Inspired by Anonymity

We are still in Brooklyn and it's been a busy week. Yanky turned 10 and I also had my Birthday so lots of good things to celebrate. I with thinking a lot about Rabbis (shocker right) and anonymity this week. Here in Crown Heights rabbis are aplenty and its one of the few places in the world where I can just be a face in the crowd. Crown Heights is a Chabad community, and also pretty transient, so I don't really stick out. I can walk into a room and no one wonders who is that guy. So on one hand its pretty nice to be a nobody, on the other hand it sometimes feels pretty strange. At the same time, coming into this community is rather uplifting and realizing in what seems like a homogeneous community each of us are unique personalities.

Earlier this week I was at a friends house and there was another (rabbi looking guy there) and casually he said he was a photographer, I didn't think too much about it, though he was the "run of the mill" wedding photographer, but later in the week I found out he is a high fashion photographer and he started a photo project called The Rabbi Project. He does an awesome job at showing the color in the black and white world of Chasidic Brooklyn. I've visited this site about 25 times this week, just memorized by the photos.

I've also watched a great documentary about some rabbis who are very, VERY far from Brooklyn. Outback Rabbis is about 2 rabbis and their families who move to the Australian Outback to find the Jews spread around the huge area. Awesome film, and quite inspiring.

On the theme of anonymity, I've just listened to an episode of Beautiful Anonymous with Chris Gethard. It's a cool podcast where people call in and tell the host, whatever they want for an hour. Only rule is they have to stay anonymous. This week's episode was a woman who has been through quite a tough life, but her outlook is remarkable.

I also did a Narcan training course yesterday with an organization call Amudim, where I had the opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing our communities around Opioids, and how to help folks who are suffering from an overdose. The class was eyeopening and I hope to never need to use the Narcan, but just incase someone is in crisis now I can be equipped to help. If you are interested in having this kind of one time class offered in Oberlin, please let me know.

Have a great shabbos,
Shlomo

Posted on July 26, 2019 .