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Jan
27

70 Years Since Liberation – International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015

When talking with my grandma about what happened 70 years ago today, she usually mentions two things: how lucky she was to be left behind and how young some of the Soviet soldiers were. Nothing else. She tells us about life in the ghetto, life in the camp, but never talks about liberation without prompting, and then only says these two things. 70 years ago today the Auschwitz death camp was liberated, and...
Jan
24

Five for the Weekend – Week 4

Five for the Weekend – Week 4 1. I started to think about making a button/graphic/logo for this feature of my blog, but currently I’m too lazy to do so. And addicted to Bitstrips, so I live out my creativity with that. I don’t even know what to include in one, other than a big 5. Oh well. Life takes priority. 2. I, once again fell in love with American Idol. Of course my primary reason for that is the three judges. I...
Jan
16

Five for the Weekend – Week 3

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good week! I promise there will be less seriousness and politics in this week’s post than last week’s. 1. On Wednesday there was a national strike for high school students. It was because annual field trips were to be canceled as teachers wouldn’t accompany students if they can be sued if students get hurt. My homeschooled high schoolers joined in...
Jan
11

When Something Goes Right: Bath Bombs KosherKola Style

When Something Goes Right: Bath Bombs KosherKola Style The last several months have been vers stressful for me. One of the things that I used for relaxation is an occasional bath. My girls have introduced me to the blessings of bath bombs. It’s like a mini hot tub in my very regular bath tub. For the longest time Bella was trying to find a recipe for home made bath bombs, but most of them called for cream of tartare. The problem is, I have no idea what...
Jan
9

Five for the Weekend – Week 2

Welcome back! How was your week? 1. For the longest time I refused to change my FB profile pic to say Je suis Charlie. The reason for that refusal is I just don’t identify with what Charlie Hebdo stands for. Their satire is racist, Anti-semitic, homophobic and generally Xenophobic in addition to being Islamophobic.  They make fun of rape victims, Boko Haram victims, etc. What they do is tasteless...
Jan
6

The Saint Generator

Jennifer Fulwiler of Conversion Diary created a Saint’s Name Generator. You click a button, the another, and then it gives you a random saint. People like to use it for picking a patron saint for the new year. She has a lot of saints and beatified people uploaded, with info on their patronage and feast day, and links to bios on various Catholic sites. Because I love to learn more about religion and...
Jan
2

Five for the Weekend – Week 1

Five for the Weekend – Week 1 1. One of my goals for the new year is to blog more intentionally, or at least, more regularly. Last year I decided to stick to posting a 7 Quick Takes post every Friday (or Saturday the latest) and I actually did it for 30+ weeks.  Often I found myself trying to come up with more things to post about, and I realized that 7 things were too much for me if I wanted to blog during the week as well–and...
Dec
27

Blessed Sára Salkaházi

Post by Hevel Shir Cohen. I still wonder, how come she wasn’t recognized earlier? I have posted about her before, and I still don’t understand how Edith Stein, murdered for being a Jew, can be so well known as a martyr of the Roman Catholic faith (erm… no, she wasn’t killed for being Catholic, though that doesn’t reduce her merits as a Catholic religious or saint) and no one...
Dec
14

The Twice-a-Year People

The Twice-a-Year People One of the things that never fails around Christmas is people complaining. The same is true for Easter. Or, if said people are Jewish, around the High Holy Days and then Pesach. They complain about the lack of parking space, complete strangers taking their usual seats, the crowd, the noise… In short, they complain about the people who only come to Church or synagogue twice a year. For some reason...
Dec
8

Let’s Chanukah!

With only eight days left till Chanukah (Hanukah. Hannukah, Hanukkah, or however you prefer to spell it), it’s time to Chanukah! In my family Chanukah and Christmas both can be verbs. Because preparing/celebrating for these holidays is an active activity. I’d like to invite you to share your favourite ways to get ready for the holiday you celebrate at this time of the year, be it Christmas,...
Nov
28

An Undetermined Number of Quick Takes

— 1 — Today, before sunrise in the parking area of the children’s hospital as we switched being with our foster son, he handed me a bag of leftovers from yesterday’s Thanksgiving meal. Now I have not only a full turkey dinner, several turkey sandwiches and a carton of eggnog, but a whole pie with several different fillings… and enough other goodies to share with my...
Nov
22

Cheesy, winey 7 Quick Takes

— 1 — I have been looking for really good Cheddar cheese. Of course experimenting with various brands I found really nice orange coloured, absolutely taste free varieties. I never thought that the best thing I’d fine would be in a small Deli that sells some store brand products of a European chains that are not in Israel. Not sure how they do that, but they  seem to have a pretty...
Nov
15

We Are

We Are We are being targeted. In the last few weeks more Israelis were killed by acts of terrorism than in the last six years before. We are not making it easier. For the first time I can remember I agree with the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel: If we can save Jewish lives by it, we should keep off Temple Mount. We are the essence of Judaism. I’d like to believe that while the Kotel and other sacred sites...
Nov
14

7 Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes — 1 — It’s been a long time since I listened to Harel Skaat’s Lauf. With Chanukah only about a month away, we have more and more ads for Festigal. And this will be the first year since we moved here that none of us will actually go to Festigal. While my kids always enjoyed it, we can’t justify the cost and the costumes are weird. The two are not related, but I asked my dad...
Nov
12

Operation “Christmas” Child???

It’s time for my annual post about shoeboxes and religion. Why do Samaritan’s Purse folks insist in delivering “Christmas” packages to children in countries and cultures where Christmas is not celebrated? “Oh, but they don’t do that!” said a local pastor friend of ours, a big fan of OCC. Oh, but they do. On their page they say, So… the reason is quite...
Nov
10

Ten Answers to Today Christian’s Questions to Atheists

Today Christian posted a list of questions: 10 Questions For Every Atheist without actually giving a chance for Atheists to reply. So here are my answers. 1. How Did You Become an Atheist? I read enough sacred texts of various religions to find that they contradict each other, and they all claim deities that cross out other deities. How did you pick your deity to believe in? 2. What happens when we die?...
Nov
7

7 Very random Quick Takes

— 1 — November is National Adoption Month in the US. A week into the month, my feeds are overtaken with posts like “10 Things Adoptees Want You To Know”, “5 Things Never To Say To an Adoptive Family” and “6 Things Adoptive Parents Want To Tell You”. These posts make me angry. They are based on the personal experiences and beliefs of the author, and they have...
Oct
25

Clocks. Adjust.

Post by Me to You Online. Related posts: No related...
Oct
16

7 Quick Takes About Why Not To Move To Israel Awaiting The Second Coming/End of the World/Rapture

Eschatology i/ˌɛskəˈtɒlədʒi/ is a part of theology concerned with what are believed to be the final events of history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity. This concept is commonly referred to as the “end of the world” or “end time”. Eschatology – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For the last couple of months many of my Christian friends have been preoccupied with the...
Oct
12

Happy Birthday to Vanessa Hidary

Happy Birthday to Vanessa Hidary Happy Birthday to the Hebrew Mamita! Today is the birthday of poet Vanessa Hidary, also known as the Hebrew Mamita. One of her most famous poems is the one below: I first saw this recording about four years ago, and it really spoke to me. The lines, “You don’t look Jewish. You don’t act Jewish.” have echoed throughout my life. So have “You don’t look gay. You...

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