Rosh HaShanah To Do List

This is a practical follow-up to the blog "The Spiritual Alarm Clock Chimes" containing specifics on practice during this season of history in which Yom Teruah is being observed in most of the Jewish world as "Rosh HaShanah." 1. How to greet people? Feel free to say...

read more

THE SPIRITUAL ALARM CLOCK CHIMES

THE SPIRITUAL ALARM CLOCK CHIMES “Rosh HaShanah” is Actually “Yom Teruah”   Leviticus 23:24 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a sabbath, a memorial by blowing of trumpets, a holy assembly.'"...

read more

Shavuot – Hag Symptomatic!

"Nowhere in The Bible is any link made between Sinai and Shavuot." - Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, THE JEWISH HOLIDAYS p 69 Harper Row 1985 Cambridge Why do Two-Testament Jews practice Tikkun Leil Shavuot (all night study of Torah on Erev Shavuot)? Ostensibly, our faith...

read more

YouTube Videos of Rock Purim 2010 Available

Videos of the individual songs from Beth El of Manhattan's Purim 2010 Rock n' Roll Worship Service are now available for free viewing online at my YouTube Channel [ http://www.youtube.com/brucohnyc ]. These videos are an improvement over last year's, since we added...

read more

The Night Before Pesach

In 2008, I wrote this poem for the shul just before Passover last year. As Pesach approaches this year, it seemed to me perhaps to deserve just one more time around the horn. 🙂 For whatever it may be worth - Happy Passover. Rabbi Bruce A SMALL SPONTANEOUS POEM FROM...

read more

Speaking Of Earthquakes

אמן אמן אני אומר לך, את אשר אנו יודעים. אנו מדברים. - ישוע המשיח "Truly, truly I say to you, we speak that which we know." - John 3:11 When natural or major disasters hit, it is the habit or compulsion of some religious leaders to say something definitive about why...

read more

Yom Kippur: A Fast Too Fast

Dear Beth El, Shalom.  Never in my life can I remember ending a Yom Kippur not hungry, not thirsty, filled with energy, and wishing the prayer vigil could go on - and on - and on. As I, your surprised rabbi, see another Yom Kippur come and go more quickly, more...

read more

Believers and Black Swan Scotoma

This is the third blog-essay I have been moved to write by the simple sentiment expressed by American President Abraham Lincoln: "We dare not promise what we ought not, lest we be called upon to deliver that which we cannot." - Abraham Lincoln Since at one time not so...

read more

Earlier edit of Korach blog mistakenly sent out

To all who read my Blog: an earlier version of my blog on Korach went out before the edits were finished. My mistake. Please disregard and delete it and refer to the actual finished version on the site's "Rabbi's Blog" page under the header of that title. Thank you. -...

read more