Wednesday, August 24, 2016


    Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis passed away yesterday at the age of 80. She was quite an inspiring woman. A holocaust survivor from Hunagary, she founded the kiruv organization Hineni.
    Rebbtzin Jungreis was the only kiruv person who I have ever hear speak who could intertwine snippets of pop culture into her lectures and get it right. She was able to meld the ancient teachings with the present and make it relevant. I was especially impressed that as a very frum woman that she embarked on such a path. At one point it was hip for 20's and 30's something singles to attend her Tuesday night lectures in order to possible meet their bashert during the socializing after the lecture.
    Rebbetzin Jungreis's funeral was today. Its hard to say goodbye to that spunky petite woman whose mission in life was to spread the word of the Torah . She will be missed. 

Matisyah at Moshava Camp

   These kids are never going to forget this summer. I went to Camp Moshava in Wild Rose , Wisconsin. We never had any surprise guests like this back then.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016


     After reading a lot of stories of  chasidim  who have gone off the derech it has changed how I view them. I used to think that just by how they look that they must be on another spiritual plane . Now I realize that that same chasidic garbed individual may really be someone who is plotting their freedom from it. One cannot tell just by looking at a person's dress how sincere their actions are. Truthfully, I always  believed  this about people's externals. I  never thought that someone's dress defined the intensity of their religious fervor . Now I believe it even more.
     No matter how religious or non-religious a person grows up one needs to figure out where one fits in and feels comfortable.
      One more thing,,,, Judaism  isn't all or nothing. Its lots of shades of grey, 


   I always feel like time is slipping away. I finally realized that the best way to make time pass more slowly is to limit my computer use. Time passes much slower when I am not under the hypnotic lure of my computer

Monday, August 15, 2016

Looking for Pokemon

      The greatest fad right now is the Pokemon Go app. In case you have been living under a rock lately  , Pokemon Go is a game on smartphones where you look for Pokemon all over the world and you find them and balls to throw at them to catch them  by walking around outside.
      At first I brushed PG off as a mindless silly app until I thought that perhaps I should check it out . As enjoyable as PG is , its  not as addictive as Candy Crush was for me .  The game its self is rather silly but the fun part is finding the "poke" stops .

The entrance of Central Park at  60th and Fifth Avenue
  The game is a tourist's dream. The poke stops are at stores, restauraunts, shuls, yeshivas , churches and landmarks. It makes you take notice of what institutions are around you in a way you may not have known before. It also adds a bit of knowledge about the place and when it was established. So often you walk past a place everyday and you don't realize how special or iconic it is or was.
     The other fun part is watching all of the people at certain choice locations who are looking for pokemons. When I first saw hoards of people standing at the entrance of Central Park on Fifth Avenue I thought that there was an extraordinary boom in tourism this year. Other days it made me think that there was a train outage. When I found out that its a major poke stop for PG I was relieved and intrigued . Of course I had to take pictures.
      The app its self tells people to be careful while looking for poke stops. Now it can tell how fast you are moving and asks you if you are driving a car or if you are a passenger. It needs to be adjusted for New Yorkers though. When I am walking it thinks I am in a car and asks me if I am a passenger. No, PG app, I am WALKING.
      I don't see too many people playing PG in Midwood, but there are a lot of poke stops here. Carlos and Gabby, Ave J Q train station has two, Beit Torah , Wolf and Lamb and  shorashim,  Landau's shul and Pomegranate supermarket are pokemon gyms.
      I think that someone should make a Pokemon single's  event . You would already have your smartphone there to exchange numbers with a special someone.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This is the best Henna Hair dying YouTube video ever

    I admit to giving in to the henna craze and trying to dye my hair with it about three weeks ago. Its very messy but very worth it not to use the chemicals. This video is one of the best I have seen yet describing the whole process.