Rabbi Sholom Ber and Nechama Dina Hendel of Monsey (Raizy’s sister and brother-in-law) visited us this Shabbos with their three sons on their Presidents Weekend break. We, our children and the students really enjoyed their visit. Here are some of … Read the rest
Today is the yartzeit of my grandfather, Zeide Rabbi Yechiel Michel Piekarsky. He passed away almost twenty years ago. I lived in his home for ten years while studying in Yeshiva in Crown Heights, so I have many memories. On … Read the rest
In Parshas Tetzaveh we read about the clothing and vestments of the Kohain Gadol, the Jewish High Priest, back in Temple & Tabernacle days. One of the distinctive features was a series of bells jingling from the hem of his … Read the rest
I’m not much of a football maven myself, but with the Superbowl played this year just over 2 hours drive from here, I had to think of some meaningful message or connection. So on Friday afternoon, I posted this to … Read the rest
Each year at our annual Matzah Ball table in the cold of winter at UAlbany we try to think of a new life-message to be learned from the Matzah-Ball. One year it was about being in a conducive and … Read the rest
“Hup Cossack” is a melody sung at Chassidic weddings and certain festive occasions. It begins slowly and builds increasing tempo as the song progresses. Here’s the story behind the melody – and a contemporary message.