Some of these posts might require an investment of time and thought. While others are just divertissements and trifles, if you find nothing worthwhile here you're probably not paying enough attention. *** The writer of these posts is neither emotionally needy nor a narcissist; he writes so that readers might enjoy a novel Dvar Torah, for the pleasure of dialogue, and for the benefit of intelligent criticism. *** The yeshivishe jargon may put some people off. This writer doesn't understand Pound or Derrida, and he is not expecting them to accommodate him. *** A long time ago, we received Smicha from Rav Rudderman (1977) and Reb Moshe (1985). Those yellowing documents are insufficient to establish the validity of our current opinions in halacha or hashkafa. Reliance on our opinions can only be the product of credulity or indifference.