Benjamin Rosenbaum

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I would give a whole tremendous hell of a lot to have you living nearby so Jeremiah could join your Tuesday morning classes.

Posted by Karen at September 16, 2008 02:26 PM

Man, Ben, I wish I had you as my Hebrew School Teacher. For the life of me I can't remember even being in a class, although I know I must have been because I learned Hebrew (at least how to read and write it, not understand it) and consequently had a Bar Mitzvah.

I'm sure you've read it, or other books like it, but I really enjoyed Jews, God, and History. (actually I listened to the audio book)

There was a car in front of us as I drove Zia to school today with Swiss license plates, so of course I thought of you guys, but figured you probably wouldn't have driven back here to visit :)

Posted by Levi Wallach at September 16, 2008 03:24 PM

I personally like Vidui the best among all the High Holiday liturgy. There's something about the chest beating that's just so very visceral.

And I agree with the above commenters... I might have gone to Hebrew school as a kid, if you were my teacher. =)

Posted by Jenny Rae Rappaport at September 16, 2008 09:12 PM

Oh I loved this post!

Posted by Haddayr at September 16, 2008 10:21 PM

I would give a whole tremendous hell of a lot to attend your Tuesday morning classes MYSELF!

And I'm your MOTHER!

Love, Mom

Posted by Mom at September 16, 2008 10:47 PM

Incidentally: nice job with this Ben kid of yours, Mom.

Posted by Karen at September 16, 2008 10:58 PM

I, too, would love to join your class... :-)

Posted by glynda at September 17, 2008 02:21 AM

I think about this probably every time I read one of your posts about your family life, Ben, but I haven't shared it. Do you know the Chris Bowers quote about your family? I forget the context, exactly, and it probably doesn't need one. It went like this:

"That's the problem with the Rosenbaums. There's so much fucking love in that family."

This is probably 20 years ago, he said this. Probably that first year after high school. It was a memorable quote ;)


Posted by Matt Hulan at September 17, 2008 01:45 PM

At the risk of being redundant, I wish Zula, Gideon, Eric and I could be in your class, too. And thanks for sharing the Chris Bowers quote, Matt. How are Chris and Stephanie Bowers these days anyway?

Posted by Shoshana at September 17, 2008 03:09 PM

I haven't heard from Chris in... less than 20, but more than 15 years. I understand that he was in the pilot for the Bionic Woman TV thing last year or so, but I don't know if that went anywhere for him...

Posted by Matt Hulan at September 23, 2008 04:38 AM

I, even I, would have gone eagerly to Hebrew School of you were the teacher.


Posted by David at September 24, 2008 03:48 AM

You are all, of course, very welcome to drop by for Hebrew School chez Rosenbaum.

I've always loved that Chris Bowers quote.

I am in touch with Chris... he's in NYC, acting and doing well, last time I heard. He was indeed in the Bionic Woman for a bit, and I know he was in South Africa for a guest role on another TV show sometime after that...

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at September 24, 2008 08:01 PM

Well done, Ben!

All my deepest thoughts and feelings about the HIgh Holy Days (at the time) were poured into two radio specials I did, both available online at
"The Door Is Opened - A Jewish High Holidays Meditation"

If you ever get the chance to listen to them, let me know what you think.

They might work for older kids' classes, too.

Posted by Ellen Kushner at October 4, 2008 05:42 AM

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