Today we say, Thank You!

Thank You, G‑d, for shielding our dear brothers and sisters during their hostage ordeal, and for reuniting them with their loved ones!

Thank you to our heroic law enforcement personnel from so many agencies and jurisdictions, to our elected officials, and especially to everyone who risked their lives to rescue others!

And thank You, G‑d, for guiding and protecting each of them during their selfless efforts to save lives!

We also thank G‑d profusely for the collective sigh of relief we were all able to express so (relatively) quickly!

Please let’s not take anything for granted. Let us pray, let us be thankful, let us pledge to do more mitzvahs — but not, this time, out of the necessity borne of fear and concern, rather as an expression of our tremendous gratitude to G‑d for His revealed miracles!

As we celebrate 15 Shevat, the New Year of Trees, tonight (Sunday night) and tomorrow, let us thank G‑d for ALL the immense blessings that He keeps showering upon us!

Let us take the opportunity to emulate the trees, who remain deeply rooted in their life source, yet are always growing and providing nourishing fruits for others.

We wish you and yours — and the entire world! — abundant blessing, and endless reason for gratitude!


On behalf of your family,

Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin

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