The music of Lag B'omer in New Orleans

Friday, 11 May, 2012 - 1:16 pm

This past Wednesday night our Kabbala for Young Jewish Professionals was hosted by Jakob Rosenzweig.  The dinner and class is hosted by a different “young Jewish professional” each month. Jakob lives in the shadow of the Fairgrounds. As we drove past the Fairgrounds to his home, Malkie and I noticed that remnants of Jazz Fest were still present, setup materials, trash etc. I thought it was ironic that the event we “coincidentally” scheduled on the evening of Lag B’omer, so that we could have some music after the class, would be held a stone’s throw from Jazz Fest and just a few days later. But then this is one of the messages of Lag B’omer and the life of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, learning how to utilize what is out there in our world in the service of Hashem.

After the class we went outside to do a meditation around a mini Lag B’omer bonfire in the backyard (very brave of him).Through the leaping flames we could see the shadows of the now empty Fairgrounds as we read and contemplated a Shabbat meditation from the Zohar and sang a moving Chassidic melody. We then went back inside and “made some music” for an hour or so. As we were leaving we heard the sounds of music coming from other homes on the block. New Orleans is an amazing place where music is (almost) always welcome. Jewish music on Lag B’omer in New Orleans… you can’t ask for better.

I would like to highlight three upcoming events.

1.      Lunch N Learn Downtown NOLA – Wednesday, May 16 @ 12 PM – 705 Canal St. New York Camera has been hosting our monthly Lunch N Learns since last summer. This month’s topic is: Shavuot – A Globetrotter’s Dilemma – The Halachic ramifications of crossing the International Dateline during the counting of the Omer. To sponsor or RSVP – contact [email protected].

2.      Chevra Kaddisha Event – Wednesday, May 16 @ 6:45 PM – Shir Chadash – 3737 West Esplanade Ave. Featuring Rabbi Elchonon Zohn director of the National Association of Chevra Kadisha, who will talk about “What happens when I die.” It is also an opportunity to learn more about the Chevra Kadisha of New Orleans and the important work they do in our community. For more info or to RSVP – 504-889-1144.

3.      AIPAC Louisiana Community Brunch – Sunday, May 20 @ 9:45 AM – The Audubon Tea Room. Featuring the WSJ writer Bret Stephens as well as our Congressional delegation headlined by both of Louisiana’s US Senators. For more info contact Eli Wald - [email protected].

The question of the week for Kiddush Club is: What is special about this year’s counting of the Omer? The uptown ladies’ Pirkei Avot class will be at 5:30 on Shabbat afternoon at 919 Broadway. The Mesibas Shabbos for children 5-9 will be at Chabad Uptown 5:30-7 PM.

Mazal Tov to PJ Hamilton and his family upon his Bar Mitzvah.

Best of luck to Hannah Weiss and her family in this weekend’s Music 4 Kids auction event.

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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