I have not slept well during the last three months. Don’t get me wrong, I fall right asleep, but I don’t wake up well-rested. There is a pit in my stomach that won’t seem to go away. Baruch Hashem, my family is healthy and well. I feel truly blessed in so many ways and I try to be grateful each and every day.
For most of us, COVID19 has been the single greatest disruption that we have ever experienced. As traumatic and unsettling as 9/11 and the Great Recession of 2008-9 were, they were limited in their scope and direct impact. By contrast, COVID19 has impacted the entire globe on many levels
“People put a lot less effort into picking apart evidence that confirms what they already believe.” -Peter Watts Given the current attention given to the murders, protests, police brutality and riots across the United States of America, I find it difficult to write about anything not related to this news that is dominating the headlines.
As I arrive daily at my office, I reach for my Tallis and Tefillin. After donning them, I instinctively begin to head for the Shul, but, alas, the Shul, which sits just ten feet from my office, is dark and desolate and off-limits for public davening. Sometimes I sneak into the sanctified sanctum, hoping beyond hope to see mispallelim fill the tables with their siddurim and seforim
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.