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  • Writer's pictureJodi Samuels

We have no choice but to win



I am conflicted whether to share this post in a time of war and tragedy. We have to live and not let them win. Both my children Meron and Temira are serving in the army. The multi-front war started and it will get worse. We need prayers for the people of Israel 🇮🇱

Prayers for the soldiers.

Prayers for our leaders.


Growing up my family went to synagogue three times a year. Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah. We kids were not going to miss out in getting chocolates and a flag. I really had no idea about the festival beyond that it was the one time there was a kid’s party in synagogue rather than the usual boring services.


On Simchat Torah we finish reading the Torah and start at the beginning again. In the final reading, we are reminded of the beautiful heritage that we have been given. It is each one of our responsibilities to pass this heritage to the next generation. By restarting the new cycle of Torah readings we keep the chain going. Torah never ends we continue to study it.


“Torah tzivah lanu Moshe, The Torah that Moshe commands us, morasha kehilos Yaakov, is the heritage of the congregation of Yaakov.” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 33:4)


We dance with the Torah going in seven circles. Seven is a reminder to us that Torah should be part of our lives seven days a week. We are also reminded of the powerful character traits and lessons we learn from the four Mothers: Sara, Rivka, Rachel and Leah and the three Fathers: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.


May this be a year of peace, learning and growth.

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