I write these words of eulogy in New York, being unable to be with you in Seattle for the funeral of Elazar Behar. [The funeral took place on Monday, August 29, 2016.] I write with a heavy heart. Lazar was a lifelong friend and I—along with all of you—feel a profound sense of loss.

Did Esti Weinstein die in vain?

When we were in Jerusalem in late June, we heard the news of the suicide of Esti Weinstein, a 50 year old Israeli woman. She left a suicide note: “In this city I gave birth to my daughters, in this city I die because of my daughters.”

Palestinian terrorists perpetrated another heinous attack in Tel Aviv, murdering four Israelis and wounding nine others. Israeli police were quick to neutralize the two gun-wielding terrorists so that no further casualties resulted.

It is with sadness that I record the passing of Dr. Albert Arking of Potomac, Maryland. The world has lost an outstanding human being. Our family has lost a crown jewel. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother—and our distinguished Mehutan, father of our son-in-law Dan.

I thank all those who participated in the recent discussion about a suitable name for "Modern Orthodoxy". The comments were very perceptive and helpful. I also received a number of comments directly, from people who did not put their comments online.

A member of the Institute recently sent me an email. Here are his comments, although I've deleted the name of the rabbi to whom he referred. (Rabbi X isn't his real name.)