My friend Bob gave a great commentary on the Torah portion, Bamidbar. The book of Bamidbar (In the wilderness) or Numbers begins with a census, counting and making order. The point that Bob made that captivated me was his example of having collections of loved items, when he was young, that would give him enjoyment. … Continue reading God Is Obsessed With Us
The last time we had a garden was in Marietta, Georgia. The soil was deep red clay which stained your hands, your clothes and anything else that it came into contact with. We worked hard to grow some vegetables in our little patch of ground. As we approach Shavuot in just a few days, I … Continue reading Ruth the Expert Farmer
We were at a family gathering when my cousin Millie’s two sons (giant oak trees) pointed to a chair and said, “Doña please sit”. Doña I repeated, did he just call me Doña? I’m not old why would he call me Doña? This term of Doña (Spanish title) was first used as respect for the head of a landowner (Don) and … Continue reading From Deadhead to Grayhead
We sat excitedly waiting for the ceremony to begin. The wind was blowing, the clouds were rolling in, the waves were crashing, and we all sat with big smiles on our faces. Now Joey and Haley stood under the chuppah holding hands and beginning a new life together. The Rabbi spoke about when they first … Continue reading Waiting In Line
I paced throughout the house during the early morning praying, begging, seeking and looking for an answer. Someone precious to me was seriously ill and I didn’t understand. Have you ever questioned why would God would do this awful thing? There is a gnawing pain you feel because you have trusted God, but now you … Continue reading Can You Really Trust God?
We were all excited! Driving down to Ft. Lauderdale early in the morning, anticipating our cruise was making us all punchy! We pulled into the parking lot and were directed to a spot towards the back, when we saw them. Monkeys! Two adult monkey’s and a baby were sitting there looking at us. At this … Continue reading The Great Escape
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