The Kehilla has maintained a section in a cemetery in Clifton, N.J. almost since its inception. Jews who arrived in the United States during and after the war were encouraged to join burial societies to ensure themselves a plot for their hereafter. But those that belonged to an organized community such as our Kehilla were already covered.   This week […]

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Two important minhagim to quickly mention. Before the start of Shemoneh Esrei (the silent Amidah prayer) an appointed member of the synagogue committee will announce either “Ya’aleh Veyavo” if it is the frist day of Rosh Chodesh (in a two day situation) and “Rosh Chodesh” on the second day, or if there is only one […]

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In the early days of the fax machine my father was asked to receive a fax of a sheiloh (halakhic querry) to Rav Schwab Zt’L from Rabbi Snieders of the IRG Shul in Basel. The question being wether to follow the nekudos (annotated pronunciation) of the Roedelheim Machzor which has the gramatically preferable “Zochreinu LaChaim”, […]

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  The year was 1981 and the Torah world was preparing to stand and recite the Bircas Hachamah- the blessing on the sun that can be recited only once in 28 years, when the sun arrives at the point it was hung during creation on a Wednesday morning.   Rav Schwab penned an article for the […]

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A personal tribute to an influential teacher in our school, expressing in my own way some of what needed to be said upon his recent passing. The music is “Velvet” by “The 8th Day”, a song they wrote in tribute to their teacher.

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When I was a young Yeshiva student and beginning to learn Torah earnestly, a friend of mine approached me and showed me something devastating in a sefer. The book was quoting the words of the Sifsei Kohen (or “The Shach”, 1621-1662) in Yoreh Deah (91) that states “one must wait 6 hours after eating meat […]

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Sorry for the delay. One of the previous posts has sent me on a journey. The post citing the relationship between YU and Breuer’s in polemics piqued my interest in the contentious times that were the 80s, when the Agudah convention drew crowds of Yeshiva bochurim alongside the Balabatim and conflict between brands of Orthodoxy […]

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Rev. Walter Hes passed away this last year at the age of 101. He and our beloved Mr. Hellmann o.b.m might have been the last two remaining alumni of the famed Wurzburg Seminary. This video tells the story of the students who dreamed of becoming “lehrer” and the lives they built on these shores.

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Once upon the late-eighties there was an initiative to record the regular songs of the typical shul repertoire (as opposed to “concert pieces” already recorded. Here is an entire Yomim Noraim or Yizkor day morning with Chazan Robert Frankel!

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Once upon a choir rehearsal there was an initiative taken to record everything in the vloumous songbook of the KAJ choir. I plan on posting from these recordings regularly. Here is one whole Shabbos morning set with Chazan David Kenner. Enjoy

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