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About Yitzhak Buxbaum: Teacher, Storyteller, Author

YITZHAK BUXBAUM is an inspired and inspiring teacher and storyteller, one of those reviving the honorable calling of the Maggid (preacher), who in times past travelled from community to community to awaken Jews to the beauty of their tradition.

Yitzhak teaches and tells stories with warmth and humor. He often sets the mood by leading singing. And he creates the exciting and enlivening atmosphere of a special event, in which everyone is involved. Judaism is communicated in a way to reach the committed as well as the curious, those who are near, along with those who are now far -- but just need someone to offer them a welcome at the door.

Yitzhak's approach is not denominational or sectarian and is for Jews of all backgrounds. His programs are appropriate for different age-groups: teens, college-age, adults and seniors. The programs are entertaining. They are also genuine spiritual experiences. As the Rabbis say: What comes from the heart, enters the heart.

Author of numerous publications Yitzhak has lectured and told stories at synagogues, JCC's, Y's, Hillels, and retreats, producing enthusiastic responses. He has taught at CAJE conferences, Havurah Movement Summer Institutes, the Elat Chayyim Jewish Retreat Center, the New York Open Center, the New Age Center (Nyack, N.Y.) and the renowned New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.).

He was honored by being asked to address an audience of rabbis at The New York Board of Rabbis on the topic "The Quest for Spirituality."

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S'micha as a Maggid from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

Yitzhak Buxbaum has s'micha (authorization) as a maggid (teacher and storyteller) from the legendary Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Yitzhak writes:

When my spiritual master, the holy and pure Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, gave me s'micha, and ordained me as a maggid, a teller of sacred Jewish tales, he put his holy hands on my head and said:

B'ezrat HaShem
Maggid devarav l'Yaakov.
Aileh hadevarim asher tidabeir el bnai Yisrael.
Bizeh anu somchim v'tomchim u'm'chazkim yidai
Reb Yitzhak ben Meir Buxbaum
sh'yichyeh lihiyot machzir al hap'tachim, pitchaihem mikuvanim
petach habayit sha'arei halev liban shel Yisrael
l'hachzir otam avaida mida'at da'at Elyon
b'divrei aggada sh'moshchim liban shel Yisrael
b'divrei hitorerut.
Kumi ori ki va oraich.
Yagid yagid
Y'orair y'orair
Yachzir yachzir
am Yisrael b'tshuvah shleima mitoch ahavah.
Koh t'varchu v'yizkeh lirot b'haramat keren Yisrael mitoch simcha.

With the help of God.
Be a maggid, a teller of tales, and speak sacred words to the seed of Jacob.
These are the words you shall speak to the Children of Israel.
With this, we support, strengthen, and uphold the hands of
Reb Yitzhak ben Meir Buxbaum
To live a life of the spirit, making the rounds, knocking on all doors, the doors facing each other, the door of the Temple, the gates of the heart, the Heart of Israel
To return those who are lost, lost to mind,
the Mind of the Most High,
With stories that draw the heart of Israel and cause them to awaken.
Arise, shine, for your light has come!
Tell, tell
Awaken, awaken
Return, return the People of Israel in complete repentance, from love.
So shall you bless, and merit to see the raising of the honor of Israel, in joy.