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My father never lived to see his dream come true of an
I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up. They have no holidays.
Look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. So, for every ten Jews beating their breasts, God designated one to be crazy and amuse the breast beaters. By the time I was five I knew I was that one.
The time is at hand when the wearing of a prayer shawl and skullcap will not bar a man from the White House, unless, of course, the man is Jewish.
Even if you are Catholic, if you live in New York, you're Jewish. If you live in Butte, Montana, you are going to be a goy even if you are Jewish.
The remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!
Even a secret agent can't lie to a Jewish mother.
My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it.
Don't be humble; you are not that great.
I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I had lost exactly two weeks.
-Joe E. Lewis
A spoken contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
Whoever called it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.
A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Too bad that all the people who know how to run this country are busy driving taxis and cutting hair.
A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.
I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.
Television is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done.
When I bore people at a party, they think it is their fault.
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Fear builds walls to bar the light. - Baal Shem Tov
Engage in Torah and charity even with an ulterior motive, for that habit of right doing will lead also to right motivation. - Talmud: Pesahim, 50b
The sword comes into the world because of justice delayed and because of justice perverted.- Ethics of the Fathers 5:8
Ever since Rabbi Akiba used the Passover seder to plan a revolutionary struggle against the Roman occupiers, the Jews have used the seder to begin concrete work on tikkun (healing and transformation).
- Rabbi Michael Lerner, the Tikkun Magazine Passover supplement 2006
To work out ends of righteousness and love are you called; not merely to enjoy or suffer.
- S.R. Hirsch, "Nineteen Letters," 1836
“Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.” Golda Meir
The worship of God, though desirable as an end itself, can somehow never be in the right spirit, unless it impels one to the service of man. - Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan
Concentrate on three things and you will not fall into the grip of sin. Know from where you came, where you are going, and before Whom you will have to give account and reckoning.- Pirkei Avot 3:1
We cannot learn from general principles: there may be exceptions. - Johanan, Talmud: Kiddushin
A truly generous man is he that always gives, whether it be much or little, before he is asked.- Orchot Tsadiqim
The best security for old age: respect your children.- Sholem Asch
A Jew can be Jewish with God, against God, but not without God.- Elie Wiesel
He who promotes his own honor at the expense of his neighbor's has no portion in the world to come.- Judah b. Hanina, Genesis Rabbah
Even if all the world tells you, "You are righteous," consider yourself a sinner. - Rabbi Simlai
Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism and falsehood. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.- Abraham Joshua Heschel, "On Prayer"
Lose with truth and right rather than gain with falsehood and wrong.- Maimonides, "Tzavaah"
Seek the good in everyone, and reveal it, bring it forth.- Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1811), "Likutey Moharan"
Just as we love ourselves despite the faults we know we have, so should we love our neighbors despite the faults we see in them.- Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
A man should never impose an overpowering fear upon his household. - Babylonian Talmud, Gittin 6b
If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.- The Talmud
Love unaccompanied by criticism is not love....Peace unaccompanied by reproof is not peace.- Genesis Rabbah 54:3
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Last day of 5772:
May We Have a Year of Peace, 5773!
Sunshine, breezes, autumn approaches
With promises of a full New Year.
Yet Rosh HaShanah reminds us well
To abandon the fears, the hopes hold dear
As we return to the Path of Good Deeds
To repent and cleave to obligations ,
To reach out to neighbors the Hand of Peace
While seeking healing among all Nations.
Dear Friends and Family,
At this season words can not express the gratitude I feel to be able to sit here, sending out my greetings to all, wishes for a wonderful New Year.
August 18th clearly reminded me of the old adage: there but for the grace of the Almighty… It seems the best I can do is take the awe I feel at being alive as a tool to further enable pursuit of mitzvot, healing of the wounded, cooperation among all peoples, and increasing the blessings and joys we all should be enabled to receive.
New pages to our lives will soon be written in the Books of the Almighty. For me they include new studies, new volunteer responsibilities, and – of course – the requisite new [old] car.
Nonetheless, it is incumbent upon me to open the door to all to resolve any outstanding issues of the past so that we may go forward into the future with clean slates. To go forward humbly requires that we seek forgiveness and acceptance from those we interact with and then, in the spirit of cooperation, pursue a goal of working together with each other to build a better future for all.
In that spirit, I continue throughout this Holy Season to extend my wishes for peace to all, my apologies to all whom I may have offended or hurt, my willingness to enter into discussions and make amends as needed, and my forgiveness to those who have offended and/or hurt me.
Shana Tova to all ! May it be blessed with Happiness, Health, Peace, and good fortune!
B’vrachot, with Blessings and Joys,
From Stan, taken from an orthodox prayer book:
The prayer is said after one is saved from mortal danger, certainly your situation.
rule 397, Laws of Birkat HaGomeil , a blessing said no more than 3 days after the event and if one will not be in the presence of a minyan within 3 days one may say the blessing without a minyan. Rule 398: A husband may say the prayer for his wife but according to most authorities it is preferable that a woman says Birkat HaGomeil for herself in the presence of a minyan.
[Adele notes: with regard to 397- particularly interesting with the caveat that sometimes people are incapacitated [coma for instance] for more than 3 days. So I believe there is another rule that addresses that with the counting of the time from when they become conscious.
Awe of Law
Smoke, ashes, and high winds fill our days.
We know there’s a fire beyond the haze.
Was it like that at Sinai so long ago
With the fire of HaShem’s helping us to know
How to care for ourselves and for HaShem’s creations,
How to love all in the world for peace among nations!?!
Dear Friends and Family, an open letter from Adele:
Life goes on in this windy, dry, part of the country despite our unusually warm temperatures and worsening drought for this season. Studies, hospice volunteering, Red Cross volunteering, civil air patrol, Beit Torah, swimming, folk dance, and a rare paid research contract keep me busy. Still when I need time off for my health, it seems to work out just fine. Even with the fires, the air here is much better for me than back east.
Beyond all that I am taking care of a special needs kitten [Ilan – or Ilannie as a nickname] as well as fostering one tamed feral along with caring for my own cats. One has taken a special interest in the kitten. I only wish she would clean the critter!
I am also taking on-line 3 courses: one for CAP, one for the rabbinic studies RSI, and one for hospice. Next month there is a 2 day Professional Development conference in Flagstaff at NAU regarding teaching about the Holocaust. That will be immediately followed by a 2 day CAP wing conference, part of which I will miss for Shabbat.
Last Dec. I received last Dec. my Character Development Instructor position in CAP. Teaching the cadets is a good part of life. Only wish I could get a couple more paid gigs of research as well. Slim pickings.
I pray you all have happy lives filled with the spirit of love.
Take care of yourselves and Happy Holidays this Memorial Day weekend and Shavuot. Shalom B’vrachot, Peace with Blessings. Judi-Adele
Reaching Out, Pesach 5772
When do we prepare for this our Passover season?
We’re so wrapped up in the rush of everyday lives.
We forget: ‘reach out’ should uplift all folk together!
Yet we should welcome all without attached strings or chide…
Regardless the forecast, be it financial or weather,
The need is to reach out to folk so that they too can eat,
So they can find out Community is the reason
That during this time our hands extend to all so that
It is a prime thought for us, this week, with folk we meet:
None will go hungry for clothes, roofs, drinks, and bread so flat!
From Pauline, March 2012
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Jewish Proverbs, Most Direct Quotes
The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks.
What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.
A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right.
One old friend is better than two new ones.
One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.
A wise man hears one word and understands two.
"Don't be so humble - you are not that great."
Golda Meir (1898-1978) to a visiting diplomat
Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a
touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
You can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
I don't want to become immortal through my work. I want to become
Immortal through not dying.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton.
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.
on the 7th of Av, 27th July -an open letter:
From Stan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7B8ycURLGc&feature=relmfu
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Brilliant scholar, he has many videos on YouTube
Happy Chanukah Wishes from Adele
A Joyous Season to One and All
Once more it is that time of year
When stores and org’s seek our good cheer
And our cash to fill up their coffers
For special needs or cut-rate offers…
Why have we forgotten the basic cause
Of this Season’s welcome, promising clause
For full Peace on Earth, Good Will and Cheer;
Religious Freedoms throughout the year;
Lights of Heartfelt Love for all far and near;
Tolerance, patience for those we hold Dear!?!
So here’s wishing All a Season of Joy,
Of dedicated Family and Friends
To fixing the World, to sustain our souls,
To best meet our needs as our lives we tend!
With Blessings for All