donald-trump-jews-anti-semitic-h<BR>ate-crimes-false-flag-reverse-david-du<BR>ke-kkk-ku-klux-klan-a7604801.html </link> <BR> <BR> Unreal!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:22:25 EST Restaurant experiment: Charge whites more's (a website devoted to all things food) latest email included a piece about a Nigerian chef who has begun what he describes as a social experiment at his pop-up food stand in New Orleans by charging black people $12 for a meal, while charging white people $30 for the same meal. His premise is income disparity. Interesting stuff. Rather than the website's article, here is the Washington Post's story. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2018/03/02/one... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:41:07 EST New Entebbe movie is not what it seems Interesting review by the daughter of a friend of my mother's. I had read the comments in other reviews about the supposed benevolence of the Baader Meinhof members of the terrorists and thought it was odd when I read it. Debbie's review answers what was nagging at the back of my brain. <BR> <BR><BR>ays-in-entebbe-disgusting-palestinian-<BR>propaganda/ Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:27:19 EST "Fiddler On The Roof" In Yiddish? Really? The Yiddish Theater, Folksbiene, is presenting "Fiddler On The Roof" in Yiddish, coming to NY this summer, and directed by none other than Joel Grey, of all people: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>in-yiddish </link> <BR> <BR> Cool beans! Unfortunately, being of Hungarian heritage, they are the one group of Jews who did not use Yiddish (until present day) in everday usage. So, I would not fully appreciate this performance. But I did see it in Spanish in Mexico. ... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:18:30 EST DELETE <em>227</em> Testing!!! Do not write here! <BR> <BR> <em>590</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:16:55 EST First Chassidic Women's Rock Band This just blew me away. And kosher, too: <BR> <BR> <link>;v=i5Sl<BR>2XnTpJw </link> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:50:27 EST Rules of the Road I decided to click on "Review our Community Guidelines" for the first time ever, out of curiosity. Doubtlessly over my six years hereabouts, I've broken dozens of them, possibly hundreds. Here are some on-topic excerpts FYI: <BR> <BR> 1. Respect everyone’s opinions. Even though you might not agree with someone, that doesn’t mean they are wrong or deserve to be belittled. <BR> <BR> 2. If you see something posted that you do not personally agree with, please avoid the post as your first ... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:36:52 EST Bat Ball Sooo, I got a notice that Eco posted to a thread marked "DELETED". Clicking on it leads to a notice that that thread could not be found. <BR> <BR> In close to ten years here I have never ever seen that happen. Now how will I know what pithy remark Eco made? <BR> <BR> That person came in like a hurricane and left the same way. Goes to show you how easily our "happy little home" can be disrupted. <BR> <BR> All I can add is "Wow!" I wonder how well some function out there in the "real" world ... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:44:23 EST Reconstructing an 18th cent. synagogue in Poland Beginning tonight on public television: <BR> <BR> Jewish Film Showcase <BR> Season 1 Episode 1 | Raise the Roof <BR> <BR> The synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspire artists Rick and Laura Brown to reconstruct the roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:09:35 EST Apropros of nothing, but I need to ask Richard had a dental appt today and I just have to ask - has anyone else EVER received pulled teeth from the dentist? Richard has teeth that seem to break easily, and he had three roots extracted today since the teeth had broken off in the past year. So the dentist hands me a small ziplock baggie with the three roots!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG, I almost got sick!!!! I waved my hands and said no no no we don't need those thank you!!!!! The dentist laughed at me and asked Richard if he wanted them - ... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:19:17 EST "I Will Survive" Another favorite: Homage to Passover cleaning: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:19:43 EST "Matzah Man" Since we have not posted in a while, here's another: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:18:15 EST "Let My People Go, Go, GO!" My all-time favorite Passover video courtesy of <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hopefully, this satisfies the holiday posting (I understand from another thread we have been remiss in not starting a holiday thread lately). Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:15:42 EST Pesach 2018 - Where are you? I'm not the one who starts the perennial holiday threads and it worries me that, with Passover only a couple of weeks away, no one has done it. It always starts with a recipe or talk of seder plans and we know that seders never are surprise parties. Get on it, folks! <BR> <BR> For starters, a dessert recipe. It's unlikely that I'd make it (no coconut here!, but it sounds like one that might be a hit. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>work-kitchen/lemon-coconut-mat... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 09:55:14 EST Ageist Language - AARP article This from one of today's AARP emails. A good list. Some of the words that I find objectionable coming from strangers (e.g., sales clerks, bus drivers) would be okay with me if used by or with people who are in my life. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tories/ideas/info-2018/ageist-language<BR>-glossary </link> Wed, 7 Mar 2018 17:05:48 EST Trump the pigeon I lost track of which topic has been mostly about Trump, so here we go again. <BR> <BR> A friend saw this line on facebook: <BR> <BR> "Arguing with a Trump supporter is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how good you are, the pigeon will sh*t on the board and strut around like it won anyhow." <BR> <BR> On first reading, my eye missed the first appearance of the word "a" and "supporter." The quip holds up in my way and as written. <BR> <BR> (SP forced me to replace one vowel with... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:08:09 EST Jewish Journey? Did anyone see this show? It was on a local public channel and it was technically : Jewish Journey: America. <BR> i 'm just starting into genealogy and wondered if it was a decent show. I set it to record when it comes back on in a few days. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 20:33:23 EST Physical Trait Stereotypes I contend that we looked stereotypically intermarried. Nevertheless,we both are MOTs, as far back as either of us know. And as you also know, both Things look sort of like me. <BR> <BR> If you are not adopted or a known product of intermarriage, do you also exhibit physical trait stereotypes? Nu and Eco, having met you both, its yes and yes. No doubt. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of new ones of us. You too can play. Do not be camera shy. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:09:24 EST Purim Hamentaschen recipe (something different - cookies and cream) <BR> <BR> Makes about 12 hamanstashen. Ingredients: <BR> <BR> For the dough: <BR> <BR> 1 egg <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup cream cheese <BR> <BR> 1/3 cup sugar <BR> <BR> 1 teaspoon vanilla extract <BR> <BR> 1 teaspoon baking powder <BR> <BR> about 1.5 cups of flour (you may need a bit more or less) <BR> <BR> 1/3 cup mini Oreos, smashed into crumbs <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For the filling: <BR> <BR> 2 tablespoons cream cheese <BR> ... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:26:26 EST Jeopardy Question! Last Friday, Jeopardy had a category "Letters". One noted that the "K" is used to symbolize kosher foods. The question noted, "What letter with a circle around it, is also symbolic of kosher?" <BR> <BR> I almost fell off my chair. Is it me, or my imagination, but there seems to be a certain degree of questions on Jewish related themes and Israel as well. <BR> <BR> I don't know what to make of it. Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:07:12 EST Just when you think he couldn't go lower... Now he's policitizing the deaths of 17 people in Parkland, Florida, by blaming the FBI for not acting on a call about the shooter because the agency was completely devoted to hunting collusion between Trump and Russia. <BR> <BR> Do you know what I'm thinking and feeling? I can't even say it. Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:16:34 EST An Editorial on the #MeToo Movement A friend posted this on Facebook, and I thought it was worth posting here since we've had such a long conversation about the whole issue. <BR> <BR> No Idea who this writer is, put this guest post is wonderful. I hope bosses and supervisors in every business or industry or profession read this and take her words to heart! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pective-guest-post-diane-danielson/ </link> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:43:52 EST Israel ALWAYS Answers The Call When needed, Israel is a first responder to a world in need. I dare you not to shed a tear (or two) after seeing this heartwarming video: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:05:28 EST On-line dating Some of you may know, I live in a remote, isolated part of California where my synagogue does not have a full-time rabbi, we have a student rabbi contracted from the Reform Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles who comes to us one weekend a month. AND, I am no longer able to attend services or participate in my Temple because of my chronic illness at the moment. Instead, the Rabbi visits shut-ins on Sunday before flying back to LA. Maybe drives, I don't know. Last month, I cancelled our visit... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 13:09:20 EST Entitlement Today, I was trying to leave from a parking spot on the street and noticed a Mercedes double parked blocking me in. The location where my car was parked, was in front of a series of stores on my street. Left no one in the car to attend to the possibility that someone might want to leave. Nothing. So I honked. Honked again. Honked some more, until a woman flagged me indicating that she would go into the store and get me some help. Shortly thereafter a young man in his 30s comes out, irr... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 16:01:17 EST Worf Famously in Star Trek TNG, Lt. Worf, the Klingon security office, would face physical peril by quipping that "today is a good day to die." Well I have been discharged my the doc (for a year), who has determined that my death (we all are dying by degrees, of course) seems not imminent. <BR> <BR> While my obesity is a risk factor, it is my only risk factor. The Doc also is a fellow board game geek - we've bonded more than I ever have with any doctor. Ex: "You can work modestly harder at ... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 15:26:00 EST from the Jewish Museum shop... For some or no reason, I was just browsing the shop on the Museum's website, the sale heading first. The first two items tickled me and the third, just one of those things that would be an impulse purchase. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Maybe not so obvious, an Einstein doll. The idea is better than its execution. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 3 Feb 2018 13:00:03 EST Got "Silver Palate" cookbooks? There are recipes on line, but it's the Silver Palate version that I want for a dish of spinach stems, pine nuts, sultana [golden] raisins, et al. I believe it was described as a Moroccan or Moroccan-inspired recipe. If you have it, would you mind typing it in here? Thanks! <BR> <BR> For those who are curious, be sure to cut the stems into short lengths -- no more than one inch -- before cooking, otherwise, you'll find yourself with a miserable mouthful of floss between all teeth that have '... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:36:53 EST SCROTUS 2018 So Called Ruler Of The United States, lest anyone forget. <BR> <BR> Maybe one thread dedicated to our little insurrection-laden corner of the internet? <BR> <BR> To start things off, may I borrow a stapler? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:47:26 EST My first watercol r....and hand puppet I believe that I recently mentioned my two-session liquid-watercolor class? As it turned out, I attended only the first, as a cold prevented me from going back the following week. It took more than three hours to do one carrot, as frustration reigned in my heart. Here it is, on the left. The three on the right are the work of the teacher, who was demonstrating for me from the moment of committing brush to paper. I love my carrot. The rough beet started as her demo of how to start it for... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 18:12:27 EST What do YOU do if you miss a yahrzeit? Thoughts? We're in Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist country - and candles in a glass aren't easy to find. Add in that there aren't large supermarkets or department stores to find a random candle in a glass. Plus we're currently in the rural interior, not in Colombo. <BR> <BR> So I didn't have a candle for my mother's yahrzeit. <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts on yahrzeits? I'm just curious. I said the Kaddish, and made a donation in her memory (in support of the baby elephant orphanage I visit... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 22:29:22 EST Encounter with Palestinians in NYC As I waited for a bus the other day, a woman asked if the bus that would stop would take them (she and her husband) to their destination. "Yes." A few "Select" buses -- on the same route with stops only at the major intersections -- passed. The woman asked about them and told me that such buses are unknown in Brooklyn, where she lives. <BR> <BR> We chatted to pass the waiting time waiting. The couple lives in Bklyn, so I mentioned having grown up in Bensonhurst. They have several rela... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:40:34 EST Keeping financial records I prefer to receive hard copy from banks, IRA and 401K companies and the like. This past year I broke myself of the habit of holding on to bank statements (checking and savings) nearly forever. Is there a rule of thumb for keeping IRA and 401K quarterly statements? I'd love to cull the herd. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:38:02 EST All in All, It's Just Another Brick In The Wall Turns out he can have his wall, after all. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:41:33 EST And Now For Something A Tad Lighter Here's a list of SNL sketches that totally nailed our political climate: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ent/tv/times-saturday-night-live-perfe<BR>ctly-nailed-politics-in-america.html/?<BR>utm_source=AOL_cpc&amp;utm_medium=cpc&<BR>amp;utm_campaign=widget&amp;ref=AOL </link> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:02:34 EST Fourth Grader Invents Lifesaving Product A simple school project, turns into an amazingly simple invention: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ention/20/?pas=1&amp;as-source=src701aol </link> <BR> <BR> Love to see how Sophie ends up as an adult! Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:20:07 EST 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 Tzedakkah 2018 - Year of Chai! - click to donate! 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 ... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 09:27:52 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