And Greater than Pearls is Her Worth…Vayigash 5778

Ten years ago, I visited China for the first and so far only time. The purpose of the trip was to attend the dedication celebration of a Torah scroll a friend of mine had purchased for the Chabad of Pudong (Pudong is the commercial district of Shanghai). But I had a few important secondary objectives […]

Let Them Eat Latkes…Mikeitz Chanukah 5778

Recently, we had a Chanukah party at my house. I was busy preparing for an important lecture, so I was hoping to stay out of the kitchen entirely. (I’m really good at scheduling lectures whenever I know there will be out of work in the home…) But just when I thought I was free and […]

Bitcoins for Shabbos….Vayeshev 5778

With Bitcoin recently hitting a high of about $19,300 per coin, it’s finally time to talk about Bitcoin. What is it? Where does it come from? What is the blockchain? Is it a scam? How does it work? And why are people willing to spend close to $20,000 for something they can’t touch? In October […]

How I Don’t Want to Die…Vayishlach 5778

Dying, like birth, is something best done alone. And while in birthing there are occasional Buy One Get One Free twin deals, when it comes to dying, if two people are dying together it is usually the result of a tragedy like a car accident or fire. But while we all hope to die alone, […]