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Happy New Year

Thursday, 1 January, 2015 - 6:02 am

This week’s Torah portion starts off saying Vayechi Yaakov - and Jacob lived. The rest of the Torah portion tells us how he prepared to pass on.

Why would the portion that describes the end of Jacob’s life be titled ‘And Jacob Lived’?

This may be a source for the famous adage: Live your life the way you want to be remembered. For example; to be remembered as an involved parent, be involved in your children’s lives; attend Shul and sports with them. To be remembered as a generous person, be generous with your time, money, wisdom, etc.  To be remembered as someone involved in the Jewish community, get involved in your local Jewish community.

Yaakov lived a life the way he wanted to be remembered after he passed away. We too should live our lives the way we want to be remembered. As the New Year comes about, think how you will want to look back at the year 2015 on January 1, 2016 and live it that way. 

Hope to see you soon!

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

Comments on: Happy New Year

T. R. Rohrs wrote...

Rabbi- I have way too many emails in my box BUT yours demanded to be read- your concept of looking at this new year as already passed really intrigued me. I also realized you have five years worth of writings now for us to read. I will be reading something every time I am in the email box and commenting as well. Thank you for being so productive!