- At Geshmak Torah, the importance of controlling your temper, based on Matos. Among the stories told over:
Rav Yechiel Meir of Zlotchov had special tefillin (phylacteries) from his father. People wanted to buy these special tefillin from him, and bid huge amounts of money to have the the merit of possessing them. One Succos there were no esrogim (citrus fruit used as one of the four kinds) to be found in their town. After searching desperately, he heard that a man in another town had a spare esrog. He sold his tefillin and bought the esrog. When he returned home and told his wife what had happened, she became furious and as a result, she broke the esrog. Rav Yechiel Meir stayed calm. When asked how he was able to stay calm, he replied, “I lost my tefillin and I lost my esrog; I will not lose my shalom bayis (marital harmony) as well.” That night, his father appeared to him in a dream and told him that in shomayim (the heavenly spheres), his shalom bayis was worth much, much more than the tefillin or the esrog.The way I heard the story, it was not his father's tefillin but her father's tefillin. To be somewhat snide, I also wonder at the level of shalom bayis that existed at that point, and whether his reaction where he was now in the right would have further infuriated her. This is an extra twist, though, that the town also did not have an esrog, and not just him, such that he was presumably doing this so that everyone in the town could fulfill the mitzvah as well. It all gets down to the precise details, I suppose.
- At Emes veEmunah, reactions (here and here) to Rav Malkiel Kotler's condemnation of HaModia for printing / distributing a memorial for Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander.
- Rabbi Slifkin is in the US, touring and lecturing. Here is the schedule at present -- and he is looking for other venues.
- Hirhurim on whether creativity is possible in the Information Age. He gives some of the difficulties. He ends with:
Another is to overcome your humility and offer suggestions of new approaches. Caution is required here. Some (most?) original thinkers do not have to overcome their humility because they were not blessed with a large portion of it. This eventually becomes clear to readers, some sooner than others. When I realize that an original thinker is arrogant toward his predecessors, I usually just tune him out. I have no interest in what he has to say. The difference between being reluctantly original and arrogantly original is, I believe, eventually the difference between tradition and heresy.a
- Over at Hirhurim, the discussion continues about Dr. Sperber and drinking wine during the nine days, where the post's author returns briefly to comment and clarify.