Boom Boom Coffee Table

What an awesome living room coffee table. 


Superhero effects. 


Big BOOM!


With explosive rays and cloud formations.


This is a definite standout in Tel Aviv showroom. 


Very colorful, exciting design, and with all the intended impact. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Superhero Work Gloves

Just thought these were some really cool work gloves. 


“Ironclad Industrial Impact–Rigger Cut”


These were just hanging around the local clothing store. 


They not only look like superhero gloves covered in orange, yellow, and black duraclad padding ready to WHAM BAM!


But they also feel that way when you put them on with all the rubberized ruggedized protection.


Hmm, wonder whether these would be good in the gym for weightlifting…


Now who actually goes to work wearing these things? Its probably got to be a pretty “macho” man or women job.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Wonder Woman Vs. Hezbollah

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So get how hateful they are behaving in Lebanon…


They have actually banned the movie, Wonder Woman.


Hezbollah is afraid of Wonder Woman!


Gal Gadot, an awesome Israeli actress and model, who plays Wonder Woman is too much for them to handle.


Hezbollah, the terrorist organization in Lebanon–and the proxy for Axis of Evil Iran–has 150,000 missiles aimed at The State of Israel, but is threatened by a pop movie and superhero.


If the culture of democracy, freedom, human rights and peace-loving could overcome the radical Islamists and their terrorism then Wonder Women could become a beloved hero to them too rather than a threat to put in the dustbin along with women’s rights and freedom of religion and expression. 


Wonder Woman block those bullets and missiles and teach those terrorist bad boys a lesson they’ll never forget. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Let’s Ask The Messiah

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Tomorrow is a special day indeed. 


It is both Chanukah and Christmas.


Rabbi Michael Gottlieb mentions a really interesting point in the Wall Street Journal about the connection between Jews and Christians as brothers and sisters. 


Reflecting on the thoughts of philosopher, Martin Buber:


The key difference between Jews and Christians is whether Jesus was the messiah. 

“Christians believe he was here and they are awaiting his return. 

Jews believe that the messiah hasn’t yet come. 

His suggestion: let’s all pray for the messiah–Christians and Jews alike.  

When he arrives, we’ll ask if he’s been here before.”

With the messiah’s arrival, we can all hope to achieve “personal and universal redemption”–to be kinder, humbler, and more human[e]”


We all have an underlying need to believe in a “superhero”–with G-dly powers that can save us from ourselves and from each other, as well as from disease, disaster, and destruction. 


If G-d can speedily send us the messiah to help us with all of this, together Jews and Christians and Muslims and Buddhists and Hindus and everyone can band together to celebrate and welcome G-d’s love and redemption of all his children. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

To The Salt Cave

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So had a new experience and went to the Salt Cave in Bethesda (a second choice if you can’t get to the secret superhero crime-fighting Bat Cave).

It was a large room filled with Himalayan salt for experiencing all the spa’s “healing” effects.

Supposed to be good to breath in all the minerals infused from the pink salt “micro climate” air and also for exposure to the skin.

It was fairly dark in the cave except for some recessed lighting behind some of the salt stone walls.

The chairs were these weird beach chairs that you could recline in, but it would’ve definitely been worth it to have some fancier cushioned seating to more fully relax in and to match the spa ambiance that they were selling. 

In the background was relaxing meditation music and we were closed in the salt cave for 45-minute to enjoy the dark quiet salt effects. 

It must’ve relaxed me, because when I got home, I had a Buddha face on and took a nice post-spa afternoon nap. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

To Little Jonah

Butterfly

So swimming in the pool, I meet little 7-year old Jonah. 


He sort of made himself known to me when he decided he wanted to race me on the swim board.


I was going just a little faster–and I reminded him that I had a key competitive advantage, fins. 


He said, “Darn I should have brought mine!’


He asked how old I was, and I said a little older than you. 


Not satisfied, he pressed the question, saying “I can tell you are an adult.”


So I had to cave and admit that, and pointing to my heart, added that “I am young at heart.”


Jonah’s in 1st grade, and wanted to know what grade I was in. 


His guess was 4th grade, and I said “That’s about right.”


Jonah is from New Orleans visiting his grandmother for Passover. 


She was watching him in the pool and smiling with grandmotherly nachos, ear-to-ear.


I told Jonah to make sure to treat his grandmother nicely. 


But Jonah at this point had jumped into my swim lane and was in mock superhero fighting mode, and said “I want to punch you.”


I thought to myself, hmm it’s not only my wife that feels that way (LOL).


Anyway, it was clear that I had made a new friend with Jonah, who was off bobbing up and down in the water well over his head. 


Bye Jonah–have a good time visiting for Passover. 


(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Superhero Socks

POW Socks
Thought these socks were pretty cool.



POW!

WHAM!

ZAAP!

KAPOW!

SPLAT!



We are living in an age with potential for great upheaval whether from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, bigotry and social inequality, national debts and unpaid social entitlements, poverty and pandemics, global warming and environmentally unsustainable practices, and the clash of Western and Eastern civilizations. 



Thank G-d for advances in technology and innovation to help address these huge challenges of our time. 



However, whoever is portraying everything as all rosy or telling you to just be optimistic and all will be well–they’re feeding you a bunch of you know what!



We need a superhero/Messiah leader to come help us save the day and these socks would be perfect for their arrival. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)