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Final Partings

“Would that there were in this world no final partings (From Ahihara No Narihara, The Tales of Ise).” I am more moved by listening to a recording of my father zt”l speaking, than I am by visiting his grave. I honor him more by studying his...

“There Was a Child Went Forth”

Walt Whitman From “There Was a Child Went Forth” There was a child went forth every day. And the first object he look’d upon, that object he became, And that object became part of him for the day or a certain Part of the day, Or for many years or stretching...

Certain Misunderstood People Of The Book

The jury, passing on the prisoner’s life, May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two Guiltier than him they try. --William Shakespeare from Measure for Measure I remember my father zt"l's response when someone said, "We have to realize that the most wicked people in the Bible...

It Takes A Thief

He is a great friend and neighbor. He is well-read, intelligent, insightful, and generous. So, when Debbie and I were stuck in Brooklyn and needed something from the house, we called him for help. The problem was that he didn't (pretended to not) have a...

Well, Well, Well

Eliezer met Rebecca, Isaac’s intended, at a well. Jacob met Rachel at a well. Where is the well of Abraham and Sarah? There were many wells in Abraham and Sarah’s story: After the Akeidah, Abraham “Stayed at Beer-sheba.” (22:19) Just before the Akeidah, Abraham planted an...

Eshet Chayil – A Complete Person

“Many daughters have amassed achievement, but you surpassed them all.” My daughter wanted a specific dress, but it was far too short. “Don’t worry,” she assured me, “Mommy can fix it.” I suggested that even Mommy can’t make a dress grow, but she insisted, “Mommy can...