#Throwback to Fifth Grade

20141005_150554I was cleaning out some files and I found this gem. It is my daughter’s fifth grade project: Interviewing me about my fifth grade experience. I can’t help but love this introduction to journalism.

Where did you go to school in fifth grade?

In fifth grade I went to the North Carolina Hebrew Academy, which was a Solomon Shechter school in Charlotte.

How did you get there?

My father drove me to school in his Dodge Dart.

 What did you study?

We studied math, social studies, Hebrew, Jewish studies, science, and creative writing.

 What did you do after school?

After school I liked to do soccer, judo, and acting!

Where did you have for lunch?

We brought lunchboxes to school. I had a Kung Fu lunchbox. My favorite lunch was a cheese sandwich. I probably ate cheese sandwiches everyday.

What did you do at recess?

At recess we would have wars with sticks. We had a fort that was the inside of a large bush. We called our sticks “sap guns.”

When did you have to wake up?

I had to wake up at 7AM and school started at 8AM.

Because someone had to write a Jazz tune for the Omer.

This is still one of my personal favorites from my Jewish seasonal song cycle year. I read the statistic recently that 3% of Americans like Jazz. (Which sounds a few percentage points low, right?) Considering that probably .003% of Americans like songs about the Omer and 3% of Americans like Jazz, the 267 views on this video probably represent 99% of the potential audience. But maybe there are one or two more people who might dig this? I hope so. Enjoy.

 

Passover Warehouse

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Welcome to the Passover Warehouse! That’s right folks, you’re ONE STOP SHLEPPING for all the ridiculous bargains you look for in the Passover aisle!

We got a fantastic play/skit that reviews the key points of the Exodus narrative for the seder. featured by PJ Library

We got a collection of clean jokes for your seder. featured on Haggadot.com

We have a quirky poem you could add to your seder. Popular with fans of Michael Jackson 

And, wait, what’s this? We got a e-book short novel perfect for the 8-11 year old kinderlach in your life to read before the seder on their magic pad. on Amazon

Oh, and we got some musical inspiration to groove to while you make your charoset. viaYoutube

And speaking of charoset, here were my wine recommendations when I was the official wine tasting rabbi for the Wall Street Journal. 

But wait! There’s more!

Some great meaning-of-the-holiday reading material to simmer in while you are digesting the meal.

Including an amazing reflection on contemporary slavery by a brilliant young woman. Who happens to be my daughter

And best of all, we have a kid’s video for ages (3-6) made by my very own sons! featured on Jewtwins.com

All material one hundred percent original content produced and distilled by the Association of Brenner Family Members for Jewish Cultural Advancement.

Wishing you a Zissen Pesach!

Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Jewish Televangelism of the 1970s

Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina during the height of the PTL Network – Jim and Tammy Faye Baker’s Megachurch – I always wanted my chance to get equal airtime on the T.V.

Through our local PBS affiliate and the work of Chabad I finally got my chance. I’m the shy boy (wink) in this staged family…it is number 3 on the playlist.

 

A Passover Redemption Song

This is not your typical Passover song.

“Goodbye Egyptland”

Words and Music by Daniel Brenner

 

 

This song is written from the perspective of one of the “mixed multitude” – an Egyptian who watches the destruction of the plagues and chooses to join the Hebrews in their escape from Egypt. I wanted to counter the “silly songs” about the plagues that I’ve heard over the years and offer a new perspective on the tale we tell each seder night.