Independence Day

Not everything in life is great, but this week (outside of the new homeowner adventures) it really has been fabulous.  Today included brunch at Lenny's with visiting rabbi friends, swimming in our pool, escaping more Florida thunderstorms, visiting our local Home Depot and Publix, and a lovely evening with congregants and friends.

Since we didn't stay for fireworks, I thought I would share some photos of fireworks I took in 2010.

The small pleasures in life are really amazing.  Supermarkets have their devotees--Wegmans and Publix especially are beloved in their respective regional markets. Having grown up with Publix, it really felt like coming home.  It was especially nice to add a few miles of range with the free electric car charging at my local store.  Having the free cookie and balloon totally made my little one's day.  It is a reminder that small touches can make a big difference in feeling welcomed.  It makes me wonder what small things we can do in our shul to ensure that visitors know that we are a friendly place.  The simple things like saying hi can make all the difference!

Today I really saw the power of water.  I named this blog Torah Min HaMayim, recognizing the holiness of the locale that I now live in.  In Jewish tradition we have two different blessings for seeing great bodies of water.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, עוֹשֹה מַעֲשֹה בְּרֵאשִׁית:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁעָשֹה אֶת הָיַּם הַגָּדוֹל:

These blessings remind us of the majesty of God's creation.  When is the last time you have appreciated the natural beauty around you?

My original plan for today was to write more about the blessings of this country, but that will have to wait for another day!