Kindness

My adult daughter is emotionally fragile. Life for her, and therefore for us, can be challenging. Recently she went through a time where we didn’t know where she was. Thankfully she is getting the care she needs. But in the course of this episode, Sid and I needed to attend...
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Remember

The death of Elie Wiesel this week brought the world a step closer to the possibility of fogetting the Holocaust. We live in a time so many years removed from the actual event that it no longer is part of our consciousness and is at risk of slipping from our subconscious. Even I...
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New Eyes – Part 2

Last week we watched the following video reminding us that when we focus on our blessings, they shape our view of the world and remind us of HaShem’s presence. Link to the video: https://youtu.be/JjAH_riF6K8 Do you imagine the butterfly soaring through the woods in fear of...
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New eyes

Sid and I recently took an RV trip to Canada’s Campobello Island, FDR’s summer home. It’s a great place to explore and see new things.   One morning as we were eating breakfast and admiring the view, a very small butterfly landed on the window screen. I love...
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Orlando

  “In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, performs an action that is contradictory to one or more beliefs, ideas, or values, or...
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Life

  How much do you value it? Life? It is easy in today’s world to become desensitized to the preciousness of every living creation. I actually worry about our young people and what has been their world via media and social media. My youngest sister had only the choice of...
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Harambe

Most of us are aware of the tragedy that occurred at the Cincinnati Zoo last weekend. A small child strayed from his mother and accidentally ended up in the gorilla exhibit. Although at first it looked as if the boy was being protected by the gorilla, Harambe also acted erratic...
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Girly Week

  Several years back I was invited by my sister to Girly Weekend. This was an annual trip started by her best friend and another friend who were the core of the group. I really didn’t want to go but my sister played the sister card, “I won’t go unless you...
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I don’t want to know!

The Hebrew term lashon hara (or loshon hora) (Hebrew לשון הרע; “evil tongue”) is repeating something about someone that was not meant to be made public. And as its translation suggests, I truly believe it is straight from the devil. The negative forces created by...
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A Night to Remember!

Although I try to keep the inspirations for these Shabbat encouragements anonymous, members of our Ruach community will probably figure this one out, as will the inspirers. However, it was too good to let it go. . .   Last week at 8:30 on a week night 15 Ruachites were blessed to...
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I need to clear my head!

  What’s in your head? Do you ever find the time to block out distractions and listen to your thoughts? For most of us our thoughts are so many and often racing that we can feel very anxious when we listen to all that’s buzzing around up there. Quieting our minds is...
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Star of the Big Screen

  I don’t like to dwell on this but it’s hard to ignore the negativity in our lives and in our world. Often it feels like these seasons of challenge come in waves. They may happen inexplicably just to make them seem even more scary and to make us feel more powerless....
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Dayenu!

  I am a strong believer in our Abba’s sprinkling clues throughout our lives that lead us to the path He wants for us. The challenge is that we more often than not don’t notice them. Part of our life’s journey is to become more aware of these moments, for...
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A Passover with no matza ball soup!!!??

  I work with a number of Jewish lawyers and one in particular is very frum (observant). So much so that he in his Orthdox community has the honor of attending to the dead and leads services in his Orthodox shul.   So needless to say over the years he and I have had...
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Spring Cleaning

  It’s that time of year. Yards are getting attention, houses are being decluttered, cleaned, given new looks. This week as I passed an old deck being replaced by a new one at a neighbor’s house, it was remarkable how that fresh lumber against the shingles made the...
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History

  At a recent Ruach board meeting Rabbi Rich shared his experience earlier this week of presiding at the brit milah (bris) of his new grandson. In addition to its obvious emotionally moving and religiously significant aspects, the ritual struck another deep chord. It...
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It’s Gonna be a Bright, Bright Sunshiny Day

  Jogging in 50 degree weather on a New England winter day? This was quite the mild winter despite our spring snow day. Rounding a local street recently on my run I stopped to chat with a tree trimmer working in just a flannel shirt and jeans, eyes shaded with sunglasses because...
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Baa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a

  We are living in a time of growing hints of the return of our Messiah. One such awe inspiring event is soon to be upon us.   A recent news article titled “Biblical Nomads Will Return to the Holy Land” caught my eye. It described the Jacob sheep, a “speckled...
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What did I do?

  Scenario 1:   A loved one hurts you. It could be a family relationship – sister/brother, parent/child, husband/wife – or close friendship. Time goes by. The disagreements end but there are not many conversations with each other. You end up in social situations...
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Lovefest on Ruach

  Well, this seems to be a season of travel. Sid and I had planned a couple winter getaways but what was unplanned were the three business trips in a row that filled the weeks in between. Although I could make it to Ruach on most Shabbats, it still seems like I’ve been...
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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

  I recently watched and highly recommend American Masterpieces’ episode featuring Carole King which aired on PBS last week. Carole King was a popular musical artist during my formative years, but I had no idea until I watched the show what a prolific songwriter she was as...
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Do you hear what I hear?

  Can you imagine being in a room with another person and totally ignoring him or her? What if that person had made a special point to see you, be with you, and you were just oblivious? Or what if that person is someone you are in relationship with but you just take him or her...
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The Divine Divi Divi Tree

Divi-Divi trees are the signature tree of Aruba. They are everywhere, and characteristic in their appearance with extremely swept branches bending to the southwest due to the constant strong sea breezes from the northeast. On one of our hikes to the top of a lookout point, one of...
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Diamonds in the surf

  Jogging on the beach today presented yet another insight into HaShem’s teachings. It amazes me how many lessons can come from the same path each day. . . How our eyes become more open to His daily teachings. . .   As I was prayer-jogging, I was struck by the beauty of...
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Wow! That was a big one!

  Today is the Monday after the big weekend blizzard. After such storms, and hurricanes in the fall, the ocean waves are spectacular. So I was looking forward to my jog on the beach near our home.   Oh, I was not disappointed. The jellyfish-like ice pieces were fewer and more...
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He’ll huff, and he’ll puff, but he will not be able to blow your house down!

Listening to the harsh winds blow as I write this, I am reminded of the struggle it is to stay centered, to maintain inner sholom, to feel His presence. . . We all have those times when life seems easy, well at least things are going pretty well. But sometimes more often, if we...
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Let there be peace on earth

  I love this time of year. It’s especially great when Hanukkah and Christmas overlap but even this year, when Hanukkah was so early, the Christmas holiday is often when extended family get together. Nieces and nephews are home from college, family members travel to be near...
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