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Friday Sunset and Interesting Links

branch sunset

The Skirball Cultural Center is currently showing an exhibit entitled Creating the United States, on view through February 17, 2013.

Here is an interesting article, in the Jewish Journal, regarding production of an upcoming film about Noah’s Ark. The actual replica of the ark, withstood Hurricane Sandy, while surroundings were destroyed.

Visit The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to see their upcoming community events.

Visit Skywatch Friday for more sky scenes.

I ended 2012 by reviewing the novel The Poe Shadow, by Matthew Pearl.

Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History, is My first book review of 2013.

Shabbat Shalom!

I am sorry for the update, but I felt that this was an important piece of information:

Gerda Lerner, who was a pioneer regarding women’s history, has died at the age of 92. May her Memory be for a Loving Blessing.

January 4, 2013 – 22 Tevet, 5773

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Skies, Elul Poem, Shabbat Poem

The photograph above was taken this morning, while walking my grandie to kindergarten. I thought it was complimentary to the poem “Shabbat Day”, by Dobra Levitt.

Shabbat Day

By Dobra Levitt

Skies of other worlds
In the blue-bright air,
Sides of houses
Edge eternity.
Clay-red roofs
Where pigeons – mincing – walk,
Fly the doves – the whir and flutter
Of their soaring wings.
Soundless the yellow butterfly
At its play.
Winds lift white clouds
And sift the sand
From earth-bound stones –
Exalted the light
Of this dazzling Day,
Yet strangely close to home.

Elul begins August 19 and ends September 16, 2012. I found this poem, by Rachel Barenblat, that spoke to me on many levels.

Immersion

If you offer Fortune a beer
she giggles, demurs, because she’s
“born again.” I’m not exactly sure
what that means in Ghanaian parlance
though I imagine a lake baptism
like the one I saw in Galilee,
robes billowing against dark water.

Rebirth is always metaphor.
Forty days to refocus, like a lens,
then Yom Kippur’s labor, singing
and praying, hoping against hope
this year the old words
and hunger’s familiar pangs
will bear new meaning.

The closest I’ve come
was that week on retreat, sitting
until pins crept up my calves, then
walking the fireweed fields rapt
in my prayer shawl. Friday afternoon
we shucked modesty, plunged
in the swimming pool, laughing

and blessing, then a hot tub dunk
to welcome the Sabbath bride.
We could dip each week in those waters.
We could sanctify every morsel.
We could open our eyes and be thankful,
could dwell in that house all the days
of our lives. And we don’t. And that’s

okay. The goldenrod always blooms
five weeks before first frost
and these forty days are for pausing
relearning the Name in every breath
preparing to be open to awe
again, to be ready
to make ourselves born.

Rachel Barenblat

Shabbat Shalom!

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August 17, 2012 – 29 Av, 5772

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Happy Birthday!

Happy, Happy, Happy Third Birthday, my dear Boyjoy Grandie!!!

I like how the sky is reflected in the water in the photo above.

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Shabbat Shalom!

June 22, 2012 – 2 Tamuz, 5772

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Friday Skies, June Jewish Book Carnival, JpiX, Shabbat

My photographs are captures of sky, water and landscape, taken at a local Japanese Garden a few days ago.

Please check out Jewish Muse for the June Jewish Book Carnival offerings.

The next Jpix is June 24, 2012, so send your links in, here, asap! “JPiX is a blog carnival about photos related to Jewish topics, mostly by Jewish photo bloggers but non-Jewish photo bloggers can submit photos of Jewish themes.”

Visit Skywatch Friday for more sky scenes from around the world.

Shabbat Shalom!

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June 15, 2012 – 25 Sivan, 5772

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Skies, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Medals of Valor, JPIX, Shabbat

The first photograph is not greyscale or black and white.

As you walk through the storm, Hold your head up high, And don’t be afraid of the dark, At the end of the storm, Is a golden sky, And the sweet silver song of the lark, Walk on through the wind, Walk on through the rain, Though your dreams be tossed and blown. Walk on, walk on, With hope in your hearts, And you’ll never walk alone, You’ll never walk alone.

– Oscar Hammerstein II – Lyrics
Carousel,’You’ll Never Walk Alone’ – music by Richard Rodgers.

The song was subsequently released in a pop version by Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963 and adopted as a club song by Liverpool football club.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center presented Medals of Valor to Jerry Bruckheimer, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Astronaut Mark Kelly, Holocaust survivor Elisabeth Mann and Members of Tuskegee Airmen.

Are you an Anglophile? Love England and/or English history? If so, visit Hannah’s Nook and answer this 60-question British Culture Quiz.

The next JPIX is June 24th.

Shabbat Shalom!

June 1, 2012 – 11 Sivan, 5772

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Skies, Unleavened Pound Cake, Shabbat

I enjoy looking up, especially through trees, when walking in a nature or natural setting. I like it when one can see jet trails within tree branches, such as in this capture.

I like the view-through effect, looking between or through trees in order to see the sky.

I liked the way the sky was reflected in the water.

It is time for Skywatch Friday! Visit here, for more sky scenes from around the world.

Tonight I will light my Shabbat candles, and will reflect on the Passover/Pesach, which will be upon us sooner than we might realize. Friday, April 6, 2012 is Passover eve. That is one week away, and coincidentally, it falls on Shabbat.

I have begun the ritual house cleaning, the storing, moving, lending and disposing of items, both food and otherwise. I still have to bake and prepare a few things, and will get to it immediately, in order to finish cleaning house.

I will be making my traditional unleavened pound cake. I serve it with small glass bowls of apricot preserves, orange marmalade, and strawberry preserves placed around the pound cake on a large platter. The recipe and a photo of a finished pound cake is below:

Unleavened Pound Cake

Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar (I use sugar substitute)
4 eggs (I use egg substitute for cholesterol purposes)
1 1/2 tsp.vanilla + a dribble more
1/4 tsp.nutmeg
2 c. flour (for Passover I used 5 /8 cup of potato starch for each cup of flour mentioned in unleavened recipe)
1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:
Cream butter, gradually adding sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time. Sift together flour, salt and nutmeg.

Gradually add dry ingredients to egg mixture and beat until thoroughly blended. Turn batter into greased loaf pan or bundt cake pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour. Cool cake in pan. Check after 50 minutes to make sure it doesn’t overcook, as ovens vary. Makes one loaf or bundt cake.

Don’t be alarmed that it won’t turn out to be as high as normal, remember, it is an unleavened pound cake.

Please take a moment to look up to the skies, and reflect on events that have transpired where you live, in your personal life, in the world, and within your family. Be well, stay safe.

Shabbat Shalom!

March 30, 2012 – 7 Nisan, 5772

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