Monday, September 19, 2022

Rosh Hashanah 5783

Dip Your Apple In The Honey: It's Rosh Hashanah! And, as we begin a New Year, please remember - as Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum of Temple Beth Tzedek in Buffalo, New York has taught us -

There is hope for the world.
There is hope for your life.

The way it is now is not the way it must be. 

Abq Jew warmly invites you to check out
this now-classic Rosh Hashanah hit from 5772:

Dip Your Apple!

No apples, pomegranates, babies, or smartphones
were harmed in the filming of this video.
Please don't feed babies honey.


Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Abq Jew knows (and knows you know), are special times for our Jewish hearts, minds, and souls.

The Ein Prat Fountainheads have touched our hearts. Now, here is something that will touch our minds and souls.

From Cantor Beth Cohen of Congregation Nahalat Shalom, who passes on a teaching of Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi zt”l (aka Reb Zalman), the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.
“Leshana Tovah” as we often hear, say or sing during this time of year means have a good year. Reb Zalman teaches that the shoresh or root of the Hebrew word “shana” (shin-nun-hey) has two opposite meanings: “to change” and “to repeat.” 

He further explains that there are two ways to express this in the Yiddish language and tradition. 

  • When we wish to change something, we can say with a low mono-toned voice using a low hand gesture to the right: “Heynt azoy?” (Today this way?), and the same to the left, “Morgen azoy?” (Tomorrow, unfortunately this way?). 
  • When we want to repeat and bring something from the past year or past years into the New Year, we can say with an excited voice and two hands held up high “Heynt azoy! Un Morgen azoy!” (Today this way! And tomorrow this way!). 

And - to bring joy into our Elul practice and introspection - Cantor Beth presents Israel's Yamma Ensemble, with shofar “Mimkomecha” from the Kedusha prayer that is sung during the HHD services. 

This fabulous Sephardic group will be performing - yes, right here in ABQ - at ¡Globalquerque!, the Annual Celebration of World Music & Culture on Saturday September 24th. 

Rosh Hashanah

L'Shana Tova U'Metuka, New Mexico!
A Good & Sweet Year, Albuquerque!  

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

A Birthday At Rust

Hey, It Could Have Been Worse: Abq Jew here reminds his loyal readers (who, of course, do not need to be reminded) that it was just about eight (8) years ago that Abq Jew turned 64 (see For Vera, Chuck & Dave).


Remembering that day and those years, Abq Jew had planned to present (about four weeks ago) an updated repeat of his August 6, 2015 blog post Those Were The Days. Oy.

Man Plans God Laughs

Instead, Abq Jew had the opportunity urgent need to avail himself of the delightfully upscale (in every sense of the term), life-affirming health facilities at Rio Rancho's deluxe, relatively new

Rust Medical Center
Presbyterian Rust Medical Center

As Abq Jew reflects on what he has (and has not yet) accomplished during his 72 trips around the sun, he keeps in mind what his father, Richard W Yellin, of blessed memory, would have said: 

More Mad About Mozart

"When Mozart was your age, he had been dead for 37 years." 

Queen Elizabeth II

And then, while Abq Jew's health was improving - slowly, steadily, day by day - Britain's revered monarch Queen Elizabeth II (lehavdil) died. 

In whose honor Abq Jew now presents Jerusalem (see July 2018's Jerusalem, England for the extensive backstory) and - of course - God Save the Queen.

King Charles III

God Save the King

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Fall 2022 @ OASIS Abq

Great Courses of Jewish Interest

Jewish Star

Abq Jew is pleased to inform you that
OASIS Albuquerque has just announced
their Fall 2022 line-up of classes!
Registration opens on

Wednesday September 7
but you can Wish List your selections now.


OASIS Albuquerque Executive Director Kathleen Raskob and her staff continue (as always) to bring you new and interesting class offerings, and continue to make sure there are plenty of courses of Jewish interest.

Ducks Lined Up

This fall, OASIS Albuquerque plans to offer many
classes LIVE and many classes via Zoom.


This session's courses and instructors include,
but are by no means limited to:

Lonely River Village

Nu Shu: The Secret
Language of 
Chinese Women
Wednesday October 12 @ 10:00 - #155
Instructor: Norma Libman
What It Is: In pre-Communist China, when women were not allowed to attend school, they invented their own secret writing system and sewed the characters into household linens so the men would not know they were writing. This is the story of how the language worked, how it was discovered, and what it revealed about life in rural China that male historians never were able to observe.


The Feast of Sukkot:
Harvesting, Housing, & Healing

Thursday October 13 @ 2:30 - #197
Instructor: Paul Citrin
What It Is: This presentation on deals with the ethics and philosophy of the festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles) through scripture, rabbinic literature, and folk tales. The festival emphasizes care of the earth and of the poor, our independence on the natural world, and our obligation to protect it.

Happy Dance

Happiness: Is it Fun?
Is it Joy? 
Is it Hope?
Wednesday November 16 @ 10:00 - #198
Instructor: Harry Rosenfeld
What It Is: What does it mean to be happy? After a pandemic that has lasted more than two years, in a country that seems divided at its core, what does it mean to be happy? To help us figure that out, we look at Eastern and Western faith traditions and philosophies to see what they have to teach us. Has the
meaning of happiness changed over the millennia? Join us as we explore these questions.


But Wait

Jane Ellen Farewell

Beloved OASIS Albuquerque instructor (and award-winning composer and recording artist, and now Floridian) Jane Ellen also continues (as always) to bring you new and interesting class offerings via Zoom@OASIS or Zoom@Home, and continues to make sure there are plenty of courses of musical and Jewish interest.

Jane's courses this session include,
but are by no means limited to:

The Wit and Wisdom
of Tom Lehrer

Monday September 19 @ 12:30 - #170Z
What It Is: Songwriter Tom Lehrer (1928- ) gained a national following in the 1950s and 60s as a piano-playing political satirist, poking fun at politicians, academia, Cold War paranoia, organized religion, and anything else that tickled his fancy. In odd non-musical moments he found time to teach
at MIT, work as a researcher in Los Alamos, NM, and invent the ‘jello shot.’ His musical career was brief but influential and his songs continue to be quoted today.