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One year minus Mooshey – Commemorating the death and celebrating the life of our beloved dog

Mooshey Pilc (1996-2010)

The pain of losing an immediate family member is something no one should ever have to experience, especially at a young age when it seems that so much life has yet to be lived.

But of course, death is inevitable and whether or not you seem prepared to deal with it, one still has to deal with the massive void left by an individual’s death and the overbearing weight attached to it. This is reality. G-d has made it this way, and it’s for the better – no matter how much its sucks not having that person around anymore.

Though certainly not on the same level as losing a mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin or even a grandparent, losing a pet can be just as devastating.

This has been the case for my family as we dealt with, when we  decided to put down our beloved dog, Mooshey, after a long and happy life of fourteen and a half years. Today is the one year-anniversary of that fateful day.

This dog was more than just a pet – she was a family member, a sister, a best friend, and a loyal companion. Continue reading “One year minus Mooshey – Commemorating the death and celebrating the life of our beloved dog”
Frum Judaism, life, rants, Yeshiva

Two years later: Shua Finkelstein Z”L

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Shua Finkelstein
On this date two years ago, a young man named Shua Finkelstein, 20, from Lakewood, NJ  was found dead from an overdose of pain killers. Shua and I went to the same yeshiva in Israel in 2007. Although I’d spent the previous year there, I returned for six weeks and it was during that time I met Shua, who was in the middle of his year at the yeshiva.

 

Although I barely knew him and didn’t really get a chance to get to know him, when the news came to me that he had died, I felt like I had lost a member of the family.

And while I’m honestly ignorant in regards to what troubled Shua in life, I would like to share something he wrote shortly before he died. He wanted it to be shared with the public, and so I hope I can honour his memory by fulfilling this wish. Continue reading “Two years later: Shua Finkelstein Z”L”

Judaism, life, media, Opinion, YouTube

On the fence: Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew) – Parody of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You”

Another ditty of a Jewish parody of a popular song is making its rounds of viral fame, and this time it’s Cee-Lo’s Green‘s “Forget You” (or should I say F**k You) becoming “Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew):

So at first I was just gonna make fun of video, I kinda liked it. But just kinda… Continue reading “On the fence: Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew) – Parody of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You””

common sense, Current Events, life, Thoughts about Life, Uncategorized

3 Things You Never Say To Someone With Depression

Yesterday marked the beginning of a new initiative by Bell Canada, entitled ‘Let’s Talk’, which aspires to spread awareness, information, but most importantly mass discussion and communication about mental health.

The first day of the campaign, February 9,  was pronounced “Let’s Talk Day, ” where Bell donated 5 cents for every text or long distance call made by its customers to support mental health related programs in Canada.

In addition to the donations, many celebrities, including Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes took part in the campaign.

And while the day has passed, the talking has only begun (hence why it’s called an initiative). And as an individual who has personally dealt with depression (having been diagnosed with it last year), it is only fit that I do my best to play a role in publicizing the message of the campaign. Continue reading “3 Things You Never Say To Someone With Depression”

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10 Posts From 2010 Worth Remembering

When I look back on 2010, dear G-d I hope I can find some kind of solace and strength from a year I honestly want to forget and move on from… But if I can’t, I can always look back on some of these ditties that came about via this blog. Here are some of my top/favourite posts from this past calendar year: Continue reading “10 Posts From 2010 Worth Remembering”

holidays, Judaism, life, Thoughts about Life

Heartfelt gratitude & a clean slate: My Yom Kippur message

Tonight begins the holiday of Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days of the year Jewish calendar. While the day holds an immense amount of importance in both its significance – G-d forgives us for all of our sins from throughout the year, and its customs – fasting, non-leather shoes and extremely long yet certainly meaningful prayer services, I’ve been having a hard time really getting excited for holiday this time around. Continue reading “Heartfelt gratitude & a clean slate: My Yom Kippur message”

holidays, Judaism, life, Thoughts about Life

Shana Tova!! Here’s to a successful 5771!!

As I’m writing this I’m about to take a nap, so if this post seems messy, I think you get the picture.

But regardless, I just want to wish all my Jewish readers a very healthy, happy and successful new year. Tonight marks the beginning of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which translates into the start of a new Jewish calendar year. And while the change of weather outside is somewhat cathartic, if not a pathetic fallacy to a changing of the season – no further do I need to look than at myself while searching for sense of change, if not a new beginning altogether.

While it’s no secret that this year didn’t turn out to be that awesome of a year (in fact, I’ve called it the worst year of my life on more than one occasion), that’s all in the past now (or at least I’d like it be that way…)

For now I have more important things to forward to – like my last year in university (for now…) at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. G-d willing I should have a Journalism degree at the end of the school year. And while that burden should hopefully be lifted soon (and without too much pain), G-d willing many other personal burdens should be lifted as well….

And in part in making things better, here’s hoping I can get to know you better. Who is you, you ask? You can anyone really… My parents, my friends, whether close or distant, family members, rabbis, fellow students and pretty much anyone I come into contact with. I cherish and value every relationship I make and encounter and I hope you can reciprocate the same feelings in return. And if it’s hard, well then we’ll just work together at it. Ain’t that the essence of a relationship – a partnership between two or more entities with a common goal in mind to achieve. G-d willing, whatever the goal may be – we’ll achieve it together… and grow stringer as a result.

Shana Tova!!

life

Remember Me?

It’s been two months since I’ve last posted, and while the time in between has been eventful and encouraging, I’ve missed being able to come here and express myself…

And even though I would have loved to have made a huge comeback, with a large post elaborating on a whole bevy of topics pertinent to what’s been up in my life, one of things I’ve learned over this time is that its better to not jump into big things just like that.

Rather, I should just glide into things gently… breathing properly… while maintaining an awareness of my actions and surroundings.

So instead of writing a vuvuzela of a comeback blog post, here’s a tiny whistle, which hopefully will be loud enough to catch your attention. But while quality takes time to conjure, quantity increases as time adds up… (the story of life, really). As much as I’d love to write my normally elaborate and tangent-filled posts, sometimes I just have to stop thinking and write. Then post. Period.

I intend to post more often, but this time with more balance. Balance in regards to content, post length, serious and light content, and even some different features, like video posts of yours truly.

In fact don’t call it a comeback… or even a return.

A relaunching? Perhaps… How about TevyTown v. 2.0?

Regardless of what you call it, it’s good to be back. Healthier, happier, and inspired once again to be proactive.