Who knew that Rabbi Buchwald’s crew at the National Jewish Outreach Program could be so breathtakingly forthcoming. And uh… funny. No really. Check out the video if you don’t believe me. Hat tip to German blogger Chajms Sicht. Well, at least I think he’s German…

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  • This brings back memories. I rember seeing this at the following year’s AJOP conference on video. Very funny then, and still is.


  • Very funny. Because it’s true. There’s obviously a middle ground, between “tired FFB people” and “newly exuberant BTs,” which involves Shalom Aleichem with only one time per paragraph and which can still be meaningful to both groups. Still, funny stuff.

    And by the way, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t point out that I’m having problems picturing the speaker in a “pre-fetal” position.

  • Lincoln Square is my shul! Rabbi Buchwald is an absolutely amazing person. I went to the beginners Yom kippur and Rosh Hashanna services a couple of times because my family are all beginners and he is the man. He is so funny and just an amazing rabbi and person.

  • This vid was on Jerusalem Cop’s blog too: Properly hilarious -until he gets serious at the end.

    I think, as Esther says, he neglects the grey areas. And the Off-the-Derechs. Well, I suppose he would really- I guess “the FFBs who can’t be bothered anymore think you’re completely deranged” isn’t the most inspirational of speeches for a newly-returned audience!

  • The german Blogger is called Chajm – Chajms Sicht means: Chajm’s view… And: apparently he is german 😉

  • When people choose to learn Torah and Mitzvahs they need to be told that there are laws and rituals but there are different customs in how they are observed. For example, some families stand for Kiddush while others sit. The Nusach (style of prayer) is different between Ashkenazic, Sfardic, and Nusach Ari (Chabad). A few words are different in their respective siddurim, but prayer is prayer and no matter which prayer book you use, you are speaking to HaShem and He’ll hear each person’s prayers. Sfardim eat kitniyos on Pesach; Ashenazim don’t. Yet we’re all observing the holiday properly. In the name of Achdus (unity) accept people without labeling them. By practicing real Ahavas Chinum we’ll merit to see Moshiach speedily in our days.