religion spirituality

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

  He was said to have supported young couples in a time when marriage was banned for young men.   Emperor Claudius II desperately needed soldiers, not lovers. Saint Valentine Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the […]

The Torah is given

The Torah is given

This is the week G‑d gives the Torah to the Jewish people. The great revelation on Mt. Sinai when Moses receives the “Ten Commandments” – The Decalogue. It is a story very familiar to us, in detail.  An important event date in a belief system, […]

the Christ in Xmas

the Christ in Xmas

Xmas.  The abbreviation has been in use since the early times of Christianity.  The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός which […]

"a light unto the nations"

"a light unto the nations"

I found an image taken from the Hebrew Cervera Bible.  An illuminated manuscript dated c.1299, a designated National Treasure from the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon.  This image and caption caught my eye and my curiosity.  The caption source is unknown to me. One of the […]

Hanukkah | purity and light

Hanukkah | purity and light

!חג שמח | Hahg Same’akh | Happy Holiday! This lengthy post is a message of good wishes to you, and detailed information for me.  Holy days, festivals, celebrations, and tradition are among my most favored topics.  Especially historic ones.  Judaism is rich with all, and strong […]

Boccardi Hebrew illuminated manuscript

The Jewish community of Florence  flourished in the 15th-century, their position closely linked to the fortunes of the de’ Medici.  Lorenzo il magnifico was their protector; he encouraged Jewish scholarship and scholars. It is, then, unsurprising that Jewish patrons of this Mahzor (Jewish holiday prayerbook) solicited an […]

Caravaggio, the film

Caravaggio, the film

I ran across this today.  British bio pic (1986) about Caravaggio through his work.  Staring Nigel Terry, classical stage actor of Excalibur fame. A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. […]

Eid Mubarak!!

Taqabbalallâhu minnâ wa minkum God accept from us and you It means “[May] God accept from us and you [our fasts and deeds]”. The Companions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad used to say to each this other when they met on Eid ul-Fitr. – wiki […]

release life

release life

Hatred paralyzes life,  love releases it. Hatred confuses life, love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life,  love illuminates it. ~Martin Luther King, Jr~

basic happiness

basic happiness

I remember such times.  It happens at random, no context or company required, sometimes by implausible triggers – but not reliable triggers – or during conversations.  It is delicious.   People react in a variety of ways.  Dubious, irritated, happy, or  think me high.  I […]



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