“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.
Menachem Begin in December 1942 wearing the Polish Army uniform of Gen. Anders’ forces with his wife Aliza and David Yutan; (back row) Moshe Stein and Israel Epstein
(photo credit: JABOTINSKY ARCHIVES)
During the inauguration of a memorial to the victims of the Siege of Leningrad in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park on January 24, 2020, before the climax of Holocaust remembrance events at which Russian President Vladimir Putin was given a central platform, we were stunned to hear a rendition of The Blue Kerchief (Siniy
Giant figures are seen during the 87th carnival parade of Aalst February 15, 2015
The annual carnival in Aalst, Belgium, is expected to take place on Sunday with even more antisemitic elements than in previous years.
Aalst’s organizers have sold hundreds of “rabbi kits” for revelers to dress as hassidic Jews in the carnival’s parade. The kit includes oversized noses, sidelocks (peyot) and black hats. The organizers plan to bring back floats similar to the one displayed in 2019 featuring oversized dolls of Jews, with rats on their shoulders, holding banknotes.
Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the Basilica of Saint Nicholas in the southern Italian coastal city of Bari, Italy February 23, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli.
Pope Francis on Sunday warned against “inequitable solutions” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying they would only be a prelude to new crises, in an apparent reference to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace proposal.
Francis made his comments in the southern Italian port city of Bari, where he traveled to conclude a meeting of bishops from all countries in the Mediterranean basin.
Palestinians walk past a shop selling fruits in Ramallah, Feb. 20, 2020. Photo: Reuters / Mohamad Torokman.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have reached an agreement to end a five-month long trade dispute, officials said on Thursday.
The dispute, which opened a new front in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, began in September when the PA announced a boycott of Israel calves. The PA exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank under interim peace deals.
Antisemitic caricatures on display at the annual carnival in Aalst, Belgium. Photo: Raphael Ahren via Twitter.
Disturbing images emerged on Sunday of the annual carnival at Aalst, Belgium, showing an astounding number of antisemitic themes, costumes, displays and statements.
Israeli journalist Raphael Ahren documented people dressed as caricatures of Orthodox Jews, a fake “wailing wall” attacking critics of the parade, blatantly antisemitic characters and puppets wearing traditional Jewish clothes and sporting huge noses.
The stench of anti-Semitism always hovers over Switzerland’s Lake Geneva when the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is meeting there. The foul emanations reached a new nadir last week with UNHRC’s publication of a “database” of companies doing business in the disputed territories in Israel.
Following the publication of the list, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, deputy director for advocacy of NGO Human Rights Watch, stated, “The long-awaited release of the U.N. settlement business database should put all companies on notice: To do business with illegal settlements [sic] is to aid in the commission of war crimes.”
One of the many things that annoys me about politicians is how sure they are of themselves. Everything is black and white. Every idea is good or bad. Take globalism, for example. You either love it or hate it. It works or it doesn’t.
Another thing that annoys me is how so much of a politician’s life revolves around power: Do everything you can to get it, and everything you can to keep it.
Why am I ranting? Because, while our politicians have been consumed with power and the media with the fights over power, a threat to our nation has been virtually ignored.
Blue and White Party leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid are establishing their diplomatic credentials in the immediate run-up to Israel’s March 2 election with an insult to a U.S. administration that has arguably provided Israel with more diplomatic gains than any previous administration.
The Times of Israel reported that at a campaign stop in front of English-speaking Israelis, Gantz accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “of neglecting bipartisan ties in favor of exclusive support from U.S. President Donald Trump’s Republican Party,” under the headline “Gantz pledges to mend ties with U.S. Democrats if elected.”
Bipartisanship was in short supply at the State of the Union address earlier this month—with one notable exception.
Nancy Pelosi had been looking dyspeptic, shuffling the papers she would later rip to shreds, when President Donald Trump reminded his audience that “the United States is leading a 59-nation diplomatic coalition against the socialist dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.”
Suddenly, the House Speaker applauded. Trump then introduced “the true and legitimate president of Venezuela: Juan Guaidó.”
The law professor Alan Dershowitz has thrown a legal hand-grenade into America’s political civil war by claiming to have evidence that former President Barack Obama “personally asked” the FBI to investigate someone “on behalf” of Obama’s “close ally,” billionaire financier George Soros.
He made his cryptic remark in an interview defending U.S. President Donald Trump against claims he interfered in the prosecution of his former adviser, Roger Stone.