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Another summer is behind us and once again I look forward to a wonderful new year at LSS. So much has transpired this summer and most of you know a bit about it from talking to us, but briefly I will highlight a few events.
Our summer vacation was spent with plenty of family time in Swan Lake, NY, but I also took advantage of the downtime to travel a bit and concertize. There was Antwerp, Warsaw and many other local gigs that were BH...Read more...
Ok, so on the right you can see the poster for the concert I did last Thursday. Ach! What an experience! A fusion of cultures, all united in presenting musical themes of liberation - personal and collective. The nitty gritty info you can get from the poster. On a personal level though, I really enjoyed the experience. You see, Dr Kugelmass, the director of Jewish studies who put up this concert is an avid traveler, collector and foodie....Read more...
My recent trip to Eretz Yisrael
Baruch HaShem my trip to Eretz Yisrael was a great success. The Carlebach concert took place on Wednesday the 19th, but since it was with the Israel philharmonic, I had to leave as early as Sunday for a few rehearsals. From Davening at the Kotel, to shopping at the Shuk, to the actual concert, the trip was wholly memorable.
Below I share with you the following media.
Do enjoy please!
P.S. It's been an eventful week for the family too..... Chany is finally walking! Yay!
P.P.S. Chef Yudit is putting the new pepper mill and spices to very good use ;-)
Upcoming Shabbat / Ve'yiyu Rachamecho
Hmmmm, its been dormant here for a bit. Well, let's blame it on winter vacation. Good thing, right? Of course right!
I am particularly excited about this coming Shabbat. To begin with, it is the inaugural FF (first Friday) where young professionals of the community get to have dinner together. Additionally, following dinner we are having an Oneg again! If you like to sing, you won't want to miss it.
Below please find a song that recently took the Jewish music scene by storm. I know the Singer/Composer personally, and when I tell you this is a piece of Neshama, I really mean it. But hey, I'll let you be the judge.
Friends, it has been a great pleasure and honor to pour our hearts out in song Friday night at the Tisch / Oneg / Kumzitz. It is my fervent hope that as we go along and do this more often, the spectators will become participators thereby elevating our d'veykus in HKB'h B'rov Am.
Bring On The Warmth
Shavuah Tov friends!
If it makes you feel any better, we were also just as freezing here in Brooklyn this past weekend. (Ok maybe not JUST as cold).
Hopefully you enjoyed lots of cozy family time, within the realms of snowballing, cookie munching and cocoa sipping.
We also got some more use out of our piano as we played and sang along together as a quartet. Well, truth be told baby Chany did chime along with hand clapping and cookie crunching.
I've known the piece Kah Echsof ever since I was a little boy but just recently introduced it to my Friday night song selection.
Mendy and Tzippy have picked it up quite nicely and it quickly became a family favorite.
Composed by Rabbi Aharon Hagodol, this mystical Zemer is a masterpiece from every angle. Logos, ethos and pathos. He composed the poem and the melody. It is said that it was composed through Ruach Hakodesh (Divine Inspiration).
Take a look at the clips below, (one with the words & one instrumental) you just might find yourself forgetting that frost on ur windows. It really does awaken those warm fuzzy feelings inside.
Let's try singing it at the Oneg/Tisch on Friday night!
We Made A Video For You!
Ok, I taste tested the many exciting Shiurim and BH I found my match. For those of you who may not know, every Wednesday evening we have Beis Medrash Night. People of different stripes and types come together for a night of learning. From Tanach to Philosophy to Talmud to Parsha, there is something for everyone.
I joined Rabbi Weiss' Shiur and I now just want to go on to a rooftop and shout to the world. Hello!...Read more...
On the first night of Chanukah, I am scheduled to sing at the National Menorah in front of the White House. Having done it twice before, I can tell you it is an amazing experience and a fun time. If you are in the area, or if you want to drive, fly, or take the amtrack down you will have a great time.
My recent trip to Paris / Copenhagen
Here are some pictures of my recent 'mini tour'. I landed in Paris for a private concert to benefit the Warsaw Jewish Museum. The concert was held in the Jewish Museum in Paris. From Paris, me and Menachem Bristovsky (piano accompaniment) flew to Copenhagen for a concert with Yaakov Motzen and Alberto Mizrahi.
You can see the Pompidou Museum, the Seine River, the palace of Louvre, the beautiful Shul in Copenhagen and more.
Some pictures of note. Hope you feel as good as I do about these ;-)
Two weeks ago at Seuda Shlishit, our distinguished community scholar Mrs. Elana Stein Hain asked me to do something 'new' aside from 'page 50'. I wanted to do Rozo D'shabbos but I only had around three minutes... Below you can find a video of the song I did. It is a beautiful song with even more beautiful lyrics. It is sung by the composer Boruch Levine.
וְזַכֵּנִי לְגַדֵּל בָּנִים וּבְנֵי בָנִים חֲכָמִים וּנְבוֹנִים, אוֹהֲבֵי ה', יִרְאֵי אֶלֺקִים, אַנְשֵׁי אֱמֶת, זֶרַע קֺדֶשׁ, בַּה' דּבֵקִים, וּמְאִירִים אֶת הָעוֹלָם בַּתּוֹרָה וּבְמַעֲשִׂים טוֹבִים, וּבְכָל מְלֶאכֶת עֲבוֹדַת הַבּוֹרֵא
Ve'zakeini le'gadeil banim u'vnei vanim chachamim u'nivonim, o'havei Hashem, yir'ei Elokim, anshei emes, zerah kodesh, ba'Hashem de'veikim, u'mi'irim es ha'olam baTorah u've'ma'asim tovim, u've'chol mi'leches avodas ha'Borei.
"Privilege me to raise children and grandchildren who are wise and understanding, who love Hashem and fear Hashem, people of truth, offspring that are holy, who to Hashem are attached, (who) illuminate the world with Torah and with deeds that are good, and with every labor in the service of the Creator." (Yehi Ratzon said over the Shabbos candles).
This past Motzei Shabbat we had the opportunity to watch the fascinating documentary of Jakub Wexler - Torn. For those of you who are not familiar, it is a story about a Catholic priest, who discovers he was hidden throughout the war and he is in fact.... Jewish. He has since moved to Israel and now works in Yad V'shem.
Last year in August, I had two concerts during the Jewish...Read more...
Apparently I made the mistake of using the big Carlebach Mimkomcho in Shacharis Kedusha. Now, every week, people expect something at least as good. The trouble is that most other tunes just pale in contrast to this one.... So here's a deal. I give you a recording of the Carlebach Mimkomcho so you can listen to it at any time (not on Shabbat ;-), and you will let me change things up a bit. As William Cowper, the 18th century English poet wrote, "variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.”
Hope you like this sneak peak of my new album.