I know a Holocaust survivor who lives on the West Coast. I attempt to speak with him once a week. Last week I casually asked him if the fact that all the shuls and Batei Medrash have been sealed shut reminded him of Europe before the war. My friend, who is in his mid-nineties, was taken aback in a way I had never seen.
A story is told about a reporter who was interviewing a successful bank president. He wanted to know the secret of the man’s success. "Two words,” he was told, “right decisions.” “And how do you make right decisions?” asked the reporter. The reply: “One word: experience.” The
Shavuos: holiday of flowers, cheesecake, blintzes – and so much more. Like the first Shavuos three thousand years ago, this holiday presents us with an opportunity to reach true personal acceptance of the Torah. How can we bring ourselves toward this point? How can we overcome our feelings of distance
Since before I started writing these articles, I’ve had a document on my Google Drive titled “Article Ideas.” Anytime an idea for an article would enter into my brain, I’d head over to this document and add my idea to it. This would ensure I wouldn’t forget my idea. The following is an article based on an idea that
As I prepare for Shavous, a startling conversation I had with Professor Herbert Goldstein z”l, over fifteen years ago, then professor emeritus of nuclear science at Columbia, invariably jumps to the forefront of my mind. Professor Goldstein was part of the MIT team who discovered and implemented the use of radar
One evening not long ago I was out driving on the highway during a rainstorm. I signaled right and started to switch lanes. The problem was that, due to low visibility, I failed to see a van that was moving into the same space. Its tail swiped the front side of my car. For the next few days, I drove around with increased hesitation.
“Life is a roller coaster. There are ups; there are downs. There are hills; there are valleys, peaks, and so on.” -Martin Landau
We are currently living in a very interesting and difficult time. Each one of us is dealing with our own personal challenges, while many of us are also living with other people who are each dealing
Just when you thought our society could not get more morally depraved, on January 12th, the annual No Pants Subway Ride took place in cities across twenty-five countries around the world. This outrageous “tradition” began in 2001 and was introduced by the group “Improv Everywhere,”
“You can't please everyone, nor should you seek to, because then you won't please anyone, least of all yourself.”
-Dylan Moran A number of years ago I saw an article on Yahoo that really disturbed me. The article discussed how there was a disabled boy who was quite limited physically. Despite all their medical expenses, he and his family were able to save enough money to go on vacation to Disney. When
This past Shabbos, Parshas Shimini, an event occurred 166 years ago, which I am sure most of us never heard about. It was on the 24th of Nissan in the year 1854 on Parshas Shimini, that Sasha Mindel Hertzberg née Kluger passed away. Mrs. Sasha Mindel was not a great known Rebbetzen, nor was she a miracle worker. She was married for a short time and