Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Candles are Burning Bright...

It's snowing in Jerusalem, Israel!!!  

Everyone is excited.

I'm tempted to curl up in my blankets, make a cup of hot tea, light some candles, watch a movie, and make it a quiet, cozy afternoon.

Sounds pretty good, hunh??

Just a word to the wise.

Store bought candles are usually made of paraffin. And burning paraffin on a regular basis without proper ventilation can be a risk for cancer.

Beeswax candles are safer.

And perhaps burning pure olive oil as well, but I'd have to check.

Stay warm and stay healthy!

G-d bless!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Garlic, Juicing, and Coconut Fruit Smoothies

The diet to beat Cancer...

When we eat, we're either promoting health or promoting disease.

Garlics, leeks, onions and cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage kick cancers' ass!

G-d bless

check it out:

Friday, November 1, 2013

It's Only Natural...

Our Sages say that He is not in some far away land. He is actively involved in our lives.

I find that loving G-d is something that occurs quite naturally, like a baby reaching for his mother.

oR a bird that leaps into flight...

oR a flower that stretches her petals to bloom...

oR the sun that extends his rays of  sunshine...

oR the arms that reaches to touch and hug...

oR a butterfly emerging from her cocoon...

                                                    oR a road that naturally winds...

                                   oR a tree that takes root in her soil...

oR the leaves that dance when a breeze passes by...

                   oR the natural chatter of friends....

oR the spiral turns of curly, kinky hair....

It's only natural....

G-d bless!


There is something amazing I learned that I just need to mention again.

I guess I find it amazing because I couldn't believe just how ignorant I was.

Everyone talks about how cholesterol is so bad.

"High cholesterol?? Holy shit, run for the hills!"

But if we looked out the window and saw a bunch of cops standing across the street,
we wonder, 'what happened? why are the police here?" We want to know what caused the police
to come in the first place. The police are only there to restore order.

So, cholesterol is the police!!!

Usually, when we hear high cholesterol, folks are put on meds to just remove the cholesterol. It's like trying to shoo away the police without asking why they're there.

When damage to our arteries occur,  the body calls the cops. "HELP!! 911!"  And cholesterol comes to the rescue, sirens blaring and everything, trying to patch things up.

So, whodunit? If cholesterol isn't the bad guy, who is???

You probably guessed it.

Sugar and starch.

Sugar causes damage to our arteries!!!!! Somebody arrest those assholes!! They're disturbing the peace!!

We need cholesterol. They make up cell walls, they're the forerunners of our sex hormones.
But don't ask me about this stuff. I ain't no expert. Research it y'self!! And always consult with a trusted doctor and naturopath!!

G-d bless!!

Check it out:
Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon

Sunday, October 27, 2013

How Dumb Are We?

Just how dumb are we??

Here we are, nestled on our sofas, cradling our iphones and our eyes riveted on the TV screen.

Our hard-earned money sitting in banks.

Our fridge filled with food purchased at supermarkets, with the origins and the processing of the foods unknown to us.

We give our bodies and our children's bodies to medical doctors who know best and insert what they like when the like.

We lather the paraben lotion on our skin.

We bathe in it.

We go to work.

Day in and day out.

To pay bills.

And to watch more TV and to cradle our iphones tenderly lest they fall and shatter into the cheap pieces they are made from.

And in the meantime, C-section surgeries increase, cancer becomes widespread, people in Africa die, fake GMO foods becomes the norm, national debt increases (only to come out from our pocket, mind you, so get to work) and nature becomes de-natured.

How freakin' dumb are we to allow this to happen??

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bereshit and Renewals

This Shabbat we go back to the beginning of the Torah to read parasha/ section Bereshit.
In Bereshit, the Torah records how G-d/ Hashem created the world. On the first day, He created darkness and light.

On the second day, He formed the Heavens. On the third, came land and sea.

On the fourth day, the sun, moon and stars are fixed into their positions.

On the fifth day, He created the fish, reptiles, and birds. And on the sixth day, He created human beings.

And on the Seventh day, He rested-which is Shabbat.

As the new Jewish year begins, we too can gather our G-d given creative powers to make new beginnings and renewals in our lives.

It can be anything, from job change, to learning something new, to taking a new art class, to cutting back on sugar, to ending a bad relationship, to dressing better, to trying new recipes, to socializing more, to ......

gosh darnit, there's just so much....

This new year, I'd like to nourish my kidneys and my liver.

I want to learn all about how them and how to strengthen them through herbs, food, exercise, acupuncture, acupressure, etc. These organs work hard to keep me well, and I want to honor that.

I'd also like to marry my 'soul mate.'

The imperfect one made perfectly for the imperfect me.

Happy new beginnings!

G-d bless!!!

Please pass a Sudanese

This is the second time it happened.

I don't know if it's because I was there or not. There's no way to ever be 100% sure.

I'm sitting at a Shabbos meal, and the topic of the Sudanese refugees and the potpourri of foreign   immigrants in southern Tel Aviv comes up.

Ok, think quick.

Is this a personal attack? Are they fishing for my opinion as a Black Jew? Or is it just noise to ensure everyone keeps talking and the dreaded-silence-at-the-table-doesn't-occur.

Somehow the topic got changed very quick, much to my relief.

But it got me thinking.

Perhaps there is a spiritual thirst for Eretz HaKodesh to have this sort of  potpourri. Maybe there is something deeper behind this.

Now, encouraging the said potpourri to follow the Seven Noahide Laws would be a step in the right direction...

G-d bless!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Kenya says no to GM Frankenstein Foods

Scientists are upset because Kenya has recently banned GM foods.

Kenyan officials stated that there was a "lack of sufficient information on the public health impact of such foods".

With a rat study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology showing rats developing cancer from eating GM corn, I completely understand Kenya and every single person who reject this man-made 'food.'

Scientists complained that the study was done incorrectly, from the experimental design to the statistical analysis.

Peter Kearns, head of food safety, nanosafety and chemical accidents for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris states," Resolution of the debate over the safety of GM foods can come only from rigorous science clarifying the issues"

So if the issue needs clarification, why push these GM 'foods' down our throats? Down the throats of Africans?

The scientists are upset??

Let'em be upset.

G-d bless!

check it out:

Sunday, June 9, 2013

My Berry Fruity Cherry!

Guess who's in season and looking mighty good.... Oh yeah, cherries, baby!!

Busting with antioxidants, they are bad news for free radicals and good news for us. And cherries also contain queritrin, bio-flavonoids, ellagic acid, and other amazing compounds. Well, what are those exactly?? Well, from being anti-cancer agents to preventing arthritis and gout, they are some pretty heavy-duty, ass-kickin' stuff!!

And gosh darn it, they just look so good!!

Oh, the Love!! the Love!!!

G-d bless!!

Check it out:

Black and Jewish!

G-d bless!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

More Pentatonix

G-d bless!


Enjoy and G-d bless!!!

Worthy of Love...

If we think about how much G-d/ Hashem is doing every moment, it is really mind-blowing.

Hashem means the Name.

B/c we cannot even pronounce His true name cuz it's so beyond us. So we refer to Him as the Name.

And yet, Hashem, the Creator is not out there in the far beyond, glancing at us every so often.

He lives within each and every one of us. There's a bit of G-dliness in all of us.

And we are all worthy of love and goodness. And we are worthy to give love and goodness. It begins inside and reverberates out wherever we go. Remaining positive is not easy and requires discipline and inner strength. Just like how eating healthy,  losing weight, or raising children is not easy. But it's worth it.

G-d bless!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Planned 'Black' Parenthood

Is Planned Parenthood targeting the Black community???

Are there more Planned Parenthood facilities located in African American neighborhoods than in other places???

Well, some Black folks think so.

A group of Black pro-Life supporters gathered in Washington D.C. for a press conference at the National Press Club to take a stand against Planned Parenthood and late term abortions. They were joined by Star Parker, head of Urban Cure. Click here for story.

I highly approve!!

Black folks have to know that there are cunning organizations who try to demise our future and self-esteem through acts of 'charity.' And we have to be on the look out.

Remember the whole eugenics movement?? Wasn't good for us back then, and it's not good for us now.

And mind you that many fast food restaurants, laden with trans fats, rancid oils, poor nutrient, MSG, and who knows what, are found in Black neighborhoods.
Well, that's where the business is....
Maybe not.

We are not a monolith, but being united gives a lot of power...

G-d bless!

Check it out: History of Planned Parenthood. horrific!  a must read


Friday, May 17, 2013

The Kinky Apothecary

I stumbled unto this new blog about natural hair called The Kinky Apothecary.

Check it out.

G-d bless!!

'da Power of Prevention

I just read a fascinating article about Angelina Jolie and breast cancer on Natural News.

Seriously wanted to fall off my seat.

Angelina Jolie got both breasts surgically removed b/c of a high breast cancer risk. Now per the article, everyone has cancer cells in the their body. And so everyone has a risk. Whether those cells will actually express themselves depends on the lifestyle we chose on a daily basis through factors like nutrition, exercise, getting adequate vitamin D.  Now Jolie had a 87% risk. My question is whether most women stats are as high as that...

In terms of nutrition, we know that foods that contain indole 3 carbinol like cabbage, broccoli, and other cruciferous veggies are powerful in cancer prevention. Remember cancer loves sugar. And in these days, sugary foods and drinks abound. So, when we are caught up in our busy day, running to work or school, or taking care of kids, it's very easy to forget this crucial info.

And cabbage and broccoli can definitely be a pain
to eat cuz it may not be as enjoyable as, say a croissant. For some people anyway. But if we start incorporating them in to our diet, we will get used to it. We gotta work it!!

A good thing to remember when we go grocery shopping next time!!!

Prevention is key. 

And that doesn't mean going for x-rays every year. It doesn't mean being at the mercy of doctors and the allopathic/ Western medicine. (But even Western medicine has it's place.) It means changing our lifestyle. TODAY!!!

Actively choosing a 'pro-Life' lifestyle puts power back into our hands in terms of remaining healthy. And that is where it belongs.

G-d bless!!

Check it out:

Monday, May 13, 2013

Lovin' Coconut Oil...

Who needs to worry about strange, synthethic chemicals like parabens and sulfates in body lotions and creams??

When I put on a lotion, I want my skin soft, and I don't want to worry about anything else.

Enters the coconut.


Coconut oil works wonders without leaving a greasy feel or a strong smell. And my skin, elbows and knees included, have never felt SO good!!! Also, it strengthens underlying tissues by providing deep and real moistures. And it also contains antiviral, antifungal properties. It's also great for the hair.

And best of all, it's natural! Oh, yeah!

G-d bless!!!

Check it out:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Putting G-d First

In Iyanla Vanzant's video, she talks about putting yourself first because you are the representative of G-d in this world in YOUR life.

This a very powerful message.

And putting oneself first  certainly means being healthy, taking care of ones' needs, etc. It reminds me of what is done during the Shabbat Friday night service of Kiddush. Jewish custom during Kiddush is to make blessings over wine to sanctify the day and to testify that G-d, Creator of the world rested on the seventh day/Shabbat. Typically, as the cups of wine are passed around, I was taught to drink the cup that comes to you first, rather than pass it on the next person. Why? When I get a chance to do a mitzvah or Torah commandment, don't pass it up! Do it as fast as possible! That is, take care of yourself first.

I think that is a message that a lot of people would like.

But what are we giving ourselves?

If we are use to junk food, abusive relationships, negative self talk, thinking negatively, unsupportive and condescending friends, etc. etc. that's gonna be a pretty sad story!! Maybe this video is merely an affirmation to continuing giving the self the crap it's been getting, but this time I come first?!!


But certainly not.

We should only give ourselves good. And it's not so hard to figure out what that 'good' is. And believing that good is possible is part of the work.

Well, with work, bills, going to the gym, trying to be the best we can be, connecting with supportive friends, prayer, picking up some items at the health food store, who was time to put others first, second, or third?? Just completing this assignment takes up a lot of time and a lot of energy, doesn't it?? (Do you know how long it is to twist my hair up at night??)

And yet, what about the story of Avraham Avinu when he went to sojourn in the land of Gerar? The king of Gerar, Avimelech had Avraham's wife taken. As punishment, G-d had "restrained every orifice of the household of Avimelech because of Sarah, the wife of Avraham."
Genesis/Bereshit 20:18.

Avimelech, hastily returns Avraham's wife to him and asks Avraham to pray for his healing. And Avraham does. And in the very next chapter, we find that Sarah, who had been barren for years, finally conceived.

From this, our Sages teach us that when we genuinely pray for another, we are answered first.
When we put another person before us, G-d takes note of our humility and not only does He tend to the person being prayed for, but He takes care of the one who prayed FIRST.

So, do I put another person first or not??

I learned from an amazing and wonderful rabbi,  Rabbi Shoff the following: It is good to be selfish in the 'self-ful' way. It's important to give ourselves good. But the challenge is including others in that intimate circle we call 'self.' To understand that although I don't need to give every penny and time to my fellow, that sincerely caring and praying for his welfare when he's in trouble is crucial to the fabric of humanity!!

If a fellow is down, lend a hand. And that doesn't mean helping out a drug addict who has years of criminal record in his pocket.  It doesn't mean giving hours and hours of time away from one's own children to hear the same old complaint of girlfriend Missy.

There has to be healthy borders.

A Torah Sage named Hillel the Elder once said, "if I am not for myself, then who will be for me? Yet, if I am for myself only, what am I?"

I think when life becomes G-d centered rather than self-centered, it is easier to find that balance. I am not the center of the universe. My wants and whims don't determine everything. There is a bigger picture. Yes, I must take care of myself in appropriate ways, and yes I must take care of others in appropriate ways.

I love hearing Iyanla Vanzant speak.

G-d bless!!!

Monday, April 8, 2013


"The fear of G-d/ Hashem is the beginning of knowledge; foolish ones scorn wisdom and discipline. Hear, my child, the discipline of your father, and do not forsake the teaching of your mother. For they are an adornment of grace for your head and a chain for your neck."
Proverbs 1:7-9

We have to believe in ourselves.

We have to believe that we can make a real change.

We have to believe that we can be happy.

We have to believe that the tools are in place for us to learn and to master.

We have to believe that there are people that we can help.

We have to believe that we have what to give.

We have to believe that our apathy causes death and our attention gives life.

We have to believe that there are people who can help, no matter the color.

We have to believe that G-d is talking to us this second.

We have to believe that mistakes don't define us.

 We have to believe that sexual abuse and abandonment are not the standards.

We have to believe that what we believe will create the reality. (That is why media tries to control what we see and believe)

We have to believe that G-d wants something from us that is very concrete and attainable.

We have to believe that we each have a specific function to do.

We have to believe that we can succeed.

We have to believe that pain is in place only to wake us up from our sleep. And for us to improve our lives.

We have to believe that reality is not in television or Facebook.

We have to believe that by being healthy-spiritually and physically that we can
accomplish more good and receive more good.

We have to believe that our mind and body is not a garbage dump.

We have to believe that our main happiness comes from G-d and not people.

We have to believe that the hurts from the past are meant to be composted! Fertilizer for something
better and stronger to come out from it, but not get stuck in it.

We have to believe that all our pores are infused with G-dliness.

We have to believe that we are beautiful.

We have to believe that being healthy shows our true beauty.

We have to believe that we are worthwhile and good.

We have to believe that we need to act and to run while doing it.

We have to believe that we can make it happen.

We have to believe that we can make it.

We have to believe

And we have to voice these beliefs in order to start believing.

That is, if we want to believe

G-d bless!!

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Unconscious Mind...the Emuna Mind

I'd like to think that how I view myself and how I respond to life is coming from a conscious place, and that I am fairly in control. However, I am learning that the conscious mind is only a small part of our greater mind. In fact, our unconscious throws a lot more weight in terms of our thoughts and feelings than we realize.

Ah, yes, the unconscious mind. This was the cornerstone of Sigmund's Freud's psychoanalytic theory. Formed in our childhood, this 'dark' side of the mind harbors a lot of repressed emotions and memories, negativity, and things we are simply not aware of. And people will unknowingly act on that negativity or the positivity that resides there.

And this could explain why a seemingly well-adjusted guy has trouble maintaining a job or has difficulty staying in a healthy relationships. If in his unconscious, he really believes he is a loser and unworthy of love, this is what he will keep attracting in to his life. The unconscious mind will be expressed!!

Now what? If I've had a lot of hard knocks in life, all these negative experiences are probably swimming in my unconscious mind, waiting to explode, or worse is actually bringing more negative experiences into my sphere.  C'mon there was my emotionally abusive father, difficult incidences at school, and yo, there's constant negative messages about Blacks in the news, in the movies, there's  misinformation about Jews, there's a lot of crap out there!!

I don't know about y'all, but I find this horrifying!!!

Ok, there are websites that go on and on about this, and they're all quite fascinating. And some suggest meditation and positive affirmations to re-program our unconscious mind. And that's all great. One website had the fascinating perspective that positive affirmations don't truly remove the painful feelings and might just be a lame whitewashing attempt over true pain. Interesting point!!

Well, in Jewish Breslov Chassidic thought, hitbodedut is stressed big time. Hitbodedut is basically talking to G-d.  It's taught that in order to change ourselves, we must imagine the change and we must express this desire in words OUT LOUD.

The world was created with Ten Sayings. Hashem 'spoke' and the world was formed.
We, too, can create with our speech. But it begins in the mind.

The Jews were in Egypt for 210 years. That means they were enslaved for decades upon decades. They had surely adopted a slave mentality. Low self-esteem, depression, misery might have been as common as their daily staple. Yet, there was a glimmer of hope. In their minds, they believed that G-d/ Hashem would save them through a Deliverer. (Remember the Ten Commandments movie. I don't think Moses looked anything like Charlton Heston, but I do love that film!)

And because they believed, this truth became manifest. Not only that, but on the night of their great exodus from Egypt, G-d commanded them to do a sacrifice, a korban Pesach. They were to slaughter the sheep, the god of their enemy. Why was this celebratory act done while they were still in Egypt, still in the mire of that 'dark' place?? I heard a beautiful vort explaining that before a person can actually be free, they have to first imagine themselves free in their mind.

I call this the Emuna Mind.

The Emuna Mind connects to the good that G-d wants to give us. And the Emuna Mind needs speech to exist. G-d doesn't want to see people enslaved, languishing in ghettos with low self-esteem. He doesn't want genocide. He doesn't want the oppression of spirit. When we look around the natural world, we can see how much G-d loves Life, Health, Kindness and Abundance. It's all over the natural world, and it's all over the Torah.

The negativity in our unconscious is most likely going to take us away from that life, love and abundance. I don't need to analyze my unconscious to know that. My unconscious is my Egypt, where my enslaved mind hides. I know 'cuz  I've had hard knocks!! And so have you.

Jews are commanded to remember the Exodus from Egypt every day. Egypt is a difficult place to leave. Most of the people chose to stay and did not leave with Moses. And once in the desert, even the brave that left often thought of returning to the familiar comfort of enslavement.

G-d took us out of Egypt. And He does so every day.
But He is looking for our desire to leave.

By speaking honestly to G-d, learning about the good He wants for us, imagining that good manifesting in our lives, and expressing that through our speech, we can revolutionize every cell in our minds, in our bodies and every cell in the whole world to create our Exodus from Egypt.

G-d bless!!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Tribe of Dan and Black Hair

In the Tanach, (Old Testament Bible) we learn that there were ten mighty tribes of Israel: Reuven, Yehuda, Levi, Shimon, Gad, Asher, Napthali, Dan, Issachar, Zevulun, Yosef, and Binyamin. We also learn that there are times when Yosef and Levi are not counted and Menashe and Ephraim, the sons of Yosef, are counted in their stead.

When the tribes traveled in the desert, they would always be in a formation: three tribes on each side of the Holy Ark. Now, I always heard that Dan was at the tail end of this formation. True and false. True, Dan was 'at the end,' but false in that the tribe of Dan was actually the leader of the end tribes on the northern side. Now, because Dan was 'at the end,' they had to deal with bandits and hooligans from other nations who would try to attack the ones at the back.

Dan had to be on his toes!!!

In modern times, the Ethiopian Jews claim to be descended from the tribe of Dan.

All this made me think of Natural Black Hair.

Because black hair is so curly and kinky, it is difficult for the natural oils to reach the ends and tips of the hair, resulting in a lot of breakage.

 Near the scalp and the roots is where most of the oils are. And the ends of our hair are constantly being attacked by the bandits and hooligans of dryness!!! Just like the tribe of Dan!

I don't know how Dan fought back, but I do know that to protect the ends of the hair requires lots of water and also oils to lock in the moisture. And what is water?? Our Jewish sages liken water to Torah, G-d's Word. So maybe, just maybe, Dan remained strong and mighty by saturating themselves with
G-'d's Word and of course lots of water...

G-d bless!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

You got your matzahs???

It's Pesach/ Passover..

When the Jews left Egypt after being enslaved for so many years, there was no time to lose. Pack up yo' bags and get!!!  There was no time to wait for the dough to rise to become bread. And so instead of bread, they had matzah. It takes minimum 18 minutes for the dough to begin to rise to become bread. The Jews didn't even have 18 mins!! There was simply no time. 

And, truthfully, there was no room for bread!! Bread, with it's leavening agent symbolizes the evil that inflates our ego that can create a barrier between us and G-d/ Hashem and between our true selves. The Jews, having been broken by slavery, cried out to G-d from the depth of their beings for salvation. No ego here.

And since time is like a spiral, we are now in the days of Pesach, the holiday of Matzot. So, now is the time when we again do away with our breads, our pastas, and all the yeast/ leavening agents from our cupboards, from our kitchens, from our homes and from our hearts.

Please pass some matzahs!!!

G-d bless!!!