Shavuot – 5776 – A Burst of Color

As you know I am  an artist. I love to splash color on paper. But lately G-d and I have been working together in the garden. I plant, He nurtures and splashes color. It’s really a very delightful partnership. Notice the last and best flower. He is not growing in my garden. He is growing in Shalva’s and Chanan’s garden. Shalva painted this beautiful flower on her phone app. Elyashiv, our newest Jew, enjoying his first Shavuot. One of my fond memories of Shavuot is my father decorating the house with flowers and greens. We carry on the same tradition. Shavuot is Chag Habikurim – חג הביקורים – Festival of the First Fruits. In the time of the Beit HaMikdash, people would travel to Yerushalim, presenting their first fruits. May we merit...

Second Night of Chanukah – 5776

More magic on the second night of Chanukah. This is a picture of my parents Chanukah that they received as wedding gift from my grandmother, my mother’s mom, 64 years ago. My father used to light this Menorah each year. Now my  mother is carrying on the tradition. http://youtu.be/Or4wktBhqwI Share this:TweetMoreEmailPocketShare on...

“Sunday” in Israel – Election Day

    There aren’t many Sundays in Israel. Like maybe 2. Most people work 6 days a week. When people work 5 days a week, they work Sunday through Thursday. Friday is our Sunday. But it’s not like where you can do anything. Mostly we get ready for Shabbat. We run on a Jewish calender. Today is Election Day, Wednesday, March 17, 2015. Everyone gets a paid vacation day. Amcha is on the move! Amcha – עמך – short for עם ישראל – Am Yisrael – the Nation of Israel. Amcha is on the move means if you want to take a trip some where in Israel on this special “Sunday”, you and the rest of Amcha will be there too!!! All the parks and tourist attractions are packed. First we vote and then we travel. Then, there’s...

Old Friends

“Old friends, sitting on a park bench like book ends.” Simon & Garfunkle. Michael and Barbara came to visit last week. We have been friends for about 40 years. They were taking a 50th anniversary cruise. They made sure to take a cruise that stopped in Israel. They wanted to touch base and make sure we were ok after that great summer we had. We had a wonderful time shmoozing for 3 hours. Michael and Barbara really supported us doing the war. It was really special having such a special moment together. love you guys. Please come back soon. Share this:TweetMoreEmailPocketShare on...

Sukkot on Kibbutz Sa’ad

Here is what my porch and garden looks like in peaceful times, like Sukkot. I was very thankful that we had a peaceful Succot. I thought we would still knee deep in war. Share this:TweetMoreEmailPocketShare on...

A Gift from G-d

Near the end of the war, I was sitting on my porch, (the one you are all familiar with) listening to all the booms. How are we going to be in Shul for the Chagim? How are we going to build a Succah? Then the war miraculously ended, and there was hope!?? But we were all waiting for the other shoe to drop. There were several scattered Tzevah Adoms, including yesterday. But there is a new phenomenon that we have never experienced before. People do hear booms but the Tzevah Adoms are always reported as false alarms. Mm mm…. Must be part of the ceasefire agreement. Okay?? I guess I can except that, if there is REALLY peace. As I said before, even though the war was technically over, we were all on edge (refer to PTSD – Me and the Rest of Israel, October...