Sriracha Rocks! This made me smile…

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Jewish Headstones: Then and Now

I’ve never seen these in person, but I’d like to. The headstones for my paternal great-grandparents are quite fascinating. Quite different than what we see today. Most notable, a picture of the deceased on the stone and quite detailed scripture and praise. Here is an example of what I mean. The headstone for my great-grandmother, Dorothy Dobzevitz.

I never knew here. She died when my father was a child. Yet I can learn so much about her from this unique piece of history. 

My father’s is much more simple and less elaborate. Yet it achieves the same objective. While times I have changed, one thing has not. The Jewish notion of Kavod HaMet, honoring the deceased. Watch for a future post from my planned visit this coming summer.

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My first ever visit to a board game bar. “The Rook OTR” in Cincinnati.

I’m always looking for interesting things to do with my sons on the weekends. Today was no exception. We loved our first visit to “The Rook OTR.”

A fun place with hundreds of board games, a great venue, and a great menu. The boys loved it. Staff went out of there way to help us and even played a few rounds of “Risk” with us. We will surely be back. I wish the owners well and am confident this new attraction will be successful.

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Here we go again…Blogging.

I was cleaning out my laptop at home and realized that it has been more than a year since I last posted here. Time flies. I need to get back into this. Stay tuned. 

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The $1 Billion Dollar Presidential Campaign

I am really quite saddened to hear that experts are predicting that the major presidential candidates in 2016 could possibly spend upwards of $1 billion dollars each. I get the fact that campaigns are not inexpensive to operate, especially ones that are effective and eventually win.  However, think of all the good that those funds could produce if invested in our citizens and our communities. Just think.

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The Beauty of Shabbat Candles

After being away from it for far too long, I’ve recently come back to lighting Shabbat candles every week. This simple Jewish ritual marking the start of the Sabbath has become a cherished moment each week with my sons where everything just stops and we all say the blessing together. While we may not observe the Sabbath in the strictest sense, it is something that I look forward to on Friday night. It has also given me the chance to just simply reflect on life without any distraction. I’m most happy to welcome this ritual back to my life.

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War on Diabetes

I was diagnosed as a Type 2 Diabetic some time ago. It came as no surprise. It is hereditary and I had all of the symptoms. Over the years, I have struggled with this disease with little or no success in diminishing the impact on my body and my life. But this week, I had a major scare that came as a complication of the disease. After three visits to the ER, I’ve had it. I’ve had enough. I need to get serious about making substantive changes to my life that will allow me to live as long a life as I can. No more excuses, no more deferred maintenance. The time is now. My life flashed before my eyes while in the treatment room and I realized that I am not going to let this disease win. My sons deserve a father who is healthy and well and I am pledging to fight this for them as well as my own well-being. More to come…

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