A New Torah Mantle

When our granddaughters had their B’Not Mitzvah this past September, I was introduced to the Torah that was very likely used when my father had his Bar Mitzvah. What better honor for me than to collaborate with my cousin, Keshira HaLev to give the Torah a new mantle! Cousin Sandy’s tuxedo, shirts, hankies, and tiesContinue reading “A New Torah Mantle”

Womanist Is To Feminist As Purple Is To Lavender.

I have a new mentor, the biblical scholar, Rev. Wil Gafney. She came to my attention through her book: Womanist Midrash. I found her book looking for gift ideas for my granddaughters about to be B’not Mitzvah. Then reading her blog, I came upon her discussion about the very portion my grandchildren are studying. ItContinue reading “Womanist Is To Feminist As Purple Is To Lavender.”

E. ZERO WASTE/COLLECT

Taken from A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living by Louise Silk Available as an ebook: A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living  One can never have too many quilts. It’s easy to reach your limit on needlepoint pillows or knitted sweaters, but not quilts. There is always another bed, sofa, table, wall, birth, wedding, orContinue reading “E. ZERO WASTE/COLLECT”

F. DECONSTRUCT/ RECYCLE/UPCYCLE

Taken from A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living by Louise Silk Available as an ebook: A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living  Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us Just show up and get to work. All the best ideas come out of the work itself. Chuck Close One thing leads to another. ItContinue reading “F. DECONSTRUCT/ RECYCLE/UPCYCLE”

I. HIERARCHY OF SPIRIT

Taken from A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living by Louise Silk Available as an ebook: A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living  You learn for yourself not for others, not to show off, not to put the other one down/ learning is your secret, it is all you have, it is the only thing youContinue reading “I. HIERARCHY OF SPIRIT”

L. BUBBEWISDOM

Taken from A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living by Louise Silk Available as an ebook: A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living  BubbeWisdom ties together philosophical values, physical consciousness, psychological emotions and ephemeral spirit to improve the likelihood of right action in the right way at the right time. The first grandchild arrives along withContinue reading “L. BUBBEWISDOM”

K. GOOD, BETTER, BEST

Taken from A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living by Louise Silk Available as an ebook: A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living  Life gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every pieceContinue reading “K. GOOD, BETTER, BEST”

R. KABBALAH

Taken from A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living by Louise Silk Available as an ebook: A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living  Kabbalah is not a series of books or a series of theories, but a course in experience. It actually asks us to participate in the world in a new way. It asks usContinue reading “R. KABBALAH”

O. PIECES OF MEMORY

Taken from A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living by Louise Silk Available as an ebook: A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living  Dear Friend, Pieces of Memory, a series of fiber artworks grieving the monumental loss of my parents, will be on exhibition this fall at the American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community CenterContinue reading “O. PIECES OF MEMORY”

W. LIFE ON LIFE’S TERMS

Taken from A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living by Louise Silk Available as an ebook: A Patchwork Life: The Hands-On Guide To Living  It helps to remember that our practice is not about accomplishing anything – not about winning or losing – but about ceasing to struggle and relaxing as it is. That is what weContinue reading “W. LIFE ON LIFE’S TERMS”