Category Archives: From the Files of Chevrah Lomdei Mishnah

Attorney for Heaven

People love stories. People especially love hearing stories that are incredible, that seem almost too good to be true. This is such a story. I’ve never publicized it: What did I do, after all? I was just a messenger. But somehow, the story spread. First one person told me the story, never knowing that I […]

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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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