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Editor's Note: Your Friendly Reminder

Dear Friend,

Samuel Johnson famously said, “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” If you’re like me, you can probably relate to that quote. There are lots of things I know I need/want to do, but I just never remember to get around to them.

Well, to that end, we are reminding you that this year is a Hakhel year, when Jewish people gather together to study Torah and inspire each other. It’s a big deal. A. Very. Big. Deal.

Did you see our Hakhel page? It’s a place where you can sign up to host Hakhel gatherings, get ideas and tips, and learn more about the significance of this year.

So please consider this your reminder. Now is the time to sign up to be a Hakhel leader. To quote a famous home-improvement retailer: You can do it. We can help.

Happy Hakheling! #Unitethenation

Menachem Posner,
on behalf of the Editorial Team

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