Monday, September 18, 2017


Everybody can't sit in the front row!

At Touro Synagogue September 18, 2017
by Aaron Ginsburg BLOG   FACEBOOK



While I am gathering the latest news, I want to thank the seating committee for trying to keep everyone happy. I have my eye on a column half way down to the right so I can daydream but still be in a position to keep an eye on the action on the bima and at the ark...


I want to thank Sherm Palan for making sure I received this form so I get my preferred seat.
Anshei Emuna Congregation
HIGH HOLIDAY SEATING REQUEST FORM
During the last holiday season, many individuals expressed concern over the seating arrangements in the synagogue.
In order for us to place you in a seat which will best suit you, we ask you to complete the following questionnaire and return it to
the synagogue office as soon as possible.

1. I would prefer to sit in the... (Check one)
___ Talking section
___ No talking section
2. If talking, which category do you prefer? (Indicate order of interest)
___ Stock market
___ Sports
___ Medicine
___ General gossip
___ Specific gossip (choose one)
___ The rabbi
___ The cantor
___ The cantor's voice
___ Fashion news
___ What others are wearing
___ Why they look awful
___ Your neighbors
___ Your relatives
___ Your neighbors' relatives
___ Presidential Election
___ Other (e.g. single guys/ girls)
3. Which of the following would you like to be near for free professional advice?
___ Doctor
___ Dentist
___ Nutritionist
___ Psychiatrist
___ Child psychiatrist
___ Podiatrist
___ Chiropractor
___ Stockbroker
___ Accountant
___ Lawyer
___ Criminal
___ Civil
___ Real estate agent
___ Architect
___ Plumber
___ Golf pro [tentative; we're still trying to find a Jewish One]
___ Other
4. I want a seat located (Indicate order of priority)
___ On the aisle
___ Near the exit
___ Near the window
___ Near the bathroom
___ Near my in-laws
___ As far away from my in-laws as possible
___ As far away from my ex-in-laws as possible
___ Near the pulpit
___ Near the Kiddush table
___ Where no one on the bimah can see/hear me talking during services
___ Where no one will notice me sleeping during services
___ Where I can sleep during the rabbi's sermon [additional charge]
5. I would like a seat where:
___I can see my spouse over the mechitza
___ I cannot see my spouse over the mechitza
6. Please do not place me anywhere near the following people:
(Limit of six; if you require more space, you may wish to consider joining another congregation.) 
_________________________
_________________________
_________________________
_________________________
_________________________
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Your name:________________________________
Building fund pledge: $________________________

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Exaltation of Ululation


At Touro Synagogue September 2, 2017
by Aaron Ginsburg BLOG   FACEBOOK

On September second over 60 members of the Danesh and Hakim families, originally from Iran, visited Touro Synagogue for an aufruf. It was a joyous occasion.  The video has the same spirit that we experienced.

The Exaltation of Ululation 
to the tune of the theme song from "The Sound of Music"

The shul is alive with the sound of ruach,
A sound we have heard for a thousand years.

The Danesh and Hakim families fill the shul with ululation,
To wish Jessica and Danny simcha and mazel tov.

We gladly join them to celebrate,
The aufruf of Danny Hakim,
On this very special day.

From the balcony to the bimah,
Our voices rise up to the sky!

To make that long wavering high pitched sound,
Resembling a trilling howl,
We make a high pitched noise,
With rapid movement of the tongue and uvula.

We shower the groom, 
With candy and raisins,
For sweetness and fruitfulness in the days to come.

As they create a bayit
Like so many before them,
Jessica and Danny join B’nai Yisrael
L’dor v’dor, l’dor v’dor.

Bayit=home
B’nai Yisrael=the children of Israel

L’dor v’dor=from generation to generation
The poem can be sung to the theme from “The Sound of Music.”  

Friday, September 1, 2017

George Washington and Morton Glasser

George Washington and Morton Glasser

At Touro Synagogue August 26, 2017

Rabbi Marc Mandel welcomed everyone and made brief remarks,

“This week, millions of Americans witnessed a rare event-a total solar eclipse. As reported in Business Insider, Rabbi Martin Hier, my neighbor in Los Angeles, had this to say about the eclipse. ‘The moon is 400 times smaller that the sun, yet the moon had the capacity to do a complete eclipse on the sun. Now that should teach us about bigots and haters who started out as small groups.’ He said that fanatics and bigots can darken our planet. The United States ‘caught on late’ to the Nazi movement in Europe in the 1930s. ‘Let’s not catch on late now.’

“Rabbi Hier is delivering an important message. We have to be on guard because, even though George Washington wrote to our community in 1790, ‘That the United States gives to bigotry no sanction and to persecution no assistance,’ things don’t always turn out that way. 

“In fact Gordon Wood, who used to be a professor at Brown University, points out that George Washington was exaggerating, because in 1790 it was only the national government that had forsaken all religious tests and qualifications, but a majority of the states still had an established church and many of them continued to discriminate against some religious denominations.

“In our society today, there are those who are not tolerant and are not interested in a society that embraces all cultures. And what about the worlds of social media? On Facebook and Twitter people can write whatever they want-and very often there is no tolerance at all for other people, just anger and hatred and even threats. So we need to be careful about the future. The Talmud says that an eclipse can be a warning of things to come.

“Let us hope and pray that the upcoming year will bring us blessings and success and let us continue to work together, with all people of good will, to build a just society where all people can sit peacefully under their fig trees, with none to harm them.”

The Kiddish was sponsored by Drs Irene and Morty Glasser in honor of their family. Dr. Morton Glasser spoke about how the Generations Family Health Center in Connecticut, where he is the Chief Medical Officer, has helped people rid themselves of their addictions to prescription opiates for chronic pain and/or refrain from initiating the use of prescription opiates for chronic pain. The use of prescription opiates is one of the many causes of the current US drug epidemic.

It’s a weighty topic. Dr. Glasser traced the abuse of prescription opioids to a couple of things. There was a belief, since discredited, that prescription opioids had a low abuse potential, and there was a belief that pain was under-treated.  

Drug companies knew a good thing when they saw it. They funded the American Academy of Pain Management and the American Pain Society. The number of pain clinics increased. Medical guidelines were published in 1998 and 2004 that were widely adopted and made the use of opioids a standard pain treatment. Under the guidelines, a doctor could be accused of malpractice if he failed to prescribe. 

A chart posted in doctors offices and emergency rooms explained to patients a way to describe their pain on a scale of 1-10 with a smiley face at one end and a sad face at the other end. People who were addicted quickly learned how to manipulate the system to get their meds.

The result of all of this was a large increase in the number of prescriptions for opioids, and of people addicted to them.

Dr. Turner, an emergency room doctor visiting from Florida, confirmed what Dr. Glasser said. The visiting doctor mentioned that many of the deaths from opioids are among former addicts who relapsed. They overdosed themselves  by going back to their original dosage, not realizing that their bodies were no longer acclimated to high doses.  Both doctors agreed that patients who became addicted to prescription narcotics often turn to illegal drugs such has heroin and illicit versions of fentanyl, which are much less expensive than prescription drugs if they are not covered by insurance. 

About 5 years ago, Dr. Glasser realized that his clinic was overprescribing opioids. He gave the clinic’s doctors six months to wean their patients off.  The patients were in an uproar at first, but eventually felt much better. They would be offered alternate methods of treatment including physical therapy, non-opioid pain medications, and TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) units.  About 27% of the patients left the practice to try to obtain the medications elsewhere, but many of them eventually returned. 

From  "The Medical Merry-Go-Round, A Plea for Resonable Medicine," by Morton Glasser and Gretel Pelto, 1980
Dr Glasser and his clinic were a bit ahead of the curve, and there were complaints from emergency rooms that his clinics lack of prescribing put more pressure on the ERs. 


Friday, August 25, 2017

Ivanhoe and George Washington

Ivanhoe and George Washington

At Touro Synagogue August 19, 2017

On Shabbat we were honored by the presence of Eli Gabay, Parnas/Presdent of Philadelphia’s Mikveh Israel Congregation. Mikveh Israel’s roots are very similar to Touro Synagogue. It was a mostly Spanish and Portuguese congregation dating to the 18th century. They even received a letter from George Washington! 

Mikveh Israel’s rabbi is Albert E. Gabbai. Rabbi Gabbai left his birthplace, Egypt, in 1971 after being jailed for three years. Egypt has a habit of jailing Jews. He studied at Yeshivah University and got his smicha at the Shehebar Sephardic Center in Jeruslaem. 

Mikve Israel’s notables included Haym Salomon, who acted as a broker for Robert Morris, who was in charge of financing the American Revolution.

Mikve Israel’s Hazzan Isaac Leeser was among those who convinced seventy year old Judah Touro to include Jewish causes in his philanthropy. In Touro’s will, Touro Synagogue in Newport was one of the beneficiaries, as well as Moses Montefiore’s work in Jerusalem.

In 1838 Rebecca Gratz helped found the first Hebrew Sunday School. She may have been the model for Rebecca in Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott.  [The picture is from the movie version. Rebecca is played by a very famous jewess.]

Rabbi Marc Mandel turned our attention to George Washington:

"This weekend is the annual celebration of the famous letter written by President George Washington, to the Jewish Community of Newport, in 1790.

"Washington wrote that America’s citizens have a right to applaud themselves for creating a policy worthy of imitation. America is not just about tolerating different religions; in America, all citizens have inherent natural rights.

"This concept of respecting human dignity is very much a part of this week’s parsha, Re’eh: the parsha repeats a certain theme several times this morning. 
וְזָכַרְתָּ֗ כִּ֣י עֶ֤בֶד הָיִ֙יתָ֙ בְּאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם'   We should remember that we were slaves in Egypt.' 

"Why must we remember this sad chapter in our history? Why do we have to focus on such a tragic point of our history?

"Rabbi Soloveitchik from Boston taught us that when we recall that we ourselves were slaves, we will be sensitive to others in need because we know what it’s like to be vulnerable and we know what it’s like to be on the bottom of the food chain.

"Remembering our slavery in Egypt is a sensitivity training experience for us as a people. When our friend Professor D. S.  lectured here at Touro he reminded us that if you look carefully you will see that it is very often Jewish people that give the most charity, and are very philanthropic.  
Tzedaka! That mitzvah is in this week’s parsha.This is because as Jews we have internalized our responsibilities to society. 

'עֲבָדִים הָיִינו לְפַרְעהֹ בְמִצְרָיִם Avadim hayinu l'faroh b'mitzrayim.  We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt.' 

'So the words of George Washington echo the words of the torah-All people are created equal and have inherent natural rights. The founding fathers of this country knew the bible well-many of them  read and understood Hebrew. Washington quoted from Yeshiyau [Isaiah] from the Haftarah that we are currently reading.

"I haven't been to the national museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Maybe we will make a trip. But the story of the George Washington’s letter is a very important exhibit there. To paraphrase George Washington,-here in Newport we can applaud ourselves."






Friday, August 18, 2017

The Good Land and the Good Sea

The Good Land and the Good Sea

At Jewish Newport, August 12, 2017


Rabbi Marc Mandel greeted the congregation, and then spoke briefly,

“This morning’s parsha [Parashat Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25] deals a lot with the land of Israel and its unique place in Jewish Life.

“Israel is referred to as Haaretz Hatovah (האֶ֣רֶץ הטוֹבָ֑ה) The good land. Our generation has been blessed to live in a time when Israel has developed into a beautiful, modern and successful country.

“At our Kiddish today we will hear from a speaker who is very devoted to Israel. Avi Nevel recently founded the R.I.I.C.-The Rhode Island Israel Collaborative which will promote commerce academics and science between RI and Israel.

“Avi has served as the chairman of the Israel Task force committee of the Jewish Alliance, and is on the executive board of the New England  Israel Business Council. In 2015, Avi co-organized the first Rhode Island economic mission to Israel: Thanks to Avi.

“The connection between our community and Israel is a strong one: We are a small community, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to build our connection to Israel.”

At the Kiddish,  sponsored by Philip Mintz, Avi Nevel recalled learning about the YamTov project from entrepreneur Doron Levit. “Yamtov [Good Sea] is a national enterprise to bring about change in people by connecting them to the sea through challenging activities, along with emotional processing and social integration in sailing clubs through the country.  Sail to Prevail, a Newport program run by Paul Callahan has similar objectives.” 

With the help of Discover Newport’s Evan Smith, the Israeli group and the Newport group connected.

From September 10-17 an Israeli delegation will come to Newport. Among them will be people from the military, police and civilians who were wounded in action or in terrorist incidents, as well as a woman whose brother was killed in action. They will sail daily with “Sail to Prevail,” and do some sightseeing also. We hope to meet them at Touro during a Friday evening in September.

The hope is that in 2018, a group from Rhode Island will reciprocate by traveling to Israel.

There is still a lot to be done to put the visit together, and Avi Nevil is working with Rabbi Mandel and Bea Ross.

Let’s pray for smooth sailing!


Shabbat Shalom

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rabbis and Their Children

Rabbis and Their Children

At Touro Synagogue, Saturday, August 5, 2017
by Aaron Ginsburg aaron.ginsburg@gmail.com



It was a full house last Saturday at Touro Synagogue. We’ve heard a lot about cases concerning Congregation Jeshuat Israel and its appurtenances and paraphernalia.  On Shabbat, the case was about Rabbis and their children.

 Rabbi Mandel was welcoming and his remarks were succinct.

“Welcome to everyone who is here. I also want to welcome to my mother and her husband Eddie.

“Special thanks to all our members and friends who have been offering their support to our synagogue.

“This is the parsha [Parashat Vaetchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11]  that talks about parents and children.
כִּֽי־תוֹלִ֤יד בָּנִים֙ וּבְנֵ֣י בָנִ֔ים When you have children and grandchildren, וְשִׁנַּנְתָּ֣ם לְבָנֶ֔יךָ you shall teach your children כִּֽי־יִשְׁאָלְךָ֥ בִנְךָ֛ מָחָ֖ר when your children shall ask you questions.

“Rabbi Loel and Patty Weiss have much to be proud of with Yoni and Sasha who are leaders in Ra’anana, Israel and are building the Jewish State. Avi and Devra are very active in the Jewish community in Las Vegas, and Eitan and Amy are Jewish educators and directors in Minneapolis.

“Fortunately for Jackie and I, our children are also in town this shabbat. Many of you know them-they are all doing wonderful things in work and school.  Special greeting to Rochelle, Doni’s fiancé from West Hartford!

“The Orthodox Union publishes a magazine called Jewish Action-and the current issue has the following cover article,  “Growing up in the public eye: children of Rabbis.

“Sometimes, the children of Rabbis feel extra pressure due to the fact that their families are in the spotlight. Psychologist Dr. David Pelcovitz, himself the son of a rabbi, as well as psychologist, and Rabbi Dr Irving Levitz. According to Dr Levitz, seventy percent of  Rabbis children believed their fathers were over involved with synagogue life. Dr. Pelcovitz stresses that parents should include their children in their important work-Carmi has always helped me here at Touro with the minyans and other important work. It's a delicate balance between family life and community life. 

“The greatest Jewish leader was Moshe Rabbeinu, Moses our Rabbi. When was the last time you heard about Moshe's children? We hear about Yehoshua-we hear about Pinchas-but not about Moshe's children. 

“So we give a yasher koach to Patty and Loel-they have walked the tightrope of Rabbi and family very well. In a sentence they had a real challenge-because Patty was a dedicated Jewish  educator for many years-but they succeeded. May we all follow in their footsteps as we go on our life’s journey together with our families. 

“Join us for kiddish…sponsored by Rabbi Loel and Patty Weiss in honor of their children and grandchildren who are visiting them this week.  

“Shabbat Shalom!”

At the Kiddish, Patty Weiss made brief remarks, stimulated by the article about Rabbis and their children. She told us the three rules in the Weiss household.

1. The rules of the house are the rules. 
2. Don’t ride on a motorcycle.
3. Marry someone who is Jewish.

Rabbi Weiss amplified the first rule. This is what you do if you want to live here. Their sons agreed that they had never ridden a motor cycle. I observed the Weiss family beaming about their Jewish wives and daughters-in-law.

This case is now closed!

Friday, August 4, 2017

A visit to the MFA with Touro Synagogue


A visit to the MFA with Touro Synagogue 

Sunday, July 30, 2017
by Aaron Ginsburg aaron.ginsburg@gmail.com

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On Sunday, 35 members and friends of Touro Synagogue  took a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It was the last day for the exhibit of photographs by Henryk Ross, taken in the Lodz Ghetto. It was also a chance to check on the Touro rimonim, and see a few other things at the museum. I took a one-hour tour led by a docent to see the art of Europe. The tour was excellent. Some people have favorite words. The docent’s favorite word was “beautiful” and every painting was beautiful. I suspect the elevators and the bathrooms were beautiful too.

Rita Slom said, “Our trip to Boston was a delightful day for all of us.   During our short bus ride David and Linda talked about their last visit and answered questions about what we might see. The first place most of us went to was the
Newport room with our rimonim.  It's a breathtaking scene. 
“Then we went to see the Lodz exhibit. Most of us had tears in our eyes as we saw what these people suffered    
“My wish was to see the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum a ten minute walk from MFA. So I got on the Fenway and visited there.  It is where the largest art theft took place.   
“When we climbed onto the bus we went to Harvard Street to eat and buy whatever Jewish food you could want. Six of us had Kosher Chinese food...a real treat.

“On the way home we had treats that Jeanine had brought for us.  

“Thanks to the Rabbi, Cliff Guller, David and Linda Nathanson and Jeanine.” [Philip Mintz was also involved in planning the trip] 

Rabbi Marc Mandel also enjoyed the museum, the bus, Brookline, and David and Linda’s commentary.

The special exhibit was called, “Memory Unearthed, The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.” The exhibit began with a short video from an Israeli documentary featuring Henyrk Ross and his wife talking about their experiences in Lodz. 

Ross was a professional photographer. He worked for the Judenrat taking photos for identity cards and propaganda, and by using the film very efficiently, was able to take a least six photographs a day of what it was really like in Lodz, at great risk to his and his wife’s lives. He buried his pictures in 1944, and retrieved them after liberation. Ross testified at the trial of Adolf Eichmann and his photos were used as evidence.

After the war Henryk Ross never took another photograph. He seemed to be a prisoner of what he witnessed and of the photographs he took. Having seen his photographs, I suspect Ross was aware of the great photographers of his era, and was among the greats himself. 

Newporter Billy Spargo commented, “I had just finished reading "Yellow Star"  by Jennifer Roy, niece of Sylvia Perlmutter, 1 of 12 children who survived the Lodz ghetto. It is a book of poetry she began when she was 4 1/2 yrs. old. This made the Henryk Ross exhibit all the more poignant. I walk by the Touro Synagogue every day so viewing the Rimonim was a must. Also, there was a local  art exhibit, at Temple Ohabei Shalom!  Toda Raba to all who made the trip possible.”

Billy Spargo’s great uncle was John Spargo(1876-1966). John Spargo, born in England, was mostly self-educated. He became a socialist, and was involved in the creation of the Labour Parliamentary Representation Committee, a forerunner of the British Labor Party. Spargo was on the right wing of Socialism, and was opposed to violence, and also to dictatorial tendencies.

He and his wife went to America in February, 1901. He joined the Socialist Labor Party, edited a socialist monthly, and eventually was a founding member of the Socialist Party of America in 1901.  He was opposed to one person being in charge.  He opposed extremist attempts to take over the party, and eventually broke with the party over whether America should join the Allies in WWI, which he supported. 

He wrote three books in 1905 and 1906 about child labor and about underfed children and child exploitation, and supported efforts to have the government take a more active role in defense of children.

In 1908 he wrote the best biography of Karl Marx in English up to that time.

Spargo became concerned about the effect of anti-semitism
on American Democracy. He took particular aim at Henry Ford, who supported an anti-semitic newspaper. Spargo considered Ford to be a naive dupe. This led to a letter signed by 136 notables published in the New York Times, lectures, and a book, “The Jew and American Ideals,” published in 1917.

John Spargo became a Republican in the mid 1920s. But, like Henryk Ross, he then retired from politics, and became a museum director in Old Bennington, Vermont. 



And on that note, I retire from Jewish Newport…until next week!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Its All About the Music

Its All About the Music

At Touro Synagogue July 28-29, 2017 

by Aaron Ginsburg
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Touro synagogue last weekend was all about the music.

On Friday evening Professor Jonathan Glasser, an associate professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia spoke about his work. The son of Morton and Irene Glasser, he said, “I am a historical anthropologist whose work focuses on modern North Africa, with particular attention to Algeria and Morocco. My current projects draw on ethnographic and archival work to consider the entanglement of materiality, personhood, and temporality in the urban, Arabic-language musical and poetic practice known as Andalusi music.” 

Jonathan doesn’t just study and write about this music. He also performs it through the through the William and Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. So we had a bargain: a professor and a musician! It’s like having a bottle of relish mixed with mustard. And we experienced both flavors!

As Jonathan described it,

“I talked about two connected research projects, said Jonathan. The first was a project about the revival of what is sometimes called Andalusi music in Algeria and Morocco starting around 1900--an urban classical music that is associated with al-Andalus, medieval Muslim Spain. Jews played an important part in this musical revival, and were prominent producers and consumers of this mainly secular, Arabic-language poetic and musical tradition. The project resulted in my book The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2016.

“The second, current project is a follow-up to the first, and looks more closely at relationships between Muslims and Jews around music, mainly in Algeria and its borderlands. This project is focused on both the Arabic-language Andalusi traditions and the more religious genres, in Hebrew and Arabic, that are considered offshoots of this repertoire. There are lots of interesting and sometimes surprising connections between Muslim and Jewish musical practices in North Africa, and we had the chance to taste a few of these connections through a musical demonstration that involved audience participation.”


Was the Andulsi revival was part of the rise of Arab Nationalism under the pressure of French domination and the need to create or recreate a secular culture with roots to the past? North Africa in 1900 was far removed from the glory of medieval Spain. It is not surprising that Jews participated in this revival. Their ancestors were active participants in its creation, and they were just as much a part of the culture as their Muslim neighbors. 

On Saturday morning about 60 people attended services. The weather was surprisingly cool. The fans were running full blast, and rather than trying to be near them, many of us hid from them. There weren’t enough columns to hide behind. I will bring my gloves next week, just in case.

Rabbi Marc Mandel mentioned our upcoming trip to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, to see an exhibit there on the Holocaust about the Lodz Ghetto,

“This weekend we are joined by a group that is focusing on defining moments [which sponsored Kiddish]. Certainly the Holocaust was a defining moment in Jewish history.

“…There are those who believe that the proper time to mourn the Holocaust is the day on the Jewish calendar designated to commemorate Jewish tragedy which is Tisha B’Av, which begins this Monday night. Tisha B’Av is already a day of fasting and mourning-

“Unfortunately there are many things to mourn in Jewish history including the loss or both Temples and the burning of the Talmud. Today Jewish communities round the world face many challenges. How do we respond?

“This week the New York Times had an article about how to build resilience. Let us find comfort in the words of Erica Brown, scholar in residence for defining moments [who has talked and written about Daily Inspiration for the 3 weeks from the fast of the 17th of Tammuz to Tisha B’Av]. Let us find optimism in the activism of visitor Howard E. Friedman
[President of AIPAC from 2010-2012 and very active in the Baltimore Jewish AND NATIONAL community]. Let us find inspiration in the leadership of Jeannie Schottenstein. 

“We have to practice optimism, support other people, and go out of our comfort zones. This is what the State of Israel does all the time…

“These people will help us define our lives in a meaningful way as we all move ahead on our life’s journey. 

“Let’s us hope that the Jewish people will not experience any more Tisha B’Avs!

“Shabbat Shalom!”

Tisha B’Av caused several changes to the service. One sentence of the Parsha, Devarim, Devarim 1:12, “How can I bear unaided the trouble of you, and the burden, and the bickering!” 
אֵיכָ֥ה אֶשָּׂ֖א לְבַדִּ֑י טָרְחֲכֶ֥ם וּמַֽשַּׂאֲכֶ֖ם וְרִֽיבְכֶֽם׃  was recited to the tune of Aicha (Lamentions), which is read during the Tisha B’Av service.

At Kabbalat Shabbat, “Lecha Dodi" was sung to the tune of Eli Tsiyon  אֱלִי צִיּוֹן, one of the kinnot (dirges) we sing during Tisha B’Av. On Shabbat morning, Adon Olam was sung to the same tune.  

I asked my friend Janet Zucker to reprise Adon Olam. Although it is purportedly mournful, I suspect you will join me singing this catchy tune in the shower. It’s very appropriate for Touro. The faster its sung, the better it sounds, and the sooner the Kiddish is served.


The next posting will be about the trip to the Museum of Fine Arts.