Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Ground Shakes, the Wind Blows (and how much control do you think you have?)

I’ve been talking to someone who likes having control of her life and environment.  She has lists and missions and life goals.  She thinks she can control it all.  Then the earth shakes.  The wind blows.  A hotel goes sailing … Continue reading

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More Genealogy Insights with Genendel Liba

Anyone with the name of Genendel Liba is related to me.  That woman was quite a trooper.  Lost a couple of husbands and kept remarrying.  Had more last names than I can keep track of — I know of the Hammer … Continue reading

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Dovid Shlomo Kreisel’s roots bore fruit many years later

When David Salamon’s great-granddaughter showed up in my apartment she had no idea who he was, quite convinced her most Jewish of forebears was only on her father’s side of the family.  Hers had been a rocky road to find … Continue reading

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Why we wish each other a hearty L’chayim (and not a L’keeyum)

Rabbi Manis Friedman, in a speech, once explained the blessing of She’hecheyanoo V’Keemanoo and why it is said in that order. Chayim means life and Keeyum means existence. In order to have life, something has to exist, so really the … Continue reading

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Dance, Dance, Revolutionize Your Life — Courtesy of Malya

Idealism is a weird thing.  It can bring blessing and chaos into your life – sometimes even simultaneously.  But whether ‘tis chaos or blessings idealism is bringing, it always brings clarity.   Enter Malya[1] into my life.  Malya wasn’t created like … Continue reading

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Tu B’Av – What Kinda Match D’ya Want? Get a Building Partner!

Today is a matchmaking day, when singles, in days of old, were encouraged to go mingle with other singles and try to find a match.  There are various events going on and many singles heading there.  The question is what … Continue reading

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Riots – Jew Feeding the Masses Got it Right!

 Many are trying to paint the picture that Jews out on the streets during the riots were instigators and participants in the shameful rioting that has swept over England. Yet, the clips show otherwise.  It shows a man giving out … Continue reading

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