What’s in a name? Rivki Silver – Thoughts & Music sounds nice, but as month after month went by and it was all thoughts and no music, I wondered if it was time to take out the “Music” part of my blog’s name. But being a musician is so deeply ingrained in my personality, in… Continue reading Avinu Malkeinu
Good Chodesh everyone! It’s Rosh Chodesh Elul, so you know what that means……ANOTHER YEAR OF QUICK THOUGHTS FOR ELUL! That makes six years of this video series, for those of you keeping track. Let’s dive right in. Today is technically the last day of the month of Av, but it’s also the first day of… Continue reading Quick Thoughts For Elul Returns!
Here we are, on the other side of all those holidays. Whew! Anyone else feeling their head spinning? Just me? I don’t think it’s just me. It was, as usual, a rollicking, hectic, wonderful, uplifting, stressful, overwhelming, inspiring month. There were high highs and low lows and now we are back to our scheduled programming… Continue reading New (Jewish) Year, New You
Okay, that’s an exaggeration. I actually do have some things done, a result of me finally learning to double kugel recipes and also bake kugels in smaller containers (my family never, never finishes a 9×13, even when we have guests, and the leftover inevitably are tossed, but it took me years to just put the… Continue reading It’s Almost Rosh Hashanah And Almost Nothing Is Done
Yes, you read that correctly. When I opened the refrigerator on Thursday night to take out the food for the next meal, I noticed that the temperature inside the fridge was . . . not cold. I closed the door and immediately re-opened it, thinking maybe I was imagining things. But, no, it was definitely… Continue reading Things I Learned When My Fridge Stopped Working on Rosh Hashana
Well, here we are in the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, the ten days in between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. In these days our judgments are hanging in the balance, and we are praying for the best. It’s common for people to step up their mitzvah observance in order to merit a favorable judgment. Some people… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Hanging in the Balance
I recently started davening from a siddur again after a long stretch of it not being feasible. Though I definitely have had finer moments with my concentration level, I’m happy to at least do what I can. Weekday Shemoneh Esrei? No problemo. Thank G-d, my kids are able to occupy themselves while I daven. … Continue reading Torah Tuesdays: Rosh HaShanah davening with small children afoot