“Live for yourself and you will live in vain; live for others and you will live again.” ~ Bob Marley
Parents losing a child, under any circumstances, will make their heart and mind work overtime.
To conceptualize such misfortune perhaps one needs to ask for help from a higher power. Perhaps also get help from the relationship between oneself and one’s own soul and then between man and man.
Linell and Robert Shapiro lost their son Brent to drugs on October 9, 2005. They have gone through all the steps of living with and accepting the loss of their Brent. Nowadays they are working conscientiously to make sure that other parents do not have to go and get through what they were forced to go and get through. More so, that other children never get to where their son got. This is the entire purpose of the Brent Shapiro Foundation – www.brentshapiro.org
Boyle Heights is a troubled Los Angeles suburb where youth and drugs go hand in hand. It is the first suburb where the Brent Club operates with all the benefits it offers to kids who may or may not turn to the use of drugs. The Brent Club program is claiming 100% success rate. The purpose of the Club is to entice the young to stay away and off the society disease named drug usage and abuse.
On CBS2: Renowned Litigator Robert Shapiro and Wife Linell Open Up About Son’s Untimely Death –
As each year and for the past ten years, this month of September, an elegant and fashionable, orderly and musing fundraising gala took place in one of the most prestigious estates in Beverly Hills, California. A crowd of hundreds, made of professionals, Hollywood glitzy celebrities and many who have dealt and are dealing with drug abuse issues themselves or in their family got together to show their support for the Brent Shapiro Foundation efforts.
Actor Rob Lowe, himself in sobriety for over two decades, received the Sobriety Award; Shaun Robinson, former hosted of Access Hollywood and an author emceed the gala and to help the generation lost to drugs, Smokey Robinson and Jada Grace Gordy elevated the atmosphere, at times somber but with ‘we mean serious business here’ message, with their music.
The Brent Shapiro Foundation is in reality a pre-12-steps to sobriety program. You use their method you avoid the 12 steps program, you do not abuse your mind and body with drugs.
Drugs is a huge business. You get a person hooked on it, society loses a productive individual who becomes a failed one but the drug industry gains a customer, an addict. We, as a society, cannot afford this phenomenon to go on. It is destructive, it is fatal.
As a conscionable, responsible and productive society our duty is not only to support the Brent Shapiro Foundation but also, individually, be such foundation so that the Brent Shapiro subject case becomes more and more the rarity not the familiar.
Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad displays the Barbie doll modeled after her. (Twitter)
A new hijab-sporting doll modeled on the Muslim Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad will join the Barbie line in 2018, Mattel announced last week.
Part of the company’s “Shero” collection highlighting real-life women inspiring new generations, the new doll, outfitted in fencing garb, is modestly covered up from head to toe. She is the first Barbie ever to flaunt the hijab, a traditional headscarf worn by many Muslim women.
British-Israeli Jonathan Spyer knows he’s been gambling with his life, but says getting the story is worth it
Jonathan Spyer, wearing a black leather jacket, meets with Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Syria in 2013. (Courtesy)
Jonathan Spyer had been behind enemy lines many times before, carefully guarding his dangerous secret. But on a fine Spring day in Aleppo this year, in an area controlled by the Syrian regime, he thought his cover might have finally been blown — not by government intelligence agents or Islamist rebels, but by a fellow Brit just trying to have a nice chat over coffee.
How an Israeli family conquered the Vienna food scene
If London has Ottolenghi; Paris, Miznon; and Jerusalem, Machneyuda, then Vienna has NENI. Founded in March 2009 by the indefatigable Haya Molcho and her sons, NENI has become the go-to restaurant in Vienna for eclectic Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine. With NENI, the Molchos also became pioneers, introducing the kaleidoscopic Israeli palette to an Austrian audience while transforming Vienna’s historic but slightly staid Naschmarkt from a traditional market into a gastronomic hotspot.
In a city marked by its Turkish-owned kebab stands, NENI has broadened the definition of Levantine food in Vienna beyond that which can be handheld, stuffed inside a pita. Haya has taken the classics and turned up the volume. For example, NENI is famous for its “hamshuka,” hummus that contains a fragrant mound of warmly spiced ground beef and lamb, served with pita
Twenty French and European parliamentarians and French mayors who planned to arrive in Israel to show their support for imprisoned Arab terrorists, and specifically meet with convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti, canceled their flight from France at the airport at the last minute, according to a report in NRG.
The flight was scheduled to leave at 8:00 pm on Saturday.
The anti-Israeli parliamentarians were informed that nine of their more prominent BDS-supporting members would be denied entry into Israel, so they made the group decision that none would go.
How Obama’s appeasement policies have prompted a fundamental realignment in Mideast alliances.
The Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, revealed this week that Israel was prepared to share intelligence with Saudi Arabia in an effort to combat Iran’s expansionist agenda and malign regional influence. The unprecedented statement was made during the course of an interview with the London-based, Saudi online publication, Elaph.
Speaking at the Zionist Organization of
America’s annual dinner, Steven Bannon, US President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist and current CEO of the Breitbart news website, said the US political establishment has “lowered the bar on what [pro-Israel] is supposed to be.”
Bannon invited the pro-Israel activists to join what he referred to as the “insurgency movement against the Republican establishment and against the permanent political class in Washington, DC.”
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri recently shocked the international community by announcing his resignation. Hariri, a Sunni political leader, made this announcement from Saudi Arabia, where some speculate that he is being held under house arrest, while others believe he is there on his own accord because he fears for his very life. These fears are not unfounded. In 2005, his father, Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, was assassinated by a car bomb that is believed to have been planted by Hezbollah.
It’s our problem, actually, and we’ve made it theirs.
Check out our split-brain reaction to the Palestinian Authority. By rights, the U.S. should have nothing to do with people who venerate and pay for terror against civilians; teach their children that their country is “From the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea; rob donors and international agencies blind; jail people for their Facebook posts; hold office eight years after the end of a single elected term; refuse to seat an elected parliament; and refuse to acknowledge the permanence and legitimacy of America’s ally, Israel.
Tell me, I am asked over and over again, both by friends and by people who aren’t my friends, have you people in the media gone mad? Do you really think Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sold the state’s interest to help his friends get rich?
You’re creating the impression that “Netanyahu is a traitor,” without actually saying the word. It’s worse than what they did to the former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, some even say. And in any event, none of his supporters buy into your claims. You’re simply lying.
“Many people prowl round Mount Sinai. Their speech is blurred, either they are garrulous or they shout or they are taciturn. But none of them comes straight down a broad, newly made, smooth road that does its own part in making one’s strides long and swifter.” (Franz Kafka, Mount Sinai)