A few years have passed since I wrote the first Hashkama article. At that time I was thinking of retiring and producing an article maybe two or three times a year. I needed to give this little new project a title and a friend in Israel suggested the Hebrew word Hashkama. It means Wake Up! It was appropriate for what I had in mind.
It was about that time that Steve Maltz asked to meet with me, and he suggested that I think about writing a weekly column for Kesherweb. I agreed to give it a go, and the rest, as they say, is history.