While the video essay on the 21st text in this chapter is the longest of the entire series, the subsequent episode is one of the shortest of the series. This chapter actually yielded a few other video essays that reached double-digit minutes, largely due to the texts that utilized lists. The average length of the video essays on this chapter is 8:41.
I’m pleased to share the release of the newest presentation of Village Art Insights on the newest exhibit at The Skirball Museum. In addition to speaking with Jessica, my collaborator on the Village Art Insights series on the exhibit, a fully rebuilt Torah ark from 18th century Poland, we spoke with both museum director Abby Schwartz, as well as the exhibit’s creator, Rabbi Shmuel Polin for this presentation.
According to an article in the American Israelite, Rabbi Polin’s study of the lost ark and related material resulted in his rabbinic capstone project for graduating Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s rabbinical school. Rabbi Polin’s research coincided with a conservation project on the Polish ark in the Scheuer Chapel on the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR. Used daily by students for prayer, what began as a modest project to make the ark safe for everyday handling turned into analysis of paint and wood, and the discovery of a long-forgotten shipping label affixed to the back of the ark that revealed its specific original location of Schönlanke, Poland.
New research conducted by Polin indicated that this precious Polish ark, which came to HUC in 1925 as part of the Berlin Judaica Collection of Salli Kirschstein, was made in about 1759. It had previously been dated about 1740. It is one of the few extant Polish arks of the eighteenth century. Soaring 20 feet high, the richly colored and symbolically reconstructed Sidra ark is a feat of imagination, engineering, and artistry.
Starting off, the first video in this chapter is lengthier than the rest, as it is a topic upon which I researched and wrote a decade ago. It clocks in at a little over sixteen minutes. On the other end, the shortest video was the sixth video, which was under three minutes. The average runtime of these 22 videos is 7:06.
Here is the entire series of video essays on the fourth chapter:
Recently, the rabbi of a synagogue reached out to its former rabbinic interns for brief teachings around Passover/Pesach/פסח and some heeded the call. As a former rabbinic intern of this synagogue, Beth David Synagogue of West Hartford, CT, having served as the rabbinic intern in 2007-2008, I was happy to help, especially since I particularly appreciated my experience with the rabbi, Rabbi Yitzchok Adler.
Since my colleagues knew that I had some facility with video-editing, I acceded to their request to put this video together. So, after collecting the submissions from my colleagues Rabbi Yonah Berman, Rabbi Daniel Braune-Friedman, Rabbi Saul Strosberg, Rabba Claudia Marbach, and Rabbi Stephen Belsky, I packaged it together today and am happy to share this presentation of our teachings:
Having announced that I am doing a series of video essays on Pirkei Avot, I am pleased to share that I have completed the first chapter. The video essays on the first chapter are all available on this YouTube playlist.
I am excited to announce I have created a new series on Pirkei Avot, a collection of dozens of rabbinic wisdom sayings from many centuries ago. This series is taking place in the form of brief videos of me discussing each and every text in the collection.
The series involves a new video releasing every day, Monday through Friday, so far, each of them lasts several minutes. Although I have created them for the enjoyment and edification of the residents at the senior living facility where I am currently serving as the chaplain, it is, of course, also available for other folks out there, as well 🙂
In the newest episode of the JewishDrinking.com Show, Rabbi Andie Cosnowsky, senior rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, Illinois, joined me to alcoholism and alcohol abuse in the Jewish community. Here is the episode, in both video and podcast versions: