Orthodox Jewish Conservatives – Johns Hopkins Falling Apart – and a Brother in Christ who Simply MADE MY DAY!

Strange title you say? As you read this piece, the title will become more clear.

Some of my Facebook friends know that I have been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. It’s called AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration). It is quite common; especially in us ‘older folks.’

I have other pesky problems with my eyes which do interfere with my vision; especially since I spend such a great deal of time on my laptop – researching and writing. One of those problems is fourth nerve palsy of my right eye. My Neuroopthomologist at Hopkins said that this was most likely from a head injury which I sustained when I was 17 years old. It has caused a condition called Strabismus which does not allow my eyes to work as a team and causes double vision when I am very tired.

Johns Hopkins

Thinking that perhaps I had large cataracts which would need removing, I made an appointment with an eye doctor at Wilmer Eye Institute at Hopkins. I had been told about 5 years ago that I had cataracts but they were very small and I did not need surgery at that time.

Much to my surprise, the cataracts were still tiny and I did not need surgery. But also to my surprise I was told that I had Macular Degeneration (MD). I had many questions about MD and proceeded to ask the doctor. He told me that there is no cure. I asked if there is something that I could do to slow down the MD.

He told me that there were vitamins which I could find at the drug store. I asked him the name of them (twice) and each time he would segue to a different topic. He did make it clear that MD was not his specialty, and then told me to make an appointment to see him in a year.

Wait a Year to see a doctor who does not treat my condition?

I asked the doctor if there was an eye specialist for Macular Degeneration. His answer to me was “You don’t need to see him now – maybe sometime down the road. To say that I was not a satisfied patient walking out of Johns Hopkins that day would be a gross understatement!

The New Doctor

Whenever I am considering using a new doctor, I always go to Healthgrades.com or other websites which allow you to see ratings of various doctors. I was amazed to see Dr. Elman had well over 200 5-star ratings! Usually on these sites there are only about 10 reviews. He was a Retina Specialist and that is the kind of eye doctor who treats MD. I called and made an appointment. I went to see him yesterday.

Kippahs Kippahs Everywhere!

After I checked in and took a seat, I began to look around. I thought to myself that this man must be very well known with a great reputation – the waiting room was packed!

I saw some of his male staff members and they were all wearing kippahs (skull caps) or as we called them in synagogue – Yarmulkes. As a Jew, this did make me smile.

The Brother in Christ

A black man who was wearing a beautiful Cross sat in a chair across from me. He struck up a conversation with me, and before long we both realized that we were brother and sister in Christ. It was truly amazing. We were both quoting Scripture and talking about heaven.

People were listening to our conversation. It was a “God thing.” I was praying the whole time that those who heard us would be drawn by the Holy Spirit. Then he was called in and I said to him “I’ll see you in heaven, brother.” He smiled and nodded his head and then went back to be seen.

May I ask the readers to pray for that brother? I don’t know his name but God knows who he is! He told me that he was caring for his mother who also had MD – she is in her 90’s. I could tell that he was stressed from everything. Our prayers for him will be heard.

Conservative Orthodox Jews

Then it was my turn to be seen. The technician did the preliminary tests on me and took my history. I told her that I was a writer and had been struggling with poor vision for some time. Then the doctor came in wearing his kippah. He said that he heard that I was a writer and asked me what I write about.

I must say that it took me by surprise when he asked me. I took a deep breath and said to him “Well, among other things – I am a staunch Conservative.” If the reader remembers, I have written much about many Jewish people being Leftists. I was so happy and relieved when he said to me “You are VERY welcome here!”

At the end of the appointment, it was just myself and the doctor. He asked me what I thought of Biden. Boy oh boy did we ever have a discussion about him!

I said to the doctor “That crash of his bicycle was a clear picture of what he is doing to our economy.” The doctor said “That is an excellent analogy!”

What a day that was! I am praying that Dr. Elman was curious enough to find this blog. I am also praying that he will see that I am a Jewish believer and that the Lord will open his eyes and heart!



Ukraine Shuts Down Largest Opposition Party, Seizes Its Assets: Can you say TYRANNY?

Before the reader jumps on me as a “Putin lover” let me make it clear that BOTH men (Putin and Zelenskyy) are geopolitical thugs in my estimation.

But in this article by the New American, the tyrannical actions of Zelenskyy are exposed, and the world needs to understand exactly who we are dealing with in Ukraine.

From thenewamerican.com

Volodymyr Zelensky

While the mainstream media and Washington foreign policy establishment continue to hail Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky as a champion of freedom and “democracy,” Ukraine has further limited free speech within its borders, placing a total prohibition on the nation’s primary opposition party and seizing all its assets for the state.

As Paul Joseph Watson noted in a report at Summit News, a Facebook post by Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice declared the government’s action against the party Opposition Platform — For Life (OPPL), which has been accused of being pro-Russian.

This comes after the party had its operations suspended in March. Because OPPL was Ukraine’s second-largest political party (its popularity was even greater than that of Zelensky’s Servant of the People party last year), its dissolution essentially removes any significant political opposition from the president’s path.

Last month, OPPL leader Viktor Medvedchuk was placed under house arrest. He has argued that the party merely seeks better relations with Russia for the good of Ukraine.

In its announcement, the Ministry of Justice claimed OPPL sought to “undermine the sovereignty” of Ukraine, a rationale by which the government has already banned 10 other opposition parties.

Zelensky last month signed legislation allowing for the banning of parties that oppose the current government’s handling of the Russian conflict. This law allows the courts to seize such parties’ assets without an appeal.

OPPL had already been dissolved in the Ukrainian parliament back in April, though the party reorganized there under the name “Platform for Life and Peace.”

In a related move to crack down on opposition, the Zelensky government has sought to imprison and extradite Ukrainian critics living abroad. 

Watson described the arrest of YouTuber and Zelensky critic Anatoly Shariy in Spain last month:

Anatoly Shariy, who has almost 3 million YouTube subscribers, was detained on an international arrest warrant in a joint operation by Spanish and Ukrainian police, as well as international “partners,” according to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU).

They claim that Shariy has been acting on behalf of “foreign” forces by infringing Ukraine’s national security via his media commentary on the war and engaging in “incitement of hatred.”

Shariy’s arrest “is more proof that every traitor of Ukraine will sooner or later receive his well-deserved punishment. It is inevitable,” the SBU asserted.

The steps by which the Zelensky government is shutting down political opposition runs according to the same playbook by which regimes throughout history have used fear and scapegoating to eliminate threats to their power.

The pattern is always the same: Stir the fear of danger from an external enemy and claim that the political opposition within the country is secretly working with that enemy to undermine national security. Accordingly, wars have always been useful in this attempt to silence political opposition.

Ukraine, of course, is nowhere near unique in this respect in contemporary global politics. The Democratic party is attempting the same in the United States. The current circus that is the January 6 Committee in the House of Representatives demonstrates this.

In its latest narrative, the committee, led by Democrats, is accusing President Donald Trump and his allies of having pressured state election officials into “overturning” the 2020 election in Trump’s favor, NBC News reports.

This, of course, is a subversion of the political processes surrounding presidential elections and the role of state officials amid them. As individual states certify elections and send slates of electors to cast the electoral votes for presidential candidates, a case can be made that states do have a legitimate role in guarding the fate of a given presidential election against electoral fraud.

Democrats, however, refuse to acknowledge this role and paint any attempt by Republicans in 2020 to crack down on fraud as attempts to steal the election.

Similarly, NBC describes the plan to have alternate electors in states where there was strong evidence of fraud as a “plot” to replace legitimate electors with “fake electors.”

The narrative the January 6 committee ultimately spins is that Trump and his allies were trying to orchestrate an insurrection to destroy American “democracy.” Their goal is the same as that of the Zelensky government in Ukraine: Brand the opposition traitors in order to shut them down and remove all barriers to total power.

Zelensky is already getting away with it. Will the Democrats? Source

As far as this writer is concerned, the Traitors and Insurrectionists in the U.S. are the Democrats. This was proven in 2020 when they blatantly STOLE the election.

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