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Wednesday, February 01, 2012
What Animal Is Best Suited For A Day Of Rest?

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What animal is best suited for a day of rest?

He doesn’t like to rush.
He doesn’t multitask.
That’s why he feels at home on Shabbat.

Who is it? Coco the sloth. His preference for moving very slowly makes Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest) his favorite day of the week, and by extension, Shababa™ at 92Y his happiest! Even if you don’t celebrate Shabbat, Coco is all about taking a break, slowing down and enjoying the people around you.

If you’ve never met Coco, here’s an introduction:

See more of Coco – and Karina Zilberman – at Shababa™ the Concert on February 5 (and still get home in time for the Super Bowl). And you can pick up a copy of the brand new Shababaland CD (which includes the full version of “Coco’s Song”). Coco is a regular at Shababa™, a warm, inclusive and growing Jewish community that gives families lots of different ways to explore and celebrate Jewish life and culture. Just think how Kristin Bell would react if she ever attended!

This Sunday, bring your family to meet ours, at Shababa™ the Concert. See you there!

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“Ask The Rabbi” Today, Live on 92Y Facebook!

imageDo you have questions about Judaism, faith and family, life, or any other concerns? 

Are you ready to Ask The Rabbi? Visit our Facebook page today and leave your questions for Rabbi Kalb; he’ll answer them live on our Facebook wall. Head over there and Ask The Rabbi!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
“Ask The Rabbi” Tomorrow, Live on 92Y Facebook

imageDo you have questions about Judaism, faith and family, life, or any other concerns? 

You can ask Rabbi David Kalb tomorrow, February 1, on the 92Y Facebook page. He’ll be hanging out there periodically all day, ready to answer any questions you have!

Mark your calendars and share this with your friends on on Twitter and Facebook




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Friday, January 27, 2012
Connecting To The Weekly Torah Portion With Rabbi David Kalb

imageHere Comes the Moon, Here Comes the Sun – Bo
By Rabbi David Kalb

Rabbi David Kalb, Director of Jewish Education for the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92nd Street Y, continues his series of guest blogs below, with another post on the weekly Torah portion.

This week’s Parshah (Torah Portion), Parshat Bo, mentions the Mitzvah (Commandment) of Kidush Hachodesh, the Mitzvah of sanctifying the month according to the Sefer Hachinuch Mitzvah 4. It can be found in the Torah in Shemot (Exodus) Chapter 12 lines 1 and 2. The mitzvah of Kidush Hachodesh results in us having the Jewish holiday of Rosh Chodesh which marks the first day of the new Hebrew month. The first day of the new month is based on when the new moon comes. All of this forms the basis for the entire Jewish calendar, which all of the Jewish holidays are dependent on.

To truly understand the importance of the holiday of Rosh Chodesh, we need to examine the story of the creation of the moon and the sun in the Torah. The story can be found in Bereishit (Genesis) Chapter 1, lines 14 and 15: God creates two lights that appear to be equal in strength and are responsible for separating day and night, as well as for marking the holidays, days, and years. Though the Torah does not name these lights, we can assume that the light of the night is the moon and the light of the day is the sun. In line 16, the Torah does make a distinction between the lights: God pronounces the light of the day (the sun) to be the greater light and the light of the night (the moon) to be the lesser light.

What causes the change from the apparent equality of the sun and the moon in lines 14-15 to the dominance of the sun in line 16? In Judaism, the moon plays a more dominant role in marking holidays and determining the calendar. Why, then, does God pronounce the sun to be dominant over the moon?

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
What Would You “Ask The Rabbi”?

imageDo you have questions about Judaism, faith and family, life, or any other concerns? 

You can ask 92Y Rabbi David Kalb next Wednesday, February 1 on the 92Y Facebook page. He’ll be hanging out there periodically all day, ready to answer any questions you have!

Mark your calendars and share this with your friends on on Twitter and Facebook




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Friday, January 20, 2012
Martin Šmok: Terezín in Context

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Continuing the important series on the music and culture of Terezín, documentarian Martin Šmok heads to 92YTribeca on January 22 to present a free discussion on the artistic and educational activities within the Terezín camp and the historical conditions which gave rise to them. Learn more about Terezín on 92Y.org. You can view documents and maps, posters, videos, and more.

This Sunday, January 22 at 92YTribeca: Terezín in Context, FREE.

Tell your friends about this free event by sharing on Twitter and Facebook!




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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Shababa™ The Concert Is Taking Over The Big Stage!

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Shababa™ the Concert is taking over the big stage at 92nd Street Y!

Karina, Rebecca and a live band together with The Shababa™ Mamas and “The Miracle Makers,” a children’s vocal group directed by Rebecca and Mordechai, will perform in Kaufman Concert Hall on February 5! What’s more, the new Shababa™ CD will be released at the hour-long concert. And we’re giving away tickets!

Win 2 tickets to Shababa™ the Concert by visiting the Shababa Facebook page and sharing this poster by using the Facebook “Share” button. Everyone who shares the poster will have a chance at two tickets to Shababa™ the Concert, plus an invitation to the private party with Karina, Rebecca and Coco! Winners will be announced January 31, so get sharing!




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Friday, December 30, 2011
Connecting To The Weekly Torah Portion With Rabbi David Kalb: See Me, Feel Me - Vayigash

imageRabbi David Kalb, Director of Jewish Education for the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92nd Street Y, continues his series of guest blogs below, with another post on the weekly Torah portion.

See Me, Feel Me - Vayigash

The Yosef (Joseph) story begins in Bereishit (Genesis) Chapter 37 and ends at the conclusion of the book of Bereishit. Yosef, the second youngest of Yaakov’s (Jacob’s) twelve sons, is hated by his ten older brothers. They hate him because their father favors Yosef and because of his dreams of becoming their leader. Eventually the dynamics between the brothers and Yosef become so negative that they throw him in a pit, after which he is sold into slavery and ends up in Egypt.

In Egypt, Yosef eventually rises from slavery to become the second most powerful person in Egypt, the Viceroy to the Pharaoh. In that capacity, he prepares Egypt to survive the impending famine he foretold. The famine reaches the land of Canaan and the brothers have to come to Yosef to get food for their family. The brothers do not know that Yosef is the Viceroy of Egypt. When they come before him they do not recognize him. He of course recognizes them.

Finally in Bereishit Chapter 45 Yosef reveals himself to his brothers. When he does this he says in line 3 “Ani Yosef, Ha’od Avi Chai”, “I am Yosef, is my father still alive?” It seems strange that this would be the first question that Yosef would ask his brothers upon revealing himself.

Yosef has been separated from his family for twenty-two years. For nine of those years he has been the Viceroy of Egypt with almost unlimited power. He had every resource in the world to contact his father and yet he made no effort to do so. Why now upon revealing his identity does he suddenly demonstrate such concern for his father in his opening line, “I am Yosef, is my father still alive?”

Read more on the 92Y Facebook page.

Learn more in a fascinating analysis of the central text of Judaism on January 3. Check out all 92Y Jewish Studies - First Class programs and you might also be interested in An Introduction to Judaism for Adults at Derekh Torah™ classes.

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Friday, December 23, 2011
Mordechai: Musical Rockstar And 5th Grade Teacher At Connect After-School

I Believe in Miracles, heard in the video above, is performed by Pey Dalid, a band comprised of Mordechai and his two brothers, Shlomo and Pesach. Watch more videos on their YourTube channel.

Mordechai is currently the 5th grade teacher for the Connect After-School program and co-director of the children’s vocal group, The Miracle-Makers.

I Believe in Miracles has been performed by The Miracle-Makers at 92Y’s Hanukkah Festival on December 11, 2011, and was originally performed by Mordechai at the 92Y Hanukkah Festival in 2010.

On December 24, Pey Dalid will perform in Occupy Hanukkah at The Knitting Factory.

Excuse our immodesty, but 92Y really is: An open door to extraordinary worlds!

[92Y Connect After-School]

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Connecting To The Weekly Torah Portion With Rabbi David Kalb: Dream Weaver - Miketz

imageRabbi David Kalb, Director of Jewish Education for the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92nd Street Y, continues his series of guest blogs below, with another post on the weekly Torah portion.

Dream Weaver - Miketz:

In this week’s Parsha (Torah Portion), Parshat Miketz, the story of Yoseph (Joseph) that began in last weeks Parsha, Parshat Vayeshev, continues, as does the theme of dreams.

A question that is often asked about the Yoseph stories in the Torah is: what is the nature of Yoseph’s ability to have dreams and interpret them? Are Yoseph’s dreams a message from God? Are they prophetic or just Yoseph’s mind at work? In Freudian terms, are the dreams a manifestation of Yoseph’s subconscious? When Yoseph interprets the dreams of Pharaoh, is this simply Yoseph interpreting a dream, perhaps using psychology or God giving over a revelation?

The readings of the stories of Yoseph in the Torah always come in close proximity to Chanukah. Perhaps by looking more closely at Chanukah, we can begin to answer questions about the nature of Yoseph’s dreams and his ability to interpret them. According to the way the story of Chanukah is told in the Talmud, Shabbat 21b, after the Jews were successful in their revolt against the Assyrian-Greeks, they went back to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), to the Beit Hamikdash (The Temple), and they saw that the Beit Hamikdash had been defiled by the Assyrian-Greeks. They purified the Beit Hamikdash and then began to search to find oil to light the Menorah, seven-branched candelabra, which was used in the religious experience of the Beit Hamikdash. They eventually found one container of oil that still had the seal of the Kohain Gadol (High Priest) on it, but there was only enough oil in the flask that was found to last one day. As we know, a miracle happened and the amount of oil that was only supposed to last one day lasted for eight days. As a result, we celebrate Chanukah by lighting the Chanukiah (the special eight-branched Menorah used on Chanukah) for eight days.

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.

Learn more in a fascinating analysis of the central text of Judaism on January 3. Check out all 92Y Jewish Studies - First Class programs and you might also be interested in An Introduction to Judaism for Adults at Derekh Torah™ classes.

» Follow and Connect with 92Y on Twitter, Facebook and more!




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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Come To Our Annual Hanukkah Lighting Ceremony Today!

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A reminder for our friends and neighbors: Join us in our lobby at 4:30pm today, tomorrow and next week for our Annual Hanukkah Lighting ceremony. It really is a great time and Karina and Rebecca know how to sing and have fun! AND… we end the celebration with Hanukkah chocolate gelt candies!

For more Hanukkah fun, you can come to our Hanukkah Dinner with Karina and Rebecca on December 23.

Related: How do re-emerging Jewish communities around the world celebrate Hanukkah? 92nd Street Y Resource Center for Jewish Diversity partner Shavei Israel made an awesome video to show you.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Video: Shavei Israel Celebrates Hanukkah Around The World

How do re-emerging Jewish communities around the world celebrate Hanukkah? 92nd Street Y Resource Center for Jewish Diversity partner Shavei Israel made the awesome video above to show you.

Shavei Israel works with Lost Tribes and Hidden Jewish communities around the world.” Join us now,” they wrote, “as Jews from Spain, Portugal, Russia, Poland, China and India all celebrate Hanukah together. Many faces, one song!”

Of course, everyone is invited to our annual Hanukkah lighting ceremony with Karina and Rebecca, on multiple days this week and next, at 4:30pm in the lobby of 92Y!

And on January 10, Michael Freund, founder and chairman of Shavei Israel, will moderate an event at 92Y: The Hidden Jews of the Holocaust: Poland’s Re-emerging Jewish Community. After the fall of the Soviet empire and Poland’s transformation to democracy, a growing number of Poles are rediscovering their families’ concealed Jewish roots, with many choosing to live a full Jewish life and return to the Jewish people. Join members of this re-emerging Jewish community for a fascinating and inspiring account of young Polish Jews reclaiming the heritage that Hitler sought to extinguish.

Read more and purchase tickets, here. See all upcoming Jewish Interest talks.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Join Our Annual Hanukkah Lighting!

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Our annual Hanukkah lighting ceremony is underway in the lobby of 92Y! Join us now or on multiple dates this week, at 4:30pm.

Bring your dancing shoes and singing voices because Karina and Rebecca really know how to make this a fun time for everyone! Then we end the celebration with Hanukkah chocolate gelt candies. MMMM…

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Connecting To The Weekly Torah Portion With Rabbi David Kalb: And Here’s To You Mrs. Robinson…

imageRabbi David Kalb, Director of Jewish Education for the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92nd Street Y, continues his series of guest blogs below, with another post on the weekly Torah portion.

And here’s to you Mrs. Robinson . . . (or Mrs. Potifar ....)

In this week’s Parshah (Torah Portion), Vayeishev (found in Bereishit/Genesis 38-40), we are introduced to Yoseph (Joseph), the second youngest of Yaakov’s (Jacobs) twelve sons. Despite being the second youngest, Yoseph has dreams of one day being the leader. This coupled with Yaakov favoring Yoseph causes feelings of resentment by the brothers towards Yoseph. His brothers eventually sell Yoseph into slavery in Egypt. While Yoseph is a slave, he rises to a high position as a slave. He becomes the Head Slave, in charge of the entire household of his master Potifar. Yoseph is described in the Torah as a very attractive man Bereishit/Genesis 39:6 “… Now Yoseph was handsome of form and handsome of appearance”. He is so attractive that in verse 7 the wife of Potifar tells Yoseph to have sex with her. Yoseph realizes the obvious moral wrong of agreeing to the indecent proposal of the wife of Potifar, and he refuses to have sex with her. Later on in verses 10-18 she continues to pursue Yoseph unsuccessfully, and eventually one day she tears his clothes off and Yoseph runs away. Presumably to save face and protect herself from what Yoseph might say and the potential reprisals her husband might take towards her, the wife of Potifar lies to the entire household and her husband, and says that Yoseph attempted to take advantage of her. Yoseph is then thrown in jail by Potifar.

Read the complete blog post on the 92Y Facebook page.

Learn more in a fascinating analysis of the central text of Judaism on January 3. Check out all 92Y Jewish Studies - First Class programs and you might also be interested in An Introduction to Judaism for Adults at Derekh Torah™ classes.




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Thursday, December 08, 2011
92Y Video: Rabbi Meir Lau In Conversation With Rabbi Menachem Genack

Did you miss Rabbi Israel Meir Lau in conversation with Rabbi Menachem Genack at 92nd Street Y in November? Enjoy a clip from that extraordinary evening, above.

Rabbi Lau regaled the audience with tales of his childhood during the Holocaust and his experiences as Chief Rabbi of Israel. Audience members had the opportunity to ask questions and Rabbi Lau was candid and authentic. He commented on questions such as the recent exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and whether or not Yom HaShoah should be commemorated on Tisha B’Av.  

Many of his stories are featured in Rabbi Lau’s new book, Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last.

This endowed lecture, the annual Francine and Abdallah Simon State of World Jewry Lecture, is just one of the incredible lectures offered by the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92Y. See all upcoming lectures of Jewish Interest, here

If you’re interested in more stories from the Holocaust, don’t miss the series of special program at 92Y, Will to Create, Will to Live: The Culture of Terezín in January. One featured event, The Story of Terezin, on Jan 18, will delve into one of the most moving and inspiring stories of the Holocaust era with documentary film clips and stories from survivors of Terezín itself.

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