Keeping That Spirit Alive

 When I was a naïve 23-year-old young woman, I travelled alone to tour America. I had no clue how big my adventure was going to be. It was a blessing in disguise being clueless about how big each place was. They say ignorance is bliss. I never feared for my life or...

Were You Your Best?

 Once again, we are starting a new year in the Jewish calendar. From October 1 -10, we go through a deep introspection period. Did I make last year meaningful or did I just go through the motions? Did I recognize my mistakes and take the right steps to correct and...

The World Was Created for Me

We all go through unpleasant periods in our lives. Some of us, from time to time, may carry feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear, shame or insecurity. When we’re feeling stuck and unmotivated, everything becomes an impossible task to handle. We may even physically feel...
My Dream Came True!

My Dream Came True!

As I’m sitting, very excited today on 7/11, to write my story, I realized how special today is in my life. (I got married on 11/7). My dream of becoming a published author came true! I feel proud and accomplished! I was a writer way before I became a wife and a...

Refinement for my Higher Purpose

 Making positive changes in life, through self-help books, yoga, meditation, and therapy is a multibillion-dollar industry. New age stuff? Not really. This kind of teaching and philosophy has been found in the Torah for 3,300 years. The Torah and its various events...

Mother’s Day Only One Day?

Generations come and go since the beginning of time. Yet, it seems like we hardly take a moment to appreciate the mother/child wonder. When I got married it was hard leaving my entire family behind, as there are moments when a girl needs her mother beside her. Such...

The Age of Enlightenment

As I’m reaching a milestone birthday this month, I’m reflecting on life. We were all born happy with a God-given right to be happy. Conscious aging is recognizing that I have to live my best life, with meaning and values. I make a conscious effort, daily, to be kind...

What if I Didn’t Answer the Call?

 This month, Jewish people celebrate the holiday of Purim in which Queen Esther saved her people from annihilation. Was she aware of the power she harnessed to change such destiny? Life is very unpredictable. No one knows what the future holds. After serving in the...

Planting Seeds of Love

 This month, in the Jewish calendar, we celebrate Tu bishvat- the holiday of the trees. Trees are a metaphor for life. Much like them, we go through the renewal cycle; constantly shedding old leaves and growing new ones. As in nature where no two trees are alike; each...

Having a Vision?

 Once again, we’re standing at the threshold of a new year. After an honest evaluation of last year’s achievements, we can let go of the limiting beliefs that kept us stuck and didn’t work for us. Learning from our failures, we look ahead with a renewed sense of...

Born To Teach Us Love In So Many Ways

I write about people who touch my life. None of them is as personal as my dear friend Elliott who passed away last month. Thirty-five years ago, my husband Dennis and I became best friends with Elliott and his wife, Shula. Our family bond strengthened as our sons grew...

The Power of Forgiveness

 In the Jewish calendar at this time of year, we’re still in the process of deep cleansing. We ask for forgiveness for any wrongdoings we might have caused in the past. We realize the power of words. There is a concept in Judaism that making promises casually without...

A New Beginning

Once again, we are starting a new cycle in the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and a celebration of the birthday of the world. The ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur (this year September 9 through September 19) are called the Ten Days of...

Some Reflections on Transformations

Changes in our lives can be scary but they’re often necessary. Making changes for ourselves is not a selfish act. Only when we’re good to ourselves can we be good for others. Other than constant changes we encounter in life, sometimes we know we need to move in a...
I’m Back on Top of the List in My New Chapter

I’m Back on Top of the List in My New Chapter

As I celebrated another birthday and watched the last of my four sons move out, it made me contemplate my new identity as a person. I wasn’t sure what I would do with the new void and all that “extra” time. When I was single, I used to take various classes and travel,...
Growing and Reaching Higher

Growing and Reaching Higher

 We had just celebrated in the Jewish calendar the value of trees in our lives. People are likened to trees. A tree with the right balance between the size of its roots and its branches will grow up straight and strong, and won’t sway with winds coming its way....

The Story of Hanukkah

 Walking through the streets of the ancient city of Jerusalem, one might wonder why its name means “The City of Peace.” Ironically, Jerusalem has been the most fought-over city in the world over the last two thousand years. Every stone there has a long story to tell....