We have become a culture of imposed sound bites and trivializing commercials. Word choices especially adjectives can be misleading and misrepresent the reality of the topic. When a friend or acquaintance loses a lot of weight we wonder to ourselves whether the dramatic loss was voluntary or due to has v’halilah health reasons. After a Continue Reading »
This morning, I walked into my office and found a bag of Baked Lays potato chips on my desk. That might sound like a kind gesture of nourishment, or a subtle hint to switch to low fat, except that they did not have a hekhsher (mark of kosher certification) so I knew exactly what it Continue Reading »
Beginning today this column will feature members of our incomparable professional synagogue choir. Many of you may not be aware just how illustrious and accomplished each member of our choir is. We begin with Albert Niedel. Mr. Albert Moshe Niedel is a Lyric-Dramatic Baritone who was born the first day of Rosh Hashanah on October Continue Reading »
Iceland. That’s where my thoughts went in preparing for the New Year. Over the summer as I prepared my annual greeting for those who attend services with me in the Krieger Auditorium I turned to Iceland. It was news to me, but apparently Iceland has a long tradition of ceremonies for inhabiting a new home Continue Reading »
Rabbi Levi Yitzhak overwhelmed by the suffering of the Jewish people stands before the Almighty on the “Holiest of Days” and calls God to stand on trial. Levi Yitzhak asks the question “what does HaShem want from His people?” Last night during dinner with Leo Bretholz, the author of Leap Into Darkness, my wife Janice Continue Reading »
With the Help and Guidance of HaShem, along with the inspired words of our Rabbis’ Shulman and Wechsler; may this coming Rosh Hashanna bring peace in Israel and the world… May the 140th anniversary of our beloved congregation be one of raptured celebration and greater accomplishment. Hazzan Emanuel C Perlman singing Numi Perach Numi.
My favorite blog of all time is not a blog. Actually it was a blog before there was such a thing as a blog, or even such a thing as the web. It is Anna Quindlen’s Living in the 30’s column that appeared in the New York Times in the 1980s and then was collected Continue Reading »