It’s Funny How Things Work Out

I am always trying to improve myself, make myself a better person towards myself and make myself better towards others.  I recently realized I have some anger issues and am really working on removing that poison from my soul.  Tuesday night I decided to look around the interwebs to see if I could find any lectures on the topic.  A few sites I have heard the past couple weeks came to mind (I put them in the link bar… please check them out).  The first one being Torah Anytime that has a lot of great lectures in both audio and video.  I did not really find anything there so I went to Simple to Remember (Clever Aye?) which seems to be organized a bit better.  On the site my eyes lit up when I saw “The Challenge of Anger” as one of the titles.  I immediately downloaded it onto my iPod for listening on Wednesday, I knew I would be doing a lot of traveling so I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to listen.

Wednesday comes, I end up listening to most of the lecture at different periods throughout the day.  I went to an Aish Shabbaton this past weekend (I will write about it, I promise!) where I made some friends and one mentioned there are some great lectures here in the city at the Sephardic Shul.  Since I have moved to the city I have been desperate to find one so I figured here was my calling.  Coincidentally it is held at the same place the Pope came, they give us Sephards our own little space for worship!

So I made it to the Synagogue, not really knowing who the speaker was or what the lecture was about.  There I was listening to the Rabbi speak, immediately I said to myself “Wow this guy is British JUST like the lecture I was listening to all day!”  A little further into the conversation he starts saying some of the same exact things the guy on my iPod was saying. Then it hit me – I pulled out my iPod and and checked out the name of the Rabbi, IT WAS THE SAME GUY!  Isn’t that crazy? Out of all the possible Rabbis and all of the possible lectures I could have picked, I picked the same thing I heard that night.

Repentance

Repent one day before your death.  R’ Eliezer’s disciples asked, “But does one know the day of his death?” He explained, “Let him repent each day lest he die on the morrow.”

Hebrew Word of the Day

כל-כך

pronounced: call-kakh

meaning: so

Dining Out: Clubhouse Cafe

Clubhouse Cafe

Two weeks ago my cousin and I were on the couch talking about how we hate going to non-kosher restaurants on Saturday Nights where we end up paying $25 for a piece of fish and then have to go somewhere else to enjoy the night. 

Turns out someone must have been listening because last Saturday night we were told this type of place just opened up in Mid-town Manhattan and it turned out to be everything we had dreamt of.  Low lights, a full bar, good music and a menu full of Glatt Kosher Meat, what more could we want?  Although the service was slow at times, the food was excellent and reasonably priced.  I had a hamburger and fries for $13.50.  Steak starts at $18 and most sandwiches range from $8-$14.  They have an assortment of appetizers, we got the sliders (mini-burgers), mini kabobs and spicy chicken wings.  All of them were great – especially the wings.  Beers are priced under $8 and mixed drinks around $10.

Overall one of the best dining experiences I have had with friends.  We even got to see a celebrity! Grizz Chapman from 30 Rock was there!

I would recommend making a reservation because this place is Glatt HOT!

155 W. 46 Street (Between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York, NY  MAP
212.354.3838
www.clubhousecafe.net

Hebrew Word of the Day

אהבה

pronounced: ah-hah-vah

meaning: love

I am your brother Benedict…

Tomorrow marks a historic day.

It will be the first time a pope visits a Synagogue in the United States.

Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Park East Synagogue for 20 minutes or so late Friday afternoon. 

Click the read link for the details as there is so much to list!

[ via NYTimes.com]

Spring Cleaning

Ever wonder how the Kotel handles all the prayers left between it’s stones?

Click the break for the answer!

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