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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 »

Posted on October 11, 2011

Free Gilad Shalit

There was another time I remember feeling like this. In the spring of 1986 Natan Sharansky made his first visit to New York after having been released from Russian prison in February of that year. Throughout my high school years I had marched on the UN in support of Soviet Jewry. I had seen the Continue Reading »

Posted on October 6, 2011

Can You Believe It?!

Can you believe it? Rosh HaShana services are over? Every year we can’t help but notice how much faster the pages of a calendar turns. When we look back, the years seem like months; months seem like days; days seem like hours; and hours seem like minutes. However, looking forward, minutes can seem like an Continue Reading »

Posted on September 8, 2011

A *Breath* of Inspiration

We are blessed with congregants at Chizuk Amuno who define the true essence and meaning of courage combined with faith. One of those individuals is Anne King. If you don’t recognize the name you will recognize her face. For many devoted years she has steadfastly coordinated and directed the highly successful Sisterhood Gift Shop at Continue Reading »

Posted on August 21, 2011

A Trip to Germany and Israel with over a Hundred Cantors

It is my pleasure to invite you on an awe-inspiring Cantors Assembly journey of Heritage & Healing to Germany and Israel. As you are aware the Cantors Perlman 5 have led mometous trips in the past to Israel full of song and lasting memories that many of you attended. This trip sponsored by the Cantors Continue Reading »

Posted on August 21, 2011

Another chance to perform a worthy mitzvah

The LITHUANIAN JEWISH HERITAGE PROJECT will be holding a Cantorial Concert to benefit the restoration of Jewish cemeteries within Lithuania on Sunday, September 18th, 2011. Performing at this event will be: – Cantor David Propis (Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Houston, TX) – Cantor Josh Perlman (B’nai Israel Congregation, Rockville, MD) – Cantor Emanuel Perlman (Chizuk Amuno Continue Reading »