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
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?
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
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”
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
As we said goodbye to our friends on the outdoor terrace, I noticed the clay pots. The pots were big, fat, round, simple pots which had been filled with flowers to overflowing. When I looked closer at the pots, I noticed that these fat pots had huge cracks! The cracks were so big that the … Continue reading Mending of the Cracks
December 30, 2019 by Diana Levine Every day as I drive out of my development, I see them. They sit all in a row on the utility wires looking down, waiting. I can feel their stares as they wait patiently for their next meal. Does anyone like buzzards? If you had a choice would you … Continue reading Buzzards