Have You Been?

Why is Hawaii one of those places where people always go:

Have you been?

They don’t even say the words “to Hawaii”.

Like Hawaii is just one of those places where you’re supposed to read people’s minds. 

Have you been?

Umm, let me think a moment. 

And before you even get a chance to respond further, the other person goes:

Oh, well let me tell you about the time we were in Hawaii and…

Of course, nothing much ever really seems to come after that except something about the wonderful beaches!

Like there aren’t nice, exotic beaches anywhere else.

Frankly, it’s a little remote anyway, no?

The other thing about Hawaii, of course, is if one of the volcanos starts smoking its angry stack! 

Better start playing that little guitar Hula dancer! 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Shabbat Shalom Cute People!

I’m a precious gemstone slab.

And I got two BIG eyes!

I see you and you’re all very cute people. 

It’s Friday, and I want to wish you all a Shabbat Shalom!

May you have a restful and peaceful Shabbat. 

And as we head into Yom Kippur on Monday, may we all be sealed in the Book of Life for a great year ahead for 5781!

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Nice Country Hats

Men and women of many religions cover their hair for modesty.


On display were some nice, colorful, country-style hats for women.   


Head coverings in church, mosque or synagogue, are a way to express modesty and humbleness before G-d. 


Also, we cover our hair/head, more generally, to remember that G-d is above us, watching and guiding us always. 


Modest, humble, and G-d fearing–a hat is a potent symbol of faith.  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Much To Be Afraid Of

Life size scary-looking Jack In The Box at Home Depot. 


When this clown dude pops out, you’ll sh*t your pants. 


And who really wants to be more scared in this world anyway?


With Covid, Cancer, Corruption, Cyber Attacks, Identity Theft, Radicalism, Terrorism, War, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Loss and Death, Environmental issues, and the Economy don’t we have enough to be afraid of already?  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Shoes That Go With Everything

Ok, so these are shoes that go with everything


They got color, the got height, and they got pizazz! 


But can you walk in them and not fall on your face?


Only the graceful survive!  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

There Is No Zionism Without G-d

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “There Is No Zionism Without G-d.”

For two thousand years, the Jewish people exiled from their land, widely dispersed, and inhumanly persecuted among the nations developed passivity and learned helplessness. They eagerly awaited, year after year, G-d’s salvation and redemption. As a tiny minority attempting to hold firm to their religious beliefs amongst the world’s powerful majorities, the Jews found themselves a convenient scapegoat, suffering landlessness and joblessness, taxation to the point of near-starvation, conscription of their Jewish children for military service of 25-years, forced conversion on pain of torture and death, horrible violent pogroms that sparred no one, and expulsions from country after country.  During these times, the Jewish people learned passivity in the hope of not inflaming the hate and anger of the goyim that would make things “even worse!”


Certainly, there is no mitzvah to being passive and helpless, and this was undoubtedly in large measure a result of being homeless and suffering under the weight of relentless and brutal anti-Semitism for 2,000 years. Yet, as we each roll up our sleeves to actively work and fight for the modern State of Israel, our independence, and our right to practice our religion freely, we must do so with full knowledge and thanksgiving to G-d, our creator and sustainer! Whether King David against the giant Goliath, Samson against the mighty Philistines, or our modern-day strong and brave soldiers in the IDF defending the borders of Israel from historical enemies’ roundabout, they stand strong against all the natural odds, because G-d stands right there with them and us.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

That’s Severe

I know in the olden days they would chop off people’s hands for stealing. 


But this sign in a modern day store in America seemed just a little severe:

Shoplifters will be amputated


The worst part of it maybe is that they don’t say what part of the shoplifter will be amputated. 


So much for compassion and helping the needy. 

L-rd have mercy! 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Automation By Gloves

Everything is so automated these days.

Here’s a hydraulic oil machine.

And you see no people.

Just some blue gloves.

If you look long enough, perhaps you’ll see the gloves move and work the machine all by themselves. 

That’s the magic of automation and computerization. 

Say hi gloves!  😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumnethal)

Take Me To Your Leader

Is there a leader in the house?


Anyone, anyone a leader here…


I need to find a leader.


Someone who I can look up to.


Who feels deeply, compassionately, and honestly cares about others. 


With faith and integrity, and who does the right thing, regardless. 


They inspire, rarely tire, and seek to make us all more than we otherwise are. 


Imbued with discerning insight and an ageless wisdom. 


Carrying forth a great vision, and a path and passion to get us there. 


They bring unity, and stand alongside each and every one of us. 


Never an autocrat, a bureaucrat, or a stinkin’ rat. 


Just someone who is a genuine leader.  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)