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Happy to announce my new website.

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3 weeks, 74 takes, a 3 person film crew and G-d smiling down on Central Park but I got it done!

Proud to have directed and produced this video honoring such a great day school.

Congratulations to Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School on their 124th Anniversary! I am proud to be a part of such an amazing institution. http://ow.ly/xWyMS

"Birkat Kohanim"

Of all wonderful gifts that Yom Tov brings us none is more meaningful to me than the moment we stand in Shul and receive the age old blessing of the Kohanim. In those few moments there is so much deep symbolism and meaning. According to Kabalah the moment the Kohanim begin to recite the Blessing is the moment the gates of heaven are opened and the greatest opportunity for Blessings to arrive. We have so much to pray for.

May this beautiful Chag with its deep symbolism and age old tradition be a blessing and bring healing and hope to each of us. May Hashem listen to our heartfelt prayers and sprinkle our lives with continued goodness, good health and joy, for us, our children and our entire nation of Israel.

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Today is Yom Hazikaron, where we remember our brothers and sisters, Israeli soldiers, who sacrificed their lives in the defense of the state of Israel. Look at this picture. It really needs no caption. A little boy, crying over the grave of his father, who was killed, protecting our land.

Remembering is the easy part. Doing something about it is the challenge. It is incumbent upon us to support our brethren in Israel in any way we can. Those who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect our people are the greatest heroes of our nation.

May the Ultimate Healer comfort the families of the fallen.
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“102 Years Old and Celebrating the Seder”

The Seders turned out to be very special. It was heart-warming looking out at the scenery of people all gathered together on one special night, to celebrate a tradition over 3,000 years old. There were old and young, families and singles; Jews of every walk of life, religious and even a few atheists. Just before we began the Seder, I was introduced to Francis, a very special lady, 102 years old. I marveled at her grace and elegance. She insisted on drinking four cups of wine, and reading every word of the Hagadah. I dedicated my remarks at the Seder in her honor, saluting her resilience and her amazing life story.

Before she departed at the end of the Seder, she came over to me. She told me how she came from a small town in Poland. She shared how her parents were religious and lived through the First World War. In 1940, on the second night of Passover, the Nazis came into her town. They were sitting at the Seder, her family, her husband, and her parents. They were just about to sing the age-all melody of Dayanu. The Nazis stormed into their home, and took her husband and father away. A few moments later, they heard two shots, and they knew it was over. She told me that she made an oath not to ever give up, and to avenge her family’s death. “I have never missed a Seder,” she told me “not as a partisan, not in Dachau,” and not even on the boat that took her to Italy, and from there to the United States. “My revenge,” she said “is keeping the Seder, is celebrating and keeping the tradition on the night that these animals destroyed my family, and tried to annihilate my religion.” I was awed by the power of her statement.

At the conclusion of the Seder, Francis came over to me to say goodbye. I held onto her hand, not wanting to let go. She was a part of history, she had seen so much, and yet was a proud Jew, celebrating her heritage, holding her head high. I asked her to bless me. Her response was simple: “I bless you with peace.” I said to her “That’s it? Peace?” She looked at me with her smiling, beautiful, sage, old eyes, and responded “when you have peace in your life, you have the greatest blessing of all.” I walked home from the Seder , and I marveled at this special woman. G-d can appear in our lives in many forms, with tremendous fanfare, thunder and lightning, with the splitting of the sea, with the coming of Elijah, and sometimes in the form of a beautiful 102 year old lady, whose wise words made my Seder so very meaningful.

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