A decade ago, distinguished Orthodox filmmaker Menachem Daum produced and directed the documentary “A Life Apart: Hasidism in America,” a restrained and loving effort to introduce the seemingly strange and alien world of Chasidism to outsiders.
Danny A. Abeckaser -- or “Danny A.,” as he likes to be called -- looks like your typical slick, smooth-talking Sephardic "playa" from Brooklyn.
The model for the day was dying for the sake of rebirth. Think meditation, think spiritual awakening, think psychoanalysis.
For all of you ecologists out there (and I believe every good Jew should be one), you know there's been a lot in the news lately about this new "Healthy Forests Initiative," which was introduced by our government to help thin overcrowded forests. The debate continues among different environmental groups as to whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. But imagine, for a moment, a world without trees at all. Indeed, this could have been the fate of our world had God's original plan been realized. But I'm getting ahead of myself....