Hi, everyone! I hope you had (or are having) a terrific weekend. My husband and I had the sweetest, most restful Shabbat we could possibly wish for. I must admit we were slightly pressed with time right before that - we spent Friday outside; did some errands, then went for a lovely long walk by the sea shore. It was one of those rocky, less-than-attractive beaches (to most bathers), so we've been able to keep mostly to ourselves, letting the waves lick our feet, picking up interesting shells and rocks. Not only it is fun and makes you feel like a child again, but a glass bowl filled with shells and rocks from the sea shore is one of my favorite ideas for a centerpiece - and it doesn't cost you anything, either.
I took our camera and we had some pictures made, but unfortunately, for some reasons the fickle internet connection here won't allow me to upload pictures (either directly to the blog or through Flickr), so I suppose sharing them with you will have to wait until I visit my mother - I'll be looking forward to that.
Anyway, we arrived only an hour before Shabbat, and there was still a lot to be done (fortunately I had all our food prepared beforehand), not to mention both of us needed a good thorough shower to wash off the sand and salt. But the moment I lit the candles, it was all over and we were looking towards 25 hours of perfect undisturbed rest and peace. Thank you, dear God, for giving us the gift of Shabbat.
... Regarding my post about abortion and birth control from the previous week: someone asked my opinion about a complete, legally rooted ban on abortions. To this I can say, it wasn't by chance that I didn't bring it up in the original discussion.
To me, brutally removing a tiny baby from its mother's womb, when it isn't done for the sole purpose of saving the mother's life from a grave and inevitable danger, is just as unthinkable as amputating an arm or a leg without it endangering the life of the person in question.
Amputating a limb isn't illegal; however, no mentally balanced person would consider removing a healthy arm. And even if the arm was crooked, or broken, or in some other way not functioning normally, no one would willingly remove his or her arm. The only situation when it might be considered is when the arm is so infected that not removing it would result in a grave danger to the person's life. Even then, anything and everything will be done in order to save the arm, if possible in any way at all.
Because once removed, it cannot be replaced. Just like an unborn baby's life cannot be replaced with another.
Please note I'm not saying an unborn child's life is equal to a limb; it's worth countless times more. My point is this: you won't see people campaigning to "stop amputations", because it's obvious - they won't be performed unless absolutely inevitable. It's legal, yes, but unthinkable. And in a similar way, the way I see it, abortion is unthinkable as well.
I apologize for the rambly nature of this post, and wish you all a lovely day.