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Proposed ‘Add-Ons’ To Classic Informal Blessing

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This article was inspired by and is dedicated in memory of Rabbi Dr. O. Asher Reichel, zal, who passed away just a few months ago at the age of 90 with the basic benefits described in this blessing for most of his long, fulfilling, and uplifting life.

Rabbi Aaron I. Reichel, Esq., is the author of The Maverick Rabbi, about Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein, a pioneering American rabbi, who had a great-grandfather, in turn, who was reported to have died at the age of 106, and only as the result of falling off a horse!

About the Author: Rabbi Aaron I. Reichel, Esq., reviewed the definitive biography of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach by Rabbi Dr. Natan Ophir before and after it was published, long after he’d interacted with Rabbi Carlebach on a number of occasions, as described in that book. Reichel is the author of “The Maverick Rabbi,” about Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein, but Reichel readily concedes that Carlebach was far more of a maverick in his time.


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