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Posted on November 12, 2012

Day School or Another Child

My father jokes that Day School tuition is the best contraception. He is a urologist so that’s saying something. Years ago when he said it I would laugh embarrassedly. But as my friends have had children and I’ve heard more than one say, “We’d like to have a third child, or a fourth, but now Continue Reading »

Posted on November 8, 2012

A Rare Event

Introduction to Classical Hazzanut Finally, a class to demystify what Hazzanut (cantorial singing) is all about…. Thursdays, 7 – 8 p.m., November 8 and November 15 Hazzan Emanuel Perlman is offering a course that explains the beauty and intricacies of the Cantorial Art. You will have a rare opportunity to hear from Hazzanim such as Continue Reading »

Posted on October 11, 2012

And So It Ends

The Hagim that is. Not the 12 inning long post season game. But both felt long, both reached their conclusions leaving us alternately hopeful and in need of a nap. The white robe has been zipped back into its protective garment bag for another year. The post its have been removed from the Mahzor. The Continue Reading »

Posted on September 27, 2012

God’s Blessings to Man

It was the day after Yom Kippur and I was catching up – filing away the papers, making notes for next year, and working on my Shabbat sermon, when an unfamiliar couple came into the office. They introduced themselves as the Bernsteins and they had with them a framed print of the tapestry (God’s Blessings Continue Reading »

Posted on September 11, 2012

Six Word High Holiday Memoirs

What a joy it is to have Rabbi Seltzer back with us at Chizuk Amuno in a professional capacity! Though he never stopped being a part of Chizzie, we are truly blessed that he is here once again to guide our congregation’s educational development. Rabbi Seltzer introduced me to Six Word Memoirs, those brief encapsulations Continue Reading »

Posted on September 6, 2012

The Nature of Beginnings

Here are six thoughts from different people on the nature of beginnings. Share the questions with your family or use them at your holiday table to inspire meaningful discussion about the nuances of the year past and year to come. All beginnings are difficult. Mechilta de Rabbi Yishmael Why is it that beginnings have to Continue Reading »

Posted on August 10, 2012

Will YOU be ready?

How do you prepare to for Passover? Through the ceremony of searching for the leaven. How do you prepare for Sukkot? By building your Sukkah. Every holiday… Every life cycle event requires preparation. So… How do you prepare for the High Holydays? By attending one of the most contemplative, inspiring, preparatory services of the entire Continue Reading »

Posted on January 20, 2012

Why We’re Only Talking About Sunday

Let me teach you an important Talmudic principle: tafasta merubah, lo tafasta. It means if you try and hold too much, you’ll end up dropping everything. It is taught in several rabbinic contexts including a discussion of the height of the Ark of the Covenant. The rabbinic commentator Rashi explains that if one is faced Continue Reading »

Posted on December 16, 2011

Hazak Hazak V’Nithazek

Ten months ago Shoshana S. Cardin was the first member of the congregation to fill in a letter of our new Torah scroll. This past Tuesday night at 9pm Mimi Blitzer and David Mallott were the last members of our congregation to fill in letters. Like most partings, it was filled with sweet sorrow. Now Continue Reading »

Posted on November 24, 2011

Limitations and Desserts

When pastry chef Christina Tosi was asked by Bon Appetit how she comes up with her off beat but insanely good desserts for Momofuku Milk Bar in New York, she answered “Limitations. Restrictions help with creativity. You have to learn to make something out of nothing. How creative can you get?” In reading that last Continue Reading »

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