Ansche Chesed

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Ansche Chesed
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251 W 100th St
New York, NY 10025
(212) 865-0600

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Torah Talk with Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky!
Our guest this week is Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, leader of the Anshe Chessed congregation in Manhattan. Rabbi Kalmanofsky was ordained in 1997 by The Jewis

TEFILLAH TUESDAY with Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky: כל הנשמה תהלל י'ה! Let every breath praise the Lord! For the third message in a row – with a couple more to come – here is another interpretation of this last verse in the book of Psalms. The Talmud legislates that we say blessings of gratitude and celebration whenever we experience sensory and physical enjoyment in the world, such as consuming nutritious food and drink or seeing beautiful sights. How about sweet fragrances? Indeed. "Said Rav Zutra bar Tuvya in the name of Rav: What is the biblical source for blessing on smelling fragrances? As it is said: כל הנשמה תהלל י'ה!, Let every breath praise the Lord! What sort of thing gives enjoyment to the soul but not the body? It must be the sense of smell [ברכות מג, ב]." Now that one has a nice nose to it, doesn’t it? This little piece of legal midrash calls o us to notice and to express grateful reverence for life’s more evanescent pleasures. Eating an apple seems more obviously blessing-worthy. You hold the apple in your hand, you see it with your eye, you hear its crunch, you taste its sweetness. All these experiences pervade your senses. Seeing the ocean, experiencing lightning, or seeing mountains and valleys (all of which warrant blessings, as in Mishna Berakhot 9.2) seem more obvious for liturgy. They are such beautiful, sometimes terrifying, examples of nature’s grandeur. The blessing on sweet smells, on the other hand, seems delicate and fleeting. Literally, you cannot put your finger on it. One must pay close attention to notice smells. When I recite these blessings I express gratitude not only for the delight of the sweet smell, but sense an implicit exhortation to notice the blessings that inhere in what I cannot see. So what blessing do you say? As with diverse foods which have their own diverse blessings, the Halakhic answer depends on what you’re sniffing. As always, the universal opening is: Barukh Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh HaOlam; Blessed are You, Master of the cosmos ... Then, for fragrant annual plants without woody stems, continue borei is’vei besamim. “Blessed is God, Who creates fragrant grasses.” This applies to, say, tulips and lilies. For flowers that grow on perennials with woody stems, say borei atzei besamim. “Blessed is God, Who creates fragrant trees.” This applies to roses, magnolias and lilacs. And in case you’re in doubt, as a general rule, you can always say borei minei besamim. “Blessed is God, Who creates various spices.” This catch-all blessing, which we also say at Havdala at the conclusion of Shabbat, corresponds to the catch-all blessing she’hakol nihyeh bidvaro, (“Blessed is God at whose word all things exist”), which is appropriate for any kind of food. So if you’re not sure about just how hyacinth grows, or you’re sniffing your bottle of Coco Chanel, this is the way to go.

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Dunya from Susya and Fadel from Sarura: Stories from Palestinian Life Under Israeli Occupation This past May, Eliana Fishman joined 130 diaspora Jews who spent a week doing solidarity work with Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Come hear stories about what Palestinian life under Israeli Occupation looks like. (photo credit Gili Getz)
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From our own Noah Phillips!
How American Jewish teens, like me, combine authentic customs with contemporary relevance.

TEFILLAH TUESDAY with Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky: כל הנשמה תהלל י'ה! Let every breath praise the Lord! Returning to the beloved Psalm 150, the final chapter of David’s praises. The chapter ends with the summons to “every breath” to praise God. The simple, semantic meaning of כל הנשמה is that every breathing creature should praise. But as often is the case, classical – i.e. Talmudic era, roughly 70-450 CE – Midrash gives the Bible’s language half-a-turn to produce a beautiful creative “misinterpretation.” Here [בראשית רבא 14.9], amidst a discussion of different names and different functions of the soul, Rabbi Hanina creatively twists this verse: “Upon each and every breath a person takes, he or she must praise the Lord. Why? Let every breath praise the Lord!” Instead of speaking of each creature’s duty, the psalm becomes a directive about the perpetual character of praise: each and every moment deserves merits an expression of gratitude, joy and wonder. Elsewhere, the Talmud [מנחות מג, ב] teaches that each person should recite 100 blessings daily. But according to Rabbi Hanina, that’s not remotely enough. The greatest of all medical authorities – the internet – informs me that we breathe about 16 times per minute, adding up to almost 1,000 each hour, more than 23,000 each day, some 8.4 million each year, and if you’re strong enough to reach 80 years old [as per Psalm 90] you’ll breathe some 673 million times. So as you daven this phrase, take Rabbi Hanina as a literal challenge: can you feel some joy each time? Can you identify something special and worthy of gratitude 1,000 times every day? May you bless Hashem for every breath you ever take.