Day 45 of the OMER - Tiferet shebe Malchut
The Beauty of Creation!
or perhaps the beauty of the Queen, the indwelling, the root
After seeing the Stones Wednesday night play with Bonnie Raitt,
I was reminded how much I LOVE Bonnie Raitt: her music, voice, slide guitar,
and overall artistic career.
She mentored with the great bluesmen coming up and now mentors other artists ( sign me up!)
I just bought her new CD on itunes, and it is amazing.
Great production, playing, amazing songs, her voice sounds as good as ever as does her playing.
At 63, she's only getting better, what an inspiration!
Ok, back to the studio
here's a link to get the CD
P.S. we've started to mix the next CD and stay tuned for a sneak preview
Today is the 44th Day of the OMER
Discipline of Creation
What a perfect day to celebrate +The Rolling Stones last night for the first time. Their 50 year anniversary tour! 10,000 people screaming for more as they cranked out the hits.
They have been cranking out Albums since the 60s!
What an inspiration. Also I must say that when Bonnie Raitt came out and did a duet with +mick jagger
At 63, she sounds sweet and still plays a mean slide guitar.
Thank you for continuing to inspire and keep Rock n' Roll Alive!
also FYI, here's the line up and ages of the Band
Mick Taylor 64
Charlie Watts 71
Mick Jagger 69
Keith Richards 69
Darryl Jones( the baby in the group) 51
The Beauty of Glory
when I typed this into Google, here's what I got
Today is the 30th day of the OMER, only 20 more days to SHAVUOT!!!
I'm excited to be playing a fundraising concert this Sunday April 28th
at the Foster City PJCC
Tickets are $100 +
part of what they are raising funds for is their community garden
It's my last full band show in the bay before flying to Philly to headline
the first Philadelphia Jewish Music Festival on May 1st!
Ok, Scheduling aside, today I was meditating on the discipline of Glory
For me, that means showing up everyday to meditate and pray and
creating space to acknowledge Hashem's Glory
This is the natural response of children and as adults, sometimes, it needs a bit
of cultivation ( Holy Watering).
How do you cultivate (or Translate) Gevurah of Hod?
Today is the 27th Day of the OMER, Yesod ShbeNetzach.
HOw's your omer Beard comin'?
I'm looking pretty shaggy, pics forthcoming.
Today is the foundation of Endurance
and today I'd like to give thanks for a good friend who has been my unofficial
running coach for the last 6 months. Greg Rosenberg.
I met him at the chiropractor's office while recovering from the injury
that got me running in the first place. The ligaments that hold my S/C joint
in place came loose!
Fortunately, it wasn't painful, but weightlifting and yoga were off the map for 6 months.
After asking my doc what was possible, she advised running. That was last March and since then
I've run almost 600 miles 8 half marathons, one full and am in training for my 2nd.
Before the injury, I'd only done elliptical or 2-3 miles on flat land, so I'm amazed at what is possible
in this body.
Greg has been a cornerstone of my training, being a running coach himself and leading the sf running
club, he is a wealth of info and good advice. He's run 30 marathons and unfortunately he's moving to Minnesota next week. We had a good few miles together yesterday as a parting run.
I'm grateful to have made a new friend and to have expanded the repertoire of the palette that
makes up my life.
Just back from a 15 mile run through the glorious Golden Gate Park, still discovering new pathways, trails and hidden pockets
Today is Hod shebe Netzach the Glory of Endurance
can't think of a more appropriate day to crank up the mileage - 2 months til the
San Francisco Marathon!
Elana and I have been on a youtube marathon watching ultramarathons
Last night we watched Run Tellman Run who started a non-profit
to help the over 2 millions homeless youth in this county by raising money
....by running Across the country....BAREFOOT!
ok, he tried to raised 100 million
successfully raised $ 280.000
and only made it 684 miles
But, you must commend his effort and check out the 40 min documentary here
I love the grand scope of his vision
and in fact will be dedicating my next marathon to helping kids in Burma
(more info on that later)
check out his website and help out if you can!
stay tuned for some appreciation of my unofficial running coach
What another glorious day in the Bay. Today is the 24th Day of the OMER Tiferet Sheb Netzach
the Beauty of Endurance.
One of the first Jewish Communities that I really connected with in the San Francisco Bay Area is
www.chochmat.org I went to the Neilah service for Yom Kippur and Jhos Singer, nan-fink Geffer, Bon Singer, and Avram Davis wer bringing it down! After that experience with the 20 folks there, I joined the Band with +Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks and watched the Friday night services grow
to 400+ people dancing and celebrating shabbat over the few years we were there.
Then, I got busy touring around the country and this evening I'm coming back there to sit in with the
service, play a couple songs and see some old friends.
The reason why (+Rabbi SaraLeya Schley's) Chochmat Halev represents Splendor and Beauty of Endurance is that they have been through Many changes in leadership and personnel over the past 13 years and they are still serving there community with spirited Davening, lifecycle rituals, and sacred space.
Come join us this evening at 6:30 for a Shabbat service featuring the +Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks , +Elana Jagoda Kaye, the Kirtan Rabbi, and the chochmat band ( followed by a potluck).
Enjoying a glorious day in San Francisco! What a blessing to run through Golden Date park this
morning and discover even more gems like the Flyfishing zone and equestrian training zone.
Yesterday I posted about Scott Jurek's Eat and Run
here's a short 2 minute video of him with some of the monster distances he covers
you get a better feel for his spirit and can see that he is a Living Embodiment of
Gevurah ( Discipline) shebe Netzach ( Endurance)
It's been a very full few days with shows in the town where I grew up, running, and a big gig last night in Rochester for yom haatzmaut.
On the way to ny I finished an amazing book by Scott Jurek called eat and run
It's all about his incredible running career, life, and his vegan diet.
Don't worry I'm not going to get on a soap box about not eating meat, I'm an omnivore and proud.
Scott's story is one of triumph and pushing his body and mind to extremes and then transcending.
Today is the 22nd day of the Omer chesed shebenetzach. Scott's life epitomizes this with the loving endurance
With his 7 consecutive western states victories ( a 100 mile foot race)
His bad water (135 miles through Death Valley in the summer!)
Victory in the Spartathalon (152 miles on foot in Greece!)
And North American record in a 24 hour run
He is a living embodiment of chesed shebenetzach
What an inspiration !
Check Him out at
This Weekend I'll be co-leading services at Temple Beth Israel in Fresno Friday night
and playing for their Yom Ha'atzma'ut Celebration Sunday.
It's an interesting feeling going 'home' to the town where I was raised from 8-17
(I left as soon as I had a say in the matter).
In some ways it could feel like a home coming. I'm playing the shul where
I grew up, seeing my parents, and perhaps some old friends.
In truth, the shul where I grew up moved and I've never even been to the new building,
my parents live in houses that I never lived in, with new significant others,
and 99% of my friends have left.
So, what is it then?
It's basically another tour with the positive aspect of getting to hang with my family.
Ok, reframed, it'll be good to see everyone. It's all a matter of perspective.
Enjoy the 16th Day of the Omer Gevurah ShebeTiferet.
here's another SNARKY PUPPY video to enjoy