Today Is 6/13

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So today is 6/13.


Yes, check your calendar. 


It only comes once a year. 


613 is the mystical and holy number of commandments in the Torah. 


For more than 2 years (this is not a short-term phenomenon), my family and even some friends have been seeing an inexplicable number of 613 everywhere. 


Here is one from a stock I follow from the other week: Twitter was up exactly 6.13%…and I don’t follow that many stocks. 


Just yesterday, another stock (that been doing terribly…it’s a startup!) is down an enormous 61.3% since I started following it. 

And yet another major stock–of the largest company in Israel and the largest generic pharmaceutical company in the world–Teva–is down 16.03 year-to-date.


Nearly every day, we see an endless barrage of license plates, roads, train and plane schedules and physical or URL addresses, get purchase receipts or invoice totals, see number of posts, views, likes, or emails, and even the other day almost booked a hotel with the address….that’s right and only 613!


I am a rational person…maybe almost to the extreme, and what I initially laughed off as a lark or someone’s OCD thing, is beyond any reasonable explanation that I can fathom at this point.


I am left with faith that there is truly some message being sent from the One Above…the question is what is the meaning of the message?


I continue to hope and pray that the message is one of blessings and redemption for mankind…I hope you will join me in this prayer. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Nation In Denial

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We are a nation in utter denial over our problems.


Just to name a few…


Whether from the threat of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, who smiled while displaying a video yesterday of nuclear missiles destroying the USA.


To the shooting death of three in Fresno, CA yesterday by a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” that was deemed not a terrorist attack.


To our national debt of $20 trillion which quadrupled in just the last 15 years under the administration of both political parties.  


Unfortunately, denial is still alive and well, while smiling photos of the North Korean dictator adorn the light poles outside the capital of the USA.


We don’t like to admit our problems be it from despots threatening us with WMD to global terrorism that gives us no peace, and a mammoth debt that is sinking our national economic sustainability.


Smile for the camera!


Don’t worry about big problem-solving. 


What we don’t admit can’t hurt us or can it?  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Utterly Useless United Nations

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The Unjust, bigoted and hate-filled UN once again falsely condemns democratic Israel calling her an Apartheid state, when to the contrary, she is the one under perpetual attack by war and terror by those who seek her utter destruction.

Of no surprise, the report was generated by an anti-Semitic Arab-led group at the UN.


The cursed authors of the hateful report are Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley, along with their anti-Israel benefactors at the farcical United Nations.

The tiny-sized State of Israel (the size of New Jersey) is surrounded by radicalized enemies with more than 50 of their own countries yet that is not enough for them as they are obsessed with and seek the destruction of the one State of Israel.

The United Nations is comprised of 193 members, with the largest block being the 119 non-aligned members, of which 57 are made up of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Some have put it this way, “1 despot-1 vote!”

I am confidant that the biggest problem for the Anti-Semites in and out of the UN–aside from the formidable Israel Defense Forces (IDF)–is that Almighty G-d protects the Children of Israel.

As it says in Zechariah 12:3,

“On that day, when all the nations [the United Nations] of the earth are gathered against her [Israel], I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.”


So UNjust, evil, United Nations, enjoy your bias and hateful reports and resolutions, Israel will remain the Jewish Homeland, as promised by G-d over 3,000 years ago, and you will remain destined to rot in the you-know-where. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Women’s War

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Today was International Women’s Day. 


But this guy was protesting something else.


WAR.

“War is chaos, War is lawless
War ignores our civil rights
Land it poison and our rivers
War inspires both rape and murder
Death of children go uncounted
War betrays all Women’s Rights”

Not sure how he connects this all up with women’s rights at the end, but might as well try, right?


For women to have the rights that they should, they need to fight the good fight too.


That type of war does not betray them, but bolsters their cause. 


Everyone who has been abused, enslaved, and discriminated against needs to free themselves of the shackles of oppression.


What we do know is that “war is hell!”


And certainly war is an option of last resort. 


At the same time, war can restore the peace and right the wrongs of despots and tyranny and violence and persecution. 


War is something to be feared and avoided, until it can’t.


At which time, hell on earth is released, so hopefully peace can ultimately prevail once again. 


In war, everyone loses, but with the hope that at the end, good wins!


For woman, today is also the continuance of that war and fight for equality, respect, and proper treatment in every way they completely deserve.


That’s a war worth fighting for. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Polarized and Not Going To Take It Anymore

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So they say about Washington politics, “if you’re not on offense, then you’re on defense.”


In the polarized mood of the nation, this has never been more true. 


The alt-left and alt-right are stronger than ever and pointing fingers and fists at one another. 


Each side, the ultra -liberals and -conservatives are duking it out over who is is going on the offensive today.


Only to be outmaneuvered the very next day and be placed back on the defensive. 


Who communicated with the Russians today?


Who used their private email today?


Who committed perjury and lied under oath today?


Who was offensive and even violent at rallies and protests today? 


And on and on…


You’re either on offense or your stuck on defense!


And the more polarized and hateful of each other this nation has become, including in the media, the more the outrageous the accusations and the more alternate facts and fake news. 


But what I learned today is that this doesn’t just apply to politics.


Religion is another prime source for discrimination and hate of your fellow man. 


I remember learning that over history, more people have died in wars in the name of religion than for any other reason.


So too today, the “crazy-hard line” ultra religious and the “throw-it-all away” irreligious are just as polarized. 


The religious mock the irreligious as self-haters and atheists and the irreligious make fun of the rightwing religious as abusive and robotic.


Moreover, any disagreement results in insults and loathing over who is morally superior.


Of course, everyone cites sources and authorities to show why their position is the correct one and everyone else is wrong about religion and G-d. 


Attack, defend, attack, defend. 


No wonder nothing is getting constructively done.


No wonder children are confused. 


No wonder those around us laugh at our seeming inability to come together, all as G-d’s wonderful creatures. 


Who will be on the attack today and who will be on defense. 


If only we could have a panini instead of all this anger, hate, extremism, and rejectionist bias toward our fellow man. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Trouble With Our Security

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So the problem with our security is that we value our openness more than we do our security.


And perhaps, we fear war more than we desire true peace. 


This was a photo from Summer 2015 when the Pope was in DC.


And despite a “massive” security apparatus set up to protect the Pope, the “largest security operation in U.S. history“…


Check out this photo of a colleague who was able to literally run up to the Fiat car where you can see the Pope waving from. 


Our security is full of holes–if this guy had a gun, molotov cocktail, or bomb then the top Christian leader in the world could’ve been taken out, just across the street from the U.S. State Department.


As a democracy, we value openness and freedom to say what we want, do what we want, protest what we want, carry guns as we want, but when is open too open?


Again, whether it comes to cybersecurity or physical security, unless we start to get serious about what massive and large security really means, it is just a matter of time before something really terrible happens, G-d forbid. 


We’ve got to do a better job balancing security and openness. 


No one should be getting right up to the Pope’s car like this!


No one should be smashing windows, burning cars, and attacking police and pedestrians in Washington, DC or anywhere.  


No one should be buzzing our battleships and jets!


No one should be hacking into our sensitive cyber systems, taking down and crippling them and stealing our secrets!


No one should be recruiting, plotting, and carrying out increasing and devastating terrorist attacks right under our noses in this country or elsewhere. 


No one should be using chemical weapons around our red lines in population centers or in airports!


No one (Iran, North Korea, Russia) should be developing, testing, and aiming nuclear ballistic missiles at the West!

War is a last resort, but this is not peace.


It is time to rethink our security posture…it is past time. 😉


(Source Photo: A Colleague)

Compromise Preferred

 

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Sometimes we may feel that we are right and that’s it.


Our inclination is perhaps to just do what we think and hold the line. 


But if we can take a step back and listen to the concerns of others then we can be the bigger for it. 


That sweet spot of compromise is where we keep both our integrity intact and still find a middle ground that’s acceptable to the many. 


Compromise is better than just giving someone the proverbial finger and telling them where to go and how to get there. 


Strength is peace…and peace is strength.


When that doesn’t work, then there still always the alternative for good to overcome evil in this world. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)