Please watch until the very end…surprise ending asks all the tough questions. Don’t worry, my heart is in the right places. Please don’t vent in the comment section. The internet is large enough to vent elsewhere…

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I am linking here to the reading of the Megilla by the revered Torah chanter Mr. Benno Weis obm. If you download it, please notify me and I will let his fmily know. The recording is already available on the FSU archives. I will point out some of the beauty of this recording and nusach […]

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In the much celebrated painting of Moritz Oppenheim of the Jewish wedding a jester appears on the steps of the synagogue. The chuppah is performed in the courtyard of the synagogue. Affixed to a wall of that courtyard is a tablet with a Magen David (six-cornered star) and some Hebrew writing. I was once told […]

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From its heyday in the 50s and 60s until it took on a new role as the last of its kind. Tribute to Rabbi Abraham Krauss. Opening music by Seymour Silbermintz off a rare recording. /closing song:::: MIPAS Celtic Field – Patrick Smith, BMI. Some footage at the end lifted from the film “we were […]

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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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