A Special Message to All Our Jewish Classmates,
Other Friends and Family Members for the

High Holy Days:

This year, once again, we proudly present an inspirational message for the high holy days consisting of excerpts selected from a recent article by Rabbi Benjamin Blech (who spent over 37 years in our little town). This article was published online March 15  2020, one of several on the subject of this pandemic by Rabbi Blech on www.aish.com.

In his typically practical style, Rabbi Blech brings to mind a spiritual perspective as he reflects upon the events and circumstances of the day. Read on:



"But the ultimate decision of life or death remains, as we make clear every year on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur when our fate is sealed, with the Almighty.

"That is why I’m amazed that of the countless suggestions for how to counter and to cope with the coronavirus we hear so little of the word God and the possibility that this global pandemic brings with it a profound divine message. … Is it too much to consider that as our world continues to sink ever lower in our commitment to virtue that God responded with a virus that has forced millions into a “timeout” of quarantine and seclusion? …

"Perhaps we need to consider the world’s present affliction not just in the context of a disease caused by pathogens but as a divine message reminding us that we have been given our lives to invest them with meaning and virtue as defined by God's 10 Commandments."

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See the full text of this article at www.aish.com/ci/s/God-and-the-Coronavirus.html.)

Rabbi Benjamin Blech, now 87 years old, is Rabbi Emeritus of Young Israel of Oceanside, which he founded in our little town and actively served for 37 years, He is also a world renowned Torah scholar who has been Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University in New York City since 1966. In addition to being a religious leader, an educator and lecturer, Rabbi Blech is a prolific author of several hundred articles and 19 highly acclaimed books with combined sales of over a half million copies, one of which, Understanding Judaism: The Basics of Deed and Creed, was chosen by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations as “the single best book on Judaism in our generation.” Another book by Rabbi Blech, The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican, was the subject of a special edition of 20/20 on ABC-TV in 2008. In a national survey by Jews Week, Rabbi Blech was ranked #16 among the most influential Jews in America. He is also featured, among others, in the latest book by our friend, now retired OHS teacher, Richie Woods, Legendary Locals of Oceanside.. 


My wife, Sue, and I would like to take this opportunity 
to wish all of you and all of your loved ones a
and may you all be well and inscribed in the Book of Life.

and Shalom,
and if you will be fasting,
have an easy one.

And stay safe!


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