Rabbi Frand’s 2006 annual Teshuva Drasha

Ok, I recorded it, and it came out great! It took me longer to upload it than it did to edit out the extra stuff, but its finally finished.

He started off with the entire list of locations that were getting the shiur broadcasted live over the TCN network, and I lost count after 30 or so. Lots of places all over the country listening in! The meat of the shiur starts at around the seven-minute mark.

Anyway, here it is! Enjoy. If you do pass this on, please include a link to this post.



Shomrei Parking (yet again)

It seems like Shomrei has finally had enough.

From this week’s bulletin:


In the past few weeks, the parking situation and the parking lot situation as a whole, have become highly dangerous.

Please note:

1. You may NOT park on the walkway to the modular building—this walkway is built for pedestrian traffic, not cars. The walkway has already begun to sink because people park their cars there—if this continues it will mean significant expense for the shul and we will hold those who park there accountable for the damage.

2. You may NOT park in spots designated for the shul’s professional staff during the hours between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

3. You may ONLY park in designated spaces. That means: NO parking on the grass in front of, or on the side of, any buildings. If you park in undesignated areas, your car will be towed at your expense.

4. You may not make a U-turn on Greenspring Avenue. This is a highly dangerous and illegal practice.

5. The speed limit in the parking lot is 5-10 mph. Especially with the current parking situation, it is imperative that everyone be extra-cautious and drive extra-slowly.

For the safety of everyone, please comply with these regulations. Our neighbors on Greenspring, and the construction crew who arrive early each day to work on the building, have complained—please show by your actions that we are a group that is considerate, careful, and mentschlich.

Frankly, its about time. I’ve seen many near misses as well as cars parked in ways where every other car gets blocked in. Hopefully the threat of towing cars will work (I doubt it).

Rabbi Frand’s 2003 annual Teshuva Drasha

I was going through some of my files and found Rabbi Frand’s 2003 annual Teshuva Drasha, which I had recorded on my Yepp (which, when I bought it, was cutting edge technology holding an amazing 128mb!). I tried uploading it to various audio hosting sites, but for some reason, every time it was finished uploading, the file would play in a high, squeaky voice, as if it were being played on high speed. I finally uploaded it to my personal homepage at my university via FTP (maybe that’s the solution, I don’t know), and it seems to be working.

You can listen to it here or right-click to download it. It’s about 8mb and 70 minutes long. The clarity isn’t the best, but you can definitely understand what is being said without difficulty. I’m going to try and make it to the shiur tonight and record it, and if successful, I will post it here.

Non-Jews greeting Jews

Why is it that non-Jewish people see someone Jewish and they want to strike up a conversation, they start with “Shalom?”  I highly doubt that when they see a Muslim they say “saalam aleikum,” or when they see someone French, they say “Bonjour.”

Why are we special?

Kudo’s to 7-Eleven

Remember the times when you’d get those email forwards telling you not to by gas from Exxon, Mobil, or a few others because their gas came from the Middle East? Instead, we were told to buy from Citgo or Crown because they got their gas from Venezuela.

Well after the recent remarks by Venezuela’s PM, Hugo Chavez, calling President Bush “the devil,” 7-Eleven announced that they’re no longer going to be doing business with Citgo:

Convenience store operator 7-Eleven Inc. is dropping Venezuela-backed Citgo as its gasoline supplier at more than 2,100 locations and switching to its own brand of fuel.

The retailer said Wednesday it will purchase fuel from several distributors, including Tower Energy Group of Torrance, Calif., Sinclair Oil of Salt Lake City, and Houston-based Frontier Oil Corp.

A spokeswoman for Dallas-based 7-Eleven said its 20-year contract with Citgo Petroleum Corp. ends next week. About 2,100 of 7-Eleven’s 5,300 U.S. stores sell gasoline.

Citgo is a Houston-based subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, and the foreign parent became a public-relations issue for 7- Eleven because of comments by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Chavez has called President George W. Bush the devil and an alcoholic. The U.S. government has warned that Chavez is a destabilizing force in Latin America.

7-Eleven spokesman Margaret Chabris said that, “Regardless of politics, we sympathize with many Americans’ concern over derogatory comments about our country and its leadership recently made by Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez.”

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You know Rosh Hashana is coming when…

  • All the ladies at Shoppers that you never knew were Jewish start talking babbling to your baby in Yiddish and how they should have a ‘shana tova and a mazildike yar’
  • You’re driving down Park Heights Ave. and you see scores of yeshiva bachurim walking with a towel over their shoulder and no bathing suit
  • They’re sold out of white yarmulkes at Pern’s and Shabsi’s
  • The line at the butcher is over an hour long
  • Every other blog you read starts with “Well, its that time of year again…”

Feel free to add your own!

New Eruv List – a review (of sorts)

Yesterday’s Eruv List post made the people over at jrants come running, so I figured I should have a post that is actually about the Eruv List and not about me.

As Baltimore people know, the whole deal with the Eruv List has been topsy turvy.  First there was only the Eruv List, then the Eruv List alongside the Ner Israel Service League, then there was a tumult within the Eruv List and The Good Book came about, then the tumult was sorted out so we went back to only having the Eruv List, and finally, there was another tumult, resulting in the re-creation of The Good Book.  Through both tumults the Baltimore rabbi’s supported the Eruv List exclusively, writing letters saying that advertisers should support the Eruv List.

More recently, someone put out an ad in The Preview (competition to the Advertiser?) saying that the Eruv List’s finances weren’t up to par.  Of course, this caused an uproar, but the rabbi’s came through again with a very strongly worded letter saying that they personally reviewed the finances of the Eruv List, and things were OK, and that the ad was pure slander.

Don’t you love politics?

Anyway, I like Eruv List a lot.  I think it is well designed, and it has an awesome Eruv map.  The white pages have almost no ads, making it much easier to find the names I’m looking for.  Staiman Design really came through when this new format came out several years ago.  I don’t even know if there will be a Good Book this year (I think we got one last year, but threw it out), but they haven’t changed their design since the early 1990’s and frankly, looks horrible.