This has been a very rough week - unprecedented in recent times in the amount of negative news affecting the Jewish people.
More than one person has asked that in light of all the depressing news that I consider ending off the week on a positive note. It’s kind of hard being positive about anything with all that’s going on. But I will try.
There is one piece of good… uplifting news. At least for me and my family. And hopefully for Klal Yisroel as well.
There is a new addition to Klal Yisroel. Another Kohen has been added to its ranks. Last Monday afternoon my daughter Sari gave birth to a healthy six and a half pound baby boy(about 6 hours old in the picture above). Tonight we are going to be in the Yeshiva in Skokie (HTC) for a Shalom Zachor. The Bris will be - God willing - Monday morning in the Yeshiva.
I have tremendous gratitude to God for the great blessing He has bestowed upon my family. I don’t know what I did to deserve it but God has granted my wife and me: 4 beautiful children, one beautiful daughter-in-law, 3 beautiful sons-in-law, and 22 beautiful grandchildren.
Here are their names in chronological order - per family (I can usually do this B’Nishima Achas):
And as an added bonus, my Machutanim are all truly beautiful people too. Pillars of the Jewish community – all! Each in their own way contributing to Klal Yisroel in ways that make me quite envious.
This is quite a Bracha, one I never dreamed I would have. And one that I wish upon all of Klal Yisroel.
Yaakov Meyer's Bris came off like a charm.
Pictured L - R:
Rabbi Mordechai Tukieltaub - Mohel
Yaakov Meyer Ginsparg
Rabbi Chaim Twerski - Sandek
Rabbi Eliezer Gifter and Rabbi Zev Cohen
Updated: 7/28/09 7:14 PM CDT