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Embraced by G-d

Embraced by G-d


Dear Readers,

We recently celebrated the joyous occasion of the marriage of our third daughter. For the final sheva brachot, we had the privilege of hosting the young couple, together with other family members.

I enjoyed watching how my new son-in-law seamlessly merged into our family’s dynamics to truly becoming a son, and brother, to the rest of us. I loved observing, too, how the young couple interacted with each other, seeing their kindness and tenderness, and witnessing how two independent souls and personalities were fusing to become united as one.

During this special time—this beginning of their new life together—the newlyweds are in their own bubble of time and space, living in a dimension all of their own. It’s downright obvious in the glances, smiles and giggles that they exchange, and in the little gestures that they do for each other. Even while conversing and intermingling with others, there is almost an invisible wall encircling them—building, strengthening and protecting their budding relationship, where nothing exists but the two of them.

Perhaps that’s a little like the holiday of Sukkot.

We have just experienced the High Holiday season, where we spent our days reinforcing our connection and recommitting ourselves to G‑d. We asked G‑d to renew His relationship with us, just as we re-pledged our allegiance. It was a serious and awesome time. And now, G‑d asks us, before going back to the mundane schedules of our lives to spend one more holiday enfolded in the joyous celebration of His loving embrace.

We leave our material possessions, the protection of our permanent homes and the distraction of the daily grind of our schedules, and enter into the temporary sukkah. We enter with our entire being—eating, drinking and living there. For an entire week, we make this transient, precariously roofed hut into our home.

But within the walls of the sukkah, we realize that our protection and gratification does not come from the bricks of our homes or in the pleasure of the materialism we have left behind. Encircled within its bare walls, we have entered a new dimension of time and space, where we can feel our bond and connection with G‑d. As we look up to the open sky, we come to realize that only this relationship has eternal meaning, and that G‑d is our only Protector and Provider.

Hopefully, we will hold onto G‑d’s embrace. Hopefully, we will take the joy with us as we back to our permanent homes and into the nitty-gritty schedule of daily life, though now, greatly enriched.

Wishing you a very joyous Sukkot and Simchat Torah holiday!

And wishing my new son and daughter tremendous happiness and joy in their life together!

Chana Weisberg

Editor, TJW

Chana Weisberg is the editor of She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of five popular books.
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Baruch Shimon Midibar Yehuda October 5, 2017

Oct. 1, 2017 Channa weisberg "Embraced by G-d" To Mrs Chana weisberg: Mazal Tov asach yiddish nachas! May they build a bayis n'eman b'yisroel...and make a true dira b'tachtonim.

In relation to your article "Embraced by G-d" October 1, 2017...I just wanted you to know that I think your writing is great,
the articles in The Jewish offer wonderful insights and depth...(and are written extremely well) offering
(things to reflect upon-even for hisbonenus before prayer) and that I am grateful to have such a beautiful "window" into the lives of the people featured in this part of the magazine,
and throughout the other parts of it.
B'kitzur, Rabbi Nachman of Brezlov said that if along the way through his travels, travails etc. someone would have said
"Chazak v'amatz Achi" his life would have been very different.
You give so much...encouragement, in-
sight etc., on so many levels from which
we all grow and develop I say "Chazak v'
Amatz 'achoti,'" You are greatly GREATLY appreciated and so essential and need-
Joyfully yours. Reply

Penny Martin Rockwell October 3, 2017

I am homeless. I have scene
January of this year. I live in a
Shelter. I am a Romanian
Jew. I thank and praise
Adoni for all his blessings.
Penny Martin
Of Rockwell,N.C Reply

David Boca Raton FL October 2, 2017

Chana you are so so blessed! I know the Rebbe your friend continues loving you, his support for women, family, love, and improving all our lives ...... thank you...❤️🌅🌈 Reply

Joyce Oxfeld Philadelphia October 2, 2017

I hate to impose. Some of us , like myself are not privileged to live in a Jewish Community. If a family or couple has space during a Yom Tov, I can get invited to stay overnight , back in the Jewish neighborhood, and observe with the others. Sukkot , is especially difficult for me , because after the long preceding Holy Days, Sukkot is longer, and more people from families have come together . I got sick this year, needed treatment which a kind member of the Jewish community got me medical treatment , but she has a large family too. I hate to impose. Reply

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Chana Weisberg is the author of Tending the Garden: The Unique Gifts of the Jewish Woman and four other books. Weisberg is a noted educator and columnist and lectures worldwide on issues relating to women, faith, relationships and the Jewish soul.
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