September 18, 2020
Dear Mr. President,
We are on the Eve of Rosh Hashanah and I want to wish you, your family, and everyone in your administration, as well as all of my family, friends and community, a very happy, sweet, healthy and peaceful new year. As you already know, the secular year begins in a few months, but this is the Jewish New Year. It’s a happy time but also a time of deep introspection both of one’s self and the state of our world. I’ve shared some of those thoughts and ideas with you many times but, this early evening, I want to share with you just a few more thoughts.
So many people are worried about our collective future for a variety of reasons. At the same time, most of us are counting the blessings in our lives. I usually focus on blessings, on the people and things in my life that make me give thanks. Most of them are my family and friends. My heart is full of love, joy and gratefulness. It’s always amazing and wonderful to see, hear and read about people doing good in the world and helping others in their community and, through donations, all around the country and the world.
I am grateful to live in this country where democracy and freedom are treasured. I know that there are other countries where people also treasure these concepts and traditions. Even though many people are quite worried about both these things, I believe the majority of people will do the right thing. They won’t lie, cheat, steal, commit sedition, or demean others with cruelty and derision. They won’t vote twice, they will wear masks to protect others when in public places, and they will continue to love and care for one another.
There is one more thing I want to say/write. If I have offended you or anyone else who reads these letters, I apologize. I try to express my thoughts and emotions with honesty and respect. I try to research my opinions and make sure the facts are true. I hope you accept my apology.
Shana Tova U’Metukah (A good and sweet new year).