The Best Motto

Gd, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannon change
Courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

You woke up this morning - Congratulations! You got another chance!

Wednesday, August 04, 2021


There are a lot of people in our country who look back on September 12, 2001 with a sort of nostalgia and longing - because, even though the country was in shock and in mourning, we, as Americans, were united; united in our mutual love for our great country, despite our differences. 

My recollections of that time are a bit hazy and still somewhat painful, but one thing I knew even then - not everyone woke up the morning after the attacks as a much more decent human and a proud patriot; and the more I leaned with passing time, the bleaker the emerging picture got. 

First of all, there were some people who just remained the scum of the universe - like the pickpockets who stole my wallet and cell phone on the crowded subway car the week after the tragedy, then went on the shopping spree with my credit cards, and kept calling our house from my phone and leaving taunting messages.

Then there were psychotic morons like Katha Pollitt, who could not let her traumatized child hang the American flag because it stands for colonialism, jingoism, and whatever other -isms the Left usually applied to our country - no extra explosions of patriotism from these people.

And then there was Ta-Nehisi Coates….

If the future historians would be at all honest, Coates would go down in history for this quote: “We arrived two months before September 11, 2001. I suppose everyone who was in New York that day has a story. Here is mine: That evening, I stood on the roof of an apartment building with your mother, your aunt Chana, and her boyfriend, Jamal. So we were there on the roof, talking and taking in the sight—great plumes of smoke covered Manhattan Island. Everyone knew someone who knew someone who was missing. But looking out upon the ruins of America, my heart was cold. I had disasters all my own. The officer who killed Prince Jones (a friend of Coates’), like all the officers who regard us so warily, was the sword of the American citizenry. I would never consider any American citizen pure. I was out of sync with the city. I kept thinking about how southern Manhattan had always been Ground Zero for us. They auctioned our bodies down there, in that same devastated, and rightly named, financial district. And there was once a burial ground for the auctioned there. They built a department store over part of it and then tried to erect a government building over another part. Only a community of right-thinking black people stopped them. I had not formed any of this into a coherent theory. But I did know that Bin Laden was not the first man to bring terror to that section of the city. I never forgot that. Neither should you. In the days after, I watched the ridiculous pageantry of flags, the machismo of firemen, the overwrought slogans. Damn it all. Prince Jones was dead. And hell upon those who tell us to be twice as good and shoot us no matter. Hell for ancestral fear that put black parents under terror. And hell upon those who shatter the holy vessel. I could see no difference between the officer who killed Prince Jones and the police who died, or the firefighters who died. They were not human to me. Black, white, or whatever, they were the menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could—with no justification—shatter my body.”

That masterpiece of sociopathic hatred towards our country comes from the book titled Between the World and Me - it’s a letter addressed to his son! 

A lot of people rightly blame Barack Obama for the racial unrest of today - but Obama did not start it; moreover, he would not have been able to sow the seeds if he did not have a very fertile ground for these seeds to be sown, fertilized, and thrive. The black hatred began long before his time - with the Nation of Islam, Black Panthers, Black Liberation Army, Rainbow Coalition, and others.  These people were (and are) radically different (pun not intended) from Dr. King and his teachings; they were not proud Americans demanding their Constitutional rights, oh no!  That crew hated the USA with every fiber of their being, and all they wanted (and still want) is the total destruction of the country that we love so dearly.

For about six hours I suffered through one hundred and thirty five pages of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ hateful, virulent, psychotic America-hating bile written to his son (ironically, the dude actually knows how to write well).  I did this in order to delve (at least for a fraction) into the mindset of these people - and to confirm my (at this point long-standing) theory: we can not share our country with them!  

You see, there would always be the scummy bottom-dwellers who would never miss an opportunity to steal, rob, and make an easy buck no matter the times (national tragedy included).  There would always be disgusting crazies like Pollitt (who, after all, at least allowed her daughter to hang the American flag in her room).  We should protect ourselves from the first, and loudly and relentlessly fight the second.

Coates and his ilk, on the other hand, are in our faces Fifth Column.  I am sure that if his son wanted to fly the American flag on 9/12, not only would he not have been allowed to do it in any way, shape, or form - they would probably have had a public flag burning ceremony instead!

Everyone who hates our country the way these people do - and who, moreover, does not acknowledge the legitimacy of the United States of America - should not be allowed to remain here and to maintain our citizenship.  They should be permanently stripped of that citizenship, given a set time to set their affairs in order, and then forced to permanently depart our country!  

And, no, my dear friends, 9/12 and after was not really a time of great unity and resurgent patriotism - and you would do well to remember this….

Gear up and prepare to fight - because our complacency and sheer naivete allowed The Fifth Column to make great inroads in transforming our country and diminishing our freedom!  

May The One Above bless and protect our beloved US of A! 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021


Burt Prelutsky (himself a secular Jew) once noted that religious Jews in America probably have more in common with devout Christians than they do with their left wing progressive brethren.  Unfortunately, I knew that before I read his article, and in the intervening years I saw more and more examples confirming this sad fact. I pray for my lost brothers and sisters; I hope that they will be granted the clarity of vision to find the way back to the truth, to the real pride in their heritage, and to Heavenly Father - and I hope that I personally can (at least most of the time) teach them by example. 

However, this is not why I remembered Burt’s observation; as we all know, Gd works in mysterious ways, and a lot of times His messages come from somewhat unexpected places.  

These past two years  have been extremely challenging to the USA, Israel, and the Jews - and each day seems to bring more and more bad news.  I firmly believe that He has a plan that we can’t possibly see, and we should never, ever lose hope - or consider ourselves defeated (unhorsed, possibly, using a line from one of my beloved romance novels, but not defeated!); but sometimes the constant barrage of enemy fire gets to be a bit too much for my psyche.

A few days ago I caught a little video of Kayleigh McEnany talking about her upcoming book, the title of which is For Such a Time as This; Kayleigh pointed out that the title does come from the Bible, and kept asking the audience if they recognized the quote.  Since I usually read the holy texts in Hebrew (or in the translation very different from King James or NIV), I could not immediately pinpoint the correct source - but something told me that it was from Esther.  Sure enough, it was from Esther - and Kayleigh explained that the reason she used that phrase is because she firmly believes that she was put on this Earth, in her body, with her parents, with her family - for such a time as this.

Book of Esther - the first and foremost theme of which is Gd’s hidden ways!  That was the message - I am Hidden, but I am with you!  You know the truth, you know the enemy - and you were put here for such a time as this!  You know the stakes of this fight; don’t stay silent, don’t put down your sword, keep fighting - and I am here with you!

Father chose this brave patriot and devout Catholic to send me a message of encouragement and hope!  May He always protect His people, the people who truly believe in Him, the Holy Land, and this wonderful country!  Blessings to Kaleigh, Baby Blake, and her entire family!  We were all put on this Earth for such a time as this - let us keep our hope, and keep fighting! 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021


Beloved Niece:

Can I make you a ponytail?


Papi, you have a lot of grey hair!

Well, thanks for reminding me...

You didn't know you have grey hair?

August 5, 2012


Conversation with my 2-year-old niece:

Where are we going?

To the zoo.

No, I don't want to go to the zoo! I want to go to the library!


I want books! I need books!

Definitely related...

August 9, 2012


 My Minnie Mouse suitcase scared all the ladies on the bus - nobody wanted to sit with me! Hurray for demented fashion!

September 21, 2012


Upon opening the freezer was attacked by the flying objects; upon further investigation, conducted by the roomie and yours truly, it was concluded that, since the attackers were cabbage relatives and peasant bread, the attack itself was, most probably, ordered by the IRA. 

October 15, 2012


 Curry does not spend a lot of time on my bed. If he deigns to come, his usual routine is to jump to my left hand, go around my head, walk on my hair, make a circle, and jump off in the vicinity of my right foot. Today, after making a circle around my head, he landed by my shoulder and just stayed, letting me pet him, breathing and purring in my ear - as if he knew that I needed to be comforted.

November 7, 2012


 Missed all the excitement! It looks like NYPD was knocking on every single door, looking for a man with a dog; Benny informed them that we only have 2 cats, and there is also an older sister in the apartment, after which they went to knock on the next door.

November 8, 2012

Wednesday, June 09, 2021


Love of a big brother: Beloved Nephew refused to get in the stroller as he hates Martian plastic (which was needed due to rain); claimed that he is not at all tired to walk to school for three blocks; agreed to go in when informed that his baby sister is not feeling very well and can't be outside for too long - ergo, if he gets in, we can walk much faster :)

April 1, 2011


Granddaughter of a man who was politely informed by KGB that he will rot in USSR, and a woman who was cursed by Russians for producing too many Jewish kids, was complimented by her teacher for doing extra Hebrew homework; Gd bless this country!

May 31, 2011

Thursday, June 03, 2021


Beloved Niece: "Papi, I want to tell you a secret! There was a man and a woman in the elevator, and they did this (showing a pucker)". "Yes, sweetness, they were kissing each other." "Do they want to get married?"

August 15, 2011

I, to Beloved Nephew: "do you know that I love your nose?" "You love every part of me, Papi! You know how I know? Because you love me!"

August 14, 2011

Beloved Nephew is spending too much time in my company:

"Serenity now! This is not your light, Mister! You are not the mater of the road!" But the last one is all his beautiful sweetness: "Hashem is the Master of the road!"

August 11, 2011

Monday, May 24, 2021


This was a really funny moment at one of my friends' Shabbat table:

"...and now I despise EPA because of what Jewish press was writing; I was duly surprised to hear this as EPA is on my hit list for about 12 years, during which I read JP exactly 24 times (I think)....Really enjoy these snippets of mind reading sessions..."

October 9, 2011

Sunday, March 14, 2021


Next person to tell me that we are on our last bottle of water will be waterboarded using this remaining bottle!!

May 26, 2010


My non-existent hat goes off to the true dedication for elegance; why else would a young matron come to do laundry in pantyhose and and 4 inch wedge sandals?

June 11, 2010


Gentlemen, once you start going bold, accept realty and just shave your head - as gross as comb-overs are, there is nothing like a wig to really make you look pitiful.


 Attempted to give the clothing industry a chance to redeem itself; my olive branch was met with disdain and hauteur.

June 17, 2010


I love working with creative people! For a few months we have been looking for office camera, and nobody knew where it was; today, yours truly opens the storage and is promptly assaulted by a flashlight; after remembering all the choice words in step-mama language, I replace the flashlight - and, lo and behold, here is the effin camera!! Good thing I was not efficient enough to trash the recharger...

June 21, 2010