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Forbidden fire

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Before my beloved wife died five years ago she made me promise to keep three requests. One of them was to continue my writing for the Times of Israel. Not to stop writing. But it has often been difficult for me to put my thoughts into printed words.

On Pesach, as I was walking out of the synagogue at the conclusion of the service, an elderly woman who knew my wife very well stopped to wish me a chag haPesach samayach and she mentioned that she had not read any of my articles recently. She urged me to continue, as I had promised my wife, and remarked that she looked forward always to reading one of my published articles.

After 1,200 of my articles had been published I decided that it was time for me to say “dayenu”… it’s enough. But requests from several readers urged me in their letters to continue writing. And so, I have added more articles to the folder marked “addendum” which will now join the previously bound 25 volumes.
The elderly woman who wished upon me more writing, Anne Mendelsohn, will be pleased that I yielded to her request. And I am grateful for her thoughtfulness.

And I am further much encouraged and thrilled by e-mails I have recently received from Shimon Shimonov, a 33-year-old brilliant student of mine at the university more than 15 years ago when he, at age 18, sat in my classroom. He shared his memories of me as a professor and his words deeply touched my heart. It is, therefore, to Shimon Shimonov that I dedicate these words. His kindness to me is God’s blessing and encourages me not to give up… to continue as best as old age can help. But I do not wish nor intend to compete with Moses the lawgiver on Mount Sinai. I stop counting at 100. 120 is way beyond my reach! Do you think that 12 more years is possible? (I do not).

The portion of the Torah which we read this week, parshat Shemini, is found in chapter 9 in the book of Vayikra (Leviticus). It is a very sad........

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