Dear Schomre Israel family,
Lucy and I had the zechus-merit on Tuesday of celebrating the marriage of our first grandchild Chanala, daughter of Shana, to Mordechai Seltzer in Bet Shemesh, Israel.
It is the beginning of a new chapter of our life and most certainly in the life of the young couple.
In the Shema, we say thrice daily, "...and these words which I command you today shall be on your heart..." The rabbis comment in the Talmud, what does it mean today; the commandments were given over 3500 years ago?" The answer is "every day they should seem to you as new, as if they were given afresh today. This, I believe, is the secret of a happy marriage and a happy life. Each and every day should be a new experience and a fresh start. Every morning we say Moseh Ani L'fanecha - Thank You for returning my soul. Each day is a new gift and we are thankful for each new start.
Rosh Hashana likewise, gives us the opportunity for a new and a fresh beg and fresh. We recall that this is the anniversary of the world, the day of the creation of mankins. Hashem. on His goodness gives of this chance, this reminder, that we start anew. Yom Kippur gives us the gift of wiping the slate clean.
May we all take adavntage of these great gifts, and look at ourselves as newly born with a new world waiting for us.
Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova to all the family.
Looking forward to greeting you all in Shul.