The Power of the Potato

April 9, 2015



“Thank you so much. I work very hard on it.”

I don’t know why I say this, it’s just what comes out whenever I get a compliment on my blog. I know that people are more discerning than ever and I am committed to a serious effort to attract and keep their viewership.

But this week was challenging.

During the intermediate days of Passover (Chol Hamoed), it was easy not to work so hard on it. Not even think about it. My brain was a potato and the jalapeño pepper inside my soul yearned only for eggplant. In a good way.

Besides, tonight begins the last two days of the holiday, which means that fewer people will be reading this no matter what I write.

But I do have something to share.

Before I started writing my blog, I was writing Things I Think on an almost daily basis. I was inspired after seeing those tear-off calendars, the ones where each day offers a little life wisdom. I decided to try it myself.

I wrote almost 120. Some are better than others, but here are eight, one for each day of Passover:

1) The incomprehensibility of life–mainly, the question of why the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper–should be ample proof that there’s more to the story.

2) If something is true, it must always be true.

3) Just like we have to “roll with the punches” or “turn into the skid,” often the safe and healthy response is counterintuitive. We naturally experience ourselves separately from G-d, but our spiritual health mandates the opposite.

4) Don’t believe everything you think.

5) If you’re going to laugh about it later, don’t cry about it now.

6) Miracles happen.

7) Seeing G-dliness is like looking at Google maps, a slow focus that goes from haze to clarity.

8) Just because Moshiach isn’t here doesn’t mean he’s not coming.



  1. Reply

    Cheryl Weisberg

    good points indeed, especially #1!
    This last year I’ve definitely come to the realization that there is certainly more to the story as you say.
    The craziness that constantly surrounds us reinforces that every day. I ‘think’ that is comforting?
    Anyway, thanks for sharing
    have a good Shabbos Cheryl

    1. Reply

      Lieba Rudolph

      Thank you for your comment, Cheryl!! By the way, don’t you think that “Things I Think” is a great way to impart wisdom to your grandchildren?

  2. Reply

    Sharon Saul

    Believe it or not, I just took the time to read this. Yasher Koach! I don’t have time to write more than this!

    1. Reply

      Lieba Rudolph

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am truly honored!

  3. Reply

    Helene Wishnev

    Like sitting down at the seder table after all the hard work is done, a guest who has never made Pesach can’t possibly know what effort it took to get there. So it is with writing or almost any worthwhile endeavor. The back story is lots of hard work, and Lieba, we the beneficiaries of your work are most appreciative. Thank you, yasher koach and looking forward to more from your insightful blog with that clever often humorous Lieba touch.

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      Lieba Rudolph

      Thanks, Helene. Your words are precious and so are you!

  4. Reply


    Another thoughtful blog, and I thank you for it.
    I listened to a physicist last night speak about the speed of light as a CONSTANT–
    regardless of circumstance, and I couldn’t help but think of that TRUTH in terms of
    G-D, and the little understanding I have of the original light. TRUTH IS TRUTH!
    It is not relative to circumstance and it is not conditional—but, in reality, it is also so difficult to maintain or to sustain.
    We live in a world of so much relativism, that this concept of TRUTH is sooo lost—or for most people, it doesn’t exist at all.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TRUTH!!! IT resonates with so many people!!!!

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      Lieba Rudolph

      That “truth” thing is one of those “I remember where I was when I heard it” moments. Glad it resonated with you, too, SR!

  5. Reply


    LOVE THE PICTURE!!!!….and that’s the truth!

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