My attitudes are informed by the blessing of emuna, through which I have come to be a resolutely equable man, resiliently going with HaShem's flow as it unfolds in all its wildly unpredictable glory. However, at times, I do possess a more intense attitude. No matter, I do not feel any inherent tension in these apparently contradictory aspects. After all, it's a bad musician who plays only one tune. I simply prefer to reserve my fervor for appropriate times and appropriate causes - I refuse to spend my emotional capital on the empty goods of the material world. Expect to see my passion when it comes to issues that affect my family, my community, or klal Yisroel. Whether impassive or impassioned, what is of utmost importance to me is being genuinely b'simchah about all in life, especially those events which seemingly defy human reasoning. I would require of any partner the commitment to approach life with a similar attitude. My spiritual, intellectual, and physical interests are eclectic. Thankfully, the Observant Jew finds little problem integrating all aspects of life. While I find sublime pleasure in my daily Torah studies, I've also spent a considerable amount of time enjoying the vast array of cultural amenities available in New York, and have never lost my drive for athletic competition. Far from detracting from my spiritual life, these cultural and athletic activities keep me balanced and energized, only enhancing my ability to serve HaShem. In general, even though I do have a wide range of interests, I always enjoy meeting people who can introduce me to their own enthusiasms. Simply put, my guiding philosophy is this: while living within (and yes, often even enjoying) the secular Western milieu, I am earnestly trying to adhere to, and grow vigorously by, the truth of Torah. Towards this, I take counsel and inspiration from the halachic interpretations and customs of the Vilna Gaon.