Freedom!?!

Freedom! I don’t really want you I don’t really need you Yet, I’ve chosen you. Freedom from the pain Freedom from the sadness Freedom from the doubt Freedom from illusion Freedom from the mockery of LOVE. Free to make decisions Free to go or stay Free to cry whenever Free to die or not. I…

Stasio

Originally posted on Nedida:
Sanatorium Dzwonkówka Połoniny St. Szczawnica Pieniny Date: 21st of May 1946 PATIENT HISTORY On 17th of May 1946, Stanisław Rożek was admitted to our sanatorium at the request of his mother, Eva Weiss. The patient presented with a classic case of post-traumatic stress disorder combined with psychotic episodes and a suspicion…

Leftover Pesach Quick Shabbat Salmon

I do not usually use mayonnaise, but for Pesach I buy a small jar that hangs around my fridge for a while. Neither do I buy chraine, but naturally, I had some leftovers after the Sedorim. So for this Shabbat, I’ve decided to put these two to a good use marinating salmon in it. So I mixed…

Another Quick One Pan Lunch for the Work-at-Home Day

A friend of mine, who recently made Aliyah shared an interesting recipe that I would never have thought of myself – fried bananas. I decided to try it today as I needed a quick lunch from the things that were in my Pesach pantry. So, here we go: 2 bananas 2 onions (I used red and…

A Few Verses Before Passover

Just a few verses combining the events of the day. The life of this world never seizes to amaze, both in good and bad ways.   Oh Egypt, “how the mighty has fallen”! Egypt, the giant of old With your gold and your gems, with you valley of kings Where does your golden queen cry…

The End of Kaddish Era

Today, 11th of Nissan marks the end of an era for me. Today is the last day of the kaddish for my father, Shimon ben Nachum z’l. Had it been just yesterday when I started? Or ages ago? Today I am looking back to my short runs to the huge historical shul near my work with a minyan (or…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Tzav – צַו

This an extremely hard to comment on parshah. צַו Means “command” ו  אֵשׁ, תָּמִיד תּוּקַד עַל-הַמִּזְבֵּחַ–לֹא תִכְבֶּה. 6 Fire shall be kept burning upon the altar continually; it shall not go out. Listen to the Voice of your Lord! Don’t stroll to the right or to the left! This is not a game, your life is…

Just Two Verses

Yesterday, taking a break from pre-Pesach cleaning, I decided to go to a class for some real preparation. The Community Beit Midrash project is a cooperation of several learning institutions we are lucky to have here, in New York City. This one was held at Drisha, located just a block from the Central Park. It was…

Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Vayikra

Having missed two full weeks due to an enormous amount of new work that poured on me because some people cannot resist trying to do anything they can to disrupt the life of the Jews, I am back discussing the holy texts. This book, Leviticus –  וַיִּקְרָא is, possibly, the one that serves as the reason…

Back to the Darkness … Again?!!

These days are not like one another. G-d! I try! I try hard. I succeed … sometimes. I wake up. I smile. I even sing. And then I dance – the dance of a shot-down swan… Music is supposed to lift a person up. Not me. For me, it brings back tears. My love, my…

Another Easy Vegetarian Dish for Shabbat

It’s Friday again, and spring is trying hard to push its way through the winter that is not ready to step back. Yet, I think, we have seen just a little more vegetables that actually have taste in the stores. Here, in New York, it’s not a given. When I was in school, living in…

What Are We Really Cleaning for Pesach?

Below, I am posting some inspiring words of my friend, ILana TzipOra, who is too shy to post herself. I am hoping to encourage her to write more and share her words with the world. We never know how our words that seem mundane to us, can inspire other people. The more words of Torah we…