Category Archives: From the Files of Chevrah Lomdei Mishnah

Standing at Your Side

You know, we had a baby boy a few months ago,” Reb Chatzkel* began, by way of introduction. “I was at the bris,” I reminded him. Reb Chatzkel smiled. Then he continued to tell me his story: Baruch Hashem, we have a bunch of kinderlach, and after the bris my wife went to the convalescent […]

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The Lightbulb

There I was, sitting on a plane. Interesting: I had had no indication whatsoever that I’d be sitting on a plane at this moment of my life. The trip had taken me by surprise. Well, if I was honest with myself I’d admit that it hadn’t been completely by surprise. Am I confusing you? Don’t […]

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The Grave Clause

There I was in the car and it was getting late. I glanced at my list. One more property to visit before I could call it a day. Okay, I would do what I had to do. The place was really out in the boondocks; I hadn’t even seen a Coke machine for about 50 […]

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The Unlikely Funeral

Walking through Bnei Brak in the summer is like enjoying quality time in the sauna, while trying to go about everyday life. Nowadays, most places are air-conditioned, but back then, it was just boiling, with nowhere to go for relief. The streets were alive with a mélange of aromas. A falafel store at the corner […]

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The Garbage Caper

I stay in hotels. It’s not that I enjoy them. It’s just something that I have to do a lot for business reasons. I mean, after a while, even the fanciest hotel becomes kind of stale. Like the first time you stay at the Ritz in Paris, you stand at the window and smile to […]

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