2007 Annual Rabbi Frand Teshuva Drasha/Shiur

The sound quality isn’t great and the volume is a bit low, but here it is! As always, Rabbi Frand gave his shiur to probably well over a thousand people, all crammed into Shomrei Emunah. Enjoy, and have an easy fast.

The actual mp3 is around 18mb (didn’t have time to shrink it too much), so give it time to load.

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(link to last year’s drasha: http://aishel.wordpress.com/2006/09/29/rabbi-frands-2006-annual-teshuva-drasha/)

(link to  2003 drasha: http://aishel.wordpress.com/2006/09/28/rabbi-frands-2003-annual-teshuva-drasha/)

Link of the Day

Sign Language – from Gigglesugar: Funny signs from around the world. Make sure to scroll to the bottom and continue reading the next several pages. There is some serious laugh out loud stuff there.

Hamodia Pulls a Reuters

As seen here, it looks like the Hamodia was trying to pull a Reuters:

The image appeared in the June 5th  Hebrew edition.

New Baltimore Area Kosher Survey

The 2007 Baltimore Area Kosher Survey is now underway, so head over to their website and fill out what your opinions about Kosher Baltimore.

I’m very interested to see if there will be a difference regarding David Chu’s between this year and last year, as the restaurant underwent new management immediately following last years survey.

Designer Yarmulkas

While in shul this past shabbos, I was spacing out, and my eyes settled on a 10-year-old boy wearing a leather yarmulka (kippa/kipa/kippah, yarmulke, or whatever else you want to call it).  On the leather yarmulka was a picture of the Baltimore Raven’s logo (a raven), with the word “RAVENS.”  While looking at this kid, it began to bother me that a parent would even allow such a yarmulka.  I’ve gotten used to seeing designer yarmulkas (Ravens, Orioles, Nike, Spongebob, Spiderman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and so much more) over the years, so I’m not sure why this hit me now.

The purpose of a yarmulka is to  remind us that Hashem is always above us.  It identifies that we are uniquely Jewish.  Why would we ruin that by putting on a yarmulka with a sports team (never mind the fact that there are probably copyright issues with doing so)?  I understand doing so with young children ages 3 or 4, as we’re trying to get them excited about doing the mitzva.  But even then, a 3-year-old is perfectly happy with a train that has the aleph-bais, which is not only educational, it can help serve the original purpose of the yarmulka.

Like I said above, I’ve seen designer yarmulkas for years, but for some reason, it has only just now started to bother me.

Official Graduation Countdown

It depends on how you look at it.  Technically, I graduate in nine and a half days.  However, since that is on Shavuos and I’m not walking down until May 25th, you can count it as 11 days.  Or, since my last responsibility in school is on May 21, I might only have 8 days.  Any way you look at it, it is fast approaching :)

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Song about Occupational Therapy

It’s often hard for people to grasp the many things that occupational therapists do.  Well, here’s a video where someone wrote a song dedicated to occupational therapy.  It covers many of the areas that OT’s work with, including cognition, activities of daily living, and more.

(Hat tip: Penny, via SG)

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