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A new billionaire on the block

THERE’S A new billionaire on the block. Actually, it’s . . . me. After a lifetime of failing at every imaginable investment, I finally hit upon an idea that worked.


As in, big time.

As in, classical you can’t lose.

You know those ads on the radio that say you will never lose a penny of your principal regardless of whether the market goes up or down — and you don’t call. Of course you don’t call.

You know it’s a fake.



AND I want you to know that there is a real problem out there, overtaking every facet of literature — high brow, low brow, middle brow, in print, online, Twitter, Facebook, non-fiction, everything. And I just can’t make my peace with it. And, I mean, it’s really disturbing to a person who at least aspires to write well and to read well. And to read well? And, yes indeed, it’s a pleasure to read something that is well written, even if it is only an objective news report. And I just can...

There is no heredity in challah — a travelogue

Rosh Hashanah is different for a mother of a young family — and for any other adult in the house. The solemnity, the seriousness, the deep contemplation, the oscillation between hope and unworthiness, are all broken by a baby’s cries, a toddler’s antics, a sweetly drawn cut-out with the colors of a bee and a small plastic container attached for honey. So it rotates. Long hours in shul. Powerful words of prayer. Elevating melodies. And . . . a beautiful little stool with inlaid blocks spel...


ON YOM Kippur, G-d does not, because He cannot, unilaterally absolve one of sins committed against people. If I dislike someone, or have been wronged by someone — or have myself wronged someone — I myself need to straighten this out before Yom Kippur. G-d’s forgiveness is built on restored human relationships. This is well known. Is it, however, ideal? Isn’t it a low bar to say that going into the holiest season of the year, the best I should strive for is to purge the negative — t...

Too deep — yet inspirational — for me

BEFORE ROSH Hashanah and Yom Kippur, many people look for inspiration. I know I do. Sometimes I am inspired by what I do not understand. Though I am steeped in the rationalist, Lithuanian (“Litvak”) tradition — admirer and consumer of its Talmudic, musar and philosophical works — mysticism speaks to my soul. For example, I am inspired by the writings of the first chief rabbi of Palestine, Abraham Isaac Kuk. I understand next to nothing of what he wrote outside the rational context of J...
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