The Plan Amidst The Pain

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called “The Plan Amidst The Pain.”

In life, not only do we have to be determined and work hard, but G-d throws us curveballs and challenges all along the way that can often make us drop to our knees or throw our arms up in despair. However, we need to be faithful like Jacob and Joseph, knowing that it’s all a part of G-d’s plan and mission for us, and through these we learn and grow and become better versions of ourselves.

Moreover, if we but open our eyes to the miracle of our creation and our sustainment every moment of every day by Hashem, and remember that He put us all here for a purpose, then we can pay the daily price for what G-d puts in front of us and how we choose to handle it.We can do this knowing that it’s all really just a small price to pay in the end for so much that we gain in this world and that we will carry forward to the hereafter. In the end, nothing is free, but the price and the reason is always just what G-d wants it to be.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cycle of Life – From Birth to Death

This wins photo of the week in my mind.

Amazing representation of the cycle of life. 

How we start and how we finish.

Everything in the universe (G-d) is one!  πŸ˜‰

(Credit Photo: via Facebook)

Shabbat Shalom Flower Painting

Wow, what a week! 

So glad for Shabbat tonight. 

Rest, relax, refresh, rejuvenate – soul, mind, and body. 

It’s what we work all week long for!  πŸ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Demeaning Candlestick Holders

It figures that an extremely rich person would have candlestick holders like this. 

They think it’s ok to have your “personal servants” bring you and hold your lights. 

Even as they are in spiritual darkness enslaving their fellow human beings. 

No, their not helping people by giving them a (shitty) job even as they routinely mistreat them. 

Where are people’s (screwed up) brains?

The wealthy often actually believe they are entitled to their grossly extravagant lifestyles. 

Wait they they come back in the next life and they’ll see what they are entitled to! πŸ˜‰

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Climbing Up, Falling Down

Thought this was insightful.


All paths up are different.


All paths down are the same. 

Climbing up is challenges and we all have to find our determination, strength, and skill to make it up rung after rung on the ladder of life.


Falling down is when the sh*t hits the fan and the walls come crumbling down and we freefall into the abyss.


The key as we usually learn early in life when we take our first falls is to quickly get back up (on the horse). 


Life is never just smooth sailing.


It’s not meant to be. 


You wouldn’t learn or grow if it was. 


Be prepared for the occasional fall from grace, and get your tushy back in the saddle and ride again.  πŸ˜‰


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Shabbat Shalom From DC Duck!

Shabbat Shalom from this DC Duck!


Shabbat is something to look forward to ALL week long. 


Time to stop everything. 


Look heavenward. 


And inward! 


Remember why we’re here. 


Rest and rejuvenate for the next week.


Wash, rinse, repeat.  


Need to balance and get our lives right. 


It’s what we do! πŸ˜‰


(Credit Graphic:  Andy Blumenthal)

Just About Says It All


Story of human civilization in 2 minutes by Joe Bush



History majors can probably add some, but overall completely awesome!



Maybe this is a glimpse of what it’s like to have a G-d’s eye view of the world–where time and space are inconsequential.Β 



Looking at this, are we almost at the end or are we just on the verge of a new beginning? Β πŸ˜‰