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
In last month’s blog we looked at Genesis chapter 24 and the story of Isaac and Rebecca. We saw Abraham coordinating a marriage for Isaac at the end of his life. Abraham sends a trusted servant with specific instructions; Abraham said in Genesis 24:4, “but you will go to my country and to my relatives, … Continue reading Part Two: Waiting in Line
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
As I sit here writing I am recuperating from a mild case of Covid. Throughout my illness, I tried to figure out how did I get sick. Did I walk by someone? Did someone cough, sneeze, breathe on me? The reality is that I don’t have a definitive point of infection. Which started me thinking … Continue reading Fragrance In Spite of Covid
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?
In my family we are not handy. If something needs to be repaired or assembled, a handyman is summoned. So, after my retirement, I realized that there was lots of work to be done in my home. My daughter’s room had become a mess, where in the middle of the chaos I would try to … Continue reading Carpet and Stucco and Nails..Oh My!
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
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