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I went to Kosher Fest today and I’m moving to Texas tomorrow

Visit KosherCookingcarnival.com for more videos of me interviewing people at kosherfest.

Yes I gave it away, how long can you keep it a secret, but my company finally gave me the go and I will be meandering my way along through the mid west with stops in Cleveland and Detroit until I reach my new home in Dallas. It shall be interesting and I shall keep you posted.

I have much to say about kosher fest, but unfortunately for you folks I really can’t get into it now, with the move and all. In fact I am going to post up two quick videos I took at the festival and have to write about it some other time. I wont be posting as much as a normally do for the next week or so, probably once a day- like the old days.

These videos are both under 2 minutes long.

Frum Satire Goes to Kosherfest 2008 pt1

Frum Satire Goes to Kosherfest 2008 pt2

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  • As an Austinite, born and raised, let me just say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMhaehb5AnE

  • A23

    From Monsey to Dallas? That’s got to be a change.

  • It’s Dallas and no Kosher Texas BBQ?!? WTH?!? BYOBB?!?
    Send us back some videos of some good Texas BBQ, Hesh.

  • Wow! Have a great move!

  • jessica

    Wow, good luck. Sorry about all the cold weather you’ll be getting in Cleveland. We might even be getting some snow. When do you plan on being in Cleveland?

  • I am planning on Cleveland tomorrow and Thursday nights- I hope there is some snow- just got new tires and kind of sad to be leaving the snow behind.

  • I guessed right! To bad we didn’t set up that pool, I’d be a few bucks ahead. I lived there for a year, know some great people down there including my in laws, rabbis and friends. Pop me an email if you want the the who’s who and the what’s what.

    I can give you some great fishing spots too, real fun to go out into the hick towns and try to put on the Southern drawl with the locals, just make sure you don’t get shot and watch out for snakes, they’re everywhere once your out of the city.

    Whart part of Dallas are you moving too?

  • Es

    ur DRIVING to dallas?! wowww thats pretty far!
    no stops to my part of town?

  • ES I am just wandering my way down so who knows.

  • Es

    well definitely let me know! (but im going out of town on thursday night- so try to make it before then!)

  • safe travels, holmes. 🙂

  • Tony

    “TEXAS?! Only steers and queers come from Texas, private cowboy. And you don’t look so much like a steer to me so that kinda narrows it down…” -Full Metal jacket

  • Of all the cities in Texas, you end up in Dallas? I say b’hatzlacha to you … I can’t wait to see how you manage there 🙂 I mean, you will, but it just seems such an odd place. Why not Houston or Austin (especially Austin!)!?

  • Dofan Akuma

    happy trails til we meet again amigo.

  • I will have a whole bunch of funny FrumSatire/KoseherFest videos up in a day or two at KosherCookingCarnival.com

  • Chris_B

    Austin is much nicer, but Dallas has its points too. I get back to Dallas every few years. Maybe someday I’ll run into you there.

  • I wish I was going to Austin, but my job takes me to Dallas, my eventual goal is to end up in Boulder Colorado or Israel

  • Texgator

    Well, well, well…I was right after all. Welcome to my neck of the Jewish woods. Let me know if you have any questions about the hood. I live in Plano, which is 20 min. North of Dallas, but it’s all the same area really. Its really just one Orthodox community here, for the most part.

  • Texgator,

    I lived in Plano for a year myself, used to go to Rabbi Block back in the days when the shul was in his house on Miami ave. I’ve been to his new place many times since, as I visit every few years. Do you go there too?

  • Texgator

    Phil,
    I split my team between there and another shul down the street from Rabbi Block’s place. If you’ve been there anytime in the last 2 years I most likely would have been there also.

  • I’ve heard about the new place, I believe it was the DATA guys that started a new learning center at the old Texas drug warehouse last time I was there. Did they open a shul too?

    If you went to Rabbi Block on a regular basis, you must know my father in law Martin Wolfson too. Last time I was there was Pesach of 2006. Martin’s moved South to Dallas now, don’t when the next time I’ll make it back to Plano will be.

    Probably now another friend of my named Joey Ohayon, owns the kosher pizza place. Another ex Montrealer that was living in Plano when I lived there in 1999.

  • Texas! Wow! Good thing you spent time at the kosher food fair. Maybe you’ll hsot a kcc…

  • Texgator

    Phil,
    Yeah, DATA is the other place. It’s not really a fully functioning shul at this point, but they do have minyans pretty regularly. Good group of guys. I don’t know Joey personally, but I certainly frequent his establishment from time to time. As you know, he’s got a monopoly on kosher pizza around here. Welcome to the wilderness, Hesh!!

  • Texgator,

    My sister in law and her husband are part of the North Dallas chapter of DATA Rabbi Fried and I forgot the name of the tall one that runs the show there.

    When we lived there, that shul didn’t exist, they all davened at Sharei Tefillah. I used to do Weekdays back at Rabbi Dubrawski on Forest Lane.

    Pedating that, during the mid nineties, my in laws lived in Richardson, I used to go to Rabbi Rodin / Ohev Shalom when visiting. Funny enough he called me last night about the new yeshiva they opened.

    After him, I get on the phone and my daughter is on the phone with Rabi Alefsky who moved back to NY from Plano. His wife (Mrs. Block’s sister) is pregnant which is a miracle in itself, she’s due around Purim time.

    Since we’re talking Dallas rabbis, Rabbi Goldshmidt was one of my teachers before he was married in yeshiva in Troy NY back in the late eighties.

    Small world indeed. Looks like Hesh has something to get started with.

  • Texgator

    The “tall” guy is Rabbi Fiegenbaum. The new Ohr Hatorah building was completed earlier this year, right across the street from Shaare Tefilla…it’s amazing.

    I heard the good news about the Alevski’s a few weeks ago….its wonderful.

    See, Hesh….small community, everyone knows everyone. Even people in Canada.

  • Yeah, Rabbi Fiegenbaum, forgot his name. My oldest son was in daycare with his son, they were 3 years old at the time. My son is over Bar Mitzva now…

    Some of my wife’s extended family go to Ohr Hatorah, Ari Reubin, Ryan Pelsinger and his mom to name a few.

    Here is another Montreal name for you from Sharei Tefillah:
    Matthew Burke another ex Montrealer, we went to Yeshiva Together during the early-mid eighties.

  • Texgator

    You’re related to Ryan? He’s a great guy. He’s joined us over at DATA in Plano a few times.

  • Try not to giggle too much when people say nice things in Hebrew in a drawl followed by “y’all”. It took me an entire weekend to stop chuckling.

  • Texgator,

    Ryan’s sister Blair is married to my brother in Law (my wife’s brother) Matan Wolfson. He is (literally) a great and funny guy, they spent Pesach 2007 at our house in Montreal along with his mom.

    Suitepotato must be referring to the famous/infamous “Shalom y’all”.

  • Left Brooklyn and never looked back

    In Dallas make sure you check out Shaare Tefillah. The rabbi, Ari Perl is great. You’ll love him and his wife Meira.

  • utubefan

    Could you let me know if Modern Orthodoxy is alive in Dallas (or anywhere for that matter)? I miss it and I’m starting to get incredibly depressed here in NY.

  • Renah

    it’s not so bad, I am from Tyler, Tx, about 2 hrs away from Dallas. The community is very small

  • Mike

    Hey Renah, I’m hoping you mean that tyler tx is very small (or non-existent). as a Dallas native (south eruv) I extend Hesh a Texas sized welcome to the BIG D. Let us know if y’all need any help settin in , though I warn ya hesh I know you like to move around but there’s somethin about the lonestar state that’ll make ya wanna stick around for awhile!