Friday, February 09, 2024

My pot runneth over. 🙂

Next week, I'm going to have that delightful procedure for which you have to fast the day before, drink quarts of awful stuff, and take over the "all-genders" room for most of the evening before, then go under anesthesia while a gastroenterologist checks out your internal plumbing. What I don't remember from when I was younger is being instructed to avoid nuts, seeds, corn, and raw fruits and veggies for seven days. Remind me never to clean the stove-top for Shabbat before I cook a pot of blueberries.  😀

"Republicans don't solve problems. . . .

 . . . They don't legislate, they complain—that's their special talent. Trump’s takeover of the party has only amplified the mentality."  See here.

Thursday, February 01, 2024

I'm 75, and that's no jive! 🙂

We went out for a birthday lunch, and hope to celebrate more next week, when it'll be my husband's turn for a birthday.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Musical foolishness. 🙂 (video)

 These folks don't miss making fun of a single musical stereotype.  😀 

Ashirah, a new song by Yosef Goldman (video)

 We were there! What a delight to sing (and, in my case, dance) along to this beautiful music. Thank you, Yosef Goldman! And thanks to Shoresh Halev Center for Jewish Music for commissioning this wonderful new song!

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Still armed to the teeth :(

I'm deleting part of this post because I'm still hoping that a two-state solution is not a fantasy. It's discouraging, though, and will certainly take some work, to say the least.
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I'm deleting the original post

. . . because I'm still hoping that a two-state solution is not a fantasy.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

NYC e-vehicle crash left her partially paralyzed.

Pam Greitzer Manasse shares testimony on NYC e-vehicle crash that left her partially paralyzed. ^

Pedestrians are defenseless against two-wheeled motorized vehicles. Those vehicles should be licensed and their drivers held legally accountable, as is the case with vehicles that have four or more wheels and their drivers.  😡

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Once upon a time in 1948 (video)

Relevant rerun from 2006: A lesson in Middle Eastern politics learned from parenting

Here's an oldie but goodie from my blog that happens to be relevant to the current "matzav"/"situation."

Last Dance 😥

 May be pop art of ‎text that says '‎T Marian Boo -איור: Marian Boo של האחרון הריקוד‎'‎

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Rachel Maddow Boldly Explains Why Republicans Are As Big A Problem As Trump

See this Huffpost article.

“So, it’s partly a matter of whether or not there’s a judicial penalty for effectively waging war against your own country’s democracy,” Maddow said, before turning her attention to Republicans who are complicit in Trump’s mess.

“It’s also a matter of how Republicans, how the party, how American Republican leaders have reacted to this violence from their own leader, how they’ve reacted to this anti-democratic turn in the leadership of their party,” she continued. “It is not just a Trump problem. It’s that Republicans like what Trump did. And they don’t mind the idea of him doing it again.”

The "Black Sabbath" meets Israeli music (videos originally shared by Daniel Gordis)

Saturday, January 06, 2024

Parashat Shemot: Just sayin' . .

Check out not only this old blog post of mine, but also the comments. I wish I hadn't been so prescient. 😥

Saturday, December 30, 2023

1000 Israeli musicians sing with one voice, BRING THEM HOME! - Homeland concert


This is the other half of the war effort . . .

. . . the one that often flies under the radar.

Posted on Facebook by

Michal Barkai Brody

Yesterday was my hardest night as a mother, since I became a mother.

My two children, in perfect synchrony.
They just lay on the floor and started screaming their souls out
“Daddy daddy daddy”.
In a perfect fit Yaniv announced that he was taking orders for 72 hours and that he didn't worry.
Three days without availability. We know what this means right?
Of course we won't worry about who.
So last night I felt that all I wanted was to take myself and escape my soul.
To get some love, pampering, softness and relaxation.
I sure didn't do it.
Instead I hugged and kissed,
I fed and shaved,
I meditated and fell asleep
But inside there's not one ounce of power left.
This morning, thanks for asking
Started with new forces, telling myself that I am capable, strong and a champion.
And immediately after them, more surfaces on the floor (not mine, although I also felt like it at some point)
Yelling "daddy daddy daddy" in two voices
And rebuke tears that
"I wanted a pita cut in half and not length!!! Mother! I want daddy daddy daddy daddy"
This is the time to mark the time.
This war is a marathon that celebrates another quarter of a year (!!! ) And whoever doesn't run it may not understand.
And in a quarter of this year,
The mothers (there are fathers too, but most of us are mothers)
That hold the back here with teeth and nails (that we haven't managed to nurture)
Don't accept Idan Raichel's performances at the base.
They don't open for us pampering barbecues,
They don't give us a free coffee or pay us in fun for the meal.
Most of the time we walk around the world with skin as thin as silk paper
Throat choke
And a tear tap that closed half-force because we need to keep the children healthy and sane here as possible.
You, who surround us
We don't always know how to act accordingly.
In order to help us survive another day and another day of an exhausting and brutal race that we didn't vote and we didn't want.
(And in my case and many others, we never imagined that of all the shining national missions, actually it would be our part of an effort in such a war. )
But our Queen Oprah Winfrey taught me one rule that I teach in all my programs and lectures:
"In life you get what you have the courage to ask for"
So I thought of some really little things I'd like to ask of you,
The people who live around them are mothers of the 8 heroic and brave order.
To the neighbors: be patient.
One second before you honk in the car, one second before you scold the neighbor, one second before u wake up
Take a breath of air.
Because there are those that almost don't exist anymore.
The house is now being run on a battlefield, and it may feel different than usual but we’re at war for life every single day.
(This section is dedicated to a neighbor downstairs who already complained 6 times that at five thirty in the morning there is noise here, as if I wouldn't prefer to sleep my beauty sleep instead of tickling children to kindergarten)
For parents and staff in frames: consideration.
#Is there a parent's meeting?
Make sure that you didn't leave the evening slots for mom who is currently alone.
Because she has no way to get there now like that, and this is becoming a mission for a thousandth that she didn't do.
# Do you have 8th order children in grade or kindergarten?
Send a message, ask how you can help, invite the child to you after the frames,
Don't need a big production, just a little attention.
# Are there any unusual tasks like a bright white shirt or bringing food to a picnic in the classroom?
Send a small text to the mother of order 8 that she may have missed these messages in the busyness of life.
And most of all don't want her child to feel different or abnormal.
To friends and family: a good eye is a must.
# It's not you it's me
Your girlfriend doesn't answer her phone? It's possible that having a conversation now is an emotional burden.
It's literally like that.
Do not be angry and do not be disappointed. This is the situation right now.
And it has nothing to do with you.
#אפס שיפוטיות-
Don't start unnecessary arguments now, don't wake us up if it's not a hundred percent urgent, don't visit us. No, I'm repeating noooo to review the dishes in the sink, the home order, or the refrigerator, if you do not intend to send a surprise cleaner here.
The rule of thumb is that we are way, way behind our bottom red line.
And we have nowhere to contain any non-life-saving criticism right now.
(And neither did she)
A small message, a heart, a kind word, is the fuel of our soul, to feel visibility in this time
(Thank you Danny and Ella for the morning Ella Danny Bar David and for everything)
To the brave couple at the front: we are at the front too.
Don't forget to lift, strengthen, appreciate, compliment.
Send some pampering, we deserve it too.
To remember and remind that we are queens, lionesses, brave
Because it's not obvious.
And whoever wants a bank of very concrete and practical ideas,
Out of many very good things I won but really not all of them win.
Instead of asking:
How can I help you?
Just offer clear, complex and practical things.
Here are a few examples.
I have the sisterhood and really the best friends in the world but definitely not everyone has a support system like that !! )
*What day should I send you dinner?
*When am I coming to help you with the laundry?
(You know it's you Noa Klein
*How can I help you on Saturday?
(There's nothing like you Or Huski Ayala Donat Betzaleli Aya Eshdat )
*Do you have any tests? Do you want me to come with you?
(You saved my life Adi Netzer )
* I come to you with ice cream / grape leaves / something fun soup when will I be at your place? And what scotch to use the tools?
*When do you need me to take the kids out?
(You're the best grandpa Racheli Berreby grandma Yael Barkai Sygon aunts יוני ברקאי Freda Brody )
These are the things that came to me this morning,
In the parking lot of the garden
Invited with love to add your own, share and tag.
Together we will get through this.
It won't be easy and not glamorous and not short
But in the end
We are going to win.
Adding in the edit a huge thank you to those who offer me help.
Blessed to have support systems and my business is to produce sisterhood and communities of women that keep me alive in this time,
But amen that with reading the post,
Find someone around you to adopt at this time and just be there for her. )
"In life you get what you have the courage to ask for"
(Oprah Winfrey)

Here's another video that I first saw on Facebook and just found on YouTube:  It's Nina Tokayer, of the husband-and-wife duo Yonina, singing an Iron Swords version--the three-hanky version  😢  --of an old Israeli lullaby.  I'm copying the English translation from Facebook.

"Nomi Nomi" Iron Swords version - a lullaby for all the children and girls whose father recruits... Dedicated to all the heroic moms that protect home and life in this crazy reality.
Thanks to מוריה סבו who wrote the words. I really feel that of all my children, the current situation is the most challenging and confusing for a two and a half year old ex-lover, who can't yet understand where her father has been for three weeks... Hope this song will do good for the little ones and little ones like her.
Nom nomi nomi my child
Nom nomi nomi nim
My little nomi nomi
Nom nomi nomi nim
Dad went to the Army
Gone gone daddy
Will return at the end of the war.
Will bring you a kiss
Dad went to the troops
Gone gone daddy
All are saints and heroes
Keeping all the children safe
Dad went down south
Gone gone daddy
Let's pray that he returns safely
And go straight to sleep
Dad went to the reserves.
Gone gone daddy
He will come back with a dirty uniform
Will bring you hugs
Mom is right here beside you.
Mother mother is here
When a tear comes in your eyes
Give a hug and smile

All We Want for Xmas--parody video

Better late than never--I couldn't post this, which I first saw on Facebook, until I saw it on YouTube.  This was posted by American-Israeli comedian Joel Chasnoff.  In between comedy shows, he's now presenting a weekly podcast, Inside Israel with Joel Chasnoff, which you can sign up for here as a video (or catch on Spotify and AppleMusic).

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Joey Weisenberg & the Hadar Ensemble, in concert (video)

Streamed live on Dec 21, 2023:  Joey Weisenberg & the Hadar Ensemble @ B’nai Jeshurun New York City | December 22, 2022

Joey Weisenberg - guitars, vocals [and harmonica]

Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz - vocals

Aly Halpert - vocals

Michael Winograd - clarinet

Yoshie Fruchter - bass [and vocals?]

Richie Barshay - drums

Featuring special guests from Kedmah: Rising Song’s Piyyut Project: 

Rabbi Yosef Goldman - vocals

Yoni Battat - oud, vocals [and violin]

Friday, December 22, 2023

Time for one of my oldies but goodies: Shim'on, here. Remember me?

See my Thursday, December 20, 2007 post, "Shim'on, here. Remember me?"

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Comment of the week

Comment of the week:
Dec 10, 2023 at 02:12:22 PM
I’ve always like the late George Carlin’s take on this topic.
“Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're fucked.
Conservatives don’t give a shit about you until you reach military age. Then they think you are just fine. Just what they’ve been looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers.
They’re not pro-life. You know what they are? They’re anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don’t like them. They don’t like women. They believe a woman’s primary role is to function as a broodmare for the state.”
― George Carlin
Of course, the notion that "a woman’s primary role is to function as a broodmare for the state" doesn't explain why, in some recent cases in the news, women were forbidden to have abortions even though:
~ their fetus no longer had a heartbeat
~ their fetus was not likely to survive childbirth, or, if born alive, was likely to be severely disabled
~ their pregnancy was likely to cause them significant health problems, destroy their future fertility, or kill them.
The so-called "pro-life" approach applies only to babies, not to pregnant people, who might as well drop dead as soon as they become pregnant, for all anti-abortion governments care. 😡

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Am Ne'emanay, a Moroccan Chanukah song

I'm celebrating the eighth night of Chanukah by posting this Moroccan Chanukah song.
"Am Ne'emanay," a Hanukah song from Divahn's new album, Shalhevet. This performance is from our March 7, 2020 album release at Joe's Pub. [Last hurrah before the COVID-19 shut-down--who knew?]
Galeet Dardashti: lead vocals
Megan Gould: violin, backup vocals
Eleanor Norton: cello, backup vocals
Elizabeth Pupo-Walker, cajon, back up vocals
Sejal Kukadia, Indian tabla, back up vocals
string arrangement: Megan Gould
The song is one of the most popular Chanukah songs among North African Jews. The text was written by the most renowned Morrocan paytan (composer of sacred songs) of his generation, David Buzaglo, and the melody comes from Ya um alabaya (“The girl who wore an abaya”), made famous by Iraqi singer Badria Anwer. Special thanks to Yossi Ohana and Kehillot Sharot for sharing this piyyut with me years ago and to Zafer Tawil for helping me track down the song in Arabic. You can hear/see lyrics/purchase the full song here:
From Bandcamp:
My faithful nation, seed of the believers
Praise God, for His benevolence triumphed.
In the days of Matityah, ally of God,
The Almighty remembered his flock.
His children, who sprang from his loins
Went in his ways, donned his priestly garb.
עַם נֶאֱמָנַי זֶרַע אֱמוּנַי
הוֹדוּ לַה' כִּי גָבַר חַסְדּוֹ
בִּימֵי מַתִּתְיָה זָקֵן יְדִיד יָהּ
רַב עֲלִילִיָּה פָּקַד צֹאן יָדוֹ
בָּנָיו חֲנִיכָיו יוֹצְאֵי יְרֵכָיו
הָלְכוּ בִדְרָכָיו לָבְשׁוּ אֶת מַדּוֹ
from Shalhevet, released March 7, 2020

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

"The fundamental disconnect in Democratic senators’ criticisms of Israel" (By Michael A. Cohen, MSNBC Columnist)

 ". . . If you endorse the idea that Israel has a right to defend itself, then that means tacitly endorsing the collateral deaths that result from that position.

Going into Gaza and uprooting a terrorist organization that has had a decade and a half to construct a military and political infrastructure in and among the civilian population is going to cause massive casualties. Even in the most ideal of scenarios, thousands would still die in Gaza. Many of Israel’s critics and friends are ignoring that reality. Complaints that Israel needs to wage war in a less deadly way are a bit like trying to wipe off the moral stain of supporting a policy that will inevitably lead to the deaths of innocents.

It is, as a colleague said to me, wanting only the good parts of war (killing Hamas militants) and not the bad ones (the collateral damage of civilian casualties)."

Nobody's getting out of this war unscathed, and somebody's going to have to rebuild Gaza. :(

Tom Lehrer's 'Hannukah in Santa Monica' in Yiddish (with subtitles) :)


Saturday, December 09, 2023

Ocho Kandelikas

Here's the late, great singer/songwriter of Ladino music, Flory Jagoda, singing her Chanukah song, "Ocho Kandelikas."

Thursday, December 07, 2023

Chag Urim Sameach--Happy Chanukah! Here's Rabbi Josh Warshawsky's version of Hanerot Hallalu



Yes, some of these people may look familiar from the previous video--Chava Mirel and Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz actually met when Rabbi Josh first formed and recorded with his Chaverai Nevarech band.

Chag Urim Sameach--Happy Chanukah! Here's a traditional version of Hanerot Hallalu


Wednesday, December 06, 2023

"Look, Ma, no hands!" or how did I injure myself *this* time?!

Quick explanation:  The difference between an orthopedist and a physiatrist is that an orthopedist specializes in bones and a physiatrist specializes in muscles.  So, when my right index finger felt weird last night and I couldn't make a fist with my right hand this morning, I ran some medium-hot water over my hand, which certainly helped, then called my physiatrist for an emergency appointment.  I am now the happy possessor of a shiny new prescription for occupational therapy that includes my right hand in addition to my left--I've been in OT since October.  For many of us seniors, keeping our health-care professionals employed is one of our hobbies.  😀

I probably injured my right hand by depending too much on it--I injured my left knee and sprained my left wrist this past August.  Needing to lean on my cane to take some weight off of my left leg, in addition to just using it for balance, was probably the last straw.  The poor hubby is stuck with most of the kitchen work again.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023


This is the way the Israel Defense Force treats its female soldiers?!!! By ignoring their warnings and letting them and over a thousand people die and hundreds be taken hostage?!!!
And yet, people turn around and post photos of chayalot/Israeli female soldiers under titles such as "Israel's beautiful Army?!!!"
Tragedies such as these will continue to occur as long as women are treated as "eye candy" rather than as respected human beings worthy of having our words taken seriously. 😡

Monday, November 20, 2023

Israel at War: Rabbi Shai Held takes on both the left and the right [video]

Sunday, November 19, 2023

A 21st-century feminist's view of our biblical ancestors

Avraham Avinu (Abraham our Father) allowed his wife Sarah Imeinu (our Mother) to be taken into a harem twice in order to protect himself.  Protecting *her* doesn't seem to have occurred to him--being in a harem seems to consign a person to sex slavery for life.  And when she complained to him that Hagar was treating her with disdain ever since she (Hagar) got pregnant, Avraham brushed off her complaint as if Hagar's pregnancy had nothing to do with him.  That's a fine thanks for giving your servant to your husband as a surrogate mother.  Not only that, but Avraham prayed to G!d to restore the fertility of Avimelech, his wife, and his slave girls, but never prayed to G!d to grant fertility to his own wife.  (See Parashat Vayera, Genesis 20:17).  Personally, I think Sarah treated Hagar poorly because poor Hagar was the only one over whom she had any control.  The proof is that Avraham took Yitzchak/Isaac, her only child, to be sacrificed without even telling her.  Bottom line:  Avraham treated Sarah with more respect after she died than while she was alive.  And even that's not saying much--Sarah's roles were (1) to have a miracle baby late in life to prove that G'd can do anything and (2) to be an excuse for Avraham to buy land from the Hittites (for her grave).  Nobody seems to have given a hoot about Sarah herself.

Yaakov Avinu (Jacob our Father) never had a kind word to say to Léah Imeinu (our Mother), the wife who probably didn't even know that Yaakov had intended to marry her sister, even after Léah gave him numerous sons and a daughter.  As for Rachel Imeinu, the supposed love of his life, Yaakov showed her no sympathy whatsoever when she came to him in tears because she was barren.

Only Yitzchak Avinu (Isaac our Father) prayed to G!d to gave his wife a child.

And only Rivkah Imeinu (Rebecca our Mother) seems to have had any decision-making power regarding her own children, Esav (Esau) and Yaakov.  Of course, she didn't bother telling her husband Yitzchak that G!d had told her that the younger child was destined to rule over his elder brother, and she had to fulfill G'd's plan through deception.  Didn't any of our biblical ancestors bother communicating with their own spouses?

Rivkah deceiving her elderly husband Yitchak into choosing Yaakov for the blessing seems to me to be a precursor of Batsheva's manipulation of her elderly husband David haMelech (King David) into choosing Shlomo (Solomon) for the kingship, which reminds me a bit of Judy Klitzner's book Subversive Sequels in the Bible:How Biblical Stories Mine & Undermine Each Other.  In those days, trickery seems to have been one of the few tools available to women.  There's no indication *in the biblical text* that Avraham ever asked Sarah's opinion about anything, nor is clear *from the biblical text* that Batsheva actually *consented* to be removed from her husband's home and brought to King David to have sex with him.  Sarah got her revenge by kicking her husband's elder son and his mother out of the house; Batsheva got her revenge by tricking the dying King David into having their son, rather than his older brother, crowned king.  What goes around, comes around.

Slightly after the fact, a Parashat Chayyei Sarah re-post

Here's a link to an oldie but goodie of mine, "My name is—or was—Sarah, and I was the Invisible Matriarch."

[Originally posted Saturday, November 11, 2023.  Deleting and posting again due to blog malfunction--I can no longer delete comments, and I'm sick and tired of having my posts hijacked by trolls who wish to discuss topics that are totally unrelated to my posts.]

Tuesday, October 31, 2023


I've heard this song enough times to be able to hum it, but I never learned the lyrics. Now, I have no choice. 😢

Acheinu אַחֵינוּ
Acheinu kol beit yisrael,
Acheinu kol beit yisrael, han'tunim b'tzara, b'tzara uvashivyah, haomdim bein bayam uvein bayabasha. Hamakom Y'racheim, Y'racheim Aleihem v'yotziem mitzara lirvacha, um'afaila l'orah umishiabud lig'ulah, hashta ba'agala uvizman kariv.
אַחֵינוּ כָּל בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל, הַנְּתוּנִים בְּצָרָה וּבַשִּׁבְיָה, הָעוֹמְדִים בֵּין בַּיָּם וּבֵין בַּיַּבָּשָׁה, הַמָּקוֹם יְרַחֵם עֲלֵיהֶם, וְיוֹצִיאֵם מִצָּרָה לִרְוָחָה, וּמֵאֲפֵלָה לְאוֹרָה, וּמִשִּׁעְבּוּד לִגְאֻלָּה, הַשְׁתָּא בַּעֲגָלָא וּבִזְמַן קָרִיב.
As for our brothers,​ the whole house of Israel, who are given over to trouble or captivity​, whether they abide on the sea or on the dry land:
May the All-prese​nt have mercy upon them, and bring them forth from trouble to enlargeme​nt, from darkness to light, and from subjectio​n to redemptio​n, now speedily and at a near time.
Based​ on The Standard Prayer book by Simeon Singer (1915)
Lyrics: Said after Kriyas Hatorah
Acheinu - song by Abie Rotenberg | Spotify.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Israel's at war. Where the h--- are the Jews of J. Heights???!

Israel just suffered a pogrom and is now at war, and we couldn't get even 20 people at synagogue this morning.  What are we, an island in a sea of indifference?

P.S. This is the first time in the history of our synagogue that we're recited Avinu Malkenu on Shabbat. 😢

Friday, October 13, 2023

Israel at War: Michael Bloomberg makes "matching" pledge to MDA

Israel at War: Daniel Gordis reports

From an "Israel from the Inside" mailing from Daniel Gordis: "The United Nations has demanded that Israel change is plans “so as to avert disaster.” Most people here think that the whole point is that the disaster already happened."  😢

Thursday, October 12, 2023

ISRAEL AT WAR: Ta'anit Tzibbur: A Day of Communal Fasting

Posting on Facebook by Hadar's Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Aviva Richman:

"Today I am fasting, along with hundreds of others in the community, out of desperation for what is happening in Israel and Gaza.
My fasting expresses two things. When Jacob faced his brother Esau, he was "very afraid" and "distressed." (Genesis 32:8) ויירא יעקב מאד ויצר לו
Our tradition teaches that he was "very afraid" of dying. And he was "distressed" that he would come to kill others.
You might think these distinct fears create an inner conflict that leads to the inability to act. Just the opposite. Jacob is not deterred into inaction by these conflicting fears. He takes action in all the ways he can. He prepares for battle, and sends a gift of appeasement, and prays to God.
I am fasting today because I am "very afraid" about my people dying. And I am simultaneously "distressed" about killing innocent others.
These two fears must propel us into action, and inform how we take action in all the ways needed as we insist on defending life, dignity and ultimately peace."


Ta'anit Tzibbur: A Day of Communal Fasting


We have a traditional practice for moments like this one: ta'anit tzibbur–a fast that draws in the entire community to unite for deliverance for those in crisis.

We stand in horror as Hamas has taken over 100 Israelis and other citizens hostage, among them infants, toddlers, entire families, the elderly and Holocaust survivors. 

While political and military leaders are pursuing pathways to their release, we have a religious and communal obligation to stand up for the victims and to cry out to God. 

Please join us this Thursday, October 12th, the 27th of Tishrei, for a communal fast day supported by rabbis and leaders from across the Jewish world. The fast will begin at dawn and end at nightfall. Click here for halakhic information about communally-decreed fast days.

We invite you to gather for communal prayer as we join for Minhah this Thursday at 5:45 PM. You can find more information on how to join us, both in-person and online, here.

ISRAEL AT WAR: "Fifteen Hours in Tel Aviv" (Jewish Journal)

I'm trying to bring my blog into some semblance of sync with my Facebook page, where I've been sharing posts for days.  See the article here.

Tuesday, October 03, 2023

It's that time of year again:  Chol HaMoed. Thanks, Eliana Light, for your delightful Moadim L'Simchah!

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Yetzira: A Selichot Gathering of Song (concert video)


We were there! What a delightful concert, full of both old and new songs (one so new that I don't think we've heard it before, assuming that my so-called memory is correct). We even got to say hello to Yoshie Fruchter, Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz, and Elana Arian on their way out. (Hello again!) ❤ Note: The video starts playing at about 13:31 minutes. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Break out the masks--it's Purim in August: COVID 2.0

My husband was sniffling and losing his voice, so he gave himself a rapid test last night, and it came out positive.  Oy.  This is his second round of COVID (not counting the "Paxlovid backlash" after the first round last January).  He spent last night quarantined in our bedroom while I moved out to "Camp COVID" in the living-room.  This morning's "official" COVID test at our friendly local urgent-care medical drop-in center didn't turn out any better, I'm sorry to say.  It's gonna be a dull Labor Day weekend. 

For those keeping score at home, we've already had to postpone our apartment painting twice.  At this point, I don't think there's any chance that it'll get done before Simchat Torah.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

"(spiritually-supportive) page calling"

For those who have access to Facebook, here's a helpful post from Jewish educator, baalat tefillah/prayer-leader, and singer-songwriter Eliana Light.  For everyone, here's a link to the text, without the video.

It's Elul, the beginning of Psalm 27 time

It's Elul, time for reciting Psalm 27 morning and evening. So I'm posting links to some songs based on that psalm.

Here's Chava Mirel's "Achat Sha'alti."

Here's a video of Eliana Light's "Koli Ekra."  She included this song on her new album, "ORAH HI." 

(Eliana also posted what I think she would call a learning guide to "Koli Ekra" here.)

Also, you might want to check out Eliana's "If Only" (Lulei).  Here's the audio-only link--it's #6.

And many thanks to  Cantor Jacqueline Rafii and Josh Goldberg for this Mizrachi/Ashkenazi mash-up of "Achat Sha'alti."

As if these goodies aren't enough, here's Elana Arian singing her version of "Koli Ekra."

And here's a link to Aly Halpert's "Achat Sha'alti," along with some good High Holiday resources from the Hadar Institute.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

just for symmetry?

found scratches on right knee, too.  washed them w soap, applied Neosporin ointment.  they turned bright red.  washed off the neosporin.  guess they'll hav 2 heal by themselves.  cld b worse.

How about that Trump indictment?  Go, Georgia!

Sunday, August 13, 2023

ms. klutz takes a tumble . . . again

I tripped on a step in an inconspicuous place & landed on my left knee & forearm.  my forearm's in a splint & my knee's in an ace bandage, but nothing's broken.  typing with 1 hand.  great timing, 2 wks b4 an apt. painting, but could b worse.  sorry my husband is stuck with all the work.

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Israeli politics, from both sides (see video links)

Many thanks to Daniel Gordis for sharing this video.

Friday, August 11, 2023

"One man's trash is another man's treasure. . . " Or not

Silver?  Says who?

We have a silver tea set--teapot, coffee pot, sugar bowl, cream pitcher--that was a wedding gift to us from a group of friends.  Someone else gave us a silver tray for our wedding.  We also have a serving "holder" consisting of a lidded silver container designed to hold a rectangular baking dish, and, among our Passover dishes, a little serving bowl.  While we were delighted to receive these gifts, our current entertainment style is much less formal.  None of these pieces has a silversmith's mark, so I assume that they're all silverplate rather than sterling silver.  I've checked online, and, as far as I can determine, no one is buying silverplate.  I'm not sure that we can even give these away, much less sell them.  Any ideas would be appreciated--we have only about two weeks until our apartment painting, and would love to get items that we haven't used in decades into better hands.

"I love you, a bushel and a peck . . . "

I doubt that anyone under 50 has ever even heard that song, and most folks of that age probably don't know what it means.  A bushel and a peck are volumes of measurement--if memory serves me correctly, a bushel is larger.  I currently have a bushel basket  (a what?) of items that I can only describe as "buffet dishes" on a shelf in a closet.  They're dinner plates with an indentation in them for the included matching teacups, presumably used to enable people to hold both their food and their coffee in one hand.  I inherited these from my grandparents, but have never actually seen them in use.  Does anyone serve food this way anymore?  What am I supposed to do with these things?

So long, CDs

I had ripped almost all them to my computer years ago, so almost all of them went to the basement for recycling.  After all, they're only plastic.

Ah, the joys of prepping to have one's apartment painted (quoth she sarcastically).

Monday, August 07, 2023

Good news, bad news (cleaning-for-the-painter edition)

The good news is that I was able to throw away all of my American Sign Language Dictionaries because learning signs from videos is *much* better than learning them from still photos or drawings!  Here's a sample online ASL dictionary.

The bad news is that, in throwing out a copy of Susan Faludi's "Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women" that was too worn out to donate to the library, I noticed that the hardcover version of this book was published in 1991.  It's now over 30 years later.  Is there ever a time when there *isn't* an undeclared war against American women?  😢

Sunday, August 06, 2023

On preparing our apartment for painting (heaven help us)

My husband started first, complaining, as he thinned out his tax and accounting documents and his accounting textbooks (from teaching and tutoring at a local college) following his retirement in 2021, that he was "throwing my life away."  Now, he's undertaken an even bigger project--he's ditching all tax-client records more than seven years old, since he's not required by law to keep them.  He--and, especially our son--did so much shredding that they broke the shedder, so my husband has hired a shredding company to finish the job later this week.

Now it's my turn.  I'm in the process of throwing out my entire collection of French books, dating back to when I was studying for my B.A. in French, because they're over 50 years old and not in good enough condition to donate.  😥 It ain't easy to "throw my life away."  (Sigh.)

For your amusement:  I was trying to figure how I got a whole row of French books into the back of the top shelf of my bookcase where I can barely reach them when it occurred to me that I was four inches taller when I first put them there.  😀  (Note to self:  Call that endocrinologist again--time to start that osteoporosis treatment!)

Thursday, August 03, 2023

Public Service Announcements (or more fun with dentist & diet)

Dental Alert

If you bite anything and feel or taste something weird or hard on your tongue, *DON'T* swallow it!!!  Spit it out onto your hand and have a good look--I've caught broken teeth and dislodged crowns that way.


"Breaded" french fries:  a warning for gluten-free folks

A server at Holy Schnitzel was kind enough to tell me that their french fries were wheat-coated.  I've heard this before--some restaurants coat (dip?, dredge?, spray?) their fries (regular or sweet-potato) in wheat to make them more crispy.

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