This world is crazy

Honestly, though. I feel like everything that is going on right now is messing up with my head so badly that I just want to crawl into a narrow hole and hide.

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Seeing how that’s impossible, I can find nothing better than sitting in the shade of the mango tree, supervising the little ones in the wading pool.

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Watching my geraniums grow is nice and relaxing as well.

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Oh, and baking cookies. These ones are oatmeal-peanut butter-chocolate chip, and they are seriously good.

Hope you’re all hanging in there and keeping sane. Because it sure hasn’t been easy lately.

Author: Anna

An Orthodox Jewish wife and mother enjoying a simple life with her family and chickens, somewhere in the hills, in Israel.

11 thoughts on “This world is crazy”

  1. I think most everyone is struggling right now…well, not so sure about the criminals who are having a huge heyday destroying private property…likely mostly of innocent folks. We have to rely on the Almighty…tis all we have really. I feel so sad for those whose businesses are now in ruins. No way will they be reimbursed for the loss…and what Hubby and I have learned is that when we face loss…maybe no matter what kind, but especially financial loss….you never really regain what was lost…not really. But if we have a place to stay, the ability to stay warm and cool, food enough and clothing enough…we really do have what we need. We have had some very cheap, plain meals in our lives at times, but we have not gone hungry ever!! And our goals are set on the next life…without expectations of this one. I worry for the youngers…we are old…and no matter what, whatever comes, for us personally, will not be a problem all that long percentage-wise over a lifetime. But for our grandchildren…I just do not know…

    At least you live in Israel…I WISH we and our offspring did too…we TRIED, spent thousands of dollars, prior and following conversion…but no way no how…Hubby says we were not rich…if we had been, perhaps it would have been a different story. So IF ever we get there…it will be via a miracle of some kind. And that has to be ok too.
    Hugs, Elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much for your insight. I always find that hearing from older folks puts things in perspective. I don’t blame you at all for not taking the leap and moving to Israel. It’s not easy starting off in a new country, and honestly, I don’t know how my mom did it, except that she was part of a huge movement of Jews all doing the same thing at that time.

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      1. We would have come…we were NOT accepted…our converting rabbi died at only age 60 even, soon after we completed things, and they would not take us unless we started all over again with someone else. For some reason they had to speak to the rabbi…who was dead by then. So it was the choice of the powers that be…not ours. Yes, I can see a reason, but not theirs. HaShem knew that our daughter would badly need us for years where we are living now…and if we had moved there, it would perhaps not have been possible to come help her here, being travel is so expensive and difficult on the body even.

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      2. I’m so sorry to hear that. Many people who have not even the remotest connection to Judaism get permanent residency every year. Others come to work and stay indefinitely. Doesn’t sound fair at all. 😔

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      1. Thank you, both of you!! I was not aware you could get permanent residency, Anna…I will keep that in mind in case things change in the future. One of our friends, a millionaire actually, lived for a time in Tiberias, and would have helped us, but we did not want to impose on him. We have a friend in Jerusalem who loved my cooking and hoped we would come so I would cook for her and her friends who also wanted a cook…haha! Other friends in the south were successful in making Aliyah…and we still have contact. But had our rabbi not died I think we would be there. We are not able to attend services here due to my hubby’s physical problems…but we send money to the rabbi every so often…do what we can. So…

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      2. Obviously there’s not an easy answer, but you might want to look into this!.. Laws are complicated. I have friends who converted and came to live here, but each has a different story.

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  2. So far, Maryland has been spared the worst of the chaos. We have a GOOD police department, a great mayor for Baltimore, and our governor is a good, decent man. All three are keeping a hard eye on the looters. Looters are not part of the demonstrations; they are professionals who come in – essentially with a bin and a shopping list – and steal what they can sell. They are not poor people who NEED things; they are thieves who STEAL things.

    Well, they won’t let me run things, so there you are.

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