Sunday, July 6, 2014
Smartphones are making people dumber. People can no longer memorize telephone numbers. People are more afraid of leaving their cell phones at home than almost any other fear.
Of course there are some positive aspects of owning one of these devices. I recently saw someone staring intently into his phone as he fidgeted with his Tefilin Shel Rosh to set them in place.
I tried to be Dan Lekaf Zechus, having learned from my previous mistake, and luckily I was proven correct. He was not fiddling with his face-book, rather, he was taking a selfie to confirm that his Tefilin were positioned properly.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Those who live in the Big Apple and other large cities need to grapple with a shortage of parking places.
The problem is compounded several times a week when the City performs the alternate side street sweeping routine.
Years ago, the City alloted 3 hours for this task.
Some years ago, the city council voted to halve this time to 90 minutes.
Yet some sane senators in a recent AP article argue that double parking and idling of cars can be minimized if we allow cars to park immediately after the sanitation sweeper sweeps through.
They have my vote.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
One of the things I love about Brooklyn, is the ease of religious life.
Kosher pizza stores, bakeries, mega-supermarkets, Shuls, clothing stores, Seforim stores, Yeshivos abound on just about every block.
Some years ago an enterprising individual began circulating in all shuls the famous "times" set for Krias Shma.
Recently, stores have been sporting signs that announce the candle-lighting times for Shabbos and YomTov.
Years ago, they said it is 'Shver tzu zain a yid'.
Today, it couldn't be easier.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Taking a stroll through my local Seforim store, I noticed that there was not one, but three new biographies of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
This is quite strange, considering that biographies are usually written soon after the passing of the individual.
I imagine that there being 3 biographies issued within a short time span, a score after the demise is unprecendented.
Perhaps this is because the subject lived a larger than life existence. Whether one agrees with his Hashkafa or not, he single-handedly revitalized a large segment of Judaism. He made one proud to be a Jew, encouraged one to practice Mitzvos openly, and encouraged followers to set up shop in the most far-flung places of the globe.
Or perhaps it is because he hasn't reappeared in over 2 decades that makes people realize he is not coming back.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Sometimes, in our busy and hectic lives, we forget to appreciate the simple things - the beautiful imagery, scent and symmetry of nature.
This is the time of year when flowers are in full bloom.
Don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
In a surprising move, Ford Motor Company has named a Jew as their new CEO, to take over operations of the car giant in July of this year.
This is especially delicious, considering that Old Mr. Ford was an outspoken anti-Semite.
Henry Ford was wrong on many accounts. He famously declared that customers can have his "Model T" in any color - as long as it is black.
While he may have been a genius in mass producing assembly lines - he was way behind the times in public relations.
I suppose he is turning over in his grave.