Are your players’ eyes shining?

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Guys! I just discovered this incredible TED talk, I’ve so far watched it three times all the way through. His passion is contagious. His insight on music is brilliant. And he is hilarious (the accent helps, too). And the story he tells at the end – WOW.

The main jist of the talk is about how we all love classical music, even if we don’t realize it (and truly, even those who claim to be ambivalent toward or dislike classical music cannot not be moved by his performance at 13:10…)

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Reflections on Avinu Malkeinu (+ free download!)

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Free download: A live performance of me singing Avinu Malkeinu (arr. by Janowski) (for women only)

We are currently in the aseres yemei teshuvah – the ten days of teshuvah from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. It is an auspicious time for deep introspection and prayer, for being truly present in each mitzvah that we do, for focusing our thoughts on our relationship with G-d and how we can strengthen it in the coming year.

Since this year, Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat, we will not be singing the Avinu Malkeinu prayer. It’s one of my favorite prayers, and has some of the most beautiful melodies, and I must admit, will miss it. I was thinking about what exactly it is that makes this prayer so powerful to me.

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Tu B’Shvat: 5 Lessons from the Tree

6228405054_47881e8d11_b1) Remember your roots. They don’t call ‘em family trees for nothing. Every one of us is like a leaf that extends from a twig that extends from a larger and yet larger branch until we get to the trunk and, finally, the roots. We do not exist in a vacuum. We are the products of the experiences and achievements and aspirations of our ancestors, all the way back to our forefathers and foremothers. Our roots keep us standing. Continue reading

It’s A Boy!

With tremendous gratitude to G-d, On the 11th of Tishrei (September 27th), we had a beautiful baby boy! His name is Moshe Aharon (after Michoel’s grandfather). He is now 3 weeks old, and we are already getting lots of nachas from him, Thank G-d! May he be raised, as they say, to Torah, to chupah, and to good deeds! Mazal tov!

Here are some photos:

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Love. Just Do It.

I was in Costco buying contact solution the other day, and, as all you Costco fans know, it’s virtually impossible to step foot into that place and only walk out with one item. So, sure enough, a couple of clothing racks a few feet away were calling my name. Continue reading