Monthly Archives: May 2019

Gennady Tkachenko-Papizh


Gennady Tkachenko-Papizh


If you haven’t seen Gennady Tkachenko-Papizh sing, please watch:





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Rampant Antisemitism


Rampant Antisemitism (Randyjw; May 29, 2019)


Anti-semitic sentiment bears its fruit in influence and actions. Much as we would like to think that the degree and tone of an individual’s public expression to their commitment of non-prejudice toward all people might be true, it’s rather difficult to accept the excuses given, the non-apologetic justifications and back-pedalling, and all else that passes for non-pc-speak, by our elected representatives, officials, the spinners of propaganda passing for news, and those entrusted to uphold our constitutional values.


This should especially be true in our education system today, given how hard our nation has fought each other on the issues of equality, the right to vote, etc.


I must say that I cannot accept that most universities today continue to allow blatant hostility to its Jewish students to continue. If student clubs receive budgets for their activities through the school, and if that agenda includes sponsoring convicted terrorists as speakers on-campus; If the selfsame speaker has ties to, sympathizes with, or has even committed terrorist acts; if the US Department of State has listed such an affiliated group as a terrorist organization; is the material support and comfort given to this person or endeavor a treasonous act to our country?


If a faculty department of a university, which is comprised of teachers employed by such school, engages in such behavior; discriminates against students, particularly Jews wishing to study abroad at an Israeli campus by rescinding a previously agreed commitment to write a letter of recommendation for such study, upon learning that it would take place in (Jewish) Israel; if antisemitic violence against Jewish students, harassment of Jewish students by other students; if a collective body of students under their club, or student government promote such discrimination against pro-Israel Jews:


Besides lip service paid by the administration of such universities in simply stating that their administration does not share such values…


Isn’t it obvious that they do, if they will allow such actions to keep on? Isn’t silent agreement an act of complicity, in itself?


That is why, despite a Universities’ stated position, I still leave them on my listings, for having allowed the Jews to have to go through such things, here in America, as well as around the world.



“What You Do To Jews”:


See (Updated June 5, 2019):

Stellar, Richard. “UCLA: No place for Jews?”. (Opinion); September 1, 2016:




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Book Review Corrects Revisionist History


Book Review Corrects Revisionist History (Randyjw; May 27, 2019)


This book review by Raymond Ibrahim corrects the historical account, to a great extent, between competing versions of the past, which vie for our attention, today:





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US Vets


US Vets (Randyjw; May 11, 2019)



What would you give for these? Ask

any vet you see…



MEMORIAL DAY – – May 27, 2019 (Randyjw; May 5, 2019)



Star Spangled Banner As You’ve Never Heard It:

mona rose

Published on Jul 6, 2013





Freedom Is Not Free – A poem by Kelly Strong:


Published on Oct 12, 2006





Memorial Day Tribute:

Dennis Henry

Published on May 23, 2013






Norick Hapa_On_A_Moto

Published on Dec 9, 2015




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Calm (Randyjw; May 26, 2019)


Like Saul to David,

calmed with tender, soothing tones

played on the kinnor.



These songs by Yehuda Katz have a rather collective, soothing effect:


Yehuda Katz – Bachatzi Halayla (Midnight Escape):



This next one is by Shlomo Katz:

Shlomo Katz- Od Yishama (There Will Be Heard) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz – Woman of Wisdom and Valor (Eshet Chayil) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz – B’Simchah Rabah (We’re So Happy) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz – Calling Out to You (Elecha) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz V’hamagal –  Libi U’b’sari:



Yehuda Katz – Loving Life (Mi Ha’Ish):



Yehuda Katz – Reflecting Light (K’Gavnah):



Yehuda Katz – All Together (composed by Meir Banai, Yair Nitzani):



Yehuda Katz – Purple Royalty (Shoshanah Ya’Akov):



Yehuda Katz – Dancing in Mezeritch:



Yehuda Katz – Hand in Hand (Yamin V’Smol) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz – Nigun Lewis (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):



Yehuda Katz – You Are the Kind (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):






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The Who: Moving On Tour (US) – Travelzoo Special Members Only Offer

The Who: Moving On Tour (US) – Travelzoo Special Members Only Offer (Randyjw; May 26, 2019)

(Reposted from Travelzoo; May 26, 2019)


This is an exclusive special-pricing offer brought to you by Travelzoo and special deal expert, Erin Mara. This goes through club.


So, join Travelzoo, become a member (it’s free), and see, do, experience, travel, and enjoy — so much more, for less ($)!


With this Who concert, you get:

Great Rates, help a great cause, and with two tickets purchased, receive a music download or cd of new music by The Who.


Here’s their special offer, taken from their deal offer. Please make sure to reclick their links or recheck their website for updates and complete information.




The Who presents its Moving On tour in cities nationwide, and Travelzoo members save up to 50% on tickets with this exclusive offer.

The Who’s hits include “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “I Can See for Miles” and “My Generation.”

For every two tickets purchased, your order will include one CD or music download of new music by The Who. After you attend the show, you will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem your CD or music download. Also, $1 from every ticket will benefit Teen Cancer America (

Starting prices are listed below; click your city to see all ticket options:

Northeast and Southeast:

  • Atlanta$75 (reg. $114) at State Farm Arena, Sept. 18
  • Boston$55 (reg. $95) at Fenway Park, Sept. 13
  • Pittsburgh$30 (reg. $61) at PPG Paints Arena, May 30


  • Sunrise$50 (reg. $65) at BB&T Center, Sept. 20
  • Tampa$157 (reg. $185) at Amalie Arena, Sept. 22

Midwest & Texas:

  • Cuyahoga Falls (Cleveland) … $35 (reg. $70) at Blossom Music Center, Sept. 10
  • Dallas$65 (reg. $113) at American Airlines Center, Sept. 27
  • Detroit$118 (reg. $146) at Little Caesars Arena, May 28
  • Elkhorn$35 (reg. $70) at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Sept. 8
  • Houston … $69 (reg. $119) at Toyota Center, Sept. 25
  • St. Paul … $35 (reg. $70) at Xcel Energy Center, Sept. 6


  • Denver$60 (reg. $81) at Pepsi Center, Sept. 29
  • Hollywood$49 (reg. $67) at Hollywood Bowl, Oct. 11

Note: There are extra fees of up to $13.38 per ticket (varying by city), but the fees are actually less than what you’d pay for full-price tickets.

* Discount based on full-priced tickets and associated fees. Restrictions may apply. Subject to availability. CD or music download must redeemed by Sept. 25, 2019.

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Im Eshkachech

Im Eshkachech (If I Forget Thee) (Rachelgv; Hebrew Translation / May 26, 2019)


T’filah L’Hashem:

Shalom Birushalayim,

yonim al hashurim





If I Forget Thee (Rachelgv; May 25, 2019)


A prayer to G-d:

Peace upon Jerusalem,

doves upon the walls



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If I Forget Thee

If I Forget Thee (Rachelgv; May 25, 2019)


A prayer to G-d:

Peace upon Jerusalem,

doves upon its walls




Im Eshkachech (If I Forget Thee) (Rachelgv; Hebrew Translation / May 26, 2019)


T’filah L’Hashem:

Shalom Birushalayim,

yonim al hashurim



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Yeshiva Study Petition




A petition on regarding yeshiva study:





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Love (Ten)

Love (Ten) (Randyjw; May 22, 2019)


The unseen art, of dabblers, and love,

in the negative space on the wall

was filled to existence by tenderly painters

trading places when the other stalled



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Some New TV Clips From MEMRI (Content Advisory Warning)


Some New TV Clips From MEMRI (Content Advisory Warning) (Randyjw; May 16, 2019)



Here are the latest TV clips from Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) (Content Advisory Warning):









Psstttt…… Are you awake?


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Illegal Peace Prayers


Illegal Peace Prayers (Randyjw; May 16, 2019)



I’m admitting to post-facto supposed “war crimes” of having placed a note in the Western Wall/Wailing Wall/Kotel and joining Alan Dershowitz’s satirical call of rebellion in doing so, to protest the designation of parts of Israeli land as being called “occupied.”


Does this designation apply retroactively to 587 BCE, 70CE, the actual placing of my note circa 2003/4/5 or so, the UN Security Council Resolution (fake news) of 2016, or what? Am I a satirical 2,600-year criminal, a 2,050-year criminal, a 16-year criminal, or just a mere 3-year criminal? Better round those criminal Jews up, again.


Dershowitz, Alan. “War Crime!: Placing a Note in the Western Wall”.; May 14, 2019:



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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day (Randyjw; May 11, 2019)



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Fuschia Blooms


Fuschia Blooms (Randyjw; May 10, 2019)


Fuschia brush my ears:

caresses near the soapdish

blushes cheeks and hair



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Turquoise (Randyjw; May 10, 2019)


Sunlight pierces the branches of mangroves

the blue heron sailing a vast expanse for the other side

At the bank gleam shining pairs of faceted rainbows

partially submerging preying alligator eyes


Junebugs arrive early

and mayday beacons, like fireflies, bioluminesce in neon green

A striped mullet arcs and twists his agile body,

silvered underbody draped in pearlescent sheen


Sugar kisses coat the cypress swamp,

of which the water was filled and drained

And now sits the still glorious eagle

in its place where the plantation stands


The cypress canoes lay now silent

on the trails, filled with tears, which man tamed

A seminal tale for the Seminole,

at the time when the full moon waned.








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Chamesh (Randyjw; May 9, 2019)


Chamesh is a five-fingered luck sign

of both Jewish and Arab design

To which I added further images

of symbolic peace doves of Israel, in mine



Two birds in the hand

and the world, as a pomegranate

solely… to wish each soul

A good year!

That’s all…




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Love / Amor (Nine)


Love / Amor (Nine) (Randyjw; May 9, 2019)


Verses in reply

from seemingly simple lines

Layered depths to mine



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No Contest


No Contest (Randyjw; May 9, 2019)


Of the bad I’ve done

No excused crimes of passion

emits from forked tongues


The judges human

don’t look at goodness in sums

but each act, as one


Opening statements,

intent, and motivation

Leave the jury hung


The courtroom drama

supporting evidence flung

considerations begun



the cross-examination

A gavel bangs down


So, put to the gun,

Not for, but because… of love,

I admit to none



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Wingwoman (Randyjw; May 9, 2019)


Birds on a wire

at times don’t face each other

but love, together



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Can’t Chew Gum


Can’t Chew Gum (Randyjw; May 9, 2019)


My heart skips its beats

Even while managing to

trip over my feet


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Why America Is Great


Why America Is Great (Randyjw; May 8, 2019)


Ducking beneath an overhang to avoid rain, I found myself sitting next to two people engaged in a conversation in which one of them stated that he saves only a little money, and the rest of it he sends back to his country. I was a little concerned about this guy, as he seemed to have taken two “location shots” of a not-so-special place, and then seemed to proceed to aim his phone, somewhat surreptitiously, toward me. I told him, twice, “Don’t take my picture,” but I think he did. I did not get a good feeling from it – – and it seemed more like a bad reconaissance mission, as opposed to a friendly gesture. Without saying what I’m saying, I’m saying it, anyways… Hopefully, it’s just hyper-awareness in this situation and doesn’t portend ill-purpose on his part.

Anyways, it set me thinking about immigration, other countries, and the U.S.


I have nothing against immigrants. I understand that people want to share in our “dream” of freedom, democracy, and prosperity. If only some family members from foreign countries settle here, it tears their family apart, and that can be difficult. When an immigrant finds work, and sends most of their wage earnings home, these remittances help raise the living standards for their family, since the dollar tends to be the strongest currency against which other countries peg their own currency. The value is so much higher, that the dollar has so much more purchasing power.


But, there are other factors to consider, as well. What if there are so many emigrants doing this, that half the country are receiving this income, but the other half are not? Maybe it will lead to the artificial inflation of the cost of goods, based on what the given market will bear: such items such as housing, cars, and the like, eventually, and effectively, pricing the poor half of the population right out of the market and even deeper into dire poverty.


Maybe there’s a point of too-quick growth, where booms in various industries lead to a top-heavy shift of workers toward these growth areas, while leading to the paucity of other industries and the workers required to learn and perform still needed functions and vocations. The lure of foreign countries whose workers will earn less, due to the stronger dollar at home, helps to also cause the business-investor’s exodus.


I think that’s why President Trump is bringing back manufacturing to our shores, and really understands the full benefits of doing so. While we, here, in the U.S., still stand to retain our competitive technological, military, and business edge, it also helps to raise the standards of living for so many in the rest of the world.


How? It might help to galvanize the populations of other countries to confront the reasons why their present system isn’t working and to find the means to make it work. Perchance a popular movement will gain traction, using the ideals of the U.S. success as a role model. It’s already beginning to happen in Saudi Arabia, with nepotism and cronyism in the awarding of cushy jobs to the royal sons now losing favor and industry opening up to the general population. Other mid-East countries, not in the midst of long-term internal or external war, are also feverishly developing their infrastructure and, hence, furthering their economies. That’s better diversification for them, as oil, gas, and alternate energy resources are now also found in better concentration beyond just the middle East. Word being bandied about by the Palestinians is heading in this area, also.



When the U.S. was great, the world’s countries rose, as well. At least, those which were based on a democratic-capitalist system. Where the U.S. started to fail is in the brawn-drain exodus of our manufacturing jobs and the brain-drain exodus in the tech sector. Accelerated immigration growth led to a demand to accommodate a bilingual work-force, to tap, not only foreign markets, but now the internal language shift of the U.S. This has forced a change in the population of both the workforce and those forced out of once plentiful jobs formerly requiring only a monolingual language. The country from the exodus continues its decline as workers leave for greener pastures, and this causes more instability around the world.


I think that the world can rise with America’s rise, rather than by bringing it down. It’s just something to seriously think about.


See Also (Updated June 20, 2019):


Stossel, John. “Moral Capitalism”.; June 20, 2019:




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How Beautiful


How Beautiful (Randyjw; May 5, 2019)


How beautiful is this song, “La Vie en Rose.”


Some would call me a hopeless romantic. I’d disagree. I’d call it something more, like… a “hopeful romantic.” Isn’t that better? I think so.


The perfect embodiment of this is found in the song, “La Vie en Rose.”


I just found this beautiful version of it, last night. It features Nieka Moss, with Jason Lux accompanying on piano. Listen to these love-ly words, especially the English wording at the end.


Have a beautiful day and evening. Good night.







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Love cont


Love cont (Rachelgv; May 3, 2019)


Pick for me

another song

and let me grasp

at shadows

that have already gone

While nights grow shorter

and the days grow long

I’ll be seeking your starlight

in the rise of each dawn



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Yom HaShoah (This Evening)


Yom HaShoah (This Evening)


In remembrance of the six million who perished in the Holocaust.


Hannah Szenes wrote this poem. She escaped from Hungary in the second World War, and went back over enemy lines to help her fellow Jews in trouble. She gave her life, in doing so.





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Yom Hazikaron / Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Repost)

Yom HaZikaron / Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Randyjw; April 17, 2018)
(Reposted May 1, 2019)
Yom HaZikaron May 7-8, 2019
Yom Ha’Atzma’ut May 8-9, 2019
Soldiers, warriors, heroes, victims
mothers, fathers, siblings, children
departed, terrorism, so many gone, in memoriam
never forget, ever learned?
millions strong, remembering
Israel Stands Still

Israel Stands Still (Randyjw; Originally Posted: April 22, 2017)

Israel stands still

when the siren sounds across the land

recalling the fallen

the never again

You are not forgotten

but remembered again


Siren of Rehovot, Israel (2012):




I Am poem – Anne Frank

by Natasha Hashemi and Claire Hawer




Eli Atah – Shlomo Gronich and the Sheba Choir





In Happier Days (Randyjw; Originally Posted: April 23, 2017)


Through the slavery of Egypt;

through the auto-da-fe’s; the pogroms;

through the Inquisition; the Crusades;

and the exile of Babylon.


The destruction of our Temple

was more than the razing of a building;

it was the attempt to destroy through deicide

what they couldn’t destroy within.


The burning of our skin

in the synagogues

as they torched us alive in flames

worshipping false G-ds with idols

and blaspheming the Good L-rd’s name.


They eradicated us en masse in genocide

and overtook the Holy Land,

What they didn’t take, through Holocaust,

was that G-d would foil their plans.


G-d knows how to make it rain,

blessing, in its proper times.

As much as is done for the earth,

He has done, as well, for our minds.


Happy Rebirthday: Eternal, Israel


Happy Rebirthday: Eternal, Israel

(Randyjw; Originally Posted: 05/11/2016)



Yom HaZikaron

Remembrance Day (Memorial Day)





Yom HaAtzma’ut

Independence Day




Yom Holedet!

Happy Rebirthday, Israel.

Always Eternal.

Eternally Yours,


HaTikvah (The Hope; a poem by Naftali Herz Imber; also it is the Israel National Anthem)


Kol od balayvav pnima nefesh Yehudi homiyah

Ul fatey Mizrach kadima

Ayin L’Tsion tsofiyah

Od lo avdah tikvatenu

HaTikvah shnot al payim

Liyot Am chofshi be’artzenu

B’Eretz Tzion V’rushalyim.


(HaTikvah “The Hope” translation from “My Jewish Learning”:)

As long as within our hearts

The Jewish soul sings,

As long as forward to the East

To Zion, looks the eye —

Our hope is not yet lost,

It is two thousand years old,

To be a free people in our land

The land of Zion and Jerusalem.


Hear The Israel National Anthem, HaTikvah, on YouTube:


See excerpts of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, proclaim the State of Israel, with HaTikvah in the background:



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