Nourishment For The Soul

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So the Rabbi , a Kabbalist of mystical Torah interpretation, told my wife to concentrate on 3 commandments.

1) Shabbat

2) Kosher

3) Going to Synagogue

Today, we had a little delay and almost didn’t make it to synagogue, but my wife said, “Remember what the Kabbalist said about going every week,” so we went even though we were a little late. 

We went to a conservative synagogue today called, B’nai Israel, in Rockville – it was our second time there. 

The services there are so orchestrated down to the tiniest of details…you could tell that a lot of thought, planning, and effort goes into every service. 

I was really impressed at how meticulous they were for example: 

– Explaining everything and even handing out the sources to their Shabbat speech

– Having everyone ready for their part of the service whether leading the prayers, reading the Torah, or making the blessings over the wine and bread (which was already on a cart on the bimah–alter)

– Including a women who read the weekly Torah portion, children who led some of the prayers, an elderly lady who spoke about upcoming events for the Seniors group, and they even sang Hanukah songs in everything from Ladino to Yiddish.  

At the end of the service, we spoke briefly to the Rabbi and thanked him for such a “perfect service,” and my wife commented how he had such a cool radio voice when he leads the congregation (and he really does..like JM (jewish music) in the AM).

After service, I told my wife how happy I was that we made it to synagogue, that is was like nourishment to my spirit and soul for the week.

We have to feed ourselves physically as well as intellectually, emotionally, socially, and of course spiritually.  

Like the fingers on our hand…we need them all to hold unto life itself. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Getting Organized

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So I’m in this clothing store…


And behind the cash register is this closet. 


The cashier goes to the closet to get something and leaves the door open. 


The closet, especially compared with the rest of the upscale clothing store, is really a mess. 


But at the top, hanging is a yellow sticky note.


And the note says, “Keep Organized“.


The first shelf with some binders isn’t too bad.


But then as you get further away form the reminder to keep organized, it gets worse and worse. 


Office supplies, hand creams, napkins, sprayers, and more, all sort of thrown in there. 


I was surprised not to see someone’s leftovers from lunch. (lol)


And then on the door itself are all these taped up reminder papers and old used tape with papers long torn off still hanging there.


I don’t think this is the image or brand this store wants to convey. 


The funny thing is that out on the floor, the salespeople were working on all the fancy displays and using these corporate design books that show them exactly what to lay out, where, and how. 


Then again, what’s visible and skin deep doesn’t always represent what’s beneath the surface. 


Like politics, if you knew how the sausage was made, you’d probably never eat it. 


Maybe some things are better left behind closed doors. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Trader Joe’s Is Growing On Me

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I took this photo in Trader Joe’s.

I like how organized (and colorful) they are.

A binder for everything…dairy, produce, bread, cereal, meat, cheese, snacks, cookies and candy, frozen goods, beverages, and flowers, , 

Another binder for training…nice, they care about their employees.

And even for donations–another sign proudly stated that the store had donated $925,000 of goods so far this year…that’s pretty amazing!

I previously wrote about 10 Reasons To Love Trader Joe’s (and 2 to not), but this store is continuing to grow on me. 

Especially with all the healthy eating you can do from there–that’s probably the most important reason of all to shop there. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)