Shabbat Candle Holders with Gorgeous Flowers

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These are our new Shabbat candlestick holders. 


So colorful, and full of nature and life, and it makes me happy. 


I just wanted to give a callout to Mira (Pinki) Krispil from Ashdod, Israel who makes this beautiful artwork. 


Her expertise is in using polymer clay and glass and making it very special. 


You can find her Mira’s wonderful work on Etsy.


Enjoy and Shabbat Shalom!

Now You See It and Now You Don’t

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Took a little hike on Sunday through Sligo Creek. 

It was an absolutely gorgeous day. 

Walking along the creek, we saw a mother and child wading in the water. 

(Not sure that I would do that based on how clean or not it is, but they seemed to be cooling off and having fun). 

Then crossing a little footbridge, we came across someone tossing this pretty big bolder over the side and into the same creek. 

There was another guy at the bottom who seemed to be looking out for the big splash (or perhaps anyone happening by who would get clobbered by this thing). 

Anyway, this was just a stark juxtaposition of people (including children) having fun in the water and the potential hazards from above.

This is life, one minute everything can be sunshine and roses, and the next bing bong!

Got to be grateful for every minute of peace, health, and prosperity-they are truly gifts and nothing is owed to anyone from the Almighty. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Hottest New Jewish Site

Hot Chani

Just in time for the New Year you can shop at Jewish fashion site Hot Chani


“Sexy things for heimish girls.”


Hot Chanis are modest and proper Jewish women who are still unbelievably sexy. 


You can truly be a “good Jewish girl” and feel and be gorgeous inside and out. 


Find your confidence, feel sexy, be beautiful, find love and romance…shop at Hot Chani.


Spice up your New Year and your life.


Be a Hot Chani! 😉


(Source Photo: HotChani.com)

Appreciating G-d’s Gifts

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Today, I heard a fascinating speech from Rabbi Haim Ovadia of Magen David Synagogue that put a beautiful new perspective on the Ten Commandments.



He explained how the commandments are not just commandments, but actually a covenant between G-d and mankind.  



G-d gave man gifts of:



1) FREEDOM and choice (He is the L-rd who brought you out of bondage)

2) DIVINITY, a direct spiritual connection (Thou shalt have no idols)

3) PRAYER, heartfelt (Thou shalt not take G-d’s name in vain)

4) SABBATH (On the seventh day thou shalt do no work)

5) FAMILY (Honor thy father and mother).



In turn, G-d asks that we appreciate His gifts to us, and not take from others what isn’t ours:



1) LIFE (Don’t murder)

2) Another Man’s WIFE (Don’t commit adultery)

3) THINGS (Don’t steal)

4) DUE PROCESS/JUSTICE (Don’t bear false witness)

5) Someone else’s BLESSINGS (Don’t covet, and essentially bring an “evil eye” on them)



This interpretation is sort of the ah-ha in the Ten Commandments, which otherwise some would say, “what’s so novel or special about G-d telling us not to do these bad things–wouldn’t we already know (many of) these ourselves?”



But what is novel here is that the Ten Commandments is a whole philosophy of thinking about life, one where we appreciate G-d’s many gifts to us, but where we control our animal instincts and in turn act spiritually.



Thank you G-d for the many wonderful gifts, and for giving us the opportunity to elevate ourselves and be satisfied with our lot in life. 



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Extra Special Delivery

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I took this photo in Washington D.C. of a bicycle messenger delivery with Valentines Day treats.



He was carrying an assortment of balloons and gifts (those are hiding in the basket under the balloons)!



What do you think chocolate, flowers, or something even more romantic?



There is enough hate and hostility in the world. 



It’s wonderful when love is in the air and people show each other that they really care. 



Going home from a day at work, and what can be nicer than someone waiting for you when you get there. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Anime Kicks Butt

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Japanese Anime is so cool.


They have these amazing characters that any kid would like to have. 



With swords, shields, guns and well-honed fighting powers, these champions are ready for battle. 



This one was at Barnes and Nobles for $34.95 this holiday session. 



If I was still a kid, I could wrap my imagination around this, and help save the world from all the evil and stupid characters out there–unfortunately, both fictional and too often real.   😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Stupidest Holiday Gifts

Stupidest Holiday Gifts

Ok, this wins the prize for the stupidest holiday gift.

It comes from Brookstone, and it’s sand.

Yes, really–98% sand and 2% polymer to make it “soft and stretchy.”

You can get one jar of sand (12 ounces) for $14.99 or be even more stupid and buy 2 jars for $25.

Just imagine all the fun you can have playing with the sand, and you don’t even have to go to the beach or the dessert.

The bus fare or gasoline you save on the trip pays for this glorious sand in probably just one or two visits.

This is truly Pet Rock redux, where this guy sold 1.5 million rocks at the holiday time in the 1970’s and became a millionaire.

It’s amazing the marketing and branding brilliance behind this.

Imagine, you can sell rocks and sand and there are millions of people that actually take this seriously and buy it.

Next up, bottled flatulence (ok, I’ll just say it…farts!) 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)