22 posts categorized "Yiddishkeit is Cool"

Midnight Hour: Breslev Motown Purim

In loving memory of my father, Yaacov ben Yitzchak, who loved a l'chaim and a good laugh. It's ever so suitable that his yahrtzeit is on Shushan Purim, tomorrow. This one's for you, Pop...

L'Chaim and a Happy Purim with a wonderfully joyous new week!

Breslevers have a good time all year long, and especially on Purim. Here's what happens when Menachem Herman and I get together on Purim; when we're sober, we turn Sweet Home Alabama into Sweet Home Jerusalem. After a couple glasses of vintage Gush Etzion wine, Wilson Pickett becomes a Breslever Chassid, and the Midnight Hour becomes a song about hitbodedut, personal prayer with Hashem in the wee hours. I hope you have as much fun watching this as we did recording it. May your Purim smile last all year long, amen!

Eighth-Day Chanuka Fun

The bright light of all eight Chanuka candles chases away the darkness; our happiness chases away darkness too.

One of the reasons we speak so much about physical health and nutrition here at the Beams is because a healthy body is conducive to a happy soul and bubbly emotions. For example, the overweight people stuffing their faces at the buffet of the wedding aren't the ones who are enjoying themselves. Neither are the drinkers and the smokers. Substance use and uncontrolled eating are signs of depression and other big-league hangups. The ones dancing the most are having the best time. If you've never done any serious Chassidic dancing, then don't try unless you're in good shape.

For those who think that Chassidic Jews are wimps, check this out. Happy Chanuka and happy 2017.

Happy Chanuka! Anyone for dancing?

"Chiyuch Echad" - One Smile

In honor of Shushan Purim, I'm going to teach you a new phrase in Hebrew - chiyuch echad, one smile. Rav Shalom Arush uses a slight alteration and says to everyone, tain chiyuch, "give a smile."

Who says that Yeshiva guys aren't cool? Who says that they can't sing and dance? I want to introduce you to Otsar Shalmoni, a very special yeshiva guy from Beit Shemesh, originally from Brooklyn. Here is his exciting new clip, produced by our dear friend Avi Hollander, entitled Chiyuch Echad - you already know what that means! Enjoy and have a marvelous Shabbat...

Eight Candles Burning: Yoseph Joe Urso

My dear friend Yoseph (Joe) Urso is a magnificent Jewish Country-Western musician and composer. "Down-home" for the both of us today doesn't mean south of the Mason-Dixon line, but west of the Jordan River. So here's Joe's latest down-home ditty, special for the eighth day of Chanuka today, with all "Eight Candles Burning" - you'll enjoy this. Happy Chanuka and blessings for a wonderful month!

Omri Casspi: Higher and Higher

Image courtesy of www.cleveland.com

Hashem controls the NBA, too. In His infinite wisdom, Hashem engineered that the Sacramento Kings traded their 2009 first-round draft pick Omri Casspi (from Yavne, Israel and the NBA's only Jewish player) to the Cleveland Cavaliers last year. Once Omri came to Cleveland, he met our dear friend Tamir "Jewish Jordan" Goodman. They became great friends. Meanwhile, under Tamir's influence and guidance, Omri has been finding his way back to his Jewish roots. He already puts on tefillin every morning and is becoming just as tall spiritually as his 6'9" physical stature. I had the pleasure of hearing this first hand from Tamir when I visited him in his home last week in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, Omri is recovering from an emergency appendectomy that he had 3 days ago during an away game in Florida. We pray for his full and speedy recovery.

Omri Casspi and Tamir Goodman show that you can learn Torah, wear tzitzit and tefillin and still be a cool Jew and a basketball star. Yiddishkeit is definitely cool.