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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Advice To Women or How To Be A Bad Ass 101

I will argue with you if you tell me that a woman can’t do what a man can do… in general. But there are some very clear gender attributes (for lack of a better word). One of those is our female predilection for getting down on ourselves. We women are SO mean to ourselves sometimes!! And thus, we need some reminders. Here are three different sets of reminders. Two were aimed specifically at women and the last are from Amy Poehler’s speech at Harvard’s graduation. Why is this so important? Because sometimes......

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10,000 visits
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June 08, 2011

10,000 visits

May 31, 2011:  my blog hit 10,000 views. Wow. I can’t honestly say that when I started this venture I believed I would hit 10,000 views or have stayed committed to blogging long enough to hit that number. Nor did I think what I had to say was interesting enough. But a lot has changed since I started blogging. When I began blogging, I had zero faith in my ability to write. I hid behind the writers in my life. I claimed it wasn’t my strength, that I was good at other......

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Support the Magdala Center Dig

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I spent the most amazing 5 days digging in a 1st Century Jewish neighborhood just north of Tiberias in Israel this fall. (If you are new, that’s okay! Just check out my Indiana Jones Adventure.) I learned about this dig through Fr. Kelly at Notre Dame of Jerusalem… who I met through Doug Seserman of the Allied Jewish Federation (where I now work). Denver is very fortunate to have such a great connection to this project and group.  Subsequently,......

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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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Why Honesty Is Always The Best Policy

I was talking to a friend tonight about how so much hurt can be avoided if people were just honest with each other. We both recounted bad experiences and lessons that could have been learned easier if only we or our partners had the guts to just tell truth. What I think is so funny is you can always see it when someone else is in the middle of it but never when it is your own situation. You watch movies or read books and watch lives and relationships unravel all because......

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Secret Keepers
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May 01, 2011

Secret Keepers

I think it’s really funny when people act badly and ask you to keep their secret… but then treat you poorly. You see, secrets are contingent on the people you ask to keep them. What is the motivation for someone to keep your secret if you are nasty and disrespectful to them? I just find that remarkable.  Also, unfathomable. But I am not saying that you shouldn’t ask or expect your friends to keep your secrets or that sharing is bad but to perpetrate a secret and then blatantly turn your back......

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