Thomas Furst, a descendant of the Chasam Sofer, is a son of Holocaust survivors. The author attended Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, is a graduate of McGill University, received an MBA from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He is a real estate attorney in Manhattan. The author lives with his family in Great Neck, New York, where he is an active member of the Great Neck Synagogue. Born in Czechoslovakia, he is named after Thomas Masaryk, a three-time President of Czechoslovakia who was a great friend of the Jewish people.