Jason Appleson's path to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) was anything but automatic. Born in Nashville, the 2008 Lander College for Men Finance grad moved to Cincinnati and then Chicago throughout his youth before finally arriving in NYC to attend Touro. All that transplantation to different territories, particularly as an Orthodox Jew, was “an interesting experience,” Appleson concedes.
And that’s what students did this past Motzei Shabbos at “The Motzei Shabbos Chill”. Video games, Madden, slushie and smoothie making, Dance Dance Revolution the Jewish version, board games, pizza, sushi, and just hanging out and more. Reaction post Motzei Shabbos? “That was fun.” Now repeat a few dozen times and you’ll get the idea.
The month of Purim is most known for the phrase משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה (Mishenichnas Adar marbin b’simcha!) and Rabbi Cohen spoke about our seemingly elusive search for happiness. We live in a country, in an age, where everyone is looking for happiness and yet they can’t seem to find it. Rabbi Cohen said that happiness comes from feeling validated, from feeling that you are on the right track and doing the right thing. As Jews, through the Torah – our guide – we can reach happiness.
As the football season ends and the college recruiting begins, we must pay due to the Lander College for men football team. Well, Lander College for Men doesn’t actually have an official football team, but I have worked long and hard to mold these men into loyal Ducks fans. I believe I have been fairly successful. As a University of Oregon graduate, you understand I had to… so now there are 300 Jewish kids in Queens rooting for the University of Oregon Ducks. And who knows, maybe that’s why they’ve been playing so well this season! Go Ducks!
In a tie a wheel was spun and the contestants had to compete in the way chosen (Price is Right, Dance Off, Speech Off, Physical Challenge, Quick Find, Mental Challenge). And of course, there were prizes.
Students climbed out of their holes, clawed their way out of the library and saw the light of day (or evening) as they gathered for Rabbi Bamberger’s tisch to sigh with relief at the end of finals and look forward to a little vacation (and talk a little Torah).