22 posts categorized "Yiddishkeit is Cool"

Sandy Koufax and Yom Kippur

Sandy Koufax is one of the coolest American Jews ever. Probably one of the best pitchers in history, he led the Dodgers to the World Series year after year. In 1963, he struck out 15 Yankees in a Series game, to break an all-time record. He was scheduled to pitch in the first game of the 1965 World Series against the Twins; the game fell on Yom Kippur and despite tons of pressure on him, he refused to play. This was one of the greatest sanctifications of Hashem's name in US history. Hashem rewarded Koufax with a perfect game that same World Series on September 9, 1965. Sandy, we wish you long and happy years!

"It's Cool to be a Jew": Aluf Abir

This week has been designated "It's Cool to be a Jew" week on the Beams. We'll start with my esteemed friend who has been proclaimed as one of the world's six most legendary combat-arts Grand Masters, "Aluf Abir", Rabbi Yehoshua Sofer, whose family has preserved the ancient Israeli form of combat arts known as Abir, which means "knight" or "bold one." I took Rabbi Yehoshua to see the Melitzer Rebbe; the Melitzer was amazed at the depth and the breadth of his Torah knowledge. As the Grand Master of Abir, "Mori" (Yemenite for rabbi and teacher) Yehoshua is sought after by military special forces and law-enforcement agencies from around the world. Look and see why:

Fiddler Raises the Roof

Daniel Ahaviel is one of the Jewish world's top fiddlers; he's also our dear friend and spiritual brother. He's the one who plays the violin on our Judean Dream album. There's no one who can fiddle and dance like he can. Daniel lives and breathes the joy of serving Hashem. Rebbe Nachman teaches that you can't make teshuva if you're not happy, so we need to put smiles on our face before Yom Kippur, and not be sullen like some folks think. And by the way, Yiddishkeit is cool...