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Friday Ramblings


The Nobel Peace Prize went to Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons! Congratulations!

The Nobel Prize in Literature went to Alice Munro. Brava!

Peter Higgs and François Englert were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.

For a list of all the 2013 presentations and past presentations, visit here.


I will be buying this book: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. I can not believe the maturity she shows, humanely, emotionally and intellectually, well beyond her sixteen years of age.

Skirball Cultural Center is now presenting, a smile, they said, a project by Antje Schiffers and Thomas Sprenger.

If you have a chance, read the poignant article, Visiting My Grandmother’s Yahrzeit Plaque“.

I am halfway through reading Paris: The Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd.

Orly Castel-Bloom has a new book out entitled, “Textile“.

Erich Priebke died at the age of 100. He was a former SS Nazi Captain.

Shabbat Shalom!

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Sunday Scenes – February 10, 2013.

skirball garden

I hope to get to the Skirball Cultural Center soon, to see the Voices and Visions Exhibit, which runs through March 17, 2013.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has an interesting sounding exhibit entitled Stanley Kubrick.

I am in the midst of reading The Conversation, by Joshua Golding. The novel is a little over 500 pages long, and I am totally engrossed and fascinated by the content of the story. I am almost finished reading it.

I have a review to edit and eventually post on the book entitled Journey to Heaven: Exploring Jewish Views of the Afterlife.

My family in NY and in MA are snowed in, due to the blizzard, but they are safe. I hope my friends living in the eastern part of the U.S., are safe. Please be cautious. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

February 10, 2013 – 30 Sh’vat, 5773

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Happy 2013!


On New Year’s Day
many people reflect on the past
reflect on what was
what could have been.
Of course I reflect
on moments gone by
but I also reflect
on the future
and hold it in my heart
ever wishing for serene days
ever wishing for loving family gatherings
ever wishing for moments of laughter
ever wishing for contentment
ever wishing for the awe of nature
before my eyes
ever wishing I journey
down the correct path.

I wish you all a wonderful 2013, filled with hope, health, love, joy and treasured moments.

Happy New Year To You

Happy New Year to you!
May every great new day
Bring you sweet surprises–
A happiness buffet.

Happy New Year to you,
And when the new year’s done,
May the next year be even better,
Full of pleasure, joy and fun.

By Joanna Fuchs

January 1, 2013 – 19 Tevet, 5773


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Rituals are an important aspect of Jewish life. As Jews, we can perform rituals at home, like praying, giving Tzedakah, keeping ourselves (washing our hands upon rising from sleep, is one example) and keeping our house in proper order. There are also rituals that are weekly ones, such as Shabbat, which can be held at home and also in the synagogue.

Marriage offers its own rituals, as does child birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, rituals for the deceased, and the rituals of mourning.

The rituals that are performed on a yearly basis, such as the High Holy Days, Festival of Purim, Passover, Tisha B’Av, Chanukah, etc., bind us together as a community, and intensifies our connectedness with each other, and with G-d.

Jews, as a community, are concerned about the environment, and hold in awe and wonderment nature’s illuminations.

lake calm

Compassion and concern are vital elements within the customs the Jewish community fulfills and carries out, no matter the circumstance.

Think of the rituals in your own daily lives, weekly lives and yearly lives, customs that are held and performed. Get creative, if possible, in holding tradition within the walls of your home. Let illumination shine within.

Shabbat Shalom!

December 28, 2012 – 15 Tevet, 5773

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