Thanksgiving Interlude

Image: Gabi and Jojo are hungry. Photo is mine.

Sorry, folks, my back has been out again. Sitting at the computer aggravates it, so I am limited to my smartphone for posts.

Right now there are two poodles bouncing around on the bed, trying to convince me that it is dinner time. They haven’t adjusted to the change from daylight savings time. Weeks have passed but they are still quite sure all their meals are one hour late.

So life goes on. My back is messed up again (I fell off too many horses as a kid) and the dogs are hungry. Some things go right on no matter what’s in the news or how I feel about it.

Torah doesn’t change, either. It’s still my job and yours to be a mensch. That means looking for opportunities to do mitzvot. We should not stand by while someone else bleeds. We should give tzedakah according to our means. We should not attempt to use tzedakah to control the recipients or to benefit ourselves. We should be honest in business, and pay the people who work for us in full and on time.

Those are just a few mitzvot. Go and study – that’s a mitzvah, too.

I wish you a Thanksgiving holiday of peace and gratitude. May we all continue to recognize our blessings despite aches and pains and whatever gets in the way.

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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.

15 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Interlude”

  1. Rabbi Ruth, Wishing you a speedy recovery and a Thanksgiving of love and sharing. I am so thankful to have you in my daily reading to inspire me and you will be remembered at my Thanksgiving table. BTW, have you tried one of those over the counter TENS units? It has been a blessing for my back on occasion…just a thought. Shalom!

  2. just now reading through my newsletters, sorry for the difficulties you’ve experienced and hope you’re much better today.
    Since Chanukkah is just around the corner, what suggestions for understanding the Maccabee resistance do you have? Thank you, Meredith

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