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Hanukkah is Almost Upon Us

Menorah Artwork hanging on exterior wall at Skirball Cultural Center

Menorah Artwork hanging on exterior wall at Skirball Cultural Center

Hanukkah is almost upon us. The house has been decorated by my grandies, and looks festive with its blue and white illuminations, with a touch of silver thrown in, here and there. Hanukkah books related to their age are spread on various tables for them to look through, read, and/or have us read to them.

Kindle the taper like the steadfast star
Ablaze on evening’s forehead o’er the earth,
And add each night a lustre till afar
An eightfold splendor shine above thy hearth.
~Emma Lazarus, “The Feast of Lights”

Menorot

Menorot


The miracle, of course, was not that the oil for the sacred light -
in a little cruse – lasted as long as they say;
but that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day:
let that nourish my flickering spirit.

~Charles Reznikoff, “Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays”

Menorah at Skirball Cultural Center

Menorah at Skirball Cultural Center

Books recently finished reading:

The Perfume Collector


The Paris Architect


The Book Thief

The Grandchildren of the Ghetto

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Sunday Scenes April 14, 2013 – Yom HaZikaron

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Yom HaZikaron begins tonight (April 14, 2013) at sundown. It is a memorial day that commemorates the individuals who lost their lives fighting for Israel, and a day of reflection, memory and loss.


The Silver Platter, by Natan Altermann


…And the land will grow still
Crimson skies dimming, misting
Slowly paling again
Over smoking frontiers

As the nation stands up
Torn at heart but existing
To receive its first wonder
In two thousand years

As the moment draws near
It will rise, darkness facing
Stand straight in the moonlight
In terror and joy

…When across from it step out
Towards it slowly pacing
In plain sight of all
A young girl and a boy

Dressed in battle gear, dirty
Shoes heavy with grime
On the path they will climb up
While their lips remain sealed

To change garb, to wipe brow
They have not yet found time
Still bone weary from days
And from nights in the field

Full of endless fatigue
And all drained of emotion
Yet the dew of their youth
Is still seen on their head

Thus like statues they stand
Stiff and still with no motion
And no sign that will show
If they live or are dead

Then a nation in tears
And amazed at this matter
Will ask: who are you?
And the two will then say

With soft voice: We–
Are the silver platter
On which the Jews’ state
Was presented today

Then they fall back in darkness
As the dazed nation looks
And the rest can be found
In the history books.

~~~
April 14, 2013 – 4 Iyyar, 5773

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Sunday Scenes – February 24, 2013

Jerusalem dances by shoshi Kraus

Jerusalem Dances, by Shoshi Kraus

Purim by Baruch Nachshon

Purim, by Baruch Nachshon

It’s Purim! Celebrate! Enjoy! Be happy and merry!

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February 24, 2013 – 14 Adar I, 5773

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Tish’a B’Av

Tisha B’Av, the Jewish holiday that begins a sunset July 28, 2012, and ends at sundown on July 29, 2012 (Erev Tish’a B’Av – 9 Av, 5772 until 10 Av, 5772), is a time for introspection and reflection on the numerous tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people.

From the destruction of the First and Second Temples to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, and everyincident before, between and after, including the Holocaust and other acts and forms of antisemitism, historically, the Jews have been put in vicarious, horrific and tragic situations. Tish’a B’Av, is the saddest day for the Jewish people, a day of fasting, remembering, mourning and prayer.

Take a moment to reflect on the past, the present and the future. Open the temple inside you, and let your inner illuminations shine, in order to radiate your illuminations externally.

Look within yourself, see if you can find the time to help heal the dealings of the past and in the present (no matter how small or minute, whether through prayer, physical action, performing a Mitzvah or Mitzvot), in order to better the future.

Update: Take a moment, if you will, during this day of the Olympic Opening Ceremony, to think about the members of the Israeli Olympic Team who were murdered during the 1972 Munich Olympics, in what is known as the Munich Massacre, along with a West German police officer. Thank you, for bearing with me with the update…I meant to post this, and somehow did not…thank you, Leora.

I found the poem below on a blog entitled Velveteen Rabbi, written by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat.

AFTER THE FALL

The mishna says
senseless hatred
knocked the Temple down

not the Romans with their siege engines –
or not only them, but
our ancestors too

who slipped into petty backbiting
ignored Shabbat
forgot how to offer their hearts

we’re no better
we who secretly know we’re right
holier-than-they

we who roll our eyes
and patronize, who check email
even on the holiest of days

who forget that
a prayer is more than a tune
more than words on a page

in Oslo parents weep
and we’re too busy arguing
motive to comfort them

across the Middle East parents weep
and we’re too busy arguing
borders to comfort them

in our nursing homes parents weep
shuddering and alone
and we’re too busy –

even now what sanctuaries
what human hearts
are damaged and burned

while we snipe at each other
or insist we’re not responsible
or look away?

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Sky at Lake, Rosh Chodesh, Shabbat

The above photograph was taken on February 22, 2012.

It is Skywatch Friday, once again. Visit the meme to see more photographs from around the world.

Visit Leora to read about Shabbat Favorites with Watercolor. Her watercolor is absolutely beautiful. I can see it hanging in my dining room.The post is very inspiring.

Visit Zivah for a thought-provoking post.

Visit Window on the Wall for a live view of the wall/Kotel.

Visit Women of the Wall for inspiring posts.

Let us not forget that today is Rosh Chodesh. Please contemplate the meaning and the inspiration of the day.

Shabbat Shalom!

February 24, 2012 – 1 Adar, 5772

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