The Best Motto

Gd, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannon change
Courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

You woke up this morning - Congratulations! You got another chance!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021


Burt Prelutsky (himself a secular Jew) once noted that religious Jews in America probably have more in common with devout Christians than they do with their left wing progressive brethren.  Unfortunately, I knew that before I read his article, and in the intervening years I saw more and more examples confirming this sad fact. I pray for my lost brothers and sisters; I hope that they will be granted the clarity of vision to find the way back to the truth, to the real pride in their heritage, and to Heavenly Father - and I hope that I personally can (at least most of the time) teach them by example. 

However, this is not why I remembered Burt’s observation; as we all know, Gd works in mysterious ways, and a lot of times His messages come from somewhat unexpected places.  

These past two years  have been extremely challenging to the USA, Israel, and the Jews - and each day seems to bring more and more bad news.  I firmly believe that He has a plan that we can’t possibly see, and we should never, ever lose hope - or consider ourselves defeated (unhorsed, possibly, using a line from one of my beloved romance novels, but not defeated!); but sometimes the constant barrage of enemy fire gets to be a bit too much for my psyche.

A few days ago I caught a little video of Kayleigh McEnany talking about her upcoming book, the title of which is For Such a Time as This; Kayleigh pointed out that the title does come from the Bible, and kept asking the audience if they recognized the quote.  Since I usually read the holy texts in Hebrew (or in the translation very different from King James or NIV), I could not immediately pinpoint the correct source - but something told me that it was from Esther.  Sure enough, it was from Esther - and Kayleigh explained that the reason she used that phrase is because she firmly believes that she was put on this Earth, in her body, with her parents, with her family - for such a time as this.

Book of Esther - the first and foremost theme of which is Gd’s hidden ways!  That was the message - I am Hidden, but I am with you!  You know the truth, you know the enemy - and you were put here for such a time as this!  You know the stakes of this fight; don’t stay silent, don’t put down your sword, keep fighting - and I am here with you!

Father chose this brave patriot and devout Catholic to send me a message of encouragement and hope!  May He always protect His people, the people who truly believe in Him, the Holy Land, and this wonderful country!  Blessings to Kaleigh, Baby Blake, and her entire family!  We were all put on this Earth for such a time as this - let us keep our hope, and keep fighting! 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021


Beloved Niece:

Can I make you a ponytail?


Papi, you have a lot of grey hair!

Well, thanks for reminding me...

You didn't know you have grey hair?

August 5, 2012


Conversation with my 2-year-old niece:

Where are we going?

To the zoo.

No, I don't want to go to the zoo! I want to go to the library!


I want books! I need books!

Definitely related...

August 9, 2012


 My Minnie Mouse suitcase scared all the ladies on the bus - nobody wanted to sit with me! Hurray for demented fashion!

September 21, 2012


Upon opening the freezer was attacked by the flying objects; upon further investigation, conducted by the roomie and yours truly, it was concluded that, since the attackers were cabbage relatives and peasant bread, the attack itself was, most probably, ordered by the IRA. 

October 15, 2012


 Curry does not spend a lot of time on my bed. If he deigns to come, his usual routine is to jump to my left hand, go around my head, walk on my hair, make a circle, and jump off in the vicinity of my right foot. Today, after making a circle around my head, he landed by my shoulder and just stayed, letting me pet him, breathing and purring in my ear - as if he knew that I needed to be comforted.

November 7, 2012


 Missed all the excitement! It looks like NYPD was knocking on every single door, looking for a man with a dog; Benny informed them that we only have 2 cats, and there is also an older sister in the apartment, after which they went to knock on the next door.

November 8, 2012

Wednesday, June 09, 2021


Love of a big brother: Beloved Nephew refused to get in the stroller as he hates Martian plastic (which was needed due to rain); claimed that he is not at all tired to walk to school for three blocks; agreed to go in when informed that his baby sister is not feeling very well and can't be outside for too long - ergo, if he gets in, we can walk much faster :)

April 1, 2011


Granddaughter of a man who was politely informed by KGB that he will rot in USSR, and a woman who was cursed by Russians for producing too many Jewish kids, was complimented by her teacher for doing extra Hebrew homework; Gd bless this country!

May 31, 2011

Thursday, June 03, 2021


Beloved Niece: "Papi, I want to tell you a secret! There was a man and a woman in the elevator, and they did this (showing a pucker)". "Yes, sweetness, they were kissing each other." "Do they want to get married?"

August 15, 2011

I, to Beloved Nephew: "do you know that I love your nose?" "You love every part of me, Papi! You know how I know? Because you love me!"

August 14, 2011

Beloved Nephew is spending too much time in my company:

"Serenity now! This is not your light, Mister! You are not the mater of the road!" But the last one is all his beautiful sweetness: "Hashem is the Master of the road!"

August 11, 2011