I just got back from almost two weeks in the States, most of which was spent in one of those sprawling suburbs north of Miami. I just don't get why anybody would want to live in places where nobody walks on the street because there's no place you can walk to and nothing to see on the way. It sort of reminded me of Los Angeles just without the film industry to make it even slightly distinctive. OK, so it was about 50 degrees warmer than New York.
Apart from being professionally productive, the visit did inspire a thought. Rabbinical schools should be abolished. Instead all potential Rabbis should learn only the following:
3. Sermons: Start with a joke. Quote Rashi. Don't quote the New York Times. Over-enunciating (especially the long o) sounds pompous. Seven minutes tops.
shabbos -- look it up in SSK (1st ed.);
kashrus -- milchig with milchig or fleishig with fleishig - ok, milchig with fleishig - bad;
nidah -- reddish on white and bigger than a penny - bad; missed the first or seventh day bedikah - bad, middle days - ok.
pesach -- microwave soapy water until it boils and spills over;
aveilus -- during shiva, it's probably assur; after that just wing it, nobody has a clue;
mamzeirus -- pick up the phone at once.
I don't care if you know Siman Kuf Yud in Yoreh Deah by heart with all the nosei keilim. If you can't manage the above, find a different profession.