Author Archives: 1111matt1111

Cantor Abraham Immerman z”l

New film sheds light on a truly remarkable man It’s been almost 15 years since the death of the much beloved blind chazzan and teacher Cantor Abraham Immerman z’l, who died in Cape Town on 7 April 2003 aged 96. Known as “Der Blinde Chazzan” and “The Man with the Computer Brain”, due to his […]


Oedipus? Didn’t he have something to do with Freud?”

Excerpt from “Think like a shrink and keep yourself sane” by Joseph Dunn Oedipus? Didn’t he have something to do with Freud?” Before I go on I must mention Oedipus. You have heard his name before in avant-garde movies or mentioned by know-it-alls at showy cocktail parties. You want to ask “He had something to […]



One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her. Even with the smile on […]


The man who sold very good hot dogs

There was once a man who lived by the side of the road and sold hot dogs.  He was hard of hearing so he had no radio – he had trouble with his eyes, so he read no newspapers and of course he didn’t look at television.  But he sold very good hot dogs. He […]


7 Friends to keep Forever


Medical symbol – from the Greeks or God

Parshot Festivals   Medical symbol – from the Greeks or G-d? Ever wondered what the medical emblem of the snake wrapped around a stick means? No doubt you’re familiar with it – it’s used around the world and it’s in the centre of the Magen David of the emblem of our very own Hatzolah. But […]


The Story of Gillian Lynne ~ excerpted from the book The Element by Ken Robinson

The Story of Gillian Lynne ~ excerpted from the book The Element by Ken Robinson Gillian was only eight years old, but her future was already at risk. Her schoolwork was a disaster, at least as far as her teachers were concerned. She turned in assignments late, her handwriting was terrible, and she tested poorly. […]