Novel Passover Haggadah

Thought this was a pretty cool Passover Haggadah. 


Shaped like a wine bottle!


Sort of sets the stage for the four cups of wine at the Seder. 


I found this Haggadah in Israel, and I’m glad I got a few of them.  


Wishing everyone a joyous Passover and Easter holiday! 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Israel and The Golan Heights

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “A Great Day On The Golan Heights.”

Between 1948 and 1967, the Golan was used by Syria to indiscriminately shell and harass Israeli villages in the Galilee, including in April 1967 at which time Israel shot down six Syrian MIG fighter planes as a warning to Syria. Finally, after twenty years of these continuing attacks by Syria on Israel from the Golan, did Syria finally lose the Golan to Israel in the ensuing 1967 War. Contrary to those who say that recognizing Israel’s control of the Golan endorses the forceful taking of land from other countries, the monumental shift in American policy on Purim this week actually provides critical deterrence against war by recognizing the potential consequences to those like Syria that unjustly wage war and lose.


Thank you to President Trump for setting the record straight with respect to Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights and for supporting Israel’s right to peace and security.  


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Sushi Night In

My son-in-law did such an awesome job making Sushi from scratch.


He took such painstaking care on the rice, the fillings, and rolling and serving them. 


Even the multitude of dips to choose from. 


It was an awesome treat. 


Worth the wait after Shabbat and then some.  


Thank you so much for inviting us.  😉


(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)

An Alarm Clock – My Gag Gift

So we had our holiday party today, and guess what I got?


Yes, a Sharp Twin Bell Alarm Clock!


Of course, with each gag gift came a mini-speech by some of the managers as why they choose this gift for you.


So of course, I am consistently the first one in every morning and the person who opens up for everyone else–reliable, dependable, and hard-working Andy! 🙂


Some of my other colleagues got a hula hoop, a toy toolkit, a mini teapot, a little school bus, coffee mugs with funny sayings, a rock and roll trophy, mini boxing gloves, stuffed pillows with smileys, and more. 


Each came with its own unique story.


Pizza, beer, and bowling were part of the festivities. 


It’s nice when people appreciate each other and can have some fun. 


Thanks for the holiday party and the alarm clock.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Celebrating Chanukah At Ulpan

It was so nice tonight at Ulpan. 


Morah Degani had a special night planned for us tonight to celebrate Chanukah. 


She called me up to light the candles for the 3rd night and recite the blessing. 


Then she played Chanukah songs and we sang along to the Hebrew words on the screen. 


We later read and talked about the story of Chanukah and all the meaning and significance of it for having freedom of religion/worship and to maintain our religion and not assimilate. 


It was a beautiful way to learn and practice our Hebrew. 


Happy 3rd night of Chanukah! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)