Friday, October 19, 2018

(l-r) Abel Santana, 8, enjoyed Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider autographing a copy of his new book, “The Light That Unites,” for him. (Credit: Robert Kalfus)

Direct from Jerusalem, Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider was the featured speaker and guest rabbi at the Lincoln Park Jewish Center’s recent shabbaton. The Modern Orthodox synagogue hosted almost two dozen people who enjoyed a delicious hot, kosher Shabbat dinner Friday night, during which Rabbi Goldscheider shared his vision and insights, and the learning continued throughout Shabbat, with Rabbi Goldscheider speaking during Shabbat morning services. Yet again during the seudat shlishit meal, Rabbi Goldscheider further developed the ideas noted in his new book, “The Light That Unites.”

Following Havdalah, Rabbi Goldscheider stayed to autograph and sell his new book, at a discount to Lincoln Park Jewish Center members and those attending the Shabbaton.

When it was announced that Rabbi Aaron, as he prefers to be called, would offer his book for sale, Abel Santana, 8, loudly exclaimed “Wow! You are the first author that I’ve ever met!”

During seudat shlishit, all present were delighted when Abel asked the best questions of Rabbi Aaron, including “Is this book copyrighted?” and “Where was this book published and where is the year showing when it was printed?”

Abel also writes and illustrates his own books, and reported that meeting Rabbi Goldscheider inspired him to continue.

Rabbi Goldscheider’s new book, published by the Orthodox Union Press, may be previewed at, and features quotes from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, including “The whole world says ‘Live up to your potential.’ I say, ‘Go beyond your potential. This is the miracle of Hanukkah—one light that surpassed everyone’s expectations.’” It is available for purchase on the website, at bookstores and online.

Rabbi Goldscheider received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University in 1993, where he also studied Jewish philosophy. For the past 20 years he has devoted his life to teaching Torah and to outreach to the less affiliated, as a rabbi in Florida and most recently as the rabbi of the Mt. Kisco Hebrew Center. Rabbi Goldscheider lives in Jerusalem with his wife and children.

By Robert Kalfus


 Robert Kalfus has enjoyed working as a staff photographer in the NYC and tri-state area for more than four decades on staff at the NY Post, and at the NY Times and NY Daily News, and still enjoys challenging assignments. Please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 917-379-4165.

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