Sunflowers For Shabbat Shalom

Love these beautiful sunflowers. 

Perfect for enhancing the Shabbat and holidays!

The sunflowers provide warmth and happiness for the honor of these special and spiritual days!

May Hashem in His abundant mercy grant us a full healing and peace to welcome the Shabbat and to celebrate this weekend a joyous Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach! 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Power of Life and Death

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “The Power of Life and Death.”

It’s so important to develop mastery over the whole life sequence: think nice thoughts, speak kind words, do good deeds, and develop positive habits. This is one of the secrets to life itself.

Life is often in the hands of our tongue–one stupid word and it can mean your head, and one smart thing and it can be, with G-d’s help, your ride to the stars!

Indeed, controlling your words, like controlling your desires, temper, and so on is a constant challenge we all face throughout life. Yes, it’s easy to just let oneself go, but the consequences can be severe for shooting off your mouth, acting stupid, or getting angry. We can get better with patience, time, and practice. We can become better, stronger people. We can learn to guard not only our tongue, but our temperament and deeds, and live a better, and perhaps even a longer life for it. 😉

(Credit Photo: Dossy Blumenthal)

Sukkot: A Time of Divine Protection

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “Sukkot: A Time of Divine Protection.”

Sukkot is the Jewish Festival of Shelter and of Ingathering.  

In these challenging times of coronavirus and before this eventful election, more than usual, we need G-d’s blessings to shelter and protect us, and to bless both the United States of America and the State of Israel that they should be safe for all of us and that the “ingathering” be not only of the harvest, but of all the exiles from the four corners of the earth to G-d’s Promised Land for the final redemption.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Shabbat Shalom Cute People!

I’m a precious gemstone slab.

And I got two BIG eyes!

I see you and you’re all very cute people. 

It’s Friday, and I want to wish you all a Shabbat Shalom!

May you have a restful and peaceful Shabbat. 

And as we head into Yom Kippur on Monday, may we all be sealed in the Book of Life for a great year ahead for 5781!

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Nice Country Hats

Men and women of many religions cover their hair for modesty.


On display were some nice, colorful, country-style hats for women.   


Head coverings in church, mosque or synagogue, are a way to express modesty and humbleness before G-d. 


Also, we cover our hair/head, more generally, to remember that G-d is above us, watching and guiding us always. 


Modest, humble, and G-d fearing–a hat is a potent symbol of faith.  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

There Is No Zionism Without G-d

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “There Is No Zionism Without G-d.”

For two thousand years, the Jewish people exiled from their land, widely dispersed, and inhumanly persecuted among the nations developed passivity and learned helplessness. They eagerly awaited, year after year, G-d’s salvation and redemption. As a tiny minority attempting to hold firm to their religious beliefs amongst the world’s powerful majorities, the Jews found themselves a convenient scapegoat, suffering landlessness and joblessness, taxation to the point of near-starvation, conscription of their Jewish children for military service of 25-years, forced conversion on pain of torture and death, horrible violent pogroms that sparred no one, and expulsions from country after country.  During these times, the Jewish people learned passivity in the hope of not inflaming the hate and anger of the goyim that would make things “even worse!”


Certainly, there is no mitzvah to being passive and helpless, and this was undoubtedly in large measure a result of being homeless and suffering under the weight of relentless and brutal anti-Semitism for 2,000 years. Yet, as we each roll up our sleeves to actively work and fight for the modern State of Israel, our independence, and our right to practice our religion freely, we must do so with full knowledge and thanksgiving to G-d, our creator and sustainer! Whether King David against the giant Goliath, Samson against the mighty Philistines, or our modern-day strong and brave soldiers in the IDF defending the borders of Israel from historical enemies’ roundabout, they stand strong against all the natural odds, because G-d stands right there with them and us.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

That’s Severe

I know in the olden days they would chop off people’s hands for stealing. 


But this sign in a modern day store in America seemed just a little severe:

Shoplifters will be amputated


The worst part of it maybe is that they don’t say what part of the shoplifter will be amputated. 


So much for compassion and helping the needy. 

L-rd have mercy! 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Thank You President Trump For Supporting Israel

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, Thank You President Trump For Supporting Israel

As we approach Rosh Hashanah, we know that everything is in the hands of G-d, including life and death, but there is no question that President Trump has been an instrument of the Almighty in delivering genuine and consistent support—recognition, annexation, aid, sanctioning our enemies, fighting BDS, anti-Semitism, and biased resolutions, and the advancement of peace—to Israel and for the Jewish people.


What the New Year and the upcoming election brings, no one knows, but Hashem. However, let us recognize the good and thank President Trump for everything that he has done for Israel and the Jewish people, and let us pray that G-d brings us continued blessings for the upcoming Jewish year of 5781 and beyond towards our final redemption.

(Source 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! 😉


(Credit Graphic:  Andy Blumenthal)

Earning Respect!

Great Under Armour Shirt!


From the saying of Dwight Johnson, “The Rock”:

Blood, sweat, and respect.  First two you give.  Last one you earn.


Yes, we respect all people in a humanistic way, but real respect is earned based on what a person does!


Blood and sweat means you’re putting out, and trying your best to achieve something.


Make sure your efforts are going to something worthwhile.  


Helping people!


Doing your responsibilities!


Being a good influence!


Honoring the Master of the Universe!  


That’s how you earn R-e-s-p-e-c-t. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)