Recently, the New York Times and the Washington Post reported the final outcome of a sad story that embarrassed the Jewish community. Rabbi Menachem Youlus, a sofer and Jewish bookstore owner in Silver Spring, MD, pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud in a scheme to steal money from Save a Torah, a non-profit organization he had helped to create.
A relative, 10 years after beginning his Ph.D. thesis, still hadn’t finished. Couldn’t get it just right. Knew it would be scrutinized. Wanted to make it right; didn’t want to be caught in imprecision, or worse yet, error. 10 years. Not finished.