Let Freedom Ring

I saw this van with all this messaging about “Communist China.” 

Guy from the truck asks me:

Do you know what CCP is?

Not having heard that acronym, I started to mumble something about communism, and before I could finish, he goes:

It stands for Chinese Communist Party. 

He continued:

That’s dictatorship. Do you know what that is?

I responded:

Of course, and the people want to be free.

He goes:

Yes, freedom! We want freedom. 

It’s hard to believe that a generation ago the Cold War ended, but here we are still with people battling Communism and repression of basic rights.ย 

How lucky we are in America, Israel, and other western countries to live in freedom and have basic human rights. 

People around the world fight and die trying to earn their freedom, and we wake up with it every day, and it’s just there for us. 

It’s an incredible blessing to be free to think, speak, worship, and live how we choose.

We have to safeguard freedom and even fight for it: to have it, to keep it; and we should use it wisely to do and grow good in the world.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

If G-d Wouldn’t Let Moshe In, Who Am I?

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “If G-d Wouldn’t Let Moshe In, Who Am I?”

Sure, we may not fully understand G-dโ€™s decision on not letting Moshe into the land of Israel (or decisions that affect our lives today), still we can affirm our faith that G-d is a just and merciful Judge.

In the end, none of us are the level of Moshe Rabbeinu, and if G-d didnโ€™t let him in, well who are we? This is a frightening thought to me. Yet at the same time, I believe that if we as the Jewish people collectively put our heartfelt yearnings and prayers together to be able to go and settle the land of Israel then perhaps G-d will answer us in the affirmative!

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

My Big Kahuna

So my new massage chair came today.

Kahuna LM-7000 in this amazing red color. 

It was awesome how the chair came completely assembled. 

Just plugged it in, jumped on, and started it up. 

I was lying back in a spaceship reclining position getting kneaded, tapped, knocked, and shiatsu’ed.

This was better than I had imagined it would be. 

I am hoping this helps with aches, pains, and sleep. 

I’ve got my big Kahuna now!  ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Source Photo: Massage Chair Heaven)  
 

Don’t Follow Haters and Liars

I liked this sign:

Truth does not mind being questioned. 

A lie does not like being challenged. 

This seems like truth to me!

People who push an agenda and their propaganda never like to discuss it or answer questions about it. It’s usually prejudice in some way and they just want to ram it down people’s throats. 

Questioning and shedding light on things that don’t seem right is part of our moral and civic duty.  

Of course, the haters and liars would rather that we just accept the falsehoods they are peddling like stupid sheep who blindly follow them down the road to perdition. ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Source Photo: Friend)

Ben and Jerry’s Can Drop Dead!

Just wanted to express my firm sentiment that:

Ben and Jerry’s can drop dead!

The anti-Semites at Unilever/Ben and Jerry’s decided that they would boycott selling their ice cream in the West Bank in Israel. 

Gee, why don’t they boycott selling their crappy ice cream to the murderous Assad Regime in Syria or to the radical Mullahs in Iran or the terrorists organizations Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in Lebanon and so many more outrageous dictators and human rights abusers in the world? Will Ben and Jerry’s boycott China where they detain a million Uyghurs in “reeducation” camps or Russia for invading and annexing Crimea? But as we all know, these corrupt bureaucrats wouldn’t dare! 

I am convinced deep down that we are dealing simply with hard core anti-Semitic hate-mongers playing executives at Ben and Jerry’s. 

Honestly though, it is no loss what-so-ever, since Haagen-Dazs is about a million times better ice cream than Ben and Jerry’s ever was or will be.ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

We Are All Disabled

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called “We Are All Disabled.”

And what happens to us after creation? Life happens, and people suffer from the happenstance and the often harsh โ€œnurtureโ€ of this world. Whether from disease, accidents, or hurt inflicted on us from others โ€” intentional or not โ€” we all have โ€œdisabilitiesโ€ and as difficult as it is to live with it, there is no shame in it!

Disabilities are an opportunity, however painful and humiliating for us to learn and grow and for others to be able to demonstrate love, compassion, and kindness to us…There is no running or hiding from disability, it is part of our mortal world. But from the scars and suffering of life, we must create healing. From disability, it is our job to turn it into ability, capability, and mobility!

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Starbucks Face-Branded Packaging

Love this new Starbuck’s face-branded packaging for their food. 

When they line up like this, they look especially friendly and cute. 

Also, looks like some happy customers, indeed. 

Starbucks may not have the world’s absolutely best coffee, but their branding is really awesome! ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)