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Happy New Year? – Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779

Rabbi Tucker

One of my family’s favorite childhood haunts was an ice-cream parlor named Chadwick’s.  Located right on the Lexington/Waltham line, not too far from the winding road leading up to our synagogue, Chadwick’s was one of those  old-timey restaurants with waiters in bow ties and jaunty music piped in from a player piano and its own signature sundae, the Belly Buster, a confection so large it had to be carried out of the kitchen on an actual stretcher!  Chadwick’s also had an enormous gong that hung from the ceiling, and every time a customer had a birthday the wait-staff would bang this gong and ring a cow-bell, blow a kazoo, and then stand on a chair and loudly announce that there was a birthday in the house at which point the entire restaurant would join together and sing.  In such a relatively small space, the cacophonous sounds of all this noise made quite a racket and, as a little girl, I both hoped and feared that there would be such a celebration each time we went out for dessert.  There was nothing more exciting for a young child than the deep, ringing sound of that enormous gong.  It was also more than a little bit terrifying! Continue Reading -->

Fri, February 21 2020 26 Shevat 5780