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Andrew J. Neff

Bear Stearns, Bava Metzia and Beyond

July 29, 2010, by

Two years ago, in the midst of the deepening global financial crisis, Andrew Neff – a leading Wall Street equity analyst at Bear Stearns – was directly affected when his company failed. While he could have stayed on with the acquiring firm, he used it as an opportunity to pull away from the business world

This Purim, Flip Your Lid

February 26, 2009, by

Purim this year is Tuesday, March 10 (or March 11 in Jerusalem). I have a great idea for your costume. It’s really easy, it’s very inexpensive, it takes under three seconds to prepare and it will go incredible, incredible lengths to promote Jewish unity. So what’s the idea? Flip your lids. Swap your tops. This

All My Life’s A Cycle

December 31, 2008, by

In the midst of the current financial crisis, we hear constantly about the “cycle” and where we are in the cycle. The frightening aspect to this crisis is that we don’t know what type of cycle it is and where we are in it. Jewish life is rife with cycles. And it is these cycles

You DO Have a Prayer

September 25, 2008, by

As we get ready for Yom Kippur, I have a question: What is Kol Nidrei all about? Why do we say Kol Nidrei on Yom Kippur? Or, more importantly, why is Kol Nidrei – which means “All vows” – the last thing we say before the start of Yom Kippur, the holiest of holy days,