Defending Israel

As you likely have already heard and are praying about, Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ has been under increased deadly rocket attack this week. In the past 48 hours 1050+ rockets have been fired from Gaza.

Israel is working courageously to protect, rescue, and defend Israeli citizens and also non-Israeli civilians in Gaza. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Please continue to pray for Israel. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ HaShem is watching and protecting. Please pray for everyone who is scared, hurt, and in danger. May hearts and souls seek out the Creator and His healing comfort.

Israel Defense Forces ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ are making every effort, going above and beyond, to valiantly neutralize terrorists only.

The majority of US citizens ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ are for Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ and against any American $$$$ being used to fund these terror rockets from Gaza.

Decency and compassion are on the side of Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ and Israel most certainly has every right to defend. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Am Yisrael Chai. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ The Jewish People Live. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Baruch HaShem.

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ื™ื•ื ื™ืจื•ืฉืœื™ื Yom Yerushalayim Jerusalem Day

Happy Yerushalayim Day! We celebrate Jerusalem, the City of Gold, Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, ื™ืจื•ืฉืœื™ื ืฉืœ ื–ื”ื‘ ! โค

When is Yom Yerushalayim celebrated?
Well, to me every day is to celebrate Yerushalayim, but the day we focus on it specifically is the 28th day of Iyar. This is seven days prior to the holiday of Shavuot.

Why do we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim?
How could we not?!?!? We thank HaShem for giving miracles and the victory in the Six Day War in 1967 with Jewish sovereignity reclaiming and reunifing Jerusalem. It is the Holy City that is protected by the Creator. A beautiful city with a lot of Jewish history that draws us and Jewish present to maintain and Jewish future of promise. So much to celebrate!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Baruch HaShem.

Jerusalem If I forget you..verses 5 and 6 of ืชื”ืœื™ื Tehillim/Psalms Chapter 137
ื” ืึดื-ืึถืฉืึฐื›ึผึธื—ึตืšึฐ ื™ึฐืจื•ึผืฉืึธืœึธึดื– ืชึผึดืฉืึฐื›ึผึทื— ื™ึฐืžึดื™ื ึดื™.
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
ื• ืชึผึดื“ึฐื‘ึผึทืง-ืœึฐืฉืื•ึนื ึดื™, ืœึฐื—ึดื›ึผึดื™– ืึดื-ืœึนื ืึถื–ึฐื›ึผึฐืจึตื›ึดื™:
ืึดื-ืœึนื ืึทืขึฒืœึถื”, ืึถืช-ื™ึฐืจื•ึผืฉืึธืœึทึดื– ืขึทืœ, ืจึนืืฉื ืฉื‚ึดืžึฐื—ึธืชึดื™.
6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not;ย  if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.

How to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim in Eretz Yisrael and around the world?
With much praise and prayer to HaShem with family and friends with music, singing, fun, dancing, and great food! โค If able to be in Yerushalayim – ideal.

Please pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
There are hard times, but even in the midst of them, HaShem shines His Light and draws us to Him. He offers eternal life through Yeshua – that is an awesome gift that is unmatched, to live forever with Him. He gives us peace as only He can. It is a powerful and very real shalom that one can know is true.

Psalms Chapter 122 ืชึผึฐื”ึดืœึผึดื™ื
ื ืฉืึดื™ืจ ื”ึทืžึผึทืขึฒืœื•ึนืช, ืœึฐื“ึธื•ึดื“:
ืฉื‚ึธืžึทื—ึฐืชึผึดื™, ื‘ึผึฐืึนืžึฐืจึดื™ื ืœึดื™– ื‘ึผึตื™ืช ื™ึฐื”ื•ึธื” ื ึตืœึตืšึฐ.
1 A Song of Ascents; of David. I rejoiced when they said unto me: ‘Let us go unto the house of the LORD.’
ื‘ ืขึนืžึฐื“ื•ึนืช, ื”ึธื™ื•ึผ ืจึทื’ึฐืœึตื™ื ื•ึผ– ื‘ึผึดืฉืึฐืขึธืจึทื™ึดืšึฐ, ื™ึฐืจื•ึผืฉืึธืœึธึดื.
2 Our feet are standing within thy gates, O Jerusalem;
ื’ ื™ึฐืจื•ึผืฉืึธืœึทึดื ื”ึทื‘ึผึฐื ื•ึผื™ึธื”– ื›ึผึฐืขึดื™ืจ, ืฉืึถื—ึปื‘ึผึฐืจึธื”-ืœึผึธื”ึผ ื™ึทื—ึฐื“ึผึธื•.
3 Jerusalem, that art builded as a city that is compact together;
ื“ ืฉืึถืฉึผืึธื ืขึธืœื•ึผ ืฉืึฐื‘ึธื˜ึดื™ื, ืฉืึดื‘ึฐื˜ึตื™-ื™ึธื”ึผ–ืขึตื“ื•ึผืช ืœึฐื™ึดืฉื‚ึฐืจึธืึตืœ: ืœึฐื”ึนื“ื•ึนืช, ืœึฐืฉืึตื ื™ึฐื”ื•ึธื”.
4 Whither the tribes went up, even the tribes of the LORD, as a testimony unto Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.
ื” ื›ึผึดื™ ืฉืึธืžึผึธื”, ื™ึธืฉืึฐื‘ื•ึผ ื›ึดืกึฐืื•ึนืช ืœึฐืžึดืฉืึฐืคึผึธื˜: ื›ึผึดืกึฐืื•ึนืช, ืœึฐื‘ึตื™ืช ื“ึผึธื•ึดื“.
5 For there were set thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
ื• ืฉืึทืึฒืœื•ึผ, ืฉืึฐืœื•ึนื ื™ึฐืจื•ึผืฉืึธืœึธึดื; ื™ึดืฉืึฐืœึธื™ื•ึผ, ืึนื”ึฒื‘ึธื™ึดืšึฐ.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper that love thee.
ื– ื™ึฐื”ึดื™-ืฉืึธืœื•ึนื ื‘ึผึฐื—ึตื™ืœึตืšึฐ; ืฉืึทืœึฐื•ึธื”, ื‘ึผึฐืึทืจึฐืžึฐื ื•ึนืชึธื™ึดืšึฐ.
7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
ื— ืœึฐืžึทืขึทืŸ, ืึทื—ึทื™ ื•ึฐืจึตืขึธื™– ืึฒื“ึทื‘ึผึฐืจึธื”-ื ึผึธื ืฉืึธืœื•ึนื ื‘ึผึธืšึฐ.
8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say: ‘Peace be within thee.’
ื˜ ืœึฐืžึทืขึทืŸ, ื‘ึผึตื™ืช-ื™ึฐื”ื•ึธื” ืึฑืœึนื”ึตื™ื ื•ึผ– ืึฒื‘ึทืงึฐืฉืึธื” ื˜ื•ึนื‘ ืœึธืšึฐ.
9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

Yes, as you can tell, I love Yerushalayim and treasure the City of David, the City of Gold. โค I pray for shalom and for protection with victory against those who want to destroy. Am Yisrael Chai! HaShem is faithful. Baruch HaShem.

~ย  ื—ื™ื”

Prayer Power

Prayer is a wonderful blessing and connection to the Creator. This is something truly wonderful given to all of us, male or female. It’s a gift, without anything to do with the amount of money you have. He hears each one of our prayers, however long or short it is and in any language. It’s always free to pray and is truly unlimited. A prayer requires only a heart and soul seeking Him. Even before we pray, our Creator hears us. He knows our thoughts and our hearts.

Every day is a good day for prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us how much we should pray: “Pray without ceasing.” As the saying goes, life is fragile, handle with prayer. The US National Day of Prayer was established in 1952 and is in May of every year. More specifically detailed in 1988 to be on the first Thursday of May yearly. People aren’t required to pray, but they are allowed to, which is to be unprohibited. No government, private organizations, big corporations, or teacher’s unions, etc., are to interrupt or stop this right of each and everyone of us. No one can stop a person from praying – it can even be silent.

America is a Judeo-Christian republic. We have a Constitution that was wisely and carefully written, guided not by any earthly kings or dictators, but by the Creator and King of the Universe, the Holy One of Israel. We all can be caring about Americans and individuals all over the world, which is an important characteristic that shows compassion and wisdom by seeking God’s help and protection. He can do anything.

Any student ever halted from praying at graduation or any time, has had their Constitutional rights denied to them. That is not the way things should ever be. No one is forced to pray, and no one should be denied that right to pray to the Creator of all of us.

Always remember, the Creator is available every second of every day to hear us about anything. He’s waiting patiently. โค

ืฉืžืข Shema is the first word of the 1st paragraph of the Jewish daily prayer, which means hear/listen. “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. ย And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.

ืฉืึฐืžึทืข The Shema

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

Each one of you reading this, my family and friends, and everyone are in my prayers. You can reach out to the Creator – He can help with anything. โค

~ Chaya ื—ื™ื”

Yom HaAtzma’ut Israel Independence Day ื™ื•ื ื”ืขืฆืžืื•ืช

Yom HaAtzma’ut Israel Independence Day ื™ื•ื ื”ืขืฆืžืื•ืช
ย  Happy Independence Day, Israel! Much celebration, going from the solemn remembrance of Yom HaZikaron to the exuberant joy of Yom HaAtzma’ut! L’Chaim!

When is Yom HaAtzma’ut
ย  It is on the 5th day of the Jewish month of Iyar, immediately following Yom HaZikaron, unless the days would be on Shabbat.

What We are Celebrating on This Day
ย  In 1948, Jewish survivors of Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust, from Europe, along with Israeli born Jews, other Jews from around the world, and a few friends, won the intense fight for Israel’s independence. Brave men and women, despite not having much of a chance to recover from the terrors of the preceding years due to the nazis’ murderous regime, had victory over enemies. This the Israelis did with the Creator’s help. Not everyone acknowledged this fact, but true it was, just the same. Determination, resourcefulness, much hard work were needed to win the war for independence and maintaining a free country. Especially prayer and faith (ืืžื•ื ื” emunah) in the Creator were needed, which is also true today.

How Yom HaAtzma’ut is Celebrated
ย  Songs, good food, joy, singing, enjoying these things together with family and friends and most of all, praising HaShem.

ย  The Israeli Flag, which had been half-mast for Yom HaZikaron, is raised and once again flying at full mast.

ย  In the US, some ceremonies take place for Yom HaZikaron right before the start of Yom HaAtzma’ut.

Who Celebrates the Holiday
ย  Aliyah means to go up, to return to the land of our ancestors, Eretz Yisrael. Jews in Israel, either born there or having made Aliyah, and all around the world, celebrate this joyous victory and look forward to future miracles HaShem will do for Yisrael. It’s exciting, because it’s not just a maybe or could be, but a definite thing.

ย  Anyone, Jew or Gentile, from any country, speaking any language, who loves Israel is free to celebrate!

The Significance of Sad Before Joy
ย  As at Pesach when we have ืžืจื•ืจ Maror, the bitter herb, representing our ancestors’ slavery with the sweetness of freedom, represented by ื—ืจื•ืกืช Charoset, tears of sadness can be changed into tears of joy. Only with HaShem can true eternal freedom take place in our very souls when we ask Him for it. We need to hang tight onto emuna in Him, in sad and happy times. He is always faithful even when we can’t always see His ways as clearly as we could, unless we look to Him. One of the ways those of us who believe in Yeshua HaMashiach as the Promised One of Yisrael can know that He has already come once, is the return of more Jews to Eretz Yisrael and the fulfillment of prophecies when Israel reclaimed the land in 1948.

ย  The Israeli National Anthem, ื”ืชืงื•ื•ื” “HaTikvah”, Hebrew for The Hope, speaks eloquently about the Jewish soul and that Hope that sings to us from our hearts every day. Some may try to silence or stifle it, but it is always there. I love this song very much and I love Israel so very much. Here is a beautiful rendition of HaTikvah by Seymour Silbermintz.

2 Chronicles Chapter 7 ื“ึผึดื‘ึฐืจึตื™ ื”ึทื™ึผึธืžึดื™ื ื‘
ื™ื“ ื•ึฐื™ึดื›ึผึธื ึฐืขื•ึผ ืขึทืžึผึดื™ ืึฒืฉืึถืจ ื ึดืงึฐืจึธื-ืฉืึฐืžึดื™ ืขึฒืœึตื™ื”ึถื, ื•ึฐื™ึดืชึฐืคึผึทืœึฐืœื•ึผ ื•ึดื™ื‘ึทืงึฐืฉืื•ึผ ืคึธื ึทื™, ื•ึฐื™ึธืฉืึปื‘ื•ึผ, ืžึดื“ึผึทืจึฐื›ึตื™ื”ึถื ื”ึธืจึธืขึดื™ื–ื•ึทืึฒื ึดื™, ืึถืฉืึฐืžึทืข ืžึดืŸ-ื”ึทืฉึผืึธืžึทื™ึดื, ื•ึฐืึถืกึฐืœึทื— ืœึฐื—ึทื˜ึผึธืืชึธื, ื•ึฐืึถืจึฐืคึผึธื ืึถืช-ืึทืจึฐืฆึธื.
14 if My people, upon whom My name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Am Yisrael Chai! The Jewish People Live!

Yom HaZikaron Israeli Memorial Day ื™ื•ื ื”ื–ื›ืจื•ืŸ ืœื—ืœืœื™ ืžืขืจื›ื•ืช ื™ืฉืจืืœ ื•ืœื ืคื’ืขื™ ืคืขื•ืœื•ืช ื”ืื™ื‘ื”

Yom HaZikaron Israeli Memorial Day
ื™ื•ื ื”ื–ื›ืจื•ืŸ ืœื—ืœืœื™ ืžืขืจื›ื•ืช ื™ืฉืจืืœ ื•ืœื ืคื’ืขื™ ืคืขื•ืœื•ืช ื”ืื™ื‘ื”
Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day

  This blog entry is to honor and to remember all the brave men and women who have held onto the hope of Eretz Yisrael, Hebrew for the Land of Israel, and shalom while battling Israel’s enemies, having their lives on Earth ended abruptly while protecting and defending Israel. May each one who has fought and will fight, be appreciated. For the families and friends, there is a need for comfort daily. Our tears are seen by the Holy One of Israel. A blog post isn’t enough to say todah rabah (thank you very much). I carry my thanks with me as I try to show it as well.

History of Remembrance Day
  Yom HaZikaron always is the day before Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Indepedence Day, on the 4th of Iyar (unless that is on Shabbat).
  In 1948, the modern, Jewish State of Israel was renewed, always there, but reclaimed. Yom Ha’Atzmaut held the joy of independence, but also the sadness and heartbreak for family and friends of those killed in the line of duty, so an additional day was needed to be set aside for remembering and honoring those who’d died. David Ben-Gurion (Minister of Defense) in 1951 helped bring about a “General Memorial Day for the Heroes of the War of Independence”. The Knesset (Israeli government) created the official law for it in 1963 called Heroes Remembrance Day (War of Independence and Israel Defense Army) Law. It was amended to Memorial Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars in 1980.

The ืžื ื”ื’ Minhag (Traditions) of Yom HaZikaron
  Pretty much everything in Israel closes for the day. The Israeli flag is flown at half mast. Like for Yom HaShoah, sirens can be heard through Eretz Yisrael twice, starting with the beginning of Yom HaZikaron and right before prayer in the military ceremonies. There is a complete two minute stop for everything as the siren sounds. Thoughts are on those who died for Israel to be free and safe, for the reality of the national anthem, HaTikvah (The Hope). In Israel, there are military ceremonies, prayers at the Western Wall on the Temple Mount, speeches, wreath-laying, a military cantor sings “El Maleh Rachamim”, and military gun salutes. It is solemn, respectful, and honorable. In the US, and some other countries, there are ceremonies, too, varying in size. Wherever someone is remembering, in Israel, in the USA, wherever, at a ceremony, at home, tears, thoughts, and prayers flow silently in many hearts, all over the world, this day as we honor those who’ve died in defense of Israel. Just typing this I’m having a hard time. Faces, names, mitzvot done by those brave and courageous to risk it all. That is not to forget those who have survived, many because of the actions of those we honor today.

Who We Honor on Yom HaZikaron
  Those who’ve died in the defense of Israel, of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), soldiers, police, border guards, General Security Service, Mossad, and the murder victims killed by our enemies.
  We know the names of many, but this day also recognizes and remembers the unknown names of the People who have been killed in the defense of Israel and her People, who aren’t known to us. They aren’t unknown to HaShem. He knows.
  Each one is special, each one is known by the Creator, each one Yeshua (Jesus) died for. We who believe and those who don’t, all are one in our grief, but also in our hope of a better tomorrow.
  May their memories be for a blessing.

My Thoughts and Thanks
for those who defended Israel with everything they had.
I often write a poem in honor of the brave souls. Here is my newest one.

Todah Rabah
All through the years,
those who’ve been murdered
taken away by the enemy,
some in Israel, some across the world
far or near, those killed in numbers
or seemingly all alone,
the enemy tried to blow out their light
but it flickers on in the Hope
never truly extinguished, even on Earth
as we, who are here, keep the flame
it glows in our words, in our mitzvot,
and especially
in our prayers to the Holy One of Yisrael
When we say, todah rabah,
it means so much more
than those two words alone.
For they are not words alone
but together, each one of us,
we are together.
We don’t know all the details of the past
or even of the present, nor of the future
but we know the One and that He knows.
Forever, He is the same, Past, Present, and Future.

  I pray for each person who fights and defends Eretz Yisrael, protecting the People, the Land. Freedom, protection, and safety are all blessings from the Holy One of Israel – He is the King of the Universe. The dangers and horrors that are faced – truly our survival is by the grace, mercy, and power of HaShem. Todah rabah.

Psalms Chapter 126 ืชึผึฐื”ึดืœึผึดื™ื

ื‘ึผึฐืฉืื•ึผื‘ ื™ึฐื”ื•ึธื”, ืึถืช-ืฉืึดื™ื‘ึทืช ืฆึดื™ึผื•ึนืŸ– ื”ึธื™ึดื™ื ื•ึผ, ื›ึผึฐื—ึนืœึฐืžึดื™ื. 1 A Song of Ascents.
When the LORD brought back those that returned to Zion, we were like unto them that dream.
ื‘ ืึธื– ื™ึดืžึผึธืœึตื ืฉื‚ึฐื—ื•ึนืง, ืคึผึดื™ื ื•ึผ– ื•ึผืœึฐืฉืื•ึนื ึตื ื•ึผ ืจึดื ึผึธื”:
ืึธื–, ื™ึนืืžึฐืจื•ึผ ื‘ึทื’ึผื•ึนื™ึดื– ื”ึดื’ึฐื“ึผึดื™ืœ ื™ึฐื”ื•ึธื”, ืœึทืขึฒืฉื‚ื•ึนืช ืขึดื-ืึตืœึผึถื”. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing;
then said they among the nations: ‘The LORD hath done great things with these.’
ื’ ื”ึดื’ึฐื“ึผึดื™ืœ ื™ึฐื”ื•ึธื”, ืœึทืขึฒืฉื‚ื•ึนืช ืขึดืžึผึธื ื•ึผ– ื”ึธื™ึดื™ื ื•ึผ ืฉื‚ึฐืžึตื—ึดื™ื. 3 The LORD hath done great things with us; we are rejoiced.
ื“ ืฉืื•ึผื‘ึธื” ื™ึฐื”ื•ึธื”, ืึถืช-ืฉื‘ื•ืชื ื• (ืฉืึฐื‘ึดื™ืชึตื ื•ึผ)– ื›ึผึทืึฒืคึดื™ืงึดื™ื ื‘ึผึทื ึผึถื’ึถื‘. 4 Turn our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the dry land.
ื” ื”ึทื–ึผึนืจึฐืขึดื™ื ื‘ึผึฐื“ึดืžึฐืขึธื”– ื‘ึผึฐืจึดื ึผึธื” ื™ึดืงึฐืฆึนืจื•ึผ. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
ื• ื”ึธืœื•ึนืšึฐ ื™ึตืœึตืšึฐ, ื•ึผื‘ึธื›ึนื”– ื ึนืฉื‚ึตื ืžึถืฉืึถืšึฐ-ื”ึทื–ึผึธืจึทืข:
ื‘ึผึนื-ื™ึธื‘ึนื ื‘ึฐืจึดื ึผึธื”– ื ึนืฉื‚ึตื, ืึฒืœึปืžึผึนืชึธื™ื•. 6 Though he goeth on his way weeping that beareth the measure of seed,
he shall come home with joy, bearing his sheaves.

For Yom HaShoah ื™ื•ื ื”ืฉื•ืื”, For Every Day – Fighting Anti-Semitism: What It Is, What It Isn’t and How to Defeat It

Yom HaShoah, ื™ื•ื ื”ืฉื•ืื”, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. The word Shoah in Hebrew is used to refer to catastrophe, destruction and Yom is the Hebrew word for day. It’s observed on the 27th of Nisan (except for years when that date is on a Friday then it is on the 26th). Every year on Yom HaShoah sirens in Israel wail at 10am as Israeli’s and Jews around the world, along with righteous Gentiles, stop what they are doing for two minutes while everyone pays respect and gives remembrance for the six million Jews murdered by the nazis. In Israel, every vehicle stops, people get out of their cars and stand. Wherever a person is at, school, business, restaurants, etc., activity is stopped for those two minutes. It is an emotional and powerful statement.

I felt that I should write about how to fight anti-Semitism and that Yom HaShoah would be the right time to publish it as we say “never again”.

What is Anti-Semitism?

Anti-Semitism, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Israel, Anti-Zionist = all are Anti-Semitic. In order to recognize actual anti-Semitism, it’s important to know what it is. When someone, an individual or an organization, says or does something in hate solely because a person is Jewish, that’s anti-Semitism. Attacking, verbally or physically, a person because he wears a kippah/yarmulke, tzitzit, or she wears a Star of David. It doesn’t matter whether someone practices Judaism, or if a person’s mother and father are both Jewish, or one of them, the nazis killed anyone with a Jewish grandparent regardless of their religion.

Threatening Jews or Israel with violence is anti-Semitic.

Actually hurting or killing someone because that person is Jewish is anti-Semitic.

Not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is anti-Semitic. As is leaving it off of a map.

BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions), the attempt of certain individuals, groups, organizations, including some religious ones, to boycott Israeli products, is anti-Semitic.

Calling Israel false names and making false accusations is anti-Semitic.

Not recognizing Israel’s right to exist is anti-Semitic.

Opposing and attempting to stop Israel from defending the People and the land of Israel, Eretz Yisrael – that is also anti-Semitic.

Creating policy or laws that infringe on religious freedom rights, including Biblical male circumcision, is anti-Semitic.

Denying access to restaurants, sport events, etc., because someone is Jewish, is anti-Semitic.

Targeting and segregating any Jewish individuals, groups, or synagogues in order to blatantly or secretly persecute and enforce alleged public policy or guidelines, which infringes on personal, religious, and traditional rights, for any reason, including under the guise of so-called safety and health, is anti-Semitic. It’s also wrong to do that to righteous Gentiles.

Any media, organizations, politicians, professors, colleges, authors, online “personalities”, celebrities, etc. attacking and targeting Jewish and Gentile students who support Israel are anti-Semitic.

Denying that the Holocaust happened is anti-Semitic.

Theft, vandalism, or assault directed at an individual or house of worship for being Jewish, is anti-Semitic.

It is anti-Semitic to intentionally and falsely accuse someone (Jew or Gentile) of being anti-Semitic – that is done in an attempt to cause division and hurt among Jews and Gentiles actually opposing anti-Semitism. We need to stand together, speak up for each other, to recognize by what people say and do whether or not someone is anti-Semitic, so that haters don’t succeed.

Is it possible for a Jew to be anti-Semitic?
Yes, sadly. It’s a shanda, without a doubt. A shanda is something shameful another Jew says or does in front of a Gentile.

What Anti-Semitism Isn’t:

Everyone is human. That is an irrefutable fact. So anyone can do right or wrong – it is up to each person to decide their own actions, beliefs, words, and thoughts, whether Jew or Gentile. If someone does or says something incorrect, it’s not anti-Semitism to disagree – only when adding on disparaging, incorrect, rude remarks about the individual’s Jewish ethnicity. When it is generalized that all Jews are in agreement with whomever is saying or doing something wrong is also anti-Semitic.

Not everyone claiming to be against anti-Semitism actually is. You can tell by a person’s, or organizations’, words and actions on whether they truly are or not. It’s good not to form opinions based only on unprovable claims or accusations that someone said or did something. It’s usually fairly easy to check it out and is worth the effort. I don’t want to assume someone is a jerk due to what a rival of theirs says.

How to Defeat Anti-Semitismโ€ฆ

โ€ฆis with HaShem’s (the Creator’s) help by vigilant prayer, diligence, courage and research to empower everyone in what’s right.

Who should speak up and stand up against anti-Semitism?
Jews and Gentiles who care about the truth, about people, about Israel, and most of all, about the King of the Universe. Yeshua (Jesus) is Jewish and saying false, evil things against Him because He is Jewish is anti-Semitic.

Some anti-Semites are scary, hate-filled, violent individuals. Some are just ignorant.

Anti-Semitism is a true danger that needs to be responded to with informed strength when refuting errors, false accusations, and lies.

Research a thing so that you can speak knowledgeably about the truth in order to refute misconceptions and outright lies. Be careful who you believe and listen to. Also keep in mind, sometimes a person is just misinformed and is unintentionally spreading incorrect data. Pray about it and ask the Creator to direct you to the truth. Israel does so many wonderful things for all of humanity all over the world. It’s not that hard to look into a claim or accusation by those who hate Israel and find that it’s untrue.

It’s not wrong to be a Jew and it’s not wrong to be a Gentile. Everyone is special. We’re all God’s children – Jew and Gentile.

Thank you to each person who stands up and speaks up against anti-Semitism to help keep HaShoah from ever happening again. Never again.

In my heart, every day, I keep in remembrance of the six million Jews who were murdered, as well as the righteous Gentiles who were murdered for opposing the persecution and murder of their Jewish neighbors and fellow citizens. My tears mingle with hope and prayer that it will never happen again. Anti-Semitism is ultimately against the Holy One of Israel, the Creator of all, because anyone truly telling the history and existence of Israel and Her People cannot help but see HaShem’s faithfulness and promises. Our story is still being written, but, past, present, and future, the ultimate victory and freedom has already been secured by Yeshua. Baruch HaShem.

Chanukah 5777 ื—ื ื•ื›ื”

ื—ื ื•ื›ื” I love Chanukah! โค The miracles, the inspirations, the music, the history, the light, the deliverance from oppression and terror, standing against evil, prevailing, the victory, faithfulness, perseverance, the dreidels, the chanukiyot and of course, one of the main ingredients of any Jewish celebration – the food! ๐Ÿ˜€ Chanukah is every year on the 25th of Kislev (9th Hebrew month). Also called Chag HaUrim (Festival of Lights). This year, 5777 (2016), it starts on the evening of the 24th of Dec. Chanukiyot is the plural form of Chanukiah, also spelled Hanukkiyah, which is the special Menorah for Chanukah. I love seeing the variety and history of Chanukiyot from different countries.

Music is such an integral part of our lives. I was almost done this blog post when I read the supercool articles, Supercool Music: A Living Articleยฉ Part 17: Supercool December Holidays Music โ€“ Part A & Supercool Music: A Living Articleยฉ Part 18: Supercool December Holidays Music โ€“ Part B, written by my friend, Jean. She has reviewed Chanukah songs as well as Christmas songs in her two newest articles she’s posted this month on her blog, Supercool Music: A Living Articleยฉ. If you love great writing and music, you’ll want to check them out! Jean is supercool, supersmart and supernice! ๐Ÿ˜€ And she is a definite music expert! ๐Ÿ˜Ž She talks beautifully about several of my favorite Chanukah songs ~
Happy Hanukkah by Matisyahu – absolutely love this song!
Oy Chanukah by Theodore Bikel (He also does an awesome Maoz Tzur) Great song.
Sevivon Sov Sov ~ super fun song to sing!
Ocho Kandelikas by Yasmin Levy She sings this song so beautifully. I’ve liked all Ocho Kandelikas by all the artists I’ve heard so far.

Plus, Jean wrote about several great Christmas songs – Away in a Manger by Celtic Thunder I really like a lot, for one. Some I haven’t heard yet. Speaking of Christmas songs, O Come O Come Emmanuel is beautiful, too. You can learn a lot on Jean’s blog and she always has a most beautiful, spiritual aspect that is a reflection of the song. ๐Ÿ˜Ž โค

Chanukah is celebrated for 8 nights (days, too, of course.) What we commemorate and celebrate is the wonderful nisim (miracles) and awesome deliverance from oppression and evil. In the holy city of Yerushalayim, pagans mocked HaShem and dared to wickedly desecrate ื‘ื™ืช ื”ืžืงื“ืฉ the Beit HaMikdash (Temple). Something needed to be done..Who would stand up? Who wouldn’t allow that blatant evilness to continue? There were many heroes and heroines – the Maccabees, Yehudit (Judith), Chana and her sons – everyone who fought against the oppression and the wicked acts, refusing to become a part of it. Each person did what they could and HaShem – the Creator – blessed and won the victory for us. ื‘ื™ืช ื”ืžืงื“ืฉ the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) was re-dedicated after cleaning it up from the pagans. That took a bit of work, the Menorah had been melted down and stolen, for one. The miracle of the light that continued was this: the oil for the menorah, which what was left was only enough for one day, lasted for eight days – when the new was ready!

Like at ืคืกื— Pesach  (Passover), we imagine ourselves there, picturing what it would have been like back then dealing with all of that. We can relate and apply it to current situations. That is one way to always learn from the past and from our ancestors. The determination of a nation overriding the fear of failure as well as the very real threat of death. The Greeks outnumbered us and assimilation was another huge threat. It was a lot more serious than just not having electricity, internet, phones, TV, indoor plumbing! – that alone is not fun to imagine, but there were evil people who threatened to kill any Jew who followed and worshipped the One True King of the Universe. And many Jews were killed. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Then to add insult to injury, the pagans desecrated ื‘ื™ืช ื”ืžืงื“ืฉ the Beit HaMikdash (Temple), worshipping their false idols in there. Blatantly mocking the One True One and His people. So someone or several someones needed to stand up and fight against the evil. The bravery and faithfulness of those who stood up are inspiring still today, after so many years. Some we know about such as ~ Matityahu and his sons Yonatan Eleazar, Yehuda, Shimon, Yochanan, known as the Maccabees, and Yehudit, a clever, brave woman fought and won against a Greek general who was evil, a brave family, courageous Chana along with her seven brave sons, none of them giving in and refused to serve idols, were all killed by Antiochus’army. It was a hard, dangerous fight, but victory was given by the One above. Whenever you see me speak of HaShem, this is Hebrew for “The Name”, this is one of many Names for the Creator, King of the Universe, Wonderful, Counsellor – all One.

ื™ืฉื•ืขYeshua (Jesus), of course, celebrated Chanukah, which means dedication in Hebrew. “And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.” John 10:22-23

Lights are very important to Chanukah, as in the flames from the eight candles on the chanukiah (menorah). They represent the eternal flame of hope, the faithfulness of HaShem, the Light driving out the darkness in lives and in the world. That Light is the reflection of Yeshua.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

And I will bring the blind by a way [that] they knew not; I will lead them in paths [that] they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

Now to talk about the food minhagim, aka traditions! As the saying goes, they tried to kill us, HaShem stopped them – let’s eat! Every Jewish family has specific traditions and even those can vary from year to year. It can vary in a family, which allows for good, healthy, discussions/debates about a number of subjects. Like what, for instance, you ask? Latkes (Yiddish for potato pancakes) or levivot (Hebrew for latkes/potato pancakes) vs sufganiyot (doughnuts)! In Israel, sufganiyot are usually the winners. It just matters whether you like doughnuts or latkes better. Both are delicious! The connection they have to the history of Chanukah is that they are usually fried in oil.

dreidel-match-3I love dreidels (Yiddish)/sevivon (Hebrew) – I have several but don’t ask me which one is my favorite. Love all the ones I have. ๐Ÿ˜€ If you’ve never played the dreidel game before, here’s what it is ~ a top, basically, that each person in the game spins during their turn. After the player twirls the top of the dreidel (sevivon), it will sov sov sov (spin), how many times it will sov depends on the surface of the playing area and how much of a sov you put on it. ๐Ÿ˜€ So then it will land on its side, with one of the sides facing upward. On each side is a Hebrew letter ื  (Nun), ื’ (Gimel), ื” (Hey), ืฉ (Shin). They stand for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, which means “A great miracle happened there” (if you’re not in Israel). If you’re in Israel, then the letter will be ืค (Pay) instead, which stands for Poh (here), Since teaching and studying Hebrew and Torah were outlawed with a threat of death during that time, this was a way to learn while appearing to just play a game. You can benefit from some games.

Another great, lively topic/discussion/debate ~ spelling Chanukah one way or another won’t mess up your fun – even if you get in a debate/discussion with a family member about the correct way! :p My family personally prefers Chanukah since that is the more literal from the Hebrew since it starts with ื— (Chet).

dreidel-tap-appThere are a lot of great, fun apps for Chanukah as well! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Dreidel Tap and various match games among others! ๐Ÿ™‚

Interesting that both Chanukah and Christmas both start with “Ch”. There are also a lot of Jewish connections with Christmas. Quite a number of popular Christmas songs were written by Jewish composers and many are sung by Jewish artists. It’s wonderful that a day is set aside to celebrate the birth of a Jewish baby boy. Truly, who can complain about a holiday when so many are speaking nicely about a nice Jewish boy, Who is our Mashiach.

I’m thankful He has brought us to this season. May your Chanukah and/or Christmas celebrations and each day be filled with Light, Love, Joy, Shalom, Tzedakah (charity), Happy Laughter, Fun and Food! โค

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:14

ื  NUN. “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Tehillim/Psalms 119:105

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

“The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Tehillim/Psalms 27:1

Chaya ื—ื™ื”

My Review for The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton

The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton is an excellent book and one I highly recommend! Great adventure in Ireland! The plot is so mysterious and exciting! I’m a picky reader and this kept my interest right from the start and carried all the way through the book. Difficult to put down when I had to do other things!

The cover is very cool – I like it a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

Synopsis from author ~

Eira O’Brien has no greater desire than to see her life returned to what it once wasโ€”before her older brother Kevin’s sudden disappearance four years earlier. But the simple life she hoped for seems unattainable; on the contrary, her life is about to get all the more complicated.

When she suddenly finds herself and Willem, her twin brother, taken captive by someone who claims to be Kevinโ€™s enemy, things go from bad to worse. It soon becomes clear that she and Willem are to become bait in a trap set for Kevin, and Eira knows she must try to warn him. But how, when she herself is a captive?

As mysteries of the past are unveiled, and loyalties are revealed, Eira realizes how precious her friends truly are. And when mortal danger threatens those nearest to her, will she be able to trust God with the lives of her friends and family?

I just love how beautiful the land, sky and sea were described in chapter one! It’s very important to me for an author to paint an accurate scene and make the reader feel as if you are there. For this book: mission accomplished. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eira is very likable and nice. A real person. Relatable. Curious like me. Love that she is skilled with a sword. Feisty. I can cook, though. Eira, by her own admission, can’t cook very well. It’s been said that what she cooks is not fit to eat (treif ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

Her brothers are also very cool and likable and so is Casimir!!!!!!!! โค Strong, good, kind and real. Loved that. โค

I appreciate the characters trusting and knowing the One in Control and praying to Him. Shows much intelligence. Each character is an individual.

Many great quotes in the book that are a real blessing. Here are two of them ~

“One person can do quite a lot.” ~ Kevin

“Win or lose the battle, you’re on the winning side because you know the Lord.” ~ Rowen

The mystery is exciting and intriguing. As I read, I searched for clues on whom to trust and not to trust. Also, to figure out what was going on – very mysterious and tantalizing and it’s easy to keep reading to find out.

I think that’s an excellent point in the notes following the story that everyone would be speaking in Gaelic (Gaeilge).

Some clever and beautiful twists in the book that I really liked. Plus, I like getting the answers to some of the other characters’ stories as well. Great message of forgiveness and not letting the wrong things define you and rule your actions.

I like that the characters’ faith is real and they live it and not just talk about it. Really cool.

It’s pretty obvious I really get into the books I read. I’m there with the characters and it’s important for the writer’s words to make them real and cause the reader to care about them. That was done very well in this book.

There is a scene where a bad guy slaps Eira and she wrongly said she guessed it was as much her fault as his (although I could tell she didn’t really believe that, she was trying to keep her brother and Casimir from being upset. They were right to be upset!) I would like to say to her, “Eira, you didn’t ask for that. It wasn’t your fault he chose to be a jerk.” It’s right to have a compassionate, caring, forgiving heart without disrespecting yourself. Yes, he had a rough life, but also she’s not doing him or herself any favors by also blaming herself and saying he didn’t strike her. He did strike/hit/slap her. Her brother and her potential boyfriend shouldn’t be lied to, but she did tell them when they correctly persisted in asking her.

There are so many cool things in this book and if you like historical adventure, you should love this like me. I’m so glad I saw a review for it on a friend of mine’s, Mikayla’s, blog The Bubblegum Ballerina. (Check it out!) ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s what a nice friend does, shares about good books. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two of my favorite names from the book: Aaron, which I’ve always liked, and Eira, which means snow. Also, Lydia is such a pretty name. Okay, and another favorite, Michel. ๐Ÿ™‚

The romance is beautiful. One of my favorite scenes is towards the end. I could read that over and over. One more quote! ~

“”Just follow me. I promise, I can. Trust me.” Casimir looked down at her with a smile, his eyes steady, never leaving her face.” Can you hear my dreamy sigh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

The Silent Blade by Jesseca WheatonThis is a smart, well-written book. Love the family closeness and siblings. It doesn’t matter to me whether a book is published by a big publisher or independently. What does matter is quality and that’s what this book has. It has quality writing and integrity that too often is missing from big publishers’ books, and I’m referring to all including companies known as Christian. The Silent Blade is an inspiring read and one I will want to read again.

I now have another favorite book and author! ๐Ÿ™‚ Todah rabah (thank you very much!) for writing such a great story, Jesseca, and please write more! โค

Chaya ื—ื™ื”

My Review for Dauntless (Valiant Hearts, #2) by Dina L. Sleiman

The plot sounded very cool, so I was really excited about reading Dauntless. I like that the main character, Merry, is like Robin Hood and that the author didn’t just rewrite Robin Hood as a female. Cool cover.

Synopsis for Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman, Book #1 in the Valiant Heart series from Baker Publishing Group:

Where Legend and History Collide,
One Young Woman Will Fight for the Innocent

Born a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is now an enemy of the throne after her father’s failed assassination attempt upon the king. Bold and uniquely skilled, she is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village–a group that becomes known as “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest.” Merry finds her charge more difficult as their growing notoriety brings increasing trouble their way.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, he’s forced to reexamine everything he’s known.

In the foreward of the book male readers were excluded. I didn’t understand that, because it shouldn’t be assumed there wouldn’t be any males reading it. I like for both male and female to be treated nicely.ย 

The novel itself had an intriguing premise. Very cool with the stealth, forests, archery, action, romance, family, and surviving against the odds. I like the “Ghosts” of Farthingale Forest, the group of characters named this due to their stealth and expert way of disappearing without a trace.

Dauntless by Dina L SleimanThis book ranged from no stars to 5 stars throughout. 5 Stars would be Allen, Robert, Red, Cedric, Sadie, Gilbert, Wren and other “Ghosts” of Farthingale Forest. I liked the way Merry was brave and fought hard for the rest of the “Ghosts”. Also, that she and Allen had memorized Scripture and shared the knowledge with the rest of the “Ghosts”. I like that the “Ghosts” were literate even though many “nobles” weren’t. That is definitely a historically believable aspect.

Merry had learned all about herbs so it was surprising, since she was already in the forest, why she didn’t get ones growing there or get seeds and grow them to cultivate and have on hand for Wren. Then she wouldn’t have needed the village to secure them.

I know Merry and Timothy had stuff to learn and while they were nice at times, it seemed like they never quite overcame the character flaw of being snobs.

I might have given up on the book if it hadn’t been for reading it with my sister, discussing it, and because we like Allen and the “Ghosts”. Allen is, in both of our opinions, nicer, more romantic, smarter, warmer, we enjoyed reading about him, and he’s better looking as well, than Timothy.

Sometimes the descriptions, aside from the characters’ thoughts, the words the author used to tell the reader about the characters, were mean and unkind. This is true particularly when the author described Cedric. Instead of just describing the nice guy, the words not only were unnecessary, but were insulting to him. Yes, we have tender-hearts, my sister and I, and didn’t like such a nice person being referred to as ugly. There’s no way around the fact that it was rude. Totally not necessary. That was a zero star – didn’t like it.

Some of the religious aspects definitely differed from our own. I believe in miracles and praying, so that’s in agreement, but the healing scenes in the Bible are vastly different than the one in the book. After reading the scene in Dauntless, I thought of a Little House on the Prairie episode that we have on DVD where fake healers and those “healed” made people erroneously believe in them and how that could have been tragic by believing in the hoax. True miracles do happen, but this didn’t seem like a real miracle.

It’s a shame whenever an author misuses a word to be creative, like when anyone uses the term “demon(s)” instead of troubles, problems, worries, issues, etc. I don’t know why a Christian author would do this. In my reading and reviews, whenever I come across this, the book will lose 1 star in the rating because I seriously don’t like seeing that word because there are books/shows I don’t read/watch that have the actual meaning of the word, represented in it. I know it’s not meaning actual ones, but it would have been more enjoyable without using that word.

I really loved the main plot in this book and hope to find similar ones. I’d like to read #2 because it’s Allen’s story, but not sure….UPDATE: Now that I’ve read some reviews at Goodreads, which included details about #2, Chivalrous, in the Valiant Heart series, I’m sure I don’t want to read the rest of the series. I don’t need or want to read about black magic being done, etc. No thank you. I also don’t like to read names of false gods. I don’t think Bethany House (the publishers) should have any of that in their books. That isn’t required and doesn’t add a thing to the books, it only detracts. And disappoints.

I respectfully thank the author for the parts of Dauntless that I enjoyed and felt good about.

Chaya ื—ื™ื”

My Review for In Good Company (A Class of Their Own, #2) by Jen Turano

Millie consistently does her best and that’s what everyone should do. We can’t fix everything in the world ourselves, but we know Who can and we pray to Him. He is in control and evil won’t win because He’s already secured the victory.

It’s great to read more about Millie because she is cool and smart. She’s a very likable character you would want as a friend. I enjoyed reading about her in the first book of the series #1 After a Fashion. I love that she likes learning new words and carries a dictionary around with her as often as she can. Like Harriet and Lucetta, she felt like a friend immediately. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the plot description for In Good Company from Jen Turano’s website ~

After spending her childhood in an orphanage, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her enthusiasm for her job tends to bring about situations that have employers looking askance at her methods. After her most recent dismissal, Millie is forced to return yet again to an employment agency.

Everett Mulberry has suddenly and quite unexpectedly found himself responsible for three children he barely knows. Attempting fatherhood while also pacifying the less-than-thrilled socialite he intends to marry is made even more complicated when the children scare off every nanny he hires. About to depart for Newport, Rhode Island, for the summer, heโ€™s desperate for competent childcare.

At witโ€™s end with both Millie and Everett, the employment agency gives them one last chanceโ€”with each other. Everett is wary of Millieโ€™s penchant for disaster, and sheโ€™s not entirely keen on another snobby, grumpy employer, but theyโ€™re both out of options. As Millie falls in love with her mischievous charges and tries to stay one step ahead of them, Everett is more focused on achieving the coveted status of societyโ€™s upper echelons. As he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the childrenโ€™s parentsโ€™ death, will it take the loss of those he loves to learn whose company he truly wants for the rest of his life?

This book has a lot of humor and an intriguing mystery. Jen Turano has a fun style of writing that makes you keep reading. I really love her tongue-in-cheek (cheeky) attitude of mocking the snobbiness of society. Very good. If I may use one of Millie’s words, the attitudes of snobs are excreable.

It is honorable to work and provide items and services that are good. It is dishonorable and disgusting to have such a lack of character, such as slum overseers, who make money off of the pain and hurt of others.

One of the people Millie has to deal with is Caroline, who’s so rude and obnoxious, which made for a well-written antagonist. I feel bad for people like Caroline and they are definitely out there. They aren’t happy people. The Creator can help them become good, happy individuals, if they want to be.

To look down on someone because they have less money, or “new money” is disgusting and very laughable. A Class of Their Own series shows that very well.

I can’t understand why there are those who are greedy, pompous, cruel and seemingly void of basic decency or kindness with compassion. Making money at the expense of others, not only not helping but either adding to the suffering or being a direct cause is incomprehensible as well as deplorable (Millie would be proud of the use of those big words ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ ). It’s incredible they think they’re superior when they’ve done such despicable things to their fellow human beings. Everyone is created by the Creator.

I don’t begrudge a person money or making a lot of money as long as it isn’t received through evil means, which can vary from some factories, flat-out theft, mines, to slum holdings, which are all sadly still found today, not only in America, but Europe, and other places in the world. Such as Africa where children have to forage on mountains of actual, dangerous trash. This is wrong and I pray that it’s corrected and cruelness abolished. Real issues like poverty and such horrendous living conditions make me have little tolerance for wimpy attitudes and whining from well-to-do people who should shut up. If someone isn’t going to help at least let them not add to the misery.

Rachmonis is a concept from the Creator taught, and shown as well, by my parents since I was little. It is compassion and done in a way that is inoffensive to the recipient to protect their sense of self.

Millie consistently does her best and that’s what everyone should do. We can’t fix everything in the world ourselves, but we know Who can and we pray to Him. He is in control and evil won’t win because He’s already secured the victory. We aren’t responsible for what others do, but we are responsible for our actions, whether actively helping or at least not doing anything that will cause hurt to someone.

I finally started liking Everett around halfway into the book. I had picked up on his snobbiness in the first book when introduced to him. It’s admirable that Jen Turano and her main female characters can turn unlikable people into decent humans. Bravo for seeing the good hidden from sight.

In Good Company by Jen TuranoIn Good Company has fun humor, interesting situations, and a serious mystery, all with a good flow, providing a very enjoyable read. It also sharesย  with you more book characters you care about.

It’s important that you have friends who are truly friends – that’s exemplified in this story very well.

Shame that Everett blamed God for what was actually situations brought about by people’s own choices and free will decisions. That’s why it was odd, as Everett put it.

Most of the dialogue by the main good characters was entertaining except for a few instances of rather rude remarks, but I know some were tongue in cheek and brought on by irritation rather than actual animosity or meanness.

I’m looking forward to reading Jen Turano’s Ladies of Distinction series. ๐Ÿ™‚ I expect more stories with romance, humor, and mystery. It’s wonderful having good books waiting for you.

Todah rabah (thank you so much) for the fun stories, Jen Turano! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

Chaya ื—ื™ื”