I guess today's lesson is sometimes you just have to trust a bit. I had set up different e-mails for my Microsoft accounts for the office because I just didn't know what control I might be giving up if I use my regular ones.
And I gave that up today, and life is so much easier. I don't need to set up my e-mail on every new computer now, though there might still be some sense in using a local application from time to time, but this just works, and it'll work from anywhere, and it's still saved on my servers, and has extra security given by Microsoft.
And I moved my contact book back to Microsoft, and in a day or two, I'll probably delete what I have on Google. I joined Jeff's Zula today, and in one of our sessions we chatted internet security, and the point was made that Google and Facebook really have no interest in our privacy, and that's part of what got me to finally trust Microsoft a little more. I've a practice to run, and can't waste my time, especially when the things I need are already invented for me, and there's so much there to learn to make things flow, and that's what we're working on.
And Challah, I have to go up and take it out of the oven now. And it's very interesting: I used Einkorn flower and ground flax seed, and coconut fat for shortening, and no eggs, much to mom's chagrin, but it other than stickiness, it's not missing anything; they can still be unbraided. It's kind of funny.
I wanted to make Challah last week, but didn't have the time. So I came home early today to do so, and by early, I'd say about 6:45, and then I ate the rest of the ice cream, and forgot to pray minchah.
And I forgot tomorrow is a weekend day in Israel, and my poor Yakov is off doing guard duty. And this is what I have to say to you.
I went with Rabbi Shemtov, the local Chabad rabbi, and his family to the “Ohel” for the on-putting of his sons' t'fillin the first time on Tuesday, and as we travelled to Queens, Cambria Heights I think it's called, we were on the highway, and I looked at a truck, and said “How beautiful?”
And I didn't shut up most of the way. I like his younger girls, the youngest especially is still curious. And the thing I found beautiful was a big old rig next to us, and the more I thought about it, the more beautiful it is. You're actually not supposed to drill into the frame; they've plenty of holes, I suspect for mounting whatever might be attached, but the steel is formed and tempered such that it would be weakened if insulted so, and I thought about how every part is probably similarly engineered for efficiency and function.
And I related the story of Ayaan Hirsi, about the bus stop, and if you think about it, you really can't help but be amazed at the level of organization and coordination that makes our world work.
And that's all to say that there is magic to be found everywhere, and to be made. And that's what I wish for you Yakov. You'll be somewhere new for guard duty, and that's okay. Get a little curiouser than you usually would with those people, and maybe you'll actually make a really cool adventure, or at least some silly fun, out of a ho-hum assignment that it makes no sense to put you on.
Anyway, I love you all and you should make it a great weekend.
Yay Yakov, all goodness to him.
But what I really hope for is to see the goodness that can come out of him, I want to see him be mighty and large, I expect wish for my brothers, to be ambitious, but I should focus on myself first.
Love to you too father, I hope you find ambition that can shine through.