Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"....and there is no part of an ox more beautiful than its shoulders.”

From today's Chitas.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Liberating My Sneaky Blessings :)

My oh my I love these two and finally feel ready to "pass em on" as they've strengthened sufficiently in my core for the first phase, B"H. "The first danger has passed." teehee

Sneaky Blessings

Iyar 16, 5774 · May 16, 2014

Due to the limitations of your reality, some of your best friends can only enter incognito.
In fact, the really big ones sometimes sneak through disguised as ugly monsters and vicious enemies. Otherwise, the guards at the gate would never let them in. These are the events optimists call “blessings in disguise.”
Here's how to fire the guards: Expand your mind, expand your world and sincerely rejoice in whatever G-d sends you. Then the blessings will feel free to enter in all their glory.

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Liberate your Blessings
Iyar 18, 5774 · May 18, 2014

How to unmask a blessing in disguise:
Stare it in the face and say, “I know you are not just a lousy day or bad luck. I know you are a good friend—even if for the life of me, I cannot determine how. I know there is only one Source of All Things, and nothing can convince me that evil descends from Above. Evil descends from the constraints of my perception. You are no more than a blessing in disguise.”
This blessing, if truly a great one, will not surrender its cover easily. You will need to hold your ground like a mountain against the sea. You will need a composure that demonstrates you meant every word you said. You need to surprise yourself with your own resolve.
And then you can turn over a world. A world that once distorted every blessing that squeezed through its gates will open wide. And the blessings that have already entered will sigh a breath of relief as one by one they discard their scary costumes.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014


Is a fantastic time to be checking which numbers are available with Golan Telecom.


[Calvin smile up there.]

Monday, September 22, 2014

Jacob and the bust of Stalin (joke)

When Jacob is finally given an exit visa by the Russians and allowed to immigrate to Israel, he can only take what could fit in one suitcase. At Moscow airport a customs official shouts, "Open your case."
The official searches the case and pulls out something wrapped in newspaper. He unwraps a bust of Stalin.
"What is that?" he shouts.

Jacob replies, "Don't ask 'What is that?' - ask 'Who is that?' That is our glorious leader Stalin. I take it to remind me of the wonderful things he did for me and the marvelous life I leave behind." The official sneers. "You Jews are mad. Go. Take the bust with you."
At Ben Gurion airport, a customs officer says, "Shalom. Welcome to Israel. Open your case!" Jacob's case is searched and the bust is found. "What is that?”
"Don't ask 'What is that?' - ask 'Who is that?' That is Stalin. I want to spit on him every day to remind me of all the suffering and misery he caused me."

The official laughs. "You Russians are mad. Go. Take the bust with you."
Jacob arrives at his new home. His nephew watches as he unpacks. Jacob carefully unwraps the bust of Stalin and puts it on the table. "Who is that?" asks his nephew.

Jacob replies, "Don't ask 'Who is that?' - ask 'What is that?'
That is five kilos of gold."

176,000 Israeli Babies Born in the Past Year

The most popular boy's name this year is Yosef, followed by Daniel, Uri, Itai, Omar, Adam, Noam, Ariel, Eitan and David, respectively. For girls, the most popular name was Tamar, followed by Noah, Shirah, Adelle, Talya, Yael, Lian, Miriam, Maya and Avigayil.

All of the "most popular" names remained the same since 5773.

-full article-

Law Requires 3% Disabled in All Large Businesses
Within two years, businesses that employ 100 people or more will be required to hire at least 3% of their workforce from among the disabled population, according to a new measure signed Sunday by Economics Minister Naftali Bennett.
Full Story (Arutz Sheva)

Camp Simcha (video)

Spectacular isn't it, that all this goodness and love and care and miracles and angels and breaking boundaries will exist in the era of Redemption sans the illness and darkness?!

I Saw Joy Run

The little sister with her older brother, running through the rain to get home.
She put his hat in her plastic bag and he carried the box of fresh pizza.
And together they ran through the rain, softly gasping and giggling and calling to one another with 
loving admiration and delighted urgency.
Heads bent, hearts lifted, feet running, solid joy.

I saw Joy run and I hope my mind holds that sight for a long long time. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mind Onboard Amtrak

My train really toots its horn.
It's not boastful, though.
It's humble, safe, necessary.


I'm wearing my kidney shirt.


Friday, September 12, 2014

I Am Blessed

For reasons many and more ---- But now I'll explore ---- how everyone and more ---- bless me to the core --- "It should be everything and more."

It touches me, wonders me and comforts me each and every time.

I am blessed.

In general and in particular, I am blessed.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Israel is.... (by Natalie Portman)

“Israel Is" … by Natalie Portman (Hat Tip: Jack W).

Where I was born. Where I ate my first Popsicle and used a proper toilet for the first time. Where some of my 18-year-old friends spend their nights in bunkers sleeping with their helmets on. Where security guards are the only jobs in surplus. Where deserts bloom and pioneer stories are sentimentalized. Where a thorny, sweet cactus is the symbol of the ideal Israeli. Where immigrating to Israel is called “ascending” and emigrating from Israel is called “descending.” Where my grandparents were not born, but where they were saved.

Where the year passes with the season of olives, of almonds, of dates. ..... Where, despite substantial exception, secularism is the rule. Where wine is religiously sweet. Where “Arabic homes” is a positive real estate term with no sense of irony.

Where there is endless material for dark humor. Where there are countless words for “to bother,” but no single one yet for “to pleasure.” Where laughter is the currency; jokes the religion. Where political parties multiply more quickly than do people. Where to become religious is described as “returning to an answer” and becoming secular “returning to a question.”

Where six citizens have won Nobel prizes in 50 years. Where the first one earned an Olympic gold in 2004 for sailing (an Israeli also won the bronze for judo). Where there is snow two hours north and hamsin (desert wind) two hours south. Where Moses never was allowed to walk, but whose streets we litter.

Where the language in which Abraham spoke to Isaac before he was to sacrifice him has been resuscitated to include the words for “sweatshirt” and “schadenfreude” and “chemical warfare” and “press conference.”

Where the muezzin chants, and the church bells sound and the shofars cry freely at the Wall. Where the shopkeepers bargain. Where the politicians bargain.

Where there will one day be peace but never quiet. Where I was born; where my insides refuse to abandon.

Friday, September 05, 2014

R' Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, Chief Rabbi of the Eidah Hacharedis in Eretz Yisroel under the British mandate, was once sitting at a Shabbos table when he saw a young child do something prohibited on Shabbos. Instinctively, he shouted, "It's Shabbos!" The child's father deemed his reaction excessive and protested that the child is still young and doesn't yet appreciate Shabbos and its laws. A short while later the same child made his way to the china closet and found a nice crystal vase, a family heirloom, to play with. As soon as the father caught sight of his son, he screamed, "No! Don't touch that, it's not a toy! Do you know how much this is worth?"

The rov turned to the father and said calmly, "Why are you reacting so strongly? He's still young and doesn't yet grasp the value of a crystal family heirloom."

Essentially, both the father and the rov had similar gut reactions, they differed only in what they found important.

Many decisions we make are based on what we consider important. When something is a priority we usually manage to find the necessary money, time and energy. When it's not, we justify why we can't afford it and have no time or energy.

From thebeismedrash.com

It's kind of awkward when frum - er shomer negiah - couples get engaged and they just kinda stand there saying "omg" and grinning madly without being able to give each other bear hugs.

Hmm. Would YOU want to be embraced by a bear??

Hmm does that also remind YOU of Colorado?

Hmm. Are you as happy as I am to be writing again?!

Wow perfect timing to watch this now.
I'm gonna be okay.
And B"H physically shlepped myself out of the near funk before. Then met CM in the Kingston subway station. And noch I walked a bit and then rode the rest. Ie, revealed HP that I met her. Hehe all these acronyms and roshei teivos and feels so good to write unfettered, feta cheese.