Praising Gd Through Tears

I spent my morning at the cemetery. It’s been half a year. What is time, anyway? Here, on this side of the door we all dread, and are all fascinated with, time is precious. It’s tangible. We all run to finish things we need to do, making plans for the day – don’t forget this, remember…

Cold. In and Out.

Today is one of those beautiful windy and cold days when my heart does not know whether to be joyful before the upcoming Simchat Torah or to be crying over people lost recently and long time ago. This kind of weather usually makes me sink down into my dark thoughts. Last night I was dreaming about my loved…

At the Crossroads

I was listening to this song the other day Is this how our lives go? The road to eternity is long – I will yet come back. What we do here on earth in our lifetimes, does it really make an effect on eternity? Do we really meet the souls we loved here somewhere in the…

Counting the Blessings

This week I merited to attend two brit milah ceremonies. Two new baby boys came into this world. Every time a child is born, we witness a miracle. Don’t tell me that it’s a natural thing. Of course, it is! However, anything can go wrong. But we hope, we pray. And – miracle of miracles…

Remember

Three months. Three lifetimes. Twenty years. Infinity. And all of this time in between. Half of my family – gone. Where are you all? Are you, really, watching over us? Praying is no help. Will you ever hear me, O Lord?

My American Anniversary

Today is nineteen years since I’ve arrived in this blessed land of the USA. We came here as a family. Since then we lost two most beloved male members of it. And – we gained two most amazing little girls. The circle of life? How did we fare here? Am I grateful, sad, indifferent, cheerful?  I…

Independence Day Trip

I am not usually the one to talk about American history. This 4th of July, however, I wanted to go for a short restful trip, and accidentally, saw that Valley Forge Park is less than two hours away from New York City. So, to the Valley Forge, we went with the dog and all. Thankfully,…

Peaches are in Season

I love to make Shabbat meals in summer! You have so many fresh fruit and  vegetables  to choose from. And – they actually have a real taste! So for this Shabbat dessert, I decided to experiment with fresh peaches. They are so nice now. I was looking for an idea on the web, and, like lots…

Improvise!

It looks like summer is, finally, here. And with it the abundance of fruit and vegetables that really have a taste, as opposed to those that we have in winter – beautiful, but tasteless. That, of course, means that it’s time for salad. In my house, a housewife (me) never knows what she is going…

This is not the Shavuot I love

Shavuot is my favorite  Holiday for many reasons. I believe that this is a special Holiday as it clearly marks the Jewish nation as the one designated to live in a specific way – to be a “light to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1). This is no small task, the responsibility both brings you up and…

Easy Pesach?

This Pesach I really do not have time for cooking. Also, I constantly forget to kasher/buy utensils that I might need. So I need to improvise. Since I had different kinds of vegetables, thanks to my food-shopping-loving husband, I decided to use all of them in one pot. And, what’s better than roasted vegetables during…

My Pseudo Syrian Shabbat

As much as I love eating vegetables, sometimes I just can’t resist fresh lamb. I will choose lamb over any other meat. I got some really fresh lamb and decided to make a Syrian staple – lachma’jin. I am sure you might find different spellings of the word, but consider this – Hebrew, like Arabic, has no…