Monday, March 13, 2017

Whatever we're looking for is what we will see.

Closed storefront mural, Machaneh Yehudah Market, Jerusalem


There's a common adage that goes (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Whatever we're looking for is what we will see." Psalm 68:20, the basis for the song "Baruch Adonai" asks us to see God's sustaining power in every day and every moment. If we look for this sustaining power can see it? I'm not sure. But if we aren't looking for it, then we're likely to see whatever it is that we're looking for.

"Blessings be to God, who day by day sustains us."

Whatever we're looking for is what we will see. 

"Ever present kindness."

Whatever we're looking for is what we will see.

"Broken shards become whole." 

Whatever we're looking for is what we will see.

"Endless beauty comes our way."

Whatever we're looking for is what we will see.

"Blessings rain, great and small."

Whatever we're looking for is what we will see.

"A warm embrace from a loving friend."

Whatever we're looking for is what we will see. 

As you listen to "Baruch Adonai" (Track 6 on Menschology), enjoy the lullaby feel of the music and try to take to heart the vision expressed in the Psalm and the additional lyrics. You can listen wherever you stream music or on CD Baby.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Love Your Neighbor

It's simple: 
Love your neighbor as yourself.
The rest is commentary. 
Love your neighbor even after they've moved and are no longer your neighbor.
Love your neighbor even before they're your neighbor.
Love your neighbor even when their guests park in front of your mailbox. 
Love your neighbor even when they need to access their yard through your yard. 
Love your neighbor even when they always seem to have a question for you just when you've gotten home from a long day. 
Love your neighbor even if you don't love your HOA. 

It's simple:
Love your neighbor as yourself.
The rest is commentary. 
Love your neighbor even when they don't look like you. 
Love your neighbor even when they don't talk like you.
Love your neighbor even when they celebrate different holy days. 
Love your neighbor even if they call God by a different name. 


It's simple:
Love your neighbor as yourself.
The rest is commentary.
Now go and practice it.

If you want to hear the Menschology version of love your neighbor click here or check it out wherever you stream music. 







Friday, March 3, 2017

A Special Moment for 7th Grade

Davis Academy 7th Grade Students each received their own special Tanach (Hebrew Bible) in a special ceremony today in the Kaufman Chapel. During the ceremony they did two things: 1) write their Hebrew name and 2) mark their Bar/Bat Mitzvah portion. The Tanachim will be used during 7th and 8th grade Jewish Studies and great care was made to select a Tanach that has lots of additional resources to aid with this ongoing study. 

 At the end of the ceremony the students carried their Tanachim with them back to the Middle School—a symbolic gesture of how this sacred book will journey with them through life. Mazal tov to 7th grade and todah rabah to Moreh Sim Pearl for organizing the ceremony!