Those Were The Days

Andrew (Avraham) Blumenthal
2 min readSep 24, 2017


Wow, this was incredible.

Check out this photo of me (right) and my teacher and mentor Robert doing martial arts back in the day.

This was at the Jewish street fair on Johnson Avenue in Riverdale, New York.

Recently, in the last few weeks, I reconnected with Robert after almost 27 years.

He made Aliyah to Israel and I got married, but I always remembered how much I learned from him and the fun times growing up.

It was great to catch up on the phone with him for about 2 1/2 hours and I think we could’ve gone on schmoozing all evening.

Then just this weekend, I received 3 large wall photos in the mail from a friend from Riverdale — out of the blue — just like my reconnecting with Robert.

Both events came almost simultaneously after 3 decades!

Time and space are just fabrications, as G-d Almighty is eternal, and for me I am essentially the same person that I was back then.

My body is getting (a little) older, but my inner self is still me.

And the people who mean so much to me in my life, after G-d, that is everything to me. ;-)

(Source Photo and with gratitude to Sura Jeselsohn)



Andrew (Avraham) Blumenthal

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