Our aunt Mindy used to say that “real people’s stories were better than any movie or book”. She would tell us stories of people she knew from the old days in Miami or from the lower east side of New York City. The stories would always surprise me with the bravery, resiliency, emotional turmoil and … Continue reading When You Want To Say No To God
All throughout the bible God shows himself time and again as being the one who has our backs. He is the one who knows our needs before we ask, before we have realized that we even have a problem! In the Garden of Eden, we see God knowing that Adam would need a companion, and … Continue reading Who Has Your Back?
When I was a kid in elementary school, the dismissal bell at 3:00 filled me with dread. I was a nerdy kid who loved to read, loved art, was fat, not good at sports, wore braces and I was an easy punching bag. When the bell would ring and I walked outside unto the school … Continue reading Are You Punch Drunk?
Crecí en un hogar latino en el que la comida era fundamental para nuestro hogar. Ninguna celebración se llevó a cabo sin grandes cantidades de comida y concursos con todas las tías compitiendo por ser la mejor cocinera. Entonces, cuando comencé mi viaje hacia el judaísmo mesiánico, ¿me sorprendió una fiesta (Yom Kippur) sin comida? … Continue reading Los Desesperados
There is a beautiful piyyut (liturgical poem) that is sung during Yom Kippur that is called, “Ki Hinei Hachomer” (Like Clay In the Hands Of the Potter) which I have fallen in love with! It is a medieval liturgical poem and it is based on Jeremiah 18:6; “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal … Continue reading The Accuser
A medida que nos acercamos al mes de Elul, tradicionalmente nos preparamos para buscar nuestros corazones y recurrir a nuestro Dios. Cuando miramos la palabra “Elul” es similar a la raíz del verbo “buscar” en arameo. Los rabinos usualmente conectan a “Elul” con la idea de buscar nuestros corazones y prepararnos para los días santos. … Continue reading La Búsqueda
Is it just me or is everyone exhausted? This year has beat us up pretty badly. We have dealt with friends and families, facing illness, death, loneliness, isolation, confusion, complete upheaval of our everyday lives, and don’t forget the hunting for toilet paper! It has been an eye opener for those of us who love … Continue reading The King Has Not Left the Building
Can anyone pronounce Zelophehad? That’s why I titled this blog “The Daughters of “Z”! This month contains two of my favorite portions, which are parashat Pinchas and Mattot/Massei. Well, in this portion we meet Zelophehad’s five daughters Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. In Numbers 27:1-7, the story unfolds of five women trying to get … Continue reading The Daughters of “Z”
Estábamos esperando para sentarnos y, como siempre, quería mesa para dos asi poder sentarnos solos. Mi esposo (extrovertido que es) quería una mesa compartida. Entonces, nos sentamos en una gran mesa para ocho personas y comenzó la cena. Se hicieron las presentaciones habituales y todos parecían personas agradables. A medida que la conversación continuaba, un … Continue reading DESEANDO SER CONOCIDOS
We were sitting at Panera’s and my friend was praying when she said, “be in our midst”. The hairs on my arm stood up. In the past week the Lord had been saying to me that He would be in my midst. You see, my mom had died the previous week and I was grieving … Continue reading In Your Midst