Sunday 24th January: Buenos Aires, Argentina,South America :
Shavua Tov family worldwide! Here in the South, Shabbat Just has finished. We have in BAires 35ºCelsius!! A gut Woche. Gabriel.
P.S: Craig. I wait for the 2º wonderful map to give a present to a important Livishe Rab in Buenos Aires,in the name of our family. He has learn In Israel 12 years in Ponevez Ieshiva With the Rab Shcach. The Rab. Shcach born in Norh Lithuania in Yabovelik very close to Yager. Ponenez ( the original town in Lite), also was very close to Yager ( see the map).
|Saturday 23rd January.
I don't often send Shabbas Greeting to my family. I should but I forget and then I read the lovely Shabbas greetings from Feival and from Stan and some other family members occasionally. However, I was having a reflective moment this Shabbat and this came across my desk and I wanted to share this moment with my family and my friends. It reminded me of a quote by Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre who said A man can do good all his life but should he make one mistake then he will be remembered for that mistake as opposed to anything good that he did. So when you read and watch this , while perhaps not everyone's favourite person, we should also remember that the person we are discussing did a lot of good as well. However what is it that we remember him for today?
American President, Richard Nixon, will forever be remembered for his involvement in the Watergate scandal, which ultimately brought about his political demise.
But in the following excerpt from his final speech to the White House staff in August of 1974, it is clear that Nixon knew all about greatness, and was familiar with Kipling’s assertion that when faced with triumph and disaster, we should “Treat those two imposters just the same.”
After reminiscing on the events which had led to his resignation he offered his insights on what greatness really meant to him:
I heard a little quote in the speech last night from T.R. [Theodore Roosevelt]. As you know, I kind of like to read books. I am not educated, but I do read books — and there’s another one I found as I was reading, my last night in the White House, and this quote is about a young man. He was a young lawyer in New York. He had married a beautiful girl, and they had a lovely daughter, and then suddenly she died, and this is what he wrote. This was in his diary.
He said, “She was beautiful in face and form and lovelier still in spirit. As a flower she grew and as a fair young flower she died. And when my heart’s dearest died, the light went from my life forever.”
That was T.R. in his twenties. He thought the light had gone from his life forever — but he went on. And he not only became President but, as an ex-President, he served his country, always in the arena, tempestuous, strong, sometimes wrong, sometimes right, but he was a man.
It is only a beginning, always. The young must know it; the old must know it. It must always sustain us, because the greatness comes not when things go always good for you, but the greatness comes and you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes, because only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
Always give your best; never get discouraged, never be petty. Always remember - others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
A little by-line about Sartre's existentialist thoughts and how these could sometimes grate one group over another. He looked at the reasons for an act as opposed to the act itself: Following the Munich massacre in which eleven Israeli Olympians were killed by the Palestinian organization Black September in Munich 1972, Sartre said terrorism "is a terrible weapon but the oppressed poor have no others." Sartre also found it "perfectly scandalous that the Munich attack should be judged by the French press and a section of public opinion as an intolerable scandal." (I wonder if we should always look at the other side of each story? Is that what Sartre was saying? Maybe that us where we all go wrong in the I'm right and you are wrong culture that we live in. Put your moral distaste aside and before you pas an opinion , first see what the other side is trying to do and trying to say. If no one listens then the other side to your own position will either accept or reject your position and will either act or not act on that decision. Was Sartre asking what lead up to the terrible act of terrorism in munch? The aftermath was biblical of course but even that started to become terrorism, So when is terrorism right and when is it wrong, Was Sartre offering up that question of what is one mans ethics is not necessarily another mans ethics.. However, and despite that apparently aberrant remark ( well, as far as Jews and Israelis are concerned) Sartre was generally supportive of Israel and Zionism
Shabbat Shalom, Craig
My niece Dani
replied to me
Last night, as I do most Friday nights, I did something that my granny Sarah always used to do. She told me that wherever her and grandpa Jack were, she would carry her Shabbat candlesticks with her: these were tiny ones:) so if they were caravanning around Europe or in later years in Miami or even later years in Spain, she’d light Shabbat candles ‘on the road’ so to speak.
So I have always done the same thing. Wherever I was, wherever I moved and travelled...I tried to emulate the ritual she had begun.
Justin, my husband is agnostic so he doesn’t share in the ritual but watches me with interest. I light them , say thanks for the week that has passed, look out at the mountains around me and say a quiet prayer.
I read these emails every Friday or Saturday and the messages often resonate with me.
Craig I received the poster this week as well, it was waiting for me when we returned from our summer holiday up the coast. It is incredible. What can I say?
It is just so amazing all the work that has gone into this family history. Again, mazeltov.
Hip hip hooray.
Enjoy your weekend everyone
Dani Justin Jack and Isla xxxx
|I was very(very)
happy to receive a response to my greeting from y lovely
daughter in law, Nina and my grandson Max Coussins
That is lovely thanx Craig.
Max was just talking about you last night - he does a lot actually - saying he misses seeing you and your beard!!
He is at football practice at the moment!!
Sending big hugs to you both.
|My friends in New York, Rhoda and
Irving Kleiman sent this:
Lovely message for this peaceful (?) winter afternoon.
|Friday 22 January 2010
I have decided to learn more yiddish, not so much to be erudite, but to tell more yiddishe jokes.
On the other hand, how much trouble can it cause, you tink I hef notin besser to do. ich hob nisht. Halb a gute shabbos mein mishpocha.
fon Feivel, Dvorah, Moishe Benyamin, Dovid Shimon and Daniel Michail.
|Thursday 21st January 2010:
Stan Morrison has sent us a link to his son and daughter in laws wedding website
following is a link to Allon and Christie's wedding website.
'A Yiddishkeite for Hannukah'
TWAS THE FIRST NIGHT OF HANNUKAH
AND OY VAT A SHOCK!
WAS PICKING OUR LOCK!
BUT THERE AT THE DOOR
STOOD A ZAYDA IN BLUE
AND HE WORE ON HIS KUPP
A BLUE YARMULKA, TOO!
HIS PUNIM WAS SHAIN-
EVERYBODY WOULD LOVE IT!
'ROUND HIS NECK HUNG A CHAIN
WITH A GOLD MOGEN DOVID!
HE WORE SILKEN TSITZES
BENEATH HIS WOOL VEST,
AND A SMALL FLAG OF ISRAEL
WAS DRAPED ON HIS CHEST!
HE SAID: "I'M NO BURGLAR,
SO PLEASE DON'T BE NERVOUS.
I'M THE SPIRIT OF HANNUKAH,
HERE AT YOUR SERVICE!"
"MENCHEN ALL CALL ME
REB SHALOM SHAPIRO!
WITHOUT ME, THIS YOM-TOV
WOULD NEED A NEW HERO!'"
"I VISIT ALL YIDLACH,
AND BRING - KINNAHORRA-
GOOD FORTUNE AS BRIGHT
AS A GLOWING MENORAH!"
"ICH SHLEPP LOTS OF BLESSINGS
AND CHANUKAH GELT,
AND JOYS THAT ARE TAKKA
THE BEST IN DER VELT!
"IF YOU KNOW NICE MENCHEN,
I'LL VISIT THEM QUICK,
AND I'LL BRING THEM GEZUNT
AND A HOUSEFUL OF GLICK!"
SO WE SENT HIM YOUR WAY,
AND SHOOK HANDS AND WE PARTED.
AS HE SHOUTED, "SHALOM!"
OUT THE DOORWAY HE DARTED!
HE RAN TO A WAGON
WITH HORSES AHEAD.
HE FED THEM SOME BAGELS,
AND HERE'S WHAT HE SAID:
"LET'S GO, MOISH AND MENDEL!
MAKE QUICK, MOE AND YUSSLE!
PLEASE GIVE A RUSH, MALKAH!
HEY, HYMIE, PLEASE HUSTLE!"
THEY RACED LIKE THE WIND
AND GALLOPED SO SHNELL,
ALL HIS CLOTHING BLEW OFF,
AND HIS GATKES AS WELL!
SOON HE WAS SO KALT
THAT HIS TUSHIE TURNED BLUISH!
HE MOANED AND HE HOLLERED
IN ENGLISH AND JEWISH!
SO DON'T ACT EMBARRASSED,
AND PLEASE DON'T BE RUDE
WHEN THAT FROSTBITTEN ZAYDA
ARRIVES IN THE NUDE!
QUICK WRAP HIM IN BLANKETS!
DON'T BEAT ROUND THE BUSH
AND TIE A HOT WATER BAG
ON HIS COLD TUSH!
QUICK FEED HIM SOME CHICKEN SOUP
HEISS AS CAN BE
AND GIVE HIM SOME SHNAPPS
AND A GLEZ'L HOT TEA!
'CAUSE HE BRINGS YOU A HOUSEFUL
OF CHANUKAH WISHES
AS WARM AND GESHMOCK
AS PLATE OF HOT KNISHES!
HE BRINGS THEM FROM OUR HOUSE
SO FRIENDLY AND BRIGHT,
SO YOUR HOUSE WILL KEEP GLOWING
WITH HANNUKAH LIGHT.
PLUS JOY SWEET AS TSUKKER,
AND PEACE AND GOOD-CHEER
AND EVERYTHING FRAYLACH
EACH DAY OF THE YEAR!
AND NONE IN YOUR FAMILY
WILL BE A SHLEMAZEL,
FOR LIFE WILL BRING EACH OF YOU
SIMCHAS AND MAZEL
AND ALL THROUGH THE YEAR
YOUR HOPES WILL COME TRUE,
AND HIMMEL WILL BLESS
YOUR MISHPOCHA AND YOU!!!
SO HERE TO YOU ALL
11th December 2009
Photograph sent in by Feival today.
Even under extreme difficulty we are still able to try and celebrate Hanukah.. Its easy to forgive and always difficult to forget. As long as we allow the wounds to fester of what is unfair, cruel and indeed impossible to fathom why, we will never be at peace with ourselves. Maybe that is why we live with forgiveness but always remember that some people are not like us and of course , thank g-d we are not like them. However, if anything like this every starts to happen again I will be first in line to do unto others what they would, like to do unto me.
Happy Hanukah from Craig Coussins
Phillip and family.
Best wishes and love to all of you there from all of us here! :)
Stan and Jani
December 4 2009
Once in Majorca was a Synagogue, however, at the time of the Inquisition, it was taken over by the Church and forgotten.
When my friend, Menashe, took me there, you could still see the stain where the Mezzuzah was ripped from the wall.
Just recently, king Carlos of Spain, has announced that he would make sure there would be funds to restore the destroyed Synagogues in Spain but had not found many as they had been wiped from the face of the country except for a few, namely in Toledo and Madrid.
I met a jeweller who was wearing a Star of David around his neck and I asked him if he was Jewish, he replied that he had Jewish descendants but now he only kept a few of the symbols as his descendants had converted to Catholicism.
What amazed me was that he told me that Spain lost tens of thousands of Jews to conversion and that it was rumored King Carlos himself had Jewish connections and now when ever I visit Majorca again, I am sure I will use that old expression. "You know, He/She looks Jewish".
Anyone else got a story!
Shabbat Shalom to all
Love Philip, Denise, Mark, Darren and Daniel
Sedur Meal 1875
Friday 27th November
As the days get shorter and colder, I find myself looking forward to Denise lighting the Shabbas candles and the glow that settles on the table reminding us of who we are and how we got here.
So, L'chaim to all of you and to those that are no longer with us, be at peace,
Grandpa and Grandma, Mum and Dad, I miss you very very much. Love Philip, Denise, Mark, Darren and Daniel
When you break bread on
Friday night remember that we are all there with you, maybe not in body but
in spirit and so we can wish each other Shabbat Shalom like our forefathers
and mothers have done for generations.
With love from Fieval
7th September 2009:
To all my family, I wish a safe, healthy and joyous Shabbat and to all the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks on the United States, perpetrated on Sept 11th 2001, may your sorrow be softened by the memories of your loved ones in happier times. may G-d bless everyone.
Philip, Denise, Mark, Darren and Daniel
Friday 20th November Picture of Garnet Hill Schul, Glasgow
If we dwell on the past, we go blind in one eye,
if we forget the past, we go blind in two eyes.
Shabbat Shalom to one and all. May your table tonight be filled with food to sustain you and to enjoy and may the company be with the ones you love.
And to those who may be alone, well, you are not, because we are all here and there, thinking of you and to know that you are loved.
Philip, Denise, Mark, Darren and Daniel
Friday 27th November
Dear Family, Shabbat Shalom!
Our fondest love and warm thoughts go out to you all.
We woke up yesterday to a very strange phenomenon - there was light, bright light and a huge fiery globe in the sky. We were taken aback - shocked in fact but then we realized it was only the sun...........phew! It lasted all day and was really lovely. Dad and I got to clean up the garden a bit and put up some Hanukkah lights on the trees around the garden - you all know Dad's love for blue lights...........must get that checked out one day.
It's Dad's birthday on Monday 30th and we are going to Cigalle and Craig's place for a little celebration on Sunday. Dad, who is always getting complements on how young he is, is of course bemoaning the fact that another year has past and he is now indeed a senior citizen............If you ask me though I would put his age at around 13 or so - you know that difficult age!! Seriously though he has made me laugh for many years now and his young at heart demeanour and his silly jokes are a big part of why I love him so much.
We had lunch with my Dad and Beverly last Sunday and it was very nice. Dad is getting very frail but still has his hearty appetite and we had a lovely time. He will be 96 in May so every day he is with us is a gift. He always asks after each of you; how your doing and are you happy, etc.
Dad and I had a movie and dinner date with Barb and Bob tonight (Sat) and we saw Pirate Radio - fantastic movie and you all should see it. It was funny, moving and altogether great! And, the music was amazing and brought back many memories. It was great to see Bob and Barb and catch up. They really are lovely people and we fee blessed to have them in our family.
So love and hugs to you all, both near and far. We love and miss you lots. You are always in our hearts.
Mum and Dad Morrison
Dear Family, Shabbat Shalom to you and yours; we wish you a lovely weekend and a good week to come.
Well, we've all been shot!! In the arm that is. H1N1 vaccines have now been released to the general public here in BC, so that's done and out of the way. Got to wonder if we really need to be vaccinated or is it all blown out of proportion.
Here's to a flu free season for everyone............
This week has been stormy; heavy rain, high winds and flooding in some areas but not in town yet, thank goodness. Extreme weather everywhere and we read that in Cockermouth UK some have had to be rescued by boat right in the middle of the town!!
Dad and I are well and getting prepared for Hanukkah, our bright light in this dark and rainy season and we're looking forward to getting together to celebrate, light the candles and eat lots of latkes and soofganiot.
We gathered us usual for Shabbat dinner at our place. Allon (Christie was working), Cigalle and David were there but Craig is working a late shift for the next while so he isn't able to join us. We miss him and hope it isn't long before his shift changes again. David entertained us with a song or two (in both English and Hebrew) and we hope he can be persuaded to perform at our Hanukkah party. Click on: www.canadadesign.ca//CIMG4640.AVI - so adorable. This is quite a large file so hope you can open it.
Jackie reports that all is good in Montreal. Little Nina is growing fast and anxious to get into trouble and her big sisters are doing great in school. Gali and I talked this morning and all is good on their side of the pond. Micheal was studying hard and Gali and Ginger (their kitty) were fighting over some knitting wool!! I wonder who won............... :-)
To those far off, we miss you lots and to those close by we'll see you soon.
Always in our hearts, we love you all,
Hugs and kisses,
Mum and Dad Morrison
Friday 13th November 2009
Far down below, in the darkest corner of the walk-in cupboard, were three large glass jars.
Each one was sealed not only with the glass stopper, they had a further piece of newspaper over the lids tied with string.
What was in the mysterious jars that had to be secured in such away. Was Grandpa Hyman making "Moon shine" and thus letting it ferment. No, it was my grandma Annie's "oogerkies"
My Grandma would then let me help set the table before we ran off to the Chevra Kadisha Shul.
Can you imagine or remember the billowing of the starched white damask table cloth, that everyone had and no matter how many times it was cleaned, the wine or chrein stains couldn't come out.
The silver candle sticks that were always polished brightly and the silver salt and pepper holders.
The little silver spoon resting on a little crystal bowl filled with the strongest red horseradish.
The lonely wooden round board with the embroidered cover waiting for the fresh challa.
The white fleishik plates and the large heavy fleishik cutlery, like soldiers in rank.
The chairs laid out, grandpa Hymans chair would be recognized by the wine stains on the white tablecloth as to where he would sit and pour out the heavy, sweet sabbath wine and spill some of it where he sat.
Grandma would have already made the helzel and sewn it up and was in the oven with the roast fowl.
The raisins would have already been soaked for the lockshen pudding.
The sweet and sour cabbage soup would be going into a large bowl with the biggest soup ladle you could imagine.
The silver kiddush cup and the small wine glasses on parade.
And as I closed the door of the empty room and made myself ready for shul, grandma making sure my brother and I were warm, off we would go.
I will hold these memories dear to me and as other family members would like to share their shabbat stories with all of us, I will always share mine, because they are all of ours.
With love to you all and drop a little wine on the table cloth,
Philip, Denise, Mark, Darren and Daniel
Craig has supplied us with what
Sophie Tucker has to say about it!
Jewish Recipes; Just like your Bubby used to make-Click
Feel free to respond to Feival' s greetings as these can only bring us a little closer.
4th September 2009 This Shabbat , I thought I would send you photographs of paintings of the Jewish way of Life by the artist Zvi Malnovitzer instead of my usual "aphorisms" I do hope you enjoy them as much as I did and it may bring back memories to some.
In the meantime, have a wonderful, joyous and peaceful Shabbat and be surrounded by your loved ones and if you cannot be with the ones you love, love the ones you are with Philip, Denise, Mark, Darren and Daniel.
30th October 2009
Its been a while since we chatted. I hope all is well. Your grandson is
moving into his own place Monday. We will see how that goes. Cassandra
started her first year of high school.
What wonderful words you send every week Phillip! Good Shabbas from Dani, Justin , Jack and Isla the latter both sleeping
Dani Hervey (Coussins) South Africa
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November 7th 2009-
Shabbat Shalom and all love to you all.
Little Nina is growing like a weed and joins Maxie and Sabine as the three most beautiful little ladies in Montreal (well, we think so anyway). Jackie reports that Nina is "active" to say the least and is most happy on the floor trying to get into trouble.
I talked to Gali today and news from that side of the world is good - they are happy and still doing up their little house, which by now is probably the nicest one in all of Glastonbury (Gali, ever the list maker and Micheal, her on-site "Bob the Builder").
Micheal, is also attending University once a week and working towards getting his Architect credentials so what with working, homework and all the rest he is indeed a busy bee. Did I mention that Gali and Micheal spent 8 hours shopping at at Ikea last week!!!! Way to go Micheal, you have passed one of the most difficult task known to man.............I don't know any other man who could make it to 8 hours (I would give Stan about 45 minutes tops).
We, in BC are just back from our visit to Las Vegas and a good time was had by all. It was unusually cold and we had to bundle up for the first couple of days - just as we were leaving the weather changed back to the norm for Vegas. It didn't get in the way of our fun though.
We have some birthdays to celebrate in November; Christie on 6th, Gali on 16th and Stan on 30th !!! Happy Birthday to all.........hugs and much love
4th November 2009
How quickly Shabbat comes and goes and then here we are again.
To you all, have a wonderful Shabbat and a fun weekend.
To Gali, Happy Birthday on Monday - from all of us here in Vancouver. We wish you love and happiness every day of your life and not just on your B-Day.
As usual we are having David over for the day and I have the bread dough ready to make Challa. He "helps" me by kneading the dough or by just tossing it up and watching how much of a plunk it makes on the counter. In the end we are both covered in flour but its lots of fun anyway. And, the bread is always delicious.
Hanukah is just around the corner and my preparations have begun - well, really I'm just thinking about it but soon I'll be running around in circles getting ready. Hopefully those who won't be joining us will get to remember and celebrate in their own way.
How is H1N1 being taken care of in your corners of the world? Here in BC we wait and wait for the vaccines which seem to have disappeared into space. Not too many people have been vaccinated (oh wait, our hockey players, politicians and those attending private schools seem to have had access to the shots...............hmmmm) Oh well winter will soon be over and then why have the damn shot anyway?
We are back to rain, wind and winter - to be expected here of course and we did have such a beautiful long, warm summer that we can't complain - but we do anyway. Because the rain started late this year we got to enjoy our Fall and the trees of so many beautiful colours were allowed to hold on to their leaves a bit longer.
Jackie, thanks for the recent photos of the girls - keep them coming.
Dad and I have tickets to see Craig Ferguson at the River Rock Casino in January. For those of you who don't know him he is a Scottish comedian/actor who now hosts a late night talk show on TV. His is very funny (at least Dad and I think so) and we are really looking forward to the show................
You are always in our hearts and on our minds.
Love and many hugs,
Mama and Daddy Morrison
Video of Glasgow keelie Craig Fergusson: http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_late_show/video/?pid=TsXpkqGZRupim7sdzI2qpCm5qULliAeI&nrd=1
Craig Fergusson's new book now on sale : http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061719547/American_on_Purpose/index.aspx
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