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The Missing Book

Earlier this month, in an attempt to prepare for one of my Shavuot night lectures, I was searching to find the source of one of a number of quotations that I wanted to use. I remembered the name of the book where the exact quotation could be found and then began a...

Confessions of a Giants Fan

I’m tapping this out in my office at Agudath Israel of America’s national headquarters in Manhattan to the tune, so to speak, of blaring horns, booming drums, and the wild shouting of hundreds of thousands of people 13 floors below my window. It’s...

Packing

I am certain that all of you will agree with me that one of the lesser joys of travel is packing one’s suitcases before embarking on that adventure. I am not a neat packer since I have long noticed how the baggage handlers throw everything about in any case. And...

Stress Test

As part of my medical regimen over the past few months I have taken a number of cardiac stress tests both in the United States as well as here in Israel. In truth, for most of us, life and its petty annoyances, problems large and small, urban living, newspapers and...

Dirty Laundry

Most experiences can teach us lessons, and from many there is much to learn. Years ago, my cousin had an elderly neighbor in her Brooklyn apartment building. Unfortunately, this aged woman was prone to seek out and dwell on the negative aspects of practically...

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