We won today’s battle with the yetzar hara, the evil inclination. Those insidious thoughts that told me I’m lacking — that others are better, smarter, more motivated and successful — were weighing me down. Then I read a quote from psalms — “Look to the Lord: be strong and courageous,” it said. But the words … Continue reading Strong and Courageous: ‘We’ won today’s battle with the Yetzar Hara
I surrender.My family and I moved to the Jewish community of Surfside last month, right before our son left for high school in Israel and I spent the afternoon weeping in the airport, along with the other moms.Then came the high holidays, an intense time on the Jewish calendar that includes the New Year, Day … Continue reading practicing the art of surrender and gratitude in the jewish new year
And the children of Israel did according to Moses' order, and they borrowed from the Egyptians silver objects, golden objects, and garments. -Exodus 12:29-51 (Parsha Bo) להוּבְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֥ל עָשׂ֖וּ כִּדְבַ֣ר משֶׁ֑ה וַיִּשְׁאֲלוּ֙ מִמִּצְרַ֔יִם כְּלֵי־כֶ֛סֶף וּכְלֵ֥י זָהָ֖ב וּשְׂמָלֹֽת By bringing tambourines into the dessert as they fled Egypt, the women showed their unwavering faith and trust in … Continue reading Surrender and Celebrate!
The Lord said to Moses, "See! I have made you a lord over Pharaoh." אוַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהֹוָה֙ אֶל־משֶׁ֔ה רְאֵ֛ה נְתַתִּ֥יךָ אֱלֹהִ֖ים לְפַרְעֹ֑ה וְאַֽהֲרֹ֥ן אָחִ֖יךָ יִֽהְיֶ֥ה נְבִיאֶֽךָ: There are times when our animal drive (our inner Pharoah) seems strong, and the best way to overcome it is to use our power to confidently demand that it go. The … Continue reading Letting Go
Chapter 100 A psalm of thanksgiving. Let all the earth sing in jubilation to the Lord. Serve the Lord with joy; come before Him with exultation. Know that the Lord is God; He has made us and we are His, His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with gratitude, His courtyards … Continue reading Let it Go: Turning Darkness into Light
Genesis 46:8-27 כָּל-הַנֶּפֶשׁ לְבֵית-יַעֲקֹב הַבָּאָה מִצְרַיְמָה, שִׁבְעִים ...all the souls of the house of Yaakov, that came into Mitzrayim, were seventy... Yocheved (the mother of Moses and Aaron and Miriam and one of the greatest Jewish women that ever lived) was that seventieth and final soul of this holy house of Yaakov. She strattled two worlds, with the power to … Continue reading Feminine Power
On the sixth day, G-d created all the other animals... and put a divine soul into a body which He made of earth and clay. This was the human. To the human G‑d granted high mental ability to think and reach one’s own conclusions. G‑d also gave the human the power of speech and He … Continue reading POWER OF WORDS
On the fifth day, G‑d filled the seas with fish and other water animals. Into the air above the earth He put many birds of all kinds and colors and sizes. It's windy and a bit chilly outside. The wooden wind chimes on our thirteenth-floor balcony clank and tinkle. The Cocunut palms down below make … Continue reading SERENITY AND SURRENDER
Reliance on astrology, essential oils, hemp, CBD, healing stones, meditation, or other things could lead one to assume that nature has a life of its own, and that the healing objects or healers have powers independent of G‑d.