Abie Rotenberg has hit it out of the park.
His new novel about a Jewish Yankee baseball star, who is faced with a dilemma of whether to embrace his religion or his passion for baseball, is spiritually uplifting and entertaining at the same time. The quotes from the late great Peter Lawrence Berra (aka Yogi) that begin the chapters are classics and quite apropos. I recommend it for teenagers, as it exposes them to heavy questions about the Jewish religion, answered in simplistic terms. At the same time, one will enjoy Abie's command of the game, in all its technical nuances.
Abie has tantalized his fans for decades, with his haunting melodies and stimulating lyrics on his Journeys and Dvaykus albums.
His song about Yankel was made into a motion picture, with very positive reviews.
Perfect timing, as this is the season for pennants and penance.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
The most recent edition of Jewish Action has several tributes to Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein z"l.
One interesting tidbit brought is the fact that RAL was fluent in Shas, and would often times quote the correct Daf from memory.
As part of his humility, RAL mentioned that this "sin", perhaps of haughtiness in quoting the Daf, was already inluded in Viduy, as we say...Dibarnu Dofi.
Monday, September 7, 2015
I hear Lipa's point, as the Gemara says in Baba Basra 109B:
אמרה ליה ילתא לרב נחמן מכדי כל דאסר לן רחמנא שרא לן כוותיה אסר לן דמא שרא לן כבדא נדה דם טוהר חלב בהמה חלב חיה חזיר מוחא דשיבוטא גירותא לישנא דכוורא אשת איש גרושה בחיי בעלה אשת אח יבמה כותית יפת תאר בעינן למיכל בשרא בחלבאYet when you are part of a group, one must adhere to the dictates of that group. The only problem being that if the dictates are too draconian, people leave.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
There has been much discussion lately on cross-currents with regard to publishing pictures of women.
I understand the arguments pro and con, but there still needs to be a modicum of normalcy in deciding whether to publish or perish.
The entire controversy erupted some time ago when Hillary Clinton was excised from the Bin Laden war room photograph. I do find it noteworthy, that as of late, both Matzav and YWN are now publishing pictures of Hillary, albeit unflattering ones.
Monday, August 24, 2015
One of the greatest guitarists of the 80s and 90s has sadly passed away.
Yosi Piamenta was from the first Jewish artists who used the electric guitar to electrify his audience.
His performances and solo guitar licks will be sorely missed.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
I find it amazing that some 400 bikers raised almost 6 million dollars for Chai Lifeline's Camp Simcha.
More amazing is that these riders give up 2 days of work, raising these astronomical amounts of money.
Kudos to them, especially for pedaling over 170 miles through 3 states, arriving at the World's Greatest Finish Line.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
I recall as a youth the excitement when one saw a loved one after a long absence.
There were unabashed hugs and cheers and kisses all around.
I had reason recently to be in the airport to pick up a passenger and I noticed that Airline Arrival Anticipation is a thing of the past.
I believe that since our world is so small, since we can Skype our dear ones wherever they may be, there is no longer any excitement when we actually see them in person.
How sad. The digital revolution continues to change our world - sometimes for the worse.