Monday, November 23, 2015

When religion was an American value...

The message sent by President James Buchanan on the completion of the first Transatlantic telegraph cable. Can you imagine the uproar if a president were to send a similar message in our day and age?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Chinuch in the 21st Century

From a current talmid (quoted with permission):

"Significance, meaning and purpose in life are not important, and you are the only rebbe who demands them!"

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Recording of a Shiur I Gave in Shaalvim on Mussar etc.

"Guest speaker at Yeshivat Sha'alvim, Rav Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer explores different classic approaches of Mussar, while reminiscing about his yeshiva days in Yeshivat Sha'alvim during the late 70's."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SY Rechnitz's Addendum to "Shak'a Chama" and my own Variation

I am of course happy whenever RAEK zt"l, my hero, is brought to the attention of new generations that may be inspired by his brilliance, but I am not entirely happy with the "addendum." V'ha'mayvin yavin madu'a.

I myself have written a zemer for Seudah Shelishis on the basis of Shak'ah Chamah. I have been told it is too moody, but here it is for "posterity:"

תשקע חמה תשקע נפשי, בתהום החולין של יום יום
כי עומדה ליפול היא במלחמתה, עם החלב והדם
ימים עוברים ימים כלים, מבלי קדושה קשים שאת
אם לא זאת שבת קודש, לא טוב החיים מן המת
החייני קלי צפות לשבת, תעבור שבוע כמו חלום
תשקע חמה, תתעלה נפשי, בעלות שבת מן התהום