Not My Day

Pennystock and SaraK had their moments.  Now its my turn.

It actually started last night with my not being able to fall asleep until welll after 2am due to my extended Shabbos nap. I woke up this morning to the shrill of my alarm clock at 6:30am so I could shower before taking my parents to the airport.  I get to my parent house, where I’m told that I had been informed that they got a ride from someone else and that I didn’t have to take them anymore.  Fine.  I then prepare for teaching at Gesher LaTorah, located at the JCC.  I get there and the lights are all out.  Turns out they’re closed for Presidents Day.  Doh.   I already had my morning coffee so I doubt I’ll be able to fall asleep anytime soon.

So here we are, about to begin one of my busier school weeks, and as of 9am Sunday morning, its already going bad.


Talking to God

Today, I attended the CJE‘s annual Yom Iyun, where the theme was God. After the initial keynote address by Rabbi Kushner, a reform rabbi from San Francisco, the 400+ participants broke up into several groups for talks by other community leaders. I attended a talk by Rabbi Goldberger, of Tiferes Yisrael, about talking to God, and the way we communicate with Him. The audience included people from all sorts of Jewish backgrounds and denominations.

He opened up with three basic questions.

  1. Who can daven? Does it have to be someone special? Should it be someone who does the davening for you?
  2. Are there specific times that one should daven? Meaning, is it something that should only be done mornings, set times, etc.
  3. What should we daven about? Can we/should we only daven about the ‘important stuff’ like world peace or the health of the sick?

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As a teacher at Gesher LaTorah, I find that I have to prepare lots of class lessons and projects for each week that I teach. Because of my limited creative talents, I find myself looking online for lots of ideas for crafts and whatnot. I found a great website a while ago that I figured I’d share with anyone else who may be in the teaching field. The site,, is geared towards Orthodox Jews, and seriously has the best resources out there for Jewish teaching. It has great craft ideas, songs, and a whole gamut of other ideas to incorporate into your teaching. I’m not affiliated with them, but I think its a great site to pass along. Registration is painless. And the best part is that its all 100% free. I probably used that site for 80% of my curriculum in the last teaching year, and the kids all loved the activities. Enjoy.