But we are still stuck
Monday, January 19, 2015
But we are still stuck
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The wise men write - that everything in creation (including you and I) can be found in the first word of the torah, "Bereisheet"- 'in the beginning'
One idea from this word. Beis (the first letter, 'two') + Reisheet ('beginning') = Two beginnings.
Every day, and more specifically every moment, we are given a choice.
Two ways to think. Two ways to speak. Two ways to act.
May we be blessed to always choose life, growth, and positivity.
So simple, yet so profound. Go check them out.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
...defines neo-Chassidus as "people trying to live Yiddishkeit from the inside out, to live more deeply and fully . . . . People today are refusing to be put into boxes. God is One, and His truth can be refracted in many different ways."
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Since I will be traveling tomorrow and spending thanksgiving with a friend, I wanted to share some of the things I am thankful for... In the spirit of the holiday...
1. Three weeks from today I will finish my first semester of graduate. I am not sure what I was thinking in taking five classes, working part time and volunteering, but I am grateful that I am almost done with what I think will be my hardest semester.
2. In three weeks from today I will meet my new nephew. The little guy lives across the country and is almost a month old, so I am glad I get to see him.
3. I received an email today about my latest volunteer placement which will hopefully positively contribute to my experience as I move forward in my graduate program toward my career.
4. Coffee. Always. Plus, I have a free drink on my Starbucks card which will be awesome when I travel tomorrow.
5. Friends who check in even though I know they are busy.
6. My rabbi who has supported me for almost four years and continues to encourage me and listen to me when I rant, kvetch and yell.
7. Thinkthin bars. My latest obsession. And today I found cookies and cream and espresso flavors!
8. A job that is flexible with my work schedule. A co worker who supplements my paycheck with chocolate. Kids who are utterly hysterical, spotty and adorable all at the same time.
9. Israel. Even though I am 6000 miles away, I am grateful I can always call it home.
10. Even though I don't tell them enough, my parents. Without them, I would not be the person I am today or the person I can become.
What are you thankful for?
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I don't want to snap
Sunday, November 16, 2014
"At time when Israel finds herself at war, people often ask me how I feel from the perspective of a Holocaust survivor. I usually answer, 'Does have have to be a Holocaust survivor in order to understand the situation?' We are besieged, our lives our threatened, and the danger of our destruction has not yet passed. We Jews are still struggling for survival. All Jews are, in a certain sense, Holocause survivors. But for the survivors of that original holocaust, when the siege is tightened, the issue moves to the forefront, taking on an added significance." (Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Out of the Depths, pg. 247)
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I had to let go
Before I let in
A terrible sin
From which there is no return
If I ever learn
How to stay far away
Then maybe I can say
It was worth the hurt
You don't even care
And if so
Were you and I ever going
I expected a fight
But resistance at night
And you were never very strong.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
I don’t think G-d ever said life doesn’t matter before you are married. Life matters. You matter. And that thing bubbling inside of you called your life’s mission also matters
They talk of emuna. They talk of prayer. They talk of relentless badgering and incessant emails and phone calls. Sometimes they talk of the quiet... lonely... empty times.
They told me I have to behave. They told me I have to start now so I can support later.
Well, today someone finally someone told me something that actually matters. He told me that I don't have to hide for fear of "ruining" myself. He told me I can be myself, even if I am just "myself."
Yea, I am young. Yea, I have plenty of time for marriage. But the waiting time sucks. It is a ticking clock that gets louder and slower with every passing second. So I am trying to fill each second with meaning. With magic. I want magic. I believe in magic. And most importantly, I believe in me.