Last year I walked into Chabad Manila for Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) not really knowing what to expect. This year, I was a little more prepared to face the holiday. (I say this in the practical sense. For example, I knew to eat before showing up because the services can take … a while.) … More Shofar Prayers and My Second Rosh Hashana
Last Sunday, my friend was on her way to her cousin’s wedding in Montreal when a truck rammed into their car. The collision was so bad they had to be airlifted out of the scene. Her brother unfortunately, died. My friend and her parents were able to hold on and are more or less stable … More Moving Forward from a Terrible Accident: Four Lessons
We are currently halfway through the month of Elul, the explosive month before the Jewish New Year. It is not explosive in the sense that there are parties every week, but rather because “the King is in the field.” G-d, it is said, is extremely close to us now. In a metaphor, you can imagine … More Elul and Taking the First Step to Change
A few days ago, I found myself in an all-day orchestra rehearsal. Typically I enjoy these – except I really, really needed to send someone an email, and the file I needed to attach was in my laptop at home. As the day went on I gradually got more and more aggravated as I thought … More Are You More Stressed Than You Need To Be?
This entry is dedicated to the memory of Shimon Zev ben Yeshayahu. May the inspiration gained from this give his neshama an aliya. This Sunday, September 4, 2016 is the centennial anniversary of the College of Music at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. As part of the celebrations, a huge 80-plus-piece orchestra was formed, … More Whose G-d is Running Your Life?
I was driving myself to the dentist today when a car suddenly swerved in front of me. I slammed on my brakes, hoping to avoid crashing into him – only to have the car behind me bump me instead, because of my sudden halt. Thankfully, he was very nice guy and we talked things over … More Why the World is Still a Wonderful Place
Yesterday (13 Aug 2016) was the 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av), a day of tragedy in Jewish history. A great many terrible things happened on this day, from the Jewish people in the time of Moses believing the report of the 10 Spies (leading to the decree that forbade them from entering the land of … More Tisha B’Av & How to Listen When You Disagree
A few days ago I had my first professional orchestra audition. Standard in the audition process is a part called sight reading where a piece is placed in front of you and you are expected to read and play it on the spot. So there I was: just finished my prepared repertoire and about to … More Living the Life of our Dreams
I was recently watching a documentary that featured many different religions and one of the topics touched upon was Feng shui. According to this article on About.com, “Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the … More Feng Shui and Emunah
I have one very special article bookmarked which I take out to read every other month or so. I find its message so strong and reassuring and encouraging, and it gets to me every single time. So I thought I’d share it here. Enjoy 🙂 Read This When You’re Tired of Everything “I know what … More Read This When You’re Tired of Everything