Dear clients and friends:
I am writing this letter to you in the hope that it finds you, your family, and all your friends and neighbors healthy and safe during this tumultuous period in our nation’s history.
Virtually all of us have, yet again, faced incredible challenges this past year: the hardships of a deadly Pandemic, many economic setbacks, and for too many of us, the loss of family and friends.
I think all would agree this past year was not an easy one, and sadly there may be more trying days ahead. However, it is also important to note that oftentimes misfortune intermixes with grace, as it will, early next month on the important day of Rosh Hashanah, which is the first day of the Jewish calendar.
As you may have heard me say in the past, Rosh Hashanah is an important day for everyone, as it celebrates the birth of Adam, the “first man”! Also, the Hebrew word “Rosh” means “Head” and “Hashana” means “the Year” and so this holiday is in fact called the “Head of the Year”! It is called that, to show how important our heads are, and how this holiday presents us with the opportunity to “clean” our heads of all the negative thoughts, feelings, and experiences that we have endured in this past difficult year.
Then, once we finish this “clean up” job, with G-d help, we must all then strive to refill our heads only with positive energy and love for our families and friends, as well as a renewed faith and care for all who share this world with us.
On this holiday, tradition calls for eating apples dipped in honey to start the year off in a tasty and sweet way. We then blow a ram’s horn “Shofar” to commemorate and celebrate G-d’s coronation as King of us all, and rejoice at the fact that a new year is upon us, resplendent with a multitude of new opportunities!
And so, from our family to yours, and from the bottom of our hearts, we wish you a happy, sweet, and spectacular Rosh Hashanah, filled to the brim with only health, peace, prosperity, and happiness!