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Howdy friends! We hope everyone enjoyed Pesach. We sure did, B”H! Are we the only ones who feel like time is flying by? Of course not, no one is ever the only one. Chaplains know that all too well.

There’s been a lot of good new acapella music this past month. With Lag B’Omer here and Shavuos on the way, perhaps we’ll take this discussion in a new direction this time.

Having had the pleasure of spending time with Baruch Levine, we are reminded of the greatness of our talented folks who are role models both on and off stage.

Nissim Black has been sharing video messages of hope during the on-going political storm. His encouragement, straight out of Israel, is as good as his musical inspiration.

Ami Avraham, The People’s Mayor of Edison/Highland Park, and Rabbi Moshe Weinberger met up in Israel. How’s that for a dynamic duo? Both offer chizuk, are music lovers, and promoters par excellence. Maybe we’ll hear a hit song from them soon? Farbrengen style.

Lag B’Omer events were planned worldwide despite the current climate, and we don’t mean the weather. Our people will never give in to fear or despondency. No chance. Music is one of our superpowers. Chabad’s “Great Parades’’ are everywhere, with our own Joey Newcomb appearing at more than one of them. Mordechai Shapiro and Benny Friedman headlined a Florida Hatzalah concert event. Nobody’s ever going to put our fire out.

Thank You Hashem Nation put out an album and many new singles with quite a variety. Our favorite is “Takeh Takeh.” We enjoyed Yeedle’s “Motzi Asirim,” as well as Arik Dvir, Aharale Samet and Neranena Choir’s “Nichsafti.”

Two of Joey’s friends have just released new outstanding music. Moshe Auslander’s “Tomachti” and Moshe Avigdor’s debut album, “A’ira Shachar.” I watched those guys grow up. Nachas moment for me, and, of course,we wish them continued hatzlocha.

Ben Shapiro’s first rap song, a few months ago, “Facts,” topped the charts. We still play it, as the message is timeless. Rabbi Efrem Goldberg and Rabbi Josh Broide, both from New Jersey and now South Florida, discussed the importance of music for our overall well-being.

Fellow music lover and patriot who walks the talk, like Sid Rosenberg, radio host at WABC, found himself in an unexpected encounter on a NYC subway. A troublemaker began shouting antisemitic remarks at a rabbi, even poking him in the chest. Sid, who is a major defender of the Jewish people, stood up and said, “I’m Jewish too.” The troublemaker moved away, leaving the rabbi alone, prompting him to tell Sid, “I know who you are. Thank you for helping me get home safe for Shabbos.” Sid later credited his brave actions to radio co-host Curtis Sliwa, his friend and the founder of The Guardian Angels. D.J. Al and I are safely armed and ready to protect as well. Never again is now.

Wishing all graduates a hearty mazel tov! Our graduations are not like the poison-ivy league institutions’ chaos. May we all share a joyous and safe Shavuos. Looking forward to sharing a sweeping victory in Israel, sooner rather than later. Wishing all a git zimmer! Am Yisroel Chai! Thank you Hashem! ️


Al & Sarah (Newcomb) Gordon own and operate 1640 WJPR, a unique radio station in hybrid format out of Highland Park/Edison, NJ. Al has been dazzling Radioland with his voice and personality for decades. Sarah, a certified chaplain, columnist, realtor and therapeutic healer is new to radio and new to the Gordon household. Together they hope to blaze a unique trail, utilizing their special Koach, impacting their children, grandchildren, community,many fans and all others as intended from above, one song and one smile at a time. #TYH Nation YOU matter! They can be reached at: [email protected].

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