Alright dear friends, this says what I want to say. It's a good note to post before the weekend.
It has been a terrible week for humankind and for Israel. Just terrible. Between the baby murder stories from America and the violence in Israel, I literally was having palpitations of anxiety and waves of sadness just washed over me from time to time.
I was feeling really, reallly down until I listened to Carly Fiorina's wonderful speech, and read this magnificent article from Israel Hayom.
I also followed my own standard prescription for beating back the darkness: positive thoughts, doing good, telling my loved ones I love them, walking in the sunshine, baking a beautiful cake for Shabbat, thanking G-d, and on a more shallow note a little bit of retail therapy.
G-d bless and keep this righteous mensch. How blessed he is to do G-d's healing work through his own hands. There are so many things I love about this article, and the good doctor's attitude toward life.
Meet Professor Patrick Sorkin, Chief of Intensive Care at the Sourasky Medical Centre in Tel Aviv.
"This month, Sorkin will retire from his demanding job,
but he is not going to rest. He plans to establish an intensive care
unit at the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center in Bnei Brak. He refuses to
rest. "The Lubavitcher rebbe said that a Jew is never allowed to retire.As long as a person is alive, he has to work. I don't really see myself
going fishing in Acre."
"Ahead of his retirement he posted a status on the
hospital's Facebook page that elicited thousands of likes and
enthusiastic responses: "In my job I have seen patients that everyone
was sure were already gone, but they managed to get back up on their
feet and get well. Therefore, take a page out of my life experience and
please, never give up, never relinquish hope, keep believing in the good
and in the light even in the toughest situations. And above all,
remember: Life is a gift."
"But things got strange, even by Woody Allen standards, when the
79-year-old started talking about his much, much younger wife, whom he
started seeing while in a relationship with her mother, Mia Farrow.
While Allen is a firm believer that “love fades,” he says his marriage
is special. Why? Because of the massive age gap, and specifically
because he was “paternal” as Soon-Yi “deferred to” him."
“I lucked out in my last relationship,” he told Fragoso.
married now for 20 years and it’s been good. I think that was probably
the odd factor that I’m so much older than the girl I married. I’m 35
years older, and somehow, through no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic
worked. I was paternal. She responded to someone paternal. I liked her
youth and energy. She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an
enormous amount of decision-making just as a gift and let her take
charge of so many things. She flourished. It was just a good luck
It's funny, white liberals like Woody Allen, Bill Clinton, Roman Polanski, etc..get a free pass for their sexual proclivities, but Bill Cosby is getting raked across the coals. Is this a "white privilege" thing? It's probably one of the few examples, in the victim hierarchy where white trumps black.
Mind you, liberals are always changing the rules so....
This is a particularly poignant and heartbreaking passage:
"While their duties required little of the physically, the emotional strain it put them under caused tremendous suffering, with many refusing to talk about their experiences for the rest of their lives."
"The few who have chosen to tell of what happened at Chiran speak of the brave face of the pilots as they took off, juxtaposed with the fear they felt privately."
"While the young men smiled as they departed, the Nadeshinko would often go to remove their bedding only to find their pillows soaked with tears."
I just about lost it when I read that line.
"The goodbye ceremonies themselves were equally painful. The girls were forced to put on smiling faces, as the men they had got to know over the previous weeks and days flew off to certain death."
"Remembering that still makes me tremble,' said Chino Kuwashiro, now a tiny 86-year-old with a stooped back."
'We waved and waved until we couldn't see them anymore. Why did we have to endure such sorrow?'