This Is Important

People, too often, consider America the promised land. The ultimate goal. I’ve noticed, over the past ten years, people who’ve always believed this moving to Canada or the United Kingdom, instead. I can’t say I blame them.

There’s a lot of fucked up shit that happens here. Far more than most insulated citizens are aware of. This country isn’t perfect, nor is its leadership. That was proven this week while the rest of the world laughed at us.

For an incoming President, I’d like to see lower income families be taken care of first, even while you’re tackling Covid-19. Larger stimulus checks for lower and middle class families. They are the backbone of this nation. These communities are the ones that have lost the most in the past eleven months. We need to provide safe childcare if we’re going to demand they work harder, longer hours.

All across the board, the United States needs to do better. The world is watching. It’s time to do better, get better, and move forward in a healthier fashion. Because when I think of greed, I look at this country and I see it everywhere. It makes me sick and it adds shame on top of that. I’m still reeling from the events of this week, and I’m hoping we will move forward with less hate and more dignity. Alas, I know it will probably take the rest of my life to see that level of change, if not longer.

Another Massacre

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I lack the ability to be, “nice” to idiots when it pertains to terror attacks on pretty much anyone, but especially within the Jewish community. If you’re not angry today, you are part of the problem and not party to a solution.

When people tell me they’re scared, but aren’t in the position to be a target since they aren’t advertising their faith, I offer suggestions. Too often these are ignored, until it’s too late.

Right now, I need space. The place for change is not Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Yes, it’s important to take a stand, and you all know I use my voice on EVERY platform I have, but I’m ONE PERSON. One person with a strong voice, but that might not keep people safe.

A relative was afraid I’d draw too much attention to myself  because I’m volatile in my ability to be outspoken. Too much attention? In a small town, where you’d be hard pressed to find a vocal Jewish woman? 🙄 If someone is going to target me, they just will. They will be ill-prepared; I will not be. That’s why you get honest and get smart.

My concern is for the entire community within the United States. I can’t fix this country, but I CAN vote appropriately. Hopefully you will, too. Be aware that there are people who’ll say and do anything in order to win in 2020 (and during EVERY election), but those same people will turn on you if you no longer serve their needs. Pay attention to EVERYTHING and everyone. I have family in office. They are calling for the opposite of what I believe in, so they’re lucky I’m not eligible to vote against their victimization. I would definitely be up their ass about it publicly.

Regardless of faith, people need to come together. I’m color blind until I see hatred in one form, and then it’s a case-by-case basis. I won’t let evil people turn me into a racist, and neither should you.

Hug your loved ones tight, tonight. Send love far and wide. Do your best. 🙏 Tomorrow is another day. Let’s pray for a safe one.

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Dark Days In America: Part VI

It’s incredibly hard to “respect” anyone in the White House who would rather play golf, than honor our Veterans (Secret Service stood under umbrellas while he played solo.), who chooses to place blame instead of immediately sending aid to California, and who has zero compassion, humanity, or empathy. What’s worse? I’m sure many of you elected him into office. Therein lies the biggest problem of them all.    

11 murdered as Jew-hater opens fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue yelling ‘all these Jews must die’

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My heart and prayers are with the Tree of Life Congregation, the Pittsburgh Police Department, and Pittsburgh’s first responders.

“As Jews, now more than EVER, we need to be united. We need to stop being cliques of different sects of one faith. We must stand against terrorism, we must protect each other as a community, and for the more religious sects who judge those of us with freer, more open minds, STOP THE SUPERIORITY COMPLEX. We are ALL being targeted and we must be vigilant.

Earlier this year a family member was concerned about my status as a ‘public figure’. My professional bio says “Jewish Zionist”. I took it down on social media sites where I was targeted as a “murderer”, among other colorful things, but I’m not taking it off my bio.

I don’t often wear a symbol of faith in my daily life, but I have a fairly visible Hebrew tattoo. I usually wear a Star of David during the holidays. My cousin David made it for me when I was born and it’s a beautiful piece. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of your faith. None of us should ever have to feel unsafe in Temple or anywhere.

People have been trying to kill us since the beginning of our 5000+ year old faith and WE’RE STILL HERE. The division of each sect MUST CEASE. Just as I look out for those who are Catholic, Christian, Wiccan, Muslim, and others who hold their varying faiths close to their heart, it’s about humanity. Lives were lost today. In all religious communities, this is an immense tragedy.

I encourage you to hold your loved ones closer today and be mindful this weekend as you attend religious services. Don’t STOP being mindful and aware. We NEVER know what’s next. You don’t have to love or agree with everyone in this world, but value humanity. Yours, and that of others.”

#PrayersForPittsburgh #PrayersForTreeOfLifeCongregation🔯🕎 #PrayersForHumanity #WheresYourOutrage

Never Worry Alone

“Never worry alone. When anxiety grabs my mind, it is self-perpetuating. Worrisome thoughts reproduce faster than rabbits, so one of the most powerful ways to stop the spiral of worry is simply to disclose my worry to a friend… The simple act of reassurance from another human being becomes a tool of the Spirit to cast out fear — because peace and fear are both contagious.” ―John Ortberg