My Medicine Cabinet
Garden of Wisdom Lesson #16: The Clever One Hits the Road

The Countdown Begins


Yesh! That's Hebrew for "Yes!" Tomorrow, David will be home! I don't know why I'm so excited, because it just means more laundry, more mess, more cooking, more dishes, OMG I just realized I went through the same feelings last time he came back from his trip. Does that mean I have conflicting feelings about my husband? I'd better speak with Rebbetzin Channen, our Emuna Therapist, about this.

Today, he had 25 minutes to run into a store and buy a "few" things, since predictably he went over the weight limit. I told him not to order so much stuff, but he didn't listen! Okay, you know I'm being completely sarcastic, right? In my defense, it's hard to remember what I ordered, and to figure out if it's all gonna fit in one suitcase. Since he had another 50 pounds of space, he did a power shopping run at one of the discount stores, 'cause that's how we roll. 

I wanted a new pair of slippers, so he starts sending me pictures of slippers. Then, I started to wonder where I can make myself a T-shirt that says: "My husband traveled the world with Rav Arush and all I got were these lousy slippers." Wait. That wouldn't make sense. I can't talk about slippers on my T-shirt. Can I put a caption like that on my new slippers? You see what happens to my brain when it's overtired? It don't think straight.

Check this out:


And this:


That is so not cool. Why is he sending me pictures of these things? More importantly, why don't we have them in Israel? Isn't it so weird that there are more and better kosher options outside of Israel than in Israel? It's the Yetzer, man! The Yetzer, I tell you!

I'd better get some rest so I can be ready to tackle the  extra 100 pounds of dirty laundry I'm going to have to do this week.


My thinking is cloudy, and I'm trying to figure out an emuna angle to all this. Yesh! Here it is. It's been a long almost-two weeks. Thank G-d things were normal with the kids. By normal, I mean the usual amount of screaming, fighting, crying, and refusing to brush teeth and get into and out of bed. But throughout the times when my husband travels, it's comforting to know that one day the trip will be over, and life will go back to its regular routine, G-d willing.

Many of us suffer through very long periods of extremely challenging and difficult times. These days, no one has it easy. But with emuna, we can help relieve a lot of the negative feelings we have about going through such trying experiences. One day, the tough times will pass, and Hashem will show us how much we have accomplished and how much we have grown and learned, especially from the challenges.

Let's make an effort to really internalize this message, because the alternative isn't that great, right? In life, we basically have two choices: to suffer by believing that everything is random and without a purpose, or to believe that everything is orchestrated by God for reasons we can't possibly understand. Isn't the second one so much better?

I'd love to hear your stories of how you have grown through difficult times and have seen in the end that what you went through was the best thing for you. You can write in a comment, or email me at

Have a wonderful day!




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Elena Kuchik

i was wondering why we don't have kombutcha in Israel..One thing I know - that if we don't have it its gamzu la tova - must be better this way...
possible answers: maybe kombutcha is not good for this climate?
Or maybe we need to be missing something physically, because we are not there yet - Mashiach is not here with us yet - and if we had all we needed physically - we could easily forget it and be happy and don't strife for Mashiach so much
Yes, there were more "fish and watermelons" in America - but we shouldn't b jealous of them - they have a lot and we have everything (we need).
Here in Tzefat we have great health food with big variety of American products (chips, salsa etc - the "healthy" kombutcha though..haha
Really, we just need!


I didn't know there were products in the USA that you can't get in Israel.
Hmmm...when I come to move in with you for a few days, I'll have to bring you some. 馃槈


Tena, I'm already on Amazon! What's your address?? ;)))) It's so funny, because when my aunts used to visit us from Israel, they would go crazy shopping for the strangest things, like motrin and Payless shoes. I used to make fun of them, but now I do exactly the same thing! It's not only that there are things in the States that aren't here, but stuff is so much cheaper in the States! :(


Ohhhhh...ok, I understand now. 馃槃

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