December 5, 2022

A Little Joker

 

Oh no!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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December 4, 2022

A Hanukkah Gnome

Judeo-Christian blending of some sort here. 

Nice in terms of peace, tolerance, brotherhood and all that. 

But something about this doesn't look exactly kosher.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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December 3, 2022

Hanukkah Is About Fortifying the Family

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "Hanukkah is about Fortifying the Family."
 
Modern Hellenism is when Judaism becomes less and less Jewish and more and more like another “value system” that is “politically correct” or “in style.”

To be clear, not every Jew is going to be “religious” in the same way, but still, each of us can contribute to the welfare of the whole. The point of Hanukkah is that Torah-true Judaism exists, even if we as individuals struggle to fulfill it. The task at hand is for each family and each of us to model proper behavior (thought, word, and deed) and to educate our children in the same so that the Greeks of our time do not win.

(Credit Photo: The National Guard via https://flic.kr/p/BBXA4R)
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December 2, 2022

Playing Some Beautiful Music Together

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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December 1, 2022

Light Pole @Capitol

@Capitol

Nice lights in Washington, D.C.

That's some serious intricate handiwork. ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 30, 2022

Cool Muscle Car

Check out the cool design with the head and snakes over the rear wheel.  

Just that touch of flair! ;-)

(Credit Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)


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November 29, 2022

Brain Overload

Coffee mug says:

My brain has too many tabs open

How do you shut it off to get some rest? 

Then again, maybe you need a better microprocessor! ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 28, 2022

It's All The Angle

Check out this guys head. 

It's all in the angle. ;-)

(Source Photo: Itzchak's friend)


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November 26, 2022

Chutzpah Dating

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "Chutzpah Dating."

It used to be that young men and women went on dates and generally treated each other respectfully and civilly as they explored whether there was a spark between them and potentially a match to be made. But somewhere along the lines, too many Prince Charmings have turned into real ugly toads.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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November 25, 2022

Hippo Head Water Fountain

I guess it's better than taking a sip from an alligator head! ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 24, 2022

Happy Turkey Day

Actually, unhappy turkey day.

But Happy Thanksgiving.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 23, 2022

Stained Glass Mr. Sun

Beautiful stained glass. 

Oh, Mr. Sun, please shine down on me!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 22, 2022

Happy, Charming Doll


A little Sesame Street at Barnes and Noble.

Let's read together.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 


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November 21, 2022

Buffalo Six Feet

This sort of reminds me of the record six feet of snow in Upstate New York this last week.

Snow, ice...it's cold, same thing!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 20, 2022

Say Hi to Bentley


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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Mutual and Eternal Love

Please see my new poem in The Times of Israel called "Mutual and Eternal Love."
Like Abraham, we are tested to do "what is right and just," and history is our witness.

For "we are dust and will return to dust," but our souls will rise to heaven and be reunited with our everlasting, loving Father.

(Also, please remember to listen to the Jewish music video as you read the poetry.)


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November 18, 2022

Shabbat Shalom Everyone!

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 17, 2022

No Bathroom Breaks

This is an interesting sign to put on the bathroom door.

Please do not use when meeting is in progress

Hmmm, no bathroom breaks allowed. 

Sure hope that meeting is over soon. 

In the meantime, got to hold on tight!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)


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November 16, 2022

Thanksgiving Ice Cream Cake

Wait three (or six) hours after the turkey.

And then you can eat the ice cream cake. 

Now it's all kosher!

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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From Outrage to Action on Anti-Semitism

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "From Outrage to Action on Anti-Semitism."

What is striking to me is that when it comes to hate against the Jews as opposed to hate against other groups, we continually see that “their” rights are immediately supported, while we have to prove that it’s really hate.
Hopefully, our community leaders, police, FBI, and Homeland Security are paying close attention and will take appropriate preventive action so that we can avoid another incident like the shooting just four years ago at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We need more intelligence, surveillance, officers, patrols, data-driven policing, self-defense and emergency medical training, synagogue protection, community outreach, beefed-up reporting systems, and tougher penalties to start with. We can’t expect the people who hate to stop, but we do need to keep raising the bar on how to keep our communities safe and stop hate crimes.

(Credit Photo: Laura Rosenberg Hosid)

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November 15, 2022

Great Door Knocker

Nice solid brass door knocker.

They don't make these like they used to. 

More character than a bell any day of the week. 

Knock, knock!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 14, 2022

Donut Monday

You feel blue on Monday.

But donuts make you feel green and ready to go!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 13, 2022

Love this Song

Greg Kihn Band. ‎

The Breakup Song.

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November 12, 2022

Hypersonic to a Global Showdown

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "Hypersonic to a Global Showdown."

While Russia is losing steam and ground in Ukraine, make no mistake that Russia, along with China, Iran, and North Korea, are determined to not only stop but also throw back what they perceive as western imperialism. Instead, they only see more dictatorship and the strengthening of their own authoritarian systems.
While the hype in the news has been all about the proliferation of nuclear weapons, missiles, and drones, perhaps the real story is that we are moving at hypersonic speeds to a most dangerous global showdown between East and West. Blessed be the Holy One who is bringing us to a hopefully merciful final redemption.

(Source Photo: Bicanski; https://pixnio.com/objects/missiles-bombs/rocket-device-military-missile-weapon-airplane-vehicle-air-force#)
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November 11, 2022

Thank You To Our Veterans

This is veterans' sacrifice. 

Words of thank you aren't near enough for their service. 

Everyday is veterans day! ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 10, 2022

Dog on a Train

This dog is traveling in carrier style.

Not a peep from this pup. ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 9, 2022

Lion Bollard, Washington DC

Protection by a lion bollard. 

Washington, D.C. 

Wait, what's he saying? ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 


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November 8, 2022

That Fits So Many People

It's not just a movie!

It's real people every day. 

"No nuts, no glory!" ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 7, 2022

Blue Stairs, Gold Banister

Step up the blue stairs.

Hold onto the gold banister. 

The top is a bit off-balance. ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 6, 2022

Dead but on Payroll?

If your sitting at your office desk, but are dead (inside or outside)...

Do you still collect a paycheck?  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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Monsters and Humans

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "Monsters and Humans."

Ultimately, the litmus test is whether there is a human in that being. If there is that spark of G-d, that soul, that inner conscience weighing right and wrong, that fear and love of G-d and his creations driving decision-making, then there is still hope for that person as well as for mankind.
However, if we are dealing with those who are sadistic animals in human form, then we must be as soldiers of Hashem, taking a firm stand and decisive action, because true evil does not remain dormant for long.

(Source Photo: Aneesh Ans; https://www.pexels.com/photo/painted-face-of-person-portrait-photo-1211966/)
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November 4, 2022

Creepy Crawler

Check out this creepy crawler spider.

He literally came down a thread from the ceiling and landed here on the floor. 

Sort of blends right in!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 


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November 2, 2022

Follow Your Inner Voice

As Steve Jobs said:

Follow your heart and intuition.

Do good!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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November 1, 2022

World's Best Rum Cakes

Who doesn't like rum cake?

Seriously, rum and cake, you can't go wrong. 

But these ladies may actually have the best of the best out there!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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October 31, 2022

Tires Overload

Do you think there is room for maybe one or two more? ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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October 30, 2022

The U.N.’s Double Standard On Nukes

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "The U.N.'s Double Standard on Nukes."

As war rages or threatens in hotspots around the world, and the nations responsible are actively pursuing, building, testing, and threatening others with nuclear weapons, it appears that the United Nations is deliberately ignoring the real dangers here.

If only the United Nations would live up to its charter! Then we might truly have a world of tolerance and international peace and security.

Is the United Nations really about bringing the nations of the world together?

Or is it about casting the Jews to the wolves?

(Source Photo: https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-standing-near-body-of-water-2244330/)
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A “Sign” of Good Synagogue Character

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "A 'Sign' of Good Synagogue Character."

I was literally sitting in the synagogue and crying, watching the speaker sign and listening to the voice from the interpreter. I really believe that all our synagogues, schools, work places, and organizations need to better incorporate diversity and disability into the environment, and not just by paying meaningless lip-service to it, but by enabling everyone to come, feel welcome, participate, and be together as all children of G-d naturally should be.
Finally, it was beautiful to have the synagogue let someone who was deaf have the pulpit and the ability to speak to us. It would be so awesome for everyone’s voice to be heard. We take our abilities (such as speaking, hearing, and being mobile) for granted. So let’s design the community with all the people in mind and give everyone a true voice. In the end, it’s not just what they say, but some things are communicated more than words.

(Source Photo: RODNAE Productions; https://www.pexels.com/photo/close-up-on-heart-sign-done-by-woman-10029313/)
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October 29, 2022

“Death Con” NEVER AGAIN

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "Death Con NEVER AGAIN."

KanyeWest - I hope that you visit Auschwitz and think deeply about the hurtful, hateful anti-Semitic words that you said. Hopefully, you can change your rhetoric to feelings and words of love and brotherhood.

(Credit Photo: Adapted by Andy Blumenthal from public domain photo; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanye_West#/media/File:Kanye_West_at_the_2009_Tribeca_Film_Festival_(cropped).jpg


 


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October 28, 2022

Ice Cream Face

Two scoops.

Green and lime. 

Face in the green ice cream.

Lime is the hat. 

The cone is the body.

Makes you think about weirdness.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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October 27, 2022

Beautiful Cutting Boards

Wow, these cutting boards are a work of art. 

Love the mix of the colorful plastic with the wood and the stylish handles. 

The only problem is that they are too nice to actually cut anything on. ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 


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October 26, 2022

So You Think You Can Dance

Awesome painting of dancer. 

Dancing in an endless tunnel of blue. 

I can see the light!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)
 


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October 25, 2022

Old World Refrigerator

Well what can you say about it, it's very red! 

Inside, I'd imagine you'd find stinky sardines, cans of open beer, and some half-eaten slices of pizza.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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October 24, 2022

Old-Timer Car


Check out this old-timer car. 

And that rusty tanish color, oy!

Who could love this thing? ;-)

(Credit Photo: Dossy Blumethal)


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October 23, 2022

Huge Pumpkin Overview

This seems like a pretty cool pumpkin photo!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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October 22, 2022

The Iranian Malachi Crunch

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "The Iranian Malachi Crunch."

Aside from the threat of the Iranian nukes themselves, Israel has to contend with the two Iranian terrorist proxy groups, Hamas and Hezbollah, that have set Israel up for the dreaded and violent crunch. Israel needs to avoid being positioned in the middle of the attack that is sure to come. Instead, Israel will have to take out the enemy with strategic pinpoint attacks that disable not their derby cars, but rather their terror rockets and missiles. When the evil Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah are all dealt a staggering blow of epic proportions, then there will be happy days for Israel and the rest of the world, and please G-d, true peace and the arrival of Mashiach.

(Source Photo: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-demolition-derby-event-10634045/)
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October 21, 2022

Sandwich Pillow

Funny sandwich pillow. 

It actually looks good enough to eat (if it were kosher).  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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October 20, 2022

Awesome Red Lamp

Love this awesome red lamp.

And the circular bowl is pretty great too. ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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October 18, 2022

Halloween Planter Heads

Whole Foods has these plant heads for Halloween. 

These are some spooky succulents for sure. 

Maybe better to repurpose these decorative planters for some yum chocolates for the kids!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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Beautiful Sunflower Mug

Sunflower splash on the front of the mug.

And sunflower daintily on the top of the handle.

Beautiful and special. ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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October 17, 2022

The Art of Friendship

Please see my article in The Times of Israel called "The Art of Friendship."

My hope and prayer is that this is just a small microcosm of friendship and peace that can spread in all communities, societies, nations, and lands, so that we are no longer black or white, Jew, Muslim, or Christian, or any other divisive label, but rather that we are all children of G-d, and plain and simple, friends.

(Credit Photos: Andy and Dossy Blumenthal)


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October 16, 2022

Israel, Warrior Nation

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "Israel, Warrior Nation."

Israel and the Jewish people must maintain absolute resolve to defend our people, to be sovereign in the land of Israel, and to safeguard our faith and worship of the one true G-d. In the end, we can be assured that all the terrorist attacks, intifadas, missiles, and Iranian nukes in the world will be no match what-so-ever for the IDF and the almighty hand of G-d.

(Source Photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flickr_-_Israel_Defense_Forces_-_Givati_Recon_Company_at_Training.jpg)
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October 14, 2022

Two Superheroes

Superman and Batman. 

Ready for action!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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