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Post No. 1857
04/20/2008 06:36 PM
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Strange Seder

Well, my family all assembled for the Passover Seder. We had the matzoh, we had the wine, we had the chorosos, we had the bitter herbs, we had the lamb shank, we had the roasted egg...but no one remembered to bring a Haggadah!!

What to do?

So we all tried to reconstruct the seder from our collective memory. We hit the high points...the explanation of the matzoh, the plagues, the four questions, the four sons, and a chorus of Diainu.

Sure a lot was left out, but there was one amazing thing that happened. For the first time ever no one complained, no one made jokes, no one said, "Enough already, let's eat". Everyone actually got involved in remembering.

There is a lesson in there somewhere...but I haven't yet figured it out.

Post No. 1856
04/20/2008 10:18 AM
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murcia jewish center

suppose summer 09 ill be in miami not ny to momsit if that makes sense.
ill miss my walks thru the can arsie
and my visits inside my ol house

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Post No. 1855
04/19/2008 11:15 AM
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Matzoh for the Pope!

Pope visits New York synagogue

Published: April 18, 2008 at 8:57 PM
NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- Benedict XVI became the first pope to visit a U.S. synagogue Friday when he spent 22 minutes in the Park East Synagogue in New York.

The pope, who served in the German army during World War II, did not mention the Holocaust or anti-Semitism, The New York Times reported. Instead, he gave a brief message of Passover greetings.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, in his address, said both he and the pope had known "the ravages of war, the Holocaust, man's inhumanity to man -- and also the joy of freedom."

"In Jewish history we were painfully cast aside and suffered persecution and degradation," Schneier said. "A turning point in Catholic-Jewish relations was the Second Vatican Council, the guidelines of Nostra Aetate, which have brought us closer, facing one another with respect and mutual understanding."

The Nostra Aetate, approved by the Second Vatican Council and promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1965, said the Catholic Church "rejects nothing that is true and holy" in non-Christian religions.

The pope presented the synagogue with a replica copy of a Jewish text from the Vatican library, while he was given a Passover plate, a Haggadah and a box of Matzoh.
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Post No. 1854
04/18/2008 11:00 AM
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Festival of Freedom...still relevant today.


Post No. 1853
04/18/2008 07:40 AM
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Post No. 1852
04/18/2008 02:20 AM
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chag sameach!
!חג שמח
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Post No. 1851
04/17/2008 06:55 PM
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I like that picture so much I may put it into the humor section of this site. Thanks for the link.

Last night I conducted a Jazz String Orchestra. We played a tune by Cole Porter, Mountain Magic by Aaron Minsky, and a Led Zeppelen tune with yours truly, Von Cello, playing the vocal line on electric cello...that same blue one I had up at the radio station in Burlington, Vermont. We had a blast!

More thinking out of the box!

Post No. 1850
04/17/2008 11:39 AM
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Post No. 1849
04/17/2008 11:38 AM
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Post No. 1848
04/17/2008 09:28 AM
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Outside the Box

I have sometimes said, "Wouldn't it be great if just once everyone agreed to not celebrate Christmas?" No lights, no trees, no sales, no commercials, no "Ring ding ding aling". No "parumpapumpum". No "Little Town of Bethlehem". NOTHING! Just let the winter come in nice and quietly. Let the leaves fall off the trees. Let the snows begin. No "White Christmas". No Santa, no elves, no toys, no traffic...just peace on earth...real peace...quiet...solitude...meditation...

I know, people are probably thinking I am crazy to even suggest such a thing. But I know what I am talking about. There were a few years there when I didn't celebrate Chanukah. So if I can do it, so can Christians. Anyway, what would be the great harm in it? Will God cry? I don't think so. Will He throw all the Christians into hell? Nah. So why not give it a try?

People tend to get into these little boxes. Usually they are put in a box by their parents and that is where they stay. Sometimes they leave their box and climb into another box. Even atheists have a box. It's called the "I don't believe in any of this crap" box. But it is a box too!

Von Cello is about free thinking. Can you play a cello with a guitar pick? Why not? It happens to sound really cool. Just open your mind.

That is not to say that one should leave his faith. All I'm saying is one should consider alternatives. How do you know what you are doing is really right unless you try something else. Without a comparison one runs the risk of being brainwashed into a certain limited way of thinking. I think most people want limits. They don't want to think for themselves. They don't want to think, period. Maybe that is a good thing. But to those who choose to think, I say, be proud of your mind. It is the second most important organ in your body!


Post No. 1847
04/17/2008 09:25 AM
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Just stopping by shortly to say that I hope to catch up soon! I absolutely enjoy reading all this and being provoked to think for myself where I stand and to question the basics of what I believe. And all the other stuff, too.
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Post No. 1846
04/16/2008 11:13 PM
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I'm Finished

I finished that article. One thing that I have found is that when someone is extreme in one way, he tends to be extreme in other ways. Here you had someone who was Jewish but knew nothing about it. He went to the extreme of becoming a Jew for Jesus. He got so into it that his Catholic wife was not Christian enough for him. Could you we have a Jew telling a Catholic that she has to be more Christian. Then after a while he finds that he needs even more of a connection to God than he is getting in Christianity so he becomes and Orthodox Jew! So he went from being an extreme Christian to being an extreme Jew.

Actually our good friend Rabbi Lederman was not Orthodox as a kid. He turned Orthodox in college. I think by the very end of high school he was getting there. But when I was friends with him, in junior high school, he was a typical Brooklyn joker.

Now, someone like Steve (who often posts here) went to Hebrew school, had a Bar Mitzvah, etc. Yet he grew up to think that all religion was nonsense. He married a Catholic but didn't convert and couldn't care less about Christianity or Judaism. I think that is the norm for people who grew up in Canarsie.

I come from just trying to understand things. I have been religious and non religious. In both cases I have explored ideas and tried various things. I remember one year I purposely didn't celebrate one Jewish holiday. I just wanted to see what it would be like to totally ignore it. Other years I celebrated every Jewish holiday, including Tisha B'Av, and the Fast of Gedaliah! I also wanted to experience that.
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Post No. 1845
04/15/2008 02:45 PM
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Hey LN, good to hear from you! I still haven't finished reading that page. I hope to finish it this week. But from what I read I can relate a lot to this guy. For one thing he is from the same neighborhood that I grew up in. I also had the same experience of growing up in such a Jewish area that I also believed the Jews were the majority people in the world. Certainly it felt that way. My elementary school had 3,000 kids of which probably 95% were Jewish. My class was always at least 95% Jewish. So we had kind of a sheltered upbringing in that sense. I also was approached by a Jew for Jesus when I was 14 years old. He told me that if I didn't accept Jesus as my savior I would go to hell. I told him that even if I accepted Jesus my parents and grandparents would never. And he said, "You have to save yourself. Jesus said, I come to separate father from son." I went home that night and could not sleep! I just kept imagining my poor parents and grandparents screaming as they burned in hell. Finally at around 4 in the morning I looked up at God and cursed Him! Then I realized that this CANNOT be true. That God is good, and He would never throw such wonderful people into hell. But I didn't have enough knowledge to know how to answer this Christian claim. It wasn't until I went to Israel in 1985 that I started to get the answers I needed.

On that trip to Israel, "Miricle of miricles" I ran into this Jew for Jesus! Talk about completing a circle. It was during that trip that I decided to become an advocate of the Jewish point of view. One of the main reasons I wrote my book, Beyond Faith, is that it may comfort another young Jew who may have his faith attacked and not know how to respond.

I know Christians mean well when they try to get others to convert. But they many not realize that they can also destroy families and create much pain. I think that article brings out a similar story and makes similar points. The main difference is that this guy actually joined the Jews for Jesus and married a Catholic and raised Christian children, before he came to revelation I was lucky enough to have in my twenties.

At this point in my life I harbor no ill will toward Christians as individuals. I can say the same thing about Muslims. But as a Jew, I have no choice but to take offense at anyone, or any religion, that seeks to undermine my religion and seeks to remove "my people" from the face of the earth. After all, when a Jew becomes a Christian he ceases to be a Jew. As this rabbi on Israel National Radio recently said, "If the Christians had their way all the Jews would convert which would mean there would be no more Jews in the world. So their ultimate goal is the extinction of the Jews." Sad that we live in a world where there are such inherrant confrontations, but maybe we can be the generation to start to change that. As my mother always said, "Live and let live."

Post No. 1844
04/15/2008 11:35 AM
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Canarsie Jew back to Judaism

Great link - just finished reading, now must create time to read the sub-links and the rest of the site. Food for thought. Thanks!
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Post No. 1843
04/15/2008 09:27 AM
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The Evil Nosher!

Kind of funny...the idea of "evil doings" at the Nosher. Only in Canarsie could you find "tough guys" (aka Hitters) hanging out "looking for trouble" in front of a place called the Yiddish word for "snack"! LOL!

Post No. 1842
04/15/2008 07:27 AM
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As I recall, The Nosher went from being a fun place to get a snack, a magazine, etc. to being a place to avoid.
A bunch of hard guys would hang around in the front of The Nosher in the evenings. I never had any trouble with the guys, in fact I was friendly with a few of those guys, but I knew that they were up to no good.

Post No. 1841
04/15/2008 06:14 AM
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israel@60 murcia spain

israel@60 murcia comunidad judia
we want a
cello song please!!!
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Post No. 1840
04/14/2008 02:44 PM
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You can't make this stuff up!

Wow! I stumbled upon a link that led to an article about a Jew who became a Jew for Jesus and even married a Catholic, only to find his way back to Judaism several years later! It is a fascinating story. But here's the best part...He grew up in CANARSIE!!!!
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Post No. 1839
04/14/2008 09:34 AM
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I forget when the Nosher first opened. I think we were in high school by then, so I never really got into going there. But I remember it was a big thing to "Go the the Nosher". Only in Brooklyn could you have a store named by a Yiddish word!

(Note to Gentiles: Nosh means: eat a snack, as in, "I think I'll have a little nosh."

Post No. 1838
04/14/2008 09:06 AM
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i was in google earth and i wanted to be the first to pin it
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Post No. 1837
04/13/2008 07:37 PM
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Getting a nosh...

82nd and Flatlands. Why do you ask?

Post No. 1836
04/13/2008 03:50 PM
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where was is the nosher restaurant in canarsie?
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Post No. 1835
04/12/2008 01:14 PM
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Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

I hope the day will be a lighter highway
For friends are found on every road
Can you ever think of any better way
For the lost and weary travellers to go

Making friends for the world to see
Let the people know you got what you need
With a friend at hand you will see the light
If your friends are there then everything's all right

It seems to me a crime that we should age
These fragile times should never slip us by
A time you never can or shall erase
As friends together watch their childhood fly
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Post No. 1834
04/12/2008 09:13 AM
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Rabbi Lederman Stikes Again!

Rivkah, a little old lady, gets on an El Al flight to Israel. She's carrying a bag, a purse and a little dog in a box. She sits down and puts the box on the seat next to her.

A stewardess approaches Rivkah and says, "I'm sorry Madam, but you can't keep the dog here. I'll have to take it and put it in baggage."

Rivkah agrees. What else can she do? During the flight, the stewardess looks in on the little dog, and Oy Gevalt, the dog is dead. She informs the pilot who notifies Tel Aviv airport who tells the director who decides that they will get an other dog to replace this one. The little old lady will never know.

When the plane lands and Rivkah goes to the baggage hall to claim her box, they bring her a box with a new dog, an exact replica of her old dog. "This is not my dog", Rivkah exclaims. "Why yes it is," the captain tells her. "See, it has the same markings."
"This is not my dog", Rivkah insists. "How do you know this isn't your dog?" asks the captain.

"My dog is dead!"
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Post No. 1833
04/11/2008 03:10 PM
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Friend, friends, friends, we will always be...

Elton John had a good song years ago about friends. "Making friends for all the world to see. Let the people know you got what you need. With a friend together you will see the light. If your friends are there then everything is all right."

So, that picture is from South Shore High School, 12th grade. And the friends are Stuey Troyetsky with the afro, Neil Korman with the pony tail, Howie Kaplan with his hair loose down to his shoulders, Lisa Fields with here long pretty brown hair, and Von Cello with a short haircut holding the frisbee!

It's an interesting picture because you can see that my Canarsie friends were still into the "hippie scene" while I had "cut my hair" and was moving ahead into the world of classical cello. Yet every now and then we would still do a hang in the school yard.

Those last months of high school are so important somehow. I remember that day like it was yesterday.

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