Tuesday, September 11, 2007


OK - work with me here. How on earth could anyone come up with a plot which involves crashing airplanes into buildings? I mean, how does anyone even THINK of something like that? If you would take a poll among terrorists about what evil plot they are daydreaming about, those plots might involve hijacking planes and they might involve blowing up buildings, but I don't think the 2 for 1 combo was high on anyone's list before 9/11/01.

Is there a special set of dice that terrorists roll when thinking about the best ways to harm the innocent? This way they can try out different combinations of the multiple ways they know to hurt people.

America rolled a deadly combination of "plane hijacking" and "building collapse" on a sunny morning 6 years ago.

I pray that the sides of the dice are wiped clean this Rosh HaShannah and rewritten with a multitude of blessings. I'm open for ANY combinations of blessings that anyone wants to send my way :)

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A few of my favorite things

Inspired by this post by Shifra, I thought it would be interesting to come up with a list of my own, in no particular order. 100 was too many for me, so here are 50:

1. air conditioning
2. indoor pumbing
3. peanut butter
4. internet
5. feeling cozy under the covers
6. cheeeeeeese!
7. feeling loved
8. naps
9. being useful
10. reading
11. cleanliness
12. inspiration
13. being at home when it is raining
14. remembering to bring an umbrella when I'm not
15. doing an unexpected favor for a friend
16. spending time with someone I love
17. creativity
18. Israel
19. seeing projects to completion
20. having a good davening
21. good friends
22. new york city
23. my hometown
24. the color blue
25. pretty things
26. making jokes
27. painting
28. clarity
30. ice skating
31. freshly sharpened pencils
32. skirts with pockets (a rare find)
33. singing
34. knowledge
35. grass and trees
36. my family
37. security
38. laughing
39. sneakers
40. learning Torah
41. having fun
42. blog posts/articles that make me think
43. soap
44. potato chips
45. monkeys
46. convenience
47. art supply stores
48. hats
49. computers
50. my job

Friday, June 08, 2007


I took this personality test
following a link from Rabb Neil Fleischmann. My friends had been interested in this kind of test a few years ago, so I was wondering about it.

Here are my results:

You Are An ISFJ

The Nurturer

You have a strong need to belong, and you very loyal.
A good listener, you excel at helping others in practical ways.
In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music.
You find it easy to be devoted to one person, who you do special things for.

In love, you express your emotions through actions.
Taking care of someone is how you love them. And you do it well!

At work, you do well in a structured environment. You complete tasks well and on time.
You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

How you see yourself: Competent, dependable, and detail oriented

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, dominant, and stuck in a rut

So true!! What about you?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

We're back!

Hello world!

So it's been about...7 months or so since my last post...yeah...a very exciting 7 months, if I don't say so myself. But I find myself back at the blog, ready to put up a new post. Maybe this time, I will be better at posting more frequently.

Welcome back!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Early Bird

I was asked to be sure to be at work on time this morning, as we have a big job coming in. I roll in 10 minutes early (I'll admit I was tempted to take a short walk and come in at exactly 9 on the dot, but thought the better of it. Might as well get in and get the work done so I can leave on time). Of course, the job hasn't arrived yet. Classic. So I am allowng myself the luxury of blogging in the few minutes before work actually gets here.

I have been reading a lot of new blogs lately (new = I never read them before, not that they are actually new). There are all kinds of interesting people out there with interesting blogs. Most are thoughtful and well written. Many address issues I think about myself. What I think is especially intersting are all of the friendships between bloggers that would never have developed in "real life." Religious differences, gender differences and age differences are not a barrier on a blog. A 17 year old Orthodox girl in Brooklyn can comment on the blog of a 50 year old Conservative man in Chicago. Astounding!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Yay Simchat Torah!

I love Simchat Torah. It is perhaps my favorite holiday of the whole year. When they start reciting "Atah hareitah la-daat..." in the familiar tune, I get a chill down my back. Ve-zot ha-Berachah is my favorite parsha. I have it memorized! The excitment of completeing the learning of the Torah once again fills with with wonder, joy, contentment and hope. The Jewish people have triumphed for yet another year - we are still here and we are still fiercely loyal to the Torah. We celebrate our accomplishment and look eagerly to the future, of begining the Torah again.

Every year, I look for a new commentary to learn on the parsha (in addition to Rashi of course) for the year. I have done all of the standard commentaries - Ramban, Ibn Ezra, Rashbam. This past year, i learned the Chizkuni, Rabbi Chizkiya ben Manoach, who lived Provence around the year 1250. His commentary is printed in the Torat Chayyim edition of the chumash, put out by Mosad haRav Kook. Torat Chayyim is my chumash of choice, because of the accuracy of the text of the commentators. This year basically completed the commentaries found in the Torat Chayyim. So this year, I am going to learn the Gur Aryeh, a super commentary on Rashi. I am excited at the prospect of learning Rashi more in depth. I feel like I often rushed through his comments on my way to a more exciting Ramban. Gur Areyh was written by the
Maharal of Prague in the 1600's.

It always surprises people when they hear that Simchat Torah is my favorite holiday, espcially as Simchat Torah isn't known for being a particularly woman friendly holiday.

To that, I say that I have actaully had wonderful experiences as a woman on Simchat Torah. During my high school years, I went to NCSY's Simchaton, where the dancing for the women was just as available and spirited as the mens. As we watched the men dance the Torah back to the ark at the completion of hakafot, I couldn't help but admire the intense devotion and joy that I saw, of rejoicing with the Torah.
As a side note, NCSY had a beautiful compromise on woman dancing with the Torah. Several sifrei Torahs were placed on a tallis-covered table in the center of the woman's circle. Between hakafot, the Torahs were rotated (ie new ones placed on the table and the old ones brought back to the men's side) and we had a chance to dance with all of the Torahs. I have no desire to dance holding the Torah. Not only because they are really heavy and I would imagine hard to dance with, but as a matter of tradition, it's not something that I feel comfortable with. I found NCSY's approach to this to be balanced and respectful.

In college, I was a "Torah Tourist," meaning I traveled to different communities on the Torah Tours program with YU. In these cases, our job was to liven up the dancing and run educational programs and other such things. Usually, the dancing on the women's side was small, but we always had fun and I think the women and children of the communities did as well.

I will be spending yom tov this year in my apartment, with friends. Where you will be, I hope you will share my joy and excitment as the Jewish people says "chazak chazak v'nitchazek."

Friday, September 22, 2006

The Erev Rosh HaShannah Edition

It seems like I only post on Fridays. It's not that Fridays are slower than any other day, but the end of the week brings more gathered thoughts, and recently, a wistful feeling and a desire to be wise.

This Friday is no exception. Especially because tonight is Rosh HaShannah.

What am I davening for this year? It seems to be that each year, I end up focusing on one thing, only to realize somewher towards the end of davening about everything else I meant to daven for. So I thought if I planned better in advance this year, I could get in everything I meant to.

Here we go:

World-related things:
1. General peace in the world, including:
Natural disasters
Nuclear threats
All that good stuff...

Jewish People related things:
1. Extra prayer for peace in Israel
2. The state of the Jewish community as a whole, religiously and economically.

Personal related things:
1. My relationships with my God, my friends and family should be strong and grow.
2. I should be able to have the clarity to understand what I really need to be doing with myself, both in terms of my job and my religious and personal life.
3. I should have the strength to be able to fulfill all of the goals that I have set for this year.

I don't feel comfortable posting everything here, but I hope this will help me focus better. Maybe it will help you focus as well.

Shannah Tovah!