June 30, 2022

Seems To Really Work

Stubborn Stain Remover. 

For stubborn stains. 

It is what is says it is! 

From what I can tell, it really works.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 29, 2022

Falafel and Hummus

Awesome crispy falafel. 


Lots of creamy hummus. 

Pita is on the side.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 28, 2022

Great Vietnamese Cold Brew

This was some awesome Vietnamese Cold Brew from Whole Foods. 

Man, this was good stuff!
Although I am not sure about the reference to a "bioengineered food ingredient."  

Oh wait, I think I'm turning into Spider-Man!  ;-)


June 27, 2022

Nice Vase

Looks like this vase came straight from the Holy Land. 

Tall and slender. 

Very beautiful!  ;-)

(Credit Photo; Andy Blumenthal)


June 26, 2022

This Seems Useful


Who can argue with the usefulness of a "Sh*t Kit"?

As it says:

Don't get caught with your pants down!

Wonder how Shark Tank missed this one???  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 25, 2022

Not by Chariots or Horses

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "Not by Chariots or Horses."

As I watched through the window of the synagogue, the people practicing their boxing, I remembered when I was young and learning to fight. It took an enormous amount of training, hard work, and practice, and still at the end of the day, the realization always that we are but the foot soldiers for G-d. We must be the best prepared in every way that we can (“Never again!”); however, it is G-d who not only leads us, but also fights for us. In the Prophets (Joshua 6), we learn that Hashem literally brought down the walls of the great city of Jericho simply by having Joshua and the Israelites march around it, blow the Shofar, and yell a great shout. So too may G-d continue to fight for us against the enemies in our time and speedily complete the final redemption.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

June 24, 2022

Action Sports Adventure

Biking and kayaking.

Along with mountain hiking. 

Wonderful adventure pastimes. 

Nothing like being in and enjoying nature and activity.  ;-)

(Credit Photos: Andy Blumenthal)


June 23, 2022

Nalgene Bottle Lights

Who knew that Nalgene bottles could be used as light fixtures. 

What a colorful display.

Creates a little mood lighting for that cool shopping experience. 

And inside is a water bottle for every adventure. 

Simply unscrew the bottle to change the light bulb.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 22, 2022

Chocolate Tiger Sugar

Wow, that was a treat!

Tiger Sugar: brown sugar boba bubble tea with fresh cream and streaked with syrup.

This one was the chocolate malt version. 

You can see the bobas floating at the bottom.  

Watch out Starbucks, Tiger Sugar is gonna eat your lunch!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 20, 2022

Inconsistent In Everything

This was a funny sign in the hiking store. 

I'm inconsistent, but not all the time

Now, that's perfection.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 19, 2022

@Harper's Ferry, Juneteenth 2022

(Credit Photos: Andy Blumenthal)


June 18, 2022

It’s The Economy Stupid

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "It's The Economy Stupid."
It is incredible that our leaders, economic advisors, and near endless pundits didn’t see what was surely coming down the road in terms of an overheating economy, inflation, and a spiraling national debt now over $30 trillion and growing. Despite economic signals even visible to the layman, the Fed continued to promise to hold the interest rates near zero “for years” to come. The cheap money and free-wheeling government spending became an avalanche with almost no adult in the room willing to stand up and say, “Stop the money madness! Government handouts are not free!”
Aside from the recklessness with which our economy has been handled, let’s not forget that there is a proxy war going on between the superpowers in Ukraine for the last four months, including a frightening blockade on grain shipments (i.e. food terrorism) to tens of millions of people. Further toward the east, China is upping the ante vowing to “fight until the end” for sovereignty over Taiwan. And in the middle, Iran is dismantling the IAEA nuclear monitoring cameras, adding high-speed centrifuges, increasing uranium enrichment, and threatening Israel and the West. Let’s just say all is not copacetic in the world, while a congressional select committee continue to focus on what happened on January 6, 2021 with the U.S. Capitol riots.

People are not blind, deaf, and dumb to what’s going on with the childish gamesmanship, politics of hate, and plenty of recklessness that is driving much of the national debate and (in)action in the country. 

(Credit Photo: Blink O'fanaya; adapted from https://www.flickr.com/photos/blinkofanaye/14913895723/)


June 17, 2022

Looks Like Fun

Three-wheelers are not just for babies. 

This one is pretty cool. 

I bet it's fun to drive around town. ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 16, 2022

Frozen and Delicious

It's frozen and delicious. 

Packs some oomph!

And the flower tops it off as beautiful.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 14, 2022


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 13, 2022

Creamy Cannolis

One, two, three cannolis. 

Pastry delights.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 12, 2022

Why I Cry At Circumcisions

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "Why I Cry At Circumcisions."
Circumcision reminds me of Abraham, our forefather, who was tested and told to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac, to G-d. It is truly counter-intuitive for a parent to hurt or sacrifice their child. Yet, this is exactly how G-d tested Abraham before the angel of G-d told him not to raise his hand to Isaac, and instead Abraham then offered to G-d a ram that was caught in the thicket. However, when it comes to circumcision, we are also tested and actually are commanded to surgically remove the male child’s foreskin and as the baby cries out, every parent, no matter how faithful and religiously devoted, winces and feels deeply inside for their child’s pain, even if it is only momentary and soothed by a sip of kosher Kedem Concord Grape wine.
The rite of the circumcision is an incredible transcendental religious experience, where our very faith is tested and we go against our own physical instincts to protect the child, no matter what, and instead we submit ourselves to G-d Almighty, the Master of the Universe to perform the circumcision, because He told us to. Whether there are medical benefits or not, G-d commands, and we obey. We are His people, and his thoughts and plans are infinitely greater than ours. At the circumcision, in an act of complete faith, we graciously give over our male children and ourselves—in body, mind, and soul to G-d. We renounce our desires, our gratification, our very instincts, and put ourselves in G-d’s merciful hands. In that moment of selfless giving, we fulfill our covenant of generations with G-d and we affirm our holiness as individuals and as a nation.

(Photo Credit: Avital Pinnick; https://www.flickr.com/photos/spindexr/4678468852/)


June 10, 2022

Walk The Walk

This is where you walk the walk. 

Now you've got to talk the talk. ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 9, 2022

Beach Blue Beauty

Nice beach blue beauty Porsche.

There's nothing like it!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 8, 2022

Happy Chairs

These Margaritaville chairs are really happy. 

Sunshine, palm trees, swimming pool, and a nice cold drink on a hot day. 

The chairs say:

It's five o'clock somewhere.

But definitely not here in Florida where it's party all the time!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 7, 2022

Sharing The Road

Sharing the road with this rather large lizard in Fort Lauderdale. 

He ran right across my path, and when I say run, he can really run.

Then he stopped on the side of the peer.

I snapped this photo.

But as I got closer, he jumped (flew) into the water and swam quickly away.

Would NOT want to fall into the water and run into this guy in there.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 


June 6, 2022

Catered To Pup


This pup has the life.

Pink car.

Vanity license plate.

And a smoothie in the cup for breakfast.

Lifestyles of the rich and famous...

While the homeless are sleeping in the gutters!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 5, 2022

Great Gesundheit Tissues


Great Gesundheit Tissues.

German for good health,

Take a tissue and wish a gensundheit to your neighbor!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 4, 2022

Testing Our Faith

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "Testing Our Faith."
In short, I think it’s healthy for us as human beings to ask questions, even the most difficult questions of why. We need to make sense of our world and the context in which we live. Questions like: Why do good people at times experience horrible loss and suffering? Why do atheists and sinners often seem to excel and succeed (my wife says, perhaps they sold their soul to the devil!)?
While asking why to search for G-d and try to understand His ways is human, at the same time, we as mere mortal human beings can not ever fully know G-d’s ways or His plan for us. In short, Mendel, the Chabad rabbi, said today, don’t get fixated on the why. Instead focus on what you can do to make the world better. Actions speak louder than words.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 3, 2022

Smiley Pillow

Nice homey smiley pillow.

If he's happy then I'm happy!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


June 2, 2022

Great Hippie Pants

Gorgeous flower hippie pants. 

Flair leg.

Nice job Urban Outfitters.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)