Mirena IUD and Bleeding

Mirena UID is really a birth control medication which affects the actual hormonal program. It can also be used to deal with heavy bleeding during menstrual period in ladies. Mirena IUD is really a device that’s fitted in the uterus for up to 5 years. It functions for preventing ovulation.

But bleeding with mirena is the most typical side effect the type of implanted using the Mirena device.

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Turn it and turn it and turn it again…

I wish it weren’t so, but I kinda fell out of the blogosphere for a bit.  I could list the reasons why, but I won’t waste your time, I’ll just apologize and move on, sorry.

So, where are we?  We’ve done two full challenges so far, a blessing challenge and a tzedakah challenge.  Currently, we are in the midst of a Torah reading challenge.  The idea here is to read a section of the weekly Torah portion everyday.  Thankfully, the rabbis already break the portion up into nice, digestible chunks and there just happen to be seven in each portion.  If you don’t own a Torah translation (chumash), don’t worry, there are plenty of translations online.  You may not get the most recent JPS translation, but you’ll get the gist.

For a nice and easy guide to the weekly breakdown of the seven sections (these are actually the aliyot that are read each shabbat in synagogues around the world), just visit Hebcal.com  When you visit this site, you’ll notice that all the Torah portions are listed.  Next to each portion, there is the date that it is read in most synagogues.  Remember, although most of us are familiar with the Torah reading on Shabbat, the Torah portion is read throughout the entire week leading up to that Shabbat.  For instance, this weeks Torah portion is Vayechi and it will be read on Saturday, December 29th, but it is technically the Torah portion for this entire week.

Once the Torah portion is located, just click on it and a screen that looks like this should come up.

30 Day Jewish Challenge

Don’t worry about any of the columns except for the first one, “Full Kriyah.”  Here you will see the chapter and verses for each of the seven aliyot for the week’s Torah portion.  What is even better, if you just click on the hyperlink, you will be transported to another website where you can read the section for the day.

So, give it a shot, go ahead and read a bit of the weekly Torah portion every day.

Don’t forget, send me some reflections on the portion as you read it!

Have a Helping Hand for the Removals Colchester

Have you been planning to move in Colchester? Removals Colchester can provide a great contribution for moving one place to another. Moving house is becoming part in our life whether we’re leaving to follow along with a desire or from our parent’s home or to create a fresh begin. Now a day moving isn’t easy. So calling specialist during this type of difficult time may be beneficial. A move is definitely a hard decision not just to create but also to take through.Removals Colchester [Read more...]

How to choose a good spinning reel

These days,spinning reels are becoming more and more popular to both amateur and expert fishers all over the world. It’s not only because it’s light and flexible, but also because it’s very easy to use, and surprisingly effective. Even a person who going on a first try with this device can use it well after a while of practice.spinning reel 1 [Read more...]


Fishing is such a peaceful and rewarding outdoor sport that you can do at any age with a little time and practice. It is a great way to either spend your weekend with family and friends or relax on your own. This step-by-step guide would hopefully be helpful to those who are interested in fishing, especially beginners to this sport.

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How many types of Fishing Lines

Fishing line choice is very important in fishing activities. Fishing Line plays a major role in bait and lures presentation, in hooking fish, and in landing the fish.

We can find a large number of fishing lines online or in the store. However, we can divide them into five main types below.


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What is a Golf Rangefinder?

A laser rangefinder is a rangefinder which uses a laser beam to determine the distance to an object. The most common form of laser rangefinder operates on the time of flight principle by sending a laser pulse in a narrow beam towards the object and measuring the timetaken by the pulse to be reflected off the target and returned to the sender. Due to the high speed of light, this technique is not appropriate for high precision sub-millimeter measurements, where triangulation and other techniques are often used. (Wiki) [Read more...]

It’s Not Charity

Charity-According to Merriam-Webster.com

      • benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
  • generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need


  • Middle English charite, from Anglo-French charité, from Late Latin caritat-, caritas Christian love, from Latin, dearness, from carus dear; akin to Old Irish carae friend, Sanskritkāma love
  • First Known Use: 13th century

jewishWhile giving צְדָקָה (tzedakah) may fulfill some of the definitions of charity, it is much more than charity in the classic sense of the word.   Most importantly for Jews, it is a mitzvah.  Giving צְדָקָה is a one of our sacred obligations and it has helped define us as a people for generations.  Especially in times when no other organization would think to care for Jews, we made sure that our people were taken care of.  Today, while there are still many Jews in need, our community has the ability to help not just other Jews, but people all over the world.  At is essence, the Jewish notion of צְדָקָה recognizes that too much is not right with the world, that injustice surrounds us and we all have an obligation to help correct that injustice.

Like so many Hebrew words, צְדָקָה has a three letter root, צדק.  The essence of the root צדק is all about justice and righteousness.  Therefore, we can say that when we engage in צְדָקָה, we create more justice in the world.  I don’t know about you, but when I think of charity, I usually don’t have justice in mind.  I usually think that whoever is giving charity is giving out of the goodness of his or her heart.  The person who gives wants to do something good or nice.  Clearly, Judaism does not understand צְדָקָה in this manner.

It is an assumption, but I think most Jews out there, if they are giving צְדָקָה, usually sit down and write a check a few times a year.  It isn’t often that we actually feel money leaving our hands and going into a צְדָקָה box or even into another person’s hand.  I am not suggesting that we should stop writing big checks to organizations that we know are doing good work, but I wonder how our expereince of giving צְדָקָה might change if we gave it everyday.  How might we be changed if every morning we woke up and one of the first things we did was take some bills or some change and add to our collection?  What if it was the last thing we did before going to bed?  Might giving צְדָקָה daily reframe our entire day?

The צְדָקָה challenge has started!  Tweet #30doftzedakah and send me reflections to post.  I can’t wait to hear what this is like for everyone!

The First Challenge Comes To A Close

When I came up with the idea to do these challenges I just felt they would be a success.  Most of the time, when we come up with ideas, we know they will be hit or miss, we know there is risk involved.  This idea was different.  I knew, this idea would be hard for people to say no to, it is just too personalized, too easy, yet at the same time holds the possibility of profound transformation.

I know this challenge has been transformative for many.  Most clearly, I see that with my congregants who I see face to face with some regularity, but I know there are those out there across the world who are engaging in this challenge who I am sure have felt the effects.  Of course, a rabbi does not come up with an idea like 30 day Jewish challenges and then hope that folks participating will stop after the 30 days.  No, if this has been meaningful for you, keep doing the blessings!  Commit to another 30 days and see what it feels like.

Yesterday was the last day of the month of Cheshvan and with the setting sun we welcomed Kislev.  I will be posting more information about our next challenge tomorrow, but the challenge is quite simple, see what it feels like to give tzedakah everyday.  Take a little money out of your pocket or wallet and put it in a tzedakah box or some receptacle for the month.  At the end of the month, you can make a donation or keep adding to your collection.  More about that tomorrow.

I leave you with one more reflection and I think the perfect one to end this challenge.  May you all have a blessed day.

spiders-webI went into the first Thirty Day Challenge of Blessings with confidence.  This was going to be easy for me. I would have no shortage of blessings as I regularly took the time to acknowledge all that I am grateful for.  I turned my attention to becoming “Twitter savvy” so that I could tweet my blessings.  I had no idea that within the first week of the challenge, that a single blessing would test my faith and have me questioning God’s role in my blessing, my prayers, and my life.

“Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe who…”

These are the words that I got hung up on.  My blessings usually came to me first thing in the morning or at night before I went to bed. These are quiet and reflective times for me.  These words at the beginning of my blessing were words that I said literally thousands of times during Shabbat Services and countless other times since I was a child.  Really thinking about these words made me question what God had to do with my blessing. I did not say my blessing that morning.  I couldn’t.  I wasn’t sure about God’s role in my life, my relationships, and the things that happened around me. This realization shook me to my core.  I was distracted the entire day as I contemplated my beliefs.

God and I had a good thing going during Shabbat.  Prayer during Shabbat had taken on real meaning for me.  After Shabbat as I went through the week, I rarely thought about God.  I seldom if ever spoke to God.  I realized during this very long day that I had taken the beginning words of many of our blessings for granted and did not consider their real meaning.  I closed my office door during lunchtime and shut off my light.  I closed my eyes and really tried to sort out my beliefs and God role in my life outside of Shabbat.

After lunch I faked it through the rest of my day.  As I worked with my clients and my staff tackling various issues, I kept thinking how unimportant they were in comparison to the really important questions that I was grappling with. I left work and as I pulled up in front of my house and remembered that I needed to park outside as my garage was full with items being moved.

As I went up the steps to enter the house, I stopped to see the most amazing spider web.  The sun was setting and it cast a beautiful light onto water droplets that clung to the web.  I looked at the intricacies of the beautiful web, a still struggling bug caught in the web, and the proud spider that did not move. It was awesome.  It was something that only God could have created.    Perhaps this spider web was mine to notice as a reminder that nature’s beauty and miracles large and small serve as a reminder that God is not only everywhere but truly accessible by means of the blessings we say.

Connecting God to whatever I am thankful for or acknowledging via my blessing has made a powerful difference for me. God and I have a new relationship.  We just don’t connect during Shabbat.  We connect daily. That said, I still have lots of questions.  I have to admit that I cannot see God’s role in all aspects of life and the prospect of that is frightening.  I’m beginning to feel that true faith requires trust.  Although I am not sure where it will lead, I know that I am on a journey that will help me to find these answers. It is a journey that will not end today as it is just beginning. So my blessing today is:

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech Ha Olam who leads me to trust as he has led those before me.


A Brand New Day

Thank you, Chris.  This is a helpful reflection as we approach the end of this first challenge.  As someone who already has a meaningful blessing ritual, keeping up this challenge past the 30 days will be just a little easier, Chris.  For those of us hoping to incorporate this blessing challenge into our daily lives after the official challenge is over, you give us a great example.

sunriseHow does one thank God everyday for thirty days?  Sounds easy right?  I thought so too when I started the 30 Days of Blessings at Temple Beth David.  Turns out after the first couple of days it got a little tough.  I mean sure I could thank God everyday for my children, my wife, the air we breathe, a sunrise etc.  But this was supposed to be a meaningful challenge, one that would require some daily reflection.  So I started by spending a few minutes each day reflecting and looking for something to be thankful for.  But with the pressures of running a business, raising two children and being a Jewish husband (ha ha) I often found myself lying in bed at night and remembering that I had forgotten to say a blessing that day.  It only had to happen a couple times before I decided that this was not what I intended and if I am going to “complete” this challenge I would need to do something different.

Turns out I didn’t need to do anything different just change how I thought about what the meaning of this challenge is.  A few months ago before the challenge I found myself up at sunrise every morning.  Being one who enjoys nature I started going outside for a minute just to enjoy the beauty.  It was probably the combination of the smells and the sounds of the summer, and the sun rising that made me take this next step; one morning I decided to say the Shema.  It felt really good and so I did it again.  About a month down the road it had become part of my morning routine.  It was around that time when I was in my car listening to my NFTY CD.  No I’m not some religious freak, I just really like some of the songs on it, also it is the only CD in my car and I am too lazy to change it out.  Anyway, I was singing along to Modeh Ani when suddenly it clicked that this was the morning prayer I was looking for.  Long story short I added that to my morning routine and have kept it up ever since.  Every morning I go outside (sometimes with the dog,  sometimes alone) and sing Modeh Ani then say the Shema and take a minute to feel the breeze, taste the rain or smell the dew and truly enjoy what God has made.

So now I told you that story to tell you this one.  Today while enjoying a breakfast burrito, I was asked if I had said my blessing today.  It only took a second to think and ask, “What do you mean?”  I then explained that I had not done my “#30dofBlessings” yet but that I had, as I always do now, said my morning prayers Modeh Ani and the Shema.  It was about 30 minutes after this conversation that another synapse had formed in my antiquated brain that connected my ritual of saying morning prayers and the intended purpose of the 30 days of Blessings Challenge.  The point is to thank God for not only the spectacular but the mundane and everything in between, to notice something every day and take a moment to enjoy its beauty whether it is visual, auditory, or it just warms the cockles of your heart.  So to answer the question, yes I did say my blessings, but I am far from the 100 required so I will always strive to do one more.