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Living in the Era of Prophecy

Our Rabbis teach us that Prophecy ended more than 2,000 years ago in the era of Ezra and Nehemiah and it is always surprising and confusing to me how many people today seem to think that they are somehow plugged in to the deepest secrets of the universe and how free they are in sharing in a profoundly authoritative way, how we should interpret events that occur in our lives.

 

Many years ago we were looking to buy the apartment next door to ours in New York City.  We heard from…

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Added by Jodi on May 28, 2017 at 3:23am — No Comments

I am only one prayer away

I'm only one prayer away... April, 2017

that's what my father always used to say

and when I would hear those words stay

his caring words would make my day.

He was in my corner day and night

would scare those fears just out of my sight

when I was little and even big

he would make me dance the jig

and now he is gone for 35, many years

that I wonder if I can cry any more tears

yet I miss his care, concern, and motivation

his advice, his…

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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on May 12, 2017 at 7:28am — No Comments

India Musing

Traveling India is not for the faint hearted. It's magical and mysterious.  It's full of sights and sounds and color.  You are exposed to filth, poverty and masses of humanity. Each new place you arrive in feels like a different country. It tugs on your soul, inspires you and awakens adventure. Our family has a hunger for travel and thirst for information and India provides never ending…

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Added by Jodi on April 23, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments

Tomorrow's song

When life is going another way

and you wonder how to make your day

with the thoughts that all is gone

and life is not so special under your sun

you wonder how it all begun

with that wonder of fiction and fun?

was that the story that brought me a son?

so then why do I feel so glum?

with what's up today and I feel bummed?

Can things change and feel the hum 

of a new tomorrow, and not feel glum?

Can life go on and once…

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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 3:21pm — No Comments

You took that knife

You took that knife when I was not there

you took the knife without even a care

you took the knife to stab quite deep

into the flesh the knife did seep.

So now, I wonder why do I care

I just sit back to squint and stare

where were you with your thoughts to bare

the truth of then and the truth to care?

Why take the chance to go there?

Why would you even dare?

Now my children wonder why

I look to Hashem, towards the…

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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Breaking the bond

So tell me what do you gain

when you cause me more pain

by saying things that do not tell

or sit and bode you well

with me when you say

those things to ruin my day.

I can't believe that you 

go and cause me to

feel the black and feel the blue

from someone that should do

something better and something new.

I doubt that you felt the need

to go and plant that errant seed

but something made you…

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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 3:04pm — No Comments

I've been called brain washed

I love Israel yes I due

Turn my back? no can do.

I would rather fight than sue

then cause my heart to turn black and blue.

It's not that simple to love and then to hate

I would have to return to the starting gate

of time and begin to study once more

to settle this growing horrible score

against the land that I love so

and beat back those who would like to row. 

The ones who claim that I don't know

would rather spout…

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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 7:25am — No Comments

Where we donate teddy bears so far

Now, 175,000 stuffed toys and almost 15 years later, Claire bear’s is looking to widen her catchment area and expand the program. She envisions inviting others from the Diaspora to help send stuffed toys to the following locations on her list:

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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments

Israel Forever blog post of my Blue Jew bear story

Blue Jew Bear peaked over the rim of Claire bear’s artful rugsack in anticipation of what was yet to come. He was about to fly to Israel with Claire Bear’s for a trial run to consider the possibility of making teddy bear aliyah. Blue Bear would have hoped to make Nefesh Bear Nefesh ( a term determined by RYNJ students who collected stuffed toys for our project before), but he had missed the deadline to submit his paw prints and legal teddy bear documents. He had to follow Claire Bear’s…

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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments

Rabbi Claire who cares to share a doobi

Rabbi Claire Ginsburg Goldstein has been the camp Rabbi for 18 years at Surprise Lake Camp, a Jewish Federation funded camp. We bing in 15-20 Israeli counselors each summer so that our campers can learn to love Israel. She has been married to Larry Goldstein for 34+ years and they have four children, Sam, Shira, Seth and Sarah Rose.

Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 15, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments

My father's philosophy about life

As my father used to say
Don't just think that it's what comes what may
Don't allow them all to say, "hey!"
Slow down! and force you to make their day.
It's not about them, he used to tell
come…
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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 14, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments

My dream, in memory of my mother, Marvell D Ginsburg z"l, is to see a Jewish "Disneyland" built in Israel to build bridges of friendship between all Israelis and their guests. Anyone able to share in…

My dream, in memory of my mother, Marvell D Ginsburg z"l, is to see a Jewish "Disneyland" built in Israel to build bridges of friendship between all Israelis and their guests. Anyone able to share in on my dream and help me begin to make it a reality? My mother Mindl (Peleet) Devorah bat Shlomo v'Genendl loved Israel with all of her heart and soul. As Golda Meir once told her, "You are a true bat Zion." This would be a living and lasting tribute to help remember her love for Israel.…

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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 13, 2017 at 4:56pm — No Comments

The call

My mother Marvell Ginsburg z"l was on her way to "tour" Auschwitz when she received the call that her mother had died. She never completed her tour. Seth Goldstein is in Auschwitz one day before the anniversary of my mother's passing, Jan. 6th. He completed her journey, making it his own. Tying up loose ends of the family ma'agal. (circle).

Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 13, 2017 at 4:56pm — No Comments

The power of a mother's yahrtzeit 3 years later

Today is my mother's yahrtzeit...Mindl Devorah bat Shlomo and also Genendl...She didn't grow up with a Hebrew name until she entered Heder. Her Yemenite teacher gave her the name Peleet, about when she was eleven or twelve, and it stuck with her. Peleet was his way of translating Marvel. My mother changed her spelling to Marvell. My mother was passionate about her Judaism and Israel. She especially felt that Jewish early childhood education was her calling. She dreamed of…

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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 13, 2017 at 4:55pm — No Comments

My mother Marvell the Zionist

The cleaning and the scrubbing for this Holiday is very intense indeed,

wondering if there can possibly be…
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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 13, 2017 at 4:54pm — No Comments

The power of fear and negativity switched up only on Passover

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The power of emotions that don’t serve you at their best April 12, 2017

Seemingly to put you through the ringer and best your test

For jealousy, and anger, and often hatred too

Can do a number on your psyche and your body; it’s a coup.

What can you do to turn these feelings around

So that you can feel that lift and that abound

Of feeling when things can go truly right

And keep those negative thoughts and feelings

Out…

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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 13, 2017 at 4:52pm — No Comments

My father's blessing to all of us Shmuel Yudl Hacohen

I'm only one prayer away...

that's what my father always used to say

and when I would hear those words stay

his caring words would make my day.

He was in my corner day and night

would scare those fears just out of my sight

when I was little and even big

he would make me dance the jig

and now he is gone for 35, many years

that I wonder if I can cry any more…

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Added by Claire Ginsburg Goldstein on April 13, 2017 at 4:50pm — No Comments

It's All Perspective

We are on an epic journey with the family in India.  What makes India so special to travel in, is that you are constantly inundated with sights, sounds and colors.  In a small town on one street you will find a Buddhist Monastery, 3 different Hindu Temples all dedicated to different gods and a Sikh Temple.  

We went into a Monastery where hundreds of young Monks were chanting mantras, we were part of thousands walking into the Sikh Temple and we watched hundreds of…

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Added by Jodi on April 13, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Father's Response to having a Child with Special Needs

Between February being disability awareness month and March 21 being World Down Syndrome awareness day we get lots of people ask us about parenting a child with special needs. A journalist asked my husband for his perspective and this was his response:

Nine years ago, Caila came into our lives. Jodi (my wife) and I had decided not to do invasive prenatal screening and so it was only on her fourth day of life that we leant that Caila has Down syndrome. It was a defining life…

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Added by Jodi on March 22, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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