Out of Town Driving

Forgive me for the content of this article, because, after all, I am an out-of-towner. Living in Waterbury, Connecticut, for the last sixteen years of my life has wiped away much of my New York mindset. It has bothered me for awhile, so I have finally gathered the guts to put it into writing. When […]


On the last night of the zeman here at the mesivta in Waterbury, it has become customary for the bochurim, mainly twelfth graders, to reflect on their experiences. The event is highly inspirational and emotional, lasting the entire night. I have never written in this column about this event before, but I had to share […]

It’s An Honor

These days of Sefirah, when we joyfully anticipate kabbolas haTorah, feature the concurrent mourning over the death of the twenty four thousand talmidim of Rebbi Akiva. As the Gemara in Maseches Yevamos (62b) tells us, this was a punishment for not giving honor to one another. The timing is obviously not coincidental. Hashem is teaching […]