Monday Jun 10, 2013
One of my babies, my older son, called from his base last night. This week was to be the span during which the boys in his class were given their assignments, i.e. their military positions. My child was given an extra large gun.
I was never the sort of mother who prohibited imaginary play that included warfare. I realized long ago, that even if one forbids (as I did) one’s kids from using toy versions of arms...
Thursday May 30, 2013
Sometimes, a mantra, such as repeating the words “I think I can, I think I can,” is able to deliver to us enough of a psychological boost to get us past our stuck places. In Judaism, the sacred verbal formula that supplies that enhancement is “thank-you.” That “thank-you,” furthermore, is directed to G-d.
Rabbi Shalom Arush, as translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody, has written a series of books on the...
Tuesday May 21, 2013
Last night, my entire nuclear family had the zehut, honor, to vibe a little bit higher than we usually do. Specifically, Computer Cowboy, Missy Older, New Chasan, Missy Younger, Younger Dude, and Yours Truly, the dear ones of Older Dude, a soldier of the Givati Brigade’s March 2013 giyus, draft, joined the dear ones of others of the soldiers of that giyus at Yad La-Shiryon, The Armored Corps Memorial Site and Museum, to celebrate our...
Monday May 13, 2013
Pesach marks our geulah, our freedom. Sefirat Ha Omer marks our counting up from that freedom to the elevation that is our receiving of the Torah, Shavuot. Especially during this span, this time between our emancipation and our illumination, it behooves us to embrace behaviors that springboard us to the highest planes of human existence, that call forward the Messianic Age, and that keep us, even at micro levels, on the derech. From generation...
Tuesday May 07, 2013
Recently, I lost a pregnancy. That passing, as much as was the pregnancy that preceded it, too, was for my good. It was as important for me to embrace and to celebrate that nullification of potential life, as it was for me to cry out in awe and wonder that Yours Truly, a woman of more than fifty years of age, b’ayin tova, received the grace of a “change-of-life” gestation.
In serving Hashem, we are supposed...