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The prayers of Rosh Hashanah elevate us, connect us, and remind us of who we really are.
Just over a month ago, Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz made a rare and direct appeal in these pages. The cause that prompted him to abandon his usual policy of privacy: the pain of increasing numbers of girls who remain single, in a shidduch system that brings unending distress to thousands.
When Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz lost his soul mate, he lost not only a wife and a mother to his children, but a partner in shlichus and a builder of his dreams. But, true to the Rebbe’s words, Hirshy carries on, his smile tinged with sadness, his feet carrying him forward.
For 32 days, Guy Gabay wandered the icy forests of Tierra del Fuego, subsisting on mushrooms, blueberries, and rainwater. While many back home assumed he was no longer alive, Guy was making his own personal journey. Alone with the rain, the ice, the animals and the hunger, Guy was learning a new language — the power of prayer, and the capacity to petition for salvation. Ten years after his amazing rescue, he’s still thanking Hashem.
While our coronation of the King of Kings is a ceremony of spirit, we humans still imagine a crown — perhaps we envision a most magnificent creation of gold and jewels? Do we think of the Crown Jewels? The royal crown of Louis XV? Throughout history, the crown made the king (unless he had to pawn it to cover bad debts).