Monday, March 5, 2018

Havdalah, 16 Adar 5778

Havdalah, bidding farewell to the Shabbat day of rest, was always my favorite observance during my childhood. It's rich in symbolism and spirituality. And it makes for great photos.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Purim 2018 - part 1

Besides being a deeply spiritual holiday that celebrates the completion of the acceptance of Torah law that was begun at Sinai after the Exodus, Purim is a time for festivities and costumes (especially for the kids).

Rolling out the dough for hamentashen.

Waiting for some dough to roll.

Mixing the hamentashen dough.

Rolling the dough.

Spiderman making a mask for his costume.

Making a Purim mask.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Weekday Bar Mitzvah

A boy is bar mitzvah'd automatically on his thirteenth birthday, no ritual required. Still, it's customary to have the young man called to the torah. It can be done on any day of the week that the torah is read - Monday, Thursday, or Shabbat (Saturday).

 Grandpa holding the torah:

Rabbi instructing on wearing tefillin:

Bar Mitzvah lad at the torah:

Dad lifting the torah at the end of the ceremony:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Random Shots

Going back through my library I found these three shots.

Shot in the Diamond District of Manhattan, West 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. The guy's expression just grabbed my attention.

In lower Manhattan, City Hall Park. The play of hands.....

At Chabad World Headquarters, 770 Eastern Parkway. Waiting for the Hanukah Menorah to be lit.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Andy Statman Concert

I had the great fortune of hearing Andy perform last night. Seeing him brought back many memories, especially of jamming in Washington Square in 1965 just a few weeks before I went to Nashville to play fiddle with Bill Monroe on the Grand Ole Opry.

Friday, February 2, 2018

The First Havdalah (of 2018)

The literal translation of the hebrew word havdalah is 'separation'. In Jewish practice it's a ritual that bids farewell to the twenty-five hours of Shabbat and prepares us for the week to come which is greeted with the words shavuah tov. Since it is now Friday afternoon, and I will soon be down for the count (at least for the next twenty-five hours) until I hope to photograph another Havdalah, I wish you all a wonderful weekend, and to those who care, Shabbat Shalom (peaceful day of rest).

Sunday, January 7, 2018


With the extreme cold in the New York area I've been wearing my Borsalino fedora that I bought a few years ago at the Primo Hat Shop on Kingston Ave in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I went back in my photo archives and found a bunch of photos that I took while in the shop (no surprise there) that hadn't been 'developed'.

The fedora is a distinct manner of dress for Chabad chasidim. After bar mitzvah it's a rite of passage for boys to shop with their fathers for a hat.