Tuesday, November 4, 2008

President OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!

History was certainly made tonight. How wonderful it is to be an American and to be part of a new country. People rallied and saw through all the negativity and bullshit! We are a long way from the fundraiser for Barack's exploratory campaign that Jeff and I attended back in Feb. 2007. Who could have believed that day was history in the making... We have come a long way!!! The barriers have been lifted. We have an African American as our next President! Would anyone have believed this would be possible?? I am very proud that we are becoming color blind and that we are raising a younger generation who doesn't judge people on the color of their skin but on their merit and true contribution to society. G-d Bless this amazing country and all the people out there who believe in equality, justice and a chance for everyone to succeed.

Have fun! I always do! (ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW!!!!)

Risa

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Haters by Maya Angelou

I had to pass this wonderful poem by Maya Angelou along.....

A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all
their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall.
They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever
good enough! When you make your mark, you will always attract some
haters…That’s why you have to be careful with whom you share your
blessings and your dreams, because some folk can’t handle seeing you
blessed…

It’s dangerous to be like somebody else…

If God wanted you to be like somebody else, He would have given
you what He gave them! Right? You never know what people have gone
through to get what they have.

The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but
they don’t know my story… If the grass looks greener on the other side
of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there
too!

We’ve all got some haters among us! People envy you because you can:

Have a relationship with God
Light up a room when you walk in
Start your own business
Tell a man / woman to hit the curb (if he / she isn’t about the right thing)
Raise your children without both parents being in the home

Haters can’t stand to see you happy, Haters will never want to
see you succeed, Haters never want you to get the victory, most of our
haters are people who are supposed to be on our side. How do you handle
your undercover haters?

You can handle these haters by:

1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are *(VERY IMPORTANT!!)
2. Having a purpose to your life? Purpose does not mean having a job.
You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. A purpose is having
a clear sense of what God has called you to be. Your purpose is not
defined by what others think about you.
3. By remembering what you have is by divine prerogative and not
human manipulation. Fulfill your dreams!

You only have one life to live…when it’s your time to leave this earth,
you ‘want’ to be able to say, ‘I’ve lived my life and fulfilled
‘my’ dreams,… Now I’m ready to go HOME! When God gives you favor, you can
tell your haters, Don’t look at me…Look at Who is in charge of me…’

Maya Angelou


Have Fun! I always do!

Risa

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Remembering Rabbi Yossie Raichik

I was deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the very untimely passing of my friend Rabbi Yossie Raichik. Yossie did the motzi at Jake & Dylan's Bar Mitzvah in May 2007. He was a true mensch and a selfless individual who worked his whole life to help others. With condolences and deep sympathy to his wife Dina and children...May he rest in peace.



Director of Children of Chernobyl Succumbs to Illness

Rabbi Yossie Raichik, who helped rescue thousands of children from the dangers of radioactive fallout, passed away Sunday.
Chabad.org Staff
Sep 21, 2008
Rabbi Yossie Raichik, who as director of Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl project oversaw the rescue of thousands of children from the dangers of radioactive fallout, succumbed Sunday to complications from a lung infection. He was 55.

Raichik’s passing came as a shock to the tens of thousands of friends and admirers worldwide who took to reciting Psalms in the past week as the rabbi awaited a lung transplant at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital.

The son of Rabbi Shmuel Dovid and Leah Raichik – who were sent to Los Angeles as emissaries of the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory, in 1949 – Yossie Raichik grew up in a household modeled on the selflessness of his parents.

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In the years following World War II, his father tended personally to the welfare of many displaced Jews in Shanghai, China. He also resuscitated Jewish communities across North America as a roving emissary of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, and was sought after worldwide to help mediate local disputes. The father’s wisdom, humility and selflessness inspired others to sacrifice for the sake of communal and personal peace.

His mother, who was known fondly as the “Bubbe of the Golden State,” created an open-door home where titans and paupers alike felt comfortable dropping in at any time of the day or night.

The son reflected his parents’ warmth, and attracted a cadre of civilly-minded professionals with his disarming personality. He worked on Chabad of the West Coast’s now-famous Telethon prior to founding the Children of Chernobyl project.

In the early 1980s, he traveled to Iran at the behest of the Rebbe on a special mission to rescue hundreds of Jewish families.

When the Chernobyl, Ukraine, nuclear accident transfixed the world and sent a radioactive cloud across Eastern Europe, Raichik immediately turned to helping those in need. He moved to Israel in order to facilitate the airlifting of children hit hardest by the disaster.

Since its founding in 1989, Children of Chernobyl has brought more than 2,531 children and 1,757 parents from areas surrounding Chernobyl, Ukraine, to live in Israel. Recognized by UNICEF, the project has garnered the support of Hollywood filmmakers and politicians, as well as Jews worldwide who considered Raichik their personal rabbi.

This summer, the organization airlifted its 81st group to Kfar Chabad, where it provides medical treatment, special homes and assistance to adjusting to life in the Middle East.

“Since taking on the role of director of the program and until his last day, Raichik was a father not only to his own children, but to the thousands of children he helped to bring to Israel,” said Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Levenhartz, assistant director general of the Chabad-Lubavitch Youth Organization in Israel. “He traveled across the world and was away from home for long periods of time in order to bring the necessary resources to care for the welfare of the children in Kfar Chabad.”

Just last month, Raichik participated in the circumcision of a son of one of the group’s rescued children.

“He always saw the good in everyone,” added Levenhartz. “Everyone appreciated his advice and warmth.

“Moments before he was hospitalized, he used his last strengths to hug his children and dance with them.”

Raichik is survived by his wife Dina, their children, and his brothers and sisters, who serve as Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in locations across the globe.

“He was a true Chasid,” Rabbi Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi, chief rabbi of the Israeli village of Kfar Chabad, tearfully said at the afternoon funeral. “It is hard to separate from him.”

Raichik was buried at Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot cemetery.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Louis Vuitton Summer Party

It was all about style and bling at the LV Party at The Americana Manhasset tonight. The store was jam packed with a great upbeat crowd partying and having a great time while previewing the latest LV collections for Fall.... On display was the latest Monogram Vernis Alma's in all the new fall colors.. My favorite is the GM... Just right for me in jumbo size...... I like my bags BIG!!! Women's shoes for Fall are insane!!! I see several pairs of the latest platform pumps and boots in my future..... Monogramouflage is hot!!!! I think the Monogramouflage Pegase 60 will go great with my Monogramouflage Passport Case... Thanks Edie!!!

Have fun!
I always do!

RISA

The Tart Yogurt Wars........

Hmmm the tart yogurt wars... What I am talking about... Before Pinkberry, Yolato and Red Mango.. there was and still is Frogurt from Bloomies 40 KARATS and Lord & Taylor... Addictive.. Tart.. Plain.. Original Frozen Yogurt... If you're in the yogurt KNOW you have been enjoying these for years... With Pinkberry and Red Mango and Yolato popping up all over Manhattan.. stretching to Brooklyn and Queens... we are in the midst of the "Tart Yogurt Wars"... There have been many rumors that Pinkberry may come from a powder mixture??? Is it really yogurt?? I don't know but it is DELICIOUS!!! Did you know that Red Mango has over 140 locations in South Korea? Did you know that just a 30 minute ride from the Gold Coast of Long Island brings you to Flushing, Queens home to both Red Mango and Pinkberry... It is well worth the trip... Decide for yourself... I encourage you to indulge... You will either love it or hate it... There is no in between... I hope you love it as I do....

http://www.redmangousa.com/
http://www.pinkberry.com/
http://www.yolato.com/


Have fun!!
I always do!

RISA

Friday, May 16, 2008

Children of Chernobyl Latest Rescue Flight

JON VOIGHT AND CCOC WELCOME 36 CHILDREN TO ISRAEL ON CCOC RESCUE FLIGHT #80

Academy Award Winning Actor, Jon Voight, traveled halfway around the world, ten hours into the future, and over the roofs of many of our homes to meet Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl’s 80th Rescue Mission on the tarmac of Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.

On Monday evening, May 12, 2008, Voight welcomed thirty-six children from Belarus, Ukraine, and Western Russia, escorting the first young child—a seven-year-old girl—down the steps of the airplane.


“It is truly an amazing experience to see these children—these beautiful children—who we talk about year after year at the Children at Heart dinner disembark the plane,” Voight said. “All of our hard work, our fundraisers, and our efforts pay off when you see the hope restored in a young child’s eyes.”

Eighty children previously evacuated from the Chernobyl region by CCOC, members of the New York CCOC office, and generous CCOC donors joined Jon at the airport to celebrate this momentous flight.

“I am excited to see my friend from home,” a teenage girl said as the flight landed. “I know that Israel will make her feel better. Israel made my headaches go away. But, really, I am most excited to see everybody from the flight—because I know that they will soon be my friends, too, and their pain will go away.”

The children celebrated their arrival with friends and family members they had not seen in months. A woman from Ukraine was reunited with her daughter who had been rescued on CCOC Rescue Flight # 79. Everybody around the mother and daughter watched their reunion in tears of happiness—they remained in each other’s arms for the remainder of the welcoming.

Young boys were lifted into the air and danced around on the shoulders of the teenage boys and young men who came to welcome the flight. Jon was swept up into the celebration as well and the young children laughed in awe as they saw him bouncing around the airport on the shoulders of a young man rescued on a past CCOC flight—a flight that Jon himself helped make possible.


The evening was packed with celebration, high energy, and excitement. Optimism, hope, and opportunity could be felt in the air—but the physical pain in the children could clearly be seen as well. The children have been settled in their new homes in Kfar Chabad and have already started their medical treatment and their roads to recovery.

Jon joined the CCOC executives in Kfar Chabad Thursday afternoon, May 15, 2008, to visit with the 36 children who just arrived on Monday, children from previous CCOC flights, and alumni of the CCOC program. Jon has been in Israel all week as the spokesman for CCOC and has dedicated his entire visit in the country to helping children, listening to their stories, and giving them strength. Please visit our website www.ccoc.net to read a full account of Jon’s visit and view the photographs from his stay. We will be in touch by email when the account is posted. Thank you for making this rescue flight possible. As Jon said in Hebrew from the tarmac in Ben Gurion Airport… “Atem Giborai”… You Are Heroes.

Have fun! I always do!

RISA

No Cash, No ATM, No Credit Card....

What an afternoon I had yesterday.... I took Dylan and Jake into the city for an orthodontist appointment.... On the way into the city I realized I had left my AMEX and Driver's License in my evening bag from the previous night's event... I figured ok.. I have some cash and my ATM card... Then I realized I had also left my ATM card in my evening bag.. OK I have my Visa card... No problems.. We'll go out for dinner after the orthodontist and I will use my VISA... So we go to EJ's and have dinner.. The check comes and I take out my VISA card... The waitress says I'm sorry we only take cash but there is an ATM right over there in the corner... OYYYY I start to get a little panicked... I go over to the ATM and try to get a cash advance on my VISA.. Machine says "Transaction not Allowed"... I didn't want to alarm the boys at all... I went back to my table and noticed that a woman that I know was just seated next to us... OYYY can this get any worse. I didn't have the relationship with her where I would have asked her to borrow 30 bucks... What a disaster... SO I ask the manager if I can write them a check for the difference.. She said let me check with my boss... She then told me she could take my VISA card and process it through their delivery business... WHEW was I happy!!!!
We leave EJ's and go into a shop next door to buy some shirts for Jeff and the boys... We go to pay and my VISA card comes up declined.. I am totally baffled now... Also a little freaked out!!! We get in the car to drive home and Dylan takes my cell phone and says "no talking on your phone" what if we get pulled over by a cop and since you don't have your license I will either cry or get very mad at you!!! We get home and I check my voicemail.. There is a message from Chase bank about potential "fraudulent" activity on my VISA card.. I call them back and get someone on the phone who has a very "heavy" accent... She is reviewing 2 charges with me which were both mine.. No Fraud!! Then I had to answer a series of multiple choice questions for their security... I could barely understand the women and finally asked if I was speaking to someone in the USA and she hesistated and said "your call has been routed to the Phillipines". I was thoroughly disgusted!!!!! To add insult to injury... My card was flagged because I actually "used" it... Gee isn't that what the credit card companies want?? Then I had to spend 15 minutes on the phone with someone I could barely understand. What is happening to this country?? Our own Americans need jobs and American companies keep finding cheaper and cheaper solutions instead of taking care of their own!!! SAD.........

Have fun! I always do! (except on this day)

RISA

Monday, February 25, 2008

No Smelly Food on My Flights!!!!

It is absolutely vile to been sitting on a flight... and have to smell "stinky" food.... I think there should be a ban on eating any food that "smells"!!! On my flight back from Florida tonight all of a sudden Jake and Dylan and I stared at each other while making horrible faces!!! Someone near us was eating something with an indescribable smell.... Luckily I had a small sample of perfume and immediately pulled it out.. Doused myself in it and then placed two small dabs under my nose and the boys too!!! My sister gave me this idea from all of her frequent flying and sometimes... its often not the food but the people!!!!! Oyyyyy..

Have fun! I always do!

Risa

Friday, February 15, 2008

I love "Lipstick Jungle"!!!!

Finally we have some new programming for the ladies!! I watched the 2nd episode of Lipstick Jungle last night and love it!!! The clothes, the bags, the shoes.... So decadent!!! Did you ever see so much python and croc?? Then did I forget to mention the fabulous jewelry!! The stylists for this show have certainly done it right!! Can't wait till next week......

Have fun! I always do!

Risa

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Tina Turner

All I can say if you saw Tina Turner on the Grammys you are lucky!!!!
What an amazing woman!! Tina turned 68 in November and rocked on stage like she was 25!!
Go Tina!!!

Have fun! I always do!

Risa

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Can't Live Without....

Ok so I have become addicted to things.... Never was an addict before... But I confess....

- Edamame .... Must have my daily allowance....

- Fage Greek Yogurt... Must have 1 or 2 a day... Have been known to run out to the supermarket late at night if I don't see
some in the fridge.... I have never run to the supermarket for anything before... Ask my family....

- Earphone attached to my Orange "Lifetime TV Exclusive" IPOD... So my fabulous teenage boys have hooked me up with all
the latest and greatest in Hip Hop, R and B, Rock etc... to the tune of several thousand songs.... WOW it was so nice today
walking through Fort Lauderdale Airport and then onto the plane with the volume turned "all the way" up....
Geez I couldn't even hear the gate attendant telling me that I wasn't really supposed to be boarding yet...
La la la I really couldn't hear her..... Then I didn't have to hear anyone on the plane or in the airport.... Sheer Bliss...

- Free City tees.... ok you all already know this....

More to come....

Have fun! I always do!

Risa