G-d Hears Your Prayers

My son-in-law reminded me of a beautiful Jewish saying about prayer:

Even if a sharp sword rests upon a person’s neck, he should not refrain from praying for mercy.ย 


One can still hope for mercy from the Almighty even at death’s door.ย 


This is truly beautiful and uplifting–we can approach G-d anytime, and as long as we are alive, there is always hope.


The saving from G-d is like “the blink of an eye.” ๐Ÿ˜‰


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Beauty of Tefillin

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “The Beauty of Tefillin.”

Like the colorful coat that Jacob gave Joseph to wear, the mitzvah of tefillin that G-d gave us to wear is also filled with spiritual color and the love of Hashem. This is in no way intended as sacrilegious or as trying to change our holy mitzvot. Rather it is an artistic attempt to see the tefillin in a new way that perhaps excites and bring Jews back to this important mitzvah.


Over time, as I continued to learn and grow as a person and as a Jew, I found much of my way back to Yiddishkeit and to wearing my holy tefillin with love and Joy. To me they are forever colorful and full of spiritual energy that are uplifting to me as I pray with them on for Hashemโ€™s everlasting mercy and blessings for all of us.

(Credit Image: Andy Blumenthal)

The Best of Jewish Nigunim


Shlomo Carlebach was a master of Jewish Nigunim (melodies).



With his music he could literally move one’s soul to reach for G-d Almighty in the Heavens and on Earth.ย 



Thank you Eitan Katz for bringing this alive again.



I hope you can feel it as I do.



Hashem lives!

Jews, The People of Thanksgiving

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “Jews, The People of Thanksgiving.”

This week was Thanksgiving (ื—ื’ ื”ื”ื•ื“ื™ื”), but for Jews we are already called, “The People of Thanksgiving. “We are named ื™ื”ื•ื“ื™ื (Yehudim) after ื™ื”ื•ื“ื” (Yehudah), the son of Isaac and Leah because Leah said (Genesis 29:35): “ื”ืคืขื ืื•ื“ื” ืืช ื™ื”ื™ื”.” (“This time let me thank G-d”). Also as Jews, we are not just called the People ofย  Thanksgiving, but we are actively supposed to say 100 blessings a day thanking G-d, so in the true sense of the word, everyday is Thanksgiving Day for the Jewish people.


Jews are the People of Thanksgiving not only on Thanksgiving, but every day of the year. We are thankful for being the chosen people and for our redemption and return to the Promised Land of Israel; we are thankful for the life and opportunities that G-d has given to us; we are thankful in good times and G-d forbid, in the bad times; and we are thankful because, yes, ultimately everything from G-d is for the good.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Hearts and Stones

I love the saying by Rav Zvi Yehudah Cook:

There are people with hearts of stone, and there are stones with hearts of people.ย 

The people know who they are, and the stones reside where has G-d set them.ย 

In the final redemption, the peoples’ hearts will turn back to Hashem and the stones with hearts will rebuild the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Can’t Sit, Can’t Stand

So I’ve been having this excruciating lower back pain for about a week.ย 


I literally cannot sit or stand without shooting pain.ย 


When I sit, it hurts the lower back so much to get up.ย 


And when I stand, all I want to do is relieve the pressure and sit down.ย 


I feel like the warning from G-d in the Torah where He says (Deuteronomy 28:67):

In the morning you will say ‘”If only it were evening!” and in the evening “If only it were morning!”

The only real relief so far is lying down or going in the pool.ย 


Planning to see the doctor to check it out and hopefully with G-d’s mercy it will be better very soon.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)ย 

It Spills Over

Sometimes the glass is not half full or half empty.ย 


But rather is spills over entirely.ย 


There is nothing, nothing left inside.ย 


Worse even is when the glass completely shatters.


Then there isn’t even a vessel anymore.ย 


All that’s left is to pick up the pieces.ย 


As humans, we try to fill up the water, stop the water inside from spilling out, and to save the glass.


The rest is in G-d’s hands.ย 


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)