Monday, May 26, 2014

tourists and Elvis is Jewish according to new book

  Shelve Those Worries

At times you may be obsessed with certain worries.

You do not want to worry the entire day. A useful technique is to set aside time slots for giving thought to those matters. When a worry arises during the rest of the day, tell yourself, "Now is not the time for worry. At 9:00 this evening I will think about it, but not now."

This gently pushes away worries, and gives you confidence that you have control.

Love Yehuda Lave

 Subject: Elvis was Jewish

Elvis Presley may be remembered as a rocker with a penchant for Baptist hymnals, but the King also had some major Jewish lineage.

According to  a biography, "Elvis and Gladys," the Memphis musician was halachically Jewish through matrilineal descent. And he was proud of  it. Elaine  Dundy wrote "Elvis  and Gladys" in 1995 about the singer's relationship with his mother, Gladys Love Smith. Gladys' maternal grandmother was Martha Tacket, who was Jewish. 


According to the book, Elvis knew about his Jewish lineage, but was told to keep it quiet by his parents, who feared an antisemitic backlash in 1940's  Mississippi. Nevertheless, Elvis was known to wear a Chai necklace and carry a yarmulke in his jacket pocket, and he buried his mother under a gravestone engraved with a Star of David.


"After his mother died, Elvis personally sought to design his beloved mother's gravesite which included a Star of David on Gladys Love Presley's tombstone," Dundy wrote in her book. "The decision was made by him in honor of his Jewish heritage. Something his mother was proud of and acknowledged to Elvis at a very early age."




In 2002's "Schmelvis: In Search of Elvis Presley's Jewish Roots," writers Jonathan Goldstein and Max Wallace wrote about Elvis' generous giving to Jewish institutions.


"One day the Memphis Jewish Welfare sent a delegation to Graceland to see him and ask if he could contribute. At Christmas every year he would donate $1,000 to a number of Memphis charities and one of them was the Memphis Hebrew Academy, and so they thought maybe they could get something," the book read. "They explained what they do, taking care of poor Jews and orphans. Elvis excused himself for a minute. When he came back, he handed the leader of the delegation a check. They didn't know what to expect. They thought $1,000 would be nice. When they looked at the check, it was for $150,000. The equivalent of more than a million dollars today."


It looks like the King knew the meaning of tzedukah.




1. "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

2. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time -- this should be banned."

3. "On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food."

4. "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price"

5. "The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room."

6. "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow."

7. "They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax."

8. "No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared."

9. "Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."

10. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."

11. "The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun."

12. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England . It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair."

13. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends' three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller."

14. "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the resort'. We're trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service."

15. "When we were in Spain there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."

16. "We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning."

17. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or
unruly guests before we travel."

18. "I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention

19. "My fiancé and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."