Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Judaism defines motherhood differently than the rest of the world.  Judaism does not require a woman to have a child in order to be considered a mother.

Chava, the first woman, is called “em kol chai - mother of all life,” before she ever gives birth to a child. Being a mother is the ability to be other-centered, to have another at your core. This is one of the reasons why the word for “womb- rechem”, shares the root of the word “rachmanut - empathy.” I don’t just feel badly for your pain, I feel your pain. Your pain is my pain. You are a part of me.

Regarding Chava, I wonder if we could read this phrase another way. The words em kol could mean “all mother”—not “part mother,” but all mother. She is the mother of all life, and she is all mother.

There are many roles I fill, many things I enjoy doing. But for most of them, I am truly replaceable. Granted, I hope not too replaceable. But some of the things I do could most definitely be done by others, maybe even done better. And even the things I excel in, that I feel passionate about, that I focus on . . . they are only parts of me. There are many writers, many teachers, many editors. And there are many mothers. But there is no other mother to my children. Only me.

Hopefully  I will always be able to remember:  My children are my world, and I am theirs. Em kol chai.

From an article by Sara Esther Crisp,
When I went to India, I didn't record and photograph and share most of what happened.
I wanted to live it real, not tour it.

Sahara Desert

  1. Oases support some life forms in extremely arid deserts. The Sahara covers large parts of AlgeriaChadEgypt, Libya, MaliMauritania, Morocco, NigerWestern SaharaSudan and Tunisia.

Angry People Shout

Ever wonder why we should when we are angry? This story is one of the best explanations I have come across. 

"A wise person found a group of family members shouting at each other. He turned to his disciples, smiled, and asked, 'Why do people shout in anger at each other?"

His disciples thought for a while and one of them said, 'because when we lose our calm, we shout.'

'But why should you shout when the other person is just next to you?' asked the wise person. 'Can you just as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner?'

The wise person explained, 'When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance. 

What happens when two people fall in love? They don't shout at each other, but talk softly because their hearts are very close. The distance between then is either nonexistent or very small.'

The wise person looked at his disciples and said, 'So when you argue, do not let your hearts get distant. Do not say words that distance each other more. Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return."

Create a meaningful day!
- Ora

Friday, May 16, 2014

A little bit of effinyou seems to be order.
Just a teeny bit.
גם את הגוי...
Choice, ya know.
עכשיו למחוק ... וממשיכים הלאה.
A blended face and thanks to Perrier (minus the example part) I know that's not stepping backwards. Utterly saved by that knowledge. Bh!!

I'm Beat

Mostly cuz I'm exhausted and drained physically. Finally did grappling! Am I not the most blessed child on these shores?? Indeed I am.

Drained, too, conversing with all sortsa people (it's funny isn't it how I'm thinking in a British accent).

I got to a higher plane today. Didn't ask to go there but ever so awed that here I stand.

And learned a thing or two from the ichy -not the pleasant - parts of the convos.

I will emerge better.

When darkness, negativity and cruelty unjustly steal the show, I'll make the world balanced again by conquering it with a surplus of light, positivity and kindness. Take that, Mr Bad Boys!

I like this plane.
Life is infinitely infinitely more good.

Baruch Havaya.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Rashi on today's Chitas (Bechukosai)

42and I will remember My covenant [with] Jacob, and also My covenant [with] Isaac, and also My covenant [with] Abraham I will remember. And I will remember the Land, מב. וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת בְּרִיתִי יַעֲקוֹב וְאַף אֶת בְּרִיתִי יִצְחָק וְאַף אֶת בְּרִיתִי אַבְרָהָם אֶזְכֹּר וְהָאָרֶץ אֶזְכֹּר:
And I will remember My covenant [with] Jacob: Heb. יַעִקוֹב. [The name יַעִקוֹב is] written in full, [i.e., with a “vav,”] in five places [in Scripture], and [the name] אֵלִיָּהוּ is written defectively [without a “vav,” i.e., אֵלִיָּה also] in five places [in Scripture]. Jacob took a letter [“vav”] from the name of Elijah [the Prophet] as security-that he will come and herald the redemption of his [Jacob’s] children [and since this is Elijah’s mission in life, his name will remain “incomplete,” as it were, until he fulfills it, speedily, in our days. The five instances of the “vav” symbolize the five fingers of the hand; i.e., this security arrangement between Jacob and Elijah was sealed by a handshake (Gur Aryeh)]. וזכרתי את בריתי יעקוב: בחמשה מקומות נכתב מלא, ואליהו חסר בחמשה מקומות, יעקב נטל אות משמו של אליהו ערבון שיבוא ויבשר גאולת בניו:

Friday, May 02, 2014

My #1 Boxing Place

Chronologically as well as meritoriously.
Well, I suppose it ties for first place with my Nevins one.

Darn, I'll miss it here.
And just when I was getting the swing of the swing of the hips and the staying on the toes.
Well nu yalla, I suppose He has better plans for me.