I have a very wise, non-Jewish friend who often will say something profound and then later I'll discover that the idea she's spoken of already exists within Judaism. It's become almost a running joke with us. One of the ideas that she believes very strongly in is the idea that our perception of reality has … Continue reading The Power of Perception and Choosing Piglet Over Eeyore
I've often heard stories of miraculous happenings that occur when people are rushing to make it home in time for Shabbos or similar holiday stories. I did expect that this Rosh Hashanah, we'd have one of our own to share. Our home was being painted the two days before Rosh Hashanah and Mr. Safek was … Continue reading A Rosh Hashanah Miracle
We had a meeting with our son's teachers this morning, just to check in on how he's doing and he's doing really well this year. During the meeting, one of the teachers said to us, "Well, I'm sure he's told you about the incident that happened in my class..." My husband and I looked at … Continue reading When Anti-Semitism Becomes Mundane
I have covered my hair for many years now, but underneath, was always a long, full head of hair. My husband asked me to keep it, even if only he saw it. He enjoyed running his fingers through it after I took off my wig or scarf and let it down at night. It was … Continue reading An Unexpected Sacrifice
We had a VERY restful Shabbos and by restful, I mean that most of our family spent it sleeping with a nasty flu that set in toward the end of the week last week. We would wake to daven and do kiddush and such, then sleep. At one point, only my husband still had his … Continue reading Fall Flu, Learning to Dress Like a Grownup, and Iggy Endures!
In addition to a ridiculously huge dog, our family also has a cat named Iggy. Other cats have come and gone from our lives, but Iggy has been with me longer than my husband, my kids, or really anyone who isn't a blood relative. Unfortunately, at 15 years old, Iggy has become very sick and … Continue reading The Life and Adventures of Iggy the Cat
If you've been under a rock for a few years, then you might just be unaware that people are increasingly getting rid of their stuff, opting to live in tiny houses, or even RV's or completely nomadic. It's kind of a recent trend in the never-ending quest to simplify our lives. There is even a … Continue reading Minimalism, Hygge, and Chassidic Judaism?
Right now, the US is kind of a mess. Texas is still drying out and cleaning up from massive flooding. A huge wildfire is burning large swaths of forest and homes in Oregon. Over a hundred small earthquakes have hit Idaho, in an area not used to earthquakes. An enormous, category 5 hurricane is headed … Continue reading Not Punishment, but Medicine?
It's been a strange week here in Alaska. The sun has been retreating more and more. A friend's son committed suicide. The Shabbat RV continues to have electrical issues that kept us stranded at home for Shabbos. The weather has not cooperated for a planned hiking trip to climb Flattop Mountain. All this on top … Continue reading The King Is In the Field
The mountains exhale into the chilly morning air long breaths of mist ancient rocky shoulders relaxing summer's rush fading into memory The geese have flown and the swans follow following the sun's steady retreat they seek warmer skies leaving us to slow into fall The summer rush ebbs, a tide receding those of us who … Continue reading The Long Arctic Rest
Whenever a Jew hears of a death, there is a blessing we must say. "Baruch ata Hashem, elokeinu melech haolam dayan ha-emes." It translates as "Blessed is the Lord, our G-d, the King of the world and true Judge." It's a really hard blessing to say, particularly today. A couple we are good friends with … Continue reading Baruch Dayan HaEmes
We had a good meeting with our sponsoring Rabbi last night who reassured us that he still plans on us converting in April 2018. He has plans and is confident that they will work out. So, we have only to trust him and continue doing what we're doing. While this has all been playing out, … Continue reading What You Get With Waiting