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What a lovely tie…

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Thank you so much to everyone who shared my special birthday with me this past Friday night! I thought you might enjoy this song, “What a Lovely Tie,” composed and performed by the very talented members of the a cappella group AKA Pella. Want to sing along? View the lyrics below.

“What A Lovely Tie”

Chorus: Ohh, what a lovely tie
Ohh, what a lovely –

(it’s) Your big day, and our gift to you is song
To a leader in his field, for a career so rich and long
The best-times are yet to come
Your pulpit power’s second to none
And may we tell you that’s a lovely tie

Supreme Allied Commander, but due to change of plans
Your early dreams were dashed of becoming garbage man
Being Rabbi may be tough
But life’s too short to sweat the small stuff
Hey, did we mention that’s a lovely tie

Shopping for Shoes, Suits, sweaters, socks fo’sure
Your day not complete without massage and manicure
Pulling up in style, your engines roarin loud
Beth Tefiloh is so proud
So much more than they hoped for

A deep love for Israel, its people and the land
But one group trumps that, your children oh so grand
Ella, Emuna, Kobi, ooh
Maya, ‘Lana, Judah, too
They probly gifted you that lovely tie

Caddy, Jag, Maserati, wind in your hair
When you’re Master of the Sermon, hey, It’s only fair
A one finger typer, it is what it is
You’re the best in the biz
And there’s more where that came from

It’s really not late, but it’s later than we think
We’re gonna wrap this up, then hit the closet for a drink
You’re the best, no doubt about it
So deserving of that lovely tie


Ohhh, what a lovely tie…

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“Vehi She’amda” in Israel…and in China

Please view these videos… they both contain the same song from the Hagaddah; same words, same tune … but oh so different!  This is a reminder that, in fact, the Jewish people are one.


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Best. Gragger. Ever.

This might be a little late for Purim this year…so let’s just consider it early for next year! You’re going to love this–it’s a whole new way to react to “Haman” during megillah reading.

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VIDEO: Unforgettable Wedding

I’m telling you now …  you are not going to be able to watch this only once!  It is absolutely spectacular!

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My Chanukah Gift to You

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment

A special Chanukah gift, 2 “oldies but goodies” – in a new light.


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Everything you need to know and enjoy Thanksgivukkah

November 26, 2013 Leave a comment

This year, Chanukah is a special day with special foods:
JPost: Thanksgivukka: Please pass the turkey-stuffed doughnuts

Not everyone is so excited about this:
The Colbert Report: Thanksgiving Under Attack
Slate: No Thanksgivukkah

We think it’s really cool…but we don’t want it to get out of hand:
Haaretz: 8 imaginary Frankenholidays inspired by Thanksgivukkah

On a serious Chanukah note:
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: 8 Short Thoughts for 8 Chanukah Nights

And a joyous Thanksgiving note:

See you at the Chanukah Fireworks Under the Stars at Beth Tfiloh tomorrow night!

JFK’s 50th Yahrzeit

November 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Today we commemorate the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. As part of my 10-sermon series, tomorrow I’ll explore “What started with JFK; what ended with JFK.”

In memory of President John F. Kennedy, Hazzan Albrecht will sing Camelot. Here are the lyrics, in case you want to sing along:


A law was made a distant moon ago here:
July and August cannot be too hot.
And there’s a legal limit to the snow here
In Camelot.
The winter is forbidden till December
And exits March the second on the dot.
By order, summer lingers through September
In Camelot.
Camelot! Camelot!
I know it sounds a bit bizarre,
But in Camelot, Camelot
That’s how conditions are.
The rain may never fall till after sundown.
By eight, the morning fog must disappear.
In short, there’s simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
In Camelot.

Camelot! Camelot!
I know it gives a person pause,
But in Camelot, Camelot
Those are the legal laws.
The snow may never slush upon the hillside.
By nine p.m. the moonlight must appear.
In short, there’s simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
In Camelot.

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