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The rabbi has lived in Dutchess County with his wife, Tzivie, and children for nine years.
He began his six-minute gig when someone he knew in Manhattan indicated an interest in incorporating some regular Torah learning into his schedule, but couldn’t find the time. “This is not just a gimmick.” It’s serious, albeit abbreviated, learning. “Purim is on a very higher level than Yom Kippur, spiritually speaking,” he said.
Online dating has become an integral part of my life.
Every day I receive several emails, “winks,” “yeses” and “likes” from men as close as my new hometown in Florida and as far away as the Czecho Republic and Greenland.
“It helps the whole family.” At the end of each class on a recent Thursday, Rabbi Hecht and his students exchanged Shabbat greetings.
“Hopefully, I’ll see you next week,” one student said.
“I’m not that learned in Jewish law or Jewish history. It’s made me more knowledgeable in the beauty of the religion and of the history.” A member of the prominent Chabad family of Hecht rabbis, on this recent Thursday, Hanoch Hecht sports a distinctive maroon velvet kipa, a light-blue striped suit and an open-collared white shirt.
Despite the cold, he left his coat at home, opting instead for a light brown plaid scarf.
on the Amtrak Empire Service, walked to a nearby Shacharit minyan, then began a daylong series of one-on-one learning sessions in offices around the borough.
His last class ended at 5 p.m., followed by a personal counseling session. Another day in the life of the “6-Minute Rabbi.” That’s the trademarked name that Rabbi Hecht, a 31-year-old Canarsie native, gave himself when he began his short-length, long-lived educational program eight years ago.
Feeling rebellious, I wrote him, “How do you define meshugener ?