I Love Shabbat!

Afshine Emrani 
Please invite me for Shabbat dinner to The White House. I’ll bring Gondi and Tahdig. Ivanka praised the way that Shabbat provides a “blueprint for family connectivity,” in that it protects time for her to spend with her family, including her eldest child, Arabella. “It’s an amazing thing when you’re so connected, to really sign off,” said Ivanka. “And for Arabella to know that she has me, undivided, one day a week? We don’t do anything except play with each other, hang out with one another, go on walks together. Pure family!”

I started observing Shabbat after I got married, and it has added balance, presence, and peace to my life.  Friday was such a non stop day, I had one thought of my blog run through my head, but preparing for Shabbat was more pressing, and I remembered only when I already signed off the world.


We celebrate from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, and since it comes in so early, everyone in my neighbor “chood” is running around like crazy preparing for the day of rest.


We had guests, and lucky for me my husband is as talented as any chef, so he takes care of the cooking.  It was pouring rain almost the whole week, and I only had my breathable sneakers whose fabric got completely soaked in the puddles.  In Los Angeles, we are maybe prepared for one day of rain, but ongoing has most of us scrambling, I need to get boots tomorrow!


I started my day reading a book to my second grader’s class, and I decided to choose a kid friendly one about how the presidency works in America.  It was so cute, I asked them how old a President has to be, I got 8, 15, 21, and 34.  I told them that it is for four years, and we have an amazing system.  The best thing that Barack Obama did was show that anybody can be president, and peaceful transfer of power is the magic of our democracy.  I got to hear a little bit of the inauguration on the radio,  and through the internet I was happy to hear there was no violence or disruption.


I had a couple of classes to teach, and because of the rain and may other things moms and babies have to deal with, we somehow got three ladies together in one of their homes for post partum pilates with baby.  In between nursing and changing diapers, everyone got to move and stretch, as well as activate their core.  Then I rushed home for a Prenatal Yoga class, then it was time to pick up the kids from school, and sundown was around the corner.


I Love Shabbat!
I also love to be in the world,
Will write more shortly for Saturday’s blog,
Coach Yulia

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