Sunday, September 30, 2018

Change for the pushke


Almost full!
Quite some time ago our town's Chabad rabbi gave me this pushke. 
It was empty then.
Rabbi Shneor's hope was that I would put in some loose change every day--not because he needed the money for Chabad House, but because he wanted me to learn the habit of giving tsdakah every day. 

Tsdakah in Hebrew means justice or righteousness but is often translated (for want of a better English equivalent) as "charity."

Today's Theme Day subject at City Daily Blog is CHANGE and I decided to go with coins as change.  But to see how other bloggers did it, see .

To read about the uniquely Jewish perspective on charity, please see


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Book of Life is still open


Just before I shut down the computer for the next 26 hours of Yom Kippur, let me wish you a gmar chatima tova.
May you be written and sealed in God's Book of Life for a good new year of life! 


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fun in the park


Fun at the big annual AACI Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel picnic at a Beer Sheva park.


Monday, September 10, 2018

The honey tower


Happy new year, everyone!
May the year that begins today, 5779 AM (Anno Mundi, "since the creation of the world"), be a good and sweet one for you. 
Tradition calls for dipping apple slices in honey at the Rosh Hashanah dinner table.
Yesterday a friend gave me this strange gift--an Eiffel Tower full of honey made by the bees of Kfar Chabad in Israel! 

If you'd prefer some serious thoughts about the holiday, please take a look at my previous posts at


Saturday, September 1, 2018



Torah was given to teach us. 

And today's City Daily Photo Theme Day's focus is TEACH.

Pirkei Avot 4:15 in the Talmud says

Rabbi Elazar ben Shamua taught: "The dignity of your students should be as precious to you as your own. The dignity of your colleagues should be as precious to you as your reverence for your teacher. The reverence for your teacher should be as great as your reverence for God."
And the daily prayer Kaddish dRabbanan blesses our teachers:

 "May you be blessed and strengthened 
as you have blessed and strengthened your student.
May you have peace, grace, kindness, mercy, long life and
everything you need."
Good luck to the 2,310,000 pupils in Israel who start the new school year tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 2.  
And blessings to their teachers!