Mazel tov to… And 40 Days From R”CH Elul – YK

We hope you are having a wonderful summer. On this side of the world we are extremely excited by the many mazel tovs we have to give to our donors. Mazel tov to Kayla on becoming a kallah after her 40 days of prayer, to Ben on his first successful job offer in 9 months, to Leila on getting the mark she wanted on her board exams, to Mark, for beating his once very grim brain cancer diagnosis and to Sara, who after experiencing a lifetime of pain in her relationship with her mother, finally found some peace, healing and forgiveness. Stories like yours make us remember that anything is possible!  We feel incredibly privileged to be a part of your lives – in both your struggles and your triumphs.  May the struggles be short-lived and healing, and may the triumphs be sweet and plentiful!

In this effort, we wanted to make sure that you know about arguably the most important 40 days of the year coming up on Rosh Chodesh Elul (August 22nd) through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (September 30). Reserve your shliach now!

The verse from Shir HaShirim, “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” (“I am to my beloved as my beloved is to me”) alludes to the time between Rosh Chodesh Elul and Yom Kippur when Moshe went up to Har Sinai to pray for the forgiveness of the Jewish people. This is so because the total gematria of the last letter of each word equals exactly 40 (the number of days Moshe ascended to pray).  This is the source of our 40 days of prayer at the Kotel.  We will follow Moshe’s example by praying during this time in the hopes that Hashem also answers our prayers for you as He did Moshe’s for the Jewish people.

It is a very exciting, yet anxious time – knowing that the next year holds within it a completely new potential for us on all fronts – physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially.  Anything is possible!

What will be – only Hashem knows.  But what can be depends largely on the efforts you put forth towards it… now.

There is no better time to do teshuva, give charity and engage in prayer.

There is no greater objective place to invest charity than to the mitzva of Torah-learning (especially in the real Jerusalem) because it is equivalent to doing all 613 mitzvot at once.

And, there is no greater place for prayer to elicit Divine help than by the Kotel.

Our shlichim will be at the Kotel for these incredible 40-days. Be there with us!

Pray for Me through Elul, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

With blessings for health and happiness, as well as spiritual and financial success for you and your family this year 5778,

Batya

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