Enter WhatsApp! As far away as I may physically be, I am grateful for the technology that zaps me Home instantly.
Messages and photos from friends in Israel warm my heart.
Torah from some of Israel's finest teachers stir my soul.
I couldn't be in my beloved Land of Po for Chanuka but the lights of the holy Land brightened all eight nights...via WhatsApp!
Although I couldn't reach out and touch a sh'keydiah porachat
And on Rosh Chodesh Adar, the first day of the happiest month on the Jewish calendar, I awoke to a WhatsHappY greeting from Israel,
flash mob straight from the streets of Jerusalem. (If clicking on the words doesn't work, type https://youtu.be/DhWnFXNBjkc into your browser.)
WhatsApp is arguably "the next best thing to being there" (for those of you old enough to remember that ad for long-distance phone calls). So join the fun! Send me your number and I'll WhatsHappILY send you my personal wishes for a very
P.S. If you've been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed that I changed the wording on the header, replacing the verse "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem..." (Psalms 122:6), with King David's instruction (paraphrased) to "...Remember Jerusalem above my greatest joy" (Psalms 137:6). On Erev Shabbat, December 30, the sixth day of Chanuka, Rosh Chodesh Teves, we remembered Jerusalem above the immense joy of welcoming our first grandchild into the world.
Her name, Tehilla (which means praise), is mentioned many times in Sefer Tehillim - that very same aforementioned Book of Psalms from which I have quoted so often in these blog posts and which I carry with me - literally and figuratively - always.
Shabbat Shalom and A Very WhatsHappY Purim
from our house