The Apollo 11 Mission: 50 Year Anniversary

Remembering the Apollo mission that landed a man on the moon on July 20, 1969 (50 years and 1 month ago yesterday…sorry, I’m late on this post). 


Thought this model (scale 1:48) of the command ship and lunar lander in the NASA store was perfect. 


It truly is miraculous that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldin made this journey.


In just 8 days, they made the round trip between the earth and the moon, traveling about 240,000 miles each way. 


And they walked on the moon for about 3 hours–I want to try that!


Even until today, the U.S. remains the only country to have actually put men on the moon (total of 12). 


“One small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.”


Now it’s high time that we get ourselves to Mars already and colonize it!  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Jerusalem – Happy 50 Years!

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Just wanted to wish a very happy anniversary to Jerusalem.


It is the 50th year since the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem, the beautiful and eternal capital of the State of Israel. 


Today in synagogue we celebrated with a special kiddush. 


72 years since the holocaust, and Israel doth live!


In song and dance, in prayer and devotion, in doing good deeds and charity, we celebrate our survival and G-d’s redemption and return of the Jewish people to his promised Holy Land. 


With still so much evil in the world–from brutal dictators, terrorists, human rights abusers, and bullies–it is always time to celebrate the freedom and democracy of America and Israel–who serve as a light unto the nations.


Surely as light can drive out darkness, those good people of faith and integrity can overcome the remnants of evil in this world. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Happy 25th Anniversary!

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Tomorrow night is the first night of Chanukah. 


That is when 25-years ago, I first met and went out with my lovely wife, Dossy. 


I picked her up at work in mid-town, and wined and dined her at Ratner’s on the Lower East Side in NYC.


We talked, laughed, and I couldn’t take my eyes off her!


We ended the evening with her writing her phone number in lipstick on a little piece of paper, and she told me to call her again. 


I came home in 7th heaven, and my dad asked me how it went, and smiling ear-to-ear, I said “This is the one!”


My dad said, “It’s the first night of Chanukah, the holiday of miracles, so please G-d!”


I think Dossy and I went out 2 more times just that week, and the rest is beautiful history.


Thank you Hashem for mercifully granting my lovely wife and two beautiful daughters, Minna and Rebecca. 


I appreciate every moment of every day with Dossy and my girls–for the precious time on Earth we have together, for caring when the chips are down, for celebrating the good times, and for putting up with me. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Happy Hebrew Anniversary

Happy Hebrew Anniversary

Today, I found out from my sister-in-law, Cheryl, that my wife’s favorite doll as a child was a Raggedy Ann doll that she always carried around with her.

(I’m the last to find out these things…)

She wrote isn’t is funny that Raggedy Ann married Andy?

She ended with, “Is it odd or is it G-d?”

I think it must be both that we survived each other. 😉

Happy Hebrew Anniversary to my wife!

(Source Photo: here with attribution to mypreciousmomentspro.com)

Remembering the 52 And Hoping For A Real Peace

Remembering the 52 And Hoping For A Real Peace

This week was the 34-year anniversary since the Iran Hostage Crisis (which started on November 4, 1979)

52 Americans were held hostage for a long 444 days.

Now, Iran is negotiating for a relaxation of sanctions imposed due to their hostile nuclear WMD program.

However, there are questions about whether Iran will really give up the nukes  that they have pursued for decades or whether this is another stalling tactic.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting concern by Western Allies including Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain, and that “Republican and Democratic supporters of Israel said the agreement in the works was far too easy on Iran.”

On the positive side, potentially, this is only the “first stage” in the Iran nuclear disarmament process–let’s hope.

We need to ensure a substantive nuclear non-proliferation deal that safeguards America’s and allies’ security and interests in the region.

We can all rest easier when the Iranian nuclear capability is fully dismantled, until then this is not a slam dunk for peace.

(Source Photos: EVResourceSite and Pere Ubu; Mashup by Andy Blumenthal)

Still In Love After 58 Years Together

Still In Love After 58 Years

My mom and dad are still in love after almost 58 years of marriage.

While I already knew how special they were to each other–through thick and thin–when my mom took my dad’s hand at the table, and said he has always been the love of her life, it was just beautiful.

Their life has certainly not been easy–escaping from Nazi Germany as children, losing most of their education, and coming to this country with literally nothing. But they worked hard, worshipped G-d dutifully, gave charitably, and greatly valued their family and friendships above everything else in this world.

They are good people and a wonderful role model to all of us, and we have always been like one extended family.

I’ll always remember when my mom took his hand and said how much he meant to her–it was awesome!

May God bless them both, always. 😉

(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)