Sunday, January 16, 2011

Half Time


As the first term comes to an a close and vacation approaches
I look forward to a breathing break.
I also look back at a great half a year.
Here's a short video snippet of a Chanukah Chagigah that one
of my students and his family hosted for the class and teachers.
The kids that seem to be doing school work are putting finishing touches
on divrei Torah they are to deliver in a few moments.

video

14 Comments:

Blogger kishke said...

What song is that?

January 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

it's an al hanissim tune that was composed and very popular in ncsy-ish circles in the seventies.

January 18, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger kishke said...

Never hoid it.

January 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger rr said...

The kids in my class sing...al hanisim v'al hapork chops...v'a hachewing gum..etc... and the worst part is they think it is just as funny every time! But the really worst part is that they probably don't even know the real words. But really it's not so bad...I could think of a lot of worse things...
That tune brings me back to Torah Leadership Seminars at the Lido Beach Hotel...those were the days...

January 18, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

they sing that tune, yes?

i guess it didn't catch on in yeshivish circles, maybe considered too rocky in those days when it was recorded.

January 18, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger kishke said...

No, not that tune. The standard al hanissim tune. (My kids used to sing it too.)

January 18, 2011 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger rr said...

Yes, my kids sing that tune. Probably because my school isn't "yeshivish" so that's what they know. Also it's what I teach minus the pork chops. Kishke...do you mean that your kids sing those wonderful words to a different standard tune? It's interesting I thought the tune played was the standard tune. It's the one that my husband sings too and he's not NCSY.

January 18, 2011 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Yeah, RR - I thought this tune is standard, it is standard to me. I know no other.

I never heard the pork chop bit, reminds me of "rubber tired never break..."

It's fascinating to me what posts evoke comments. It's usual the opposit eof the ones I expect. And then the piece commented on is often not what I would have guessed...

January 23, 2011 at 1:34 AM  
Blogger rr said...

Well...the other aspect that struck me in this post is the symbionic layed back atmosphere of kids and teachers hanging out together at your school. I love this, yet it is not foreign to me as the school that I work in is similar in nature. Didn't know that you were a drum man...cool. Yes...pork chops and rubber tires never break could perhaps be seen as a gzeirat shavah :) Have a great rest of the week-end...Shavuah Tov.

January 23, 2011 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

This comment made me smile. Thanks RR. Interestingly enough this is after school hours in a students' (Ezra Gontownik) family's home. It was a class party with the three limudei kodesh teachers.

I am interested in learning to play the drums. At the present time I don't know how. I've ordered (a friend is picking one up for me out of town) a doumbek drum and look forward to taking free lessons I found on line.

Have a greak weekend/week.

GB
RNF

January 23, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger rr said...

That's really nice that the kids invited the limudei kodesh teachers. That says something about all of you. Is a doumbek like a darbukah? I bought a darbukah for one of my kids and it's pretty easy to play. Glad to have made you smile!

GBYT

RR

January 23, 2011 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

RR - I googled and the drums seem similar. I was sick with an ear infection during that time so it's a bit of a blur. I was first told about the party by one of the other two teachers - Mrs. Rachel Besser (the one wearing the tichel). I think the idea came up on a Thursday, the day I don't teach this class (I miss them) and then Friday was a snow day. Not sure if Mrs. B. suggested it or the kids asked or if Ezra Gontownik or his dedicated mom Anne offered. The morning of the day of the party the kids told me that the other teachers were each bringing guitars. I looked on line, but couldn't find a way to get a drum in time for the party. As fate would have it, Rabbi Bashist brought those drums.

January 26, 2011 at 1:09 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

I just got my drum. it's a djembe. The three are all similar African drums.

January 27, 2011 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger rr said...

Enjoy! Can't wait to see you post your playing it! May you get much simcha and music from it!

January 27, 2011 at 2:06 AM  

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