An overwhelming response

If you are reading this – it means you have heard and are interested in perusing this blog. Did you know that there are many others like you? I launched this site on Friday at 12:30 PM, and the last time I looked at it before Shabbat (five hours later) there were close to 800 respondents!

Since then, this trend has multiplied upon itself many times over, thanks to the magic of cyberspace! By now (Sunday afternoon) there must be around 2,000 interested parties.

Amazing! And most humbling.

So I want to thank each and every one of you. You have given me a tremendous amount of chizuk (invigorating inspiration). I can see so much good coming from this new endeavor. I have so much to enlighten and share with you. And I’m sure that you will do the same for me.


  1. Wonderful!!!

  2. I have a blog and have seen the back end numbers. Your numbers are truly marvelous! there’s no question what you’re doing here is opening up worlds for people. Through your struggle you’ve gained insight that the world desperately needs. whatever you’ve accomplished before is about to explode!

  3. Bonnie Engel · · Reply

    You are and continue to be a true inspiration to us all. We are very proud and privileged to know you! All The Engels

  4. Rabbi Simes,
    It is so wonderful to hear your voice again – loud and clear and full of great warmth and wisdom. It has been a very long time since I had the opportunity to tell you how grateful I am for the education that you gave my eldest (and me, by extension). To that end, an anecdote – I remember once there was a discussion about how a grade could possibly be given for t’fillah at school. If I remember correctly, you said something to the effect that you give all of the student’s A’s as one can never know someone else’s kavana. It is something that I have never forgotten as it, in the broadest sense, applies to so much in life. At the time, I said (to anyone who would listen) that I felt so fortunate that my daughter had such a wise teacher. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, warmth and humour through this forum. Shana tova to you and your beautiful family.

    1. WOW! I am so humbled by such kind and thoughtful words. Indeed, I had the most trouble with t’fillah marks – there’s just no way to differentiate between one person and the other. Actually, I now know that lesson better than ever!

      Thank you for sharing your lives with me and growing together with me. I shall never forget the good times your daughter and I shared in class and beyond!

      All the very best, and may Hashem grant you all of your heart’s desires.

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