Monthly Archives: April 2013

Friday April 19, 2013


Take a moment this Shabbat to remember all of those affected by the devastating, horrific and inhumane events that occurred at the Boston Marathon. Also, remember those affected by the terrible fire and explosion in Texas.

Save humanity!…An Anonymous Poem

I am not a frog
or a deer
I am not a bat
or a lady bug
I am not a cricket
or a rabbit
I am not a sunflower
or a rose
I am not a butterfly
or a praying mantis

But, pray for me

I was…
I am…

Save humanity!



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Lorri M. Review – Gabby: A Story of Courage, Love and Resilience

gabby1 Gabby: A Story of Courage, Love and Resilience, is a book of remembrance, remembrance of a love story, a strong woman, and a remembrance of what once was in the body’s ability to persevere through pain and recovery.

Gabrielle Giffords was a physically and mentally vital woman before she was shot in the head on January 8, 2011. Through her determination, she remains a mentally vital woman, but a person with a few physical issues that still need constant working on. With her husband, Mark Kelly, at her side, she is a determined woman, and one who continually strives to get as close to her former self as possible. She has made strides, but is always seeking more advancement, physically and mentally. She has overcome much adversity, and is an example of inspiration and strength.

Her struggles are told with forthrightness, and her therapeutic progress is inspirational. Although her speech is affected, and although she has lost sight in one eye, she is a cognizant individual. She has her own ideals and determinations on how best she can serve her country, now that she is no longer a member of the House. She is an advocate for several causes.

Gabby’s political perspectives are told through Kelly’s voice, and her determination to be a House representative of depth and detail is well documented. She put her constituents first and foremost. She was a democratic representative for the people in every aspect.

Although, I did like the story regarding Gabby’s therapeutic endeavors and her strong will to recover, I felt that much of the book centered on Mark Kelly. The reader learns about Kelly’s history, before meeting Gabby, and while dating her. We learn about his status as a Navy pilot and as an astronaut, and his goals. I would say that the information is interesting, but so is Gabby’s premarital story, which I thought should be expanded upon.

In retrospect, though, the book is about the two of them and their relationship. Their story is one of love and support, through the difficult times of physical, mental and emotional injury.

In the future, I would like to see a book written strictly by Gabrielle Giffords, and one where her recovery efforts are told through her voice, and her voice alone.

I do recommend Gabby: A Story of Courage, Love and Resilience, by Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly, and contributor Jeffrey Zaslow.

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Lorri M. Review – Provenance

provenance Provenance, by Ronald Florence, is an interesting look into two books that affect the lives of men and women through the centuries. Fiction is infused with history within the pages of Provenance, which contains the story of two factual books.

From the Aleppo Codex, or Aleppo Crown (medieval Hebrew Bible) to a woman’s book of prayer, the characters portrayed within the pages exhibit realized individuals, each with their own story to tell, and each with their own religious concept, within the realm of their environment.

Provenance reads like a story of intrigue, a detective story and a story of greed and goodness. The individuals involved in the holding of the Crown of Aleppo transfer it thousands of miles, from Egypt to Provence, Aleppo to Israel to Brooklyn, in a tapestry of life. Florence depicts life, customs, daily dealings, and history in depth.

Background details of life are portrayed with lovely prose and with clarity, within the centuries. The novel contains historical data and testaments that contribute to a mysterious concept of lives lived, and lives struggling to keep hold on the Crown.

The pages are infused with Jewish history, rituals and with a love story, as well. At times the prose is mystical and surreal sounding. That does not detract from the story line.

I felt the fact that the women’s book of prayer being interwoven within the pages diminished the strength of the story line of the Crown of Aleppo. I would much rather have it been a story written strictly for the Crown of Aleppo, alone. I think it could have stood on its own.

I did enjoy reading Provenance, though, and thought it was an intriguing story.


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There Are No Words

There are no words

Two explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line.

My prayers go out to everyone involved.

Update: There has been a third explosion, located at the JFK Library. Frightening times…


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Sunday Scenes April 14, 2013 – Yom HaZikaron


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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Movie, Book Updates and More


I will be attending a movie screening on Sunday with the synagogue’s 55+ group, entitled “No Place on Earth“. The producer, Rafi Marmor, will answer questions after the filming. I can not wait to see this. I have read about this particular event throughout the past few years, and am sure the film will be compelling.

I am almost finished reading Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot. I read it decades ago, and decided to read it again, as I have The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot (checked out from my local library this morning), to read next, and wanted recent background information.

I also checked out The Real Jane Austen-A Life in Small Things.

I reviewed Triumph and Tragedy, by Rabbi Joel Padowitz, this week.

I also reviewed The Scientists: A Family Romance, by Marco Roth.

Do you want a recipe for almond milk? Visit Leora, at Sketching Out, for her recipe.

Visit Hannah’s Nook for a recipe for New York Style Cheese Cake.

A new Kotel site might be dedicated within the next month for non-orthodox prayer.

Here is a heartwarming story of long-lost kin who have found each other.

Shabbat Shalom!

April 12, 2013 – 2 Iyyar, 5773 – 17th day of the Omer

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