There is a wonderful book, Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money written by my new friend, Rabbi Daniel Lapin. It outlines a practical approach to creating wealth that is based upon the ancient principles of Jewish wisdom outlined in the Word of God and throughout their history and culture. Rabbi Lapin’s principle is that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon the things that never change.
I saw Rabbi Lapin’s principles lived out – better put, I tasted these principles and they were good.
I had the chance to revisit a childhood favorite, Shapiro’s Delicatessen in Indianapolis, today. I had vague memories of eating here with my Grandparents many years ago. I am not even sure if this is the location where we ate. However, I had an amazing pastrami sandwich that rivaled Katz Deli in Manhattan (yes, Where Harry met Sally).
More impressive than the food was the story of this classic family owned deli. The Shapiro’s arrived in Indianapolis in June, 1906. They fled persecution in Russia with $500 in their pockets. In 1912 Louis Shapiro opened a grocery store at the location that would become the famous deli where we dined today.
Shapiro’s Delicatessen is a monument to the principles of hard work and high standards that have been handed down from one generation to the next in this Jewish family. It is a monument to overcoming obstacles and not surrendering to victimhood. While my sandwich tasted great, what I feasted on was the triumph of this family and the spirit of life – “TO LIFE!”