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Dearest Shoshana...

Thursday, 6 September, 2018 - 3:36 pm

Dearest Shoshana, Chaya, Zeesy, Menny & Chana Laya,






Rosh Hashana is upon us. Although I know that only two of you can read this today, it is my hope that you’ll share its message with your siblings, until they are old enough to read it for themselves. I’ve taken the liberty to share it with a “few” of my closest friends via email and social media, only because I believe its content is universal and can inspire others.

In just a few short days we will be standing in Shul, hearing the Shofar blow, as we repent for our past behavior, crown G-d as our king for another year and most importantly, ask Him in deep prayer to solidify our upcoming year to be one of sweetness and joy. Yet, I am sure you wonder on occasion: why do we need two special days for that? Why the countless hours of prayer? Can’t I just think it in my mind, feel it in my heart for a few minutes, and move on to politics/sports/pop culture?

It’s 2018 and I will speak to you in relatable terms: Smart phones. We enjoy them all the time, it allows us to connect with our friends and family, at times it’s a love/hate relationship and every so often we are told that we need a “software update”. If we’re good at taking care of our stuff, the hardware could last a very long time, but the software is constantly needing upgrades and if we want the phone to function properly and give us the most benefit, we’d be smart to follow the upgrade instructions.

Rosh Hashana is the day we were given by G-d for our annual software update, system reboot and overall upgrade. We don’t need to understand Java or HTML, we don’t need to be a computer geek or hacker, we must simply take the time, to plug in our phone, look in our settings icon and allow the updates to do their thing. G-d doesn’t expect us to understand everything about His infinite operating system, to figure out the exact cause for this year’s malfunction that needed fixing, but He does need us to allow the update to occur and we can only do that if we follow the Rosh Hashana steps.

We can certainly choose to ignore Rosh Hashana, ignore the system update, but then we’re stuck in the past where it’s not easy to communicate with Him anymore, we’re vulnerable to malware attacks, system crashes and viruses of all kinds, and we just get left behind. Its not because we did something wrong, it’s because we didn’t make the effort to do something right. Remember: Nobody, not our “friends”, neighbors or cousins, gets hurt by our refusal to update/upgrade, the only one that really gets stuck is us, all by ourselves.

So dear Kinderlach, here’s my New Year recommendation and you’d be wise to heed my advice: update your system. Don’t fall for the myth that Shul is boring. Some Shul’s may be out of touch, but ours is not and the sacred time of prayer should be utilized by all of us to reboot our relationship with Hashem. If there’s anything phones teach us, it’s that not upgrading is basically downgrading. Last year is not good enough for this year and if you don’t believe me call Apple or Verizon and see what they say.

In summation: I really don’t like Smart Phones, but it’s a reality. You may not like all the rules of Judaism every minute of every day, but it’s a reality that your soul was chosen by G-d to be part of “A kingdom of priests and a holy nation”. G-d, along with Mom and I, are pleading with you to cherish that chosenness, treasure that uniqueness and do your part to stay up-to-date.

May Hashem bless you in ways that only He can, with balance, both emotional and mental, with rich health, with success in your studies, with the courage to make the right/good choices, the strength to resist the temptations of secularism and the opportunity to be ranking soldiers in G-d’s army of light to brighten the world around us, and together with Klal Yisroel and all of humanity reunite with the third Holy Temple in our Hometown of Jersusalm, now!

A Gut Gebenched Yur!








May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May He protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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