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Editor's Note: It’s Matchmaking Time!

Dear Friend,

“Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match . . .”

Judaism has many moments that may seem contradictory at first glance. Every year, in a span of less than a week, we are enjoined to be very sad and then very joyful.

On Sunday, we mourned the destruction of the Holy Temple by observing the fast of the 9th of Av. Then, on Friday, we will celebrate what the Talmud describes as one of the happiest days of the year, the 15th of Av.

There are several reasons for the celebration (you can read them here). One that has fascinated me is that on that day “the daughters of Jerusalem would go dance in the vineyards,” and it became a day of matchmaking.

The sadness we feel due to the destruction of the Holy Temple should not hinder us from living life, moving forward, growing in our connection to G‑d and helping others.

With the 15th of Av in mind, take a few moments to think about the people in your life who are still searching for their bashert, their intended. Perhaps you can do something to bring them together. Invite them to a Shabbat dinner at your house and let the matchmaking begin.

Chani Benjaminson,
on behalf of the Editorial Team

P.S.: Was there someone special who helped you find your life-partner? Please tell us.

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The true teacher is most present in his absence.

It is then that all he has taught takes root, grows and blossoms.

The student despairs for his teacher’s guidance,
and in that yearning, the student’s mind becomes as the teacher’s mind,
so that they become one.

Maamar Vayomer Lo 5728, 5732, 5737.