I have never been one to overly sell the merits of the Jewish way of life. I choose to leave that up to those far more qualified. However, as someone who observes Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, I and my fellow Jews occasionally have an advantage during this time that others might not. Since Shabbat starts on Friday at sundown, unlike many who during this unprecedented time find one day after another blending into each other, we always need to know when it’s Friday. With that in mind Holland’s Heroes will do its best to provide you with a weekly post with the intention of inspiring you, encouraging you, and bringing some joy to the many faces looking for reasons to smile.
As it is the holiday of Shavuot starting at sundown tonight, this week’s segment of, It’s Friday. You’re welcome!, falls out on Thursday. This week I just want to take a moment to thank the people in my wonderful community who are such tremendous friends. To say I am spoiled is an understatement, as I see my big problem today being how to fit all the delicious food I will be treated to into my refrigerator. Clearly a blessing poorly disguised as a problem.
And then there’s this. As a single man, I am generally the guy giving flowers, not getting them. The last time I received flowers from someone was 3 years ago, after my mother died, when a young woman who I am friends with, an employee at the local Trader Joe’s, bought me flowers to express her support for me during my loss. Today the Rabbi of our Young Israel, Rabbi Jonathan Muskat, together with his wife Yael, put together a package that included, among other things, these beautiful flowers. The sentiment behind this is so loving and thoughtful that it is one more reason to believe in the human race, even when surrounded by reasons to question that belief.
Thank you to all of you and Chag Sameach,
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