Afterwards, I went to Deli Kasbah. That's my favorite restaurant because I have only positive associations with it. My Semikha friend informed me that if you tell the Mashgiach a Devar Torah you get a free dessert. So I told him a Devar Torah (his name is Jack and he is great) and sure enough...amazing melting chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce was free! I think that is the coolest thing in the whole world! For sure for all dates- if you want to impress the person you're with, you have to go to that restaraunt and get your date free dessert via your devar torah abilities.
Torah should always be so sweet, as my Semikha friend said.
So everybody, if you ever want to make Chana really happy, here's the two-step plan:
1. Deli Kasbah + Devar Torah party for free desserts.
2. And then, onward to Isaac's Bake Shop in Brooklyn!
As an addendum to my Amalek post, the fabulous Rabbi Schaffel (aka my rabbi) pointed me to R' Hutner. R' Schaffel stated:
- What came to mind as I read it is the first piece Rav Hutner writes in his volume on Purim. He writes that of all the nations the only one that will not transfer into the World-to-Come will be Amalek. He associates that with their trait of leitzanus which he explains to mean the act of diminishing that which is important. A "letz" cannot be rebuked since he undermines the person or the message before it has a chance to settle on his heart. He doesn't mention, as I recall, about them not having idols but I think his description of their character is parallel to your piece.