First post- Happy Birthday Sami!

I promised myself that once the holidays were over, say around the beginning of November, I would start a blog. Of course, that was three or four years ago but now I’m ready to jump into the 21st century and try my hand at “blogging”. Actually, I’m a bit wary of this means of communication because I tend to write very carefully, agonizing, sometimes much too long, over a word or a phrase. There’s little time for that in blogging it seems. The job is to get the word out as quickly as possible and assume that speed and frequency of posting will make up for any poorly chosen words or thoughts that were put into cyberspace too quickly. I’ll take the risk though and see if over time I can develop the correct writing style and produce words of interest.

What do I intend to write about? I assume that most of my postings will center around my thoughts as a Rabbi, spiritual thoughts analysis of texts, comments on world events etc. But, that will only be part of it. I hope to be able to use this blog to highlight other interests of mine: travel, sports, tv (mostly the old shows that I grew up with), trivia of all sorts and, while I will use discretion, my family.

And, that is where I’ll begin. Today, November 1, is a special day in our family. We are celebrating the third birthday of our best friend, Sami. Sami is the third in the line of Dobrusin dogs and she is one of a kind. She is a mix of German Shepherd, Beagle, Corgi and God only knows what else. Sami is a “rescue dog” in the truest sense of the word. We don’t know her past. We only know that she is very oddly proportioned, with strong legs that look too bulky for her body, a tongue that is about 5 inches too long, very flexible hips that allow her to slide off a bed at seemingly impossible angles, no tolerance for other dogs she meets on the street (we’re working on it) and most importantly, she is 40 pounds of pure love. No matter who you are, she will hug you and kiss you- whether you want it or not. After our dear Benny died last year, we thought we wouldn’t get another dog- the kids are older, we don’t want to be tied down etc. etc. But, when Sami came into our home for a visit, courtesy of Waggin’ Tales Rescue in Northville, Michigan, there was no turning back. She walked into the house, jumped onto the chair, looked out the window and said: “I’m home”. How could we argue?

So, thank you Sami for all you’ve brought to us. And, Happy Birthday. I’m glad to start this blog with good wishes to you and look forward to moving on to bigger and some would say more important things. But, for this moment and for many more, it doesn’t get much more important than the love shown by a loyal friend.

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