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Saturday, April 27, 2013

3 Treats in 1: HH #406 Blogpost = Holy Happiness!!!


18 Iyar, 5773

It's a special day as I celebrate

1) a lovely trip to Shilo last week, 

3) the start-date anniversary of the Mon/מן aka 
 Manna from heaven 
that began to fall for the newly freed 
hungry Israelites 
trekking to the Promised Land from Egypt 


4) the fun festivities of Lag B'Omer.

I'm sharing the fun with the Haveil Havalim blogpost group (I've done this before) and you.

About that Shilo trip: I belong to a Facebook group of women from all over Israel's map. Our skin colors, accents and life experiences are diverse but our friendships are united and strong. Every few months we share a get-together called a face-to-face (f2f in facebook language). This past Tuesday we shared lunch and spiritual insights in Shilo, site of the long-ago Tabernacle.

Here's a photo of me praying on the archaeological site, protected from wind and sun with a wide-brimmed hat and scarf to protect my skin and eyes.

Bracha Barbara Goldman provided the ladies with the text for a prayer: Baruch Ata Hashem Elokeinu melech Ha'Olam Meitziv G'vul Almana. In the Artscroll siddur it appears under "Blessings over phenomena and events", and says, "upon seeing a destroyed synagogue that has been restored to its previous grandeur", and literally translates "Who sets a limit for a widow". It is based on the gemarra Brachot 58/2, which uses as its source a verse in Mishlei 15:25. There is a shiur in Hebrew prepared by Rav Yair Hiller on the subject.

What would an HH blogpost be without
 Batya Medad's take on that 
Facebook Friends in Shilo visit, eh? 

You can contact the tourist authority for 
scheduling Shilo visits with tour guides 
(awesome experience for families & large groups) 

I ate some matza and said a few pertinent prayers 
the next day on Pesakh Sheni
Ruti Mizrachi explains what it's about, 
that life can be a do-over in some respects, 
at Once Again, with Feeling!

I can't show you a picture of the Mon/מן aka Manna from heaven but I can let you know that I felt some excitement on Friday last week. It was the 16th of Iyar, the anniversary of when the all-nourishment no-waste food that tasted as one wished, began to fall. I recite the Biblical passage about it daily. It's a way of asking GOD for the blessing of having one's needs met with ease.

As for Lag B'Omer (today!), that's a fun, spiritual day filled with not 1 but 2 day's worth of...
  • Bonfires supervised by safety-minded adults


  • Toy bows and arrows to remind us of the rainbow-filled sky that illustrated GOD's promise never to destroy the world with a flood again plus the human need to pray, 
  • A celebration of the END of a plague that decimated the numbers of Rabbi Akiva's students long ago, and...
  • FIRST haircuts for little boys whose parents preserve the chalaka custom. Check out this no-cost item for the occasion from
  • SERIOUS SAFETY ALERT for Lag B'Omer: Child Predators!

  • Need to know more? Jacob Richman shares Educational websites about Lag Ba'Omer

    Ladies, make this MORE of a yom tov for yourselves with Rabanit Yemima's comments on Lag B'Omer!

    It's been a time of holy happiness. Hat tip: GOD ;^ D

    While we're thinking about arrows, here's my zinger of an OP-ED to kneseteers who promise to protect Israel, then endanger it. "Emor m'at v'asay harbay, MKs. Find your spinesStick to the program GOD gave us. Got it?"

    Batya Medad hits a bullseye with Those - Moving -- Red --- Lines.

    YAY! Sharon Altshul reminds us to Keep Jerusalem Green and Accessible.

    Moving on to other HH stuff, Brian Wallace shares his joy over the OU's 4th Annual Job and Relocation Fair. Batya Medad wants Jews to relocate to the only Jewish home HaShem (GOD) told us to live in, and asks How About Relocating to Israel?

    Coming up on the Jewish Calendar: Yummy Shavuot

    But uh-oh, Haveil Havalim founder Esser Agarot compares and contrasts admirable historical figure and convert to Judaism Rut (Ruth, for non-Hebrew-speakers) to MK Ruth Calderon, who clearly does not rate high on his gracious behavior of worldview scale (nor on the scale of several other critics).

    And what would the world of Judaism be without more controversy? Esser Agorot opines about the Battle of All Time aka Torah and it's Doubtful "Democratic" Adherents.

    Headline-making individuals and the rest of us can do some apropos introspection (please do) with Reformism is NOT Judaism.

    While we're thinking of Torah and its decency/GOD-centric values (ahem, me-centric reformists), let's see what Batya Medad and Paula Stern have to say about...

     Sorry, Not all Mothers are the Same 


     What Did YOU Do the Night Before, respectively. 


    Let's get back to the feel-good stuff, by visiting Meira Josephy's Mitzvot Unplugged!

    I have to sign off, now. 

    I'm heading to southern Israel with friends delivering United with Israel's above-ground bomb shelters for kindergartens in Netivot (did the Boston Marathon Massacre clue you in to the capricious, unpredictable and evil nature of islamic violence, yet? NONE of it is Israel's fault. Islam is about dominance). We'll enjoy
    • A farm tour/presentation at Moshav Tifrach by Torah scholar/Talmid Chocham/Farmer Reb Shmuel Rappaport (Rav Moshe Feinstein's great-grandson)
    • A Lag B'Omer picnic 
    • Planting Fruit Trees (hands on) at Moshav Tifrach's orchard

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    rutimizrachi said...

    Nice, colorful, and joyful - perfect for Lag B'Omer, Yocheved. Thank you for including my post.

    Yocheved Golani said...

    It's fun to share the holy fun, Ruti. I always marvel at your deep thoughts, BTW.

    Batya said...

    Thank you for pitching in to host this wonderful  Lag B'Omer Havel Havelim and including my posts.

    Esser Agaroth said...

    Thanks for hosting and for including my posts!

    Haveil Havalim #406 Is Up!

    Yocheved Golani said...

    Batya and Esser Agorot please know it was fun and a pleasure to prepare HH #406. I hope you and all the readers enjoyed a Lag Samayakh!

    Miriam said...

    Yocheved, your blog is just wonderful..a pleasure to read....THANK-YOU!

    I had an amazing time sharing our experiences in I told Batya 'a visit I will not forget!

    It was great to catch up with you in Netivot.

    May we share many good experiences together!