It’s become a rather ubiquitous experience. You walk up to someone’s home and ring the bell. As you wait for a response, you notice that they have a video Ring, and you know you’re being watched. What do you do while you’re waiting? Most people try their best to nonchalantly look causal and cool. But there’s no escaping that feeling of being stuck there while you know you’re being videoed.

Every word of the Torah is precious, beloved, and timeless. But I have a particular affinity for Parshas Balak. I know we just read it. Still, while it’s fresh in my mind, I wanted to write about why I enjoy the parshah so much.

I was the principal of Yeshiva Ohr Naftoli in New Windsor, New York, for six years. This year, I returned to seeing clients in private practice and left my position as principal. But it was a wonderful experience to be associated with such an esteemed and respected yeshivah.

I’m typing this quickly because I don’t have much time. I have to get back to my computer as soon as possible because it’s Amazon Prime Day. That’s not really true – I really don’t have much to buy; but it was a good opener.

dedicated in honor of Avi Staum’s graduation from the Yeshiva of Spring Valley

“And let me conclude, dear graduates, by saying that, as you go forth from the hallowed halls of our institution, know that life bears many vicissitudes and unknowns. But fear not! The educational fortitude you have received during your years here will stand for you in good stead. We are confident that you will be able to proceed into the vagaries of life with conviction and fortitude and to accomplish great things. Know this: The world is now open before you and you can become anything and do anything. Dream big, graduates, pursue your dreams, and make us proud.”