Colors: Blue Color

HaGaon HaRav Matis Blum zt”l was a true hidden Torah gem of Queens. He was unpretentious and the precise definition of a talmid chacham brandishing anivus. Rav Blum was known to always see the positive in everyone and never utter a harmful word, frequently expressing thoughtful humor. Rav Blum illustrated being a true mentch, always welcoming guests to his Shabbos table.

I wanted to reach out to the community through the Queens Jewish Link this week for a few reasons that small businesses are incorporating. First and foremost, I want to offer my best wishes to everyone affected by COVID-19. To those working in the healthcare industry: Thank you so much for all you do. You are true modern-day heroes. The sacrifices we are all making right now are the best way to protect those we care about. This will eventually pass. In the meantime, please stay safe and keep doing your part to keep others safe as well.

During these days of the Corona challenge, everyone is focused on what needs to be done now; masks, gloves, social distancing, washing hands etc… but very little, if anything, is being done on what happens the day this all ends. In my opinion, this is where our focus needs to be. Yes, the authorities, security forces and medical personnel still need to work on the present – and a big “Yasher Koach” for everything they are doing – but we, as individuals need to start planning what will happen when the gloves come off (wow… how that expression has changed!!)

As we conclude the third week of learning through a virtual environment, teachers and students have settled into this new and temporary learning platform. This is a new journey for all involved, and though some acclimated more easily than others, faculty, staff, students, and parents have opened their minds to learn new ways to teach and learn while keeping it engaging both academically and socially.