Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
So here we are in 2021. Just as my own family seemed to be exiting 2020 relatively unscathed, both my wife Lori and I learned on New Year’s Day, that we had tested positive for COVID-19. That came two days after our 24-year-old son Noah tested positive. The three of us have been very fortunate so far as none of us have needed a hospital visit. We each have our own unique symptoms and each of us is working from home until we are cleared to head back to our respective offices. In my case, I’m shooting for Monday, January 11th, my 57th birthday.
I have chosen to share this personal information with you because maybe it will help others hearing from those dealing with COVID-19 speak aloud about this illness. The three of us have not flown anywhere in the past year. Lori and I have not dined out. We have not congregated with friends. We have had a handful of outdoor socially-distanced get togethers this past year, and yet, here we are.
This week’s Torah portion is Shemot (Names) the first portion of the second book of the Five Books of Moses. In it we learn the story of Moses, how he was raised as an Egyptian Prince, discovers his Jewish heritage and is chosen by G-d to free the Jewish people from their bondage in Egypt. Moses overcomes much to become the quintessential leader of the Jewish people. He, nonetheless, never does get to enter the land of Israel, his life’s passion.
As I begin my 35th year in Jewish communal service and my 33rd Federation annual campaign along with each of you, I do so, G-d willing, leaving COVID-19 behind me and my family. We will face many obstacles together in the next year, but I’m convinced, that together, we can make a significant difference once again for our Jewish community.
Light candles Friday evening at 5:13pm
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 6:12pm
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