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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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This year our Chanukah party was on Friday evening, combined with Shabbat. It is the only time the candles are lit before the official start of the day, just before the lighting of the Shabbat candles as can be seen in our pictures from the party:
With a dozen people gathered we joyously lit the Chanukiot, did kiddush and motzi, and dug in with an interim pause for a brief service during which we included prayers for healing for the Sandy Hook survivors, kaddish for Heather's grandfather, Leah blessing the children, Matt doing Eshes Chayil for Candy, and a moment to chase Abraxas away from stealing latkes! [Thank you Heather for catching that one!
Adele explained the significance of Chanukah to all [particularly geared to the children present.] Leah showed them how to play dreidel. Candy read a marvelous story about a child who was afraid of the dark and was helped to deal handle it well during Chanukah with the loving guidance of her grandfather, a wise Rabbi. Then we sang lots of songs to go with the lots of latkes, apple fritters, pumpkin spice bread, salads, sardines, brie, sweets, and so much more... oh- and chocolate coins for the children. Ti's salad was particularly enjoyed with its cranberries, walnuts, and avocado.
People had come from all parts of the quad cities such as Rut from Dewey and the Hayners from Paulden. Also, a half dozen people sent apologies as they wanted to come, but life [such as health issues] got in the way. Fortunately one of the not so healthy had been able to celebrate at home in Prescott Valley on Wednesday night when Adele went over to bring candles and blessings and songs sheets. Also there were celebrations at the end of each of the two classes that were held during Chanukah.
All in all, a joyous Festival of Lights - however, Adele held off sending her greeting until the last day of Chanukah given the horror of Sandy Hook:
Miracles and Joys, 5773
Season of Miracles, Season of Joys –
Oily sweets, dreidels, songs, and gifts of toys –
Lights for our home houses, lights for nations
Amidst adverse decrees and deprecations
To our treasured traditions and cultures,
Our sense of safety and security –
Are we Hasmoneans to modern vultures
To bring the World Peace with surety?
Dear Family and Friends,
I have meant to get back with many of you after my Rosh HaSHanah greeting, but have been severely distracted with trying to get back to my regular schedule since a major wreck mid-August. [ I can send a description of the wreck to those who are curious.Just write and provide your email address.] The good news is that I do not have broken bones, joints, or organs. However there are lots of soft tissue damages that will take quite some time to heal, during which [given my full blown MCS] I can only partially address the pain with acupuncture, acupressure, and warm compresses.
Will be doing PT twice a week for some months as well as chiro adjustments twice a month. So Baruch HaShem, Blessed Be, that I am able to share this with you!
As for other news: the congregation continues with a couple classes a week and this Chanukah week our Chanukah Party [picture above from party]. VA volunteer work at Patient Safety is enriching and apparently quite helpful to the paid folk who do not have time to finish their assigned tasks in a timely fashion given personnel cutbacks and added duties...
Civil Air Patrol also continues with good work in the Character Development lessons and my needing to catch up on Professional Development duties. We had an inspection Thursday.
Avi and my grandchildren are having a fun Chanukah. I am glad we can share all this on Skype.
Here's hoping that this season is a wonderful one for all of you and yours.
Be healthy, be happy, be Blessed!
Blessings and Joy