Posts Tagged ‘everything’

Give Me a Week

Friday, July 29th, 2011

The whole “day by day” attitude that I have had just isn’t working for me. Days are simply too short and they end too quickly. Focusing on each day means that nights are rotten. I simply can’t sleep and find myself pacing around at all sorts or weird hours. Even the dog is telling me to calm down and get some sleep.

So now, I am officially announcing that we are going to have a great week. That’s right — from right now, we know that this coming week will be a really good one. It will be good and it will be normal. Let’s make it a week and a day so we can throw in next Shabbat as well, o.k?

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Roller Coaster

Monday, July 25th, 2011

I feel we are on a roller coaster.

Sometimes Stella feels fine one hour and the next she can barely get up.

I hated Shabbat. (Am I allowed to say that?)

No offense to the people who brought over all the great food. We really appreciate it. But even if the Iron Chef himself schlepped over the food, I could not have enjoyed it.

If asked, Stella will always say that her cooking is “no big deal.” No secret recipes or mystery ingredients.  She just adds a little onion soup mix and a lot of love when she cooks and it always tastes fantastic.

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Shabbat Shalom

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Responding to all the e-mails

Perhaps the most striking thing about the lives of Orthodox Jews  is the weekly Shabbat — Sabbath. A complicated set of rules and traditions governs every aspect of our lives from the time the sun sets on Friday evening until the appearance of stars on Saturday night.

While it may look like a period of restrictions — no work, driving, telephoning, sending e-mails, Facebooking, etc, the reality is that it is a time of communal celebration. While you could say that the prayer service in the synagogue is the most important part of Shabbat, I would argue that the festive meals we have with friends and family is just as central, if not more.

We have always enjoyed special Shabbatot (Sabbaths.)  And in a few hours, we will once again begin this weekly ritual that the Jewish people have maintained for as long as there has been a Jewish people. We will see good friends and relish in each other’s company. We will take a break from work, school, and maybe even a break from cancer. I want to think about roasted chicken now, not chemotherapy.

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Glen Beck is Not Helping Israel

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Recently, a number of Facebook friends (both those I know and those I have never met) have been sharing videos of Glen Beck talking about Israel. These are usually accompanied by many “likes” and comments of “must watch.” I tried watching it and got about halfway through before I moved on. I did not share it, like it, or add a comment with an exclamation point. I simply left Mr. Beck in mid-speech and moved on. Because with all due respect for the Beck groupies, he’s just not helping our cause.

But before your fingertips fly to your keyboards to express your astonishment that I would be so bold as to dis the might Beck, I want you to know one thing:

I agree with everything Beck says (on Israel).

It’s just the guy who is saying it that’s the problem.

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