Mazeltov to Esther Chazen on the occasion of her grandson Aaron Chazen’s engagement to Hannah daughter of Sol and Lauren Swartz    Mazeltov to Leora daughter of Michael and Shereen Fisher on the occasion of her engagement to Brad son of Aubrey and Hazel Rosen     Mazeltov to Cayli daughter of Laurence and Marice Smith on the occasion of her engagement to Yaron son of Manny and Dafna Sher    Mazeltov to Adam and Romy Presky, on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Chonnie and Heather Becker    Mazeltov to Gabriel son of Selwyn and Roz Smith, on his engagement to Michal daughter of Boris and Tricia Benari

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G’mar Chatima Tova

Shabbat Shalom and G’mar Chatima Tova

Professor Nechama Leibowitz, one of the world’s most renowned bible scholars, who taught many thousands of students and who penned thousands of articles on Tanach, once wrote: “When I was a child, they used to tell us in school that we needed to improve our actions during the auspicious time of Aseres Yemei Teshuva, between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. At home, my father would tell me that is true; however you also have to act just as good between Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana.”

We are such an optimistic people. Yom Kippurim literally means Day of Atonement. Atonement means the making of reparation for a sin or a mistake. I think it means a day of Pardon, At- One- ment with G d. It is called Yom Ha Kippurim because we are confident that indeed, Hashem will pardon and forgive us and grant us another chance to do better in the year that follows.

Sivan Rahav Meir shared this story: The author Chaim Be’er once related:

“Once, when I was a child in Jerusalem, I couldn’t restrain myself and asked Rabbi Aryeh Levine: ‘Is it true that you are one of the Lamed-Vav (36) Tzadikim?’ Indeed, according to tradition, the world exists thanks to 36 Tzadikim, Lamed-Vav hidden Tzadikim, who are in every generation. R’ Aryeh Levine seemed to me to be surely one of them. But he smiled and replied with one word: ‘Sometimes’. What a true, wonderful answer. He actually told me then that this is not a life time job or position, but a changing one. The world exists thanks to the Lamed-Vav Tzadikim, and every time you get out of yourself and do something worthy, something good, you are considered to be one of them, and then you give your place to someone else after you, who does something worthy.”

May 5780 be filled with lots of opportunities to do good!

I wish you do good and do well!

Rabbi David Shaw

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