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On Friday as usually I went to the synagogue for our weekly parsha study with Rabbi Goldberger.  I was very excited about this week’s parsha because it was Kedoshim from Vaikra.  Kedoshim means Holy in Hebrew.  This parshah actually is very interesting even for non religious people and for non Jewish people.  Most of the things that are said in this parshah applies to our everyday life to our morals and actions.  This is the part that seems to be controversial in regards to GL.

In the Chumash (Torah) version it sounds a little bit different then this link.  I had some questions about the language use and certain parts of this portion.  However, Rav Goldberger turned our attention to a different question that made me forget all my questions.  He decided to ask our opinion about what it means to be HOLY.

Here is a short summary of our discussion that Rav Goldberger sent to the congregation after our class:

 

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On Friday as usually I went to the synagogue for our weekly parsha study with Rabbi Goldberger.  I was very excited about this week’s parsha because it was Kedoshim from Vaikra.  Kedoshim means Holy in Hebrew.  This parshah actually is very interesting even for non religious people and for non Jewish people.  Most of the things that are said in this parshah applies to our everyday life to our morals and actions.  This is the part that seems to be controversial in regards to GL.

In the Chumash (Torah) version it sounds a little bit different then this link.  I had some questions about the language use and certain parts of this portion.  However, Rav Goldberger turned our attention to a different question that made me forget all my questions.  He decided to ask our opinion about what it means to be HOLY.

Here is a short summary of our discussion that Rav Goldberger sent to the congregation after our class:

 

Read more... )

 

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This year like never before we remember Chernobyl nuclear explosion that happened on April 26, 1986.  First of all the memories were brought to us in March after the tragedy of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan that involved a similar nuclear reactor and second, today it is the 25 year anniversary or as one journalist wrote “quarter century mark”.

 

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This year like never before we remember Chernobyl nuclear explosion that happened on April 26, 1986.  First of all the memories were brought to us in March after the tragedy of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan that involved a similar nuclear reactor and second, today it is the 25 year anniversary or as one journalist wrote “quarter century mark”.

 

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On Saturday, I had to wake up earlier then usually to go over my parents.  They had an appointment with a woman that would talk about final arrangements insurance.  Not a very pleasant topic but I guess an important one for people my parents’ age.  I think it is too early but they choose to do it now. 

We spent several hours with this woman and they signed up for that life insurance for the final arrangements.  We will have to meet with this woman again to see if my parents need any other programs.  She also gave them information about making the will.  I am learning a lot of stuff with these representatives.  They convince people pretty well that they need a lot of insurances when they retire. So, I am trying to sort it out and explain to my parents.

In the evening, we took kids over my in-laws and went to the Solera restaurant to celebrate my friend’s birthday.  It was only 3 couples and we had great time.  I wished that evening would continue but we had to pick up kids and go to bed.

Weekend continued:

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On Saturday, I had to wake up earlier then usually to go over my parents.  They had an appointment with a woman that would talk about final arrangements insurance.  Not a very pleasant topic but I guess an important one for people my parents’ age.  I think it is too early but they choose to do it now. 

We spent several hours with this woman and they signed up for that life insurance for the final arrangements.  We will have to meet with this woman again to see if my parents need any other programs.  She also gave them information about making the will.  I am learning a lot of stuff with these representatives.  They convince people pretty well that they need a lot of insurances when they retire. So, I am trying to sort it out and explain to my parents.

In the evening, we took kids over my in-laws and went to the Solera restaurant to celebrate my friend’s birthday.  It was only 3 couples and we had great time.  I wished that evening would continue but we had to pick up kids and go to bed.

Weekend continued:

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On Sunday, Michelle let me sleep until almost 8am.  Michael was not feeling well and I tried to feed him some breakfast in his bed.  He looked pale and his eyes were very sad (poor boy).  I kept asking him several times if he would want to go to the cirque at 1pm or stay home.  He really wanted to see the show and tried to eat and drink as much as he could (wasn’t much though).

 

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On Sunday, Michelle let me sleep until almost 8am.  Michael was not feeling well and I tried to feed him some breakfast in his bed.  He looked pale and his eyes were very sad (poor boy).  I kept asking him several times if he would want to go to the cirque at 1pm or stay home.  He really wanted to see the show and tried to eat and drink as much as he could (wasn’t much though).

 

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This was a weird weekend.  I knew that I would be busy on Sunday because we had tickets to Cirque Du Soleil Allegria at 1pm and then 6pm tickets to see Krechinsky's Wedding show.  However, Michael got sick on Thursday night and stayed home with Boris in bed on Friday.  In the evening we had my in-laws for tea and desert as usually on Friday nights.  Michael was not feeling well to the point that he did not want to eat cake nor candy nor ice-cream.

 

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This was a weird weekend.  I knew that I would be busy on Sunday because we had tickets to Cirque Du Soleil Allegria at 1pm and then 6pm tickets to see Krechinsky's Wedding show.  However, Michael got sick on Thursday night and stayed home with Boris in bed on Friday.  In the evening we had my in-laws for tea and desert as usually on Friday nights.  Michael was not feeling well to the point that he did not want to eat cake nor candy nor ice-cream.

 

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My mom is trying to find affordable health insurance for her.  Now, she is on my dad’s plan from his work and they pay way too much for two of them.  So, my mom has been receiving a lot of ads about affordable insurance and called one of the numbers.  One woman came over today to talk to my mom about the various health insurance plans.  It looked too good to be true and it really was not as good as it looked at first.

Luckily, my mom will qualify for Medicare starting in July, so to get the insurance that this woman was showing us, my mom has to sign up for social security, Medicare Plan A and Plan B that you need to pay around $110 a month plus you could get one of those deals as plan C and D and E and F and etc.....

There is a catch, those deals are all separate.  One deal to pay for doctor visits, emergency, hospital, and some lab work, the other deal is only covering medication, the other deal covers only dental.  Once you add all of that it comes to a considerate sum to pay monthly.  Well, less then my parents pay now but still pretty high.

My mom will sign up for Medica plan.  They have this rule that one can change level of coverage at any time.  For example, she can take the medium priced plan that covers a lot but there are some co-pays and some fees.  If something happens and she needs better coverage, she can change it to the more expensive one that covers most of the expenses.  Once she gets better, she can change back to the cheaper plan.  This also sounds too good to be true.  I would need to do some investigation about that statement though.  

I also asked this woman about the plans for individuals who don’t qualify for Medicare yet.  She told me that most of the plans would involve very high monthly fees plus approximately $3000 deductible before insurance would kick in.  Those are extreme reap-off plans!

I am so glad that I have a pretty good insurance through my work and I don’t need to deal with this reap off system on my own.  I wish I could've added my mom to my plan.

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My mom is trying to find affordable health insurance for her.  Now, she is on my dad’s plan from his work and they pay way too much for two of them.  So, my mom has been receiving a lot of ads about affordable insurance and called one of the numbers.  One woman came over today to talk to my mom about the various health insurance plans.  It looked too good to be true and it really was not as good as it looked at first.

Luckily, my mom will qualify for Medicare starting in July, so to get the insurance that this woman was showing us, my mom has to sign up for social security, Medicare Plan A and Plan B that you need to pay around $110 a month plus you could get one of those deals as plan C and D and E and F and etc.....

There is a catch, those deals are all separate.  One deal to pay for doctor visits, emergency, hospital, and some lab work, the other deal is only covering medication, the other deal covers only dental.  Once you add all of that it comes to a considerate sum to pay monthly.  Well, less then my parents pay now but still pretty high.

My mom will sign up for Medica plan.  They have this rule that one can change level of coverage at any time.  For example, she can take the medium priced plan that covers a lot but there are some co-pays and some fees.  If something happens and she needs better coverage, she can change it to the more expensive one that covers most of the expenses.  Once she gets better, she can change back to the cheaper plan.  This also sounds too good to be true.  I would need to do some investigation about that statement though.  

I also asked this woman about the plans for individuals who don’t qualify for Medicare yet.  She told me that most of the plans would involve very high monthly fees plus approximately $3000 deductible before insurance would kick in.  Those are extreme reap-off plans!

I am so glad that I have a pretty good insurance through my work and I don’t need to deal with this reap off system on my own.  I wish I could've added my mom to my plan.

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What a weekend!  Yulya, Grisha, Jacob and Liza came on Friday and stayed at our place.  They were first official guests from out of town in our house.  We had plenty of room for everyone and I really enjoyed the company.  Finally we bought a hide-a-bed sofa for the guests and now need to rearrange our office, turn it into office/guest room.  I was just worried that my guests wouldn’t go hungry.  I hope they didn’t.

 

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What a weekend!  Yulya, Grisha, Jacob and Liza came on Friday and stayed at our place.  They were first official guests from out of town in our house.  We had plenty of room for everyone and I really enjoyed the company.  Finally we bought a hide-a-bed sofa for the guests and now need to rearrange our office, turn it into office/guest room.  I was just worried that my guests wouldn’t go hungry.  I hope they didn’t.

 

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Yesterday, we went to Mediterranean Cruise Café Restaurant to celebrate my parents’ 39th wedding anniversary.  We dropped Michelle at my in-laws  and took Michael with us.

Michael picked his clothes and put on suit with white shirt dark stripe jacket and pants.  He said to me that he wants to look like James Bond.

My parents and their friends were already at the restaurant when we came.  Boris played soccer and we knew that we would be at least 30 minutes late.  Boris ordered beer and the rest of us had a bottle of wine that was already on the table.

Michael immediately figured the situation out and said to Boris:

-Papa, don’t worry, you can drink, if you get drunk I will tell you where to drive! (lol)

The restaurant was awesome!  They built a new beautiful building in Middle Eastern style, had wonderful food, service and beautiful belly dancer.  The only negative thing about this restaurant is it is located pretty far away from us on the other side of the town.

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Yesterday, we went to Mediterranean Cruise Café Restaurant to celebrate my parents’ 39th wedding anniversary.  We dropped Michelle at my in-laws  and took Michael with us.

Michael picked his clothes and put on suit with white shirt dark stripe jacket and pants.  He said to me that he wants to look like James Bond.

My parents and their friends were already at the restaurant when we came.  Boris played soccer and we knew that we would be at least 30 minutes late.  Boris ordered beer and the rest of us had a bottle of wine that was already on the table.

Michael immediately figured the situation out and said to Boris:

-Papa, don’t worry, you can drink, if you get drunk I will tell you where to drive! (lol)

The restaurant was awesome!  They built a new beautiful building in Middle Eastern style, had wonderful food, service and beautiful belly dancer.  The only negative thing about this restaurant is it is located pretty far away from us on the other side of the town.

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Today, was the last day of this long week at the daycare.  I would also say that this week had a lot more events in addition to little cute people with a lot of energy and not much social skills and self control.  I will write separately about those other happenings.

Today was again as difficult day as it was on Monday for some reason.  Kids were very cranky and we ended up not even doing morning exercises because they all were fighting with one another and I just had to get them off of each other, take away toys or chairs that they were fighting over and keep the troublemaker away.  Some kids were just getting irritated by the fact that the troublemaker would look at them.

I even feel sorry for the troublemaker (3 yr old).  There are good intentions in the person, but no control of physical power.  The troublemaker is very helpful and pays attention when someone needs help.  However, the help that is provided is usually over the limit.  For example, my Michelle (14 months old) was crying, the troublemaker got her pacifier and really hard pushed it in her mouth that she started crying even louder.  Or another example, when the troublemaker wants to hug kids starting very gently and then ending up squeezing very hard or pinching or biting. 

I had to be on the guard all the time making sure that no one would get hurt.  I kept him near by and constantly praised for good behavior.  If the choice was to misbehave, I would give choice to stop or go to the corner for time out after counting to 3.  That actually worked very well with all kids.  Of course they were choosing to stop and no one actually got in time out today.

After they stopped fighting and getting upset I tried to keep them busy with letters, books and puzzles, cartoon about ABCs.  The weather was not good for outside play.  It was very cold.  So, I guess the weather was another reason for crazy day inside. 

The time went by pretty fast though.  It was busy busy busy, run run run, watch out watch out watch out!

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Today, was the last day of this long week at the daycare.  I would also say that this week had a lot more events in addition to little cute people with a lot of energy and not much social skills and self control.  I will write separately about those other happenings.

Today was again as difficult day as it was on Monday for some reason.  Kids were very cranky and we ended up not even doing morning exercises because they all were fighting with one another and I just had to get them off of each other, take away toys or chairs that they were fighting over and keep the troublemaker away.  Some kids were just getting irritated by the fact that the troublemaker would look at them.

I even feel sorry for the troublemaker (3 yr old).  There are good intentions in the person, but no control of physical power.  The troublemaker is very helpful and pays attention when someone needs help.  However, the help that is provided is usually over the limit.  For example, my Michelle (14 months old) was crying, the troublemaker got her pacifier and really hard pushed it in her mouth that she started crying even louder.  Or another example, when the troublemaker wants to hug kids starting very gently and then ending up squeezing very hard or pinching or biting. 

I had to be on the guard all the time making sure that no one would get hurt.  I kept him near by and constantly praised for good behavior.  If the choice was to misbehave, I would give choice to stop or go to the corner for time out after counting to 3.  That actually worked very well with all kids.  Of course they were choosing to stop and no one actually got in time out today.

After they stopped fighting and getting upset I tried to keep them busy with letters, books and puzzles, cartoon about ABCs.  The weather was not good for outside play.  It was very cold.  So, I guess the weather was another reason for crazy day inside. 

The time went by pretty fast though.  It was busy busy busy, run run run, watch out watch out watch out!

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