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Published in: on October 11, 2016 at 6:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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My Shabbat Routine

Every morning to start the school day I, as the Elementary Principal, greet the students with a cheerful “Buenos Dias alumnos”. On Friday I add two more questions: #1.- “Are you happy?” (They answer “yes”) and #2.- “Why?” to which they respond at the top of their lungs: “BECAUSE IT’S FRIDAY!

The other day I saw in Facebook a criticism to meme pictures about “It’s Friday” with a happy face and “It is Monday” with a gloomy face. It said that all days should be equal in enjoyment. I  partially agree. Yes, I am to thank God for every single day of life, health and work! On the other hand, I am a believer that there is something special about the seventh day. Don’t hear me saying we need to keep the law and rest in bed all day.

shabbat tableI am saying, for me there is something special about Friday. There is a relax feeling. I go to church to our Friday Night Bible study. After that, there is always a group of friends getting together to go out. On Saturday mornings I do different things that bring particular joy and refreshment to my body,mind and soul: From leisurely walking to the market for grocery shopping, to gardening, painting or having special guests for dinner or there is sometimes someone’s birthday party to attend.

The seventh day of the week is given to men by God. First day of the week is given to God by men. In both days we worship: In the seventh day we worship our Creator; the first day we worship our risen Lord.

My routine does not lie in the activity,but in my heart; to delight and take joy in the day I “shabbat” (cease, stop, rest) from my routine work week.

 

 

 

Published in: on March 31, 2016 at 5:39 am  Comments (1)  
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Hanukkah

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Even in the darkest moments, a flickering candle burns as a reminder that the weak, the few, the feeble, the poor and the such; if they are His people, they are not alone. Messiah will provide fresh oil to cause it to burn more brightly.

Jesus, Light of the World, kindle my seemingly almost extinct light into an ongoing and unwavering flame for everyone to see that a miracle has happened here.

Published in: on December 7, 2015 at 7:06 am  Comments (2)  
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His side

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CTBCorrie Ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust and was imprisoned for it. During her presentations to audiences around the world, she would often hold the back side of a piece of embroidery,  with hundreds of tangled threads hanging from it. Many wondered if she was holding up the wrong side by mistake. As she held up the messy side of the embroidery she would ask…
“Does God always grant us what we ask for in prayer? Not always. Sometimes He says, ‘No.’ That is because God knows what we do not know. God knows all. Look at this piece of embroidery. The wrong side is chaos. But look at the beautiful picture on the other side – the right side.”

Triumphantly she flipped the cloth over and revealed an elaborately embroidered crown – symbolizing our crown of eternal life. The crown was intricately stitched, and had threads of many colors, including gold, silver and pearls.

“We see now the wrong side, God sees His side all the time. One day we shall see the embroidery from His side, and thank Him for every answered and unanswered prayer.”

“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 (New Living Translation).

Published in: on May 29, 2014 at 7:25 am  Comments (1)  
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The inner artist in me

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Swimming has been, lately, my most favorite thing to do to relax, but since in Camiri all pools are outdoors and the hot summer days are becoming only a memory from last year; I decided to stay indoor and do something else and new: Painting!

I probably haven’t done painting since my childhood days. I got the idea from the kids at school bringing their canvas, acrylic paints and brushes to art class and watching them “struggle” to finish one project. Many times I’ve  approached them offering my help and realized that I enjoyed it; so why not take on a project of painting for myself.

I’ve found that painting has its physical and mental challenges, but above all, it is an emotional work, a way to communicate and express and it is very fun!

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The painting is the “Aleph-bet luaj” The chart of the Hebrew Alphabet

Published in: on March 27, 2014 at 6:54 am  Comments (2)  
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Miracle in Disguise

EstherThe story of Esther in the Bible is one of my favorites. It shows that every little event is part of an interactive master plan. Purim is a day of celebration for deliverance of the Jews where a wicked man named Haman had selected the date of their annihilation by CASTING LOTS (Pur is Persian for “lot”).

In the book of Esther we don’t have “great” obvious miracles like plagues, walls of water, manna from heaven or stopping the Sun. Purim is a great miracle in disguise in the real drama of life. It is not one specific event. Rather it’s all the details hanging together.

Purim is celebrated with with extreme joy. People wear costumes and masks with the purpose to show that nothing is as it seems, but with awareness that God is ALWAYS pulling the strings, even when things seem to be “just happening”

“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.” Prov. 16:33

Published in: on March 13, 2014 at 12:03 am  Comments (1)  
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Monument of Jewish Immigration to Mexico

DSC03758On November 14, 2013 the Central Committee of Jewish Community in Mexico unveiled a monument to commemorate 100 years of Jewish immigration to Mexico. The impressive monument which occupies an area of 6 X 6 x 5.10 meters is a creation of architect Jacobo Micha Mizrhai and is located in the beautiful boulevard of the Port of Veracruz facing the sea where the ships entered.

The meaning of the monument: It is built mostly with basalt stone, material used in the old buildings in the Middle East, but of Mexican origin. The stone wall with a series of holes represents Mexico, where it is written with Hebrew letters “Sunrise in Veracruz” On the East side there are 100 blocks of irregular shape passing through the wall and being transformed into hundreds of elongated and refined pieces representing the fruition of the Jewish people in this country.

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ףלא ול-יהיו םישרפו בכר המלש ףסאיו  
םישרפ ףלא רשע-םינשו בכר תואמ-עבראו
:םלשוריב ךלמה-םעו בכרה ירעב םחיניו

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Published in: on December 26, 2013 at 9:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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Hanukkah

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam Shehehchiyahnu vekiyamanu vehegianu lazman ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe,

who has kept us alive, and has preserved us,

and enabled us to reach this time.

Published in: on November 28, 2013 at 5:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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Serifat HaOmer

HaOmerBeing a Jew means having just finished one holiday to start looking forward to another. Here they are barely having savored Passover now rushing to Shavuot. Serifat Ha’Omer is the counting of 49 days (7 weeks) as stated in Leviticus 23:15-16. The idea of counting each day represents spiritual preparation and anticipation. You don’t countdown the days nor number off the days. Rather, you must say, “Today is one day of the Omer,” “Today is two days of the Omer,” etc. By doing it this way, they try to give more significance to the days achieved than to the goal.

Two lessons we can learn from this:

1.- The moment we reach a spiritual milestone, we have to move the goalpost and aim higher. “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14.

2.- It’s not just the second or tenth day of a process, but every past and present step on the journey is significant. Life is not just about the goals; it’s about the journey itself.

QUOTE: A LARGE PART OF LIFE CENTERS AROUND ANTICIPATION.

Different events grow in value because of the hours we spend looking forward to them

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Ps 90:12

Published in: on April 11, 2013 at 4:36 am  Comments (1)  
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Purim Cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 butter, softened

3/4 sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2  1/4 cups flour

Variety of fillings (I used fig jam)

Sugar, for sprinkling.

These triangular-shape pastries are called “Hamantaschen” (Haman’s ears) and are eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim, celebrated last Thursday March 8th (Gregorian calendar) which commemorates the time when the Jewish people were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman called Esther.

I made them because I have also been delivered from death!

“But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head”

Published in: on March 15, 2012 at 5:29 am  Comments (2)  
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