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Jewish Inspiration May 16, 2017

The Lake and the Joy

by Yoni Schlussel and Ruchi Koval

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there lived an exceptional ancient civilization. This remarkable community was very unique and was full of love, warmth, and fondness, and had deep affection for one another. While their days were very busy, as were others in their time, with the practical tasks of plowing the fields, preparing their food, and running their homes – they were distinctive in how they spent their free time.

Daily, after all their hard work, they would gather together – children, parents, and grandparents – to relax and enjoy each other’s company at the small lake near their homes. Each family would unwind and share the details of their day while swimming together at the lake. They took great joy in this time and each other, experiencing the sensory pleasure of the swimming with the emotional bonding of the experience. The lake thus became their center, the focal point and heart of their leisure activities, and a huge focus in their culture. Generation after generation of fond memories would be created at the lake, of bonding with endearment and love by and in the water.

Jewish Inspiration, Uncategorized November 9, 2016

Election Aftermath

So Donald Trump is president and half of America is mourning. And plenty are elated. My Facebook feed, mostly non-Orthodox Jews, is dominated by mourning. People lamenting the loss of normalcy, of values, of shattering the glass ceiling once and for all. People describing the emotions like losing a loved one. 

Jewish Inspiration October 19, 2016

Be Happy

There’s a certain anxiety when you haven’t blogged in awhile, like your next post better have been worth the wait. I recently switched from Blogger to WordPress and I’m still adjusting to this new relationship, but today I downloaded the WordPress app on my phone, and it’s waaay more lovable than the actual site. So here I am blogging on my phone, deciding to just be casual and conversational and not let the blogger bogeyman get me down. 

Jewish Inspiration July 3, 2016

For Elie Wiesel

You were the grandparent I couldn’t have, the one who told the Story.
You were tireless in your staggering work.
You relived the horrors, so others could know.
You looked beyond your own to make sure it didn’t happen to others.
You helped me know what my own had been through.