In September, Danielle Rodnizki joined the Stephen Wise community as cantorial intern. Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Danielle is a second-year cantorial student at Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and recently returned from a year of study in Jerusalem. Here, she shares some of her favorite Jewish things.
Favorite Jewish Song
So hard to choose! I like a setting of “Asher Yatzar” by Dan Nichols.
Favorite Jewish Tradition
Having a meal in the sukkah during Sukkot.
Favorite Jewish Food
My mom’s latkes.
Favorite Jewish Word
Lizrom — it means to go with the flow.
Favorite Jewish Joke
I’m terrible with jokes.
Favorite Jewish Book
I really like Relational Judaism by Ron Wolfson.
Favorite Jewish Value
I love the value of hachnasat orchim, which is about welcoming the guests and strangers who come to us, and getting to know them and build relationships.