Shh-h-h-h

As I jogged after services last Shabbat, I recognized that there is a pattern to these times I spend with HaShem. I always start out smiling, praising, singing, overwhelmingly loving my Abba, joyous in Him. This goes on for quite awhile. Then I tend to be very quiet in my head...
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Love has no bounds

Update on my missing daughter is she took a bus to LA in April. Great to get an update although an earlier departure than would be substantiated by other information from her apartment super who said he saw her car move in late May. Time passes so quickly that it’s hard to be...
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Transparency

As most of you know, my 38 year old daughter has been missing for awhile. She suffers from an anxiety disorder so I am worried about her. We have done everything we can at this point, but daily I am working with the authorities to follow any clues. So many people have reached out...
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What Dura-Europos Can Mean to the Jewish Follower of Yeshua

This week’s Shabbat encouragement is quite different than my usual. At our virtual oneg a few weeks back, I asked what people have been doing during these COVID-19 days. During a break-out session, one of our congregants Lawrence Strauss, a recognized musician and artist,...
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Love is still the answer

This is a time of upheaval for me, literally. After five months at our home in Florida, an extended stay due to COVID-19, we are journeying 1500 miles home in our RV. I’m sure a time of unexpected pleasures, and uncertainties, lie ahead. Perhaps that is the motivation for today’s...
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Suffering – Part 2

Last week’s Shabbat encouragement introduced the multi-dimensional topic of suffering, sparked not only by the unusual challenges we have been facing over the past several months, but in particular, by the tragic death of George Floyd. This week’s reminder is another opportunity...
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Suffering

As each day’s headlines pass, new thoughts arise on the topic of suffering, a subject with many viewpoints. Mine is just one. . . Are we meant to suffer? Is suffering in this life what was really intended? How do we juxtapose personal happiness alongside societal pain? How do we...
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The new normal

The new normal will not be sending these encouragements to you on Friday instead of Thursday evening. Yet somehow with the experience of Shavuot last evening, same old just wasn’t right. As you know, Shavuot culminates the 7 week period after Passover to celebrate the giving of...
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Coronavirus – Part 13

Watching movies on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) on occasional evenings has become part of our recreational time together while sheltering in place. With so many of our pre-COVID 19 schedules and activities disrupted, watching classic films has provided wonderfully uplifting...
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Coronavirus – Part 12

Last week we focused on the importance of loving each other and concluded that nothing is more important than our relationships with each other. Truly a wonderful thought in the context of the message of prioritizing each other above considerations such as weather, convenience,...
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Coronavirus – Part 11

As you know, Sid and I ventured to Florida in late January, never dreaming we would still be here in May! So many unexpected realities for all of us these days. As you also know, Sid and I live in Maine but come to Massachusetts every week for services to be with our Ruach...
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Coronavirus – Part 10

As I’ve learned over the many years of writing these Shabbat encouragements, I go with the flow about what to share with you. Following that path, I now know that it is artificial to arbitrarily stop the Coronavirus topic. We are not to forget those suffering from this pandemic,...
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