Tag Archives: Windsor

120814 – The 1st Yahrtzeit of My Mother

Tomorrow, August 14th will be the first anniversary (in the secular solar calendar) of my mother Helen Rosenzweig’s death. Mom was a woman who came from a Jewish world that was lost to most of us who grew up in … Continue reading

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The 14th Yahrtzeit of My Father

Today is my father Jacob (Ya’akov ben Yosef V’Mari’om) Rosenzweig’s 14th Yahrtzeit. He was a very unique man who lived Bitochon (steadfastness) in HaShem. Though he rarely praised us directly, he always directed love and respect to us just the … Continue reading

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Hans and Franz

Originally published September 13, 2010  Sometime in the mid 1990’s my parents, my wife Kathy, me and a few of the kids were sitting around the kitchen table in Windsor, Ontario and grumbling over some forgotten subject. Kathy said: “It’s the … Continue reading

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Camp, Vodka And A Song

When I was a teenager I spent most summers working at Camp Gan Yisroel in Fenton, Michigan. Rabbi Berel Shem-Tov the Detroit, Michigan Lubavitcher Shali’ach (emissary) purchased the site to establish the Michigan branch of the chain of Lubavitcher summer … Continue reading

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Reb Yankev Kamenetsky

I come from Windsor, a small town in southern Ontario, Canada. Everyday a group of us would board a school-bus or a taxi and across the border into the USA to go to Yeshiva Beth Yehudah in Detroit, MI. The … Continue reading

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Jews Are From Jew-piter, Revisited

This past Yom Kippur I was in a very bad way, in excruciating pain and having great difficulty coping with my situation. All my life I was very resilient to strife. I was a survivor and believed that I could … Continue reading

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God Works Mida K’Neged Mida – Measure For Measure, A Chanukah Story

I was seventeen years old so it must have been the winter of 1963 and plans for the upcoming Chanukah break were non-existent. In those pre-historic days, families really didn’t vacation during school breaks the way they do now, we … Continue reading

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A Home Run Of A Shavu’ot Story

When I was the Rabbi at the Sha’ar HaShamayim synagogue in Windsor, Ontario, as was our custom, I was teaching Shulchan Aruch – Code of Jewish Law in the interim between Mincha (the afternoon prayers) and Ma’ariv (the evening prayers). … Continue reading

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Debbi Friedman A”H

I first met Debbi in Snowbird, Utah. I was working for Rabbi Aryeh Spero who provided kosher supervision for the Wexner Foundation. The foundation chose future Jewish leaders from specifically selected communities and provided them with an amazing connection to … Continue reading

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