Sunday, May 07, 2006

Ad Me'ah V'Esrim?

Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky (1891-1984) lived a long and fruitful life. And he wanted that life extended as long as possible. When someone would wish him the traditional blessing "Ad Me'ah V'Esrim", he would answer - "Today we have inflation. It's not enough". ["Rav Yaakov", ArtScroll Mesorah pg. 237]*

Maybe it's time to take his request a bit more seriously.

* Definitely one of the best ArtScroll biographies in terms of authenticity, and emphasis of those elements of his life we can reasonably hope to emulate.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know Rav Yaakov personaly that you are so sure the picture it gives of him is 100% accurate?

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take back that question seeing what you wrote again.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Bari said...

a) I didn't say it's 100% accurate. I said it is better than many of the others in this regard. The fact that the work was done in close collaboration with R' Nosson Kamenetzky helped alot.

b) I don't want to identify myself, but I am married to one of his direct descendants.

c) If you have information which is contrary to what appears in th book - put it out here. I'll see if I can verify your version over what appears in the book.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Bari said...

I take back my answer. ;)

Email me if you have info contrary to what appears there.

12:38 PM  

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