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Blessings and Brotherhood

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When I was in (what we used to call) junior high and high school I had two best friends. One was the guy who would come up with the dangerous, stupid thing to do; one was the guy who would try to convince us not to do the dangerous, stupid thing. I was the guy that mostly worked on the logistics — what was the least dangerous or least stupid way to do the thing. Then we usually did the thing. Though the legal statute of limitations has expired, I still can’t talk about many of the things we did because I have children that will need to get married one day; because I’m a teacher and supposed to be somewhat of an example; and because it will mostly sound like gloating, since I don’t actually regret any of the stupid and dangerous things. If there had been Facebook in the ‘80s…

Jon was the more adventurous of these two friends. He and I really transcended friendship – it was more of a brotherhood. During those years I was either in the process of deciding to be a shomer Shabbos, or I was in the nascent years of my own shmiras Shabbos. (Those are years when you definitely don’t get everything right. I mean, how could you get everything right immediately?) Being in his home was a very important part of my religious development. And I was there a lot. Forget the countless Shabbosos and........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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