Tom Dugan on stage at 92Y now, rehearsing for from “Wiesenthal: A One-Man Play.” If you’re in NY, see it in person tomorrow!
Connecting to Jewish Wisdom With Rabbi David Kalb: Pray With Your Feet.
“During the height of the Civil Rights era, Dr. Martin Luther King led a march, from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. One of the people who participated in that march was a Rabbi by the name of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. When Rabbi Heschel returned from Selma, he was asked by someone, ‘did you find much time to pray, when you were in Selma?’ Rabbi Heschel responded, ‘I prayed with my feet.’ What was his point? That his marching, his protesting, his speaking out for Civil Rights was his greatest pray of all. … When we use our feet to pray, that is real powerful prayer.”
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”Why do we light the menorah for eight nights? Why do we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days?”
Rabbi David Kalb will tell you.
Pretty much every Friday morning at 92Y, Karina Zilberman – our very own “Jewish Mary Poppins” – is surrounded by little ones and their parents for 92Y Shababa – a Jewish family get-together that is warm, welcoming, full of music, adorable kids and lots of fun. The Friday morning get together, which was born when Karina installed herself in a corner of 92Y’s lobby one Friday morning in 2007 with her guitar and her puppet pal Coco, is now a thriving community of 350+ families.
So we’re very excited to tell you that Karina was just named as a winner of this year’s Covenant Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. If you want to know more about Shababa (there are even CD’s available!), check it out.
Rabbi David Kalb:
The Beit Yosef, a commentator on the Tur, and Shulchan Aruch (two of the most important Jewish Legal Codes) asks an interesting question in Orech Chayim 670. Why is Chanukah eight days long? The miracle of the oil was really seven days, not eight. The Maccabees found one container of oil that was enough for one day. Therefore, Chanukah should be celebrated for seven days, not eight? Seven lights for seven nights, not eight?Read more on the 92Y Facebook page»
Rabbi David Kalb, Director of Jewish Education for the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92nd Street Y, continues his series of guest blogs on the 92Y below, with another post on the weekly Torah portion.
Born To Run – The Journey: Lech Lecha
One of the greatest songwriters of all times is Bruce Springsteen. I still remember the first time I heard his classic song “Born To Run”. It hit me very powerfully with it’s theme of journey. That is how I feel when I hear the opening of this weeks Torah portion Lech Lecha.
Lech Lecha tells the story of the rather unusual birth of the Jewish nation. In Bereishit/Genesis 12:1, God commands Avram (Abram, who will eventually be known as Avraham/Abraham): “Go for yourself (Lech Lecha) from your land, from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” We read no theology, see no miracles and receive no proof of God’s existence. God simply tells Avram to go on a journey. The command itself is also unusual: Lech Lecha, “Go for yourself.” The Torah could have simply used the single word Lech, “Go,” and identify where Avram was coming from and where he was headed. It is unnecessary to add the word Lecha, “for yourself.” The word Lecha seems superfluous and somewhat awkward. It is more logical to say, simply, “Go.” Why Lech Lecha? Perhaps because the Torah teaches us that Avram’s journey is a journey of self, not simply of geography. God does not just tell Avram to go on a physical journey, but commands Avram to go on a spiritual journey as well. When God says Lech Lecha, “Go for yourself,” God commands Avram to begin a journey to try to understand God.
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92Y Guest Blog: Connecting To The Weekly Torah Portion With Rabbi David Kalb
Rabbi David Kalb is the Director of Jewish Education for the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92nd Street Y. At 92Y Rabbi Kalb directs and teaches a variety of different learning programs for a range of ages. He also officiates at Jewish life cycle events and serves as a Jewish resource to the entire professional staff and lay leadership of the 92Y. Today he wrote the following guest blog for 92Y:
What is a Tzaddik? - Noach
In this week’s parsha (Torah Portion), the Torah refers to Noach (Noah) as a tzaddik, a righteous person (Bereishit/Geneses 6:9). It is very rare in the Tanach (The Bible) and Jewish literature in general to find a person who is called a tzaddik. Moshe (Moses) does not receive this title; neither does Avraham (Abraham). Why then is Noach worthy of being referred to as a tzaddik? The French Medieval commentator Rashi comments that Noach was a tzaddik in his generation, but if he had lived in the generation of Avraham, he would not have been given the title tzaddik.