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High Holy Days 5782 Message - MWU Dept of Education - 2021

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Kfar Maccabiah, August 2021
אלול, תשפ"א

 

High Holy Days 5782 Message

 

Dear Friends,

Of all the many Hasidic stories appropriate to these Days of Reflection, Evaluation and deep Repentance and Change, one of enormous beauty emphasizes the value of all that is close to us: 

"In a small Jewish town – a shtetl - there was a very humble man, Yossele, constantly preoccupied by his lack of resources to support the happy marriage of his four daughters of marriageable age.  For weeks, the disturbed father had a recurring dream with an image he'd never seen in real life: a beautiful castle with a large garden, but with only one tree.   A voice of enormous authority then called him to order:  "Yossele!  Go to the castle, dig a hole just in front of the tree, and find the hidden treasure and with it solve your anguish about marrying your daughters well."   Every morning, Yossele shared his dream with his wife, more and more convinced that he should find this place.   The dream was so intense one night that Yossele decided to go see the castle closest to his shtetl, a building famous for its beauty.  He kissed and hugged his beloved daughters and wife, and traveled for two days towards this unknown place.  

When he saw the palace for the first time, his heart pounded, and he trembled:  This was it! Palace and garden exactly as in the dream, and -- only that one tree.  But there were guards, royal guards patrolling it.  So that night, with much caution, Yossele sneaked in to dig next to the tree…  but after only a few minutes, the guards nabbed him; that was that, with poor old Yossele clapped into the Palace jail. The story reached the King’s ears; intrigued, he ordered his officials to bring the poor Jew to his presence.  

Yossele related his dream: the palace, the garden, the tree, the voice...  The King burst out laughing: “What a Jewish idiot you are, taken by such foolish dreams!  I also have a recurring dream in which I am told that in the house of a Jew in a small town of Jews there is a treasure hidden under a bread oven.  Had I been like you, Jew, I should long ago have fallen for this stupidity...  Now Jew, leave!  I grant you your life, on condition you never again return to this region.” Yossele ran all the way home without stopping, and when he arrived, hugged his wife and his beloved daughters, grabbed a shovel and dug under the bread oven... and there was the treasure where it had always been; right there in his own home!”  

The simple message of this fable:  
the things most important to us,  
those that fill us with happiness and passion,  
joy and fullness,  
real meaning and significance,  
are   
in our home,   
in our family,   
in our friends,   
in our Kehilah,   
in our Maccabi.  

During this last year and a half, we have been confined to separations and forced distance by a pandemic that refuses to leave us. We have felt more than ever the need to hug our grandparents, grandchildren, parents, siblings and friends... that very same "treasure" that "is waiting for us at home" – that is closest to us. The various confinements imposed for the benefit of our physical health have emphasized how important the people we love are in our lives... How essential is the warmth, the voice and the presence of those who are closest to our hearts.

 

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In this year that opens at a time when all Humanity is still fighting this devastating pandemic, we pray God to guide scientists to find a treatment for the sick and vaccines available for all, and that all weakened by this calamity shall soon recover – that all will soon enjoy a better present and a promising future.
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May this New Year 5782 bring health and blessings to us and all Humankind.  

May the Almighty fill our lives with the revelation that in the coming year we learn to locate and appreciate the authentic treasureof our lives, the true goals we should always seek: those who love us and who need us so much. 

May we be able to emulate the Divine action of the Yamim Noraim – the Days of Awe, bringing to the existence of those who are important to us creation, good desires, harmony and solidarity. As it says in the High Holidays Machzor - our Prayer Book: May we be inscribed in the book of life, peace, blessing and good sustenance. 

With best wishes,  
LeShanah Tovah ticatevu vetechatemu!   
May you and yours be inscribed for a Good Year!   

CHAZAK VE'EMATZ!   

RABBI CARLOS TAPIERO  
Deputy Director-General &Director of Education 
Maccabi World Union 

 

 

 

 

High Holy Days 5782 Message - MWU Dept of Education - 2021
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