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Erev Passover/Pesach

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I have posted these photographs taken at an orange grove, before. Yesterday I was at the orange grove, participating through the Jewish Federation with their involvement in the Food Forward Program.

It seems fitting, to me, to post about Food Forward, because it is a humanitarian program, a program that recognizes the human condition and need for the donation of, collection of, and distribution of, food for the needy.

If you celebrate Passover/Pesach, remember those who are in need of food, as you sit at your table (or relative’s table, or friend’s table) tonight, the eve (erev) of Passover/Pesach. Maybe your thoughts will inspire you to donate food to a local food bank or organization. Maybe you will be motivated to help with the collection or distribution of food to needy individuals. Just an hour of your time volunteering in any capacity can be so meaningful, in so many ways.

Chag Sameach!

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Pinkness, Lake, Ancient Japanese Poems

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Everyone feels grief
when cherry blossoms scatter.
Might they then be tears –
those drops of moisture falling
in the gentle rains of spring?

Otomo no Juronushi (late 9th century)

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The pathway I marked
when last year I made my way
into Yoshino –
I abandon now to visit
blossoms I have not yet seen.

Monk Saigyo (1118-1190)

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Shabbat Shalom!

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Sunday Scenes on Tuesday

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I walked along the lake, Sunday, and I took some photos of the cherry trees.

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A few of the trees are in full bloom, as the capture above shows two that are.

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Some of the trees are still trying to illuminate the scene with about 25-35%, or more, of their blossoms still closed.

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It was a beautiful day for walking within nature, soaking in the sun’s rays, and looking at the beautiful pinkness of the blossoms and the blueness of the lake.

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Sunday Scenes: Cherry Blossoms

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The cherry blossoms at the lake are beginning to take hold and illuminate the surroundings. I can’t get enough of them, and have gone to the lake several times this week. I want to make sure I see them at their peak (not quite yet), as this is a once-a-year showing.

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Blossom Beginnings

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Minute amounts of dainty pink blossoms are beginning to appear on the cherry trees at the lake. A dot here, a dab there, I relish their beauty, no matter how few blossoms there are. Blossom beginnings make me smile. In another week or two there will be more, and then the trees will be in full bloom. I love this time of year while walking at the lake, peering at the trees beginning their spring renewal. It is especially wonderful to see the blossoms as they become a massive blur of pinkness when they are at their peak.

The photos above were taken the other morning.

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Festive Orange Flowers for Purim

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Purim begins on Saturday, March 15, 2014 and ends the evening of Sunday, March 16, 2014.

I thought I would contribute some bright orange flowers in my post. The photographs were taken by me within the past few years. The first photograph shows a side view of African Daisies.

Aish has a variety of fantastic books regarding Purim.

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The second photo, above, is a side view of poppies, taken at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve a few years back.


Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue, Washington DC

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The third photo, above, was taken along a stretch of road in Lancaster, CA, a few years back.

Visit here to see links to Purim books for children.

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And, the last photo, above, is one of my own personal favorites.

Have a colorful, festive and joyous Purim!

Shabbat Shalom to everyone! Chag Sameach!

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