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Radio wisdom for the New Year on a hot sunny day

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The Jewish New Year always has seemed to be about contrasts. For instance the other day I was traveling in a rental car to visit a close friend in Pardesiya. He had been suffering some time from a severe spinal condition and was in dire need of humor. As the miniature rental car was new to me, I had no idea what the radio buttons could do. I randomly pressed one and the voice of Rabbi Yitzhak Fenger “appeared”. As I rarely listen to religious channels, this experience was new; I would normally flip to another channel but alas didn’t know how! …so I decided to listen. What transpired was, for me, a transformative experience. I knew that because of the flashes of goosebumps down my back and a sudden clear head. I also underwent a strange déjà vu because Rabbi Fenger was saying the same words that my teacher Bill Dixon (a famous pioneer of Black American Music) had also said to me years ago.

In those brief moments, Rabbi Fenger said the following (paraphrased). “People are often overwhelmed going into the New Year. They feel weighted by all the things for which they need to beg........

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