The Baal Shem Tov said that a soul, in addition to keeping the Torah and mitzvot, may descend to this world and live for 70 or 80 years just to do a favor for another in the material or the spiritual realms. Each and every person has a purpose, a role, and a meaning in the world and without them the world would be incomplete. 

As we spoke about in our Shvat Newsletter on Reb Zushe of Anipol’s Yahrzeit, he was known to say, “If it were offered to me to exchange places with Abraham our Father, I would refuse. What would G-d gain from this? He’d still have one Zusha and one Abraham…” Reb Zushe understood that each person was created by G-d with their own unique capabilities and purpose.

I think about our amazing community and how lucky we are to be a part of it. 

What would life be like without: 

The Arias family’s design eye, team building ideas, vodka latke get-together, and Dr. Chaim on call; 

The Davids knowledge about every baby carrier there is, inside introvert jokes, hospitality arrangements for new babies and other needs and Sudy’s love for olives; 

The Efunes kids’ mesibat shabbat, running the political backend of the yishuv, chassidus explanations made easy, and Bruria’s dark humor that I can count on to cheer me up;

The Goldblatts with the Jack-of-all trades, and the Jack (Jill?) of the baking trade;

The Lazersons and their willingness to teach our guys programming, give a ride when needed, and finally have another girl for Esther! 

The Lichy’s ability to get things done, hosting Neve Chabad and the English-speaking Chabad house, and the ever-faithful Doula; 

The Mooseeks fun-loving attitude, BBQ skills, beautiful singing voice, and of course Shua sharing his lollipop with the cat; 

The Morgernsterns and their experience in Israel, their engineering expertise, and innovative ideas; 

The awesome kids club at the Siev home, and the view into the “Israeli World” that I have yet to discover. 

The Sacks and their adorable South African accents, sense of humor, and life coaching experience; 

The Shaffier crew with their easy-going attitude, the weekly Shabbos meal we gratefully invite ourselves to, the “off the beaten path” history and Torah lessons, and of course Pilates! 

The Shuchats and the fascinating bioengineering work, challenging questions, and kids projects at the shabbaton! 

And of course, the Wolfes! For their invaluable, immeasurable support, especially of our family, the two doctors on call, and obviously, the returning champs of Settlers of Catan.  

Before we had these families with us, we didn’t know we couldn’t imagine life without them. We hope soon, you’ll join us too and we won’t be able to imagine life without you! 

Happy Shvat!