Railroads came upon the scene back in 1830, but if you think this means their time has come and is about to go you’re making a mistake.  The latest trains are fast, incredibly safe, extremely competitive with other forms of transport, environmentally friendly, and comfortable. At the ripe young age of 190 years, railroads are entering a new era of growth, and very possibly the industry’s best days are still to come.

They’re called giant sparrow hornets, Asian giant hornets, and murder hornets.  Their bright black, yellow, and orange colors are eye-catching, but don’t let their colorful appearance lull you into a feeling of safety. These hornets are the world’s largest, and some grow to nearly three inches long. Their stingers are three quarters of an inch long. And they are much more aggressive than their US counterparts. 

If all goes as planned, in just a few weeks, life will begin looking normal once again. Shuls will conduct regular minyanim. It may be possible to work and to shop without a mask. And it may even be possible to go to a baseball game. But don’t be fooled into thinking that we will emerge from this crisis stronger or even the same as before. We won’t - and major changes could lie directly ahead.

On April 20, the price of oil crashed, dropping to the lowest level ever recorded and plunging into negative territory for the first time in history.  By the close of trading, oil had dropped to -$38/barrel; that meant that sellers had to pay buyers nearly $40 to take a barrel of oil off of their hands. Traders and speculators watching the market had to rub their eyes to make sure they were seeing the numbers correctly.

According to an old saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” There’s a lot of wisdom in this observation, but it really needs updating because these days things aren’t staying the same. They are changing rapidly - and for the worse. A recent article in The New York Times is not only offensive but slanderous and bordering on anti-Semitic.

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