Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi and Dog“People plan, God laughs” – there’s an old Yiddish saying to that effect. It can happen to your Shabbos, too.

This afternoon I was on the back patio doing a bit of work from home when I suddenly realized there were only two little dogs playing around my feet. Where was Gabi?

I spent the next two hours frantically trying to find her. I am happy to report that a neighbor found her  – the chip company number was on her collar, so he called them, and they called me.  WHEW.

And now Shabbat dinner is not cooked. So I’m getting takeout.

There will still be Shabbat here at Beit Adar. There will still be candles, and wine, and rejoicing, even more so because a certain little wanderer has been found. And after Shabbat, I am going to find that hole in the fence and FIX IT!


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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

7 thoughts on “Shabbat Shalom!”

  1. So glad…. there’s a lovely Friday night blessing for pet animals on Ritualwell….in case you don’t already know it. My wee lions of the veldt get their blessings 🙂

  2. So glad you found your Gabi before Shabbat; you had much to celebrate and thank G-d. We are still grieving the loss of Lucy, 15 yrs. of love and devotion, now in G’n Eden, so will be saying Yiskor for her. Take out can work fine for us too, a roasted chicken from the local market, plus the couscous they sell, a challah and a packaged salad. Bon apetit and Shalom!

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