Today in Jerusalem, while we were having lunch, a young couple got married. They are not just any couple. Sarah Techiya Litman married Ariel Beigel having invited the entire world to their wedding, postponed after Palestinian terrorists murdered her father and brother on November 13. Today is November 26. Sarah got up from shiva last week and got married today. The couple said they hoped multitudes will come to make us happy and indeed that is what happened.
Montreal was represented by Rabbi Fishman of the Beth Tivkah in Dollard and twelve of his congregants. They are to be commended for their courage and determination, deciding on Shabbos that they would be going to join hundreds of other Jews from all over the world to help bring joy to the bride and groom. Mazel Tov to the whole world and may this young couple know only of joy and happiness in their lives. Their faith and strength gives the entire Jewish world faith and strength.
Today is Thanksgiving in America. It comes with turkey, stuffing, sweet potato pie, a few greens beans and pecan pie for dessert. It also comes with Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade in Manhattan. Along with the 3 million people who lined the route were mobile cameras and police helicopters, specially trained police dogs sniffing for traces of explosives, officers patrolling on horseback, radiation detectors to seek out evidence of a dirty bomb; teams of plainclothes officers mixing unobtrusively with revelers spread along the two and a half miles of the Manhattan parade route between 9 a.m. and noon.
The world will not be held hostage by terrorists. For now we will have to live with all the extra security but make no mistake. There are billions more people in the world than the few thousand who seem to be terrorizing everyone. They will get their just desserts one day. We must pray that it is much sooner than later.
We have been saying this for years: there is gas fixing or collusion in quebec. Today it was revealed that we here in la belle province pay the highest gas prices in – ready? – all of North America. We hope you are not surprised by that.
You may need the barf bag for this next bit: The actual price of the gas is about 55 cents per liter. Everything else is tax. So let’s see, when we pay 1.21 per liter the tax is 66 cents, more than the gas itself. Nauseous yet?
If someone out there can explain why the prices go up at the exact same time, the exact same amount at every gas station, we would like to know. One thing we can tell you, the government is not letting go of this cash cow anytime soon.
Where the heck are they spending all this money? It couldn’t be on infrastructure because until a couple of years ago, no one ever did anything about that and now they are trying to fix a whole city in ten minutes. Couldn’t be that they used it for the new hospitals because they are a complete disaster. Certainly not for snow cleaning because in some residential areas the snow never gets cleaned.
Let’s see now. Ya think maybe people have bank accounts with, shall we say, some extra money? Or maybe a safety deposit box where they can dip in when they are short of money. Something smells here Blanche and it’s not coming from us.
Donald Trump is slowly but surely looking less and less likely to get that elusive presidential nomination. If he does manage to eek it out, it will be nothing short of a miracle.
In today’s disaster he openly mocked a reporter who suffers from arthrogryposis, a rare musculoskeletal disorder. He did not like that the dude differed with his opinion that New Jersey residents had celebrated while watching the Twin Towers fall. You understand they were not white americans? We don’t have to spell this out, do we Blanche? But we digress.
As he spoke, Trump launched into an impression which involved gyrating his arms wildly and imitating the unusual angle at which this gentleman’s hand sometimes rests. Did he apologize? Not a chance. He criticized the paper this man writes for. Ya can’t buy class.
Another day, another nutball jumped the fence around the White House. Those secret service dudes either need a higher fence or more people to watch said fence. Don’t know about you, but Blanche cannot keep up with Trudeau’s travels these days. He goes from one country to the next like you cross the street. Yesterday he was in London bowing to the Queen, today he’s in Malta, in two days he’ll be in Paris. One thing that was rather interesting about the Queen business was of course it was not his first time meeting her. He was there with his father decades ago. Even the Queen was impressed with that.
It also seems he learned from his last trip – oh that would be last week – to drop the selfies. Haven’t seen one unless we missed it. We would be remiss if we did not comment on Black Friday. Blanche, can you imagine that people camp out on their holiday to save money on something they most likely don’t need? Or that hordes of people run to buy socks and underwear, aka interhoisen,in Target when they can get the same stuff next week for $2 more? We cannot imagine putting a toe into a store tomorrow, unless of course you’re looking for a visit to the hospital when someone steps on it. Insanity.
Good Shabbos We’ll talk…