Dear Friend,

As the New Year 5785 approaches, we pray fervently and passionately for increased health, peace and prosperity. 5784 has been a traumatic and challenging year for the Jewish people, our nation and our communities. Surely the new year will bring new hope, healing and blessings.

It is at this most difficult and challenging time that I reach out to you our dear friend, support and partner to join hands with us again this year thereby helping sustain our community and Chabad which is so dear to us all.

In the words of Ethics of Our Fathers "If not now then when" it is at times like these that we need to continue to support the community we love so dearly!

True Covid 19 has thrown us all for a loop and changed the way we do things on a daily basis however we at Chabad have continued to be who we are and what we do, supporting our fellow Jews with unconditional love. Through Torah teaching on zoom and social media, through services when able to in a safe and socially distant environment, to our taste of Shabbat and holidays that have impacted hundreds of families, Seder kits and meals, Holiday packages and being there for so many.

If we want the places we love to be strong and vibrant after the pandemic leaves we need to support it now more than ever. 

I ask you to please partner with us and give generously.

One of the major themes of Rosh Hashanah is sweetness, dipping an apple in honey and wishing one another a happy and sweet new year.

Honey contains an important lesson for the times we are living through. We dip the apple into honey specifically and not into sugar, to symbolize the bee. The bee creates honey by proactively seeking out the nectar within the flower. We too must proactively buzz about the garden of life, seeking out the flowers and nectars of life, discovering the inherent beauty, goodness and sweetness blooming all around us.

Like life, the bee is known for two seemingly paradoxical things: its honey and its sting. The former is sweet; the latter painful.

The Hebrew word for bee is Devorah, which is the same Hebrew word for “word” or “thing.” Our sages teach us that just as a bee has the power to bring honey or stings into this world, so does each word we say and each thing we do have the same power.

Despite the sharp stings of this past year, we have seen how as a community we have utilized our divine ability to bring honey into the world, and to dip the fruit of life into the sweetness we generated.

The pandemic has revealed the importance of family and friendship and the heartwarming outpouring of unity accentuated by our community, demonstrated how we are one with Hashem and one with one another, despite any form of physical distancing. Regardless of what we are facing, we always face one another with love, kindness and care.

This past year has shown us that our inner strength, resilience, fortitude, faith and compassion transforms the painful sting of mother nature into the sweet honey of human nature.

The prayers of the High Holidays remind us that “Return, Prayer and Charity will revert all harsh decrees.” In the merit of our return to Hashem and to one another, our increased prayers and our increased kindness and compassion, may our loving Father in heaven transform all our stings into honey and all our struggles into sweet blessings.

If you have further questions or you would like to arrange a time to meet, please contact me at 617.738.9770.

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Thank you so much for your support and partnership.

With our warmest blessings, we wish each and every one of you, a healthy, happy and sweet new year.

Shanah Tovah U'Mesukah,

Rabbi Mendy Uminer