This evening, Tuesday April 17, Susan and I are doing a live TV show in Akron, OH before a studio audience. Among other teaching, we will accept questions from people in the audience to which we shall respond by employing principles of ancient Jewish wisdom. This is what we do with our Ask the Rabbi feature that appears on our website each week. Except that tomorrow evening, we shall see the people asking and get to meet them after the one-hour show is done.
Imagine someone in the audience asking, “Rabbi, I want to get a divorce, but my wife who is here with me is really hurt and wants us to work on our marriage; what should we do?” There is, of course, no way to respond helpfully to all the pain oozing out of that question in the few minutes available in the show format. I know that both Susan and I would view it as a really inappropriate question to ask in a public forum.
A lawyer friend told me that, more times than he would have expected, he would be celebrating a family birthday at a restaurant when a client would approach him saying, “I know you’re in the middle of dinner, but…” What would follow would be some technical issue that could have and should have been addressed in an office environment.