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Rabbi's Blog: The 8th of Tishrei

10/03/2022 08:31:33 PM

Oct3

Dear OZ family,

Today, the 8th of Tishrei, is the anniversary of an important Jewish historical event, although the date does not appear in Seder OlRead more...

Rabbi's Blog: Rosh Hashana Greetings

09/25/2022 01:16:34 PM

Sep25

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Dear OZ family,

Today I can wish everyone a Boker tov, a Shavua Tov, a Chodesh Tov, and a Shana Tova all on the same day.

Each day, God grants us 86,400 seconds of life, and it only takes a few of them to say a kind word, or to brighten someone’s day, or just to...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Comment on the Queen

09/09/2022 01:14:03 PM

Sep9

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Dear OZ family,

 

A glance at the beginning of some of the books of Tanach, reveals that our prophets traversed the reigning tenure of three, four, or even five kings. Our sages attributed that to the tensions and life-shortening job descriptions of Biblical...Read more...

UPDATED / OZ Condolences: Stanley Nachamie z’l

09/05/2022 11:41:15 AM

Sep5

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The funeral and burial is scheduled to take place, iy"H at 10:30am, Tuesday September 6 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 83-45 Cypress Hills St, Glendale, NY 11385. Shiva will be at the home of Benjamin and Susan Nachamie, apt. 7D, 1175 York Avenue, NY, NY. Details to follow.

Dear Friends,

It is with profound sadness that I inform...Read more...

OZ Condolences: Stanley Nachamie z’l

09/05/2022 11:08:16 AM

Sep5

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Dear Friends,

It is with profound sadness that I inform you of the untimely passing of our member, Stanley Nachamie, a long-time resident of our community, and dear friend to many West-Siders. Stanley suffered from Myotonic Dystrophy and struggled heroically to the very end. Stanley had a very kind soul, and was always ready to extend...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Elul & Commemoration

09/04/2022 12:31:01 PM

Sep4

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Dear OZ family,

 

The month of Elul is a time when Jews look back and make evaluations. This is in preparation for Rosh Hashana, and it coincides with a time that we turn towards a new school year as well. Labor Day Weekend turns the corner on a summer of relaxation and recreation for many people, as...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Summer’s End - Plag Thank You!

08/26/2022 11:32:17 AM

Aug26

Dear OZ family,

Another summer is coming to an end. It seems that as we get older, the summers end faster and faster. It makes sense. When a specific amount of time is less of a percentage of our lifetime, it moves along faster. That means that the summer seems a lot longer to an eight year old than to a sixty year old. I already started at YU and Stern, and I just began my 80th...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Lavi & Primary Elections

08/23/2022 01:27:48 PM

Aug23

Dear OZ family,

 

I heard wonderful news yesterday. An old friend, Lavi Greenspan, who davened at OZ many times, just became a chosson. His life has taken many twists and turns, and his faith never wavered. I have included a message that was sent yesterday to the OZ Women’s Living Emunah group, and it will brighten your day. This is a great week...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: 5K Shlep + More!

08/22/2022 11:28:46 AM

Aug22

 

Dear OZ family,

Congratulations to team OZ for receiving the Best Fundraising Team Award, the second year in a row at this year’s 5k schlep. That is an annual race that the Rabin Medical Center in Israel sponsors to raise funds for breast, ovarian and prostate cancer research. Alisa was interviewed after the race and very movingly pointed out...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Mazel Tov, Mitzvot, and More...

08/18/2022 11:56:46 AM

Aug18

Dear OZ family,

 

Now it’s Esti and Aaron’s turn. This has been an amazing summer of Simcha in our family. First, the birth of Menachem Mendel Schwartz, then the Bat Mitzva of Meira Bloom, then the birth of Shalev Tzvi Zolty, and now the birth of baby girl Feldman. We’d like to invite everyone to a Kiddush...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Baruch Hashem It's Shabbos!

08/12/2022 11:26:16 AM

Aug12

Dear OZ family,

 

This is one of 10 Parshiyot of the Torah that makes reference to Shabbat. It is the holiest day of the year for us. The Shabbat davening is the showcase of any shul and it is the day that brings out the best in us. Recently, the newly revived 95th Street Block Association asked me for the...Read more...

Rebbetzin's Blog: The 5k Schlep

08/12/2022 11:07:16 AM

Aug12

Dear OZ Family,

The NY 5K Cancer Schlep is only 10 days away.  If you would like to join Team OZ and walk/run witth us please register at https://events.elitefeats.com/schlep22. When entering the registration information type Team OZ Alisa Schwartz in either the how did you hear about registration field or the running /walking in honor of field.  I would love to have you walk with...Read more...

Rabbi’s Message: The Power of Our Words

08/05/2022 02:45:02 PM

Aug5

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Dear OZ family,

 

The Shabbos before Tisha B’av always begins Sefer Devarim, which means, “Words”. That is a reminder of the power of our speech, and harps back to the story mentioned in Parshat Devarim of the devastating effect of the report of the Meraglim to...Read more...

Rebbetzin's Blog: One Year Ago Today...

08/04/2022 04:14:48 PM

Aug4

Dear OZ Family,

One year ago today, August 4th, I stood with the Rabbi and rang the bell at Sloan Kettering Hospital.  I had successfully finished my course of cancer treatments and I joined the group known as "survivors".  I was filled with tremendous gratitude to Hashem and to all of you for your prayers, love and, support during that difficult time.  B"H since then we have been blessed...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: With Gratitude to Hashem...

08/03/2022 12:58:47 PM

Aug3

Dear OZ family,

 

With profound gratitude to Hashem, Alisa and I are very pleased to announce our grandson’s name, Shalev Tzvi. He is named after my father z”l, whose first name was Tzvi. When my father came to America in 1949, his relatives told him that he would need an English name. One cousin called him...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Mazel Tov, Meet & Greet, and Mitzvah Opportunities

08/02/2022 01:56:19 PM

Aug2

Dear OZ family,

 

Alisa joins me in expressing our profound gratitude for the wonderfully warm Mazel Tov wishes we have received for Mindy and Yoni’s son. It’s hard to believe that our baby has had a baby. Every child born to our family is a slap of revenge at what the Germans did to my father’s parents’...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Like A Good Neighbor... OZ is There!

07/25/2022 02:42:31 PM

Jul25

Dear OZ family,

 

Everyone knows about the life-saving work of Hatzala in many places. Their sensitivity, professionalism and prompt arrivals  save countless lives. I remember twice in one day travelling in the back of an ambulance with an elderly member of the community. First, I accompanied her in the back of a...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Netanya - Leaving on a Jet Plane

07/13/2022 09:43:46 PM

Jul13

Dear OZ family,

We just boarded our flight to JFK. It’s never easy to say good-bye to our family in Israel. We attended smachot here and we look forward to soon celebrating smachot in New York as well.

I caught a sunrise minyan today at the Sanz Shul in Netanya that started at 4:55am. Travel in Israel is very precarious right now because of President Biden’s visit, so we had to get a very early start.

I have been...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Netanya, Graduation, and Divine Providence...

07/08/2022 11:45:02 AM

Jul8

 

Dear OZ family,


Our days here are so packed tight that I hardly have a moment to send out my thoughts for the day, so I’m sending my thoughts for the week just before Shabbos.


I am amazed at the plethora of July 4th...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Netanya, Diversity, and Unity

06/30/2022 03:04:13 PM

Jun30

 

Dear OZ family,


Greetings from Netanya and Chodesh Tov!

 

We had a festive Rosh Chodesh tefilla and breakfast at Beit Elazraki today and I’m sending some pictures and videos. Beit Elazraki is a microcosm of what we’ve seen in...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Netanya, Voting, AIPAC, and CUNY

06/28/2022 04:07:59 PM

Jun28

Dear OZ family,


Greetings from Netanya!


It is a unique Israel experience to hear a public service announcement in a mall that alerts shoppers to an upcoming minyan for Mincha.


Every mall has a shul and every store or outlet has a Mezuzah. Although Israel currently does not have a sitting government, the country is humming along quite smoothly. With new elections on the horizon, Israelis are...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: A Note from Netanya

06/23/2022 09:06:13 PM

Jun23

Dear OZ family,

 

Greetings from Netanya!

 

We enjoyed a beautiful Bat Mitzvah celebration with our granddaughter Meira and her family. I attached a picture of Chani and her family below. (Chani was two years old when we came to OZ.)

 

My morning davening experience in Netanya has been quite interesting. Alisa and I are staying at Beit Elazraki, a children’s home in the Kiryat Sanz section...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: A Special Memorial Day Message

05/31/2022 03:01:56 PM

May31

Dear OZ family,
 
The United States remembered its fallen soldiers yesterday on a day we call Memorial Day. In Israel, the translated, Yom Hazikaron Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: .. the Lord watches over the City

05/26/2022 04:27:27 PM

May26

Dear OZ family,
 
The events of the day are the kind that accentuate our daily recital of Tehillim chapter 20. In that chapter, which we recite towarRead more...

Rabbi's Blog: D'vir Kadsho...

05/20/2022 12:06:31 PM

May20

Dear OZ family,

I am sending a picture of a memorial that was recently unveiled at an overlook just outside my daughter, Chani’s town of Giva’t ZRead more...

Rabbi’s Message: Mission & Mazel Tov

05/06/2022 12:39:18 PM

May6

Dear OZ family,

 

I share perspective today regarding two events in Israel. The first cuts to the heart of every Israeli. The ghoulish violence that took the lives of three Israeli and made orphans of 16 children in Elad, is broadly celebrated across Palestinian populations. Murderers of Israelis are handsomely...Read more...

Rabbi’s Message: Remembrance & Independence + Tachanun

05/04/2022 12:50:34 PM

May4

Dear OZ family,       The calendar in Israel moves abruptly from one of the nation’s saddest days to one of its happiest. Today is Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron, in which she pays tribute to her 24,068 fallen soldiers and her 4,217 civilian victims of terror. The 52 military cemeteries perform ceremonies in memory of the soldiers who paid the ultimate price to assure Israel’s existence and independence. That independence is...Read more...

Rabbi’s Blog: Tov - the Power of 17

05/03/2022 06:32:48 PM

May3

Dear OZ family,


Those who complete the entire book of Tehillim on a monthly basis completed today’s recitation with chapter 17, which ends with a prayer to behold God and to see His countenance in an awakened state, in charity. Some actually have the custom of reciting this verse whenever giving charity.

By rights, we should all selfishly cling to our own means of survival and support, as early man did, and as...Read more...

Rabbi’s Message: Yom HaShoah & Commemoration

04/28/2022 05:17:03 PM

Apr28

Dear OZ family,

 

The choice of the 27th of Nissan for Yom Hashoah is underscored by its original name. The day to commemorate the horrors of the Holocaust was originally called Yom Hashoah Ugevurah, and was situated between the end of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and Israel’s Independence Day, which we will...Read more...

Rabbi's Blog: Story of our Salvation...

04/13/2022 01:18:05 PM

Apr13

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The story of our salvation from generations of EgRead more...
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