All posts by Cantor Matt Axelrod

Cantor Matt Axelrod has served Congregation Beth Israel of Scotch Plains, NJ since 1990. He is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a national officer of the Cantors Assembly. Cantor Axelrod is the author of Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah: The Ultimate Insider's Guide, and Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder.

The Kids are All Right

Just when we go to all that trouble to get kids to come to services, we hurriedly rush them out and tell them they're not welcome. Four times a year, we recite Yizkor--on Yom Kippur, as well as on the last day of each of the Three Festivals: Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. The service itself ...


Creating a Safe Space-Time

The recent death of Stephen Hawking made me think of his famous work, A Brief History of Time. This book has been described as the most bestselling book that no one has ever finished. I was no exception. There was simply no way I could comprehend much of what was written (the illustrations were kind ...

B-B-B-Bad to the Bone?

You gotta hand it to those ancient rabbis--they sure knew how to tackle classroom management. In fact, we read about their nuanced understanding of effective pedagogical techniques each year at the Passover Seder. Forget everything you thought you knew about education. The rabbis had it all figured out: there are simply four kinds of learners--the ...