So…the new Shabbat RV, version 2.0 is…BIG. We’re talking, airhorns and air brakes big. The thing is probably larger than many Israeli apartments. Mr. Safek hunted down our new Shabbos abode in between the Pesach Yom Tovim and then purchased it the day after Passover, just in time for Shabbos. In retrospect, this may not have been the best timing, not due to weather or … Continue reading Further Adventures In the Shabbat RV 2.0
“G-d is in the rain.” It’s a line from one of my favorite movies, which came out several years ago, but I found it poignant for reasons that had little to do with its use in the film. Rain has always been a comfort to me, the child of a farmer who would worry over his crops if it didn’t rain regularly. The sound of … Continue reading Yom HaShoah
A non-Jewish coworker once asked me why Shabbat and our holidays all begin at sundown. My first response was that in the Jewish calendar, days begin at sundown, but after he happily accepted that easy answer, I thought about it a bit and realized his question was actually a pretty profound one. In the Western calendar and world, days begin with sunrise and end at … Continue reading It All Begins In Darkness
It’s so still outside that it’s worth the insomnia that kept me up to see it and, more importantly hear it. Underneath the stillness, there are birds calling to each other, first just the dark blue jays, so much bigger than the jays I grew up with and missing the white. They’re as large as crows were growing up with black heads and deep blue … Continue reading Eruv Shabbos, the World Inhales
Things are going VERY well. We have secured the Shabbat RV 2.0. We survived Passover and even enjoyed it. I’m still sick with some kind of cold/flu, but I’m on the mend. We’re even preparing for a weekend trip down to sunny WARM Florida to visit family. I have no reason to feel the way I’m feeling. And yet, that’s kind of how it works. … Continue reading When a Doubt Sneaks In…
In the brief break between the Shabbos and last two Yom Tovs of Pesach…I was cooking up a storm. My husband’s mind, however, was elsewhere. He’d found IT. The Shabbat RV 2.0 that he’d been looking for. And, he needed to wrap things up as much as possible before the Yom Tov began…on what was a major holiday for everyone else around us, Easter Sunday. … Continue reading Why Begin Again…Up Here?
It’s sunny and warming up here in the frozen north. Everywhere I look, the snow is melting and we’re seeing patches of green grass underneath, a glimpse of the world that will be ours in just a week or two if things continue. The world is waking up here after the long winter and birds like the Siberian Swans are returning from their warmer winter … Continue reading Spring and the Sabbath Always Come