President’s Message – Winter 2014 (January-February)
Our chapter is starting off 2014 with a very good New Year.
We have two programs in the works that I am sure you will all enjoy.
On Tuesday February 11, Judy Hoberman will be discussing “Why Women Do It 3 Times Better.” Judy is flying up from Dallas to enlighten us on this very interesting and thought provoking topic. By the way, she is also my sister-in-law and I am sure you will be in for fun evening. Check out her website: http://sellinginaskirt.com/.
On Monday April 28, Benita Ross from National Hadassah will be coming to speak about Youth Aliyah past and present, and will bring a very moving video of the YA Poland Heritage Mission.
Both programs will take place in Congregation Beth Israel’s O’Mansky Hall, with Hospitality at7 PM and the program beginning at 7:30PM.
Hope you enjoy the article below and I look forward to seeing everyone at these two exciting meetings.
The Fascinating History of the $1 Bill and Haym Solomon
You may be in for quite a surprise!
On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles. Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States.
The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.
If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid. Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark.
This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the west or decided what we could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the Capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin’s belief that one man couldn't do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything and so ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ is on this currency.
The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, 'God has favored our undertaking.'
The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means 'a new order has begun.'
At the base of the pyramid is the Roman numeral for 1776 (MDCCLXXVI).
If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you will learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United States. It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery, and is the centerpiece of most heroes' monuments.
Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States, and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet very few people know what the symbols mean.
The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons:
First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it.
Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England.
Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own. At the top of that shield there is a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation.
In the Eagle's beak you will read, ' E PLURIBUS UNUM' meaning, 'from many - one.'
Above the Eagle, we have the thirteen stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were coming together as one.
Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.
An (untrue) old-fashioned belief says that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will almost never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about this:
America, which relies on God (not a number) to direct and lead, boldly chose:
13 original colonies,
13 signers of the Declaration of Independence ,
13 stripes on our flag,
13 steps on the pyramid,
13 letters in 'Annuit Coeptis',
13 letters in 'E Pluribus Unum,'
13 stars above the eagle,
13 bars on that shield,
13 leaves on the olive branch,
13 fruits, and if you look closely,
And finally, notice the arrangement of the 13 stars in the right-hand circle.
You will see that they are arranged as a Star of David.
This was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked Haym Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a personal reward for his services to the Continental Army. Solomon said he wanted nothing for himself, but he would like something for his people. The Star of David was the result. Few people know it was Solomon who saved the Army through his financial contributions ... then died a pauper.
Haym Solomon gave $25 million to save the Continental Army, money that was sorely needed to help realize America’s – our -- freedom and independence from England.
Therein lays America’s Judeo-Christian beginning.