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On Shavuot all forms of remembrance are important

— Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon, Jewish Home Manhattan.
Today is Friday, May 29.
Today is also the first day of Shavuot, the two-day Jewish harvest festival at the beginning of summer.

In the 26th chapter of Deuteronomy (verses 1-11), we read an early description of the holiday’s observance. There, when a person presents that season’s first fruits at the ancient Temple, they make a brief speech to the priest recounting their interwoven personal and national history. It evokes the pioneering journeys of Abraham and Sarah, the people’s enslavement in Egypt, the eventual liberation, the Israelite’s wandering and providence in the wilderness. And finally, it connects to their ongoing life in the land, a land famously flowing with milk and honey. 

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All Through The Night — Welcoming Shavuot

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon, Jewish Home Manhattan.

Today is Thursday, May 28. 

When I was young, I thought staying up late was a magical thing. What mysteries would I discover, after bedtime? The first New Year’s Eve I was both allowed to (and succeeded to) make it all the way to midnight, I felt I had been initiated into a secret club of grown-ups. Not until college did I learn that procrastinators up against deadlines could become quite familiar with all-nighters. And the wee hours from two to five am are very different when you don’t want to be awake. Taking care of newborns or struggling with insomnia can bring a kind of hopeless desperation — why can’t I just close my eyes and go back to sleep?!

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Tangible expressions of care and manifestations of our ethical duties

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon Jewish Home Manhattan

Today is Thursday, May 21st. 

Some days are easy. Others test us. Today is a day that really tests us. And by that I mean, today is the day when all staff begins being literally tested for COVID-19—twice a week—to ensure that our workforce stays as healthy as possible while we provide loving care to all those who live at The New Jewish Home.

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Attention is the most basic form of love

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Evening Jewish Home Manhattan

Today is Wednesday May 20th.

Let’s talk about multi-tasking — trying to do more than one thing at a time. Some people love the idea of it, accomplishing two (or more) things at once. Some people are suspicious. They know it’s more likely to mean that neither thing will get done as well as it should.

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Take a moment to notice and appreciate what you have learned

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Hello Jewish Home Manhattan. 

This is Tuesday May 19.

Where am I catching you today? For most of us most of the time, it takes little to no effort to place ourselves in our surroundings. We know who we are. We know our history. We know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. We know what we care about and what we don’t, what we like and what turns us off. 

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When touch itself carries certain risks

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon Jewish Home Manhattan

Friday May 15.

So listen, what’s going on with you? How’s your day? Do you have what you need? How are your spirits holding up? 

These questions matter. Have enough people been asking you them? Have you been asking other folks?

Over the last several weeks I’ve noticed that it can feel harder to feel connected to people with all our masks and coverings. We are more covered up physically that is. But what about in other ways? Of course, it’s keeping us physically safer. We are blessed to have enough PPE and the wisdom to steward it and use it appropriately. 

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In our waiting, we find hidden gems

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Evening New Jewish Home, Manhattan

Today is Thursday May 14.

When I was in training as a spiritual caregiver, I learned a lot about how to be with people going through hard times.  And, indeed, all of us are people going through hard times right now. Yes, some people are experiencing more loss, more pain, more worry. But suffering is not a competition. We all feel the pain we feel. And no one I know or know of is having an easier time than they were beforehand.

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Log B’omer, a day of rejoicing and celebration

Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Greetings Jewish Home Manhattan

Today is Tuesday, May 12.

Buckle up, because we have a lot to cover today.

If it were only May 12, the culmination of Nurses’ Week, that would be enough. Or as we say in my tradition, dayenu! 

But this May 12 is not just an ordinary end to nurses’ week. Sure it falls, as usual, on the birthday of Florence Nightingale. But today is a significant birthday for Ms. Nightingale. It’s her bicentennial. Two hundred years over which the modern nursing profession has grown to the proud state it is in today. So again, dayenu! Surely that’s enough.

But there’s more. The pride that we take from our working in keeping with her legacy, was so beautifully recognized at noon today as the 24th NYPD Precinct and NYFD Engine 76 and Ladder 22 drove by The New Jewish Home, honking their horns, blooping their sirens and waving in appreciation of the work of all staff here through this crisis. It is moving that those whose courage and efforts we so often celebrate, took a turn to celebrate our team of Health Care Heroes at The New Jewish Home. To be honored by those we honor is a rare and special thing. So, now, surely dayenu! Enough?

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