7 Classic Christmas Songs Written By Jews

From ‘White Christmas’ to ‘Winter Wonderland,’ some of the most famous songs of the season are by members of the Tribe. Yes Jews call themselves part of a tribe. That is a significant difference between Christians and Jews.

American Jews were prominent in the songwriting business of the 20th century, and even if they didn’t celebrate Christmas, they were happy to write for the popular Christmas market. Below are some of the most famous Christmas songs written by Jews. The link will enable to see the singers and her the songs on Youtube.

By the way have you noticed that orthodox Jews have Santa Claus like beards. Could it be that Santa Claus is really a religious Jew?

“White Christmas”

Irving Berlin

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Johnny Marks

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

Johnny Marks

“Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”

Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne

“Silver Bells”

Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

Mel Torme

“Walkin’ In a Winter Wonderland”

Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith

Baskin Robbins – 31 Flavors

Did you know that Irvine ‘Irv’ Robbins (1917-2008), co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, opened his first ice cream store using money he saved from his #BarMitzvah! Born in Winnipeg to Eastern European Jewish immigrants, Robbins grew up working in his father’s ice cream parlor in Tacoma, Washington. He always finished the day happy and loved making others happy. After serving as an army sergeant in World War II, Robbins opened the Snowbird Ice Cream parlor in 1945 in Glendale, CA. In 1948, he joined forces with his brother-in-law Burt Baskin and the legendary Baskin-Robbins was born! Contributor: Jill GoltzerPhoto: Baskin-Robbins.

I post this because my parents were born in Winnipeg the children of Eastern Jewish immigrants who came to Canada between 1900 and 1905.

Vaccine Passports are Coming Very Soon

The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, may be trying to prevent vaccination proof to board cruise ships emanating from Miami and other Florida ports but he can’t prevent the public from demanding vaccination proof for those wanting to book a cruise.

Now reported in the Los Angeles Times is reporting the Hollywood Bowl’s plan to require 85% of all attendees to provide proof of vaccination.  The remaining seats will be reserved for those arriving to provide a negative test result.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are providing sections of the stadium for fully vaccinated guests.  The San Francisco Giants have a check in verification booth.

The San Francisco Giants have a check in verification booth. “Of course, it is a form of a vaccine passport,” said Dr. John Swartzberg, a UC Berkeley infectious-disease expert. “What is happening to vaccine passports is the same thing that happened with masks,” Swartzberg said. “It has become politicized, and that is really just unfortunate.”

In real life, the United States has had vaccine verification campaigns to curb smallpox outbreaks. At the turn of the 20th century, proof of vaccinations was required in some places to go to work and school, ride trains and even attend theaters. Health officials often demanded to see a vaccination scar rather than rely on certifications that could be forged.

President Biden does have the rule of law if he should decide to implement vaccination passports. In 1905, the Supreme Court upheld state laws that require vaccination for communicable diseases. In a 7-2 decision, Justice John Marshall Harlan wrote that “the rights of the individual … may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand.”

It’s OK with me if you the government gives the passports another name. 

What does Cinco de Mayo celebrate?

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo doesn’t commemorate Mexico’s Independence Day. 

May 5 marks the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated on September 16.

A 2018 survey by NationalToday.com showed only 10% of Americans knew the true reason behind the holiday, yet it has turned into a day where people can get cheap margaritas and wear sombreros.

“Most people drinking in the bars have no idea that it’s celebrating the strength in the power and the resilience of Mexican people to overcome invaders who are trying to take their land,” said Alexandro Gradilla, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Fullerton. 

Meghan and Harry Interview

The Harry and Meghan interview was great entertainment.  Maybe a better title might be “When Harry met  Meghan.”

The Meghan Markle and Prince Harry interview online on CBS, CBS.com and Paramount+ was a brilliant acting performance that would at least gain Meghan a nomination if not an award for best dramatic performance in a made for television program. The choreographics were perfect. The stage setting was perfect.

Meghan convinced the world that she was shunned by the United Kingdom royalty. The evidence? There was none. It was her words and the way she delivered them that convinced everyone that every word she said was the truth.

Remember she was a successful actress. She played Rachel Zane on Suits for seven seasons, finally calling it quits in 2018. But that wasn’t her only role.

She had many others including Hallmark’s expansion of their iconic Christmas programming with “When Sparks Fly,” a made-for-television film centered around the Fourth of July. Markle starred in the movie as Amy Peterson, a journalist who was assigned a story about her hometown. When Amy heads home for the holiday, she (naturally) “discovers the life and love she left behind are exactly what she’s been missing.”

It’s reported that Meghan and Harry were not paid for the Oprah interview. I don’t believe it. Oprah’s film company, called Harpo Productions, set up the interview and then hawked it to the networks. The made a reported $8 million for the rights selling to CBS. Meghan and Harry have been cut off from their royal allowance. They need the money to live on their fabulous estate.

The public in all the English speaking nations (the Commonwealth) ate this up.

Meghan will undoubtedly go on to more acting performances. Harry will likely sit on his princely ass and do whatever princes do.

Why do we sustain life of those who have no chance of recovery?

2003 and no Alzheimer’s disease at my home. She passed away in 2011

My mother had Alzheimer’s disease.  Her last three years was spent in a nursing home.  For most of that time she was unaware of her surroundings.  She did not speak at all.  When I visited her she was unaware of my presence.  When awake she simply stared into space.  Sadly she was a vegetable.  She died two months before he 96th birthday.  She was a smart woman who graduated cum laude from college at 20 years old. She taught school for almost 20 years and traveled in her retired years to many parts of the world.

The question is why do we sustain the life of someone who will never recover from a disease?

This topic was brought up again by this article in the February 1, 2021 issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  The article is titled “how I helped my dad die”

The article is engrossing.  You might cry.  It starts with these words:

I was finishing up breakfast in New York when my dad sent me a text message. He was ready to die, and he needed me to help.

The request left me shaken, but that’s different than saying it came as a shock. I’d begun to grasp that something was really wrong 10 months before, in May 2019, when he’d come to California from Maine. He was there to meet his first granddaughter, Fern, to whom I’d recently given birth. But he couldn’t bend down to pick her up. He was having trouble walking, and he spoke of the future in uncharacteristically dark terms. We’d traveled to see him in Maine four times since then, and each time he’d looked older: his face more gaunt, his frame more frail.

The entire article is worth your time. Here is the link. “how I helped my dad die”

The Dogs have Taken Over!

The First Dogs have entered the White House.  Champ and Major Biden have moved into the White House.  Both are German Shepherds.  Champ is 12 years old.  Major is 2 years old.  Major is the first shelter dog to live in the White House.

Having two dogs myself I can tell you that they will soon be the bosses of the White House.  That’s OK.  Dogs always sense danger and they will be the likely protectors of Joe and Jill Biden.