Two Shalom Pollock tours on August 10th and 25th and What do Senior Citizens look forward to? and What's My Line? - Edward G. Robinson (Oct 11, 1953) and David Geffen Gifts 480-Seat Auditorium to National Library of Israel and Be Safe: Don’t Visit Your Dying Parent. Don’t Leave Your House. Don’t Get Married. Don’t …By Dennis Prager
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August 10 We will have the distinct honor of visiting with some of our very best Jews in the destroyed community of Homesh in the Shomron. In 2005 Ariel Sharon ordered the destruction of all the Jewish communities in Gush Katif plus four in Shomron. There is a group of young men who have maintained a connection with the site as they meet to learn the Torah daily. We are invited to visit this site and meet these extraordinary Jews. We will visit Mount Eval and "Joshua's altar", one of the most important biblical/archeological sites in the world. A local expert guide will accompany us on Mount Eval and see the altar that Joshua built as he entered the land over 3,300 years ago. This site borders the Palestinian Authority and has been damaged by Arabs more than once in an ongoing attempt to erase all Jewish traces in our land. We will have an IDF escort. Before we visit this majestic site we will enjoy a film about Shomron and the Jewish people. On our return to Yerushalayim, we will visit the famous winery in Rachelim and learn about and taste the award-winning "Tura" wines. You may snooze on the bus. Departure at 9:00 from the Inbal hotel Return between 5:00 and 6:00. Bring lunch cost:320 shekels August 25 Stargazing in the Ramon Crater with "Ira the star man" By popular demand, we will go down south to the Ramon Crater. Our expert astronomer suggests Wednesday, August 25 as the best night to enjoy the thrill of the night sky. Our team will bring professional telescopes for our use and guidance. We will depart at 4:00 pm and return around 1:30 am. Bring something for the night chill. cost:320 shekels
The Three Musketeers at the Kotel
Be Safe: Don't Visit Your Dying Parent. Don't Leave Your House. Don't Get Married. Don't … By Dennis Prager
As many observers have noted, staying safe has become a religion. "Safetyism," as it is sometimes called, like all religions, places what it values – in this case, being safe – above other values. Safetyism explains the willingness of Americans to give up their most cherished values – including liberty – in the name of safety for the last year and a half.
Millions of Americans not only gave up their right to go to work, earn a living, attend church or synagogue, and visit friends and relatives, but they even gave up their right to visit dying relatives and friends. One can assume that nearly every person recorded as having died of Covid-19 died without having a single loved one at their bedside from the moment they entered a hospital until their death. The acceptance of such cruelty – irrational and unscientific cruelty, one might add –can only be explained by the failure of generations of schools and parents to teach liberty, while successfully teaching the worship of safety. If your father had to die alone, it was worth it for the sake of safety; if your mother had to be in what amounted to solitary confinement in a nursing home for more than a year, that, too, was worth it for the sake of safety. And, of course, if political leaders and leaders in science and medicine have to lie for the sake of safety, so be it; truth, too, is less important than safety.
None of this is new. Twenty-five years ago, I wrote and broadcast about the willingness of Americans to watch individual rights crushed in the war against smoking, and especially in accepting the absurdity of the allegedly lethal dangers of secondhand smoke. No one denies that intense exposure to secondhand smoke can exacerbate preexisting illnesses such as asthma. But the anti-smoking zealots' claim that 50,000 Americans die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke is nonsense. For example, in 2013, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that there was no statistically significant relationship between lung cancer and exposure to passive smoke.
Yet in the name of that nonsensical 50,000-a-year claim, people were forbidden not only to smoke on airplanes – which on courtesy grounds alone was already appropriate – but even in smoke shops. In the city of Burbank, California, run for decades by leftists who, like all leftists, have contempt for personal liberty, smoking is banned even in cigar shops. Despite the fact that no one is forced to work in any cigar shop, and even if the shop is well-ventilated, no smoking is permitted.
Had Burbank announced a ban on alcohol, there would have been a revolt – despite the fact that at least half the instances of spouse- and child-abuse are accompanied by alcohol, and every instance of death, brain damage, paralysis and other permanent injury caused by a drunk driver is caused by alcohol. Has anyone been killed by a smoking driver? Has anyone been murdered, or any child or spouse been molested or beaten because the murderer or abuser had been smoking?
So, the safety zealots learned from the anti-smoking and anti-secondhand smoke crusade the great lesson that if you told Americans something wasn't safe, you could deprive them of their rights and they would willingly go along with it. And, for the record, this is equally true in virtually every country in the world. "Safety uber alles."
They didn't only learn this lesson from the anti-smoking fanatics. For two generations now, safety has increasingly deprived Americans of joys as well as freedoms. Children, in particular, have been so coddled that American children of the last two generations have probably had far less joy and far more fear than children of any previous American generation. Young children cannot take walks on their own lest child protective services be called; diving boards, once found on nearly every home swimming pool, are widely banned; and monkey bars and seesaws have been removed from playgrounds. As an article in the Australian website Babyology headlined: "Monkey bars are dangerous and must be removed from playgrounds, experts say."
Young people up to age 15 cannot fly without adult supervision by the airline. Why not? I flew alone from Miami to New York when I was seven years old, and no one thought my parents acted in any way irresponsibly.
Two Norwegian scientists, Ellen Sandseter (Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education) and Leif Kennair (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), wrote a study on children and risky play published in Evolutionary Psychology in which they concluded: "We may observe an increased neuroticism or psychopathology in society if children are hindered from partaking in age-adequate risky play."
The desire to lead as safe a life as possible is a major factor that explains why fewer and fewer young Americans are getting married and even fewer are having children. Neither marriage nor having children is safe. Both are filled with risks. The headline of an article this past week on NBC's "Today" show website reads, "Child-free adults are just as happy as parents, study finds." Aside from the question of whether one can compare the happiness of two groups of people with entirely different experiences (would it be meaningful to say that most dogs are happier than human beings?) – or even whether one can expect honest answers (how many people claim their choices in life made them unhappy?) – the article well illustrates the point of this column. "Be safe" would certainly include not getting married and not having children.
You can live a safe life. Or you can live a full life. You can't live both.
Gosh, lots of things! I really looked forward to retirement and, now that I'm there, I look forward to:
Sleeping as long as I want each morning and not waking to an alarm. (Remember all those times the alarm went off and thinking, "I wish I could go back to sleep"?)
Waking up to a beautiful day where I get to fully enjoy the beauty and the weather on my porch, instead of being stuck in an office.
Having my coffee leisurely, on the porch, instead of waiting to get to work where I grab gulps when I can.
Thinking about what I want to do each day and doing it. Or, not.
Hearing from or seeing my son once in a while.
Working in my gardens, watching things grow.
Harvesting the food I grew and collecting eggs from my chickens. Enjoying the sweet taste of my labors.
Taking a ride in the country to see the changing leaves.
Lunching with a friend.
Seeking out a new place for lunch I read about, and dining alone.
Taking my time to browse through the library.
Finishing a good book.
Taking a day trip to Asheville or Atlanta.
Taking a class I'm enrolled in.
Completing a project I finally have time for.
Going to a Fair I've always wanted to attend.
Doing all the things I couldn't do while working.
Basically, doing what I want, when I want, how I want, if I want.
Finally, freedom. Freedom to chose, freedom from stress, freedom from putting up with people and situations that I used to dread, freedom from obligations and deadlines. FREEDOM to be me!
Actually, I have a lot more to look forward to now than when I was younger and working. Every day was the same and I didn't have too many choices about it. I looked forward to the day I could retire and put all the demands placed on me in the rear view mirror. Well, I'm there, finally. So, now I have every single day to look forward to, instead of a goal off in some distant "future".
What's My Line? - Edward G. Robinson (Oct 11, 1953)
MYSTERY GUEST: Edward G. Robinson PANEL: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf
David Geffen Gifts 480-Seat Auditorium to National Library of Israel
The National Library of Israel (NLI) has announced that a generous gift from legendary entertainment figure and philanthropist David Geffen will establish the David Geffen Auditorium on the new National Library campus, on schedule to open its doors next year adjacent to the Knesset in Jerusalem.
The 480-seat, 5,000 sq. ft. space will present a best-in-class performance venue, filling a much-needed niche for a multi-purpose hall of this size and caliber in Israel's capital. The rear of the stage will feature a distinctive 24 ft. (7.5 m.) high glass curtain wall, which will provide a visual connection to the campus's Idan and Batia Ofer Park featuring a public outdoor amphitheater, plaza, and pedestrian area.
David Geffen was born in Borough Park, Brooklyn, to Jewish immigrants who met in British Mandatory Palestine and then moved to the United States. Geffen's mother owned a clothing store in Borough Park called Chic Corsets by Geffen. Geffen graduated from Brooklyn's New Utrecht High School in 1960 with a "barely passing 66 average." He attended the University of Texas at Austin for a semester, and then Brooklyn College, before again dropping out. He then moved to Los Angeles, attended Santa Monica College but soon left. Geffen attributed his challenges in school to dyslexia.
For more than half a century, David Geffen has been a leading force in the entertainment industry, defining popular culture and becoming a prominent philanthropist by providing major support to countless causes, particularly in the fields of health and the arts. His support to UCLA established the Geffen School of Medicine and the Geffen Academy. He has been a leader in the fight against AIDS since the early years of the epidemic. As a patron of the arts, Geffen has made substantial gifts to the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Geffen Playhouse, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. In 2015, the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center was named in his honor, the David Geffen Hall.
The David Geffen Auditorium is the most prominent philanthropic support for an Israeli cultural institution from Geffen.
The new NLI campus, designed by the renowned architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, will provide access to the Library's world-class collections as never before, and offer a range of venues for its groundbreaking cultural and educational programming in a secure, sustainable, and state-of-the-art environment.
The David Geffen Auditorium will be a centerpiece of the new campus, playing host to concerts, conferences, lectures, film screenings, performances, and other special events produced by NLI, as well as other institutions and organizations.
To ensure exceptional versatility for the range of events to be held there, the design incorporates optimized sightlines, lighting, and audio-visual equipment, as well as a customized ceiling that will integrate mineral fiber, gypsum, and wood elements to achieve ideal multifaceted acoustics for different types of events, including musical performances, lectures, panel discussions and more.
The David Geffen Auditorium plays a key role within the 129-year-old National Library's current transformative renewal, which strives to open access and encourage diverse audiences in Israel and around the globe to engage with the treasures of Jewish, Israeli, and Middle Eastern cultures through a range of cultural, educational, academic and digital initiatives.
Captains of Industry interview with David Geffen from about 15 years ago