Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mishpatim

A few weeks ago a woman from my temple asked me to write a D'var Torah.  This is a speech that has meaning and is usually done by someone in the congregation rather than the rabbi.  The speech must explain the part that is discussed in the Torah and usually should teach members of the congregation leaving them enriched with a new found insight or understanding.  I was asked to discuss the topic Mishpatim. The congregants enjoyed listening to my speech and my husband encouraged me to post it on my blog.
The way I understand Mishpatim is that it is basically laws set up from Hashem (G-d) so that we are fair to ourselves and to our neighbors.  As an educator, I have to set up my own laws or rules.  Without them, my classroom would be full of chaos.  Mishpatim concludes with the promise from  G-d to lead us into the land of Israel on one condition, that we hold the Torah ( Jewish bible) and do mitzvahs (good deeds). One thing we definitely need in this world is order.  We need order especially when lately we are surrounded by hate.  Many people I know have recently faced anti-semnitism.  However, as Anne Frank once said, "I do believe in spite of everything that people are really good at heart." I agree with Ms. Frank, but unfortunately I definitely feel evil is amongst people as well.  Lately many people expressed anger and hatred toward people in the political world.  I am not going to mention the infamous names that we hear about in the current media.  However, when G-d gave us rules, I think that he expects us to try to look past and be a fair person no matter what..  If we don't agree with someone's philosophies or political views then that is ok. We have the right as human beings to believe in whatever we want to.  That is what makes us real.  However, we owe it to ourselves to not promote hate in this beautiful but scary world that we live in. We must realize that laws gives us order. Order gives us structure. Structure gives us a sense of belonging and that in turn gives us peace.
Thank you for reading my speech and I hope you found it insightful.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Chance!


Many people have voiced their concerns to me that ever since President-elect Trump came into office, discrimination has risen.  Some close friends of mine have been experiencing it firsthand.  I, personally do not blame President-elect Trump for this.  I am a very objective person and in observing everything I do believe that people can be very cruel.  People have made him a scapegoat and blame him for society's troubles.  It is easier to place the blame on someone; especially if you did not want him to be your president and represent your country.  Unfortunately, people who are racist have the chance to seize this opportunity and spread their hate.  This gives them a chance to also blame a scapegoat and spread their evil.  Unfortunately, Trump is caught in the middle.  I am not saying he is a victim, but I do see how the world around him is using him in different directions.  I also notice that many people who are upset because he was elected president have been behaving like a sore loser.  I have seen celebrities tweeting that he is a rapist.  This to me is shocking because he never raped anyone.  Rape is a horrible, strong word and when it is used it must be used truthfully.  He may have talked some locker room talk which men and even women have done before.  He may have said some tasteless things, which I do not condone, but that is part of him being part of the human race.  One of my favorite shows, Sex  and the City stars a character named Samantha Jones.  She is known for her wit and promiscuity.  On many episodes she has made some real sexual comments toward men.  Examples: "I masturbated to my priest...Friar F*ck.."  "Look at his robe. So "Robin and his Merry Men."  Besides one thing my grandmother used to say to me is, "talk is cheap."  She was right.  People have the right to say things.  They should try to refrain and hold back, but men and women have had locker room talk since the beginning of time.  I am definitely not saying that  he is a perfect man.  I am saying that he deserves a chance.  Many of our past presidents made errors in their own personal life, and yet they were given an opportunity to show us what they can do for our country.  As fellow Americans, we owe it to ourselves to see how he can make America great.  Everyone deserves a chance, no matter who they are!  Let's not become immersed with hate or we are equal to the haters and bigots of the world.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Shoplifting Allowed? What is this world coming to?

A few weeks ago, I went to a Duane Reade in Brooklyn, NY.  I was in search of Zyrtec for my allergies.  When I was in the aisle, I noticed a clerk that worked there.  I asked her where the Zyrtec was? She said about 10 minutes ago, she saw a woman stealing it as she put the last box in her purse.  I looked at this clerk as if she had two heads and questioned her as to why she didn't stop her.  She said she is not allowed to do anything.  She can say something, but cannot apprehend someone or call the police.  I walked out of Duane Reade without my Zyrtec in disgrace.  I can't believe what this world has come to.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

High Hopes, Let Down

Sorry I have not blogged in a while.  I have been so busy with my life that I forgot about Michelle Arrose.  Someone today at work lit my spark again by asking me when I plan on completing part 2 to my novella, Ignition.  That made me feel good and I knew I had to blog.  My title to this blog is High Hopes, Let Down.  Have you ever had such high hopes that you believed what you were feeling or believing to be true?  You may have dedicated so much time and thought to whatever it is, but when you find out the outcome you expected is inaccurate from what you thought, you feel as if you were hit by a freight train.  This has nothing to do with me as a writer, but rather me as a human being with my own private hopes, thoughts, and dreams.  The hard part is accepting the reality and getting past your let down.  Any thoughts?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Don't Let Social Media Control You!!!

Humans are truly insecure.  For example, why do we all choose to have so many friends on Facebook. Are we truly friends with the person we just clicked, "like" after reading their post?  Do we click like to satisfy our own insecurities?  We know many people clicked like and so, we want to fit in and click like as well.   Why do we feel the need to post our latest photo.  Does it really matter if Shelia, Ted, Bob, Bethany like our photo?  I saw a wonderful, but tragic advertisement for AT&T regarding texting while driving.  A woman put her baby girl in the back seat.  As she was driving her phone went off.  She looked down and made a comment to her daughter.  "Everyone likes the picture I posted of you."  At that moment, she collide with another car.  Her car spun out of control, lifted up in the air, and that was probably the end of them.  It is sad that we live in a world where social media controls us.  The next time you look at Facebook; ask yourself: How many people are my actual friends?  Why did I just tweet the world what I was up to?  Why did I post a photo on Instagram for the entire universe to see?

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Things Change From One Minute To The Next

Did you ever notice how one minute you may feel elated over something and the next minute, you feel upset or confused? Sometimes, I turn myself back in time and think about what I was doing a week ago.  For example, a week ago I had an amazing"Girls nite out," with my friends.  This week; not so amazing.  I am stuck in the house due to personal reasons.  I am writing this blog, literally sitting in the dark.  The fact that I am writing in darkness symbolizes my current day as well as my mood.  It's ok to once in a while have moments like this as this moment encouraged me to blog.  Unfortunately, I have not blogged in a while.  When I do blog, I get a rush or feeling of excitement.
I apologize for writing quite a short blog, but I am glad I was able to get my thoughts out.  Think about where you were a week ago and then now.  Enjoy your precious moment to the fullest.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Yesterday, a strange thing happened to me or shall I say encounter.  I met an energy healer.  She was kind enough to give me a short session to see what it was like.  Our short session started with her burning sage under my chair.  Then she began to feel my energy and was able to tell that I am a teacher.  She was able to see a classroom.  I indicated my feelings lately for the profession.  She indicated to me that I had to become a teacher as that was part of my journey in life.  I explained to her that I am an author as well.  I informed her that I wrote my novella: Ignition: An Educator's Journey, based on my experience as an educator.  She said that this clearly explains part of my purpose as to why I had to explore this profession.  She informed me that just because I am in it now does not lock me in for life and I can explore other facets as well that deal with me as a writer.  Then she said it, "Believe in yourself and your inner ambitions and goals could be achieved."  I admitted to her that I don't always believe and get discouraged to continue my journey as an author.  I am somewhat disappointed in myself as I promised that I would use the summer to work on my writing.  However, since I am a teacher and our system has changed drastically for the worse, I used my summer more for recuperation than exploration as an author.  I feel bad that I have not worked on writing, but I truly needed a break from it all.  I am not sure if I believe in someone being able to read my energy, but I do believe in her healing effect.  I do feel a little healed as a writer and have more confidence to continue my journey.