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Tuesday night was the premiere showing of the one-rabbi performance, “I caused the Big Bang.” Full of humor and exploration, it asks and answers the confessions of a young rabbi.

With facts, fictions, and puns, it was surely a piece of its own.

Beginning with golf clubs and ending with the desire to golf, it weaves us through the off-kilter sermon from Rabbi David Wechsler-Azen.

Clothed in loose prayer shawls, loose ties and a backup band to perform the occasional pop tune, each piece plays into the meanderings of a single question, “How do we make sense of this?”

Rather than providing an answer, Wechsler-Azen leads the audience with commentary through the cultural, religious and ethnic eyes of being Jewish.

Uniquely intimate, yet a bit long-winded, the young Rabbi’s trailblazing is given through personal stories and moments, all collected to explore bits of humanity.

Sometimes he just gives jokes, such as, “A monkey is reading the Bible in one hand and Darwin in the other. Someone see’s him and asks, ‘Why are you reading the Bible and Darwin at the same time?’ The monkey looks up and says, ‘I’m trying to figure out if I’m my brother’s keeper or my keeper’s brother.’”

But it’s not so bad, His personality brings out its own self-doubt and self-questioning, an honesty that helps balance the constant comedic presence. At one point, he even brings up questions about tragedies and death, providing the audience not with an answer but an argument to take the time to find one.

During the two-hour show, one might find his awe and humor a little over-the-top and a little too much for a little too long. But, despite this, it wraps up to be a clever examination of life, history, truth and responsibility.
 

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