Archive for December 31, 2015

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Traveling in Kosher Style

BH All the people we told about our road trip from Pittsburgh to Florida said we had to stop in Charleston, South Carolina, so we did. What they didn’t tell us was that one of the best things about the city was its restaurants. I could have figured that out on my own though. Delicious food smells were everywhere. I was surprised by how enticed I was by them; but I was even more delighted by the fact that finally, I...

Getting Over My Unhealthy Obsession

BH I didn’t even need to go inside a hospital to learn about the mitzvah of bikkur cholim, visiting the sick. It was an integral part of my family background. I grew up with stories of my grandfather’s participation in the “Press Old Newsboys,” a legion of businessmen who purportedly began as newspaper boys and had become successful enough to raise money for Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital. Some people may have been inspired by this legacy; I was terrified. I remember...

All I Needed to Know I Forgot

BH The first time I had an epiphany about my lamentable state of being, I didn’t become closer to G-d. I just knew I had to change–drastically. This moment occurred when I was about to graduate from high school, and I became painfully aware that I had developed two distinct personas, one I shared publicly and one I reserved for my friends. I was a “phony.” How did I let that happen? Feeling totally degraded, I made it my life goal...

Can We Get Rid of This Monster?

BH By now, people have stopped asking how many children we have. (Our youngest child is seventeen.) Now they ask how many grandchildren we have. I know they’re just making conversation, indulging their curiosity about what number we’re up to, but the question is awkward because I don’t want to answer it. First of all, I’m always hopeful that the number will increase, that more will be “on the way.” But that’s not the real reason why I don’t count. The...

From Terror to Triumph

BH The timing couldn’t have been worse for Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his 18-year-old son, Netanel. Arab terrorists gunned them down five days before the wedding of Yaakov’s daughter, Sara Techiya. The family was driving on Thursday to the aufrauf, the groom’s pre-wedding Shabbos celebration, when their car was fired upon. Which means that instead of being married to Ariel Beegel the following Tuesday, Sara Techiya Litman was sitting shiva for her father and brother. Even though the slaughtering of Jews...