Judaism


Finding Balance In Forgiveness, Bliss In Pure Happiness

I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness and bliss and balance lately. You find those moments where the world seems off kilter or flying past you. When we work all the time or rush through our lives, it can be hard to find the balance. And then last night I was saying the nightly prayers, the bedtime Sh’ma… just like I always do… every night… and I started to pay attention, again, to the words I was saying. You see when you read something every night it begins to become rote… easy…......

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Two Cool Jews Being Cool Jews in Soho

I have two amazing friends. Okay, I set myself up for that one. I have many cool friends but today I want to talk about two in particular. I met Esty and Dovi Scheiner what feels like a million years ago. Dovi’s brother is a rabbi in Colorado who my family is close with and I met them at a bar mitzvah. It is Dovi’s sister-in-law Chani as well as Esty and Dovi themselves that I have to thank for my amazing spiritual journey into Orthodox Judaism and Chabad in particular. I......

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Some People Are Just Real

Knowing that my blog is read widely and open to everyone, I definitely keep certain things to myself. Sometimes there are amazing and fun or sad and upsetting things that you just don’t want to share. I have been keeping one of those (positive ones) to myself lately and have decided it was time to share. 🙂 I have been chatting with Mayim Bialik (of Blossom and Big Bang Theory fame) since April or May. It’s very cool. She came to Colorado to hear the Maccabeats play the Boulder Jewish Festival and......

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Hashgacha Pratis = Divine Providence = Fate?

I know a lot of people don’t believe in hashgacha pratis or divine providence or the invisible hand of G-d. I don’t know that I always believed in it either. BUT a recent turn of events made me think that someone is certainly watching out for me. I knew there had to be someone. I mean honestly. The fact that I have only had to sleep in my car once for a few days… that despite moments of serious poverty, I managed to find food to eat most of the time… someone......

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A Mother’s Plea
Israel, Judaism |
May 22, 2011

A Mother’s Plea

I have been thinking about a new blog for a while. Looking for inspiration around me… I have been working long hours, been exhausted, and have been sick. Then I came across this blog, this plea. This woman’s daughter moved to Israel at 15 because she felt so passionate about living in her spiritual homeland. She left her family at a young age with little Hebrew knowledge to live in a foreign country. She then served in the Israeli army as a Lone Soldier (meaning she had no family in the country......

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Not all who wander are lost

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king. — J.R.R Tolkien Disclaimer: Please don’t hate me, please don’t stop reading, I know I just quoted Tolkien but I am not a huge fan. Nor have I seen the movies or really read......

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Obama Got Osama… Baruch HaShem

Wow, it was quite a shock last night. I was cleaning up my house and getting ready for bed when I noticed Twitter was blowing up. I immediately turned on the news to find out that President Obama was speaking about the death of Osama Bin Laden. The most hated man, the most chased man, and as one friend put it the “World Hide & Seek Champion: 2001-2011.” I never understood how hard it was to find a 6′ 5″ older man with diabetes, carrying around dialysis… Alas he proved elusive. In......

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A Memory of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

My dear friend Rucheli posted this letter on her blog and I just had to share it. It is from the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. On this day of remembrance, here is something to jog your memory and touch your soul… In one of the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto, preserved in a little bottle and concealed amongst heaps of charred stone and human bones, the following testament was found, written in the last hours of the ghetto by a Jew named Yosl Rakover. Warsaw, 28 April 1943 I, Yosl, son of David......

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I’m Sorry But The Turnover Rate Is Just Too High

Look, lately I am having this problem. Really awesome friends are leaving Colorado. And frankly, that is just not cool. First it was my dear friend Ben. We went to high school in Israel together 14 years ago (FOURTEEN YEARS! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?!) and several years ago he landed in Denver. It was so great. I needed a roommate and he needed an apartment. Fabulous! He was my roommate, my friend, my protector, my faux husband (he is VERY good at killing spiders), a support, a stable force, and a damn......

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Passover and the Media

Okay, I have to give a big kol hakavod, big ups, to the artistic Jewish community as of late. Seriously. With the Maccabeats getting millions of hits on YouTube, a revolution has been spawned and I am super excited about it! Well, the Maccabeats have taken a vacation for Pesach and to let some other groups shine. Now, don’t get me wrong, I miss my ‘Beats but these videos for Passover are phenomenal! Here are my favorites:...

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