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My musical / cantorial portfolio

 (Last update: 02/24/2022)

Prayers and cantorial pieces

Music / Yiddish songs / Classical guitar pieces 

The perpetual cycle of seeing the bad only

Thoughts on parashat Mishpatim. 

The country is difficult when everything seems to be the simplest to everyone

The country is beautiful when everything seems bad to everyone

Marek Grechuta, Jeszcze pożyjemy / Yet we will live

Parashat Mishpatim is extraordinarily rich in laws, judgements and statutes governing every Continue Reading

The enslaving power of habit and comfort

Thoughts on parashat Beshalach.

Tyranny never gives up on its own. With a very few historical exceptions, it has never subsided until it was completely defeated. And there are typically no polite, peaceful, democratic methods to unseat the tyrant. It has to be done in a radical way. 

This is one of the lessons from Continue Reading

The “death” of Joseph

Thoughts on parashat Vayigash. 

Since the early 1900’s average life expectancy has been constantly growing, particularly in the Western World, but not exclusively. The average life expectancy in the US today is 78,9 years, compared to 47 in the year 1900. Today, life expectancy increase is a world-wide phenomenon, Continue Reading

“Śmierć” Józefa

Refleksja nad paraszą Wajigasz. 

Od początku XX wieku średnia przewidywana długość życia nieustannie rosła, zwłaszcza na Zachodzie, ale nie tylko tam. Obecna średnia przewidywalna długość życia w USA to 78,9 lat, w porównaniu do 47 w roku 1900. Dzisiaj wzrost przewidywalnej długości życia to zjawisko Continue Reading

Whom should you trust?

Thoughts on Parashat Miketz. 

How should we live? On what basis should we make life choices? Should we trust God, ourselves, or maybe other people, for example those from the government? Or maybe we should trust only some people, or for example experts and science and technology?  

Of course we can find answers to Continue Reading

Komu powinieneś ufać?

Refleksja nad paraszą Mikec. 

Jak żyć? Na jakiej podstawie dokonywać życiowych wyborów? Ufać Bogu, sobie, czy też innym ludziom, np. tym co zasiadają w rządzie? A może ufać wyłącznie niektórym ludziom, albo np. ekspertom oraz nauce i technologii? 

Odpowiedzi na te pytania można oczywiście znaleźć Continue Reading

Take matters into your own hands

Thoughts on Parashat Vayeshev

And Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is coming up to Timnah for the sheepshearing.” So she took off her widow’s garb, covered her face with a veil, and, wrapping herself up, sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah; for she Continue Reading

Weź sprawy w swoje ręce

Refleksja nad paraszą Wajeszew. 

A gdy powiedziano Tamar: «Teść twój idzie do Timny, aby strzyc swe owce», zdjęła z siebie szaty wdowie i otuliwszy się szczelnie zasłoną usiadła przy bramie miasta Enaim, które leżało przy drodze do Timny. Wiedziała bowiem, że choć Szela Continue Reading

Don’t worry, nothing is really happening

Thoughts on parashat Vayishlach.

Worry is psychologically consuming. Fear of the unknown may lead us to many irrational actions and reactions, some of which may hurt us or keep us in a mindset that limits us emotionally and intellectually, not allowing us to function normally and efficiently.

In this week’s parsha Continue Reading