Saturday, May 14, 2016

Stuff I've Saved This Week (5/13)

Did you know that you can "save" links, videos, pictures, and even posts on Facebook in order to read or share later? It's one of my favorite new-ish features of Facebook, and helps me to keep track of what I'm reading and what I want to save/share/use later.

And yet, it's a pretty eclectic list. Recipes, articles, silly stuff....it's all there. So I thought I would start to curate this list on a weekly basis. Hope you enjoy my list!






What have you saved this week?



Thursday, May 5, 2016

Stuff I've Saved - Week of 5/5

Did you know that you can "save" links, videos, pictures, and even posts on Facebook in order to read or share later? It's one of my favorite new-ish features of Facebook, and helps me to keep track of what I'm reading and what I want to save/share/use later.

And yet, it's a pretty eclectic list. Recipes, articles, silly stuff....it's all there. So I thought I would start to curate this list on a weekly basis. Hope you enjoy my list!






What have you saved this week?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Count Up: The Omer

Countdown:
three
two
one
blastoff!
Taking one away
as we move
forward.

Counting up,
we add:
plus one
plus two
plus three
building
increasing
improving
growing

Filling our lives
our hearts
our selves
with the blessing

of Torah.


The second day of Pesach begins the Counting of the Omer, the period between Passover and Shavuot, a 49 day period.

The period between these two holidays represents the journey between them - from the Exodus from Egypt (celebrated on Passover) to the Revelation at Sinai (celebrated on Shavuot). Receiving the Torah isn't something that can just be done at the drop of a hat, it takes preparation and work. The period of the Omer gives us that time to reflect and consider, to pay attention to each and every day, and to literally "count up" until the Torah comes into our lives.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

#BlogExodus 4: Grow


"Said Rabbi Simon: 'Every single blade of grass has a corresponding mazal (star) in the sky which strikes it and tells it to grow." Midrash Rabba, Bereshit 10:6

Usually this quote appears with a sweeter tone, something like "every blade of grass has an angel leaning over and whispering 'grow!'"

Sometimes we need something sweet to help us grow.

But more often we need a good solid smack. 

Growth can be painful, difficult, hard. 
It often seems like it would be easier just to stay the same.
But growth is inevitable, right? We have to grow or we'll fade away....

So sometimes it takes an extra bonk on the head.

Want to join in? We're sharing #BlogExodus for the 2 weeks leading up to Passover. All you have to do is use the hashtag and there are suggested prompts on the graphic above (feel free to grab it). Maybe you just want to post on your Facebook or Twitter about these topics...or maybe you want to try #Exodusgram, posting photos related to these themes? I'll be posting my #blogExodus posts here, at this blog, my #Exodusgram pictures on my Instagram and also my tumblr site, imabima.tumblr.com, and who knows what else!? It's going to be a busy fortnight!

Monday, April 11, 2016

#BlogExodus: Purify


At the Seder we wash our hands twice.

It's not about a overly- developed sense of cleanliness, although that does seem to pervade the Pesach holiday. 

But it's about a kind of holiness that comes in a ritual purification. What does it take to make ourselves holy? Is it truly a physical act? I don't necessarily think that I need something physical to remind me to be holy. And yet....there's something powerful about ritually washing the hands, about pouring the water and thinking, considering, remembering, and yes, knowing, that there's something special, something unique, something different, and even something holy about THIS moment, this hand washing. 

So we wash our hands to purify them, to make them holy, and to set this moment apart from all others.

Want to join in? We're sharing #BlogExodus for the 2 weeks leading up to Passover. All you have to do is use the hashtag and there are suggested prompts on the graphic above (feel free to grab it). Maybe you just want to post on your Facebook or Twitter about these topics...or maybe you want to try #Exodusgram, posting photos related to these themes? I'll be posting my #blogExodus posts here, at this blog, my #Exodusgram pictures on my Instagram and also my tumblr site, imabima.tumblr.com, and who knows what else!? It's going to be a busy fortnight!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

#blogExodus: Honor


There are so many ways to celebrate Passover. More, perhaps, than any other of our holidays. It is more subject to personal traditions and preferences, it is more subject to different cultures and customs.

We read in Pirke Avot: "Hold the honor of another as dear as your own."

And so a gentle reminder to honor the customs of each Jew as we observe in our own ways this year.

Want to join in? We're sharing #BlogExodus for the 2 weeks leading up to Passover. All you have to do is use the hashtag and there are suggested prompts on the graphic above (feel free to grab it). Maybe you just want to post on your Facebook or Twitter about these topics...or maybe you want to try #Exodusgram, posting photos related to these themes? I'll be posting my #blogExodus posts here, at this blog, my #Exodusgram pictures on my Instagram and also my tumblr site, imabima.tumblr.com, and who knows what else!? It's going to be a busy fortnight!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

#BlogExodus: Start


Dawn
Kickoff
Onset
Inception
Inauguration
Takeoff

Start...

Ready, get set, go!

We're so good at the beginning, aren't we?
Good intentions, ready to get started.

This is the year that I'm going to clean all the crevices.
This is the year that I'm going to write the fabulous new haggadah.
This is the year that I'm going to create stellar menus for every night of Pesach.
This is the year that I'm going to write beautiful, thoughtful, erudite #blogexodus posts every day.
This is the year that every child will fully immerse him/herself into the story of the Exodus.

And then reality hits, doesn't it?

I'm so good at the beginning.

So I'd better get started...

Want to join in? We're sharing #BlogExodus for the 2 weeks leading up to Passover. All you have to do is use the hashtag and there are suggested prompts on the graphic above (feel free to grab it). Maybe you just want to post on your Facebook or Twitter about these topics...or maybe you want to try #Exodusgram, posting photos related to these themes? I'll be posting my #blogExodus posts here, at this blog, my #Exodusgram pictures on my Instagram and also my tumblr site, imabima.tumblr.com, and who knows what else!? It's going to be a busy fortnight!