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...
Tuesday Apr 30, 2013
Something that’s fascinating to consider is that political perfume is often employed not to enhance a good scent, but to mask a vile one. In this case, I am referring to the media machinations of the 45th Vice President of the United States, of the man who served under President Bill Clinton and who fought in Vietnam; I am referring to the spin doctoring issued by Al Gore around a questionable profit he recently realized....
Tuesday Apr 23, 2013
Recently, a dear friend tsk-tsked me and wondered, a loud, why I wasn’t more aware of an “epidemic” that has hit our shared demographic. She was pointing to the advent of midlife marital discord.
I shrugged and suggested that I keep my eyes inside of my own tent and that inside of my own tent happiness necessarily stems from gratitude. All that was and all that remains in my power to impact is to be grateful...
Tuesday Apr 16, 2013
There were two expert trombone players. Both found seats in major European orchestras. However, one boasted that her placement was due to her arduous years of practice and self-sacrifice. The other gave over that her professional good luck was based on the kindness of Hashem. Both were, by the same token, accomplished musicians. Yet, only one was correct in her assessment of the source of her worldly success.
While most of...