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Friday Sept 11
Today is the twenty second day of Elul!
I remember this day so vividly.  19 years ago today, I was beginning my second week as a student in Yeshiva University when we awoke to the smoke and the panic and the carnage of 9/11 emerging from Lower Manhattan about 180 blocks away.  Our whole world changed in an instant, life suddenly came to a halt and our own vulnerabilities all came rushing to the fore.  Rabbi Dr Norman Lamm, z”l, addressed us to speak about the tragedy.  Asking us to consider what we would remember about that day he said:  “We should not underestimate the importance of remembering. The philoso­pher, George Santayana, once famously said that, “Those who cannot remem­ber the past are condemned to repeat it.” Apparently, everyone agrees that it is important to remember. The question is: what do we remember, whom do we remember, and how do we remember?”  Next week at this time we will be getting ready to enter RH. RH is  known as Yom Hazikaron, the Day of Remembrance.  What will we remember about the year that has past?  What will Hashem remember about our successes and failures of the year that has past?  Take this Shabbat to think about how memory of this past year will shape your behavior in the year to come.  Shabbat Shalom!

Fri, September 18 2020 29 Elul 5780