How Great Are You?

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INDISPENSABLE?

      Sometime, when you’re feeling important,

      

      Sometime, when your ego’s in bloom,

      

      Sometime, when you take it for granted,

      

      You’re the best qualified in the room.

      

      Sometime when you feel that your going,

      

      Would leave an unfillable hole,

      

      Just follow these simple instructions,

      

      And see how it humbles your soul.

      

      Take a bucket and fill it with water.

      

      Put your hand in it, up to the wrist;

      

      Pull it out; and the hole that’s remaining, 

      

      Is a measure of how you’ll be missed.

      

      You may splash all you please when you enter,

      

      You can stir up the water galore,

      

      But stop, and you’ll find in a minute,

      

      That it looks quite the same as before.

      

      The moral in this quaint example,

      

      Is just do the best that you can,

      

      Be proud of yourself, but remember,

      

      There’s no indispensable man.

            

      – Saxon White Kessinger

(Thank you to my daughter, Minna Blumenthal, for sharing this)

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Dreams Can All Be Good

DreamSo the Rabbi’s wife told us a neat idea about dreams (which was very poetic in Hebrew). 


Basically it goes like this:


“If you have a good dream then your day is good, because you remember that good dream 


And even if you have a bad dream then your day is still good, because you are no longer dreaming.” 


It’s nice when you can come out a winner and have a good day no matter what happens in your dreams at night. 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Nesster)

Lighting The Shabbat Candles

Shabbat Candles
Wanted to share this beautiful picture



The mother is ushering in Shabbat.



The children are gathered around.



The father is in synagogue.



The mother lights the holy candles.



She covers her eyes, and makes the blessing.



“Blessed are you, G-d, King of the Universe, who made us holy with his commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Shabbat light.”



She then blesses her loved ones. 



Shabbat is here, and it is time to stop all the routine, mundane things from the regular weekdays. 



There is no work on the 7th day–it is the day for Hashem!



Rest, peace, and spirituality are upon us. 



Let us celebrate together and rejoice. 



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Time Marches On

Clock

I took this picture of a tall clock on a pedestal.

There is a man in a dark suit walking in the background.

He represents us all, walking on through time and spending his allotment.

All around the square, everything else is quiet.

I can feel the gravity of time as it ticks on by.

We rush moment by moment, one activity to another–we are all very busy.

Do we ask ourselves:

– What are we accomplishing?

– Are these things really important?

– And when we look back one day, will we be proud or ashamed?

Time marches on, and it is good to look at the clock.

To ask ourselves what are we doing to deserve the time we have been blessed with.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

G-d Doesn’t Have a Blackberry

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I saw this lovely and clever poem on Facebook posted by Yona Lunger, I assume a relative of the 11 year old girl who wrote this.

“Hashem” is the Jewish name for G-d.

And he is truly the center of our real and virtual worlds.

None of it would exist without him.

G-d keeps us all moving forward technologically–he is the greatest innovator of them all.

Thank you G-d!

(Source Poem–Chana Pessy Lunger)

“G-d Said No”

A friend sent this to me and I wanted to share it with others who can benefit.

Hope you enjoy!

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I asked G-d to make my handicapped child whole.

G-d said, No.

His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

 

I asked G-d to grant me patience.

G-d said, No.

Patience is a byproduct of tribulations;

it isn’t granted, it is learned.

 

I asked G-d to give me happiness.

G-d said, No.

I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

 

I asked G-d to spare me pain.

G-d said, No.

Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares

and brings you closer to me.

 

I asked G-d to make my spirit grow.

G-d said, No.

You must grow on your own! ,

but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

 

I asked G-d for all things that I might enjoy life.

G-d said, No.

I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

 

I asked G-d to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.

G-d said…Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.