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Attaching To The Eternal On Shabbos

"The expenditures for Shabbat must be focused on the World to Come. They cannot be to earn more money for this world. They cannot be to show off to our friends. They cannot be just to have more and better food.
We begin by asking ourselves,
“What can I do to enhance my Shabbat
so that I can attach to the eternal?”

I found this quote at and choose to share it today because it's such a good question for us all to consider each week before the Sabbath Day.

shabbosevePreparing for the evening of each Sabbath Day is a joy in many ways. Besides the festive atmosphere of sharing, all the money I spend on remembering and observing Shabbos is elevated, and in turn it can enhance the whole week for me, and for my family and guests. 

Is The Pen Mightier Than The Sword?

The pen may be mightier than the sword, but the Jewish People have lived by the pen and died by the sword for millennia. We now live in a country that recognizes the G-d-given right of self-defense; to fail to exercise that right when threatened is to hold G-d’s gift of life in contempt.

Rabbi Dovid Bendory,

I support Jews For The Preservation Of Firearm Ownership because I am a Texan and I am a Jew. Firearm ownership is a hot topic in more ways than one, and I have taken a stand for myself, my family and my nation. Read more of Rabbi David Bendory's articles HERE

Shabbos is The Prize

naglequoteI love this quote, and yes, it makes me think about Shabbos.  Why?

Because Shabbos is the prize for me, the highlight of my week and my life. It's the gift I enjoy receiving while  I am also giving myself the time to relax and refresh. Very often I have to stand up for myself to take the time, a whole day each week to honor The Sabbath.

Quote is from a recent webinar by Matt Goldfarb. Find Matt HERE

The World Is Ours To Make

One of my favorite teachers, Zion Nefesh said this in his daily email today:

Genesis 2:3
“וַיְבָרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת-יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי, וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אֹתוֹ: כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל-מְלַאכְתּוֹ, אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת”
“And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which GOD (ELHYM אֱלֹהִים) Created to make.”

The last three words of the three verses that sum up the story of Creation tell us that the world was made for us ‘to make’. This is our temporary world that we come into for a short time for the process of tikkun.

This is a big responsibility for me. My tikkun, my opportunity to repair the world in my own way is a lifetime endeavor.  First I have to find myself, and only then can I find my true tikkun. I make my own world by finding my true self and my true tikkun. That is how I begin to repair the world, to make or create the world here and now.

On the Sabbath I rest from my making and creating as the Creator of the Universe rested from His work. Sometimes it's hard to remember to stop making and creating for a whole day, isn't it?



Soon it will be Chanukah.  December 2011, or Kislev 5772 in the Hebrew calendar is my month.  Lighting candles each night for eight nights is the way Jews have long memorialized an historical event by bringing more light into their own lives and into the world. 

Trinkets and Gems

pixlrcandlebowlWhat is it about the little sparkly things that charm me? They have very little value in and of themselves, piled in a glass bowl in the sunlight, and stored in tiny plastic bags in my well-organized plastic tackle box, my treasure chest of literary proportion.
These trinkets and gems are incomprehensibly precious to me alone. They comprise the arts and crafts class that’s always in session inside me. They populate my creative imagination in myriad media and kaleidoscopic combinations, never failing to engender joy.
It’s just a transparent bowl of glass, plastic, metal and materials of unknown origin that never fails to enthrall me with possibility. Mixed in the fray are gemstone beads and cabochons, mined, cut and drilled into tiny fragments of delight. They are really nothing special, but they are all mine, these trinkets and gems of little value except to me.  
My trinkets and gems of infinite possibility are my pleasure and my shining, endless hope.
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