|Leah bat Simcha ז״ל (September 1932~July 2014)|
Tommorow (Wednesday, 24 September 2014) is the first night of Rosh Hoshanah.
Many of us have been saying Selichot, and many are just looking forward to taking time off to be with family.
For me, I feel a mixture of sadness along with the joy of the New Year. This summer, on Monday, 22 July 2014 at 11:59 EST, my dear friend Leah bat Simcha left this world to be with Hashem.
Leah's birthday fell on Rosh Hoshanah, and each year she celebrated the day by giving a huge feast for her friends. Her table was a glory to behold and her food amazing. Each setting was complete with name tags sitting on a little menorah and a scroll listing the simanim and blessings so all could recite them together. There was laughter, singing and most important of all would be our hostess! Anyone who met Leah or attended one of her meals could not help but love her.
In all things she desired to please Hashem. She kept a list of people that she would pray for each day and she selflessly devoted her life to "all people", and always seemed to know just what to say or do. Leah never pushed, but then she would not back down either. Her faith was a shining force within her which she wanted to share with the world. Even when she was dreadfully ill, her time was spent in planning ways in which to help others. Her faith in Hashem did not waver and she never gave up hope!
While I rejoice in the coming festivities, there is also an empty place in my heart. That is the spot that Leah occupied. So, this Rosh Hoshana and each one hereafter I raise my glass to my beloved friend, sister, mother, advisor~the one who gave so much and represents everything good in a human being. I will remember and have a "little l'chaim"~Shana Tova and Happy Birthday Leah~Thank You For Being You!
It is said that
“all inhabitants of the world pass before G-d like a flock of sheep,
and it is decreed in the heavenly court,
who shall live, and who shall die,
who shall be impoverished, and who shall be enriched;
who shall fall and who shall rise.”
It was Hashem's decree that Leah had fulfilled her purpose, but I, like the rest of us on this earth must continue to strive to reach our own full potential. May we all be given another year to do so!
I wish everyone
“Ketivah v’chatima tovah”(כתיבה וחתימה טובה)
“A Good Inscription and Sealing [in the Book of Life]”