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The prologue to my study at LBC started in Zurich, where I was asked to become the part-time Chazan at the Progressive shul of Zurich. I had talks with representatives of the congregation, and we decided that I would sing during a special Shabbat. There we met Rabbi Jonathan Magonet, and we started talking about LBC and studying for the rabbinate. The late chair of Zurich actually asked me, why not become a rabbi in Zurich instead of a chazan. I started thinking and discussing matters with my wife Riette. I had found myself in a job as a jurist (I finished my BA and MA in Law at the University of Amsterdam in 1985) where I had hardly any time for my hobbies: chazan, youth leader, and teacher. I missed these aspects of my life.