The Embassy Arrives In Jerusalem

Please see my new article in Times of Israel today


Never Homeless Again

The U.S. Embassy has moved to Jerusalem, but unfortunately, our enemies still attack us. 


Hope you enjoy the article. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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Rocky Says

A quote from my role model Rocky: 

It’s not about how hard you hit.
It’s about how hard you get hit.
And keep moving on.
That’s how winning is done.

Go Rocky!


And by the way, you should hit pretty (i.e. very) hard also. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

Got Skills

I thought this was a very telling sign right off the highway in Washington, D.C. 


“Does your child have life skills?”


And then it lists things like:

“Cooking, budgets, sewing, ironing, time managment, communication, and fun”


The classes are offered by ActualLifeSkills.com.


I took a look online at what a typical 6-week class offered on Sundays for 3-hours at a time and at a cost of $345. 


It even covered things like:

“Handshakes, eye contact, and conversation starters
Voice projection and confidence
Party/guest etiquette, gifts and thank you notes”


And of course, aside from the cooking and budgeting already mentioned, there were more of the foundations such as laundry, cleaning, and grocery shopping.


I would suggest adding things like computer basics, child rearing, human relations, home maintenance, car mechanics, hunting, fishing, gardening, first-aid, fitness, and even self-defense. 


Since, we spend so much time teaching book skills, I have often thought why we don’t spend more time teaching these fundamental life skills. 


We are raising a generation of kids that can score 1500+ on the SATs, but they don’t know sh*t about real life and couldn’t survive a week without electricity, Internet, or mom and dad taking care of them. 


Back to basics. 


Back to life skills. 


Back to survival. 


Back to being self-sufficient. 


There is no reason that we can’t add these items to our broken school curriculums. 


You shouldn’t have to go to special classes to learn to live life. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Vampire Slayer

So can you believe they actually have this?


It’s a vampire killing kit that was really for sale in the 19th century. 


These kits were developed and sold by entrepreneur, Professor Ernst Blomberg.


People were afraid of the blood-sucking beasts, especially in Eastern Europe. 


And so when they traveled, they came prepared.


– Dagger with a ghoulish-looking skeleton for a handle


– Pistol along with several silver bullets


– Wooden stake to thrust into its evil heart


– Cross and Holy Water (or perhaps a Star of David for the Jewish version of the kit) to repel them


Of course, we don’t have any evil bloodsucking creatures these days, do we? 


I have a feeling that a lot of people would like to have a kit like this for self-defense to keep the 21st-century version of these bad actors away. 


You think the NRA would be interested in making something like this. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

From North Korean ICBMs to the Las Vegas Mass Shooter

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What do North Korean ICBMs and the Las Vegas mass shooter have in common?


They both target the masses for the maximum fatality count.


North Korea was shown targeting a nuclear attack on major U.S. cities–including San Diego, Austin, Washington DC, and the islands of Hawaii. 


The Las Vegas shooter last night targeted a concert crowded with fans to let loose his automatic rifle killing at least 59 and wounding 527 in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.


How about the Boston Marathon bomber that killed three and wounded 260 at the crowded finish line?  


We are living in dangerous, dangerous times. 


And being in a crowd can seriously get you killed. 


Honestly, does it take a genius or a madman to target a large gathering to inflict great pain on the enemy?


Honestly, who hasn’t wondered why we don’t target the terrorists groups and rogue terror nation states–whether Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, Al-Qaeda or Axis of Evil Iran and North Korea–when their militants are violently rallying, burning the American flag, chanting death to the USA, and boldly and defiantly raising their assault rifles high into the air. 


Why do we prefer to go after onesies-twosies in a virtual never ending battle to try and stop the terrorists of the day before they hit our cities and people again, when instead we can take out the evil bunch in more or less one fell swoop and send a no nonsense deterrent message. 


Are we too moralistic to do it to them before they do it to us and we have hundreds of thousands or millions of dead?


I’m not suggesting hitting innocent civilians, but how about an armed, military parade with tanks and missiles or a bunch of crazed terrorists just building up their gumption to do their next dirty massacre against masses of innocent men, women, and children.


The bad guys aren’t asking any questions before they hit the World Trade Center or the Pentagon or London or Paris or Tokyo or Jerusalem with guns, knives, bombs, vehicular attacks or even attempted WMD–maybe we shouldn’t ask too many questions before we invoke “fire and fury” on their evil ranks and protect our own once and for all. 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to JTF News)

Those Were The Days

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Wow, this was incredible.


Check out this photo of me (right) and my teacher and mentor Robert doing martial arts back in the day. 


This was at the Jewish street fair on Johnson Avenue in Riverdale, New York. 


Recently, in the last few weeks, I reconnected with Robert after almost 27 years.  


He made Aliyah to Israel and I got married, but I always remembered how much I learned from him and the fun times growing up. 


It was great to catch up on the phone with him for about 2 1/2 hours and I think we could’ve gone on schmoozing all evening. 


Then just this weekend, I received 3 large wall photos in the mail from a friend from Riverdale–out of the blue–just like my reconnecting with Robert. 


Both events came almost simultaneously after 3 decades!


Time and space are just fabrications, as G-d Almighty is eternal, and for me I am essentially the same person that I was back then. 


My body is getting (a little) older, but my inner self is still me. 


And the people who mean so much to me in my life, after G-d, that is everything to me. 😉


(Source Photo and with gratitude to Sura Jeselsohn)

Calling BS on Germany’s BDS

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So I think this is the definition of irony and more blatant anti-Semitism out there. 


Hitler’s Germany committed genocide and murdered 6,000,000 Jewish men, women, and children during the Holocaust–1 out of every 3 Jews in the entire world–and killed tens of millions more in their fight of World War II. 


And now one of Germany’s top gun manufacturers, Heckler and Koch, has put democratic Israel, the Jewish Homeland, which is surrounded by hostile neighbors–on their banned list of countries to sell guns to because of war zones and corruption. 


— Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black???


BDS is anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and a form of terrorism!


My own family–from Germany–suffered at the hands of Hitler and his henchman, and no more Jews should suffer the same. 


Germany, please put a lid on resurgent anti-Semitism, and respect Israel’s right to self-defense, and to peace and security. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)