The Power of Knowing Your Why

The book of Numbers has another name in the Talmud…the book of complainers.  It’s a pretty apt description since it isn’t long into this book before the Jewish people begin complaining.  They’ve been in the desert a long time, wandering.  The exciting miracles and sparks of inspiration have dimmed and are more in the past.  They begin to think of Egypt and their memories aren’t … Continue reading The Power of Knowing Your Why

The Ten Unfaithful Spies and an Eye Infection

Somewhere in the past blur of weeks, I contracted an eye infection.  The cure for this infection is, ironically, stinging, burning drops I must put in every two hours.  That’s not fun.  Even worse, during this time, I have to wear my glasses, which give me headaches and make me feel dizzy and sick to my stomach. In this case, the cure is almost worse … Continue reading The Ten Unfaithful Spies and an Eye Infection

A Shabbos Wedding Anniversary…and Sad Memories

This past Shabbos was our 5th wedding anniversary.  I made my husband his favorite pie and, before Shabbos, his mother and stepfather called and sang us a “happy anniversary” song.  Beyond that, that was all that marked the occasion.  I found myself sadly transported back to 5 years ago in my heart and mind, again reliving the circumstances under which our marriage began. We’d already … Continue reading A Shabbos Wedding Anniversary…and Sad Memories

Lessons Learned from Rhubarb and Bleeding Hearts for Shabbos

We’re full into summer here in the subarctic and nearing the summer solstice.  In other places, that’s not really a big deal, but here each solstice is an event because it means either the sun is coming back or it is finally going to wane.  This far north, the sun behaves so much more like the moon, varying widely.  The cycles are just longer and … Continue reading Lessons Learned from Rhubarb and Bleeding Hearts for Shabbos

Healing My Relationship With Wigs

Two weeks ago, I got a package in the mail that I had been anxiously awaiting.  I took a deep breath before unwrapping it, nervous, hopeful.  It was like I was carefully measuring hope, not wanting to get TOO hopeful and be disappointed, but still really hoping. That package was a wig and I have had a complicated relationship with wigs. When I first took … Continue reading Healing My Relationship With Wigs