A Journey from Torah Terrorist to Slightly Normal Human–a Comedy

I decided to write a humorous allegory as Channukah and Christmas are approaching and a darker season. Hopefully, you will get a chuckle out of it. Depending on upbringing and denomination, at some point, you noticed some things in your Bible’s that did not align with what was being taught from the pulpit. This led to questions, frantically reading, studying, and then bravely getting enough … Continue reading A Journey from Torah Terrorist to Slightly Normal Human–a Comedy

Vayeshev, Here I Am, Send Me

    Parsha Vayeshev (“And he dwelt”) (Genesis 37:1 – 40:23) This Torah portion is one of my favorites.  “People who carry torches make easy targets”—Ron Warren.   I wanted to look at one splice of this Torah portion, one section that seemed to pop out at me. It is the word Hineni: And Yisra’ĕl (Israel) said to Yosĕph (Joseph), “Are not your brothers feeding … Continue reading Vayeshev, Here I Am, Send Me

Curses?

When I became terribly sick with what one neurologist said was multiple sclerosis, I had many questions as to why. Several possible reasons flooded my mind. One was a doctrine I had been taught in church concerning “generational curses.” I was upset about this and wondered how to break such a curse. I prayed with tears in my eyes and asked the Lord for mercy, … Continue reading Curses?

But You Said! Vayishlach (“And he sent”)

  In my last blog, I shared many personal details of my journey with Gastroparesis. I received much encouraging feedback. I greatly appreciate everyone’s prayers and words. The portion today is Parsha Vayishlach (“And he sent”) Genesis 32:4 – 36:43: Jacob is meeting his brother Esau. It’s been over 20 years. That’s a long time not to speak to a sibling. There are times when … Continue reading But You Said! Vayishlach (“And he sent”)

Vulnerability and Suffering

I am stepping out of my comfort zone to share with you a personal story concerning my journey with gastroparesis. This is difficult for me as an author who teaches and speaks life, but lives in pain. Part of the recent move to Florida was to revisit the specialists at the Mayo Clinic. We just learned they no longer take my insurance, so we are … Continue reading Vulnerability and Suffering

Vayetzei, the Metaverse, Manna, Bananas, and Wrestling

The Metaverse is a new coming technology. Facebook Inc will invest $50 million to partner with organizations to responsibly build the so-called metaverse. In this digital world, people can use different devices to move and communicate in a virtual environment. The money used to buy property in this metaverse world of the new Facebook is called mana, not manna. Mana is defined as a pervasive … Continue reading Vayetzei, the Metaverse, Manna, Bananas, and Wrestling

The Art of Seeing as We Wait (Vayera)

Last week’s Torah Portion was Lekh Lekha meaning “Go” or “Go find yourself.” Abram and Sari set out, leaving everything familiar, including their families. My husband and I found ourselves in the same position at the exact time. Following the Torah portions (first 5 books) can be pretty comforting and eye-opening. While sitting outside our hotel last week, I saw a sight that caught my attention. Two … Continue reading The Art of Seeing as We Wait (Vayera)

The Vaxed and Unvaxed, The Guiltless and the Wicked

  Covid is not prejudice. Covid doesn’t care about our skin color, education, Torah knowledge, or the size of our bank account. Some of the most righteous, holy people, whether in leadership or among friends and family have gotten covid, and some have died regardless of their walk–regardless of their age or health. And the Creator of the heavens and the earth is not unaware.  … Continue reading The Vaxed and Unvaxed, The Guiltless and the Wicked

Dandelion Seeds

  He said, “Gram’s, I picked this for you.” One small outstretched hand held one dandelion that had seen better days. No longer green– Its golden petals were now full of white powdered seeds. “Do you want me to blow it,” he said, with large three-year-old eyes that still see the wonder of God’s creation. “Yes, Emmitt, blow it.” “Watch Granny,” he said, as he … Continue reading Dandelion Seeds

I Bet You Have

Have you ever heard the Dawn awaken? The calm? Cascading down your soul When morning walks in When the robins sing And the dogwoods bloom And speak your name To welcome you? I bet you have. Have you ever thought of coffee plants with waxy leaves and cherry beans when you drink your first cup?  Or pictured tea from a special garden where hands in … Continue reading I Bet You Have