Author Archives: Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.

A Wonderful Visit with Reb Yochanan

“Yeshiva week”, and what has become an annual tradition, finds us in Southeast Florida again.  What makes this year different than all other years?  As part of reaching back to my Philadelphia roots that our time this year in Lakewood … Continue reading

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Murray Christmas

No, not Bill Murray … More like Jan Murray, originally named Murray Janofsky.  How do retail  clerks in the handful of stores such as Starbucks that are open on December 25 greet their patrons (in neighborhoods where Jews are scant)? … Continue reading

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Flashing Back to Flash Forward

The upbeat version of יוונים נקבצו עלי that I first heard at TYP in Philadelphia: And a more soulful version that I recently discovered by ארז לב ארי … May the Chanukah season be both festive and soulful for you, rekindling your … Continue reading

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Schwitzgebel on the Lessons of Dreidel

Does one have to be Jewish in order to draw moral lessons from playing the dreidel game on Chanukah?  Not according to Eric Schwitzgebel, whose wife and son are Jewish (but who does not qualify as Jewish according to Adam … Continue reading

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Rekindling the Art of Scripture

  Karen Armstrong is, by far, my favorite author on comparative religion.  It’s hard to believe that nine years have flown by since I last wrote about her work and influence.  Her new book, The Lost Art of Scripture, is … Continue reading

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Bonding in Brooklyn

The streets in the vicinity of 31st and L were blocked off yesterday for a special “Hochnosas Sefer Torah”, a parade through the streets of Brooklyn to escort the Torah commissioned by Ruthi & Leizer Stern in honor of Moshe … Continue reading

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Hillary’s Historic Appearance on Howard

It finally happened.  Hillary Clinton appeared on the Howard Stern radio show yesterday morning for a Sirius discussion.  It was a newsworthy event, garnering attention across many media outlets ranging from the Washington Times to the New York Post. The … Continue reading

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