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I am honored that The Jerusalem Life magazine decided to feature me for this month’s, Who’s Who: Personalties Around Jerusalem column. This periodical is enjoyed by thousands in Jerusalem and its surrounding cities, and always seems to contain practical articles relating to educating ones children within the framework of Israeli society, insights into family development, and much more. Hence, when a number of months ago, Mrs. C.B. Gavant, a writer for The Jerusalem Life, contacted me hoping that I would agree to be interviewed for the Who’s Who: Personalties Around Jerusalem column, I decided to comply with her request. In so doing, I granted her access into my daily life as well as a bit of the back story into how we settled in Eretz Yisrael!
Now months removed from the interview, I remain truly humbled with how the final piece came out. Likewise, I thank all of you who already read the article and called or emailed saying how much you enjoyed the piece.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t reiterate what I was quoted as saying, namely that, “I wouldn’t be here if not for her [my wife].” And so, although the title of the piece referenced me as a “rising star,” I want to express my thanks once again to Hashem as well as the true star in my life: my wife! After all, it is she who allows and enables me the unique opportunity to wear the various hats mentioned in the article.
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Please note: I dedicate this article, Practice Makes Perfect, to my Grandmother of blessed memory: Sylvia (Sima Simcha) Kohn. I believe it is fitting that her Yarhzheit is in the month of Adar, a month in which we are instructed to increase and exude joy. She was a woman who was known by friends and family to truly live each day to its fullest extent. In both name and spirit she personified Simchas HaChaim! Savta, you continue to inspire me! May your memory be forever blessed!
Back in my days of study at Ner Israel Rabbinical College, I would spend some of my free time (a.k.a. Bein HaSedarim) exercising or reading. One of the most revealing books that I read during this time was: Jerusalem Jems: Jerusalem’s Top Educator’s Talk About Issues that Concern You Most. This easy to read work, was compiled by Rabbi Menachem Nissel (author of Women and Tefillah: Perspectives, Laws, and Customs
and Rabbinic Resource for NCSY) from the various articles that appeared for several years on JemSem.org. What I enjoyed then and now about Jerusalem Jems, to the extent that I even highlighted certain pages, was the frankness of the Question and Answer chapter as well as the fact that it was not written from one perspective! Rather, the reader can read the thoughts of anyone ranging from Rabbi Noach Orlowek to Mrs. Chana Silver and yet walk away with clear answers and Hashkafos to contemporary issues—regardless of if you were a Seminary Girl or a Yeshiva Bochur!
Today, I am happy to call many of the writers in this book—colleagues of mine!
What’s more, I was pleasantly surprised when I was asked to be a part of JemSem.org for the month of Adar 1 2011, and write the lead column called: “Chizuk from Yerushalayim!”
If you’ve never checked out JemSem.org I encourage you to visit this site. The JemSem.org website is massive. Whether one opts to agree or disagree with the articles that appear on the site, you could spend hours, perhaps days, discovering more and more about Judaism. On a monthly basis, the site features a “Chizuk from Yerushalayim” column, as well as the popular “Dear Chana” section which offers advice on Shidduchim to other matters that are relevant to young Jewish women. Plus, the “Ask a Shayla!” and the “I Didn’t Know That!” sections always seem to address timely issues and provide a wealth of information.
While I wish that JemSem.org would have included all of the footnotes to the original article that I wrote, I understand their editorial decision to remove them.
Several months ago, I authored an article that appeared in Shiur Times Magazine. In a blink of an eye, we will soon celebrate the receiving of the Torah during the holiday, aptly titled, Simchat Torah. As such, being that the article discussed the location that we received the Torah, I encourage you to give this article a read here.