I had a great time dancing with members of the Cedar Crest community. Photographer Bruce Cohen captured it beautifully…
Why did I join nineteen rabbis in making a public statement in defense of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan and his vision for Jewish life?
In part, it is to offer a dissenting opinion on a hot-button boundary issue ruled on by two arms of the reconstructionist organizational world. Continue reading “Defending Kaplan”
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.
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.
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
I had the pleasure of being part of the 25th anniversary of Judith Plaskow’s Standing Again at Sinai at B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan. Here’s a little interview they did of me reflecting on some of my thoughts on gender.
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.
Looking for a Pharrell Williams parody? Leave it to the Jewtwins to bring their dark humor to the latest pop candy. Their take on Pharrell Williams wonderful dance number “Happy” features a cameo by me, returning from the Y on my bicycle. Enjoy!
This is not your typical Passover song.
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.