Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sunday Scenes – June 30, 2013

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And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.”
Biblical Quote

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run.”
-John Keats

If you think you have had troubles, read this article and think twice: A Face in the Crowd-A Year After Most Extensive Face Transplant in History. I found it to be poignant, astonishing and inspiring. This does not diminish your own problems, don’t get me wrong. This man’s experiences give much to ponder about the human spirit and will.

The month of June has come to an end. Half of the year has gone by. During these past six months I have read many books. My “2013 Books Read” list shows that I have read 73 books. The fact is, I have a few read more than that, but chose to only list the ones shown. The ones I did not list, are not ones I found worthy of mentioning.

I am currently reading The Watchmaker’s Daughter, by Sonia Taitz. I have several more lined up after I finish this one.

I have had a bit of difficulty, lately, reading some works of fiction. I find some of them to be rather boring with no depth to them, either through characters or the story line. I read so many Holocaust-related memoirs and accounts, and read other works of non-fiction, and I think it might have something to do with that. The non-fiction is usually compelling in one form or another, for me. Some books of fiction turn me off, unless they are heavily filled with history, time and place, and word-images I can relate to.

The Golem and the Jinni is a prime example of fiction, but fiction so infused with historical information relating to cultures, lifestyles, city and street visions that encompass time and place. I was totally engrossed in the story and settings. I also feel the same way about Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People, and also the novel Daniel Deronda.

I am not normally one who enjoys “beach reads”. Some people love them, and that is fine. I am not judging anyone’s reading pleasures.

Ah, I could go on and on, but I will not continue.

Enjoy your Monday, and the rest of the week. Shavua tov!

Update: Sorry for the update, but Leora posted the JPix – Jewish Photo Bloggers Carnival 2013, and I felt it was important to include in my post. Thank you, Leora!

June 30, 2013 – 22 Tamuz, 5773

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Friday News – June 28, 2013

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I had a week with distractions. My blogging was scant. I did visit other blogs, though.

I finished “The Loves of Judith“, by Meir Shalev…he never disappoints me.

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Visit Leora and see her lovely Echinacea Flower – Cone Flower photographs.

Hannah wrote a poignant story: Orphaned, part of a photo fiction submission.

I enjoyed the mystery behind Freya’s post entitled “Rusty“.

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The Skirball Cultural Center has some great concerts and weekend events coming up in July.

The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles has many volunteer opportunities.

Like hummous? Read about the Asli Humous Center, in Jaffa.

Have you seen the new Hannah Arendt film? If not, read a review of it, on JTA.

Shabbat Shalom!

June 28, 2013 – 20 Tamuz, 5773

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Pathways

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Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence“.
-Henry David Thoreau

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

June 26, 2013 – 18 Tamuz, 5773

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Easy Fast

This post was written two days ago. I hope everyone has an easy fast, today.

Remember those who came before us, and remember the breaching of the walls, and the destruction of the two Temples that followed. Remember Moses breaking the two stone tablets. Remember…

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I miss and love you mom, more than words can say, not only today, on what would be your 94th birthday, but every day. May your memory be for a Loving Blessing. Zikhronah Livrakha.

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Sunday Scenes – June 23, 2013

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bridge and green

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Bridges are often a vision of wonder, architectural beauties that can steer one’s thoughts to contemplate, as we wander on our trek through life. They can lead us to remember the bridges we have crossed in moments past, ponder the bridges we are currently crossing in order to make necessary choices, and beg us to reflect upon our future, within our current choices.

Life’s bridges are our links to the past, the present and the future. LM

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In my travels, here and there, I enjoy it when I come upon a bridge, a bridge I can fully see and not just one I travel over. The first bridge is one of my top five favorite bridges of all time…The Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, CA. My favorite bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge. There is something about it that transcends my soul.

From small trestle bridges, to large architectural wonders, bridges often evoke a sense of awe within me, awe beyond definition.

June 23, 2013 – 15 Tamuz, 5773

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Friday News – June 21, 2013

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Tomorrow is my grandie boy joy, Logan’s fourth birthday! Arggggggh! A pirate party will be held this weekend!

Hannah writes about her experiences in “A Year of Tai Chi“.

Leora’s shares lovely photographs and prose regarding Sabra Plants – Prickly and Sweet.

Zivah expresses views on this week’s Torah portion in a few, but strong, words Balak – when animals speak.

I finished reading:

The First Lady of Fleet Street, by Eilat Negev and Yehuda Koren
The Loves of Judith, by Meir Shalev
And The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini

I am currently reading Jacob’s Folly, by Rebecca Miller. Talk about being a fly on the wall, this is a very creative way to tell a story!

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The Jewish Book Council has some interesting new reads listed.

A 98-Year Old man has been Indicted for war crimes.

Nazi diary found after seven decades.

Why not visit Window on the Wall this Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom!

June 21, 2013 – 13 Tamuz, 5773

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