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Bare and Beautiful

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Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
-Anton Chekhov

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
-Henry David Thoreau

Even if I knew I would die tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today. -Rabbi Hillel

Shabbat Shalom!

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Curving Road


My life is one long curve, full of turning points. -Pierre Trudeau


The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream. -Tommy Hilfiger


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Bodies of Water and Prayer


The melodiousness of the sound of the waves lapping is always music to my ears and my heart, causing me to think about the sea and how it intertwines with religions practices.

The sheer beauty and majesty of the sea leaves me in awe and wonderment.

In Southern California, many Jews come to Venice or Santa Monica to “cast away their negativeness and sins (Tashlich)” during Rosh Hashanah. It is an emotional sight to see the Jewish community gathering together, at the sea, heads bowed and heads raised upwards, in prayer.

Prayer and seeking forgiveness on Rosh Hashanah, can also be attained at a river, a lake, a pond, or other sources of water. The water source is symbolic of our sins moving on, and our determination to not repeat the negativity of the past.

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Shabbat Shalom!

I wish you all a Sweet New Year, filled with serenity and joy! Shanah tova!


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Sunday Scenes: Baby Hawk on June 14, 2015


I was walking along the river walk area, and came upon several people staring at something on a piece of playground equipment.


Being curious, I walked over and saw a sweet little baby hawk. He stood still for the longest time, and I managed to get a few photos of the cute thing.


They are not the greatest photos, but at least I have something to remember the feathery-baby by. I was behind several other people, and was using my phone to take the photos, and not my DSLR camera.


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Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)


Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) begins tonight, April 15th, and ends Thursday evening, April 16th.


We honor and remember the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.


You can also read about it on Yad Vashmem’s site, here.

Mimi Writes…a beautiful tribute and memorial.


Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye

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The photographs above were taken by me when I visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum a few years back.


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Tu B’Shevat Begins at Sunset

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Tu B’Shevat begins at sunset, tonight, and ends at nightfall tomorrow, February 4th.” It is The New Year for the Trees.

Tu B’Shevat is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. See Lev. 19:23-25, which states that fruit from trees may not be eaten during the first three years; the fourth year’s fruit is for G-d, and after that, you can eat the fruit. Each tree is considered to have aged one year as of Tu B’Shevat, so if you planted a tree on Shevat 14, it begins its second year the next day, but if you plant a tree two days later, on Shevat 16, it does not reach its second year until the next Tu B’Shevat.

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