Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts

August 28, 2022

Announcing My First Book: On Judaism and Life


With gratitude to Hashem, I am announcing my first published book, On Judaism and Life

It is available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, and hardcopy

Book description:
This book is about finding and connecting with G-d. As the prophet Jeremiah states (29:13), "You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart." This is my personal journey back to G-d and Judaism. It provides my life reflections, dreams, prayers, and hopes to strengthen my faith and trust in G-d by exploring a variety of the precious gems of Judaism and the Torah, reflecting on the diversity and strength of our people and culture, and longing for our nation and beautiful State of Israel and the completion of the final Redemption and bringing of the Mashiach. Please G-d, may it serve as inspiration for your journey as well.
I hope you enjoy!

Interview requests may be directed here.

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August 19, 2022

From Judaism with love

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "From Judaism with Love."
Civilizations’ notion of a perfect world comes not from classical Greek and Roman society — where art, architecture, beauty, government, philosophy, and empirical science emanated — but rather directly through Judaism (i.e., from Hashem).
One one hand, you have Greece and Rome with polytheism and paganism, where gods are in the image of man, beauty is holy, and morality is subjective and malleable. On the other hand, we have Judaism’s clear declaration of monotheism (with one omnipotent, benevolent, eternal, and invisible G-d), where man was created in the image of G-d, the holy is beautiful, and morality is objective and unchangeable. At the end of the day, there is no contest: G-d’s Torah, as transmitted through the Jewish people, is the absolute and enduring “light unto the nations” towards the perfect world.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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July 10, 2022

Sprinkling of Jewish Wit and Wisdom

 
Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "Sprinkling of Jewish Wit and Wisdom."

Jews are well known for their sharp wit, humor, and wisdom, which, of course, is thanks to the blessings bestowed on His people by Hashem. In the article I share some recent Jewish tidbits.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)
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July 4, 2022

Kayaking @Lake Needwood

Happy 4th of July!
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May 20, 2022

Spring Flowers for Shabbat

Good to be coming up on Shabbat.

So much to be grateful for to G-d Almighty

  • Health
  • Peace
  • Prosperity
  • Family to enjoy it with

Thank you for another week!   ;-)


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May 19, 2022

Awesome Torah Turtle

We went to a beautiful playground dedication at Chabad. 

Aside from the lavish and colorful playground, they had a trampoline, petting zoo, and BBQ for Lag B'Omer. 

This was Torah Turtle (my name for him) at the event. 

What an amazing shell and such a cool animal.

Turtles are a definite favorite!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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April 14, 2022

For My Beautiful Wife and Daughters

They are truly wonder women!  

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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March 18, 2022

Delicious Purim Seudah

Purim Seudah last evening. 

Because I don't eat gluten, my son-in-law made me eggs as the bun for the burgers!

Healthy, good-looking, and delicious eating. 

Also, had some tasty spicy mayo to top it off. 

Thank you for the beautiful, festive holiday meal.  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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February 11, 2022

Beautiful Shabbat Flowers

May you have a Shabbat full of peace, love, rest, and spiritual fulfillment!

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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December 10, 2021

Happy Shabbat!

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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October 24, 2021

@Watkins Regional Park


 






(Credit Photos: Andy Blumenthal)


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October 23, 2021

Love Your Family As The Stranger

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called "Love Your Family As The Stranger."

When it comes to strangers, it’s almost easier to put on a face, act all proper, and do what’s right because they aren’t our family, thus Avraham could run to help the strangers. Yet, when it comes to our own families, we don’t feel it necessary to keep up pretenses. We sometimes say and do things to family that we would likely never say to or do in front of strangers, like Avraham telling Hagar and Ishmael to get out! We may even betray and hurt the ones we love, like when Avraham said Sarah was his sister putting her at jeopardy with Avimelekh. Further, we “sacrifice” our children and spouses by putting our work (sometimes 24/7), social media, and our own brand and needs first, and don’t adequately pay attention to what’s really going on with our families, their needs, aspirations, and troubles; for example, Avraham was going to sacrifice Isaac, his and Sarah’s only child and “the son of her old age.” We take for granted and even advantage of our families, because we can. And some at the further bad end of the spectrum, “go home and kick the dog!” Yes, the pictures that everyone posts on Facebook and Instagram are what people want you to see and think about them (their personal brand): that everything’s all rosy and they have the perfect lives and families, but I venture to guess that often, it’s far from the reality of what goes on “behind closed doors.”
All of us need to pay attention and do what’s right not only when we want to look good in front of others, but knowing that even in our own homes, G-d is watching what we do and how we treat each other.

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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August 1, 2021

Peace In The Home, Always

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, "Peace In The Home, Always."

If the husband and wife—with Hashem’s help as the third partner—create a peaceful, loving, caring, and harmonious home then they can have the likes of Shabbat all week long.
I realized why we say the blessing for the food before we eat and bless G-d for the land after we eat: before we eat, we don’t know how it will taste or whether it will sit well with us in our stomachs, but we imagine when we are hungry that all the good-looking food and drink will be great and so we bless G-d based on the perception of the coming food. However, after we eat, we make the blessing for the source of the food (the land, the food chain, and over wives for preparing it) for the sake of Shalom Bayit, because whether the meal was so good or not so good, we say thanks to Hashem and to our wives, because that contributes to Shabbat and peace in the home, always!

(Source Photo: Pixabay)
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July 7, 2021

Remember To Always Be Kind

Nice sign on the electrical pole, reminding us to always:

Be 💗 Kind

What kind?

The kind that has compassion on others, cares and love them, and does what's right. 

That's really the only kind worth being! ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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July 4, 2021

@Lake Needwood July 4

 

Beautiful July 4th.

The great outdoors with the family. 

Hiking and sitting by the water just taking a relaxing breather.  

Grateful for Independence here and in the Promised Land!  ;-)

(Credit Photos: Andy Blumenthal)


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June 30, 2021

Pop-Up Toy Fun

Musical pop-up toy for the newest member of the family. 

Some toys are classic; I think every kid over the last 50 years has had one like this. 

Love how colorful and happy they make these kid's toys with the up again, down again animals in a pop box.

Monkey, lion, pig, and elephant. 

Hey, I'm remembering that I'm just a kid at heart too! :-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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June 27, 2021

@Lake Frank in Summer

Beautiful Summer day @Lake Frank. 

Surprised parking lot was so empty. 

Nice stroll around the lake with the family. 

A little humidity towards the end turned us back to the parking lot. 

But overall, good times for Sunday funday!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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June 6, 2021

Hot Dogs With All The Toppings

Wow, incredible hot dogs with everything on it. 

My son-in-law, Itzchak, made these for Memorial Day this past week. 

OMG, they were soooo good!  ;-)

(Credit Photo: Rebecca)


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May 25, 2021

Tefillin and Talit Bag

This is my new Tefillin and Talit bag for daily morning prayers. 

It even has a beautiful siddur (prayer book) inside and my Hebrew name on the outside. 

I just wanted to thank my wonderful family for this and especially, my son-in-law, Itzchak for ordering this for me from Israel. 

I love it, and thank you guys so much! 

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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May 12, 2021

For Mothers Day

I meant to post this on the past Sunday for Mother's Day.

Love you Mom always and miss you so much! 

Send my love to Dad also in Heaven. 

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


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