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Rosh HaShanah. The day which will set in motion all the myriad events that will play out over the course of the year. Do we truly appreciate the courtroom in which we stand each Rosh Hashanah, as every deed is judged, every verdict recorded? These four true vignettes reflect the awesome power of the Judge who sees and knows all. Here we glimpse gnawing fear, desperate hope, and ultimate results.
During Yamim Noraim, Jews everywhere plead to be written down in the Book of Life. In the 1930s inGermany, that plea took on a special poignancy, and one family—the family of Rav and Rebbetzin Shimon Schwab — received the answer to their prayers on the fourth of Tishrei, 1936. Their daughter, Mrs. Judith Rosenberg, recalls growing up in the home of Yekkish royalty.
The Jewish People are perpetual dreamers. We see what should’ve been done, must be done, could be done. We wish for a holier, kinder, and more considerate world. But some folks out there don’t just think big — they act big. Their lamenting triggers transformative initiatives that effect profound change in their communities. As a new year approaches, Family First takes a look at some of the recent spiritual initiatives in our communities, running the ambit of teshuvah, tefillah, and tzedakah.