Happy Father’s Day

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So it’s Shabbat and that’s one of the wonderful times to look at old photos in the albums and boxes. 


Yes, this was before digital photography!


I came across this art that my daughters had given to my father and mother when they were still alive–I think it was plastered on their refrigerator for a while. 


This photo seemed to bridge the past, present, and future for me. 


My parents are gone now to Hashem–already 2 and 3 years–and I still can’t believe it. 


At the annual Mother’s Day and Father’s Day–it’s just another time of year to remember how much I miss them all year long. 


For me now, it is also a chance to be grateful for my lovely children that G-d has so gracefully blessed me and Dossy with. 


Smiles, hugs and kisses, love and caring for one another–this is what life is all about.


Father’s Day to me is not about the gratefulness of my children to me, but rather of me to Hashem and them to be blessed to be a dad and have the chance to give back to such lovely children–to the next generation that greatly supersedes me and mine!


So I’m crunched in the middle in time between wonderful parents and beautiful children and as my dad would joke, it skipped a generation (hopefully, not really). 😉 


(Source Photo: My Girls)

Jewish In Florida

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These were three beautiful Jewish things that I saw in Florida in 24 hours.

The first was a billboard touting the wonderful America-Israel friendship and partnership.

“Frontline in the global war on terror.
Best friend and ally of the US.
Providing religious freedom and liberty.
Thank you Israel for sharing American values.”

The second were about 20 cans (“pushkas”) for collecting charity for the poor in a local kosher Pita Plus restaurant.  


Have a great shawarma plater (with mounds of meat) and give back to others in need and hungry. 


The third was a sign in a discount beachy clothing store with the holy Jewish blessing of Shema Israel.

“Hear O Israel:
The L-rd is our G-d.
The L-rd is One.”

There is definitely more than sun and surf and vacation here…


There is a feeling of G-d and faith, of charity and giving, and of special partnership between friends and allies, USA-Israel. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Water Cross

This was so fun in the pool.


The water was on and it was almost like a really high-speed jet jacuzzi. 


The cool water was rushing at me and splashing in my face and it was a nice moment of relaxation and feeling of life. 


For those who have been to the mikvah, it felt refreshing and like a renewal of spirit. 


Just in jest…when I look at this, I can’t help noticing that it almost looks like Jesus on the cross. 


Except, thank G-d no nails, torture, or Roman Legion involved in this. 😉


(Source Video: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Lying Down and Looking Up

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So yesterday, we did something that is really fun for me…

It was such a magnificent sunny day out. 


The air was slightly warm, but at the same time there was a refreshing cool breeze.


We went outside, and just laid down in the wide open grass and looked up into the sky. 


I put some music on for us from the iPhone and just let it all sort of be.


There was a father and son flying this beautiful kite that looked like a huge butterfly. 


There was other people riding bicycles and running.


It seemed so freeing to be in the open space under the big blue sky. 


And to have the blessing of time and the luxury to relax a little and enjoy it. 


Thank you G-d for your mercy and wonderful gifts that you bestow on your people. 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Indian Wedding Rocks

Loved seeing this amazing Indian wedding.


The rocking music, the beautiful colorful outfits, the pageantry, and the adorned white horse.


While this looked like a relatively small and intimate wedding–perhaps quality balances out quantity. 


Although one of my good friends from India told me that he had 4,000!!! people at his wedding that was held in a stadium–I can barely even imagine how awesome that was. 


So happy…all life should be great times like this. 😉


(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)