There’s a show on public radio called ‘Survival Kit”. The show starts out as follows:
“So you’ve had it with the rat race and feel you’ve just got to get away. We’ll arrange an escape for two or three months. Far from everything – snowed in at an isolated cabin in Montana’s Yak Valley or, if you prefer heat, on a desert island. What would you need to maintain your sanity? We’ll provide you with plenty of food, of course. A dictionary, a bible, the complete works of Shakespeare and the tools of your trade.
But what else must you have?”
Each week, the host interviews a celebrity and asks about what they would put in their survival kit.
Let’s tweak this a bit:
“So you’ve had it with the Hat race and feel you’re ready to start a breakaway minyan. Well before you do something rash, how about some time to recharge the spiritual and physical batteries. We’ll arrange an escape for the 8.5 vacation days you have left after using them up for the Yomim Tovim. Far from everything – in a single shteibel community or, if you prefer heat, Ramat Beit Shemesh. What would you need to maintain your sanity? We’ll provide you with plenty of glatt kosher food, Bar Ilan CD, e-daf and an always-on connection to Beyondbt.com. But you can pick six additional seforim in Halacha, Hashkafa, Mussar, Tefillah, Parsha, … ”
What six books must you have?