In Praise Of Folly

Disclaimer: The following incident took place a number of years ago, and my account is at best only roughly accurate: I was observing Rav Nissim Karelitz’s קבלת קהל. A very earnest and pious looking אברך approached Rav Nissim with some sort of pullback motor powered toy car, and asked him if operating it was permitted […]

Of Anno Domini and Ad Hominem

From yesterday’s parshah: הַחֹדֶשׁ הַזֶּה לָכֶם, רֹאשׁ חֳדָשִׁים: רִאשׁוֹן הוּא לָכֶם, לְחָדְשֵׁי הַשָּׁנָה.1 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Ramban famously ascribes normative force to this verse: וטעם החדש הזה לכם ראש חדשים, שימנו אותו ישראל חדש הראשון, וממנו ימנו […]

Damsels In Distress

SternGrad discusses slipping, losing her balance and almost falling while on a date, her date’s reaction, and her reaction to his (and to his hypothetical one, had she failed to regain her balance): I am a klutz. I have proved to be capable of tripping over my own two feet, bumping into walls, and knocking […]