praying in Tel Aviv, amidst the negative space

Even though it feels like we’ve been traveling quite a bit, last week was the first vacation we took in the year since my father died. We spent four nights in Tel Aviv and packed in a lot. We were there during a week of warmer than usual weather, so we even went into the sea. No photos of that, since we just took towels … Continue reading praying in Tel Aviv, amidst the negative space

Redefining kavod, again

I am circling towards the end of this year of mourning. Rosh Hodesh Adar will be next Wednesday, and I am working on figuring out so much. Did I do a proper job of honoring my father? Should I have done something else? Would I recommend to others that they do what I did or how they should figure out what they should do? I … Continue reading Redefining kavod, again

hands on

I realize this blog is called “touching toes”, but these past few weeks have made me focus on touching hands. We have been experiencing a lot of different occasions; our grandson putting on Tefillin for the first time (at the Kotel no less); a wedding; visiting Jerusalem with family; visits and day trips with visiting friends. When looking through the photos that I finally was … Continue reading hands on

respecting the source

I went to wash my hands this morning and phphpht phphpht No water. ISHI at that moment was calling the water department and they hadn’t known about the stoppage; it wasn’t scheduled by any of their workers (which happens frequently enough). Thankfully, truly thank G-d, at that next moment, the water returned. So that’s the question and the answer; isn’t it? We are so spoiled … Continue reading respecting the source

who has been abandoned?

כִּֽי־אָבִ֣י וְאִמִּ֣י עֲזָב֑וּנִי וַֽיהֹוָ֣ה יַאַסְפֵֽנִי׃ Though my father and mother abandon me,the LORD will take me in. Psalms 27:10 We are here in the states in order to hold an unveiling for my father this Sunday. It would have been his 97th birthday. And since it’s also Labor Day weekend, we thought it would be easier for people to attend. I also wanted to delay … Continue reading who has been abandoned?