Essence of Hashem Conscious

Jewlicious Laya has brought to our attention a No Shopping Day campaign. And she points out that:
It also happens to be the beginning of official “Shabbatâ€? day, where for a whopping 25 hours, millions of observant Jews the world over agree not only to both buy nothing, but also to drive nowhere, stepping back from the consumer binge and shopocalypse as well as helping decrease our dependence on foreign oil while simultaneously giving the ozone a break. We aid water conservation by not taking showers. We also agree to not allow electronic media to interfere with our interpersonal relationships and spend the day connecting to friends and family as human beings, not MSN’s or voices on the telephone. We allow intimacy to grow between us because we are in no rush. We connect and converse in the classic way of all humanity, over a table of good food and wine. We step back to remember what it is to be human.

We do this not just once a year but 52 times a year. Damn, Jews are so hip.So I commented to Jewlcious that yes… BUT lets us also not forget that Hashem commands us to take a day of rest. The entire day is Hashem-inspired and connected. Shabbos Hayom La’Shem we sing, Shabbos is a day for Hashem. By dedicating the day for Hashem, we have time for the quality of life additions. In the Hashem-conscious life of Torah, Shabbos is a day of mystical revelation, procreation, and inspiration. Prayer, connecting our souls on high, singing, lots of singing from the heart, from folk-song table melodies to transcendent niggunim in shul. Making a tish, a gathering of souls in order to elevate humanity and existence through song, blessings, food, and words of Torah.

The essence of the Hashem-conscious existence IS Shabbos, in its rad

ical message, an acknowledgment that Humanity is not supreme, but wholly dependent on Hashem’s continuous perpetuation of creation, and awareness that our souls need constant, or minimally weekly, nourishment and rejewvenation, by connecting to the Soul-Creator, to Hashem, bringing the soul to simcha, to existential joy, a state of being that opens a high-speed connection with the Creator of All.

Good Shabbos Good Shabbos Good Shabbos. Shabbos is Good!

The Essence of The Hashem-Conscious Existence IS Shabbos!


Jewlicious Laya has brought to our attention a No Shopping Day campaign. And she points out that:

It also happens to be the beginning of official “Shabbatâ€? day, where for a whopping 25 hours, millions of observant Jews the world over agree not only to both buy nothing, but also to drive nowhere, stepping back from the consumer binge and shopocalypse as well as helping decrease our dependence on foreign oil while simultaneously giving the ozone a break. We aid water conservation by not taking showers. We also agree to not allow electronic media to interfere with our interpersonal relationships and spend the day connecting to friends and family as human beings, not MSN’s or voices on the telephone. We allow intimacy to grow between us because we are in no rush. We connect and converse in the classic way of all humanity, over a table of good food and wine. We step back to remember what it is to be human.

We do this not just once a year but 52 times a year. Damn, Jews are so hip.

So I commented to Jewlcious that yes… BUT lets us also not forget that Hashem commands us to take a day of rest. The entire day is Hashem-inspired and connected. Shabbos Hayom La’Shem we sing, Shabbos is a day for Hashem. By dedicating the day for Hashem, we have time for the quality of life additions. In the Hashem-conscious life of Torah, Shabbos is a day of mystical revelation, procreation, and inspiration. Prayer, connecting our souls on high, singing, lots of singing from the heart, from folk-song table melodies to transcendent niggunim in shul. Making a tish, a gathering of souls in order to elevate humanity and existence through song, blessings, food, and words of Torah.

The essence of the Hashem-conscious existence IS Shabbos, in its radical message, an acknowledgment that Humanity is not supreme, but wholly dependent on Hashem’s continuous perpetuation of creation, and awareness that our souls need constant, or minimally weekly, nourishment and rejewvenation, by connecting to the Soul-Creator, to Hashem, bringing the soul to simcha, to existential joy, a state of being that opens a high-speed connection with the Creator of All.

Good Shabbos Good Shabbos Good Shabbos. Shabbos is Good!

Alice’s Restaurant Massacre, My Thanksgiving Music

I’ve listened to this song every Thanksgiving since I was 9. I remember in Detroit I would camp out next to my little clock radio and go from channel to channel trying to find the song. I would listen to it as many times as I could.


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Originally uploaded by Rabbi Yonah.

Thanks to officer Obie, we have Arlo Guthrie’s ballad, Alice’s Restaurant Massacre. Learn about Obie at Arlo,net

After the ordeal, we went back to the jail. Obie said he was going to put us in the cell. Said, “Kid, I’m going to put you in the cell, I want your wallet and your belt.”

And I said, “Obie, I can understand you wanting my wallet so I don’t have any money to spend in the cell, but what do you want my belt for?”

And he said, “Kid, we don’t want any hangings.”

I said, “Obie, did you think I was going to hang myself for littering?”

Obie said he was making sure, and friends Obie was, cause he took out the
toilet seat so I couldn’t hit myself over the head and drown, and he took
out the toilet paper so I couldn’t bend the bars roll out the – roll the
toilet paper out the window, slide down the roll and have an escape. Obie
was making sure, and it was about four or five hours later that Alice
(remember Alice? It’s a song about Alice), Alice came by and with a few
nasty words to Obie on the side, bailed us out of jail, and we went back
to the church, had a another thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat,
and didn’t get up until the next morning, when we all had to go to court.

Orlado Stand With Us Conference, Lots O’ Fun

I arrived early, about 7 am, on the red-eye, into the fair weather of Orlando. The people that I encountered in the short trip have been uniformly nice and polite. Remarkably so.

I want to make a quick mention of the fact that the FAA has decided, or is the TSA, that guitars will no longer be allowed on the plane. Now, it is not as if I want to bust out with dong on each flight (even when flying song), but this is clearly discrimination.

Let it be known that guitar players are really not a threat to national security. (They wont even let you bring the guitar to the gate.)

Rabbi Dubov and Chabad of Greater Orlando deserve a shout out because they loaned us a sefer torah and siddurim. I pulled up Friday morning in my rented EZ Car Rental Durango (thanks Rafi!) and we loaded up.

What an oasis, after passing miles of trailer homes and subdivisions, a the Rabbi made me feel right at home. We talked torah for a while and then I had to head off to do some shopping at Publix and find the conference center.

COMFORT INN-LONGWOOD

The Pool. Not actually used by us this weekend

The conference center is modest, but with the most remarkable blues concert!
Friday night they said, there will be blues. So, besides not really being able to enjoy it (it was shabbat) I thought, “How can this in little Comfort Inn have real blues music?”

We were all shocked and awed by the Smoking Torpedos, although I only heard them muffled through three walls. Still, it sounded like authentic blues.

The program and participants were top notch. It was a meeting of some of the best minds in the Israel advocacy world under one roof for the weekend, and 120 students from about 45 campuses stretching from California to London. The students were uniformly interesting and involved, with nearly everyone attending everything. Not too shabby.

We began with a Rabbi Yonah led singing service. We enjoyed a delicious dinner, and then hunkered down for some pretty fascinating discussions. One, by my old pal Neil Lazarus, of Awesome Seminars who I haven’t seen in like 15 years.

Also there was a group from the UK who were seniors in high school. They brought along a couple of Rabbis two, and so we even had a beis din.

We managed to have a nice minyan on Shabbat Morning, although we had to compete with a Barter/flea market show that had been installed in the hallways, outdoors, and other places around the hotel, much to all of our surprise. Of course the organizers and several of the vendors were Jewish and wished us all Shabbat Shalom. They did after lunch one of the best programs.

In this program, several staff members “become” well known anti-Israel speakers. This role playing is very effective for students to learn how to talk in a public setting. Neil had them working on some great strategy. I took a shabbos nap too.

We had a dancing singing havdalah in the courtyard, and cemented our “never invite back these Jews again” status. And not because we were in any way disruptive, but just everyone asked to be let into heir rooms because of the elctronic locks. The Muslim gent who ran the place just could not undersand our issues with the locks. Tried as I could, it was no use. One of the speakers, a christian, opened my door so I could get into sleep.

On Sat night we piled on buses for Orlando Universal’s City Walk. So, what is this all about? I confess to have had absolutely no fun at all. it is so contrived and commercial, there is nothing redeeming about it, save the Starbucks where you get some nice coffee. but you don’t need a whole city walk for this.


The most bizarre thing, or one of the most, was the Bob Marley CLub. All night every-night, a Bob Marley look alike band and singing.

This was the ultimate in kitsch. OMG!

I’m going to go get some sleep now….on the plane home!

Dani (SWU New York) and Rabbi Yonah

The Speakers

Havdallah dancing and singing