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Author Blog: Hava Nagila

Rav Ron Yitzchok Eisenman is the author of “The Elephant in the Room.” His blog posts are featured on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit:


Yesterday was some day — I almost cannot remember the clock moving; it began early in the day at Shul and ended late at night. It was a day of constant motion and if I would fill you in on the details of the day… well, suffice to say we could sell such stories to “Ripley’s Believe it or Not”!

At about 5:00 p.m., I find myself at my next challenge of an already hectic day: attempting to find parking on the island of Manhattan. Finally, I spot a garage and quickly turn my vehicle into the lot with about 10 minutes to spare for my 5:13 appointment in midtown New York.

As I open my door and begin to exit, the dark-skinned attendant and his sidekick greet me with a smile. They could be African-American, Latino, Indian, Bangladeshi, Arab or perhaps Sephardic Jews (however, that last choice is very unlikely).

As I step out of the car and place my hat on my head, suddenly my parking pals burst out in a spontaneous rendition of Hava Nagila.”

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