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Give Me a Nugel: Thoughts for Rosh Hashana, 5777

The evening is perfect. Hundreds of family and friends gather before a beautiful chupah, wedding canopy, completely covered with white flowers. The sky is lit up by the twinkling of millions of stars all watching the union about to take place. The bride and groom are ebullient with energy for the hope and excitement that comes with new beginnings and feelings of love. The ceremony is about to begin and all eyes are on the rabbi. Tonight is extra special for the rabbi because his daughter is the bride under the chupah.

And in a loud clear voice he announces, “Give me a nugel!” (Yiddish for nail). (more…)

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