Praying for others???????

Recently in a group that I belong to a member of the group asked for prayer but I did not know how to pray or even if I should pray. You see the person is not of my faith. Her form of worship is to a deity I don’t consider to be god.

I spoke with my husband about this and he agreed with me that it was best I did not say I would pray. The Person posted some verses for prayer she wanted other to say ( it was only a suggestion). Also posted some songs to sing and it was all to praise this god she worshipped. I don’t knock people that. Worship other deities I just don’t want to be a part of it.

What would you have done?

“Guard my tongue”

So I told us that we have to keep a journal of our process I’ve always written things down but I’ve never really kept a “journal”. I decided that the best way to do this, for me that is, is to just put it here on my block share it and let others comment and give me advice as well.

I woke up this morning to a downpour of rain I was kind of surprised because it had not been raining before I went to bed but the ground was totally saturated I’m saying this because normally I like to go out in the backyard facing the woods and saying my morning prayers. That was not possible today due to the rain and the saturation of the grass.

I sat at the dining room table which faces the wooded area in the backyard and send my morning prayers it was okay but not quite the same as I was praying this morning I realize that many of my prayers express things that are often in my heart at the time. One of the prayers is called Shemonen Esrei, also known as “Amidah”. This wonderful prayer is known as the “service of the heat”. This prayer has many movements in it, at least to me anyway. I’m often transported from my body to a much lighter state and I feel s if my heart will bust by the time I reach the end. I’ve often cried when reciting this prayer.

One of the last prayers is the Elohal. In this prayer we ask that our tongue be guarded from evil ( it is one if my favorite prayers. I remember as a child my gran saying to me that if I master the are of speaking only things that are kind I would find great peace in my life. I’ve often wondered how to do this? My husband has, in my opinion, mastered it. He says if there is something tire but unkind, don’t speak it. And if you do only speak it in private to the person and only if you think the person will accept it and it will effect change.

Last night my husband reviled to me that he has been unhappy in our marriage for sometime now. I did not know how to respond to his confession. As we continued to talk, he told me it all had to do with my attitude and the things that I say when I’m upset. He accepts that he is the cause of my feelings, but how I have choice to deal with it is a cause of great discomfort to him. He said it is my words that has caused this feeling in him. This morning my mind was transported back to that conversation we had and as I said the prayer I included that I may never speak words of hurt again.

I find that our lessons in life can come from strange places but if we are willing to listen we can learn and grow pass them. I thanked my husband for being willing to tell me about myself and asked for his forgiveness.

Things often forgotten when moving


Keeping kosher isn’t only about what we eat; it’s the way we eat it too. Here’s a guide to kashering your holiday home, wherever it may be.


Microwave Convection Ovens:
Kasher in exactly the same way as a regular oven (see previous post)

Microwave Ovens:
Clean all surfaces thoroughly. Leave out of use for 24 hours. Boil water in a polystyrene container by placing it in the microwave for a half hour (refill it if it dries out). If you intend placing food directly onto the revolving plate it must be kashered by immersing it in boiling water.

A desperate call for help

A desperate need has arrived please we need donations now
Hello! My name is Nitza-Chana, I am one of the members of a group called “Sisters-helping-sisters” on facebook. We are a support group for women who dress modestly. Through our love to cover, we’ve found a connection–a bond if you please–that surpasses what we do in the way we dress.

Recently, we’ve received many requests from our members asking for help to pay rent, buy food, gas, light, and even water bills. Many of them have small children. These are not women who look for hand outs. Many of them work outside the home.

Imagine getting your paycheck on Friday and having to decide between paying your rent, buying food for your children, or paying the electric bill. Your small check can not cover it all and you must decide which of those three is most important.

I cannot imagine how difficult that decision can be for a mother. I cannot imagine what it’s like to look your child in the face and tell them that they have nothing to eat tonight. Yes, I know there are shelters. There are places you can go when you need assistance in America but they are not always available, and they’re not always convenient. And not all of our members live in America.

Today we have an opportunity to help them, keep them from being on the street, and allowing them to continue to work and support themselves. Sometimes, everyone just needs a little help. I’m asking you today to give from your heart to help another person in the world keep their heads above water. Here is the link to donate:


Don’t ask why?????

Today I have a heavy heart for what has happened in the world.  This shows the how even the worst version of those who do evil is unknown.  Today I feel like a Pandora’s Box of all the secret hateful parts of man has been unleashed.  His arrogance, his spite, his condescension–can never compare to what has sprung open.  For some, this has been known for many years but to the rest of the world, now you can see it.

I am not prefect, nor do I hold myself to some higher level but I am in no ways as low as these men who did this evil.  My husband said to me, don’t start asking Why, there is no explanation that will EVER explain this hate.

These pictures are graphic and I would never share something like this but the time for holding back has passed and the world needs to wake up to all the hate that is happening in the world.  I did not think things would get worst then what I saw in MO.
but all it takes is a “wake up”.  Man has shown me that there is no level of low he will not stoop to show his hate for his fellow man.

Here is what is being reported: At around 7am, the terrorists – wielding massive knives and a gun – entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue on Harav Shimon Agasi Street, which includes both a synagogue and yeshiva (rabbinical seminary), and carried out attacks in more than one location.

Graphic images from Scene

It matters not how bad things become, I will still want to do this.

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