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Today is my birthday. Three days ago I celebrated the first anniversary of the transplant that saved my life. Today I got a tattoo.

As I type this, I can hear my more observant friends' exclaim in my head, “But Leviticus!” No, not 18:22 or 20:13. There are other verses in Leviticus, too. They are thinking of 19:28, the verse forbidding marking one's body. (Which, by the way, would be just as binding for Christians as 20:13, if either of those would have ever been intended for anyone outside the House of Israel. Luckily, neither were.)

So, now that we established that tattoos are forbidden, let me tell you what I had tattooed on me.

The above word reads as “chai”, with a hard “h” sound, not like the tea Starbucks sells for like five bucks.

“חי” in Hebrew means alive or living. These few days I'm celebrating the fact that I'm alive. And in a few weeks we will celebrate that the children of Israel, against all odds, are alive.

This is one of those songs that literally everyone in Israel knows. I think even Rose, the winner of the X Factor knows this song. I definitely do. And it was certainly funny that during those four minutes (or less) that it took to get the letters on my hip, this song was playing.

Of course, being a chicken, I took the Bar Refaeli route, and I got a white tattoo that doesn'tbshow that much now, and will fade with time. Adding the fact that it's not on the side of my hip, few people other than Kevin will ever see it. The choice of location is not random, though: I had three radiation tattoo marks that served as some of the starting points, and a white radiation scar is incorporated. So yes. I'm alive.

ETA: I just saw that Harel Skaat chose to commemorate my 32nd birthday with getting a tattoo of his own.


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Day 0


0Since I was outed by [SNORT] (the person, not the sound) to MWOP, I might as well say, today is Day 0.


Monday Madness

  • Kids were rather grumpy about having to go to school today when they have a baby sister they could have played with. I can totally understand that. 
  • Paperwork for said baby sister is overwhelming. It would be so much easier if we had decided to make her Irish rather than American.
  • In between taking muffins and juice to said baby sister’s mother for breakfast and taking her some home made soup for lunch today, I had several lab and imaging appointments, with a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon, and two more tomorrow, as I’m preparing for yet another procedure requiring an extended hospital stay.
  • That extended hospital stay means that I am doing laundry a lot more now: for  myself, and because of the season changes I am washing the summer clothes for the kids, and slowly switching out their wardrobes.
  • I often get amazed by what events get their own promos on Amazon. There are several for Easter, of course. There is one for April Fool’s. None for Passover. Actually, the closest I found to Passover is this one:

    And then I had to make an effort to make the connection withcleaning the chametz (levened foods) out of the house before the holiday. Amazon, you really could have put a little more effort in pleasing your Jewish buyers. Anyway, the chametz is mostly gone from my home, the matzah is purchased, and several bottles of wine for Seder are neatly hidden in the cupboard.

  • And now mentioning Amazon, I have two new books: a cookbook for kosher slowcooker recipes and Passover Made Easy. My only problem is the American measurements, but I’ll make it work.
  • The official video for ByeAlex’s song “Kedvesem” (the Zoohacker remix) debuted yesterday. It gave me a headache and a slight nausea with the text moving on the screen. 🙁 I still love the song, but won’t watch that video again. Maybe it’s better on TV, it made me disoriented watching it on YouTube. So I’m not linking it.
  • 1 Samuel 18:1And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 18:2And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. 18:3Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.
  • Why isn’t it this easy to come up with 7 Quick Takes on Fridays?

Today is World Cancer Day


Let’s pause for a moment and remember those who have passed on, who still fight and those, who survived.

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