It’s been a few years since I have acquired a new shofar. When I found this one on eBay, enough stars were aligned that I deemed it beshert that I get it. I’ve never seen anything like it. The carvings depict two hands in the form of the priestly blessing as well as a magen David (star of David). The mouthpiece is also carved. This is a really impressive piece of art. No ide a who made it, but it really is a hiddur mitzvah. Continue reading
Here’s the Ukulele group I play with singing “This Land is Your Land”. Enjoy!
The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective entry for PBS American Masters Woody Guthrie tribute: This Land Is Your Land Project.
And here is the tuba in use! Presenting the Allegheny Bilge Rats Shanty Choir at Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe in State College, PA!
Playing the ukulele the other day for Ethan, he broke out in the cutest smile!
To answer the semi-rhetorical question in the title of this post, because I can. Also, I joined a shanty choir called The Allegheny Bilge Rats Shanty Choir. A shanty choir is a group of people who get together and sing sailing/pirate/working songs, occasionally accompanied by instrumentation.
Which is where the tuba comes in. A few of our songs are quite raucous and needed some oompapa. I was asked by the head of the group if I knew anyone who played tuba. I had mentioned that I had played tuba my senior year of high school (13 years ago, mind you). So we went looking for tubas, sousaphones, helicons, etc to add that special blatting to our songs and I was able to borrow one from my former Sunday School principal. It had been her brother-in-law’s tuba and had been sitting in her and her husband’s basement for years and years. Albeit needing a little TLC, it still works great!
So to really answer my question, I have a tuba because I’m able to acquire one and play it in amusing situations. Isn’t having a tuba a reason enough to have one?
If you’re sick of the same 30 Christmas songs, why not try the same 30 Hanukkah songs? Personally curated by me, this list includes some traditional songs as well as new tunes and and even a few Heavy Metal takes on the holiday.
Happy Hanukkah, enjoy!
Things Heather and I didn’t know about each other before we got married:
- We both consider Gin & Tonic our favorite cocktail
- Crunch/Krackle bars are our favorite candy bars
- Heather actually can cook
- I actually can fold laundry
- How not-completely-terrible we are at being parents
Heather, I love you so much. Here’s to a lifetime of simcha, a lifetime of joy!
This is a special challah made for a wedding of some friends of ours. They’re both chiropractors, hence the spine. Originally, I was going to do a head-on view of the spine, but Heather pointed out that if I added the pelvis, it would just end up looking phallic instead of spine-y. While this spine is seriously out of whack and clearly needs an adjustment, it does have the correct number of vertebrae.
Just a quick update: Here’s a challah I made for Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) a few weeks ago.