Friday, August 01, 2008

Just Wandering

Dedicated to the memory In memory of Haym elazar Rohollah Babazadeh ben Shalom and Heshmat Babazadeh, whose 8th yahrzeit is this week. May his memory be for a blessing.
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Do you remember Andy Shulman?

That’s Chaplain Andy Shulman.

That’s Captain Chaplain Andy Shulman.

He’s the chaplain I’ve mentioned a few times in the past year or so, serving the Jewish troops in Iraq.

He used to send us photos of Jewish programs in Sadaam Hussein’s palaces. At no time did he forget that he was in the land where one of the greatest Jewish communities in history flourished for 1,000 years, where the Talmud was created.

We would like to officially welcome Andy back to the states, where he returned this week after a long tour of duty. We are grateful that he made it back safely.

Transit from Iraq to the States isn’t easy. Andy spent the past Shabbat in a tent in Kuwait. The temperature outside was in the low 20s, and for his Shabbat menu, he had decided to load up on carbs – grape juice and matza. Stuck inside, all the matza you can eat, a copy of The Art of Amazement – what else does a guy need?

I doubt he's sorry to see his wife and two daughters again.

If you would like to send a personal note of appreciation to the Chaplain for his service to the country and the Jewish people, please let me know and I'll send you his email address.

I would also like to welcome back my father’s sister Deanne who decided she was going to see the Promised Land while she was still fit enough to enjoy it. She went with several of her family members and a group from their Portland synagogue and, like everyone else I know on their first tour of Israel, came back inspired.

So what about the Jewish soldiers still serving in Iraq and the Gulf? I will try to get an updated list for those who would like to send Rosh Hashana care packages. Let me know if you’re interested.

Shabbat Shalom

PS – Here’s a couple for you, Chaplain:

Speaking schedule:

Aug 4 – Baltimore – A Jewish View of Hinduism & Buddhism
August 11-12 - Vermont (CAJE Conference) - 2 sessions

For details, send an email.

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