A “Hakafah” to end all Hakafot–A “Second” Simchat Torah 5778

When we march around with a Torah Scroll in a Synagogue, we call the procession a “Hakafah” (Hakafot (הקפות plural); Hakafah (הקפה singular)—meaning “[to] circle” or “going around” in Hebrew) and there was something rather profound about a 9000+ KM Hakafah with this scroll now nearly completed as we have arrived back in its ancestral home in Olomouc….

Darsheni! Know Your Place!

Up early but I slept very well last night. As we were walking across the Charles Bridge yesterday, we ran across a famous statue on the Bridge which called out “Darsheni” (“Explain Me!” in Talmudic parlance). I don’t really expect to understand the full scope, history and beauty of Prague after 20 years since my…

And Awwwwway We Go! The Journey Begins

The Olomouc Scroll (MST #740) is now in its way back home. Our synagogue, Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City, has been honored to host this scroll and its companion scroll from the town of Cheske Budovice in the Czech Republic for 47 years. Now, we’re closing this part of the circle and returning the…

From Roman Gronsky, Olomouc Community Leader

So this is pretty cool. An email that Doron, our Hazzan received from his wife Jocelyn’s cousin Roman, a communal leader in Olomouc that references Scroll 740 (PSC’s Olomouc Scroll). I did not know there was also an Olomouc Scroll in New Jersey (#515 from Domažlice to Calvary hospital in Bronx, NYC). Here’s what Roman…

A taste of the history of the PSC scrolls

Most of my loyal correspondents are aware by now that I will be taking a trip to the Czech Republic later this month as part of a delegation from Peninsula Sinai Congregation to return one of our two Czech Torahs to its ancestral home in Olomouc (pronounced “Ol-Metz”). a town about 250 KM SE of…

כתיבת ספר תורה

Check out this YouTube Video (fixing the Olomouc Scroll) of me sitting with the Sofer, Rabbi Moshe Druin, who will be accompanying us to Olomouc to complete the repairs on this Sefer Torah and will also be helping us write a new one over the next year. What an honor this was. Our synagogue in…

I’m a Grandchild of Immigramts

Check out my latest LinkedIn Blog Post Hello Friends: My latest blog post on LinkedIn.  I hope you like it.  If you do and if you are so inclined please “like” and “comment” over on LinkedIn.  This raises the visibility of my LinkedIn profile which is great, especially for a job seeker like me. It…

The rest of the PDX Story

We had a really nice time in PDX with the associated festivities surrounding my Cousin Erin’s HS graduation. Sunday dawned humid. We made our way out to Multnomah Falls for the gorgeous view of the Falls anthe Columbia river Gorge.

Last part of the trip: Winding North through Oregon

After Shasta we wound through Klamath Falls, the Cascades and The Willamette Valley. Eugene to Salem to Portland. On arrival at the Max Station for transfer to the airport to pick up my rental, Foursquare helpfully noted that this stop was the best for procuring good quality Weed and Meth. Stay Weird Portlandia. Anyone need…

Mount Shasta

Absolute gorgeousness don’t you agree? Incredible views! One of the highlights of the trip so far!

Midnight Train to Portland

So here we go on my adventure to Portland. I decided that this would be a fun alternative to endless airport terminals. We pulled out of San Jose just a tad late at around 2050. For the first hour or so I am in a bulkhead seat that has about 0 legroom. The lady across…