Category Archives: Sivan

PARENTS AND CHILDREN … HOW IT BEGAN

As we grow older, and sometimes wiser, we can also lose our perspective on things that are just TOO immediate. For
instance: Kids!

Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to God’s kids.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve, his kids. And the first thing he said was: “Don’t”.

“Don’t what?” Adam replied.
“Don’t eat the forbidden fruit.” God said.
“Forbidden fruit? We got forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve…we got forbidden fruit!”
“No way!”
“Yes way!”
“Don’t eat that fruit!” said God.
“Why?”
“Because I am your Father and I said so!” said God, wondering why he hadn’t stopped after making the elephants.

A few minutes later God saw his kids having an apple break and was angry.
“Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit?” the First Parent asked.
“Uh huh, ” Adam replied.
“Then why did you?”
“I dunno” Eve answered.
“She started it!” Adam said.
“Did not!”
“Did too!”
“DID NOT!!”
Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus, the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is reassurance in this story … If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give them wisdom and they
haven’t taken it, don’t be hard on yourself. If God had trouble handling children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?

Advice for the day: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle:

Take two and keep away from children.

WEEK END HOSPITALITY

Todah Robah to the following Congregation members who have offered their hospitality to Rabbi Ruz Gulko and to provide the oneg:

  • Friday, 06/23/2017: airport Pickup: Marty Foxman
  • Friday Evening, 06/23/2017: Dinner hosts: Don and Helen Cherry
  • Friday evening, 06/23/2017, following Shabbat Services, at The Bethel: Oneg: Laura Weiss
  • Saturday lunch with Rabbi Ruz Gulko, after Morning Torah Study: Rabbi Ruz has asked that as many of us as can meet for lunch at Teriyaki Madness, 1710 Tenth Avenue South
  • Sunday return to airport: Meriam Nagel

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR RABBI RUZ’S NEXT VISIT: JUNE 23, 2017 (30 SIVAN, 5777)

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Friday, 06/23/2017, 7:30 P.M.: Erev Shabbat Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at the Bethel. Oneg to follow.
  • Saturday morning, 06/24/2017, 10:00 A.M.: Morning Torah Study, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at the Bethel
  • Saturday evening, 06/24/2017, 5:30 P.M.: Milchig (dairy) Potluck and adult discussion, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel. Please bring a dairy dish to share.
  • Sunday morning, 06/25/2017: To be decided

The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.

We are looking forward very much to Rabbi Ruz’s visit!

Rabbi Ruz has asked for some opinions regarding topics of discussion for her visit. Please take this brief survey to rank your topics of interest. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G6L5RGQ

FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH

(Produced by BBC in 2007)

“This is a very well done documentary with some great archival footage. It not only documents the war itself, but more importantly, events leading up to it and the dilemmas faced by main characters on both sides of the conflict — Israeli PM Levi Eshkol on one side and Egyptian leader Nasser on the other. Both of these leaders were exposed to some pretty intense pressures and the documentary does a terrific job retracing all the steps, exposing the sources of pressure, motivations behind them, etc.

The other great thing about this documentary is that it also brings in a number of eye witnesses from both sides, who are all pretty frank about their assessment. It’s interesting to hear the commentaries from the point of view of Nasser’s secretary, high-ranking Soviet officials, a Syrian student in Cairo, an Egyptian soldier, a U.S.-born Palestinian journalist in Jerusalem, Jordanian commanders, the UN commander in the Sinai, CIA officials, U.S. government officials, Israeli generals, soldiers and fighter pilots as well as Israeli civilians. This really puts it in even greater perspective.

The other interesting thing is how this documentary illuminates the misinformation and bias about the real state of affairs perpetuated by many Arab governments and media. It’s interesting to hear Nasser’s boasts of almost sure victory in a conflict he instigated based on flawed intelligence from the Russians. He’s touting the strengths of his armies which are ready for war, unaware that the war had already begun. Yet, when it’s all over he refuses to take responsibility, blames the British and the Americans for intervening on behalf of Israel even when the Israelis have clear evidence from an intercepted phone call between Nasser and King Hussein of Jordan plotting how to find a scapegoat for their own folly.

But it also looks at the war and its outcome as the seed of the current conflict, the occupation of the West Bank and Golan Heights, the “land for peace” principle and the general trauma that the war inflicted on the Arab world. It effectively illustrates how we got to where we are now.

The producers got access to some pretty unique archival war footage, most of it from the Israelis. The one incident the documentary does not cover or even mention is the controversial Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, a US Navy electronic intelligence ship.”

MONTANA HAS UNLIMITED WATER, DOESN’T IT?

Israeli water experts share technology, conservation in Missoula

7 June 2017

By Martin Kidston/Missoula Current

A delegation of Israeli water experts met with state leaders in Butte this week before stopping in Missoula to discuss water scarcity and the leading technologies developed by the desert nation to address the shortage on a global scale.

Led by Israeli Consul General Andy David and the Montana World Affairs Council, the delegation came to observe Montana’s varied water practices and hear the concerns of state officials confronted with a future where water could become scarce in a shifting climate.

“I hear in the U.S. that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting,” David said before joining KGVO Talk Back radio for an interview. “The world does face a water shortage already. There are policies that need to be in place and planning to ensure there is no shortage of food or water.”

While clean drinking water and rich aquifers are currently abundant in Montana, climate experts, including those at the state’s two flagship universities, project that may change later this century as rainfall tapers off and temperatures rise.

The situation is even more dire in other parts of the West, where prolonged drought and reckless water usage has prompted massive changes to both policy and practice. Some suggest Montana may not be far behind, and that could have dire consequences on both an economic and ecological scale.

“It’s the No. 1 issue,” said Robert Seidenschwarz, president emeritus of the Montana World Affairs Council. “Every industry, all our agriculture, all of our population centers, they cannot function unless we have secure, clean water.”

David, accompanied by global water experts Avner Adin and Anan Adin of Israel, spent the past week in Montana observing the state’s water practices, from irrigation to municipal consumption.

Touring Butte with Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, they found that nearly 40 percent of the residences were unmetered. The state’s irrigation practices also remain somewhat antiquated in a water-scarce world.

“When it comes to irrigation here, we’ve learned a lot of it is just sprinklers or flood irrigation,” David said. “Drip irrigation in Israel has proven to save on the water, but you also increase the yield. We’re basically here to try and understand the challenges and offer our friendship.”

Since its independence in 1948, Israel has been forced by geography and circumstance to address its water shortage. Avner Adin, an emeritus professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an environmental engineer, said water was the catalyst of change that enabled Israel to thrive in the desert.

“Three thousand years ago, Moses hit a rock with a stick and water came out, but today, we don’t have miracles like this,” said Adin. “With climate change, we’re facing more troubles. We have to work out and develop more water resources.”

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence now ranks water scarcity as a major threat to national security. David and his Israeli delegation have seen the risks first hand, from the Middle East to the American West.

To address the problem, Israel has developed new, cost-effective technology to produce drinkable water, including desalination. But it’s the nation’s conservation practices that could best apply to Montana, and that has the attention of state officials.

“As chair of the Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Council, I know firsthand how important water is to our economy, quality of life, and the health and safety of Montanans,” Cooney said Wednesday. “It was a great opportunity to engage in a unique partnership between Montana and Israeli water experts, and to discuss innovative ideas to conserve and protect our precious resources and safeguard the right to clean water.”

David described the meeting with state leaders as a “first date,” and said his country’s delegation of global water experts will return if requested.

“We’re thinking about the next steps and the value we can bring to Montana when it comes to planning, or creating a demonstration project somewhere to show some of our new agriculture techniques, or what we call precision agriculture,” David said.

“People are used to paying for food, but they’re not used to paying for water in many cases,” he added. “They look at it as a resource that has no limits, but it does have limits.”

FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS WEEK … SURVIVAL OF A NATION

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East.

Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

Experience an inspiring and thrilling account of what was then considered the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.
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YAHRZEITS — JUNE, 2017, SIVAN–TAMMUZ, 5777

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Lydia (Leah) Bailey Mar 31, 2017 3 Nissan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Al Nagel Jun 4, 2010 22 Sivan, 5770 Uncle of Meriam Nagel
Ann Magalnick Jun 6, 1987 9 Sivan, 5747 Mother of Elliot Magalnick
Minnie Goldberg Jun 8, 1983 27 Sivan, 5743 Grandmother of Jerry Weissman and Robert Fineman
Claire Hochfeld Meyer Jun 10, 1958 22 Sivan, 5718 Mother of Diane Sherick
Samuel Thall Jun 10, 1992 9 Sivan, 5752 Father of Terry Thall
Sigmund Oppenheimer Meyer Jun 11, 1986 4 Sivan, 5746 Father of Diane Sherick
Elsie Dorman Jun 14, 2004 25 Sivan, 5764 Aunt of Marjorie Feldman
Lillian Nagel Jun 16, 1999 2 Tammuz, 5759 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Rhoda Barrett Jun 17, 2000 14 Sivan, 5760 Cousin of Nadyne Weissman
Charles Cohn Jun 21, 1930 25 Sivan, 5690 Father of Arlyne Reichert
Zollie Kelman Jun 23, 2008 20 Sivan, 5768 Husband of Evelyn Kelman
Morris Goldberg Jun 25, 1955 5 Tammuz, 5715 Grandfather of Jerry Weissman and Robert Fineman
Regan Holsclaw Jun 27, 1970 23 Sivan, 5730 Son of Arleen Heintzelman
Miriam Foxman June 27, 2014 29 Sivan, 5774 Mother of Marty Foxman

YAHRZEITS — SIVAN, 5777

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Hebrew month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Lydia (Leah) Bailey 3 Nisan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Sigmund Oppenheimer Meyer 4 Sivan, 5746 Father of Diane Sherick
Ann Magalnick 9 Sivan, 5747 Mother of Elliot Magalnick
Samuel Thall 9 Sivan, 5752 Father of Terry Thall
Rhoda Barrett 14 Sivan, 5760 Cousin of Nadyne Weissman
Bette Weissman 16 Sivan, 5770 Grandmother of David Weissman, mother of Jeff Weissman, Patricia Philipps, Ted Weissman, Sally Weissman and Gale Rietmann
Zollie Kelman 20 Sivan, 5768 Husband of Evelyn Kelman
Claire Hochfeld Meyer 22 Sivan, 5718 Mother of Diane Sherick
Al Nagel 22 Sivan, 5770 Uncle of Meriam Nagel
Regan Holsclaw 23 Sivan, 5730 Son of Arleen Heintzelman
Charles Cohn 25 Sivan, 5690 Father of Arlyne Reichert
Elsie Dorman 25 Sivan, 5764 Aunt of Marjorie Feldman
Minnie Goldberg 27 Sivan, 5743 Grandmother of Jerry Weissman and Robert Fineman
Miriam Foxman 29 Sivan, 5774 Mother of Marty Foxman

YAHRZEITS — MAY, 2017, IYYAR–SIVAN, 5777

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Lydia (Leah) Bailey Mar 31, 2017 3 Nissan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Ada Handler May 1, 1980 15 Iyyar, 5740 Grandmother of Wendy Weissman
Marion Kelman May 19, 2016 11 Iyyar, 5776 Sister-in-law of Evelyn Kelman
Sheldon Maznek May 20, 2016 12 Iyar, 5776 Brother of Evelyn Kelman
Bessie Stiegler May 23, 1998 27 Iyyar, 5758 Aunt of Nadyne Weissman
Bette Weissman May 27, 2010 16 Sivan, 5770 Grandmother of David Weissman, mother of Jeff Weissman, Patricia Philipps, Ted Weissman, Sally Weissman and Gale Rietmann.

YAHRZEITS — JULY, 2016, SIVAN-TAMMUZ, 5776

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

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Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Sheldon Maznek May 20, 2016 12 Iyar, 5776 Brother of Evelyn Kelman
Marion Kelman May 19, 2016 11 Iyyar, 5776 Sister-in-law of Evelyn Kelman
Dr. Irving “Chick” Waltman Jan 5, 2016 24 Tevet, 5766 Father of Marjorie Feldman
Beverly Tatz Dec 8, 2015 26 Kislev, 5776 Mother of Janet Tatz
Irving Langsam Jul 3, 1991 21 Tammuz, 5751 Father of Helen Cherry
Alvin Magalnick Jul 3, 2010 21 Tammuz, 5770 Brother of Elliot Magalnick
Gregory Scott Merriman Jul 10, 2007 24 Tamuz, 5767 Father of Laura Merriman
Natalee Holly Kelman Jul 10, 2013 3 Av, 5773 Daughter of Evelyn Kelman
Beverly Espelin Jul 12, 2007 26 Tammuz, 5767 Mother of Dawn Schandelson
Hilda Schandelson Jul 17, 1962 15 Tammuz, 5722 Mother of Arnold Schandelson
Rachel Foxman July 18, 2014 20 Tamuz, 5774 Sister of Marty Foxman
Miriam Fischer Jul 20, 1953 8 Av, 5713 Mother of Robert Fischer
Maurice Jacoby Jul 27, 1976 29 Tammuz, 5736
Elsie Cook Mother of Helen Auch