Shimmy Baum


Sydney (Shimmy) Baum was a poet, and a scholar. He loved words and used to write acrostics. His poems were all written boldly in capital letters. He never used punctuation, because the Torah has no periods, just words.

Over thirty years ago he began a Torah study class at his synagogue, which continues today without him. My Mother called Dad the Mezuzah because of the kisses he received from all the women who greeted him in his Torah class.

As his eyes began to fail due to macular degeneration, he struggled to continue pursuing his love of words. He fashioned these binoculars to help him read. – Joy Horwich