Tag Archives: Judaism

… a book worth reading

faith; why study religion?; parenting; interfaith; family; alcoholism; change; search; etc.

faith; why study religion?; parenting; interfaith; family; alcoholism; change; search; etc.

Book site: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Hows-Your-Faith/David-Gregory/9781451651607

Excellent interview conducted by Katie Couric with David Gregory: https://www.yahoo.com/katiecouric/david-gregory-meet-the-press-2016-election-faith-129144626813.html

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… because it’s Friday

I am getting ready for the long weekend. Memorial Day is this Monday.

I am getting ready for the long weekend. Memorial Day is this Monday.

My preparation includes listening to this beautiful composition ‘Canto Ostinato’ (“Obstinate Song”) written by the Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt, here played by Piano Ensemble.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-4bh8J84Go

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Good news on Thursday (from the USA Today): “The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s ban on gay troop leaders.” … “I (Robert Gates) must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was director of the CIA and secretary of Defense,” he said. “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.”

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Inspired by the wonderful post by our friend Herve’ with the title of Les amoureux. . . Please click on https://veverdu02.wordpress.com/page/3/

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Yes, I am getting ready!

I was too busy (LOL) to go to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (it ends this Saturday), but I could find this wonderful video. Enjoy!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSmOl0ELp5o

Does Nature prepare herself also for a day of rest and thoughts?

Does Nature prepare herself also for a day of rest and thoughts?

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The little bird seems to be asking us: ” Are you ready?”

To all of you, a very happy weekend! To some of you, Shabbat Shalom!

because it’s Friday …

Joan Miro - 1925

Joan Miro – 1925 – Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Donació de Joan Prats

San Diego - May 2015

San Diego – May 2015

San Diego

San Diego

San Diego - May 2015

San Diego – May 2015

San Diego - May 2015

San Diego – May 2015

San Diego - May 2015

San Diego – May 2015

San Diego - May 2015

San Diego – May 2015

San Diego - May 2015

San Diego – May 2015

yummy!

yummy!

You all have a great weekend! Shabbat Shalom to our friends, and to Estelea and her beautiful family in Cebu (Philippines), and in France!

Gideon Levy, and Roger Waters.

Roger Waters, the bright side of Israel’s moon –http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.654613

“Two Suns In The Sunset” – Pink Floyd Lyrics by Roger Waters

in my rear view mirror the sun is going down
sinking behind bridges in the road
and i think of all the good things
that we have left undone
and i suffer premonitions
confirm suspicions
of the holocaust to come
the rusty wire that holds the cork
that keeps the anger in
gives way
and suddenly it’s day again
the sun is in the east
even though the day is done
two suns in the sunset
hmmmmmmmmm
could be the human race is run
like the moment when your brakes lock
and you slide toward the big truck
and stretch the frozen moments with your fear
and you’ll never hear their voices
and you’ll never see their faces
you have no recourse to the law anymore
and as the windshield melts
my tears evaporate
leaving only charcoal to defend
finally i understand
the feelings of the few
ashes and diamonds
foe and friend
we were all equal in the end

… what I am reading …

A memoir - Published in the United States by Graywolf Press - 2015

A memoir  – Published in the United States by Graywolf Press – 2015. “A moving and revealing exploration of Hasidic life, and one man’s struggles with faith, family, and community.” In my opinion, it is a topnotch book! Super well written report about   religion and life in an environment that was unknown to me. 5 stars!!!

I respect it, but I do not agree with it. Those words would embody what I saw as my father’s ability to stand by his principles while acknowledging that others lived by different ones, their convictions as strong as his own. Those words provided a counterbalance to the more prevalent view expressed by my teachers and others, of utter contempt for everything but our own worldview. And so I couldn’t help but wonder: Who was right, my father or my teachers? Were we allowed to respect others, or were we obligated to vilify all who believed differently? My father seemed to embrace the former, and my teachers the latter. Which, then, was I to accept?”

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Happy Hanukkah! – 9 lights, oops, photos :)

Hanukkah 5775 - I

Hanukkah 5775 – I

Hanukkah 5775 - II

Hanukkah 5775 – II

Hanukkah 5775 - III

Hanukkah 5775 – III

Hanukkah 5775 - IV

Hanukkah 5775 – IV

Hanukkah 5775 - V

Hanukkah 5775 – V

Hanukkah 5775 - VI

Hanukkah 5775 – VI

Hanukkah 5775 - VII

Hanukkah 5775 – VII

Hanukkah 5775 - VIII

Hanukkah 5775 – VIII

Hanukkah 5775 - IX

Hanukkah 5775 – IX